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    • New Game Worth a Look
    • New Game Worth a Look

      Game On: "Flash Focus" $19.99; Nintendo DS Nintendo DS, E for Everyone
      Take a look at this. Once again demonstrating its seemingly inexhaustible supply of oddball concepts, innovative efforts and games with peculiar premises that appeal…
    • The Good War
    • The Good War

      Game On: "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare", $59.99 for Xbox 360, PS3, $49.99 for PC, M for Mature
      It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it. In a world filled with political unrest and tragic violence, it almost seems too…
    • 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…
    • 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…
    • Karaoke Evolution
    • Karaoke Evolution

      Game On: "SingStar Pop" "SingStar Rocks!" Playstation 2, $29.99 each, E 10+ for Everyone 10 and older
      Karaoke is cool. You may still think of karaoke as something lonely singles do in the back of a Bennigan’s, waving around a glass…
    • 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…
    • Tony Hawk, Take a Walk
    • Tony Hawk, Take a Walk

      Game On: "Skate"? $59.99?, PS3, Xbox 360,? T for Teen
      Remember Tony Hawk? Of course you do. Not only does Hawk have almost supernatural skills on a skateboard, but he's arguably the first person…
    • The Shrinking Game

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      Old game franchises don't fade away. They just get smaller. As portable gaming consoles have become more powerful, they have also turned into a home…
    • 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.…
    • 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…
    • Building a Better "Star Wars"

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      "Star Wars" needs kids. Without the sparkling wonder, imagination and attention of children, the "Star Wars" saga would have flickered out long ago. Or maybe…
    • 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…
    • The "Deal" World

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      As much as we like to talk about games as an interactive medium, the fact is that plenty of us enjoy just sitting there and…
    • 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…
    • Get Your Kicks

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      One billion people can't be wrong. Misguided, maybe, but when it comes to the FIFA World Cup finals, football is football and not soccer. And…
    • Shuffling the Card-Game Genre
    • Shuffling the Card-Game Genre

      Game On: "Stargate Trading Card Game," $10.99 starter deck; $3.49 booster pack, free online play also available, T for Teen
      Pick a card, any card. Once the exclusive domain of cigar-chomping poker players, afternoon gin rummy aficionados and old ladies’ bridge clubs, card games…
    • Hits and Misses
    • Hits and Misses

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      You win some, you lose some. Looking back, 2007 was a good year for games. “BioShock” electrified gamers, while “Halo 3” almost lived up…
    • 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.…
    • Still Saving the Princess
    • Still Saving the Princess

      Game On: "The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass", DS Nintendo, $34.99. E for everyone
      If Mario's not careful, he's going to lose his job. Long Nintendo's heroic mascot, the smiling erstwhile plumber faces stiff competition for his role…
    • Saving the World Together

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      Remember the Traveling Wilburys? Even if you weren't a big fan of Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne on their…
    • 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…
    • 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…
    • Crazy Cute

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      Inside every grown-up is a toddler waiting to come out. Once you get the new game, "LocoRoco," in your hands, that inner tot bounds out…
    • 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…

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