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  • Time with Demos! Shogun 2: Total War

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    My last Time with Demos installment was less than enjoyable. I hoped to remedy this with a genre I have always loved (I harbor no such emotions for MMOs) Real-Time Strategy. It may come as a surprise that I have never played a game in the Total War franchise. So, I figured that for this Time with Demos I would take the opportunity to try it out.

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    My last Time with Demos installment was less than enjoyable. I hoped to remedy this with a genre I have always loved (I harbor no such emotions for MMOs) Real-Time Strategy. It may come as a surprise that I have never played a game in the Total War franchise... More
  • Seven Reasons Why I Love eSports

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    Recently Major League Gaming had a record setting event in Anaheim (a city probably best known for its 1992 role in the feature film The Mighty Ducks). They streamed over 35 million videos online, attendance was over 20,000, over 2.6 million hours of footage was consumed by viewers, and all of this between July 29th-31st. ESports is getting bigger, better, and more accepted by the general population. I, for one, love watching. I find it exciting and gripping. The way many of the games are played there can be 11th hour comebacks, and feats of strategic magic that are awesome to behold. Here are just a few of the reasons I love eSports:

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    Recently Major League Gaming had a record setting event in Anaheim (a city probably best known for its 1992 role in the feature film The Mighty Ducks). They streamed over 35 million videos online, attendance was over 20,000, over 2.6 million hours of... More
  • A Defense of Inconvenience

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    Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE It seems like everything these days is getting faster and people are finding more ways to remove bits of unpleasantness out different experiences. Gaming today seems like it is heading in the same direction... More
  • The Joy of Playing Together

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    Recently, I purchased Pokemon HeartGold for the DS. I had never thought of buying another pokémon game since the Gameboy version of Silver that I bought, oh, so many years ago. However, that changed. One of the fellows that I work with also brought... More
  • How Games Define You

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    You may recall my post a few days ago regarding the purchasing of Pokémon HeartGold for my DS. Well, I wanted to linger on that little event and tell you all a bit of a story. So here goes:

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    You may recall my post a few days ago regarding the purchasing of Pokémon HeartGold for my DS. Well, I wanted to linger on that little event and tell you all a bit of a story. So here goes: Once upon a time, there was a young, strapping lad named... More
  • New Study Points to Why We Play

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    Why do we enjoy playing videogames? Do we play games to escape from our humdrum lives? Do we play to feel like superpowered gods?

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    Why do we enjoy playing videogames? Do we play games to escape from our humdrum lives? Do we play to feel like superpowered gods? According to a new psychology study set to be released in the Psychological Science academic journal, the answer is none... More
  • Casting the Games: TotalBiscuit

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    This is the fifth installment in the Casting the Games series. One of the most charismatic casters in the business, TotalBiscuit provides funny, high quality commentary on a wide range of games. He got his start back in 2006 with WoW Radio . WoW Radio... More
  • Review: Cowboys and Aliens

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    I know that this is usually the province of Enigma, but I wanted to talk about it since I think that it shares some problems that overlap with the videogame industry.

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    (WARNING: THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS) I know that this is usually the province of Enigma, but I wanted to talk about it since I think that it shares some problems that overlap with the videogame industry. I want to start out this review by saying that I quite... More
  • The Top Ten Most Imaginative Games

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    I am looking forward to the Steam release of the game From Dust after playing through some of it at a friend’s house the other day. It is a pretty darn unique experience. Afterward, I pre-ordered it through Steam. After doing that I got to thinking: what are some of the other “out there” experiences that games have offered us in the past? So, without further ado, in my opinion, the games on this list are some of the most original and/or oddest found in gaming. They are in no particular order, since I feel like numerically ranking creativity is tricky at best. Enjoy!

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    I am looking forward to the Steam release of the game From Dust after playing through some of it at a friend’s house the other day. It is a pretty darn unique experience. Afterward, I pre-ordered it through Steam. After doing that I got to thinking... More
  • The Difference between Casual and “Casual”

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    Before I begin, I would just like to say in an appropriately dramatic voice that:

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    Before I begin, I would just like to say in an appropriately dramatic voice that: For those of you unaware I have been in the North Woods for work and now have a few weeks before I return to the business of getting my English degree. I will be trying... More
  • Perfectionist Gamers

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    What is it that drives some gamers to try to attain perfection? Is it the thrill of accomplishment? Is for the sake of masochism? Or is it just to say that it can be and was done? Whatever the reason, the fact remains that many gamers seek to earn all of the achievements on Xbox Live or the Playstation Network or to get 100% completion on the newest games.

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    What is it that drives some gamers to try to attain perfection? Is it the thrill of accomplishment? Is for the sake of masochism? Or is it just to say that it can be and was done? Whatever the reason, the fact remains that many gamers seek to earn all... More
  • Casting the Games: Siraz

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    This commentator has a relatively smaller fanbase than the others that I have covered thus far in the Casting the Games series. This is no doubt due to the fact that he has been combating some chronic sinusitis that makes his voice a bit mucousy and not... More