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  • 13Jun

    E3 2012 Preview: Lego City Undercover

    For the first time in LEGO gaming history, the play sets come to life instead of an already established property with LEGO City: Undercover, which is an exclusive for the Wii U console. Playing as Chase McCain (an undercover detective), players move from mission to mission using disguises all in an attempt to stop the diabolical Rex Fury and put an end to his crime wave for good. Players will be able to not only run through the city, but drive and fly, all while using the Wii U pad as a high tech police gadget. The Wii U pad can scan for hidden clues and criminals, get mission updates and place waypoints on an overhead city map that will display McCain’s position in real time. I’m not sure how successful these features are, as I didn’t get to use any of them during my demo, but they looked pretty

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  • 13Jun

    Darrell Gallagher responds to Tomb Raider E3 trailer discussion

    Darrell Gallagher, Studio Head of Crystal Dynamics has listed a statement on the official Tomb Raider site about the E3 trailer and attempted sexual assault that has been discussed in many blogs/sites (Kotaku, Mary Sue, here on GamingAngels…on and on). In Making this Tomb Raider origins story our aim was to take Lara Croft on an exploration of what makes her the character she embodies in later Tomb Raider Games. One of the character defining moments for Lara in the game, which has incorrectly been reffered to as an ‘attempted rape’ scene is the content we showed at this year’s E3 and which over a million people have now seen in our recent trailer entitled ‘Crossroads’. This is where there is a threatening undertone in the sequence and surrounding drama, it never goes any further than the scenes that we have already shown publicly. Sexual assault of any kind is

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  • 13Jun

    Book Review: Partials, by Dan Wells

    Partials by Dan Wells $10.98 There are so many post-apocalyptic YA novels these days, I can afford to be choosy. I love post-apocalyptic novels, but that doesn’t mean I’ll read anything in the genre. I have spent a lot of time in the YA section of my local bookstore lately, though, because I am finding a lot of high quality stuff there. Partials is no exception. I had heard of Dan Wells as a horror author–I am Not a Serial Killer and ts sequels, I Don’t Want to Kill You and Mr. Monster received good reviews. I’ve heard good things about him, but I overdosed on horror when I was a teenager, and now I am very easily creeped out, so I haven’t dived in to his books, even though they sound very good. Still the good reviews encouraged me to give this book a try. I am so glad

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  • 13Jun

    E3 2012 Preview: Pikmin 3

    The Pikmin are back in Pikmin 3, and this time players get to use the Wii U pad for an even more in depth experience. Players will still be taking control of the ant-like Pikmin to help the survive their world, which is packed with treasures and enemies alike. With the ability to aim at objects directly, players have better control over their tiny squads in a number of different ways. The Wii U pad gives players a greater ability to consider different strategies (although, using the Wii U is not mandatory for this game). The pad is an overhead map and radar to track the Pikmin actions in real time. Players also have the ability to switch between areas with the slide of a finger, giving them greater flexibility as a commander of multiple groups of Pikmin. Also with the use of the Wii U pad, the Pikmin are

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  • 13Jun

    Under Fire: The Pressure of Being the Only Girl

    When playing games with friends, I have never once felt pressure to do well because I’m a girl, even when I play with only boys. I feel pressure because I have zero confidence in my gaming skills, but not because I have something to prove as a girl. I know that chip is out there, and I totally understand where it comes from, but I’ve never really experienced it. That changed this past week at E3. Being the massive Gears of War fan that I am, I really wanted to play the Gears of War: Judgment demo that Epic Games and Microsoft were providing at E3. I had my meeting with the development team about the upcoming game, but no hands-on time was included. I’m not complaining, believe me, but as soon as I had some free time on Thursday, I prepared to sit in that line. Rephrase…I prepared to gladly sit

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  • 13Jun

    Scrapbooking the geeky way

    I have a new hobby. Not sure when I’ll have time for it, but I’m fascinated and I’m going to give it a go. Scrapbooking is a hobby typically thought of as a way to showcase pictures in a book. Move over photo albums, each scrapbook page can have a theme, fancy text and embellishments around the picture. But scrapbooking has gone beyond things you want to put in a photo album. I’ve made a few cards already (one steampunk card which was fun to make), and I’m learning new techniques for making a journal or gift books. Because all of my hobbies take away time from GamingAngels, I thought I would actually take this one and feature my findings and my creations on GamingAngels. Maybe coercing a few of you to do the same. I have a couple of scrapbook orders coming in so this week I thought I

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