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Used Video Games

Feature; Dec. 8, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Used Video Games A hot-button issue in the video game industry the last few years has been the current used video game market. Game developers and publishers only see profits from new video game sales, as they have no hand in the secondhand market. In tough economic times, such as these, businesses will try to find any way possible to keep profits flowing to stay in business and keep shareholders happy. But is the current publisher rage against the used video...

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 Review

Review; Dec. 7, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 Review Remember the good ol' days of video gaming? Remember when Sega ruled the world with Sonic the Hedgehog as its king? Those sure were the days, weren't they? Back before the deluge of 3-D Sonic games hit gamers upside their collective heads and caused the Sonic franchise to fall stunningly from grace. Wait, what's this you say? Sonic is back in a new 2-D game? A new major 2-D game? Not just a mobile game but a downloadable game for all of the...

Piracy Kills

Feature; Oct. 12, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Piracy Kills I have a day job like everybody else here at OMGN. While I was at said day job a couple of weeks ago, a coworker of mine started proclaiming his love for software piracy. He had some logic to his arguments, at least as far as the larger companies go (such as Microsoft, which was his example). He claimed these companies already make tons of money from government institutions and large corporations, so what is it to a company that size if a single...

Thoughts on Fanboys

Feature; Aug. 2, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Thoughts on Fanboys If you've been a gamer for long, and especially if you've been gaming online for even the shortest period of time, you're likely acquainted with fanboys. Fanboys pop up everywhere in life, and the whole concept has been around a long time, too. Fanboys haven't always been called fanboys, but that is the term that we're familiar with today. A fanboy is someone with a pretty strong attachment and liking to something, usually a sporting team or...

Joystiq F*cks One Up

Feature; Jul. 31, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Joystiq F*cks One Up As everybody knows by now, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty was released to the masses on July 27 at midnight. Since then, there has been a feeding frenzy of players loading up the single player campaign, challenges, tutorials and of course, the incredible multiplayer feature. After waiting 12 years since the original, Joystiq could only wait 1 1/2 more days to review... The SC2 multiplayer beta has been out for months. Blizzard has been fine...

Time of Defiance Shutting Down

News; Jul. 22, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Time of Defiance Shutting Down Time of Defiance, a game that was one of OMGN's first reviews on our archived website, is shutting its doors. The game will be taken offline at the end of this month to make room for technological upgrades for Nice Technology Ltd. The company says these upgrades aren't compatible with Time of Defiance and that the time and effort required to make Time of Defiance compatible is unreasonable. The upgrades in question are for the company's newest...

Final Fantasy XIII Review

Review; Jul. 8, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Final Fantasy XIII Review Final Fantasy is a game series of legend, now with its thirteenth iteration. Gamers have seen the good and the bad come from this series as time has gone on, so does Final Fantasy XIII deliver? Well yes, it does. But it's not spectacular. You may be asking yourself something along the lines of "Why such a late review of this game?" Well, aside from the fact that OMGN does not represent the day job for any of us, we also want to be able to play a...

E3 2010: Nintendo Keynote Wrap-Up

News; Jun. 16, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2010: Nintendo Keynote Wrap-Up With our coverage of the keynotes for Microsoft and Sony already wrapped up, we turn our attention to Nintendo, the last of the Big 3 hardware manufacturers. Opposite Sony's three-pronged approach and Microsoft's 360 Slim (and Kinect) announcements, Nintendo simply stood pat with one new piece of hardware and a slew of games. 3DS Nintendo unveiled its new 3DS, a variant of its popular DS portable gaming machine. This 3-D-enabled DS utilizes two...

E3 2010: Sony Keynote Wrap-Up

News; Jun. 15, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2010: Sony Keynote Wrap-Up With Microsoft and Nintendo having held their press conferences already, Sony seemed to have its work cut out for itself at its own press conference. While it might not hold up that well to its two rivals of the "Big 3," Sony had a good press conference for itself. The biggest news coming out of Sony's press conference are details on the Sony Move, 3-D support in upcoming Playstation 3 games and the creation of a new paid tier of its Playstation...

