The Pros and Cons of ‘Destiny’

wizard came from the moon shirtI’ve been playing Destiny basically nonstop since its release last month, and if you follow video games at all or have the misfortune of dating/best-friending a gamer, you’ve probably heard mixed things about it.

Quick rundown for noobs: Destiny is a space-themed shooter made by Bungie, the creators of Halo and Marathon and narrated by Tyrion Lannister. As you can imagine, with the notoriety of Bungie combined with Activision (the publisher of Call of Duty) and the unheard of $500 million budget, the expectations were higher than high.

Unfortunately, Destiny failed to deliver in a lot of really noticeable ways.   Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of ‘Destiny’”

How Link From ‘Legend of Zelda’ Got His Name

Link legend of zelda stillEver wonder why the character in one of the most beloved video game franchises of all time is called “Link”? Well, a video posted to YouTube channel Did You Know Gaming? has the answer.

While many fans speculated for years that it’s simply because he’s the “bridge between the player and the game,” that’s not entirely correct. Turns out, Link is named “Link” due to an element from the early conception of Zelda that creator Shigeru Miyamoto never ended up actually incorporating in the final product.  Continue reading “How Link From ‘Legend of Zelda’ Got His Name”

Video Games With Pooping Horses Exist Now

Metal gear solid phantom pain horseAs time goes on, we expect our games to more closely resemble our own lives. Like Playstation’s version of the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus, and the first game with horses that relieve themselves on the go.

The public got a glimpse of amazing sequels to Battlefield, Dragon Age, Tomb Raider, Halo and Uncharted at this year’s E3, but the most interesting to the habitually immature has to be Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

The Phantom Pain features its protagonists riding through the Afghanistan desert, and the game’s so damn realistic that the horses take random dumps “in real time.”  Continue reading “Video Games With Pooping Horses Exist Now”

This Gamer’s Reaction to Losing at Resident Evil is PRICELESS

 After just finishing a boss battle with only 10 minutes remaining in the game and being watched by hundreds of viewers during a speed run of the original Resident Evil on the PS Vita, Twitch.TV user Carcinogen made a fatal mistake and prematurely game over-ed.

With no save file in sight, his reaction was absolutely perfect. Instead of throwing the Vita against the wall, yelling, crying or suddenly cutting off his camera in shame, he simply slumped straight down in his chair with a look of  embarrassment and surprise until he was completely out of frame.

To see the full chain of events with gameplay footage, head over to Imgur.

My Fondest Memory of H. R. Giger is a Little Game Called ‘Dark Seed’

Before I was a nerdy 28-year-old playing video games on Xbox, I was a nerdy 12-year-old playing computer games on a Macintosh that was the size of a dishwasher. My own personal version of Silent Hill was Dark Seed. To this day, after barely being able to hold my controller through Doom, Bioshock, Condemned, F.E.A.R, Dead Space and Resident Evil, Dark Seed remains the scariest game I’ve ever played.

You start as a man with a persistent headache who, after a lot of frustrating clicking and pointing, ends up traveling through a mirror into a parallel universe that is nothing but nightmares and evil alien beings. It ends with you peeing yourself.  Continue reading “My Fondest Memory of H. R. Giger is a Little Game Called ‘Dark Seed’”

Funny Video: Granny Sh*t Talks While Playing GTA V

In case you hadn’t heard, everyone and their grandma, apparently, are playing GTA V this month.

There’s parachuting, “Grand Theft Auto hell” for bad sports who blow up personal vehicles and a $500,000 stimulus package that no one needs because everyone’s making virtual millions using car-selling glitches.

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WATCH: Live-Action ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Trailer

Activision continues the big-budget video game trailer craze with Ghosts, developer Infinity Ward’s anticipated return to the Call of Duty franchise since Modern Warfare 3, in 2011.

Titled “Epic Night Out” and set to the tune of Sinatra’s “I’m Gonna Live Till I Die,” the teaser features a brief appearance by Megan Fox, who comes between three soldiers stuck in crossfire at a Las Vegas casino.

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R.I.P. Nintendo Pioneer Hiroshi Yamauchi

The president of Nintendo passed away on Thursday of pneumonia at the age of 85, leaving my fellow nerds and I to mourn by the light of LED controllers.

Hiroshi Yamauchi, the grandson of Fusajiro Yamauchi, who started Nintendo as a playing card manufacturer, ran the company during its heyday in the mid ’80s all the way until 2002.

I’ll still never forget renting consoles (that was a thing when I was young, don’t laugh) and dying by mine cart jump fail in Donkey Kong with my brother, then getting a Game Boy for Christmas and searching for coins in bushes with Link and quitting Mega Man after two minutes in favor of Mario.

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The Best Cosplay At Comic-Con 2013

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Comic-Con 2013 is over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t savor the elaborate and bizarre costumes that graced the convention floor in San Diego over the weekend.

Enjoy Bryan Cranston in a Walter White mask, baby Ewok, the best Aquaman ever and many more!

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Is the PS4 ‘Better’ Than the Xbox One? Not Necessarily, But it is Cheaper

PS4 console and controller

Most gamers I talk to seem to favor the idea of buying the PS4 over the Xbox One, and we know Microsoft’s reveal of the new Xbox where they continuously plugged it as a media center that immerses you socially and visually and occasionally plays games like Forza and FIFA is to blame, but which console is actually better?

Like the age-old Macs vs. PC discussion, that’s an unanswerable question, but here are the differences:

1. Price

The Playstation 4 is cheaper at $399 than the Xbox One, which hits shelves in November for $499.

2. Games

Sony said at E3 that unlike the One, PS4 will be region-free (no restriction on European and Japanese titles), supports used games 100% and will not require a constant internet connection.

