Games Coming Out In January 2011 For PC

Games Coming Out In January 2011 For PC by Honorabili

Great! Finally some games I have been looking forward to are coming out! This 2011 *might* be a good year!

DC Universe Online, January 11 2011

This MMO might be really fun based on all the teasers and videos I saw of developers giving us details about it, but let’s see how it really is when it is live. I’ll probably wait for my friends to get this (Umar, ahem) and tell me how shitty or great it is. Still, it looks fun, so it might be worth it for you if you love the DC Universe, even if the game is just okay. I actually got excited about this one when the first teasers leaked and I don’t care too much about most MMOs that come out.

Venetica, January 11 2011

Something about this game, just based on the trailer makes me think it probably won’t do that well unless it has something really unique to it.

Spellforce 2: Faith in Destiny, January 12 2011

These RPG-RTS games are pretty good. Although this expansion is not made by Phenomic who make one of my favorite games Battleforge, this is still made by Jowood who makes a ton of sleeper games that are actually very, very good.

Dead Space 2 Box
Dead Space 2 Box

Deadspace 2, January 25 2011

The first Deadspace was scary and brilliant. It was the total spiritually real successor to System Shock 2. Although Bioshock copies its formula every single freaking time from System Shock 2, Deadspace actually added a whole new level of horror and gruesomeness to the desolation and hopelessness of being stuck alone in a ship full of raving things that want to kill you, chop you up into a thousand pieces, and eat you.

Two Worlds 2, January 25 2011

Part one for Two Worlds was a fun game, although many people said it was pretty generic. I found the combat in the first one actually a LOT more fun than Oblivion, a game a lot of people always compare this one to. Yeah, it was generic but if the gameplay is fun, what’s the problem? Let’s see if Two Worlds 2 caters more to the hipster fanboys that hated the first one. ;]

System Shock 2 Music

[youtube id=”http://www.youtube.com/v/EmFMxOY-sLU” width=”633″ height=”356″]

System Shock 2 Music

“Look at you, hacker: a pathetic creature of meat and bone, panting and sweating as you run through my corridors. How can you challenge a perfect, immortal machine?” That chilling line from SHODAN sums up the entire gaming experience that is System Shock 2. The soundtrack for System Shock 2 does an amazing job creating a state of panic and despair as you fight your way surviving in a maze of two very, very dead spaceships. It’s here now for you to enjoy!

System Shock 2 cover
System Shock 2 cover

Think of System Shock 2 as the grandfather of the modern day horror science-fiction video game. Sure, there is Aliens vs Predator BUT System Shock 2 has the winning single player horror science-fiction experience that became the winning formula for most games of this genre. The Bioshock games are spooky and they follow the formula to the detail. Dead Space follows System Shock 2 even better and is even scarier, I think. Still, none of these games would have been possible without System Shock 2!

System Shock 2 is very similar to the movie Event Horizon. Some experimental spaceship was supposed to jump in space to another part in space to pioneer faster than light travel. Of course, everything went wrong and now that ship is pretty much HELL. You’re trapped alone (because everything else on the ship is there to kill you or mess with your head) and you must fight your way through hallways of infected crew members, psionic monkeys, killer robots, turrets, and more. Along the way you upgrade yourself, as you’re a cybernetic hacker, not just by picking up better weapons but also by leveling up by getting better parts for yourself that give you different abilities (like the games I mentioned before copied, along with Deus Ex). You’ll have to play the game to find out who the hell SHODAN is… I won’t ruin it for you.

Enough about the game, let’s talk about the music. Now that you know the setting of this brilliant classic game, you can sit down and enjoy the ambience and techno harshness of this amazing soundtrack. Many of the songs are pretty spooky electronic music and some verge on the limit of techno and electronic rock. One thing the System Shock 2 soundtrack does is that it always creates an atmosphere that will not let you relax and that’s the only way to feel if you intend to make it out of the Von Braun alive… the music fits the game perfectly not just with the atmosphere of these doomed ships but also with the nature of the main character, a desperate man running the dreadful hallways of the Von Braun, fighting for his life.

Cosplay: Nature

It has been a great year here at Obsolete Gamer and we would like to thank all our fans for keeping us going. We will be back next year bigger and better with a ton of new articles, movies, music and of course, Cosplay. Now it’s time for Team Obsolete Gamer to start drinking. Happy New Year!

-J.A.

 

 

FC Twin Console

FC Twin console
FC Twin console

In the world of virtual consoles and emulators one might wonder why you would need a console system that plays old NES and SNES games and the answer is, why the hell not. The FC Twin is a clone system meaning it copies what the original system did hardware wise, but it is not the original. In the FCT’s case you can play both the 8-bit and 6-bit games on the system. The FC twin can be purchased at major outlets online and sometimes in stores for about $40 USD.

Now the first thing to remember is you will need the original cartridges from either the SNES or NES to play on the FC Twin. The good news is you can find a ton of games on eBay or even your local thrift store. The FCT comes with the following:

Base Console

Two SNES style controls

AV Cables

AC Adapter

FC Twin console
FC Twin console

The base console itself is really light, but the plastic case seems strong enough to take a little beating. The controllers feel good in my hands even though it is much lighter than the original SNES controller. It may feel like cheap plastic and true enough I am sure it is not the best, but honestly they feel better than the original classic controller that you can purchase for the Wii. Another cool thing about the control input is it can fit the original SNES controllers.

