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E3: 3D Retrospective

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3D is the next step for gaming, but is it gameplay ready yet?
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We live in a 3D world. This may sound obvious, but to us humans, it’s quite beyond moment-by-moment comprehension. Our eyes see the world as two upside-down images placed side-by-side, but through the miracle of the human brain, we are treated to a vibrant, latency-free, full-resolution, dimensionally accurate view of the world around us. Then again, nature had millions of years to get it right. Maybe in the first generation of great apes, everyone trounced around wearing goofy polarizing glasses. Such questions may never be answered. However, we are now witnessing the birth of virtual 3D, and the question remains: how does it compare to the competition, millions of years in the making?

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Review: Aquaria

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It's better down where it's wetter.
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What do you get when you take the Super Metroid/Castlevania labyrinth dungeons, the Ocarina of Time musically themed action and puzzles, and add in about 200 billion gallons of sea water? You get Aquaria, an indie game released in late 2007 that has gotten a second wind in the recently debuted Humble Indie Bundle.

What do you get when you take the Super Metroid/Castlevania labyrinth dungeons, the Ocarina of Time musically themed action and puzzles, and add in about 200 billion gallons of sea water? You get Aquaria, an indie game released in late 2007 that has gotten a second wind in the Humble Indie Bundle.

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Dissenting Opinion: Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers

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Most of the fun of Magic, without the need to refinance your mortgage.
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<p> With all due respect to my colleague Chase Slaton (I love that line...it heralds a forthcoming verbal bitch slap), I have to disagree with his appraisal of the recently released Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers. I contend that not only is this Magic game both fun and satisfying, it&#39;s also a hell of a deal.</p>

 

With all due respect to my colleague Chase Slaton (I love that line...it heralds a forthcoming verbal bitch slap), I have to disagree with his appraisal of the recently released Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers. I contend that not only is this Magic game both fun and satisfying, it's also a hell of a deal.

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Review: Alpha Protocol

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Your actions have consequences, but you won't care.
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<p> There he is. A cluttered courtyard is all the stand between me and my target. I&#39;m a badass to the core, with my high tech silenced pistol, my mad stealth skills and my cutting edge modern armor. I am a veteran of dozens of overseas missions wherein I&#39;ve slit throats, seduced women, intimidated mob bosses and buried loved ones. There is nothing I haven&#39;t seen or done, all in the line of duty. Taking a deep breath, I break my cover, sprint across the courtyard dispatching a half dozen guards along the way, come to within inches of a clean assassination...only to be stopped by a waist-high garden trellis.</p>

 

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Review: Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers

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Can I tap 4 white mana to make this game not be terrible?
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I first started playing Magic: The Gathering back in the 8th grade. After school my friends and I would hang out on the steps of the library and we’d play until our parents started arriving to pick us up. It was fun, competitive and social. We’d constantly redesign decks and the game was still new enough that you rarely had to worry about weird new rules screwing up everything. Times were great, direct damage and goblin decks still worked and it gave us something to do other than trying to look at porn on the library computers using this amazing new “internet” thing.

 

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E3: Sony Conference

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<p> Sony had a tough act to follow after Nintendo&rsquo;s crowd-pleasing performance, filled with innovative hardware and tons of new games and trailers. Sony would also announce some new hardware along with some innovations in its current console, but was it enough to steal the show?</p>

 

Sony had a tough act to follow after Nintendo’s crowd-pleasing performance, filled with innovative hardware and tons of new games and trailers. Sony would also announce some new hardware along with some innovations in its current console, but was it enough to steal the show?

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E3: OnLive

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Evan Hembacher gets a interview with an OnLive representative.
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<p> In a world full of alternative business models for game distribution, OnLive has taken what could be considered an obvious idea, and applied a high level of ingenuity to produce something quite unlike anything we&rsquo;ve seen before.</p>

 

In a world full of alternative business models for game distribution, OnLive has taken what could be considered an obvious idea, and applied a high level of ingenuity to produce something quite unlike anything we’ve seen before.

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E3: Gears of War 3

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Evan Hembacher sees the epic demo of Gears of War 3 at E3.
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<p> Many of you may have already seen the Gears of War 3 presentation by CliffyB at the Microsoft press conference. However, I got an up close and personal viewing of the same presentation in a small, dark room in the center of the E3 show floor, played live by four Epic staffers, and I must say, fuzzy feelings were incurred.</p>

 

Many of you may have already seen the Gears of War 3 presentation by CliffyB at the Microsoft press conference.  However, I got an up close and personal viewing of the same presentation in a small, dark room in the center of the E3 show floor, played live by four Epic staffers, and I must say, fuzzy feelings were incurred. 

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E3: Nintendo Conference

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Nintendo Looking Backward in 3D
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“Epic” and “Experience” were the alliterative buzzwords humming around the Nokia Theater today at Nintendo’s E3 2010 press conference. The biggest of Reggie & friends’ announcements was the unveiling of the Nintendo 3DS. The new version of the DS line was paraded as opening the door to new “experiences” for players and game designers alike. Satoru Iwata was on hand to introduce the device and its features, including:

“Epic” and “Experience” were the alliterative buzzwords humming around the Nokia Theater today at Nintendo’s E3 2010 press conference.  The biggest of Reggie & friends’ announcements was the unveiling of the Nintendo 3DS.  The new version of the DS line was paraded as opening the door to new “experiences” for players and game designers alike.  Satoru Iwata was on hand to introduce the device and its features, including:

> Glasses-less 3D

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E3: EA Conference

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<p> This year at E3, EA had a smorgasbord of top tier games to show off. So let&#39;s dispense with the pleasantries and jump right into it, shall we?</p>

 

This year at E3, EA had a smorgasbord of top tier games to show off. So let's dispense with the pleasantries and jump right into it, shall we?

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