David Sobel

Stories from David Sobel

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Friday, September 8th, 2017
After a somewhat agonizing wait, Sonic Mania, the latest entry in the 2D Sonic the Hedgehog game series, arrived on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on August 15, 2017, with the PC version released August 29 through Steam. Due to being very hit or miss over the course of the last ten plus years as a series, Sonic has been somewhat of a controversial franchise, regarded with strong opinions in defense of and in criticism of.
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Friday, September 8th, 2017

Some strangely timed or poorly placed mobile hardware releases have found themselves brought to market recently, and I’ve found myself questioning what was going on in the “board room” to create such a situation to begin with. Two releases in specific, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (releases September 15, 2017 in the US) and the New Nintendo 2DS XL (released July 28, 2017 in the US), have left me confused as to who the market is and what the point of their release was.

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Magic, multiple universes, items with special abilities, all a few common aspects of many fantasy stories we have come to know, utilized in one way or the other, with variations in every story they appear in. "A Darker Shade of Magic" by V. E. Schwab presents a story that employs typical fantasy fare with some interesting variations, alongside a compelling cast of characters with strong personalities. In an unexpected turn of events, I will be reviewing a book in this issue.

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
Beginning as a Kickstarter campaign on May 1, 2015, "Yooka-Laylee", a game created by a group of ex-Rareware employees in the form of Playtonic Games, finally saw its release on April 11, 2017, following a couple of delays. With the aim of providing an experience nostalgically reminiscent of the 1998 "Banjo-Kazooie" and other Rareware games from the Nintendo 64 era, the game is directed at both old and young players. Without further ado, here’s an overview of Playtonic's first game, "Yooka-Laylee":
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Saturday, April 1st, 2017

After some notable delays, Nintendo’s latest game in the The Legend of Zelda series finally made it to the Wii U and the Nintendo Switch on March 3, 2017. Boasting a wide-open world alongside elements that typically make up The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild has a lot going for it. That said, does it hold up to the hype it has elicited since its launch? Has this one-man audience been blown away? Read on, a review awaits you.

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Friday, March 24th, 2017

Explorative, deep, strategic. In the context of games, did those words make you think of a video game? If so, you have been living a lie, perhaps full of pretty screens, but what is real life besides a large, metaphorical television screen anyway?  To the gamer in you, I say take out a napkin and a pen so that you can play a real game: Tic Tac Toe. You may be about to tell me to go fish for a new mentality on what constitutes a real game, but hear me out on this. As such, here is a review you never asked for but assuredly will change your mind on gaming.

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

To pick back up on a series consisting of, so far, a single article, here's an overview of the 2000 Dreamcast game "Lack of Love," created by Love-de-lic and published by ASCII Entertainment. Of course, despite the game self-abbreviating to L.O.L, it is no laughing matter, and neither is the terrible pun I just employed. That said, without further ado, a game overview:

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Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Having recently been given the opportunity to try it out, here's a newcomer's review of Soylent, the meal replacement product with a name reminiscent of the 1974 film, Soylent Green, which has existed for a few years now. No, Soylent is not made of people or overused referential jokes. Rather, it is made for people who are interested in an efficient and filling meal replacement that fulfills much of their daily diet requirements while not being an utterly terrible experience.

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Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Typically you would consider a device around $400-600 to be a budget purchase when it comes to laptops, but have you ever considered going cheaper? A recent solution to the cheap-but-functional laptop need that I’ve personally experienced actually involves Chromebooks. I know what you’ll tell me next: Chromebooks are very limited and require the internet to be useful. This is mostly true, if you choose to run Chrome OS as it is.

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Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Let me begin with a brief recounting. On Saturday, November 5, after a doorbell ring and a trip to the front door, I found myself in possession of an order I’d made: a vinyl pressing of the original soundtrack of "OutRun." With that in mind, here’s my review of "OutRun" on vinyl, produced by Data Discs, a small, recently founded company located in the U.K. specializing in being “purveyors of quality game soundtracks on glorious vinyl.”