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Gamescom Catch Up – Warner Bros

My first appointment was with Warner Bros. With three appointments (plus one for Lollipop Chainsaw that I begged for) I spent a good chunk of time in this smallish, but well ventilated booth (did I mention that in the business section you could feel the air-con?) chatting to developers and press. It was casual, friendly, and far less harassed than I had ever felt at TGS as I relaxed in a chair with my cola.

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More Damned Shadows (Link)

This should be the last you see of my articles on Shadow’s of the Damned, the game I expected to worship but that I ended up just adoring. It was a hard score to decide on for Play Devil, as their scores are weighted slightly higher than I would naturally place them and I suspect that by comparison to some other reviews on the site I should probably have gone up to 8.5, rather than the flat 8.

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Going Down (3DS Price Cut).

It was recently announced last week that the Nintendo 3DS was to undergo quite a sizable price cut (and indeed has since I wrote this originally). Here in the UK the reduction equates to nearly an eighty pound for anyone wanting to pick up the system, with prices plummeting from £220 to £140 RRP.

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The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time

Proving even more of a challenge in this equation is keeping up with my writing for other sites, but I do at least have a backlog to keep me going until I get to grips with my new employed status. The timeliest posting of one of these reserve reviews has been that of the The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gets Me Worried (Link)

Aliens Colonial Marines

The first of these posts is my recent preview of Aliens: Colonial Marines, the upcoming movie licence from Gearbox. Some twenty-five years after the release of the Aliens movie, this new game is to tell the story of what happened after reactor explosion on LV:426, as you take control of a new squad of marines sent in to investigate the ill-fated planet.

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Cultural Diversity and Ethnocentricity

Child of Eden

Last month saw the release of a number of significant titles from Japanese designers and developers, most notably Child of Eden and Shadows of the Damned. For a long time gamer like myself they represented hugely significant titles marking (in Eden) a spiritual successor to a classic (Rez), and (in Shadows) a collaboration of some of Japans greatest talents. Yet while my excitement was nearly over flowing at their release, the gaming playing community at large responded with a near inaudible, ‘meh’.

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