What’s Metzge Playing – September 2017

What’s Metzge Playing – September 2017

Another month (or two now, I guess) has come and gone. Another handful of weeks filled with gaming and whimsy. Well… to be honest… there hasn’t been much of either. Still, I’ve been playing some quality games in the spare time that I do have.
And yes… I know… I gone goofed and haven’t had a “What’s Metzge Playing” segment for a while but in fairness, I was in the midst of moving and so between that and working, I didn’t have much time to game, let alone write about how little gaming I was doing.… Read more...

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What’s Metzge Playing – June 2017

What’s Metzge Playing – June 2017

So it’s been a while since the last “What’s Metzge Playing” segment. Since June’s already half over, I figured now’s as good a time as any to let you all know what games have been gripping my attention like a pitbull with a new chew toy. Now that I have a little bit more time on my hands, naturally that’s going to go right into gaming.… Read more...

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What’s Metzge Playing – March 2017

What’s Metzge Playing – March 2017

Another month has gone by already. While I was pretty quick on sharing my February list of games, I’m just squeaking by trying to get you this month’s edition of “What’s Metzge Playing.” In case you’re wondering what I am, indeed, playing, I can sum it up thusly: not much lately. Indeed, I’ve been gearing up for a new job position I was offered last month so that’s been taking up a lot of my time (though don’t worry, I’ll still be writing here where I can).… Read more...

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Best Hearts of Iron IV Conversion Mods – Q1 2017

Best Hearts of Iron IV Conversion Mods – Q1 2017

Boy, oh boy do I love me some Hearts of Iron IV. As an avid fan of the Axis & Allies board game back in the day, having a game like this was a godsend — or, perhaps, yet another crippling blow to productivity in endeavors beyond gaming. Poor time management aside, my management skills when it comes to invasion forces and numerous fronts are at their peak, yet my mind’s saber grew dull on the bodies of my mid-20th century foes.… Read more...

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Mislav the Hunter: How The Witcher 3 Handles Diversity

Mislav the Hunter: How The Witcher 3 Handles Diversity

It wouldn’t be a good day unless I talked about The Witcher 3 in some capacity. Honestly, I’d never thought I’d say that Geralt of Rivia ranks higher than Corvo Attano, Max Payne, or Adam Jensen as one of my favorite characters. But we’re not talking about Geralt today… we’re not even talking about Triss, Yen, Dandelion, or Ciri.… Read more...

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What’s Metzge Playing – February 2017

What’s Metzge Playing – February 2017

Given our love/hate relationship with writing reviews, we decided to supplement the goings-on of the industry with a little segment called “What’s Metzge Playing.” As you can deduce, this’ll be a monthly list of games I find myself consumed with, revisiting old classics while introducing games you might not have heard of yet. Just as we try to keep our reviews updated depending on the current version and any post-release patches that have been added, these listicles can help give some insight on how those changes have made a difference (if any) to the overall enjoyment of a given...

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What is Divergent Game Design?

What is Divergent Game Design?

2016 seems to be the year of remakes and remasters. From old movies made new to spiritual successor video games that throwback to a bygone age, with all the new advances in technology over the past few decades, you can hardly blame media producers for wanting to revisit old concepts and see what they’d be like if they were made in the modern era.… Read more...

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Our Solution to the Game Review Problem

Our Solution to the Game Review Problem

For those who don’t know me, I have a very short list of things I can’t stand: people being dicks and whining. The first part is self-explanatory (i.e. don’t be a dick), but it’s the second part that a lot of people seem to get confused with. You see, complaining is when a person voices an opinion about something they don’t like. … Read more...

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Wageslaves and Runners: 4 Freelancing Lessons from Shadowrun

Wageslaves and Runners: 4 Freelancing Lessons from Shadowrun

// < !).push({}); // ]]> For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been into the Medieval-type fantasy genre: early exposure to games like Warcraft, Heroes of Might & Magic, and Baldur’s Gate all played their role in shaping my appreciation for elves, dwarves, wizards, and demons. It wasn’t until Shadowrun Returns, however, that I got my first taste of these mystical creatures outside of their usual haunts, the backdrop shifting from hills and dales to neon streets and shady bars in Seattle.…

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5 Hearts of Iron IV National Focus Mods to Try Out

5 Hearts of Iron IV National Focus Mods to Try Out

// < !).push({}); // ]]> If you haven’t gotten the chance to try Hearts of Iron IV out yet, I suggest you fix that. As a huge fan of World War II history and the strategy genre, I can’t get enough of games like these. Smelling strongly of Axis & Allies — the family-friendly Hasbro game pitting five friends in total war as Germany, America, the United Kingdom, Japan, and the USSR — HOI4 had me swoonin’ from the get-go.… Read more...

