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Avalon Code Review

Thursday, April 30th, 2009 by Rafael Perez

Title: Avalon Code
Developer/Publisher: Matrix Software / Marvelous Entertainment and Xseed Games
Platform: Nintendo DS
Release Date: 03/10/2009
Number of Players: 1

Avalon Code is an action/RPG for the Nintendo DS that focuses on a mystical book and the ability to alter items via codes. You play a hero, destined to reinvent the world as you see fit. Currently, people are corrupt and sinister, and the powers at be have decided that the hero must be called on to recreate the world. Do you have it in you to decide what should stay and what should go?

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Prototype Cometh Soon!

Saturday, April 25th, 2009 by Ryan L. Lopees

If this little teaser trailer doesn’t get you interested, nothing will. As always here on GP, some content may not be suitable for minors. US Release: June 9th

New Trailers and Official Release Date for Champions Online

Friday, April 24th, 2009 by Ryan L. Lopees

Okay, I can admit it: I am a geek. I actually still own all my sourcebooks for Champions as I’ve played the Pen and Paper version of the games since I was in High School. Needless to say, I’ve been out of High School for quite some time now (I’m 33 for those of you who ever wondered… and for those of you who didn’t care). Nevertheless, I’ve had my eye on Champions Online like a hawk since it was first announced. Atari and Cryptic are pleased to announce today that the release date for Champions Online for the PC is set for July 14th worldwide. Of course, what would an announcement like that be worth without some new trailers? Not one, but two trailers in fact! Read on, true believers!

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Because I Give Credit Where Credit is Due… Part Deux

Friday, April 24th, 2009 by Ryan L. Lopees

While I am known for my profane tirades when dealing with electronics manufacturers who fail me (see- Alienware, Asus, HP, Dell… oh the list could go on forever) and I am definitely one of “those” consumers who you absolutely hate have call you if you are some hapless Customer Service Representative (Yes, I’ve made CSRs cry by the time I was done with them) I also like to make sure to give proper kudos to companies who do right by me.

As I reported almost two weeks ago, my Xbox 360 Elite (which was a launch “Elite”) decided it no longer liked me and show me how it felt about me with three flashing red rings. I admit, I was miffed. In fact, when I purchased all three of the current generation consoles I could have been quoted over a dozen times in saying “10:1 says the Xbox goes first”. Well, sadly, on that fact I was right. But Microsoft has treated me with great care, something that shocks me as I’ve had a lot of negative to say about them in nearly 10 years of IT work.

I shipped my 360 Elite out on 4/14 to be repaired. I asked very politely (something unusual from me in moment like that) if, due to the usage of the unit, an expedite could be placed on the repaid of the unit. It is now 4/24 and my 360 Elite should be here within the hour (my usual delivery time for UPS). Excluding weekends it took Microsoft a whopping 9 days to resolve my issue and this includes shipping time. So for all of you out there who think I play favourites let me go on record as saying “Microsoft, you rock.”

PS- I opted to keep the Xbox 360 Arcade unit I purchased to replace the missing Elite model because, well, I can and I think Microsoft earned the business. That brings the tally in my home office to: 3x Xbox 360s, 2x PS3s, 2x DS Lites, 1x PSP Slim, 1x Wii, 2x Gaming Laptops, 2x Gaming Desktops and a Macbook Pro. At this moment, I am very happy I live so close to the Hoover Dam (don’t ask what the monthly electricity bill is…don’t).

ColorZ Official Trailer for WiiWare

Friday, April 24th, 2009 by Ryan L. Lopees

ExKee has released the first, official trailer for their upcoming WiiWare title ColorZ. Personally, I am not quite sure what to make of it yet, but hey when has my opinion ever meant anything? Have a look…

It’s Gold Time for Velvet Assassin

Friday, April 24th, 2009 by Ryan L. Lopees

With a show of new screeshots, Southpeak’s sexy spy seductress has slipped its stealthy self off onto the presses. That’s right, I like rampant alliteration. But who cares about that? It’s time to slip into the skin tight pants of Southpeak’s new assassin as Velvet Assassin has officially gone gold, set for its release date of April 30th on the Xbox 360 and Windows PC. From what I’ve seen so far, there are definitely less attractive ways to die…

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Magnificent Gizmos & Gadgets Review

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 by Zach Potts

Title: Magnificent Gizmos & Gadgets
Developer/Publisher: The Method/Publisher X
Platform: Apple iPhone, iPod Touch
Release Date: 04/11/2009
Number of Players: 1

Magnificent Gizmos & Gadgets is a puzzle game that plays very similarly to one that’s been on the web for a while now. Your objective is to move this purple ball into the goal area, which is a rectangle off section of the 2D playing field, however, the purple sphere cannot move on its own. Well, to be fair, it can move via inertia, but it can’t propel itself forward. In order to solve these puzzles and get this ball to the goal, you must build a machine or gadget using a handful of items.

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Because I Give Credit Where It Is Due…

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 by Ryan L. Lopees

While Asus may be a steaming pile of corn-laden fecal matter, I’d like to at least take the time to acknowledge Microsoft and their speed of service. Last week you may have caught my post about my 360 Elite unit taking a RRoD vacation. Well, Microsoft received the unit on Monday morning, repaired the unit (upgraded it actually) and shipped it out yesterday, Tuesday that is (pardon my night owl habits).

It took Microsoft all of 1 business day to resolve my 360 issue. Sure, I have to wait for UPS to deliver it, but that won’t take too long. In the end, I like to cast a silver lining on clouds when possible. Asus may have taken a dump, but Microsoft handled things a hell of a lot faster than I expected and I appreciate it.

My Kingdom for a Real Laptop Company

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 by Ryan L. Lopees

So it’s official, I am swearing off Asus as a company on the whole. Why? Sure, they make some decent products time to time. However, a man has limits which can be passed when it comes to inept service. Normally I wouldn’t just complain about my personal service issues, but as a consumer product review writer I feel obliged to let readers know what they can expect from companies. Read on to see why I’ve had it up to here with Asus.

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101 in 1: Explosive Megamix Review

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 by Zach Potts

Title: 101 in 1: Explosive Megamix
Developer/Publisher: Nordcurrent / Atlus
Platform: Nintendo DS
Release Date: 04/21/2009
Number of Players: 2

101-in-1: Explosive Megamix is a compilation of, you guessed it, 101 mini-games. There is a great variety in the game of short, little games that you can play again and again, while unlocking new ones constantly.

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