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About Steve Melton

Steve is an Indiana native with a degree in Computer Information Technology and a background in technical writing. He has also written for the newspapers and other periodicals at the schools he attended. A gamer for over 20 years, Steve finds that Xbox Live Arcade is the perfect fit for most of his gaming needs; classic gameplay at a bargain price.
Latest Posts | By Steve Melton

PSA: System maintenance

Hey gang, we’re going to be implementing a few new features over the next 24, and this post is where you’ll find our testbed of new gadgets. Things may change …
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Section 8: Prejudice developer loses court appeal, ordered to pay damages
8 years ago

Section 8: Prejudice developer loses court appeal, ordered to pay damages

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TimeGate Studios lost its court appeal to SouthPeak Interactive earlier this month. The appeal leads all the way back to 2009, when TimeGate sued SouthPeak over alleged withheld royalties …
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Call of Juarez: Gunslinger launches May 22 for 1200 MSP
8 years ago

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger launches May 22 for 1200 MSP

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The Techland-created blood-n-guts XBLA shooter Call of Juarez: Gunslinger finally has a release date. Players can saddle up on May 22, 2013 for 1200 MSP. The game follows Silas …
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Trials Tuesday – Episode 11
8 years ago

Trials Tuesday – Episode 11

Yeah, it’s Wednesday, but it’s still Tuesday in Yesterdayville.
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Trials Evolution one year later: 1.3 million on the leaderboards, other stats
8 years ago

Trials Evolution one year later: 1.3 million on the leaderboards, other stats

It’s been exactly one year since RedLynx’s smash it Trials Evolution hit the digital store shelves. The game was released to universal acclaim. Our own review gushed …
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Newsbits: Apps, Music and The Walking Dead
8 years ago

Newsbits: Apps, Music and The Walking Dead

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  • Microsoft recently sold its Mediaroom and the IPTV service to Ericsson. According the the press release the sale “allows Microsoft to commit 100 percent of its focus on …
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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon live action short
8 years ago

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon live action short

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You know what was awesome? The 80’s. But not in the way you might think — no, they were awesome in a ‘cheese factor’ sort of way. Everything about …
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The Twisted Pixel Games Bundle: four great games for 800 MSP
8 years ago

The Twisted Pixel Games Bundle: four great games for 800 MSP

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Fans of Twisted Pixel games can now purchase their first four releases as a bundle. The MawSplosion Man, Ms. Splosion Man, and Comic Jumper are all included for a mere 800 …
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Motocross Madness review (XBLA)
8 years ago

Motocross Madness review (XBLA)

Motocross Madness was developed by Bongfish Games and published by Microsoft Studios. It was released April 10, 2013 for 800 MSP. A copy was provided for review purposes.

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Excitebike 64. Motocross Madness 2. MX Unleashed. These were the games that defined what a great 3D dirtbike should be. Each gave you the feeling that you could compete with the likes of Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael. They immersed players with their perfect blend of arcade-meets-simulation gameplay. With their tight control scheme and interesting courses they brought a semi-niche genre to the forefront and gave players the opportunity to soar like eagles while performing a Cordova.

With Motocross Madness Bongfish Games and Microsoft Studios seek to provide those same thrills and a fluffy, avatar-filled world. The result is an interesting take on an established formula. The game feels social, with a large portion dedicated to local and online play. Exploration of the open worlds is encouraged, and collectables entice players to return for more. And the draw of earning new avatar awards and playing using your existing avatar is always enticing. That being said, this avatar racer isn’t without flaws.

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Mars: War Logs overview trailer
8 years ago

Mars: War Logs overview trailer

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If Mars: War Logs could be summarized with one word, that word would be ‘ambitious’. With each new bit of news we learn that this game is looking to …
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