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Walt Flanagan: The Original Comic Book Man

Walt Flanagan: The Original Comic Book Man

For longtime subscribers to the cult of Kevin Smith, watching his reality series Comic Book Men has been a pretty surreal experience. For years he’d said that Randal from Clerks and Brodie from Mallrats were based on his friends Bryan Johnson and Walt Flanagan respectively. But it wasn’t until now that we could see them

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Neverending Nightmares, P.T., and the Horror of Repetition

Neverending Nightmares, P.T., and the Horror of Repetition

I love October. I love the weather, the colours on the trees, and, most of all, Halloween. To celebrate this most spooky of holidays I’ll be discussing topics related to horror each week of the month in a series of articles called . . . OCTERROR!   One of the only nightmares I can remember

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CGM October 2014 Issue Preview

CGM October 2014 Issue Preview

The Horror Issue: October arrives and in keeping with the times, CGM looks into the abyss and finds absolute, mortal terror staring back. It’s our Halloween issue, and that means horror is back in style and in your face. Fear is a big topic and there’s more than one way to look at it. There’s

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Why Don’t Cute Mascot Games Sell On Other Consoles?

Why Don’t Cute Mascot Games Sell On Other Consoles?

When people think of Nintendo, a number of timeless—and cute—characters crop up; Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox McCloud, Pikachu… the list goes on and on. From Nintendo’s humble beginnings with the original NES back in 1985 all the way to the Wii U in 2014, the company has consistently been an ambassador for cute mascot

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Do Videogames Affect Behaviour?

Do Videogames Affect Behaviour?

Whatever your personal opinions on feminism or sexism in videogames are, the fact that it has become a conversation in the industry is a good thing. There has been a lot of uproar over the feminist frequency video series, the point of view they discuss in regards to videogames, and the media’s subsequent reporting of

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Never Underestimate Pretty

Never Underestimate Pretty

I think everyone wants to believe they’re immune to the lure of good-looking graphics. As the medium has matured, so too has the discussion about what constitutes a worthwhile title. We want to talk about the merits of gameplay systems, narrative, and character work, not polycounts and shaders. Focusing on whether or not a game

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Game Journalism & Gamers Failed Each Other

Game Journalism & Gamers Failed Each Other

Over the last couple of weeks a huge kerfuffle has blown through the gaming community and it’s taken on many names, finally settling, it seems, on “GamerGate,” since that’s the least accusatory term, and doesn’t involve personal defamation of anyone in particular. The most amazing thing about GamerGate is how it has ignited so many

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Top Ten Genre Movies of TIFF 2014

Top Ten Genre Movies of TIFF 2014

Another year has passed and the Toronto International Film Festival is here again. Given that it’s one of the largest and most successful film festivals in the world and occurs on CGM’s home turf, that means that I, your humble CGM film critic, will have to abandon my post for a few weeks to cover

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The Ethics of Zombie Murder

The Ethics of Zombie Murder

I’ve played a lot of Dead Rising 3 over the past week and, for the most part, have really enjoyed it. While I’m not a huge fan of its story or cast of characters, Dead Rising 3 manages to remain entertaining for a pretty simple reason: it makes killing zombies really fun. Driving a flame-throwing

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Are Adventure Games Making a Comeback?

Are Adventure Games Making a Comeback?

I suppose I should start by pointing out the fact adventure games never really left in the first place but there’s no denying that after their early popularity in the late 80s and early 90s that they went through a bit of a slow phase. In recent years, they’ve been brought to the forefront yet

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