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Star Wars Battlefront II

EA Officially Reveals Star Wars Battlefront II, Single-Player And All

i know this might sound like heresy in some corners, but i actually got a little more excited seeing this “reveal” tailer for Star Wars Battlefront II than The Last Jedi trailer from the other day… i dunno, maybe i should go back and re-watch it again for the dozenth time.

either way, looking forward to both.

#FuckYeah

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Goodbye NES Classic

Nintendo Discontinues The NES Classic

Nintendo has abruptly decided to end North American production of the NES Classic, one of their most popular items in years, the company said today. […]

The NES Classic, an adorable miniature computer with an NES-styled shell that plays 30 different classic NES games, has been one of the most popular limited edition items in recent memory, leading to widespread supply shortages. Scalpers have made a fortune buying up NES Classics and marking up prices on eBay, and this decision will no doubt exacerbate that problem.

Given the widespread excitement, interest, and sales of the NES Classic, it only makes sense for Nintendo to stop selling it.

what the fuck..?!

why the hell would they stop making the damn thing, especially when there’s been so much hype and excitement over it… i tried like hell to get my grubby little paws on one over this past christmas, and still never managed to get one (or three)… ugh… whatevs.

nintendo, you suck.

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Xbox One March Update

Beam Streaming, Intuitive Guide And More Come To Xbox One Starting Today

cool to see that the new “beam” video game broadcast app/service is now going live for everybody… still dunno how that’ll stack up against twitch, but hey — the more the merrier right?

any updates that make it faster or snappier is all good in my book.

also kinda curious about this $10 a month Game Pass service… nice to know that the games are streaming, but that you actually download them for local playback… nice, was curious about that… also i know lots of people have been asking and waiting for the blu-ray player bitstream passthrough.

good stuff, mang.

PS. still no spotify? WTF.

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Destiny 2 Teaser

Watch the first teaser for Destiny 2

Bungie and Activision continue the slow rollout of unveiling Destiny 2. Today, the companies released a new teaser trailer called “Last Call,” in which Cayde-6 — once again played by actor Nathan Fillion — enjoys a glass of space booze and recounts a memorable battle, presumably a hint at what’s to come in the Destiny sequel.

speaking of video games, “Destiny 2” was officially announced the other day, and it looks like bungie/activision will continue their exclusive deal with the PS4 — which sucks for Xbox users, but i guess they’re pretty used to getting shafted by Destiny at this point.

there’s some things i really liked about the game, but just kinda lost interest in it… haven’t played it in ages, and if the next one is just a continuation of the current game (why wouldn’t it be?), then i doubt i’ll really care enough to play.

…but guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Destiny 2: Five things we want to see…

PS. did like the teaser, though.

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Fake News Video Game

Fake News Video Game Is A Little Too Real

Fake It To Make It is a game that puts you in charge of a website devoted to creating and spreading fictional and/or sensationalised online “news” articles. It has been put together by someone who clearly knows how online media works, and that makes it more than a little frightening.

Amanda Warner, the game’s designer, says Fake It is primarily inspired by “the Macedonian teenagers who profited from fake news leading up to the 2016 election in the United States”

The game takes place entirely within the confines of a publishing platform, where you’re tasked with either writing or copying (like, literally copying) sensational news pieces, pushing them out onto the internet and making sure you get paid for your work (or lack thereof).

damn man, kinda crazy that somebody not only thought this up… but spent the time to create this game… can’t really see spending time “playing” it, but kudos to them.

kinda cracks me up.

#chuckle

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Mass Effect’s Weird Facial Animations

Former Mass Effect animator speaks out on Mass Effect: Andromeda’s visuals

Cooper began his thread with a reference to the surfacing of a harassment campaign against a female, former Electronic Arts employee who was incorrectly scapegoated as the source of the game’s animation problems, calling it “despicable” to target a single person for what was clearly a team failure.

