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3D movies, kid? Pfft, try 4D! (A review)

So I got a chance to experience “4DX” Spider Man 2 at our local movie theatre. Despite buying tickets online weeks in advance, I still got a horrible seat. (front, far left)  Sadly, this sort of makes the 3D effect worse and introduces eye strain. So what does paying extra for the “4DX” experience get […]

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League of Legends Review

League of Legends is a free-to-play MOBA game (in the style of the Warcraft III map, Defense of the Ancients, and its upcoming successor from Valve, Dota2) from Riot Games. Players control a single character and, with the help of their team, attempt to destroy the buildings of the other team. This is facilitated by […]
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Modern Warfare 3 Retrospective

Alright, it’s been about 4 months since Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 hit the shelves. I’ve already done a review of the game via my typical process, but I thought it would be a good idea to write a retrospective article to shed some light on longevity rather than impressions acquired over just [...] Continue reading

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Book Review: Irrlicht 1.7 Realtime 3D Engine Beginner’s Guide

Hey look a new book on Irrlicht! What it covers: Detailed information on setting up your dev environment (covers Windows, linux and OSX) Basic overview of the engine accompanied by some simple example code.  I don’t think the longest code example is more than two pages. Using sprite sheets Using CopperTube to export a scene [...]
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Review

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is a first-person shooter for PC, XBox360, and PS3 by Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games that continues the globe-trotting, high-intensity, world war action, beginning immediately after the events of its predecessor, Modern Warfare 2. It is also the subject of a continuous stream of biased reviews and comments all [...] Continue reading

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I recently picked up the Humble Indie Bundle 3 while it was available last August. It’s a great deal and a good way to support independent developers and charities. As part of the bundle, I received the popular, retro, gravity-twisting VVVVVV by Terry Cavanagh. The game is set some time in the distant future when space flight and teleportation [...] Continue reading

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Fruit Ninja Kinect Review

It took a little while for me to get around to writing this review for Fruit Ninja Kinect. There is a very good reason for that, which is… I was playing Fruit Ninja Kinect. That is to say, it’s fun. Fruit Ninja Kinect is the first Xbox Live Arcade game to utilize the Kinect motion [...] Continue reading

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Catching Up

It looks like I have a little catching up to do. To start with, if you haven’t heard that Valve Software’s Portal 2 is an excellent game, let me clear that up for you. Portal 2 is an excellent game. There are more cool puzzle elements, like light bridges and gel and such. It continues [...] Continue reading

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Robot Wants Kitty for iPhone (and other news!)

Hey, so a friend of mine made this awesome flash game called Robot Wants Kitty .. and then that game got ported to the iPhone / iPod touch. And the port is even BETTER than the original! I’m going to say right here right now that you should buy this iPhone game immediately! It’s $0.99, [...] Continue reading

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Revenge of the Titans Review

Revenge of the Titans is a tower defense game by Puppy Games, which originally released in the Humble Indie Bundle #2, and has recently become available on Steam. The gist of the game is that Earth is being invaded by Titans, which are basically… giant alien cats? In any case, the player is tasked with [...] Continue reading

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Crysis 2 MP Demo Review

I got the chance to pick up the Crysis 2 Multiplayer Demo for XBox 360 a few times recently. It’s pretty smooth for the most part, the gameplay is pretty solid, and the graphics are top notch. Unfortunately, though, the fastest, easiest way to describe the elements of the design is to start with, “Ok, [...] Continue reading

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Review

Call of Duty: Black Ops is the fourth game developed by Treyarch in the successful Call of Duty series.  Previous to Black Ops, Treyarch developed Call of Duty: World at War.  Shortly after E3 last year, I commented that I wasn’t ready to jump on the anticipation bandwagon for this game, and, now that I’ve been [...] Continue reading

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Steel Storm: Episode I Review

Steel Storm: Episode I is a top-down shooter game from the independent development group Kot-in-Action Creative Artel. Set in the distant future, Steel Storm has players fighting their way through deserts, cities and industrial complexes in order to complete various missions and cripple the enemy force. In other words, it’s good ol’ fashioned arcade action [...] Continue reading

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Xbox 360 Slim Review

I’ve had the privilege of doing my Xbox 360 gaming on Microsoft‘s new model, the Xbox 360 Slim, and I’m here to tell you, in no uncertain terms, it’s pretty sweet. There are a number of nifty features, like smaller size, appealing black aesthetic, Kinect readiness, and built-in wireless capabilities. The one I notice the [...] Continue reading

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Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty Review

I have now been playing Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty by Blizzard Entertainment for a week, nearly exclusively since its release on July 27th, so I suppose it’s about time for a review. To start with, true to typical Blizzard form, this is an incredibly solid game. Let’s start with the single player campaign. Starcraft [...] Continue reading

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Team Fortress 2 Review

Team Fortress 2 by Valve has been a constantly evolving game, since periodic updates add new content that significantly changes key aspects of the gameplay. The last of the class packs, known as The Engineer Update, has been released, making the game more or less complete (for the moment?). This is why I delayed in [...] Continue reading

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World of Goo Review

I really should have reviewed World of Goo by 2D Boy when I first played it. Fortunately, I recently played through it again after purchasing it as part of the Humble Indie Bundle. So, here we go: World of Goo is a unique puzzle game by 2D Boy in which the player is challenged with [...] Continue reading

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Starcraft II Beta Review

The first phase of the Starcraft II Beta wrapped up on June 7th, and I was privileged to be a part of it. Blizzard has done a good job with the minefield that is continuing a classic franchise. I was and still am a fan of the original Starcraft, and so was looking forward to [...] Continue reading

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Penumbra: Overture Review

Penumbra: Overture by Frictional Games is the first episode in a series of three first person puzzle mystery games. The game follows the story of a man who has sought shelter from the elements inside a mysterious tunnel. He subsequently explores deeper and deeper into the cavern as he attempts both to find a way [...] Continue reading

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Halo 3: ODST and Reach Beta

I waited to review Halo 3: ODST until now because access to the Halo: Reach beta is part of the whole ODST deal, and I wanted to have a good chance to try them both out first. Here’s what I found. Halo 3: ODST In some ways, Halo 3: ODST by Bungie is quite different [...] Continue reading

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