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When Xbox Live copywriters get careless

Eagle-eyed Quarter To Three denizen "XPav" spotted some Xbox Live Marketplace demo descriptions that are either terse, strange, or just plain nonsensical. It's obvious what happened: in each case, somebody banged out a rough draft as a placeholder and didn't remember to go back and rewrite the...

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Iranian government making strategy games ... finally!

Not to be outdone by the US military's use of video games as recruiting tool, Iran's government has begun creating "propagandatainment" as well. Tehran's "Taliya News" reports that Saving the Port, released today by Tebyan, an official "information dissemination institute," is an attempt to "replace...

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New Boulder Dash game to rock retro gamers' worlds

First Star Software will continue to milk their 23-year-old greatest hit, Boulder Dash, with a new version for the DS and PSP later this year. Each version of Boulder Dash - Rocks! will feature exclusive content unique to the console it runs on. Something tells us it will have something to do with...

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Devil May Cry 4 to be identical on PS3 and Xbox 360

In a video interview with IGN, Devil May Cry 4 producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi gives the 411 on protagonist Nero (not to be confused with the also playable Dante). "His specialties are a big revolver called the Blue Rose, and a big sword called the Red Queen." Hey, that's cool, gamers are totally...

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SMU's Guildhall awards game design degrees

The Guildhall, Southern Methodist University's video game design graduate program, has awarded the world's first master's degrees in video game development. Twenty-four graduates received "Master of Interactive Technology degrees" in "Digital Game Development" on March 24. Commencement speaker...

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Study: video games may incite 'angry' players to violence

In a Villanova University study (PDF), 167 undergraduates played games that were either violent or non-violent, and were then asked to choose an action for a fictitious character in a story. The gamers who had just played violent games like Mortal Kombat or Doom 3 "produced significantly more...

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English-named Pokémon 'big in Japan'

Japanese Pokémon players are making what seem to be strange trades with American players, giving up semi-decent or hard-to-catch creatures in exchange for such lowly drones as "Magikarp." (Even if you don't play Pokémon, it's obvious that anything named "Magikarp" is lametown.) This is...

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British ratings board: violent video games less harmful than movies

The British Board of Film Classification, which assigns content ratings to both films and video games, says that video game violence is less influential and harmful to young players than violence in films or television. The board came to this conclusion as a result of their 107-page study, "Playing...

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Commodore Gaming releases high-end PCs

Commodore Gaming, a conglomerate formed when several Dutch upstarts joined forces in 2005 to buy the Commodore name (but not the technology or suicidal business sense), is finally ready for action. Today the company began selling two high-end Wintel boxes in the UK, Ireland, and online. Starting...

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Roll your own Xbox 360 HDD, save $100

If you're not buying Microsoft's excuses for why their 120GB hard drive costs $179, you don't have to buy the drive either. A mysterious hacker called "TheSpecialist" has released a new version of his program HDDHackr, which now allows you to make your own 120GB drive for the Xbox 360. It's not...

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