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How A Dream Job Comes True: Interviewing World-Class 3D Artist Rafael Grassetti

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How A Dream Job Comes True: Interviewing World-Class 3D Artist Rafael Grassetti

It’s not every day that I get to pick the brain of a world-leading 3D artist — but that’s exactly what I got to do with Rafael Grassetti. You may not recognize Rafael’s name, but you have no doubt seen his work on massively popular games like Assassins Creed 3, Mass Effect 3, and others, and may have even held one of the toys he designed for toy giant Hasbro. Rafael is one 3D artist who made it big, and I wanted to find out what it takes and how he got there.

21-06-2013
How A Dream Job Comes True: Interviewing World-Class 3D Artist Rafael Grassetti
3 Android RPG Games That Rock

Android Gaming

3 Android RPG Games That Rock

Mobile gaming is known for puzzle games and casual games, but what about the other genres? Games like Angry Birds and World of Goo took the world by storm when they first came out and they pretty much set the stage for mobile games, but a new genre has been burgeoning: RPGs. They’ve been popular for the past few decades and it’s about time that good Android RPGs had their share of the limelight.

21-06-2013
3 Android RPG Games That Rock
Learn The Lingo: Common Gaming Terms You Should Know

Gaming

Learn The Lingo: Common Gaming Terms You Should Know

All hobbies have their own terminology; sets of words and phrases that are only known to those actively involved. Gaming is no exception. What follows are 20 of the most common terms associated with gaming, along with short, easy-to-understand definitions. Think of this as a crash course in gaming lingo that will prevent you looking like a n00b in front of your fellow clan members. If that sentence makes no sense then you’ve come to the right place.

20-06-2013
Learn The Lingo: Common Gaming Terms You Should Know
5 Websites All Beginner Starcraft II Players Need To Read

Gaming

5 Websites All Beginner Starcraft II Players Need To Read

Starcraft II is a complicated game filled with deep nuances and intense strategy that can be rather intimidating for newer players to get a hold off. Many hours of dedication are required, and if you really want to learn the game, one of the best things you can do is take advice from other players. Why try to figure it out yourself when you can soak in the knowledge of those who have come before?

20-06-2013
5 Websites All Beginner Starcraft II Players Need To Read
What Are Your Thoughts on the Next-Gen Video Game Consoles? [You Told Us]

Gaming

What Are Your Thoughts on the Next-Gen Video Game Consoles? [You Told Us]

Anyone into gaming in a big way will be aware of what the next-generation of consoles has in store for us. OK, perhaps not PC gamers, who see themselves as superior and don’t need to worry about such piffling matters as generations of hardware, but the rest of us. Nintendo launched the Wii U in 2012, and now, thanks to E3 2013, we know everything we need to know about the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

19-06-2013
What Are Your Thoughts on the Next-Gen Video Game Consoles? [You Told Us]
Tower N’ Trolls Versus Fieldrunners 2: The Battle Of The Tower Defense Games

iPhone and iPad Gaming

Tower N’ Trolls Versus Fieldrunners 2: The Battle Of The Tower Defense Games

Tower defense games are one of the most well-suited genres for playing on the go. Relative to other genres, they are fairly passive, and they allow the player to plant their towers, defend their bases, and only half focus. Today, we’re putting two of the more popular tower defense games on the App Store head-to-head: in an interesting clash we have Fieldrunners 2, which comes with a $2.99 price tag, and Towers N’ Trolls, which is a free-to-play.

15-06-2013
Tower N’ Trolls Versus Fieldrunners 2: The Battle Of The Tower Defense Games
What’s The Real Value Of Games Bundled With Video Cards?

Gaming

What’s The Real Value Of Games Bundled With Video Cards?

