May 2003

The most amazing thing about all of the DDR games is the sense of accomplishment and growth that beating a tough song provides. With other games I’ve felt similar feelings after beating an especially tough boss or solving a taxing puzzle. But when I truly master a song in DDRMAX, the sweat on my face and the swift beating of my heart magnifies the feeling. The soreness in my muscles and the burning in my lungs tell my body that I have actually done something worthwhile. It’s a singular sensation that can make other games seem like meaningless fumbling with the controller.

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More than 600 people submitted budgets to The Seattle Times’ recent "Ax and Tax" interactive state budget balancing game.

Between April 20 and April 29, 604 people told The Times their thoughts on what state programs to cut and what taxes to add to fix the state’s $2.65 billion budget deficit. Nearly 90 percent of those users submitted a balanced or surplus budget, according to a recent Times article.

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Overlooked Video Games of the Recent Past are Still Fresh for Summer

Summer is almost upon us, and for some people that means weeks of relaxing on the beach and working on your tan.

For others, though, it means 40-hour a week internships or endless summer classes. For the latter group, coming home and relaxing with a good video game after a long day of work can make the summer bearable.

Unfortunately, most video game-makers save their biggest releases for the months when gamers are snowed in, leaving few new games on the horizon for the hungry summer gamer. Luckily, there are plenty older games to fill in the summer gap. Here are my personal recommendations for some games worth checking out if you missed them the first time.

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There’s a duel going on at the highest levels of Pennsylvania’s government, and more than 23,000 people have taken part in it. This face-off isn’t taking place in the state Capitol building or the state Supreme Court; rather, it’s on the world wide web. The combatants: Dueling tax calculators.

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Throwback Space Shooter Ikaruga Makes Old Concept New

You won’t see any prime-time TV ads for Ikaruga. You won’t see demos of the game at your local Best Buy and the clerk at the store probably hasn’t even heard of it. There will be few, if any, point of purchase displays or celebrity endorsements for a game with an unassuming box and a weird Japanese name.

But trust me, Ikaruga is without a doubt one of the best games you’ve never heard of.

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