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5 Total War: WARHAMMER Mods to Check Out

5 Total War: WARHAMMER Mods to Check Out

// < !).push({}); // ]]> I know, I know. Total War: WARHAMMER hasn’t even been out for two weeks and already we’re talking about mods. But it’s hard not to when there are already so many out there that do a decent job tweaking Creative Assembly‘s latest entry in its Total War franchise. Hell, I’d say part of this game’s success comes from the developers loosening up the reins a bit and letting their talented modding community real shine amid the ash and smoke of...

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The Play’s the Thing: Geralt the Entrepreneur

The Play’s the Thing: Geralt the Entrepreneur

// < !).push({}); // ]]> For those familiar with the world of The Witcher, you know that isn’t the cheeriest place to visit. Between all the war, pillaging, xenophobia, and errant magi, witches, and priests running amok on top of it, it does paint a rather dreary picture. But as the Blood and Wine mini-expansion has proven with the fairytale locale of Toussaint, the sun does seem to shine from time to time on this nameless world.… Read...

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6 Reasons Why I Hate Video Game Reviews

6 Reasons Why I Hate Video Game Reviews

// < !).push({}); // ]]> This may come as a surprise, but I hate video game reviews. I’m not a fan of reading them. I definitely don’t like writing them. If every major video game website, blog, and YouTube page took down their reviews, I wouldn’t even notice. I really… friggen… hate them. “But Tony, don’t you call yourself a game journalist?… Read more...

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A Towerful of Mice: Love and Curses in ‘The Witcher 3’

A Towerful of Mice: Love and Curses in ‘The Witcher 3’

// < !).push({}); // ]]>I’ll be the first to admit that I have a habit of skipping through quest dialogue frequently and relentlessly. That isn’t to say I don’t try hard to focus – I mean, I’m a writer… I feel obligated to – but those darn developers make games so fun nowadays that talking to Jimmy the Quest Giver is the last thing I want to do.… Read more...

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6 Games to Zone Out to at Night

6 Games to Zone Out to at Night

// < !).push({}); // ]]>Insomnia friggen sucks. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with sleeping: it’s fantastic once you’re unplugged and unconscious, but it’s getting to sleep that I struggle with. People tell me to count sheep, yet trying to keep an accurate count just keeps me wide awake; chamomile tea, walking around, reading books, or taking a warm shower doesn’t help much either.… Read more...

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6 Unspoken Truths About Writing Video Game Reviews

6 Unspoken Truths About Writing Video Game Reviews

Now that I’m out of college, people are always asking me, “Do you have a job lined up?” If I had a nickel for every time I heard that question or others like it, I wouldn’t need a job in the first place. Most of the time, I work with web design and copywriting  for a handful of other websites and businesses outside of the gaming industry (from fitness blogs to apartment rental services), but I’ll often say I have my own video game website that I write for and strive to make a name in the video game industry, somehow, some way.… Read more...

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5 Ways to Save Money as a PC Gamer

5 Ways to Save Money as a PC Gamer

Can you remember the last time you bought a physical copy of a PC game? Personally, I can’t, though the latest of the only two physical games I have in my possession is dated 2010. With the likes of Steam, GOG, Origin, and a bunch of other digital retailers, buying games from all eras has become easier than ever.… Read more...

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Another 10 ‘Total War: Rome II’ Quotes

With the popularity of our last ten Total War: Rome II quotes, in the spirit of Total War Week, as well as the immortal wisdom of the Classical sages of yesteryear, we figured it might be neat to revisit and regale you all with more witty quips that we’ve found.

10. “The strong did what they could, and the weak suffered what they must.” – Thucydides

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Top 10 ‘Mass Effect 2’ Quotes

It’s been four years since the resurrection of Commander Shepard. Four years and I still haven’t beaten Mass Effect 2, though I’ve made it my mission to do so by the end of the summer. I mean, I have Mass Effect 3 but haven’t even played it yet since I want to finish what I started all the way back in Mass Effect 1.… Read more...

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Top 10 ‘Civilization V’ Quotes

Heralded as one of the champions of the turn-based strategy genre, the Civilization franchise has a surprising amount of depth not only in gameplay and tactics, but in the grand Civilopedia as well. When developing new technology or successfully completing a World Wonder, the game not only rewards you with wise sayings from brilliant artists, scientists, and philosophers, but also with the soothing voice of William Morgan Sheppard.… Read more...

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Spotlight: Meet the Suikoden Revival Movement

Spotlight: Meet the Suikoden Revival Movement

If it’s one group of people on this earth that understand the need to accomplish quests, it’s gamers. And there’s no other group I can think of readily with such tenacity as gamers riled up about something they want. Such is the case with the Suikoden Revival Movement, a collection of over 21,000 fans who want to see Suikoden brought back to its former glory, having been dissatisfied with the series’ current direction.… Read more...

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Top 10 ‘Max Payne 3’ Quotes

So I’m a big ol’ Max Payne fanboy. What can I say, I can’t help myself. Having grown up with the series telling the story of a stellar cop’s fall from grace and watching him pick up the pieces was better than any books that I read as a kid. That and with my own struggle with depression and anxiety, I could almost identify with Max.… Read more...

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