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Month: December, 2013

Boy Stays up late Playing Video Games, Saves Family from Fire

A Danville, Kentucky boy who stayed up until 3:30 a.m. playing video games saved his family and alerted firefighters on Thursday morning.
Jaxxyn Wood, 12, was playing video games when, in the wee hours of the morning, he noticed an awful smell coming from his kitchen.
“[It smelled] really bad, l…

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Microsoft Announces January’s Games With Gold Lineup

Microsoft have announced January’s Games With Gold lineup. There will be a total of 2 games available for you to download for free.
Starting on January 1, you’ll be able to download Sleeping Dogs. The game takes place in modern day Hong Kong with players assuming control of Wei Shen,…

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Game Of The Year 2013

In order to award Game Of The Year 2013 we initially wanted to have the writers dress as a character from their favourite game and fight each other to the death in an epic LARP-off to the Tom Savini-eqsue end.  However, milquetoast whiners with complaints like “that doesn’t prove …

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Mega Man is a Praise Worthy Franchise

Recently, Keiji Inafune has started a new project that tripled its Kickstarter goal by achieving $3.8 million. Mighty No. 9, a new platformer project that appears to be a spiritual successor to his most successful franchise, Mega Man, will be developed under his company Comcept. It appears that…

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Japanese Developers Found The Last of Us, Grand Theft Auto V Shocking

Japanese website 4gamer asked 151 Japanese developers on from across the industry for their highlights of 2013 on Friday.  The results were unexpected, to say the least.
The developers were asked which game released in 2013 they admired the most, or which shocked them the most.  While the q…

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Why Skyrim is What Every Sandbox Game Should Be

As one of the growing trends of video game design is the sandbox style of gameplay.  Even games, like the next Metal Gear title, that many people are worried won’t fit a sandbox style of play are moving in that direction.  As we brace ourselves for the incoming wave of sandbox games, I thin…

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E-Sports 2014: Joysticks We’ll Be Battering

2013 was an important year in e-sports, with the release of Next (Now) Generation gaming consoles. Without a doubt, gamers have much to look forward to in the New Year, no matter which console they prefer.
Those with a competitive side to them know that the coming year will also bring a host of…

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Chinese Government Bans China Rising Battlefield 4 DLC

Battlefield 4’s newest expansion, China Rising, has earned the game a ban in China, the Wall Street Journal reports.
China Rising is a large content update for BF4 which features an invasion of the United States mainland by a Chinese general attempting a coup against the Chinese government.  The …

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No Minecraft On The Wii U For Now

Just recently Mojang revealed the release date for Minecraft on the PS3. But according to a tweet from Minecraft creator, Markus “Notch” Persson, there aren’t any plans for the game to come to the Wii U. He elaborated further by tweeting “I agree a Wii U version would …

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Video Game Collection World Record – 11,000 Games. Achievement Unlocked

A New York man has been officially named as having the largest video game collection world record, the Associated Press reports.
Michael Thomasson, 43, lives in Buffalo and has had a passion for video games since he was 12 years old.  One Christmas present that year was the game Cosmic Avenger …

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