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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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  • 12Jun

    E3 2012 Preview: Rayman Legends

    Rayman: Legends is a game that makes full use of the new Wii U controller and it’s the one Wii U game I demoed that I actually felt utilized the pad well in conjunction with the Wii Remotes. The game makes use of the touch-based gameplay and gyroscope technology of the Wii U pad that made the experience more than my staring at a handheld device while the second player focuses solely on the TV. Even with my being super uncoordinated as far as the gyroscope went, this game was entertaining to both succeed and die in. The graphics were very bright and detailed as Rayman, Globox and the Teensies galavanted around the both the TV and Wii U pad screens. I didn’t get much of the story side of the game when I played (we just jumped right into the action), but I gathered that Rayman, Globox and the

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  • 12Jun

    E3 2012 Preview: THQ Line-up

    THQ had a decent lineup of games that they talked about at E3, however only a couple were available for preview to the media: Company of Heroes, Metro: Last Light and Darksiders II. Other games that were talked about but were sadly not available to demo were WWE13, Saints Row the Third: Enter the Dominatrix and South Park: The Stick of Truth. I decided to check out Darksiders and Metro, and I was pleased that I did. Darksiders II: In the demo, you are given a cutscene that describes the history of the world and how the four horsemen came about to combat against the Nephelim. It’s a very nicely animated bit and really sets up the story well. The mission that you go on is to figure out how to free your brother War. Graphics wise the world is beautiful, and damn do I love the horse that you get to

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  • 11Jun

    E3 Giveaway Borderlands 2 Loot!

    At E3 this year, Keri and I got a quick hands on with Borderlands 2. The original Borderlands is a personal favorite for myself and my husband. We played the game together until we had exhausted everything in the game. We initially covered Borderlands 2 about a year ago at PAX Prime. Our E3 meeting was my personal first hands on with the game. We walked into a room with demo stations setup and very little else explained. The attitude was probably…the game will speak for itself. To start, we had 20 skill points to add to our skill trees. The menu system has been vastly improved. I reserve full judgement until I’m seen it in action in split screen which is how the hubby and I will play. But for the single player experience, it’s definitely an improvement. Our mission was set in Opportunity City and was to hack

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  • 11Jun

    E3 Preview: NBA Baller Beats & Zumba Fitness Core

    NBA Baller Beats is a brand new title for Majesco. The package will come with an official Spalding basketball and the game. NBA Baller Beats works with the Kinect and at E3, it seemed to be able to track the player very well. Players first choose a team they want to be on. Then they can pick an official court to play on. The difficulty settings are rookie,pro and baller. I believe their might be a trickster mode as well. You aren’t going to just pretend to play basketball though. This is a pure exercise in dribbling and ball handling skills. Game moves are put to over 30 licensed tracks. A ball means just to dribble, and a move like pump fake will show up on the right hand side to show that the move is coming up. You’ll be doing crossovers, pump fakes, flow dribble and more moves. Keri

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  • 10Jun

    E3 Hands On: Skylanders Giants

    We didn’t have an Activision appointment at E3 2012, but as I was walking by, I decided to see if I can get some hands on time with Skylanders Giants. We previously had Jackson review Skylanders and from what I know, Skylanders is a HUGE hit with kids (and probably some adults too). Skylanders is a game where physical toys come to life in the game. There is a portal that you place your game character on and that instantly allows the player to play as that character. I learned at E3, that all characters, even the new ones, remember what level they are. So if you take your characters to a friend’s house, that little figure will know what level it’s at and you can play right away with it. For Skylanders Giants, there are eight new collectible figures. They are called Giants for a reason, they are actually

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  • 10Jun

    E3 Review – Dust: An Elysian Tail

    Along the Microsoft E3 booth were a variety of Summer of Arcade titles out for people to try. I immediately was drawn to Dust: An Elysian Tail. I hadn’t heard of this title previously and a quick google search shows me that it is the brainchild of Humble Hearts Studios. Dust: An Elysian Tail was previously a Dream.Build.Play winner in 2009. You play as Dust who is a fox I think. The website says that Dust is trying to liberate an oppressed village, and rediscover his past. He is accompanied by Fidget, his sidekick who actually does help in combat. In the demo, I got a look at the very funny dialog that occurs between Dust and Fidget. Hopefully that is a sign of something that carries throughout the game. The 2D action games has beautiful graphics. I saw mentioned that this game was hand painted by the creator. Which

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  • 10Jun

    E3 2012 Preview: Of Orcs and Men

    If you’ve ever been playing one of the numerous fantasy/action/RPGs and are on you 50th wave of ocrs and goblins you need to kill to make it to the 51st wave, you may have thought to yourself at some point, “Self? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play as an orc or a goblin instead and wail on some humans for a change?” This is your chance! Of Orcs and Men takes place in a world at war, with the Empire of Men on the verge of wiping out all orcs and goblins by means of genocide. Entering the game first as an elite orc solider from the Bloodjaws (a legendary legion from the orc armies). He is a veteran warrior who’s been there done that seen it all kind of orc with one last mission to complete: Kill the human emperor to stop the war

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  • 10Jun

    E3 2012 Preview: Sim City

    I love to play simulation games and have control over operations whether it’s been a theme park, airport, household or a city. So when I had the chance to sit in and watch a demo of the new Sim City coming out for PC next Februrary, I jumped on it. Graphics wise the game looks absolutely beautiful. The interface and the way that the game looks overall has received a wonderful face lift. A lot of the upgrades can be attributed to the Glassbox engine which makes the entire world just look amazing, even down to finer details like stop lights changing. But where you can see a lot of the changes is in the design interface for building your city. They said that the design for development was highly inspired from things like Google Maps, and that when they were developing the game they wanted to make sure things looked

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