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Review: You Don’t Know Jack

Written by on March 11, 2011 in

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Which element of the classic arcade game Donkey Kong does NOT represent a simple machine? Y) the stack of barrels                                          X) Jumpman’s hammer B) Donkey Kong’s elevator                    … Read More »


Adventures of a Vicarious Gamer: Gaming, Social Media, & Gender Relations

Adventures of a Vicarious Gamer: Gaming, Social Media, & Gender Relations

Written by (@) on January 20, 2011 in Features

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A dear friend of mine asked a really great question of me this week: “Lauren, why is gaming associated with being male?” I realized I didn’t have an answer for her. I couldn’t really, concretely, point to some known fact or proven theory that could explain why it is that gaming is typically perceived as… Read More »


Can’t Wait to Play in 2011: Lauren Mae

Can’t Wait to Play in 2011: Lauren Mae

Written by (@) on December 9, 2010 in Features

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I’m not going to lie; the only game I had been looking forward to was Fable III. And it’s come already, and I’ve loved it, and I’ll keep playing it on into 2011. When we were asked to think about games we were looking forward to, I was really conflicted. I had no idea what… Read More »


Facebook Giveaway: Give us your best Alan Wake Haiku

Facebook Giveaway: Give us your best Alan Wake Haiku

Written by (@) on December 3, 2010 in Features

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We’ve got a full-game download code for Alan Wake up for giveaway today (no DLC, sorry). Rather than just dangle it in front of you and make it a race to who can comment quickest, we’ve decided to make you work for it. As you know, Alan Wake is a writer. As such, we want… Read More »


Adventures of a Vicarious Gamer: Everything in Moderation?

Adventures of a Vicarious Gamer: Everything in Moderation?

Written by (@) on November 28, 2010 in Features

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Things have been very quiet on the vicariously-gaming front this last month; this is due to the fact that I’ve been *gasp* actually gaming. I know this may come as a shocker to those of you who’ve been reading along with my adventures, but it’s true. October and November 2010 have given us game after… Read More »


Review: Fable III

Written by on November 18, 2010 in

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I know I may not look like much on the outside, but in Albion, I’m quite the talk of the town. I’ve spent the last few weeks leading a revolution, overthrowing my tyrant of a brother, traversing sewers, deserts, and mountains, wielding fire, and making pies. I got married, had a baby, bought and renovated… Read More »


Scott Pilgrim vs. The World DLC Announced

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World DLC Announced

Written by (@) on November 10, 2010 in News

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Gamer fans of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (as if there would be any other kind of SP fans) welcomed the arrival of the epic motion picture to their TV screens and Blu-ray players nationwide yesterday. In addition to the release of the film yesterday, DLC for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game went… Read More »


Review: DJ Hero 2

Written by on November 5, 2010 in

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On any ordinary day, the last music you’d find playing in the Nikkel household would be any kind of rap or hip-hop. That is, until we played DJ Hero 2. In the past, Lauren Mae would steal away guilty pleasure moments of this genre of music on car rides to work, but no more! Since… Read More »


Rock Band 3 Ultimate Halloween Party Contest!

Rock Band 3 Ultimate Halloween Party Contest!

Written by (@) on October 27, 2010 in News

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No plans for Halloween? No worries. IGN and MTV Games have announced a festively themed contest upon the release of Rock Band 3 on 10/26: Dress up your Rock Band mates (3-7 of them, to be specific), get someone to shoot your group shredding, log in to IGN.com, and get entered in a drawing for… Read More »


Fright Night Gaming: LIMBO

Fright Night Gaming: LIMBO

Written by (@) on October 26, 2010 in Features

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The scariest game I’ve ever played happened to be the first one I was assigned for review. I approached my first assignment with already heightened nerves; I had never finished a game before, much less reviewed one. I downloaded the code, nervously awaiting the journey I was about it embark on. The load screen eerily… Read More »