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E3 2011: Minecraft & Building With Notch

Feature; 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.

E3 2011: Luigi's Mansion 2 & Ocarina of Time 3D First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Luigi's Mansion 2 & Ocarina of Time 3D First Impressions Luigi's Mansion 2 Dr. E. Gadd is once again working with Luigi in Luigi’s Mansion 2. Once again, Luigi is left exploring mansions and sucking up ghosts for points. Unfortunately, the demo didn’t last very long. All I ended up really doing was sucking up coins, cash, and a few blankets. I never got to see a ghost; the demo unit crashed twice before one ever appeared. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Ocarina of Time seems to be...

E3 2011: Nintendo Presser: Our Thoughts

E3 2011: Nintendo Presser: Our Thoughts OMGN's E3 team's impressions of Nintendo's press conference at the Nokia Theater:   What game most excited you? Why? Robert: Even though they didn't show any screenshots or game play, Smash Brothers was announced for the Wii U, and that's my choice. The idea of being able to use the Wii U controller in a Smash Brothers game environment intrigues me greatly. I've always liked the Smash Brothers games. Ryan: While I would love to say Smash...

E3 2011: Microsoft Presser: Our Thoughts

E3 2011: Microsoft Presser: Our Thoughts OMGN's 4 E3 representatives were in attendance for Microsoft's E3 2011 press conference. Here's our thoughts.   What game most excited you? Why? Kyle: For me, the game that had me most excited was Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. The use of the Kinect to customize your weapons by using your hands to manipulate gun parts along with the ability to test fire the weapons with simple hand gestures seemed very streamlined and very intuitive. It had...

E3 2011: Sony Presser: Our Thoughts

E3 2011: Sony Presser: Our Thoughts OMGN's 4 E3 representatives were in attendance for Sony's E3 2011 press conference at the LA Sports Arena yesterday. Here's our thoughts.   What game are you most excited about? Why? Robert: Dust 514, hands down. EVE Online is a great game, and Dust looks to be more of the same. The game seems to have a great amount of detail from the smallest battles and territories to the grandest galactic scale. That kind of scope excites me. Ryan:...

E3 2011: Sony Press Conference Liveblog

E3 2011: Sony Press Conference Liveblog Check back here regularly for our Liveblog of Sony's E3 2011 press conference. We'll keep you updated. Please note: We're experiencing issues with Google Chrome refreshing. Please bear with us.  6:58:17PM Trenton is on stage again. Show is coming to a close.  6:56:46PM Two models will be released. Wi-Fi and 3G Wi-Fi for $250 and $299, respectively. Will release this holiday season.  6:55:26PM Video montage of upcoming titles...

Duke Nukem Forever Goes Gold

News; Jun. 1, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Duke Nukem Forever Goes Gold Gamers thought it would never happen, and they had every right to believe so. However, when it was announced the game was under new development, a glimmer of hope began to shine for the return of the buff, blond, so-cheesy-it's-awesome babe-magnet. After 15 long, dreadful years -- possibly the longest game development time in history -- the wait has finally come to an end. It's official. Duke Nukem Forever has gone gold. The game will hit...

Valve is Done With Episodic Content

News; May. 17, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Valve is Done With Episodic Content Half-Life 2: Episode 1 came out in 2006, two years after the original and was followed by Episode 2 a year later, introducing the concept of episodic gaming. Vavle's idea was to release shorter and smaller games -- but more frequently. Unfortunately, it's been nearly four years since Episode 2's release, and it seems Episode 3 may never see the light of day. Gabe Newell, president of Valve, has told Develop that they are dropping their episodic...

Sony thwarts third hack attempt

News; May. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Sony thwarts third hack attempt A CNET report written by Erica Ogg May 5 may have given Sony the chance it needed to prevent yet another attack on its systems that was possibly planned for the past weekend. The as-yet-unknown hackers informed CNET via an Internet relay channel about a third strike they were planning on Sony's servers. They had planned to publicize all or part of the information they had available to them from Sony's servers, which, from the source, included...

The Path Review

Review; Apr. 19, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

The Path Review (Please note: Due to the nature of the game, it's very hard to review The Path without spoiling some parts. However, the game contains very little explanation of what you can or are supposed to do, which can be a turn off. Unfortunately, this is somehow both the game's main draw and its largest fault. We touch on what to expect but avoid giving specific details. If you want to experience the game completely blind, do not read this review.) As I...

Hard Corps: Uprising Review

Review; Feb. 28, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Hard Corps: Uprising Review Hard Corps: Uprising is an old, side-scroller shmup, akin to the Contra series. It just doesn't look like it. But really, it is Contra. A quick glance at the anime style and look of the game might make you think otherwise -- that it's an entirely different series of its own. Make no mistake, this is Contra, just maybe not in name. Listen closely: You can hear a slight variation of the victory theme song after every stage -- that alone should...

Guitar Hero: The Final Encore

Feature; Feb. 16, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Guitar Hero: The Final Encore Since Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero has become a franchise responsible for causing the music video game genre to explode. The game was an answer for anyone who always dreamed of being on stage with a guitar, for anyone who wiggled fingers in the air to any song but lacked the skill to do the real thing. Granted, Guitar Hero's finger waggin' is different. So different that even real guitarists sometimes have trouble playing it because they...

Doom: Attack Of The Sprites

Feature; Jan. 25, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Doom: Attack Of The Sprites I have a confession. In my last Doom article, I promoted both Doomsday and GZDoom, and while I said GZDoom radically changed Doom's gameplay, beforehand I was playing Doomsday almost exclusively; I just couldn't find myself going back to sprites. Sure, Oblige gave me an infinite supply of levels to play through, but then I started wanting something with more oomph. So I decided to get my feet wet and dive into the sea of mods that GZDoom has...

