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Geeking Out with 'Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures'new

Like developer Traveller's Tales' Lego Star Wars games, Lego Indiana Jones has a simple premise: You run, swing, jump, and punch your way through the three original Indiana Jones films, from Raiders of the Lost Ark to Temple of Doom to Last Crusade.
The Portland Mercury  |  Erik Henriksen  |  06-19-2008  |  Video Games

The Great American Video Gamenew

Grand Theft Auto IV offers violence, redemption, romance—and wide-ranging satire of American pop culture
Metroland  |  David King  |  06-02-2008  |  Video Games

Spielberg Goes 'Boom,' but Will Gaming Follow?new

It's both intriguing and a big deal that the man who owns one-third of one of Hollywood's largest film studios recognizes the power of gaming and wants to get involved. It's the sort of thing that can potentially lead to "respect" and "credibility" for gaming, concepts that the industry and gamers still struggle to own.
Charleston City Paper  |  Aaron R. Conklin  |  05-28-2008  |  Video Games

Is 'Grand Theft Auto IV' Video Jesus?new

Not quite. Still, by any reasonable standard, it's an incredible game, taking the hallowed legacy of the previous GTA games, striving to be bigger and better, and mostly succeeding.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Ben Richardson  |  05-14-2008  |  Video Games

'Mario Kart Wii': More Speed! More Racing!new

With the just-released Mario Kart Wii, Nintendo hopes to tap the collective nostalgia vein yet again, and while it doesn't quite live up to the phenomenal Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mario Kart Wii still ranks among the best games on the console.
The Portland Mercury  |  Erik Henriksen  |  05-09-2008  |  Video Games

The Obligatory Video Game Outrage Over 'Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City'new

If it were a movie, it would have been directed by Martin Scorsese or David O. Russell, and we'd all be ooohing and aaahhing over its dark, ironic vision of immigrant life in a world at war with itself. But because Liberty City is a video game, where players are in the driver's seat, so to speak, it freaks people out.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Annalee Newitz  |  05-08-2008  |  Video Games

'Conflict: Denied' Sequelnew

Some games fail when they look bad, sound bad and end up being, well, bad. Conflict: Denied Ops is this kind of failure.
Jackson Free Press  |  Nick Judin  |  05-07-2008  |  Video Games

'Grand Theft Auto IV' is Amazingnew

The latest installment of one of the most notorious game series in history takes you through an immigrant story that satirizes America's most beloved institutions, from Starbucks to American Idol, while simultaneously telling a gripping crime story that's as good as Scarface.
The Portland Mercury  |  Earnest "Nex" Cavalli  |  05-01-2008  |  Video Games

'Rainbow Six Vegas 2' is Not Quite a Pot of Goldnew

Sometimes one botched sequel is enough to send the money train off the tracks. Ubisoft Montreal's latest is not that sequel -- in fact, it's quite enjoyable -- but arguably not as good as the first Vegas and not a great example of the company's desire to create engaging characters and storylines.
Montreal Mirror  |  Erik Leijon  |  04-25-2008  |  Video Games

The Politics of Video Gamesnew

Violent video games don't really turn players into criminals, but their defenders do have a duty to confront the controversies they create.
Boston Phoenix  |  Mitch Krpata  |  04-24-2008  |  Video Games

Moving 'Lost' From TV to Video Gamenew

The makers of Lost: Via Domus wisely chose to have players assume characters who aren't part of the TV show, rather than any of the known survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. You do, however, interact with Jack, Kate, Locke, Sawyer, Hurley, and the others you've come to know.
The Georgia Straight  |  Blaine Kyllo  |  04-21-2008  |  Video Games

Virtual Racism in 'Halo'new

Trash-talking gone too far is marring online video-game worlds.
Tucson Weekly  |  Tom Danehy  |  04-17-2008  |  Video Games

Is 'Guitar Hero' the Future -- or Death -- of Rock?new

It's sold almost 6 million copies and made more than $1 billion, but is Guitar Hero exploiting real musicians while getting wannabe rock stars addicted to playing video games in their parents' basement?
NOW Magazine  |  Evan Davies  |  04-07-2008  |  Video Games

Games Put Poetry into Running and Gunningnew

Some of the games released in recent months give you the opportunity to take on various personas, including those of a swashbuckling treasure hunter, a medieval assassin, a roguish barbarian, a rakish cop, and a squadron of soldiers.
The Georgia Straight  |  Blaine Kyllo  |  04-04-2008  |  Video Games

'Endless Ocean': This is You Driving on Drugsnew

The reatest failure of Endless Ocean: Dive, Discover, Dream is that it's not realistic enough.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Kea Johnston  |  04-02-2008  |  Video Games

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