A little bit more about the controllers.  The FC Twin is not compatible with the original NES controllers and that includes the guns. The FCT is compatible with most SNES controllers including the light gun and in fact a light gun was release just for the FC Twin.

The AC adapter is pretty standard as is the AV cables. I connected the system to my Vizio television. Don’t expect any differences visually, the system will look the same as if you connected your original SNES to your T.V., so there is no HD mode or anything like that.

FC Twin console
FC Twin console

On the console itself are two cartridge ports, the upper one is for the 8-bit games and the lower one is for the 16-bit games. There are only two buttons on the console. One button is to reset the system and the second is a switch that goes from Power to 16-bit to 8-bit. What makes the switch cool is you can put in two cartridges and switch between both on the fly.

As for looks and sound I personally did not see a difference between the FCT and the original consoles however, it has been a while since I played the original non-emulated. Other uses have reported that sometimes the sound with NES games are not exactly like the original, but I have not been able to confirm that. You can connect your FC Twin’s audio ports to a stereo even with surround sound, but keep in mind the old NES games were not meant to utilize that technology so it might sound a bit weird.

Compatibility wise there are quite a number of games that are not compatible with the FC Twin, but instead of listing them here you can see the list on the Wiki Page for the FC Twin. Most of the compatibility issues are a result of the Super FX chip found in these games as well as the lack of ability to use the Power Pad and R.O.B.. So far playing a few games on both the SNES and NES side I can tell you it plays just like the original, but I can see how if you are a bit rough on your controllers you could wear them out in time.

All in all if you have the original cartridges and are missing the console system then the FC Twin is a cool way to play them. Sure, you could just get the emulated versions, but why not to both as that is the mark of a collector.

PSN gets Vagrant Story & Xenogears

Xenogears logo
Xenogears logo

Rejoice classic RPG fans soon you will be able your hands on two Square Enix titles. Although many of these titles have already been made available via PSN in Japan and even Europe poor USA has been left out in the cold until now. While we do not have a US release date as of yet it is forthcoming so keep it locked on the feed for more information.

Obsolete Intros: Final Fantasy Tactics

Final Fantasy Tactics logo
Final Fantasy Tactics logo

A true fan favorite, FFT incorporates a battle system that is not found within the RPG. While the turn base battle system is still in place the world is a series of tiles where the player moves toward the enemy.  Your actions are based on your class and you can choose various roles from the Final Fantasy world including black and white mages, summoner’s and thieves.

Your story takes place in Ivalice after a long standing war with its two neighboring nations. Not only are you dealing with rebuilding, but economic and political issues as well. After the death of the king a regent is put into place splitting the kingdoms allegiance in two which leads to the Lion War. Your main character is Ramza Beoulve a highborn cadet who finds himself in the middle of the war.

Olivier Vermeille: Zallag

Zallag logo
Zallag logo

Name: Olivier Vermeille

 

Company: Zallag

 

Profession: Marketing & PR Manager

 

Favorite Classic Game: Final Fantasy Tactics (PlayStation)

 

Quote: The first game I remember playing was a game called “Sorcery+” on Amstrad CPC. I can’t quite grasp what it was like but I remember it as something amazing with beautiful graphics. It would be quite painful to look at it today so I’m not going to dwell on this and will rather talk about the two games that took me away for hours and hours: “Ultima VII” and “Might & Magic 4&5”. These amazing game made me love RPG but I only played on PC at that time so I only knew about “Western” RPG ; up until the PlayStation and the famous Final Fantasy VII. This was another revelation yet it’s not my “Favorite Classic Game”. I’ve kept this spot for “Final Fantasy Tactics”.

 

It came out around the same time as Final Fantasy VII yet it was completely different. As the name suggest it was a Tactical RPG and the graphics were mixing 3D elements (for the battleground) with 2D (characters’ sprites).

 

What I liked about this game was how mature it was (despite its “cute” character design with noseless characters and funny Chocobos). It was about politics, religion, betrayal, love, murder, friendship…all mixed perfectly with a near-perfect gameplay experience. I won’t go into detail about the mechanics but let’s just say that it was extremely motivating to level up your characters. All thanks to the “jobs” system which lets you change jobs and still keep some of the abilities you previously learned.

 

All in all “Final Fantasy Tactics” is one of the greatest game I’ve played from beginning to end with accessible yet challenging difficulty as you progress. The team members that will join you as the story develops are also particularly memorable (they even included “Cloud” from Final Fantasy VII and explained his presence in the game in a very clever way as well!).

 

I can’t wait for the iPhone version to come out (which will be the adaptation of the PSP version as far as we know).


 

Optional) Bio/Current Event:

1° We release in December 2010 the Minis version (Playstation Network) of the amazing iPhone game “SHIFT”. Called “SHIFT extended” and compatible with both PS3 and PSP, this version will offer twice the content from the original game.

