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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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Most Wanted - July

Posted July 4th 2012 by Anthony DiPalma.

Burgers, hot dogs, and chlorine. The sweet scents of summer have us craving for our air conditioners and videogames. What could be more American than supporting the ever-growing entertainment industry we know and love? This month, we've got some titles that will make JRPG fans squeal with excitement. Why not? Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and more will be occupying our time in the same way the hippies are occupying Wall Street under the intense heat of the summer sun.

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Shoot to Thrill: Thoughts on E3 2012

Posted June 12th 2012 by Jordan Mammo.

A couple of weeks ago, Square-Enix unveiled the latest Hitman: Absolution trailer to a whirlwind of controversy. The video featured the main character slaughtering a number of scantily clad female assassins in slow motion after they had (naturally, of course) undressed themselves. "Distasteful" would be a massive understatement. The game spurred a passionate and sometimes enlightening discussion on the internet, as well as enough outrage to compel its developers to clarify their intent. Speaking to IGN, Tore Blystad said, "We just wanted to make something cool, it wasn't the intention to stir up anything."

This is exactly the problem. Who thinks this shit is cool? Forget subtext or any other kind of deeper meaning, this was clearly imagined and engineered for one reason and one reason alone: spectacle.

No one could've predicted this, but Hitman was only the start of two weeks of gratuitous and repulsive violence. It segued into a new Tomb Raider trailer and peaked last week with the most disturbing E3 Expo I've witnessed yet.


Tags: E3, E3 2012, the last of us, Tomb Raider, Hitman:Absolution, Resident Evil 6

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Most Wanted - June

Posted June 2nd 2012 by Anthony DiPalma.

Game journalists often squeal like a thousand pigs getting dismembered in a slaughterhouse in the event that someone mentions the month of June. And why the hell not? We're a couple of days in already and OH YEAH E3 IS LIKE, MONDAY. Not a bad way to start the month, eh? Well providing "Mr. Caffeine" stays the hell away from the press conferences, everything should be hunky-dory. But what of the rest of the month? The Electronics Entertainment Expo only lasts for a few days, so how else are you going to pleasure your carnal passions for gaming? Luckily, we're here to help. (We're not going to touch you, though. Not after that last incident...)

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FEATURE - Five Ways to Make A Great RPG

Posted May 22nd 2012 by Anthony DiPalma.

Even casual gamers know the impact that role-playing games have had on their favorite genres for years. Whether you're deciding to wield a sword or spell against a dragon in Skyrim or contemplating which sidearm you want to equip in Call of Duty, the fact is that players take on the role of a virtual entity; a carefully crafted identification of themselves and the decisions these characters make are based on the players' instincts. Lately, the industry has been seeing a growing trend in Sandbox RPGs, which are a sub-genre of traditional role-playing games that can be generally more user friendly. With the release of Capcom's Dragon's Dogma and the flood of medieval-fantasy games drowning the market in a sea of dwarves and magical wizards, it's hard to know what actually qualifies as a good RPG. Luckily, we're here to help with a short list of features that separate the amazing from the mediocre.

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Tags: player choice, farts, dark souls, fable, Skyrim, RPG

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SOURCE CODE — Diablo II

Posted May 18th 2012 by Frankie Aguilar.

Source Code — Diablo II

One does not simply play the Diablo series. It's more like being in a relationship—a one-sided relationship where one person is flighty and non-committal and the other is always forgiving and welcoming. Think of it like old girlfriend you "hate" that immediately calls you every time a guy breaks up with her. The key here is, in this relationship, you are the evil ex and Diablo will always be there to pick up the phone. Staying power and almost infinite replayability are factors that make Diablo II one of the best games of all time, computer-based or otherwise. And with Diablo III finally releasing fans from over a decade's worth of digital vasocongestion, there's no better time to look back and reflect upon how amazing a game Diablo II was and still is to me.

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Tags: PC, RPG, blizzard, Diablo III, diablo ii, source code

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MOST WANTED — May 2012

Posted May 2nd 2012 by Anthony DiPalma.

In 1862 (that's about 700 years ago), the Mexicans defeated the French in an unlikely, yet decisive victory in the Battle of Puebla. Every year since the Mexicans conquered the Cylons and saved the galaxy, celebrations were held in May to commemorate our brothers to the south. Our history may not be totally accurate, but our knowledge of the awesome games coming out this month are pretty on-point. Grab some Top Shelf Margs, pound some Coronas, and turn on your gaming system because May is going to be one hell of a month.

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Tags: May, 2012, most wanted, dragons

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Who's Who in Westeros: A Guide to Game of Thrones Season 2

Posted April 24th 2012 by Anthony DiPalma.

Maybe you're one of the four people who live under a rock and don't understand the epic amazingness that is Game of Thrones. Relax, it's fine, really. Nobody* is judging you! Westeros is a big place, though, and filled with backstabbing, thieving, money-grubbing and whore-mongering bastards. Which of these bastards can you trust? Well we're here to help you pick a side or five in the battle for the Iron Throne. Read our handy-dandy, totally awesome guide to the Five Kings vying for control of the Seven Kingdoms and pledge your loyalty! A word of warning, though: Season 1 spoilers will be below, so if you have not finished, you'd better hurry up... Winter is coming.

*Everybody is judging you.

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Tags: books, game of thrones, season, Westeros, swords, fantasy, tv

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