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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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  • 19Mar

    Here’s how ‘Mortal Kombat’ plays on PlayStation Vita

    The latest iteration of Mortal Kombat is just plain fantastic. But how does that transfer to Sony’s new PlayStation Vita? The touch controls make for an interesting addition, if you believe this trailer (and I am inclined to). Most of that….interestingness comes out to play in a special Challenge Tower designed especially for the Vita version. Take a look below. Follow

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  • 19Mar

    Video Games Live celebrates year 10 ‘Off the Grid’

    To celebrate their tenth year in business, Video Games Live is hitting the cities that usually get missed — the smaller venues and towns that don’t normally get on the schedule. “We continually receive thousands of e-mails a year from families and gamers who would love to experience our show, but find it hard to travel to major cities and have to deal with travel expenses, overnight stays, getting the kids out of school, etc. and we would like to try to accommodate as many people as possible to share in the experience,” said Tommy Tallarico, Video Games Live Creator and Executive Producer. “Our goal from the beginning has always been to show the world how culturally significant and artistic video games have become.  I wanted to create a show for everyone whether you’re a gamer or not.  We always keep our ticket prices as low as possible so everyone can come out and

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  • 16Mar

    Name our podcast, please! (Episode 2)

    On tap this week/month/however often we’re doing this: What the f*#$ we’re playing and reading WonderCon The “Take Back Mass Effect 3″ Movement Whose Superhero Underwear We’d Wear and What We Want (What We Really, Really Want) This Week   Remember, we still need a name for the show, so call our voicemail at (209) 874-6555 to give us ideas or feedback. Follow

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  • 16Mar

    Need help in ME3 multiplayer? BioWare’s got you covered

    Whether you’re okay with Mass Effect 3‘s ending or not, most people seem to agree that the multiplayer’s pretty fun. Well, unless you’re not that great at it. Then…it might not be such a good experience. Luckily for you, BioWare’s put together a couple of videos to help you out a little bit. Here’s one each on enemies and classes. Follow

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  • 15Mar

    Indie Royale returns for St. Patty’s Day

    The Indie Royale bundle has returned, offering five indie games for a bargain price over the next five days. What’s in there? First, Wild Flying Hog’s Hard Reset, a cyberpunk FPS. Then, Brawsome’s Jolly Rover, a point-and-click adventure game. RTS Vertex Dispenser comes after that, with hilarious satirical title DLC Quest rounding out the set. There is, of course, a bonus or two. Lair of the Evildoer and a reimagining of Vertex Dispenser — Vertex Vortex Remix Cortex, which is both a game and a mouthful to say. Pre-orders and those who pay more than the minimum also receive the 15-track O.S.T.: Original Soundtrack. Visit the Indie Royale page to view and purchase the bundle. Follow

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  • 14Mar

    Star Wars: The Old Republic free trial goes live this weekend

    If you’ve been waiting to get your start in Star Wars: The Old Republic, this weekend seems like a pretty good time — the game will have a free trial weekend to get you on your way for the grand total of $0. From Thursday, March 15 at 12:01 a.m. to Monday, March 19 at 2 a.m., the game will allow you to play the first fifteen levels for free, as well as your character’s first Flashpoint. The rules are outlined here, so take a look before you start. Follow

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  • 14Mar

    Meet BioShock Infinite’s creepy Handymen

    In the latest of the “Heavy Hitters” series, we meet the Handymen, and their exposed hearts and tattered clothing will surely dominate a few of your nightmares. Take a look. Follow

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  • 13Mar

    Take a walk with the makers of ‘Journey’

    Our lives intersect in the real world, and also in thatgamecompany’s Journey. Here’s a developer diary about the game, out today on PSN. Follow

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  • 12Mar

    Mojang and ZeniMax kiss and make up

    A settlement has been reached between ZeniMax and Mojang that will allow the Minecraft developer to use the name “Scrolls” for its new digital card game. ZeniMax originally filed the lawsuit following an application for a “Scrolls” trademark by Mojang. Problem was, it sounded a little too similar to The Elder Scrolls. You know. Something you might have been playing recently if you’re most gamers on the planet. Under the terms of the settlement, the “Scrolls” trademark now belongs to ZeniMax, and the company is allowing Mojang to use the name solely in conjunction with its current digital card game and any add-on material for that game. Any sequel will have to have a different name. “We are pleased to have settled this matter with Mojang amicably,” said Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax. “The Elder Scrolls is an important brand to us, and with this settlement we were able to

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