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Japan Games Losing Their Vigor – PlatinumGames CEO

Written on April 04, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Can PlatinumGames save Japan's gaming industry?

If it’s one thing Japan games have been telling us over the past few years, it’s that the industry is crumbling to mediocrity, lagging far behind when it comes to creativity and quality to its global competitors. This is what PlatinumGames CEO, Tatsuya Minami, thinks as well when he delivered his thoughts about the country’s gaming industry at his note “Platinum Next: The Japanese Standard Bearer In Global Competition.”

Ultimately, Minami wants PlatinumGames to bring back the lost vigor as the company aims to be “the face of Japanese game studios on the worldwide stage.”

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Angry Birds Flying Soon on a Windows Phone 7 Near You

Written on February 18, 2011 by Charles Bass

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For Rovio and Microsoft, let bygones be bygones.

Everyone thought that will be the end of the game’s possibilities on the WP7. However, we’re simply astounded to know from Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka that they’re simply working on a WP7 franchise of the game.

As for the pevious mistake, Vesterbacka “swears that’s now water under the bridge and that there’s no bad blood between the two companies…”

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Casual Games Used To Treat Depression and Anxiety; Cityville Coming to Drugstores?

Written on February 17, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Are you feeling depressed? Well maybe a game of Bejeweled can put your happy hormones back on track!

Who would have thought those hundreds of hours playing PlayFish or Zynga Games could lead to happiness? A recent clinical study from East Carolina University (we love you!) finds that playing casual games like Bejeweled 2 or Bookworm Adventures has significantly reduced depression and anxiety symptoms by 57%, and we’re not kidding.

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Best Gaming Keyboard for Hardcore Gamers

Written on January 29, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Choosing the right gaming keyboard can be tough. With dozens of keyboards available in the market today, what are the best ones out there that will feed my lust for blood or guns or whatever?

Getting the right mouse is one thing, getting the right keyboard is another. Just like a gaming mouse, the gaming keyboard is the heart and soul of an entire gaming experience. Each press of a button can spell the difference of victory or defeat whether it’s a role-playing game, a first-person shooter game, and others. But what does make a gaming keyboard great? And are there any gaming keyboards out there that shine/light up above the rest of its kind? Hit the break and find out our list of the best gaming keyboards along with a crash course in choosing the right one for your gaming needs.

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Film Director Believes Warcraft Movie Could Be First Great Video Game Movie

Written on January 03, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Director of "Moon" and upcoming "Source Code", Duncan Jones, sat down and expressed his thoughts about video games to movies adaptations. Though disappointed with the adaptations made over the past 20 years, he believes that we can still find a spark of light on the upcoming Warcraft movie. And he extremely envies Sam Raimi.

Duncan Jones, director of Moon and the upcoming Source Code is really cynical when it comes to directors claiming that they’re actual gamers, since film making practically takes up a chunk of a person’s life. Not Duncan Jones, though. Despite the life of a director, he still finds the time to play games during late nights.

When asked if he’s skeptical about the future of video game to movie adaptations, he vividly points out the aspects alot of directors missed in the past years:

“I definitely think there is an intangible aspect of video games in the interactivity that a film is never going to capture. But that is not what a game adaptation needs to be. A good game adaptation is where you find the story or the emotional aspect that’s at the heart of a computer game and you replicate that on film. It doesn’t mean you need to have first person perspective or try and capture the mechanics of a game. If you’re going to make a film of a game it’s got to be about the essence of why you, the audience, care what’s going on. There are certain games where that will work, and there are certain games where it doesn’t.”

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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam Operation Hastings Map Unlocked for Xbox360 and PS3

Written on January 03, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam's Operation Hastings map has been unleashed without Xbox 360 and PS3 players completing the required 69 million team actions. Is it a fail on the developer's part?

Despite the community challenge which required players to hit a total 69 million team actions (resupply, revive, heal, repair or spot teammates) under one platform, DICE has unlocked the fifth and final map of the Battlefield Vietnam expansion, Operation Hastings for the console players. Reports state that the sudden change of plans was DICE’s idea to “start this new year with a big of a bang as we ended it.”

PC gamers were able to reach the 69 million team action mark in a matter of days, while console players showed a little disinterest as they were only able to stack up to 34 and 46 million actions in the same time frame. This may be a move to spark a little more interest towards the console gamers.

Operation Hastings was available for download last December 18, 2010 for the PC and December 21, 2010 fo Xbox and PS3 players.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam is a first-person shooter, action game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Dwell in the lands of Vietnam as you fight your way through another war where failure is not an option.

See the Operation Hastings trailer after the break!

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World of Warcraft Survival Guide for Newbies (Part 3)

Written on January 02, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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On Gadg's last episode, we've given you a crash course on the things that make your character tick. We believe you are ready to face the more serious parts of the game as we wrap up this survival guide with the dungeons and raids.

So now that you’ve gotten your gear and have meddled with your talent tree for a bit, it’s time to go beyond your daily quests and adventures as you dive into World of Warcraft’s dungeons and raids. These two are probably the most essential aspects of the game that have kept gamers spend incredibly long hours of playing for years. And now Gadg will introduce them to you. You are not prepared… are you?

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Video Game Related Sicknesses and How to Avoid Them

Written on January 02, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Although we did discuss before that video games actually improve real life skills, there are some rare instances where video games, particularly third or first person games can cause or trigger sicknesses.

I remember the first time I got my first video game related sickness, it was the time when I was playing a third-person game called Shrek (I was 10 back then, okay?) on my Playstation. Thanks to the low resolution and ugly motion controls, my head hurted like hell and had to stop and close my eyes for an hour until the pain drifted away. It did for a moment, but the headache continued later at night which made me retire for the day prematurely. There goes my Final Fantasy 9 grind.

Although we did discuss before that video games actually improve real life skills, there are some instances where video games, particularly third or first person games can cause or trigger sicknesses. There was a surge one time in America where the media blamed video games as a cause for children and adult’s epilepsy and seizures.

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The Fall of Nintendo DS and Sony PSP?

Written on January 01, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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In a recent US-based survey, more gamers are shifting to the smartphones as their choice handheld console for video games. With this seemingly inevitable paradigm shift, will the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP still be around when smartphones finally dominate the category?

The Nintendo DS and PSP are on the edge of their seats as they compete head to head not only against each other, but new against a new player as well, the smartphones. With the uprise of games being developed for the iPhone and Android which took the gaming scene by storm as new forms of gaming consoles, will Nintendo DS and PSP still survive a couple more years as the gamer’s choice? In a nutshell, it will all boil down to what a specific gamer wants and needs. Although the future looks a little grim for the current reigning handheld champs.

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Best iPhone Games for Guys

Written on January 01, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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You'll be surprised what great games can come from a small little thing that is the iPhone. We bring you the best games that strike a chord for great graphics and excellent gameplay.

When it comes to gaming, guys usually for good graphics and acceptable game play. Although at first the iPhone doesn’t seem capable of handling those criteria, developers have overcome the odds to give us great titles that can rival the best handheld portable games out there.

Celebrate the holiday season with these iPhone games in a list that balances good gameplay, good graphics, and simple yet engaging fun. These can certainly entertain us whenever our wives scold us for being late from a night out with the bros.

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