Games For Thought Gets a New Home

Hey WordPress friends,

Since it’s been so long since I last posted here, I’ve decided start the blog over from scratch, so I migrated over to Posterous. You can find the new blog at the old address, Games4thought.com.

I hope you will all come see my new site real soon!

Bioware is Hesitant to Unmask Tali for Mass Effect 3

In an interview with CVG, Mass Effect 3 executive producer Casey Hudson said that the design of Tali’s true face has been a subject of serious stress for Bioware. As fans of the series know, Tali has been perpetually masked since the original Mass Effect, and what’s underneath the mask is one of the series’ great mysteries. Apparently it’s a mystery to Bioware as well: Hudson says that the Mass Effect team hasn’t even decided if they’ll show Tali without her mask, forget about what she’ll look like.
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Gears of War 3 Build Leaks Through Torrents, Youtube

According to Neogaf, a developer build of Gears of War 3 has been leaked onto torrent sites. The leaked version allegedly includes both the full single-player campaign and multiplayer modes.
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Interning at Kotaku, That’s Where I’ve Been for The Past Few Months.

Writing that last post, I realized that, in terms of this blog, I dropped of the face of the planet a few months ago.

Here’s what happened: Shortly after PAX East in march I started working as an intern at Kotaku where I wrote lots of articles for them, and even got to fly to LA and cover E3. My internship, however, has come to an end and I realized that I’ve been ignoring you folks. This simply will not do.

So I apologize for stepping out on you, my faithful readers. Hopefully, you can forgive my brief disappearance and we can go back to our old routine. I write. You read. We all play video games.

Kotaku Game Club Today!

In case you haven’t heard (Which you probably havent because I’ve never talked about it on this blog) I am now a columnist at Kotaku! I’m running the Kotaku Game Club, a discussion group where we play a game together and discuss it, chapter by chapter. Yes, it’s called the “game club” because it’s just like a “book club”, but with video games.
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Angry Birds Cake is Fully Playable

For my birthday one year when I was a kid, my parents got a Mario-themed cake.  Even though this cake is for Angry Birds, it still blows that one out of the water.  A cake you can play… What can’t nerds do?

Gears of War 3 Chainsaws your Face on September 20th

After a long period in limbo, Gears of War 3 finally has a hard release date again.  Epic Games announced today that Fenix and Co. will be back in action on September 20th.  Epic had been saying that the game would be released this Fall since they retracted their original projected release date, April 5th.

If September feels like an unbearably long time to wait, then go pick up Epic’s newly-released shooter Bulletstorm.  It’s supposed to be a great game, (I’ve only played the demo, which I really liked) AND buying the game on Xbox 360 gets you access to the GoW 3 multiplayer beta.

Via Joystiq

Super Smash Bros Goes 8-Bit

I’m willing to bet that many, if not most Super Smash Bros fans have wondered what the series would have looked like on Nintendo’s older consoles like SNES, NES and Game Boy.  Super Smash Land FINALLY gives us answers, transposing Nintendo’s number one fighting series to Game Boy-like graphics, etc.

Creator Dan Forace is very passionate about his de-make, though.  The full game has not been released yet, but you get your retro Smash jollies by downloading the demo for windows here.  (Or, if you’re a Mac gamer like me, you can just watch the trailer and drool…)

Via Joystiq

Red Faction: Armageddon will explode in your hands on May 31st

THQ announced that the next entry in the Red Faction series, Red Faction: Armageddon, will be in stores on May 31st.  Unlike previous games, Armageddon trades the story of a proletariat revolution on Mars for one about killing aliens on Mars.  Of course, who you kill, aliens or oppressors, isn’t that important; as long you can blow holes in walls and make buildings crumble.

Via Joystiq

Bulletstorm DLC Announced

Bulletstorm has been on shelves for less than 24 hours, but the game already has DLC on the way, according to EA.  The announcement is helping to hype the game, which is receiving tremendous reviews.  DLC for AAA titles is often announced on day one, so it’s not a surprise, really.

The Bulletstorm “Gun Sonata” map pack will include three anarchy maps and two echo mode maps.  “From the wretched Sewers of Stygia to the dilapidated ruins of Hotel Elysium and the open spaces of Villa, the Gun Sonata Anarchy maps provide even more settings for players to work together in order to pull off fantastic team skillshots,” said EA.  The Echo maps are called “Crash Site”, “where Final Echo soldiers must deal with the ramifications of their crashed ship,” and Guns of Stygia, “in which a captive commando escapes from an enemy prison.”

The “Gun Sonata” Pack will cost 9.99 on PSN or 800 MS points.

Via Gamesradar