Ray Ivey

A gaming freakazoid, Ray enjoys games on all platforms. Also loves board games, mind games, and all puzzles. Co-wrote the Entertainment Tonight trivia game and designed puzzles for two Law & Order PC games. Also a movie freak, bookworm, and travel bug. Thinks games of all kinds are a highly underappreciated force for social good, not to mention mental and psychological health.

 

Ray's favorite adventures include the "Broken Sword" and "Journeyman Project" franchises, "The Dark Eye," "The Feeble Files," "Sanitarium," "Limbo," "Machinarium," "Riven," "The Neverhood," and "Azrael's Tear." His favorite non-adventures include the "Thief," "Uncharted," and "Ratchet & Clank" franchises, all of the Bioware RPGs, Skyrim, and Final Fantasy XII.

 

Ray writes about the movies for the Bryan/College Station Daily Eagle, which is the old-fashioned thing called a "newspaper." He's been on eight game shows. He's taught in seven countries and has visited twenty-one. His favorite classic movie star is Barbara Stanwyck and his favorite novel is "The Hotel New Hampshire" by John Irving.

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  • Zoe and Kian return in a long-awaited sequel, Sherlock Holmes returns to solve more crimes, and a game full of shadows that's set in the 1920s
    The story so far:  The dual themes of this year’s E3 coverage are Shadows and Special Powers.  T
    06/23/13 | Editorial | by Ray Ivey
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  • Fun with Ray and Jane, and a game that's full of rain
    From Jane Jensen:  Moebius There are two themes running through my favorite games at E3 this year:
    06/18/13 | Editorial | by Ray Ivey
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  • A book review by Ray Ivey. You remember books, don't you? Well, this one's related to gaming!
      Book Review: Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal   The author just comes right out and says
    06/17/13 | Editorial | by Ray Ivey
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  • Ray Ivey reports goings-on from the first day of E3
    As I drove downtown this morning, I reflected on how lucky I am that E3 is in Los Angeles every year
    06/12/13 | Editorial | by Ray Ivey
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  • You are Corvo Attano, a once-trusted bodyguard of the Empress who is framed for her murder; empowered with supernatural abilities, you become an assassin to seek revenge on those who ruined your life.
    Developer / Publisher: Bethesda, Arkane StudiosRelease Date: October 2012Platform: PC, PS3, XBox 360
    04/19/13 | Review | by Ray Ivey
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  • When tribe-hungry Ray finds himself without a tribe, he lands in World of Warcraft where his tribal needs are, once again, satisfied
       I must be tribal by nature.  I’ve always enjoyed doing things in a group.&nbs
    04/16/13 | Editorial | by Ray Ivey
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  • It blows...it sucks...it reeks
    NOTE:  My apologies for the blatant overuse of ALL CAPS in this piece.  When I get this angry, t
    04/16/13 | Editorial | by Ray Ivey
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  • Continuing in the curmudgeonly style he first revealed in a recent rant against Samsung Customer Service, Ray takes on some major game companies
      1. Sony and Blizzard.Almost three years ago I began making the following prediction about Bliz
    04/11/13 | Editorial | by Ray Ivey
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  • Ten, descendant of Seth, the original Hero of Atlantis, holds within him the key to a mystery and is bound on an adventure in which he gradually discovers his destiny
    Genre: Mystery/Adventure/EpisodicRelease Date: 12/99 Platform: PC, Mac Note: Original date of publ
    03/15/13 | Review | by Ray Ivey
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  • Ray Ivey and friends spontaneously turn a single-player game into a group effort
    I generally think of adventure games as solo affairs.  Usually.  Most of the time when I’m playi
    02/02/13 | Editorial | by Ray Ivey
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  • Ray Ivey has been harassed by too many relentlessly respawning enemies
    I’m sorry Zelda, but we have to break up. And before you get upset, let me assure you, it’s not
    01/17/13 | Editorial | by Ray Ivey
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  • A former New York detective finds himself walking the beat again when hired by a sensuous woman to investigate the gruesome beheadings of her sister and brother-in-law
    Release Date: Europe/November 2002 - North America/February 2003Platform: PCNote: Originally publish
    01/07/13 | Review | by Ray Ivey
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  • The developers of the Quest for Glory series discuss their latest project, Hero-U: Road to Redemption, and its Kickstarter campaign
    I had the great good fortune to speak with legendary game designers Corey and Lori Cole, the creativ
    11/15/12 | Interview | by Ray Ivey
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  • A good friend pays tribute to a staunch supporter and great advocate of the adventure game genre/community and a wonderful human being
