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Exploring Nintendo's Uncertain Future

Thursday, 28 July 2011 08:37 PM Written by

In a surprising announcement on Thursday morning, Nintendo declared that their latest handheld, the 3DS, will see an $80 price cut next month.  The 3DS is currently Nintendo’s flagship console, as the company hoped to ride the wave of success left by the DS.  This latest handheld was released in March, which makes the announcement of a price cut unprecedentedly early, and says much more about the company than just a cheaper price point for a handheld.  It says that Nintendo is in for a rough financial road.

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Avatar Kinect - Impressions

Wednesday, 27 July 2011 10:50 PM Written by

The wait is over for Avatar Kinect.  OK, it may not be the most anticipated piece of software ever, but it was one of the things Microsoft unveiled at E3 at their press conference.

Avatar Kinect is Microsoft's own virtual chat experience.  It uses new facial tracking features, which makes your avatar's face match whatever face you're making.  Facial recognition has been promised by companies in the past, but how well does Avatar Kinect actually work?

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Comic-Con 2011 Gaming Wrap-Up

Monday, 25 July 2011 02:02 AM Written by

A thousand apologies for the baron blog last week.  I was on my summer vacation and I picked quite the week to catch some R&R.  Little did I know when I scheduled my vacay that it was during the week of San Diego Comic-Con 2011.

Comic-Con has evolved from a convention solely focused on comic books into a Mecca of total Nerddom.  Video games only account for a portion of the spotlight that it has to share with movies, comics, television series, books, action figures, and collectables, but the industry has saved some pretty substantial announcements for this yearly event.

Here’s a wrap-up of the biggest gaming-related announcements that were unveiled, announced or discussed at San Diego Comic-Con 2011.

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Kinect Fun Labs Impressions

Saturday, 16 July 2011 12:14 PM Written by

Kinect Fun Labs was introduced at E3 2011, and is available now on every Kinect-enabled Xbox 360.  They goal of Kinect Fun Labs is to not only get more use out of your Kinect that may or may not be collecting dust on your mantle, but also show off other possibilities for the motion capturing camera. 

Fun Labs consists of small, free-to-play games called “Gadgets.”  There are only three available right now, but Microsoft wants to add Gadgets often to keep families revisiting the Fun Labs tab.  So far, the Fun Labs aren’t for everyone.  All three of the available gadgets are geared towards children.

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Where would video games be without humans’ competitive nature?  Single player games like Mass Effect, Assassins Creed and Farmville may remain popular, but one could argue that competitive video games account for the majority of the industry’s success.  With head-to-head, team-based games like Call of Duty, Starcraft and Halo throwing up gargantuan sales numbers it would be difficult to argue otherwise.  These days, competent multiplayer modes can make or break new titles.

So, in honor of our incessant need for superiority, here is my list of the greatest 1-on-1 competitive video games.  Some of them take meticulous planning, others require pinpoint accuracy and precision, but all require countless hours of practice to achieve mastery.  Two gamers enter, one leaves….

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