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So Many Reasons Why

The last twenty- hours have been a fascinating look at the world of gaming through the eyes of women who make games, write about games, and just play games.  On Twitter, the hashtag #1reasonwhy started a frenzy of women within the gaming sphere posting reasons why things need to change in the industry for women.  Some of the reasons were downright appalling, and some of the examples of pure backward thinking misogyny and sexism were surprising even to me, a woman who has been around the gaming industry for years.

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The feeding frenzy: How gaming news sites fail at news


Several gaming news outlets reported Aug. 15 that the PlayStation Network was hacked and taken offline, and hundreds of thousands of PSN users’ encrypted passwords were released into the wild.

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Please Stop Making Video Game Movies, Hollywood


Allow me to clarify the title of this article.  Hollywood, please stop making bad video game movies.  Make them amazing or stop making them altogether.  Over the years we’ve been hit with some pretty special globs of suck, and some of them have served to leave a bad taste in the mouths of fans. 

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The golden age of Theme Hospital, Rollercoaster Tycoon and Pharaoh


There is something missing from the line of gaming genres of today. One that slipped away at the end of the 90’s when the Unreal engine became big, and the rise of the first-person shooter began its cover-based grip on the games industry. Before Mass Effect and Dragon Age, when everyone would hook up computers and play Baldur’s Gate II until the sun rose. There is a genre that became neglected.

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5 Games I Could Play Forever


This article is not about my “favorite” games, though some of my favorites are on this list. This list is a grouping of games that I could play forever. If I could only play five games ever again in my life – a thought that is truly tragic – these would be those games. Probably. I reserve the right to change my opinion, especially if all the great things E3 is promising pan out.  

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The Problem with Pirates


I have this good friend who I have been playing video games with for a very long time. We met in high school when my family moved to a new city and we bonded over playing games. We would stay up late and play all sorts of titles, and it was those late gaming nights that made our friendship what it is today. Over time we have had many great game related conversations, but over the past few years we have always been on opposite sides of one important argument. You see, my friend has not bought many games in […]

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The Sequel Saga


Gamers control the kinds of games that are made. Remember that line, it’s important and we are going to come back to it later.

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ME3 Demo Impressions


There are minor spoilers within this article based on the content of the demo. If you wish to go into Mass Effect 3 completely pure, then do not read! I’ve spent almost a week with the Mass Effect 3 demo now. All it is telling me is that I can’t wait any longer for this game. I need it now. I must find out how it ends, even if that is in multiple possible ways. And I must have my happily ever after with a certain marine and a certain raven haired biotic. There isn’t much to this short demo […]

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An Empty World


Playing through the Mass Effect franchise in preparation for ME3 and the never ending runs through Dragon Age: Origins after chugging through Skyrim late last year has brought to light a striking dichotomy in the world of gaming: the freedom of an open world versus the freedom of choice.

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The SOPA Problem


The entire internet has been abuzz with talk of the Stop Online Piracy Act in the U.S. that is sleazing its way through the Judiciary Committee as we speak.  Originally planned to be pushed back to January, they’ve since decided to try to quietly pass this piece of utter rubbish possibly this week.  So what does this mean for our little corner of the internet? 

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