New Version of Glory of Fellowland Released

News; Jun. 15, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

New Version of Glory of Fellowland Released Glory of Fellowland, a free Flash, browser-based MMO strategy game, has released a new version as of April 1st, 2010. While adding more units to bring the number of listed items to 300 "sciences," 60 buildings, 50 units and 50 spells, the game update also re-balances the rules of the game to give beginners and casual players a better experience against the hardcore crowd. With the relaunch, Glory of Fellowland has given OMGN a promotional...

iPhone 4 & iOS 4 Look

Feature; Jun. 7, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

iPhone 4 & iOS 4 Look Apple has finally revealed the iPhone 4 and talked a bit more about iOS 4 (formerly known as iPhone OS). Now that we have some specifications on the new iPhone, we can couple that with the known new iOS 4 features to get an idea of how these two things may impact mobile gaming. iOS 4 Multitasking Really, there doesn't seem to be much of an impact that multitasking could have in terms of gaming on the iPhone, besides perhaps performance issues....

Portal 2's E3 Event Canceled

News; Jun. 4, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Portal 2's E3 Event Canceled It appears that Portal 2 will no longer have its previously announced E3 event but will instead have a "surprise" put in place. Here's the email sent to members of the press: Dear Subject Name Here, Aperture Science is pleased to inform you that we have partnered with Valve to announce the gala CANCELLATION of the June 14 Portal 2 event at the Regal Theater. The event will be replaced by a surprise. And even though the cancellation of the event...

Net Neutrality & Video Games

Feature; Jun. 4, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Net Neutrality & Video Games Net Neutrality is a concept that is starting to filter into the minds of U.S. consumers everywhere. CNN has been posting articles recently about the potential legislative battle involving the concept of net neutrality. Heck, I even wrote a very lengthy one on my blog, but I don't purport for it to have all of the facts. Basically, net neutrality states that the operator of a network should be neutral to the content flowing through it. This...

Batman: Arkham Asylum Delivers

Review; Nov. 30, 2009; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Batman: Arkham Asylum Delivers The general consensus among gamers is that movie- and comic book-based games do not measure up to their primary counterparts. Poor titles are littered all throughout video game history, such as Transformers The Game and Iron Man: The Video Game. Thankfully, Batman: Arkham Asylum is not among them. It is one of those games that occasionally comes along and offers up new hope that games based on a movie license or comic book license can indeed be...

Shadow Complex Review

Review; Oct. 4, 2009; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Shadow Complex Review Sure, Shadow Complex came out on August 19th, which is nearly two months ago. This review is one in a series we like to call the "Lazy Gamer" reviews. See, many gamers don't have time to play through a game all the way through as soon as it comes out. Here at OMGN, we're a lot like you. We don't have the time to power through all of the high-profile game releases right when they come out.So we'll play a game and review it at a pace that most...

Gears of War

Review; Nov. 28, 2006; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Gears of War Every now and then, a game comes along that defines the system is it released for. Halo 2 did this for the original Xbox.Gears of War may be that game for the Xbox 360. While the world will have to wait to see if Halo 3 outperforms Gears of War, at least Gears of War is available to play in the meantime. Gears of War is set on Earth. The human race was attacked in a surprise assault from a group known as the Locust Horde...

Auto Assault Review

Review; May. 19, 2006; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Auto Assault Review Imagine, for a moment, that mankind’s worst nightmare happened — nuclear warfare all over the planet’s surface. Next, imagine the after-effects of the nuclear fallout — a barren wasteland with mutated wildlife and humans. What you are imagining is Auto Assault’s landscape. In addition, if you play the game, you get to drive around and wreak havoc in it.Auto Assault launched for public play on April 13. The...

FlatOut

Review; Aug. 1, 2005; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

FlatOut If you ever get the urge to crash your virtual car and send your driver flying out the windshield, then FlatOut is for you.FlatOut is a destructive racing game for current-generation game systems.The main purpose of the game is to compete in a career racing mode. You can equip your car with upgrades that allow it to accelerate faster and survive crashes better, among other things. But the real draw of the game is the destructible cars and...

Halo 2 Owns You

Review; Nov. 16, 2004; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Halo 2 Owns You So we're all aware that Halo 2 came out last week. Yes, one of the most anticipated games every has reached the shelves. How does it stack up? Well, to put it bluntly, it owns you. Everything about you. It owns your money (At least $49.99 anyway), it owns your time, and it owns your thoughts. Your dreams. Your aspirations. Yes, it owns all of them! And why not? It's simply such a great game that you must get it immediately. Halo 2 picks up where...

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