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Sparky Clarkson

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Sparky Clarkson grew up in the hot lands of Alabama, where he was regularly mooned by a cast iron statue. He played his first games on a Texas Instruments 99/4A computer, although he was not an early adopter. He eventually left Alpiner behind, cultivating a love of games that grew along with the processing power of the home computer. Eventually, however, the PC upgrade cycle exhausted him, and by the time he received his doctorate from the University of North Carolina he had retreated almost entirely to console gaming.

Currently Sparky works as a scientist in Rhode Island, and works gaming in between experiments and literature reviews. As a writer, he hopes to develop a critical voice that contributes to a more sophisticated and interesting culture of discourse about games. He is still waiting for a console port of Betrayal at Krondor.

Ten All-Time Favorites Games
Betrayal at Krondor, Civilization II, Duke Nukem 3D, Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, Final Fantasy X, Ico, King's Quest V, Portal, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Silent Hill 2
Five Current Favorites Games
Braid, Fallout 3, Far Cry 2, No More Heroes, Red Faction: Guerilla
Favorite Types of Games
Role-Playing, Survival Horror, Single-Player FPS

Recent Writing

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ZZT Book ReviewNov 1 2014 - 8:42pm
Your choices don't matterDec 1 2012 - 11:00pm
Where Red Faction: Armageddon failedJul 17 2011 - 9:05am
What Blackwater should doJun 12 2011 - 12:20pm
Watch Dogs Second OpinionJul 7 2014 - 9:06am
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine ReviewOct 19 2011 - 4:19pm
Volume ReviewSep 8 2015 - 9:17am
Venetica ReviewMar 6 2011 - 8:44pm
Values and characteristics of the Cinematic Action genreDec 21 2010 - 12:39pm
Until Dawn Second OpinionDec 26 2015 - 8:59am
Unmechanical ReviewAug 18 2012 - 8:45am
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Second OpinionDec 2 2011 - 3:49pm
Tower of Guns ReviewMar 4 2014 - 7:29am
Toren Second OpinionJun 10 2015 - 11:46pm
Tomb Raider ReviewApr 4 2013 - 4:29pm
To clear the crowded skyMay 26 2012 - 9:20am
Thirty Flights of Loving ReviewOct 17 2012 - 2:56pm
Things I saw at the Boston Festival of Indie GamesOct 8 2013 - 2:37am
The Year of the Games 2013Dec 19 2013 - 3:13pm
The Witness ReviewFeb 12 2016 - 12:48pm
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Second OpinionNov 26 2015 - 5:44pm
The Unfinished Swan ReviewDec 4 2012 - 6:28am
The Testament of Sherlock Holmes Second OpinionDec 13 2012 - 11:28am
The Swapper ReviewJun 21 2013 - 5:32am
The Saboteur ReviewFeb 5 2010 - 8:38am

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