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Deck Tease, Episode 30 - She Got Game


New season. New intro. New avatar on iTunes!

Episode 30 features the one and only Jackie Lee, here to talk about her recent experiences at Grand Prix London and at Pro Tour Gatecrash.  After that, Jackie and Erin discuss women in Magic, her disqualification last year, her thoughts on the fans and her critics, and lastly, Jackie talks about what impact being a pro player has on her personal life and on her relationship.


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Blizzard Announces Global Launch Events

If you are hotly anticipating the release of the Mists of Pandaria expansion for World of Warcraft, but are either too poor or your friends are too far away to have an awesome party to celebrate, Blizzard is making sure you have a fall back plan.

The North American launch party will be taking place in Irvine, California on September 24 between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. PST at the Irvine Spectrum Center! Blizzard wants you all to be there, but if you can’t, there will be a live stream available thanks to the people at Machinima.com here.

Besides watching people nerd out over possibly the biggest expansion to World of Warcraft to date, there are a host of cool events going on at the launch:

-A Challenge Mode duel between a team of skilled Blizzard employees and elite Blood Legion guild members! The fastest team wins, and we’ll have Blizzard eSports’ Rob Simpson shoutcasting with World of Warcraft lead encounter designer Ion Hazzikostas providing design commentary.
-Gamer/actress Felicia Day will make a special guest appearance with an exclusive look at the upcoming sixth season of The Guild.

-Blizzard’s Chief Storyteller Chris Metzen will be fielding questions live on-stage!

-Plenty of loot giveaways! (You can pretend you are getting the loot.)

There will also be launch parties in Paris, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Cologne, and Stockholm… WOW!

If you want the Euro version, check out the stream here.

The Digital Launch Event, scheduled to start at 22:30 Paris time (CEST), will bring all the fun of the live events from around Europe right onto gamers’ screens. Blizzard artists and developers including Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street will be on hand in each city to offer insight into the latest expansion, and the show will also include spectacular entertainment such as a live orchestra playing music from Mists of Pandaria, MANAO – Drums of China and much, much more.

GKick Review: London 2012

London 2012 | Available Now
PC, PS3, Xbox 360 | Publisher: SEGA | Developer: Sega Studios Australia

Every two years, like clockwork, the latest in Olympic multi-sport titles is pushed onto the market ahead of the year’s Games. Most of the time, these titles are often lackluster at best, obviously forced out as a quick cash grab before the Olympics start. But every now and then, a really well done game slips through the cracks. Is London 2012 one of those games? Well, you’ll just have to find out.

The first thing worth noting is that the game is presented extremely well. It retains all of the styles and visual elements - for better or worse - of the London 2012 Olympics and does a great job at rendering not only the athletes but also the venues. But visual elements aside, the one major thing that London 2012 gets right is the design and playability of the minigames.

London 2012 packs in 31 events spanning the most game-worthy options at the Olympics. The design of these events breaks a typical misstep that many Olympic games fall into where the controls are either bad or frustrating and make the whole experience dismal. Sega Australia did a fine job at making the game controls extremely easy to learn while also requiring time to perfect in order to get the best results.

As I mentioned before, the presentation is also excellent. Beyond the graphics, the in-game announcers, the medal ceremonies, and even in-game replays all come together to create a very charming entry into the pantheon of Olympic video games. While some of the events are a little too easy and some are a bit unforgiving in their controls, it seems that overall it does a fine job.

Fancy A Game of Operation?

Doctors in London, UK are trialling the use of wireless gaming systems to help them with delicate keyhole surgery. The system enables them to use their voice or hand gestures instead of touching unsterile items such as keyboards and mice while in the operating theatre.

Surgeons say that it’s proving to be far more precise and reliable than the cameras and computer equipment used up to this point. Independents are predicting that this could be the norm in the next ten to fifteen years. Using this system, both surgeons and doctors are championing this method over that of what they were using. With keyboards and mice, there is always the chance of cross-contamination, and the equipment would have to be sterilised after each surgery. And 3D imaging technology is also problematic with the reliance of their colleague trying to capture the correct image, which can be frustrating and time-consuming.

The trial is currently taking place at a hospital in the capital, and anyone familiar with the Microsoft Kinect system will understand how this works. Which is also means that it will be cheaper to train future doctors and surgeons on using the system. It’s been adapted to recognise the surgeons voice commands and arm movements while performing the critical proceedure. This is one of the first trials of the Kinect system in the world- with the hope that with the research conducted at this facility, more hospitals will be lining up to also use the equipment. It’s early days yet, but the potential is great.