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Video Game Sommelier: The First Coming of Hops

May. 22, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Video Game Sommelier: The First Coming of Hops som·me·lier -[suhm-uhl-yey; Fr. saw-muh-lyey] noun, plural som·me·liers  [suhm-uhl-yeyz; Fr. saw-muh-lyey] -- a waiter, as in a club or restaurant, who is in charge of wines.   Alcohol is one of man’s most ingenious inventions. It helped build the pyramids, preserved us through the dark ages, and if some...

1-Up: Mass Effect 3 Demo Impressions

Feb. 16, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

1-Up: Mass Effect 3 Demo Impressions It's nice to see that somebody out there remembers what a demo is and why you release them... When I was younger, I had a subscription to PC Gamer. It was a decent magazine, but the best part was the bonus demo disc. Every month, I had approximately 12 to 15 different games to check out and decide to spend money on. Unfortunately, as I got older, games got bigger -- but CDs only had so much space. Fewer and fewer demos made their way via the old...

One Man's Xbox Live Support Issues

Dec. 14, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

One Man's Xbox Live Support Issues Usually, customer service and support departments operate relatively smoothly. There may be glitches and hiccups sometimes, but in the end, customers get helped. This is especially true if you're talking about companies such as Amazon, which has such an exemplary track record with customer service that, well ... I can't even think of a time when it didn't go above and beyond to help me with issues. Unfortunately, sometimes issues can linger...

E3 2011: Minecraft & Building With Notch

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Minecraft & Building With Notch On June 7, Notch, the creator of Minecraft, was at the Sony Experia Ericson PLAY booth at E3.  Attendees were invited to join Notch in a session to see what they could build alongside him in Minecraft: Pocket Edition on the Sony Ericsson.  We'll upload what we can. Steve, live and in person. Wait a minute.... Notch builds the house "he always builds." A leak creeps in, but Notch can fix it.

Jaffe vs Cage: A polarized discussion of gaming

Apr. 19, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Jaffe vs Cage: A polarized discussion of gaming David Jaffe knows what games should be like. Jaffe is the head of game developer Eat Sleep Play and director of the upcoming PS3 game Twisted Metal. In a blog post from last month, he discussed the concept of “games as art” and the maturation of the gaming industry as a whole. In his post (and the part he added at a later time, where the majority of his points lie), he asserted that by saying, assuming and purporting the...

Liberty City: The Place That Never Was

Mar. 30, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Liberty City: The Place That Never Was I recently watched this video. It reminded me of the hype leading up to the release of the game. Take 2 and Rockstar raised expectations, survival being an important aspect to the game play. I thought of and expected gritty believability in a living-and-breathing world. There's a rumor going around that that GTA V will be announced soon, so I take this opportunity to ask: Why wasn’t the game the masterpiece those previews said it would be...

PS3: My First Sony System

Mar. 4, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

PS3: My First Sony System In late January, I became the owner of a brand-new slim PS3. For me, this was a particularly momentous occasion. For most people, adding a new video game console to their collection is significant but not momentous. It's not like I got a PS3 on launch day or anything, and even then I'm not sure if you could classify that acquisition as momentous. No, this was momentous for me for one reason -- the PS3 is the first Sony video game system I've...

1-Up: I've Got a Bad Feeling About This

Feb. 21, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

1-Up: I've Got a Bad Feeling About This I am terrified of The Old Republic. I haven’t played a Star Wars game that I’ve really loved since the original Dark Forces. For those not in the know, there was an original Dark Forces. Kyle Katarn wasn’t always a Jedi; you didn’t use force powers or lightsabers; and Jedi Knight II should have been called Dark Forces III. Yes, this still irks me a bit. No, I’m not crazy. Well, maybe a little... Knights of the Old...

1-Up: Grow a Spine

Jan. 17, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

1-Up: Grow a Spine When did gamers become such pussies? It’s not our fault – the industry has been force feeding us artificial victory for years, and we’ve gotten so used to it that any sort of actual challenge leaves a sour taste in our mouths. Most gamers have an inherent need to win, to relish every victory, both great and small. It’s not always the driving force behind our behavior, but we all know (and crave) the little rush you get...

Tron Day: A look at the upcoming Tron: Legacy

Nov. 2, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Tron Day: A look at the upcoming Tron: Legacy On Oct. 28, all across the country, Disney hosted an event called Tron Day to promote its upcoming movie Tron: Legacy. On this day, people who signed up to receive a special invitation were allowed to see 23 minutes of footage from the upcoming movie in IMAX 3-D. This was the first time anyone outside of the film would be allowed to see these scenes. Similar to last year’s Avatar Day, the footage was meant to be long teaser trailer, and...

Season's Beatings: A Gamer's Story

Oct. 27, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Season's Beatings: A Gamer's Story For fun or for sport? Ever since gaming became a more significant entertainment option, many have asked this question. Are video games made for fun, or are they made for competition? More important, can the two co-exist? A gamer who plays WoW for 40 hours can surely relax with some Wii Sports Resort, right?. The bigger question is if gamers compete for fun or simply to compete. Can a daily 6-hour-long practice regimen really be considered fun?...

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