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Pixel perfect Paul Robertson

paul-robertsonfruits and vegetables
Artist/animator extraordinaire Paul Robertson presents some veggie gals. Paul’s work may not always be safe for work (or one’s mental state) but it’s always amazing.

Future Shop: Xbox 360 4GB Console w/BioShock 2 or Call of Duty: World at War $129.99

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Future Shop’s got a killer deal on XBox 360 bundles, the post title says it all, Xbox 360 4GB Console w/BioShock 2 or Call of Duty: World at War $129.99. If you’ve been waiting I don’t think it’s going to get any better than this.

Video: Behind the scenes look at the making of Halo 4

Halo 4 Behind The Scenes
I stopped playing the Halo series somewhere in the middle of 3, but it’s always interesting to see how the game evolves from release to release. Here we get a behind the scenes look at the making of Halo 4 which is due for release this holiday season.


[via Laughing Squid]

Blizzard community manager warns gamers Diablo 3 isn’t awesome

diablo 3 blizzardPerhaps I misunderstood the purpose of community managers, I wouldn’t be surprised if that was indeed the case, but comparing Blizzard’s upcoming Diablo 3 to a new M. Night Shyamalan movie of unknown worth doesn’t strike me as very evangelical — the other evangelical, silly.

“On a more serious note, I too worry that we won’t be able to meet the expectations people have built up for themselves. Part of my job is managing people’s expectations, so… eh… stop it. Stop thinking about how awesome this game could be. Just imagine it’s a new M. Night Shyamalan movie. Sure Sixth Sense was amazing and Unbreakable had it’s moments, but this right here is the sequel to The Village … or The Happening … or Signs … or any of the movies besides the two I first mentioned. So just like, lower those expectations, but still definitely buy the game please, and everything will be just fine. K?” -Bashiok


[via geek]

Story or action? Gamers call one Dragon Age writer a “cancer” on BioWare

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Calling someone a “cancer” is a little extreme, I much prefer bestowing the lesser title of “measle” on those folks deserving, regardless, a “cancer” is exactly what some are calling Dragon Age writer Jennifer Hepler.

The reason? Answers purported given during an interview back in 2006, suggesting that games should have a “skip” button for gameplay scenes as some do for dialog and cinematics for those not wishing to wait through them or partake of them.

“The biggest objection is usually that skipping the fight scenes would make the game so much shorter, but to me, that’s the biggest perk. If you’re a woman, especially a mother, with dinner to prepare, kids’ homework to help with, and a lot of other demands on your time, you don’t need a game to be 100 hours long to hold your interest — especially if those 100 hours are primarily doing things you don’t enjoy. A fast forward button would give all players — not just women — the same options that we have with books or DVDs — to skim past the parts we don’t like and savor the ones we do.”

Once posted on Reddit these statements, whether actually made by Hepler or not, drew staunch criticism and worse, some going far as to call Hepler’s inclination towards storytelling over gameplay the “cancer that is killing Bioware.”

“She may be a writer, but she’s definitely a bad games writer, and her presence at Bioware has brought about more bad than good.”

While I can’t attest to the problems Bioware demonstrated with Dragon Age 2, I must say I enjoy gameplay more often than I do dialog and though a skip button for gameplay would seemingly be harmless, if it denotes a change in game development focus it could indeed affect the resulting quality of gameplay.

[via Kotaku]