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“Mature” Games

“Mature” Games

Many of the people reading this likely first encountered videogames through early Mario and Zelda titles or, maybe, later games like Pokemon or Crash Bandicoot. As years went by some games made an attempt to grow up with them, offering more sophisticated experiences that mostly revolved around gating gore, sexuality and gold ol’ fashioned cussing

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Born Free

Born Free

Hello everyone and welcome one again to Patch Notes. Tim Ashdown here back from Cuba and ready to take on the world of DLC and patches once again.

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We Need Better Production Methods, Not Production Value

We Need Better Production Methods, Not Production Value

There’s a problem with the current model of game production but it’s going to require massive changes that are likely to leave a trail of devastation in their wake.  Gamers are now approaching a point in the medium where our choices are dwindling to two extremes; big budget, generic titles churned out with cookie cutter

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Make Call of Duty Interesting Again

Make Call of Duty Interesting Again

One of the first videogames that I can remember having a real, profound effect on me was the debut Call of Duty. At the time of its release, the approach it took to its World War II setting was unnerving, the first-person perspective of the action making the horrors of combat more visceral and terrifying

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The Avengers Interview II: Cobie Smulders

The Avengers Interview II: Cobie Smulders

Since 2008, the good folks at Marvel Studios have been kind enough to introduce mass audiences to a fresh member of their extended comic book universe every summer. This year, not so much. Oh sure, we’ll get a gigantic Marvel blockbuster in The Avengers (certainly the biggest thus far and possibly even the best), but

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The Avengers Interview: Mark Ruffalo

The Avengers Interview: Mark Ruffalo

 This weekend Marvel Studio’s five-movie master plan finally comes to fruition with the multi-million dollar superhero mash-up The Avengers. Considering that the studio took a big risk in launching their own production company with plans of developing their entire universe for big screen consumption, things have gone remarkably well. They’ve managed to successfully nurture along

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What’s so Ultimate about Ultimate Spider-Man anyway?

What’s so Ultimate about Ultimate Spider-Man anyway?

Marvel’s newest foray into cartoon animation is Ultimate Spider-Man, which started airing April 1 st .  But this show is no April Fool, as it brings a very different vision of Spider-Man to the small screen.  As a huge fan of the prior Spider-Man animated series, Spectacular Spider-Man, I came into this new series with

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The Dark Side of Comic Book Movies

The Dark Side of Comic Book Movies

For just over a decade Marvel Comics has managed to successfully bring a variety of their properties to the big-screen, such as Spider-Man, the X-Men, and now the Avengers, opening this week in North America.  And although these movies have enjoyed a fair amount of success, there is a dark side to their popularity, and

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What Happens To HD Collections Next Generation?

What Happens To HD Collections Next Generation?

As hardcore fans of Japanese action games go through the paces with the Devil May Cry HD Collection, I can’t help but look to the future with a little trepidation. Rumors of next generation consoles are everywhere, and the Wii-U is a confirmed, incoming reality. The end is in sight for the current generation of

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A Novel Idea

A Novel Idea

It’s pretty tough to try to think up too many videogames successfully adapted from books. Despite the thousands and thousands of fantastic novels, short stories and classic poems, the best that players have been able to expect so far are titles that miss the point of their source material completely (like Dante’s Inferno) or great,

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