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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 58: Gaming with Kids, Catherine

Gamer moms and gamer dads, assemble! The mighty Aaron of the GameEnthus Podcast joins us for a lengthy conversation about the joys and challenges of integrating our parenting and gaming lives. How did we introduce games to our kids? How do we deal with M-rated content? How do we decide when to take the controller away? We also offer some unique kid's game recommendations you won't find anywhere else. Plus: Our take on a game your kids should definitely NOT play: Catherine. With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "The Master Thespian" Spaeth.

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Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Second Opinion

Story. Gaming on the Side

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Screenshot

HIGH The character animation on-display here is phenomenal.

LOW Me: "Oh great, is that the 30th character or the 40th?"

WTF The only way to the truth is with the help of a dead Pomeranian.

Video: A Link to the Past with a Portal gun

Perhaps Nintendo should take a hint from this little video. The Legend of Zelda is getting stale with all of its mainstays like boomerangs, hookshots and bows and arrows. With Skyward Sword on the horizon and exciting mainly the hardcore Zelda fan, Nintendo should consider something radical and new for the next sequel. A portal-making gun may be too futuristic, but how about a portal-making mirror? Oh wait...

Catherine, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet and PAX

Catherine Screenshot

I finally got my copy of Catherine and started it up about 30 seconds after it arrived. At this point I am at exactly the halfway mark and I'm really, really enjoying it. Atlus once again proves that they have some of the best writers around, and their style is second to none. This tale of an unintentional philanderer is having no problem whatsoever keeping my interest... in fact, one particular cutscene had me literally on the edge of my seat.

Video: Is cosplay better in slow-motion?

This footage is courtesy of Angel James de Ocampo, cosplay cinematographer and conventioneer and was filmed at Japan Expo 2011 in Paris, France. Nice camera work. The biggest achievement has to be making people dressed as video game characters and walking around with plastic or paper weapons look cool while doing so. Well, maybe they can work on their fighting choreography though.

Sonic Colors Review

Experience has Taught Me to Investigate Anything That Glows

Sonic Colors Screenshot

HIGH Seeing Sonic swim. It's about freakin' time.

LOW "Hey Tails, you just missed the B.B.B.E. The Best! Boss! Beating! Ever!" *cringe*

WTF Why is Sonic's mouth on the side of his face?

Video: Navi's Song (Hey, Listen!)

Ever felt badly that Navi's love for Link went unrequited in The Legend of Zleda: Ocarina of Time? Yeah, me neither. Still, not a bad song.

Video: Navi's Song (Hey, Listen!)

Video: Mario dumps Pauline

Obviously, Mario was destined for bigger things. That meant a more desirable damsel in distress—why did Donkey Kong want Pauline anyway? But who knew their break-up was so bitter.

Video: Mario dumps Pauline

Video: Star Fox: Space Oddity

So this is a Star Fox sock puppet remake of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." Enjoy.

Video: Star Fox: Space Oddity

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 56: E3 2011

GameCritics' own Trent Fingland regales us with war stories from the E3 front. Along the way we reconcile our E3 predictions, debate the future of Japanese gaming, have a serious talk about religion, and get uncomfortably inquisitive about the whereabouts of Ken Levine. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "Death to Handhelds" Spaeth.

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