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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 11/30/12 at 02:51 PM CT

Welcome to another look into the near future. The holiday season is now upon us. You know what that means? Tons of last-minute releases from developers and publishers who are desperate to get their products on store shelves in time for a Christmas purchase!

Well, that’s what the holiday season USUALLY means. This year, December’s releases are surprisingly, frighteningly sparse.


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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 11/30/12 at 02:44 AM CT

I have officially owned a WiiU for exactly one week. Unfortunately for me, the shipping on the two extra games I ordered online was a little slow, so I haven’t had a chance to play them yet. Fortunately, my WiiU is the Deluxe Set that came with a “game” right in the box: “Nintendo Land.” After playing t...

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Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/25/12 at 09:58 PM CT

I have a feeling that just about everyone and their dog is by now aware that Nintendo has unveiled their latest console in the form of the Wii U. Thanks to Satoru Iwata, current president of Nintendo, we were also treated to a very formal unboxing ceremony, introducing the world to this next generation console.

But the team here at MeltedJoystick realized there was a great untapped potential. ...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 11/25/12 at 03:39 PM CT

According to page 52 of the WiiU Operations Manual, “Due to the characteristics of liquid crystal displays, a small number of pixels may not illuminate or may always stay lit. This is normal and not considered a defect unless the number of pixels that don’t function nor...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 11/23/12 at 06:31 PM CT

The next year or so will see the final decline of the 7th Generation, as the remaining competitors wind-down support for their current-generation hardware in order to produce 8th Generation hardware to compete with the recently-released WiiU. So, as Generation 7 – one of the weirdest and most fiercely competitive hardware generations ever – grinds to a halt, it seems only appropriate to annou...

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Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/21/12 at 02:07 PM CT

I did not line up to buy the PS3 on the day of launch. In fact, for the longest time the only 7th Generation system I owned was the Nintendo Wii. Let's face it, when the PS3 was launched, the price was a bit on the ridiculous side. But thanks to good old Uncle Sam, who decided everyone deserved a nice refund, I did my part for the economy and dropped money on the system. And while the Wii initial...

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Jonzor - wrote on 11/21/12 at 11:51 AM CT

Who “won” the 7th Console Generation? I guess that depends on what you think “winning” is. Does making the most money “win”? How many points is having the most popular game worth? Is losing all of your online community’s personal information through a FREE online service better or worse than a paid-for online service that doesn’t give your info away and shut down for a month?

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 11/17/12 at 05:26 PM CT

After the latest PlayStation 3 hack was revealed, Sony pushed through a whole bunch of updates, both to the PS3’s Cross Media Bar and to the PlayStation Store. Nick believes these updates to be desperate attempts by Sony to avoid having their current home co...

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Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/14/12 at 01:09 PM CT

Even though there may be people who disagree, the FPS genre is not only here to stay, it's apparently more popular than ever. Sure, you can complain that all the games are the same: brown, bland with a focus on multiplayer where you're more likely to get tea-bagged by a 12-year-old, who is spouting some racist slurs at you, than anything else. But despite this generic characterization, it seems t...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 11/11/12 at 03:49 PM CT

When it comes to milking the success of a popular game, devs and publishers can go one of two ways. The first, and most steeped-in-tradition option, is to crank out a sequel… then another… then another. While this has worked for a long time, it also builds up a set of expectations around a long-running franchise that can lead to catastrophic backlash if any given sequel doesn’t live up to i...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 11/08/12 at 12:26 PM CT

One of the former bosses at Squaresoft has been tweeting gloom and doom about the merged monstrosity, of which his company is one of the component parts (along with former Squaresoft competitor, Enix, and Western publisher, Eidos).

I wonder why Square Enix is such a failure... maybe...

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Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/06/12 at 10:41 PM CT

I know I'm not alone in that I like to collect items. Other members of this site have quite the game and strategy guide collection themselves. However, there comes a point in time when you have to decide what kind of collector you're going to be: casual or hardcore. You will know when you step over that line - if you spend as much on a video game as you would a new vehicle, that's hardcore.


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Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/04/12 at 02:13 PM CT

Hollywood has hurt me too many times. Why is it so hard to make a decent movie out of an existing franchise? I mean, it's right there - character, story, action, emotion (most of the time) - all you have to do is come up with an interesting and novel way to present that to audiences. But has Hollywood really ever had success with that? Well, let's see what we have had up to deal with up to this p...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 11/03/12 at 03:23 PM CT

Welcome to another look into the near future. The holiday build-up continues this month as developers endeavor to get as many titles as possible onto the shelves of bricks & mortar retailers in time for Black Friday.

The overwhelming assault of licensed games continues, with the immense list of titles playable on every viable platform (as well as dead platforms like the Wii, DS, and PSP) stack...

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Nelson Schneider - wrote on 11/01/12 at 12:03 AM CT

While there have been a number of spiritual successors and soulless sequels to old point-and-click games recently, the original crew behind the classic graphical adventure, "Shadowgate"



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