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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 Wii's No More Heroes Lightsabers Geek Chic With Absurdist Gusto

Wii's No More Heroes Lightsabers Geek Chic With Absurdist Gusto

When it comes to giving a game a vibe, "awesome" is an easy mark to hit. Explosions, hot chicks, macho one-liners, and salivating mutants are all awesome. And it's just about impossible to overdo the awesome: More explosions, more hot…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Star Dreck

Star Dreck

Stupid videogame logic, rule No. 154: When thousands of bloodthirsty aliens take over a spaceship, it's best to send in a lone woman with a flamethrower. That's the entire plot of Alien Syndrome, a pseudo sequel to Sega's 1987 "run…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Virtually Perfect

Virtually Perfect

For the aging videogamer, nothing's as sorely missed as the corner arcade. Unlike the family-friendly Dance Dance Revolution discos you see today, classic arcades were seedy little dives tucked into strip malls -- dark caves thick with the musty bouquet…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Sonic Bust

Sonic Bust

As celebrity career paths go, Sonic the Hedgehog has been tiptoeing dangerously close to Baldwin Brothers territory lately. Last year brought the embarrassing Shadow the Hedgehog, a dark title in which Sonic's brooding alter ego wielded a gun, earning it…
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