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What to play this weekend (June 18-20)

With the game industry's focus being on E3 in Los Angeles and all the games we'll be playing into early next year, this week was a quiet one for new releases. The most intriguing options for new pickups this week are the sales going on on various digital stores and a downloadable add-on for "Mass Effect 2."

By | June 20th, 2010|0 Comments

What to play this weekend (June 4-6)

This week's high-profile new releases, "Alpha Protocol" and "Backbreaker," have been getting mixed reviews, so we're gonna switch things up a little and go with a great game that just got a price drop, two games that got downloadable content and a couple of downloadable games.

By | June 5th, 2010|0 Comments

What to play this weekend (May 21-23)

All right, there's been a lot of good stuff in the past two weeks, so I'll just cut to the chase. I hit a lot of the major releases here, but I'll still mention 'em here briefly. "Super Mario Galaxy 2" (rated E, $50 on Wii, due out Sunday), "Red [...]

By | May 22nd, 2010|0 Comments

What to play this weekend (April 23-25)

The Wii's "Monster Hunter Tri" and some downloadable content highlight an otherwise slow week.

By | April 23rd, 2010|0 Comments

Lessons for Activision in Microsoft-Bungie divorce

This week's split between Activision and the president and CEO of "Call of Duty" developer Infinity Ward is shaping up to be a classic rift between creative talent and the people who cut their paychecks are a fact of life. But for an example of a smooth gaming divorce, let's [...]

By | March 4th, 2010|2 Comments

‘BioShock 2’ review

In "BioShock 2," 2K Marin and Co. have taken what seemed like a sequel dictated more by shareholders than logic and crafted a deep narrative that in may ways surpasses that of the first game.

By | February 25th, 2010|1 Comment

Buy 2, get 1 free at Toys R Us, Amazon

Looking to pick up some of this summer and early fall's big releases? A couple of retailers are running a deal through Saturday where if you buy two games, you'll get a third of equal or lesser value for free.

By | October 15th, 2009|0 Comments

What to play this weekend (Oct. 2-4)

"Wii Fit Plus" (rated E, $20 as standalone game, $100 bundled with balance board): If you already own a balance board and are still enjoying the first "Wii Fit," plunking down a mere $20 for the sequel seems like a no-brainer. The exercise game includes everything you'll find on the [...]

By | October 3rd, 2009|0 Comments

Game ‘addiction’ further debunked

Last week, I blogged about (and The Press Democrat carried an article about) a new study that suggested children between the ages of 8 and 18 were capable of becoming addicted to video games. To briefly recap, I (and most folks who cover the game industry) found a whole mess [...]

By | May 1st, 2009|0 Comments

It’s too soon for ‘Six Days’

Despite real-world locales and arsenals, realistic first- and third-person shooters tend to shy away from too much realism. Shooters set in modern times, such as "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare" or "Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas," steer clear of the headlines and revolve around fictional stories of terrorists threatening [...]

By | April 29th, 2009|0 Comments