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Link Roundup for August 6th: Bad celebrity cameos, Pilotwings in Smash Bros, No one wants A-Rod, and more…

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussion, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. It will publish each Tuesday and Friday. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

A few of the worst celebrity cameos in gaming. Amazingly, Justin Beiber isn’t even number one.

Pilotwings map confirmed for the upcoming Wii U Super Smash Bros. And here are all the other confirmed locations.

Excited for Take Two’s upcoming The Bureau: XCOM Declassified? You should probably try the hungover edition.

Are there too few video games? Indie developer Rami Ismael thinks so.

New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, suspended for 200 games in the real-life MLB, has also been suspended in MLB 13: The Show.

Final Fantasy VII: The Web Series, a real-life reenactment of the uber-popular PS1 game, has shut down its Kickstarter after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Square-Enix.

Great as it is, does The Last of Us represent a conflict between gameplay and storytelling?

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Link Roundup for July 30th: Guitar Bros next project, Visual effects love video games, J-Smash Bros arrives, and more…

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussion, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. It will publish each Tuesday and Friday. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

Season pass holders, take a breath. The first DLC for Bioshock Infinite has finally been announced. Read Ken Levine’s thoughts on the return to Rapture, Burial at Sea.

Kai and Charles Huang, co-creators of Guitar Hero, are creating a game that will incorporate cardio fitness: Blue Goji.

The Last of Us is finally displaced from the number one spot by… Minecraft?

Visual effect houses are getting a boost from video games.

Playstation 3 & 4 owners are getting exclusive bonus content for Assassin’s Creed IV continuing the story of Aveline, the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed: Liberation.

Characters from Dragonball ZBleachNaruto, and many more come together in the first trailer for Bandai Games’ J-Stars.

Link Roundup for July 23rd: Eidos GM resigns, Ready at Dawn disses GameStop, Last of Us unstoppable, and more…

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussions, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

Eidos Montreal founder/general manager resigns, citing a “lack of courage” at Square-Enix. This might explain the last few Final Fantasies.

Ru Weerasuriya, founder of Ready at Dawn (God of War: Ghost of Sparta, the upcoming The Order: 1886), trashes GameStop’s business model.

Ubisoft takes a cue from its “other” series: you can totally fight sharks in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

The Last of Us tops UK sales charts for the sixth week in a row. Holy.

Kotaku’s Jason Schreier has your Pacific Rim gaming fix since the two Pacific Rim games, well, suck.

Bloody Disgusting lists 6 horror movies that might make great video games. (Although a couple of them have already made the leap.)

Link Roundup – July 8th

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussions, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

The Last of Us is the first game this year to top UK sales charts for four straight weeks.

Legend of Zelda fans want to see Zelda as a playable character. As if this writing, the Facebook group has more than 5000 likes. (Eiji Aonuma, one of the major creative forces behind recent Zelda entries, has said he’d be willing to consider it if enough fans were interested, so head on over and click thumbs up if you want to do some dungeon crawling in a dress.)

Microsoft has released the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade schedule. It kicks off August 7th with Starbreeze Studios’ Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

Richard Moss, writing for Polygon, has an excellent essay on the burgeoning Kenyan game industry.

Happy 20th birthday Star Fox! Maybe to celebrate — and since companies seem to be in the mood to revive old franchises — we could get a new game?

What Makes “The Last of Us” Work So Well?

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Like many of you, I recently finished Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. I found myself involved, affected, and taken aback; it moved me in a way few games have this generation. It’s probably the most emotional I’ve felt about a game since Red Dead Redemption.

Looking back, however, it’s not difficult to see the faults in Naughty Dog’s storytelling. It is derivative of a lot of post-apocalyptic/zombie fiction, but worse than that, it gives in to some of the worst habits of this genre.

But I still can’t deny the game’s strength. I’m going to break down a few of the issues I found, and then explain why I think Naughty Dog manages to overcome them.

*Major spoilers for The Last of Us follow the break*

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Top Five Most Anticipated PS3 Games of 2013

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After a relatively quiet year for big releases in 2012, Sony is looking to bring the PS3 to the forefront this year with a cadre of high-quality, third-party releases as well as introduce their newest/biggest new IP to the marketplace. From fighting games, to first person shooters, to open-world games, PS3 fans can look forward to a big year stacked full of amazing games.

And with that, let us get into our top five most anticipated PS3 games of 2013. Read the rest of this entry

PAX 2012: Best PlayStation 3 Game

Last weekend, the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle was host to one of the biggest game shows in North America with PAX Prime. But of course, a huge game convention wouldn’t be complete without a PlayStation booth demoing the game company’s upcoming blockbusters. From racing games, to fighting games, to action-adventure games, there was a game in display for everyone.

In this article, I’ll discuss what I think were the best PlayStation 3 games at PAX. But before I begin, here are some honourable mentions:

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