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  • The Ultimate Cubs Vs. White Sox Smack Talking Video

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    I'm a Cubs fan. Go ahead and laugh. More

    I'm a Cubs fan. Go ahead and laugh.

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  • Enough With The Zombies Already!!!

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    If you are an aspiring game creator with an affinity for the undead, you may want to think twice about making a zombie game for the iOS platform. If you search "zombie" in Apple's App Store, you'll uncover hundreds of games that have "Zombie" in their title. I jotted down all of the "Zombie" games that appeared in one search. Almost every sport has been zombified at least once, and a surprising number of animals have waged war against the walking dead. Below is a list of over 250 different Zombie-named games that are readily available on the App Store. More

    If you are an aspiring game creator with an affinity for the undead, you may want to think twice about making a zombie game for the iOS platform.

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  • Darth Maul Lives! Check Out His Robo Legs

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    No one stays dead in Star Wars. Boba Fett escaped a sarlacc pit. Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Anakin are ghosts looking to party (last seen celebrating the love with ewoks on Endor). Even Darth Maul, the sith apprentice who was chopped in two and tossed into a deep well, is alive, well, and kickin' Jedi ass with a yellow version of himself. More

    No one stays dead in Star Wars.

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  • Five Things I Learned From The Hunger Games

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    Last weekend was a little nuts. On Friday, my friends made me drive to my local movie theater to reserve seats for a Saturday showing of The Hunger Games. I've never done this before. I stood in line for numerous midnight showings, but I've never had to "pre-order" a seat. More

    My friends don't like discussing films with me. I'm hoping you guys are up for a healthy discussion about this spring's biggest release. The talking points are...

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  • Is Mass Effect 3 The Future Of Multiplayer?

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    The thrill of competition isn’t enough to keep me engaged in today’s multiplayer games. This generation’s most successful competitive and cooperative experiences dangle a carrot in front of the player both on and off the battlefield. When I down a foe, I expect experience points in return. When the word “Victory!” or “Defeat” flashes onto screen, my next step is to see if I unlocked anything new. More

    How injecting card collecting into a first-person shooter progression system could be the wave of the future for multiplayer games.

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  • Friendly Reminder: Game Of Thrones Returns On April 1

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    The best show on television returns on April 1. Although I haven't stopped talking about this show, this date crept up on me. In a whirlwind of planning that my wife Kelly still knows nothing about, I've invited a dozen people to my house to re-watch the entire first season on Saturday. You have precious little time to prepare, people. Re-read the books, re-watch the show, and if you somehow haven't been introduced to this amazing fantasy story, cancel any plans you have so that you can read the books and watch the first season. Let me know of your plans in the comments section below. More

    The best show on television returns on April 1. You have precious little time to prepare, people. 

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  • My New Addiction: Fairway Solitaire

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    I never pictured myself as someone who would sneak in a game or two of Solitaire at work, yet here I am, just seconds removed from playing Big Fish Games' amazing Fairway Solitaire, a game that blends the standard rules of solitaire and golf to create an addictive puzzle game with a surprising amount of depth and strategy. The game is available now for iOS platforms, as well as PC and Mac (which you can play for free here). More

    I never pictured myself as someone who would sneak in a game or two of Solitaire at work, yet here I am, just seconds removed from playing Big Fish Games' amazing Fairway Solitaire, a game that blends the standard rules of solitaire and golf to create an addictive puzzle game with a surprising amount of depth and strategy.

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  • Turning My Back On Final Fantasy

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    During today's lunch break, my coworker Dan Ryckert and I ran out to a local game store to pick up copies of Soul Calibur V. As soon as we walked into the shop, my eye caught a stack of Final Fantasy XIII-2 strategy guides. I turned to Dan and said “I just realized something: This is the first time I’m not purchasing a new Final Fantasy game on launch day since the release Final Fantasy III.” Granted, I haven’t played many of the side games released on Nintendo’s handhelds, and Final Fantasy XIV, well, we can all laugh about that one, but this is the first numbered, offline Final Fantasy title I honestly have little interest in. More

    Starting with Final Fantasy III, I've purchased every numbered, offline Final Fantasy title on launch day. That changed today.

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  • Star Wars Uncut: The Director's Cut

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    I can't think of a more ambitious fan project than director Casey Pugh's Star Wars Uncut.

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  • The Games I Completed In 2011

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    I played a galactic **** ton of great and horrible games this year!

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  • Quick Take: Which System Had The Best Year?

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    Most of the heated “Which system is better?” debates I’m a part of usually end up as dissections of software libraries. First-party exclusives and third-party blockbusters are ultimately what drive console sales. A healthy system maintains a consistent stream of both. This year’s debates have been much different. Most start with someone saying something along the lines of “PlayStation 3’s hacking scandal puts it in last place” or “Xbox 360 wasn’t hacked so it wins.” While console services have been a part of the equation for years, this is the first year that they’ve carried significant weight in the debates. From Sony's struggles to protect its user data to Steam's dominance in the digital download space on PC, a good online service is just as valuable to gamers as its software library. More

    What would you say if you were only given 140 characters for your response? I asked gamers on my Twitter account which system they thought had the best 2011.

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  • The Art That Will Hang Over My Fireplace

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    Last week, Game Informer's Jeff Cork revealed his super classy artistic masterpiece. While I could never see myself putting a half-nude image on my wall, my thoughts changed today when I spied the intense image above. I haven't cleared my plans with my wife Kelly yet, but come the end of the week, this painting will likely be hanging over my fireplace. More

    I haven't cleared my plans with my wife Kelly yet, but come the end of the week, this painting will likely be hanging over my fireplace.

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