The Game Guy

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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'Quantum Conundrum' - XBLA Review

Monday, 09 July 2012 08:56 PM Written by

“Quantum Conundrum” has a lot to live up to. Lead developer Kim Swift is best known for her work on “Portal,” one of the best puzzle games ever made, and being that these two games share a genre and a creator, the comparison is unavoidable. Unfortunately, “Quantum Conundrum” fails to rise above the high bar set by “Portal” five years ago.

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The LEGO brand games have evolved slowly over the years. The development team, Travelers Tales, have had seven years and nearly a dozen movie-based games to improve the LEGO formula, but they’ve generally played it safe. Each LEGO game based on a movie or comic book is similar to its predecessor, with an extra feature thrown in to justify the new iteration. “Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes” fits this mold, but is actually diminished by some of the game’s added elements. 

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If you’re like me, you enjoy gaming on a PC and you know what makes a good gaming PC, but you don’t have the time or skills necessary to build one yourself. The folks at TRU Computers have a product that may help this situation with their top-of-the-line gaming rig called, “The Muon.”

I spent ample time with The Muon and put it through a gamut of tests featuring many different types of computer games and settings. Here were my findings.

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