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I buy my games here, as they have an excellent selection of vintage games. Plus, they are not some big corporate monster, and instead are two guys who love games.
Here are some pics from there store:


>I am biased guys, as I am a horror writer. Nonetheless, I think everyone should get into survival horror gaming. Why?
~Great plots ( some weird ones as well)
~Imaginative, like how games were back on NES and SNES
~ frequently, good soundtracks


>Game Informer Pictures, Images and Photos

I like diversity in my life people. I like having a little bit of everything. I would not want my child to attend an all girls schools, nor would I want to live in an all white neighborhood. I am a gamer and a mom, and those two things seem to contradict each other in today’s society, and that is SAD. I ran into one mom with her son in EB and he had just had his XBOX crash. I talked with him about his plight, and the mother looked at me like I was psycho for knowing about what he was talking about ( I was about 7 months pregnant at the time as well).
My husband and I are subscribers and addicts of game informer. We love their articulate and many times spot on reviews. But why are there no girl gamers providing articles? What, do we all suck at gaming ( no buddy, we don’t…) and are unable to review Halo? Give me a break! And are there any African American writers providing content? I don’t think there are. What about any gay guys? At the same EB I saw that mother and son at, I know a gay guy that works there and is a MAJOR gamer. He said he had seen some not very gay friendly reviews that disturbed him, and wrote to gameinformer. They never responded.
This is really, really sad. There should be no politics, and no judgment in the gaming world, and obviously game informer is not observing this. It really irritates me….

>Please Stop: An Open Letter to Uwe Boll

>uwe boll Pictures, Images and Photos
There is something a lot of us gamers ( and anyone who has seen your films) have been wanting to convey for some time. I know you’ve seen the petitions, and I understand this must have caused you some pain ( hence your ‘ I am not a fucking retard like Michael Bay’ video). You are a passionate gamer, and I think that that’s fantastic; good for you!
Nonetheless, I think it’s time you take a second look at your films. Just put on House of The dead for 2 minutes. No, just two is necessary, Uwe. More than that can actually cause physical and mental damage, so please don’t subject yourself to what millions of poor, helpless viewers have done.
Now, ask yourself this question: does my film lack in any way?
I know this is hard, Uwe, but I’m sure you know the answer deep down inside. Can you hear that voice saying ‘please stop this insanity.’? Listen to it. Give in. You see, you are detracting millions of people from playing the video games you are turning into films. They go and see Alone in the Dark and begin to vomit from the horrific acting and writing and decide to never, ever play the origin bad ass game.
This is a crime, Uwe, and it needs to stop.
I am a big Bloodrayne fan, and though I think your depiction of it was OK ( it was the best of all your films, I guess…), I think it really has pissed off a lot of people who are now vowing to never try it out on a console. You see, I want a Bloodrayne 3, and that is unlikely to happen now.
And have you played he new Alone in the Dark? I have this premonition that your film somehow influenced the writers of it, and the final result is a pretty bad game.
I know Uwe. I know. But why not just PLAY the games and maybe-if you feel so inspired- write a story that you can read to your dog or pet? Why make a film?
I hope we have gotten somewhere, Uwe, and that you can spend a few years reflecting on my letter.


>Have you happened to be one of the few who played Indigo Prophecy or are you too addicted to first person shooters and just can’t put down your gun? ( hey, I keep my unlimited rocket launcher handy at all times)
If you have played it, chances are you either loved it or hated it with a passion. The unique method of gameplay ( where one reacts to sequences by tapping buttons in order, and as soon as they appear on one’s screen or else) is being redone in Origami Killer, so those of us who fell in love with Indigo Prophecy have a lot to look forward to.

