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By Dave Gilmore | March 23, 2012
It's been just under three weeks since “Mass Effect 3” was released, and obviously all the hardcore fans of the series got their copies the instant they could. However, a lot of gamers are still on the outside looking in, wondering what exactly all their friends are babbling about when they keep bringing up the Normandy, Garrus and something called “Seth Green.” If you've been tempted to join in on the hubbub but aren't sure if this game is really for you, allow us to answer the tough questions you're likely facing as this gem sits unpurchased in your Amazon cart.
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By Dave Gilmore | August 17, 2012
For the past six months, I have had the incredible opportunity to consume mountains of gaming-related information and regurgitate on Game Cache the things I thought were interesting. In that short time I got to see the warm and fuzzy side of the industry as well as the smarmy and corrupt. It's been a fun ride, but it's time to find the exit while I still enjoy actually playing games for the sake of playing them. Like the video game equivalent of Alexis du Tocqueville, I have some parting observations and predictions for where games are and where they might be headed.
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By Dave Gilmore | March 5, 2012
News Roundup •••• The 26th edition of the Game Developers Conference kicks off in San Francisco today. Follow the official #GDC tag on Twitter for a bunch of people reporting on how hung over they are. [ GDC ] •••• Valve is reportedly working on a “Steam Box” gaming console to pair with their crappy PC game purchasing service (which inspired the name of our Friday rant feature ). Doesn't “Steam Box” sound like something that would blow up pretty quickly?
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By Dave Gilmore | May 25, 2012
On Thursday, the entire staffs of 38 Studios and Big Huge Games were given pink slips. The company, which released “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning” (which I reviewed in February ), was in partnership with the state of Rhode Island to bring jobs into the state and give former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling's 38 Studios fuel to evolve into a big-time game developer. The company was in the midst of developing a project called “Copernicus,” an MMORPG based in the same universe as “Amalur.” Big Huge Games, based in Timonium, became a subsidiary of 38 Studios almost three years ago to the day. The Sun's Gus Sentementes was over at Big Huge ' s offices before being booted out today , but it seems the entire teams at both companies have indeed been let go. WPRI has an exce llent timeline of how the tax credit and loan between the state of Rhode Island and 38 Studios developed.
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By Dave Gilmore | March 16, 2012
News Roundup •••• Holy hell (literally), "Diablo III" finally has a release date! May 15, kids. [ Blizzard ] •••• EA Sports' football titles are both in the crowd-sourcing spirit this year. Cam Newton is leading the pack for the "Madden NFL 13" vote, and eight Heisman-winning legends are vying to share the cover of "NCAA Football 13" with RG3. It is at this juncture Game Cache would like to officially endorse Ben Roethlisberger ("Madden" curse, ya'll)
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By Dave Gilmore | March 12, 2012
News Roundup •••• Developers "borrowing" concepts from other mobile games (i.e. straight-up copying) is becoming all too common a practice. On an unrelated note, you should all hit the App Store and check out my new game, "Plants vs. Angry Zombie Birds. " [ New York Times ] •••• Gamers are petitioning "Mass Effect 3" developers BioWare to create a new, better ending for the smash hit game. People, the game just came out on Tuesday, and we lost an hour this weekend because of daylight savings.
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By Dave Gilmore | April 30, 2012
News Roundup •••• Some extremely juicy details about the exciting “God of War: Ascension” have surfaced, with some nuts and bolts of how the new multiplayer mode will function. Add this to your list of “reasons I own a PS3.” [ USA Today ] ••••  Evidence is pointing to the first bit of long-awaited “Skyrim” DLC being a) not far off and b) having something to do with Snow Elves and crossbows. Let's be honest, the “Skyrim” DLC could be anything and we'd all buy it sight unseen.
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By Dave Gilmore | May 4, 2012
News Roundup •••• Wouldn't it be fun to buy a monthly fee for your Xbox and Kinect like you do with your cell phone? It looks like that's going to be an option for folks who want to pay $99 for hardware then shell out around $15 a month as a subscription fee. [ The Verge , h/t @ KingPajamas ] •••• Bethesda has been hard at work at “The Elder Scrolls Online” since 2007, but its existence was finally confirmed this week. The MMO will take place before the events of the console games, and from the early details released, seems like it will be your bog standard medieval fantasy MMO set in a world players already know.
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By Dave Gilmore | March 19, 2012
News Roundup •••• Microsoft will not be announcing a new Xbox console at E3 this summer or "anytime soon. " I suppose it makes sense to wait it out until they've replaced literally every console that's gotten the Red Ring of Death. [ PC Magazine ] •••• The video game BAFTAs were held on Friday night in London, with "Portal 2" taking top honors. Since awards are super-relevant and worth arguing about, I'm going to note that I disagree with most of the winners.
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By Dave Gilmore | August 17, 2012
For the past six months, I have had the incredible opportunity to consume mountains of gaming-related information and regurgitate on Game Cache the things I thought were interesting. In that short time I got to see the warm and fuzzy side of the industry as well as the smarmy and corrupt. It's been a fun ride, but it's time to find the exit while I still enjoy actually playing games for the sake of playing them. Like the video game equivalent of Alexis du Tocqueville, I have some parting observations and predictions for where games are and where they might be headed.