 

2° We have just released Gods vs Humans for WiiWare and PC. A nice mix of a Tower Defense game and a God Game with adorable characters 😉

Daxon Flynn: BattleGoat Studios

Battlegoat Studios logo
Battlegoat Studios logo

Name: Daxon Flynn

Company: BattleGoat Studios

 

Profession: Game Designer

 

Favorite Classic Game: Rampart

Quote: A quick thinking strategy game that uses a trackball to build walls with tetris like pieces to defend your castle and fight enemies with your cannons. An arcade game that I actually beat with one quarter from start to finish.


 

Bio/Current Event: Supreme Ruler Cold War

Chris Gerspacher: Kerberos Productions

Name: Chris Gerspacher

Company: Kerberos Productions

Profession: Lead Artist

Favorite Classic Game: Ninja Gaiden

Quote: It was a hard pick, but I mentally went through all my NES carts and I have to pick Ninja Gaiden. Bouncing from wall to wall, ninja star throwin’, minion dodgin’, hack and slash boss battlin’ – the original twitch gamer experience for me, personally.


Bio/Current Event: Chris is no longer the youngest member of the Kerberos team, for which he is thankful. If you’ve seen the Sword of the Stars II engine demo, you’ve seen exactly what Chris is working on.

Darren Grant: Kerberos Productions

Kerberos logo
Kerberos logo

Name: Darren Grant

Company: Kerberos Productions

Profession: Lead Programmer

Favorite Classic Game: Die Siedler (Settlers in NA)

Quote: The original prototypical city builder game, before the PC genre was really branded. No other city builder I know of has ever made the interplay of economics this tactile. Hours of zen tweaking and balancing rewarded with a flourishing ant farm community of little settlers going about their tiny tasks!


Bio/Current Event: Darren entered the biz programming on Homeworld:

Cataclysm, while spending his off hours prepping for the annual Fragapalooza in Edmonton, Alberta. He is currently working on the MARS 2 engine for Sword of the Stars II.

Henri Haimakainen: Colossal Order

Colossal_Order logoName: Henri Haimakainen

Company: Colossal Order Ltd

Profession: Game Artist / Environment Artist

Favorite Classic Game: Double Dragon 2: The Revenge (NES)

Quote: It was something really cool compared to the single player games of the time. It also presented a different take on the multiplayer game mode since many games were about players taking turns to play the game rather than working together towards a common goal.


Bio/Current Event: Being part of a team working for their first commercial video game Cities in Motion.

Lisa Haasbroek: Legacy Interactive

Legacy Interactive logo
Legacy Interactive logo

Name: Lisa Haasbroek

Company: Legacy Interactive

Profession: Associate Producer

Favorite Classic Game: Final Fantasy 7 and 8, Harvest Moon, Metroid

Quote: “It’s time to kick ass and chew bubble gum… and I’m all outta gum.” – Duke Nukem


Bio/Current Event: Remember in the original NES Metroid, when Samus took off her helmet and it turned out she was woman? It was totally jaw dropping at the time, since there were so few women game heroes in 1986, and I think it was one of the big moments that drew me into gaming as a kid. It’s been totally awesome to watch the gaming industry develop, and to see so many more women gaming these days (we make up more than half of all gamers now!). After watching Tom Hanks in ‘Big,’ I decided I wanted to be a toy tester when I grew up. I’d say this is pretty close! I’m assisting Legacy Interactive with a bunch of exciting new games, like the upcoming Criminal Minds game, and Ghost Whisperer which is due out next year. It’s a total privilege to be working with so many dynamic and creative people every day, and I can’t believe I get paid to do this.

Things you do in MMOs you wouldn’t do otherwise

mmorpg demotivational poster
mmorpg demotivational poster

Things you do in MMOs you wouldn’t do otherwise

We are all gamers here and we know there are a lot of things gamers do in their lives that “normal” or non-gamers don’t or wouldn’t do like camping outside of a Gamestop or EB Games for Halo. However, when you toss in the MMO world there are some things that even your most sunless gamer wouldn’t do.

Leave Ventrilo on all night

I may be wrong and maybe one of you Count strike or FPS ninja’s will correct me, but leaving Ventrilo on all night listening to people talk about any old thing seems so MMO. I admit I have done this while writing or working on something. It is worse when you forgot to turn Ventrilo off an in the middle of the night some dickbag screams into the channel. One time I heard a guy talking with his girlfriend for hours about how he can split his time between, work, school, sex and World of Warcraft. I found it funny he didn’t say “girlfriend” or “relationship” instead he said sex.

How many of you have listened in on a raid that you weren’t on? I have to tell you I doubt you listen in to a FPS Vent channel when not playing, that is totally MMO.

Sit staring at the ground in a game for 12+ hours

This goes back to the days of Everquest when you would have to find some item or another on the ground and since it was a random spawn and anyone could ninja it from you. There was no choice but to sit there staring at the ground with your finger on the mouse button as if you were playing family feud. The worst was when you thought your item spawned and it turned out to be some graphic glitch or when you had to go to the bathroom fearing it would spawn while you were gone.

