Daniel Bryan’s retirement and the recent NFL concussion stories intersect in a way that leaves me feeling like a hypocrite

After months of speculation and a stream of glib, defensive sarcasm on part of WWE fans, we all have to finally admit that Daniel Bryan has retired from professional wrestling.

There’s a finality to that reality that wrestling fans simply aren’t used to. Such closure is uncomfortable, a squirming feeling that comes from an inability to tune in next week and see what happens next.

As fans wrestling fans we’re trained from the beginning to expect a payoff to come later. There’s always next week. A new episode of RAW. A new cycle to begin; a never-ending parade of emotion, fisticuffs, and twenty minute promos.

Perhaps that is why so many people were insistent that Bryan’s retirement had to be a story line. After all, everything else has been up for grabs as story material, even the “death” of Vince McMahon.

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If a dryad wisps in the woods does anybody hear it?: A ‘Heroes of the Storm’ guide for Lunara

Do you hear that sound, mortals? It’s the call of the Earth, beckoning you back to Mother Gaia.

Err… Sorry. That was just my cell phone. False alarm.

Speaking of being one with the Earth: A new Heroes of the Storm Hero was added to the roster this week in the form of Lunara, World of Warcraft dryad and follower of Cenarius. Continue reading

Reaching mobile gaming’s “zone of zero spending” is a wonderful feeling

I won’t mince words: Mobile gaming is a gross, darkest timeline culmination.

This cesspool of micro-transactions, health packs on cool down timers, and $100 “best value” bundle packages must be the result of some dark voodoo within the gaming industry, cast long ago. It may even be a Life Is Strange scenario where a new, terrible timeline was created in the wake of one terrible decision.  Continue reading

Early impressions: Fallout 4 (PS4)

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One of the most worn out phrases in games journalism has to be “If you’re a fan.”

And why not? With the way game development works and the fact that sequels are far more likely to get the green light from a publisher than an untested property, it’s in the best interest of those companies to release things that they know will hit their consumer’s sweet spot.

Fallout 4 falls into this pit, for better and worse.

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PREVIEW: ‘Star Wars Battlefront’ is far more than a new coat of paint

The stiff permafrost of the ice planet Hoth glistens as my squad of rebels ascend the forward hill. We breach the horizon and I ready my blaster pistol, ready to defe–

Crap. A sniper put me down with a head shot. Let’s try that again.

My allies scramble through the narrow corridors of Echo Base, attempting to reach the uplinks before Imperial troops can halt our progress. I step outside and am met with blinding daylight reflecting off miles of ice a–

Dead again. A snow trooper lobbed a thermal detonator into the doorway. Alright, one more time.

The AT-AT approaches as my team scurries through the trenches th–

Darth Vader choked me to death. Maybe I should reassess my strategy.  Continue reading