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This Week In Games 6.25.10

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Crysis 2, Marine Salvage trailer

The Lego Harry Potter demo is now on PC.

Beyond Good and Evil 2 is still in development, phew. The amazing vérité camera in this leaked gameplay(?) footage nearly qualifies as a character all by itself.

This DHS and FEMA game will train your kids to survive earthquakes, fires, and floods.

Rumor: Hulu subscription service coming to PS3? Is it still coming to the Xbox 360?

DC digital comic reader launched on a bunch of platforms this week, including PSP, of all things.

Nintendo's Iwata says the game industry slump is more the result of boring games than economics.

Of course, it could also be GameStop's fault.

The Nintendo 3DS may get 3D video chat, as well as leverage its always-on wireless to consume news/blog feeds.

Even without all that announced, Warren Spector (Deus Ex, Spore, Epic Mickey) says the 3DS changed his life.

Steam launches a massive sale running this week through July 4.

2K Games revives the dorky/funny Civanon ad campaign for Civilization V.

Can video games be art?

Even after E3, EA had a spare Crysis 2 trailer just lying around.

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Half Life 2 (et al.) Now On Steam For Mac

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Over-used, sure, but this time appropriately.

Half Life 2 and its children, Episodes 1 and 2 were released on Steam for Mac today. Just recently, I played through the end of Half Life 2 again, and yep, 6 years later it's still a hell of a game. It also takes the prize for the creepiest damn enemy in all of first-person gaming, the headcrab that jumps right at your face. Good times.

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Steam For Mac Offers Free Wormhole Simulator

Cake.
Cake.

Valve Software has been teasing a Mac version of the Steam gaming platform for a while now, and that day has finally arrived. Realizing that a free gaming platform upon which you own no games isn't the most exciting thing in the world, Valve has sweetened the pot a bit by giving away Portal on both Mac & PC through May 24th.

For the uninitiated, here's what you need to know. Portal is an absolute must. Quick synopsis: you are a test subject forced to traverse a series of (excellent) puzzle rooms. Your guide is a monstrously indifferent and possibly murderous AI named GLaDOS. There are wormholes (and a wormhole gun!). The cake is a ... bzzzt. End transmission.

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This Week In Games 4.23.10

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At their Captivate 2010 event, Capcom showed off several upcoming games including Dead Rising 2, Lost Planet 2, Marvel Vs Capcom 3 and Super Street Fighter IV.

More Red Dead Redemption multiplayer hotness.

A new Super Mario Galaxy 2 Trailer shows a cloud suit that can make its own platforms. Awesome.

Rumor: Nintendo's followup to the DS, the 3DS, may come out as early as October. It was originally slated for "sometime" in 2011.

I'm Not Drunk! The Game - hilariously NOT FUNNY (and not real) game where you're loaded and the object is to convince people you're ok to drive. Bad.

Microsoft Natal impressions from James Gunn.

New Steam UI is official staring Monday, April 26

Atari Co-Founder Nolan Bushnell has returned to the company as a member of the executive board.

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Steam Your Apples

Any PC gamer who's been around the block lately knows at least two things about Valve's digital distribution service, Steam: 1) it's awesome, and 2) Apple users who want it are dual booting into Windows. Well, the awesome part is about to get awesomer, because the Apple barrier is about to fall. Valve recently announced it would extend the Steam platform and the Source engine to Intel based Apple OS X systems starting in April of this year. Even better, games purchased on one platform can be downloaded/played for free on the other, and save games for those titles will persist across environments. At the time of the announcement only Valve titles (Left 4 Dead 2, Portal, Half-Life 2, etc.) were included in the games list, but since Steam is such a large distribution channel we should see other publishers begin to follow suit in the near future.

Today's Events

Cine de la Epoca de Oro: Pueblerina at South Broadway Cultural Center

Classic Mexican film starring Columba Domínguez and Roberto Cañedo. Part of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema series.

An Evening at Downton Abbey at St. James Tearoom

Alto Street • acoustic at The Cowgirl BBQ

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