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  • 20Jun

    Watch the ‘League of Legends’ Season One Championship Finals here

    In a little bit over an hour from now, you can watch the League of Legends championship finals, live from Dreamhack in Sweden. Almost a million people have tuned in at one time or another, but you can be here for the most exciting part. To catch up on the action before now, hit up this link about the Season One Championship. The finals go live at 5:00 Pacific, so tune in then to see a winner crowned. Riot Games High Definition Stream Follow

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  • 20Jun

    Australian game developers to benefit from tax bill

    Australia’s pretty much guaranteed to help out game development in the country following the passage of a $1.9 billion (that’s with a B) tax break bill, which will be enacted next month. Why “pretty much?” Because the bill covers a variety of “digital creative industries.” This incentive has already caught the eye of global game publishers. It will also help out companies already in the continent/country — since 2008, Australia’s lost about 1,000 development jobs, which amounts to about 50% of that workforce. Ouch. Antony Reed, CEO of the Game Developers Association of Australia, backed the new policy.“Since the first announcement of the R&D Tax reform and in our own discussions with the [culture] Department, it became very clear that the government has confidence in the abilities of Australian SMEs to deliver ground-breaking innovations for the global market,” said Antony Reed, CEO of the Game Developers Association of Australia. “Innovation

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  • 20Jun

    The first DLC for ‘Portal 2′ is controller-specific

    If you don’t have Razer’s Hydra motion controller, the “Sixense Motion Pack” now available for Portal 2 on Steam is entirely useless to you. The special motion controller — which already works for several other games, like Call of Duty: Black Ops and Left 4 Dead 2 —is currently on sale for $140, and you can actually order it through Steam. Is this the first physical object to come out of the formerly-all-digital storefront? I’m not sure. But it does come with some digital content…a copy of Portal 2 that you likely won’t need if you’re the type to want this DLC. Give it to a future co-op partner, I suppose. The 10-level DLC was developed by Razer specifically for the controller, and six of these feature stretchable blocks, a brand-new feature. Repeat after me: I do not need another expensive Razer product…   Follow

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  • 20Jun

    YA Literature too Dark?

    As the parent of a 13 year old girl, I have been following the hubbub about a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal about Young Adult literature, Darkness Too Visible. Megan Cox Gurdon wrote about YA books as if they are all a call to teenagers to descend into the pits of depravity, demonstrating throughout the article a complete lack of understanding of what YA is about and the history of YA lit, not to mention an idealized view of the innocence of teenagers and the possibility of sheltering them from the harsh realities of the modern world. She chooses S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, published in 1967, as the start of the whole genre of YA fiction, probably because it fits her thesis that YA is just about dark topics, and goes on to list several other books with dark themes like rape, self-mutilation, murder and the like. She

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  • 20Jun

    E3 First Look: Prime World

    One of the new games that served as a pleasant surprise for me at E3 this year was Prime World from Nival, a Russian social-strategy game and MMO publisher. As a company their focus is to take the hardcore strategy game genre and work in more social and casual elements to reach a larger market. In Prime World players control a castle and a stable of heroes with which to fight in PVP battles. Two factions, the Dark Emperium a science and technology-focused society and the Keepers an artistic, nature-oriented society, battle against each other to control the main resource in the world that is called Prime. Prime is used to fuel machines as well as magical spells. Your heroes are able to tap into Prime to gain special abilities that help them battle to control the Prime. The game is divided into two interdependent but separate types of play.

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  • 20Jun

    Codemasters nixes ‘GRID’ online play for PS3 and PC

    Race Driver: GRID fans who took advantage of Codemasters’ online play servers for PC and PS3 are now without that service. Codemasters announced in a statement that “[a]fter three years of service, 2008’s Race Driver: GRID‘s online play service has been discontinued for the PS3 and PC editions of the game. This follows the decision by a third party provider to decline the offer of an extended contract to continue online play on these platforms.” The Xbox 360 version of the game is currently unaffected. Three years isn’t really that long. I have to wonder if LAN multiplayer will be patched in at some point, or at least the ability for PC players to start their own servers. It would be a nice consideration, given that this is a fairly niche title. Follow

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  • 20Jun

    E3 Hands On – Star Wars: The Old Republic

    If the chaos surrounding a particular booth at E3 has any correlation to how popular or successful a game will be, then Star Wars: The Old Republic will be the biggest game ever. I don’t think I ever saw the demo room or the hands-on room without a line. To say that SWTOR is highly anticipated is an understatement. It was also one of the games I was most looking forward to seeing at E3 this year. The demo presentation was nicely done, if not a little bit repetitive to someone like myself who’s been lightly following the game for a while. For those newer to the franchise, SWTOR will be Bioware’s story-driven entry into the MMORPG space. Players can choose to be part of the Galactic Republic or the Sith Empire to explore the Star Wars universe set during the time of the Knights of the Old Republic. SWTOR

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