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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It's like gardening, but with shooting instead of shoveling.

Get Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare for Cheap on the Humble Origin Bundle 2

There's a war in the garden, and it looks like you're invited. The too-adorable zombie/plant shooter Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare has been around for about a year, and just about anytime there's a sale, you can grab it for cheap. Case in point: for the next 11 or so days, you can get your hands on the game for cheap as part of the Humble Origin Bundle 2.

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Set it and forget it, right?

Just Got Borderlands: The Handsome Collection? Better Start Downloading the 16GB Patch.

Excited about your brand new box of Borderlands? The Handsome Collection sure is nice, what with its Borderlands 2, The Pre-Sequel, all the DLCs and local split screen for four players on your fancy next-gen console. There's just one thing you need to do before you get started: download a "strongly recommended" 16 or 8GB patch.

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OMG pigs in sweaters.

Get Your Cute Patterns Fix with the Latest Minecraft for Xbox Reskin

Minecraft owners with an Xbox system sure do get some lovely prizes from time to time. Most of these arrive in the form of reskin packs that transform your worlds into wild new playgrounds. We've had a taste of The Simpsons, jumped into Star Wars a time or two, and even unwrapped a few holiday presents in the form of Santa and his elves. The latest pack ditches licensed works in favor of something much more simple: patterns. Pretty, pretty patterns.

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Horde survival at its brainiest.

Practice Cranial Safety in Co-Op Shooter It Came from Space, and Ate Our Brains

When something comes to Earth from outer space, it usually does one of two things: gets valet capsule retrieval service from NASA, or kills all the dinosaurs. The horde survival arcade game It Came from Space, and Ate Our Brains breaks that rule, because these aliens have arrived and are ready to slurp down some juicy pink human brain.

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