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In the NHL’s current salary cap era, building a Cup contender requires more diligence than simply poaching big-ticket free agents in the offseason and drafting a blue-chip blue liner.

  • Sept. 24th, 2010  |
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To avid fans of the sandbox-style gameplay of titles like “Grand Theft Auto IV,” playing “Mafia II” is like biting into a seemingly delicious slice of cheesecake only to discover it was made using a low-fat recipe.

Followers of the “Metroid” game series from Nintendo are bound to covet the latest offering, “Metroid: Other M,” while those new to the series will likely find it a bit stale.

Full disclosure: I love Lara Croft. It’s no secret but worth putting out there all the same.

  • Aug. 27th, 2010  |
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The practice of organ donation has become untenable in the dystopian (what else?) future, but private companies like The Union have stepped in to offer synthetic organs to anyone willing to take out the biological equivalent of a mortgage on a house.

  • Aug. 27th, 2010  |
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“Good enough” audio is the order of the day, but if you’re all about great sounding gear, it can get really expensive. Usually, but not always. Here’s some great gear that won’t break the bank.

Meet Sarah K. Noonan: She’s attractive. She’s 27. She lives in Miami and is in a complicated relationship. She’s a Democrat with more than 480 friends on Facebook. And she doesn’t exist.

Square Enix delivers a great game, not a savior in 'FFXIII'

Overhauled battle concept makes combat the game's greatest triumph

"Final Fantasy XIII" has ascended to a nearly religious significance in the eyes of many gamers. A piece of heavy artillery in the constant console war, it was initially cited by many as the game to single-handedly justify a PS3 purchase. When it went multiplatform at E3 2008, the announcement was considered the biggest coup of the show, literally bringing some ardent fans to tears. With all of the emotions and expectations it carried before it was even a playable game, "Final Fantasy XIII" became more than just the next entry in this storied franchise. It became a symbol a promise for the future of gaming.

  • March 19th, 2010  |
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Napoleon Bonaparte once said, "One must change one's tactics every 10 years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority." The talented team at The Creative Assembly would be wise to heed the words of their latest game's namesake. Like the European conqueror, The Creative Assembly's signature blend of turn-based conquest and real-time battle ranks among the elite in its field, but as "Napoleon: Total War" demonstrates, persistent legacy issues have started to weaken the game's standing.

  • March 19th, 2010  |
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For the last few years, Activision's "Call of Duty" series has dominated video-game warfare. The latest chapter, "Modern Warfare 2," was the best-selling game of 2009, and it still leads the list of Xbox Live's most-played titles, joined in the top five by two earlier "CoD" releases.

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