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  • 19Apr

    The ESRB is now using robots to rate downloadable games

    The ESRB recently announced that they’re revamping the rating process for games that will only be available for sale through online downloadable storefronts (think the PlayStation Store, DSi Shop and Xbox LIVE Arcade). Starting yesterday, they started employing an easily-scalable method for rating games — allowing publishers to complete a new submission form containing new, multiple-choice questions that assess content across every category (violence, sexual content, etc.). It also addresses game style and realism as well as incentives and player perspective. The answers to the questions determine what rating the game gets. Basically, the ESRB has turned into this:   Yeah, the rating isn’t official until a DVD accurately reflecting content is received by the ESRB, but it still seems like it could be very easy to game the system this way. (All games that are not purely downloadable will still go through the traditional rating process.) All games rated

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  • 19Apr

    SEGA debuts ‘Sonic Generations’ gameplay trailer

    If you like a little of Column A and a little of Column B when it comes to your Sonic games, SEGA is fulfilling your wishes. In Sonic Generations, you’ll be able to play as both “Classic” and “Modern” Sonic. Don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense to you. Once you watch the trailer below, it’ll all become clear. (Suffice it to say that you’ll get to play as three “generations” of Sonic. So we get “Classic” and “Modern”…what’s the third one? The comic? The television show? Is it just a subset of one of the other categories? Questions that need answers.) Follow

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  • 19Apr

    Review: Using Netflix with Kinect

    Last Thursday we wrote about how Microsoft updated the Netflix 360 app to work with Kinect. Being excited for this update, I couldn’t wait to get home and get it installed. But in the end, there wasn’t much to be excited about. Netflix touted this update saying that we would finally be able to use Netflix with the hands-free Kinect features. The ability to watch movies with the family using the Kinect was featured in all the E3 hoopla last year.  It took six months for us to get an update that would let us interact with Netflix at all, and then turned out to be a huge disappointment. You can only use hand gestures to navigate though a short list of automatically generated “suggested titles for you”. For me, this list mostly contains kid movies that I really would never watch. The only correct thing on the list is Battlestar

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  • 19Apr

    Check out Perky Jerky: Beef and Turkey Jerky with a twist

    Perky Jerky…two words I would’ve never thought to put together in my life.  But, it’s been done.  Through a lucky set of coincidences the people over at Perky Jerky have come up with beef and turkey jerky with enough guarana in it to give you a small energy boost; good enough for high activity pursuits, or healthy snack options. I recently had the chance to sample some of both the beef an turkey flavors and was pleasantly surprised.  I’m usually a fan of beef jerky — I think it makes for good snack and good travel food.  Perky Jerky is different than your standard convenience station fare however.  They’ve done their best to give it good flavor, this is not teriyaki jerky like you’ve had before.  It’s all good ingredients, premium meats, lots of flavor and low in both fat and calories. In terms of flavor, I think the turkey

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