John Bardinelli - Contributor

John started playing games back in the dark days before the internet. You know, Game Boy link cables, multitaps and all of that. Now, with portable devices dwarfing the power of his first few gaming consoles, John mostly sticks to the PC and mobile worlds and has a particular fondness for retro-themed indie games. That, and Borderlands! Over the past decade John has written for more than a dozen gaming sites, covering everything from browser to mainstream games. Once the day's work has been done, he can usually be found with his nose in some ancient history or philosophy book. Next stop: publishing another game script, or maybe a regular old work of fiction!

When not writing or gaming, John has a summer home on Arrakis where he spends his leisure time wrestling sandworms.

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Rock star.

Indie Studio Teases Co-Op Puzzle Exploration Game Pode

When a star and a boulder get together, something weird's gonna happen. In the case of Stella and Bulder, that weird thing is a video game. Currently in development by indie game studio Henchman & Goon, Pode is a co-op puzzle and exploration game that emphasizes experience over challenge, setting up a gorgeous world two players can explore together.

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Two decades in the making. Kind of.

John Romero Releases New DOOM Map

He's had a long and impressive career in game development, but John Romero's name will always be associated with a cluster of old school titles centering around DOOM, Wolfenstein 3D, and Quake. Ok, and Daikatana, but we're all trying to forget about that one. Now, some 21 years after his last design, Romero has released a new map for DOOM And you know what? It's pretty darn good.

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Local co-op mode included!

Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires Conquers PlayStation Vita

It's just a touch late to the party, but Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires is finally out for game-starved PlayStation Vita owners. The portable version packs all the strategy, the characters, and the co-op from the console versions into your hands, allowing you to use the touchscreen to unleash special skills and dominate the battlefield. Take that, other dynasties!

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Good thing that Harbinger guy is awake.

Dungeon Defenders II Gets Better Loot with Latest Update

In case you missed the news a few months back, Dungeon Defenders II is out, in alpha (Early Access), free to play for all. That's good news right there, but the continuing good news is that developer Trendy Entertainment has rolled out a substantial update. Called The Harbinger Awakens, it's got a new boss, more loot, and according to the official notes, more fun!

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Bug fixes, game improvements, and new content. Neat!

Dungeon Defenders Community Releases an Update Patch

When you can't update your old game anymore, just get the players to do it! While Trendy Entertainment works on the sequel, players expressed an interest in keeping Dungeon Defenders alive and ticking. So, with the developer's blessing, the first Community Development Team patch was released, and it's more than just "hey this'd be cool" stuff, too!

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Clean out the hard drive, you'll need some space.

Dying Light Keeps the Updates Rolling in with New Enhanced Edition

Techland's Dying Light hasn't even been out a full calendar year, but the team has been hard at work on updates and DLCs. It's almost like, I dunno, they're being chased by zombies or something. Several announcements over the holidays teased Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition, a new release that improves upon the original and adds some fantastic new features.

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