Keith Pichelman: Concrete Software

The game had a ton of levels!!! It seemed like you could play it forever… the later levels really got you thinking outside the box which could get so frustrating until you finally figured it out… but so satisfying when you did! It was also one of the first games I can remember where you could create levels.

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Games Are Not Art

It’s an observation vs interaction argument. Some art can be interacted with. Some people make sculptures that can be moved, but that isn’t changing it, just rearranging it in a way that is intended. Games aren’t meant to be observed. Games by definition, cannot be observed. You play a game. You are controlling the character, making decisions that inherently change the game. In Flower, you control the breeze, but there is still an objective and things that you must complete in order to progress. Current art doesn’t have that.

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Greg Wohlwend: Mikengreg

My brother and I were obsessed with this game. It came on a dozen or so 3.5″ hard disks (high tech back then) and included a semi-complete faux vellum map. Most of the game took place in either a huge city or a huge desert with tons of little secrets hiding everywhere. That, coupled with the fact that you had to type out most of your actions, made for a world that really felt alive.

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GAMES COMING OUT SEPTEMBER 2010 FOR CONSOLES

Ah September the time when many go back to school and fall is just around the comer. Nah, forget about that, you can’t tell the seasons are changing if you are locked onto your television screen now can you? This month there is actually a good reason to succumb to your gaming addition.

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POD: BioShock Infinite

The city disappears into the clouds and you, playing the role of former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt are sent to the city to rescue a young woman, Elizabeth who has been imprisoned there since childhood. When you find her the two of you have to make your way out which won’t be easy thanks to a ton of crazy citizens. Luckily the lady you recued has abilities which you will need not only to augment with your own, but to help you fight off the horde of baddies indoors and out including high-speed sky-line combat.

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Mafia 2 Release Party Miami

Our friends Kevin Wasielewski and Hector Penton at OriginPC invited us to come to the club Grand Central to celebrate the release of the Max Payne/GTA/Saints Row clone sequel Mafia 2.

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Blizzard’s New World of Warcraft Expansion Targeting Their Original Player-base?

Another homage to the old school playing style of World of Warcraft will be the return of Crowd Control! That’s right, Mages! You can start Polymorphing again! It had seemed that during WOTLK, CC had become a thing of the past and players would do the simple thing and just body pull and use Area-Of-Effect spells to burn everything down quickly. Healers would just spam their fastest heal and keep the tank up constantly. In Cataclysm, Blizzard (and something beta tester can attest to) mentions that combat difficulty has increased significantly and just nuking everything that is still moving isn’t going to work anymore. Players are going to actually have to use their crowd controlling abilities to keep pulls safe.

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Games Coming Out September 2010 for PC

August had some nice releases but September looks like a heavy month for PC gaming as well!

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Tera Online: World Origins Gamescom Trailer

En Masse Entertainment is pleased to release a brand-new trailer for their award-winning action MMO title TERA, as the game is unveiled for the first time to the European audience at this week’s gamescom 2010 festival in Cologne.

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Everquest II Extended Free to Play Beta

Starting today, players can experience the dark and dangerous depths of Norrath without a subscription with the release of SOE’s new free adventure service, EverQuest® II Extended! SOE has liberated portions of the critically acclaimed PC franchise, EverQuest II, including five plus years of impressive, award-winning content, for free.

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POD: Dead Rising 2

Like millions of Americans former national motocross champion, Chuck Greene, is gripped by the TV sensation that is Terror is Reality. Hosted by the flamboyant Tyrone King, Terror is Reality pits ordinary members of the public against an arena full of zombies with a simple challenge – kill more zombies than your opponents and stay alive with the winner collecting big money and the chance to come back and secure even greater prizes. So, what is it that has forced Chuck to come to Fortune City and risk his life in the modern day gladiatorial contest, is he trying to recapture the fame of his motocross days, does he have a reason to hate zombies, or is it simply the lure of big money?

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Warhammer 40K: Gamescom 2010 Trailer: The Imperium of Man

The THQ/Vigil Games trailer features one of the games playable races, the Imperium of Man. The humans of 40k are a galactic empire whose reach extends over a million planets. Stay tuned to the MMO department for more details.

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Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Public Beta

The ultimate virtual destination for a new generation of Star Wars fans, Clone Wars Adventures is an action-packed virtual world where players can go online to experience fun minigames, daily activities, events, rewards, lively social environments and competition. Clone Wars Adventures lets players duel iconic adversaries with their own custom Lightsaber, speed through the galaxy in a custom Starfighter, defeat enemies and take down starships.

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The Obsolete Gamer Show: Episode 6

Throughout the show we played clips from my interview with Sairys who was one of the couples featured in the documentary Second Skin. We talked about how she got introduced to the Second Skin guys and how she first joined her guild (also profiled in the film) The Syndicate. She told us a heart filled story about how members of the guild helped each other even in the saddest of times and recounted hers and Ebony’s (he boyfriend) fondest memory in a MMO.

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