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Journalist, amateur chef, nerd.

Location:Fayetteville, AR

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Collector’s Edition games really aren’t that special

Recently, I picked up one of the 10,000 special edition copies of Persona 4: Golden. It was a pre-order-only item, and apparently they sold out across the U.S. mere moments after I switched my GameStop credit over to it. Well, the game's been out for two weeks now, and one thing's for certain: I haven't bothered to take any of the special-edition goodies out of its massive box.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a free-to-play nightmare

French developer Gameloft looked at the rich character depth and cheerful world in My Little Pony: Frienship is Magic and decided "Yeah, that'd be a pretty good free-to-play game." I'm not sure why I'm surprised by that decision, since pony-themed microtransactions and hordes of bronies (serious adult fans) equals infinite financial gain for both Hasbro (the company that owns MLP) and Gameloft, but I am.

It’s good that Curiosity is free, since progress is optional

Curiosity is driving me insane. Peter Molyneux's new studio 22Cans just released its first project, a mobile game called Curiosity — What's inside the cube. The idea is that players around the world are working together to chip away at the layers of a massive spinning cube. Even though it takes a planet to deconstruct it, only one lucky player will see the mystery hidden in the inner-most layer.

Pokémon urban legends turned into art

I've always wondered why adults enjoy turning seemingly innocent toys and games into unspeakable horrors. The original Pokémon titles and even The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask have tons of creepy stories about them now, including haunted cartridges driving players insane and ghostly, disformed sprites that ultimately break your save files.

Get ready for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes by taking this adventure game challenge

It's very easy to dismiss Frogwares' Sherlock Holmes adventure game series if you only look at screenshots. They aren't the most beautiful games around, but what they lack in appearance they more than make up for in depth. The latest title in the series, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, launches September 25, giving you approximately two days to familiarize yourself with the series. That's if you're willing to take the Sherlock challenge….

Kirby is 20 years old but best remembered without Crystal Shards

It’s hard to believe that Kirby is 20 years old now. The deceptively cute puffball brought a tremendous amount of whimsy to 8-and-16-bit consoles in the early ‘90s, and despite his games coming off as somewhat simple, the series has a strong following. But his career hasn’t been an easy one, and unfortunately the anniversary compilation Nintendo released to celebrate Kirby’s impressive lifespan highlights perhaps the lowest point for the pre-GameCube franchise: Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.

Retro games on the iPad are surprisingly … OK

Six months ago, my Atari 2600 stopped wanting to recognize its controller. Given that the console is older than me, I didn't begrudge it finally dying, but I was a bit sad. It joins the ranks of my bullet-riddled Intellivision and corroded Coleco Gemini. Someday I will go back and fix any loose wires and clean up all those bad connections, but I'm simply too busy to rip apart consoles these days.

Disney Research wants to turn your house plants into controllers

I honestly don't know how to accurately describe Disney Research's new touch-based controller technology. Very dedicated scientists and engineers recently developed an interface that monitors plants and picks up on human fingers when they make contact with stems and petals. The working name is Botanicus Interacticus, and someday your average flowering plant could turn into a viable game controller.