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    Dec 2nd, 2012 at 16:15:37     -    Tetris (PC)

    This week I decided to play Tetris, which some regard as one of the greatest puzzle games of all time. The game's core mechanic is simple- the player to rotate and align a series of puzzle pieces to create horizontal lines. After a player creates a horizontal line, it breaks. This gives the player more space and more time to continue to form horizontal lines. However, if the player misaligns the puzzle pieces then they quickly begin to stack. This leaves the player with less space and forces the player to react quicker to form the horizontal lines. The primary resource in Tetris is time. As the levels progress, the puzzle pieces begin to cycle through faster effectively giving the player less time to react.The primary interaction patterns in Tetris are single player and player vs. player. In single player, the player's objective is to get the highest score possible, a reward of glory. In player vs. player, the player's object is to outscore the opposing player. Tetris is a pure mechanic game because it lacks a narrative background or description.

    This entry has been edited 1 time. It was last edited on Dec 10th, 2012 at 03:18:51.

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    Oct 15th, 2012 at 20:49:12     -    NBA 2K12 (PS3)

    2K’s on-court play has been superb for a few years, but has now become even better. In order to win, even on the default settings, you simply have to play smart basketball. Doing so isn’t easy, either. Not only do you really need to understand your team’s strengths and weaknesses – who you can go to for a clutch outside jumper, who can defend a hot perimeter shooter – but you also have to consistently call for picks, dish to a cutter, and kick out to the open man. Every possession is a chess match on both sides of the court, and getting reckless or lazy is a sure way to an 8-0 run in the wrong direction.

    The setup is only half the battle. Execution is key, and there are more options for the ballhandlers and defenders than we can ever comprehend at our disposal. Whether you’re shooting fadeaways, spinning reverse layups, or dribble pull-ups, the timing of your shot is hyper-critical; missing open jumpers or layups is common as you learn the individual tendencies and release points of players. Free throws are even more varied; we were amazed at how different it is to shoot at the line with Bird, Chamberlain, or Malone.

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    Oct 15th, 2012 at 20:38:39     -    NBA 2K12 (PS3)

    2K’s on-court play has been superb for a few years, but has now become even better. In order to win, even on the default settings, you simply have to play smart basketball. Doing so isn’t easy, either. Not only do you really need to understand your team’s strengths and weaknesses – who you can go to for a clutch outside jumper, who can defend a hot perimeter shooter – but you also have to consistently call for picks, dish to a cutter, and kick out to the open man. Every possession is a chess match on both sides of the court, and getting reckless or lazy is a sure way to an 8-0 run in the wrong direction.

    The setup is only half the battle. Execution is key, and there are more options for the ballhandlers and defenders than we can ever comprehend at our disposal. Whether you’re shooting fadeaways, spinning reverse layups, or dribble pull-ups, the timing of your shot is hyper-critical; missing open jumpers or layups is common as you learn the individual tendencies and release points of players. Free throws are even more varied; we were amazed at how different it is to shoot at the line with Bird, Chamberlain, or Malone.

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    Oct 1st, 2012 at 22:17:31     -    Super Mario Sunshine (GC)

    Super Mario Sunshine is a 3D adventure game featuring Nintendo’s most successful character Mario, which was released for the Nintendo GameCube system back in 2002. The setting of the game is on the tropical Isle Delfino, where Mario, Toad, and Princess Peach are taking a vacation. A villain resembling Mario, known as Shadow Mario, vandalizes the entire island with graffiti, and Mario gets blamed for the mess. After a rigged trial, Mario is ordered to clean up Isle Delfino, while saving Princess Peach from Shadow Mario. Mario utilizes a device called the F.L.U.D.D (Flash Liquidizer Ultra Dousing Device), which is essentially a water hose, to clean up the graffiti from the island and destroy his enemies. He also collects Shine Sprites throughout the game, which are used to restore power to the city. The narrative descriptors of Super Mario Sunshine and most Mario games in general, give the series a heroic and chivalrous feel. Mario is summoned to rescue a princess or perform a heroic deed and the player feels obligated to help him accomplish this task. The mood is lively, cheerful, and relaxing and even though a variety of enemies are thrown Mario’s way, the player knows exactly how the game will end.

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