Turn down a woman

No, I don’t mean telling your girlfriend to watch another season of Sex in the City while you make your final push toward level 85. I am talking about rejecting any female in a MMO that you haven’t verified is really a woman. Unfortunately too many gamers have made playing a girl character look bad by doing awful things to get in groups, guilds and just begging for gold or loot. Now in games like World of Warcraft you just can’t trust a woman and for the most part will stay away unless boobage is confirmed.

Spent more time dancing in game than out

In City of Heroes one of the things to do was to make a level 1 character in the craziest costume you could and hang in the center of Atlas Park and dance. Dancing became so popular in COH that they created clubs where people could dance, but strangely they were hardly used. I guess when your superhero can pull a boom box from thin air on command who needs a club. If your girl ever wants to go dancing you can get her a copy and take her to Pocket D.

Understand Economics

You have student loans, credit card debt and no savings and yet in the MMO world you are Bill Gates. Sure, there are some in RPG land that overspend and can’t afford that damn new flying mount requirement, but for most of us we know how to make and spend money. Not only can we control our personal finances in game, but we can also control the auction house knowing when to sell, when not to sell and when to be an undercutting asshat. Remember when your teacher taught you about supply and demand, of course you don’t, but you’re using it now, congrats.

In which world are you better?

The world of MMO’s has defiantly had an impact on us all for better and for worse. There are tons of things we do in MMO’s that we never did in life or other games before. So how about you, what have you done?

Everquest: Original Music

Everquest: Original Music

It is almost certain that when looking back on an old game the rose colored glasses will come out. In the case of Everquest though the game was ground breaking I am honest enough to admit that there were many flaws with the game. Simply put, a game like the original EQ would not work today mainly because of the difficultly and time needed to do anything in the game.

Everquest title screen

However, when it comes to some of the music there is no rose colored glasses needed. The music of EQ was excellent from Kelethin to TOV. The funny thing is many people later turned the music off or very low and missed out on many of the awesome tracks that were added to this game.

Perhaps it is the epitome of geekdom, but some of my fondest memories were sitting in Kelethin at night while it rained listening to the city music.

Ten Questions with Tony Gonzales

Romstar logo
Romstar logo

Tony Gonzales

What is your professional background related to gaming?

I had taken electronics in school and a regular hang out type at the local college arcade, I always wondered about the electronics inside and enjoyed looking in when they were being repaired. One particular game was a pain in the neck; the owner had it repaired several times. I idly slapped the cabinet and it did an immediate reset. Turns out that the power supply had leads poking onto a metal casing. Insulated fish paper repaired it for good. That is when he asked me if I wanted a job working on his games. I said yes and games have been a part of my life ever since. The game was Plieades, by the way and the tech at the time with the arcade later went onto fame as the world’s first videogame champion and one of the founders of a major game software company.

Personally when did you start gaming and what did you play?

Always loved pinballs and mechanical games. 7,8,9, no idea of a starting date for liking games. I loved them, though!

One of the companies you worked for was Romstar, can you tell us about what you did there as well as the company itself?

Romstar was my first manufacturing job. I was half the tech department and later headed up the consumer division. Repair, beta testing, phone counselor, manual writing, I was there. Some previous work I did with a friend on an in-house hardware game system resulted in Magic Darts for the NES. I also helped ship, beta test since I had the only truck at the company (strange but true fact, the cabinet for Ninja Warriors was designed to fit the truck, an 88 Toyota short-bed. I still have that truck today). Basically, all of us wore many hats there. Your readers may find this a bit surprising that for a game company that did manufacturing and home games as well as design, the amount of personnel was 14.

Can you tell us about repairing arcade games?

Always a puzzle, always a lot of fun, except when they don’t respond. Each repair teaches me more, and I grew hungry for more knowledge along the way. I still do. Right now as I type this, I am sitting with a Galaxian board in my lap that I had repaired.

What was it like working for SNK?

Lots of fun, lots of hard work. A great balance. Creative juices got out to play, we worked hard to give the customers and distributors good value. Great group to work with, some I still remain in contact today. A huge family, as it were. Same situation at Romstar.

Can you tell us about working on a project that never gets released, does that upset you or are you just glad you had the opportunity to do it?

Tera was probably my favorite project I worked on. That was an in-house designed hardware system. Our vice president had brought in a friend named Doug Hughes, who had designed the old US game board system for Taito (Qix). I spent a week up north on his ranch helping in the design and learning to program it. It was 286 based and programmed in Borland C. Sadly; the system never saw the light of day though some of the programming formed the core game design of Magic Darts on the NES 8 bit. I still have the schematics to this puppy. Might have to hit it up on a CPLD someday 🙂

What was your favorite game related project of your career?

Probably Tera,  I have drawings for what I hope would be a Tera ][ eventually. I revamped the design for a brand new microprocessor I hope to be working with soon called Terbium. Terbium is a 32 bit 65C02 and much more….

What are you currently working on?

