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  • The 12 Best Flash Games On The Internet

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    After having a team of poorly trained non-professionals painstakingly perform some not-so-evil experiments, I am proud to announce the twelve (scientifically proven*) best browser games on the internet! Putting together this list cost millions (of what?) and many hours of painstaking work**.

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    After having a team of poorly trained non-professionals painstakingly perform some not-so-evil experiments, I am proud to announce the twelve (scientifically proven*) best browser games on the internet! Putting together this list cost millions (of what... More
  • Casting the Games: Q&A with Day[9]

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    Day[9]. The Man. The Myth. The Thought Hammer.

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    This is the eighth entry in the Casting the Games series. Day[9]. The Man. The Myth. The Thought Hammer. Day[9] (aka Sean Plott) is a full time professional StarCraft shoutcaster and also the man behind the Day[9] Daily, an internet television show centered... More
  • The Sound of Video Games: OverClocked ReMix

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    Many of us love video games, but how many of us actually care about the music that plays while we interact in virtual worlds? I know that I do. In fact, I purchase quite a few video game soundtracks. In my collection are the likes of Civilization IV, Red Dead Redemption, Dark Souls, Mass Effect (both 1 and 2), and orchestral and techno versions of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. In my time as a denizen of the world wide web, I have come across numerous sites dedicated to video game music. Some of my favorite Youtube videos are of people doing their personal renditions of video game music. However, there is one spot on the web that has really changed the way that I view video game music and shown that, while I may love video game music, there are others out there who put my love to shame. That website is known as ocremix.org.

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    Many of us love video games, but how many of us actually care about the music that plays while we interact in virtual worlds? I know that I do. In fact, I purchase quite a few video game soundtracks. In my collection are the likes of Civilization IV,... More
  • Why Free-To-Play Is Genius

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    Recently, there has been a spike in developers switching their projects over to a free-to-play business model. MMORPGs especially have been, though by no means have they been the only genre, jumping on the free-to-play bandwagon with the latest addition of the first twenty levels of Rift becoming free-to-play. Rift joins the likes of Star Trek Online, Guild Wars, DC Universe, and Everquest I and II, to name a few.  Why this huge shift away from the pay-to-play model set forth by the juggernaut that is World of Warcraft? The simple answer is because, quite frankly, it is genius.

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    Recently, there has been a spike in developers switching their projects over to a free-to-play business model. MMORPGs especially have been, though by no means have they been the only genre, jumping on the free-to-play bandwagon with the latest addition... More
  • 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