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I Love Liberty City: A Grand Theft Auto 4 Retrospective

I was browsing Metacritic.com today, and noticed that Grand Theft Auto IV is still the highest rated Xbox 360 game out on the market. It got me thinking, "How come GTAIV is the best rated game of the Xbox 360? What makes it so popular?" So I sat down and thought about the first time [...]

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Steam on Mac

The May 12th launch of Steam for OSXhas gotten me thinking about the implications of a real gaming platformcoming to Macs.  I’ve seen many friends, Break included, switch fromWindows to OSX for various reasons; the one downside being that theylose their ability to play PC games.  This time period marked one ofthe biggest declines in [...]

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SNES

Nintendo Entertainment System, or “The NES” as it was referred to,first garnished my appetite for video games in the fall of 1988. I wasone of the many fortunate souls who came home from Toys R’ Us with theMario/Duck hunt package, complete with an orange zapper gun. It was abig deal, spending over $100 on a [...]

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Requiem for Burnout Paradise

Recently, Criterion Games announced an exciting offer: Burnout Paradise and all of it’s downloadable content would become available for a limited time for the low price of $29.99. That’s an excellent deal, considering the whole shebang is otherwise worth more than $100. Luckily, I hadn’t yet expanded my game, so I was thrilled to hear [...]

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Marvel vs Capcom 2

One morning, like any other day, I was wandering aimlessly to no particular place when I had happened upon what seemed to be a quarter that was sitting there just waiting for me to pick it up. I approached the George Washington metallic portrait and grabbed it in less than the shake of a lambs [...]

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Wasted Opportunities in Gaming

There are so many franchise games being put out there these days. So many. Hollywood and Video Game makers are similar in that regard; they are ever on the lookout for remakes and adaptations they can make because its cheaper to run off of an existing fan-base than to advertize a new idea. Sometimes it [...]

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How Integrated Action Affects the Story and the Player

The last several years have seen the emergence of the blockbuster video game, a game usually influenced strongly by the notion of cinematic presentation of story.  This line between video games and film will continue to blur, especially with the imminent release of Quantic Dream’s Heavy Rain, which, judging by early reviews, is shaping up [...]

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Box Art

Does poor video game box art push you over the edge so much that you refuse to buy a game? Does it affect sales? That is a question that comes to mind whenever I see another wonderful game get the "American" treatment of shitty box art. One recent game to do this is Yakuza 3. [...]

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Dragon Age Origins vs. the MMORPG

Dragon Age Origins vs. the MMORPG Who doesn’t like a good old fashion role playing game (RPG)?  The gaming community in the last decade has been overrun by the increasingly popular massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) genre.  This style of gameplay has lead the classic gamer astray, where once a solitary elf could peacefully rend [...]

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New Nintendo Hardware

The Internet seems to have been set aflame by the possibility of new Nintendo hardware to be announced at their media summit on the 24th.  I think there will be new hardware, but it will likely be something we already know about; Vitality Sensor, DS xL etc.  Nintendo will hold off with the big guns [...]

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Bioware and the Love Connection

When I first purchased “Star Wars: Knights of the OldRepublic,” I had owned an Xbox for about three days, and I wanted something toplay that wasn’t “Halo.” With a psychological rigor that would have leftSocrates speechless, I reasoned that “Star Wars stuff is cool,” and if I wasgoing to have a second game on my [...]

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Can Sonic Return to Greatness?

Project needlemouse has been revealed as Sonic 4! After months of speculation, Sega has announced today that they will be releasing a 2D episodic sonic game this summer. Details are still slim at the moment. However, after examining the 3-4 seconds of footage of the trailer, it’s safe to say that the game will be [...]

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Sega Channel!

“Hey, remember Sega Channel?” “Sega what???” “Sega CHANNEL!”   (Shakes head with blank face)     You have no idea. Okay, never mind then.     I ‘ve had this conversation an innumerable amount of times. Sega Channel was great. It was awesome. But barely anyone seems to have ever heard of it. For those who were fortunate enough to [...]

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Re: Steam

I never really got into Steam.  Unfortunately, right as it was rising to prominence I had pretty much gone into console monogamy.  In the late 90s and early 2000s I built my PCs to be the finest gaming machines I could muster, but by 2004 I was using Macs and had no real desire to [...]

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Download the Latest Show

Go to Padinga.com to download the newest episode of The Game Show.

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My Letter to Mario

Dear Mario, It has been a few years and I never said anything, but I feel like every time I see you, it’s there. It’s in the back of my mind and it’s really bugging me. You know, I’ve gotten over it, so it’s not that big of deal anymore, but I think we need [...]

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My Letter To Mario

Dear Mario, It has been a few years and I never said anything, but I feel like every time I see you, it’s there.  It’s in the back of my mind and it’s really bugging me. You know, I’ve gotten over it, so it’s not that big of deal anymore, but I think we need to [...]

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What’s the Deal With Video Games as Art?

No, not that kind A majority of society doesn’t view video games as an art form and the mainstream video game industry doesn’t do much to change that perception. For every Braid, there are a handful of different games trying to replicate the success of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The mainstream video game [...]

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The Game Show LIVE!

Click HERE to start the broadcast. Be sure to catch us today, Friday May 22nd, at 6:00 PM Central Time on The Game Show.  To write in questions, go to the IRC chat.  We will also be accepting call ins via Skype.  Please send a message to padingacallin on Skype describing your question or comment and we [...]

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The Game Show Hath Returned

Look forward to seeing you all again after such a long time, this Friday.  You have probably all guessed it, but The Game Show LIVE returns a week from today Friday May 22 at 4:00PM Pacific, 5:00PM Mountain, 6:00PM Central, and 7:00PM Eastern.  Hopefully, I can announce something else at that time.  See y’all then!

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