PS3: The Root of the Problem

Feature; Jan. 19, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

PS3: The Root of the Problem The PS3 has been touted as a video game console that simply cannot be hacked, but it was only a matter of time before someone proved it wrong. Hacker team "failOverflow" and iPhone hacker George "geoHot" Hotz, recently revealed the PS3's root key publicly. The root key is an encryption key that, if used with other code, can make the PS3 run any kind of software. Hotz then promptly contacted Sony about his discovery and even offered his security...

Doom: A Retrospective

Feature; Jan. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Doom: A Retrospective "This ultimately wonderful classic is truly the most inspirational first-person shooter ever created, and if you had to choose between Doom and another game, I don't care what it is, Doom would always be the winner."  David Keyes Doom. What would the world be like without it? Completely devoid of such games like Halo, Call of Duty, Gears of War, Counterstrike, Half-Life, or just about any good first-person shooter game that ever came to the...

VVVVVV Review

Review; Jan. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

VVVVVV Review No, my keyboard isn't stuck; that's just the name of the game. There's a reason it's called that, which is the same reason the game's soundtrack has a similar title as well. Regardless, VVVVVV's game play has nothing to do with stuttering, but considering the game's difficulty, you wouldn't be too far from going "F-F-F-uu..." anyway. VVVVVV is about an interstellar crew who seem to share similar goals not unlike the crew of Star Trek. While...

Call of Duty: Black Ops Review

Review; Jan. 1, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Call of Duty: Black Ops Review (Editor's Note: for the PC version score, please see the second half of the article) Call of Duty, the king of war shooters, is back in its seventh iteration: Black Ops. Activision has once again turned the tables to Treyarch, who formerly made World at War. Black Ops has made many changes to the franchise, some mild, and some heavy. Instead of a traditional main menu with a background, the menu itself is in-game, with your character struggling...

Minecraft Review

Review; Dec. 17, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Minecraft Review A new genre that hasn't fully established a name for itself is soon becoming a new craze on the PC platform. It's for anyone who has ever played with Legos or MegaBloks, or simply any gamer looking for something new. At heart, Minecraft is a first-person sandbox game, similar FPS controls. It's a game about building and surviving. It's about collecting. It's also about blocks. Lots and lots of blocks. The land is made of blocks. Leaves are made...

Minecraft 50% Off During Alpha

News; Oct. 19, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Minecraft 50% Off During Alpha Minecraft, the famous block building game (which has subsequently caused a creativity craze) has announced that its current client version is now only €9.95 during the remainder of its alpha stage: "When Minecraft is finished, it will sell for €20.00. If you pre-purchase now during alpha, you pay just €9.95! The price will go up at beta. Please note that when you buy the game, you're paying for the game as it is right now! You...

Spelunky Review

Review; Aug. 21, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Spelunky Review As well as spiders, bats, and skeletons, oh my! You'll hate them even more when you play Spelunky, an indie game made for Windows created by Derek Yu. Spelunky is freeware but don't let that lull you into thinking that the game has any lack of depth - it's simply full of it. Spelunky is possibly the best indie game I have ever played, and it's free. You play a spelunker, named, interestingly, Spulenky (his real name isn't given). Your quest is...

Fighters Uncaged Preview

Feature; Aug. 21, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Fighters Uncaged Preview The current showcase of games with the upcoming Xbox 360 Kinect are less than appealing. Mainly, the games aren't really considered the typical standard of what one would play for hours at a time, or "hardcore" as many put it. While the Kinect seems to be viable in translating many different movements you perform to in-game actions, one thing I have noticed it lacks in nearly all its games is moving your character's feet. The ability to actually...

Steam: Borderlands Midweek Sale

News; Aug. 17, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Steam: Borderlands Midweek Sale If you haven't gotten the chance to experience one of the best action RPG shooters yet, now's your chance.  This week only Steam will be selling Borderlands as well as all of it's DLC at 66% off.  The base game will be $10.19, with the whole package coming to $20.36.  Don't miss out.

Top Shot Elite Peripheral Preview

Feature; Aug. 4, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Top Shot Elite Peripheral Preview I love my mouse. No, seriously, I really do. I give it birthday presents on the day that I bought it. When the computer turns off, I unplug it and put it inside a locked safe behind three separate security doors you have to pass through after a retinal scan... after a urine test. OK, if you couldn't tell by now, when it comes to FPS games, I have to say hands down to the mouse. It's precise, accurate and little to no compensation errors when...

Beat Hazard Review

Review; Jul. 20, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Beat Hazard Review Independent companies often have smaller budgets, which means cheaper, lower quality games, but of course that depends on how you see it.  A trend I noticed is that, usually, it's these type of games where you won't find gameplay of its kind anywhere else. Preety colorrrs. Beat Hazard, made by Cold Beam Games, is an arcade twin shooter.  You've probably played these games before.  Robotron, Geometry Wars, Zombie Apocalypse, etc....

All Points Bulletin Review

Review; Jul. 19, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

All Points Bulletin Review Ever since Grand Theft Auto 3 was released, the gaming industry exploded into a whole new industry of open world games. It also brought itself along a lot of unwanted controversy, but that's another story. Enter All Point's Bulletin, a game that's title at first sounded really odd to me, (until I actually looked up the term, sorry I don't know local police vocabulary), and is made by RealTime Studios, also makers of Crackdown. APB takes the open...

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