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Kinect Adventures

Like it or not, the launch of Microsoft Kinect is a big deal. Make fun of it all you want, hem and haw to your heart’s content, label anyone who finds it even remotely enjoyable a unrepentant Microsoft lover, even if you yourself haven’t tried it or are even willing to give it a chance. It’s all good.

Because, love it or hate it, Kinect changes the game. Period. Whether that will end up being good or bad for gaming remains to be seen, but at this point, it’s a big deal. As such, I want to hear from people who have picked up a Kinect and had some time to play around with it.

How are you finding the experience so far? What games did you buy, if any? What’s your living room situation? Any issues you’ve come across?

If you want to find out what we think about Kinect and a bunch of its launch titles, check out our Kinect roundup.




Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Racing game fans have no doubt played and replayed the newly released Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit demo, and I was playing last night, and I was really struck by how the game blends goes about blending two distinct arcade racing styles. I’m currently playing the full game for review, so I can’t share my thoughts on Pursuit just yet. That’s why what I’m curious about this morning is only tangentially related to Hot Pursuit. Here's my question:

When it comes to racing games, what do you prefer: arcade or simulation? And why?

Morning Hangover: Thoughts On New 360 Update

The latest (and greatest?) Xbox 360 update released yesterday, bringing with it a few notable new additions including the ability to access ESPN.com and ESPN3 content right on your console. Or, finally, be able to search Netflix from your 360, thus eliminating the need to use a computer at all to keep your Instant Queue up to date at all times. And then, of course, there are the aesthetic changes like the new boxy design of the menus and tiles. I wasn’t much of a fan of the new look when I first started seeing it around, but it’s definitely grown on me. Plus the new dashboard just seems much faster than the old one for some reason. Maybe I’m imagining that.

The point is, I’m a fan of the new update, even though the previous one was just shy of two years old. The original dashboard was around for three years before the New Xbox Experience update was released back in November 2008, so it feels  a bit strange to have a new dashboard so soon. But it’s been changed for the better, right? Have any problems with the latest update?
 



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Morning Hangover: Call of Duty: Black Ops + JFK = Sold

Like millions of gamers, I played the hell out of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. I enjoyed Modern Warfare 2, but more because it was a clear refinement on an established formula than a substantially new experience the way COD4 was. That’s probably why I am, surprisingly, finding myself getting more and more excited about Treyarch’s upcoming decade-hopping Call of Duty: Black Ops. To be honest though, the newly released launch trailer pretty much sold me on the game. It might have something to do with the fact that John F. Kennedy appears in it (“might have” = “definitely has").

So what I want to know this morning is: Why are you/aren't you looking forward to Black Ops? What are hardcore COD fans most nervous/excited about? Of all the COD premises, Black Ops is easily, at least to me, the most compelling. Is it possible Treyarch will finally outshine Infinity Ward at its own game?

Fallout: New Vegas Preorder Bonus Packs Detailed

I'm  planning to spend this weekend immersed in video games, including New Vegas and some "I can't tell you about them yet" titles. But I'll be taking frequent breaks to hydrate and, since it's Halloween weekend, I'll be smashing pumpkins on porches and stealing bags of candy from little kids too... or I'll just take my own child out to trick or treat.

I'll also be attending E!'s Halloween party, where basic cable employees are encouraged to bring their children to work to trick or treat through our cubicles. I celebrate this tradition every year, mainly because the screaming children upset G4's Mike D'Alonzo. It's a holiday tradition!

What about you? What do you have on the burner for this weekend?

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Best Halloween Costume...Ever

At the request/demand of my three year old son, my halloween costume this year is video game related. I can't tell you what it is yet -- it's too awesome -- but the pictures will be coming soon.

What about you guys? Anyone thinking of wearing a video game related costume this year? What are you gonna be?

Halo: Reach Nightfall

No one asked me or anything, but I think the best time to play games starts at 1 AM. The world is quiet and dark. Everyone sleeps. Nothing productive can realistically be expected to be accomplished until morning. All the lights are out. Let's take care of business.

What about you guys? When is the best time to play games?






Power Gig: Rise of the Six String

Happy Monday, everyone. I hope your weekend was great. Let's talk games.

This weekend, I played a bit of Power Gig: Rise of the SixString, a music game that's a little lower profile than Rock Band or Guitar Hero. I also got about 20 minutes into Fallout: New Vegas, and sincerely wished the weekend had some extra hours in it -- I have a feeling New Vegas is not the kind of game that is served by playing in short bursts.

