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Review by: Travis Huinker
The perfect coffee table book for Blizzard enthusiasts. READ FULL REVIEW...
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News Roundup - 04/23/2013

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News Roundup - 04/22/2013

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Weekend News Roundup - 04/21/2013

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  • Fire Pro Returns coming to PSN as a Playstation 2 classic next week. Dont worry its not the Xbox Arcade Game

News Roundup - 04/18/2013

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Pandora's Tower finally available stateside

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If you haven't heard by now, the circle is complete: Pandora's Tower is now available here in the US of A. The last of the Operation Rainfall Three, the game was originally refused localization by Nintendo along with The Last Story and Xenoblade Chronicles. Unprecedented fan response eventually prompted Nintendo to bring all three over to the States, and now, nearly two years after the Rainfall began, the Wii has one of its last great titles available in all major territories.

Aside from being a pretty great action RPG, Pandora's Tower could also be something to keep you busy while you wait for new Wii U titles. Wii U is completely backwards compatible with Wii games, and I can tell you that the oft-neglected and sneered-at Wii has a lot of good games that almost no-one ever played, all of which could be keeping your Wii U fed during lean times. Don't let Pandora's Tower be forgotten. It's debuting at the budget price of $40, and if sales are high it will show Nintendo that yes, we do want good RPGs, we want them on Nintendo hardware, and localizing the Rainfall Three was a gamble that paid off.

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Girls Scouts will "Be Prepared" for badge in video game design

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"Be Prepared" is the Girl Scouts' motto. I wasn't using "ironic" or "scare" quotes in the headline.

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA) and Women in Games International (WIGI) are combining forces to create a merit badge in video game design. 

They're placing the Video Game Design badge in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) category of badges. Amy Allison, vice president at WIGI, said in an official statement that she hopes the badge will "get young girls excited in technology and science and let them know that they, too, can have a career in the video game industry." 

Lise Luttgens, chief executive officer at GSGLA, followed WIGI's statement with "Girl Scouts has a long history of developing pioneers in the fields of science and technology, so we are excited about collaborating with Women in Games International to ignite girls' interests in STEM-related subjects."

A brilliantly selected 16-bit heart will be the badge's graphic, a tribute to Nintendo's timeless indicator of health and extra lives. I'd rock that badge and I'm a man!

Note that they're not interested in just getting girls to play games. The emphasis is on the "design" part of Video Game Design. There doesn't appear to be a guide for attaining this badge yet, but it wouldn't be unreasonable for them to mimick the Boy Scouts' requirement for their Game Design badge (though the Boy Scouts' version is not video game-specific.) I checked out that Boy Scout badge: it wouldn't be a bad idea to put video game reviewers and critics through that manual's requirements.

The goal is to get the GSGLA badge recognized and adopted by the overarching Girl Scouts of America, so as to not limit this opportunity to the 40,000 (!) girls in the GSGLA alone.

Perhaps by the time my three-year-old joins the Girl Scouts--should she express such an interest--they could be selling annual copies of Madden and Assassin's Creed next to Samoas and Thin Mints. Though who am I kidding? Unless EA and Ubisoft start coating game boxes with caramel and toasted coconut, I'm going with the cookies.

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News Roundup - 04/17/2013

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News Roundup - 04/16/2013

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New Nintendo Direct coming tomorrow morning

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http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/archive/04-17-2013/

See that site? Be sure to check it out cause tomorrow morning as Nintendo is going to be broadcasting a live Nintendo Direct conference to you all.

For those who have never seen these before Nintendo Direct is a live stream where Nintendo pretty much tells you exactly what you can expect from them in the future. No BS, just straight and to the point info for you all. Previous Nintendo Direct videos have announced that new Zelda titles are in the works, the year of Luigi including the New Super Luigi U DLC, new apps coming to the 3DS and Wii U along with tons more information.

Nintendo Direct will be streamed live tomorrow morning at 7AM PT 10AM ET. If you havent checked out a Nintendo Direct before, be sure to check out the video below of a previous Nintendo Direct so you can get an idea of what to expect. 
 

News Roundup - 04/15/2013

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Now Loading for the week of April 15, 2013: BAM! WHACK! KAPOW! Edition

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This is a week that I have been waiting for since last year’s E3: Injustice is finally here! As a huge fighting game fan, I have been anxiously awaiting NetherRealm’s DC fighter and if the demo is any indication of the final product, I am going to be very happy. That isn’t the only game worth mentioning though as there are plenty others worth getting worked up about.

