Justin Pauls

PROFILE:

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, at a young age I was forced to decide whether the harsh northern winters were going to claim my fingers, or to turn to the safer pursuits of indoor activities. Little did I know that a little game called Ninja Gaiden would bring my digits more pain than frostbite ever could. Starting with Vectrex and C64 games and moving forward through the era of electronic entertainment, I sampled as much as I could in the different platforms, and began my interest in PC gaming from wrestling with DOS memory management. While console games were a part of my earliest gaming memories and I certainly had played on most platforms including 3D0, all things Nintendo, PS1 and the like, truly the PC was my domain until the Xbox. As an old PC gamer, I ever chased the cutting edge technology. Eye of the beholder with CGA 4 colors was my first step down the the path of blowing thousands of dollars on PC upgrades over two decades. Ultima 7, with the Guardian talking to me through my monitor, still haunts my dreams and keeps me ever hoping for a decent Ultima 8 and 9. From the 3DFX SLI VooDoo2s and Aureal to today's GPU driven DirectX games, the new and shiny pictures seem to keep me going. My PC gaming has slowed down with the market shift though, and although I have choice games that will ever be on PC, I have found myself in console gaming with a bit of portable gaming in my life. Back around the turn of the millenium (and long before fatherhood), I had fired off an email offering to help Ron with a little-known site called ConsoleGold. Little did I know it would be be a part of my life to this day. While I've seen my fair share of shovelware (thanks Ron!), I manage to try and find the fun in most games. Leaning towards sandbox and action titles, I've grown to love games for their potential to reach art. Console agnostic and excited for the progress of tomorrow, I fancy the latest and greatest, but still enjoy the good old classics ... as long as they've been revamped from their 8bit graphic roots.

Posts by Justin Pauls:

TGIF: Gaming Trend’s Weekend Lineup

by , , , and 7 days ago

    Whether you’re hiding eggs for Easter, savoring the seder for Passover or just enjoying a beautiful spring weekend, one thing is for sure--we all will be playing video games. Here’s …

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    Trials Fusion out now!

    by 1 week ago

    I've got a special place in my heart for RedLynx - Monster Trucks Nitro was the first video game my son ever played (my Steam hours ranks in the hundreds …

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    Indie gaming takes flight on Xbox One

    by 2 weeks ago

    From humble Kickstarter beginnings, Strike Suit Zero has come a long way. Originally available for PC and reviewed by our own David Roberts, it has become the first self-published title …

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    TGIF: Gaming Trend’s Weekend Lineup

    by , , and 2 weeks ago

      There aren’t many new releases to be excited about in the second week of April, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t games to play. Some gamers may enjoy piecing together …

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      Rare game release: Kinect Sports Rivals hits shelves today

      by 2 weeks ago

      Probably the most important game on the Wii was Wii Sports - a motion-controlled game packed in with the console to show off what the system could do, and managed …

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      TGIF: Gaming Trend’s Weekend Lineup

      by , , and 3 weeks ago

        April is a month associated with new beginnings. The buds of beautiful spring flowers burst to life from their frozen sleep, baseball fans flock to stadiums around the country as …

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        VoidExpanse selling for alpha flight

        by 3 weeks ago

        VoidExpanse is one of those games we'd love to see make it. Sure, they toss about terms like "procedurally generated", "real-time combat"  and "skill trees" with the best of them, …

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        Satya appoints new Xboss days before Build 2014

        by 3 weeks ago

        Satya Nadella has a tough road to travel - from poor Windows 8x adoption rates to key members leaving, including Blair Westlake, Marc Whitten and Don Mattrick. Well, today he's patched …

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        Fulgore and company get divekicked in season two

        by 4 weeks ago

        Microsoft, Rare and Double Helix have done what no one could have expected - in 2013 they remade the classic Killer Instinct into a beautiful, functional arcade fighter on a …

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        Burial at Sea second episode released

        by 4 weeks ago

        Fan of Bioshock Infinite, and a little down about Irrational Games shutting down? Well, the last content from them is up and available for PC, 360 and PS3 for $15, …

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        Dead Rising 3 season … pass?

        by 4 weeks ago

        Los Perdidos is a dangerous place, and developer Capcom Vancouver was thinking ahead when they planned out their extra content. From the cell phone / SmartGlass integration in Dead Rising …

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        The Animus is taking us to Paris!

        by 1 month ago

        The next Assassin's Creed game, titled Unity, will be taking place (at least in part) during the French Revolution according to the teaser trailer. We hope that Ubisoft's decision to …

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