A Night at the Symphony

A Night at the Symphony | A 70-piece symphony and choir perform selections from The Legend of Zelda's 25 year history at The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert in Los Angeles on Oct. 21, 2011. (Photo by Nintendo of America)

A Night at the SymphonyA Guide to Batman's Arkham City Wardrobe

By our count, there are 14 alternate costumes or characters you may play as in Batman: Arkham City, through a variety of promotions, pre-order bonuses, and timed-exclusive downloadable content available now. The "good" news, I suppose, is that all of this stuff will be available at some point—for a price. More »


A Night at the SymphonyHow StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm's New Units Will Balance Multiplayer

The huge multiplayer update coming to StarCraft II with the second installment, Heart of the Swarm, gives Blizzard an excellent opportunity to balance the three races and take advantage of missed opportunities. Let's see what holes the new multiplayer units plug. More »


A Night at the SymphonyLet's Talk About the 1,700 Pound Orc Shaman in the Room

Lording over the Mega Bloks booth at BlizzCon 2011, Doomhammer held high, World of Warcraft's Thrall would have been much more impressive in block form if it wasn't for the long line of people waiting to get their picture taken with him. He's the savoir of two worlds, people! More »


A Night at the SymphonyHere's the First Dumbass Thing the Mainstream Media Said About Grand Theft Auto III

Ten years ago today, Grand Theft Auto III released for the PlayStation 2. It became, in the words of Time "a national obsession." In the mainstream media, it has since served as the No. 1 scapegoat for the corruption of youth through violent video games. More »


A Night at the SymphonyHow EA Sports Kept Loose Lips from Sinking Blitz

For 18 months, Dave Ross surfed forums and blogs and dreaded what he'd find. He couldn't tell his kids what he was working on, lest they say something at school. Every day, when Ross booted up his computer at EA Sports, he clicked on the shared drive over the studio's intranet, and then on the folder marked MADDEN PLAYBOOK CREATOR. "Madden Playbook Creator," in reality, was NFL Blitz. More »


A Night at the SymphonyOne Hour in the Paws of a World of Warcraft Pandaren Monk

Join me as I go on a mystical journey on the back of a giant turtle, learning the ways of the new Monk class, the ways of the Pandaren race, and how strange it is to play a melee character in World of Warcraft without an auto attack. More »


A Night at the SymphonyThe Blizzcon 2011 Costume Contest Winner Must Be Seen to Be Believed

In a show filled with people dressed in cardboard copies of World of Warcraft armor a woman dressed up as the Adjutant from Starcraft completely stole the show at last night's costume contest. More »


A Night at the SymphonyIs This Really "The Most Anticipated Game in History?"

The official launch trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 went up sometime overnight, billing itself as "The Most Anticipated Game in History." And here is the singleplayer campaign the whole world has been waiting for, right? Right? Well, here it is anyway. More »



Arthur C. Clarke imagined that centuries in the future, things like racial distinctions, language and dialectical inflections will all be blended out of the human experience. I think we can add another: Genuine emotive interaction. I foresee a world in which most of our social interactions take place in antiseptic online environments out of real time. After about a century of Tweeting, texting and the like, our language will adapt to accommodate the lack of context or real-time interaction. This will make truly emotive experiences rare. It's a roundabout way of saying I'm genuinely sorry for the emotive experience I expressed by email to Dad after the Michigan State-Wisconsin game last night. It lacked all necessary context to be funny. –Owen Good

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