About Tyler Cameron

Tyler resides in Southern California with his wife and five pets. When he isn't taking care of his family, however, his hobbies consist of playing and writing about videogames. From a young age, he was interested in both videogames and writing, and when the two came together, everything was made right in the world. He is fan all games and game consoles, and is not one to say "No" to a new gaming experience. Oh, and he's also been known to have an unhealthy love for videogame music.
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Top 10 XBLA soundtracks to listen to while reading, studying or writing
4 years ago

Top 10 XBLA soundtracks to listen to while reading, studying or writing

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Did you know that video game music helps the brain by providing a stimulating background that doesn't interfere with concentration? OK, I can't prove that. I have no scientific evidence to back it up, but for some games, it seems like it just has to be true.

Xbox Live Arcade is home to some amazing games with some equally amazing music. Composers often sink days, months or even years into crafting the best musical experience for players – dedication that likely goes unnoticed, which sometimes is the whole point.

Sometimes, the best game music can serve as a stimulating background while studying, writing, reading or just doing some housework. Sometimes, you don’t want to notice the music or have it break your concentration. With that in mind, here are the top 10 XBLA soundtracks that serve as the best music to read, study, write or work to.

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Bastion and coping with divorce
6 years ago

Bastion and coping with divorce

By  •  Features

Author’s note: This piece contains plot spoilers and specific details regarding the story and characters of Bastion. If you have not yet finished the game and don’t wish to have anything spoiled, please wait to read the entry below. Thank you and enjoy.


This is as much an open letter to Supergiant Games and my colleagues at XBLAFans that I've let down, as it is about simply musing about one of the best games I have ever played. If the title of this piece wasn’t any indication, Bastion was an extremely meaningful game to me during a time when it’s common for lives and futures to be shattered or irreparably set back.

Like I said, Bastion is already one of the best games of the year by far, and easily in the top 10 games I have ever played, which encompasses 20-some years of gaming memories. My situation at home bars no sway in this opinion because either way; Bastion is a work of art. Its art style is a wonder to look at and is unlike anything available right now. It’s like interacting with some of the most beautiful paintings you’ve ever seen. The game’s music alone is almost worth the 1200 MSP price tag, and is regularly rotating on my iPod alongside major artists everyone knows. The gameplay is also engrossing and addictive, and caters to a wide combination of tastes and play styles. I personally enjoyed the musket and Cael Hammer combo because I like being a devastating, close-range powerhouse. I got 200/200 Achievements within two days of purchasing and playing Bastion, and still want to continue playing.

But where Bastion differs from all other games is how I identified with its plot and characters, and how I used this to overcome my failed marriage.

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Bastion's Narrator Outtakes
6 years ago

Bastion's Narrator Outtakes

Bastion's narrator is one of the standout features of last week's first Summer of Arcade game. The calm, raspy tone of Rucks (voiced by Logan Cunningham) adds a dramatic and …
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XBLA tattoos that will make you smile (or cringe)
6 years ago

XBLA tattoos that will make you smile (or cringe)

Do you love something so much that you’d want it on your skin for the rest of your life? Has a video game ever meant so much to you that …
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Pinball FX2 Mars Table Tournament starts today
7 years ago

Pinball FX2 Mars Table Tournament starts today

By  •  News

Fancy yourself a champion of the Mars Table in Pinball FX2? Starting today, April 29 until May 13 2011, players who download the Mars Table on XBLA can compete in a two-week tournament to determine who the best Mars Table player really is. Follow the jump to see prize details.

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Pinball FX 2 Mars table review (XBLA DLC)
7 years ago

Pinball FX 2 Mars table review (XBLA DLC)

Pinball FX2 was developed and published by Zen Studios. The full game retails for free, individual tables can be purchased for 200 MSP. The Mars Table retails for 240 MSP. A copy of the DLC was provided by the publisher for reviewing purposes.


Last November, we reviewed Pinball FX 2 and recommended that people buy the game. While the initial game download was free, players could then choose to demo and buy individual pinball tables for 200 MSP a piece.

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Zen Studios announces the Mars Table for Pinball FX2
7 years ago

Zen Studios announces the Mars Table for Pinball FX2

By  •  News, Videos

Zen Studios has announced a new add-on for Pinball FX2, called the Mars Table. As the name suggests, players will get a chance to pinball it up on a Mars-themed …
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Beyond Good & Evil soundtrack available for free
7 years ago

Beyond Good & Evil soundtrack available for free

By  •  News

For those who missed Beyond Good & Evil the first time, an HD version is currently on XBLA for only 800 MSP, our review of which is …
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XBLA's Most Wanted: Jet Force Gemini
7 years ago

XBLA's Most Wanted: Jet Force Gemini

During the late 90s and early 2000s, it seemed like Rare could do no wrong on the Nintendo 64. Responsible for massive hits like GoldenEye 007, Perfect Dark, Conker’s Bad Fur Day and Banjo-Kazooie, they cranked out memorable games dear to many gamers.

Jet Force Gemini might not be remembered in the same way as some of Rare’s other classics, but like many of their other titles, it was ahead of its time and pushed the boundaries of what the system could do.  It’s epic scale, creative weaponry, surprisingly violent combat and emphasis on exploration landed it in the hearts of many, and would make a perfect HD remake for XBLA.

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Rewind Review: Trials HD (XBLA)
7 years ago

Rewind Review: Trials HD (XBLA)

Trials HD was developed by RedLynx and published by Microsoft Game Studios for XBLA on August 12, 2009 as part of the second annual Summer of Arcade. Retails for 1200 Microsoft Points.


Trials HD is the quintessential example of a game that is instantly playable and fun, but tough as nails to master. What starts off easy and fun gradually becomes borderline maddening and impossible, rewarding the most patient and determined players with personal satisfaction as well as leaderboard bragging rights.

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