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Edna & Harvey: The Breakout review

Adventure Gamers has posted my review of Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, an quirky little game from German developer Daedalic. Actually, there’s nothing “little” about it… this is a long game with a ton of gratuitous interactivity crammed into it. But it’s a cartoon with a wacky art style, and you play a mental patient… Keep reading »

Quest for Glory behind the scenes article is now online

GamesTM has just posted my Quest for Glory behind the scenes article on their website. This article ran in the magazine about a year ago. It was super fun to write (mainly because Lori Cole gave a kick-ass interview) and I’m excited that even more people will get a chance to read it now! The… Keep reading »

Hands-on preview of Telltale’s Jurassic Park

Man vs. beast. Who do you think will win? Last week I had the chance to play part of Telltale’s upcoming Jurassic Park game. Check out my hands-on impressions at Adventure Gamers. I’m really not a Jurassic Park fan—I only saw the first movie, once, back when it was in theaters—but I’m loving the departure… Keep reading »

The Silver Lining: Something wicked this way comes…

Phoenix Online Studios have announced that the third episode of the King’s Quest inspired fan game The Silver Lining is finally almost here. It’s been five months since the last episode (a lot longer than they wanted it to take) but if the trailer below is anything to go by, it’s really been worth the… Keep reading »

Free the princess! Err, I mean, get the princess for free!

Launching Pad Games have made their excellent iPhone / iPod Touch adventure game, Scarlett and the Spark of Life, free for one day only. Hey, you can’t argue with free! I’ve been playing quite a few adventure games on my iPod Touch as of late, and Scarlett is one of the better games around. The… Keep reading »

Eye on iPhone, volume 2

The second installment of Eye on iPhone is now up at Adventure Gamers. This time around I looked at several “oldies” (the recent Broken Sword rereleases, Riven, and Colossal Cave Adventure) plus and a short-but-sweet new puzzle game named The Secret of Grisly Manor. Colossal Cave Adventure was the first adventure game ever, and I’d… Keep reading »

Eye on iPhone feature at Adventure Gamers

I recently caught up with the 21st century by acquiring one of those sleek little “connected devices” everyone seems to be carrying around these days. The device in question is an iPod Touch, and my main motivation for choosing it over a regular iPod was so I could play games on it. Once I got… Keep reading »

Don’t be a Sue

Finally got around to watching the Glee premiere last night. And this is awesome. (Yes, Amex, you tricked me into virally spreading your ad. Let’s not make a habit of it.)

Creepy hairy guy many years later

Okay, so this isn’t the same exact guy, but they’ve got to at least be related… (The funny thing is, seeing that guy’s face inexplicably makes me want to refinance my mortgage…)

15 Days review posted at Adventure Gamers

Hey, wait a sec… where did August go? I’ve been picking up a lot of freelance work the past few weeks, which is part of the reason the blog’s been silent. Also: no dollhouse progress, very slow tomato progress, Rosy hasn’t done anything particularly noteworthy. (Well, other than being her adorable little self, of course.)… Keep reading »

Hamsters in cars!

I realize I’m playing right into the marketers’ hands by posting this, but I can’t help it. This commercial is so clever. My only gripe is that all of the hamsters in the ad appear to be Syrians. What, no dwarf hamsters live on Hamsterdam Ave? Is this a segregated community?

I feel violated

I love looking at Google Analytics to see what search terms people type in to land on my site. The keywords are usually pretty obvious (“emily morganti blog” for example), or have something to do with dollhouses (“tomy dollhouse” and “christmas roombox” crop up a lot). Back when I was complaining about my crappy experience… Keep reading »

Spam a la mode

I just noticed this in Gmail and thought it was funny… And that’s not the only one! If you hit refresh, the recipes keep coming. Spam primavera is particularly intriguing. Three cheers for targeted advertising. Or maybe not.

Chronicles of Mystery: The Tree of Life review posted

My review of Chronicles of Mystery: The Tree of Life went up this morning at Adventure Gamers. This is the first City Interactive game I’ve played, although I’ve been vaguely aware of their existence for a year or so now. They’re churning out regular installments of two adventure game series (The Art of Murder and… Keep reading »

Help Heather’s dream come true

My friend Heather Logas is a game designer. We worked together at Telltale. Like me, she’s now her own boss… and also like me, she has big, creative dreams. In my case, that creativity is generally channeled into fiction. In Heather’s case, it comes through in games, and they happen to be the types of… Keep reading »

Creepy hairy guy spotted again

First he was an uneducated mother. Now he’s a California driver, apparently named Harold. Why is this guy following me around the internet? WHY?!! (At least he’s an organ donor.)

The A.B.C. Murders – not exactly my favorite game of the year

Adventure Gamers has just published my review of Agatha Christie’s The A.B.C. Murders for Nintendo DS. I can’t say I enjoyed this game. (Luckily, the year is still young…) It feels very much like an attempt to channel Professor Layton, but starring Hercule Poirot. And unfortunately that attempt didn’t work out too well. In fact,… Keep reading »

Reality check from the LA Times

Maybe I picked the wrong time to get into this business. Freelance Writing’s Unfortunate New Model was printed in the LA Times yesterday, taking a look at the current state of freelance writing. It talks about how well-paying journalism jobs are scarce and all people want to pay for these days are short, SEO-friendly articles… Keep reading »

What am I missing here?

Yahoo keeps showing me this ad when I check my email. I don’t get it. What does the creepy hair guy have to do with moms going back to school? (I realize I’ve already put more thought into this than it deserves…)

Runaway: A Twist of Fate review posted at Adventure Gamers

This morning Adventure Gamers posted my review of Runaway: A Twist of Fate, the third game in the Runaway series. While I was working at Telltale I stayed away from reviewing PC games to avoid a conflict of interest, so this is my first PC review in quite a while. My first draft went into… Keep reading »

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