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What's Up With Japan?

Last week, an interesting discussion broke out in the Newshound offices. Two intrepid Newshounds (Dog of Thunder and me, osubluejacket) both weighed in with thoughts that would drive a man insane, w

Posted 10 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

Who Do You Trust?

This Op-Ed will contain spoilers large and small for Halo 4, BioShock, and Borderlands 2 as well as David Fincher’s Fight Club, Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense and Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects. Con

Posted 10 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to review the XBLA release of Reviewing this game led me to think about how games age, how we treat the

Posted 10 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

Venomous shooter players. Do they migrate?

One thing we've all come to know and love - wait, I mean know and loathe - is the pervasive presence of foul-mouthed, apparently racist, usually homophobic, bigoted and just downright unsavory indivi

Posted 10 years ago by Joseph C

What a Load of Blow

This week, The Atlantic wrote an extensive profile/preview piece on Jonathan Blow and his upcoming game, The Witness, titled ”The World’s Most Dangerous Gamer”. Before reading this Op-Ed, I encourag

Posted 10 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?

Gears of War 3 has been out for around six months now, received several DLC packs, a few updates and a legion of Gears marching towards that glorious, shining Seriously 3.0. Unfortunately, there are

Posted 10 years ago by IAMBECOME DETH6

The Pavlovian Nightmare

Earlier this week, I found myself with a free afternoon and decided to fire up for some multiplayer. One of my good friends from college the

Posted 10 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

Don’t Hobble the Artist

In the interest of full disclosure, let me say that I have not yet finished, and am trying to savor every luscious minute before rushing tow

Posted 10 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

Grab Thine Pitchforks!

By now, I’m sure 99.9% of gamers have had time to read, rage, read again, and rage again over the fiasco that was Ocean Marketing. If you’re not familiar, feel free to check out the full story on Pen

Posted 10 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

Do We Really Want Half-Life 3?

Last week, the internet exploded (again) with a supposed leak of a Valve employee rocking a Half-Life 3 t-shirt while out and about. We didn’t run the story here on TA, so here’s the shirt for your v

Posted 11 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

Child's Play Charity Fund-Raising Drive

Now that the chaos of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is drawing to a close, people tend to reflect on the amount of money that they've managed to save through the amazing bargains over the weekend. Ho

Posted 11 years ago by Dog of Thunder

The Burning Xbox

I powered on my Xbox today to find a message waiting for me from a player whose gamertag was simply God. He told me to deliver this message to all developers and publishers in reference to their mist

Posted 11 years ago by Avata

Single Player vs. Multiplayer

Unless you’re a gamer who appreciates the finer things in life, like, say, living under rocks, you probably know that Battlefield 3 launched this week. In fact, you probably couldn’t avoid knowing. I

Posted 11 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

Why Today's Supreme Court Decision Was Important

Today’s landmark decision in favor of the Electronic Merchants Association by the United States Supreme Court is very important. Unfortunately, as with most things concerning the law, such decisions

Posted 11 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

XBox LIVE Indie Games Should Gain Achievements

To whom it may concern: With the introduction of the Kinect Fun Labs gadgets/games, I think now is the time to seriously revisit the idea of Xbox Live Indie Games achievements. With the introduction

Posted 11 years ago by mancide

How Would You Like More Achievements?

Achievement Unlocked: Blood on the Sand in Gears of War 2, 50G - finally! It was the second to last achievement I ever thought I'd get in Gears of War 2 (having already written off Veteran Gear and i

Posted 11 years ago by II The Beard II

Bulletstorm: The Worst Game Ever?

It's that time of year again; the time of year when the "mainstream media" (although I use the term very loosely in this case) decides that the video game industry has gone too far and is destroying

Posted 11 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

Are Quality Exclusives A Dying Breed?

Ever since 2006, the question of whether the Xbox 360 had a superior game library to its console competitors has dominated the land of gaming forums. Enemies were made and mothers were mentioned as t

Posted 11 years ago

Microsoft Cash Grab: Halo Edition

A few weeks ago, the interwebs exploded with a (strongly-suggested) rumor that 343 Studios is working on a remake of Halo: Combat Evolved otherwise known as “the reason Xbox exists” and “the reason m

Posted 12 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

Are Games Finally Going Mainstream?

