The Rise of Alternate Reality Games

Alternate Reality Games are popular because it gives players the chance to escape the real world and enter one where they might be someone else for a period of time.

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For the First Time NAB Show Expands to Feature Video Games

The National Association of Broadcasters announced early this morning that they will be transforming the final day of this year’s conference into a Video Game-centered blitzkrieg they are calling “Alternate Reality and Video Game Day.”

BumpTop will change the way you use your Desktop

BumpTop is an amazing re-visioning of your crusty old 2-D computer desktop real estate that does everything from create a three dimensional space where you can stick post-its or images to the walls, where your most used files appear larger on your desk, where you can simply drop files onto USB keys and more. Even better, it is totally free. Sure the Pro Version is where are the real action is at, but it only goes for $29 bucks.

After Years of Development in Stealth Mode, OnLive Arrives

Onlive: Essentially you will be able to play any game anywhere, anytime over a broadband connection without any downloads. Similarly, you can play demos for any of these games to check ’em out before committing to the full game.

Metal Slug 3 Conspicuously Absent from XBLA 2008 Award Nominees

Released January 2nd 2008, Metal Slug 3 from Japanese developer SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION, with its fast-paced, multi-path action and gorgeous post 8-bit graphics brings both outstanding and consistently fresh gameplay and legitimately humor entertainment to the XBOX 360 Live Arcade and yet it is conspicuously absent from Microsoft’s own year-end gamers’ polls. Maybe it is somehow considered a 2007 release, or a an original Xbox re-release, but technically it is a 2008 XBLA release and should have figured in this year’s awards. Plus playing as a blood-spewing zombie rules.

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VIDEO: A Wicked XBOX 360 Ad – Bann’d

For whatever reason this great ad for Xbox 360 never aired. Maybe it’s because society doesn’t mass John Woo styled flash mobs invading airport terminals. Whatever, it rocks. Jump in.

Circuit City to Close All Stores

With the demise of Circuit City, Best Buy and Wal-Mart will invariably grab larger pieces of the tech, gadget, video game and home entertainment pie, but remember that competition engenders competitive pricing and service. The less players there are in the field the less those left standing have to play by any rules.

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Game Design At Nintendo: How To Get Started

Game Design At Nintendo: How To Get Started

Prior to the Wii’s release, it was leaked that Nintendo was sending free developer kits to small scale game designers. Following that, they announced that indie game designers could get their hands on these kits for less than two thousand dollars. All this made it obvious that Nintendo was opening the door to fresh talent and ideas. Of course, not just anyone can get involved with video game design at Nintendo, as there are still many requirements that have to be met. Here are just a few of them.

TIG’s Posts List of 50 Really Good Indie Games

Consolidated and trimmed from an ongoing list of hundreds of great indie games posted at their forums, The Independent Gaming Source posted a list of much loved indie games that not only are of great quality and entertainment but also demonstrate why indie games should be of interest to anyone: they are imaginative, cover a huge range of scenarios, and most of them are free or can be had for less than the cost of a nice lunch.