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Just the games – what’s new and noteworthy

- February 7th, 2013

“Which games are good? What are people playing?”

I’m asked these questions frequently.  There’s no shortage of gaming coverage out there, but it’s not always easily digestible for the casual crowd and weekend warriors. Subscribing to nerd culture podcasts strikes many gamers as a little intense. Still, they want to know what’s new and what’s worth their time.

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Tactical goodness – Fire Emblem: Awakening has launched to universal acclaim

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The 10 most addictive games

- December 22nd, 2011

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You might as well face it, you’re addicted to games.

According to press release issued by Gamasutra in partnership with GamePress, 63% of gamers surveyed said they feel “addicted” to gaming, 42% admitted they often missed out on social events in the name of leveling up and 82% said they regularly missed out on sleep because of video games.

There are, admittedly, worse things to lose sleep over than enjoying a favourite pastime, but as someone whose been stood up for a date because of Everquest, I beg of you, don’t do that. It’s douchey.

Here are the 10 console games respondents said they were most addicted to. I’m a bit bummed that machine-gun toting bros beat out dragon-slaying nerds for the top spot, but it warms the cockles of my heart to learn that Tetris is still ruining people’s friendships and health after 27 years.

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – 73% of gamers who said they’d played said they felt ‘addicted’ to it
  2. Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls V – 70%
  3. Halo 3 – 68%
  4. Final Fantasy VII – 63%
  5. Grand Theft Auto IV – 58%
  6. Oblivion: The Elder Scrolls IV – 56%
  7. The Sims – 55%
  8. Red Dead Redemption – 46%
  9. FIFA 2012 – 42%
  10. Tetris – 39%

So what games can’t you live without?

[Editor's Note: If you enjoyed this post, there's plenty more where that came from. Check out our video game content on the Button Mashers blog.]

Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 – head to head

- November 26th, 2011

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Blockbuster first-person shooter season is upon us, and as you read this, millions of players are logged into Call of Duty and Battlefield servers, slapping C4 charges on mobile command units, racking up killstreaks and appealing to friends, through tinny headsets, to “watch your six.”

Despite the cinematic solo story modes in these games, it’s the online component that’s the main draw for a huge number of players. So how do the multiplayer modes in the console versions of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 stack up?

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Edmonton Gamers answer the Call of Duty

- November 9th, 2011

Bleary eyed and dead tired, I was stoked to be among the first to slide Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 onto my PS3 at close to 2:00 a.m Tuesday and after a marathon session ending in me waking to a string of slobber on my chin, I can safely say the game is exactly what I expected.

Fans will no doubt be ecstatic that developer Infinity Ward once again drops us into the semi-futuristic conflict Modern Warfare is praised for; a step away from the more historical warfare of Black Ops and a return to the combat setting that made Call of Duty 4 a smash hit.

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Man threatens to shoot employees, blow up store over sold-out Call of Duty

- November 9th, 2011

9News.com reports:

AURORA – Police say a man threatened to perform his own modern warfare after he learned Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was sold out at a local Best Buy.

Aurora Police Det. Bob Friel says 31-year-old Lomorin Sar was arrested early Tuesday morning after he threatened the employees at the Best Buy in the 3500 block of North Salida Court.

Witnesses told police Sar became angry and irate with the customer service desk shortly after midnight on Tuesday after they told him the video game he allegedly pre-ordered earlier in the day was no longer in stock.

Witnesses say Sar threatened store workers, asking when they were leaving and allegedly saying he would shoot them in the parking lot. Sar allegedly also told employees he would blow up the store.

So, maybe there’s something to that video-games-lead-to-violent-behaviour theory, after all?

Via Kotaku