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  • Casting the Games: SeaNanners

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    This is the sixth installment in the Casting the Games series. SeaNanners is a Call of Duty commentator working through Machinima that has a sizable backlog of content posted on Youtube. Unlike Siraz, a commentator previously spotlighted by Casting the... More
  • Adventures of a Digital Don Quixote Pt. 1

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    As some of you may notice, Don Quixote is reminiscent of my GIO name, Jack the Quixotic Gamer. This is because the word quixotic derives from the title of Miguel de Cervantes 17th century novel Don Quixote about an old man that goes mad and decides to... More
  • The World War II FPS

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    “War. War never changes.” – Fallout 3

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    “War. War never changes.” – Fallout 3 Looking back over the years, there have been many games focused on the biggest war ever fought in the history of man. Many have wondered at the fact that so many games have tread over the same ground... More
  • Time with Demos! Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

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    If I could paint you a picture of this game I would need only one color: red. Seriously, this game has so much blood coming out of enemies you might start to think that they had been pumped full of grape juice. The combat is bloody, fast, and frantic.

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    If I could paint you a picture of this game I would need only one color: red. Seriously, this game has so much blood coming out of enemies you might start to think that they had been pumped full of grape juice. The combat is bloody, fast, and frantic... More
  • A Quick Word on Online Behavior

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    I think we all know the golden rule: Don’t be a tool. These days it seems like whenever I login to League of Legends or Halo or Call of Duty, I find my experience ruined by people berating each other for being terrible or calling each other names. This is partly due to the way the metagame is constructed rewarding teams that do well and having players fixated on that instead of the enjoyment of the game. But all the blame can’t rest on the way that games are put together, because many online aspects of games are made very well and work wonderfully. No, the blame rests on us, the people using the videogames.

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    I think we all know the golden rule: Don’t be a tool. These days it seems like whenever I login to League of Legends or Halo or Call of Duty, I find my experience ruined by people berating each other for being terrible or calling each other names... More
  • Building Better Games Part 1

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    Here is the thing if you might not have picked it up from the fact that I blog on a videogame website: I love playing videogames. I think that they offer us unique experiences, sensations, and opportunities that we just can’t get anywhere else. I have been g

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    Here is the thing if you might not have picked it up from the fact that I blog on a videogame website: I love playing videogames. I think that they offer us unique experiences, sensations, and opportunities that we just can’t get anywhere else.... More
  • 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