May 1, 2012
There will be spoilers. Der.
To say that you didn’t like the way Mass Effect ended is to say you didn’t like Mass Effect 3 as a whole. Let me explain: Mass Effect 3 consisted entirely of an ending. From start to finish, the whole game closed out the trilogy that we have grown to love. I know that this subject has been talked about to death, and I’ll just be beating a horse that has already decomposed as it starts to fester in the hot summer sun. However, if you look at all three games together, what I’m about to say will make sense. At least it makes sense in my mind.
Apr 27, 2012
Remember a few weeks ago when everybody was curious about project “Title Fight”? You know– Sony’s supposed answer to Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. franchise?
Well, it’s real and it’s called — OK, the title of this entry just gave it away, don’t you think? Typically expected, if I may add:
Apr 24, 2012
Robert Bowling, aka fourzerotwo, was the Creative Strategist and Community Manager for Infinity Ward. After the mass exodus/exile from the company, he stuck around to see Infinity Ward release Modern Warfare 3. Well, now that that’s over and done with, Bowling has decided that it was about time he went off into his own direction, and quit the team. I’m sure many people thought he was going to join up with Respawn Entertainment, which consisted of the Infinity Ward exiles.
However, it appears as though he has decided to start a company of his own, which he is calling “Robotoki,” and it is going to be a “developer development studio that just happens to make games.” He decided to elaborate on the statement, presumably because the interviewer gave him a look which resembled that of a confused dog.
“We are focused on our team first and everything else second, because I believe as an industry, we have a lot to learn on how to treat talent. While we continue to out stride film and music entertainment in other areas, we are falling severely behind in how to properly inspire and support our creative talent.”
Robotoki is a self-funded project that only has backers who share Bowling’s vision of having complete creative control over the work. We won’t know exactly what it is that they are working on until after this year, but what we do know is that the game will be for the next generation of consoles, the PC, and mobile devices. If you would like to share Bowling’s creative vision, Robotoki is currently hiring.
Apr 23, 2012
There are two things that “bros” like: sports and Call of Duty. So it probably comes as great news to them that the latest Call of Duty game is going to be revealed on May 1st during the NBA playoffs on TNT, which is apparently a big deal in the sports world. If you are surprised that we are getting another Call of Duty so soon, then shame on you. Shame shame shame.
Considering the last installment in the series was developed by Infinity Ward, it is almost certain that the one that will be revealed during the playoffs is going to be developed by Treyarch. Also, due to the internet and it’s inability to keep anything secret, we’re pretty sure that the game we are going to see is Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. There. I just saved all the game nerds from having to watch basketball just to see what the game will be. I believe that counts as an hour of my community service fulfilled. Only 49 more to go!
Apr 20, 2012
If you have never been to an arcade then you have never truly lived. Back in the day (oh know, I am starting to sound like my mother) there used to be arcades almost everywhere. Now I have to google search arcade and if I am lucky I can find one maybe a little over 20 miles not including dave & busters or gameworks, which just isn’t the same. Lets face it, consoles took over not that long ago and helped make arcades a rare dying breed. The only thing saving arcades is the virtual arcade games you can purchase on almost every console, ipad, or phone you own.
Apr 20, 2012
A while back, it was suggested that there would be some DLC for Batman: Arkham City based on Harley Quinn. That rumor now seems more likely due to a post from the game’s official twitter account that included the above picture and the anonymous quote, “Don’t worry. This is all part of of my plan.” Given the slender legs and the large mallet/sledgehammer, the signs really do seem to point toward The Joker’s femme partner in crime. Other than that, nothing is really known, but I’m sure we’ll hear an official announcement in the near future.
Apr 16, 2012
Sometimes great ideas don’t always pan out, and that is why this episode was delayed the way it was. The original episode 31 was very different. Chris had the idea to do something special for April Fools Day, but he hates the bullshit story route that the internet always does, so he wanted to create an episode so funny, so ambitious it would have put Lost Level on the map for every podcast listener across the land. So he created the ‘Dubbed” episode. However, he did not atinicpate just how much Adam can swear when you let him go uncaged on an episode. So that idea couldn’t happen, but there is a sample of is at the beginning of this cast, I suggest you check it out!
Apr 10, 2012
It seems a though now, more than ever, GameStop has been getting a lot of flak for their used game sales. Maybe it’s because the public is opening their eyes to how it hurts the industry, or maybe it’s because game developers are recently doing more about counteracting these sales with things such as online passes. To that end, GameStop has recently settled a suit in which they are now required to post signs in their stores located in California that warn consumers about additional fees that are required to access online content when they buy a used game. GameStop is also giving people who bought “qualifying used games” a $10 check and $5 coupon if they are PowerUp Rewards members or a $5 check and $10 coupon if they aren’t as a form of reimbursement.
Mark Pifko, attorney for firm Baron and Budd and counsel in the lawsuit, seemed pleased with the outcome. He stated, “The in-store and online warnings are an important benefit under the settlement as well, because if GameStop discloses the truth to consumers, it is unlikely that they will be able to continue selling used copies of certain games for only $5 less than the price of a new copy. In fact, we already know that not long after the lawsuit was filed, GameStop lowered prices for used copies of many of the game titles identified in the lawsuit.” Baron and Budd even set up a facebook page for consumers who have been affected by this. This is a small victory against used games sales, but we’ll take it.
Mar 24, 2012
Touch My Katamari makes you want to buy it just because of the suggestive title. Yes, my mind is always in the gutter so I apologize. Wait, no I don’t. If you’re a long time Katamari fan like myself you have been looking forward to something new in the series. This title is nothing of the sort. The only thing new about it is the front and rear, no pun intended, touch capabilities making your Katamari thinner or wider depending on the swip motion you give the Ps Vita. You can use the standard analog sticks as well as the touch screen to move your prince and his Katamari ball, which will give the same results. However, This game is better than the original PSP Katamari, Me and My Katamari. The controls in the older portable version drove me insane but in the PS Vita version I found that the controls actually were simple and I did better than any other game in the series. With that said this game will disappoint long time fans but if you’re new to the series you’ll enjoy the mindless fun this game will deliver. You really can’t go wrong with rolling up everything including the universe.