Free Tavern Songs, You Guys

FreeDownloadThe good folks at BioWare have made all of Dragon Age: Inquisition’s tavern songs available for free download. The download also includes sheet music, so you can try your hand at a tune or two. If you do, be sure to enter the Fan Celebration Contest with your recording – or video, or fan art, or what have you. I wonder whether they’d accept some slash…. Hmmmmm…

P.S. Here is everyone’s favorite song:

Hip Hop Gamer & the Woman Who Introduced Him to Games

Over the last year, we’ve seen a lot of talk (and controversy) around women and video games, as though their presence in the industry or even as consumers is something new and notable. It’s hopefully no surprise that women have been playing – and making – games for about as long as they’ve been commercially available, introducing many of today’s current gamers to what has become their lifelong passion. One such gamer is games journalist Gerard “HipHopGamer” Williams, whose grandmother played a pivotal role in creating the man, the gamer, and the brand that Gerard is today.

HipHopGamer was kind enough to chat with me about his grandmother, her influence, and his advice to anyone interested in finding and pursuing their passions.


I’ve heard you talk about your grandmother a bit before – how passionate she was about games, how influential she was to your own passion for games – could you give a little background on her? What kind of woman was she?

My grandmother was an amazing woman, man. She was very talented. She played the piano. She sang. And, obviously, she played video games. I’m basically a product of that. You know what I’m saying?

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93 Hours – Thoughts on Dragon Age: Inquisition

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When I first started dating my now-wife, she forced me to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer under the bold claim that it was the “best television series, ever.” Season 1 is sometimes cringe-worthy with the monster-of-the-week plots, but stick with it. Angel is a drag. Riley is a doofus. Don’t get me started on the Initiative. Will that season with Dawn ever end? I miss the old Willow. More like Worst Evil, amirite? So, did I like Buffy? Are you kidding? My wife was right. You have to watch it.

I put 93 hours into Dragon Age: Inquisition, almost exactly how many hours it takes to watch all of Buffy. Was it worth it?

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The Deer Hunter 2014 Holiday Update is Really… Festive

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The most recent addition to the nearly 20-year-old Deer Hunter game franchise is Glu Mobile’s Deer Hunter 2014. Just as you might expect, the game is about traveling to exotic locales with an array of weapons in order to hunt deer and various other fauna. Pretty straightforward.

But, just in time for Xmas, those “various other fauna” have taken a decidedly festive turn. Some screencaps for your viewing pleasure…

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In Which Jake and I Have a Scintillating Discussion of Solas from Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Elegy for a Dead World – Walkthrough/Review

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What is it?

Elegy for a Dead World is indie developer Dejobaan Games’ new “game about writing fiction” – a side-scrolling exploration game in which you travel to dead and distant planets to craft your own stories about the civilizations that once inhabited them. You then share your stories with other explorers, whose own journals are published for mutual perusal/review.

As game premises go, it’s certainly a novel one! But, I must admit I was initially skeptical. In fact, my knee-jerk reaction was pretty similar to Bart’s after a visit to the dentist:

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Still, as more details surfaced about the game, I became increasingly curious.

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