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I’ve never been so upset over the closing of a dev shop

http://kotaku.com/5131846/leaked-star-wars-battlefront-3-gameplay-footage

This would have saved the Star Wars games franchise.  Damnit damnit damnit.  Free Radical recently closed its doors due to the economy I’m sure, but their upcoming lineup was gold.  Damn the world!

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Failblog for games

http://igetyourfail.blogspot.com/

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Auditorium

http://www.playauditorium.com/

Fun game, pretty much posting it here so I don’t forget about it.  If you like music and a unique game mechanic, try it out!

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Brutal Legend!!!!! Published by EA?

Tim and Double Fine take a long time to get a game out the door, but that’s because endless care and love are put into every one… and because no one wants to take the risk of a DF IP.  After Majesco performed horribly when it came to marketing Psychonauts, no one trusted that a DF game could sell, including the new axis of evil Activision Blizzard (I’m sorry you merged with them Blizz).  But now that AB has surpassed EA, EA has been making some decisions that are definitely favoring the fan over the concern of selling a billion copies, but also in hopes that they will sell a billion copies.

Psychonauts was still a high ranking game as far as reviews were concerned, and if marketed properly, could have sold way better than it did.  Now that Brutal Legend is in the spotlight because of the publisher hunt, plus being advertised with Jack Black’s name attached, it should sell significantly better.  It will also, without a doubt, be an incredible game.

I still have my Gamestop preorder bonus T-Shirt from preordering the game in November 2007.  First 666 people got one!  I was worried I’d own a shirt for a game that never came out, but no worries now.  As odd as this may sound, thank you EA.  You have proven yourself to be a kinder god, as if there had been a gaming Vatican II.

Now, Activision Blizzard, calm yourself down.  Guitar Hero has peaked and too many Call of Duty games will ruin the franchise.  Let the Blizzard side of the company take over for a little bit, to develop and/or publish some real quality games.

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Thoughts on WoW addiction

I posted this as a comment on Kotaku, but I figured I’d keep it here as well:

I can’t stand people who complain about WoW ruining their lives. All that does is prove that they are weak human beings who don’t know how to manage time or are too easy to fall into addiction.

I played WoW through college, and I let it be majority of my life. All my friends played it, and I played with them, and I was happy with it. I still had a great GPA and exercised frequently, because I have this thing called self-discipline that apparently most parents don’t teach their kids anymore.

When I got my first job I quit for a year to focus on work. I picked it up again in August and started playing again after I went to Blizzcon, because I had forgotten how many friends I had made, and now it is fun reuniting with them for some of the best content and immersion I’ve ever seen in any game.

Yet I can still put the game down when I know I need to make sure my life doesn’t get utterly destroyed. Apparently some people don’t know how to do that, so instead they say BLIZZARD IS EVIL and WOW WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE. Wrong. You are ruining your life, for letting a game become top priority. How can you blame Blizzard for making too good of a game? Yet you turn this “good” into “addiction” and “addiction” must be bad!

WoW does not kill you. Cigarettes and alcohol don’t kill you. It’s how much of it you allow yourself to use it that kills you. You can’t blame inanimate objects, it’s the human interaction that seals the deal. Learn self-discipline, fight addiction, and quit blaming everyone else for your problems.

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Guitar Hero for the Blind

http://kotaku.com/5092565/frets-on-fire-for-the-blind

Probably one of the better ideas of the time.  Going blind for me would be the worst thing imaginable.  I’d lose my job, movies, video games.  I’m glad there are people out there doing stuff like this to allow the blind to play games.  I think it’d be great if this succeeded and you could play Rock Band with a blind guitarist or bassist, and hell, vocals too (if they know the song!).

Hope to see more of this eventually.

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Epic knows how to make commercials

http://kotaku.com/5068014/gorgeous-gears-of-war-2-last-day-ad-sets-the-mood

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Osama bin Sackboy

http://kotaku.com/5065076/littlebigplanet-faces-worldwide-recall-for-quran-references

Can’t get more perfect than this.

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North Korean Arcade

God Bless America (and Japan)

This is what hell would look like for me.

The sad thing is, most of the people in North Korea have no idea that games have advanced so much further than what is in this building. To them these could be absolutely incredible. It is almost kind of amazing to think that we are so spoiled and demand so much from games now, meanwhile the less fortunate could very well be thrilled with 8-bit non-classic games.  It just goes to show you how fast technology has advanced in the past two decades.  What we see as “games of our childhood” could very well be the only games some people in third-world countries will experience in their entire lives, and that’s if they are lucky enough to play any games at all.

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How Games Will Save America

NPR is great, and this article definitely adds to it:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94884967&ft=1&f=1006

Just as movies distracted Americans during The Great Depression, video games now distract us from our apparent economic struggle. So basically, we are turning to virtual worlds to ignore the real world. Hmm, funny how majority of people used to make fun of my kind for doing such things. Now it’s all the rave!

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