• Saturday’s Xbox Live Outage Shows Dangers of Always On DRM

    If you were somehow gleefully unaware, this Saturday Microsoft’s Xbox Live saw a rather significant outage, as the service was down for most of the...

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    If you were somehow gleefully unaware, this Saturday Microsoft’s Xbox Live saw a rather significant outage, as the service was down for most of the day. By the end of the day they were able to restore most of the network, but certain parts like group chat just simply did not function and were still...
  • Is Microsoft’s Reign of Terror at an End?

    Microsoft’s method of keeping game exclusives has been somewhat shady: they pay exorbitant amounts of money and do not allow companies to publish elsewhere for...

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    Microsoft’s method of keeping game exclusives has been somewhat shady: they pay exorbitant amounts of money and do not allow companies to publish elsewhere for at least six months. Even high-profile companies like Bethesda had to stay true to this, as their Dawnguard expansion is still exclusive to the XBOX360, even though the developer has...
  • God Mode Takes Mindless Killing To a Whole New Level

    Arcade titles are becoming more popular as they offer entertaining games at very low prices. Most full games today cost around $59.99 or more around...

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    Arcade titles are becoming more popular as they offer entertaining games at very low prices. Most full games today cost around $59.99 or more around release and don’t guarantee the player that they will indeed get their money’s worth in playtime. There have been countless games I have played that I spent more time putting...
  • Hybrid – Preview

    Gamers can be forgiven for looking at the upcoming XBLA shooter Hybrid and dismissing it as just another third person shooter.  Because… it IS another...

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    Gamers can be forgiven for looking at the upcoming XBLA shooter Hybrid and dismissing it as just another third person shooter.  Because… it IS another cover-based, multiplayer-only shooter for Xbox Live Arcade.  Yet Hybrid has a gimmick to set it apart from the multitudes of other shooting games, and it’s a pretty good gimmick too....
  • Should Erotica be Allowed in Games?

    Steam recently blocked an erotic game, Seduce Me, from their Greenlight service. Their statement upon pulling the title explained that “Steam has never been a...

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    Steam recently blocked an erotic game, Seduce Me, from their Greenlight service. Their statement upon pulling the title explained that “Steam has never been a leading destination for erotic material. Greenlight doesn’t aim to change that.” The developer, No Reply Games, predictably replied that the average gamer is 30 and that it’s time for games...
  • Is it Time to Say Goodbye to Exclusives?

    Exclusive games are a major selling point for consoles that can push them from mediocre machinery to a worthwhile purchase. Having a certain niche or...

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    Exclusive games are a major selling point for consoles that can push them from mediocre machinery to a worthwhile purchase. Having a certain niche or target audience to cater a console’s games library as a whole to has helped Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony all find their legs in the industry. However, as time goes on,...
  • Lamentations of an Old Wrestling Gamer in a Modern World

    I’ve been playing WWE ‘13 for the better part of a week now, and while I find the improvements made to the game over the...

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    I’ve been playing WWE ‘13 for the better part of a week now, and while I find the improvements made to the game over the years to be endearing and fun, a part of me is still kind of frustrated with how slow the progress has been to finally get THQ and Yukes to produce...
  • Serious Sam: BFE XBLA

    There’s nothing serious at all about this franchise!  Serious Sam is a goofy, old school shooter series that mocks the clichés of modern first person...

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    There’s nothing serious at all about this franchise!  Serious Sam is a goofy, old school shooter series that mocks the clichés of modern first person shooters.  The third game in the series, Serious Sam BFE came out for PC a year ago, but just made its way onto consoles where it appears as not one,...
  • Kickstarter Focus: AERO

    Backed and helped by Bill Nye himself, AERO is a game that explains the complex parts of aerodynamics as a simple game. Rarely do educational...

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    Backed and helped by Bill Nye himself, AERO is a game that explains the complex parts of aerodynamics as a simple game. Rarely do educational games with gimmicky add-ons catch my attention, but after seeing AERO in action, I can’t express how fun it looks in words. The graphics are incredibly charming, the UI looks...
  • 5 Reasons Ouya Will Succeed

    Ever since the Ouya’s funds surpassed its goal (it’s over quadruple its initial goal as I write this), there has been a lot of speculation...

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    Ever since the Ouya’s funds surpassed its goal (it’s over quadruple its initial goal as I write this), there has been a lot of speculation about its success or failure. Obviously the idea of a new console is very enticing, but at the same time, the Ouya barely offers more than a PC or smartphone...