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For some families, Monopoly is a bonding experience. For others, it's a Machiavellian affair that tosses love and loyalty aside in favor of a capitalistic bloodlust where there is but one goal: Drive mom, dad, grandma and weird Uncle Steve into bankruptcy as soon as possible.
Monopoly's Boardwalk (flickr user: therichbrooks)
But what's the most efficient way to do that? Everyone has a theory about how best to win at Monopoly. Some try to buy a single property of every color, while others swear that becoming a slum lord, buying up the low rent properties, is the key to victory.
And no matter the strategy, there's no greater jewel in a player's crown than Boardwalk. But is that pricey blue spot -- and it's sister street Park Place -- really worth it?Read More »from Is Boardwalk worth it?
- Chris Morris | Plugged In – Mon, Aug 8, 2011 3:37 PM EDT
The annual QuakeCon video game expo in Texas draws a pretty dedicated crowd. Few, however, are as dedicated as engaged gamers Chaz and Stevi.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)This past Thursday, the couple was sitting in a demonstration for Bethesda's upcoming role-playing epic The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim when Stevi, who was nine months pregnant, began to feel what she thought were contractions.
This is when a normal person might go to the hospital. Not Stevi.Read More »from Woman goes into labor during Skyrim demo…and stays for demo
The NoidNEW YORK (AP) -- The Noid is coming back.
For those who can't remember, or were trying to forget, the Noid is the red-suited, rabbit-eared villain who bounced around Domino's Pizza commercials in the late 1980s. Starting Monday, Domino's will feature him in an arcade-style video game on its Facebook page for one week. The company will give away a coupon for a free pizza every minute to the player with the highest score.Read More »from Domino’s stops avoiding Noid, brings him back
Add Maroon 5 vocalist Adam Levine to the list of musicians who are angry with Activision.
Adam Levine (Getty Images)
The singer and co-star of NBC's hit series "The Voice" has sued the publisher over the use of his likeness in 2009's Band Hero, saying he did not authorize many of the ways his image is used in the game.
Sound familiar? It should. Levine's complaints are virtual carbon copies of the ones made by No Doubt and the former members of Nirvana.
In the suit, Levine says he gave Activision rights to use his image for the band's song "She Will Be Loved," but was not informed that he would become a playable character for any song in the game -- including those sung by women.Read More »from Maroon 5 frontman sues Activision
Ridiculous Video Game NamesRead More »from Ridiculous Video Game Names
What's in a name? Lots of laughs, if it happens to be a video game. In honor of Microsoft's recently announced mouthful 'Kinectimals: Now With Bears!', we not so proudly present some of the kookiest names in video game history.
According to the Entertainment Software Association, the average gamer is 37 years old. Kids born the day the original Nintendo was released are entering their late 20s, while geeks who whiled away the days with a Pong machine are storming past 40.
Umeji Narisawa (Japanprobe)But compared to Umeji Narisawa, we're all just a bunch of babies.
Japanprobe caught up with the 99-year-old gamer, who got hooked on the hobby at the tender age of 73 when her grandkids brought home a copy of the action/puzzle classic Bomberman for the NES (technically the Famicon, the Japanese version of the system.) Narisawa was intrigued, gave it a shot, and has been playing it for several hours a day since.Read More »from Meet the 99-year-old video game master
- Chris Morris | Plugged In – Thu, Aug 4, 2011 1:30 PM EDT
Scratch the PlayStation Vita off your note to Santa.
Sony PS VitaSony confirmed Thursday that its new handheld system won't launch in the U.S. or Europe until 2012.
While not officially a delay, the announcement still surprised a lot of people, who expected the company to push hard for a widespread launch before the holiday season, since that's such a crucial sales period for the industry.Read More »from PlayStation Vita won’t hit U.S, Europe in time for holidays
- Chris Morris | Plugged In – Wed, Aug 3, 2011 2:34 PM EDT
You're on the iPhone, Charlie Brown.
Capcom has acquired the rights to create social games based on Charles Schultz' s Peanuts comic empire, which will put Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the gang on Apple's iDevices this fall.
The game will make the move to other smartphones in the future -- and several other Peanuts-themed titles will follow.
Capcom (and its Beeline Interactive studio, which will develop the game) hasn't divulged any details about the game, but it did reveal that, like its popular Smurf's Village game, the Peanuts game will be free to play, with in-games items available for purchase.Read More »from ‘Peanuts’ app coming from makers of controversial Smurfs Village
- Chris Morris | Plugged In – Tue, Aug 2, 2011 7:45 PM EDT
Fans of EA Sports games tend to be a dedicated lot, but now the publisher is launching a program that will help it find the most dedicated.
The company's just-unveiled Season Ticket program will give die-hard fans the chance to get a three-day head start on new versions of Madden, FIFA, Tiger Woods, NHL and NCAA Football games as well as discounts on any downloadable content.
But that access comes with a price - and a catch.
A Season Ticket membership costs $25 per year, which buys fans the chance to download a copy of new sports games (starting with this year's Madden) three days early. At 6:00 am ET on the day of release, though, that sneak peek expires - and the game won't work until you have a retail version of the disc. In other words, you can't pay to just unlock the digital version you've already downloaded. (Your game system will, however, hang on to your save games.)Read More »from EA Sports debuts ‘Season Ticket’ subscription plan
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