But he went on to stress the enormity of animating an RPG with significant story choices in it, compared to a more linear title.

The number of hours of facial animation alone that developer teams are expected to craft for current generation RPGs has risen significantly over time. This has lead to developers taking on simplified facial animation tasks and to the creation of algorithmically generated animations based on dialogue text.

ahhh, well okay, that makes sense… “algorithmically generated animations” would explain why the facial animations that i’ve seen people complaining/bitching about this past week or so look… off… and downright weird — especially apparent in this one vid i saw where they compared Mass Effect 1 which came out over 10 years ago… that was understandable, and kinda shocking to be honest.

with all the hoopla about it, i held off on buying the game… still might when it hits the bargain bin, but we’ll see.

one guy said he’s already put over 90 hours into the game and to be honest, i just don’t really have that kinda time to sink into a game… that being said, the multiplayer does look pretty damn fun ;)

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Speedrunning Zelda

Zelda: Breath of the Wild speedrunners are taking down the game in less than an hour

Not even two weeks from its launch, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been beaten (any percent completion) in less than an hour by three speedrunners, and as more take up the challenge there is a small controversy dividing the community.

First, the news: Runner Venick409 claimed a new world record yesterday with a mark of 54:05. This is an “any%” completion goal, which means, basically, finishing a game’s story or beating its final boss.

even with using this “amiibo”, that’s pretty damn incredible… playing through the entire new zelda game in under an hour is a fucking feat, if you ask me.

Hackers release proof-of-concept Nintendo Switch jailbreak

#impressive

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Gamble of The Switch

Review: The Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s long-awaited Switch console has arrived, alongside the even more long-awaited New Zelda. The Switch combines the convenience of a handheld with the power of a home console — or at least, that’s the pitch. And while the two roles make considerable compromises in order to accommodate one another, the result may be said to be more than the sum of its (many) parts. Or at least it could be once a few games come out.

One-upping the competition

The Switch may very well be Nintendo’s Hail Mary in the console business. After the Wii U failed to make itself comprehended by consumers, the company was left scrambling while Sony and Microsoft solidified their biumvirate in the gaming world. Now the latter two are locked in combat over timed exclusives, framerates, and basically showing how hardcore they are — not a fight Nintendo has ever wanted to get in the middle of.

After the Wii U, no one was about to suggest doubling down on weirdness. Yet a traditional console would not only be a crushing defeat to Nintendo’s experimental nature over the last decade, but it would be too little, too late to compete with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. And over this landscape the grim specter of the smartphone loomed, ever siphoning away the hours and dollars of Nintendo’s erstwhile superfans…

What to do? Nintendo’s solution, while it has its shortcomings, is a remarkably cohesive and smart one.

The Switch is a home console that can compete directly with the PS4 and Xbone on some levels, but it’s also a handheld system that exceeds the capabilities of existing systems and smartphones. It attempts to please all of the people — but thankfully stops short of trying to do so all of the time. It’s a huge gamble, but the more you think about it, the more it seems like the only bet they could have made.

last i checked, they didn’t have any available on amazon so i guess nintendo’s new gaming console, The Switch, is selling out like crazy… which is a good sign for nintendo, though i really hope they learned their lesson and are planning on dropping a few million of these around the US.

kinda on the fence, as usual, though i am curious and would love to snag one at some point… i’ll probably wait until a few more games comes out, at the very least.

anybody pre-order and get their grubby paws on one yet?

#hmmmmm

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Horizon Zero Dawn

this game’s been on my radar for quite awhile now, and i was damn tempted to pick it up yesterday…

…but then i held off, since it’s my birthday this weekend and i’d hate to pick up a copy on a whim, only to turn around a couple days later and have my son give me a copy or something… so figured it was prudent to hold off — at least for a week.

not even sure if i’d really like the game, to be honest… but i’m just itching for something new to play, i guess… and from what i’ve seen from a couple trailers and gameplay vids, it sure does look puuuurdee.

