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  • The Internet has changed the world in a lot of ways. There was a time when, if you wanted to sell something, and you didn’t have a store, your options […]

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    The Internet has changed the world in a lot of ways. There was a time when, if you wanted to sell something, and you didn’t have a store, your options […]

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  • The final game in the Games for the Holidays promotion is a puzzle game by the name of ilomilo. Considering the quality of the other games involved, and the notable presence of the game in the commercials for the new Windows Phone 7 devices, ilomilo has got a lot to live up to. Does it finish out the promo strong? Time to take a look.

    ilomilo (XBLA) Review

    The final game in the Games for the Holidays promotion is a puzzle game by the name of ilomilo. Considering the quality of the other games involved, and the notable presence of the game in the commercials for the new Windows Phone 7 devices, ilomilo has got a lot to live up to. Does it finish out the promo strong? Time to take a look.

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  • The second game in the Games for the Holidays promotion is here. This time around we've got a running, jumping, color matching game called Raskulls. The developer, Halfbrick, is best known for their smash hit iPhone game, Fruit Ninja. We know that they can make an maddeningly addictive game for a palm sized touch screen. Are they up to the task of creating something worthy of a full console experience?

    Raskulls (XBLA) Review

    The second game in the Games for the Holidays promotion is here. This time around we've got a running, jumping, color matching game called Raskulls. The developer, Halfbrick, is best known for their smash hit iPhone game, Fruit Ninja. We know that they can make an maddeningly addictive game for a palm sized touch screen. Are they up to the task of creating something worthy of a full console experience?

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  • The first title in the Games For The Holidays promotion is finally here. This week we'll be looking at A World of Keflings, from Ninja Bee. This is the expanded follow-up to A Kingdom For Keflings, a game which was among the first to use the Avatar in gameplay. Is it worthy of a spot in the promotion? Well, I'll take my XBLA Avatar, clad in his shamefully out of date PAX East hoodie, into the Kefling infested world to find out.

    A World of Keflings (XBLA) Review

    The first title in the Games For The Holidays promotion is finally here. This week we'll be looking at A World of Keflings, from Ninja Bee. This is the expanded follow-up to A Kingdom For Keflings, a game which was among the first to use the Avatar in gameplay. Is it worthy of a spot in the promotion? Well, I'll take my XBLA Avatar, clad in his shamefully out of date PAX East hoodie, into the Kefling infested world to find out.

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  • We're into the home stretch for the Indie Games Uprising, so it is no surprise that they are bringing out the heavy hitters. This week we've got Soulcaster 2, Crossfire 2, and Zombies and Pterodactyls 20XX.

    Indie Games Uprising Round 3

    We're into the home stretch for the Indie Games Uprising, so it is no surprise that they are bringing out the heavy hitters. This week we've got Soulcaster 2, Crossfire 2, and Zombies and Pterodactyls 20XX.

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  • Another Monday, another few games to review in the Indie Uprising! This time around we're looking at Asteroids Do Concern Me, Decimation X3, and Chu's Dynasty.

    Indie Games Uprising Round 2

    Another Monday, another few games to review in the Indie Uprising! This time around we're looking at Asteroids Do Concern Me, Decimation X3, and Chu's Dynasty.

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  • Back during the Game Feast we reviewed Pinball FX 2. It was excellent, and the unique thing about it was that it wasn't a game but a platform. It came with a core set of tables, with the promise of more to come. Well, Zen Studios kept their promise, and upped the ante, too. They've partnered with Marvel to give Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iron Man, and Blade their own pinball tables. Time to see how they did.

    Marvel Pinball (XBLA) Review

    Back during the Game Feast we reviewed Pinball FX 2. It was excellent, and the unique thing about it was that it wasn't a game but a platform. It came with a core set of tables, with the promise of more to come. Well, Zen Studios kept their promise, and upped the ante, too. They've partnered with Marvel to give Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iron Man, and Blade their own pinball tables. Time to see how they did.

