Category: Gaming

Angry Birds Star Wars: 3 other games that could use a sci-fi/fantasy tie-in

Angry Birds Star Wars: 3 other games that could use a sci-fi/fantasy tie-in
It was announced yesterday that Angry Birds Star Wars would be available for download on Nov. 8. Yes, really, Angry Birds Star Wars. I played Angry Birds for a bit, but had to quit once I started to get the unshakeable impulse to hurl myself into wooden platforms protecting pigs. Farmers – in general –... Read more »

Three more tips to help you win at Words With Friends

Three more tips to help you win at Words With Friends
Words With Friends currently is hosting a celebrity challenge with the likes of Snoop Lion (I don’t know when he changed his name; I’m just rolling with it), Jonah Hill, Paul Pierce, Eva Longoria and Kristen Bell. Yesterday, in the first match, Snoop Lion took out Hill, 425-396. In the semifinals, he’ll take on the... Read more »

Fighting humanoid pandas in the new World of Warcraft expansion? Yes, please.

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While my World of Warcraft-playing days might be over – a full-time job and keeping a blog up to date doesn’t leave much time for epic orc removal – that doesn’t mean I can’t get a little excited about the upcoming expansion set – World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. A normal person might think... Read more »
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Street Fighter 2010: The toughest video game ever

Street Fighter 2010: The toughest video game ever
On Yahoo! this morning, there’s a link to “10 insanely tough games.” The games listed certainly are doozies. I can attest that neither me or my brother – who was a far better gamer – ever came close to beating “Battletoads” or “Ghosts ‘n Goblins,” which were on the list. We couldn’t beat “Battletoads” even... Read more »

The 1,700-year-old war you probably didn't know existed

The 1,700-year-old war you probably didn't know existed
I was fascinated to find out in a Yahoo! News story that Reddit user Lycerius has been playing a “Civilization II” game for more than 10 years. Yes. One video game. Ten years. I bow in Lycerius’ general direction. (I’m bowing somewhat downward because I’m assuming that the general direction is in a basement.) Once... Read more »

Blackjack: Would counting cards have made me money on my honeymoon?

Blackjack: Would counting cards have made me money on my honeymoon?
NPR’s latest “This American Life” show dealt with blackjack and – probably more importantly – how to win at it. In the episode, MIT Blackjack Team member Andy Bloch taught host Ira Glass, producer Robyn Semien and the listeners how to count cards. It’s seems fairly simple. Start at zero. Every time a 10, jack,... Read more »
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A "Community" video game? Yes, please.

A "Community" video game? Yes, please.
Slate yesterday had an article with quite possibly one of the best bits of good news I’ve heard this week. Someone actually is making the “Community” video game, “Journey to the Center of Hawthorne,” as seen in this season’s episode, “Digital Estate Planning.” I haven’t had a chance to play it, yet, but it’s on... Read more »

Five keys to success at Words With Friends

Five keys to success at Words With Friends
Like much of America, I play Words With Friends. And while I get beat just like everybody else, I have developed a few strategies that help put the odds in my favor a bit. Hopefully, these tips will be able to help you out, as well. 1. Stay close to your opponent – The key... Read more »

Lego Harry Potter: Five other movies that need Lego video games

Lego Harry Potter: Five other movies that need Lego video games
My brother bought me Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 for my Wii for Christmas and I finally got around to playing it the other day. I love Legos. I love Harry Potter. I love video games. Win. Win. Win. All of the Lego video games based on movies that I’ve played so far – the... Read more »
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Bejeweled Blitz: The five best falling block puzzle games

Bejeweled Blitz: The five best falling block puzzle games
I love puzzle games, especially those of the falling block variety. Put the blocks in the right order, watch them all disappear. It’s a beautiful feeling. Thus, I was a little surprised with myself that I hadn’t tried Bejeweled Blitz – a popular Facebook game – before now. As expected, I enjoyed it thoroughly and... Read more »