Archive for 2008

About Mercedes How to Survive a Gaming Lull
August 17th, 2008 by Mercedes
Del.icio.us | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

You donít need a gas mask for this one.CS hacks are annoying. Team-killers and other players blasting shitty techno through their mics on CoD4 arenít even mildly amusing anymore. I log onto WoW to grind some rep and think, why am I spending so much time working toward a piece of virtual gear only to grow dissatisfied with it and yearn for another piece of virtual gear, all of which is worthless, if not scorned, in the eyes of others? It feels monotonous. It feels useless. It feels boring.

What is a girl to do when her favorite source of entertainment, the pastime about which she is most passionate, just doesnít cut it?

(more…)

About Monique Of Mutalisks and Marines
August 16th, 2008 by Monique
Del.icio.us | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

Zerg rush jokes incoming. I promise. The Olympics are going on right now. Phelps is winning gold metals like thereís no tomorrow, China and the USA are duking it out on the uneven bars, and itís all very intense to watchóbut so is Flash versus Jaedong.

Iím talking about the Averatech-Intel Classic finals I stayed up until 4am to catch with some of my former guildmates last Saturday. For a forty thousand dollar prize, hundreds of Starcraft players climbed a ladder and the final rung gave way to two players: Flash (Terran) and Jaedong (Zerg).

(more…)

About Brittany Fever Time!
August 15th, 2008 by Brittany
Del.icio.us | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! Dancing is not my forte. Though some of my favorite musical genres happens to be electronica and techno, you won’t find me on the dance floor shaking what my mother gave me.

Thankfully, being a gamer has provided me with many different ways I can get in touch with my more musical side, even if it’s just me grooving in my seat. From miniature turntables to male cheerleaders, these are five of my all-time favorite music and rhythm games.

(more…)

About Suzie Thank god for multiplayer or: Can I play with you?
August 14th, 2008 by Suzie
Del.icio.us | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

Rock out with Rock Band? Way back, before they had computers or televisions or Atari consoles, people used to make their games out of wood, paper and stone. Games such as chess, or Go - strategy games, if you like. Card games, from solitaire to poker. Board games. Trivial Pursuit to Monopoly.

The thing that most of these games lacked was AI. It was a multiplayer game by default, unless you played against random chance, as in Solitaire. Anyone who has ever tried to play a game of Tic-Tac-Toe by themselves will know that it isn’t much fun. When you threw in other people, though, you got one hell of a competition.

Roll forward a few (hundred) years, and the first video games made their appearance. In arcades, for the most part. Although these were often single-player, going to the arcade was a group experience. You went as a gang, you tried to get the highest score, and you socialized. Even today, visiting the arcade tends to be a social activity, where you play pin-ball and drink some beers, or challenge your friends on DDR.

(more…)

About Gloria Games Scarred Me For Life!
August 11th, 2008 by Gloria
Del.icio.us | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

Ecco - yeah, youíre gonna drown. Before anyone runs to Jack Thompson to use me as an example of games being a bad influence, allow me to explain. Gaming has been a staple of my life since childhood. Back in the days of blips and bleeps and tiny little pixelated characters, I was an unusually impressionable child. I watched movies like The Changeling and The Amityville Horror, and attempted to play some of the more grisly games that were allowed at the time. Like a suicidal moth to a particularly hot flame, I would just keep going back without realizing the potential long-term damage I was doing to my overtly fragile psyche.

(more…)