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June 24, 2011

Star Wars Galaxies Is Coming Down…

It’s been a long time com­ing but it was just announced that Star Wars Galax­ies will final­ly be com­ing down.  This isn’t ter­ri­bly supris­ing news con­sid­er­ing the game has been loos­ing pop­u­lar­i­ty over the last few years in addi­tion to the upcom­ing release of  “The Old Repub­lic”.  The date for the shut down is Decem­ber 15th.  Star Wars: Galax­ies was one of the most antic­i­pat­ed MMO’s of all time back when it was released and it saw sev­er­al expasn­sions and updates over the course of it’s life.  Updates, how­ev­er,  are prob­a­bly the rea­son why “the mag­ic is gone” in Star Wars Galax­ies.  Star Wars galax­ies main­tained a fair­ly high play­er base until it’s con­tent update that dras­ti­cal­ly changed the way char­ac­ter class­es were han­dled, in par­tic­u­lar the Jedi class.  When I played Star Wars Galax­ies becom­ing a Jedi was hard/rare the con­tent updateRead more…

June 20, 2011

Charcoal’s Late Review of the 3DS: Part 1- The Console

What’s up, every­one? It’s super great cap­tain Char­coal (bonus points if you get that 78% obscure ref­er­ence), who is super late on his DS review. But you know by now that this is how I oper­ate. This review isn’t for the Nin­ten­do total fan­boys. This is for the skep­tics, the doubters, and most impor­tant­ly, the poor peo­ple who can’t just imme­di­ate­ly drop $250 on some­thing. So, here comes my review of the 3DS! ^You total­ly trust this guy with your reviews, right? So, for those of you who don’t like read­ing because big words hurt your inter­net-pwned brain, I’ll give you the tl;dr / the­sis: The 3DS is very, very good. There are very few good games cur­rent­ly avail­able for the 3DS (specif­i­cal­ly). If you don’t have any oth­er DS, go ahead and get a 3DS. If you have plen­tyRead more…

May 12, 2011

How to become a Gamer Chick – A Simple Guide

Step 1.  Be of the female species.  This is very impor­tant.  Sex changes do not count unless you were pre­dis­po­si­tion towards the fem­i­nine as a male.  Also, please ensure that you are homo-sapi­en as bovine, lupine, or any oth­er form of mam­mal, avian, rep­tile, or plant life is unac­cept­able due to the lack of cog­ni­tive thought and/or oppos­able thumb.  Once you’ve deter­mined if you are indeed a homosapi­en female, you may pro­ceed to step 2.  If you can­not prove that you are so, then this guide will sim­ply be humor to you rather than some­thing of use. Step 2.  Remem­ber that as in all walks of life, gamer chicks can be beau­ti­ful or ugly, fat or skin­ny, nerdy or prep­py (rare, but it hap­pens).  It mat­ters not to the game or those who you talk to on chat what youRead more…

April 2, 2011

The Lost Art of Critical Thinking in a Google Age

This isn’t real­ly relat­ed to gam­ing, not direct­ly any­way but I pride myself in think­ing that your gamers have a high­er then nor­mal intel­li­gence.  That being said please read on.  This came upon me the oth­er day when I won­dered how I got all of my infor­ma­tion for a paper I was writ­ing. How did I come to my con­clu­sions, how did I find the infor­ma­tion, how did I decide how to for­mat it, etc? What defined my entire paper?  Before the advent of the mod­ern search engine any­thing that you want­ed to learn about you either had to ask some­one, watch the local news and come to your own con­clu­sions or go read an ency­clo­pe­dia or book on the top­ic and then think about the infor­ma­tion which you had just injest­ed. With my most recent work ALL of theRead more…

March 24, 2011

Games for Gameless Situations: Pokémon

Brace your­selves. We’re going back on a trip to the mid-to-late 90’s. A lot of you were prob­a­bly play­ing ear­ly FPSes or RTSes at this point behind good old CRT mon­i­tors, ball mouse in one hand and “gen­er­ic-old-com­put­er-beige” key­board under the oth­er. Did any of you have a lit­tle broth­er? Maybe even a lit­tle sis­ter? If you were born between 89 and 94, or had a sib­ling who was, chances are you were EXTREMELY famil­iar with this one word. Poké­mon. Prop­er­ly pro­nounced Poke- EH (like a cana­di­an)- Mon, but fre­quent­ly pro­nounced Pokey­mon or Pokeuh­mon. It was a game. It was a TV show. It was a toy fran­chise. It was my entire world for so many years. The grip that Poké­mon had on my gen­er­a­tion was uncan­ny, almost unholy. It was a reli­gion, a sci­ence, a job, a sport, aRead more…

