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Dawnguard Crossbows

Dawnguard has given the Skyrim modding community a new toy to tinker with, break, and reverse engineer to the extent where it’s utterly unrecognizable: the crossbow. Since the release of Dawnguard on PC just two weeks ago, there have been many, many new crossbows added to the Skyrim Workshop, a handful of which are must haves. Step…

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Wreck-It Ralph Trailer

In the November 2 release, Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer), the “good guy” star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he’s tired of playing the…

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Timeless Advice for Surviving Power Outages

This is the Midwest. Storms happen. Every home should be stocked with an emergency kit, according to FEMA. Three gallons of water per person per day, shelf stable food, batteries, flashlights, etc. But once the power is out and won’t be back for hours, or even worse, DAYS, what is a gamer to do? As…

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80’s Arcades’ Resurgence In Chicago

Ms. Pac-Man suffers an untimely death at the hands of a blue-clad ghost, but A.J. Matthews doesn’t seem too upset by his failure to navigate the pellet-filled maze without smacking into a homicidal spectre. Instead, Matthews turns around and admires the glowing lights and bleeps and bloops that emanate from a couple dozen arcade machines…

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Mass Effect 3 Endings Changed

There really is power in numbers and BioWare’s decision to release new ending variations for Mass Effect 3 in response to a fan backlash is proof of it. Shortly after the game’s March release, the production company got slapped with a false advertising complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission when one disgruntled fan claimed the game’s…

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Hope for Underdog Game Makers–Temple Run

In the mobile game “Temple Run,” players make Indiana Jones-like characters run for as long as they can in a junglelike maze while scooping up golden coins as they’re being chased by a band of evil, screaming apes. Miss a turn or run into a tree and, poof, you’re dead. “Hard to run without a…

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32 Candles for Pac-Man

Pac-man—the iconic game and character that elevated video games from seedy arcades to national past time—is 32 years old. The Namco-developed creation, like many games of its era, features incredibly simple gameplay; you navigate Pac-Man through a maze with the goal of clearing the board of dots while simultaneously avoiding ghosts. It’s the type of…

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Trouble with Diablo III? “Not Me” Says Him

Many gamers have complained about Diablo III’s always-online design, and there have been tons of reports of gamers not able to log into Battle.net to play the game. Blizzard has even apologized for the issues. But with one exception, I haven’t had that problem. I’ve (Will Greenwald) been playing Diablo III for the last few days, and…

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