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  • GameSpy: Debugged #7: A Farewell to Swag - Page 1
    up the paychecks while I waited to find a full time music journalism gig Once my managers went through and picked out the best stuff I left those blue PlayStation 2 shopping bags out for the regular customers Sharks through chum is the analogy that comes to mind When you deal with games every day you sometimes lose that perspective Contrary to popular belief I don t play games at work all day I can t even remember the last game I played at work for review Indeed many critics focus on discussing games instead of getting down to the most exciting part of the job playing them We often lose track of why we re doing this to give gamers who read our sites a little taste of the excitement that courses through this great hobby This becomes clearer when I see a swag giveaway on some other site with the response being typically voracious People like to have an authentic chunk of this culture that they ve invested so much of their lives in Why else would a show like PAX which is more gamer centric than PR spectacle be so popular That brings things back into focus for me and inspires me to do my best Can you count the number of items from Rockstar s games Five years after my first E3 I m really excited for the new show Don t get me wrong planning it and hauling my worldly possessions south to Los Angeles won t be a cakewalk But I m happy that gamers have the chance to attend again The old E3 model was unsustainable melding the media s coverage needs with the public s curiosity is a recipe for disaster But I m optimistic that the separation of media into one section and the public meaning people with industry hookups such as buyers and retail managers into another is a good choice It means that we can cover games as efficiently as possible to deliver news to gamers outside of the LA Convention Center but people in attendance can still experience the show I wish it were a bit less expensive for the average person to attend hotel airfare and badge likely equates to a trip to two summer music festivals but I m excited by the notion that E3 can emulate the success of Germany s Games Convention which has done a great job addressing the needs of both the public and the media I just hope that publishers are wise enough to stop handing out the most obnoxious items possible Capes and inflatable surfboards are never a good idea I ve never worked on the PR side of the industry but I imagine that the meetings for tchochke giveaways are stressful brainstorming processes There s a balance between managing a budget and finding something that evokes the product without being too cheesy Yesteryear s Fallout 3 Nuka Cola bottles really struck the right balance But as Mythic s Paul

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/981/981779p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: Debugged #5: Nintendo's Sugary Medicine - Page 1
    that excites me way more than Wii Fit s gruff instructor It s just as easy to play it with solely the Remote but I like the notion of using this classic Nintendo revamp as an excuse for some mild exercise Back at GDC I boxed my way through a few rounds against new character Disco Kid and series stalwart King Hippo As I swung my arms back and forth I wondered how many people would opt to play it in the same way that millions have boxed through Wii Sports I thought about Area5 s Jay Freschette and his story about a relative who s exceptionally good at Mario Kart Wii but doesn t consider himself a gamer He s worked his way through the game using the Wii Wheel an accessory that so many of us have cast aside in favor of more traditional game controls I suspect that many gamers of the 80s will play Punch Out NES style with the remote but many newer gamers will quite literally punch their way through the game I wonder how Nintendo can incorporate the Balance Board into other remakes on the Wii I have plenty of friends who ve told me that the Balance Board gathers more dust then the console itself Wii Fit has been good for some people but I sense that it s not engaging enough for others I found it to be too simple to keep me interested beyond the first month and I don t like the idea that if I forget to log some extracurricular activity one day I can t backtrack and put it in the journal It s not the only deal breaker but it s indicative of how limited the software is I don t think I m alone in

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/972/972250p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: Debugged #4.1: We've Got It All Wrong - Page 1
    into gaming I ve come to a realization She was right all along Perhaps you don t see it I understand since I struggled with this issue for years As a child I struggled with motor skills and in retrospect games did nothing for my reflexes My hand eye coordination was crap then and it explains why I m terrible online now against anyone even at Uno C shows a brain that s happy to see Nintendo s payola Reality check All of those skills from improved eyesight to enhanced cognitive abilities are all excuses for university professors to keep siphoning funds and promoting themselves on the lecture circuit So called experts might claim that games like Brain Age help the elderly retain memory but how much is Nintendo bribing them to say that I bet this guy agrees I now believe that games are as mentally toxic as excessive drug abuse and electronic music Maybe you don t realize it but the more you play them the more you re being sculpted into a ticking time bomb Think about it People who play first person shooters are more likely to enlist in the military They re a propaganda tool and that s not just America s Army Have you noticed how shooters affect your friends They start just playing Call of Duty 4 but before you know it they re working out like crazy so that they can join the Marines Look out for your loved ones since the signs of gaming addiction are quite apparent The first warning sign of someone who s playing too much isn t a wild eyed stare it s a sculpted six pack When your friend is waking up at 5 30 in the morning to run four miles it s time for

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/968/968964p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: Debugged #4: Collecting Dust - Page 1
    service Whereas Miguel has a real bone to pick with the unrestrained explosion of plastic instruments collector s editions might be my sore spot I can t speak for PC special editions Allen cites Blizzard s box sets as some of the best out there but it seems like there s an overabundance of console games that are getting so called deluxe treatment Aren t all those extra discs and packages just more future e waste same as all of those fake guitars will be That lunchbox is actually handy To be sure some games have awesome special editions I like box sets with useful stuff whether it s Fallout 3 s lunch box read makeshift toolbox or Mirror s Edge s Timbuktu messenger bag GTA4 s duffel bag proved pretty useful around the apartment too But I see too many games in which a limited edition consists of a second disc of mediocre documentaries or a booklet of concept art I searched GameStop s website for the word edition and dug up some dubious candidates for the deluxe edition Did the Transformers movie game really need a super special GameStop exclusive version Wasn t this stuff formerly used as free incentive to pre order rather than crap you pay an extra 10 for How many times have you decided to splurge and spend an extra 10 on the limited edition game How many times did you watch that bonus DVD Did you put that art book on your living room table I m sure that many gamers splurge to pick up the odd special edition when the title s big enough to warrant it I ve done it too I have plenty of friends with the limited edition Gears of War 2 or Metal Gear Solid 4 I also

