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  • 02May

    Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 7th

    Don’t forget that this Saturday, May 7th is Free Comic Book Day. If you haven’t already, make plans to look into what comic book stores near you will be carrying FCBD comics. A lot of stores use this day as an opportunity to bring in special guests for the day, so you might be in for an extra treat. I already know that the store near my house, not only has a decent number of special guests coming in for the day, but they’ve changed the policy to allow guests to pick up one of each FCBD title this year. Want to know what’s going to be available? You can check out the full list over at FreeComicBookDay.com and you can also check their Store Locator for stores near you that are participating. Below are just a few of the comics you might be able to pick up: Amazing Spider-Man

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  • 02May

    The Nebula Award Nominees

    Hi, I am new here. I love science fiction, and I love talking about it, so I jumped at the chance to dive into the conversation and share my love of the genre with like-minded women. Now, onto the fiction! I am very excited about this year’s Nebula Award nominees. Does anyone here try to read everything before the awards? I have to confess, I have never made a systematic attempt to do so, and I doubt I will every read everything ahead of time this year either. For that matter, I probably won’t get to some of them at all, for various reasons. There is not nearly enough time in the day for me to do all the things I want to do, so the book that is the latest in a series of books I haven’t read (Echo) probably won’t get read this time, either. I probably won’t

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  • 02May

    PopCap acquires ZipZapPlay

    The leaders in fun casual game experiences has acquired social games company, ZipZapPlay. Social Gaming is the fastest growing area of the game industry and every company is looking to grab their share, including PopCap. Interestingly, ZipZapPlay doesn’t have a long list of accomplished titles. They have brought Baking Life to Facebook where you build your own bakery and ask your friends for help. Before that was Happy Habitat. “Adding ZipZapPlay’s strong design and development team to our rapidly-growing social games group is a big move for us,” said Jason Kapalka, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at PopCap. “ZipZapPlay is a great cultural fit: a truly creative company that lives and breathes in this space. And their next game is very innovative and exciting – we believe it has the potential to be a step forward in the evolution of social gaming.” PopCap seems to think they will bring the

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  • 02May

    Review: Portal 2 (PC/Mac, PS3)

    Rating: E-10+ Players: 1, online and splitscreen co-op Genre: Puzzle/Platformer/Basically Undefinable Despite the Fact That I Just Tried Publisher: Valve/EA Developer: Valve Software Release Date: April 19, 2011 BUY   I’m trying my best to keep this review spoiler-free (the pictures don’t even show any puzzles!), but really, if you want the ultimate enjoyment out of this title, don’t read any reviews. Not even mine. If you want the really quick version with absolutely no spoilers, I’ll just say that Portal 2 is incredibly enjoyable. Get it. And then come back to me when you’re done. I’ll wait. When I played the first Portal, I did so after being incredibly spoiled. Well, I guess I can’t complain, since I did it to myself by watching YouTube videos of every chamber. What can I say? I didn’t know if the game was ever coming to PS3. How funny that the PS3

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  • 02May

    Interview: Tonya Constant, co-founder of The Ant Firm

    Tonya Constant is the co-founder of The Ant Firm, a QA company. They believe that women have a particularly keen eye for games testing and as such; I completely agree. They aim to employ more diversified test teams than competitors.  As it stands, their team is are 5 women and 2 men.  Ultimately, they would like the female-to-male ratio of testers to reflect current gamer demographics. The Ant Firm tells us that while 43% of all gamers are female, the truth is 86% of games testers are male. They strongly believe that those who test games should adequately reflect those who are playing them. Geek Woman: I get the metaphor.  It could have been bees, or crickets. Why the ants? Tonya Constant: We identify with the strong teamwork and industrious nature of ants.  And from a marketing standpoint, we thought going with ants would result in a very strong brand.

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