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Hit Squad: An interview with Chris Blundell - 2012-05-22 14:48:37

Hit Squad: An interview with Chris Blundell

Chris Blundell is a musician turned filmmaker who has set out to make the world’s first feature length 8-bit film. Taking influences from across all media, Blundell plans to blend comedy with the pixilated gloss of early videogames. Part Spinal Tap part Codemonkeys, The Hit Squad could do for 8-bit animation what Family Guy did

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Exploring the Diablo III marketplace

Exploring the Diablo III marketplace

The changes Blizzard made in Diablo III have received a lot of hate, much of which stems from a decade of nostalgia. But whether you prefer the necromancer to the witch doctor or skill trees to runes, no one misses Diablo II’s economy. Hyperinflation made Sanctuary look like fantasy Zimbabwe, leaving a system of bartering

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Indie Game: The Movie and Breaching the Mainstream - 2012-05-17 13:47:25

Indie Game: The Movie and Breaching the Mainstream

I went to a screening of Indie Game: The Movie during the first week of May. It was broadcast from a satellite feed that showed the pre-movie introduction and following question and answer period from the official “premiere” theatre in downtown Toronto. The whole thing, despite my fairly empty West-end Toronto theatre and the The

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What comes after the FPS? - 2012-05-15 18:49:17

What comes after the FPS?

I know there are some people who think what I’m about to say next is absolute lunacy, but I’d also be willing to be those same people are probably younger than 20, and this is their first serious foray into a console generation. Anyone who’s been through a few generations of hardware is going to

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“Mature” Games - 2012-05-11 20:30:38

“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 - 2012-05-11 20:18:03

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 - 2012-05-08 13:52:04

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 - 2012-05-03 13:52:02

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 - 2012-05-02 18:24:35

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 - 2012-05-02 15:40:24

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? - 2012-05-01 15:36:41

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 - 2012-05-01 15:22:23

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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