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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 »

Solid first steps

Why the “Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker” tutorial I played rubbed me the wrong way, plus a short list of games with compelling ways of teaching gamers how to play them. This post is an expanded version of the column that ran in Friday’s paper.… Read More »

‘Grand Theft Auto IV’ episodes coming to PS3

According to a news release from Sony, the two downloadable follow-up episodes to “Grand Theft Auto IV” — previously an Xbox 360 exclusive — will be coming to the PlayStation 3 on March 30. The highly rated episodes, called “The Lost and Damned” and “The Ballad of Gay Tony,” are expansions set in Liberty City that don’t require the original game to play, although both feature cameos from Niko Bellic, “GTA IV’s” protagonist. In “The Lost and Damned,” you play… Read More »

Holiday gift guide

Holiday gift suggestions for just about every gamer on your list.… Read More »

Black Friday ad roundup

A partial rundown of what retailers have to offer in the way of Black Friday video game sales.… Read More »

What to play last weekend (Oct. 30-Nov. 1)

Thanks to a busy weekend, the weekly rundown of new releases comes on a Monday. A big week of new games includes “DJ Hero,” another “Grand Theft Auto IV” episode and a downloadable version of the cult classic “Zombies Ate My Neighbors.”… Read More »