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Is 2007 the year games break through?

Games have been blips on the mainstream media's radar on and off for a while, but it seems as though things have been gathering substantial steam lately.

Xbox Live demo round-up: TimeShift, Medal of Honor, Blazing Angels and more

Welcome back for the third round of the Xbox Live demo round-up, where I, the idlest hands in the game-reviewing community desperately try to use a plethora of demos to take time away from the vast, barren expanse that is my schedule.

New study on videogames and aggression yields surprising results

Last month's issue of the respected journal Developmental Psychology
details a study on the possible links between aggression and wishful identification with violent game characters. The study, which involved 112 adolescent boys, concludes that "identifying with violent video game characters makes players more aggressive." While this conclusion is not surprising, and will most likely just confirm most peoples' fears about videogames, I found a couple much more fascinating results buried in the article's discussion section.

PAX 2007: A slicker PSP can't touch the omnipresent DS

Read blog postI’ve read other reports of the same thing online but I can verify firsthand that just about every attendee had a DS, and over the course of three days I only saw *one* PSP. Anecdotally, Nintendo is kicking Sony’s ass all over the place in the handheld market, no surprise there.

PAX 2007: Eye of Judgement and Culdcept Saga

Read blog postI don’t know if anybody’s been following this (I know that I haven’t), but one of the new things that I saw in the exhibition section of the PAX was Eye of Judgement for the PS3.

Disgust on a disc: Escape from Bug Island

After trying Escape from Bug Island, my jaw dropped. it's so atrociously bad, I can't believe they even bothered to publish it. I gave it a whirl just to see if it was as terrible as most people said it was, and it is.

John Carmack and games as art

John Carmack has been quoted a couple times as saying that he believes games are not art, and I was always put off that someone who has such a prominent place in the industry took such a disappointing line.

Wii and the casual gaming boom

Wii Sports Screenshot

According to at least one source, the Nintendo Wii has already surpassed the XBox 360 in worldwide sales, despite the 360's early launch. Not only is the Wii a really fast-selling console, it's the fastest selling console ever.

PC gamers get BioShock'ed

BioShock has undoubtedly been one of the most hotly anticipated titles of the year, and its release to unanimous critical acclaim is certainly helping to solidify its place as a soon-to-be-classic.

Xbox Live demo round-up: Bioshock, Stranglehold, Beautiful Katamari and more

Welcome back for the second round of the Xbox Live demo round-up, where I, the idlest hands in the game-reviewing community desperately try to use a plethora of demos to take time away from the vast, barren expanse that is my schedule.
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