Posts made in December, 2010

Gamers: A Bunch of Disloyal Jerks

Gamers: A Bunch of Disloyal Jerks

In November, analyst group Cowen and Company published the results of a survey that broke down how gamers ultimately spend their dollars when they’re faced with The Big Choice that is buying used games versus new. The report reads like a nature documentary on consumer habits, though there’s no data on shoppers roaming too close to a bog and getting eaten by crocodiles. Even so, games retail is a pretty competitive and aggressive environment that’s...

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Has Donkey Kong Sold Us Out?

Has Donkey Kong Sold Us Out?

“It’s on like Donkey Kong!” What does that mean, exactly? Basically, it means that if a hulking figure confronts you in an alley and rumbles such a challenge, you should run, hide, or bare your throat submissively and hope for the best. The origins of “It’s on like Donkey Kong” are disputed. Some cite its birthplace as the movie American Pie 2; others claim it was popularized in 1992 by the rapper Ice Cube in his song “Now...

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How to Support Game Charities Year Round

How to Support Game Charities Year Round

Though gaming is sometimes portrayed by its critics as a selfish, mind-consuming pastime, industry fans are actually a pretty generous, worldly bunch. We recognize that we’re enormously privileged to own and play video games, and the success of game-centric charities like Child’s Play are indicative of our willingness to donate and share the stuff we love with the less fortunate. Granted, the Child’s Play charity, run by Penny Arcade’s Mike...

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Giving Games, Cartoons a Darker Spin

Giving Games, Cartoons a Darker Spin

Sometimes, the concept behind a video game is capable of seizing the imagination long before a final product is presented. Such was the case with Epic Mickey, the Wii adventure game put together by Warren Spector and Disney Interactive Studios. Previews of the game presented Walt’s familiar world as twisted by neglect and mischief, a dim world inhabited by Disney characters who’ve fallen out of fond memory. Previews for the game spoke highly of the...

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How the Playstation Lounge Benefits Gaming

How the Playstation Lounge Benefits Gaming

Imagine dragging your butt off the subway after a hard day of work, slinking through the door, cracking open a cold one, and flopping in front of a PlayStation 3. Not your PlayStation 3, mind, but one of several PS3 units that Sony wants you to sample at Sony’s new Playstation Lounge in Manhattan. Earlier in November, Sony unveiled its new PlayStation Lounge at 550 Madison in New York City. “[It’s] the only place where you’re guaranteed to get...

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