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  • 31Jul

    Blood Angels Episode 4.6: Queen Beeul Grows a Heart

    We are back this week to discuss Season 4, episode 6 of True Blood. This time we discuss Queen Beeul’s untimely interruptions and subsequent growing of a heart, Pam’s poor face, Terry and Arlene’s house fire, terrible terrible Tommy, wicked witchcraft with Lafayette and Jesus, the truth about Tara, Debbie and Alcide’s new pack, Marnie/Antonia’s revenge and Jason’s curious lack of fur. This week’s episode is sponsored by Geek Chic Cosmetics. Post in the comments section below with your favorite quote from this week’s episode to enter to win a set of the Fangbanger’s Quartet eyeshadows from Geek Chic. One winner will be chosen on August 14. Also use the promo code “gamedames” at checkout any time during the month of August to get 20% off your order.   The podcast is now available in iTunes. Just click the link below to subscribe. Contact us with any questions or comments

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  • 29Jul

    Hugo Award Voting ends Sunday, 7/31

    If you bought a membership to Renovation, don’t forget to finalize and submit your Hugo ballot by this Sunday, July 31st, 23:59 PDT! Since there is so much material to cover, you can be sure that a lot of people are waiting until the end, so don’t wait until 11:00PM on Sunday night. Attending, Young Adult and Supporting members are eligible to vote. Winners will be announced at the convention on Saturday, August 20th.

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  • 29Jul

    Weekly Roundup Episode 17 – The Live Edition

    Hey there everyone! It’s time for a historical first that we pulled off on a whim – the first-ever Weekly Roundup Live Show, broadcasting on this Ustream channel. You could have actually seen us talking — if you were there. Trina and I think it went pretty well, but we won’t do it again unless you like it. So let us know! We will probably be back next week, though. (Also — be a dear and leave some iTunes reviews, will you? Need the .mp3? It’s right here.) On tap this week: The ESA’s charging California for their legal fees, mostly because California was too dumb to realize that the Supreme Court’s opinion wouldn’t be too much different from other courts’. (Sorry, but it’s true.) BioWare’s letting us choose a FemShep…and she looks like so many other heroines. Great? GamePro magazine is making the switch to quarterly. Stripgamer. It exists.

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  • 29Jul

    First DLC for ‘Brink’ coming August 3

    The first DLC set for Brink, “Agents of Change,” is set to make its debut on Xbox LIVE, PSN and Steam next week, on August 3. It will be free to download for the first two weeks. The original target date for this content was “early July,” but better late than never, right? Here’s a quick description from Splash Damage/Bethesda: Secrets, lies, and double agents. No one and nothing is at it seems as the arrival of a mysterious ship from the outside world shatters the tentative peace reached between the Resistance and Security factions. The revived battle spreads to two all-new districts of the Ark – the futuristic, underwater Labs facility and Founders’ Tower, the iconic spire housing the island’s wealthy elite. Unleash fury on your enemies with new lethal abilities as your work your way towards the newly raised level cap of 24 and customize your character with

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  • 29Jul

    Humble Indie Bundle 3 adds some free ‘Minecraft’ time to the deal

    Purchasers of the third Humble Indie Bundle now get an additional treat — free access to Minecraft until August 14. So now the deal is five (great) games, and Minecraft, too. If you haven’t given it a shot yet, this is your chance. This is just another way that developer Notch is helping out with this particular bundle. He’s currently the top contributor after paying $4,048 for the five-game set, which includes VVVVVV — a game he’s designed levels for. Pick your bundle up now — it only lasts for 11 more days.

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  • 29Jul

    Nintendo execs taking pay cut due to the 3DS’ poor performance

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is taking full responsibility for the Nintendo 3DS’ current low sales, and he’s going about that in a very personal way. The handheld will get a significant price cut next month (down about 40 percent), so now Nintendo will actually lose money for each unit sold. Iwata has chosen to take a 50 percent pay cut, bringing his salary down to about $1 million a year. Still more than I’ll ever make, so I wouldn’t complain. Other directors close to the project will take a 30 percent pay cut, and some other executives will have their salaries reduced by 20 percent. It’s all in the interest of making sure the 3DS lives a long life. I guess they’ve got to make up that money somehow, right? It’s actually kind of noble for the executives to give it up (or at least accept the proposal).  

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  • 28Jul

    Final ‘Red Dead Redemption’ DLC pack features familiar faces

    As a sort of “thanks” to everyone still playing Red Dead Redemption multiplayer (because yeah, that’s still kinda popular — who knew?) a special free DLC pack is on the way this September. The “Myths and Mavericks” bonus pack will add new fan-favorite characters for multiplayer use, as well as new locations for Deathmatch, Grab the Bag, Gang matches, and additional online modes. A future title update will also fix the Undead Overrun settings, due to popular demand.

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  • 28Jul

    Need some classic SF for your eReader?

    You will soon be able to get a lot of it! SF Gateway, from the same people who are bringing you The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, is about to start releasing eBooks, and they aren’t doing it halfway. They plan to release over 1000 titles from nearly 100 authors this autumn, and raise that total to 3000 titles by the end of next year, and 5000 or more by 2014. They are working with authors to try to publish the entire backlist of SF icons like Theodore Sturgeon, Tanith Lee, Frank Herbert, John Brunner, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Kate Wilhelm, Connie Willis and many more. A full list of authors they have on board so far can be seen in their press release, but they are still working to add as many authors as they can. There are so many works that are out of print even though they are classics

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  • 28Jul

    ‘Red Faction’ franchise bites the dust

    In a conference call yesterday afternoon, THQ expressed that they were fairly disappointed in the latest Red Faction title’s sales. So, naturally, they’re not revisiting the franchise. Well, not in any “meaningful way,” anyway. This takes down a lot more than games, though. The Red Faction series also included a spin-off game (which also had Red Faction in the title) and a SyFy (hate that name forever) original movie. So, no more of those things, I suppose. The Red Faction team at Volition has been reassigned to work on Guillermo del Toro’s inSane.

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  • 28Jul

    Review: BPAL RPG Scents

    I am perfectly happy to admit that I was, and occasionally still am, a table-top role player. I spent many a pre-teen and teen afternoon and evening in the company of rogues, thieves, wizards, orcs, and elves. My preferred character was a half-elf Witch/Duellist, and we played by the AD&D first gen rules, thank you very much, often supplemented by whatever the Dungeon Master had read in Dragon that month. So when I heard that Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab was putting out a line of perfumes based on classic role playing, I knew I had to get my hands on a set. I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to smell like damp concrete, leather jackets, old paper and Jolt cola, mind you, but I figured it was well worth a try. The RPG line consists of three categories — Race, Class, Alignment — with a variety of scents in each

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