Oh, and Minecraft. Minecraft, Minecraft, Minecraft.

What about you?





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LittleBigPlanet 2

Well, here we are. It’s Friday again, and that means that just eight (excruciating) hours sitting next to Stephen “Not Nearly As Bad As I Make Him Out To Be” Johnson are all that lie between me and the weekend, and, by extension, weekend gaming. This weekend, I’ll be putting in some more time with Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and the LittleBigPlanet 2 beta (My Limbo inspired level is coming along nicely). Been playing a lot of both lately, and loving every minute of it.

So that brings us to the reason we’re all here: What are you playing this weekend?

Morning Hangover: Mobile Me

It shouldn’t surprise you that the iPhone game Angry Birds has become a Plants vs. Zombies-type obsession around the G4 offices. The game is a blast, it’s super addictive, and is the perfect solution for when you’re looking to drive your productivity into the ground. It’s also no surprise that an uber-publisher like EA would snatch up Chillingo, the company responsible for unleashing Rovio's bird based puzzle game upon the world, for many millions of dollars. But that’s not what I want to talk about this morning.

Today, I want to find out from you what mobile games you can’t put down at the moment, because as hard as we try, we can’t know about them all. So what are some mobile games that we should know about that we might not have discovered yet?
 



Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Embarks October 5

On Monday, I talked about how effective the demo for Enslaved: Odyssey to the West was, and how much it made me look forward to playing the full game. Well, I’m currently on chapter nine, and I am absolutely loving it. The game is everything I had hoped it would be. It’s gorgeous, cinematic, the voice acting and facial animations are top notch, and the combat/platforming is perfectly balanced (at least from what I’ve seen so far). The reviews have been mostly positive (ours certainly was), but not nearly as high as I was hoping, and I don’t know how well it sold, but hopefully it’s doing well, because it definitely deserves it. In the end, though, I think Enslaved is destined to become one of 2010’s best, overlooked games.

What I want to find out this morning from you all is: What are some other amazing games that, for whatever reason, were just lost in the shuffle, and ended up becoming diamonds in the rough?

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Fallout: New Vegas

The release of Fallout: New Vegas  means that a whole host of gamers are about to invest dozens upon dozens of hours battling their way across the post-apocalyptic ruins of the Mojave Wasteland. For some, that journey will be spent fighting for what’s right, and for others, that journey will be spent tapping into the darkest recesses of human morality. Either way, a good time is guaranteed for all, and that’s why we love Fallout.

So what I want to know this morning is this: If you have a choice of being a good or evil character in a game, which one do you choose, and why?

I tend to play as good guys, because I’m kind of lazy, and if I’m good, I can usually convince a lot of people to do stuff for me that would otherwise require tons more energy or strength to pull off if I were just some evil bastard. Then again, I usually always reserve at least one save slot for my evil character just for those times when I want to let loose. It’s important to have balance in your life.



Enslaved

I’ve been dying to get my hands on Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, but I just haven’t had a chance to beyond the few times I played it at various conventions over the past few months. I did, however, play through the demo, and now I want to play it more than ever, thanks in large part to just how explosive and thrilling the demo level is. If you’ve played the opening sequence/demo, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, I highly recommend checking it out.

So this got me thinking: what are some of the best demos you’ve ever played? Have you played a demo for a game you didn’t know anything about only to have the demo convince you to buy the game?

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Fallout: New Vegas and More to Highlight

Epictober, our week long celebration of upcoming awesome games, is in full swing, people. We've flooded G4tv.com with exclusive video and articles of epic proportions. In honor of Epic-everything, let's talk epic heroes from video games.

While obvious choices like Duke Nukem or Mega Man spring to mind, honestly, my personal most epic hero is DONKEY BUTT. Haven't heard of her? That's because it's the character I made in Fallout 3. She roamed the Wasteland, using brains and wits as opposed to brawn to bring about her evil, evil schemes, working through her daddy-issues on a nuclear scale.

What about you? Do you have a most epic video game character?

Mario and Luigi

In celebration of Epictober (G4's week of huge exclusives), let's talk about Epic rivalries in video games. My favorite has always been the tension and anger simmering just beneath the surface of Mario and Luigi. Sure, they seem to be close, but you know Luigi goes home and punches the walls every time he hears about Mario's latest success.

"What'sa he got that'a I don't?" Luigi asks. "When'a we gonna get a new Luigi's Mansion, in'a 3D?"

What about you? Who are your favorite video game rivals?

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