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  • 01Mar

    Come Out From Your Bomb Shelters – The ApocalyPS3 is Over

    Time to turn on your chubby PS3s again — all signs are currently indicating that your console is now fully operational once more, without a single download necessary. We’ve gone from this: To this: Everything is now fine. I repeat – everything is now totally fine. Return to your lives at usual, and continue playing Heavy Rain. (Hey, Sony – don’t let this happen again, okay?)

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  • 01Mar

    Portal Update Hints at Eventual Announcement?

    Today, Valve updated Portal. On its own, not really all that out of place, right? Could be a bug fix or any number of things, despite the fact that the game is a few years old at this point. Officially says that it “Changed radio transmission frequency to comply with federal and state spectrum management regulations.” Uh…okay? Except…oh…what’s this? A new Steam Achievement? Alright, then. Apparently (totally not a spoiler alert!), if you take the radio from the very first room and put it on the first big red button, the red light turns green and it starts spitting morse code out at you. However, that’s just radio number one of 26. So, time to replay the game, I guess? Except perhaps not (unless you reaaaaally want that achievement). Some busy beavers have already gotten into the game’s audio files, only to find a bunch of stuff with “Dinosaur” added

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  • 01Mar

    Even More MLB 2K10 Audio Content Released

    2K Sports has released a new audio trailer, titled “MLB Today.” It’s about twice as long as the last one, and is therefore twice as awesome. Really. I’m having trouble believing that the audio of this game could ever become annoying. Well, okay. Maybe after the first 100 hours of gameplay. But until then? Complete awesome. After listening to these, I honestly want to know just how much time they spent recording the announcers (who are pretty famous, by the by). The game hits stores tomorrow.

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  • 01Mar

    GamePro and Princeton Review Join Forces for Top 50 Game Design Schools List

    Are you wanting to enroll in a Game Design program for your undergraduate college years? Before now, it’s been pretty difficult to choose a program if you’re trying to find the best one. You had to rely on hearsay and marketing from the colleges themselves. But now, you can use one of the same tools that many of your classmates use to figure out where they want to go for their English and History degrees – The Princeton Review. They’ve partnered with GamePro to bring us a list of the top 50 undergraduate programs in Game Design. Yeah, I never would have expected that partnership either, but with the field basically exploding at this point, it’s a wise decision on the part of the Review. If you want to see the list in its entirety, go here, but keep in mind that the complete Top 50 list is alphabetical. The

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  • 01Mar

    A Decade with The Sims

    According to EA and the official release date, it’s been ten years since The Sims first graced PCs. I don’t want to believe it, because ten years ago I was a sophomore in college and had just bought my first computer. (Shhh. I was slow to the digital age, but I’ve done a lot of catching up since then.) But if it’s really been ten years, that means that I was introduced to Bob and Betty Newbie a decade ago, and that’s a lot of time to have spent with one game franchise. Not to mention money. When I look down at my PC game collection and realize I’ve got every expansion for The Sims, all but one expansion for The Sims 2, and The Sims 3 with the two current expansions. A lot of time…and a lot of money. But it’s not all bad. Do you remember Bob and

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  • 01Mar

    Lord of the Rings Online Begins Volume III: Allies of the King

    Turbine, Inc. announced today the release of the newest volume in The Lord of the Rings Online: Volume III: Allies of the King. Subscribers of LOTRO can experience Book 1: Oath of the Rangers today. Book 1 introduces Duo Mode and four new 12-player Skirmishes, new high-level skills and recipes and the Spring Festival. The press release about new features in this Volume is below. Below that? Screenshots. Yeah, we’ve got you covered. NEW FEATURES IN BOOK 1: Oath of the Rangers: Introducing Volume III: Allies of the King – The epic story continues with Volume III which will introduce players to new lands, new threats, and new adventures, as the tide of destiny pushes them ever onwards into danger. Book 1: Oath of the Rangers begins in Rivendell, where Elrond and his sons try to decipher the meaning of Galadriel’s mysterious message. One thing is clear: if Aragorn has

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  • 01Mar

    First chapter of new Dresden Files novel going up tonight!

    If you don’t follow Jim Butcher on Twitter yet, you may have missed the exciting announcement that the first chapter of the next novel in The Dresden Files series Changes will be going live on Jim-Butcher.com tonight at midnight EST. Changes is the 12th book in the series and from the plot description sounds like it’s going to be one heck of a book: Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden’s lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it. Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry. To prevail this time, he may have no choice but to embrace the

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  • 01Mar

    GamingAngels interviews God of War III’s Todd Papy

    Last week GamingAngels was invited to a God of War III event that celebrates the upcoming launch of the title and also gave us a preview of another area of the game. The room was dark and full of LCDs, Playstation 3′s and a whole lot of Kratos. Which is everything a girl could want and more. The food went fast, but that was okay because this angel was there to play. The area we were allowed to play was following a cinematic and a battle that ultimately lead to fighting against Poseidon. One thing that continuously shocked me was how “epic” everything felt. Yes, God of War always feels epic, but it’s another thing to take in exactly what is happening in the game. While I have not played the whole game and this is not a review, I have to say I was very impressed with what the

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  • 01Mar

    Konami Foto Showdown Walkthrough Trailers Show Off Game Basics

    Two new trailers have been released for Konami’s upcoming turn-based strategy RPG, Foto Showdown for the Nintendo DSi. The first trailer expains how to fight with monsters, read stats, and formulate attack strategies. The second provides good photo-taking tips and information on new cameras used to spawn more powerful monsters. Foto Showdown lets players snap photos of their environment to generate monsters based on the dominant colors in those photos. After creating a monster, they have to take it into battle. Gamers can simultaneously fight with up to six monsters at a time and will become progressively stronger, ultimately collecting up to 152 different monsters, each with their own unique capabilities. As players compete, new cameras and levels will become available, allowing players to buy or sell monsters and purchase an array of upgrades and equipment. Multiplayer is available via local wireless. The two trailers are below.

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  • 01Mar

    Review: Hellemental for the iPhone/iPod Touch

    In the style of Plants vs Zombies, Hellemental is a fun must buy strategy treasure. You play Elija, a wizard whose calling it is to protect towns in Norlisk from all sorts of monsters. The game has elements of RPG combined with a strategic adventure game. At the beginning and inbetween levels, players level up the wizard’s spells used to ward off the creatures. Rated: 4+ Genre: Strategy Publisher: Intersog Game Studios Release Date: February 3, 2010 BUY As you defend towns from waves of attacking monsters, you progress through the game and on to other towns. The levels are challenging and it helps to know which spells to upgrade for each monster. The levels were so challenging that I really worried when I wasn’t able to successfully defend a town. Intersog kept this possible frustration in mind and as a result, players can choose to either redo the level

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