I have several projects. The biggest game one I call Pinball Mind. There was a pinball made in the 1970s called Fireball and sold for homes. When the CPU dies on those, they are un-repairable. I designed a piggyback CPU board for those. I have some fun display and light animations at present and I am revamping the code into a cleaner library format. It will release with a whole slew of features to make it worth the cost, including 4 games, a built in contest, possible linking and video capabilities and a software developer’s kit. It is based on the 65C02.

Some other projects include several arcade and redemption games, an alternate reality game which has been in design and some play over the last 4 years, and some music CDs to butress 2 movie soundtracks I am composing.

What games are you currently playing?

Roller Coaster Tycoon 2. Otherwise, I don’t play too much. No time these days!

What is your favorite classic game?

Got too many for different reasons, but Haunted House pinball and Sinistar probably rank in my top, along with Tempest and Chiller.

Simone Bevilacqua: BOH

BOH game
BOH game

Name: Simone Bevilacqua

Profession: Software engineer

Favorite Classic Game: <none>

Quote: I have no favorite game because there are so many I love that it’s just impossible to choose. Anyway, I’m mostly into C64 and Amiga games (but, of course, I’ve also seen/played many games on many other systems).

Bio: I started programming as a kid on the C64 with BASIC, then I passed to Amiga, where I started with AMOS Professional, but then went for assembly and direct programming of hardware. In 2004, since it was no longer possible to have fun with assembly and fiddling with hardware, I started working in C, using libSDL as an abstraction layer.

Personal website: http://saimobvq.interfree.it (some of my projects can be found in “thecomputermaniac” section).

Project: BOH

Project Info: BOH is a unique retro-flavoured puzzle-riddled maze game spiced up with thrilling action.

You move in claustrophobic, mysterious, dangerous battlefields searching for the Evil Masters, who throw countless enemies at you until you discover and face them in the final battle. Although your quests are made slightly less hard by the power-ups scattered all around, carrying out the missions demands lots of concentration and quick reflexes.

 

With BOH the fun never ends: new missions can be added anytime and you can even create your own! And, as if that was not enough, you can also customize entirely its audio-visual aspect!

 

BOH has been created with lots of passion and care to offer, with its old-school style, a fascinatingly different video gaming experience.

Features (as of November 28, 2010)

* immersive & thrilling gameplay

* 40 missions + 10 secret missions to unlock

* missions divided in 5 levels of difficulty

* multi-phase missions

* multi-floor battlefields of any size/shape

* mind-blowing puzzles and deadly traps

* many and varied power-ups

* several different kinds of enemies

* hand-pixelled 2D graphics

* real-time field of vision and lighting

* atmospheric audio and rich soundtrack

* 7 themes

* online world standings

* possibility of creating missions and themes

* Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish and Swedish translations

BOH runs natively on AmigaOS, AROS, Linux, MacOS and Windows. It comes as a shrink-wrapped DVD box containing a pressed CD-ROM and a 24-page color printed English manual, or as a downloadable ISO image.

Commercial Wars: The Celebrity Women of the Nintendo DS

Beyonce playing Nintedo DS
Beyonce playing Nintedo DS

Like the Gameboy before it, the Nintendo DS is a winner with boys and girls, men and women alike. What makes the DS work so well is the wide array of games on it that some hardcore gamers would call a waste of time, but casual gamers will think is the bee’s knees.  If you watched any sitcoms during the early days of the Gameboy you would be hard pressed not to find someone playing it. Today it is all about the internet and YouTube specifically.

Here we have five Nintendo DS commercials featuring celebrity women; you pick which ones is the best.

Nicole Kidman

So which Nicole should I be thinking of when watching this, the Eyes wide Shut Nicole, The Others Nicole or maybe Cat-woman Nicole? Poor Nicole may not be able to score high in Brain Training, but she knows how to hire a decorator that loves white, Martha Stewart maybe?

I love her shocked expression when she saw her score and then followed up by her determined look while playing again. Honestly, with her voice alone you know she is really smart regardless of what some game says.

Carrie Underwood

I know whenever I am chilling on my tour bus after a show I lay back and play my Nintendo DS. I would think Carrie would have more people in that bus of hers (I volunteer by the way) perhaps she just needs to be alone with her virtual puppy.

She does seem generally pleased with the game as the camera man seems pleased getting full body shots of her chilling. In the end we find out she is not alone and has a real dog of her own. Damn lucky dog!

Liv Tyler

The scene is what Liv did right after Armageddon, ok maybe not, but she does enjoy whatever she started off playing. Is it just me or is she just a bit too excited by signing her own name. It’s almost as if she was playing something else and they switched the screen, perhaps naked poker.

It is good to see Liv continues to practice her music at all hours of the day and her virtual piano skills are top notch. I wonder if they asked her to talk and sing to herself or did she do that on her own. I know personally I scream mad expletives every time I’m playing Halo or Uno online.

Beyonce

Damn I wish I was rich then I could play Rhythm Heaven from my penthouse apartment. I see the theme here now. Another singer playing a song related game and Beyonce is right on key. She is really enjoying that game with the facial expressing and singing along. Did you know this is how most pop songs are created?

