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‘Ravenswood’ needs work

By Josh Alfrey | October 27, 2013

ABC Family’s “Ravenswood” proves killers always catch the slowest of a pack.“Ravenswood” is a spinoff of ABC Family’s popular “Pretty Little Liars.” Unlike its parent show, “Ravenswood” takes a supernatural thriller approach to the...

Wild Guns, Harvest Moon exemplify Natsumes classics

‘Wild Guns,’ ‘Harvest Moon’ exemplify Natsume’s classics

By Josh Alfrey | October 22, 2013

For more than 20 years, Natsume has provided family fun games outside the cookie-cutter model.Natsume celebrated its 26th anniversary Sunday, and the developers created two great classics. “Wild Guns” and “Harvest Moon” are two games for the Super...

Next-gen games stalled by Ubisoft

By Josh Alfrey | October 22, 2013

Patience is a virtue for gamers who wait for Ubisoft’s products.Last week, Ubisoft announced the releases of “Watch Dogs” and “The Crew” will be delayed. With anticipation high for the action-packed games, the move affected players and companies.Since...

TV’s JV squad

By Josh Alfrey | October 20, 2013

Even though television features great shows this fall, some incredible ones are flying under the radar.“Sleepy Hollow”“Sleepy Hollow” is a Fox show based on Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” This show brings the headless...

Cute meets cruel in retro gaming

By Josh Alfrey | October 15, 2013

October is a standout month in gaming history. This throwback is dedicated to two greats released in October.“Mortal Kombat” and “Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island” normally aren’t synonymous. One pushed the boundaries of gore and violence,...

‘Beyond” Two Souls’ explores death

By Josh Alfrey | October 8, 2013

Quantic Dream developers take gamers on a journey through the sublime in their new game, “Beyond: Two Souls.”“Beyond: Two Souls” is an interactive drama released Tuesday. The game follows the life of a young woman named Jodie Holmes and the supernatural...

Distinct Rareware games take spotlight

Distinct Rareware games take spotlight

By Josh Alfrey | October 1, 2013

Variety is the element of gaming that players get with classic Rareware games.The unique platformers “Donkey Kong 64” and “Conker’s Bad Fur Day” brought dynamic components to their genre. Through different gameplay and story elements, each left...

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D strays fom Marvel Films enjoyment

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” strays fom Marvel Film’s enjoyment

By Josh Alfrey | September 29, 2013

Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” may raise agent Phil Coulson from the dead, but the show should focus on reviving itself.“S.H.I.E.L.D.” is a new show on ABC based on the secret organization that brings together the Avengers. In the show, Nick...

‘The Blacklist’ is full of exciting questions

By Josh Alfrey | September 29, 2013

Questions don’t stop piling up in the new series “The Blacklist,” and I can’t wait to hear the answers.“The Blacklist” is an NBC drama about one of the FBI’s most-wanted criminals who decides he wants to help them take down wrongdoers. James...

Two distinct autumn beers to have on hold

By Josh Alfrey | September 23, 2013

Despite my love of cool weather and sweaters, autumn truly means only one thing to me: seasonal brews.The fall is full of countless seasonal beers that will do a fine job of delighting your palate while warming your chest. Darker amber ales and brews...

Faceoff: ‘Breaking Bad’ predictions

By Josh Alfrey | September 22, 2013

Josh AlfreyThe king will rule over a kingdom of dirt and dust and no one will be around to know — that is how I see the fate of Walter White.“Breaking Bad” will have its series finale and the stage is set for one epic ending. Throughout the latest...