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New Atari Console?!

Atari to make first console in over 20 years

Atari has confirmed it is making a video games console for the first time in more than 20 years.

The iconic gaming company, known for classic titles such as Pong, released its first home console, the 2600, in 1977.

It went on to launch several generations of consoles before it was overtaken by Nintendo, Sega and Sony, and its last full release was the Atari Jaguar in 1993.

daaaaaaamn..! talk about some serious nostalgia factor :)

kinda surprised by this, to be honest.. but guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens or comes out of all this.

#curious  #hmmmmmm

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Star Wars: Battlefront II

sooooooo many games coming out this next year or so, especially after the whole E3 bonanza… but the one i keep coming back to, the one that i’m probably the most excited about? yeah man, the new Battlefront II game.

i mean seriously, how effin badass does this game look?!

was kinda disappointed with the first one… was great at first, and had a lot of fun playing it… but it kinda pettered out and didn’t feel overly long before i just stopped playing it at all — can’t even remember the last time i fired it up, to be honest.

hopefully that changes with this new one.

#HighHopes  #FeelTheForce

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Dunkey’s E3 2017

jayden just messaged me this and had me cracking up…

speaking of E3, here’s the honest game trailer:

lots of people seem to be wondering why we even have or need an E3 anymore… since all the gaming companies and studios can just as easily announce new games / consoles on their own — personally, i like having a couple days where they show off all the stuff coming out the upcoming year… gives me an idea of what’s around the corner, what i’m interested in, etc.

so yeah, kinda hoping E3 doesn’t go away.

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My Next Monitor?

Samsung just unveiled the widest computer monitor you can buy — here’s how it looks in person

i’ve been joking for years about waiting and wanting a big ‘ole “fiddy” instead of having two 24″ monitors on my desk… well, that was before i switched over to the 27″ iMac and never looked back, but still… once i saw this monster it all came back.

i mean, g’damn… look at this thing!

PS. comes with one helluva pricetag too. ouch.

#lust  #crazy

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Sony Games @ E3 2017

Everything Sony Showed At E3 2017

Sony just wrapped their E3 2017 press conference, where Insomniac’s Spider-Man almost managed to distract from the fact that they didn’t announce Bloodborne 2. Not a ton of new stuff for Sony, but they did keep with the current trend of showing games that are coming within the next year or so. Let’s break it all down.

Shadow Of The Colossus Is Getting Remade For PS4.

The New God Of War Gets Up Close And Personal

Spider-Man Mixes Stealth, Action, And… QTEs?

We Got A Closer Look At Uncharted: Lost Legacy.

Horizon: Zero Dawn is getting an expansion.

We Got A Longer Look At Days Gone.

Destiny 2, Our Darkest Hour

i was shocked to hear about the newly remastered ‘Shadow of the Colossus’ that’s coming out… holy shit, that’s fucking awesome! can’t wait to play it again in all it’s beautifoo high-res glory.

also really looking forward to the new God of War, and of course — Spider-Man! :)

#fuckyeah

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Xbox Games @ E3 2017

man, so many game trailers have been coming out of E3 it’s almost hard to keep track of it all… at the same time, just kinda feels like this year is a bit of a let down… maybe it’s just me, or perhaps i’m getting a little more jaded than i thought… that being said, there’s still some games coming out that i’m looking forward to.

Metro Exodus is coming out next year, looks good.

Cuphead is finally coming out on September 29.

Sea of Thieves looks great, finally coming out next year.

Anthem gameplay finally revealed at E3.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will be an Xbox One ‘console launch exclusive.’

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is coming…

State Of Decay 2 Is Coming Spring 2018.

The Last Night looks good as hell.

The Artful Escape looks nifty, pink.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Code Vein sure does have anime vampires.