“When a gamer buys a PS4 disc, they have the rights to the game, they can trade in the game at retail, sell it to another person, lend it to another friend or keep it forever.” -Jack Tretton, CEO
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Both consoles will require a paid subscription (Playstation Plus and Xbox Live) to play online multiplayer.

Exclusive Xbox One games: Halo 5, Titanfall, Ryse: Son of Rome, Sunset Overdrive, Killer Instinct, Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Project Spark.

Exclusive PS4 games: The Order 1886, Killzone: Shadowfall, Knack, DriveClub, Infamous: Second Son.

Games for both Xbox One and PS4: Call of Duty: Ghosts, The Elder Scrolls Online, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, Grand Theft Auto 5, Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Kingdom Hearts 3.

Playstation 4 xbox one side by side

3. Specs

While each system comes with a Blu-Ray Disc Drive, a 500GB hard drive and built-in Wi-Fi, the PS4, with its impressive RAM and GPU, which will likely be faster and a tiny bit better looking in-game.

Xbox One comes with a Kinect and HDMI in/out (PS4 only has HDMI out).

In conclusion, the PS4 does have an upper hand with its price, speed and stance on used games, but the Xbox has more exclusive games and voice/movement inclusion with the Kinect 2.0.

The Xbox One Has Halo 5, Will Cost $499

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Microsoft revealed the price ($500) and release month (November) of the Xbox One at an E3 event today.

After game previews for both Halo 5 (with Master Chief wearing a piece from the 2014 flowing brown desert collection), and Titanfall (Call of Duty with mechs and jetpacks), execs made heavy mention of cloud computing and 60-frame-per-second visuals.To make up for the horrible news of the console not being backwards compatible, Microsoft has announced that they will be giving away big-name games to Gold subscribers every month until the One’s release.

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Obama Proposes Civilian Assault Weapon Ban and Background Checks For All Firearm Buyers

Obama gun conferenceAfter over a month of depressing post-Sandy Hook gun “solutions” from the NRA, one Piers Morgan deportation petition and a million opinions from every political and non-political corner of the earth, Obama has finally set a plan in motion to combat rampant gun-related homicides in America.

During a press conference on Wednesday morning, Obama proposed legislation that would require criminal background checks for all gun sales and ban assault rifles and armor-piercing bullets to anyone but law enforcement and military officials.

“[Gun violence] has terrible consequence for our society … and if we can only do one thing to stop it, we should all try and do that,” he told a crowd of reporters at the televised event.  Continue reading “Obama Proposes Civilian Assault Weapon Ban and Background Checks For All Firearm Buyers”

NRA Blames Video Games, Says We Need More Guns

National Rifle Association Holds News Conference In Wake Of Newtown School ShootingToday, after a week-long silence (out of “respect for the families” in Sandy Hook), NRA President David Keene and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre spoke in a press conference about the tragedies in Connecticut.

After emphasizing that the National Rifle Association of America is made up of “4 million mothers, fathers, sons and daughters,” LaPierre blamed movies, music videos and video games like Grand Theft Auto (Saint’s Row is probably worse), Bulletstorm (only purchased by fans for the Gears of War 3 beta code), Splatterhouse (no one plays that anymore) and Kindergarten Killer (no one ever played that).  Continue reading “NRA Blames Video Games, Says We Need More Guns”

A LOT of People Have ‘Gears of War’ Tattoos

The Gears of War Facebook page just added a large chunk of photos the an album labeled “Tattoos.”

I like Gears of War as much as the next girl…

It’s gory, humorous and sometimes heartbreaking (things don’t go swimmingly for Dom’s wife Maria, Tai, and others), but the ink creativity doesn’t seem to span far past the game’s skull-in-gear logo.

Some (elaborate ticker, themed eyeball) are better than others but since there’s no exact word on a fourth Gears game, especially not from Epic, we can consider these tattoos retro in about two years.

Still not the worst image you can have permanently branded on your body. Sadly, nothing beats THIS.

‘Grand Theft Auto V’ Takes Place in Fictional Los Angeles, Features Three Playable Characters

Rockstar Games set their most famous game, Grand Theft Auto, on the back burner to work on Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire and Max Payne 3 but the franchise is finally returning to Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 in Spring 2013, after a five-year hiatus.

Grand Theft Auto V‘s developers promise BIG thrills. Three playable characters and a map (Los Santos) that is bigger than Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Red Dead combined.

The characters (from right), FBI deal-maker Michael, youthful repo man Franklin and longtime/druggie criminal Trevor, can be selected in between missions and all have stories that “closely intertwine.”

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Trailer: Halo 4 (Produced By David Fincher)

In the tradition of Call of Duty and Skyrim, 343 Industries have released a new promo for Halo 4 that mixes live action with typical computer animation.

Produced by David Fincher (Fight Club, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and directed by GWTDT title sequence co-creator Tim Miller, the “Scanned” trailer tells Master Chief’s origin story.  Continue reading “Trailer: Halo 4 (Produced By David Fincher)”

Announcements from the Metal Gear Solid 20th Anniversary Celebration

The Metal Gear Solid series has long been one of the most “cinematic” franchises in the history of video games, and at this year’s 20th anniversary of the game, series creator Hideo Kojima has announced that they are partnering with Columbia Pictures to produce a Metal Gear Solid movie.

The military inspired, tactical stealth action series has seen 5 full fledged entries and several spin-offs, most of which have featured heavy handed and convoluted stories with double and sometimes triple plot reversals.

Honestly, with all of the deep back story of this game and the lack of player interaction (one of the series’ hallmarks) it’s going to be difficult for them to pull this one off.

This news isn’t particularly fascinating however, because talk of a film adaptation of this series has been buzzing around Hollywood for a very long time and nothing has come to fruition.

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