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Pax East 2014: Hands-on with Press Play’s next platformer, ‘Project Totem’

16 April 2014 6:18 AM, PDT

Project Totem comes off as a pretty plain looking platformer and the rules are pretty simple, too. Fortunately, it’s anything but a plain and simple game. The player has the ability to play as two different colored Totem pieces and you can switch between the colors at any given time. The Totems will do exactly what the other is doing and separating or moving the two apart depends entirely on the level and its layout.  The challenge of the game is to advance through a board littered with colored gates. These colored gates can only be passed through by a character of the same color, so be prepared to freeze up a bit before getting used to the unique rule. It’s definitely one of those “easy to learn, but hard to master” kind of games that veteran gamers can appreciate.

Switching colors to match and pass through otherwise »

- Francois Chang

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FX’s ‘Fargo’ is as good as the Coens’ masterpiece

15 April 2014 10:26 AM, PDT

Before I sat down with the first four episodes of FX’s limited series, Fargo, premiering April 15 at 10Pm, I reacquainted myself with the 1996 Coen Brothers’ crime classic. It’s been over a decade since I last saw the film and like a winter squall blustering through, my memories of it had become buried deep in snow. However, after this viewing, I had this insatiable desire to soak in this world for a longer duration.

It wasn’t just any small town that had been rocked by bloody murders and criminal activity, it was this specific ivory landscape that stretched as far as the eyes could see. Its citizens were as foreign and distant as Hawaii or Alaska as were their special brand of talk and affection. Fargo felt like the Coens picked up a snow globe unlike any other and then gifted it to everyone who had seen the film. »

- Ernie Estrella

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