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Mega Man Anniversary Collection

When longtime gamers stop caring about the classics they grew up on, it becomes quite clear that most studios no longer care about how much fun you or I have (or even if their ideas are original), but rather about the green we're willing to shell out.

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15 Jul 2004 // 12:00 AM

Mario vs. Donkey Kong

Videogame producers, and Nintendo in particular, thrive on nostalgia. For example, virtually all GameCube-exclusive games of any merit are from licenses which entered the videogame world two decades ago.

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30 Jun 2004 // 12:00 AM

NBA Ballers

Its erasure of racism, its fetishization of an imagined black cultural aesthetic, its glorification of excessive materialism, its celebration/demonization of black athletes as focused solely on bling-bling, and its treatment of women as sexual objects of possible acquisition, are all troubling.

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30 Jun 2004 // 12:00 AM

Lightning Break

No video game has ever, or will ever, accurately reproduce the pool hall atmosphere. Not even the best of them. And Lightning Break is no different.

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30 Jun 2004 // 12:00 AM

Donkey Kong (Classic NES Series)

Nintendo has gone the purists' route with this title and has left everything at its mediocre best.

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16 Jun 2004 // 12:00 AM

Syberia 2

It can't be argued that Syberia or its sequel are flawless masterpieces the way films like Dr. Strangelove or The Sweet Hereafter are, but in the history of gaming they stand out as pinnacles of the form.

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16 Jun 2004 // 12:00 AM

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

KOTOR is like watching a 40-hour Star Wars movie that you get to play a part in. Plus, George Lucas didn't mess this one up.

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16 Jun 2004 // 12:00 AM

Frank’s Adventure (1, 2 & 3)

The Frank's Adventure series recasts digital sex in a satirical light, exposing all of its one night stand dementia in bright colors, sleazy music, and addictive gameplay.

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16 Jun 2004 // 12:00 AM

City of Heroes

It's quite thrilling to make your dream character and then watch him do battle with the baddies. Who hasn't ever wanted to live out a super hero fantasy or two?

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19 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Visual Pinball

Kids these days may seriously not have the pleasure of experiencing the whole wonderful mystery of why pinball carries a far greater pleasure than any video game I can name.

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19 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Uplink: Hacker Elite

Uplink is too far removed from reality to provide more than an extremely crude representation of hacking. It does do a very good job, though, of establishing the atmosphere.

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19 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Siren

If Resident Evil scares us with visions of a future driven by profits at the expense of human life, Siren frightens us with the possibility of a return to a violent past based around repulsive ancient beliefs.

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19 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Red Dead Revolver

Maybe 155 years after the San Francisco gold rush, cowboys and Westerns just aren't relevant anymore.

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5 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Trivial Pursuit Unhinged

Thanks to the many editions of Trivial Pursuit, everything from Friends to the Holy Bible has been trivialized for your gaming pleasure.

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5 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Real Lives

In case you think this is simply a bleeding heart exercise to pity the poor, in Real Lives even the more fortunate people in the world are bound by their circumstances.

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5 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Hitman: Contracts

To complete the game's missions, you literally have to think like a hitman.

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21 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Madness Interactive

The heart and soul of Madness is homicide, and lots of it. It is as basic and primal as a video game can get.

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21 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

MTX: Mototrax

The good news for the uninitiated out there is that there is still a solid game underneath all the extras.

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21 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

MLB 2005

While certainly reflecting today's world of global capitalism within baseball, the ubiquitous advertisements are both overwhelming and bothersome.

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City of Heroes

Americans lack any real connection to mythology in the classical sense. All our stories of heroes and monsters -- religious and mythological -- are imports.

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