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I’m certain that you’ve heard all about the rumors about the slim Playstation 3, but we all know that Sony is losing at least $40.00 per console that it sells. So the question is this: Will we find ourselves with a new model for the PS3? Will Sony announce the PSP Go!? Will Uncharted 2 be a megaton? Let’s theorize on all these questions and more!

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Recently, I decided to take my dusty copy of Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn for a spin. I know that a lot of you are gasping now, or perhaps scratching your heads, but its true. This is my first play-through of the fabled series. However, I am no stranger to Bioware’s fantastic D&D based video games.

I played both Icewind Dale 1 and 2, with the later being one of my favorite gaming experiences.  What really turned me off from Baldur’s Gate when I first tried playing it nine years ago was that my computer at the time was too weak for a full install. So every time I left certain areas…I had to put a new disc into the drive.  Yes, I am lazy.

Now that my computer has the cajones to handle the massive full install (which isn’t so massive anymore), because im still too lazy to change the discs, my journey into the forgotten realms is finally underway, and I thought I would share my experience so far with you. Read more… »

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It seems 2009 has already kicked off to a magnificent start on the gaming front, with plenty of great titles still to be shown. However there has been an abundance of a single genre this year, and its one of my favourites; Fighting games. Everyone loves a good fighter, whether you play competitively or casually you can have some serious fun pumping out Ultra Combos in Street Fighter, or pile-driving in Tekken. But is 2009 the year of the fighter? In my opinion it could well be, hit the jump to see why. Read more… »

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Microsoft news has been a dime a dozen this week regarding the latest rumors that Microsoft is going to release a motion-control peripheral for the Xbox 360. What is Microsoft going to have to do this year to win the show? Well here’s what I think…

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I know you’re probably tired of hearing the word “recession” by now, so let me say instead that money is tight these days for lots of people.  Restaurants are little less busy, shopping malls aren’t as packed, and finding value for a dollar is a constant quest.  With frugality at a peak, what are gamers to do with an industry that doesn’t want to budge for their budget?  Most games release at $60 a pop, so how can we be certain that we will receive sufficient bang for our buck?  In a world where licensed action games and JRPGs aren’t created equal, there is a call for a balancing of cash and content. Read more… »

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I have a couple of things up on my chopping block today.  The Star Wars controversy has given gamers and the press a lot to talk about in the last week, so I figured I would just add some fuel for discussion.  Vin Diesel can no longer hide his true nerd identity, and I have a new found respect for him.  And rumors of a UMD-less PSP (after the Onlive announcement) scares the crap out of me. Read more… »

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It needs to be noted that there is a wide difference between passion and obsession. Passion can be loosely described as the emotional strength one might give to a particular subject, such as music, poetry or in our case, gaming. Obsession, on the other hand, lends itself to the more creepy, stalkerish aspects of passion, leading people to do strange and awful things in their quest for satisfaction. Gaming is no different to any other hobby or sub-culture where those who may find themselves crossing the invisible line from enjoying something to emotionally destroying something.

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For the next month of Sunday’s I’ll be taking the time to detail what I would like to see from E3. Perhaps the best place to start is with the company who disappointed us the most last year: Nintendo.

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Can we please end this blind zealotry behind certain games and platforms? There’s no need to hunker down behind your console of choice – no need to defend your favorite games. Likewise, there’s no need to assault the preferences of your fellow gamers. We share a common bond in our respect for this medium – can’t we make an effort to respect each other as well?

Gaming appeals to an extremely large audience, with varying tastes and preferences. If you don’t like a particular game, there’s a good chance that someone else loves it.  Just because they disagree, doesn’t mean they’re stupid – it just means they’re into something different. Read more… »

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Sunday Soapbox: Industry BS
By: | April 26th, 2009

26cowsanduglybullinrentedpasture_jpgPeter Dille of SCEA has been front and center on the blogosphere with an incredibly unfounded statement about the Playstation 3 in comparison to the other consoles out there. All the while it probably leaves everyone scratching their heads in befuddlement. Read more… »

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Sunday Soapbox: To New Horizons
By: | April 26th, 2009

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A few years ago, during something of an extended, accidental vacation, I picked up a copy of the novel Manifold: Time.  The cover, a rather minimalist affair, wasn’t particularly inspired – but the title itself, in tandem with the back-cover preview, was sufficient to catch my eye, as I’ve always had an especial fondness for temporal misadventures.

I had also, to that point, never had occasion to cross paths with any of Stephen Baxter’s work, and like any serious fan of a given genre (science fiction in this case) I’m always on the lookout for new authors. Read more… »

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Sunday Soapbox: Burying the Axe
By: | April 19th, 2009

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The rhythm game genre is one that has been around for a long time.  It existed in the forms of PaRappa the Rappa, Guitaroo Man, and Dance Dance Revolution long before anyone knew who Harmonix was. However, unless you were willing to import or get off your lazy ass and play DDR, many gamers’ exposure to these games was limited.  That is, until November 2005, when the rhythm genre jumped into our hands and threw our favorite music at us. When Guitar Hero released it put rhythm games on everybody’s radar, but has the franchise grown with the core fan base, or abandoned them for the casual market? Read more… »