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Games Played in 2010

December 31, 2010

My “Games Completed” list this year is quite good.  Part of that is that my total number of games played is inversely proportional to the amount of time I play World of Warcraft.  Meaning I didn’t play much Warcraft this year, so I played a lot of other things.  The other reason is that I really tried to put an emphasis on completing games this year.  I pick up a lot of games and tend to dabble a lot, but I’m easily distracted by the next thing and leave many games hanging.  This year I dabbled less and finished more.  So without further ado…

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Decide the Fate of Carmine in Gears of War 3

August 21, 2010

Microsoft and Epic Games are running a charity promotion in which the public gets to decide the fate of Clayton Carmine in the upcoming Gears of War 3.  Fans of the series may recall that Clayton Carmine’s brothers Anthony and Benjamin met with some untimely ends in previous Gears of War games.  Will Clayton follow in his brother’s footsteps, or do what no Carmine has done before… survive?

The promotion started last month at Comic-Con, where attendees could cast their vote by purchasing real-life limited edition “Save Carmine” or “Carmine Must Die” t-shirts, with the proceeds going to one of my favorite charities, Child’s Play.  You can also buy them online at Amazon or NECA.  That has carried over to Xbox Live Marketplace, where you can buy male or female versions of the t-shirts for your avatar for 80 Microsoft Points (that’s $1.00 to you and me).  Or if you want to give to the charity in a fun way but aren’t a Gears of War fan, you can buy a Child’s Play Charity t-shirt for your avatar.

Voting ends September 2, 2010, so cast your vote now!  You can follow along with the charity promotion on the Gears of War section of Xbox.com

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Game Impressions: Singularity

August 9, 2010

Introduction

When you “borrow” heavily from two of the most popular and highly acclaimed games in recent history, you have to be prepared for the inevitable comparisons.  If your game does not do the things those games did at least as well if not better, your audience can’t help but notice.  So does Singularity hold up to the big boys it tries to emulate?

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Game Impressions: Alan Wake

July 27, 2010

Introduction

It’s no surprise that I would gravitate towards a game whose first spoken words are “Stephen King.”  But that doesn’t mean I will automatically like it.  Alan Wake is a psychological thriller action adventure game developed by Remedy Entertainment (aka the folks behind the Max Payne series) and published by Microsoft Game Studios.  It follows the story of thriller novelist Alan Wake, whose vacation trip to Bright Falls in the Pacific Northwest is cut short by the disappearance of his wife and the strange, supernatural events surrounding it.  So was the story a sleeper, or did I have no trouble staying A. Wake?

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Game Impressions: LIMBO

July 22, 2010

Introduction

Xbox Live’s Summer of Arcade kicked of this week with the highly anticipated black-and-white puzzle platformer LIMBO. Yes, it’s spelled with all caps… I have no idea why. And having no idea why sums up a lot about this game.

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Zark’s E3 Roundup and Best of Show

June 18, 2010

Ok, I’m saturated with E3 2010 news, and ready to throw down the final verdict.  It’s a long one, so grab some popcorn and adult libation (or beverage of choice) and read on…

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E3 2010 Microsoft Press Briefing Live Thoughts

June 14, 2010

As usual, I like to watch all of the E3 press conferences (for at least the big 3 hardware makers).  Here’s my stream of consciousness on Microsoft’s briefing today.

Call of Duty: Black Ops
– I’m not a big CoD fan.  Looks ok. I’m sure fans will love it.

Metal Gear Solid Rising
– Cutting action could be fun, or could get old after an hour
– The logo graphic said “lightning bolt action” which they didn’t really show, but sounds a lot like “MGS infamous”

Gears of War 3
– 4 player story mode co-op is nice
– Anvil Gate is the title of the next novel
– Not a fan of the female Gears. I have nothing against the idea, and in general I like to choose female characters to play in games where there’s a choice, because it can be a different experience (female Shapard FTW!!). But to do it in GoW in game 3 just seems like they shoehorned it in to appease complainers. And they picked two attractive females, rather than the strongest one in the novels, who is not. I don’t even think I’ll play Anya, because Marcus Fenix is such a good character.

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