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Why Soul Calibur Still (Quietly) Burns After More than a Decade {Joystiq}

Jan 23rd 2012 3:20PM Oh man, Soul Edge was the best back in the day. And that opening video was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen!

Sony: 3G PlayStation Vita not canceled in North America {Joystiq}

Jan 4th 2012 5:35PM Close one, they almost made a good decision there.

Virtual Console's classic JRPGs: What holds up? {Joystiq}

Nov 18th 2011 5:23PM I don't really get what you're trying to do with these lists. You're not doing just obscure titles, you're not doing just well-known titles, and you're not covering anywhere close to the full offering on any platform you look at. Are these all games you've actually done full playthroughs of recently? Do you intend to do part 2s for each console down the road? THE AMERICAN PUBLIC DESERVES TO KNOW!

NintendoWare Weekly: Freakyforms {Joystiq}

Nov 10th 2011 11:07AM Why don't they want my money anymore? I want to give it to them so badly ;_;

Rumor: Next Xbox to be Windows-powered, going 'Apple route' {Joystiq}

Nov 9th 2011 3:23PM To be fair, Paul Thurott is kind of a moron. He's totally out of touch with reality, and has a terrible track record when it comes to predictions.

A Game of Thrones: Genesis review: Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap {Joystiq}

Oct 6th 2011 5:10PM @HaVoK308 Agreed. Following the more action-oriented parts of the first three books would have made for a great game. Running around the Dreadfort as Arya, escorting Jaime back to King's Landing as Brienne... and damn, the Arya/Mycah/Joffrey incident could have made a great tutorial for the sword fighting mechanics.

Ah well, maybe some day.

Get $75 credit with purchase of 250GB Xbox 360 today {Joystiq}

Aug 31st 2011 4:00PM Bought one because my current 360 has been slowly dying for months. Also it's horrendously loud. Also 20GB? Come on!

Win a WoW TCG War of the Elements Epic Collection from WoW Insider {WoW}

May 13th 2011 4:37PM It's kind of hard to say. There's a weird break between the UDE and Cryptozoic sets. You can still find starter decks from the old sets on Amazon and the like. From what it looks like on the official site, new starter decks won't be released until June -

The old and new sets are compatible, but I haven't played enough to know how much the mechanics have changed since the beginning, or if there's a commonly accepted cutoff point for tournaments and other "serious" play.

You also need a wide variety of cards - a hero, abilities to go along with that hero's class, allies to go along with the hero's faction, gear the hero can use, quests, etc - much more complex than a Magic deck, if you've ever played that. That makes it something of a crapshoot to just start buying boosters and hope to get a viable deck without spending a ton of money.

I grabbed the previous version of this set (the Worldbreaker epic blah blah blah) and combined it with a few old starters I had lying around, which gave me a decent amount of options. That's still available on Amazon, and so is the Icecrown-themed one before it, both for about $30.

If you want to get a feel for the mechanics before diving in, give Shadow Era ( a try. It's an online TCG with mechanics very similar to WoW, but with a smaller set of cards and fewer elements to worry about. It's a free to play game, with all the payment options you'd expect, but it's actually fairly reasonable - starters and booster packs both cost $1 each, so you can get a nice deck for under $10. There's also an in-game currency you can earn by winning matches against the AI and selling cards you don't need, which you can use to buy individual cards. Their client is everywhere - Windows, OS X, iOS, browser. Quite a fun little game.

Report: Sony plans to restart PSN services 'fully' by May 31 {Joystiq}

May 9th 2011 10:26AM OK, *that* may have just pushed me over the edge into investing in a new 360. I've been letting my slowly dying unit collect dust while waiting to see what news comes out of E3, but ugh.