Archive for March, 2009

Mar
31

Game Review: Magic Toychest

March 31st 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in Gaming News 36 comments

The object of the new Magic Toychest from Graduate Games is to tidy up your room before Mom yells at you. Trust me, it’s much more fun in videogame land. (Being a 20-year-old waitress is also more fun in videogame land.) Players use toys to build crazy contraptions that send toys into the toychest. Each […]

Mar
31

The growing free-to-play model

March 31st 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in Discussion 4 comments

I mentioned the growing free-to-play model when I talked about China’s gamers a few days ago, and about the differences in Chinese gaming and American gaming. Fat Foogoo is also talking about this: A primary deterrent to early free-to-play titles in the Western market was that they were developed in and for an Eastern market […]

Mar
31

Beta Sign-Up: The Call Of Solum

March 31st 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in Beta 1 comment

Ys Online is ready for sign-ups for their closed beta of The Call of Solum. You’ll need to make an account on the site first, and then request a beta key, and then hope you’re chosen! The fantasy / anime graphics look great, check out the gallery. Via Ys Online Europe – Call of Solum […]

Mar
31

WoW Extras Without Leaving The House!

March 31st 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in Gaming News 2 comments

Do you play WoW? Want to shop for upgrades and playtime without leaving the house? Instead of having a monthly fee debited from a bank account, some World of WarCraft players are using WoW game cards. These game cards offer 60 days of online playtime, and they can be sent as a code to your […]

Mar
30

China’s Gamers

March 30th 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in Discussion 8 comments

It’s not often when my interests in China and gaming collide. Nate, of the China blog Orientation, recently posted on Chinese gaming habits, particularly the huge numbers of MMO gamers in wang ba, or net cafes. China contains an undulating 59 million online gamers. Despite the fact that 47m of them play free-to-play games, this […]

Mar
30

Golemizer: Free Steampunk MMO!

March 30th 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in MMOGs/MMORPGs, New Press Releases 16 comments

New content for Golemizer, a browser-based steampunk MMO: Blainville, Canada – March 30, 2009 — Dave Toulouse, an independent game developer, announced the first free content expansion, Diluculo Island, for the free web MMORPG Golemizer. A free 2D steampunk MMORPG, Golemizer requires no download or plug-in to play and features a rich sandbox environment. Following […]

Mar
27

Upcoming Faerie Solitaire

March 27th 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in Gaming News, New Press Releases, PC Games 5 comments

From the press release: Subsoap(TM) (www.subsoap.com), an up and coming developer of casual games, today announced the launch of Faerie Solitaire. The game is a fantasy-theme casual card game that’s full of adventure, mystery, and wonder. Featuring 360 exciting levels, including Hidden Object mini games, 8 worlds to play through, and hundreds of hours of […]

Mar
24

SW:TOR Bounty Hunters

March 24th 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in Gaming News 0 comments

Like most nerds, I’m a Star Wars fan, but unlike more people I talk with, I’m willing to overlook JarJar and the prequel mistakes because I enjoy the Star Wars universe so much. A few bad movies can’t ruin the good movies, the Star Wars novels, and of course the spinoff games! If you’re not […]

Mar
24

Thoughts on Game Distribution

March 24th 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in Gaming News 0 comments

CasualInsider has a piece on exclusive distribution. I hate to quote such a huge portion of the article but I really can’t condense. Basically, the makers of Totem Tribe decided not to offer their game exclusively through one games portal, instead it was offered for sale through multiple channels. Big Fish Games was one of […]

Mar
23

Looks So Fake

March 23rd 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in Gaming News 12 comments

Even decades later, Pac-Man is still a fun classic game. It doesn’t rely on cutting-edge graphics. if you see Pac-Man next to a blue rectangle, and the blue rectangle turns white bit by bit, that’s Pac-Man drinking a glass of water. You’d never think it looks fake. Have you noticed that as games get prettier, […]

Mar
19

Game Review: Travians on SeeJaneGame

March 19th 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in Game Reviews 0 comments

I have a review of the addictive browser game Travians up over on SeeJaneGame: The game opens with a message from your Travian’s uncle Horatio, asking you to come and help him with the ancestral estate. As he sends you on basic intro quests, it becomes apparent that Uncle Horatio has had a few drinks […]

Mar
17

Used Console Games From JJGames!

