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Lunch Money

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Growing up I’ve had a few sketchy moments on the playground during recess. That stereotypical “gimme your lunch money!” interaction never happened to me (we all had free lunch growing up in the Cleveland Public School system), but I’ve definitely had more than my fair share of scuffles. Lunch Money is a game that simulates that unforgettable experience of a playground brawl. (more…)

Made for Play: Board Games & Modern Industry

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Stumbled upon this high quality documentary about the production of Board Games. Worth a watch.

“This documentary shows how a board game makes the leap from an idea to your table. You’ll see every aspect of the manufacturing process: the technology and machines, the many detailed steps, and the hundreds of people that are involved in the production of a single game.”

Made for Play: Board Games & Modern Industry
from The Spiel on Vimeo.

 

Top 5 Console Games of 2012

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2012 comes to a close soon, and Top X Lists are everywhere. The year has been both generous and unkind to the video game industry, scoring plusses for the amount of innovation and creativity we have seen, but losing points for the quantity of games that successfully use their beautiful concepts. Not many stand out, but the games that do really shine. (more…)

Mass Effect 2

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Mass Effect 2 is a game that completely revolutionized the way games are perceived in our culture, single-handedly proved that video games are indeed an art form, and in my opinion, is one of the best games ever made. (more…)

Doodle Jump

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Platforming games have been around for as long as I can remember. Whether its Mario, Sonic, Mega Man or the original Donkey Kong, the genre is timeless. Doodle Jump came to us at a time when the mobile gaming world was turned on its head with the popularity of the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. For a long time mobile gaming has been limited to Snake and Solitaire — those days are gone, and Doodle Jump was one of the games that ushered in the new wave of mobile games. (more…)

Can’t Stop

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Can’t Stop is a “Press Your Luck” style game that the whole family can play where a player rolls 4 dice, breaks them into two groups of two and either places runners on the board or advances runners on the board. If he can’t do either, his turn ends and all progress made that turn is lost. At any time he can stop and lock in his gains. Be the 1st player to capture three numbers win the game. It is a quite simple game with a simple mechanic that can be played in about 30 minutes. (more…)

inFAMOUS 2

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Alright. So, you’ve traversed the ruins of Empire City as Cole Macgrath once before. You know all about his electrical powers, whether blue lightning or red, the odd events that gave them to him, and the giant “wtf” waiting for you at the end of the first inFAMOUS game. Kessler warns you of “The Beast”, and leaves you on your own to wander the city with your almighty powers. What do you do next? Pop open inFAMOUS 2’s case and throw it in your PS3 as soon as possible. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for since you bought the inFAMOUS collection. (more…)

inFAMOUS

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inFAMOUS is a series of games from Sucker Punch, the minds of Sly Cooper, that you might have missed. The early days of the PS3 were not its best, and while inFAMOUS is a title that has come to define the rare PS3 exclusive game, not many have been able to experience this game during it’s days of glory. Both inFAMOUS 1 and 2 have been re-released in a collection this year for the people who missed out, and both games are worth the look, even now. (more…)

Power Grid

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Power Grid is an economic network building board game with an auction component. The game can be played with 2–6 players, but plays best with 4 or 5. Power Grid is a medium heavy to heavy game which takes about 2 to 2.5 hours to play.

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