    I knew Randy Sluganski by reputation long before I knew him personally. I was a reviewer at another
    11/09/12 | Editorial | by Ray Ivey
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  • Ray Ivey keeps us in suspense no longer
        Quick trivia question: What’s the most successful gaming platform of all time? Nope, not
    10/04/12 | Editorial | by Ray Ivey
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  • This twist-filled story takes its off-beat characters all over trash planet Deponia in a fast-paced comedy of errors with one of the most unusual love stories in gaming history
    Genre: Comedy Adventure Release Date: August 7, 2012Platform: Windows (reviewed), MacLots of Baby S
    09/19/12 | Review | by Ray Ivey
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  • Ray Ivey chats with the veteran developer about the Broken Sword series, Kickstarter, and the upcoming Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse
    Note:  My interview technique is very low-tech, which means that, while Charles and I used the magi
    09/19/12 | Interview | by Ray Ivey
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  • A ghostly horse tramples all hope of a restful ranch vaction for you, as Nancy Drew. Based on the best-selling Nancy Drew book of all time.
    Genre: Mystery AdventureRelease Date: July 2004Platform: PCNote: Originally published 22 July 2004Na
    09/09/12 | Review | by Ray Ivey
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  • You, as Nancy Drew, pose as an extra on a soap opera to investigate who's behind the threatening letters being sent to the show's star
    Genre: Mystery AdventureRelease Date: November 1999Platform: PCNote: Original publcation date is unk
    09/07/12 | Review | by Ray Ivey
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  • Snowed in at Wickford Castle Ski Resort you, as Nancy Drew, pick up the thread of a long-forgotten secret that someone else is desperate to discover first
    Genre: Mystery AdventureRelease Date: August 2001Platform: PCNote: Date of original publication unkn
    09/04/12 | Review | by Ray Ivey
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  • A friend has just vanished at the Royal Palladium Theater and you, as Nancy Drew, are in a race against time to find her
    Genre: Mystery AdventureRelease Date: November 2001Platform: PC Note: Originally published January
    09/03/12 | Review | by Ray Ivey
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  • The past and future blur together when you, as Nancy Drew, investigate the strange events surrounding the Captain's Cove Amusement Park
    Genre: Mystery AdventureRelease Date: August 2003Platform: PCNote: Originally published 2 September
    09/03/12 | Review | by Ray Ivey
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  • A summer internship becomes a study in crime for you, as Nancy Drew, when a brazen thief steals a priceless piece of art
    Genre: Mystery AdventureRelease Date: August 12, 2002Platform: PCNote: Originally published 20 Augus
    08/30/12 | Review | by Ray Ivey
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  • You, as Nancy Drew must pick up the cold trail left by a notorious gangster who once lived in the lakeside cabin recently purchased by Nancy's friend. Are the ghostly legends true?
    Genre: Mystery AdventureRelease Date: November 2002Platform: PCNote: Originally published 13 Januar
    08/30/12 | Review | by Ray Ivey
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  • A chilling 3-D foray into the macabre mansion of Derceto
    Release Date: 1992Platform: Macintosh, PSX, DOS, PC/WindowsNote: Original date of review is unkno
    08/17/12 | Review | by Ray Ivey
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  • Explore an old sawmill and be confronted by supernatural events that appear suddenly and somewhat arbitrarily and disappear relatively quickly
    Anna is a compact little thriller that will give you a few shivers while it strains your brain.The b
    08/13/12 | Review | by Ray Ivey
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  • Journey through a mysterious world with undercurrents of danger as you attempt to solve the mystery behind the world's most elusive serial killer
    Genre: Mystery/AdventureRelease Date: January 2004Platform: PCNote: Originally published 23 Februa
    08/06/12 | Review | by Ray Ivey
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  • Puzzle your way through the game's many fascinating enigmas in a plot that twists and turns through ever-changing scenarios
    Release Date: August 2003Platform: PC Note: Originally published 05 September 2003For a few b
    07/30/12 | Review | by Ray Ivey
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  • Uncover the sinister secrets of the Fetch Rock Lighthouse
    Genre: AdventureRelease Date: Summer 2004Platform:  PCNote:  First published 15 September 2004Is T
    06/29/12 | Review | by Ray Ivey
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  • Solve an array of ancient riddles that will help a dying Pharoh survive and restore Egypt to glory. (European Title: Egypt 3: The Destiny of Ramses)
    Genre: Historical AdventureRelease Date: April 2004Platform: PC Note: Originally published 19 A
    06/29/12 | Review | by Ray Ivey
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