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Archive for April, 2010

George Mason University, a school based in Fairfax, VA known for their basketball teams run in the 2006 Final Four, found early and surprising success with their new Computer Game Design degree.

The university’s goal for the program was to get 110 students in it by 2012. Their expecatation have been shattered with around 200 students already enrolled into the program.

The school believes that the program will stimulate the economy as well as inspire students.

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With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 having the biggest launch across all forms of entertainment and your mom hogging the computer to play Farmville all day, there are more and more gamers emerging each and everyday. So I’ve created this piece to highlight the new and veteran gamers alike here at Rowan University.

Name: Tim Vitale
Major/Year: Physics and Secondary Education / Freshman
Currently Playing: Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Bioshock 2, Mass Effect, Half-Life 2, World of Warcraft, The Sims 3 (I play lots of games at once, and usually don’t finish)
Most Anticipated: The New Legend of Zelda, Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver
Top 5 Games: 1. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 2. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 3. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening 4. Super Smash Bros. Brawl 5. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Top 5 Systems: 1. Microsoft Xbox 360 2. Nintendo Wii 3. Nintendo Gamecube 4. Mac/PC 5. Nintendo DS
Favorite Gaming Moment: Camping out for the Nintendo Wii, playing through The Wind Waker, sneaking my GBA to before and after school day care and “linking up” with my friends every morning.
Favorite Part of Gaming: Escaping the real world. Doing all of the side quests, getting all of the optional items, and maxing out skills before beating the game.

Do you wanna be featured on my blog as a Rowan Gamer? All you need to do is copy and paste the template here and shoot me an email at: nintendomaster@comcast.net

  • The title of the email should be “Rowan Gamers”
  • Use your Rowan email so I know you’re a Rowan student
  • Try not to make the last two sections too long, two or three sentences max

NGM7589R8F8N

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Since the departure of the two heads of Modern Warfare 2 developing company, Infinity Ward, more and more people are leaving the company, making some worried the team is dead.

Though the team looks to be slowly crumbling, a member of the company says the situation is bad but not fatal.

The two former heads, Vince Zampella and Jason West, have recently formed a new developing company, Respawn Entertainment with EA.

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The School of Performing Arts at the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools in East Brunswick, New Jersey is performing a play based around video game addiction.

Jennifer Haley, an LA-based playwright, wrote the play in 2006. The story revolves around neighborhood kids who get overly obsessive of a new game entitled Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (N3RD).

The play is rated T for Teen.

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Grand Theft Auto IV

Instead of Grand Theft Auto being the cause of violence, a program in Merseyside, England  is using it to prevent violence.

Educators use images from Grand Theft Auto, Bugs Bunny cartoons, and the Itchy and Scratchy cartoon from The Simpsons to provoke discussion about the real-world consequences of violent actions.

This program is a collaborative effort between the Merseyside branch of Support After Murder and Manslaughter and the Merseyside Police. The branch chairman of Support After Murder and Manslaughter, Gaynor Bell, believes the parents are to blame for violent behavior as they did not teach the children right from wrong to begin with

I actually have faith in this program. I have always stood by that parents need to be responsible and know if their child can identify the difference between right and wrong. Grand Theft Auto won’t teach kids to kill but it may provoke the ones who don’t know better. Parents need to sit down with their children and put the world into perspective for them. And if the parents don’t feel as though their child can handle a video game, even a Teen rated game, then they shouldn’t buy it for them.

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Following the hugely successful The Beatles: Rock Band, Harmonix is set to release their second band-exclusive title, this time with a more modern band. Green Day will get the Rock Band treatment come June 8th and Entertainment Weekly just received the set-list.

The bands two massive albums, 1994’s Dookie and 2004’s American Idiot are completely intact while their most recent outing, 21st Century Breakdown, will be completed so long as players downloaded the six tracks from it already available on either Rock Band 1 or Rock Band 2.

Expect huge sales and a very happy me (Green Day happens to be my favorite band, hence the excited report) when it is released this summer.

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Decoding Gaming: A Timeline of Video Game Controversy

Since its initial release decades ago, video games have faced aggressive protest and heated controversy. The following is a thorough time-line of the games that sparked controversy and shaped the industry we see today.

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