Jonathan Barnes

Jonathan Barnes (osubluejacket)

Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.
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TA Podcast: November Edition

With the holiday season upon us and games flying left and right, finding time to record an amazing podcast gets harder and harder. ...so we recorded a merely OK podcast. In our November Show, Rich an

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Game of Thrones: Episode Six Gets Screenshots

If you're one of the blessed few with oodles of free gaming time and aren't currently overwhelmed with the number of quality gaming options available, Telltale has come along with the final episode o

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TA Podcast: August Edition

With the summer coming to an end, one can almost smell the Madden in the air. It's like the siren song that declares the fall gaming season is upon us. Before we dive head and/or butt first into the

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TA Podcast: E3 Special

Do you know how long it's been since the entire TA Podcast crew sat down together to record? Too long. Far too long. We remedied this oversight last night by recording a special edition podcast that

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Opening the TA Podcast Mailbag

Greetings Podcast Fans! Tonight, the podcast crew of Rich, Dave, Michelle, and this other jerk will be sitting down to record a special E3 podcast. Our plans are to talk about most of the hot announc

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Note About Our Witcher 3 Review

Greetings TAers! If you're one of the hundreds, nay thousands, who have been waiting with bated breath for our review of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, I have some good news and some bad news. Good News -

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Guitar Hero Live Reveal Video

While the Editorial Team had a fun time setting the stage for the next iteration of Guitar Hero back at the beginning of the month, Activision rode the wave of TA-hype to their announcement of Guitar

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The Witcher 3 Gets New Gameplay Trailer

As an unabashed fan of story-driven games and RPGs, I understand how frustrating it can be to attempt to jump into a series mid-stream. Who is that guy? What does this mean? Where are we? Such querie

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Activision Announces Air Guitar Hero

With the announcement of http://www.trueachievements.com/Rock-Band-4-Temp/achiev....htm, many Activision shareholders gamers have been speculating about when we could expect another entry from the Gu

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Game of Thrones Episode 3 Launch Trailer & Screens

Telltale Games seems to be pumping out their Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series at a record pace. "Episode 1" hit in December, "Episode 2" came in early February and "Episode 3 - The Sword in t

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Latest reviews by Jonathan Barnes
Use Your Words Review

Use Your Words is a shallow party game that pales in comparison to others in the genre. Its lack of variety makes the experience repetitive and boring after only a few games.

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Chime Sharp Review

Chime Sharp may look like a modern game, but it FEELS like an older game in the best ways possible.

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Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic Review

Pixel Heroes largely succeeds at scratching the itch of 80's/90's RPGs but leaves a few things to be desired.

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Dishonored 2 Review

The Dishonored series presents a delicious and diabolical opportunity for those who struggle with their inner nature. So the question becomes, "What kind of player are you?"

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Slain: Back from Hell Review

I sympathize with Bathoryn, the protagonist of Slain: Back from Hell. Many nights I'm also crudely awakened from a peaceful slumber to dispatch foul demons and free the land of their stench.

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Destiny: Rise of Iron Review

Last week, Bungie finally gave players another content drop with "Rise of Iron". While the content does scratch the itch for "more Destiny", does it reach the high bar that Bungie set with "The Taken King"?

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Dear Esther: Landmark Edition Review

Do games need to be fun? Pardon the rhetoric, but this question ties into one of the central questions that games, gamers, game designers, and critics have struggled with for decades: Are games art?

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Lovely Planet Review

Back in my day, games were hard and finishing them was considered a major achievement throughout the playground. We used to take pictures (and get them developed!) of the kill screen and flash them t

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Game of Thrones Review

EDITOR'S NOTE - We'll be doing something a little different with episodic content of this sort from here on out. Rather than establishing individual scores for each subsequent episode, we'll be havi

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TA Top Five: Camp Counselor Characters

Summer Camp is a tried and true tradition across many nations. As a Summer Camp Director, the toughest part of running camp is often the first step... finding good camp counselors. Good camp counselo

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TA Top Five: E3 Predictions

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you know that E3 is nigh. As the Newshound team was sitting around the coffee table in our secret underground volcano tree house, we sta

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TA Top Five: Party Games

If you're anything like me (and who's to say you're not) you enjoy hosting friends over for fun evenings. Myself, I like to make cocktails, grill, and then get weird. After the weirdness ends and the

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TA Top Five: Swords

While you may just "stick 'em with the pointy end", a fashionable and powerful sword in the hands of a skilled character can put awe into those around them. Suggested by HolyMoses81, this week we've

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TA Top Five: Facial Hair

When the Editorial Team was looking through some of your suggestions for Top Five lists you'd like to see, one particular suggestion jumped off of the screen and slapped me like a wet cod on a hot mo

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TA Top Five: Scientists

Science plays a pretty big role in the narrative of many games. Few things make better sources of conflict than advanced science gone awry and few things make better resolutions to conflict than the

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TA Top Five: Top Five Ideas

Greetings, TA Community! Can you believe it's been almost two years since we debuted the TA Top Five feature? Who would have thought that since we talked about Video Game Vacations back in the summer

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TA Top Five: Rivalries

As far back as I can remember, I've always hated Michigan. As an Ohio farmboy from the northwest part of the state, I was brought up in the prime battleground. A good portion of my classmates wore pu

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Blockbuster or Art House Indie?

If you're anything like me, and who's to say you're not, you spent at least a few minutes watching last night's Academy Awards show and probably had a favorite or two for whom you were rooting. With

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You Must Choose, But Choose Wisely

Kyle Crane is a drone, an errand boy, and the protagonist of Dying Light. From the outset, he is dropped into zombie-filled Harran on a mission from a generic, quasi-governmental organization to reco

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