Lego City Undercover Review



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Welcome to Lego City!

Let me preface this review by saying that Lego games are very hit and miss for me. I have truly enjoyed some of them; like Lego Batman 2 on Wii and Lego Pirates of the Carribean on the 3DS. Others, like the Lego Star Wars series or the Lego Indiana Jones series simply haven’t done it for me. It isn’t that I dislike the IP (what’s not to like?)

After my wonderful experiences with Lego Batman 2’s open world environment, I got really interested in Lego City Undercover (LCU). My son and I (he’s 6) also truly enjoyed playing TOGETHER; which made Lego Batman 2 a perfect game for us and we were hoping that we could recreate some of that magic with LCU – even though my son wasn’t particularly interested in the IP (he loves superheroes) of Chase McCain.

I would be lying if I told you we weren’t disappointed when we heard that the game was a single player experience. But, Wii U gaming has been a bit thin – so we grabbed it on release day anyway. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Consoles, Nintendo, Slideshow

Freemium Part Deux: DRM in Disguise



In my article, Freemium: It’s Real, It Sucks, It Really Sucks I discussed the latest bait and switch from the gaming industry. The concept of micro-transactions isn’t new; but now instead of it being an afterthought, games are being BUILT around picking your pocket, $.99-$99.99 at a time. Games like Simpsons: Tapped Out show how the model works; take a four hour game, give it away for free – and drag those four hours out to over a year of “click and wait” while offering time-compressing “donuts” at top dollar. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Consoles, Software, The Cloud

Google Reader Dies on July 1, 2013: Why It Matters



Let me preface this article by saying I am not a regular user … of anything.  I use the web differently than most people.  I use my phone differently than most people.  I even use my tablet differently than most people.

However, among the regular users of Google Reader?  I’m a pretty average user.  That’s why I feel qualified to explain why Google Reader closing its doors is a catastrophe and why there are not substitutes currently available that meets the needs of users like me. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+