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Diablo 3 should have been a rhythm game!

Inspired by Bennett Ring’s “thought provoking” musings in his recent crap article over at GameSpy, I decided to take a stance of my own regarding how Diablo 3 should best have been genre bent. After playing the latest Diablo 3 demo, GameSpy’s Editor in Chief found himself thinking how much better the game might have [...]

Rocking Out with Guitar Games

So I was just about to dole out the ~$300 for the Rock Band 3 Fender Squier guitar when Noah told me about a new game due out this fall called Rocksmith.  What’s so cool about Rocksmith?  Well, on the surface this Ubisoft game appears to allow you to plug in any guitar to its [...]

The 50 Dollar Question

Something that’s long bothered me about new MMOs is their pricing. I know there are plenty of solid, free(mium) MMOs out there, from Runescape (biggest MMO ever!) to Free Realms and so on, but the ones that have always piqued my interest, for better or worse, are the ones that usually launch with $50 price [...]

“That’s what guilds are foooorrr…”

In case the obscure, schmaltzy ’80s pop song reference is missed, look up Dionne Warwick and Friends and sub out “guilds” with “friends.” You young whippersnappers and your emo music… At any rate, I’m here to share some more afterthoughts on a recent blog-o-sterical topic, World of Warcraft’s 3.3 patch update. I just found it [...]

Modern Warfare 2 – Stop Feeding the Hype Machine

Guest poster Julien chimes in on the eve of Modern Warfare 2.  Enjoy! (Disclaimer – The opinions in this post do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Channel Massive or their sponsors…blah, blah, blah.) A mere few hours remain until the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and the hype build-up around this [...]

Not-So-Massive-Blog-O-Steria: Turbine Drops the Ball

This past week has seen the release of the new free content for Lord of the Rings Online. Entitled, Book 8: The Scourge of Khazad-Dum, this update brings several new instances and one new raid to the game, as well as revamping the earlier content (in the 15-22 level range). That’s all great right? Well… [...]

The Soundtrack of MMOs

There’s something most gamers probably don’t think about when playing a MMO, and that is musical score. This is mainly due to the fact that, despite being pretty good, very few MMOs have great soundtracks that will get you blood pumping like the music from Gears of War 2 or Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The [...]

Massive Formulas: Spin that Turbine ’til it’s clean.

Author’s Note: After the failure of Age of Conan, Tabula Rasa, and Hellgate: London I decided to take a look at some of the successful MMOs we are playing today and see what went right. I’ll also take a look at some of the failures and see what went wrong. This actually takes a lot [...]

Your issues may be more than the game’s fault…

I started dinking around with computers in 1986 (almost 9 years after I got into table top gaming) and ever since then I have had a passion for computers that is borderline obsessive…okay, not quite that bad, but close.  I am always looking for the next great toy to add, or the next best look [...]

More video game regulations to come?

We wanted change?  Well it’s coming, and it’s coming fast.  Democrat Joe Baca of the House of Representatives has proposed a new piece of federal legislation known as the “Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2009″.  Since this piece of legislation is federal, it means if this thing passes we can expect nationally and not [...]

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