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Words With Friends? More like, Crack With Friends

By Jon Partridge on February 23, 2012 11:30 AM | Permalink |

wordswithfriends.jpgI honestly, really, do not understand how Words With Friends is probably now my most played game. And I'm not a big fan of casual games, let alone social games. Taking the classic board game Scrabble and putting it into a modern day format that is accessible almost anywhere, Zynga have made a game that literally is almost as addictive as crack, and as you fester over what tiles you have at hand and juggling multiple games with several people across the world, you begin to wonder where the hell the time has gone.

As I'm wasting time on my Tube journey into central London, I'm waiting for my friend to pick his move whilst he tries to write his essay, but he is of course, distracted by the Facebook version. As the actual underground section of my train eventually engulfs my carriage, I finally get a vibrating notification from my iPhone. I swipe to unlock, I see it is my move, and he has left a message saying, "goddamn, this is fucking addictive".

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Let's Talk About Sex...

By Damir Halilović on June 27, 2010 7:20 PM | Permalink |


Sex sells stuff and that's no secret. I don't see anyone complaining about it... so I will do it. And before you scream "BRITTISH!" at me, let me say that I have nothing against sex, quite the contrary really. What I do have a problem with is forcing it into places where it doesn't belong.

"But sex makes everything better!" you might say. If that thought did cross your mind, please take a sharp object (a blunt object works as well, but you need to be very persistent) and remove your brain from your skull and go hand it over for adoption. The problem is as follows - game A is awesome, with engaging characters, epic storyline and marvelous gameplay. Then, one year later, the development studio decides that they can increase the sales of the second part by increasing the boob and ass count of the game by 40% while simultaneously decreasing the average cloth amount of every female (and male for political correctness) character in the game.

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The Top 10 Male Badasses in Gaming

By Sean McCabe on June 17, 2010 6:25 PM | Permalink |


There are SPOILERS within this article however, keep in mind before continuing.

So this is my attempt now to list the top 10 badass videogame characters. To me being manly, or being "badass" is a little more complex than just being a hulking piece of killing meat. There are a few things that can qualify a character to me for this title, among them is their physical capability to fight, their intelligence, their attitude, their story roles/purpose and their look. Sometimes also there is an x-factor, a unique justification to keep in mind. So without further ado, let us dive head first into this pit of sweat, blood, and grit that is the top 10 badasses of gaming.

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Portal 2: Innovation v. Tradition

By Ron J. Pepmeyer on June 13, 2010 7:18 PM | Permalink |

Portal 2 article

For a decade, gaming had boiled down to an arms race of making the same games again, but bigger, faster and better looking. While this was enough to satisfy some gamers, developers soon began to break away from this tradition, realizing that they could expand their market by creating completely new styles of games.

Portal was one of the more successful and memorable games to come from this movement. It wasn't the first, but it was set apart by its particular approach—which took innovation to a new level. To appreciate the significance of this, you must look at the attempts before it.

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Where is Pikmin 3?

By Ben Spyrou on June 12, 2010 6:42 PM | Permalink |

Nintendo have presented its fans with a grand platter of fine games to play and enjoy over the next few months, such as Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid: Other M and eventually Zelda Wii, just to name a few. These games will surely play off the past success of their respective series, with many fans drawn into the games by pure nostalgia and innovation of old concepts.
This isn't uncommon; almost every series of games brings out new titles that expand upon what the originals offered to the gaming community in order to enhance our experiences with those series. Gears of War 3 and Portal 2 are further examples of this in action; they will expand their universes with new and unique features in order to be maximally appealing to fans of the previous instalments. This being the case, why is it that we have, so far, not seen a new Pikmin game for the Wii?

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Super Scribblenauts 2 Features Adjectives!

By Dan Kulesza on June 11, 2010 11:50 PM | Permalink |

scribblenauts2.jpgTonight during Spike TV's E3 All Access special, we got a glimpse of what makes Super Scribblenauts 2 better than the original. It's all in the adjectives, which if you think about it, really opens the doors to the possibilities of this imaginative game. Some brief and rather boring examples provided were a "White Elephant" and something along the lines of a "Burning House". Long story short though, this could be a pretty big deal.

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Top 15 Games In Dire Need of a Sequel

By Damir Halilović on June 10, 2010 9:03 PM | Permalink |


How many times have you wished for a certain game to get a sequel? How many times have you cursed the overrated mainstream title receiving its 15th sequel while truly unique and good games are lost in the sea of mediocrity? Don't worry, you're not alone. For whatever reasons, the games you'll see in this article have been missing off the radar for a lifetime now, while we sit around and wait for them to take us into the promised gaming land. My gut feeling tells me that we'll see at least some of these in a few short days at E3, but until then we can just close our eyes and imagine we're in a world where these games exist - a better world.

There have been over 30 games considered with honorable mentions going to Chrono Cross, Majora's Mask, Mystical Ninja, Contra, and many others. The games that did make the list simply stood out from the rest, either on the basis that they left us with a juicy, sequel-demanding cliffhanger, or because their sequels might shake up the gaming world unlike anything we've seen before.

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Nintendo's Next Big Thing: Now is the Time

By Alex Plant on June 10, 2010 2:04 PM | Permalink |

Nintendo1up.JPG Let's be honest - unlike Xbox or Playstation gamers, who have a fetish for the power and capabilities of their consoles, those of us who love Nintendo probably do so because of the company's beloved brand names. Franchises like Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon all carry that definitive mark of Nintendo, and whenever a new title appears, we usually pounce on it as soon as we get the chance.

In the past gaming generations, Nintendo always had a few new tricks up their sleeve, but in the current generation we've had a chilling absence of new IPs. With Microsoft and Sony prepared to show off their new motion-sensitive hardware at this year's E3, is the company overdue for a new surprise in the software division to hold onto its edge?

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Whiskey and Shenanigans

By Adam Cordovano on March 17, 2010 3:04 PM | Permalink |

whiskey-pouring.jpgThe Chicago River is green, angry old men have crowded the once empty Irish pubs, and the Guinness is flowing. St. Patrick's Day is upon us once again. As we all know St. Patrick's Day is the nearly worldwide event to honor the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, a man whom as legend teaches brought Christianity to Ireland by driving out a snake infestation (I've had it with these mutha fuckin snakes on this mutha fuckin island!), and teaching the Holy Trinity using the symbol of a three-headed shamrock. Not everyone in the world can get behind these lines of thinking so St. Patricks today has become a secular celebration of Ireland for much of the world. What does this then entail? Drinking. Lots of drinking.

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Advertising in Video Games

By Adam Cordovano on February 4, 2010 1:14 AM | Permalink |


Advertising is something that we are all familiar with. One cannot live in the society we exist in today without being able to recognize the GEICO Gecko's cute Cockney accent or know that the reason Bud Light is superior to other beers is it's "Drinkability." Advertising touches all forms of media from the $3 million dollar commercial slots during the Super Bowl down to the raggedy band stickers stuck to the liquid soap dispensers in public restrooms. It therefore makes sense then that advertising would work it's way into video games in some degree. Since the booming growth of the video game industry in the past decade (especially online gaming) advertising agencies have begun to understand that the digital world is a highly lucrative medium to display the messages that they want gamers to see.

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