Saturday, November 1, 2008

Flo -- Diner Dash (PlayFirst)


Serving up more treats than Wolfgang Puck and Gordon Ramsey combined, the star of the preposterously popular Diner Dash series is gaming's most accomplished restaurateur. The culinary expert is also something of an inspiration, single-handedly spawning the time-management genre by way of countless clones and several hit spinoffs. Next up: Parking Dash, featuring Flo's entrepreneurial pal, Karma.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Elika -- Prince Of Persia (Ubisoft)


Behind every great man is usually a significantly greater woman, and make no mistake -- Elika is a life-saver. The new Prince of Persia's indispensable ally helps our hero leap, flip and hurdle past countless obstacles, dispatch foes, solve puzzles and generally stay on the right path. Her gorgeous, cel-shaded adventure arrives just in time for your Christmas wish list.

Monday, October 27, 2008

The History of Mahjongg

During a recent visit to my parent's house I noticed a solid black briefcase on the kitchen table. I was curious as to what was inside. From it's size, I thought it might be a laptop computer. My mom opened the briefcase to reveal several colorful tiles and game pieces. She informed me that it was her Mahjongg tile set. She plays this ancient Chinese game weekly with her friends. 

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The History of Backgammon

The history of backgammon, the oldest known board game, is an interesting one that began almost 5,000 years ago in Mesopotamia. Numerous variations of the game were adopted by other cultures throughout the history of backgammon. Archaeologists continue to discover many similar games in the ruins of ancient civilizations as they explore the intriguing history of backgammon.

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The History of Chess

The history of chess isn’t especially clear – there’s hardly a country in the world that doesn’t claim to have invented it, including China, Egypt, Greece, Uzbekistan and (most unbelievably) Ireland. Given the evidence, however, it seems most likely than the game of chess has its origins in 6th century India, and was then refined in Persia, from where it travelled to Europe and much later on to America.

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Lara Croft -- Tomb Raider Underworld (Eidos)

Believe it or not, this venerable action hottie has been raiding tombs for a dozen years now. And just like the ancient artifacts after which she so recklessly romps, Ms. Croft gets better with age. Catch the buxom Brit in her next adventure, the highly-anticipated Tomb Raider Underworld, this November.