Posts by Gabe Gurwin

Octopath Traveler

‘Octopath Traveler’ Is Both a Nostalgic and Thoroughly Modern Role-Playing Game

‘Octopath Traveler’ acknowledges its roots without ever being weighed down by them. Among fans of Japanese role-playing games, or “JRPGs,” the mid-’90s were among the greatest years in the history of the genre. At the center of this golden age was publisher Square — now Square Enix — and its masterpieces like Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger. Despite the limited technology of the Super Nintendo console, the games were able to tell sprawling and        …read more


Punk’s Not Dead! 8 Current Bands You Should Be Listening To

These bands keep the spirit of punk alive. This summer, the Vans Warped Tour is making its final full cross-country run after more than two decades on the road. The music festival, founded by Kevin Lyman, began as an absolute oasis for punk rock fans, with now-famous bands like Blink-182 and The Offspring using it as a springboard into superstardom. In recent years, the lineup of bands has diversified beyond punk to appeal to today’s        …read more

toy construction set

Nintendo Labo & Why Toy Construction Sets Are Great for All Ages

Whether you’re four or 40, toy construction sets have something to offer you. Nintendo Labo, the gaming company’s cardboard toy construction set for use with its Switch system, releases this month, and it’s unlike any video game peripheral we’ve seen before. Combining the “do it yourself” approach to building sets like LEGO and K’NEX with traditional gaming elements displayed on your television screen, Labo aims to stoke your problem-solving and creative fires while providing you        …read more

Paddington 2

Your Kids Might Not Cry Watching 'Paddington 2' but You Will

‘Paddington 2’ has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and its message is even more important for adults than it is for kids. Paddington 2, which comes to Blu-ray and DVD April 24, has 100% fresh reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. I walked into the theater to see Paddington 2 in the middle of a Tuesday afternoon, expecting to laugh along with the few other people who cleared their schedules to watch a movie about a talking        …read more

Nathan for You

Beyond Its Cringe Comedy, 'Nathan for You' Has Real Heart

The hilarious pathos of ‘Nathan for You.’ Comedy Central’s business-reality show Nathan for You is unlike anything else on television because its host, Canadian comedian and writer Nathan Fielder, is unlike anyone else on television. A master of awkwardness and cringe comedy, Fielder is capable of making everyone in his presence feel uncomfortable in a way that extends to the viewers, who are left squirming in their seats as they wait for someone to break        …read more

violence gaming politics

Blaming Video Games for Violence: A Brief History

Politicians have been blaming video games for real-world violence for decades. On February 14, 2018, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and began opening fire with an AR-15 rifle. After Cruz was taken into custody, the death toll stood at 15 victims, mostly students, with two more dying later in the hospital. It was the work of a disturbed and radicalized killer who had ties to a local white        …read more

Archie comics, Riverdale TV show

‘Riverdale’ Is Cheesy, But It’s in on the Joke

With loose ties to ‘Archie’ comics, ‘Riverdale’ is a self-aware and engaging drama for teens and adults alike. SPOILERS AHEAD! In just the first season of the CW’s Riverdale, we see a father murder his own child, a teacher with a false identity have a passionate affair with a high school student, a man thrown in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and a vengeful daughter burn her family’s beloved estate to the ground. In        …read more