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Eighty-Caliber Smooches

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More and more, I hear acquaintances saying things like, “Oh, I might have played that game back when I had reflexes.”

As someone whose video game reflexes existed for all of two months during the halcyon days of Unreal Tournament 2004, I’m happier with cardboard. Joshua Van Laningham’s Bullet♥︎ is an adaptation of the shoot-’em-up genre. Frankly, I like it better than any shmup I’ve fumbled through.

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Previewpalooza: Bullet, Intrepid, Pax Viking

This is the sort of article you write when months of a global pandemic have piled up six preview requests and you haven't even played three of them.

Woe is me. I have let too many previews pile up, and now the reaper is coming to collect his due. What follows are three games that I’ve played only in limited fashion — digitally, in prototype, with unfinished components or rules — but certainly enough to get excited about. In other words, it’s fun to be enthusiastic, but be warned that the final game might be totally different from what I actually played.

Cool? Cool. Here we go.

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