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  • 29May

    THQ names Jason Rubin as president

    THQ is still restructuring as a press release went out that Jason Rubin is now President of THQ. He replaces Danny Bilson who is leaving THQ. Jason Rubin co-founded Naughty Dog and worked on games like Crash Bandicoot, and Jak and Daxter. In 2004, Jason left Naughty Dog, three years after Sony acquired it. “Jason’s proven track record in the industry speaks for itself, and he is one of the brightest minds in the business,” said Brian Farrell. “We believe he can be a game changer and can contribute immensely to executing on our strategy of delivering quality connected core game experiences.” THQ is still struggling to refocus after suffering losses. They will now focus on “Core” games for multiple platforms. The 2013 lineup includes games from Vigil Games, Volition Inc, Relic Entertainment, and Metro: Last Light, South Park: The Game and WWE 13 (see the cover art for WWE

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  • 29May

    Summer of Science!

    Recently, I wrote on my personal blog about all of the things I am trying to do to keep my kids from watching television for 10 hours a day over the summer. There will be books and writing and physical fitness, but I am really looking forward to our science goal: we will be conducting weekly science experiments/projects as a family. I told the kids that I would start by choosing a few activities, but I hope that they will choose some as we go on with the summer. I told a good friend about our goals, and she picked up the latest issue of Wired Magazine for me, with Adam Savage on the cover, and I am so glad she did. While I could wish they called the article “How to Be a Geek Parent,” there are many great projects in there, from building an artbot to cooking up glow worms to

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  • 29May

    Wintercast 1.08

    Direct Link Wintercast Show Notes Intro Welcome to Wintercast – a discussion of HBO’s series Game of Thrones, brought to you by the Gaming Angels Network. We’re your hosts Elizabeth and Summer. This week, we’re discussing Episode 2.09 – Blackwater Write to ga.wintercast@gmail.com or comments on the website News – Any news regarding the series (TV/book): No news! Long Story Short (Too Late) – Official HBO synopsis: Episode 2.09: “Tyrion and the Lannisters fight for their lives.” Joffrey’s a Tit – Our “favourite” moments of Joffrey being a total tit – or whichever character was a stand out douche canoe in that episode: I’m going to say it was a toss up between his encounter with Sansa and then him pussing out on the battlefield Everybody Wants Some (I Want Some Too) -Those awkward/good nudie moments: There was only one, and this time it was really unnecessary and gratuitous Another

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  • 28May

    WWE13 box art revealed with pyro on RAW

    Being the avid WWE fan that I am, I watch Monday night Raw pretty much every week. However I wasn’t expecting to see the cover art reveal for WWE13, the next game from THQ. Along with the cover art featuring CM Punk (as revealed by himself with some great pyro), we also got a release date of October 30th! WWE12 was easily one of the better WWE games released by THQ lately, so I’m looking forward to hopefully seeing even more improvements and polish. Plus there’s this nifty Attitude Era sticker on the box art which I’m very interested to see what that represents for the game. I’ll also say that the fake cover art featuring John Laurinitis would be one fun bonus for a collector’s edition. *hint hint THQ* Punk has also since sent out a high res version of the cover on his twitter page:   Follow

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  • 26May

    Triforce Announces Mass Effect M-3 Predator Pistols Pre-Order Date

    Starting May 29, 2012, you can place your order for the 1:1 scale replica of the Mass Effect 3 M-3 Predator Pistol from Triforce. The replicas are cast in polystone, measures 12″ in length, weights 10 pounds and features working LED effects. This thing is amazing, if the pictures are to be believed. I mean, it’s even got distressing on it like actually went with Shepard and the gang on a mission or two. If you want to own this amazing piece of Mass Effect history, you better get on it May 29th – this is a Limited Edition replica (600 pieces worldwide) and will cost you a whopping $400 USD. Which means, if you loved me you’d buy me one. Because I need this like a fish needs water. The scheduled ship date for the replicas is the 4th Quarter of 2012 and you can check this replica, along with

