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Should There Be More M-Rated Games For the Wii?

We all know how popular the M-rated games are on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. But how do they fare on the Nintendo Wii? Not so well. In fact, the developers of successful mature titles on the other two platforms don’t even consider development for the Wii. Only 13 of the 392 available Wii games are mature titles, and their sales are nothing boastworthy.

Do popular mature titles like Grand Theft Auto belong on the Wii? Take a look at the demographic usage. Popular games on the Wii are notably milder – carrying Everyone or Teen ratings. Popular games on the 360 and PS3 are M-rated, and they see more revenue than titles carrying a milder rating.

All of this might change. Yesterday, Take-Two Interactive Software, the company who developed the Grand Theft Auto series and Bioshock, posted a quarterly loss. CEO Ben Feder shocked shareholders by stating they may “look at the Wii as a viable platform” for ALL of their titles. “You can’t ignore the install base. You just can’t.”

The Wii demographic is all over town but the general user base consists of women and children. Many users are also Nintendo collectors, having every console and hand held device the company has ever released. Many also use the Wii to escape the blood and gore titles seen elsewhere – a typical sentiment from moms who want fun without violence. We’ve seen the Wii used for therapy for seniors and those in nursing homes – but are these the people Take-Two intends on paying attention to?

What do YOU think?

Top 5 Shooters for Xbox 360

Geek!This is Danny Minick’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

These are my choices for the top 5 shooters for the Xbox 360. Please note all games carry the ESRB Mature rating (17+).

  1. Gears of War 2 – This game was epic. The storyline is nothing short of excellent; the weapon choice is top notch, and the aim extremely accurate. This, in my opinion, is the perfect shooter for the Xbox 360 console. The best weapon in the game is the one you start out with: The Lancer. Not only does it tear the enemy apart when in use, it has a saw at the end of the gun itself. Ran out of bullets? Use the saw! The saw sprays a bloody mess all over your character (as well as the TV screen) as it rips the enemy’s guts out and slays the bodies into many pieces. If you have an Xbox 360, this is a must-have title. Epic studios did an awesome job, which is why this game has the number one spot on my Top Five.
  2. Call of Duty: World at War – This game is excellent in shooting. The weapons are totally new and I was highly impressed. Through most of the game, you use German made weapons, which are very powerful. The aim is wonderful and very accurate. You do tend to run out of ammo often, but that’s why they equipped you with a knife. One swipe to the enemy kills them instantly, making it just as fun and as shooting them. The storyline is fairly good, especially if you like World War 2 history.
  3. Rainbow Six Vegas 2 – Another Tom Clancy installment, Rainbow Six Vegas 2 is a sequel and a flop. The storyline is beyond bland, the weapon choice is nothing special, and the graphics are nothing to drool about. The game gives you standard military weapons like the AK-47 and some grenades to throw. The storyline is absolutely boring but the aim is better, though in some situations, you are better off shooting freely. The weapon choice is better than Grand Theft Auto IV, but the storyline lacks. Ubisoft and Tom Clancy failed miserably in this installment.
  4. Grand Theft Auto IV – As much as I personally hate it, Grand Theft Auto IV comes in fourth. The aiming is just fine. You simply hold the LT button and it auto aims, which is something Saint’s Row 2 lacked. The weapon choice is the same dried-out choices we have had in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The graphics in this game beat the others from the past, but sometimes pretty isn’t everything. Give us something new next time, Rockstar!
  5. Saint’s Row 2 – Though Saint’s Row 2 is a very fun and highly addictive game, the shooting stance is a little elementary. There is no aim; you simply use the circle in the middle of the screen to aim on something. If you want to shoot at someone that’s to the right of you, you literally have to move the screen with your joystick. The weapon choice is decent with no special guns. The best gun to choose is probably the shotgun, since it takes out innocent citizens of Stillwater with one blow.

Top 5 Bargain Video Games for Christmas

Geek!This is Daz’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

There are great bargains in older games. Even though they are old they still fall in the must-have category. Here are my top 5 choices:

