R.U.S.E. set for release September 7.

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 4:00 pm
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R.U.S.E
. is an RTS that has its mechanics focused on deception, decoys, and traps instead of military strategy. The Ubisoft published game has lived up to its name with it being delayed several times for the last year and a half.

Today, Aymeric Evennou, Ubisoft's Senior Community Developer, posted on his twitter that the game will be released on September 7 in the US and two days later in Europe. R.U.S.E. will be released on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.

The game recently went out of free multiplayer Beta on Steam nine days ago. Eugen Systems, the game's developer undoubtedly learned much from player feedback. Look for an introductory video on how to play R.U.S.E. after the jump.
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Great Gatsby Video Game Debuts Classic Adventures

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm
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F Scott. Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a timeless novel critiquing the American dream during the 1920s. The book has been adapted into films, plays, operas, and is even getting a Bollywood adaptation. A video game based off of the novel also was released two weeks ago by I-play. 

I-play's Classic Adventures is the name of the companies series of novels adapted into hidden object-styled games. The company has also made games based off of Agatha Christie novels and Nora Robert's Bride Quartet series.

The hidden-picture games developed by I-play have allegedly been downloaded sixty-million times and more Classic Adventures are currently in development.


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Next Batch of Rock Band Tracks is an Eclectic Mix

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 2:00 pm
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New tracks for your cover band to tackle
​So, after trashing Guitar Hero in the last post, let's see what next week has in store for new Rock Band tracks.

Hey, it's a slow news day.

Next week sees the release of a pretty disparate bunch of singles, including a few returning artists like Blondie and several first-timers, such as The Decemberists. Check out the full list below for an unexpected mix of music. It may be the first time ever KMFDM and dc Talk were ever mentioned in the same breath.

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Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Trailer is...

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 1:00 pm
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Warriors of Rock Quest mode trailer shows off the stupid
​Rock music is a genre that invites comparisons. Are you a Beatles fan or an Elvis fan? A Led Zeppelin fan or a Rolling Stones fan?

A Rock Band fan or a Guitar Hero fan?

I like to admit my biases. I'm a Rock Band fan. The development team at Harmonix clearly likes to make their game all about the music - the big innovation of Rock Band 3 is that you can actually teach yourself to play for real with the game.

Then there's Guitar Hero, which is definitely focused more on the "game" than the "music" in the music game genre.

The new trailer below lays out the details of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock's Quest mode, which focuses on story, mutant creatures and special powers. In other words, everything other than music.

Check out the trailer below and see what I mean. Music is barely even mentioned.

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LEGO Starcraft: Brick Rush

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm
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If a LEGO Starcraft game were possible, this is what it would look like
​No, there's not really a LEGO Starcraft game on the way.

But this fan-made video from Kooberz Studios proves that if there was one, it would be pretty awesome.

The clip below captures Starcraft pretty perfectly in brick form, which just goes to show you that LEGO can be used to recreate almost anything and make it awesome. 

There may never be a real LEGO Starcraft, but if there was ever a LEGO RTS, I'd play it. Check out the video below.


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"Civilization V Day" is a thing in Maryland

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 11:00 am
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I have never been prouder to have been raised in The Old Line State than I am today. That's because today is when I found out that Maryland has officially declared Sept. 21, 2010 "Sid Meier's Civilization V Day" throughout the state.

The official proclamation doesn't make any mention of state employees being allowed to take the day off to play Civilization games all day. It does, however, make note of Meier's working in Maryland for his entire professional life, and his having "a tremendous impact on the development and growth of Maryland's $5.6 billion digital media industry." It must be true, you guys. IT'S IN A PROCLAMATION!

So you know, Civilization V Day is now in the rarefied company of other Official Maryland Days such as State Employee Recognition Day (pdf), Family Preservation Day and, of course, Eli Seigel Day 

Five Interesting Playable YouTube Games

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 10:00 am
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Yep, you can play a version of Street Fighter on YouTube
​Surprisingly, the Snake game Easter Egg that was revealed on YouTube this week isn't the first example of a playable game on the online video service. On the contrary, for the last two years YouTube's video annotation feature has let users add a measure of interactivity to their videos, in the form of clickable buttons that lead down different paths.
 
While a lot of the "interactive videos" to be uploaded in that time come across as lazy, cheesy or generally unwatchable, there are a few that actually take the idea in some interesting directions. 

For example:

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Video Games Are Still Kid's Stuff

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 9:00 am
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You can cite the statistic that average gamer is 35-years-old. You can hold up M-Rated games deliver the same kind of sex and violence as R-rated movies. You can even propose that certain indie games are pushing the video game towards art. 

But none of that will change the fact that the majority of the world thinks that gamers are a bunch of stunted man-children. 

There's good reason for their prejudice; gaming is about make-believe. 

When you play Modern Warfare 2 you're pretending to be a soldier. When you play World of Warcraft you're pretending to be a Night Elf Hunter or an Orc Warrior. Sure, there are underlying mechanics and whatnot layered beneath every game we play. 

But if those mechanics were the sole reason we gamed, most video games would be generic and flavorless, like chess.

The settings, themes and characters we chose to experience in games say a lot about what we want to be and how we want the world to think of us.

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NCAA Football 2011 To Get an Enormous Patch

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 8:30 am
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NCAA 11 is getting better.
The experience of NCAA Football 2011 has been mostly fantastic. The stadiums are loud with applause, the only piercing sound being the clacking of the helmets as they crash together.

That and the smack of your hand as it hits your forehead when a huge glitch threatens to blow your set of downs apart.

The bugs are noticeable and sometimes devastating. Many hamper only certain plays -- so they can be avoided. But some just show a lack of polish on the games' behalf.

This is where EA is stepping in. A monster patch will be arriving very soon to fix many of the games problems. The flagship facet of the patch will be the balancing of the Dynasty Recruiting AI, focusing on a more realistic approach to the recruiting arm of the game.

But that isn't all. The who thing will get a facelift. You can find the summary of the patch at the official EA NCAA Football Sports Blog. For now, I present you with the game's 120 Ways to Win. I know not many of you are football fans, but this really gets me amped. Click link, receive football.


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Plants vs. Zombies Gets the Moonwalker

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 8:00 am
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Plants vs. Zombies: We prefer disco anyway.
A few days ago we posted an article about a dispute over Michael Jackson's likeness in PopCap's blockbuster tower defense game Plants vs. Zombies.

To recap -- the developer added a Thriller-influenced zombie to the lineup of braindead attackers, and the estate of Michael Jackson got mad pissed and flipped out. So, to preempt a lawsuit, the folks at PopCap decided to withdraw the character.

It is a bummer, but PopCap has rebutted. While the psychical specimen may have left, the feeling will never leave. They are bringing another lord of the dance to the ball.

This undead minion is hip, stylish, and incredibly disco. Would you care to take a gander? A full picture is just past this link. 

Strike it with your mouse to proceed!


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