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Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Adventures for PC now available at retail outlets

by Jessica Moen on Feb 19, 2010 at 03:50 PM

Telltale and Aardman Games has released Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Adventures on PC (Windows) retail stores across the US.  Grand Adventures is currently available at most retail locations for $19.99.

Players switch between Wallace the eccentric and clumsy inventor and his ever faithful canine sidekick Gromit as they take on gigantic bees, evil carnival owners, overzealous golf players and even try to take on their own beach resort.

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Binary Tweed’s Clover being remade as Clover: A Curious Tale

by Jessica Moen on Feb 18, 2010 at 08:53 PM

London-based Binary Tweed be releasing a side-scrolling platformer called Clover: A Curious Tale on March 3,  2010 in conjunction with Blitz 1UP

The Indie title is designed with watercolors, giving it a very fun and artsy feel to it. In fact, it feels like a kid designed it. The puzzles all have a political agenda to them as well.

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Romantic games for the perfect Valentine’s Day

by Jessica Moen on Feb 14, 2010 at 08:00 AM
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Tired of the old dinner and movie every Valentines day? Well perhaps this February 14th you can just stay in with your valentine and play a few video games with your “special” lovebird.

Here are a few “romantic” games that involve dating, getting your date to snuggle, and other things you wish you were doing instead of sitting in front of your TV. If these games don’t get you in that “special” mood…well that’s probably a good thing.

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Games that would sound ridiculous with “extreme” in the title

by Jessica Moen on Feb 9, 2010 at 12:14 PM

It seems game publishers believe they can spruce up titles by adding the word “extreme” to it. Whereas this may make some things better (and we love when that happens), most of the time it just seems silly.

Can you imagine if they added “extreme” to certain game titles that really should not be extreme? Take, for example,  the upcoming release of Extreme Hangman on DSiWare (February 8, 2010). It might be a great game but we simply cannot get past the name.

With that in mind, here are fifteen examples of games and various life activities that, in no particular order, could or should never be extreme-d…

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Mass Effect: Redemption #1 sells out

by Jessica Moen on Feb 6, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Fans just can’t seem to get of Mass Effect, especially with the recent release of Mass Effect 2 around the calendar corner on January 26, 2010.

Dark Horse’s newly released comic book (February 3, 2010) Mass Effect:Redemption #1, sold out on the day it was released.

Fans flooded comic book stores all over the country to pick up a copy of the new comic last Wednesday, resulting in all the copies being sold and leaving some fans lacking. Dark Horse clearly was not expecting such a tremendous amount of sales when it printed and shipped the comic to stores.

To make up for the lack of copies, Dark Horse and EA plan to print more copies of the comic to fill the demand.

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Man vs. Zombies: Telling a tale through Twitter

by Jessica Moen on Feb 5, 2010 at 09:35 PM

For those of you who live under a rock and are unfamiliar with Twitter, it is one of the biggest sites for social networking or just sharing your opinions with the world through updates and link sharing.

But what if we could use Twitter for more then just letting the world know that we just got back from the dentist and are skipping work today? Perhaps it could be used to tell ongoing stories. Well, actually, now it is being used for that.

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Animated Lord of the Rings movie being remastered, released on DVD and Blu-ray

by Jessica Moen on Jan 28, 2010 at 09:30 AM

For all you Middle Earth fans out there, I have some rather pleasant news.

The animated classic The Lord of the Rings by Ralph Bakshi, director of films including Cool World and Fritz the Cat,  is being digitally remastered and will be released in a new deluxe edition.

The film has been redone with New Dolby 5.1 audio and picture quality and will be distributed as a single disc DVD and Blu-ray combo, which features a Blu-ray, DVD and bonus digital copy. Also available for digital download…

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Opinion: We need more awesome mainstream games for women

by Jessica Moen on Jan 22, 2010 at 01:04 PM

What I am annoyed about is the way certain games are marketed. It’s as if game companies are not even considering women when developing certain games or, worse, being very stereotypical when creating games for women.

First I want to point out that almost every game out there has a male lead character. Shooters and RPGs are notorious for this. Sometimes women are offered as secondary characters in a lot of these games but you can’t always control them. RPGs are getting a lot better about this – including Fable and Oblivion to name a few – which offer the choice of being a female. Final Fantasy 10-2 even made the main characters women. Action games and platformers have been hooking us up with female leads with Lara Croft and Samus Aran being the most famous.

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Sony Online offering $10,000 G.I.R.L. scholorship

by Jessica Moen on Jan 22, 2010 at 11:40 AM

It’s a good time to be a gamer and it’s a great time if you are taking classes to become a game designer. Sony Online Entertainment, with administration by Scholarship America, is currently offering a scholarship associated with its G.I.R.L (Gamers In Real Life) program. 

G.I.R.L is a program that is designed to influence more women to get involved in the gaming world. The goal is to get video game designers to develop video games that are more interesting for women to play and to help entice more women to become developers.

One student will win a scholarship worth up to $10,000, which will be applied towards tuition and other school expenses. The winner will also be offered a internship for up to 10 weeks at one of Sony Online Entertainment’s studios (note that room, board and transportation will not be included).

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Opinion: Revocation of Chicago’s game ad ban reminds us of gamers’ responsibilities, rights

by Jessica Moen on Jan 18, 2010 at 10:00 AM

As an avid video gamer, I know all too well the extent people go through to ban certain games in their stores and businesses, especially game advertisements.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is guilty of this by recently banning advertisements of more violent and racy video and computer games on its trains, buses and stations. This is not only a violation of free speech but, by doing so, CTA is intentionally singling out video games to ban, seeing as it still advertises movies and TV no matter how violent or racy they are.

However, the US Supreme court decided that enough is enough and last Thursday (January 7, 2010) by issuing an injunction against the CTA saying that it must lift the ban at least until the case is finally resolved, which was a huge victory for the gaming industry who seems to deal with tons of prejudice.

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