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:

Free games for June on Xbox

by 7 months ago

Wondering what extra value your Xbox Live Gold account holds, now that premium services such as Netflix will be available to non-gold accounts? Microsoft revealed that the Games with Gold, …

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NHL15 rebuilt from the ice up, physics take top position

by 7 months ago

As the battle for the Stanley Cup rages on, those of us with "next-gen" consoles were left out in the cold with NHL14 being a last-gen release only. It comes …

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Project Spark Beta impressions: some assembly required.

by 7 months ago

E3 2013 was a rough time for Microsoft, and while currently bridging the gap between themselves and indie game developers, 2013’s announced Project Spark seemed to stand as a bastion …

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Skylanders Trap Team Announced

by 7 months ago

Kaos has blown up the walls of the feared Cloudcracker Prison freeing the most notorious villains in Skylands. Using Traptanium, a magic material that can harness the power of the …

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Marvel at where your money will be going this Fall

by 7 months ago

Marvel is the next big thing when it comes to the Disney Infinity game world, and we couldn't be happier. Check out the screens below, and start saving your pennies, …

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Disney flexes its muscles with Infinity 2.0

by 7 months ago

The battle for your Christmas money just went super-powered - Disney Interactive announced their fall release of the new Disney Infinity : Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition). Leveraging their stable …

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Dragon Age: Inquisition moves to Alpha as October 7 creeps closer

by 7 months ago

Bioware is working on turning out a new Dragon Age game, and in case you're wondering, it's development just hit the alpha stage. Most major content is created and in …

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Trials Fusion out now!

by 7 months 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 8 months 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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Rare game release: Kinect Sports Rivals hits shelves today

by 8 months 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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VoidExpanse selling for alpha flight

by 8 months 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 8 months 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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