March 17th 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in Gaming Discounts, Gaming News 1 comment

I’m really against pirating games, but who can pay $50 or so for a new game? JJGames is a new site where gamers can buy used console games without going broke. They has used games for the N64, Playstation, and other systems, and accessories like controllers, memory cards and rumble packs, etc., and even some […]

Mar
14

Free Casual Game: Jane’s Hotel

March 14th 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in PC Games 0 comments

Giveaway of the day is offering a free full-version download of the casual time-management sim Jane’s Hotel.  It’s only available until midnight tonight (march 14th) so hurry over to Game Giveaway of the Day – Jane’s Hotel to get yours! 0

Mar
14

Runes Of Magic Cinematic Trailer

March 14th 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in Beta, Gaming News, MMOGs/MMORPGs 0 comments

The new free-to-play MMO RunesofMagic has their first cinematic trailer up! It’s called Rise of the Demon Lord! I know “free-to-play MMORPG” and “cinematic trailor” don’t usually go together, but as guest auther Lex said in our recent review of the Runes Of Magic beta, RoM offers more than the usual free MMO Don’t forget, […]

Mar
13

SeeJaneGame on Second Life

March 13th 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in Gaming News 3 comments

I’m not a big fan of Second Life. Usually when I say that, people react like told them I hate kittens or sunshine. But to me, Second Life embodies all the annoying things about chatrooms, plus the clipping errors of MMOs, plus the look-but-don’t-touch aspect of the cash shop business model.  Did not enjoy it. […]

Mar
10

Gears of War 2 Hat Giveaway!

March 10th 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in Game Contests 0 comments

TheGameReviews has a Gears of War 2 Hat Giveaway! It’s day three, and today with have another GoW 2 hat to hand out. Please let other people know about this contest, as the more people who enter, the more often we can do these! To enter, just post what you hope to see done differently […]

Mar
10

Beta Opp for Hearts of Iron 3

March 10th 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in Beta 0 comments

I saw this over on Beta Testers Wanted for Hearts of Iron 3! | Killer Betties It’s no secret that we love chances to  beta test new games here at ThumbGods. Hearts of Iron III is now approaching the critical Beta stage of development. The last few months have seen the team stabilizing the foundations […]

Mar
06

Game Review: Don’t Look Back

March 6th 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in Game Reviews, PC Games 10 comments

Don’t Look Back is a new game on Kongregate based on the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. This Greek myth tells the story of the lovers Orpheus and Eurydice, who are tragically parted when Eurydice dies. Unable to live without her, Orpheus journeys to Hades to bring back his lost love. Hades, the god of […]

Mar
06

Twilight Game

March 6th 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in Unplugged Games 15 comments

I really liked Twilight. I’m not saying I run around in a Team Edward shirt, or I’ve seen the movie a hundred times, but I’ve read the books and I loved the movie. Teenage vampire romance, kind of made me want to rent some old episodes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Anyway, I was excited […]

Mar
04

League of Legends Beta Sign Up

March 4th 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in Beta 11 comments

League of Legends beta signup has begun. League of Legends describes itself as a “competitive online game set in an imaginative world”, but not an MMORPG. Players are heroes fighting for control in the lands of Valoran. Here’s the trailer: Interested? Sign up for the League of Legends beta here. Via League of Legends. 0

Mar
03

Cooking Mama

March 3rd 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in In The Media, Xbox Games 0 comments

Bento boxes are a cute, stylized Japanese lunchbox. They use food to make cheery pictures, think smiling apples or rice balls with veggie hearts and stars. Of course, some people turn bento into edible art. Like this Cooking Mama bento box! Awesome! Anna The Red also has Pikachu, Yoshi and an awesome Katamari Damancy bento. […]

Mar
03

Gamer Razor?

March 3rd 2009 by ThumbGods Editor in In The Media 1 comment

I hate to post a link to blatant advertising, but I just saw the Gillette “Gamer” razor. (It’s not shaped like a controller or anything,  seems like ti’s just a name) Not entirely sure what gaming and razors have to do with each other. Unless, it’s just that men play games and men have to […]