Archive: This Gamer’s Life

A brief consideration of various strategic problems in “Rule the Waves” (May 9, 2016)

Let’s summarize the strategic mindset you have to take to lead each of the game’s nations to success

“Rule the Waves”: a unique, compelling game of naval strategy (February 12, 2016)

“Rule the Waves” is hard to buy, hard to look at, and hard to play. But you should play it anyway, because the actual game is so good it’s worth it

Jason recommends: “80 Days” (February 23, 2015)

80 Days is a game that uses Verne’s classic novel more as inspiration than script. Starting from the novel, it builds its own wildly creative world

The secret of Sierra (December 20, 2014)

The deep truth about Sierra’s classic adventure games I never realized — until just now

Playing Machiavelli in the Middle East in “Conflict: Middle East Political Simulator” (November 17, 2014)

Conflict took the wrenching, intractable problems of the modern Middle East and turned them into a cracking little strategy game

Choreographing Armageddon in “Bravo Romeo Delta” (November 11, 2014)

A game that will give you a new appreciation for how absurd the whole idea of “limited nuclear war” really was

An appreciation: “Command H.Q.” (November 4, 2014)

One of my favorite games of all time is sadly stuck in “abandonware” limbo: 1990’s “Command H.Q.”

Titanfall: too little of a good thing (July 15, 2014)

The small amount of content and the non-trivial number of problems make Titanfall a game that feels like a missed opportunity

Now is the worst possible time to buy a new game console (January 22, 2014)

The worst possible time to buy a new game console is right when it first comes out. There is literally no upside to doing so

The tiresome dietary politics of Don’t Starve (June 6, 2013)

Here we have a game about survival that cares about more than whether or not you are able to keep yourself from starving. It cares about whether or not you can keep yourself from starving in a way it finds morally acceptable

X-COM vs. XCOM (October 15, 2012)

Firaxis reinvents a classic game for a new era

How to crusade like a king in Crusader Kings II (July 24, 2012)

Want to learn the ropes of Paradox’s excellent dynasty simulator? Let’s get started

Jason recommends: Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam (July 9, 2012)

The release of the first major expansion pack for Crusader Kings II takes a great game and makes it greater

Jason recommends: World of Tanks (June 26, 2012)

World of Tanks is a “free-to-play” game that’s good enough to pay for

Jason Recommends: Crusader Kings II (March 2, 2012)

Half wargame, half soap opera, Crusader Kings 2 is an exciting new approach to strategy gaming

The Humble Introversion Bundle: Just Stop What You’re Doing And Buy It Immediately (November 28, 2011)

The Humble Introversion Bundle pulls together all four of pioneering indie game studio Introversion’s classic titles into a single, cross-platform package that you can pay anything you want for. What’s not to love? NOTHING.

The Unbearable Lightness Of Minecraft (September 1, 2011)

Minecraft is the blockbuster indie game that’s burning up the Internet. So why isn’t it more fun?

Jason Recommends: Back To The Future: The Game (May 10, 2011)

It exists! And it’s good!

Paradox Sale Week is On! (July 21, 2009)

Insane deals on great strategy games, for one week only