• Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Video Game Parody Song Battle: BioShock vs. Portal

    This has been a very good year for the small, but awesome genre of video game parody songs, and today I thought we'd pit the best so far against each other to see which one is truly the better effort. They come from two series that I love completely equally, so there's no bias in that regards. Let's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Assembling the Ultimate Video-Game Band

    Being resident Houston Press video-game reviewer is an awesome gig. I mean, getting paid to play video games? What's not to love? But I still think of myself as a music journalist, and today I thought I'd combine the two. What if we could build a supergroup out of some of the best musical characters ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Presidents of the United States of America Singer to Score Portal-Style Puzzler

    Chris Ballew, the basitarist and singer of Seattle band Presidents of the United States of America, will be the man behind the music for an upcoming first-person puzzle game from Square Enix called Quantum Conundrum. It is impossible to overstate the importance of music in a video game. Would BioSh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Five Songs For Congo's Independence Day

    ​Rocks Off remains fascinated with obscure holidays like World Rabies Day. Usually we focus on either lesser-known American holidays, or international holidays endorsed by the United Nations. Today though, we decided to branch out to other countries and wish a happy Independence Day to the cit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Happy Birthday Tetris: 7 Covers of the Game's Theme

    ​Rocks Off has learned a lot from video games over the years. Super Mario Bros. 3 taught us that the sun is an angry, malice-filled demon who will stop at nothing until you're dead (It's a 102 degrees as we write). Bioshock taught us that taking Ayn Rand a too seriously leads to fighting genet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    A Comprehensive Guide to Houston's Food Blogs

    Cartoon does not reflect reality (most of the time).​In a city as large as Houston and with as many culinary options as we're blessed with, it's no surprise that the food blogging community here is large and diverse. Say what you want about food bloggers: that we're arrogant, obtrusive know-i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Finally, Some Important Movie News

    ​Now that the dust has cleared (and the blood has been spilled, thanks to a stabbing before the...Cowboys and Aliens panel) at Comic-Con, we can finally move forward, away from the overwrought announcements about the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Green Lantern (Ryan Reynolds is better ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    October 30, 2008

    Scared Shipless in Dead Space

    No one can hear you sob like a pansy. Lucky for you

  • Home Entertainment

    February 28, 2008

    Text Adventure: Lost Odyssey

    Words get in the way of an otherwise stellar game

  • Home Entertainment

    December 27, 2007

    The Best Games of 2007

    A look back at gaming's greatest hits

  • Home Entertainment

    October 11, 2007

    Halo 3

    Does Halo 3 live up to its billing?

  • Home Entertainment

    September 13, 2007

    Atlas Drowned

    A sunken utopia sets the stage for a fascinating shooter.

  • Home Entertainment

    May 25, 2006

    Next Big Things

    The five biggest attention-getters at E3