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Final Fantasy Turns 25 - A Celebration of One of the Most Important Game Series

Final Fantasy Turns 25 - A Celebration of One of the Most Important Game Series

20th Aug 2012 - As Square Enix prepares to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Final Fantasy games series with an assortment of events all over the world the small weekend casual gaming group that I have belonged to for nearly fifteen-years had its regular Saturday gathering, and after we discussed what games we might play together in co-operative mo.. Read More.


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An In-Depth Look at Miner Wars 2081 @ E3 2012

An In-Depth Look at Miner Wars 2081 @ E3 2012

19th Jul 2012 - First thoughts are always telling, and our first thoughts after getting the full presentation for this game was "how come there are not more space-combat/mining games?" which was quickly followed by the thought "why do we have to wait to get this one?" Set in the year 2081, the game world is that of a post-apocalyptic inner Solar Syste.. Read More.

An In-Depth Look at Salem: The Crafting MMO @ E3 2012

An In-Depth Look at Salem: The Crafting MMO @ E3 2012

28th Jun 2012 - When it was first announced to games journalists in February of 2011 what is now called "Salem: The Crafting MMO" was known as simply "Salem" a free-to-play MMO that nowhere in any of the descriptions for its focus did the game feature the ancient practices of witchcraft. What did feature prominently was the fact that it was one of th.. Read More.


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Top Ten New Video Games for E3 2012

Top Ten New Video Games for E3 2012

15th Jun 2012 - Each year as another Electronic Entertainment Expo wraps up the burden falls upon us to pick the best of the best and share that with you -- and this year the burden of making those choices was expanded due to the large number of very good games. Regular members here will be expecting a Top Ten list and details for each, but we must .. Read More.


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Christmas Around the Virtual Worlds

Christmas Around the Virtual Worlds

23rd Dec 2011 - Every year as Christmas rolls around no matter where you live in the world there is something going on and some sort of official and unofficial recognition, whether that is just decorations or organized celebrations, there is always something -- and increasingly the festive holiday cheer has been spreading like a virus from real life in.. Read More.

Mamba Nation Battles its way to iOS

Mamba Nation Battles its way to iOS

4th Nov 2011 - If you are already aware of Mamba Nation, you know that it is more than just a cuter knock-off of Second Life minus the gritty full-frontal nudity and hard core sex that was a a primary attraction for a significant number of the casual players for the latter. Partly the brainchild of French games entrepreneur and bad boy Nicolas Gau.. Read More.

The Charity of Gamers

The Charity of Gamers

28th Oct 2011 - It is surprising how much information can be conveyed in a simple and brief phrase; take the phrase "In these tough economic times" (1) as an example. Hearing it or having it said to you instantly evokes specific and detailed images. Despite the fact that it is a very general and even vague collection of words, that phrase has the e.. Read More.


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Game Developer Spotlight: Paradox Interactive

Game Developer Spotlight: Paradox Interactive

25th Sep 2011 - When it was founded in 1998, Swedish video game developer Paradox Interactive began the lengthy process of carving out a niche for itself in the highly competitive fields of game development and game publishing, setting its sights upon the Windows PC as its preferred platform in an era during which most of the established video game hou.. Read More.

Men are From Freeport, Women are from Qeynos

Men are From Freeport, Women are from Qeynos

22nd Aug 2011 - It's 4:11 AM and I can't sleep. My parents are visiting for the weekend, so I can't turn on the TV and play on one of my consoles because (A) no matter how low I make the volume the sound of whatever game I play will wake them up, and (B) the only game that I want to play is Borderlands, and playing Borderlands with the sound muted is .. Read More.

The Psychology of Video Games: It's a Spatial Thing

The Psychology of Video Games: It's a Spatial Thing

17th Aug 2011 - Memory is a funny thing; despite a tremendous amount of research undertaken by some of the most intelligent minds of the past century, how human memory works at its most basic level is still not something that the learned communities who make memory part of their concern can completely agree upon. When we examine all of the experiments.. Read More.

Farmville Strategy Series: Just the Basics

Farmville Strategy Series: Just the Basics

21st Feb 2011 - According to the most recent statistics, on an average day between 30 and 50 million people spend time tending to their farm in the Facebook game Farmville -- a web-based game that features about what you would expect from a game that loosely simulates farming. The secret to the incredible success of the game has a lot to do with insta.. Read More.