I'm the daughter of a veteran who spent my childhood in Killeen. As of 2013, I have a degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. I'm a critic of books, films, television, and video games. Find me on Twitter: @rachel_knows

Video games. What's good? What's bad? What's happening? Which upcoming games should you be excited for? What old favorites are still the best? Which next-generation console should be on your must-buy list? Which one should you avoid?

Games are huge. In September, Grand Theft Auto 5 made $1 billion in three days. It made more money than any film that has ever been made. The game industry gets bigger and more popular every year. The graphics get better, the stories get more complex, and the audience becomes more diverse.

The youngest generation is growing up with smartphone and tablet games, teenagers have had consoles with huge game libraries their whole lives, and a generation of adults played with the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Atari when they were first released. Millions of people play video games, and the industry which makes games is now full of people who grew up loving them.

Every game that has ever been made was made for a reason, and for an audience. They all deserve to be talked about and not one of them is sacred. For example, sequels, reboots and remakes seem to be all the rage as franchises attempt to make the leap into the new generation of consoles.

Bioshock Infinite is a way to do it right, and Duke Nukem Forever is a way to do it horribly wrong. Some game developers are trying to make their games more cinematic, but this can backfire. The 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider made several gamers feel they were watching someone else play a video game. Call of Duty and Battlefield are the video game equivalent of blockbuster films. They've had an impact on both console sales and game development. Every game now wants to be Call of Duty, even the ones that should not try to be Call of Duty.

Every one of these opinions can be debated. And where there is a discussion to be had, there is a place to have it. This blog is for news, reviews, and commentary on one of today's most popular and fastest-growing forms of entertainment.

Have anything you'd like us to talk about? Want more information on an upcoming game? Curious about something a little more obscure?

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Herald/Rachel Kaser

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Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro

Video games are for the elderly too. Did you see the British grandma on YouTube playing Grand Theft Auto 5 to let off steam? Its hilarious. She'd just gotten a utility bill increase and wanted to let off steam.

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