Crackdown 3, dropping mayhem on Nov 7, 2017

soooo many games, so little time ;)

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The New Xbox One X

Xbox One X And Everything Else Microsoft Showed At E3 2017

been looking forward to E3 for the past week or two, and took a break from all the deck painting yesterday to chill out and embrace my inner couch potato to watch microsoft’s E3 presentation on twitch… been curious about the new scorpio xbox more than anything, and they literally jumped right to it in the very beginning which was cool — least they didn’t tease and have everybody waiting around for an hour or two until they “revealed” it… so i appreciated that.

i had a feeling that it might look very similar to the Xbox One S and i was right… looks super clean, simple, and sexy IMHO… hard to believe they actually made it smaller, even though it’s definitely a lot more powerful… and i’m sure gaming in 4K/HDR looks amazing… speaking of which, you’d be hard pressed to do that for $499 — that’s pretty incredible.

all that being said, i’m really kinda surprised they didn’t show any new game exclusive to the new XBX that’s geared to show it off… a kickass game in 4K/HDR/60fps that you can only play on the new xbox.

also think this is the first E3 that i can remember where there wasn’t a single mention of Halo… which after thinking about it, is probably a good thing… hopefully 343 is taking it’s time with Halo 6, especially the campaign/story because the last one was really sucked “meh”… so yeah, take your time on that.

anywho, what do you guys think?

PS. can’t wait to play Cupcake!!!

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The Story Behind Mass Effect: Andromeda

The Story Behind Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Troubled Five-Year Development

In 2012, as work on Mass Effect 3 came to a close, a small group of top BioWare employees huddled to talk about the next entry in their epic sci-fi franchise. Their goal, they decided, was to make a game about exploration—one that would dig into the untapped potential of the first three games. Instead of visiting just a few planets, they said, what if you could explore hundreds?

Five years later, it’s hard to find anyone who’s ecstatic with the results. Mass Effect: Andromeda, released in March 2017, disappointed even the biggest fans of BioWare’s longrunning series. Although some people enjoyed the game, it was widely pilloried, with critics slamming its uneven writing, frequent bugs, and meme-worthy animations (our own review was just lukewarm). The PS4 version of Andromeda has a 70% on Metacritic, lower than any BioWare game to date, including the ill-advised Sonic Chronicles.

Almost immediately, fans asked how this happened. Why was Andromeda so much worse than its predecessors? How could the revered RPG studio release such an underwhelming game? And, even if the problems were a little exaggerated by the internet’s strange passion for hating BioWare, how could Andromeda ship with so many animation issues? Continue…

a little bit on the gaming geek side, but thought it was pretty cool to read through what exactly happened behind the scenes on the 5-year development cycle for ME:Andromeda and what the hell happened… good stuff, especially if you’re a fan of the series.

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Microsoft’s Mysterious “S” Logo

Microsoft trademarks mysterious S logo ahead of Xbox Project Scorpio unveiling

Microsoft has filed a trademark for a mysterious S logo today. The logo, discovered by a NeoGAF user, is related to “Video game consoles for use with an external display screen or monitor; video game interactive remote control units” and “Computer game software for use with personal computers and video game consoles,” according to the trademark filing. It’s not clear whether the trademark is related to a new game for Microsoft’s Xbox One consoles, or even Project Scorpio itself.

The timing of the trademark filing is significant. Microsoft just teased its Project Scorpio dev kit, and the company is planning to unveil its Xbox Project Scorpio console on Sunday at E3. Microsoft is expected to reveal the final naming, price, and design of the new Xbox console at E3. Microsoft’s Surface Studio naming was revealed in a trademark filing ahead of the company’s PC hardware last fall, and it’s possible we might be witnessing the logo for the new Xbox here.

Whether Microsoft chooses just Xbox Scorpio, Xbox S, or another name entirely will all be revealed on Sunday at 2PM PT / 5PM ET.

the first thing i thought of when i saw this “S” logo from microsoft was that it was for the new xbox “scorpio”… also, that it would be really effin cool if they actually stuck with the name and officially called it Scorpio — because that’s just cool.

my second thought? why the fuck is it slightly tilted?!?

did a double-take and stared at the damn thing for a good long minute… if legit, and they stick with that damn tilt, i just know it’ll drive me a little nuts.

PS. looking forward to E3 this next week! :)

#hmmmmm

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Halo Movie, Please?

played some Halo for the first time in ages the other day, and watching some of the cutscenes just had me kinda wondering for the thousand’th time if they’ll ever get around to a movie.

case in point, here’s an oldie but goodie from Neill Blomkamp from 2009.

not to mention all the live action trailers over the years.

damnit microsoft! feel like the more time that goes by, the less likely it’ll actually ever happen… sigh… oh well.