Our picks of the week include:

Pandora’s Tower: Although it has taken a couple of years, the action RPG Pandora’s Tower is finally making its way to the U.S. The game was originally released back in 2011 in Japan and is the finally piece of the fan-led Operation Rainfall puzzle. The game is now here certainly pushes Nintendo’s Wii to its technical limits, particularly in the visual department.

Sacred Citadel: The classic action RPG series Sacred is heading in a new direction thanks to Deep Silver as Sacred Citadel makes the universe more colorful and approachable than ever. The series is making the transition to a side-scrolling beat’em up akin to titles like Turtles in Time and Streets of Rage. Keeping in tune with the original Sacred series, the game features a variety of character classes who can all be upgraded and enhanced as you progress through the adventure. Up to four players can play together both online and off, making this an adventure meant to be played with friends.

Injustice- God’s Among Us: The marquee title amongst this week’s releases is NetherRealm Studio’s Injustice: Gods Among Us. This is a new breed of fighting game that aims to deliver the comic book experience from the world of DC comics. We’re not just talking about character variety, but large scale battles that come across more as epic set pieces rather than simple, one-on-one skirmishes. The game is full of both familiar and obscure faces from DC’s lengthy archives including Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Raven, and even Killer Frost and Ares. Featuring amazing visuals, interactive environments, and a ton of content for both gamers and comic book fans alike!

The full lineup consists of the following:

Weekend News Roundup - 04/14/2013

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  • Now you can enjoy your favorite GTA tracks on Spotify and iTunes
  • New Xbox Live Arcade bundle features Twisted Pixel games

Disney's Planes is wheels down on Nintendo this August

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Disney's Planes video game, based on the upcoming Disney's Planes movie, lands exclusively on Nintendo platforms August 6. The Dane Cook-led cast of aeronautical high-flyers will barrel roll onto the Wii U, Wii, 3DS, and DS. All Nintendo everything.

The violence level will likely top out during the "Balloon Pop" event, but there are several other game modes to circle around: singleplayer narrative, drop-in drop-out multiplayer, some free-form exploration, and the plot-centric races.

Disney's Planes won't ape the movie's storyline, but the premise of a lowly cropduster (voiced by Dane Cook) aspiring to compete in the race circuit will likely remain central. I personally wouldn't mind hearing Ripslinger (voiced by Roger Craig Smith, aka the voice of Assassin's Creed's Ezio Auditore da Firenze) give Dane Not-Actually-Funny Cook a rivalry-fueled run for his money. I'd also love to see Val Kilmer reprise his role as Iceman from Top Gun as he voices the FA-18 Super Hornet named Bravo. I'm making up that last part about a Top Gun tie-in. But come on, it's Val Kilmer as a fighter jet. I don't think I'm asking for too much here.

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News Roundup - 04/11/2013

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Match made in heaven: Skylanders and Happy Meals

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Who didn’t see this one coming?

Activision has announced a new partnership with McDonalds that will bring some of your favorite Skylanders Giants characters to happy meals beginning this weekend. Between April 12 and Ma2, while supplies last, Mcdonald’s will offer customers who purchase a happy meal one of nine unique toys from the hit game (and a coupon for $10 off the starter pack).

The figurines being featured in the promotion include plenty of fan favorites: Spyro, Gill Grunt, Drobot, Chop Chop, Ignitor, Jet-Vac, Tree Rex, Crusher, and even Kaos (the bad guy). You can expect to begin seeing this partnership everywhere as television and paper advertising will begin almost immediately to hype the partnership and the offer. I guess I know what we’re having for dinner at my house this weekend...

News Roundup - 04/10/2013

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News Roundup - 04/09/2013

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News Roundup - 04/08/2013

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Weekend News Roundup - 04/07/2013

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  • GDC 2013: Fighting through Sand Central Station in LEGO Marvel Superheroes
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News Roundup - 04/04/2013

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News Roundup - 04/03/2013

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News Roundup - 04/02/2013

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GDC 2013 sets attendance record, dates for GDC 2014 announced

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In many cases, I can't imagine anything more boring than an industry-specific convention or conference.  No doubt at some point this year, there will be actual humans at the Urinal Cake Makers convention along with every other job in the world. 

I'm not 100% videogame conferences would be any better.  Yes, you're surrounded by the cutting edge of your chosen field, but you also have to sign up to listen to dry presentations about AI scripting, and the new paradigm encompassed by contextual action inputs. 

Whether that's true or not, it didn't matter to those attending this year's Game Developer's Conference because a record 23,000 industry professionals attended the get-together held in San Francisco's Moscone Center.  It was such a success that They're going back to the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco for GDC 2014, which will run from March 17 until March 21, 2014.

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News Roundup - 04/01/2013

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