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2011 was a banner year for video games. It saw the release of Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, and a dozen other indistinguishable shooters, all of them selling millions of copies. And then there were these games. Their sales ranged from “okay” to “embarrassing,” but each took creative risks that paid off. For that, they…

Ah, nothing like a nice recall of millions of toys to completely wreck your corporate reputation. Parents tend to not appreciate when you endanger the lives of their special little snowflakes, you know! And then they tell 20 of their friends how bad your company sucks. Below are the 10 worst toy recalls of recent…

“The best movie you’ll ever see will never be made. It will exist only in your mind.” (James Cameron) That fake quote from Cameron makes a relevant point about trailers, and is very appropriate since this is an article about fakes. A great trailer can sometimes promise an unbelievable movie that the actual full film…

There’s more to the video game industry than the games themselves. Developers, always looking to get more money out of their hard work, routinely turn to merchandising to compliment sales. Usually they’ll just release a standard line-up of shirts and action figures, but now and then they’ll get creative. And by creative we mean insane,…

Video games aren’t usually associated with books—games have yet to reach literature’s level of sophistication in storytelling, and we all know books are for uncoordinated nerds who can’t get kill streaks in Halo. But the two mediums are sometimes combined, and not just into dozens of mediocre Lord of the Rings games. Some very fun…

For many, Mario is the embodiment of great gaming. In the vast majority of video games featuring the bouncing plumber, the game-play has been life absorbing and the graphics have often pushed the boundaries of technology in their time. They have been the beating heart of the continuing success of Nintendo consoles and dominate the…

When people talk about Japanese role-playing games, certain images pop into mind: scrawny and under-dressed teens saving the world, ridiculously complex story lines, and ground-breaking graphics.  While it’s true that these stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason, the world of JRPGs is one of the richest and most fascinatingly diverse in all of gaming.  They…

The video game industry has pumped out countless accessories over the years. Most are functional but forgettable, the Ray Romanos of the video game world. Some, like the NES Zapper, are iconic. And then there are these ten, which make absolutely no sense. Maybe they were good ideas that went awry, or maybe they’re shameless…

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