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This Week In Games 9.19.10

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The Last Guardian's dog/bird thing gets some more moves.

The upcoming Ico/Shadow of The Colossus collection was confirmed for a Spring 2011 release at Tokyo Game Show (TGS) this week.

Also, Team Ico's The Last Guardian finally got more love - a holiday 2011 release was floated out there, though it still seems to be in "when it's done" mode.

Microsoft showed a lot of Kinect, but also its new line of Xbox panties.

The venerable (and very expensive) Sega Saturn shooter, Radiant Silvergun, is headed for Xbox Live.

Lord of The Rings Online (LOTRO) is now free to play. Plus, check the super hokey ad on the homepage.

Quake Live got some tiered pricing, but "Premium" is free until Sept 26th, if you feel like taking a 10 year step backwards (into awesomeness).

PC gamers rejoice! Relic will be dumping GFW Live and replacing it with Steamworks for their upcoming Dawn of War 2: Retribution (Orkz!).

StarCraft 2 hackers/cheaters are about to get the boot.

For those few who may care at all, (the outstanding) Heavy Rain is getting Playstation Move support on 9/22. Looks a little ... dirty.

The sad cost of shoe-horning in Move support is all that DLC they promised. Lame.

The Wii is getting a Super Mario Bros. 25th anniversary collection next month. In Japan. No US date has been announced.

Demon's Souls developer, From Software, has a new game coming in 2011 to PS3 and 360. Project Dark.

Biggest MMO flameout EVAR - Crackdown developer Realtime Worlds' latest game, APB, shuts down after only 3 months. Sad.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam got another trailer this week at TGS. And it's weird. The trailer plays it like there's some narrative, but it's a multiplayer expansion.

Xbox Slim 4GB owners get ripped off by Halo: Reach.

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This Week In Games 6.11.10

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In honor of Gay Pride Week, http://gaygamer.net/.

Red Faction: Armageddon announced.

XCOM, the upcoming (2011) 3D remake of X-COM looks unbelievably cool.

Super Mario, as animated with post-it notes.

Portal 2 has been delayed until 2011, ugh.

A full sized (and free) Left 4 Dead fan-made level, I Hate Mountains, is out now.

Dear God, can this be the future of gaming? Ok, get Felicia Day in there & I'm a little more sold.

The iPhone awesomeness of Space Invaders: Infinity Gene coming to Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.

Oops! Sold your soul buying a stupid video game.

Hey Baby, I wanna lick you all over. Also, a great piece by Kieron Gillen on why, for all the fellas who just don't get it.

Less than 10% of gamers want Playstation Move or Natal. We'll see how E3 changes that.

Red Dead Redemption reaches 5 million units shipped.

The most pirated DS games - holy crap, that's a lot of pirating.

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This Week In Games 6.4.10

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the E3 Trailer

The hotly anticipated E3 trailer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution was released today. Awesome in a gorgeously melodramatic Final Fantasy kinda way.

Dawn of War 2 developer Relic is bringing their free to play Company of Heroes Online to North America.

Mean ol' Apple has decided they won't let you virtually strip Japanese models down to their underthings anymore, you pervert. Pretty soon they won't even let you play Truckers Delight (Very NSFW, you have been warned)! Seriously, how is this not worse than a slightly more prurient than normal lingerie catalog? Apple, thou art schizo.

Is there really a Goldeneye remake in the works?

Rockstar announces free multiplayer downloadable content for June 22nd.

A study of childrens' posture while playing video games yields unsurprising results.

Penny Arcade weighs in on the oil disaster.

The Portal 2 event at E3 has been canceled, but Valve promises a Surprise in its place. Half Life 2: Episode 3? Praying.

This sweet glow-in-the-dark "Tron" NES will only set you back $250.

Melancholy indie game, Every Day The Same Dream, as a short film.

About 4% of the gaming population are "Extreme" gamers who spend up to 48.5 hours per week playing. G4TV's Patrick Klepek talks to two of them.

Huh, Mario can jump the flagpole.

Mass Effect's Citadel in Lego.

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What Did You Play This (long) Weekend?

Half Life 2: Episode 2
Half Life 2: Episode 2

Mostly I retread some old ground this weekend. I got through the last 30 minutes of Half Life 2: Episode 1, started Half Life 2: Episode 2, and got several stars deeper into Super Mario Galaxy (which is jaw-droppingly awesome, by the way). I do have Super Mario Galaxy 2 sitting on a shelf, but I can't swallow quite enough pride to start it without having beaten its predecessor. I also spent some more time with Red Dead Redemption, and wonder of wonders, it's suddenly decided NOT to crash on me every 10 minutes or so. How about the rest of you? Any gaming marathons over the holiday weekend?

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This Week In Games 5.21.10

Fable 3
Fable 3

Dr. House makes his way into games - looks like the show with a little Trauma Center: Under The Knife squirted on for good measure.

Fear 3, trailer 2 drops, looks just about as hokey as Fear 3, trailer 1.

Fable 3 will be on the PC, but collector's edition is Xbox 360 only.

In case your Super Mario Galaxy 2 appetite needed further whetting, this.

The upcoming multiplayer Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is going to get a beta release!


How is Steam on Mac doing?

Go to Google today and Saturday and play Pac-Man.

Red Dead Redemption plagued by some pretty strange bugs, and awesome (and bugs, mine crashes).


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What Did You Play This Weekend?

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Mind bent.

This weekend was a bit of a mixed bag. I took a couple of smallish swipes at both Portal and the Diablo-like Torchlight, a slightly larger swipe at Civilization 4 (things are going much better in Beeonia, thank you), but the biggest chunk of gametime was devoted to the new Wii in the house. I was pretty surprised at how odd it felt to set things up entirely with the motion controls, and I really wasn't prepared for the placement of the pointer and the direction I point the Wii remote to be as out of sync as they are. Fortunately, most games seem to be more about where the remote is oriented in space, so it hasn't become much of an issue. I'm hoping any light-gun games come with some ability to adjust/calibrate. Overall, though, the Wii is pretty genius, and it definitely fills a gap which the other entries in my pile-o-consoles don't.

About three weeks ago, I purchased Super Mario Galaxy in preparation for the upcoming Wii acquisition, and that has turned out to be a great choice. It's soooooo Mario, but at the same time it feels as fresh and inventive as you could want. I've only had just a taste of it, but I can see already that it's going to be absolutely mind-bending. Also, I dug into the must-try Wii Sports collection. In fact, when I told my mom I'd bought a Wii, she immediately asked, "does it have bowling?" She, my 4 year old son and I started up a rousing tournament, and, as might be expected, she mopped the floor with us.

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