#hmmmmm

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Totally Softcore Space Porn

Mass Effect: Andromeda dev says game features ‘full nudity,’ says it’s ‘totally softcore space porn’

It’s hard to be the playable character in a Mass Effect game. You have to make tricky decisions while trying to figure out what kind of person you’d like to be. You have to be representative of the entire human race in situations where that designation may not be exactly fair, but you have to do your best anyway, or maybe your worst.

You have to make some hard choices about which characters you’d like to have sex with, and that can pose a certain conundrum, too. The fans have already begun the speculation about which Mass Effect: Andromeda characters they’d like to see hook up, and why. The developers, so far, have been more than willing to lean into the game’s reputation as a place to meet all sorts of new people and have sex with at least some of them.

We already know the game will feature “pretty good banging,” but it looks like things may go a bit further in Andromeda.

they had me awhile ago with “alien banging”… haha

one of the few games that i’m really looking forward to, and already pre-ordered it… will probably be kinda MIA once i fire up this badboy and get roll’n… heh.

#softcore  #gaming

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Retro Xbox One Controller

Relive your youth with a retro Xbox One controller

Video game makers understand thousand (possibly millions) of 30-something fans are driven by an urge to recapture the simply days of their youth. Earlier this year, Nintendo rereleased its NES, which couldn’t stay on shelves, while a side-scrolling Mario game, Super Mario Run, debuted on mobile. We yearn for long weekends locked indoors, what can we say?

Now a company called Hyperkin is feeding the consumer appetite for retro video games with the debut of its X91 Controller for Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. The controller, which will be released on February 21st, is clearly inspired by older analog controllers, like the Super Nintendo controller.

The X91 includes a headphone jack and analog triggers, has vibration feedback, and includes a nine-foot cable. It’ll be available in red, white, or black. The red looks particularly brooding, while the black controller triggers fond memories of the Sega Genesis. The X91 will cost $29.99.

i have to say, most 3rd party controllers kinda suck… i’ve found that i’m usually more happy with the stock/standard ones, but that being said — this NES style “retro” xbox controller is pretty damn cool… and for $30, i might have to snag one.

PS. adds to my birthday wishlist.

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One Big Ass Mousepad

that’s quite possibly the largest damn mousepad i think i’ve ever seen… i mean, i’m looking down at my computer table here and think that it would cover 80% of it at least.

i know gamers tend to like the larger ones, but damn.

#blink

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PS4 Pro Is a ‘Half-Assed Upgrade’

PS4 Pro Is a ‘Half-Assed Upgrade’ Compared to Scorpio, Says Xbox Dev

Nothing like a good bit of drama, eh? A good bit of banter with the NeoGAF boys, something to rile people up on an otherwise quiet Wednesday night. In a post on the aforementioned forum, Thomas Mahler, CEO of Moon Studios, jumps into the fray to spew the virtues of the upcoming Xbox Scorpio project. The developer, best known for Xbox One and PC title Ori and the Blind Forest, writes: “Microsoft will need to do a little work to make it clear to everyone that Scorpio isn’t just a half-assed upgrade (which the PS4 Pro kinda is…), but a full blown next-gen machine that’s just backwards-compatible to your current library.” Hmmmm.

damn, talk about dropping some smacktalk… dunno if i’d come out saying all that, especially since microsoft’s next iteration of the Xbox isn’t even out yet and won’t be out until later this year… that being said, from everything i’ve read and seen, this new “scorpio” will be a bit of a beast and more of a proper “PRO” if you ask me.

PS. still can’t believe sony didn’t include a damn 4k bluray player in the PS4 Pro… ugh, whatever.