AMD fired a shot across Nvidia’s bow in 2012 by introducing the “Never Settle” bundle. The purpose was simple; attract games to AMD video cards providing them with free games like Far Cry 3, Hitman: Absolution and Sleeping Dogs. Nvidia has responded with its free-to-play bundle, which lures in gamers by offering free credits that can be redeemed for bonuses in games like Hawken, Planetside 2 and World Of Tanks.

14-06-2013
What’s The Real Value Of Games Bundled With Video Cards?
RaidCall: Free & Hosted Voice Chat and Gaming Community Wrapped Into One Package

Windows Gaming

RaidCall: Free & Hosted Voice Chat and Gaming Community Wrapped Into One Package

Voice communication allows gaming to transcend to the next level. It’s one thing to play a multiplayer game with your friends – it’s something else when you can talk with your friends while playing. However, voice chat software can be a pain in the butt, hard to set up, and resource intensive. RaidCall may be the solution. Whether you’re a gamer with an extensive history with voice communication software, or you’re someone who has never used voice chat before, you should really check out RaidCall.

14-06-2013
RaidCall: Free & Hosted Voice Chat and Gaming Community Wrapped Into One Package
5 NES Games That You May Have Never Heard Of That You Can Play Online

Gaming

5 NES Games That You May Have Never Heard Of That You Can Play Online

Everyone knows of Mario, Contra, Excitebike, Rad Racer, Metroid, and a few others, but there are some really awesome and under-appreciated NES games that still deserve some love even today. With Nestopia, you can always find and download ROMs to experience these games by PC. Even easier, there are many websites popping up recently that allow you to play NES games through the browser. In this post, I want to turn your head towards five NES games that, with just a click of the mouse, you can give a try right now!

14-06-2013
5 NES Games That You May Have Never Heard Of That You Can Play Online
2 Ultra-Fast Racing Games That Truly Test Your Driving Abilities

Gaming

2 Ultra-Fast Racing Games That Truly Test Your Driving Abilities

I came across a couple of racing games I hadn’t spotted on SourceForge before. They’re both well rated by the user base there, and they both promised to offer realistic physics engines that would make it feel like you’re really racing a sweet ride in the case of X Speed Race, and an insanely fast race car in the motorsport racing sim called Speed Dreams.

13-06-2013
2 Ultra-Fast Racing Games That Truly Test Your Driving Abilities
PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4

Gaming

PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4

E3 2013 marked the moment when the next-generation truly began, with all three contenders — the PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One, and Wii U — revealed in full. The Wii U is already on the market (and hardly selling), which leaves a battle royale brewing between the PlayStation 4 from Sony and the Xbox One from Microsoft. Both consoles will be released before the end of 2013, and you can pre-order either one right now. But which should you choose?

13-06-2013
PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4
PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The Xbox One

Gaming

PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The Xbox One

This year’s E3 felt almost like it was over before it began. Though the conference lasts for days, both Microsoft and Sony made their announcements before the doors opened, showing not just hardware but also their lineup of launch and near-launch titles. In doing so, each company has ignited a new chapter in the console war. While an ideal gamer’s den will have both, most people don’t have the money or need to grab two consoles at launch, so a choice must be made; Xbox One or PS4? I’ve put my money down for the Xbox, and here’s why.

13-06-2013
PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The Xbox One
3 Excellent Turn-Based Strategy Games Online

Gaming

3 Excellent Turn-Based Strategy Games Online

So, if you’re into fast-paced racing games, heart-pounding first person shooters, or edge-of-your-seat tower defense games, then you can click the back button now and find another article. This isn’t that kind of article. Here, we’re talking about turn-based strategy games that demand a strong intellect and a creative battle plan that will outsmart and outwit the competition.

12-06-2013
3 Excellent Turn-Based Strategy Games Online
The Next Step in Immersion Virtual Reality – Razer Hydra & The Omni

Gaming

The Next Step in Immersion Virtual Reality – Razer Hydra & The Omni

Now that the Oculus Rift is in the hands of developers and enthusiasts (read my extensive review of the Oculus Rift), work on the consumer version is well underway. New games are being developed, existing games are being ported, and every day more people get to experience just how incredible the world of immersive VR can be when done right. So we have the visual element of virtual reality gaming basically sorted, but what about controllers?

