Posts by Nadia Oxford

Valve Goes Free to Play: Bad Choice?

Valve Goes Free to Play: Bad Choice?

Valve’s famous team-based shooter, Team Fortress 2, recently went free-to-play. Everyone should celebrate by repeating this good news to themselves in the voices Valve has bestowed upon the game’s colorful cast. Start with Scout (“Yo!”) and end with Pyro. (“Mrfrrfrff!”). This isn’t the first instance of a subscription-based online game going free-to-play. Dungeons & Dragons Online has done it, as has Lord of the Rings...

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Operation Rainfall: Nintendo’s Folly?

Operation Rainfall: Nintendo’s Folly?

Nintendo knows how to make legendary games and properties that survive through the decades to be embraced by multiple generations. Nintendo also knows how to infuriate its fans. Oh boy, does it ever know how to infuriate its fans. Nintendo’s latest punt at the hornet’s nest involves three Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs): Xenoblade Chronicles, Pandora’s Tower, and The Last Story. The games aren’t connected story-wise, but they share three...

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Are Movies and Video Games Merging?

Are Movies and Video Games Merging?

There are countless ways to tell a story. Through a book. A movie. A video game. On a paper bag, with some crayons. If you’re passionate about what you have to say, then the medium in which you say it in shouldn’t alter the message. Key word here: Shouldn’t. Whenever a video game appears to have a deep message that should survive the transition to the silver screen, a movie director invariably ambles by and demonstrates that’s not always the...

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The 10 Best Social Games

The 10 Best Social Games

Social games for Facebook and other social networks are offered in an impressive assortment of colors and flavors. You can tend to your farm, build yourself a city, pick at a puzzle, fend off zombies, or crush your enemies and hear the lamentations of their women. Got some spare time and a Facebook account? Here are ten of the best free social games currently available. Grab a friend, grab a drink, and have fun. Ravenwood Fair (Simulation) — It’s one...

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Social Games: The Complete Guide

Social Games: The Complete Guide

Want to learn how to get, install and play social games and free online games for Facebook and other social networks? As revealed in part one of our beginner’s guide to social games, it’s a simple and fun process. Below, in the final part of the series, we reveal how to download, try and pay for social games, including how these titles work, and some of the best free online games sites where you can find social games to play on-demand over the...

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10 Best Free Online Games

10 Best Free Online Games

The summer months are ideal for fresh air and exercise, but sometimes outdoor activities are rendered downright unpleasant by that relentless, pulsating ball of nuclear fire in the sky. If you need a break from Mr. Sun, consider slipping into an air-conditioned basement to chip away at some video games. What’s that? You’re saving your money for ice cream? Well, here are ten of the best free games and free-to-play games available online, inclufing free...

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10 Best Free iPad 2, iPad Games

10 Best Free iPad 2, iPad Games

If you have an iPad or an iPad 2, then you have a big beautiful ticket to some great free-to-play games. Though much of the iPad’s game library consists of high-definition remakes of iPhone games, the iPad’s roomy screen makes the device ideal for puzzle games, word games, adventures, and other titles that don’t thrive in a squished environment. Here are ten of the top best free games available on the iPad and iPad 2. Each one is well-suited for a...

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How to Get and Play Social Games

How to Get and Play Social Games

Looking to play all the best free online social games for Facebook you’ve been hearing so much about? Our guide to social gaming breaks down how to get social games, install them and enjoy free online games of all types without needing a degree in computer engineering. Here’s how to start playing today: What is a Social Game? — Generally, a social game refers to a game that is coupled with social interaction–in other words, a multiplayer...

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Video Game Fans vs. Publishers

Video Game Fans vs. Publishers

The Internet has built a solid bridge between the people who play games and the people who make them: For better or for worse, it’s pretty easy to get a hold of the ladies and gentlemen who make our favorite games, whether through email, Twitter, Facebook, or blogs. Even the biggest companies have one or more “community managers” or public relations (PR) managers who carry messages from the bottom to the top and back again. Either way, if we want...

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Motion Controls: Game Design Tips

Motion Controls: Game Design Tips

When Nintendo conceived the Wii, maybe it expected that fifty percent of our games or better would utilize shaking and waving within a mere couple of years. Needless to say, that hasn’t been the case. The reality has left gamers split, with casual audiences adopting motion control and traditionalists sticking to their keyboards, mice, and controllers. Ken Levine, the creative director of Irrational Games, believes that maybe things ought to stay that...

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