The Game Guy

Imagine a game that focused on the drama and pressure of the Olympics. More of an RPG than a sports game. You create a character based on your likeness, choose a sport, and then work your way through the amateur ranks until you’ve earned the right to compete for a gold medal. Training grants experience and winning smaller tournaments builds your fame, paving the way to Olympic greatness. I would play that game.

Unfortunately that game doesn’t exist.  What does exist in its place is Sega’s “London 2012 - The Official Game of the Olympic Games.”

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Sackboy could be the hero the PS Vita needs.  “LittleBigPlanet” is set to release later this year, and this hand-held version of the creative platformer uses the Vita’s capabilities so well that this should have been the way to play the series all along.

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Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD - review

Tuesday, 07 August 2012 07:25 PM Written by

Nostalgia can be a powerful agent and the folks at Activision and Robomodo are hoping it has the power to open your wallet for the grind down a memory staircase known as “Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD.”

Combining elements that made the original “‘Pro Skater” and its sequels so addictive, the new downloadable title for the XBLA drops “Tony Hawk” fans into a polished, HD halfpipe. Unfortunately, “nostalgia” means you've got to have something to remember in the first place, and if you’ve never played the “‘Pro Skater” games, this one isn't going to do a whole lot for you.

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The crowd that filed into Heinz Hall on a Friday evening was different than most. College-aged youths filled the Pittsburgh concert hall, some in costume, all of them eager to hear the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra bring to life the music of one of video gaming’s most beloved series. "The Legend of Zelda: The Symphony of the Goddesses" concert tour gave two sold out performances Friday and Saturday night, showcasing music from the games and entertaining a fan base that is as loyal as it is passionate.

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The last ten years have been momentous for Batman. Acclaimed director Christopher Nolan was able to pull the caped crusader out of the garish, nipple-suited rubble caused by Joel Schumacher to give us the realistic Batman trilogy we deserved and needed. Meanwhile, Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive were working hard on their own vision of Batman’s world, an equally ambitious project that was unparalleled by any other Batman game.

Nolan’s trilogy and Rocksteady's pair of Batman games received acclaim from both fans and critics. Attempting to determine which work is superior is as foolish as it is impossible, and would be a disservice to the creators. Rather than travel down that road, which would spawn the worst kind of Internet rage, I’d rather examine both to find out what makes them among the best Batman stories ever told outside the pages of a comic book.

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The Secret World - Review

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 02:02 AM Written by

Reviewing a new MMO is tough work, but aficionado of the genre, Nick Tylwalk, is up to the task. Here is his review of the Secret World.

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If there's such a thing as a stealth launch for an MMO from an established developer and one of the industry's largest publishers, “The Secret World” has been living it.

That's not to say the latest effort from Funcom, known to fans of the genre as the company behind “Anarchy Online” and “Age of Conan,” hasn't been receiving its fair share of coverage, most of it quite positive. It's just that with “Star Wars: The Old Republic” still garnering plenty of attention with its struggles and hardcore MMOers focused on the August release of “Guild Wars 2,” it almost seemed as if “The Secret World” crept into the space between before bursting its way into the gaming consciousness a few weeks ago.

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Fighting Games: A genre misunderstood

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 11:32 PM Written by

Every time I hear someone say, “It’s just another ‘Street Fighter’ game” I die a little on the inside. The Capcom bashing invariably commences, and while some of it may be justified, (take for example the shady implementation of DLC that is already on a $60 disk) the accusation that every new fighting game is simply a clone of its predecessor is simply not true. There is a level of depth and polish in good fighting games that has become lost not only on the casual gamers, but the hardcore as well.

This venom is spreading, and I’m here to suck it out. Someone has to take a stand.

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Hold onto your wallets, loose change, tradable games...anything that can be considered currency, really. The Steam Summer Sale is upon us and the deals are plentiful. There are so many PC games with slashed prices that I thought I’d compile a list of recommendations. I’ll update this list each day as the sales change. Below are the best games at the best prices.

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