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Gamers for Sandy Hook

- December 31st, 2012

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While the Mass Effect series has sometimes been blamed for the horrific massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, Commander Shepard himself is helping with a new gamer-led fundraiser for those affected by the tragedy.

Called Gamers for Sandy Hook, a group of kind-hearted gamers is raising funds for the The Sandy Hook PTA to cover the victims’ medical bills and funeral costs.

Since everyone in our group are avid video game enthusiasts, we were inspired to use our passion to help our grieving brothers and sisters. Consequently, Gamers For Sandy Hook was born. We are not affiliated with any company or organization. We are grassroots organization fueled by our own individual hearts and pockets.

They’ve already got the support of video game actor Elias Toufexis (Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell), and the top bidder gets a Skype date with Edmonton’s own Mark Meer, who voices Commander Shepared in the Mass Effect series.

As I write this, the top bid is $50. You’ve got until Jan. 25 to beat that.

LEGO Lord of the Rings Review

- December 18th, 2012

While Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey brought home some serious gold at the box office this weekend, I’ve been entrenched in a completely different, more interactive adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved lore with Lego Lord of the Rings.

Sure, this game is closer to Jackson’s work than Tolkien’s but as developer Traveller’s Tales Lego video game series was built on the blocks of successful film and pop culture franchises like Star Wars and Harry Potter, Jackson’s Academy-Award winning adaptation of Tolkien’s books is definitely deserving of the Lego treatment.

Thankfully, Lego LOTR isn’t a pile of broken blocks. This Balrog-sized adventure continues to honour the series’ clever-but-never-complicated platforming and puzzles with a new wealth of collectibles worth seeking out in every corner of Middle Earth.

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Windows Solitaire enters the real world

- December 14th, 2012

Everyone has played it — they’ve clicked on the solitaire.exe icon when they were bored and wanted to kill time during the Windows 3.0 era.

Angry Birds artist Evan Roth has released a limited edition deck of cards as a homage to the world’s greatest time-stealer.

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Bicycle Cards even printed the novelty deck for the National Design Museum’s store Cooper-Hewitt in New York City. Unfortunately Cooper-Hewitt sold out of the 500 decks pretty fast.

But have no fears. I’m sure the hipster crowd who shop at Urban Outfitters will see this icon pop up eventually.

Ultimate fighting game battle royale: Round 4

- December 4th, 2012

Good day fighting game fans.

Round 3 of the Ultimate Fighting Game Battle Royale has passed us by, and we’re on to the semifinals.

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Our Ferocious Four feature Chun Li vs. Ryu (both of Street Fighter) and Scorpion vs. Liu Kang in a Mortal Kombat showdown. There are a few days left in the voting so be sure to check back this Sunday for the finals.

Once we get a final tally of the Ultimate Fighter, we’ll ask you who we failed to enter in our list of 32 fighters.