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The design of Lara Croft was based in part on lead designer Toby Gard's sister, Frances.
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RevolvingDork Space Invaders Extreme (XBLA) Review
Fri, May 22, 2009 2:41pm EDT
By RevolvingDork

Space Invaders Extreme is a re-imagining of the original arcade classic released in 1978 ( yes, Space Invaders came out over thirty years ago. You can start feeling old now ). Smartly opting to hammer home nostalgia, the backbone of the game’s visual design has been left unchanged. The enemies and the protaganistic cannon are all styled as blockily as they were in 1978.

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Gaming Trivia
In the original Space Quest, ZZ Top and the Blues Brothers make appearances as the featured bands at the bar on planet Kerona.
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Kellbot EA Sports Active (Wii) Review
Thu, May 21, 2009 4:11pm EDT
By Kellbot
As a child, guest reviewer Kellbot saved up her $2/week allowance for multiple years to buy a Nintendo Entertainment System. She is an entrepreneur and hacker, and is probably better than you at Geometry Wars 2. You can read more about her projects at Kellbot.com.


I caved to internet peer pressure and picked up a copy of EA Sports Active. I was getting a little bored with Wii Fit, and sort of annoyed that it takes you 45 minutes to get in 30 minutes of exercise because you have to pick a new task each time... you can't just queue up a workout.

Plus I wanted to see if it lived up to the hype.

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Gaming Trivia
Actor Harry Hamlin voiced the character of Perseus in God of War II, reprising his role from the 1981 live-action film Clash of the Titans.
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RevolvingDork Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB
Tue, May 12, 2009 6:17pm EDT
By RevolvingDork
It is surprisingly hard to portray the speech patterns of people playing games online without resorting to swearing.

Hypercombofinish Comic #45 by Chris Maguire

If you aren't familiar with Cole Train, this video will show you just about everything you need to know.
Gaming Trivia
The hero in Donkey Kong was originally a carpenter named Jumpman. He was later named after Nintendo's warehouse landlord, Mario Segale.
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RevolvingDork How Your HDTV is Holding Back Your Games
Thu, May 07, 2009 2:34am EDT
By RevolvingDork

In one form or another, lag is something that most gamers have had to contend with.

In the 90s, "lag" usually referred to network latency. It was a direct reflection of the speed and stability of your internet connection. A low ping time could be the difference between a visceral game of Quake and trudging through a soup of seemingly random death.

Thanks to more widespread broadband internet access and better programming tricks, network latency isn't as big a problem as it once was. Unfortunately, modern technology has introduced a new type of lag into our games: HDTV processing lag.

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Gaming Trivia
On Mario Kart Wii's Moonview Highway track, some of the oncoming trucks are carrying milk from Moo Moo Meadows.
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Marie the Bee A Conversation with Cactus & Petri Purho [Interview]
Wed, Apr 22, 2009 12:33pm EDT
By Marie the Bee
Ever since our How to Be Me interview with Petri Purho, HCF has been eager to delve deeper into the world of indie game developers and their awesomeness. Indie darlings (and budding BFFs?) Cactus and Petri Purho, who recently gave back-to-back lectures at GDC, agreed to sit down with us for some fancy, three-way IM action. In the conversation that follows, we cover topics ranging from game-related depression, to the fear of the judgment of our peers, to making games that aren't fun, to the winner that's inside each and every one of us.

Cactus, do you think you could tell us a little about yourself? Better yet, Petri, do you think you could tell us about Cactus?!

Cactus: That's way more interesting, yeah.

Petri: He's awesome and he does awesome games.

And then Cactus can take a turn describing you...

Cactus: Petri's Finnish, makes cool games when he's not being a magician. He has really nice hair.
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Gaming Trivia
Lynda Carter, TV's Wonder Woman, provided voiceovers for female Nord and Orsimer NPCs in Elder Scrolls: Morrowind & Elder Scrolls: Oblivion.
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RevolvingDork The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai (XBLA) Review
Thu, Apr 16, 2009 5:41pm EDT
By RevolvingDork

The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai is a frantic 2D hack-n-slash title available on Xbox Live Arcade. Developed by indie outfit Ska Studios, it combines the fun of classic beat-em-ups with a cartoonishly morbid sensibility.

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Gaming Trivia
Sega began as a company that managed arcade games on US military bases. Its contemporary name is an abbreviated form of "Service Games".
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Marie the Bee How To Be Me: Matt Chandronait, Area 5 Founder & Producer
Tue, Apr 14, 2009 1:13pm EDT
By Marie the Bee
How to Be Me is HCF's series of casual, vaguely instructional interviews with games industry professionals, conducted entirely over instant messenger services.

For this week's interview, HCF chatted with Matt Chandronait, former producer of The 1UP Show and co-founder of Area 5 Media, a video production company comprised of the former members of 1UP's Gamevideos team, who were laid off following the UGO buyout of 1UP. Matt works as producer, editor and *actor* for Area 5 Media's flagship show CO-OP, "a weekly look at the meaningful, the important, the interesting, or the just plain fun games that are out there or will be coming out." If you're unfamiliar with the show and have a moment (or half hour), you should definitely check out CO-OP's last episode, Indie Special -- Roundup of the Best of IGF:



Howdy, Matt! Could you tell everyone a little bit about yourself and what it is you do?

Matt: I edit videoz fer da internetz. Done! Interview over! Wow, that was easy!

Whew! 100k diggs!

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Gaming Trivia
Surgeons who play video games 3hrs/week make 37% fewer errors than non-players in laparoscopic surgery simulations.
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RevolvingDork On Franchise Reboots
Fri, Apr 10, 2009 3:40am EDT
By RevolvingDork
As far as long-running series go, Advance Wars ranks among the best. Truly, there are few things in life that match the joy of controlling a group of pre-teens that have the authority to order legions of men to grisly doom.

Unfortunately, the most recent AW game utilizes what developers refer to as "a darker storyline".

Hypercombofinish Comic #44 by Chris Maguire

Proclamation: I defy anyone to name a song that has worse lyrics than Papa Roach's Last Resort. You can't do it because it doesn't exist.
Gaming Trivia
The Game Gear, Sega's first portable system, required 6 AA batteries to play and had a battery life of about 5 hours.
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Marie the Bee How to Be Me: Petri Purho, Independent Game Developer
Tue, Mar 31, 2009 12:41pm EDT
By Marie the Bee
It's time once again for How to Be Me, HCF's series of casual, vaguely instructional interviews with games industry professionals, conducted entirely over instant messenger services.

This week we spoke with Finnish independent game designer Petri Purho, who creates monthly experimental games on his website Kloonigames.com. Petri's best-known game Crayon Physics Deluxe won the Seumas McNally Grand Prize at the Independent Games Festival Awards in 2008 and is currently available for PCs and iPhone.

Hey, Petri! Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Petri Purho: No. Well, maybe a little. I'm an independent game developer, I live in Helsinki, Finland and I like to watch weird movies.
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Gaming Trivia
Hypercombofinish.com is back online and better than ever before. http://tinyurl.com/ae4lgy
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Marie the Bee The Maw (XBLA) Review
Wed, Mar 25, 2009 5:40pm EDT
By Marie the Bee
[HCF looks back! A review originally written in January, but reposted here and now, just in case you missed it!]



New this week for the Xbox Live Arcade is Twisted Pixel Games' 3D action/adventure game and PAX 10 Audience Award Winner "The Maw."

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