Archive for March, 2009

Impressions: Watchmen: The End is Nigh

As an avid follower of the Watchmen comic series, I felt it was my duty to partake in the movie that was released only a few weeks ago. I found it to be both a compelling and accurate translation from comic to silver screen, and subsequently became more engrossed and involved in the Watchmen fandom. Being knee-deep in an exploding fandom means one of three things: you may become annoying, you may make a lot of enemies, and you will spend a good lot of extra money that you probably don’t have. I have fallen prey to each tenet of said fandom, but I am not filled with remorse.

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News: Bioshock 2 Subtitle Axed

Sorry, guys – don’t mean to crush any dreams here, but BioShock 2’s subtitle, Sea of Dreams, has officially been axed. Just as we were beginning to warm to the idea, too! The nerve! Keen eyes at Primotech took note of Game Informer’s glaring omission of the subtitle and confirmed the axe with a 2K community representative. Joystiq took the case one step further and got in touch with 2K as well. After being given the exact same reponse via BioShock 2’s publicist, the change can most definitely be considered official. However, that’s not all the events that transpired.

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News: Castle Crashers Pillages Game of the Year Award from Xbox Live Arcade

After some heated competition during the Xbox Live Arcade Awards, The Behemoth’s Castle Crashers has walked away with the title of Game of the Year for 2008. The awards, having been chosen by the public themselves rather than some preappointed council, were held via the Dashboard, where gamers could vote on each title in the running via a quick and easy ballot. Though Castle Crashers walked away with the definitive honor, it was also graced with Best Co-op Mode and Best Original Game. Not bad, not bad!

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News: Jack Thompson Asks Obama For Nationwide Ban On "Killer Games"

Jack Thompson , for better or worse, will not be silenced. Though many do not agree with his methods, all can agree that he is one who knows how to play the game that is mainstream media. Mr. Thompson knows that the quickest way to fire up both journos and the gaming industry as a whole is to hit it directly where it hurts. Say what you will about his methods, but the fact that the man never feels the need to censor himself nor cater to what the masses want to hear from him is indeed admirable. Much to the chagrin of many (misinformed) gamers, Jack is back. Hot on the heels of recent Utah legislature’s passing of House Bill 353 (a bill that would amend and improve upon Utah’s Truth in Advertising Law), Jack has become enraged at the fact that the good citizens of the United States have the audacity to voice their opinions regarding such a bill. In turn, he’s made a respectable move, going straight to the man who should, in theory, be able to get a plan set in motion – President Obama.

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Review: H.A.W.X.

Tom Clancy’s line of video games usually never fails to impress. You’ve got Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, and Splinter Cell to power the line straight to the top of charts when new titles are released. H.A.W.X. (High Altitude Warfare eXperimental squadron), the latest addition to the lineup, take to the skies with real world jets and arcade-style gameplay. While this is absolutely no Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation, what’s here is very much enjoyable, especially if you’re more into the fun aspect of gaming rather than the technical or graphical – and who usually isn’t?

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