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UK Government Ads Link Games With "Early Death" 232

An anonymous reader writes "The UK government, backed by a bunch of charities that raise funds for research into cancer, heart disease and diabetes, has launched an advertising campaign that links the 'inactive' or passive gaming lifestyle with death and illness. It's part of a bigger 'Change4Life' campaign that has also linked playing games with making children obese. The new ads show a young child playing a PlayStation game, with the caption 'Risk an early DEATH, just do nothing.' To say this has annoyed the UK games industry would be a grave understatement. Trade association ELSPA has already called an urgent meeting with authorities to have the ads pulled, and trade magazine MCV has complained to the country's Advertising Standards Authority as well. As MCV Associate Editor Tim Ingham says in an impassioned opinion piece, 'Change4Life's advertising campaign makes a mockery of everything the industry has achieved in the last decade.'"

Guitar Hero: Metallica Setlist Released 82

An anonymous reader writes "Metallica has announced the setlist for their upcoming Guitar Hero game. They have a wide variety of songs from their different albums. There are 28 Metallica songs and 21 from other artists. They have also confirmed the release date of March 29th. The list includes Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven, One, and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Fans who pre-order the game will have an opportunity to get an extra bass drum pedal to keep up with Lars Ulrich's beats."

Comment I am an AOC Player. (Score 1) 83

So I'm at work today, and I hadn't checked in a while and I go there. I see some fairly positive press on the game that I play; Age of Conan. Then I see there are 50-some-odd comments. After what I've been through in defending AoC across this internet, I asked myself, "Dare I? Dare I read this thread?"

Well, dare I did, and once again I just shook my head. I was completely unsurprised to see that the entire thread was largely negative towards the game, just like every other comment-driven site on the Net. I have come to the realization that it is now chic to dislike this game, and that is the most unfortunate thing of all. It's not just the negativity that irks me. I mean, I get it that some people don't like the fundamental aspects of the game. It's 90% of the other writers out there that post in this hyperbolic fasion and absolutely 100% subjective. Saying things like 'worst game ever' and 'UI is totally sucky' is just an opinion. Others I read are straight up lies. I mean, absolute fabrications about certain aspects of the game. I just don't get it. I don't get the animosity. I don't understand why people care to hate this game so much, if that makes any sense. It boggles my mind.

Anyway, I want to tell people who are interested in this game to please give it a shot. Try to not be blinded by the almost constant stream of negativity that you read around the internet by players with a chip on their shoulder. This game has a graphical depth that is unparalleled. The music at times is haunting, and the combat system is visceral and dynamic. The fundamentals of this game are sound and unique, and over time, I am confident it will continue to be rewarding as fixes and content get added to the game. It is a good game. It is a unique game. Nothing out there compares to it's combat system, and class system. I look forward to seeing it flourish once again when the time comes and people meander back to see what's new. I will let the game speak for itself, but it's up to you to come in with an open mind, and not clouded by someone else's loud, obnoxious opinion.
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Submission + - First U.S. Sega Genesis Game Released since 1998 (

Om writes: "Beggar Prince is the first commercial Sega Genesis game released in the United States since 1998. The game is a roleplaying game originally released in Taiwan and was adapted by an American company called Super Fighter Team. Gamespot has an interview with the owner Brandon Cobb which lends some insight into why this project, which can only be described as a labor of love, started. The game itself "ships inside a plastic clam-shell case along with a glossy 27-page instruction manual, and is compatible with both NTSC and PAL Genesis Megadrive game systems." So for all of you looking for a trip down memory lane and own either a Genesis or the Sega Nomad, this is probably your best bet."

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