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PC vs. Console

Computer gaming has its charms.

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Aug 12,2009 - I’ve always been a console guy. From Atari to Nintendo to Playstation to Xbox, my transition from one gaming system to the next never really included my PC...

Video Games

Wii Fit

Fit to Be Tried: Two new products follow Wii Fit’s lead encouraging active gaming.

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Jul 1,2009 - EA Sports President Peter Moore made headlines recently when he challenged President Barack Obama to take a 30-day challenge on his company's new fitness game, EA Sports Active, for 30 days.

Video Games

Character Assassination

Can a game be a sequel if it has nothing to do with the original?

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Jun 3,2009 - My eyes started to roll back in my head, and I felt a melodramatic seizure coming on. How can you have a sequel without any remnants of the original game? Rockstar did it last year with Manhunt 2 ...

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Mafia Wars

The Great Escape: In a down economy, the immersive world of video games is thriving.

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Apr 15,2009 - As I stare at my account balances, I have a hard time believing that the economy is in such bad shape. In one account, I have just a little over $4.6 billion; there’s about $12.6 billion in the other. And if I really get tight, I can always cash in the $3 million in blood that I have in a third.

Video Games

The Great Escape

In a down economy, the immersive world of video games is thriving

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Apr 15,2009 - As I stare at my account balances, I have a hard time believing that the economy is in such bad shape. In one account, I have just a little over $4.6 billion; there's about $12.6 billion in the other. And if I really get tight, I can always cash in the $3 million in blood that I have in a third.

Video Games

Eight-Legged Freaky

The creepy Deadly Creatures makes perfect innovative use of the Wii.

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Mar 18,2009 - I’m not exactly afraid of spiders and other creepy crawlies; they just give me the creeps. But I didn’t know how much they creeped me out until I played Deadly Creatures for the Wii.

Video Games

Extinct Guerilla

The death of Slamdance’s games competition dates back to one ill-fated decision.

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Feb 5,2009 - By January 2007, Slamdance wasn’t only a place for indie filmmakers to show off their wares, get a little recognition and, hopefully, catch the eye of a distributor looking to take a chance on an unknown.

Arts & Entertainment

Games | Extinct Guerrilla: The death of Slamdance’s games competition dates back to one ill-fated decision.

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Feb 3,2009 - By January 2007, Slamdance wasn’t only a place for indie filmmakers to show off their wares, get a little recognition and, hopefully, catch the eye of a distributor looking to take a chance on an unknown. It was also host to an independent video-game competition known as “Guerrilla Games.” Like its cinematic counterpart, this was a huge opportunity for independent game makers to ...

Arts & Entertainment

Video Games | Games to Die For: Identifying the 2008 video games you’d play to the grave—or beyond.

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Dec 31,2008 - nThere’s a scene in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line where Cash and his band are in the middle of a poor audition for Sun Music’s Sam Phillips. Phillips stops the gospel tune Cash is playing and asks him if he were dying and could only sing one song to sum up his time on Earth, what would it be? nThat’s sort of how I approach trying to decide what my favorite games are. I try...

Arts & Entertainment

Video Games | The 12 Games of Christmas: A dirty dozen of the best gifts for your favorite gamer.

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Dec 3,2008 - As a gamer who frequently is asked this time of year, “What would you like for Christmas,” I tend to get flustered. After all, this is usually my best shot of the year to get someone else to foot the bill for my costly hobby. So, if I’m not prepared and don’t know the current state of the best new games, things can go horribly wrong. I could end up Christmas morning staring...
 
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