About The Site
The Unplayables was started by two friends who were fed up with the mainstream games media. Too often, games that play it safe (but that have big publishers and ad campaigns) get more coverage than games that have great original ideas. We were angry, we played games, we could write, and we had free time. Why not start a web site?
No matter what, in our news, reviews, articles and Free DLC podcast, we strive to provide our audience with our real, informed, and unfiltered opinions. If we manage to educate and/or entertain while doing it, that’s all bonus. We always try to point out the best and the worst in everything we review, and we do not self-censor.
So, yes, we will usually review the latest big-name FPS, but how about that indie game that just went on sale for $5 on Steam? How about that game from 2002 that you were always interested in but never tried? That’s our wheelhouse. You should come by some time. We have pizza rolls.
About The Writers
Jeff started gaming at an early age in the mid 80s and has never looked back. His favorite genre has always been point and click adventure games, and to this day his favorite game is still The Secret of Monkey Island. Since the genre died in the late 90s however he has been able to keep an open mind to all types of games from action/adventure to sports/racing. Jeff has very little qualms when it comes to playing games, he’ll play anything!
His uncanny ability to see past most games shortcomings and ineptitude has helped him greatly in his endeavour to play every game in the world. Where most gamers would see glitches, bugs, and repetitive gameplay, Jeff perseveres and plays through anyway just to see it to the end. While he can admit when a game is bad, that will never stop him from giving an unbiased opinion of the overall product.
The darkside of this ability however did manifest itself in the current era of gaming turning him into an “Achievement Whore”. Since he was able to play any game to completion no matter how bad or boring the Xbox 360 has taken more time of his life than he’d care to think about. The Unplayables has given him an outlet for relaying information on these types of games to others to warn and inform them. It has also helped in getting him away from his whoring habits as gameplaying is much more focused towards reviewing now.
Mike first started gaming when he was only two years old, playing Kings Quest and the other Sierra adventure games with his dad in Texas. Since that time, he has consistently loved PC gaming, building his first PC when he was a teenager, just so he could be sure he had a sweet top-of-the line 3DFX card.
Mike’s console gaming went from the Atari, to the NES, to the SNES, to the N64, then the Playstation, Playstation 2, Xbox, and now PS3, Xbox 360 and the Wii. He had brief dalliances with the Dreamcast and the Saturn, but some things are never meant to last. Mike’s handheld gaming consoles are limited to the Nintendo handheld devices, but he is a (sort of) proud 3DS ambassador.
Mike is unforgiving when it comes to videogame jankiness. Even the slightest amount can set him off, and ruin his experience with a game. That being said, his favorite games usually do have quite a bit of jank, but it is offset by fantastic gameplay and/or ideas. His motto when it comes to videogames? “Impress me.”
Mike worked briefly in the videogames press during high school and college, and wrote some pretty bad articles for a few random web sites. The only thing of value to come out of that experience, he claims, was that he got to go to E3 twice, and the Tokyo Games Show once.
Since then, Mike got his law degree, worked on a couple of political campaigns, worked as a political consultant, and recently took the Maryland Bar Exam. He also just got married. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and two rabbits.
About The FreeDLC Podcast
On June 8, 2011, Mike and Jeff published the first episode of the Free DLC Podcast, featuring coverage of E3. It has since been published (almost) every week, though the show saw a slight reboot on July 19. Whereas the show used to have a typical podcast format, Mike and Jeff changed it to focus only on two areas: Games played over the last week and a weekly topic (usually pulled from the week’s news).
The show is released every Wednesday, and is usually recorded on Monday or Tuesday, depending on when Mike and Jeff have time. It is recorded over Skype, using Total Recorder, and it is edited in Audacity.
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