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GameTap partners with Microsoft Games


May 07
// Dale North
PC gaming service GameTap has just announced a partnership with the folks at Microsoft Games to bring several of their classic PC titles to subscribers of the service.U.S. and European subscribers will now have access to seve...
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Metaboli and Epic ink deal, bunch of games added to Gametap


Apr 06
// Brad Nicholson
Metaboli and Epic Games recently inked a three-year distribution deal. What does that mean for you? Well, if you’re a Gametap, Metaboli, or Gamesplanet subscriber it means that you now have access to Unreal Gold, Unreal...
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Gametap drastically reducing library of free games


Jan 18
// Conrad Zimmerman
If you're the kind of person who likes to play videogames and not have to pay for the priviledge, I have some bad news. In an announcement on Wednesday, Gametap revealed that they will be scaling back the size of their free o...

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Gametap acquired by Metaboli, aims to create 'global gaming service'


Sep 24
// Colette Bennett
I once thought (and in fact, still think) that GameTap is a fantastic service, but unfortunately I didn't spend the time with it I wanted to as I always seemed to be buying new games and forgetting I had access to so many rig...
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How much is that GameTap in the window?


Aug 06
// Justin Villasenor
Although the vice president of GameTap had recently stated that things were going great despite the entire editorial team being laid off, it looks like parent company Turner Broadcasting System didn’t share a similarly ...
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First episode of American McGee's Grimm is out now, free for a limited time


Jul 31
// Jordan Devore
The debut episode of American McGee's Grimm entitled "A Boy Learns What Fear Is" is available for download. As with each of the other 23 game episodes, it will be free for the first 24 hours, otherwise you'll need to have a s...
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Select THQ titles headed to GameTap


Jul 22
// Jordan Devore
In an effort to offer even more games to its subscribers, GameTap has signed an agreement with THQ for the rights to some of its more recent hits starting this summer.When I think of THQ, "quality" doesn't immediate...

