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Violent video game debate goes back decades

In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut shootings in December, the debate over violent video games is being waged once again. Just before Christmas, National Rifle Association spokesman Wayne LaPierre made controversial remarks about violent video games ...
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Off The Beaten Path: Sega Saturn Edition

When people think of Japanese Saturn games, they quite rightly call to mind classics such as Capcom’s 4MB-enhanced beat ‘em ups, shmups like Battle Garrega and Radiant Silvergun, and the sequels the West wanted but never got (I hate to bring up old ...
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The Death of G4

Perhaps internet channels were the way to proceed and heading for cable was the wrong move in the first place for G4.~J.A. Laraque The Death of G4 A while back I asked the question, what happened to Gamer Television and now we have the answer. The story ...
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Subscription fee for Call of Duty Multiplayer?

Here it seems as Mr. Pachter is not clear on the history of FPS games nor the current climate for subscription based MMO’s.~J.A. Laraque Subscription fee for Fee for Call of Duty Multiplayer? How many of you remember playing games like Doom, Duke Nukem ...
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Double Dragon: 1987 vs 2012

vs  They say imitation is the best form of flattery. So what do they say about a reboot of a classic ? I know, DON’T do it, leave it alone !I am an old school retro gamer, and yes, I also dabble in the current generation video gaming systems. ...
Gaming in the Spotlight

Gaming in the Spotlight

On one hand you have the person who puts guild leader in World of Warcraft on a job application and another where a gamer turned an idea into a million dollar company. My take is it does not have to be the best or the worst outcome, there is a lot of ...
You’re not special for reaching max level anymore

You’re not special for reaching max level anymore

You might get your name mentioned on a gaming website if you are truly the first, but does reaching max level in a game that is not hard to level really an achievement? Does it compare to getting the kill screen in Pac-Man or a high score in Donkey Kong? ...
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Do you have to be a gamer to be in the industry?

Generally my take is you have to really care about the field you focus your life on or you just won’t be the best at it. There is a difference between being good at your job and really loving it to where everything you do is a pursuit of putting out ...
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My Favorite Games: Part 10

And so… we finally reach the end of My Favorite Games. As expected there’s lots of games I’m fond of that I couldn’t find space for, and I’m sure as Red Parsley wears on there will be many more to consider, and even replace ...
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Gamers Health: Gaming Injuries

You’d be surprised how hard it can be going from always playing on the couch to competing in a game of video dance off. ~J.A. Laraque Gamers Health: Gaming Injuries In our last Gamers Health article we talked about small changes gamers could make to ...
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Nintendo Power: Reaction to the end of the long running magazine

Reports that Nintendo Power magazine was shutting down popped up like popcorn a week ago, bringing both old school and modern Nintendo fans to reminiscence about the long-running publication.The first issue of Nintendo Power appeared in the summer ...
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Arcade Classics: What happened to them all?

It is easily the most common question I get when I chat with anyone about the classic arcade games of the early 1980s. What happened to them all?They remember those days just as I do. Video arcades were commonplace and practically every type of business ...
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Top Ten TurboCD TurboDuo CD Games

Of all the video game consoles I’ve played, the one that holds a special place in my retrogaming heart continues to be that poor doomed also-ran in the Sega Genesis/Super Nintendo Wars: the NEC TurboGrafx-16.  What makes the TurboGrafx so special ...
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PC-Engine: Must have games

The PC-Engine console, a collaboration between Hudson Soft and NEC, was released late 1987 in Japan and mid 1999 in North America. NEC changed the name in the US to the TurboGrafx-16. The US unit also had a facelift, it was bulkier (and uglier) compared ...
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Star Control: The Ships

The first Star Control title really is a game of two-halves. The ‘Main’ game is seen as the strategy side of the game with its turn-based, territorial expansion-based shenanigans, while the ‘Melee’ mode is seen as the action, shoot ...
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The Effect of Diablo 3: Real Money Auction House

Class warfare is not for politics alone. Many of the Asian MMO’s that have a paid item system have people who spend a lot of real life money to become powerful. In MMO’s the “eBay” character is a term meaning you paid for your character and do ...