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Last week in Time With Demos! I wrote about El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. What I didn’t tell you all was that I had found the demo for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon available for download. This made me incredibly excited, as the Ace Combat series is probably one of my favorite video game franchises. I downloaded it to my Xbox 360 and there it stayed… until today.
As many of you know, Mojomonkey12 has been spearheading the Team GIO effort to raise money for local children’s hospitals through the charity event Extra Life. Money will be sent to a children’s hospital of your choice to be directly used by the hospital to help the children recover and get better from various stages of illness and disease. Basically, Extra Life participants will be gaming for 24 hours straight on October 15 starting at 9 a.m.
Most of us here on Game Informer Online are, oddly enough, gamers. The word “gamer” describes what we like to do, which is to play games. More specifically, gamers enjoy and partake of the interactive medium more colloquially called the “video game”. This should be very obvious to anyone who has played a video game, but a key component of playing a video game is actually playing, or interacting, with it. Through interaction we can control the flow of events, experience triumph and failure through the guise of our on screen hero or anti-hero. Through interaction we develop a closer bond to the character, perhaps because we come to see the character as an extension of ourselves, and through the character we come to know and appreciate the dramatic arc of events through which the character passes (whether the story is linear or open to be tackled in any order or even if there is no apparent story).
I had a unique experience today and I felt compelled to write about it. For those of you that play League of Legends, yesterday was a big day. Yesterday Riot Games released a limited public beta for their new game mode called Dominion. It is not constantly available, but rather open during random, non-peak server hours. I managed to play three games before the beta closed for the day and they were awesome. If you need some background on what League of Legends is, check out my review or the League of Legends website.
I’ll be the first to tell you that I am late to the Minecraft craze. I’ve been aware of this indie hit for a very long time, but have been constantly avoiding purchasing or playing it. There are a few real reasons for this hesitation. First, I didn’t think that it was going to get big or really continue (boy, was I wrong). Second, I had other games on my hands and it wasn’t on top of my backlog of games to play. Third, once it started getting bigger and better I realized that playing it would be terrible for me (I’ll get to that a bit later). Fourth, my gaming habits are sometimes unhealthy and I recognize that.
In a recent article posted here on GIO, there was mention of a site called FoldIt. The article talked about how gamers had contributed to a breakthrough in a certain enzyme that was similar to HIV that scientists had been puzzling over for the last decade. The gamers figured it out in three weeks.
This is one of the weirdest things I have played. Period. Here are some of the phrases I jotted down in my notes while I was playing through the demo: “… What am I looking at?” “something like a pcp trip and flying” “creepy line lady” “face sticks” “girl on ghost sheet thing” and “running on cloud waves”. These are just a few examples of what I am talking about when I say that this is quite high on my list of weird games. That being said, this is one of the most intriguing demos that I have played so far. Personally, I really want to go and buy the full game right now and see what happens.
(Sleepy Editor’s Note: I have been up for a REAAAALLLY long time, so I apologize if this isn’t as well thought out as it should be. I might look at this tomorrow and do some serious editing work.)
In my mind, there are many similarities between the original Star Wars Trilogy and the Mass Effect trilogy. They share settings and certain themes. They both feature characters that are truly unforgettable and set pieces that are awesome. They both feature impressive character development. They feature fights against overwhelming odds. And last, but not least, the things they have done for their respective industries have had a huge impact. The similarities don’t end there, but I think you all get the picture.
Hey, I’m back from vacation! What did I do? I sat around, ate food, and, oh yeah, read and took notes on over six hundred pages of homework. I’m a BOSS. Ahem, anyway….