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Bye Bye Beta! Hi-Rez Studios unleashes SMITE

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It’s official. The SMITE is officially no longer in Beta as of March 25, 2014. In commemoration of this, every account level 10+ received 600 Gems for retweeting the announcement (If you have an old account, log back in and check that out!) as well as a $200K tournament going down . The tournament begins tomorrow, March 28 and runs through March 30. Check that out at their official Twtich page here.

If you haven’t played, now’s the best time to jump on board. As a former WoW addict, I have refused to play anything like it the past few years. I was introduced to SMITE in December and have been hooked. SMITE is basically an awesome MOBA with different options for gameplay that ranges from 5v5 Arenas to Conquests with specific team objectives. The characters are gods and their abilities are generally based off the the mythology behind them.
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In SMITE, you have a level playing field for everybody. Everyone starts off with the same amount of Gold that can be used to purchase items throughout that specific game. Of course, you earn more gold over time and when you slay an opposing team’s god or titans. The whole idea makes it easy for you to get a quick game in rather than sitting for hours waiting on a raid and fighting for gear. Generally arenas last between 15-20 minutes and conquests run about 25-45 depending.

It’s awesome to see all the new gods that are being added as well as the updated environments. I urge you if you haven’t played or haven’t played it in a few years, check it out!

Feel free to add me to make you feel better about yourselves ;). Username is Eriiiicka

 

 

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8 Bit Nostalgia : Robocop 3′s Title Screen Theme

You know the future's bright when little girls are brandishing submachine guns.

You know the future’s bright when little girls are brandishing submachine guns.

I was in 4th grade when someone gave Robocop 3 to me.  I don’t remember who it was now, but man, this game was fun.  I sure as hell didn’t know any better, but I played the hell out of this game.  When I beat the game, I actually wrote into our calendar “Robocop 3 beaten by J.J.”  The hypest moment of the day.

The game hasn’t aged very well, and now I can see just how bad it was.  Everything about the game screamed mediocre.  The color palette, the controls, the presentation, damn near everything about the game was just….mediocre.  Well, when the source material was the worst Robocop movie in the trilogy, you can’t really expect much from the game.

Except for the music.  Ocean games were usually based on movie franchises, and they weren’t that good.  Except for the music.  They knew how to make music.

This song is my absolute favorite track from the NES era.  It’s the intro theme for the NES version of Robocop 3.  The intro starts out slow, then builds momentum and starts hitting you with a deep bassline, and everything else starts falling into place.  I kid you not when I say that I would never, ever skip this intro when I would play this game.  I would let it run until it ended, and then press START.

I honestly thought that I was the only person in the whole wide world that loved this song.  I was wrong.

Jeroen Tel, the song’s composer, is still active to this very day.  He’s the one that got the song playing on stage at that chiptune concert.  Every time I hear that song, I’m always whisked back to a time when the only responsibility I had was to do my damn homework.  Fox 6 kids actually had awesome programming, and the closest we got to gambling was POGS.  I didn’t have to worry about filing taxes, getting my car fixed, getting my ass kicked in the boxing ring, or running a half marathon.

It was a simple, fun time.  And I think that’s the power that chiptune music has over us NES kids.  It brings us back to that time, over and over again.

 

 

 

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My Favorite NES Soundtrack

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via ChuchMag

The very first console I ever owned was a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). I was 4 1/2 years old then and the 1980’s were coming to an end. But my lifelong affection for the sights and sounds of this 8-bit machine were only beginning.

Now before I even had an NES to call my own, I had already been exposed to the console thanks to my cousins. Whenever I would go to their house I’d watch them play Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. Because of that, the “Overworld” and “Underground” themes were as much as lullabies to me as say “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” or “Hush, Little Baby”.

But it wasn’t until a year into playing the NES did my taste in games begin to really progress. And so at this point in my life, I would frequent the local Blockbuster nearly every Friday evening and rent a new game. One of those games was Mega Man 2.

Mega Man 2 is without a doubt one of the most enjoyable, addicting, and frustrating games I’ve ever played. I can recall staying up all night Friday to play, writing down the code after defeating a boss on my college ruled line paper, and finally going to bed around 1 a.m. On Saturday I’d wake up around 10 a.m., watch some Fox Kids, and begin the cycle all over again until I had to return the game Sunday (dat 2 nights, 3 days policy doe).

What made Mega Man 2 such a special game, however, was not only the exceptional non-linear gameplay, but also the soundtrack. From the moment you turn on the game (after 3 rounds of blowing into the cartridge), the opening title screen music immediately takes you into the year 200X. It begins as this hauntingly melodic piece until 43 seconds in when that synthesizer slide strikes and the tempo is suddenly turned up to 11.

Then there’s the moment you select what stage you want to play. The boss select theme itself is simply unforgettable and maybe my favorite 8 seconds in all of 8-bit.

