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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (PC) Review

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Blood Dragon is a gaudy, neon-colored extravaganza that never lets go of you. It’s not a videogame but a discovered time capsule filled with authentic homages to ‘80s and ‘90s pop culture. It takes its references straight from bad action movies of the era, Saturday morning cartoons, and a vision of a post-Cold War era future that’s now laughable. As a game, Blood Dragon is a wonderfully stupid experience that is outrageously awesome and offers an invigorating look at what videogames have become.

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5 Reasons Elder Scrolls Online is Going to Fail

The Elder Scrolls is an amazing saga of open world action role-playing that has led players across the continent of Tamriel from the first game in 1994, The Elder Scrolls: Arena, to the last mind-blowing installment in 2011, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. As an avid fan of the series in all its incarnations, my first reaction to the news that there will be an MMO sometime next year was “hell yeah!” But then I dug a bit deeper and found out why I may just have been counting the proverbial chickens before they hatched.

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Call of Duty and the Tides of Change in the Gaming Industry

The Call of Duty series has radically transformed the gaming industry in both creative and technical ways. It pioneered several changes in game mechanics and business models. Nabil explores the various ways it has had an effect on the gaming industry, and wonders if the impact it has made is good in the long-term or not.

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The gaming industry has come a long way from the days of vector graphics and 8-bit sound effects. The Call of Duty series is a testament to how grand the industry has gotten over the years. With an estimated worth of around 6 billion dollars and having sold about 115 million copies worldwide, it is one of the biggest franchises in the gaming industry. Despite huge revenues, the creative and innovative growth of the industry has stunted in recent years and various companies are following the trend set by Call of Duty of making games more cinematic and action-oriented.

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The Walking Dead: Episode 1–A New Day (PC) Review

If you’re looking for a cinematic, story-driven experience then this is it. The zombies are secondary to human drama. Rating: 9/10. Buy from Amazon (affiliate link).

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Telltale Games delivers, what I believe, is their best game till date. Episode 1 starts off brilliantly with an excellent script, interesting cast of characters with engaging personalities, and a strong sense of dread around every corner. It builds up the anticipation for the next episode, so much so that you’ll be left eager and curious for the next installment which comes out next month.

The Walking Dead: Episode 1 succeeds where most other games fail. It introduces numerous characters over the span of two to three hours. Unlike most games, however, you feel close to them, having understood their struggles, ambitions, hopes, dreams, and the realization of what makes them tick. They become “real” people with fleshed out personalities. Although the game doesn’t break new ground, it stays true to the things that make Robert Kirkman’s comic book series so compelling: human drama in the midst of horror and death.

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The Rise of Social Networking Games

Social gaming has become, without a doubt, one of the major forces in the industry over the past few years. Mushfiq Zaman traces the popularity of these games, hoping to understand what makes them tick, and if they have any drawbacks. This marks the beginning of our social gaming category.

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The last decade has seen the rise of several social networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, and most recently, Google Plus. It’s not surprising that along with this came the growing popularity of the games being played on these websites. With online micro-transactions and multitudes of followers, this segment has now turned into a billion dollar industry. The question that comes to mind the most is why and how has this happened?

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5 Costume Ideas for Gamers

Guest post by Sara Pierpoint

Whether they’re attending cosplay events, gaming conventions such as Gen Con, or even just a Halloween party, some gamers love to dress up as their favorite characters. There’s a nearly endless number of possibilities when it comes to video game costumes, but there are a few ideas that are relatively easy to assemble and guaranteed to get recognized.

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When it comes to boy’s Halloween costumes from video games, hardly anything is more recognizable than Nintendo’s Mario and Luigi. Mario wears a red long sleeved shirt under blue overalls. He also sports white gloves and black shoes. A red hat with a large letter ‘M’ on the front and a big black mustache complete Mario’s simple look. Luigi also wears blue overalls, but his long sleeved shirt is green and his green hat has a prominent letter ‘L’ on the front. Luigi sports a big black mustache and white gloves just like Mario. Some Mario Bros. costumes are even equipped with inflatable bellies to help the wearer achieve the portly look that is sported by both brothers.

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