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Overwatch Pornhub Rankings

Overwatch Heroes Ranked, According To Pornhub Searches

Overwatch porn is a damn phenomenon. Our original report on the scene was one of our biggest stories of last year, and “Overwatch” ended up outranking “anal” on Pornhub’s top 20 search terms of 2016. I was curious, though: which heroes are most popular among the porn-seeking masses? Hint: not Bastion.

i know it shouldn’t surprise me in the least at this point, but all the Overwatch porn craze still kinda boggles my mind… guess it just goes to show just how awesomely popular the game is, since it’s basically created a whole sub-genre of porn.

#blink  #chuckle

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Street Fighter Game Show

Weird Japanese game show perfectly recreates Street Fighter II

For kids of a certain generation, the joystick combinations for Street Fighter II are hard-wired into memory. It’s an iconic game, with instantly familiar characters and special moves.

That’s what makes this real-life reenactment by a Japanese game show so incredibly funny. It hits all the right nostalgia notes while capturing the absurdity of the game—especially the sound effects. You’ll never see E. Honda’s belly-press move the same way again.

that’s fucking awesome! haha

p.s. gotta luv japanese game shows.

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New Mass Effect: Andromeda Trailer

New Mass Effect: Andromeda Trailer Shows Off Gameplay

that’s the first gameplay from the game that i remember seeing, and… whoa… to say i’m excited for this game is a bit of an understatement, especially since there just hasn’t been all that much on the gaming front that i’ve really been excited about… the last game i played and was pretty stoked about was Gears 4.

p.s. mark your calendars, game comes out march 21st.

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Psyched For In 2017?

What are you psyched about seeing in 2017?

feel like this topic came up quite a bit over the past couple weeks, just talking among friends and family… so having thought on this one for a bit, here’s a few things i’m looking forward to:

  • Winds of Winter (maybe? pretty please?!)
  • Game of Thrones, Season 7
  • Star Wars, Episode VIII
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2
  • Valerian
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Wonder Woman
  • John Wick sequel
  • The Expanse, Season 2 (syfy)
  • Iron Fist / Defenders (netflix)
  • Star Trey Discovery (maybe?)
  • Mass Effect Andromeda

there’s probably another dozen or more that i’m missing, but these are the things i’m looking forward to watching this year… what are you guys looking forward to?

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Ho-Ho-Ho-Home Alone

‘Home Alone’ is recreated as an 8-bit NES masterpiece in this awesome video

man, i really love coming across stuff like this… not only is the nostalgia factor strong here, but it’s just super cool.

#TwoThumbsUp

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PS4 Update 4.06

PS4 Update 4.06 Out Now, Here’s What It Does

A new PlayStation 4 update has arrived–but it doesn’t do much.

Update 4.06 is out now. The patch notes are one line long. They read: “This system software update improves the quality of the system performance.” That’s the same exact wording as was used for update 4.05, which came out in October.

to be honest, i just liked the GIF.

#chuckle

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Happy 15th Birthday, Halo!

Halo’s 15th anniversary event starts today at 3:43PM

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 15 years since Halo: Combat Evolved debuted on the original Xbox, but to celebrate the momentous occasion, developer 343 Industries has a special event planned for today.

For starters, 343 will host an anniversary live stream on the official Halo Twitch channel, complete with giveaways and surprise “goodie bags” for viewers. The event will fittingly begin at 3:43 p.m. PST.

If just watching the celebration unfold isn’t really your cup of tea, you can dive into a special “Anniversary Throwback” playlist in Halo 5: Guardians. The limited time multiplayer mode will include fan favorite maps from the original Halo title that have been remade by the Halo 5 community. Players will even begin each match with the iconic pistol from the original title.

wow, it really is hard to believe that it’s been fifteen years since Halo came out… holy hell… i’m feeling old right now… i still remember walking into Best Buy to buy a playstation, and ended up walking out with this new “Xbox” gaming console — and the only reason was because they had Halo setup and after watching some kids playing it, and then finally giving it a quick go at it myself, i was sold.

been a fan ever since.

p.s. might have to fire up some Halo later tonight when i get home.

15 of the greatest Xbox games of all time…

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