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The True Dogs of War: Nation, Language, and Identity in 'Valiant Hearts'

Valiant Hearts challenges the barbaric connotations of the appellation “the dogs of war” by making a dog, the only creature blind to the “essential” identity markers of nationalism and language, the hero.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Assassination American Style

With Assassin's Creed 3, Ubisoft presents their vision of an American Revolution. But is the fifth time out all that revolutionary?

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Remembering Fun: A Look Back at 'Prince of Persia: Sands of Time'

If games are to be taken seriously, they can't be making serious things "fun." However, infusing darker, edgier, and more serious elements into contemporary design philosophy should still not come at the expense of fun. Fun should not be allowed to become obsolete.

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Child of Eden

Child of Eden is the sort of sublime, spiritually uplifting experience that we are lucky to get once in a generation.

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'Zeit²': The Shoot-'Em-Up for Time Lords

There is no room for contemplation in Zeit². You are forced to think quickly at all times, even while in reverse.

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Imitating Intimacy in Video Games

Sex is very often (and very unfortunately) just a game.

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Tom Clancy's EndWar

Tom Clancy's EndWar takes the premise of leading through words and literalizes the experience for the real time strategy game.

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Prince of Persia

The effort here is to provide a fantastic experience, not at all intellectual but one driven by velocity and the player's own gut.

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Haze

Topics at the heart of Haze include the futility of war, torture, enhancement drugs, and the notion of private military corporations.

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2

Vegas 2 almost serves as a companion piece to the original, with its events occurring before, during, and after those of the first game.

Arun Subramanian
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Lost: Via Domus

Meet Elliot, one of the few heretofore faceless survivors of the ill-fated Oceanic Flight 815.

Arun Subramanian
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Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements

Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements is the cheesy '80s flick of the modern role-playing scene.

Ryan Smith
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No More Heroes

Whether you'll enjoy No More Heroes really boils down to whether you're the kind of person who can make fun of yourself or you take yourself so seriously that you don't get the joke.

L.B. Jeffries
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Rayman Raving Rabbids 2

Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 really shines in the multiplayer mode, as is to be expected with this sort of game.

Cole Stryker
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Assassins Creed

While the word jihad is never spoken, its frightening theological implications as a physical struggle as well as its more disarming theological definition as a spiritual struggle are both on display.

G. Christopher Williams
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Beyond Good & Evil

The situation feels so familiar, one almost expects Osama bin Laden's bearded mug to flash across the floating Big Brother video screens that pervade Hillys.

Chris LaVigne

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