Pew! Pew! Preview!: American McGee's Grimm: A Boy Learns What Fear Is

Jul 07 // Justin Villasenor
As I said before, the game’s protagonist (antagonist?), Grimm, is one creepy little guy. Not only does he exude an odor so foul that it blackens the surrounding landscape, he also has the questionable habit of stalking young children just to give them a fright. This is where A Boy Learns What Fear Is’s story begins, presented similarly to a puppet show.An unnamed Smith’s son has heard talk about a foreign emotion referred to as ‘fear,’ which he has never experienced due to the perpetually happy surroundings his peaceful village provides. Determined to find out exactly what fear is like, the boy first asks his father about it. Unfortunately, his father is likewise clueless about the ways of terror, and suggests he leave the confines of town to try and discover it somewhere out in the wider world. And even though the boy travels through such locations as execution grounds, graveyards, and haunted castles, he never does come to find what true fear is. Heck, he even ends up marrying a princess.Grimm, of course, doesn’t plan to stand for any of this. Going back to the beginning of the tale, he tries his darndest to give the boy a true taste of fear -- with your help, of course. The story itself is made up of six scenes, each of which can be completed fairly quickly (around three to six minutes), which means the whole thing should only take about half an hour to complete. When Spicy Horse says episodic, they mean episodic.In scene one, Grimm shows up in the smithy while the boy and his father are having their initial discussion about fear. Thinking that some less hospitable surroundings might give the boy some insight, he starts running around the small enclosure to begin corrupting everything within reach. The way Grimm darkens his surroundings is simple: all you need to do is move him around with the QWEAD keys or mouse (I preferred using the mouse), and his evil aura will do the rest.Whenever you start a scene, Grimm’s aura will be “smelly,” its weakest state, meaning that he can only darken smaller objects. Moving around an area and corrupting the ground, walls, objects, and living creatures will slowly fill up a gauge -- referred to as the Dark-O-Meter -- at the top of the screen, increasing the aura’s potency once it reaches a certain amount. The stronger Grimm’s aura gets, the more stuff he can affect and the larger his range becomes. In order of weakest to strongest, the states his aura can reach are as follows: smelly, stinky, gross, foul, rotten, nasty, disgusting, repulsive, putrid, rancid, and vile. As an aside, the Dark-O-Meter never went above disgusting at any point of my playthrough of the episode, which would seem to suggest that future scenes will be longer and have more stuff to darken.Of course, the inhabitants of these fairytale worlds won’t just let you corrupt their surroundings willy-nilly. Certain people such as guards or servants, and animals like field mice or dogs, will start cleaning up the objects you’ve darkened once they notice them. This means that you’ll need to keep moving, or the Dark-O-Meter will start to drop. Once your aura reaches a certain point, you can also darken the creatures themselves, thereby keeping them out of your way. In the smithy, there are two assistants and a chicken that will start counteracting your corruption, but once you raise the Dark-O-Meter to ‘stinky,’ the game will allow you to open up another area by moving next to a gate and buttstomping. A buttstomp is performed by hitting the space bar or right mouse button to jump and then hitting it again while in midair. Aside from affecting certain objects, Grimm can also use the buttstomp to corrupt distant objects and momentarily stun cleaning creatures.After Grimm corrupts most of the town and raises his Dark-O-Meter to ‘nasty,’ he can buttstomp next to a large house and fountain. Doing so will transform the house into a much scarier residence, while the fountain will overflow with lava that quickly fills up the middle of town. Grimm will then need to jump across some roofs while avoiding jets of flame coming out of the aforementioned lava. Yeah, there is some platforming in Grimm, but it’s all pretty easy. Even so, Spicy Horse implemented an aiming system for people that have trouble jumping from object to object. Just let Grimm stand still for a few seconds and he’ll start issuing forth an endless stream of urine. Aim the yellow geyser where you want to go and hit the jump button; Grimm will then leap to that spot automatically.After crossing the lava, Grimm will use one more buttstomp to darken the boy and his father. The now much rougher smith will punch his son in the face and (literally) throw him out of town. Ah, fond farewells.As far as replayablility goes, there doesn’t look to be a whole lot. You can go back through scenes to try and beat your previous times, or try and darken everything in case you missed something the first time through. There are also hidden coins in every scene that Grimm can collect. If you find all ten in the episode, a gallery that shows the light and dark version of every object and creature in the game will be unlocked. More stuff could be added in future episodes, though.You too can experience the unique joy of turning small young children into matchsticks so they can burn their teacher alive when American McGee’s Grimm: A Boy Learns What Fear Is releases on GameTap on July 31. The Grimm series currently has a season of 23 episodes planned for release, so if it turns out to be your cup of tea, there’ll be plenty more to look forward to.
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Have you ever found yourself thinking that fairy tales are just too damn happy nowadays? If so, then you may just find a kindred spirit in Spicy Horse Games, a developer that is creating a new franchise that focuses on giving...

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GameTap is not dead yet, confirmed after poking it with a stick


Jul 02
// Brad Nicholson
After GameTap fired its entire editorial staff, the assumption was that the downloadable game service was in a decent amount of financial trouble. Recently, GameDaily conducted an interview with GameTap’s vice president...
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American McGee's Grimm has a delightful intro song


Jun 12
// Jordan Devore
I might not be the biggest American McGee fan, but I can never pass up a good videogame intro song. Needless to say, the opening number for American McGee’s Grimm does not fail on that front.The concept of turning fami...
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More of Interplay's greatest coming to GameTap


Jun 02
// Jordan Devore
GameTap announced today that it will be expanding its library with more classic Interplay games this summer. Here's the official lowdown on the matter:As part of this expansive agreement, GameTap will now feature additional I...
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GameTap editors pick their top 5 games of 2007


Dec 19
// Dale North
This is the time of year where game news outlets run their top games of 2007 list. GameTap's official list will come early next year, but for now their editors have all listed their personal choices.Games like Portal, BioShoc...
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Street Fighter: 3rd Strike coming to GameTap next week


