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  • 20Mar

    Okay, maybe the Boys of Silence are the creepiest thing ‘BioShock Infinite’ has to offer

    So far, we’ve met the Handymen and the Motorized Patriots, but this new video for BioShock Infinite‘s “Boys of Silence” nails what’s creepy about them right on the head — that obscured head. These guys apparently can only hear you and call in backup. They’re the kind of thing you either avoid on purpose or take a risk and tackle head-on. And man, are they scary. By the end of this video, you’ll be sufficiently creeped out.

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  • 20Mar

    The rise of the video game design summer camp

    According to new research released today by the Entertainment Software Association (or ESA), there are more than 300 summer camps in the U.S. offering programs in video game design. At these camps, students generally take a one- or two-week course that teach a variety of design skills, like 3D mapping, or development for smartphones. Students can then bring home their projects on storage media. “With the nation’s renewed focus on STEM education, I’m encouraged to see a complementary growth in camps where students explore their personal interest in game design, learn valuable skills, and perhaps most important, have fun doing it,” said Rich Taylor, senior vice president for communications and industry affairs at the ESA. “Video games are increasingly acknowledged as innovative educational tools and video game design offers students great opportunities to develop the advanced math and problem-solving abilities they will need to achieve success and keep America competitive

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  • 20Mar

    Train like a Tribute

    Fans of the Hunger Games can take their fandom to new level with the Tribute workout. What better way to lose weight than to train like you are going to have to fight for your life right? For those that think I’m kidding, there is a New York Sports Club that is offering a Hunger Games themed workout. The New York Daily News has an article about the club where participants pretend they are tributes. They each claim a station and do four exercises at that station and then sprint around the room. Tributes are awarded with a mockingjay pin if they complete the most circuits within the allotted time. Funny enough there is a Gamemaker (oh just an ex-marine) who creates “disasters” that the tributes have to deal with. The class itself is only running until April 25 at the New York Sports Club on 86th St. and Lexington

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  • 20Mar

    DC Announces Release Dates for the Collected Editions of the New 52

    Coming this May, DC Entertainment will be releasing the first volumes of four of the New 52 titles. Intended to appeal to avid and lapse fans as well as new readers, the New 52 marked an almost company-wide “do over” with new origins and designs being introduced for the publishing house’s classic characters, as well as starting all iconic series at issue number 1. For better or worse, the massive relaunch was done to introduce the iconic heroes of DC Comics to a new generation of readers. So if you were interested in seeing what’s been done to the DC line-up but missed out on the release of the single issues, May will be a good month for you to them in a collected trade. The first four titles and their release dates are as follows: Justice League Vol. 1: Origin Written by Geoff Johns, with art by Jim Lee

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  • 20Mar

    Turning Japanese Weekly News (March 12th – March 27th)

    Japanese Game Event Comes to S.F.’s New People on March 23rd NEW PEOPLE about the first-ever U.S. installment of “The Real Escape Game: The Escape From The Werewolf Village,” beginning Friday, March 23rd thru Sunday March, 25th. NEW PEOPLE is located in San Francisco’s Japantown at 1746 Post St. NEW PEOPLE invites visitors to become amateur detectives for a very special event as it welcomes the first-ever U.S. installment of “The Real Escape Game: The Escape From The Werewolf Village,” beginning Friday, March 23rd thru Sunday March, 25th. NEW PEOPLE is located in San Francisco’s Japantown at 1746 Post St. “The Real Escape Game” is an inventive live game event originally created in Japan that requires players to cooperate and use their detective skills to solve multiple mysteries to locate a hidden key in order to escape from a locked room within a limited time. The U.S. edition, “The Escape

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  • 20Mar

    Review: Mass Effect 3

    Rating: M (Mild Language, Violence, Simulated Gambling, Mild Suggestive Themes, Drug Reference) Genre: Action-RPG Publisher: EA Developer: BioWare Release Date: March 6, 2012 BUY BioWare would be so lucky if they ever created a series that had the fanbase and anticipation for the final game as they had with Mass Effect 3. The Mass Effect series has made a major impact upon RPG and shooter fans alike, effectively bringing them together in a delicious Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of sci-fi/RPG/shootery greatness. And sadly, like all good things, Mass Effect had to come to an end. Mass Effect 3 tells the story of your Shepard’s final battle against the Reapers, taking into account all of the decisions your Shepard made from the first two games and crafting an undoubtedly massive and masterful Choose Your Own Adventure tale. I have always said that if a Mass Effect game could have the story and RPG-elements of the first game and the

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