Gaming & Culture

New Super Mario Bros. Wii Review: Welcome Back, Old Friend

A sense of nostalgia washes over you when playing through the first level of New Super Mario Bros. Wii. It’s so familiar and different at the same time that it’s hard to pinpoint the last time you’ve felt this way. For most of us it was 1990 when Super Mario Bros. 3 was released in North America. For me that particular title was …

Forget the Beatles. The Rock Band Network Wants You

Ben Trokan sounds a bit mystified as he talks about the first few times he played Rock Band. “I was terrible at it,” he says with a laugh. “And I can actually play all those instruments too — even the drums!” Trokan is the lead singer of Robbers on High Street, a New York City-based indie band that’s about to record its third album. But …

Bask In The Glory of BioShock 2′s Box Art

Titillating, isn’t it? What more could you ask for? Lev would have wanted to see some Big Sister on Big Sister action, which I would have loved too but a Big Daddy and Little Sister are neat-o enough for me. What do you folks think?

Oh, if you missed our preview of ‘BioShock 2′ then check this out.

Left 4 Dead 2 Review

When Left 4 Dead 2 was announced earlier this year, I didn’t want to like it. Why? Because I loved the first game so much.

And I wasn’t the only one: When the game was announced at the annual E3 video game conference in June, it already had its fair share of skeptics. In fact, calling some of these people skeptics would be the nice …

Get Your Sgt. Pepper’s On In New Beatles: Rock Band DLC

When The Beatles: Rock Band came out in September, our dream of playing through the legendary rock group’s career with plastic instruments was fulfilled. And MTV Games, Harmonix and Apple Corps. are continuing to make sure that we’ll get to play through their career… and the entire Beatles catalog.

Hot on the heels of the Abbey Road

Q&A with Xbox LIVE’s Marc Whitten

Microsoft will be pushing out the second half of the Xbox LIVE update that was previewed at E3 some time tonight. With it comes all manner of social networking applications, like Facebook, Twitter and Last.fm. Another component of the update includes instant on 1080p videos with full 5.1 surround sound via the Zune Marketplace. Most of …

Sony Confirms Facebook Coming to PlayStation 3

Look at that. Rumors about the PS3 getting Facebook were swirling last week and the PS team has just confirmed that the upcoming firmware update (v3.10) will include Facebook. Linking your PSN account to Facebook will give you the option of updating your Facebook feed with Trophy and PS Store updates. Because your friends really want to …

Contest: Free PSN Codes for Star Trek D-A-C

The folks at Paramount and Sony have been generous enough to grant TECHLAND with 30 PlayStation Network download codes for D-A-C. Because this our first contest on TECHLAND, let’s make it an easy one. Just leave a comment and tell us who your favorite Star Trek character is and why. Said character can be from any Star Trek movie or …

Nintendo (Finally) Offers Demos Of WiiWare Titles

If you download game demos as much as I do, then you’ll be glad to hear that Nintendo is giving us free demos for its WiiWare titles. Starting today, the company is letting players test drive brand-new title Pokémon Rumble (above) as well as older games BIT.TRIP Beat, Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord, NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits …

Assassin’s Creed 2: Inspired Design Trailer

The second coming of Ubisoft’s monster hit Assassin’s Creed is almost upon us. It hits stores tomorrow and while I’m writing this I’m also busy getting through our review build. It’s pretty epic and I’ll probably end up playing through the night. Rough life, right?

The ‘Inspired Design’ video follows the creative team …

Raising a Nerdy Child: iPhone Games

(This is part 2 of an irregular series about my attempts to turn my daughter into a complete dork.)

And so the change begins. My daughter is deep into her first video game addiction.

Yeah, OK, it’s just Bejeweled 2. And in spare moments I shake my fist at the sky and yell, “I will not raise a casual gamer! Do you hear me! Hardcore

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