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  • 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
  • Picasso & Video Games

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    Watching Nintendo's turnaround at E3 has been encouraging to say the least. At a time when the company's fate has never seemed so uncertain, fans of of the big N probably had their faith restored with this year's E3. Could Nintendo be the... More
  • "I Felt Like Destroying Something Beautiful"

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    It's a simple line from Fight Club. But it perfectly embodies a sentiment that I see in the world today. We all love our various heroes and heroins. But we also love to snatch them down from their lofty perches, set their wings on fire just because... More
  • Thoughts On The Tomodachi Debacle

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    I'm probably ridiculously late in blogging on this issue, and perhaps worse, I think most of the GIO community are tired of it. So... I'll keep this brief. I struggled for a while to pinpoint what were my actual thoughts and feelings on the matter... More
  • The Dual Shock Era

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    Anyone remember taking those tests with comparitive questions? Like, light is to dark as dry is to ____? Sounds familiar, right? Now try this one: The wheel is to invention as Sony's Dual Shock is to... You know the answer. Video games. Although much... More
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