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The Capstone Games of FIEA's Cohort 9

Posted August 6th 2013 by Adam Grayson.

In case you missed the live Ustream presentation last Friday, here are the videos of the four Capstone games presented by the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy's Cohort 9.

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Tags: iPad, Apple, itunes, App Store, Steam, UDK, Unreal, Havok, iPod, iPhone, ios, FIEA, Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, Grapple, Warp Derby, Pitch Jumper, Escherreal, M. C. Escher, student games

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Check Out the Live Ustream of FIEA's Cohort 9's Capstone Games

Posted August 1st 2013 by Adam Grayson.

Hello again, readers, it's been a while hasn't it?  Surely you've been wondering where all of the editors have gone?  Well this one has been making video games over the past year!  Last year I wrote an article about the final Capstone games of the students of the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA).  Well this year, I am one of those students!  That's right!  This Friday, August 2nd at 2PM eastern, my fellow students and I will be presenting the four games we've working nearly a year on.  You too can watch our presentation live via FIEA's Ustream page.  This is the first year that there have been four games that were green lit (previously it's been three or less), and, if I do say so myself, we will not disappoint.  Keep reading for a quick description of the four games.

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Keep Information Free

Posted April 22nd 2013.

Call your Senator

Call or email a Senator or two

Begin calling/faxing Senators about CISPA on the morning of Monday April 22nd, 2013, at 9 am eastern time (06:00 PDT 13:00 GMT). As part of Project: Stop CISPA, OpenCongress.org has this complete list of U.S. Senate phone numbers, fax numbers, and email contact points. and a handy how-to page with tips for calling and emailing, and sample text of what to say. (Also: here is the U.S. Senate's official roster/contact page.)

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Keep Information Free

Posted April 22nd 2013.

#StopCISPA

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App Review - DoDonPachi Maximum

Posted November 7th 2012 by Oliver Chen.

Time has not been kind to the shoot-em-up genre. The decline of arcades worldwide combined with a shrinking playerbase has forced companies who specialized in making these kinds of games to look for new outlets for their craft. One of these developers, CAVE Interactive, happened upon a new niche a few years back releasing ports of its famed arcade shooters on iOS and other smartphone platforms. It seemed all too certain that CAVE would eventually develop an original shmup game for mobile platforms. Enter DoDonPachi Maximum, a new bullet hell shooter in CAVE's venerated DoDonPachi series, which was released worldwide on Windows Phone 7 earlier this year and on iOS in late October.

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Tags: dodonpachi, shmup, ios, windows phone

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The Student Games of the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy

Posted August 27th 2012 by Adam Grayson.

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the final Capstone Presentations of the students at FIEA, the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, a graduate video game design school in Orlando, Florida.  Starting in their second semester, students are to come up with ideas for games that they would like to create.  After various critiques throughout the first few months, the potential number of games is whittled down to about three.  Students split into groups and work on these three (or so) games for the remainder of the second and third semesters.  These will be their final projects.  The three games below, Battle Fortress Tortoise, Penned, and Plushy Knight are the final games created by this year's hard-working FIEA students.  Fortunately, FIEA recorded the entire presentation, so the videos below will show you exactly how impressive these games are.

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Tags: Florida, Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, FIEA, Battle Fortress Tortoise, Penned, Plushy Knight

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XBLA Review - Deadlight

Posted August 16th 2012 by Anthony DiPalma.

With the slew of cookie-cutter zombie shooters out there, it's hard to tell which undead invasion is worth caring about. The survival-horror genre has seen better days, as modern day apocalyptic blitzkriegs tend to focus more on action, making it far too easy for players to blast their way through a horde of bloodthirsty freaks. Deadlight, however, is an entirely different animal. This Arcade title breaks the seemingly ongoing tradition of bumbling about in a methodical stroll through Drab-town by returning to the genre's roots, as well as introducing much needed new elements along the way.

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Tags: deadlight, zombies, xbla

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The Biggest Mistake Ever?

Posted August 3rd 2012 by Jordan Mammo.

Last week, Ubisoft co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot declared that a new generation of consoles was overdue. "What we missed was a new console every five years," he said. "We have been penalized by the lack of new consoles on the market... it's important for the entire industry to have new consoles because it helps creativity."

Guillemot went on to say that, "If you can't take risks because people don't buy, you don't innovate. And if you don't innovate, customers get bored."

The month before, Square Enix's worldwide technology director Julien Merceron chided Sony and Microsoft for letting the current console generation go on as long as it has, saying "It's the biggest mistake they've ever made."

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Tags: Xbox 360, ps3, Ubisoft, Square Enix, Microsoft, Sony, Videogames

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Most Wanted - August

Posted July 31st 2012 by Anthony DiPalma.

The annual Summer Drought of Gaming is almost over! While there are a few great games that come out during the sweltering weeks of June and July, it's hard to ignore the impending joy of Fall. It's almost upon us! Before that however, Father Time and the videogame industry have collaborated to bring us some amazing titles to look out for during the month of August. Check out these upcoming games and see what piques your interest!

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Tags: 2012, august, boobs, month, game

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ANALYSIS - A Look at Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut

Posted July 30th 2012 by Adam Grayson.

Over the past couple of weeks, BioWare has responded to fan criticism by releasing free Extended Cut DLC, content that would expand the hotly debated endings to Mass Effect 3. Since then, fans have had a lot to say on the matter. We sat down to analyze the endings, discuss our thoughts on how the epic conclusion was handled, and if BioWare actually "fixed" the problems fans had been screaming about for months.

Be warned: Major Mass Effect 3 spoilers ahead!

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Tags: BioWare, Reapers, Shepard, Commander Shepard, DLC, Extended Cut, Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, Mass Effect 3, Catalyst, Starchild, Citadel, Refuse, Synthesis, Destroy, Control, Crucible, Captain Anderson, Illusive Man, Mass Effect

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