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Brad's PAX Prime 2011 Report: Day One

Lollipop Chainsaw Screenshot

It's been a long day and tomorrow is going to be even longer, so I'm going to cut right to the chase here. No fancy opening, I'm just getting to it.

Video: Donkey Kong doesn't back down

This explains where Mario got the super human strength that he has possessed since Super Mario 64. We all thought it odd that Mario could all of a sudden pick up a giant monster like King Bowser and toss him around like a sack of mushrooms. That could only result from hours spent in the gyms building his lats and such dedication would only stem from a humiliation like this one.

Richard's PAX Prime 2011 Report: Day One

Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time Screenshot

Today was my first real gaming convention. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a little overwhelming at first, but after a while I got used to the big crowds and managed to take in some of the sights and sounds. Obviously I didn't get to see everything I wanted, but I did get to spend quite a bit of time with some of my most anticipated games, and even discovered some gems that I hadn't heard of.

Roundup: Week of August 19, 2011

From Dust Screenshot

Really, who didn't see this coming? Ubisoft has a richly-deserved reputation for hating on the PC, and From Dust's DRM and terrible port can hardly be a surprise in light of the company's past actions. Ubisoft's upcoming Driver: San Francisco will probably also have this asinine DRM—Ubisoft claims it will not, but a similar claim was made for From Dust.

Shadows of the Damned, Owlboy, Enclave and Unholy Ghosts

Shadows of the Damned Screenshot

I just started Shadows of the Damned and put an hour or two into it. Surprisingly, I don't have much to say about it so far.

Consoleation: Four observations from July 2011 NPD report

Call of Duty: Black Ops Screenshot

Sensationalist headlines could have casual observers running for hills when it comes to how this year's sales numbers compare with last year. Don't fall for this. Let's keep in mind that the newer Xbox 360 models—the Xbox 360 Slim—really flew off of store shelves last July. We're now a year removed from that and now YOY numbers will bump into that success.

Video: Mega Man made better with the Portal Gun

Apparently everything is better with a Portal Gun.

Dead or Alive: Dimensions Review

Wanted: Dead, not Alive

Dead or Alive: Dimensions Screenshot

HIGH The responsive combat controls.

LOW The haphazard and awful excuse for a story mode.

WTF The sheer number of women getting backhanded.

Roundup: Week of August 12, 2011

Rage Screenshot

My understanding is that Rage will still be playable from disc, albeit with a notable performance hit. It's a little silly to be outraged by this (no pun intended), despite Microsoft's ludicrous price-gouging on hard drives. The existence of the hard drives always made this sort of requirement a temptation, and PlayStation 3 owners have already "enjoyed" mandatory installs for some games.

Brief thoughts from July

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS Screenshot

It had to be done, given the below-expectations sales numbers and widespread hyperventilation over them. The DS also had a slow start, in terms of both sales and software, but that was before mobile phones were the most widespread handheld platform. As such, a price cut may not be enough to save the 3DS.

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