Posts made in April, 2011

Kids and Video Games: A New Guide

Kids and Video Games: A New Guide

Video gaming is a bit of a misfit activity. Though it’s slowly gaining acceptance as an ideal family pastime, it has yet to shake off the bits of bad press that cling to it like barnacles. Gaming seems to always wind up being mentioned in the same breath as a school shooting, or rising instances of childhood obesity and diabetes. As a result, some parents might be a little shocked when they learn that you let your kids play games. You may as well suggest that...

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The 11 Most Important Music Games Ever

The 11 Most Important Music Games Ever

Music and video games go well together. Most electronic games require some degree of movement to play, whether it be your fingers or your entire body. Music likewise requires movements, whether subtle or grand, to produce a groovin’ sound. Rhythm games therefore came into being long before Guitar Hero was a gleam in Harmonix’s eye. Here’s a quick rundown of the titles that helped shape the course of console-based music and rhythm game history, and...

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When Did Game Stores Stop Selling?

When Did Game Stores Stop Selling?

It’s comedy time! Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, folks: A man walks into his local game shop and asks for a copy of Okamiden on DS. The clerk looks at him as though he’s talking a foreign language, grunts incoherently and scowls at his release clipboard before suggesting the man ‘checks online’ for the game he’s never heard of. The same thing happens three more times in other local shops, leaving the man empty-handed and not a single copy of...

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Metacritic: Worst Rating System Ever

Metacritic: Worst Rating System Ever

So, it’s official – Homefront, THQ’s big new franchise bid, is rubbish. Or so a large chunk of the world’s specialist gaming media would have you (and, it would seem, most of THQ’s shareholders) believe anyway. But of course, the truth is always stranger than fiction… or, in this case, the opinions of a few select specialist journalists. The tale echoes the very best tragic Greek betrayal: THQ bets much of the farm on a new franchise, everyone gives it...

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Video Game Censorship: Getting it Wrong

Video Game Censorship: Getting it Wrong

Another month, another game cited for retail extinction in Australia. This time, it’s Warner Bros rather brave attempt to reboot the Mortal Kombat franchise that’s received the sharp end of the Australian Classification Board’s censorship stick, with the slaughter-‘em-up joining the likes of Left 4 Dead 2, Aliens Vs Predator, Silent Hill: Homecoming and Fallout 3 in the reject pile. That Mortal Kombat’s fallen foul of the country’s lack of adult...

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Internet Cafes: Do They Have a Future?

Internet Cafes: Do They Have a Future?

Dive into your personal history and ask yourself: When was the last time you frequented an Internet cafe? The answer might surprise you. Though Internet cafes seem like a relic of the late ’90s–a time when home computer ownership wasn’t a given, and a fast, reliable Internet connection was even less likely–they’re still a frequent sight on the streets of any major city. How has the seemingly antiquated Internet cafe clung to life?...

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10 Best Gaming Websites for Parents

10 Best Gaming Websites for Parents

If you’re a parent or child’s guardian and your kid loves playing video games, you’ll want to make sure you know everything about the pastime. Pop quiz: What’s your kid’s favorite video game system? If you answered, “Uh, the Nintendo PlayBox?” it’s time to visit some of the parent-oriented gaming websites that populate the Internet. They’re informative, easy to navigate, and many go into great detail about...

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