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  • 18Jan

    Gary Gygax and GenCon Indy

    A lot of you know the name Gary Gygax. He was co-creator of the legendary Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game that many of you reading this might have or wanted to play. He’s known as the father of role-playing games to some. He played a special part in Gen Con, as he founded it and held the first meeting in his own house. This summer at Gen Con Indy 2010, there will be a special auction featuring some of his personal belongings. The items will be auctioned off during the event, and part of the proceeds will go to the Gygax Memorial Fund. This fund is a non-profit charity started by his wife, Gail Gygax, and hopes to raise the fund to erect a memorial in Library Park in Lake Geneva, Wisconson. Lake Geneva is the birthplace of Gen Con. The plans for this memorial are a bronze bust of

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  • 18Jan

    “Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars” Leaves Chinatown, Downsizes to Your Pocket

    Today, Rockstar announced that the previously-for-DS-and-PSP title Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is now available for iPhone and iPod Touch [iTunes link], making this the last stop on its complete mobile tour. Thankfully, it’s not strictly a port of the original. Since the Apple device has multitouch, that’s been brought into play with new controls (meaning this app has controls like about a zillion others – an onscreen joystick). The graphics have also been updated, difficuty levels have been tweaked, and “Independence Radio” has been added, allowing players to create iPod playlists during play. Check out the following video to decide if you’re willing to shell out the $9.99 (for a faithful recreation, that’s a bargain).

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  • 18Jan

    Xbox Live should be seen as a Cable Channel

    An article over on the NYT states that Microsoft wants to take on Cable channels. The company is in talk with Walt Disney Company about a programming deal with ESPN. ESPN could provide live streams of sporting events for a per-subscriber fee. You didn’t think you’d get this for free did you? Microsoft may also create some interactive games in association with ESPN. “For both of the big guys, it’s about extending the value of the hardware platform,” said Mike McGuire, a vice president for the research firm Gartner, referring to Microsoft and Sony. “The devices are hooked to TVs and have broadband connections, and there are more and more opportunities to license movies and TV shows and deliver them in over-the-top models.” Microsoft doesn’t release stats on Xbox Live members and users that are playing games versus watching video. But they do have a rather large audience and Netflix

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  • 18Jan

    Vampire Apocalypse now available for the Kindle

    Permuted Press recently announced the release of the first two books in author Derek Gunn’s Vampire Apocalypse trilogy will now be available for Kindle users. Not only that, A World Torn Asunder has been revised and extended for this edition! And these aren’t your romantic vampires either. In the novels, the drying up of oil resources throws the population into an End of Days panic. Communities become more insular and technology stagnates, and in this environment the vampires arise to seize power. Humans are thrown into walled cities to breed and are watched over by terrifying thralls during daylight hours. In this slavery, Peter Harris and a small group of humans try to stand against the vampires and their thralls to free humanity against their new-found slavery. “Derek Gunn didn’t reinvent the vampire novel. Instead he stripped it back to its roots, in the process tearing away the pretensions other

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  • 18Jan

    Spartacus: Blood and Sand promotion

    Nope this isn’t an excuse to have scantily clad hot males on the front page of GamingAngels.com. Starz sent us information about the debut for Spartacus: Blood and Sand which starts January 22 at 10pm on Starz. But if you can’t wait that long, a preview of the series will be available on-demand starting January 20. The following cable and satellite providers will be offering the free on-demand sampling for the first two episodes: Charter Communications (HD), Comcast (HD), Cox Communications (HD), DIRECTV (HD on The 101 Network), Insight Communications (HD), Mediacom Communications Corporation (HD), and WOW! Starz is going full social media with their promotional efforts. There is an iPhone game, motion comic, and a video on their workout all available on iTunes. The Motion Comic is a four-part series and three of which are available now on Amazon, iTunes, Playstation Network, and Xbox Live. The fourth comes out

