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:

I know the pieces fit – The LEGO Movie Videogame

by 8 months ago

“Movie tie-in game” - feel like running away yet? Sure, there are the occasional gems that squeak through, but in general terms games that spring from (and are directly related) …

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TGIF: Gaming Trend’s Weekend Lineup

by , , , , and 8 months ago

    This is it. The last week of February has come to a close, and Saturday is the first day of a month where we will see a plethora of highly-anticipated …

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    Trials Fusion coming April 16

    by 8 months ago

    In case you're unfamiliar with the Trials series, or its predecessor Monster Trucks Nitro, the game formula is all about balancing speed and jumps, tricking and landing, and above all …

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    Head behind-the-scenes in Sonic Boom

    by 8 months ago

    Sega has shared with us a compelling behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Wii U / 3DS exclusive game: Sonic Boom. Meant as a prequel for the upcoming TV series of …

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    The cult of Persona: North American invasion with four games

    by 8 months ago

    ATLUS has shared with us fantastic news:  you can expect Persona lovin' on 3DS, PS3, Xbox 360 and Vita. Over the next two years we'll see four fully localized North …

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    Dark Souls II Collectors Edition video bares all

    by 8 months ago

    If you're wondering what the collectors edition of Dark Souls II will look like, wonder no more. According to Gamestop it will retail for $120 USD, it includes a cloth map, …

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    Dead Rising 3 DLC released – run with the Kings of Chaos

    by 8 months ago

    Capcom Vancouver's zombie killing simulator just received it's third of four DLC packages today. This time we're in control of the motorcycle gang madman Hunter, who introduced us to the …

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    Party with your friends in the March update

    by 8 months ago

    One of the most lamented problems with the Xbox One is the interface in dealing with both friends and parties. There were features that were dropped from the Xbox 360, …

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    Twitch App headed for Xbox One in time for Titanfall

    by 8 months ago

    I think it might be that March 11, 2014 will mark the unofficial launch of the Xbox One proper - we just got word that the much-anticipated Twitch app, originally …

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    Vector Thrust coming to Steam

    by 8 months ago

    Iceberg Interactive announced today that Vector Thrust, from indie developer TimeSymmetry is slated to be released in Q2, 2014. We've got 10 screenshots showing off the  aerial arcade combat game. …

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    Titanfall bundle announced – Buy Xbox One, get Titanfall free!

    by 8 months ago

    File this under a good idea: Microsoft announced today that they're offering an Xbox One Titanfall bundle at its normal  $500 price tag. What's included? Download code for a digital …

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    Control freak? Take matters into your own hands.

    by 8 months ago

    It might seem baffling, but it looks like Microsoft is offering an Xbox One remote. At first blush, the remote control looks pretty basic and should be superfluous. Amid the …

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