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By Dave Gilmore | May 4, 2012
News Roundup •••• Wouldn't it be fun to buy a monthly fee for your Xbox and Kinect like you do with your cell phone? It looks like that's going to be an option for folks who want to pay $99 for hardware then shell out around $15 a month as a subscription fee. [ The Verge , h/t @ KingPajamas ] •••• Bethesda has been hard at work at “The Elder Scrolls Online” since 2007, but its existence was finally confirmed this week. The MMO will take place before the events of the console games, and from the early details released, seems like it will be your bog standard medieval fantasy MMO set in a world players already know.
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By Dave Gilmore | April 30, 2012
News Roundup •••• Some extremely juicy details about the exciting “God of War: Ascension” have surfaced, with some nuts and bolts of how the new multiplayer mode will function. Add this to your list of “reasons I own a PS3.” [ USA Today ] ••••  Evidence is pointing to the first bit of long-awaited “Skyrim” DLC being a) not far off and b) having something to do with Snow Elves and crossbows. Let's be honest, the “Skyrim” DLC could be anything and we'd all buy it sight unseen.
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By Dave Gilmore | April 9, 2012
News Roundup (PAX East Edition) •••• BioWare used their panel as an opportunity to address the month-long dungstorm that has embattled "Mass Effect 3. " Among the announcements this weekend was a free "Extended Cut" add-on to clarify the controversial ending, as well as the free "Resurgence" multiplayer DLC pack. Just more crimes from the "worst company in America. " [ VentureBeat ] •••• UbiSoft unleashed their playable "Assassin's Creed 3" demo, and it looks like the Revolutionary War-enveloped installment in the series is living up to the hype.
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By Dave Gilmore | April 2, 2012
News Roundup • SEGA's game division will be trimmed and restructured after an underperforming year. Specifically, SEGA of America will focus on its blue chip titles as underperforming and developing titles have been cancelled. [ Joystiq ] •Households are now spending more time using Xbox Live to listen to music and watch video than they are playing online games. One might expect that the next version of the console is going to be presented as much as a “life device” as it is a “gaming device.” [ Los Angeles Times ]
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By Dave Gilmore | March 23, 2012
News Roundup   •••• Like the Muppets and the Russians before them, the “Angry Birds” have taken to space. You can download the game now . I haven't reached the ending yet but I've already got a strongly-worded email to Rovio about it saved as a draft just in case. [ Rovio ] •••• Lawmakers in California and Virginia are proposing a bill that would require almost all video games to carry a warning label stating “exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior.” That makes me so angry I just want to go and punch a defenseless person and steal their coins.
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By Dave Gilmore | March 23, 2012
It's been just under three weeks since “Mass Effect 3” was released, and obviously all the hardcore fans of the series got their copies the instant they could. However, a lot of gamers are still on the outside looking in, wondering what exactly all their friends are babbling about when they keep bringing up the Normandy, Garrus and something called “Seth Green.” If you've been tempted to join in on the hubbub but aren't sure if this game is really for you, allow us to answer the tough questions you're likely facing as this gem sits unpurchased in your Amazon cart.
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By Dave Gilmore | March 7, 2012
"Corril Slayer" Developer: Pure Bang Games Platform: PC Score: 9/10 Fear is a primal and essential component to the human experience. Fear keeps us safe, alert and cautious. It also freaks the ever living hell out of us. “Corril Slayer,” an 8-bit-style throwback from Baltimore's Pure Bang Games, plays on fear in a masterfully accessible way. You see, “fear” and “horror” are two different things altogether. This reviewer checked out of horror back in 1999 when the first “Silent Hill” game was released.
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By Dave Gilmore | April 9, 2012
News Roundup (PAX East Edition) •••• BioWare used their panel as an opportunity to address the month-long dungstorm that has embattled "Mass Effect 3. " Among the announcements this weekend was a free "Extended Cut" add-on to clarify the controversial ending, as well as the free "Resurgence" multiplayer DLC pack. Just more crimes from the "worst company in America. " [ VentureBeat ] •••• UbiSoft unleashed their playable "Assassin's Creed 3" demo, and it looks like the Revolutionary War-enveloped installment in the series is living up to the hype.
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By Dave Gilmore | March 19, 2012
News Roundup •••• Microsoft will not be announcing a new Xbox console at E3 this summer or "anytime soon. " I suppose it makes sense to wait it out until they've replaced literally every console that's gotten the Red Ring of Death. [ PC Magazine ] •••• The video game BAFTAs were held on Friday night in London, with "Portal 2" taking top honors. Since awards are super-relevant and worth arguing about, I'm going to note that I disagree with most of the winners.
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By Dave Gilmore | March 16, 2012
News Roundup •••• Holy hell (literally), "Diablo III" finally has a release date! May 15, kids. [ Blizzard ] •••• EA Sports' football titles are both in the crowd-sourcing spirit this year. Cam Newton is leading the pack for the "Madden NFL 13" vote, and eight Heisman-winning legends are vying to share the cover of "NCAA Football 13" with RG3. It is at this juncture Game Cache would like to officially endorse Ben Roethlisberger ("Madden" curse, ya'll)
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