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Rock for charity Thursday in SF

The second annual Umloud! fundraiser is set for Thursday night in San Francisco. If you’re a “Rock Band” nut, or just like to see other people pretending to be rock stars, it’s a great way to spend an evening. And you’re likely to walk away with some cool, gaming-related swag to boot. (Update: Corrected and clarified raffle rules)… Read More »

Q&A with Santa Rosa game designer Brian Lee

If you’re a regular Press Democrat or Pressdemocrat.com reader, you may have seen Clark Mason’s recent article about Brian Lee, a Cardinal Newman graduate whose team of college-student video game designers recently split a $100,000 prize for creating the best nonprofessional game for the inaugural Indie Game Challenge. While Clark did a great job of telling us about Brian and his game, “Gear,” I was interested in chatting with him gamer-to-gamer, as well as finding out a bit about what… Read More »

Have Madden officiate your wedding

Joystiq ran a post Thursday about a company called Phonetic Arts that’s striving for the holy grail of sports video games: voice commentary that doesn’t endlessly repeat itself. If you’ve ever gotten into a sports video game, you know what I’m talking about. Play-by-play announcers can only record so many lines of dialogue. And once you’ve logged a few hours, those catch-phrases really start to grate on your nerves. “Major League Baseball 2K4″ essentially ruined Giants TV announcer Mike Krukow… Read More »

Charity game on Xbox Live

If you like games and also like helping children, a new gaming startup that donates the bulk of its profits to charity has just released its first game, “Chime,” on the Xbox Live Arcade. “Chime,” which retails for 400 Microsoft Points, or $5, is a music-themed puzzle game, in the same vein as Q Entertainment’s “Lumines” or “Rez.” If you’re not familiar with those, think of a more modern “Tetris,” with a pulsing electronic soundtrack. Unlike “Tetris” and “Lumines,” though,… Read More »