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Wednesday Webgame: Pixel Purge

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One lone, bubbly ship versus an unrelenting hoard of pixelated alien invaders — This is Pixel Purge!

Pixel Purge is a tough, little arcade shooter where you fly through space decimating flying enemies, snagging power-ups, and consuming the remains of destroyed alien ships like a rabid 8-bit-atarian. It’s these little pixels that allow you to level-up. The logic is simple: the bigger the enemy, the more pixels left behind to consume. By level 10 your screen will be so covered with enemy vampire ships and exploding space mines, you’ll be throttling the WASD keys to snake through tiny gaps and firing as fast as you can click on your way to grab that one power-up that might extend your life for another 30 seconds. It gets addictive.

Skip the introduction story: It’s unnecessary. Mute the music: It’s terrrible. And tell your boss you’re deleting viruses off your harddrive using McAfee’s new Button Masher 9000 Trojan Destroyer.

The game is available at Armor Games.

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Wednesday Webgame: Victorian BMX

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Armed with your trusty scythe and your slightly inaccurate to the time period BMX, this Wednesday’s webagme, Victorian BMX, allows you to chop the heads off penny-farthing-riding dandies and bustle-dresssed, baby pushing dames, all while pulling down tricks and catching copious amounts of air.

The game, from This is Pop, is a good venture in the genre with a fun, metal soundtrack and enough interesting courses to force you to repeat levels with pinpoint button strikes.

So pop open an excel spreadsheet, put on that hard-at-work face, and play this while your boss thinks you are filing the daily TPS reports. It’s available at over on Adult Swim Games.

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Metroid: Other M

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My first video game system was a gray brick called the Gameboy. One of my first games was Metroid II: Return of Samus. I never beat the game nor did I ever figure out what it was about. Until now.

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New feature: World of Warcraft addict fights back

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Hello, Handshakers! Check out our latest feature by Melissa Tinklepaugh about a gamer’s struggle against his addiction to WoW.

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The WikiGame

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Wikipedia is helpful, interesting, and a gigantic time-waster. The online encyclopedia snaps back answers to questions and fills its users with facts and figures. But even the most focused searcher finds himself distracted by random unrelated articles. Searches for the major exports of Burma lead to hours spent reading articles on Henry Miller. A simple desire to learn where the mechanical pencil sharpener was invented ends with the user becoming a pseudo-expert on honey bee dancing. And no one remembers how they got from point A to point B. It seems all topics are related. The only question now is: How long will it take you to get from one topic to the next?

It seems Alex Clemesha is willing to keep track. The coder (and amateur surfer) has laid a simple game over the face of Wikipedia. The user is given an article to start with and then a destination article. The person has 150 seconds to get from the original article to the destination article zipping through Wikipedia’s pages, searching for some concept to unite the articles, and cursing page loading speeds. It can get addictive. The site even allows users to register so they can keep track of their searchings.

Game on!

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DC Universe Online MMORG

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The only negative aspect of this DC Universe Online MMORG video is that it ends. But I guess that’s the point.

The video sets-up Brainiac as the nemesis of all humanity. Right now all the characters are labeled as hero or villain, but by establishing an outside threat the game’s developers might be opening the door for crossover match-ups. And with the huge list of characters announced this could really up the gameplay. You want to play as Wonder Woman, but your friend wants to play as Harley Quinn? If there’s a common enemy a team-up might not be out of the question.

The game is slated for a November 2010 release on the Playstation and PC.

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Video: Paper Zelda

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This post stands as a formal request to the Internet: please produce more video interpretations of Zelda.

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Marvel Vs. Capcom Three — Long trailer

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First: Yeah right, like any Capcom character could ever beat the Hulk. From Wikipedia:

The Hulk is resistant to most forms of injury or damage. The extent varies between interpretations, but he has withstood the equivalent of core solar temperatures, nuclear explosions, and planet-splitting impacts. He has been shown to have both regenerative and adaptive healing abilities, including growing tissues to allow him to breathe underwater, surviving unprotected in space for extended periods (yet still eventually needing to breathe), and when injured, healing from most wounds within seconds.

His powerful legs allow him to leap into lower Earth orbit or across continents, and he has displayed sufficient superhuman speed to match Thor, or the Sentry. He also has less commonly described powers, including abilities allowing him to “home in” to his place of origin in New Mexico, resist psychic control, grow stronger from radiation or dark magic, and to see and interact with astral forms.

Ryu wouldn’t be much more than a fly on the Hulk’s finely tattered short shorts. I’m sorry, Street Fighter partisans, but it is simple reality.

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Wired takes next step in alternate reality game coverage — syndicates ARGNet content

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Back in April, Wired won a general excellence National Magazine Award award for its puzzle-riddled May 2009 issue, which was guest edited by J.J. Abrams.

The magazine also received a features writing nomination for “Gone,” by Evan Ratliff. In “Gone” Wired and Ratfliff attempted to see how easily (or not easily) an ordinary person could “disappear” — electronically and physically — in the digital world. To make things more difficult for Ratliff, Wired offered up a $5,000 cash prize to anyone who found him.

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Mario Marathon Combines Gaming And Philanthropy

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According to our mothers, all that time we spent gaming was time wasted that could have been put towards a good cause. A group of three friends have come along and proved that the two can in fact go hand in hand.

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