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Last year I had a religious experience. Like a lot of Biblical encounters, it happened unexpectedly one night while minding my own business. I never thought such a thing would happen to me, but now here I am: I am in love with Doom after playing it for the first time last year.

Doom is definitely a hypermasculine power fantasy. The Marine you play as is ripped and vascular, his face grimacing at you from the bottom of the screen at all times. You shoot demons with an increasingly powerful array of guns, blowing them into bloody chunks while a soundtrack heavily influenced by thrash metal plays. On paper, it does sound like something I’d hate (except for that soundtrack), but I couldn’t have been more wrong about that, because it’s so…pure? Am I really wanting to use that word to describe this game? Yes. Doom is pure. Continue reading DOOM DOOM DOOM

Lifeless Planet: Not Even a Little Bit Funny


Lifeless is a funny word.

Obviously not in the context of a loved one floating facedown in a swimming pool.

Or crumpled at the bottom of a mansion staircase.

Or lying  in a hospital bed wearing a vacant expression as the beeps of the heart monitor grow more….and more…… f a r  a p a r t …until finally…BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP….and the doctor enters the room and says, “I’m calling it. Time of death: 4:53 PM. I’m really sorry, Mr. Johnson, but he’s gone.”

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Let’s Get It On: Romance Detective Style

Hello again, folks! Jen here, your intrepid little visual novel reporter. Today we’re taking a look at Romance Detective, a short little visual novel created by NomnomNami for NaNoRenMo 2014. Let me emphasize short—I think it took me under two hours to play the whole thing—but it’s also free. (I don’t know about you, but I love free stuff. Free’s the magic word.) You can download it from her site and play it on Mac, Windows, or Linux.

Romance Detective is a story everyone can relate to: everybody’s just lookin’ for love. It follows a few days in the life of Officer Chrys, aka Romance Cop, after she’s dropped into an initially unwanted partnership with the game’s eponymous Romance Detective.

Romance Detective has a penchant for the dramatic.
Romance Detective has a penchant for the dramatic.

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Review: The New Wii U

Wii U

The Wii U is finally out! Roll out the red carpet and prepare your carpal tunnel preventative wrist braces. It’s time to check out the latest console from Nintendo.

Now, this is a bit embarrassing, but I have not actually been able to get my hands on a Wii U in order to review it. I know. I know. I promised. It’s very disappointing. And I hate to disappoint the Gamervescent readers.

But as my uncle who was an elevator repairman always said, “Onward and upward,” so I guess we’ll just have to forge on as best we can. So, gather around and I’ll tell you about the Wii U in the only way I currently can. Continue reading Review: The New Wii U