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  • 13Apr

    Riot Games donates to Save the Manatee club

    I really dislike April Fool’s day. It seems to be a day that’s increased in it’s level of annoyance by the internet. The news from Riot Games today shows how an April Fools joke could actually have a positive result. “When we initially thought of Urf the Manatee as a fake character in the game, we never expected him to receive such an outpouring of affection,” said Marc Merrill, co-founder and president of Riot Games. “The Urf event helped demonstrate how tremendously lovable manatees really are and we wanted to clarify that we are against cruelty to manatees, both real and fictional, and hope that this donation will help raise awareness for the peaceful, majestic animals.” Urf the Manatee started when Riot Games suggested they would be including the character in League of Legends. The news starting piling up and players could see how the character creation was progressing. Then

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  • 13Apr

    Pogo Unleashes Some Old Favorites

    One of our favorite social gaming sites, Pogo.com, is expanding its download library with two new games based on the classic favorite board games Scrabble and Clue. Scrabble Tour has players stretching their vocabularies across premium score spaces, using tough letters to try to optimize their scores. As a downloadable game, it also features different modes of play, including solo play and story mode. Solo mode allows players to hone their skills and provides an arena for self competition and story mode takes players on a U.S. tour across themed cities such as Las Vegas and New York City where they can shoot for awards including trophies for multiple 5 letter words. Price: $19.99 Clue Secrets & Spies plunges players in the role of a Police Operatives Global Organization (POGO) agent, jet setting around the world in an attempt to halt the shady doings of Agent Black. This mystery game

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  • 13Apr

    VIZ Media nominated for six Eisner Awards.

    VIZ Media nominated for 6 – count ‘em – 6 coveted Eisner Awards! Eisner Awards are in honor of the late, great comic book artist Will Eisner, and is awarded for creative achievement in the comic book industry. Winners will be announced at San Diego Comic-Con, during a gala ceremony on the evening of July 23rd. VIZ Media Nominations include: Best U.S. Edition of International Material / Asia —-OISHINBO by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki Best Limited Series or Story Arc and Best U.S. Edition of International Material / Asia —- PLUTO: URASAWA × TEZUKA, by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki Best Continuing Series and Best U.S. Edition of International Material / Asia—- NAOKI URASAWA’S 20TH CENTURY BOYS, by Naoki Urasawa and NAOKI URASAWA for Best Writer/Artist, for his work on NAOKI URASAWA’S 20TH CENTURY BOYS and PLUTO: URASAWA × TEZUKA Check out http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_eisners_main.shtml or VIZmedia.com for more info! Follow

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  • 13Apr

    In NHL 10 We Trust for the Stanley Cup

    According to a Stanley Cup simulation run on EA’s NHL 10 game, the Chicago Blackhawks will win this year’s Stanley Cup, defeating the defending Pittsburgh Penguins to bring an end to their 49 year drought. Now, because hockey is something completely foreign to me, I’ll just present you with an image of the winners as well as a full recap of the finals, based on the AI and real stat systems in NHL 10. Chicago all-star forward Jonathan Toews scored the series-clinching goal seven minutes into overtime of the seventh game, and Cristobal Huet stopped 43 of 44 shots to knock-off the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins. Conn Smythe Trophy winner Duncan Keith was a force on the blue line both offensively and defensively, potting four goals and netting a +5 rating in the match up against the Penguins. He finished with 25 points in the playoffs, including 17 assists. 