Furthermore, the actual stage music is incredible. Each stage theme reflects its respective boss perfects. For example, Flashman’s music compliments the blinking lights of the stage while Heatman’s theme captures the hectic pace one has to endure as they hop their way through the level. Then there’s the beauty that is Dr Wily’s stage theme:

The Mega Man 2 soundtrack is an instant chiptune classic. And it’s an integral element that makes Mega Man 2 truly an 8-bit masterpiece. On a personal note, it was one of the first times in my life where melodies really had an effect on me. To this day, melody is the most important factor in determining what songs I enjoy. And that’s all thanks to the NES.

 

Honorable soundtrack mentions (and totally underrated Action/RPG games):

Crystalis

 

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PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3

Thank you PlayStation 4

FACT: I don’t own a PlayStation 4. Francis and Ferris do. I don’t. Now before you say that I’m 200-and-late on next-gen consoles, hear me out for a second! I am a big proponent of the PS4. I love what it can do and what it will be capable of doing. I will own one when the time is right. However, I would like to remind you guys about a little something…

PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3

During the typical console cycle, content improves as the cycle progresses because developers learn how to maximize game output using console hardware. The PlayStation 3/XBOX 360 cycle is currently over 8 years with (give or take) a couple years left. However, the latest and greatest content has only recently released only. Titles such as The Last of Us, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Beyond: Two Souls represent the zenith of PS3 game development.

Even though PS4 released last holiday season, it’s a great time to own a PS3!
- HD remakes of classics are still pouring onto PlayStation Network
- Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns completes the next-gen story
- The entire Bioshock franchise!
- South Park: The Stick of Truth provides a fun JRPG-style experience
- The Walking Dead Game: Season 2 leads an army of exciting PSN content
- Persona 5… WOO!
- Not to mention PS3 ports of PS4 titles Watch Dogs, Rayman Legends, Thief, The Evil Within, Wolfenstein, Destiny

PS4 did all of us PS3 gamers a favor: MASSIVE PRICE DROPS! If you go into your local GameStop, most of the the games you’d want to play but never bought are under $20 used. I’m not even kidding. So rejoice, PS3 owners! Your backlog of games has just increased tenfold! Better get started now…

THE VERDICT: As of now, I highly recommend not to ditch your PS3. No need to upgrade your console (and TV if you don’t have HDMI inputs like I do) just yet. But if you want to, we totally understand.

So, thank you PlayStation 4. You’re the gift that will keep on giving. Happy Valentine’s Day. Game on dudes!

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The Peach Complex.

 

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Shigeru Miyamoto
, must have been in some kind of F’d up relationship with his girlfriend. He must have gotten his heart broken and decided to make a game based on his relationship to help men around the world relate and cope. Think about it! Princess Peach is the eternal cock-tease right? and we all know the drill: Peach gets knabbed by the forever horny Bowser and you, as Mario have to drop everything and claim countless lives just to get her ungrateful ass home. Peach makes absolutely no provisions to defend herself from her persistent captor, knowing all along that we’ll clean up all her shit. To make things worse she gets your awkward brother Luigi involved and now shes dragging your family in this shit. YOUR FAM BRO!


That’s rough. Try as you might to keep her safe, it’s never enough. It’s like shes constantly throwing  challenges your way to test manhood and heart. “yeah, you saved me last week but, what have you done for me lately?”

chicks…am I right?

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Of course I supported “Mighty No. 9″. Why wouldn’t I?!

For many of us gamers, Mega Man has a special place in our collective hearts.  Some more than others.  Admittedly, I didn’t start playing with the Blue Bomber until the X series.  That shit was the tits.

However, the blue bomber’s been gettin’ the shaft from Capcom as of late, and after his creator Keiji Inafune bounced from Capcom, he formed his own indie studio and made a bunch of games (Hyperdimension Neptunia, a game franchise Ferris refuses to let me buy), and he got a kickstarter going to help resurrect the Blue Bomber in a brand new franchise.

Mighty No. 9 kickstarter

The outpouring of support as soon as the announcement was insane, and Inafune-sensei has already reached his initial goal to get the game off the ground.  Now it’s a matter of whether or not it’ll reach its stretch goals, of a console release.

I found this picture on tumblr, and it’s pretty dope.  With no new Mega Man games on the horizon, it seems that the torch has indeed been passed on to Beck, Mighty No. 9′s titular new character.

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I couldn’t be prouder of Inafune-sensei.  Not only is he realizing his dream of resurrecting Mega Man, he’s doing it with the collective geek spirit of everyone around the world.  Fucking briliant.

And before you ask, I contributed to the kickstarter as well.

 

SDCC 2013: Friends, Family, Geek Nirvana.

First off, thanks to my friends, family, and all you cool geeks that made it out to SDCC 2013.  You all deserve a round of applause.

Go ahead, I’ll wait.

*waiting*

Okay, good.  Here are my pictures from that fun-filled nerd orgy.  Special thanks to my crew, Jabronie Pictures, Detoonified, The Stunt People, Almost Good Films, RhythmEmoti#n.net, and the #HLGKTA.

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Happy birthday, Tales! The quintessential JRPG franchise.

Happy 15th!

Happy 15th!

I know this is rather late in coming, but I’d like to wish a happy 15th birthday to the Tales franchise.  For 15 years, Namco Bandai’s JRPG franchise has produced some solid hits that I’ve taken a shine to.  To me, they’re the proper, quintessential JRPG.  What makes this franchise stand out, and makes them so successful?

