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  • 17Aug

    RockBand/Harmonix Xfire Chat

    Xfire Chat with Harmonix about Rockband As a part of Xfire’s music week I was able to attend a live chat with Harmonix, the development company behind games such as Guitar Hero and Amplitude and, of course, their latest project which discussed, Rock Band. Rock Band is a game that is being released for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles. In the game the player will be able to become a singer, guitarist, bassist, or drummer and sing or play the many songs in the game. If that doesn’t sound fun enough you can invite your friends over and have a real band. In short, Rock Band is a game where you can live out that rock fantasy that you’ve always dreamed of. During the 4-chat room interview, Dan T (Senior Designer at Harmonix), Sean (Community Developer at Harmonix), and Naoko (Associate Producer at Harmonix) were answering questions about

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  • 16Aug

    GenCon Day One

    For the un-initiated, GenCon is quite possibly THE biggest gaming convention in the USA. Gamers gather for four days to attend seminars and workshops, but mostly they come for the games. There’s rooms dedicated to all sorts of different games. There’s a giant ballroom for Tabletop Games like Settlers of Catan, or Car Wars. There’s numerous rooms for TCG (Trading Card Games) or CCG (Collectible Card Games) like Magic: The Gathering or Yu-Gi-Oh. There’s rooms and events dedicated to Role-Playing like the True Dungeon or Live Action Role-Playing events. Pretty much anywhere you go in the Indianapolis downtown area during these four days is going to filled with gamers gaming. Or just participating in some sort of gaming related hobby, like painting miniatures. GenCon also has a gigantic exhibitors hall where vendors and game companies alike sell their wares, artists display their work and Convention Guests of Honor have booths

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  • 14Aug

    First game made specifically for the iPhone

    Even though it was stated by many companies that they would not be bringing games to the iPhone by Apple, it appears that there are groups trying to figure out new and innovative games to play using the iPhone’s unique features. Lights off was created by Lucas Newman and Adam Betts. The objective is to switch all of the lights out. Tapping a light toggles it and the four adjacent lights. If all the lights go out, you proceed to the next level. Although installing games for the iPhone is not an easy process yet. When I clicked on Installation instructions, it’s stated right away that it can be difficult. You have to download the iActivator so you can have access to the filesystem. Then you install SSH so that you can copy the application to the phone. Adam’s blog says they built it in three days and won 2nd

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  • 14Aug

    Have you heard of…

    …Donna Bailey or maybe Carol Shaw, no? Well how about Roberta Williams? Just who are these people? They are female game developers of the 8-bit generation. [url=http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6803&Itemid=2]This article[/url] that I received from the WIGI Mentoring list names female gme developers from the time when graphics were second on the list of top priorities and a good old fashioned gaming experience was all that was needed. So check out the article and learn about what it was like to be a game maker in 1982. The answer might just amaze you. Follow

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  • 13Aug

    The Wii WeDock

    Need a place to stash your Wiimotes when you’re not playing? Check out Brando’s [url=http://videogame.brando.com.hk/prod_detail.php?prod_id=00483]WeDock[/url]. It’s a box large enough to hold two Wiimotes with their Nunchuck counterparts. It’s also spring-loaded so your wiimotes will pop back out with just a touch. Pretty snazy. Follow

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  • 10Aug

    Interview with Jenny gheduzzi

    [img]http://a459.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/01147/85/42/1147792458_l.jpg[/img] How long have you been an artist and what inspired you to pursue this career? What in your opinion was your first big break? What inspired you to get involved with the Hannah Montana “Music Jam” DS project? As character designer and concept artist for the game did you have any prior experience? What was that experience like and what would be your advice to any artist interested in getting involved with the gaming industry? How much involvement do you have in the gaming industry/community? Do you consider yourself a gamer? Do you play video games if so what kinds? Any future projects you wish to share? Where can we see your work next? Your image was also depicted as a character in the ongoing Graphic Novel “The Trouble with Katie Rogers” by artist Des Taylor. Can you tell us a lil more about the novel and your character?

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  • 08Aug

    Imagine – Babies! for the DS

    I saw this announcement from Ubisoft first at Kotaku, and thought surely it couldn’t be true. Unfortunately, for girl gamers everywhere, it is true. Ubisoft has announced their new line of Imagine games for the DS, one of which includes, Babies. According to a senior marketing director at Ubisoft, Helene Juguet, this is just what all young girl gamers want! Now, sure, these Imagine games are meant for young girls – however, it’s a pretty big generalization to assume that girls between 6 and 14 have the same interests in gaming. 6 to 14?! You know, that’s a pretty large gap between ages. What I liked as a six-year-old was not the same thing I was interested in at 14. And I don’t even want to think about what Imagine Babies might be suggesting about Teen Pregnancy…. So, who’s bright idea at Ubisoft was this? Let’s teach girls how to

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  • 07Aug

    Apple press conference today: iMac news

    Apple held a press conference today where they announced new prices for it’s iMac brand. This helps to position it for all the back to school sales that should be happening this month. The new iMacs will have thinner aluminum casings have 20 and 24 inch displays and will cost $1,199 to $1799 depending on configurations. The cost of the 24 inch iMac has dropped by $200. Personally, I recommend the Macbook pro for anyone looking for a laptop, but this might be a great solution for those that like to have a desktop. The other announcement was that Apple is adding a software “button” of the iPhone that allows users to upload photos taken with the built-in camera to .Mac. Follow

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  • 07Aug

    Want to be the Legendary Hero?

    Are you the ultimate Zelda fan? Do you have it all? The games, the figures, the cosplay costume, the box set of the cartoon. We’ll excuse me Princess; you’ve got nothing till you have your Wii attachment. A company called Camy International has releases a Wii attachment to capitalize on the popularity of the Wii’s Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess. This attachment is called the Hero Pack and prices around 20 dollars. The Wii-mote is inserted into the handle of the master sword. (The blade is foam so it’s safe to be swinging around) and the nunchuck is inserted into the handle of the Hylian Sheild. This is for the ultimate Zelda fan, but I wonder how events like fishing would work with the attachment. For a complete review of the attachment hit up IGN http://gear.ign.com/articles/810/810918p1.html Follow

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  • 03Aug

    World Of Warcraft expansion announcement

    Blizzard has done it yet again. Blizz has just announced their new expansion entitled the Wrath of the Lich King. For avid WoW fans, this new expansion (much like the last) will offer a plethora of new goodies. On the World of Warcraft website Blizz has announced the first ever WoW hero class entitled the Death Knight, a level cap raise to 80, an all new continent called Northrend, character customization inclugin new hairstyles and all that fun stuff, new battle strats, of course new dungeons and as blizz says, “much, much more…”. You can read all about this expac and watch the trailers, view concept out and delve into the story at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/wrath/ Follow

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