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Four Things Wii U Gamers Have Learned From The Nintendo Direct Conference

  Nintendo Direct Conference 2013 The recent Nintendo Direct conference whipped gamers into something of a frenzy with announcements about thrilling new Wii U games and updates, but with so much to take in it was difficult to nail down the important bits. Here are five take-away points we feel are among the most exciting. Nintendo Direct Conference: Super Mario Is In Good Hands With the launch of New S ...

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WWE 13: Dissected, Weighed, and Heated in the Microwave for Dinner

WWE 13: Dissected, Weighed, and Heated in the Microwave for Dinner The WWE13 Roster – 3 Leaping Lanny Poffos out of 5 by Jumpman The players in WWE 13 have been graphically improved.  That much is good.  Now overall, the WWE rosters aren’t that bad, but I guess I wasn’t overly impressed with the depth of the playables.  It would be impossible to include everybody, but you don’t have Hardcore Holly?  He’s no ...

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Are Video Games ‘Works Of Satan’ ?

  Unlike most children I was never restricted on anything I did as a kid. If I wanted to dig a hole to China, which I attempted, my parents didn’t care. (Although I can’t say the same for my uncle who stumbled into said hole drunk and was forced to spend his night there.) Stay up all night? Sure! As long as I made it to school the next day. In fact I received my first gun when I was only seven. Needles ...

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Where Are The Retro Games? The Dissolving Arcade Games Landscape

  If you grew up in the 70s or 80s, chances are really high that you spent some quality time in an arcade.  You see, kids.  Long ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth, we used to spend time outside our homes at a place called “the mall.”  At the mall (whether indoors or outdoor strip mall) we could roam around aimlessly –OR– assuming we had some cash, we could spend an afternoon basking in the glow of ou ...

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The Awesomeness Of LEGO Video Games

  Yes, you read that right, and I am not being sarcastic. A little while ago, I finished LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, a hundred percent completion. This is easily the best gaming experience I have had this year. Possibly the best one I have had this generation. Wondering why I am holding this game in such high regard? Well, after playing the whole game in two player mode with my son, I will tell you ...

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Assassin’s Creed III: Fighting for Freedom

Assassin's Creed III   Assassin's Creed III: Fighting for Freedom By Veritas Ubisoft is set to release the next episode of their Assassin's Creed series. Continuing Desmond's adventure, the Assassins versus Templars conflict moves to a new stage: America's War of Independence. This being a numbered title, there is a new protagonist, Connor Kenway. His story certainly looks engaging by the glimpses of m ...

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Why We Game

  I will be the first to confess that I often have used video games to escape, what I consider, my boring existence. The thought of exploring unknown lands and becoming a hero has captivated me since I was a child. Even as an adult, it fascinates me. To take the role of a protagonist you know is destined for greatness and help them achieve it gives you a sense of self accomplishment unlike any other. T ...

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Halo 4: John-117 aka ‘Master Chief’ Returns

  Arguably among the best Xbox 360 shooter games in history, Halo is coming back in force. Fans of the series since the start cannot wait to once again play as the man, John-117, Master Chief. While there may be some hesitation as to the change at the helm, from Bungie to 343 Industries, the continuation of the series shows a well thought out depth. The first of a new trilogy, Halo 4 picks up a few yea ...

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Mario’s Secret Past, Nintendo Doesn’t Want You To Know

  You don’t have to be a retro gamer to recognize the mug of that smiling Italian plumber.  Mario has become the most recognizable name in video game history, selling his face on all sorts of video games (and board games – yes, there is an awful chess game as well) across varied game genres.  You would be hard pressed to find any dirt on him, especially if you were born after the 1990s and the decline ...

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You are NOT an Elf! Advice to Role Playing Gamers

  As a child of the 70s, I have encountered role-playing games of all sorts, beginning with Dungeons and Dragons to the various spin-offs (oh, how I miss Marvel Super Heroes).  With the advent of home computers, some of the first games created for the PC were RPGs.  They were text based for a while, but that was not too unlike D&D, though missing the fun social component.  As technology increased, ...

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They Didn’t Wear Pink In ‘Nam: Why FPS Doesn’t Need Female Characters

  On my Facebook page, Elite Girl Gamers, I get people constantly asking my opinion on why there aren’t many female characters in games. I can tell you my opinion on this subject always surprises people when I say, “I couldn’t care less.” I’m not a feminist. I understand there are differences between the sexes. “Men and women are equal!” No…no they are not.  “Equal” is the wrong term.  I cannot lift th ...

