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  • 15Jun

    ‘Duke Nukem Forever’-related PR hissyfit really doesn’t make anyone look good

    Anthony Weiner isn’t the only guy with Twitter-related problems. After watching the negative reviews of Duke Nukem Forever pile up all around him, publicist Jim Redner, of the aptly-named PR firm The Redner Group, finally let loose with something that he wanted to say to everyone panning the title. He basically threatened pretty much everyone in the games press, saying…well, I’ll let the netspeak say it: Ouch. Venom. He went on to say that, “Bad scores are fine. Venom filled reviews…that’s completely different.” So, aside from an odd fascination with snakes (apparently we are snakes), bad reviews apparently equal no press copies. This is a discussion that would normally go on behind closed doors. Yes, publications and sites do get blacklisted for one reason or another. Bringing that sort of discussion into the public space is a bigger problem, though. Despite Redner’s apology, issued within the next half-hour, I think

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  • 15Jun

    It’s time to announce our National Computer Camp scholarship winner!

    The choice was a hard one to make, let me tell you. We received essays on games ranging from BioShock 2 to Harvest Moon. Some girls wanted to add contextual minigames to Wizard 101. But as much as we wished we could give out multiple scholarships, just like Highlander, there can be only one. (Winner, that is.) GamingAngels staff chose Annapolis, Md.’s Sarah Bishop, 16, as the prize winner after reading her essay on improvements she would want to make in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. You can read her entry at the end of this post. Congratulations, Sarah! We hope you enjoy your time at Computer Camp. We also extend a heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who entered the contest. I’m sure I speak for the rest of the staff when I say that I hope we can offer an opportunity like this again.   Here’s Sarah’s essay:   My

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  • 15Jun

    Steam adds multiple free-to-play titles

    Valve Corp.’s digital distribution giant, Steam, is finally introducing a few games that you won’t have to pay for unless you’re really into that whole microtransaction thing. (However, if you didn’t grab Portal when it was free, I don’t know if we can be friends.) Several free-to-play titles, including Champions Online: Free for All and Spiral Knights, are now available as part of a listed “free-to-play” genre. There’s now a concise free-to-play FAQ available on Steam that answers every question you’d have about these games, as well. For instance, you won’t need to provide any payment upfront in order to play these games. That’s nice enough. But if there are components of the game you wish to pay for, those are easy enough to access, because your Steam Wallet now serves as the funding source for any microtransactions in-game. If you’re only playing free games, you’ll be a Limited User

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  • 15Jun

    EA Sports-branded retail stores are on the way

    EA Sports VP of brand marketing Chris Erb recently opened up to Forbes about the publisher’s plans outside the usual game space. “As pervasive as digital is, there’s still an offline component to acquiring new customers that remains important,” Erb said in the interview. “Our approach is to be creative and innovative with whatever we’re doing offline, and ensure that it connects with our digital strategies.” That stroke of creativity will apparently extend to EA Sports retail stores, the first of which will open this fall in Charlotte, N.C.’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Yeah, it’s a nice airport, but just how accessible is it? Who on this planet goes to the airport to shop, duty-free stores not included? The stores will allow patrons to interact with and buy their favorite EA Sports titles. Great for all those times you’ve got a console on the plane with you, right? In any

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  • 15Jun

    Majesco shows off DS and Kinect games at E3

    The Majesco Entertainment press room at E3 was like a fun party complete with a wall filled with people jumping, punching and kicking to new Kinect games across from a row of Nintendo DS and 3DS games. The variety of light-hearted, fun games for the family was a refreshing contrast to the “who’s got the biggest explosions” contest that was the E3 show floor. In my time with Majesco, I got to see four upcoming titles that all look to be fun for the family. The first game I got a look at was Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic for the Nintendo 3DS. The latest in the Mama series continues the tradition of fun cooking themed play with over 200 unique mini-games and 60 recipes. It takes advantage of the 3DS capabilities by using the gyroscope to do things like flip food in a pan and uses the 3D display

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  • 15Jun

    ‘Dragons Vs. Spaceships’ wages a war you’ve never heard of

    It would appear that the dragon’s natural enemy is one that most people wouldn’t expect. It’s a spaceship. So, shelve those dreams of a Dragons Vs. Squirrels or Dragons Vs. Mermaids…because it’s Dragons Vs. Spaceships that is coming to Xbox LIVE Indie Games. The top-down shooter, designed by Game Production Studios, will be released for Dream Build Play 2011. In it, you’ll fight a legion of spaceships that are…threatening the dragons’ way of life. That’s why we fight things in games, right? For real, though, if the spaceships win, things in Dragonia will never be the same. To read more, visit the official website. The first trailer is below.

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