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  • The Annoyance of the Boss Battle - a Rant

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    Boss battles in video games have been around seemingly forever, maybe even since the coin-op explosion of the 70s and 80s.

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    Boss battles in video games have been around seemingly forever, maybe even since the coin-op explosion of the 70s and 80s. Do you remember, in Pac-Man, when you would finish one of the levels and everything on the screen would disappear, leaving your... More
  • My Pinball FX2 Addiction - Please Help Me!

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    Hi, I'm Dave...and I'm a Pinball-holic.

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    Hi, I'm Dave...and I'm a Pinball-holic. (Hi, Dave!) Yes, I admit that I've been sinking hour upon hour into all twenty tables of Pinball FX2 . (Thanks to PlusXP ) I simply can't help myself. I have huge scores on most of the tables, but... More
  • Should single-player-only games be cheaper?

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    That's certainly one way to look at why some recent games have tanked, though I'm not sure it's the only reason.

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    That's certainly one way to look at why some recent games have tanked, though I'm not sure it's the only reason. I've been playing the well-reviewed recent game, Shadows of the Damned , and think it's actually a pretty good game. However... More
  • From Journalism to Community Manager

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    As the giant web of social media continues to grow and grow, and as video game fans continue to cluster online in order to complain about (or sometimes compliment) some of the biggest games out there, gaming companies are learning that they need to have a presence online in order to interact with these people. They need somebody who can go online, listen to the fanbase, and communicate with it.

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    As the giant web of social media continues to grow and grow, and as video game fans continue to cluster online in order to complain about (or sometimes compliment) some of the biggest games out there, gaming companies are learning that they need to have... More
  • Does this count as a guilty pleasure?

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    I'm a big fan of the CSI television show (the Las Vegas one, I stopped watching Miami after it became boring to make fun of it, and never got into New York). So you'd think that the CSI video games would be totally up my alley, right?

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    I'm a big fan of the CSI television show (the Las Vegas one, I stopped watching Miami after it became boring to make fun of it, and never got into New York). So you'd think that the CSI video games would be totally up my alley, right? Ding ding... More
  • Games not quite what you thought?

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    For the longest time, I avoided Batman: Arkham Asylum. I heard that it was an awesome game, but I also heard a lot about the fighting in the game. For some reason, that turned me off. I knew it wasn't a "fighting" game like Street Fighter or something like that. But I'm not as good with fighting mechanics in most games as I would like to be, and I don't find them that fun (see games like Bayonetta and Castlevania and the like, which are supposedly great games but just not my cup of tea).

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    For the longest time, I avoided Batman: Arkham Asylum . I heard that it was an awesome game, but I also heard a lot about the fighting in the game. For some reason, that turned me off. I knew it wasn't a "fighting" game like Street Fighter... More
  • "Swatting" - The end of the Online feel-good story

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    Over the last couple of years, I've read stories about how playing games online has prevented somebody from committing suicide, prevented a potential high school shooting, and stuff like that.

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    Over the last couple of years, I've read stories about how playing games online has prevented somebody from committing suicide, prevented a potential high school shooting , and stuff like that. These are wonderful stories about how, despite being... More
  • Some Weird & Cool L.A. Noire Stuff

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    I've been playing the hell out of L.A. Noire since it came out, and I've been having a lot of fun with it. The review will be coming at some point, though at the rate I'm writing reviews, I'm not sure when.

    Anyway, everybody and their grandmother has been doing an L.A. Noire blog, so I

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    I've been playing the hell out of L.A. Noire since it came out, and I've been having a lot of fun with it. The review will be coming at some point, though at the rate I'm writing reviews, I'm not sure when. Anyway, everybody and their... More
  • Writing Disappointment - Video Game Edition

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    About six weeks ago, I got the urge to see if I could write a video game blog, or write for one. I started my own, but I haven't posted anything for a little while now (must get back to it). I was looking for video game review sites, but I stumbled... More
  • Storytelling in video games - why it may never reach the level of books/movies

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    Whenever the topic of "video games as art" comes up (and don't worry, I'm not really going there, as I hate that discussion), one of the aspects used to prove how games have become art is the expanded storytelling that many modern games have. Games these days can tell some wonderful stories. Just take Mass Effect, for instance.

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    Whenever the topic of "video games as art" comes up (and don't worry, I'm not really going there, as I hate that discussion), one of the aspects used to prove how games have become art is the expanded storytelling that many modern games... More
  • Assassins Creed: Brotherhood - More of the same, with some great additions as well

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    A good assassin's job never ends, does it?

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    A good assassin's job never ends, does it? That's what poor old Ezio Auditore, hero of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed 2 , must be thinking as the latest game in the franchise begins. Dubbed Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood , the game continues... More
  • A piece of my past has been ripped away - Doctor Who's Elisabeth Sladen has died.

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    Sladen played Sarah Jane Smith, one of the most popular Doctor Who companions ever. She was loved by millions of Who fans around the world. For many of us, she was the first companion we were familiar with, much as Tom Baker was our first Doctor.

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    The Doctor Who world, as well as British television, were rocked yesterday by the news that Elisabeth Sladen had passed away. Sladen played Sarah Jane Smith, one of the most popular Doctor Who companions ever. She was loved by millions of Who fans around... More