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How does The Heart of Darkness, Apocalypse Now, and Homefront correlate with one another?

From the modernist writer to the Vietnam War screenwriter to the video game developer, people’s interactions with books, movies, and video games are beginning to take an evolutionary turn.  John Milius, screenwriter for Apocalypse Now, transposed Joseph Conrad’s mind boggling novella, The Heart of Darkness, to the big screen in 1979.  Fast forward thirty years into the future, THQ has recently signed John Milius to write the story for their new video game, Homefront.  THQ’s internal developer, Kaos Studios, is in the beginning stages of  the new first person shooter.

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Is the above title the best Wallace and Gromit quote ever?! You decide! Telltale has just published the first episode of their W & G adventure series on the Xbox Live Arcade, entitled Wallace & Gromit Episode 1: Fright of the Bumblebees.

In addition to the Xbox Live Arcade release, Episode 1 and 2 are already available on the PC, with gamepad support. Telltale is offering each episode invidiually at $8.95, as opposed to a previous season bundle deal at $34.95. The next 2 episodes, “Muzzled!”, and “The Boogey Man”, are set for release in June, and July, respectively. As Wallace would say, “I’m just crackers about cheese!”

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2K Games has updated Bioshock’s official web page, The Cult of Rapture, and fans everywhere commence celebration. Bioshock 2 is set to hit international waters on October 30th, 2009, and November 3rd for the US. Are you ready to be a “Daddy”?

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OOO the suspense! In case you live under a rock, PC’s Steam digital distribution service offers a new game every weekend that you can download and play until Sunday night. This week’s offering is Unreal Tournament 3 Black. No, the “black” moniker doesn’t mean it’s a reboot, it’s just the original game patched to 2.0, and the UT Titan Expansion Pack.

Read on for the full press release, including some details on the recent modding contest Epic just hosted. Read more… »

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Ahh, the last week of May. It’s the unofficial start of summer here in the US of A and that start begins with Memorial Day. Perhaps due to the holiday there aren’t many new releases this week. Well, that’s not quite true. I bet it is because we’re all eagerly anticipating a megaton-filled E3! Either way, here is what is coming out. What are you getting?

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This explosive new trailer for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is just about enough to wet the appetite of any fan and make him scream out for more! E3 is coming, and I’m sure it will be a highlight. You’ve probably already hit the jump and watched the trailer, I’ll shut up now!

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To celebrate our third week of Twittering, we are giving away another copy of Zeno Clash! One of the most unique FPS games ever released.

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In 2004 the poker game Texas Hold ‘Em exploded into popularity.  Doubtless you’ve been invited to poker tournaments by friends, learned the game, and gotten over the financially frivolous fad.  However, developer Wideload Games has decided that the poker craze doesn’t need death, it needs rejuvenation.  The name of the game here is playing with virtual money and cheating recklessly.  Is it worth gambling your download dollars on? Read more… »

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Don’t panic! It is not December, you haven’t fallen into a coma and woken up on Boxing Day; much loved plasticine duo Wallace and Gromit now appear in video game form. Telltale Games, creators of the new Sam and Max Adventures and Strong Bad’s cool game for attractive people have released a point and click adventure based on Nick Park’s award-winning, stopmotion-animated films.

Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Adventures will be digitally distributed over four episodes: Fright of the Bumblebees, The Last Resort, Muzzled and The Bogey Man. These will see the madcap inventor and his intelligent, trusty dog get into comedy scrapes across a variety of settings. The first installment tested here deals with the dark issue of steroid and growth hormone use in farming…..bee farming.

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The MMORPG world is a volatile beast. With dozens of MMOs released each year, gamers are forced to wade through the not – so – good games to the true gems hidden in the mire. On top of that, release dates are finicky, some games are stuck in limbo for months after the predicted launch date, and some never make it to beta at all.

I’ve devised a list of  5 MMOG/RPG titles planned to launch (“planned” being the keyword here) in 2009 that look to be the most promising. Hopefully these games can give any jaded WoW players out there something else to look forward to when even Hello Kitty Online seems tempting.

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There is a mysterious force only known as T-Energy that supplies the magic throughout all of Arcania. Originally this power was only controlled by the Seraphim, but they allowed the High Elves access to this great, mysterious power. With time, the High Elves grew to be the most powerful race in Arcania.

A problem arose though, as two factions of High Elves began warring with each other for ultimate control of the T-Energy. Now a war wages throughout all of Arcania, and you must decide if you will walk the path of light to save this world, or if you’ll walk the path of darkness and destruction. This begins the story of Sacred 2: Fallen Angel.

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Mankind forced to near extinction, nuclear holocaust, time travel, Christian Bale, Arnold Schwarzenegger and robots.  What more can you ask for?  Oh yeah, the video game.  I forgot about it just as soon as I completed it.  GRIN and Halcyon Company have combined their efforts to develop the much anticipated Hollywood blockbuster video game, Terminator Salvation.  And although the films have proven to be pretty epic so far, does the video game live up to the ‘Terminator’ title? Read more… »