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Film, "Greedy Lying Bastards": No Thanks for Wrecking the Planet

"Greedy Lying Bastards": No Thanks for Wrecking the Planet

One thing Craig Scott Rosebraugh's documentary Greedy Lying Bastards cannot be accused of is hiding its point of view; it's right there in the title. Though the connection between energy companies and climate change is established early on through interviews,…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Online Turnoff

Online Turnoff

Developers seem to believe that their first-person games are required to include online modes. Blame it on the few narrow-minded gamers (and critics) who constantly hammer away with that boneheaded message. At best, it's a strange logic of inheritance: Since…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Gaming's Greatest Hits

Gaming's Greatest Hits

Best Sleeper Hit: WordJong (Nintendo DS) — It may not sell like Mario, but this mishmash of Scrabble and mah-jongg hooks you like handheld crack. Already a word-of-mouth hit, despite being released only this month, WordJong is perfect for quiet…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Xmas Present & Past

Xmas Present & Past

Nothing says holiday spirit quite like stabbing a terrorist or hammering a goombah, as the hottest games this season invite us to do. But no matter how cutting-edge the stars of 2007 may be, they are also unmistakably familiar. This…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Halo 3's Advertising Glare Outshines Xbox 360 Game

Halo 3's Advertising Glare Outshines Xbox 360 Game

What's left to say about Halo 3? How about this: All the pomp and circumstance surrounding its launch sure has been distracting. Commercials that look like clips from a Hollywood movie, extravagant collectors' sets that sell for $130, limited-edition Xbox…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Three's a Charm

Three's a Charm

Bold proclamation time: There wouldn't even be an Xbox 360 without Halo. Microsoft lost billions on the original Xbox even with its mega-successful sci-fi games, so it's hard to imagine the red ink that would have spilled without them; even…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Superzero

Superzero

There's a unique challenge in designing superhero games: How do you make it fun to play a character who, by definition, is vastly more powerful than his opposition? Hulk encounters a purse-snatcher: Hulk smash! Hulk win! Hulk bored. With battles…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Superzero

Superzero

There's a unique challenge in designing superhero games: How do you make it fun to play a character who, by definition, is vastly more powerful than his opposition? Hulk encounters a purse-snatcher: Hulk smash! Hulk win! Hulk bored. With battles…
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Home Entertainment, Game On <i>This</i> Is Madness

This Is Madness

A game based on 300 has no excuse not to kick ass. Just picture yourself leading 300 Greeks (that's 1,800 abs) against the Persian empire's massive armies, led by the evil, pierced, and preening King Xerxes. Since your Spartans are…
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Home Entertainment, Game On

Copycat Killer

Let's not beat around the bush: Saints Row is creatively bankrupt. The latest in a long list of Grand Theft Auto imitators, this clone replicates Rockstar's controversial games so closely that the uneducated eye could mistake it for the real…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead

The mall in Dead Rising is pretty much like any other you've visited. There's a bunch of women's clothing stores, a movie theater, and of course the obligatory food court. The only real difference is that it's teeming with enough…
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Home Entertainment, Game On <i>Pong</i> 360

Pong 360

When Rockstar Games, the company behind the infamous Grand Theft Auto series, announced that it would be making a title for Xbox 360, gamers naturally envisioned a game featuring next-gen hookers. But then Rockstar revealed that the game was actually…
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Home Entertainment, Game On A Real Knockout

A Real Knockout

Gamers have a derogatory name for people who prize a game's visuals above all: "graphic whores." But sometimes great graphics can enhance game play -- or even provide an experience that couldn't have occurred otherwise. Fight Night Round 3 for…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Last fall, Microsoft hyped its pricey Xbox 360 by promising to reinvent gaming as we know it. The blockbuster "next generation" titles were supposed to harness the machine's awesome power to deliver high-definition graphics and impossibly realistic action. But a…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Near <i>Perfect</i>

Near Perfect

In less than a decade, first-person shooters like Doom and Halo have grown from a niche genre to a cottage industry. Whether it's our love for their immersiveness, competition, or just old-fashioned bloodlust, the popularity of FPS games shows no…
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Calendar, Sports/Outdoors Power Up

Power Up

FRI-SUN 12/2-4 Your average gamer, manning his Taco Bell register or trying once again to whittle down his semester course load, usually doesn't get much out of videogame conferences, which are primarily geared toward well-heeled folks ensconced in the industry…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Near <i>Perfect</i>

Near Perfect

In less than a decade, first-person shooters like Doom and Halo have grown from a niche genre to a cottage industry. Whether it's our love for their immersiveness, competition, or just old-fashioned bloodlust, the popularity of FPS games shows no…
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