#SadPandaFoo

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Overwatch Anniversary!

Overwatch’s anniversary event offers some amazing new skins

it’s been awhile since i played Overwatch, but damned if i don’t love their videos.

#SoGood

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Destiny 2 Revealed

Everything We Learned Today About Destiny 2

i sat down and watched the Destiny 2 reveal event after lunch today, and have to say… looked pretty damn good! then again, all the hype and hoopla feels oddly familiar — i remember getting pretty pumped up about Destiny, especially since it was from Bungie and being a long-time Halo fan… but i kinda fell outta love with it, for a whole slew of reasons… and even though they fixed a lot of things and it apparently got a whole lot better, i just never got back into it.

anywho, i’m curious enough to keep tabs on it and maybe download/checkout the beta later this summer.

PS. it did look puuuurtay.

#GrenadeLauncherFTW

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‘The Witcher’ Coming To Netflix

The Witcher Is Getting A Netflix Series

The Witcher series is being turned into an English language Netflix drama by CG visual effects company Platige Image S.A.

The Witcher series was spawned by Polish novelist Andrzej Sapkowski and has spawned highly successful (and wonderful) video games.

“I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing,” said Sapkowski, who will service as a creative consultant, in an official release. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”

The show will be executive produced by Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise) and Jason Brown (The Expanse). The Oscar nominated visual effects studio Platige Image S.A. is doing the show, but the official release doesn’t specifically state if it’s CG animated or live-action—or a mix of the two. No stills have been release yet, either.

wow, that’s fucking awesome! well to be honest it could either be really effin awesome, or it could turn out to be kinda crappy and a serious letdown — here’s to hoping it’s a whole buttload of the former, though :)

PS. the witcher 3 is fucking bananas, and if you’re into it, then you know it can easily eat up a couple hundred hours of your life.

#chuckle  #heh

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The Surge

been awhile since i picked up a game, and then i came across this one that’s apparently coming out next week… guess i’ve been kinda out of it, because i never even heard of it until today.

after watching a couple vids and trailers, think this might be a fun game to pickup and play… though i’ll probably wait a week or two and read some reviews first — i’m just a lit more picky about the video games i buy these days, after being pretty damn disappointed on quite a few over the past couple years.

any cool games you’re playing, or on your radar that you’re looking forward to?

#JustCurious

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This Is One Badass Gaming 4K Monitor

Acer’s Predator X27 G-Sync HDR gaming monitor does 4K at 144Hz

In January, Asus showed off the first 4K HDR gaming monitor running at 144Hz — a sort of best-of-all-specs scenario. Now Acer is following with a very similar display, the Predator X27, which combines G-Sync HDR, a 4K resolution, and a 144Hz rate. The display is based on the quantum dot tech that TV manufacturers love to brag about, and it has 384 individually-controlled LED zones to drive the wide contrast of HDR.

The display also supports Nvidia’s ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) technology, which if you haven’t seen in person I highly recommend at least checking out a demo — it’s hard to describe, but it makes fast on-screen movement look super smooth.

if i was building out a new gaming PC, and had the money to burn… this is definitely the monitor i would probably be salivating over.

holy fuckballs, what a beautifoo beast!

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Overwatch Racist Tirade

Overwatch Pro’s Racist Tirade Ends His Career

Most pros’ careers end in injury, deteriorating mechanical skill, or just when their interest in competing runs dry. Toronto Esports’ Matt “Dellor” Vaughn opted for a different end: A very long, very public stream of racial slurs during an Overwatch game.

Vaughn, a 28-year-old adult, was playing a ranked match in Overwatch. His opponent’s Widowmaker was making a few too many accurate shots, and Vaugn took umbrage. His response was to yell the N-word into his microphone using the game’s voice chat system, as the rest of his team listened on.

daaaaaaaaaaamn… and this is one of the reasons why i don’t play as much online as i used to… for awhile there it just felt like the constant barrage of 12 year old dropping the N word was just getting too much — talk about stupid shit getting old real quick.

anywho, this guy deserved to be fired and from the sound of it, doesn’t really think he said or did anything wrong… hence his excuses about being “tired” and whatnot.

#geeeesh  #douchebag

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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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