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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More guns and gore than tasty pasta dishes, FYI.

Guns, Gore & Cannoli Greenlit, Coming to Consoles in 2015

Crazy Monkey Studios isn't afraid to ask the tough questions, like "What if The Godfather was less like a book and movie series and more like Metal Slug?" Enter Guns, Gore & Cannoli, a sidescrolling arcade action game that shoves you back to the roarin' 20s with a truck load of guns and plenty of old fashioned Italian knowhow.

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No, it's my turn to swing the hammer around and around in circles!

Kraden's Crypt Teases Wacky Co-Op Dungeon Raiding

Kraden's Crypt wants to make roguelikes wonky again. The cartoonish game brings some standard weapons into play but deploys them in unusual ways, relying on physics and momentum to keep things humming. Instead of just stabbing with a sword, you actually have to swing it. Add to the fold a healthy four player co-op feature and you've got the makings of a top-down Castle Crashers meets Gauntlet. Sign me up!

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We're shocked, too!

Players Actually Use Dark Souls 2 Note System to Help Other Players

You know how philosophers are always debating if the true nature of man is to help his fellow humans or to harm them? I'll pretend you said "Hell yeah, I was JUST reading about that!" It turns out a little video game known as Dark Souls 2 might be letting some of our innate benevolent tendencies to leak out. In a world of jerks and trolls and jerktrolls, it looks like some people are actually interested in cooperation!

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Welcome to the slug party, PSN!

Metal Slug 3 Finally Leaps to PS4, PS3 and Vita

The undeniably awesome arcade series Metal Slug is about to spawn another nugget of entertainment on the PlayStation Network. Developer SNK Playmore has announced Metal Slug 3 is coming to PS4, PS3 and PS Vita sometime this winter. It's time to rescue some innocents the only way we know how: by shooting all the weapons!

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Plus new bosses, new items, and new touch targeting controls!

Huge Update for Android Version of Terraria Finally Adds Hardmode

In what publisher 505 Games is calling the "biggest update to date", the Android version of Terraria is about to receive a massive wad of new content. Included in the release are new items, new enemies, new biomes, new bosses, and the fan favorite HARDMODE, which we should be contractually obliged to write in all-caps from now on.

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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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