Lisa Kudrow

See Lisa wasn’t dumb it was those around her that pulled her intelligence down as seen by this commercial. Dr. Kudrow would have solved that puzzle in a second were it not for interference. Maybe she was a little mean, but wouldn’t you be if they still refuse to do a Friend movie?

It’s not advertising its reality T.V.

Five celebrity women showing their love for the DS, so which one did you like the best. Operators are standing by.

[poll id=”16″]

Bionic Commando: 8-bit OST

Bionic Commando:  8-bit OST

Released in late 1988 by Capcom, Bionic Commando follows the adventures of Ladd Spencer, a super solider with a bionic arm that could fire a grappling gun allowing you to pull yourself up or swing from the ceiling. One of the funny things is he could not jump. I guess his arm was too heavy.

Bionic Commando OST

Your mission is to rescue Super Joe from the Commando game and destroy the Empires new weapon. The game was really cool not only because of the gameplay, but that you could choose which way to go and of course if you were bored you could start a fight in the neutral zone and see how long you could survive. The NES music was composed by Junko Tamiya. The soundtrack had a militaristic theme that added to this awesome game.

Alan Wake

Alan Wake logo
Alan Wake logo

A new series here at Obsolete Gamer where we hope to spark comments and debate on a wide arrange of topics. Various writers from Obsolete Gamer will give you their take (opinion) on a subject and we hope you will weigh in even if you completely disagree with us.

Alan Wake is a survival horror game that attempts to mix in more of the serialized television feel to its game. What this means is the game also plays like episodic television in which each level beings an episode.  Besides the action or important parts of the game you will also have some areas where you just walk around doing mundane tasks and it does add to the “show” feel more than if they were just cut-scenes.

You play as Alan Wake a famous writer that while on vacation in a small-town called Bright Falls is thrown into a mystery and a horror story involving his wife, his past and present works and a creepy town history that can give Silent Hill a run for its money.

The game itself has the feel of a Silent Hill as you are just a normal guy who all of a sudden has to go all Alone in the Dark, carrying a flashlight to fight of shadow monsters called “Taken” you also become proficient in hand guns, shotguns, hunting rifles, flash bangs, flares, flare guns and the use of batteries.

Now there have been tons of reviews on the game so I won’t go to much deeper into that aspect. Here is my take and there may be some spoilers so you are forewarned.

J.A.’s Take:

The game is well done, let me start with that. Sure, there are some clipping issues sometimes and the camera can spin you in an awkward direction and there are a few other tidbits, but I can deal with that. One of the problems I had was the game was too easy in one respect and then difficult in another. If you have ever played any third person game like a Silent Hill or Resident Evil then the normal difficulty with be a joke. Pretty much you will never run out of ammo except one very small part of the game and you can kill almost anything with the handgun alone.

Speaking of ammo, one thing that pissed me off about Alan Wake is the need to always find a way to make you lose your weapons and gear. Again, in the normal difficulty you will always have enough weapons and batteries, but almost every time you finish an “action” area you fall or trip or donate your weapons to Toys for Tots and you start the next “action” area with almost nothing.

If you play like me, in a survival horror game some of the keys to winning is to conserve ammo and run from a good number of your enemies, but in Alan Wake if you conserve ammo you just end up wasting it. As for running from enemies, unless you are near a strong light source it is a waste of time because many enemies can just appear behind you or they run super-fast and as a writer you have never hit the gym so you can’t sprint very long.

Speaking of running, let’s take a break and talk about puppies. What, you don’t want to talk about puppies in the middle of an Alan Wake rant? Too bad because my puppy rant might contain useful information about Alan Wake, but you have to listen for up to ten minutes or no achievement for you.

In a nutshell that is how I view the watching of the Night Springs television show that you can watch in game. Night Springs is a Twilight Zone rip-off show that you can watch on many of the televisions in game. The problem is twofold. One, for the most part you don’t need to watch the Night Sprints shows for anything other than an achievement.  Two, when you are being chased down and are in the middle of intense action it makes no sense to spend up to ten minutes watching a badly made in game show that does nothing for you. The same applies for the radio. Sure, the radio show gives you some current information and town info, but again, it is long and doesn’t really help you in the game and takes you out of the moment.

Another take you out of the moment comes from chasing down manuscript pages. Now to be fair, this is part of the story and the more you collect the more you understand about what is happening to you and even what will happen. The problem is in most of the action sequences you need to keep moving. When you are being chased by the cops and the taken at the same time it is just silly to stop and search that mountain in the distance for a book page. Also, if you miss some pages it can be really hard to understand what you are reading and it doesn’t help you that much really.

How about some coffee? Writers love coffee and there are 100 coffee thermos’s throughout the game you find just for an achievement, but again, it takes you out of the action and does nothing for you. I will admit sometimes it was cool to grab some coffee while shooting a taken in the face, but when you need to run and gun it just kills the mood to go foraging for your Starbucks coffee carrying device.

As for the story, you will either love it or hate it and don’t expect the ending to wrap everything up nicely. In the age of downloadable content the idea is to extend the story by making you shell out points (money) to buy more episodes until Alan Wake 2 comes out.