Story

In every Tales game, the story unfolds as you play, and relies heavily on a solid narrative.  While some people may dismiss this as repetitive, I enjoy getting into all the stories.  A particular favorite of mine was Vesperia’s, which covered morality and the duality of laws.  They weren’t afraid to comment on the duality of society and the laws that govern the masses.  Symphonia’s story covered discrimination.  Every tales game has a story to tell, and the pacing is proper, well thought out, and meaningful.  You grow with the characters.  Also, the pace is broken with light-hearted fun moments, which make the games that much more memorable.

Characters

I mentioned the characters in my previous paragraph.  They’re all likable, and the character interaction is one of the strongest points of the franchise.  Through the skits and the story, you get to really know the characters, and learn about their likes and dislikes.  You often times share some hilarious moments.  Like this one.

I love the character designs as well.

SHEENA <3

SHEENA <3

Music

It’s wonderful.  From the anime opening sequences, to random battles, the music in EVERY Tales game is brilliant.  The openings are a treat, and they’re usually performed by top-tier artists in Japan.  Like…

BoA

Bonnie Pink

Bump of Chicken

Ayumi Hamazaki

 

Battles

Unlike Final Fantasy, the battles in Tales games unfold in real time, and you’re allowed free movement of your character.  Magic is implemented as well, and does take time to cast, adding a sense of strategy to battles.  No two battles are alike, and the awesome music makes things that much more enjoyable.  I’ve been known to grind things out fighting, so having a fun battle system is a must for me.

So what’s my favorite Tales game…?

Man, if I had to choose?  I’d probably go with Vesperia.  I played the hell out of that game on my XBOX 360, and it was the only game I actually put in there.  I think it’s still in there, even now.  Now if only they’d give us the Ps3 version I’d be a happy camper.  Symphonia is a close second, followed by Graces in 3rd.  Abyss comes in 4th.  That shit got me deep.  Especially this song.

XBAWKS TOLD STATUS: TOLDTINO’S PIZZA ROLLS

MFW PS4

MFW PS4

Sony just had their E3 press conference.  Good games.

  • Final Fantasy Versus-XIII became Final Fantasy XV.  Nice.
  • Kingdom Hearts III. FINALLY.
  • SPORTS GAEMS.
  • Assassin’s Creed IV.
  • And I’m sure rhythmem#tion.net has a nice write up too.  This is where SSB gets real.

During the press conference, they dropped their bombshell announcement.  Used games work on the PS3.  They aren’t implementing any Draconian DRM always online bullshit like the XBAWKS is.  And seriously, always online?  Shit, not everyone has a nice online connection.  Yeah, Sim City was supposed to be a game that was always online, and look how that turned out.

In the end, Sony proved that it’s got its heart in the right place.  I’ve been a loyal playstation fan since the PS1, and I’m glad that the PS4 will be as awesome as the systems that came before.

To that end, I’ve got some nice statuses that explain just how bad the XBAWKS got TOLD.

TOLD STATUS:

[X] TOLD
[x] FUCKING TOLD
[x] CASH4TOLD.COM
[x] KNIGHTS OF THE TOLD REPUBLIC
[x] TOLDERONE
[x] STONE TOLD STEVE AUSTIN
[x] CURE FOR THE COMMON TOLD
[x] BEN TOLDS
[x] THE 40 YEAR TOLD VIRGIN
[x] 007: TOLDENEYE
[x] TEXAS TOLD’EM
[x] AUSTIN POWERS IN TOLDMEMBER
[x] PTERODACTOLD
[x] TOLDTINO’S PIZZA ROLLS
[x] NO COUNTRY FOR TOLD MEN
[x] 24 CARAT TOLD
[x] ONLY SHOOTING STARS BREAKTHE TOLD
[x] GOING ONCE… GOING TWICE… TOLD
[x] GARY TOLDMAN
[x] TOLD SPICE
[x] TOLD STONE CREAMERY
[x] BABY IT’S TOLD OUTSIDE
[x] POKEMON TOLD AND SILVER
[x] TOLD YELLER
[x] EL DORADO: THE LOST CITY OF TOLD
[x] TOLDPLAY
[x] THE TOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
[x] DANNY DEVITOLD
[x] TOLDEN SUN
[x] FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLDS
[x] CAN’T TEACH A TOLD DOG NEW TRICKS
[x] I AIN’T SAYIN SHE A TOLD DIGGER
[x] TOLDING CHAIR
[x] TOLDIER OF FORTUNE
[x] THE TOLDEN COMPASS
[x] TOLDEN AXE
[x] TOLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM
[x] ROCKIN TO THE TOLDIES
[x] BATTLETOLDS
[x] YE TOLDE PUB
[x] TOLDEN CAULFIELD
[x] THE TOLD MAN AND THE SEA
[x] TOLD MEDAL WINNER AT THE OLYMPICS
[x] ALL OF THE ABOVE

Also, SSB fans, we’re having a party in a few weeks.  I’ll let Alissa explain all the deets.

-twitchykun