Child’s Play Charity Sets New Record

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When the creators of the popular web comic Penny Arcade created the Child’s Play initiative in 2003, they had no idea how big it would get. That first year they raised $250,000 in toys and money for kids at the Seatlle Children’s Hospital to “make the holidays a little bit brighter for the kids in [Read More...]

The Retro-Cartoon Stylings of Cuphead

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If this game plays half as amazing as it looks, we’re in for a treat.  Cuphead in ‘Don’t Deal With the Devil’ is a side-scrolling action game hand-animated in the style of a 1930s Fleischer Brothers cartoon. Here’s how the designers describe it: Cuphead is a classic run and gun that centers around 1-on-1 fights [Read More...]

Introducing a New Feature: App o’ the Mornin’

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Back in ye olden days, I had a semi-popular gaming blog with daily feature called the App o’ the Mornin’. It was called that because I 1) reviewed an app and 2) posted it in the morning. Since it was a gaming blog, I stuck to games, but I’ve decided to bring the feature over [Read More...]

Which New Game System Should You Buy: Xbox or PlayStation?

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I’ll keep it short: neither. In a year, maybe, you can consider getting into the new generation of consoles by buying either an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4. From what I’ve seen, I’d lean towards the Xbox One, because I prefer the Microsoft ecosystem, it has better multimedia features, and Microsoft has a better [Read More...]

Iranian Games Weirdness

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This video popped up in my news feed this morning, and it was odd enough to merit a share. (Sorry, no embedded video.) It offers a small glimpse into the world of Iranian game production, as filtered through the lens of Press TV, the official English-language propaganda wing of the Iranian ruling council. It appears [Read More...]

Little Kids Just LOVE “Call of Duty”!

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And, as if on cue, Activision once again shows its utter tone deafness by releasing children’s toys based on Call of Duty. The sets feature locations, figures, weapons, and vehicles from the games, which should not be played by anyone under age 17. These aren’t collectible action figures, which might be said to have an adult [Read More...]

Call of Duty, Back in the Crosshairs

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As details emerged about the killer* of 12 at the Washington Navy Yard yesterday, various camps began exploiting the tragedy for their agendas. The first, of course, were the gun grabbers, with the always-nauseating David Frum (most famous for helping lie us into an unnecessary war) taking to Twitter before all the shots were even fired. [Read More...]

BioShock Infinite: First Impressions

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Since I’ve written about BioShock quite a bit, I’ve been getting a lot of questions here and on Twitter and Facebook about the newest title–Bioshock Infinite–which just released yesterday. I’m wrapping up an issue of Games Magazine this week, and only just managed to get about four hours of play in last night. So, here [Read More...]

Halo 4 Goes Deep

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Halo 4 Publisher/Developer: Microsoft/i343 Platforms: Xbox 360 Rated: M (Mature) for Blood and Violence Parents should know (ESRB description): This is a first-person shooter in which players control futuristic super-soldiers who engage in military campaigns against alien forces. Players use pistols, scoped rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers, and futuristic weaponry to kill enemies in ranged combat; [Read More...]

Can We Put the Adults Back in Charge?

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When I do reviews of products parents might be considering for their children, I usually point out anything that might be of concern. This helps parents make sound decisions. But there are places where I never would have thought to look for “family unfriendly” content. One expects the adults in charge of some products and [Read More...]