Video Games

Additionally, ‘Shut Up and Take My Money’ Apotheon Trailer

October 23, 2012
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As a rabid fan of art history, especially Greek figure vases- this game is simply perfect. The design is incredible and the fact that it’s a 2-D scroller really brings back the Castlevania days. Please let it be an Xbox DL game….

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Tomorrow I Pick Up A Game I’ve Been Playing For Over 10 Years

September 10, 2012
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Tomorrow, as many geeks know is new video game day. What you may not know is that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 comes out. This makes for a good week- although I wish it wasn’t quite so nice outside, because I just might have to bring my TV outside. I first played the Tekken series at a friends house way back in my sophomore year of high school. How long is that? Don’t ask a lady about her age! It never goes well. Tekken Tag Tournament was released back on the Playstation 2 and was actually the first game I owned…

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How to Make Your Steam Library Portable

August 12, 2012
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How to Make Your Steam Library Portable

When recently confronted with the challenge of bringing my entire Steam library to a LAN party, I initially thought my options were limited to dragging my large desktop tower to the event or copying tons of files from one computer to the other and hoping Steam would recognize them all when I fired it up.  But alas, I found a better solution that solves the problem for the foreseeable future. First, you’ll need an external hard drive, preferably USB (getting 2.0 or 3.0 is entirely up to you), probably one with its own power adapter (i.e., not USB-powered) is a…

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Didja Ever Want to Bitch Smack Superman?

July 16, 2012
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Well, now you you can! DC premiered a new game called Injustice: Gods Among Us which is apparently a two person fighting game similar to the Mortal Kombat engine. Sweet. Here is are two things I’ve always wanted to do that this game would hopefully let me: A.) Be Wonder Woman and repeatedly bitch smack SuperMan- maybe even backhand him a few times. B.) Drive the Batmobile into the Flash- because the Flash always sounded like he’d be a dick. The folks over at IGN have posted 15 minutes of game play that looks like it would be a lot…

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PICTURE OF THE WEEK: I HAVE NOT WORDS FOR THE CUTE

June 19, 2012
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PICTURE OF THE WEEK: I HAVE NOT WORDS FOR THE CUTE

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How System Shock Soiled My Pants

June 19, 2012
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Times have changed. Not a little bit either. Gaming graphics have
improved dramatically over the last decade and even more over the
decade before that. However, games have moved and inspired us, or at
least me, since the early 80s. Sierras quest series, Kings Quest,
Space Quest, my personal favorite Quest for Glory, even the extremely
odd Leisure Suit series. These games defined my childhood, I even
played the cryptic Phantasmagoria which if you played this you might
have also played Noctropolis (you perv.).

But no game has effected me as much as System Shock and its sequel.


System Shock

The progression of graphics, montages, and cutscenes have rendered a
lot of this cliché, old and boring to most. Not to me, I remember the
emotion connected to them, the challenge, and the imagination that
connected me to all these stories. Call it retro gaming, call it
nerdcore, I call it my childhood.

System Shock changed how i viewed gaming. I ran through the first
System Shock in 1994, on my POS computer, jumping to shitty graphics
and freaking out about 16bit squarish robot monsters. The sequel,
System Shock 2, came out in 1999, I was a Junior in college and my
roommate and I (Thank you Trey Terrell) waited for the coop patch to
come out to really get into it.

Creepy

The horror genre has matured since then, but in 1999 there were a
bunch of shitty Resident Evils, the Phantasmagoria experiment, and
System Shock (at least among the games that didn’t blow goats). System
Shock 2 changed me from playing games as a pass time, a joke, or
recreation, to realizing that games can convey emotion, passion and
relationships that all of us can understand… that and fear. Real,
jump out of your pants, scream like a 4 year old, freak out, fear. We
played it together, always in the dark, but in a lot of ways that made
it worse, we were sharing this freak out.

Unlike the entire Sierra line up, System Shock dealt with ethics,
suicide, and how we view tech.

When I dealt with this the first time, it was at 3am, with the blinds
pulled and no lights on. We had enough caffiene to kill a small child,
and we were freaking the fuck out. God, I loved it. That was what
gaming should be, not some 2 dimensional, bullet crazy, piece of crap;
System Shock 2 was a game that would keep you up at night, and screw
up your sleep cycle.

But then again, if you haven’t played Skyrim you haven’t seen WTF.

So I Bought A PC Game Controller

June 14, 2012
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I feel dirty enough buying a gamepad for my PC, a system defined by the purity and precision of mouse and keyboard controls.  It’s made worse by the fact that it’s the Microsoft 360 for Windows controller, only the second piece of MS hardware I’ve ever owned, the other being a Wheel Mouse Optical purchased circa 1997.  Between my well equipped PC, PS3, and Wii, there really aren’t any games I want to play that I can’t get without a failure prone Xbox 360.  I’m no fanboy. I was riding high with my Logitech Dual Action controller for years, despite…

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Portal Short Movie

June 13, 2012
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I have been digging through my oldie but goodie folder and came across this again.  Impressive stuff.  

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Minecraft Game of Thrones makes me happy

June 12, 2012
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Under the category of  people with more time on their hands than me. Still frickin impressive.  

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Beware the Uncanny Valley

June 7, 2012
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Agni’s Philosophy is supposedly the newest from the Final Fantasy folks and is being described as the “tech demo. I have no idea what that means, but it sure is pretty.

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