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Weekly Video Game Post–August 6, 2012

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Weekly Video Game Podcast – August 6, 2012 <39 mins (36.2 MB)>
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  • We all know that the Wii is in lame duck mode but what’s the Xbox 360 and the PS3’s excuse?
  • Don’t worry; Madden comes out in a few weeks and then it’ll be September and there will be lots of video game news to talk about
  • Continue reading for sales figures from the week of July 21st and 28th and other stuff (all sales figures come from www.vgchartz.com)

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Weekly Video Game Post–July 21, 2012

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Weekly Video Game Podcast – July 21, 2012 <27 mins (24.9 MB)>
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  • It’s the summer and post-E3 so there’s not much going on in the video game industry
  • On the podcast I talk about the 3DS XL and why, for maybe the dumbest reason, it is not a good idea to buy the system
  • Continue reading for sales figures from the week of July 14th and other stuff (all sales figures come from www.vgchartz.com)

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The Top 10 Video Games of 2010

Another year, another top ten list for video games. Unlike last year where it was a bit difficult to come up with a top ten list, this year there were only a few titles that I feel one could argue could have made this list that aren’t on my list. Actually, I was not too surprised that Screwattack had nine out of the ten games I picked on their top ten list. Additionally, Gametrailers only had a top five but all five were games from my top ten list. Even though my list is being published last (I usually publish it on New Year’s Day), the list has essentially been in the bag for almost two weeks now. Had I published it earlier, I could have accused other sites of ripping me off. However, I think it’s because there were very few MUST OWN!!! games this year that it’s no surprise that there is quite a bit of consensus across the Internet. The last couple of years there has been major differences between the lists of most outlets. Now, it almost seems unanimous.

There will be a special Weekly Video Game Podcast posted tomorrow featuring myself and Chris Karpyszyn where we’ll look at the list and discuss it. There will be a supplemental podcast on Monday where we quickly talk about this list and compare it to the previous years. The second podcast almost didn’t exist as we were wrapping up the first one and then we started talking about the last year and the year before that. Before I knew it, we had talked for half-an-hour. Once the podcasts are posted, they’ll be linked to on the front page as well as this article.

Whether you agree with this list or hate it, say something about it. Leave a comment at the bottom or send me an e-mail at madnessbrewing@gmail.com and I’ll read your comments during the next Weekly Video Game Podcast,

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Interview with Matthew Doucette of Xona Games

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A few weeks ago I did an interview with Matthew Doucette of Xona Games. It was a really good interview and I’ve received quite a bit of positive feedback from the interview. It had previously been only available in the middle of one of the weekly video game podcasts but I’ve decided to make it avaliable as its own separate download in its entirety. We talk about one of the best games currently on the Xbox Live Indie service, Decimation X; as well as the upcoming Duality ZF. Matthew also shares his opinions on what its like being an indie developer and how interesting a road its been for him and his brother Jason (the two of them comprise the entire staff of Xona Games).

It’s really worth the listen and if you have an Xbox 360, I highly suggest you pick up Decimation X. It only costs around $1. Personally, I can’t wait to get Duality ZF in my hands.

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Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 (Video Game Review)

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Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
Microsoft Xbox 360 (Xbox Live)
2008
Developer: Bizarre Creations
Publisher: Activision

It’s hard to imagine what Bizarre Creations and Activision could do to the Geometry Wars formula to make a sequel worth buying but Retro Evolved 2 is probably as interesting an evolution to the formula as we’re going to get short of the fantastic Geometry Wars: Galaxies. The game that basically defined the twin-stick shooter genre is at its downloadable best here although it does suffer from a few shortcomings.

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