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  • 18Jan

    Outspark Donating Proceeds to Haiti Aid

    Outspark Games, maker of multiple free-to-play MMOs, is offering a special “Help Haiti” bundle for sale in-game. All proceeds from sales of these items go directed to Yele Haiti, established by Haitian-born musician Wyclef Jean. These bundles are available for purchase for $5 in four of Outspark’s games: Fiesta, Secret of the Solstice, Wind Slayer and Project Powder. The bundles contain special, limited-edition items that are usable in-world. They will be available until January 31. Links to all the items will follow. Fiesta: - Mini Spark Dog (30 Day), increases all stats by 8 each. - HP Magic Potion 1, 100,000 total HP - SP Magic Potion 1, 100,000 total SP Secret of the Solstice: - Small HP Potions (100 units) - Small MP Potions (100 units) - HP increase Buff (10 units) - MP Increase Buff (10 units) AND - Exclusive Earth Day Helmet (30 Days). Wind Slayer: -Random

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  • 18Jan

    UK Gamers choose to Just Dance over Modern Warfare 2

    Activision’s Modern Warfare 2 held the top of the UK Game sales Charts for longer than most any game I have seen in the last year. Two workout games push Modern Warfare 2 down to the third spot. The factor could be New Years Resolutions as working out on the Wii in the comfort of your own living room is a very attractive option than going to a gym or for a run. Ubisoft’s Just Dance takes the number one spot with Wii Fit Plus claiming number 2. Army of Two: 40th day enters at the fourth spot with Wii Sports Resort filling out the top 5. Darksiders moves up the chart (6), followed by Bayonetta (7). Nintendo is the top publisher for last week with their classics. New Super Mario Bros Wii is the only fairly new title. Ubisoft has three games on the list which is the most

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  • 18Jan

    Nintendo Had a Pretty Good Year, Thanks to You (And Your Wallet)

    Nintendo announced recently that their hardware sales have been through the roof, with the Nintendo DS enjoying its best calendar year to date and the Wii system selling 3.8 million units — a record in the U.S. In fact, out of all the Wii consoles currently in the United States, a fifth of those were sold in November and December of last year. Yeah, I’m not seeing how the recession isn’t totally over. With more than 27.2 million Wii units “in the wild,” well, it only makes sense that software also sold like hotcakes. For December alone, six Nintendo titles found themselves in the top ten. These are: New Super Mario Bros. Wii at No. 1 with more than 2.8 million sold, Wii Sports Resort at No. 2 with more than 1.7 million sold, Wii Fit Plus with the Wii Balance Board accessory at No. 3 with more than 1.7

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  • 18Jan

    Dragonica Online Sweepstakes Offers Over $2500 in Prizes

    The makers of Dragonica, a free-to-play MMORPG that is still in development, have announced a sweepstakes with a grand prize of a $2500 Best Buy gift card. (There are also fifteen other prizes, including some that consist of in-game money, but none are quite as awesome as that much cash to spend inside an electronics store.) Entering the contest is quite simple: Just sign up for a THQ*ICE Passport, download the Dragonica client, and log in! It’s really easy as pie. Or as easy as downloading and opening something. (Maybe we should rethink that simile, because it takes me a lot longer to bake a pie.) The sweepstakes will run through January 31, after which date, the sixteen winners will be chosen. Only one gets the $2500, though. THQ*ICE is also offering special in-game gifts to those who use game cards, sold exclusively at Best Buy. (So that’s where the

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  • 18Jan

    Guest Article: Gaming Decade in Review

    2010 marks the beginning of the end of what I consider to be the most crucial decade in the video game industry. Consoles rose into prominence across millions of households to become a permanent fixture in the living room. With affordable broadband Internet available to the masses, online gaming became an innovative outlet to increase the longevity of a title. Now that we’re in 2010, I’d like to review critical past events and trends to see where the indicators are heading for the closing year. While a decade is indeed hard to surmise with a mere top 10 list, I hope my selection spurs a discussion of what other gamers think should have (or not) been included in the list. Without further ado: #10: Rise of Downloadable Content More often than not, content needs to be cut out of games due to budget and time constraints. It’s rare for these

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