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    • Out of This World

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      Houston, we have a problem Whatever endless fascination we once had with outer space has evaporated in a hail of plasma-rifle blasts and alien battle…
    • Hardcore Gamers Soften Up
    • Hardcore Gamers Soften Up

      Game On: "Carnival Games," by Nintendo Wii
      Are you turning into a casual gamer? Sure, you've played "BioShock" and look forward to "Halo 3" as much as the next joystick jockey.…
    • Back-to-School Blues

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      You could say many things about the new Rockstar game "Bully." But describing it as "'The Sims' with wedgies" seems about right. While most of…
    • The Nonstop Party
    • The Nonstop Party

      Game On: "Mario Party 8", Nintendo Wii, $49.99, E for everyone
      Eight is enough. Having reached its eighth incarnation, “Mario Party” has attained the sort of classic status normally reserved for Super Bowls or Harry…
    • Danger Zone

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      People like to ask questions. "Play any good games lately?" "Aren't you a little old for video games?" And the ever-popular "Will video games turn…
    • New Game Dives Deep
    • New Game Dives Deep

      Game On: "BioShock", $59.99, Xbox 360, PC, M for Mature
      “BioShock” producer Ken Levine thinks he has a winner. At the end of a jaw-dropping demonstration of the game’s laundry list of features at…
    • Gamers Get Along

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      Once you filter out the clamor over new consoles, the future of gaming clearly belongs to the simple pleasures of playing with your friends. At…
    • Rock for the Ages
    • Rock for the Ages

      Game On: "Rock Band", $169.99 Xbox 360 and PS3 bundle, including one guitar, microphone and drums; additional guitars $79.99, $149.99 PS2 bundle?, T for Teen?
      Listen to this. Like the warm hum of an old Fender amp, "Rock Band" has generated its own buzz. With its pitch-perfect combi-nation of…
    • Don't Fear the Reaper

      Game review: Death Jr.
      Death we fear. Death Jr., maybe not so much. I mean, look at that face, or at least that cute little baby skull of his.…
    • Crude Cartoon Comedy

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      "Family Guy" has turned from an improbable cartoon knockoff into a bona fide cult icon. Pushing the limits of taste and reason, the "Family Guy"…
    • Back to the Battle

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      John Wayne would be proud.
 War used to be a heroic venture, at least as far as popular media were concerned. All of our international…
    • The Road Less Traveled
    • The Road Less Traveled

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      Too many games. Gamers lament that, while their world overflows with interesting things to play, they'll never have a chance to get to them…
    • The Science of Cheating
    • The Science of Cheating

      Game On: Exploiting Online Games: Cheating Massively Distributed Systems by Greg Hoglund and Gary McGraw, Addison-Wesley, 384 pages. $44.99
      Gary McGraw’s interest in “World of WarCraft” is purely academic. Players of the popular online game might seek heroic fame or the occasional hoard…
    • Lights, Camera, Interaction!

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      Hollywood is dumb. One of the best rumors I've heard around the videogame business involves the well-known game creator Peter Molyneux and some Hollywood suit.…
    • The Business of Play

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      Nintendo's not playing around. Before the Wii launched, financial analysts such as Merrill Lynch expected the system to retail for $199, maybe even less. The…
    • Cold, Hungry and Thirsty

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      It's a cold, cruel world out there."Lost in Blue 2" returns to the Nintendo DS to make sure you know it. Most games want you…
    • Say Hello To Movie Sequel

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      This is the American story in red and blue. When the white drops out of the patriotic rags-to-riches myth of the American dream, you end…
    • The Valkyrie Rides Again

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      Call it culture clash. Japanese games have a reputation for idiosyncratic weirdness. Sometimes it's on purpose. For instance, "Seaman" had you raising a talking fish…
    • The Beauty of the Race

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      Gentlemen, start your graphics engines. "MotorStorm" roars onto the PlayStation 3, splattering mud and kicking up dust in the most glorious mess seen to date…
    • Any Port in a Storm

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      In the world of games, a "port" stands for something other than the place where a cruise ship docks. The term indicates a game programmed…
    • Tapping Into Games

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      Willy Wonka had a great idea. Wonkavision, as the story goes, was a sort of television that let you reach into the screen and pull…
    • The Empire Strikes Back

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      This is the videogaming console Apple should have made. But it was built by Microsoft. The sleek, pearly-white case of the Xbox 360 reminds you…

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