Dec 16
// Nick Chester
In what can only be a carefully planned marketing attack to coincide with the recent bevy of Street Fighter IV information, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike will be coming to GameTap on December 20. The bad news? It's the Dream...
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Worst of GameTap: Catz 5: CRUSHER OF SOULS


Nov 21
// BahamutZero
[Editor's note: BahamutZero really loves GameTap. So much so, that he's on a mission to play every single game they have. Of course, do something like this and you're bound to come across some really horrible games. Luc...
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GameTap adds 1,000th game to library, conquers universe


Nov 16
// Savant
Mark your calendars, folks. Today, GameTap adds two more titles to its already staggering amount of games to finally hit the magic number of 1,000. This makes GameTap easily the largest on-demand gaming service ever created. ...
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Don't fear the reaper, play him!


Oct 31
// Dale North
In honor of Halloween, GameTap has pulled together a pretty solid list of games that feature Mr. Death himself, the Grim Reaper.The list includes obvious nods to Death Jr. and Grim Fandango, both stellar games that feature a...
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GameTap kicks off Indie games banner with two new titles


Sep 10
// Dale North
We've known about GameTap's plans to get into the independent games distribution business, and now it's official with the launch of Blast Miner (puzzle) and Morning's Wrath (role-playing). The news comes from Angled Whiteboar...
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Game|Life interviews Pre-Teen Raider writer, fails to use term 'boobtastic'


Aug 11
// Earnest Cavalli
Game|Life -- Wired's foray into talk of gaming as more than an obscure art movement on par with Dadaism or Pogs -- has just posted an interview with Gail Simone, writer of GameTap's new animated look at the young life of Ms. ...
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GameTap is coming to Justin Long ... er ... Macs


Jun 20
// Earnest Cavalli
Aside from impressing liberal arts majors, traditionally, there has been no reason for a gamer to own a Mac. While Mr. Jobs' sleek machines exude all the hipster appeal of Vice Magazine and Momus albums, they simply do no...
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Sam and Max: Season 1 to hit retail with bonus content


Jun 07
// Nick Chester
Subscribers of Gametap have known what's up for awhile -- the digitally distributed Sam and Max: Season 1 was a blast for fans of the point-and-click adventure genre. Now that the six episode season has wrapped, Season 1 ...
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McGee to bring Grimm to Gametap in two dozen pieces; Humpy Dumpty weeps


May 29
// Nick Chester
A few days ago, game designer American James McGee starting yapping on American McGee's personal blog about American McGee's secret project, a Gametap exclusive title, American McGee's Grimm. The game, being deve...
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Panzer Dragoon, PD Zwei coming to GameTap; also, Jesus bought you a puppy


Apr 14
// Earnest Cavalli
Ted Turner is totally awesome.Not only does he command one of the most powerful moustaches this side of Tom "Moustache P.I." Selleck, he was the creator of one of the most influential, and endearing television shows...
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Sega Saturn appears on Gametap


Apr 06
// Colette Bennett
Gametap has such a soft spot for the retro gamer. I remember the first time I logged in, I spent the first 20 minutes salivating on my keyboard at the range of classic titles they offered (Infocom has it's own CATEGORY??...
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AWOMO: Branson's new baby


Feb 27
// Analog Pidgin
If Gametap is the whore of video game content delivery, then Richard Branson's unfortunately named AWOMO (A World of My Own) is the new kid on the block. This poor, dumpy kid will inevitably get beat up, even though it...
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Destructoid's games of the week for 02/25/07: erotic contraption edition!


Feb 25
// Earnest Cavalli
This is a sex machine. Any questions?
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Sam and Max possibly coming to 360, Orbach possibly coming back from dead


Feb 25
// Earnest Cavalli
Gamespot has done some investigative snooping only to come up with the hypothesis that the recent Sam and Max games may be heading to the Xbox 360. While it is just a rumor, signs including Telltale's (the developers beh...
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Gametap is cheap and easy, like a good whore should be


Feb 22
// Colette Bennett
A few days ago, superstar editor and sometimes gastrointestinal specialist Aaron Linde said to me, "You know, I want to check out Myst Online: Uru Live and Gametap is having an introductory special where the first mont...

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