12-06-2013
The Next Step in Immersion Virtual Reality – Razer Hydra & The Omni
Razer Comms: A New Free Voice Chat For PC Gamers

Gaming Windows

Razer Comms: A New Free Voice Chat For PC Gamers

Voice communication is a fantastic bit of technology that truly complements the fast-paced nature of multiplayer gaming. It frees up your hands from typing out long messages, allowing you to chat in real-time without any sacrifice in game play. Established gaming brand, Razer, has recently come out with a great new voice communication program for free. Even though it is still in beta, Razer Comms puts up a formidable bit of competition even against the alternatives that have been around for many years.

11-06-2013
Razer Comms: A New Free Voice Chat For PC Gamers
4 Video Games That Will Help You Lose Weight

Gaming

4 Video Games That Will Help You Lose Weight

All too often, people who are not gamers have this idea that individuals who choose to spend their time playing video games are lazy. Sure, we like to sit around with a controller in our hand and be whisked away to a fantasy world, but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy getting active as well. All video games are strenuous on the mind, but some games can actually give you quite the workout.

11-06-2013
4 Video Games That Will Help You Lose Weight
Say the Same Thing: The Next Big Word Game

Android Gaming

Say the Same Thing: The Next Big Word Game

Say the Same Thing (STSG) is a new game, available as a free iOS and Android download, which comes to us courtesy of the band OK Go. Letterpress made a splash when it launched last year, Pictionary-like Draw Something was a huge hit, and there’s lots of popular iOS word games like 7 Little Words that will keep you busy for hours. STSG is a new word association game that brings a bit of vocabulary fun into your day.

10-06-2013
Say the Same Thing: The Next Big Word Game
6 Android Zombie Shooting Games That Are Tremendous Stress Relievers

Android Gaming

6 Android Zombie Shooting Games That Are Tremendous Stress Relievers

Zombie first-person shooters: A license to kill and blow up everything that limps its way toward you wearing tattered clothes and a half-rotted face. There’s nothing quite as stress relieving as this – just shooting everything first, and asking questions later. Don’t want zombie cooties? Well then get out your Android phones and tablets, and follow along with me as I explore 6 of the finest zombie shooting games Google Play has to offer.

07-06-2013
6 Android Zombie Shooting Games That Are Tremendous Stress Relievers
Secret Maryo Chronicles – Open Source Remake Of Golden Age Mario

Gaming

Secret Maryo Chronicles – Open Source Remake Of Golden Age Mario

Try a new spin on a platform classic. With Mario-style sidescrolling, cartoon-style graphics and music any gamer should find familiar, the open source Secret Maryo Chronicles is a worthwhile diversion for any computer owner. Even better, you can easily create your own Maryo levels. The name “Secret Maryo Chronicles” isn’t subtle, but neither is the game itself. Everything about this project screams “fan-made Mario clone”.

06-06-2013
Secret Maryo Chronicles – Open Source Remake Of Golden Age Mario
Love Asynchronous Multiplayer But Hate Word Games? You’ll Love These [iOS]

iPhone and iPad Gaming

Love Asynchronous Multiplayer But Hate Word Games? You’ll Love These [iOS]

It all really blew up with the popularity of Words With Friends, and since then a huge number of games have been released to take advantage of the “with friends” turn-based multiplayer system. Some have come from Zynga, the original creators of Words With Friends, and some have come from other developers. Regardless of who is making the games, more keep coming, and a few of them are really good. The games on this list feature asynchronous multiplayer, but instead of being simple word games, this list features quite a bit more action.

06-06-2013
Love Asynchronous Multiplayer But Hate Word Games? You’ll Love These [iOS]