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  • 27Sep

    PK Cards: The Broken Seal

    Over the weekend I had the chance to test out PK Cards for a local card shop that I do a lot of work with. I was given 4 starter decks, about 20 boosters, and told to grab 3 friends and take over a table to play. At first we were all a little unsure about what was going on, spending at least 30 minutes reading over rules and things. It has a hint of Magic: the Gathering to it, where there are five elements. Unlike Magic, though, these are based on the Chinese element circle of Fire, Wood, Metal, Water, and Earth. The rules can seem a bit confusing at first, but like most things, this is best to just play. The gist of it is you have an Avatar that represents you. There are 7 rounds of combat, called sorties, to a match. There is a near unlimited

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  • 27Sep

    Where to save money on games this week

    The theme for this week is games for your DS or Wii, in case you’ve been neglecting them. My picks are Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, My Sims Agents, and for your PSP: Undead Knights. But this column isn’t about the best games to get this week, it’s about where to save money! Here we go! Toys R Us: Free Nintendo T-shirt when you buy a Wii. Free Wii Guitar Hero World Tour bundle when you purchase a Wii Guitar Hero 5 bundle Buy 1 get 1 half off all Video Games Free $20 Playstation Network card with purchase of PSPgo Target: Five dollar Target Gift Card with purchase of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Best Buy: PS3 – Need for Speed: Shift $39.99 save $20 Wii Game Party free with purchase of Wii EA Sports Active – save $10 – $49.99 Free gloves with Deca Sports 2 Wii $29.99 Wii Madden

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  • 27Sep

    Review: Buso Renkin (Collection 1)

    Release Date: 20/05/2009 Languages: ENGLISH, JAPANESE Genre: Action/Adventure, Anime, Science Fiction Subtitles: ENGLISH subtitles Number of Discs: 2 Runtime: 325.0 mins Format: DVD, Region 2 & 4 (PAL) Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen Full Height Anamorphic Buy it from RightStuf Buy it from Amazon “Buso Renkin” is an anime based on the manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki (creator of “Rurouni Kenshin”). The story follows main character, Kazuki Muto. Kazuki is a high school student who lives in the school dorm with his friends Okakura, Rokuhasu and Daihama. His little sister Mahiro has just joined them for her first year, and is also staying in the dorms. Our story starts with Kazuki waking up from a nightmare – or so it seems. We soon find out that his nightmare was actually real. What happened is that Kazuki was in an abandoned warehouse in town. He notices a girl walking through the place, seemingly

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  • 27Sep

    20th Century Boys 3: Redemption

    I not only had the pleasure to check out the new VIZ Cinema in San Francisco’s New People complex, I got to see the world premier of 20th Century Boys 3. The New People complex is located in Japan Town, right across from the plaza with the peace pagoda. The building itself is amazing. It has stores like Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, a clothing store, and a bookstore. For those of you that don’t know, 20th Century Boys is a trilogy of movies based on the popular manga of the same title. If you haven’t read the books or seen the other movies, then don’t fear! Neither had I. One of the great things about the third movie is there is a 10-minute introduction that is mainly a summary of the prior two films. This movie is the conclusion of the trilogy. Now I don’t want to give away

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  • 27Sep

    Featured Interview – Her Interactive

    Here is the first in what I hope will be a regular series of featured interviews with strong, successful, creative, interesting people and companies out there in the casual space today. Her Interactive is one of those companies which I believe has a strong, positive approach to creating games targeted toward females that challenge us to think critically, while still having a good time – without being all pink and frilly. I was able to ask a few questions of Amy McPoland, VP of Marketing at Her Interactive, a company which has always created and supported great games that challenge us and make us think to talk about the face of women in the industry, creating games for women, and what’s in store for Her Interactive. GA: First, please tell me a little bit about your role in Her Interactive. Amy: As the VP of Marketing, I’m responsible for the

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