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  • Matt's ten... no... eleven... favorite games of all time Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: February 13, 2014
    Trying to make a list of your all-time favorite PC and console games is easily equatable to pulling your own teeth while playing Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on violin and eh, screw it, let’s throw some rocket science in there for good measure.  As a hardcore gamer, I’ve spent more hours of my life gaming than […]
  • Game Ideas: A swashbuckling pirate adventure on the high seas Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: February 4, 2014
    While chatting recently with a friend about ideas I had for a game, he recommended I turn those concepts into an article for Obscure Republic.  So in this article, I’m going to do exactly that.  And if someone stumbles upon this article and says “hey, I have the talent, experience, and resources to make this,” […]
  • Sly Cooper animated film announced Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: January 28, 2014
    On Tuesday, Blockade Entertainment CEO Brad Foxhoven revealed to the world that one of the PlayStation’s most beloved characters is headed to the big screen: Sly Cooper. The famous orphaned raccoon thief will be joined by Bentley Turtle and Murray Hippo in Sly’s first major motion picture, which Foxhoven describes as “a kinetic and comedic heist film.”  […]
  • PC vs. console gaming: which is better? Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: January 27, 2014
    It’s a debate as old as time itself: which is the better way to play games?  On a PC, or on a console?  Bringing this question up in any circle of gamers is sure to start a fiery argument, but I do believe it has one undeniable answer… PC is better.  And not just slightly better, either, but […]
  • Review: FIFA 13 (4.7/ 10) Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: December 13, 2013
    Okay, I know what you’re thinking: “Why are you guys reviewing FIFA 13 instead of FIFA 14?  FIFA 13 is outdated now!”  That’s true, it is.  But Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  And that pretty much sums up not only why we […]
  • New World of Warcraft expansion? No thanks Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: November 1, 2013
    The internet is abuzz today after the website MMO-Champion revealed that Blizzard has allegedly trademarked the name “Warlords of Draenor,” and registered the web domain as well.  But while some gamers have gotten excited about the possible new expansion pack, with Blizzcon coming up next week and a possible World of Warcraft- related announcement on the […]
  • Review: Grand Theft Auto V (PS3/ 360) (Perfect 10) Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: October 31, 2013
    It’s official.  After GTA V has taken home a staggering seven world records, it has now earned something so prestigious that even the acclaimed team at Rockstar will find themselves blushing:  Grand Theft Auto V is officially the first game ever to take home a perfect 10 out of 10 score from Obscure Republic. Reading […]
  • Review: Battlefield 4 (PC) (7.6/ 10) Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: October 30, 2013
    Ever since Battlefield 1942 entered the fray of shooter games way back in 2002, I’ve firmly believed that the Battlefield franchise is one of the very best in the gaming world, and that, pound-for-pound and for its era, BF42 is the very best FPS title ever made.  The franchise has changed the industry by leaps […]
  • Review: Civilization V (with expansions) (6.3/10) Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: October 28, 2013
    Every so often, I like to review older games, partly for fun, but also because I’ve spent so much time with these titles that it almost feels criminal to have never written a review in the past.  Today, we’ll be looking at a game I’ve spent ungodly amounts of time playing: Civilization V, complete with […]
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Review Posted by: Bryn Price Posted on: October 11, 2013
    It’s that time of year, yet another Final Fantasy is released. So much for ‘final’, eh? Well this reviewer can hardly complain, I’m a Final Fantasy slut, I would say ‘whore’, but somebody once told me whores get paid to be what they are. However, you could say the series has not been what it […]
  • Fallout 4: a wishlist Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: August 31, 2013
    Fallout 4 is currently under development at Bethesda, but details regarding the next installment in the famed post-apocalyptic roleplaying game have been scarce. Still, despite the lack of information about the game, I do know one thing about it beyond any shadow of doubt: Bethesda will most likely screw it up. I’ve never really been much of […]
  • Why are video game women so slutty? Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: April 9, 2013
    A study conducted in 2012 by the ESA concludes that 47% of gamers ages 18+ are female, and that there are more female gamers over the age of 18 than there are boy gamers ages 17 and under.  The average age of all gamers, male and female, is 30 years, according to the same ESA […]
  • Could the PS4 make DDR5 RAM cheaper? Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: March 1, 2013
    Quite a few people are talking about how the PlayStation 4 is going to use GDDR5 RAM, rather than the more standard DDR3 RAM found pretty much everywhere else in the world of computing. GDDR5 RAM is almost exclusively used in high-end video cards, and that’s about it.  So how is Sony going to get […]
  • Final Fantasy XI Review 2013 Posted by: Bryn Price Posted on: February 23, 2013
    The first question that probably comes to mind is, “why the hell would you review a decade old game? What are you, some kind of nostalgia reviewer?” The answer to that question takes me back to the year 1823, I was a fighter pilot in Vietnam and the Nazis had managed to finally ward off […]
  • A new Civilization 5 expansion: a wishlist Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: February 2, 2013
    If you’re a big fan of the Civilization franchise of games, you’ve probably seen the news that a new expansion pack for Civilization V, tentatively titled One World, is possibly on the way.  If this turns out to be true, fans will soon be treated to a whole new batch of fresh content for the award-winning strategy […]
  • The Gamer's Code of Chivalry: An Introduction Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: February 2, 2013
    How I yearn for the golden days of multiplayer gaming.  You and a couple of friends, sitting on the edge of someone’s bed or on the floor, staring into some tiny television set while you waited patiently for your turn to come up, joking and laughing and eating pizza together.  Sure, there were the occasional […]
  • How many of the ten worst genocidal leaders played video games? Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: January 31, 2013
    In the past thirty years, a wide array of individuals and organizations have tried pinning all of the world’s violence on video games, claiming that by simply playing violent games, a person is somehow more likely to turn into a heartless psychopath hellbent on killing everyone and everything they see.  Of course, we all know […]
  • A senator says video games cause violence... sigh Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: January 30, 2013
    I remember it like it was yesterday.  The year was 1993 — I was thirteen years old — and I was celebrating either my birthday or Christmas (they’re pretty close together).  My parents gave me a Super Nintendo game that at the time was shocking and exciting, but I mainly remember it because each time […]