Who Are You Again?

Here’s a conversation that never comes up in the RPGs I’ve played, but really should’ve.

Main Bad Guy: At last! You sniveling fools have finally reached my lair. I hope that 7 headed dragon, each with its own elemental weakness, hasn’t tired you out completely. I look forward to killing you all with my might.

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Latest Medal of Honor Sparks Controversy

The upcoming Medal of Honor, set in present day war torn Afghanistan, drew fire recently due to the option for players to play a Taliban soldier in multiplayer. The ability to play as one of these woman mutilating, school burning, Buddha statue destroying throwbacks (I never said I was unbiased, especially after reading the Time Magazine article accompanying this rather disturbing cover.) has understandably sparked strong reactions from families of fallen soldiers, various media outlets, and British Defense Secretary Liam Fox.  But Electronic Arts stated today that it stands by its decision and will not alter any content, according to Industrygamers.

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PSP Phone a Go?

As the biggest Nokia N-Gage supporter of all time, a new gaming phone is extremely good news.  The N-Gage was awesome because it was released seven years ago and its 3D capabilities rival those on the Nintendo DS.  But I won’t get into all my love for the hated device.  What is awesome is that Sony Ericsson and Google are putting together a dedicated gaming phone with some cutting edge technology.

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Coming Soon! The Reckoning! Part 2 Update!

(Week 2 has been posted.  Click on the link at the bottom of the page)

I have a terrible memory. I couldn’t tell you how old I am unless I know what year it is. Even that gets shaky sometimes, so when people asks me about trends in video game releases, I just spout out whatever general wisdom there is about video game releases. “Oh yeah, there’s too many games in November.” “Yeah I agree. There’s just way too many FPS out there.” “I wish they would spread out their releases throughout the year.” These are just some of the little general knowledge that I have about video games releases, but I never had any hard data to back it up. That is until I realized that I do have the hard data. Hell, I’ve been compiling it weekly for almost an entire year!

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Silent Hill: One Seriously F-ed Up Town

I don’t care much for most horror movies. The majority of them rely too much on gore, shock value, and the sudden appearances of the monster/killer/psycho. But when the horror is psychological-slowly built up from isolation, strange and abandoned surroundings, and enveloping darkness then I’m the first in line for the experience. Since video games are interactive, horror can be incredibly effective in this medium when done correctly.
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The Art and Business of a Video Game Review

Every week we wait for the new batch of reviews to come out so we can better inform ourselves as to what games we should go out and buy, and of which games we should steer clear. As you become a more knowledgeable gamer you have a better sense of how good a game is going to turn out and what you should expect. However, there are still games that can surprise and disappoint and the video game review is essential in our industry in ensuring you have an unbiased opinion to help better inform you. Yet, recently we have seen the line crossed by company’s pushing for a good review. This is where the art and business of a video game review meet.

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“C’est La Vie”

Last week we began having difficulties during a routine maintenance operation. Unfortunately, all of our backups and fail safes did not properly restore the site to our current standard. Due to this fact we lost over a month and a half of data, upgrades and most unfortunate of all your comments and forum posts.

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The Dreamcast Turns 10

On the surface, the Sega Dreamcast was a commercial failure. Launched on September 9, 1999 its life cycle was a mere two years. Lack of third party support, fierce competition from Sony’s DVD-playing PlayStation 2, and Sega’s own abandonment not only killed the Dreamcast, but its hardware business altogether. But the Dreamcast can be thought of as the video game industry’s “Dave Chapelle Show.” It may have been short lived, but it had a huge impact, generated a loyal and enthusiastic following, and it is still entertaining.

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Couture vs White?

EA Sports this morning dropped a bomb in my inbox this morning when they sent me the press release that said Randy “The Natural” Couture himself would be on the roster for the upcoming EA Sports MMA game. But why is this news beyond the fact that you get to pit Couture vs. Emelianenko?

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Should Sony Exit Hardware Business?

According to this editorial, Sony should follow in Sega’s footsteps and focus on making games on multiple platforms.

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