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Gearbox details the evolution of the playable Borderlands cast

During a panel at the SXSW Interactive Festival, Gearbox franchise director Matt Armstrong and Borderlands lead character designer Jonathan Hemingway provided a behind the scenes look at how the developer evolved its playable characters from faceless archetypes to its four-person killing crew. Each...

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Navigating the free-to-play landscape in Command & Conquer

The term "free-to-play" carries with it a certain stigma in the video game industry. It invariably causes gamers to flinch, calling to mind social games like FarmVille. However, as more recognizable experiences enter the realm of free-to-play software, the knee-jerk reaction has begun to subside. W...

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Stiq Flicks: Dishonored and Leon The Professional

Stiq Flicks – from film and video game industry freelance writer Kevin Kelly – examines video games and attempts to pair them with matching films. It's like wine and cheese, but with more aliens. Dishonored puts you into the shoes (and mask) of a mysterious bodyguard who has been fram...

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Stiq Flicks: Resident Evil 6 and Universal Classic Monsters - The Essential Collection

Stiq Flicks – from film and video game industry freelance writer Kevin Kelly – examines video games and attempts to pair them with matching films. It's like wine and cheese, but with more aliens. Resident Evil 6 infected numerous consoles this week, continuing the storyline of Capcom'...

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Stiq Flicks: Borderlands 2 and The Good, the Bad, and the Weird

Stiq Flicks – from film and video game industry freelance writer Kevin Kelly – examines video games and attempts to pair them with matching films. It's like wine and cheese, but with more aliens. Loot, treasure, swag, the goods. It's what fuels the pursuit of plenty of video games. Bu...

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Stiq Flicks: NHL 13 and Goon

Stiq Flicks – from film and video game industry freelance writer Kevin Kelly – examines video games and attempts to pair them with matching films. It's like wine and cheese, but with more aliens. The US is far from backing professional hockey with the same blind devotion it has for ba...

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Stiq Flicks: Zen Pinball 2 and the Pinball-based films 'Tilt' and 'Special When Lit'

Stiq Flicks – from film and video game industry freelance writer Kevin Kelly – examines video games and attempts to pair them with matching films. It's like wine and cheese, but with more aliens. Earlier this week, Zen Pinball 2 finally made its way onto the PlayStation 3 and the Play...

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Stiq Flicks: Guild Wars 2 and Stand By Me

Stiq Flicks – from film and video game industry freelance writer Kevin Kelly – examines video games and attempts to pair them with matching films. It's like wine and cheese, but with more aliens. Guild Wars 2 seeks to revive the MMO genre that has been long-served by the now-aging Wor...

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Stiq Flicks: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron and Real Steel

Stiq Flicks – from film and video game industry freelance writer Kevin Kelly – examines video games and attempts to pair them with matching films. It's like wine and cheese, but with more aliens. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron rolled out this week and while we wouldn't have such a re...

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Stiq Flicks: Sleeping Dogs and Hard Boiled

Stiq Flicks – from film and video game industry freelance writer Kevin Kelly – examines video games and attempts to pair them with matching films. It's like wine and cheese, but with more aliens. Sleeping Dogs is enjoying life this week after a near-death experience as True Crime: Hon...

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