>Old school update: Read all about it, a classic TVOntario show from the 80’s

>You all should check this out…


>Ok guys and gals… I am going to go where practically every gamer has ever gone, and that’s to my favorite game list. Yes, everyone has one. And yes, Secret of Mana is on everyone’s list, or should be. But some of the best games ever made have gone unnoticed, unplayed, ignored… and therefore no sequels have been made. It’s a disgrace. Please play those that you haven’t played, and enjoy the artwork and creativity behind them.
1.) Beyond Good and Evil, directed by Michel Ancel
Beyond Good and Evil Pictures, Images and Photos
In a world dissimilar to our own ( sarcasm) where a government is conspiring against its people, Jade and her uncle Pey’j must photograph and report crimes that they see being committed behind closed doors in order to alert the Hyllians ( the townspeople) of what is going on. This game is close to my heart, and could be my favorite of all time.
2.) Primal, writer Jonathan Ashley
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You are a bad ass named Jen tate ( Hudson Leick does an amazing job with voiceover) who travels to many worlds with her sidekick, a gargoyle name Scree ( amazing, amazing job by actor Andreas Katsulas. She can morph into various creatures and kick the ass of villains, all in the name of saving her love…
3.) Secret Of Mana
secret mana Pictures, Images and Photos
If you haven’t played it, i really don’t know what to say.
4.) Silent Hill 0-5 ( though five was so so), Konami
Silent Hill Pictures, Images and Photos
I could honestly go on for hours about how good the Silent Hill series is. I am a devout fan, but not because it is a horror game. There is a certain type of eerie beauty to the town of Silent Hill, and it’s visitors all have pasts that are intriguing and alluring. The soundtracks are the best of any series ( thank you Akira, thank you). My favs, in order: SH1,2, 4, 3, 0, 5. Two probably has the best plot and embodies the haunting allure of the series the most, but the first in the series is still the best, I think… SH 4 is frequently dissed and hated, but I loved it so much. SH 5 is by far the worst, and I wrote a detailed review of why it was bad on under E. Kelsey, which is my name.
Shadow of Destiny, writer Junko Kawano
Shadow of destiny Pictures, Images and Photos
You want a unique game? Then get this. I loved it. Follow Eike as he tries to prevent his death by traveling back in time…
6.) Clock Tower series
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My second favorite series. There are 4, but the very first was only released in Japan ( I got ahold of it ‘somehow’). The third is different than the others, but still as good ( SCARY AS HELL).
7.) Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, director Lani Minella
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Pictures, Images and Photos
Holy shit, is this game challenging at times ( the initial chase sequence is hard as hell, and sneaking around the Innsmouth is equally difficult). HP Lovecraft’s Shadow Over Innsmouth is combined with Call of Cthulhu, and boy, did they get the graphics and feel spot on…
8.) Haunting Ground/ Demento,director Kazuhiro Tsuchiya
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You are abducted and are currently residing in a manor filled with evil fucks who happen to want to kill you and take your essence. Oh, and your only weapon is a dog, and how well you can hide… Not for those of you who prefer a good ‘ol shooter ( and I do as well) but one of my favs for atmosphere. Scary as hell.
9.)Indigo Prophecy, director David Cage
Indigo Prophecy Pictures, Images and Photos
You were momentarily possessed into killing a stranger and now hold the key to the fate of the world. hell yes.
10.) Resident Evil series, of course
resident Evil directors cut Pictures, Images and Photos
Zombies suck. They regenerate and are annoying. But the resident evil series hit the nail on the head with balancing how annoying they are, and how much damage you can do to them…
11.) Bloodrayne series
BloodRayne cover Pictures, Images and Photos
Before you think I am talking about Uwe’s piece of garbage movie, hold on; the games are EXCELLENT with innovative fill modes and weapons.
12.) Mario Bros/ Super Mario series
Super Mario Confrontation Pictures, Images and Photos
This is obvious. I even loved the movie. But back to gaming: there are so many Mario games that people haven’t played, like Mario’s missing. Become a collector and go find all of those relics that are timeless.
13.) Eternal Darkness, director Dennis Dyack
Eternal Darkness Pictures, Images and Photos
Scariest game ever made, hands down. Very Lovecrafty.
14.) Oddworld series
Oddworld Pictures, Images and Photos
Abe’s game and Stranger’s Wrath rock.
15.) Rule of Rose
Rule of Rose Pictures, Images and Photos
Another game with a dog, yeah yeah.. but it is so good and eerie! Fantastic, hard to find soundtrack…
16.)Dreamfall: The longest Journey, Ragnar Tornquist
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Some creepy little girl keeps trying to contact you ala Ringu. I love this game, but the ending is bad.
17.)Baten Kaitos
baten kaitos Pictures, Images and Photos
Possibly the most beautiful game ever made. And a complete new take on the typical RPG combat system. FANTASTIC SOUNDTRACK
18.) Okage Shadow King
Okage Wall paper Pictures, Images and Photos
You have been taken as a slave by your pissed off, Woody allen-esque shadow. What a great RPG, with Tim Burton graphics…
19.) American McGee’s Alice
alice Pictures, Images and Photos
Oh, Alice got a makeover all right, and took a walk on the survival horror side…
20.) Bioshock,
bioshock Pictures, Images and Photos
Bioshock blew everyone’s mind when the demo came out, then mesmerized when it was actually released. It provided the gamer with the ability to really interact with the environment, and pushed you to ‘genetically enhance yourself in order to fight the fucked up freaks that roam the city..
21.) Fallout 3
Bioshock was a work of art, and Fallout 3 joins it.
22.) Broken Sword series ( oh, how I love it…)
Broken Sword SOTT Pictures, Images and Photos
You are a globe trotting, suave guy with your on off French Girlfriend Nico. You get into a lot of trouble on your many adventures.


>Fallout Pictures, Images and Photos
If you haven’t made the purchase of Fallout 3 yet, you are missing out…big time. Did you think that Bioshock was engrossing? So did I. And guess what? Fallout is about 100X more compelling and immersive than that. It seems that Bethesda understands that gamers want more interaction with characters and landscapes; not only do they want to beat the shit out of some asshole wanderer, but they also want to have a shot of scotch at the local pub and chat up the bartender.
Critics are claiming that Fallout it simply too complex, with more sidequests than possible to follow ( hey, what can I say? Bethesda likes sidequests people-deal with it). My only complaint is that if one chooses to stick with the main quest, the game will def. be obviously shorter than if you choose to help some ghouls or whatnot, which of course forces you to actually take an interest in strangers that approach you for help.
One of the other points of interest with Fallout 3 is the fantastic voice over and music. Liam Neeson plays dear old pop, and Clockwork Orange’s Malcom McDowell is the ominous President Eden. EVEN RON PERLMAN IS IN IT! Nothing pisses me off more than bad voice over ( like in Silent Hill 4, which was a great game but Henry Townshend could barely emote whatsoever…it was embarassing..), and Fallout 3 is putting a lot of games to shame ( it hurst me to insult SH 4 but what choice do I have?)
Final verdict: buy it, and contact Bethesda to thank them for such a beautiful piece of work.

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