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Alan Wake Impressions, Edgeworth Fail, Mini Action

Alan Wake Screenshot

Although it's currently still under review embargo, Microsoft's PR reps have said that talking about and previewing the first episode of Alan Wake (360) is fair game. So, although certain elements of it have been labeled "hush-hush", I can still spill a little...

Gaming Through a Writer's Eyes - Anton Strout

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Screenshot

People often ask me to define why I write what I write and funnily enough, my answers tie in to gaming. When I elevator pitch my books for people, I usually tell them I write Jim Butcher Lite urban fantasy novels, basically because I miss Ghostbusters and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Passive Violence

Passive  Violence - Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Working in video game retail opens your eyes to a lot of things. You realize that you probably don't agree with a lot of corporate policies. You find that the majority of gaming consumers don't know how to put a disc back in its case. You also see that, despite its good intentions, the ESRB rating system simply does not work when it comes to trying to protect minors from controversial or explicit content. With the recent news that the Supreme Court of the United States is going to review a violent video game law in California that was struck down by the state's 9th Circuit Court, the argument about violent video games has reared its ugly head once again, and it's time for me to throw my hat in the ring on this subject.

Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer

Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer Screenshot

I've been meaning to get to this game for a while now. Not because it's been out for some time, but because I really loathe it. Side-scrolling action games for Xbox Live Arcade, Wii Virtual Console and PlayStation Network seem to be the chic thing nowadays, but it's amazing how painfully mediocre most of them are. It's obvious to me that with Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer, the developers were out to make the ultimate side-scrolling shooter.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 33: Roger Ebert Again and Games with Great Storytelling

Why do so few video games have truly great stories? We have some suggestions for developers and share some of our favorites. Plus: Roger Ebert breaks our hearts, and Chi and Tim finally have a reason to talk about Wing Commander. Brad is thrilled! Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad "Likely Going To Hell" Gallaway, Richard Naik, and Tim Spaeth.

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Just Cause 2 Review

A Nice Place to Visit, but...

Just Cause 2 Screenshot

HIGH Insane chopper-to-chopper grappling hook action.

LOW The sheer number of missions to finish before credits roll.

WTF Falling 10,000 feet and grappling towards the ground for safety.

Section 8 Second Opinion

No Relation to the Federal Low-Income Housing Subsidy

Section 8 Screenshot

HIGH Finding my depth in the online multiplayer.

LOW The armored walkers are nightmarishly unbalanced.

WTF I know manuals are for noobs, but I would've still appreciated one with the DLC version of the game.

3D Dot Game Heroes Review

Because True Heroes Dream in 3D

3D Dot Game Heroes Screenshot

HIGH: Seeing the huge full-power sword for the first time.

LOW: The dungeon play can get a little monotonous.

WTF: Seriously, that sword is friggin' huge.

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