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Madden NFL’s Dirty Little Secrets

Madden NFL’s Dirty Little Secrets

If you’re a diehard Madden NFL fan, then you’re well aware the most recent game just debuted for all major consoles. You also know that the series has sold more than 85 million units since it debuted in ’89 and you’re probably well versed in the Madden Curse. But we’ll bet that you don’t know everything about the latest installment, so we tapped EA Sports senior producer Phil Frazier to let us in on eleven things you didn’t know about Madden NFL...

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5 Things You Don’t Know About Just Dance 2

5 Things You Don’t Know About Just Dance 2

How do you top a breakaway game like dancing simulator Just Dance, which has sold more than 3.7 million units on the Nintendo Wii to date? If you’re Ubisoft, you aim to do it again, by delivering a hard-hitting sequel packed with new features. Game Theory tangoed with producer Nino Sapina to chat about what fans of the first game can expect in this follow-up. So, without further ado, the following are five things you didn’t know about Just Dance...

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Wayne Gretzky Returns to the Ice

Wayne Gretzky Returns to the Ice

The Great One is about to lace up his skates once again — this time inside a video game — to help promote NHL Slapshot, EA Canada’s first hockey game designed specifically for the Nintendo Wii console. Due out this fall, Wayne Gretzky will be the cover athlete for the video game, plus he’ll serve as a playable character and coach in one of its modes. “Not only is Gretzky one of the greatest hockey players of all time, but his name is...

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Killzone 3 Preview: Thoughts on PS3′s Killer App

Killzone 3 Preview: Thoughts on PS3′s Killer App

One of the more impressive showings at Sony’s E3 conference — and throughout the rest of the show — was Killzone 3, a new sci-fi sequel to the popular PlayStation 3 first-person shooter series. Slated for a February 2011 launch, Guerrilla Games’ intense action game once again has you facing off against the relentless Helghast army — and scrambling to protect the human race in the process — albeit now in new war-torn environments,...

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Fable III Preview: Hands-On Impressions

Fable III Preview: Hands-On Impressions

While Microsoft Game Studios’ sci-fi shooters — namely Gears of War 3 and Halo: Reach — might’ve received more attention from media outlets as of late, role-playing game fans are still excited for the upcoming release of Fable III, the latest role-playing epic from legendary designer Peter Molyneux. Available November 1, this Xbox 360 exclusive from UK’s Lionhead Studios once again returns gamers to Albion — but five decades...

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Can Virgin Gaming Succeed?

Can Virgin Gaming Succeed?

Video gamers who boast about their skills can now put their money where their mouse is – a new service lets you place a wager to compete in online matches and tournaments against other willing participants. Virgin Gaming was unveiled at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, with billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson on hand to announce $1 million dollars in cash and prizes for tournaments over the next 12 months. Competitive...

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A New Way to Experience Games

A New Way to Experience Games

Apple’s trendy iTunes App Store is no stranger to music games, but the latest download for iPhone and iPod touch is the first that doesn’t require sight whatsoever. Aurifi ($1.99; aurifi.com) from UK’s Punk Pie is billed as the first ever audio-only game, allowing players to interact with the content by moving the device around according to the audible instructions, music and sound effects. The iPhone and iPod touch’s integrated...

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Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony’s Strategies

Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony’s Strategies

The fight for the family room became even more heated at the 16th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which once again served as a battleground between the three major video game console companies: Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Each of the Big Three unveiled new hardware, games and services to the crowd of roughly 45,000 industry attendees who crammed into the Los Angeles Convention Center and surrounding venues to catch a glimpse at tomorrow’s trends...

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5 Things You Don’t Know About LEGO: Harry Potter

5 Things You Don’t Know About LEGO: Harry Potter

Now available for all major platforms, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (available on DS, PC, PS3, PSP, Wii and Xbox 360) is the most ambitious of all LEGO video games to date, says publisher Warner Interactive Entertainment. It’s a bold claim — especially considering the amount of playability found in previous LEGO games — so we caught up with Vince Grogan, associate producer at developer Travellers Tales, to give us a few examples of what to...

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The Best of E3 2010

The Best of E3 2010

So many games, so little time. Such is always the case at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, the world’s biggest video game tradeshow, which takes place in Los Angeles each June. This year, more than 45,000 attendees from more than 90 countries packed into the Los Angeles Convention Center to lay their hands on video games and accessories scheduled to debut over the next year or two. There’s a lot to see and play, and only three days in which to...

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