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/963/963683p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: Debugged #3: Fun With Streaming Content! - Page 1
    from rather reputable software developers This week I m asking the question why use your console solely for gaming Console have gotten really good at streaming music and video I m really interested in your personal experiences with setting up streaming media on your console In the past I had problems setting up media sharing between a laptop and my Xbox 360 and although a few helpful readers suggested workaround solutions I found them to be a bigger pain than just searching for other software My first big breakthrough was in late 2007 when I test drove Winamp Remote I use it to stream music off my laptop to my consoles If you ve got the Wii Internet Browser you can even use that to pull up and listen to your music collection Shows like The Colbert Report are available via online streaming Once I got my music collection up and running I wanted to find a good video solution I have some friends who swear by TVersity to stream videos from their laptops to their PS3s but my TVersity experience left plenty to be desired I had a tough time getting my content to properly stream and gave up after a few failed attempts I mostly stuck to Blu ray rentals and watching Hulu on my laptop for several months Another friend referred me to PlayOn That s become my default solution for streaming video content I ve been using it for nearly six months and it s quickly become my favorite reason to turn on my PS3 It takes your Hulu queue your Netflix instant queue select CBS shows and your YouTube favorites and streams the content to your console You can use the PS3 s web browser for Hulu and YouTube but why would you deal with

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/961/961321p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: Debugged #2: Scouring the Bargain Bins - Page 1
    pinch You or someone you know owns a Wii and only a Wii and wants new games to play preferably games that aren t a waste of cash and plastic The solution is simple Now is the best time to start buying up yesteryear s GameCube titles At this point I d wager that the Wii s got the best backwards compatibility of any console you can buy today even if it s mainly since none of the newer PS3s offer the bells and whistles of the launch era PS3s So I ve combed through my personal Cube collection and found six great titles that I d recommend to a Wii owning gamer on a budget especially the sort of lapsed gamer who Nintendo likes to hook Beyond Good Evil You can play Ubisoft s cult classic on PC for fairly cheap but if you want to sit in front of a TV and experience it the GameCube version is worth seeking out I lucked out and found a copy for 15 at a GameStop a few months back after someone dumped a GameCube collection It s probably a little steeper than you d pay for the average bargain basement title but worth it Eternal Darkness Sanity s Requiem Before the debacle that was Too Human Silicon Knights concocted a survival horror title for Nintendo back in 2002 I loaded it up on Wii a few days ago and it packs more punch today than many games of the period If you re playing Wii games on an HDTV it s still great looking as well It s also not too hard to find a cursory glance on eBay GameStop and Amazon Marketplace reveals that it s going for a pretty reasonable sub 20 Viewtiful Joe Capcom s cel shaded

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/959/959028p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: Debugged #1: Falling Out of Love with Handheld - Page 1
    a deep and rich experience It s tough to get back into the questing of Mario Luigi Partners in Time when you re on a crowded bus in the morning or when you have less than ten minutes on the subway God forbid you re trying to remove viral strains in the later stages of Trauma Center 2 when the bus hits a pothole or slams the brakes It s significantly easier to break out my cell phone and read a non gaming news article before work Loading a UMD or skipping past credits and title screens is a time suck and the number of minutes spent firing up a game feels like a counterproductive way to spend a work commute I don t think it s just me Handheld gaming also steals time from console and PC gaming Many adult DS owners play their portables at home instead of playing console games A few months back Edge published snippets of an NPD study in which the data aggregator revealed that gamers favorite location to play portable games is at home and the dominance of handheld gaming at home could eat into the use of other platforms I wouldn t rule it out Most of the handheld gaming in my household happens during the narrow window following dental care and pajamas but preceding sleep Games like Professor Layton certainly provide unique fun and excitement but are you going to jump into its brain twisters in between commutes Probably not and especially not if you drive to work Airline travel is a great way to dive into handheld gaming but not every DS owner is racking up the frequent flyer miles You re more likely to hit Layton s amazing killer ferris wheel cut scene at home than anywhere else Could

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/955/955585p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: Download That! #5 - Page 1
    fun This week s Top Pick on Xbox Live Arcade is Catan from Big Huge Games Catan MS Points 800 points 10 00 USD Pros Elegantly designed board game that ll keep you coming back for more Cons Finding a good online game can be a crap shoot without a good way to match players together or find tables with open slots Verdict Thumbs Up When an experienced strategy game developer like Big Huge Games teams up with an award winning board game designer to create an online experience for the masses it s time to take notice Catan is the fruit of their efforts the electronic version of the award winning board game by Klaus Teuber The island of Catan is inhabited by three or four settlers and it s up to the players to gather nearby resources like lumber and ore build roads avoid the robber and become the first to create a prosperous community A standard game of Catan can be played in well under an hour making it a far more friendly game for casual players to jump into than something like RISK It s only a slightly more involved undertaking than the current family friendly XBLA staple UNO The game mechanics from the acclaimed board game have been translated nearly perfectly making this an excellent example of simple yet elegant design that will appeal to players of all ages A Cutthroat Game of Resource Management Catan promotes a very social gaming environment through the trading aspect of gameplay Wheeling and dealing for the last bit of wheat you need to upgrade your settlement to a city can be great fun and you re always sure to experience a friendly stab in the back when playing online Part of the fun of playing Catan is the

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/793/793200p1.html (2016-02-16)
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