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  • 13Apr

    2009 Game Developer Salary Survey Reveals Average Dev Pay

    Game Developer Research, a company that performs analyses for Game Developer magazine and Gamasutra, calculated that the average game industry salary has decreased 4% from 2008 to go down to a hair over $75,000. This is the only publicly-released analysis of salaries, so it’s all we’ve really got to go on at the moment. (The survey is able to break down salaries and benefits by discipline, job function, experience level, region and gender, as well.) Even as the recession roared on, game development didn’t really take as much of a hit as the rest of the world, it looks like. Though 2008 was a banner year for devs, with the highest salaries on record, 2009 still didn’t dip below 2007′s levels. Normally, we expect to see a steady increase, but with many studios looking to cut corners wherever possible, many developers were the ones taking the hit. Programmers are the

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  • 13Apr

    And Here We Have…Something Glowy from Performance Designed Products (Really, That’s All We Know)

    Our good friend Candace over at PDP recently let this little image slip. It’s apparently something they’re working on over at Performance Design Products. To say the least, it’s very shiny. Here’s Candace playing with…whatever it is. And yes, it’s something to play with. We do know that much. And you can play with it in the dark. Based on that picture, I actually want to play with it in the dark. If it glows and is blue, I’m all over it. Anyway, we love third-party peripherals, especially if they’re not like anything the console manufacturers make on their own. And these…magical octopus arms…glowing Wolverine claws…whatever they are — well, they’re intriguing. The best part? We’ll eventually get to find out what the heck they are! Way to be sneaky, PDP! UPDATE: Candace has leaked another image! But alas, still no questions answered. I’m definitely leaning towards Wolverine claws for

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  • 13Apr

    Disney Guilty Party Gets An Official Release Date

    Unique, Clue-esque title Disney Guilty Party is being released July 27, 2010. (We’ve already previewed the Wideload Studios game, in case you didn’t remember.) The Wii exclusive follows the Dickens Detective Agency’s efforts to capture master criminal Mr. Valentine. Up to four players can work together to crack his worldwide schemes. The Wii Remote becomes various classic detective tools, like a magnifying glass and lockpick. Once you’ve solved the mystery once, play it again! Each time you start up a game, you get a new experience with new clues, suspects, and minigames (and hey, that’s more than we can say for Heavy Rain). Follow

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  • 13Apr

    Gears 3 to Be the End of Its Series, Scheduled For April 2011

    The conclusion to one of this generation’s most memorable trilogies is coming. And, like my allergies, it comes in the spring. Gears of War 3 is the finale of one of the biggest Xbox franchises, and you can have it in your hands about a year from now (April 5, 2011 for the US, and April 8 for Europe). The last human city has been destroyed. Any survivors have been stranded. Marcus Fenix sure doesn’t have a lot of time to save them – and the human race – from extinction. Last night, a new trailer was revealed, and since then, we’ve gotten additional details that weren’t in any press releases. First off, four-player integrated story co-op will be included, the blonde woman in the trailer below IS Anya, and you’ll get to play as other squads during some portions of the game. The script is being handled by Karen

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  • 13Apr

    Review: Music Skins

    There are many sites or stores out there that have skins that you can buy for your various electronic devices like iPhones, Blackberrys, laptops or game systems. Here at GamingAngels we’ve talked about a few of them in the past. And, I have admired some of the great artwork and design on many of the skins that are currently available. So I was excited to be able to try out a new skin for my PS3 from Music Skins. It’s a snazzy bright red and gold colored skin with a skull design featuring The Venture Brothers. I was pleased at the idea that this would make my PS3 stand out more, and I got right down to putting the skin on. Before I did anything however, I made sure to wipe down my system so that there was no dust on the surfaces where the skin would be placed. I

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  • 13Apr

    Guest Article – New Players and New Game Masters: The Pros and Cons of PDQ

    There are two types of tabletop gamers: players and game masters (GMs). Those players that enjoy control, that want to tell a story, that want to decide the fate of the player characters and non-player characters alike, these players are natural GMs; occasionally they will play in other’s games, but mostly they will run their own. Everyone else is a player. And just like most GMs will occasionally play, most players will occasionally run – especially if they’ve got a favorite game. One of our frequent gaming partners is mostly a player, but will run a fabulous Deadlands campaign; another has a penchant for Shadowrun; I think that someday I will default to Traveller. I chose PDQ (“Prose Descriptive Qualities”); it is very unlike Dungeons and Dragons – and, truthfully, unlike most other games – because it is a very loose, player-driven game. This makes it ideal for a first-time

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