Alan Wake the signal
Alan Wake the signal

Bottom Line

I would not have purchased this game personally, this is a rental. I could have beaten this game in a day and playing on nightmare mode is only for achievements. If you play on Normal and have ever played any shooting or survival horror game you will be bored as the monsters are easy to kill, you have to much ammo and the only way they can even hit you is to sneak up on you from behind and try to surround you gangbang style.

The story was meh and I am not paying for your DLC to finish a story you should have in the first place. I care about story and history and this and that, but in a run and gun game I don’t want to watch television shows, listen to down home radio or read about how the great red oak tree was hit by lighting in 1834.

Alan Wake is like playing an Outer Limits episode, but not a very good one. Take Silent Hill, Alone in the Dark and that Darkness game put it together and you still have a game that will put you to sleep not keep you A.Wake.

So that’s my take, what’s yours?

Redneck Rampage Music

Redneck Rampage Music

For those that wanted to bring out the crazy hillbilly in you to the spirit of Duke Nukem 3D but with a LOT of alcohol, Redneck Rampage was the way to go!

Redneck Rampage Box
Redneck Rampage Box

Although more people played Duke Nukem 3D, Redneck Rampage was a much funnier game with a more memorable soundtrack (although the Duke Nukem 3D soundtrack is also a favorite of mine). For some reason the Redneck Rampage soundtrack makes me remember some great funny country music by artists such as Jerry Reed. We got great artists like Mojo Nixon, Beat Farmers, Reverend Horton Heat, and Cement Pond.

Cousin Jethro, the hillbilly
Cousin Jethro, the hillbilly

My favorite song out of the entire soundtrack is Mojo Nixon – You Can’t Kill Me, the last song in the album.

[youtube id=”caOPx-VRbFU” width=”633″ height=”356″]

If you don’t know what Redneck Rampage is, it’s about UFOs landing in the most redneck part of the good ol’ US of A and starting an invasion with two redneck brothers Bubba and Leonard being humanity’s only hope against them alien varmints.

You would go around fighting other crazed gun-tottin’ rednecks, eating and picking up drinks to heal, which in turn would get you fucked up (way before Grand Theft Auto implemented it), as well as legions of aliens and chickens!

Hot Redneck Cousin With A Black Eye
Hot Redneck Cousin With A Black Eye

Cosplay: Nirvana

The staff of Obsolete Gamer is going to take some well-deserved time off for the holidays, but we wouldn’t leave you without your fapp. As an added bonus this week we offer two fappathons Cosplay, one for the girls and one for the boys.

Everyone here at Obsolete Gamer would like to thank our fans for making our first year very successful and we promise to be even better in the New Year. We wish you and yours a happy holiday season.

Now, on with the Fapp!

 

 

Cosplay: Ladies Edittion: Togetherness

The staff of Obsolete Gamer is going to take some well-deserved time off for the holidays, but we wouldn’t leave you without your fapp. As an added bonus this week we offer two fappathons, one for the girls and one for the boys.

Everyone here at Obsolete Gamer would like to thank our fans for making our first year very successful and we promise to be even better in the New Year. We wish you and yours a happy holiday season.

Now, on with the Fappathon Cosplay!

 

 

Why Do I Game?

gamer dog tag
gamer dog tag

Over the past ten years…okay much longer than that, close to 25 years really, I’ve been asked why do I like video games?  Video games aren’t for girls.

I remember my first response, to my brother who had the Atari in the house “Cuz they look like fun.”  Admittedly I was five years old at the time and the only game I remember us having then was Pac-Man.  He, of course, refused to show  me how to play and I had to figure it out on my own. To his surprise, I had no problems with it.  I was hooked.

Unfortunately, later that year, my brother decided to take apart the Atari.  Please note:  DO NOT DO THIS.  EVER…unless you are a professional.

Fast forward three years to when I was 8 years old.  The Nintendo was out and had been out for two years.  I kept asking for it for birthday, for Christmas, even for Easter I was so desperately wanting it.  I kept being told no, I didn’t need to play video games.  However, Santa didn’t listen to my parents and I got a Nintendo. (thank you santa!)

I played anything I could get my hands on then.  I still have the first three Super Mario Bro. games, three of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle games, Legend of Zelda, Link, Tetris, Dr. Mario, Faxanadu, Lemmings and a handful of other games.  I remember renting some from the video rental store too.  Unfortunately, my mom didn’t quite realize that video games were good for me to be playing and would either limit my time severely, or grounded me from them when I did something wrong.

Eventually, I got into competitive artistic rollerskating and ironically, this got me deeper into gaming.  Roller skating rinks have arcade games.  I’d take breaks and challenge folks to Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat.  I didn’t know the combos.  I didn’t know all the stuff that all the boys were saying.  I just pressed buttons and won, which frustrated them to no end.  I could play with one quarter to their 10 or more and not lose. Unfortunately, I doubt that would still be the case today.  Just not as quick as I used to be.

