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Team Mentality – The Anonymity Effect

Team Mentality – The Anonymity Effect The early days of the humble video game troll Trolls. We’ve all seen them, we all feed them, and intentionally or unintentionally, we have probably all been them at some point. Ever since the first badly-dressed gamer from the 70′s altered the size of their paddle in pong, there have always been...
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Pen meets Paper: Role-playing Games you could try…

Pen meets Paper: Role-playing Games you could try… The New Year is upon and if you’re like me, that means that you have 365 new days with which you can plan, write, and/or play role-playing games (RPGs) of the pen and paper variety (a number which doesn’t factor in things like consuming food, sleeping, and participating in gainful employment)....
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Will Next-Gen gaming suffer from Sequelitis?

Will Next-Gen gaming suffer from Sequelitis? In recent weeks, I’ve found myself being asked the same question a lot of people lately. “Are you getting an Xbox One or PS4?” When you work with video games as a profession it’s a pretty difficult question to avoid. It is with some disdain that I honestly answer “Neither” each time I’m asked....
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Titanfall: Changing the way we Play FPS Games

Titanfall: Changing the way we Play FPS Games If you ask any Xbox One owner what their most highly anticipated upcoming game is, you will probably get the same answer; Titanfall. Ever since EA announced the game at E3 this year, Titanfall has been stealing spotlights and bashing down the competition with its giant robotic fists – and so it...
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Are Disney Testing the Waters for The Incredibles 2?

Are Disney Testing the Waters for The Incredibles 2? Disney Infinity launched this August and immediately exploded with popularity. The game that everyone thought would end up being “Skylanders, but with Disney characters” exceeded everybody’s expectations and really did deliver on its promise to recreate the experience and wonder of a child...
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Why Rift Isn’t Just a WoW Clone

Why Rift Isn’t Just a WoW Clone I recently started playing Rift, an MMO released in 2011. The game is focused on the opening of rifts, which are portals that lead to other planes. Each of these rifts introduces different monsters and enemies that will try to kill you if they see you. There are two main factions, Guardians and Defiant,...
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Next Gen and Nintendo

Next Gen and Nintendo With the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One perilously close to release, a new console is on the horizon for a lot of gamers. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a new toy to play with and getting in on the day one craziness is always fun. I’ve been deliberating a lot recently about where my...
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The Verdict on Valve

The Verdict on Valve Throughout the last week Valve made three big announcements, dishing a little bit of dirt on three forthcoming products that everyone has been suspecting for varying degrees of forever. First to hit the fan was the Steam OS, an operating system combining the existing Steam client with the Linux operating...
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The GTA V Dilemma

The GTA V Dilemma As you may have noticed Rockstar Games‘ Grand Theft Auto V came into being this week, raking in a billion dollars in the first three days of its release – marking the fastest time that any piece of entertainment has reached the milestone according to Take-Two Interactive. It took Call of Duty:...
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Grand Theft Abstinence

Grand Theft Abstinence With the launch of, arguably, one of the year’s most anticipated titles mere hours away at the point of this article’s writing, I can’t help but ponder my own personal history with the Grand Theft Auto franchise. It has helped me form a viewpoint of the franchise few will likely take, and...
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Anime vs Visual Novels – Why We Need More Translators

Anime vs Visual Novels – Why We Need More Translators Anime fans, we watch a metric ton of anime on a frequent basis, but some days you’ll find that anime just doesn’t cut it. Maybe nothing will leap out at you, maybe you’ve just watched a terrible show (School Days) and don’t want to watch anything else for a while. When this happens,...
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The Biggest Step Ever In Console History

The Biggest Step Ever In Console History Now with the date for Xbox One release announced, the world is on the edge of their seats waiting to see what the gaming industry has in store for us. Tens of thousands of us have already rushed out to pre-order Xbox One and PS4 consoles, and traditionally Sony and Microsoft are still pitched up against...
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EarthBound – Time And Space Couldn’t Stop It!

