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  • Pop Songs For BAD Game Developers (With A Few Twists)

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    I was bored and I kept thinking of all of the sub-par releases and broken games that plagued 2014. For some reason, I kept thinking of songs while trying to form an idea for a blog. This is the result. And you can tell everybody that this is your song... More
  • What If???? (Pondering An Alternate Video Game History)

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    If I think back to my very first encounters with video games... well, wow. It's been a long time. For the record, my love affair with video games goes back pretty far, at least in my opinion. But I do know of several GIO members who've been at... More
  • What Every Gamer Needs To Know About Women (Whether They Play Games Or Not)

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    I recently read a fairly detailed article about the controversy in Australia over the push to have Grand Theft Auto V banned due to it's graphic depictions of violence against women. As you can imagine, views on this issue were sharply polarized.... More
  • Play A Couple Games, And Call Me In The Morning...

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    Video games have been portrayed in many ways throughout the past two decades or more, but as medicine? As our understanding of gaming culture evolves, the picture that is developing is that a game a day may actually keep the doctor away... for a while... More
  • Do Video Games Nurture Insensitivity?

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    The team at Atomic Games interviewed over 70 individuals, composed of the returning U.S. Marines, Iraqi civilians, Iraqi insurgents, war historians, and senior military officials, and learned the psychological complexity of the battle.[6] The game's director, Juan Benito, elaborated that "Through our interviews with all of the Marines, we discovered that there was an emotional, psychological arc to the Battle of Fallujah.[6]

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    Years ago, I had something happen to me that triggered a troubling question that has lingered ever since. It was a question that I've never been able to comfortably answer for myself. And yet, it seems oh so relevant today. It was a crispy holiday... More
  • Spending Smart: Making The Most of Your Gaming Dollars

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    How often do you make a video game related purchase that is quickly followed by gam

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    How often do you make a video game related purchase that is quickly followed by gamers remorse? Are you an early adopter, or do you prefer to wait? Video games can easily become an expensive hobby, but that doesn't mean it has to be. One thing I notice... More
  • The Dilemma of the Empowered Gamer

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    Two years ago, there was a scandal over a comment made by Mike Jeffries,

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    Two years ago, there was a scandal over a comment made by Mike Jeffries, the CEO of the uber trendy clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. Jeffries was quoted as saying, "We go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive, all-American kid... More
  • So Many Thank You's...

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    As is probably the case with pretty much everyone, I within the past few months I had to struggle with some dark times. Moments of self-doubt, moments of fear, moments where I began to believe that tomorrow held little promise. I stopped doing a lot of... More
  • Nintendo's Next Move

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    This has been quite an interesting, and challenging year for Nintendo. But if anything positive can be said, it is that the folks over at the Big N are no quitters. They have taken their fair share of hard knocks and criticisms, and kept right on moving... More
  • Retro Ruminations

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    It started with a conversation I'd overheard in a Gamestop. This was year's ago, mind you, when the Xbox 360

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    It started with a conversation I'd overheard in a Gamestop. This was year's ago, mind you, when the Xbox 360 and PS3 were only halfway through their life cycle. I was browsing through used Gamecube titles when one of the employees asked me if... More
  • The Many Faces Of The Modern Gamer/Jerk

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    These days, I hear a lot of talk about the "ugly gamer". Ironically, much of that dialogue originates from within the gaming community itself. Sometimes, it almost seems to me that many gaming journalists have taken it upon themselves to offer... More
  • "Kojima-San, You Disappoint Me."

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    I don't know what really triggered the thought, or why it became anything more than a random brain fart. But something about Hideo Kojima's upcoming Metal Gear V bothered me, and would not go away. Ironically, my disturbance had began with one... More
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