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Forgotten Treasures – Forbidden SIREN (PS2)

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For those of you who haven’t heard of Forbidden SIREN, it’s a Japanese survival horror game for the PS2 that became well known for its unique facial animation technology, multi-character story-line, and sight-jacking game mechanic.

If the name sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve seen or played SIREN: Blood Curse on the PSN. SIREN: Blood Curse was a re-imagining of the original game with characters and story that catered towards a North American audience. It’s a great game for what it was aiming to achieve, however, for the authentic Japanese characters, scares, and scenarios, you’ll have to play the original that was recently released as a PS2 Classic on the PlayStation Network.

Learn more about Forbidden SIREN for the PSN after the break.
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Bargain Game Hunting – A Guide To Buying Games Cheap

Gamers are a proud bunch that take their hobby seriously. But one thing they will admit, is that gaming (especially collecting) can be a very expensive hobby. From $300 consoles to $60 games, serious gaming can be an intimidating hobby to get into and is taxing on your wallet.

However, if you follow our guide, you’ll learn how to find games on the cheap and be able to enjoy your hobby without having to worry so much about starving or paying rent. This is Bargain Game Hunting – A Guide To Buying Games Cheap Read the rest of this entry

Gamers Helping To Find Cure For AIDS

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Please excuse me if this is very old news, but I’d like to spotlight another fine example of the gaming community working together for a great cause. You see in late 2011, a number of gamers solved a difficult biology puzzle that could help lead to the creation of anti-HIV drugs in the future. The discovery was done through Fold.it; a website hosting a puzzle-solving game that allows players to contribute to scientific studies by playing and solving long-standing scientific puzzles.

A scientific paper published around that time cited the three gamers who solved the puzzle. The solution had to do with protein from a virus that causes AIDS; a problem strain that had scientific community stumped for over 15 years.

More information about this amazing discovery after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Contest – Win A Copy Of The Walking Dead For Steam PC

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*This Contest is now closed; Our winner for The Walking Dead code is FcsElite!*

Hey JTM Nation, if you missed out on Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead, then you should know that you’re missing out on one of the best, award-winning indie games of 2012. Check out our review of the game.

The Walking Dead successfully differentiates itself from other zombie-infested titles because it’s less about fending off flesh-eating cannibals, and instead is an analysis of human nature in the most dire of situations. It’s also one of the most intense adventure games we’ve played in a very long time.

Lucky for you, we’re giving away a copy of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead (PC) to one lucky subscriber!

Find out how to enter the contest after the break. Read the rest of this entry

What Should Sony’s Twisted Metal Movie Feature?

Remember a few months ago Deadline reported that Sony was working on bringing Twisted Metal to the big screen?  Can you imagine? High-octane vehicular carnage, an insane cast of characters, and the signature dark humor of Twisted Metal are to be brought to life.

Let’s start with what’s known right now:

Reports have mentioned both Avi and Ari Arad (Producers of the Spider-Man trilogy) have signed a deal with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance director Brian Taylor to write and direct the film based on Sony’s iconic car combat game. It seems that the film will keep as close as it can to the game’s plot, characters, and unique sense of humor/horror.

The film will be about an underground car combat tournament run by mega-mogul Calypso who promises fame, fortune, and wishes-come-true to those who survive the deadly game. Think Death Race, but with a serial killer clown, a doll-faced woman, death himself, and perhaps the other crazed drivers from the world of Twisted Metal.

But then we have to wonder, which main character will the film focus on? Which actors will the studio choose to play the Twisted Metal characters? As well, what would we as viewers and TM fans want to see in a TM film? Read the rest of this entry

A Short Chat With 343 Industries’ Kevin Franklin On HALO 4

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Since its release late last year, HALO 4 sold millions of copies worldwide and was critically acclaimed by all of gaming and mainstream media. The stellar singleplayer campaign focused on a deeper Master Chief and his relationship with Cortana along with the introduction of a new threat, while multiplayer brought back many familiar modes that HALO fans loved in War Games and introduced new modes like the episodic Spartan Ops.

I recently had a short chat with 343 industries’ Kevin Franklin, the lead designer for HALO 4 about its impact in the industry, Master Chief’s background, and the HALO Community. Check out the full interview after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Sleeping Dogs Coming to PlayStation Plus This Month

Great news fight fans, Sleeping Dogs, one of our favourite games of 2012 is finally coming as a free download to PlayStation Plus subscribers this month. Usually Sleeping Dogs costs about $59.99 at retail and on digital download on PSN but if you’re one of the increasing number of PS Plus subscribers, you’ll be able to download the game (along with 11+ titles) free of charge.

Developed at Vancouver’s United Front Games, Sleeping Dogs casts you as as Wei Shen, a badass undercover cop straddling the line between loyalty to his criminal family and to the badge. You’ll be traversing a fully-realized and open city of Hong Kong, playing through a mature, well-written storyline, and fight using brutal hand-to-hand techniques.

More on Sleeping Dogs after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Mackenzie Gray Talks Man of Steel and His Secret Role in the Film

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Fans of Canadian fantasy and sci-fi shows/films definitely know the name Mackenzie Gray. From Stargate: Infinity to a memorable final season appearance in Smallville, Mackenzie has been a staple in Canadian and American productions for over 30 years.

I recently had a chance to talk to Mackenzie about his involvement with Man of Steel, Director Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot set to come out later this year. During our chat, Mackenzie talked about Superman, the detail on Man of Steel’s costume design, and even teased us about his super-secret role in the film.

Check out our full interview with Man of Steel’s Mackenzie Gray after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Mass Effect Lead Writer Talks DLC, Commander Shepard, And Potential For New Stories

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Mass Effect 3 was perhaps one of the biggest games developed in Canada in 2012. Despite all the fan backlash stemming from the game’s original ending, the game sold quite well and even won hundreds of awards including Best Console Game, Best Original Music and Best Writing at the Canadian Videogame Awards. All those things aside, the one thing that Mass Effect fans all agree with is that the trilogy has some of the best writing and the most memorable characters ever written.

I recently had a short chat with Mac Walters, the Lead Writer of the Mass Effect Trilogy at BioWare and the man responsible for creating Male and Female Shepard, one of the most influential game characters in the medium today. During our chat, Mac discussed fans reactions to pre-and-post Extended Cut and Citadel DLC’s, why people love and identify with Commander Shepard, and where the franchise could potentially go in the future.

Check out my full interview with Mac Walters after the break. Read the rest of this entry

MOGA Pro Controller Review – A Hardcore Gamer’s Dream

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Last year I was quite impressed the Power A’s MOGA Pocket controller. However, while it allowed me to play my favourite mobile games with a game controller, it had a number of issues like deadzones, battery-life, and an unreliable pivot app that annoyed me the more I used the gamepad. Thankfully, the brand-new MOGA Pro controller fixes all of the MOGA Pocket’s issues while bringing with it a few news additions that make it feel like a hardcore gamer’s dream.

Should you pick up the MOGA Pro Controller? Find out after the break. Read the rest of this entry

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