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By Dave Gilmore | April 19, 2012
Even if the rumors about the next-generation consoles not supporting used games are false, we appear to be entering a problematic stage in physical videogame media. The growing ease of digital distribution as well as mandatory online passes and DRM have made it increasingly challenging for the secondary games market. While buying and selling used games is still a perfectly viable option, it looks like publishers and consumers will begin to face a lot of the same challenges that music and movies have over the last decade and half.
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By Dave Gilmore | April 13, 2012
News Roundup •••• It was a busy week down in Bethesda, with the “Skyrim” developers trademarking the game's signature “Fus Ro Dah” shout. Crap, now I owe them $17. More pertient to gamers is the announcement that over 200 voice commands will be added via a free Kinect support download for Xbox 360 users later this month. [ PC Ga mer , PC Mag ] •••• ... but the National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviews says “Minecraft” is better.
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By Dave Gilmore | March 30, 2012
"Game Faces" is an ongoing series where we will look at the people behind the well-worn game controllers of Baltimore. They might be your neighbor, your elected official or your bartender. Whoever they are, they love games, just like you. Want to show us your "Game Face"? Drop us a line at gamecacheb@gmail.com or on Twitter, @ dave _ gilmore .   Amy Henricks ( @ ahenricks 0707 ), a senior at Stevenson University, has yet to meet another true female gamer in real life.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | February 17, 2012
“You can learn more about a person in an hour of playing 'Call of Duty' than in a year of conversation.” -Plato, paraphrased Hello, fellow gamers. We don't know each other yet, but I need to ask: Will you co-op with me? You see, I want this blog, Game Cache, to be great. For that to happen, I need your help. Reader interaction is going to be a big part of Game Cache, from profiles and guest posts, to community efforts in critiquing and clamoring over our favorite games.
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By Jordan Bartel, b | July 27, 2011
All of our favorites for the week ahead 1. Otakon I'm not going to pretend that I fully understand Otakon. But you have to respect people so devoted to something that they basically embody its spirit (and characters). During this three-day convention of all things anime, manga and, um, miscellaneous, you can join a horde of costumed folk invading the city. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Friday-Sunday. Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Downtown.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2011
To anyone who's ever watched Michael Phelps ' legendary dolphin kick, his picture-perfect dives or his power strokes and thought, "I can do better," soon you'll be able to give it a go — without even getting wet. The first details emerged Wednesday of a video game, two years in the making, called " Michael Phelps — Push the Limit. " The sports simulation game for Xbox 360, what looks to be the first action game involving swimming, promises to give players a realistic sense of what it takes to be an elite swimmer, if not beat one. "It brings alive what it's like to be someone like Michael Phelps , swimming at the absolute most competitive point in the swimming world," said Peter Matiss, vice president of marketing at 505 Games, the small Los Angeles-based company that's publishing it. "In the best moments, you really feel like you're in the game.
FEATURES
By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,sam.sessa@baltsun.com | October 9, 2009
Baltimore's music scene has rarely been more high profile. In the past few years, local music has been praised in magazines, released on high-profile record labels and played on radio stations here and abroad. Now, a song from Baltimore-based rocker Elise Major is featured on a new video game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Released this week, the application, "Tap Tap Revenge 3" is modeled after franchises such as "Guitar Hero." Gamers touch the screen with their fingers to play along with notes and chords in the song.
BUSINESS
By EILEEN AMBROSE | October 4, 2009
One of the big hurdles of teaching personal finance to children and young adults is how to do so without boring or confusing them with lectures about compound interest and annual percentage rates. Now there's a growing effort to reach and teach kids on their own turf: online games. More than 70 percent of people play some form of game, and that percentage is far higher among teens. Gaming experts see this huge number of players as an opportunity to package critical lessons into an activity that people enjoy.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | August 20, 2009
Some guys play video games. Some play rock music. Tyler Merchant and his buds do both and see the two as inseparable. "They're kind of indistinguishable from one another, really," says Merchant, 26, who plays bass for Entertainment System, one of 10 bands that will be playing at Saturday's 64 Bit Gen Gamer Fest, featuring groups whose music is taken directly or derived from video games. "It's a celebration of the [gaming] culture in general, with an emphasis on the music." Sitting around a table at Fells Point restaurant Meli on a recent afternoon, the organizers of this year's fest, set for 5 p.m. Saturday at the Ottobar, sound passionate about two things.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,tim.smith@baltsun.com | June 25, 2009
There is a realm where Light Warriors roam, not to mention the likes of Lukahn, Kraken and Tiamat, a world with places called Gurgu Volcano and Melmond. In this strange and virtual universe can be experienced something known as Final Fantasy - assuming you're into video games. On Saturday night, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, joined by the Handel Choir of Baltimore, will explore this exotic territory in a program called Distant Worlds: Music from "Final Fantasy." That music will be accompanied by high-def video and stills from the game, which was created in Japan by Hironobu Sakaguchi and introduced to the U.S. nearly two decades ago. Several series of the game have been released over the years.
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