Gears of War

Player Two Has Entered The Game!

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Player Two Has Entered The Game!

Are you and your partner tired of the Valentine’s frivolities? Already drunk off the champagne? Have you been pricked by too many rose thorns this year? Sick from the boxes of chocolates? Fear not! You can settle down with your loved one and play with each other for a while… No, not like that!

Get yourselves settled on the couch, relax, and get ready to blow brains out, solve puzzles, and perform surgery, together.

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‘Gears’ franchise migrates… North?

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‘Gears’ franchise migrates… North?

Microsoft Studios announced its acquisition of the Gears of War franchise from Epic Studios, its original creators, today. This includes not only upcoming games that will be developed under the studio, but also the previous iterations of the series and all merchandise thereof.

The reigns for the development of future games in the franchise have been handed over to the Vancouver-based subsidiary studio of Microsoft, Black Tusk.

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Gears of War: Judgement Impressions

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Gears of War: Judgement Impressions

The Gears of War franchise is one of the unquestionable successes of this generation of interactive entertainment. The first title in the franchise came in late 2006, unheralded from a PC-centric development studio and it simply destroyed its competition. It became the killer app for the Xbox 360, arguably pushing even the vaunted Halo franchise to the wings with its combination of simple yet fluid controls, great pick-up-and-play co-op, and what was at-the-time an innovative design and look; the ‘Destroyed Beauty’ visual archetype and its under-saturated palette was such a striking combination that it quite nearly became a default choice for designers of this generation.

Seven years later, Epic Game satellite studio People Can Fly has released upon the world the fourth title in the now-titanic franchise, Gears of War: Judgement, a prequel of sorts and definitely a departure in form and tone from its predecessors. The lateral movements in Judgement don’t stop there, but are these changes in service or opposition for the now-beloved franchise? Find out here!

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Spare Change: Gears of War 3 Retro Lancer

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The Gears of War franchise has spawned tons of merchandise over the years. Here is a look at one of my favorites, The Retro Lancer.

The Retro Lancer replica is over three and half feet long. The size of it helps put into perspective how big the characters are to wield this gun. When you fire it, it sounds like a toy gun, but the detail on this replica is fantastic. It will look epic hanging over the fire place. If you truly love Gears of War and can afford the retail price of $99.99, it is a fantastic addition to your collection.

Photos by Payne Curlin.

The Water Cooler Episode 12: Gears of War

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The Water Cooler Episode 12: Gears of War

Hi guys! Welcome back to the Water Cooler, featuring your host James Huneycutt, Bob Beshere, Jonathan Crass, Payne Curlin, Alex Wylie, and Taylor Tate.

This week’s Water Cooler focuses on the blockbuster hit Gears of War 3! Check it out for the best in genuine, loud, and slightly inappropriate geek discourse.

Topics include:

  1. Destroyed beauty and its effect on mood and tone.
  2. The Water Cooler opinion on best Gears game and characters.
  3. A Particularly Insightful Words of Wisdom

Check out the link below to listen on the site,  and don’t forget to subscribe to us on iTunes!

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Gears of War 3 – Tender Emotion for Real Men

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Gears of War 3 – Tender Emotion for Real Men

Without even going into a discussion of its mechanical achievements, Gears of War 3 is a compelling work of narrative and the most polished entry in the franchise. It is a rejection of the concept that storytelling is anathema to the shooter genre, and developers could certainly do worse than mimic Epic’s masterpiece. It is savage, stirring, and unashamedly sentimental.

There. How’s that for a summation?

Critics of the Gears franchise have consistently labeled it the flagship of the so-called “frat-boy” crowd, that hard-drinking, testosterone-dripping, aggressively anti-intellectual chunk of the population polluting the pristine nerd heritage of gamer culture. And sure, there are some trappings on display: big guns, big men, swearing and gore seasoned liberally to taste. Gears of War 3, like its predecessors, is one of the most unabashedly manly titles on the market.

Where the superficial analysis fails is in assuming that just because Gears is manly, it must therefore be brutish. Gears of War has always had a plaintive, even sentimental undertone and the trilogy’s apparent conclusion embraces the melancholia. It may seem a curious standard-bearer for games-as-cinematic-art, but it’s in surprisingly good company.

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Top 5 Games I’m excited to hear more about at E3 2011

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Top 5 Games I’m excited to hear more about at E3 2011

E3 is almost upon us and gamers everywhere will soon be basking in the glow of all the E3 coverage they can handle.  E3 is as big as it gets and all of the biggest games will be making an appearance at the show.  With that in mind, here’s my Top 5 Games of E3.

5)Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Regardless of how you feel about the Call of Duty franchise, odds are good it’ll be one of the best selling titles of all time.

Arguably the biggest franchise of this generation, Call of Duty has won over legions of fans with the huge set-pieces in their single player and with their addictive and groundbreaking online play.  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 looks to continue the success of its predecessors.

Gamers everywhere will be looking for how well the remains of Infinity Ward can do with the newest COD title.

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The Friday Fix 24 December

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The Friday Fix 24 December

Merry Christmas everybody!  It’s time to reflect on a year in gaming.  What games did y’all think deserved to be mentioned in game-of-the-year contests?  What games massively underachieved?  What games were only five hours long (hint: It has lightsabers)?  If you are new to The Fix, it works like this.  I recommend a band, then I gather up all the news and put it in one nice neat article for you.  To put you in the holiday spirit I am going with a song that always puts me in the holiday spirit.  The Boss himself tells you who is coming to town in this nifty little video below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DINRR5H0VKc&feature=related

Now on to the news!

Bob wants to break the mold.

He also story-killed the Dwarven paladin Rettanous, only the most eloquent, opulent, regal, prodigious character in the history of characters.  Bastard.

Santa is watching you.

Remember that when you are running your mouth during a death match in Call of Duty.

Portal 2 gets a release date.

And about a billion more cake jokes.  Maybe this game will offer you Rice Krispies.  Or a healthy alternative.  Broccoli anyone?

A hero in green; that’s not a lantern.

Seth Rogen is here to once again show you that abs are not required to punch people.

Rachel would love for you to buy her things.

Please ship them to my address though; I will make sure she gets them.

Nelson gets his Pedo on.

How can something so wrong feel so right?

We reviewed Naruto: Ninja “game with way to many names” 4

Find out if it is worth all the characters in the title.

Pre-order Bulletstorm and get the Gears of War 3 beta.

Also, get the game you pre-ordered.  Wacky.

That’s all for this week.  Be sure to check back next week for more of the Friday Fix!

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