EarthBound – Time And Space Couldn’t Stop It! EarthBound fever is here and it has been running red-hot! This cult-classic, JRPG from all the way back in 1994 has returned, big time, with it’s Virtual Console release on Nintendo’s newest money-maker, the Wii U. Any educated nerd knows what EarthBound, or Mother, is and if you didn’t...
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CC Comic Zone – Character Spotlight – Luther Strode

CC Comic Zone – Character Spotlight – Luther Strode Here we are, back for another week with CC Comic Zone! Once again I am Frank Inlgese and this week I’m going to go for something a little different. The past two weeks I’ve spoken about Relatable Protagonists and Older Characters in Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels but this time around...
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CC Comic Zone – Relatable Protagonists

CC Comic Zone – Relatable Protagonists 2 out of 3 men, Spidey, 2 out of 3 men… Hey there, everybody! I’m Frank Inglese and welcome to the first CC Comic Zone! Obviously you have no idea what CC Comic Zone is yet so here we go: Basically each week I will be talking about different aspects of Comics, Mangas, Graphic Novels and pretty...
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Five Reasons You Should Watch Pacific Rim

Five Reasons You Should Watch Pacific Rim How ya garn? Kaiju. Since Godzilla first ran rampant, these terrors have destroyed countless onscreen cities. Humanity fights back with bullets, planes, tanks and anything else that goes boom. But what if we fought them on even ground…or ocean? What if Transformers decided to give Godzilla the...
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Diablo III (Console): The Champions of Sanctuary

Diablo III (Console): The Champions of Sanctuary For those that are weak at hearing, Diablo III is making its way to PS3 and Xbox 360 September 2013. Coming with that notice, a lot of heated discussions have taken place concerning cross platform functionality and console-only perks. For those that have worked extremely hard in earning paragon levels, you...
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Nintendo E3 2013 Direct Predictions

Nintendo E3 2013 Direct Predictions Day one of E3 2013 has been and gone. We have seen New IPs, beloved franchises, Master Chief wearing a cloak, Sora’s return, Snake riding on a horse, and Sony taking shots at Microsoft. It has been great, but now it is time to shift focus. Nintendo have always been out on their own, not following...
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One 4 U: A take on the new console market

One 4 U: A take on the new console market Please note that the following article expresses the opinion of author. After the announcement of the Xbox One at Microsoft’s recent revelation event, gamers around the world now have a better insight into what the 8th generation gaming console market is shaping up to be. Many gamers and households want to...
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Microsoft Console Announcement 2013 predictions

Microsoft Console Announcement 2013 predictions As many Microsoft fans and Xbox owners are no doubt aware of by now, Microsoft’s official console unveiling for their 3rd console is set to take place tonight! With Nintendo’s WiiU already out on the shelves and Sony still holding back a lot of details for the Playstation 4, one can only speculate what...
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Retro to the Rescue

Retro to the Rescue While the last wave of games to hit the market have produced some memorable experiences, from the perspective of an older gamer it is not hard to see why the retro market is growing exponentially in interest and pricing. I’ve often sat and pondered why people, myself included, are still willing to...
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Monsters in the Closet – Have we left them there?

Monsters in the Closet – Have we left them there? The original Digimon anime series, a pioneer of ‘monster taming’ anime Luke: For many of us, some of our earliest experiences with anime involved the popular ‘monster taming’ genre. Series such as Pokemon, Digimon and even Monster Rancher captured our imagination all those years ago....
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Has Pokemon Jumped the Sharpedo?

Has Pokemon Jumped the Sharpedo? K: Ever since Professor Oak welcomed us to the wonderful world of Pokemon and asked us our name, and his grandson’s name, fans have been enthralled by a number of cute little creatures. As time passed there came to be more than the original 151. Some people didn’t take this too well. Since...
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“Just Get In The Damn Robot!” – Reluctant Protagonists, Do We Really Need Them?

“Just Get In The Damn Robot!” – Reluctant Protagonists, Do We Really Need Them? F: I guarantee that whilst reading the title most of you had a character in mind, a character that you kind of hate, just a little bit, despite how much you love the anime or manga they’re in. The first person to come to my mind is Tsunayoshi “Tsuna” Sawada from the Shonen Jumps series...
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How Michael Jackson Mastered the Art of Chiptune in Sonic 3

How Michael Jackson Mastered the Art of Chiptune in Sonic 3 I’m throwing caution into the wind – Michael Jackson did Sonic 3 and that’s that. In case you didn’t know, much ink has been spilled over whether or not MJ actually wrote the soundtrack to the greatest game on one of our favourite consoles. It’s certainly no secret he enjoyed...
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Suisei no Gargantia – A Cosmic Triumph Brought Down to Earth

Suisei no Gargantia – A Cosmic Triumph Brought Down to Earth The spectacle of the first two episodes of Gen Urobuchi’s take on the sci-fi mecha genre stayed with me for days. The opening half of the first episode throws the viewer right in the middle of a Gunbuster-esque space opera. Bio-organisms surviving the vacuum of space and infesting a hive, a “hot...
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