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Review: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The siren call
My introduction to The Elder Scrolls series involved watching a friend use the same spell over and over in a forest full of endlessly re-spawning rats, in an effort to level up his magical abilities.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  December 01, 2011


Review: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

What did you expect?
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 felt formulaic — but, oh, what a wonderful formula it was. Modern Warfare 3 follows an identical trajectory.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  November 29, 2011


The Divine Sister's comic convent at SpeakEasy Stage

Team spirit
Larry Coen directs SpeakEasy Stage's Boston premiere of Charles Busch's The Divine Sister, this time without Busch's gender-bending talents in the starring role of Mother Superior.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  November 02, 2011


SpeakEasy's heart-wrenching Next Fall

It's a story you've heard before: a young gay man, raised by Bible-thumping Southern parents who would disown him if he were to come out, moves to New York City.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  October 05, 2011


Review: Gears of War 3

The COG's sordid past comes to light
Gears of War 3 should feel familiar. Except the female characters have guns now.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  October 05, 2011


Review: Resistance 3

Murderer with a heart of gold
Fall is shooter season, and Resistance 3 is the first of many, though it will likely not emerge as the frontrunner.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  September 13, 2011


New Rep's new Rent stays mostly true, with one twist and some noise

Highs and lows
Every director who helms Rent must struggle in the shadow of the original production.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  September 14, 2011

company one does 1001

Company One takes on Jason Grote's whirling 1001

American Nights
Grote uses the same framing device as the original One Thousand and One Nights , which begins with Shahriyar (Nael Nacer) discovering his wife's infidelity and deciding that the only way to prevent his future wives from cheating is to marry virgins, deflower them, and execute them the next morning.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  July 26, 2011


Review: Nintendo 3DS

Is Ocarina of Time enough to make the Nintendo 3DS worth it?
Nintendo's newest handheld console, the 3DS, costs $250 — the same amount the Wii cost at first, making the 3DS the most expensive handheld to date.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  July 19, 2011


Review: Brink

Brink trips over itself
There's an old joke about shooters: "No one plays the campaign." Everybody just skips ahead to the multiplayer. So why should developers even include that pesky story mode?
By: MADDY MYERS  |  June 09, 2011


Review: Mortal Kombat 9

Gross miskonduct
Mortal Kombat 9 represents everything that's awful about video games. It's trashy, it's corny, it's gory, it's sexist, it's racist — and it's deceptively addictive.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  May 10, 2011

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Review: HBO's Game of Thrones

It's a long story
In spite of the obstacles to making Martin's story succeed as a TV show, someone at HBO must be a fan, because Game of Thrones — named after the first book in his series — makes its live-action television debut this Sunday, April 17.  
By: MADDY MYERS  |  April 14, 2011

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Review: Dragon Age 2

Building character
Dragon Age 2 appears, at first, to have little going for it. The combat system stoops to Kingdom Hearts levels of easy. You press the basic attack button as fast as you can while occasionally switching to other buttons for more-powerful abilities that recharge.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  March 31, 2011

PAX East in Boston

At PAX, everyone gets along

Game faces
PAX East came to the Boston Convention Center this past weekend, bringing 69,500 gamers together for three days of video and computer-game demos, nerdcore concerts, panel discussions about the industry and gamer culture at large, and chances to meet the convention's hosts, Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the author/artist duo of the popular gaming webcomic Penny Arcade.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  March 16, 2011

F. Murray Abraham brings his Shylock to ArtsEmerson

From Cleopatra to Picasso to Alan Turing: Spring theater in Boston

Familiar faces
Famous historical figures come to life on the Boston theater scene this spring.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  March 14, 2011


Gaming, rape culture, and how I stopped reading Penny Arcade

When Dickwolves attack
One September evening in 2005, I sat in a packed MIT lecture hall and watched as Mike Krahulik drew the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory on a blackboard.  
By: MADDY MYERS  |  March 07, 2011


Review: Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Flashy fan service
MvC3 doesn't even attempt to take a stand on crossover match-ups, since all the fighters must be of comparable strength, or the game won't function. Is it ridiculous to see the Phoenix lose against Magneto? Yes. Fans of X-Men know that's impossible, but in this game, anything can happen.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  February 23, 2011


Review: Dead Space 2

The engineer, unmasked
It's been three years since Dead Space, both for us and for protagonist Isaac Clarke, who wakes up with no memory of what's happened since we last saw his simple spaceship-engineering assignment turn into a fight against undead monsters called Necromorphs.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  February 02, 2011


Sexiest video game studs of 2010

A banner year for pixelated pieces of ass
Shameless objectification. That’s what gamers like to see: toned, fit bodies performing fantastic physical stunts in skimpy outfits. Thing is, the games industry isn’t just pandering to their straight male audience these days. We’re starting to see some equal-opportunity eye candy.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  August 04, 2011


Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops

Historical fiction: Black Ops packs the Cold War with action
Like other Call of Duty games, Black Ops is rated M for Mature, but that rating doesn't cut it anymore.
By: MADDY MYERS  |  November 17, 2010


Review: Kirby's Epic Yarn

Gaming in Neverland
Kirby's Epic Yarn is for the kids
By: MADDY MYERS  |  November 02, 2010

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