Category Archives: Games

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TF2 Video Review

TF2, for non-gamers, is Team Fortress Two — a high­ly styl­ized first-per­­son team-based shoot­ing online game by Valve Soft­ware.  TF2 is often held up as a shin­ing exam­ple of just how smooth­ly pol­ished a game expe­ri­ence can be.  This arti­cle … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Espisode Three: Co-Op Hinted by Portal

Rock, Paper, Shot­gun (on of my favorite Games sites) has an excel­lent inter­view with Valve folks regard­ing Por­tal 2.  Wow.  3 links in one sen­tence.  It’s a good read.
Any­ways, anoth­er RPS arti­cle quotes Valve as say­ing that Por­tal 2 may … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Review: SpaceChem

When I think of pro­gram­ming sys­tems that use two-dimen­­sion­al grids to arrange items that are “exe­cut­ed” when the pro­gram is run, I think of Ami­gaV­i­sion. Where you can envi­sion a “cur­sor” mov­ing line-by-line through your one-dimen­­sion­al code in more … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Review: Evil Genius

Do you ever cheer for the vil­lain? Does the bad guy deserve to win some­times?  Did you ever want to be the vil­lain … spread­ing mis­chief and evil to the cha­grin of the do-good heroes?  Elixir Studio’s Evil Genius does … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Achievements are the New MIPS

Achieve­ments are both pop­u­lar and con­tro­ver­sial in mod­ern gamer cul­ture.  Their pop­u­lar­i­ty with gamers dri­ves game com­pa­nies to put ever more com­plex achieve­ments into their game prod­ucts.  Large game dash­boards like Steam and Xbox/Windows live focus on tab­u­lat­ing and com­par­ing  … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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United Gamers Alliance: Friendly Multiplayer Games

If you read the UGA home­page, you’ll quick­ly note that they’re some­thing of the anti-clan.  There are an amaz­ing num­ber of new mul­ti­play­er co-op games com­ing out.  We’re all famil­iar with Left 4 Dead and Bor­der­lands (both favorites of mine).  … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Review: Tropico 3

Steam can be a nasty hab­bit… or at least a damnable temp­ta­tion.  They have these sales, you see.  Good sales.  Good games for as lit­tle as $2.50 or $5.  This leads me to have a large heap of games in … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Thoughts on Eve Online (… and WoW and FarmVille … and…)

…after Pavlov’s famous exper­i­ment where a dog could be expect­ed to sali­vate after cer­tain con­di­tion­ing, a man called Skin­ner extend­ed this work with some rather inter­est­ing results… specif­i­cal­ly that the reward sys­tem could be even more effec­tive if it was some­what unpre­dictable and still peri­od­ic… Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Review: Bob Came in Pieces

Bob Came in Pieces” is a new (this year) game from Ludos­i­ty Inter­ac­tive.  It’s avail­able on Steam here at a pret­ty steep dis­count and also as a free demo.
The back­sto­ry is pret­ty sim­ple.  No pol­i­tics, no grand sto­ry… you’re just … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Speaking of Tribbles… Clones!

This will be my first post in the “Games” cat­e­go­ry.  My gen­er­al intent here is not just reviews of games, but dis­cus­sion of games.  Rec­om­mend­ed read­ing: http://escapistmagazine.com and http://rockpapershotgun.com … both these sites fea­ture intel­li­gent dis­cus­sion of both games and … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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