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  • Xbox LIVE is an excellent service, and Microsoft should be praised for how accessible they've made it to the indie community. They've also been doing a spectacular job at marketing their XBLA offerings, as their upcoming "Games for the Holidays" promotion clearly shows. When it comes to marketing the XBLIG games, though, they leave a bit to be desired. Okay, a LOT to be desired. Fortunately, a gaggle of indie developers have taken it upon themselves to do their own promotion, and they've dubbed it the Indie Games Uprising. The rules are the same as any other LIVE promotion: A handful of cherry-picked games released at regular intervals and given a marketing push. We think that this is an excellent idea, and we're glad to do our part to spread the word. So now, without further ado, capsule reviews of the first four offerings.

    Indie Games Uprising Round 1

    Xbox LIVE is an excellent service, and Microsoft should be praised for how accessible they've made it to the indie community. They've also been doing a spectacular job at marketing their XBLA offerings, as their upcoming "Games for the Holidays" promotion clearly shows. When it comes to marketing the XBLIG games, though, they leave a bit to be desired. Okay, a LOT to be desired. Fortunately, a gaggle of indie developers have taken it upon themselves to do their own promotion, and they've dubbed it the Indie Games Uprising. The rules are the same as any other LIVE promotion: A handful of cherry-picked games released at regular intervals and given a marketing push. We think that this is an excellent idea, and we're glad to do our part to spread the word. So now, without further ado, capsule reviews of the first four offerings.

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  • Our friends at Twisted Pixel went on Spike TV recently with a very important announcement. We're all big fans of their stuff around here, so naturally we were excited. Nestled deep in a half hour advertisement for Back To The Future: The Game - which we are also eagerly anticipating - was a trailer for their newest concoction, and as near as we have seen to a direct sequel, Ms. Splosion Man.

    Ms. Splosion Man Officially Announced

    Our friends at Twisted Pixel went on Spike TV recently with a very important announcement. We're all big fans of their stuff around here, so naturally we were excited. Nestled deep in a half hour advertisement for Back To The Future: The Game - which we are also eagerly anticipating - was a trailer for their newest concoction, and as near as we have seen to a direct sequel, Ms. Splosion Man.

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  • First there was the Summer of Arcade. Then came Game Feast. Now XBLA is offering yet another promotion. This time around they are calling it Games For The Holidays, and from the looks of it, they put a lot of work into this one. It follows the standard "One Game Per Week" format, but rather than having "being part of a promotion" as their only common ground, Microsoft has selected three games with similar themes and tones, and has helped them to work together to form a three headed hydra of game marketing.

    Games For The Holidays

    First there was the Summer of Arcade. Then came Game Feast. Now XBLA is offering yet another promotion. This time around they are calling it Games For The Holidays, and from the looks of it, they put a lot of work into this one. It follows the standard "One Game Per Week" format, but rather than having "being part of a promotion" as their only common ground, Microsoft has selected three games with similar themes and tones, and has helped them to work together to form a three headed hydra of game marketing.

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  • The busy folks at Zen Studios are at it again. Next week they are launching the first batch of Marvel Pinball tables. We were lucky enough to score a copy for review, so you can be sure that once the embargo drops, we'll give you out take on them. Until then, you'll just have to settle for these screens and specs. I've gotta say. Taking a glance at these preview shots has got me intrigued.

    Marvel Pinball is on the way

    The busy folks at Zen Studios are at it again. Next week they are launching the first batch of Marvel Pinball tables. We were lucky enough to score a copy for review, so you can be sure that once the embargo drops, we'll give you out take on them. Until then, you'll just have to settle for these screens and specs. I've gotta say. Taking a glance at these preview shots has got me intrigued.

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  • The results of our Pinball FX 2 contest are in! Our thanks to everyone who retweeted and commented. As before, we entered both the twitter and comment entries into a numbered list and deployed the mighty RNG to pick a winner. And whoever our winner is will get a chance (along with all other owners of the game) to enter the official Pinball FX 2 tournament!

    Pinball FX 2 (XBLA) Contest Winner! And Tournament!

    The results of our Pinball FX 2 contest are in! Our thanks to everyone who retweeted and commented. As before, we entered both the twitter and comment entries into a numbered list and deployed the mighty RNG to pick a winner. And whoever our winner is will get a chance (along with all other owners of the game) to enter the official Pinball FX 2 tournament!

