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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 12/24/18 at 07:55 PM CT

This year, the MeltedJoystick Crew decided to break with tradition with regard to our annual Game of the Year. Historically, we’ve posted a poll and, up until last year, took nominations from users to populate it. However, our voter turn-out has always been tragically low, while nomination turn-out has been incredibly high. Thus we’ve always had polls where most of the nominees received no vo...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 12/16/18 at 10:24 PM CT

After having my mind blown by “The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion” back in 2011, then feeling like “The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim” offered little in the way of difference in 2014, and pounding “Fallout 3” and “Fallout: New Vegas” back to back in 2015, I thought the jig was up for Bethesda Softworks, and that they could do nothing more to surprise me with the samey, enormous, glitchy Sand...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 12/09/18 at 09:32 PM CT

This week, Epic Games, the development house behind both the omnipresent Unreal Engine and a handful of actual games that run on said engine, such as the inconceivably-popular “Fortnite: Battle Royale,” took the next logical step in making vast sums of money by transforming their Epic Games Launcher, which debuted in 2015, into a full-blo...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 12/02/18 at 09:01 PM CT

Welcome back to another installment of the MeltedJoystick Review Round-Up. Here’s what our staff has reviewed since last time:

Nelson’s Reviews:
I pulled a Chris this Fall, and played several longer games, thus cutting my review output somewhat. I also did quite a few uncharacteristic things this Fall, such a...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 11/25/18 at 08:16 PM CT

Welcome back to another look into the near future! The clock is ticking down for developers to finish their code (more likely, get it ‘good enough’ that it doesn’t crash instantly on every piece of hardware) and shove it out the door before the end of the year. Ironically, most corporations’ Fiscal Years actually end in March…

Breathe it in everyone! *SNIIIIIIIIIIFFFFFFF* Ahhhhhhh! A...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 11/18/18 at 08:50 PM CT

The Paleo-Switch experiment is still ongoing! I have owned my Switch for just short of a year, and have yet to connect it to the Internet for any reason. Granted, my library of Switch games is currently horrifically tiny, so it’s possible things wil...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 11/11/18 at 09:24 PM CT

During E3 2018, Microsoft made a bit of a fuss about how they were actively buying game development studios in order to bolster their miserable first-party/exclusive lineup for Xbox. None of the studios they had purchased at the time meant anything to me, leaving me wondering just why Microsoft was so proud of their “acco...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 11/03/18 at 08:31 PM CT

Welcome back to another look into the near future! Now that the month of fright and horror is in the rear view mirror, it’s time to crank-up the Holiday Season for 2018, with evergreen trees, fat men in pagan elf costumes, and a variety of cheerful music with obscurely dark lyrics – all to get American consumers in the mood to spend their money. And why not spend some of that money on videoga...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 10/28/18 at 07:56 PM CT

Just when it seemed like Weeaboos, self-proclaimed Otaku, and the handful of normal people who just happen to like modern Japanese games had achieved victory in receiving non-Bowdlerized localizations and releases of niche titles that would otherwise not see the light of day outside of Japan, another Nintendo-in-the-90s-calibur crackdown on content that could be seen as “offensive” in ...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 10/21/18 at 08:13 PM CT

For years, I’ve been covering the non-appearance of the STEM, a wireless, v2.0 successor to the incredible


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