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  • The Complete List Of Fun Lock Picking Minigames

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    You want to open that chest? You want to get through that door? Not so fast; it's locked! Don't worry – you'll get through it eventually, but you're going to have to play a minigame first. Maybe you have to rotate the analogue sticks a bit. Maybe you need to tap some pins in the tumbler. Maybe you need to "hack" through somehow. This mechanic is common in several top-tier series – from Elder Scrolls to Thief to Mass Effect – but how many are actually fun?   More

    You want to open that chest? You want to open that door? Not so fast; it's locked!

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  • Update: My 1000 Club – Dragon Age: Inquisition

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    Update: I've added Dragon Age: Inquisition to the list of games for which I've gotten all 1000 achievement points...except it's a Platinum Trophy this time. More

    I've added Dragon Age: Inquisition to the list of games for which I've gotten all 1000 achievement points...except it's a Platinum Trophy this time.

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  • Help Kickstart A New "Behind The Mask" Movie!

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    I love slasher movies. Last weekend, I got together with friends who also love slasher movies, and our conversation veered toward Behind the Mask, easily one of my favorite films of the last decade. "Why hasn't there been a sequel yet?" we asked ourselves. When I turned to the Internet for an answer, I was delighted to learn that a new entry is in the works right now, but it needs a hefty dose of fan support. More

    When I turned to the Internet to find out why there hasn't been a Behind the Mask sequel, I was delighted to learn that a new entry is in the works right now, but it needs a hefty dose of fan support.

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  • I Can't Stop Playing Dungeon Village

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    If you've played Kairosoft's previous titles like Game Dev Story or Mega Mall Story, then you know that the studio specializes in addictive simulations. I didn't expect anything less from the latest release, but I underestimated just how awesome Dungeon Village is. More

    Dungeon Village from Kairosoft (of Game Dev Story fame) has been available for a while now, but I just discovered it and now I can't think about anything else.

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  • Three Reasons Why I Recommend the FF XIII-2 Strategy Guide

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    A strategy guide isn't always worth buying. Sometimes the game doesn't warrant an in-depth dissection, and sometimes the guide itself is just doesn't convey the information well. Neither of those things are true with Final Fantasy XIII-2, making the strategy guide a wise purchase for anyone who wants to spend significant time with the game. More

    This strategy guide is a wise purchase for anyone who wants to spend significant time with the game. 

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  • My Favorite (And Least Favorite) Strategy Guides

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    Strategy guides have an undeservedly bad reputation among hardcore gamers. Some seem to think that guides are just for people too stupid to figure a game out, or for those who want to get all of the reward with none of the effort. I disagree. I believe strategy guides help me get the most out of my games, and these are examples of the guides I’ve owned that accomplish that goal with flying colors…plus one that fails miserably. More

    These are examples of the guides I’ve owned that made my gaming experience much better…plus one that fails miserably.

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  • Update – Macbeth Meets Video Games: Bad Idea Or The Worst Idea?

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    Okay, I don't really want to give this thing any free advertising, but we got a flyer for "Macbeth: The Video Game Remix," a play going on this weekend as a part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival. The description alone would keep any self-respecting gamer from seeing the show. More

    We got a flyer for "Macbeth: The Video Game Remix," but the description alone would keep any self-respecting gamer from seeing the show.

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  • Watch Me Murder Dan In L.A. Noire

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    It's the case of The Shoved Sucker! After encountering my co-worker Dan Ryckert in L.A. Noire, I decided to stop at nothing until he was dead. More

    It's the case of The Shoved Sucker! After encountering my co-worker Dan Ryckert in L.A. Noire, I decided to stop at nothing until he was dead.

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  • Meet Tim's Fan-Made Sonic Character

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    My co-worker, Tim Turi, is a Sonic the Hedgehog fan. How big of a fan is he? Let's just say that he has spent no small amount of time drawing fan-made friends for Sonic. More

    His name is Drog. He's a Droganian.

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  • Why I Hate The Xbox 360 Dashboard: A Photo Journal

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    The "New Xbox Experience" launched two years ago, replacing the 360's old sliding blade dashboard with a slicker and more colorful interface. While it may have been a visual step up, I initially had reservations about the funtionality of the new format. Over time, these reservations have blossomed into a full-blown hatred that burns like the sun whenever I need to navigate my 360 while  connected to Xbox Live. More

    Come with me on a journey of complaining as I outline my frustration with the Xbox 360 interface, complete with visual aids.

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  • I Love My Backlog

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    As each year draws to a close, I always find myself adding to my growing stack of must-play titles. For many gamers, this is a stressful process. It makes them feel overwhelmed. For me, my holiday backlog is a tradition I look forward to every year, like a gigantic feast just waiting to be devoured. More

    My holiday backlog is a tradition I look forward to every year, like a gigantic feast just waiting to be devoured.

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  • Bad Video Game Movie Night: Far Cry

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    Okay, so some of us in the office have an unfortunate fascination with watching bad video game movies. Last week, this bizarre hobby resulted in tragedy as four of us watched one of the worst movies ever made: Far Cry. More

    Ugh. Seriously? I watched Far Cry?

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