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  • Now that our Mimobot has been given away, that just leaves one more goody to offer our loyal readers. Back when we were rounding up the games for the XBLA Game Feast, Pinball FX 2 turned out to be a tricky little devil. There was a short delay, and while we were working out the details, we got in touch with both the developers and the PR folks. Both of them were super helpful, and when the game finally released, both PR and the developers sent us a code! Lucky for you, they are letting us pass one along, extending our giveaway series for another week.
No more entries. Winner announced on Monday, Nov. 22nd.

    Pinball FX 2 (XBLA) Giveaway

    Now that our Mimobot has been given away, that just leaves one more goody to offer our loyal readers. Back when we were rounding up the games for the XBLA Game Feast, Pinball FX 2 turned out to be a tricky little devil. There was a short delay, and while we were working out the details, we got in touch with both the developers and the PR folks. Both of them were super helpful, and when the game finally released, both PR and the developers sent us a code! Lucky for you, they are letting us pass one along, extending our giveaway series for another week. No more entries. Winner announced on Monday, Nov. 22nd.

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  • Way back in the Summer of Arcade, we got a chance to play the excellent revival of a classic boat racing arcade game, Hydro Thunder Hurricane. Now Vector Unit has given us the keys to a few new boats and a few new tracks in their new Tempest Pack DLC. Is it worth the sticker price? Let's take a look see.

    Hydro Thunder Hurricane: Tempest Pack (XBLA) Review

    Way back in the Summer of Arcade, we got a chance to play the excellent revival of a classic boat racing arcade game, Hydro Thunder Hurricane. Now Vector Unit has given us the keys to a few new boats and a few new tracks in their new Tempest Pack DLC. Is it worth the sticker price? Let's take a look see.

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  • If you are a gamer, you owe an awful lot to the noble pinball machine. It ushered in the arcade, which in turn ushered in the video game revolution, so your favorite pastime exists almost exclusively due to these ball bearing launching contraptions. Luckily Zen Studios has finished up the Game Feast promotion with Pinball FX 2, am XBLA salute to the games that inspired the only halfway decent rock opera.

    Pinball FX 2 (XBLA) Review

    If you are a gamer, you owe an awful lot to the noble pinball machine. It ushered in the arcade, which in turn ushered in the video game revolution, so your favorite pastime exists almost exclusively due to these ball bearing launching contraptions. Luckily Zen Studios has finished up the Game Feast promotion with Pinball FX 2, am XBLA salute to the games that inspired the only halfway decent rock opera.

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  • A few months ago I found out that Super Meat Boy was destined for XBLA. Now, I'd played through Meat Boy on newgrounds.com, and my rigid refusal to leave the game until I had beaten it led to me picking up a wireless XBox360 controller and so that I could have more precise control. Now this precision platformer has finally landed on the console. Can it possibly capture the same flash game perfection it enjoyed in my browser?

    Super Meat Boy (XBLA) Review

    A few months ago I found out that Super Meat Boy was destined for XBLA. Now, I'd played through Meat Boy on newgrounds.com, and my rigid refusal to leave the game until I had beaten it led to me picking up a wireless XBox360 controller and so that I could have more precise control. Now this precision platformer has finally landed on the console. Can it possibly capture the same flash game perfection it enjoyed in my browser?

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  • Please take a moment to watch distilled awesomeness.  It will invade your optics and cause extreme joy.  On a serious note, you really have to hand it to the author.  […]

    Super Meat Boy Goes Back to the 90’s

    Please take a moment to watch distilled awesomeness.  It will invade your optics and cause extreme joy.  On a serious note, you really have to hand it to the author.  […]

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  • A few times a year, Microsoft gathers up few of its best games and gives them a serious media push. Last time it was Summer of Arcade and its flagship, Limbo. This time it is Game Feast, and first in line is Hydrophobia. An action shooter/platformer touting an impressive hydrodynamics engine, this title has got some big shoes to fill. Let's see how it did.

    Hydrophobia (XBLA) Review

    A few times a year, Microsoft gathers up few of its best games and gives them a serious media push. Last time it was Summer of Arcade and its flagship, Limbo. This time it is Game Feast, and first in line is Hydrophobia. An action shooter/platformer touting an impressive hydrodynamics engine, this title has got some big shoes to fill. Let's see how it did.

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