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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In space, we come up with a bunch of jokes that start with "in space".

In Space We Brawl is a Chaotic Combat Game with Tons of Customizable Weapons

The folks at Forge Reply really like to spend their lunch breaks screaming at and taunting each other. From those sandwich-fueled yelling sessions, In Space We Brawl was born. It's kind of like a twin stick shooter crossed with a beat-em-up game, but because it takes place in space, there's a lot more room to maneuver. Also, no one can hear you scream, so be sure to yell extra loud.

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That's it, time to throw down the gauntlet.

Gauntlet Reboot Release Slips Back a Few Weeks

The Warrior, Wizard, Valkyrie and Elf will have to wait a few more weeks before making their 2014 debut. The modernized reboot of the classic co-op monster killer Gauntlet has been pushed back to a September 23rd release date, adding about three weeks to the original date. Don't worry, though, we'll get a robe made out of dead imps as a consolation prize.

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Ascend: Talk to the Hand... of Kul.

Xbox 360 Version of Ascend: Hand of Kul Shutting Down in November

One of the first free-to-play games on Xbox 360 is about to be discontinued. Ascend: Hand of Kul has abruptly vanished from the Xbox Live marketplace shortly before a cancellation notice from its developer. Even the Xbox.com listing has been removed. Although players who own the game won't be locked out, on November 18th all support and new content will disappear.

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Some other guys approve, too, but Rayman can totally kick their butts.

Optimus Prime and Rayman Approve of this Week's Xbox Deals with Gold

Starting, like, a few minutes ago, the Xbox Games Store has hit the "on" switch for a week's worth of sales as part of the Deals with Gold program. Among the add-ons and full games for sale, co-op players will be happy to see titles like Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark, Watch_Dogs, Rayman Legends and Guacamelee making an appearance.

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Still good news, even though we're only thinking about the pre-sequel.

Borderlands 2 Sale and Free Weekend on Steam

Not a lot has been going on in the world of Borderlands 2 lately. The last piece of DLC, Sir Hammerlock Versus the Son of Crawmerax, was released months ago. The PS Vita port is old news. Even the special colorblind mode isn't so exciting anymore. But still, nobody's going to complain when the game goes free for the weekend with an enormous 75% off sale!

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