Insights from Tan
Console Reviewer \ Article Writer
I guess I'm not what you'd call a traditional blogger in the sense that I write entries in a "dear diary" format.  Instead, I like to write informal reviews, thought pieces, as well as chronicle my collecting to a small degree.  Sometimes I ramble and sometimes I rant but at least I'm consistent if nothing else!. Welcome to VGCL!


Review: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Book 1 by David Michaels     by Tan (04-Jun-09)

You would think that someone who is as huge a fan of Splinter Cell as I am, would have read these novels over and over by now. Truth is, I didn’t know if I’d like them or not as I’m not a fan of most Tom Clancy franchises whether in game or book form. Maybe I was afraid that the … Read more


Review: Mass Effect 2: Ascension by Drew Karpyshyn     by Tan (21-Dec-08)

There are plenty of novels based on games and vice versa and a lot of the time they tie into the continuing story. This can be important, particularly for an RPG based on a new franchise that is still being filled out and developed. For those of you unaware, Mass Effect: Ascension is a book based on a game, that … Read more


Review: Diablo 1: Legacy of Blood by Richard A. Knaak     by Tan (26-Feb-08)

Not the best book I’ve read that’s for sure. Perhaps it’s because other than the games there is little background literature to draw inspiration from. It’s not like there is a whole “universe” of depth and mythology surrounding Diablo like there is with the various D&D games. The story isn’t that great because it’s drawn from a game that has … Read more


Review: FC Twin – Not As Evil As Purists Claim     by Tan (13-Nov-07)

Although I consider myself an enthusiastic advocate of playing games on original hardware, I realize that the older NESs and SNESs become, the less chance they can be found for reasonable prices and/or in working order. Sure you can find them now but what about in another ten years? Or twenty or thirty? Hell I’m a young man, forty or … Read more


Review: Mass Effect 1: Revelation by Drew Karpyshyn     by Tan (30-Aug-07)

I finished reading this prequel novel to the upcoming BioWare game just the other day. An excellent book that was really hard to put down. I’ve read and own some of Drew Karpyshyn’searlier novels and I knew it would be a good read even before I picked it up. This novel is set before the story in the game and … Read more


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