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What to play this weekend (April 16-18)

“Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction” (rated M, $60 on Xbox 360): Former covert operative Sam Fisher, on the run from his former employer, hunts for the killer of his daughter in the new overhaul of Ubisoft’s popular stealth franchise. I got a chance to try this game out at Microsoft’s X10 media event in San Francisco in February and was impressed with what I saw. As someone who often grew frustrated with the trial-and-error stealth gameplay found in past titles… Read More »

What you should have been playing (Feb. 19-21)

I’ve been a busy lad in the newsroom over the past few days, so rather than a “what to play this weekend” post, you’re getting a “what you should have been playing” post. So if you haven’t been rocking “Aliens vs. Predator” multiplayer or eating delicious pie in “The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom,” consider yourself chided. That said, the list of what’s looking good is fairly short this week. Not that I’m complaining. In “Mass Effect 2″ and “BioShock 2,”… Read More »

Gaying up Xbox Live, PlayStation Network

Anecdotal evidence that some kids might not want to play the newest “Grand Theft Auto” episode, “The Ballad of Gay Tony,” because the word “gay” appears in its title offers a glimpse at how we might keep hate-spewing kids from ruining the online games we love.… 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 »