March 20, 2011

The Silent Protagonist: Immersion Creator or Killer

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY IFinners Immer­sion is an impor­tant aspect of all enter­tain­ment, and video games in par­tic­u­lar have to pay close atten­tion to it. A film can be engross­ing, you can empathise with a char­ac­ter or sit­u­a­tion or per­haps be so moved or appalled that you become invest­ed in the sto­ry. How­ev­er games go fur­ther than this by grant­i­ng you con­trol of the pro­tag­o­nist and thus mak­ing them some­what of a con­duit between your­self and the world the char­ac­ter inhab­its. Games util­is­ing a first per­son per­spec­tive ampli­fy this con­nec­tion fur­ther, and this is why a slip into uncan­ny val­ley, a glitch or even some­thing as sim­ple as an inco­her­ent plot is often far more jar­ring than prob­lems in any oth­er medi­um. To this end the job of the pro­tag­o­nist is a mul­ti-faceted and dif­fi­cult one; they must dri­ve the mainRead more…

March 17, 2011

Where Do We Go Now? The Future of DotA

When it comes to “legit” games, it’s hard to come close to DotA. Defense of the Ancients was the epit­o­me of what makes a mul­ti­play­er video game chal­leng­ing and respectable. It was first born as a cus­tomiza­tion of an already pop­u­lar game (War­craft III, if you did­n’t know), gained a mas­sive pro-lev­­el fol­low­ing, and caused many a gamer to tank their grades and pull all-nighters. Much like its “legit game” brethren (name­ly Counter Strike), it still has a huge fol­low­ing today, despite its age. ^Game­play from the orig­i­nal DotA Basi­cal­ly, the game works like this. You con­trol one RPG-style hero via RTS mechan­ics (select, right click to move, etc.) in a five-ver­­sus-five match. You have four spells, and you get the option to take a lev­el of any of the spells (except the “ulti­mate”, gen­er­al­ly unavail­able until lev­el six) everyRead more…

March 3, 2011

Charcoal Coyote

What’s up every­one? I’m the new kid on the block. I’ve been gam­ing my whole life. I’m part of the “younger gen­er­a­tion”, so while most PC gamers were play­ing Quake 3 and CS, I was play­ing Poke­mon and Super Smash Broth­ers. That said, I’ve got a whole dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive. I have a stack of con­sole games larg­er than most nor­mal peo­ple would think exist, and enough con­soles to wrap the entire liv­ing room up in wires. I’m a mas­sive sto­ry­line nerd. I’m a suck­er for any sort of emo­tion in a game, and RPG’s and the some­what dead “Adven­ture” games are my favorite gen­res. How­ev­er, I’m also big on com­pe­ti­tion. When it comes to com­pet­i­tive play, I enjoy DOTA-style games and are­na shoot­ers. I’m look­ing for­ward to bring­ing my opin­ion to all of you, and bring­ing to light some gamesRead more…

September 23, 2010

Bobby Kotick… The Anti-Christ or Just a Solid Businessman

Bob­by Kotick has been referred to as many things.  Greedy, Self Right­eous, ass­hole, crook, arro­gant prick and the list goes on.   How­ev­er does this make what he runs Activi­sion inher­ent­ly wrong? Cor­po­ra­tions are required by law to do what­ev­er it takes to make mon­ey and their respon­si­bil­i­ty is to their share­hold­ers.  Activi­sions share­hold­ers expect them to make mon­ey and make mon­ey they have.  “Activi­sion Bliz­zard Inc. said sales of its block­buster Call of Duty: Mod­ern War­fare 2 have exceed­ed $1 bil­lion world­wide since it launched Nov. 10.  Though the San­ta Mon­i­ca pub­lish­er did­n’t spec­i­fy how many units it had sold, that’s prob­a­bly close to 15 mil­lion based on the 8 mil­lion units the game sold in its first week, gen­er­at­ing $550 mil­lion in receipts” — Los Ange­les Times An inter­est­ing fact that I learned while I was in school is thatRead more…

July 8, 2010

New View on the world of Gaming

What’s up peo­ple, I am AceOfNades69. I will be bring­ing you a new per­spec­tive on the world of gam­ing. I’m not the up tight, needs so many words per post type of guy that some of you may be used to. I am just a col­lege kid who loves to game. I will bring you up to date on the lat­est in gam­ing. Every­thing from PC to the 360. I will also be review­ing the newest releas­es as they the come out and I play them. I’m not plan­ning on buy­ing them all. I will hit on the big titles most­ly, but if there is any game you want a review for or some­thing in the game world you want me to men­tion just shoot me a mail with your request. Hope­ful­ly you guys enjoy.

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