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Mirror's Edge 2D Flash Game BETA v0.9 Available

316w ago - Electronic Arts has officially been working with Borne Games on a 2D flash version of Mirror's Edge. They have released a one level BETA which you can try out linked above.

To quote: Now, I can't stress this enough. This is only a one level BETA, designed to iron out a few bugs before release, and give you guys a chance to leave some feedback on the raw gameplay.

There's much more to the (also free) full game than just this level. Don't forget to check out Mirror's Edge, out now on PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.

Also of note, Electronic Arts is officially working with Borne Games on ME 2D.

Left and Right arrows: Run
Up arrow: Horizontal wall run, vertical wall climb
Down arrow: Duck
S or /: Jump
M: toggle music
Q at pause screen: Reset level

Changelog .09a:

- REALLY fixed running up slippery ground (and running up normal ground).
- fixed head collision problems
- fixed rolling off a ledge

The Future of Console Video Games?

316w ago - Andrew Weymes (aka MrWeymes) says Nintendo obviously went in another direction, deviating from what gamers expect from a next generation console.

I'm sure most gamers assumed that every 5 or 6 years, we would get an upgrade of our current console with a slightly reworked controller, better graphics, and more features such as online capabilities, and Blu Ray.

Sony, and Microsoft knew what was expected of them, and delivered. I don't think that many people thought that the Nintendo "Revolution" (as was the Wii's code name) wouldn't have a standard controller, but in fact make use of motion controls, and that it would have a small emphasis on graphics.

Technically, both the Xbox 360, and the Playstation 3 are superior machines. Both support HD resolutions up to 1080p, both have a more robust online community, both are able to rip music off of CDs, both are able to play DVDs, and the Playstation 3 is able to play Blu Rays.

From a core gamer's perspective, the PS3 and 360 should be head to head, fighting for the top position, while the Nintendo Wii sits in third place. This obviously isn't the case, though. There are many places around the world where it is still very difficult to find a Nintendo Wii, and with titles like Wii Music, and Wii Fit high on casual gamers lists,...

Video Game Retailer GameStop's Top Holiday Picks Announced

316w ago - In today's economic climate, the need for more entertainment options at home is ever increasing.

With an estimated 65 percent of American households playing computer and video games, GameStop provides a great value for budget-wise consumers with 2,500 game gifts priced at $20 and under.

Press Release: Looking for Holiday Gift Ideas... GameStop Offers Its Top Picks

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), the world's largest video game and entertainment software retailer, has affordable gift ideas for anyone on your holiday list. With more than 700 new titles due to release before the holidays, GameStop offers something for everyone.

"A new generation of gamers that includes younger children, older adults and women has emerged, and they are interested in casual, more social gaming experiences," said Bob McKenzie, Senior Vice President of Merchandising, GameStop. "While the traditional racing, sports and shooter games are still in high demand, the video game industry has grown beyond just hardcore enthusiasts."

As the world's leading video game specialty store, GameStop has the widest assortment of titles and an experienced staff to guide gift selection for ages six to 60. GameStop has compiled a list of some of the season's most popular titles to help guide your gift...

The Top 10 NES Games of All Time

317w ago - Paste Magazine has created a 'Top 10 NES Games of All Time' list today.

To quote: The video games on this list kept me company through many an elementary-school sleepover at friends' houses, provided endless fodder for recess playground conversation and even inspired a few short stories from yours truly (each plot revolving around the fantasy of getting sucked inside a video game).

In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I dedicate this list and to Shigeru Miyamoto and all the other folks at Nintendo who made all that fun possible... oh, and of course my beloved aunt Jean who sent me and my siblings our first NES console.

10. Gradius [Konami] - 1986
Collecting the power-up pellets and pimping out your little spaceship provided the irresistible hook. Once you got three rows of lasers firing, your robotic foes stood little chance.

9. Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse [Konami] - 1990
The Belmont clan had a frustrating existence with Dracula continually springing back to life after getting killed in the previous installment. Players, however, were more than happy to go vampire hunting again and again. The third installment pulled different playable characters into the mix and breathed new life into a popular young franchise.


GameStop CEO: Discouraging Resales Hurts The Consumer Too

317w ago - GameStop CEO Dan DeMatteo has warned video game publishers that measures they maybe considering to discourage the sale of used games will "eventually get the consumer upset, as well as GameStop."

DeMatteo says that when a consumer decides to buy a game, they take into account that it will have a "residual value" of $20 which they can retrieve with a trade-in.

DeMatteo then says that gamers will then use their trade-in credits on new games which leads to better sales for publishers anyway.

To quote: "Also, we will give out approximately $800 million in credits this year -- trade-in credits that will go toward the purchase of new video games.

The consumer, oftentimes and especially now, needs that residual value from those games as a trade-in to be able to afford a new video game."
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