As I was doing my daily foraging of the internet, I happened to come across a New York Times biography of Joseph Kosinski. If that name doesn’t ring a bell to you, don’t worry, it shouldn’t. The man

Posted 12 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

Genre Blending

It’s “Game of the Year” season at gaming publications around the world and, for the first time, TrueAchievements is getting into the mix with

Posted 12 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

Child's Play Charity Site Now Open

Child's Play is a non-profit charity organization - created by Mike and Jerry of in 2003 - that has grown to the point where it will surpass over a million dollars worth of donations

Posted 12 years ago by Dog of Thunder

Are Video Games History In California?

For those of you not aware, there is a case currently being heard before the Supreme Court of the United States that may well determine the future of gaming in the US. The case is Schwarzenegger v. E

Posted 12 years ago by WeisGuy9

Where did the difficulty go?

The earliest games are treasured in many of our hearts for being what we grew up with. A lot of us grew up with the NES and SNES. Many of us will also remember that a lot of these titles could be eit

Posted 12 years ago by Mikokun

The Disappearing Genre

I just found out that I am an “average gamer”. A recent study has shown that the average age for a “gamer” is 29. What does this mean? To me, it means that most gamers grew up with a console in their

Posted 12 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

Value Gaming

I enjoy a nice glass of wine now and then… not when gaming, mind you (that’s when coffee and energy drinks rule), but a good glass of vino is right up my alley on many an evening. Last year, my fianc

Posted 12 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

Strategy Guides...

On Sunday May 23rd, I picked up some games. The person checking me out asked me a question I have been asked numerous times when buying my games. This time it made me stop and think. The question: Wo

Posted 12 years ago by Storyteller1025

Collecting Thoughts on Collector's Editions

Springtime is upon us (at least in the northern hemisphere) and, if you haven’t been glued to Borderlands and Halo: Reach Beta testing like I have, you’ve probably noticed that the trees and flowers

Posted 12 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

Politics and Video Games

Call me whatever you like, but please don’t blame me if I have been interested in the United Kingdom election rather than playing videogames everyday. As a first-time voter it’s a decision that will

Posted 12 years ago

The One That Got Away

Fisherman and hunters are always fond of waxing poetic and talking about the “big one” that just managed to escape their grasp… that thirty point buck or beautiful marlin. As 360 gamers, and Achievem

Posted 12 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

DLC = Illegal?

So, way back when, gamerscore was cut and defined, right? You got a retail game and it offered about 1000 points for you to earn. Arcades offered 200. Some games were impossible to complete and some

Posted 12 years ago by Marx0r

How Much is Too Much?

Has this ever happened to you? “Oh god… MORE DLC?” With the advent of downloadable content, developers are prolonging our gaming experience, allowing us to get more bang for our buck with our gaming

Posted 12 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

Achievements Make The World Go Round

I have a worry, a worry that is getting bigger day-by-day. I’m afraid that very soon, achievements will actually take over the world and enslave us all. “What the hell is he talking about?!” I hear y

Posted 12 years ago

Lips: A Great Series Gone Bad

On November 18, 2008, a semi-popular game called Lips was released. This game received a lot promotion, such as commercial airplay (example here: and had m

Posted 12 years ago by Lonsta DaMonsta

I Started the Flame War

So kids, I have been part of the TA community for over a year now. I have become a more prominent member over the last six months, and I can be regularly found in the chat room. While I may not post

Posted 12 years ago by Badly Worn Toy

Do You Savor or Do You Gorge?

I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that we, the gaming public, have neither infinite money nor infinite time. We also have tastes that can range from diverse to very specific. This creates a pr

Posted 12 years ago by Jonathan Barnes

Never Judge A Game By Its Cover

By day I may be an avid gamer, but by night I work as a college librarian. Part of my job is suggesting books for the students which is a lot harder then going for "Grand Pearl Poo-bah" in Hexic HD.

Posted 12 years ago by Dog of Thunder

The Top Xbox 360 Games of 2010... so far

It's pretty much known that I play almost every game that comes out. The good, the bad, and the really disgusting. I will update through-out the year on the best games of 2010. This will only be game

Posted 12 years ago by Stallion83

Patching Unobtainable Achievements

It was announced by EA not too long ago that there were to be further server closures. This time, it was the Skate.Reel servers that were being marched to the chopping block. This has drawn divided f

Posted 12 years ago by DavieMarshall

Weekly Ramblings - The Olympics

With the Winter Olympics just around the corner, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to bring this little issue up. During the Summer Games is Beijing, there was supposed to be a small de

Posted 12 years ago by Xsarthis