Let’s Take a Trip Down Memory Lane With Violent Video Games

Posted by | June 29, 2011

The recent Supreme Court ruling that video games actually do enjoy free speech protections like every other form of expression (except that one, for some reason) has led to rather a bit of wailing and gnashing of teeth from the Think Of The Children crowd. This is good, because if those people are rending their garments, it means we’re advancing as a culture.

In any case, CNN decided to go whoring for gamer traffic with a top ten list of violent video games that set off the kind of moral panics that led to the Supremes dropping the hammer. Gavel, whatever.

CNN has the story

Capcom Threatens Used Game Sales With One-Save-Forever Resident Evil Title

Posted by | June 28, 2011

Capcom’s Resident Evil: Mercenaries for the 3DS comes with an interesting feature; a save file that can’t be erased or reset. The game supports only one save file, forever.

This feature seems to be a bullet aimed straight between the eyes of the used game industry, from which Capcom receives zero monies. Already, used stores are offering especially depressing trade-in prices for the game.

Digital Trends has the story.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Video Game Ban

Posted by | June 28, 2011

In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court struck down a California law banning the sale of violent video games to children. The law’s greatest champion, California Senator Leland Yee, shook his fist at the Court, cursed those meddling kids, and vowed to return.

In the majority opinion, Justice Scalia wrote that, while a state does have an interest in protecting children from harm, it does not possess a “free-floating power to restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed.”

Also, in other news, video games are still art.

Business Week has the story here.

GameOgre: WonderKing Online

Posted by | June 27, 2011

wonderking-logoIn a world dominated by 3D MMORPGs, there’s still a few out there that represent the 2D side-scrolling arcade style and one of those is WonderKing Online. If this has you interested,you should check out Kyt Dotson’s review of the MMO over at GameOgre,

WonderKing Online is a free-to-play 2D side-scrolling platformer

Let’s Play Alice: Madness Returns Set 4, Part 1 to 3

Posted by | June 27, 2011

In this set from our Let’s Play of Alice: Madness returns, we penetrate to the very core of the Mad Hatter’s tea factory, and discover his missing legs really are running the place. We also encounter catastrophic crushers, sinister slammers, and a gauntlet battle in a mechanical nest. There’s also a matter of a white rabbit who doesn’t seem quite as friendly as we would have hoped. If our former enemies are now allies, who then are our enemies now?

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Let’s Play Alice: Madness Returns Set 3, Part 1 to 3

Posted by | June 23, 2011

Let’s take another spin on the Wheel of Madness, shall we? Alice continues her adventures through Wonderland by diving deep into the Mad Hatter’s tea factory. Or what used to be his factory. Things are a little confused in here right now.

Also, buckles. Buckles buckles buckles.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Let’s Play Alice: Madness Returns Set 2, Parts 1 to 3

Posted by | June 21, 2011

We continue our playthrough of Alice: Madness Returns.

In this set, we journey through a teapot canyon, and discover how truly vicious Alice can be with that little knife of her’s. We also invade the Mad Hatter’s clockwork fortress, floating as it does among the clouds of the endless void. What is going on in this transformed Wonderland, and who might our real friends be?

Set 2 Part One

Set 2 Part Two

Set 2 Part Three

Let’s Play Alice: Madness Returns Episode 1 to 6

Posted by | June 19, 2011

Alice: Madness Returns is the sequel to the 2000 game American McGee’s Alice. In this incarnation of the curious damsel, Alice finds herself short on parents after a tragic house fire that leaves her both orphaned and insane. In the original Alice, she cures her madness largely by slicing its throat with a particularly sharp knife, and yet, the story of her horrible memories still remains. In Alice: Madness Returns, we’re sent back to Wonderland as those dark memories resurface and drag us under.

Care to follow along as Alice works out her personal demons through platform jumping and blood-gushing violence? Check our Let’s Play videos below.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three