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In a League of its Own

Posted: October 21, 2012 in Reviews

There’s a buzz in the gaming community and for good reason. A relatively new game called League of Legends has been breaking records left and right. With the membership count at 70 million and growing, this 3 year old game created by Riot Games is quickly becoming a household name.


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“Block” Out the World

Posted: October 8, 2012 in Reviews

Any video gamer’s first thought when he or she looks at the hit PC game Minecraft is probably along the lines of “How the hell is this game popular?”

Such words of disbelieve are surprisingly appropriate to describe a game that is implausibly simple but has already sold over nine million copies since its release in 2009 (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minecraft). Weighing in at about a minuscule 60 Megabytes, Minecraft is unbelievably tiny when compared to a modern PC game like Crysis , which is almost 210 times larger with a file size of 12 Gigabytes (Source: http://www.videogamer.com/pc/crysis/system_requirements.html). When you look at the graphics of Minecraft, it’s easy to figure out why. It touts 8-bit graphics, making it look indecipherable from those retro games made in the 80’s. 

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Home Is Where The Fun Is

Posted: September 9, 2012 in Reviews

Welcome to the first post of The Social Joystick. Throughout the lifespan of this blog I will be exploring the different methods video gamers- both hardcore and casual- employ to connect with others who share their interests.

Ever wonder what exhausted video gamers do after finishing an intense gaming session? The answers may vary but for those who are sporting a Playstation 3, Playstation Home offers a relaxing and social environment that is designed to cater to the specific needs of video game specialists.

Brought online at the end of 2008 by Sony, Playstation home is a virtual world heavily inspired by games like “The Sims” that houses the bustling community of Playstation 3 users. In Home, users are provided a living space in which they may thoroughly customize every feature of their character: from facial features to clothing. After stepping outside their personalized apartments, Playstation Home residents are greeted by a vast explorable world that is constantly changing.
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