  1. Call of Duty 4 – Although a year old it still stands miles above the rest and the recently released Call of Duty World at War stands on par if not worse if going back to World War II wasn’t your thing. The single player sets you during the modern day and uses a cinematic feel which is fantastically engrossing and to get those hard earned veteran achievements you’ll be playing it many times over. Although the single player is great it’s the multiplayer which takes Call of Duty into its own and truly excels. With the best leveling up system I’ve seen on a console shooter to date, the ranking up from private to corporal is enjoyable. The ability to customize your characters perks and special powers extends beyond the normal weapon selection. Honestly this game is still tremendously popular both offline and online, some people are actually coming back from COD: World at War, and if you’re into some proper first person shooting action then this is the game to get this Christmas.
  2. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga – Gosh, this one may be controversial depending on how much you cherish your childhood memories but you can’t doubt the success of the Lego games series. This year has seen the release of Lego Indiana Jones and Lego Batman but they all lead back to the Lego Star Wars series. I recommend getting the Complete Saga version as that gives you all 6 episodes on one disc. Even as a die hard Star Wars fan, I enjoyed this game. Don’t get me wrong; realism isn’t top of the list but it doesn’t disappoint in the enjoyment factor and keeps strictly to the storyline. Seeing those special moments recreated in Lego will make you laugh. Out of all the games on this list I think Lego Star Wars will take the longest for you to complete 100%; because of the way it’s been made you’ll have to play the game several times over to get the special treats. By earning studs you’ll be able to unlock characters so you can see once and for all what it would have been like if Mace Windu had magically been able to fight Emperor Palpatine to the death at the end of Return of the Jedi. These hypothetical situations are fun to play out but this game will appeal to not only fans of the Star Wars phenomenon but also anyone looking for something different this Christmas.
  3. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock – If you haven’t been part of the Guitar Hero craze you’ve been lying under a rock far too long. Last years release was the kick start to the music gaming revolution and has truly expanded with new Guitar Hero and Rock Band games going on sale this year. But that doesn’t pull away from the fact that this was a good game. To be honest the game hasn’t changed radically from Guitar Hero II. The only changes come in music tracks and instrument options. The basic premise is to feel like a rock star and play along with tracks by hitting the notes at the right time. It sounds easy but it gets hard quickly. Looking back, the songs aren’t going to be quite as up to date as you’d like but the famous tracks will be there to rock on too. With some money spent in the Xbox Live Marketplace you can update your tunes to something more modern. Remember you’ll need the guitar with this game to play properly as it’s not worth just using the controller. If you’re not at all interested in music I would steer clear of this.
  4. Rainbow Six Vegas 2 – This sequel wasn’t as much a new game, just as an expansion to the first. There was no major changes just slight graphical appearances which, in my opinion, appeared a bit better in HD than the prequel. But that’s not a bad thing; the original was such a good hit, putting you in the role of an elite anti-terrorist squad. Rainbow Six Vegas 2 builds on the success of duck-and-cover shooting as well as the team commands which seem quite easy to order and the missions are overall fun to complete. Set in and around the outskirts of Las Vegas, the environments aren’t repeated often but can seem bland. The multiplayer part of the game shares a similar leveling system as COD 4; they have a more cautious approach than the running and gunning of COD. This game requires patience during the single player campaign as well as multiplayer; but if you’re after that it can provide you with a thorough experience.
  5. Assassins Creed – This makes my list on wow factor alone. Given the single player is quite short, Assassins Creed amazes people on it’s scale. There is a huge virtual map of four cities set during the time of the Crusades and never has history been so much fun as you play an assassin fighting against the Christian Crusaders, the Muslims and any evil force. Although over a year old the graphics hold up giving truly amazing views from the top of buildings; for once you just stop and stare in a video game as you try and point out things on the horizon. However that is just small compared to what makes this game a must play – the movement system is immense albeit easy. It doesn’t take long to get used to and you’ll be jumping across buildings and free running around ancient Jerusalem before you can say “Kill that infidel!” The implementation is very streamlined and makes simple running on the ground quite boring. Overall an entertaining game in an otherwise unexploited era but won’t be on your played list for long.

Console Wars

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – You want MY opinion on whether the Xbox360 or the Playstation3 is better? Ok, fine then. Xbox all the way. However, the gaming system that is right for you is a personal choice. Don’t let the so-called ‘console wars’ make the decision for you.

First let me say that I’ve never used a PS3. I used to own a PS2, but I didn’t use it much. In my opinion, the PS3 is really just a Blu-ray DVD player.

I do, however, own a few XBox 360’s. Why more than one? Well, I can use them to share media through my network from any of the machines, anywhere in my house. I can browse my media center, and control my music files.

Let’s not forget that over in another corner, we have the Nintendo Wii. Nintendo has taken game play to a whole new level of fun and interaction.

Seriously, the type of gaming console that is right for you boils down to your preferences. What can you afford? Does the console have the type of games you want? This whole thing about “console wars” is nothing more than a holy war of sorts. No one is right, and no one is wrong.

I honestly think the next generation of gaming will be a universal console that will play any and ALL games. What do you think?

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