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Arctic Circus

Videogames: Shoot to thrill with The Apocalyptic Game About Penguins.

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Aug 29,2007 - One advantage to this job is the occasional free title arriving at my doorstep. Because as much as I love playing video games, it sure does hurt to pay $40 to $60 for one. There are tons of free games out there, but some are just samples to get you to...

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Second Comings

Hype drives the interest for Halo 2 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas—but are they any good?

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Like film studios, video game companies love to make money on sequels to blockbuster hits. If a company is lucky enough to string together a popular franchise, it’s money in the bank for them, and a major event for its customers when a new title...

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Platform Dive-In

Before you spend big bucks on a video game system, read these consumer tips.

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - As Christmas approaches, you’re probably getting the urge to run out and buy expensive video-game consoles and all of the hottest games to make the underside of your tree look like a 1980s shopping-mall video arcade. Not so fast, Donkey Kong. The...

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Mock the Vote

Will it be Bush or Kerry? Simulate a presidential campaign in The Political Machine.

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - As the presidential election draws near, every pundit, talk-show host and Internet geek with a poll on his Website has been taking a turn predicting who will lead our country for the next four years. But when you get down to it, it’s all conjecture...

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Sticker Jock

NFL video games compete on the field and in your wallet.

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - A lot of factors go into making a great video game—from graphics to playability to walking that fine line between making a game challenging and making it too challenging. A few weeks ago, Sega and ESPN Videogames tried to add another variable into...

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Joy Schtick

Half a Top 10 list for the first half of 2004 video games.

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - I’m waiting for you, John. I hear good things about that little game of yours and I’m not getting off my couch until you deliver Madden NFL 2005 on Aug. 9. This is the game that both die-hard and casual gamers anticipate all year. In preparation...

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Kudo Bin

Unconventional awards for great moments in 2004’s video games.

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - I’m tired of award shows. It’s not that I’m against them philosophically, but they feature the same boring categories year after year. They need to spice them up a little. Go for the gusto. So, as I present my video game awards in the...

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Re-Development Agent

A U of U grad student wants Salt Lake City to return to video-game prominence.

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Aaron Knoll would like to see Salt Lake City take a bit of a trip into yesteryear—not culturally or socially, but electronically. Well, at least in terms of video game development. The University of Utah doctoral candidate student remembers a time...

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Know Where to Hold ’Em

If you want to play poker online, here are your best bets.

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - As Utah law enforcement threatens to crack down on no-limit Texas Hold ’Em games and the new poker gambling craze is condemned by LDS Church leadership, wannabe Doyle Brunsons can still find a game if they turn to cyberspace. If you already know...

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May Daze

E3 means a dizzying array of anticipated game titles will soon arrive.

By Charlie Deitch
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - The gray, raised seal stared at me like the eye of a mythological Cyclops. What was this mysterious message that found its way to my humble mailbox? A treasure map? Perhaps an invitation to a strange, remote island where a grand adventure awaits? I hurriedly...
 
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