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  • Time With Demos! Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

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    WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS The demo for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning sports a surprisingly high amount of content for a demo. I spent over three hours with it in a single play through. That is longer than some full games that I have played *cough* Limbo... More
  • The Myth of the Perfect Ten

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    Perfection. Is. Impossible. So I understand when people disagree with perfect scores of 10/10 or 5/5 being given out to games or movies or really any medium of art. The truth is that there are going to be flaws in anything that you examine closely. Video games are especially susceptible to being flawed. Every five or six years consoles and controllers change; technology and programming make leaps forward. Video games are still finding their place in society, blossoming as a new medium of expression. That there are flawed video games should come as no surprise to anyone who has played their share of games. Even the best games have their own issues. Shadow of the Colossus and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time are two of my favorite games and in my mind two of the best games ever made. But Shadow of the Colossus has camera issues and Ocarina of Time has issues from being one of the first 3D open-world console games. Despite these flaws, I would personally award each of these games a perfect ten.

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    Somewhere, somehow, someone exists who thinks that this is the pinnacle of film. Perfection. Is. Impossible. So I understand when people disagree with perfect scores of 10/10 or 5/5 being given out to games or movies or really any medium of art. The truth... More
  • Looking Back On Classics: Skies of Arcadia

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    To be completely and utterly fair in this installment of Looking Back on Classics, I never played the original Skies of Arcadia on Dreamcast. However, I did play the version of the game that was ported to the GameCube which was called Skies of Arcadia: Legends. The ported version boasted slightly better graphics and load times, as well as some extra bonus content that will be brought up later. The two games are almost entirely the same other than the few slight differences.

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    To be completely and utterly fair in this installment of Looking Back on Classics, I never played the original Skies of Arcadia on Dreamcast. However, I did play the version of the game that was ported to the GameCube which was called Skies of Arcadia... More
  • A Handy Guide To User Reviews

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    First, before anything else, you need to actually play the game. Everyone who has ever reviewed a game knows that you need to actually play the game in order to write a review of it. Those who write reviews before playing games (and I know that you are out there because I have read your abysmal handiwork for myself) should know that anyone who reads these prereview opinions can spot them for fakes. Usually they are only the outpouring of fanboyism or irrational hatred for a game series and contain nothing insightful or valuable to a person seeking real review material.

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    "Eh, it's good, but it will never last." - Review of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa circa 1519 We have all been there. That initial reaction to a game, “This game is more entertaining than watching Matt Damon and Mark Walberg battle... More
  • The Best Free Game You've Never Heard Of

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    The year 2009 was a big year in gaming. It saw the likes of Batman: Arkham Asylum, Mirror’s Edge, Braid, infamous, Trine, Halo: ODST, League of Legends, and Dragon Age: Origins. Even if you were really plugged into most video game news outlets, chances are that you never heard about the free downloadable title Exit Fate.

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    The year 2009 was a big year in gaming. It saw the likes of Batman: Arkham Asylum, Mirror’s Edge, Braid, infamous, Trine, Halo: ODST, League of Legends, and Dragon Age: Origins. Even if you were really plugged into most video game news outlets,... More
  • Time With Demos! Voltron: Defender of the Universe

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    Released in late November 2011 for PSN and XBLA, Voltron: Defender of the Universe quickly became a smash hit… oh wait, no it didn’t. Although it might not have been the most successful title on XBLA or PSN that does not mean that it is not... More
  • Looking Back at Predictions: 10 Reasons Why 2011 Will Be Remembered in Gaming History

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    Earlier this year, I made a number of predictions regarding why 2011 was going to be one of the greatest years in gaming history. I thought it would be fun to take a trip back down memory lane and revisit the reasons I gave and why many of them were wrong... More
  • Everquest II: The Ballad of Sherlocksley the Blue

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    Come, dear readers, and you shall hear a story both strange and true: the tale of Sherlocksley the Blue. It began one day when the air was gray and the lad named Jack had no money to pay. He had heard of aland both free and fair, the land of Everquest... More
  • Time With Demos! Rochard

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    Released about a month ago by Recoil Games, Rochard is one of the newest releases in the vein of Trine and other physics-based, side-scrolling platformers. It has flash; it has pizzazz; and it has a certain degree of charm. Can it play with the big dogs?

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    Released about a month ago by Recoil Games, Rochard is one of the newest releases in the vein of Trine and other physics-based, side-scrolling platformers. It has flash; it has pizzazz; and it has a certain degree of charm. Can it play with the big dogs... More
  • Five Questions a Non-Gamer Should Never Ask a Gamer

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    For a non-gamer, the gaming world consists of strange comedy, jargon, and the general interest in playing video games itself can be an alien experience. Gaming can be a barrier that stands in the way of friendships and relationships. Whether it is the... More
  • WGWC: What Guitar Hero Could Learn From Monkey Island

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    Guitar Hero has fallen on some rough times. Activision announced earlier this year that Guitar Hero was on an indefinite hiatus. Guitar Hero as a series fell into a few pitfalls including: oversaturation of the market in an attempt to compete with Rock... More
  • Time With Demos! Rugby World Cup 2011

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    This will be a shorter entry than previous entries in the Time With Demos series because, quite frankly, the demo is terribly short. It was actually so short that I considered not writing this article on it, but decided that it was worth writing about for one reason: if it is an accurate representation of what the larger game, it is pretty terrible.

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    This will be a shorter entry than previous entries in the Time With Demos series because, quite frankly, the demo is terribly short. It was actually so short that I considered not writing this article on it, but decided that it was worth writing about... More