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February 2010

Orbital, Lemon Jelly, Philip Glass Appear in Emergent Music Game

There's a new emergent music game being sold for charity with tracks by a wide variety of musicians.


Prototype and inFamous: Ambition or Polish

Prototype and inFamous are like twins separated at birth and raised by different developers, one that values ambition and one that values excellence.


I Serve at the Pleasure of President Bartlet: Celebrity Voices in ‘Mass Effect 2’

It's the perfect example of casting to type for great effect, and it's why you pay extra for star power.


Love Is a Backwards Kick: The Romance of Karateka

How does effort fit into the romance equation?


Jesper Juul’s New Book ‘A Casual Revolution’

Between the success of the Wii, Rock Band, and cross-over titles like Puzzle Quest, two once distinct genres and communities are now beginning to find commonality.


January 2010

You’re Not as Important as You Think: Choice and Consequence in Dragon Age

Dragon Age: Origins constantly reminds us that our choices have consequences and that makes us feel important, but that feeling is taken away when we see the long term effects of our decisions.


Things to Know from Mass Effect: Ascension That Make Mass Effect 2 More Interesting

I’m now deep into Mass Effect 2, and so far, I’m liking it a lot. I played the first game release week as well


The Video Game Aesthetics of Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Playing a video game is fun, watching it, not so much.


ZA Critrique: Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space

What Weird Worlds offers is an enormous deck of variables: what aliens you meet and what gear you find, and shuffles them up every game.


DiRT 2: A Racing Sim for the Arcade Fan

DiRT 2 is a racing sim that does everything it can to appeal to the Burnout crowd.


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