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Yeah, me too. I’m sick to the teeth of the word. So much, in fact, that I almost shudder whenever it leaves my lips: “Innovation”. There, I said it. OK, typed it *hand shudder *. Unfortunately, it’s a word that is increasingly cropping up in the world of gaming, and so I’ve become resigned to the fact that it exists, casting its huge shadow over the realms of creative thinking.

I really respect and am excited by the fact that gaming is being pushed forward more and more, with new ideas and gameplay elements creating both new genres and a broader spectrum, in terms of experience, within already existing ones. It’s just that I wish things felt a little more organic than they are right now. I wish new ideas didn’t have to be labelled so ungraciously, sought out and picked apart in great depth, causing developers to second guess themselves and get stage fright just when they had something good going on.

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With Gametrailers doing a full-on retrospective for Resident Evil, it would be hard to top that. Instead, I’m presenting to you one of the finest extra modes in gaming: Mercenaries. The objective is simple enough: make it through a gauntlet of zombies and creatures with a time limit. Think you can handle it? Read more… »

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It has been announced that the billionth game of Halo 3 has been played on Xbox Live, that means roughly one game has been played for every six people on the planet. In terms of time spent, if each game lasted 30 minutes, it’s over  64,000 years of playing time. Read more… »

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It was no secret that in the early nineties, the console war between Sega and Nintendo was starting to wane. Nintendo was having incredible success with the NES and Gameboy franchises, while Sega was left with a moderately popular console and general underdog status. Other console developers (such as Panasonic and Sony) were starting to notice a rapidly growing market and set to developing competitors to snare market share away from the Big 2. Read more… »

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Games get cancelled. Some are good, some are bad. Some are great, some are so great that the mere fact that they were cancelled leaves you crying yourself to sleep every night whimpering their name. This is the Gamer Limit Top 10 Cancelled Games. Bring tissues.

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As we head into 2009, we already see some heavy hitters coming our way. With Killzone 2 closing in and Resident Evil 5 stirring up plenty of controversy, we certainly have our hands full for quarter 1. So to slow things down a bit, I took the time to assemble a list of what I feel to be the genre-pushing releases this generation. Enjoy!

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Power Trip #1: Contra
By: | March 3rd, 2009

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In this new feature, I’ll be taking a look at memorable power-ups and upgrades from video games past and present.  These could range from classics like Pac-Man’s power pellet to more modern power-ups like perks in Call of Duty.  If it’s interesting, I’ll cover it.

To start things off I take a look at a power-up dating back to 1987.  In a game where enemies bull rush you and bosses fill the screen, there is only one choice for total proliferation.  If your style of extraterrestrial extermination calls for no less than 45 degrees of death, then click continue for more.

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Comics are a constant source of inspiration in both the worlds of movies and video games, but despite this there are an incredible amount of games out there taking nothing but the title from this medium.  In this list I have compiled what I believe are five games that deserve the transition from pen to pixel, however, it is all a matter of opinion so if you have any comments, criticisms or additions to the list feel free to make yourself heard. Read more… »

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The ‘Daily Limit’ is a feature that we publish at the end of each day, containing the day’s interesting articles from around the web. The Daily Limit will be short, to the point and pretty much just links.

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March, Gaming Month of 2009?
By: | March 2nd, 2009

Killzone 2 Big In February

2009 has already kicked off well for gaming, with big releases such as Killzone 2 and Street Fighter IV we can only look to the future for bigger and better things. Are these things coming in March? February was big, but March is gonna be bigger. With some big titles coming its way March could be the month of 2009. Read more… »

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Nothing could have prepared me for Shenmue II. Going into my experience with the game, I had no expectations. The only person I knew that even played the original Shenmue hated it, but I still decided to give it a try. What I found was astounding: Shenmue is not just a game, it’s an experience. Shenmue II exhibits beauty, perfect zen, and left me in tears.

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Handheld gaming for years has been strictly only for pure gaming consoles, with a few exceptions. Mobile phones have taken stabs at this huge market, only to fall flat on their faces with poor graphics, and shoddy control capabilities. Then came the Iphone. Read more… »