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  • 25May

    Fantasy Friday: The ‘Game of Thrones’ Massacre

    OK, so I’m really late to the game, but lets chalk that up to college monopolizing my time with boring academic readings. But I’ve finally started to read A Game of Thrones, and I have some thought on why the A Song of Ice and Fire books have spurred so much attention. Among the books, TV series and now recently the video game, I’ve been hard pressed to keep away from spoilers. While I haven’t gotten to the overly depressing parts of the series, I know that the book is morbid, and kills likeable characters keeping some people wondering if they really want to continue when all is left are despicable characters. That got me thinking. Why is it that death of likeable characters upset people to the point of not continuing reading the series? People are used to happy endings, or at least the protagonists not dying until the

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  • 25May

    Diablo III sets sales records in its first week

    Even though the launch may have hit several snafus, and servers are still having some trouble, this has not stopped the forces of hell from setting new records. 3.5 million copies of Diablo III were sold on launch day (not including copies given to WoW Annual Pass holders), setting the new all-time record for the fastest selling PC game. After the first week, Diablo III has now sold over 6.3 million copies and that number is still growing. “We’re definitely thrilled that so many people around the world were excited to pick up their copy of Diablo III and jump in the moment it went live,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We also regret that our preparations were not enough to ensure everyone had a seamless experience when they did so. I want to reaffirm our commitment to make sure the millions of Diablo III players out there have a

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  • 25May

    Wintercast 1.07, Part 1 & 2

    (Direct Link – 1.07, Part 1) (Direct Link – 1.07, Part 2) Wintercast Show Notes (this week’s podcast is split into 2 parts) Intro Welcome to Wintercast – a discussion of HBO’s series Game of Thrones, brought to you by the Gaming Angels Network. We’re your hosts Elizabeth, Stephanie and Summer. This week, we’re discussing Episode 2.07 – A Man Without Honor and Episode 2.08 – The Prince of Winterfell WRITE IN WITH SOMETHING to ga.wintercast@gmail.com or comment on the website and be sure to rate us on iTunes (whenever we’re up on iTunes) News – Any news regarding the series (TV/book): “Why HBO’s president panned internet streaming and how Forbes manipulated his words into linkbait” – http://dcurt.is/hbo-forbes-journalism (found via http://wicnet.tumblr.com) A review on Episode 2.08 hitting on issues of too many games being played at once in this and past few episodes – http://cultural-learnings.com/2012/05/20/game-of-thrones-the-prince-of-winterfell/ Racialicious: “Game of Thrones Sexposition

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  • 23May

    Fantasy Fiction Has Real World Applications!

    Did you see this amazing story about the boy who survived a plunge over the edge of a waterfall because of advice he got from Pendragon, by D.J. MacHale? In the water, the teen quickly thought of advice from a fantasy-novel character Bobby Pendragon of the Pendragon Adventure books by D.J. MacHale: “Go feet first, stay to the sides and kick off the rocks,” the Seattle Times reported. He managed to scramble onto a narrow rock shelf just before the main falls. The whole story is amazing, complete with a video of the rescue, go check it out. What strikes me about the whole situation is his presence of mind, but also the way he was able to cope with real life danger based on what he read in a fantasy book for kids. Whoever said teens don’t gain anything from dangerous fiction? Follow

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  • 23May

    Under Fire: The Halo Challenge

    Back in my Kombo days, a fellow writer challenged me to play through the Halo games after I rolled my eyes about them at E3 2010. I told everyone I didn’t get the obsession because while watching friends play it years ago on the Xbox, I was so bored. I also may have dropped the comment that Halo fanboys were worse than Call of Duty. I had just finished my Portal challenge with another Kombro (he had to play Heavy Rain), so this friend challenged me to play through the Halo games so I could see for myself what they were like. I said something like, “Yeah, yeah, whatever,” and then got sucked into whatever released that fall, the next spring, and so on. You know, like what usually happens when you plan to play an older game right before a massive release schedule. I did ask a friend of mine

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