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pvz2 So Popcap/EA released the long awaited for Plants Vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time and I’ve been crushing it ever since.  I have already earned 51 of the 116 available stars, which means I have a long way to go still.  One of the drawbacks of the previous game was the fairly monotonous gameplay as you progressed and the lack of challenge besides the ones you gave yourself.  This sequel has certainly ramped up the difficulty and introduced a plethora of new and exciting plants.  I’ve compiled a list below of my favorite plants that I try to use in every game type.

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You may or may not want to read the article linked here before continuing onward to the rest of the article. This week I talk about where the industry is headed after reading some alleged testimonies from various employees at major game publishing companies such as EA or Activision. While these intervies/reviews of the companies may be entirely false, I’m operating under the assumption that they are in fact employed at said companies. If it turns out that I am wrong, then I recant the following… (more…)

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So as many of you have already heard, publishing giant EA has sued infamous game thief Zynga over a blatant copy of their sims series of games. While I’m all for giving the bad guy what’s due to them, I can’t help but wonder of anything can be done at all to stem the idea thieving that has been going on for some time now. I actually wonder if anything would have been done at all had EA not stepped up to the plate and started this lawsuit. Further along in this article I’ll somewhat give a rant about what I feel concerning this entire debacle, and hopefully you all can shed some light as to whether or not this should have happened in the first place. (more…)

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If you’ve finished the Mass Effect 3 campaign, you know that the extended cut was released last Tuesday for US and Canada to possibly fill any plot holes some [all] players wanted.  There have been an entire mess of theories arising, the most popular being the indoctrination theory, which in short was the idea that the entire final 30 minutes or so were simply an illusion and that you were in Shepherds mind fighting of metaphors for indoctrination.  Was that Bioware’s actual intention?  Does Shepherd still have an enemy to fight?  If you haven’t read up on the theories yet or are just curious to what my take on the series is, I suggest you continue reading below.  But beware, if you’re still interested in picking up the series, mass [lol] spoilers ahead.

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It’s flip week I suppose, seeing as I covered the sequel to a game before the actual game came out. Anyway, this week’s game of the week is Mass Effect 2. Featuring an all-star cast of lovable characters, my favorite of which is currently Doctor Mordin Solus after his glorious rendition of The Major-General’s song. With a wide-array of ways to play with an even wider array of things to say, Mass Effect 2 is definitely one of the best games I’ve played to date. Check out the rest of the article to get my in-depth review of Mass Effect 2. (more…)

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Alright, despite the fact that E3 2012 isn’t really over yet (at least, I don’t think it is), I’m going to go ahead and write this wrap-up article as the main performances and press conferences are already done with. With a star-studded line-up featuring the regulars such as Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo as well as developers EA and Ubisoft, people were expecting an amazing E3. Feel free to read further to see what I thought of this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. (more…)

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So, in a rather strange twist of reality, a hacker was apparently recently asked to break into the e-mail accounts of not only the Call of Duty creator’s e-mails, but most of Infinity Ward in a suit against the company by Activision. The hacker, once denied assistance by Microsoft, went to more shady business dealings to get the job done. The details are still hazy, but apparently Activision must want to win this case something awful if they resorted to hiring a hacker to steal e-mails. Read the full story in the article sourced below and let us know what you think of this entire debacle.

Source: Hacker Enlists Microsofts Help Breaking Into IW E-mails

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Mass Effect has significantly changed my life when it comes to gaming.  I used to not be such a big video game guy as it took me nearly 5 years to finally get a PS3 after it was released.  Mass Effect 2 was among the first game I got.  While it was difficult to get into, not playing Mass Effect 1 and buying it used so I couldn’t control decisions from the first game,  I managed to eventually persevere through it and get all the correct DLC to get the way I wanted.  By the time Mass Effect 3 came out, I spent 30 hours gaining everyone’s loyalty and etc., I had successfully gotten a fairly perfect Paragon mode with all my crew members.  I spent another 30 hours playing through Mass Effect 3 and my Paragon Male Shepherd chose the synthesis route and I thought I was done and satisfied.

It was interesting that I never truly considered the Renegade route.  Even more astonishing that I never remotely considered a female Shepherd.  And after going through some forums I read some very interesting quotes regarding my decisions: “Anyone who has never played a Female Shepherd should be considered sexist” and “Playing through renegade is a completely different side to the Mass Effect universe”.  I’ve taken these statements into account and decided to knock out two birds with one stone.  So here is my journey as Renegade FemShep.

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I don’t really want to say anything about this…

So as many of you have already noticed, EA (Electronic Arts) have released their own steam-like application known as Origin, which hosts a lot of the major EA titles, many of which were pulled from steam before the release of the program. Since then…well…it’s received more than its fair share of criticism ranging from poor design to poor customer service. The interview with Gabe Newell, head of Valve and subsequently, Steam, can clue us in to how he views his ‘competition’. At this point this article could be nothing more than speculation, but I found it to be an interesting enough read.

Source: Gabe Newell on EA’s Origin Service

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This is the video of an alternative fan made trailer of Mass Effect 3 that incorporates more in-game graphics than the movie production values of the original trailer.  This trailer gives you all the goosebumps you want.

The original is below.  Compare.

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From what I expect to be a move from EA after they received the worst Video Game Company award, they used their most recently popular game Mass Effect 3 to try and win back the hearts of fans with free DLC.  There’s plenty of content to be had here with a plethora of new characters and maps.  I personally can’t wait till I’m able to play with these characters on these new maps, as the multiplayer was beginning to get a little dull and repetitive for me.

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Being a video game blog along with movies and television, I’m going to try and catch up with the relative lack of posts the video game category currently has.  And today I’m going to go through the list of games that I’m buying brand spanking new [used games are a different issue to be discussed in a different time].  2012 had quite the roster of highly anticipated games, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the following 5.  Ordered based on release date.

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