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Why Skyrim Just May Be The Best Game of All Time

  My husband bought Skyrim the day it came out. I saw him playing it, and had no idea what was so enchanting (pun intended) about the game. Oh, wow. You can take women’s clothes off and ravage people’s homes? Wow…innovative-- I thought sarcastically…at first. And then I picked it up and started playing it. Needless to say, the amount of sandwiches my husband has since received since I started playing t ...

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Top 5 Worst Retro Star Wars Games

  “Yaaa-hoo!  You’re all clear, kid!” Who doesn’t love the 1983 Atari classic “Star Wars” arcade Game.  An X/Y control yoke with triggers, vector graphics, and digitized audio from the movie.  This game was years ahead of its time, and if your arcade had the cockpit cabinet instead of the upright, you really felt like you were in the movie.  Of course, when I look back at those days and compare that to ...

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Black Ops 2 Leaked Multiplayer Perks

My son was born November 16, 2010. About a week before he came into the world, I stood in line at my local Wal-Mart for over an hour, feeling like I was going to explode, hoping he would wait just a couple more hours to make his grand entrance into the world just so I could get my hands on that shiny, cellophane-coated box containing Black Ops. Last year with the release of MW3, my husband and I dropped our ...

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Black Ops 2 Continues The Best Xbox 360 Shooter Games Legacy

  I’ve been getting inundated with new information on Black Ops 2 the direct descendant and heir to the franchise that has arguably re-invented first person shooter games for Xbox 360 and PS3, and upon seeing some (alleged) new innovations and improvements, I am getting more and more excited with every day that passes about this Xbox 360 shooter game, and thought I’d share some of the new information I ...

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Why Does Call of Duty Have So Many Haters ?

  I’ve been playing video games my entire life. It started with NES, graduated to Game Boy, advanced to Sega Genesis, and evolved into PlayStation. I took a brief hiatus in my late teen years to drink and smoke, do drugs and have sex, but then quickly returned to an old refuge of gaming in my early 20’s with Call of Duty.  Even though I have progressed as a gamer to playing all kinds of games, the Call ...

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The Top 5 Historical Figures In Gaming

  As the saying goes, truth can be stranger than fiction. It’s no wonder that history has endlessly fascinated us as a species; there are some incredible stories that have unfolded over the years!  We shouldn’t be surprised then, to encounter some of these giants of the past striding through that most modern of genres: video games. Let’s take a look at the top historical figures that continue to have a ...

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Top 10 Shooters Worth Playing… Again

"I can’t believe it. I survived the onslaught. By far this was the heaviest firefight I’ve been in. I don’t know if it was my fast reflexes and instinct that got me through it or dumb luck. I don’t know that I even care. I got more kills than I had expected, and there’s plenty of loot to sift through. Still, things aren’t all good. I don’t have to look at my health meter to know that I’m hurt. My vision is ...

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Pregnant & Bored, I Picked Up Modern Warfare 2 & Never Looked Back

  by Dr Nikki Girls don’t like things they can’t understand. (Especially shooter games for xbox 360, PS3 or PC) That’s why most girls don’t play video games. Anything past simple button combinations throws most girls, right off the bat. Now, I must say, when I first started playing first person shooter games for xbox 360 and PS3, all I could basically do was look at the ground, and throw grenades. That ...

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Top 5 Female Characters In Video Games

    Female characters in video games have increasingly taken on a more dominant and commanding role. It’s hard to imagine now, a good RPG, Action Adventure, or shoot-em up game without a female character. Long gone are the days of Super Mario where you had to save the princess. The proverbial princess has now come into her own and needs no saving. In any fighting game I have ever played I have alw ...

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You Are A Splinter Cell

    The date was October 31, 2006. I remember because I still have the receipt. I had previously gone to GameStop and purchased an Xbox Action Replay Kit. At the time it cost around forty dollars but it was worth it for what I had in mind. I was planning to hack my very first game console. I was fascinated by anything hacking, tweaking, modifying or reverse engineering. The first thing I ever hack ...

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Retrospective on Retro Videogames

  The years come and go and some games define time. Some retro games are never to be duplicated and when it comes to a top ten list, there’s always a mention. They're the icons of today’s video game boutiques and mom and pop shops love using the game characters for their store logo. These are the games of the past that gave way to the future with original style and design. They’re the cornerstones to t ...

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Halo 4 & Borderlands 2

2012 Will see the rebirth of an existing franchise, and the continued rise of a relative newcomer. Will either of these be able to Dethrone the King of shooters, COD? Halo 4 and Borderlands 2 enter the fray and look to Frag COD Black Ops 2. While the gameplay dynamic and game setting of these contenders is much different than that of the Call of Duty games, at the end of the day, they are vying for the same ...

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