Justin Sirois

Columnist Gamer's Grammar

Recent Articles

  • Top Ten Video Games of 2015

    Top Ten Video Games of 2015

    1. "Darkest Dungeon (early access)" (Red Hook Studios) The stark illustrative style and dramatic voice-overs in "Darkest Dungeon" make it uniquely menacing. Turn-based combat isn't for everyone—imagine "Dungeons and Dragons" without the dice—but it gives this bleak game a tension that keeps you...

  • Gamer's Grammar: 'Fallout 4' asks what would Rick Grimes build?

    Gamer's Grammar: 'Fallout 4' asks what would Rick Grimes build?

    Westerns are called Westerns for a reason. The genre revels in its environment as much as it does its characters and plot. In some ways, the environment is the main character—often times trying to kill the protagonist with scorching heat. Local award-winning game studio Bethesda Softworks understands...

  • Gamer's Grammar: Preserving the Pixel at Atomic Books

    Gamer's Grammar: Preserving the Pixel at Atomic Books

    Art preservation has been a well-respected discipline for centuries, its origins probably dating as far back as art itself. Unfortunately, new media often suffer through a growing pain of acquiring the notoriety and respect that necessitates preservation. Think about blues music and how, without...

  • Gamer's Grammar: An interview with one of the creators of 'Halt and Catch Fire'

    Gamer's Grammar: An interview with one of the creators of 'Halt and Catch Fire'

    At 32 years old, Christopher C. Rogers, one of the co-creators of the AMC television drama "Halt and Catch Fire," is one of the youngest and brightest creators in the industry. The show revolves around a rogue corporate computer guru, Joe MacMillian (Lee Pace), who snowballs a Texas software company...

  • Gamer's Grammar: 'The Witcher 3' is too damn big to fail

    Gamer's Grammar: 'The Witcher 3' is too damn big to fail

    Right now, you’re hunting a massive wyvern. That’s dragon in geek. This one circles about a quarter-mile above. The creaking trees around you aren’t much shelter from the approaching storm. There’s a city in the distance you haven’t visited yet. Tiny streams of wood smoke seep from chimneys. Its...

  • Gamer's Grammar: I'm yet another casualty in the console wars

    Gamer's Grammar: I'm yet another casualty in the console wars

    As I write this, my finger hovers over the “place order” button on Amazon . . . a click away from spending $400 on yet another game console—a PlayStation 4. That’s on top of the $500 I spent last year on the new Xbox One. How much have I spent on games in the past two years? Maybe $1,500 total?...

  • Gamer's Grammar: Frank Underwood of 'House of Cards' inside 'Monument Valley'

    Gamer's Grammar: Frank Underwood of 'House of Cards' inside 'Monument Valley'

    In season one of “House of Cards,” Kevin Spacey’s Machiavellian character Frank Underwood plays an online first-person shooter, most likely “Call of Duty.” It’s a striking scene. Alone, on the couch, this southern congressman anonymously plays with who we would assume are teenagers. Who would have...

  • Gamer's Grammar: MICA professor Jason Gottlieb's game 'Eat Yourself'

    Gamer's Grammar: MICA professor Jason Gottlieb's game 'Eat Yourself'

    It’s nearly impossible to understand the amount of labor that goes into making a great work of art. Behind every respected novel are countless drafts and revisions. Often, movies take thousands of people to write, film, edit, and market. The same thing goes for video games. I’m slowly making my...

1 2
88°