But I was hooked on games for fun from a very young age.  When I got a computer, I had a few very basic games on it.  When we got a better one, we got a few better games. Then when I was in college, I was introduced to Ultima Online, Everquest, Star Wars Galaxies, etc. And unlike  many girls (or guys who were acting like girls), I didn’t advertise the fact that I was a female behidn my characters . I played to play the game, not to get free stuff from gullible men.

But the question remains, why do I play video games? And the answer is similar to what it was when I was 5: Video games are fun.  They provide an escape from the real world.

Now, I admit, fun is the most important part behind playing games now.  Add in the fact I have written for game sites for the past five years or so, have worked with gaming communities and have helped, most recently, with the International Video Game Hall of Fame, video games are becoming more than just a hobby.  It’s a part of my life.   Something I hope continues to be a part of my life, and my family’s life for years to come.

So why do I game?  Why not?

What is your favorite flash game?

anti farmville
anti farmville

When you have to stare at a computer screen all day there are a number of things you can do you alleviate the boredom and one of those things is to play a flash game. Perhaps originally flash games was just something you did when you couldn’t play another game that requiring installation or a higher end PC, but now-a-days flash games have become a part of the gamers vocabulary. With social media, specifically Facebook, flash games have spawned their own gamers and fans. Some people only play flash games and nothing else.

Personally, my flash game play only happens when I’m not on a gaming system or have a handheld nearby. Honestly, with the games one can find on their own phones you would think flash games would either need to be ported to phones or would slowly die out.

So let’s take a look at a few flash games. We’ll start with one of my favorites.

The Falling Sand Game

Like many flash games the premise is simple. You have various types of “sand” that fall from above and you can interact with it using various other elements and items such as water, oil, fire. You can build pipes and walls to capture the sand or you can create a fireball by igniting oil or grow moss by adding water. Pretty much that is it, but trust me, it get addictive and is great fun.

Portal: The Flash Version

If you don’t know what portal is get off my website, seriously, go. If you are still here this is a pretty awesome portal flash game, too bad it is not made by Value Software. Pretty much it is just a scaled down version of the real portal and I found it puzzles not as hard to solve, but it was a fun and well put together game.

So those are a few of my favorites, let’s see what the panel thinks.

Danielle Davis from Zombie Studios wrote:

Robot Unicorn Attack

There have been many flash games over the years that have sucked up endless minutes of my time, but the one that immediately pops into mind has to be the level 11 glitter-fabulous cotton-candy-licious monstrosity Robot Unicorn Attack. Extremely simple and addictive gameplay, pink dolphins, butterfly fairies, rainbows, sparkly giant stars, Erasure soundtrack, and of course, a majestic magical robotic unicorn… now if you’ll excuse me I need to take my diabetes medication…

Juan Gril from JoJu Games wrote:

Space Disposal


Seppo Helava from Self Aware Games wrote:

Fleck

Fleck zombies flash game
Fleck zombies flash game

Mechwarrior 2 Soundtrack

Mechwarrior 2 Soundtrack

What can I say about the music to Mechwarrior 2 except that this IS how you write the best soundtrack to one of the ultimate PC games of all time!

MechWarrior 2 Cover
MechWarrior 2 Cover

Mechwarrior 2 blew me away in such a manner and the music was so chillingly good that this was the game that made me mothball my Amiga in the closet in favor of PC gaming. This was a whole new experience and this was the future of gaming.

Here was an inmersive 3D giant robot simulator and after having played years upon years of Battletech, this game was heaven-sent. Yeah, I played a ton of Cyber Empires but this was lightyears ahead of that. Not only did they make an amazing followup to the original Mechwarrior that a few handful of people got to play online as one of the first MMOs but what a most successful sequel did they create using the Clan factions (The Jade Falcons, my old favorite Clan) rather than the Inner Sphere kingdoms.

Check out the amazing intro, although there’s no way a Thor would stand a chance against any configuration of Mad Cat, especially my builds:

[youtube id=”X3GD0UnBCk” width=”633″ height=”356″]

The game played in such a way that made it seem like you are in control of a real of a 20-100 ton fully equipped Battlemech. It gave you a feeling of piloting a damaged vehicle and taught you how to manage heat and ammo religiously.

For fun, you might want to know that this same engine tweaked to hell was used in other Activision games such as BattleZone (a superior game to the Mechwarrior games) and also Interstate 76 (the grandfather of AutoAssault). Mechwarrior 2 had an expansion called Ghost Bear’s Legacy as well as another game based on the Mechwarrior 2 engine called Mechwarrior 2 Mercenaries, which I also have (and its soundtrack; if you guys want, I can post it).

I didn’t really play Mechwarrior 3 and I played and have Mechwarrior 4, which I loved. I even heard that you can download it for free, so I will post links for that if I find them.

All Battletech and Mechwarrior fans are dying for Mechwarrior 5 to come out but because the Battletech universe used robots from Robotech and somebody owns rights to them and is being a baby, that won’t let the release the game until they settle the lawsuit, the game is on hold. Rather than release the game with an agreement to reach an agreement, the game just gathers dust. Who knows if it’ll ever come out.

In the meantime, here is the amazing trailer (eyecandy) for Mechwarrior 5:

[youtube id=”orhOvbfyyJw” width=”633″ height=”356″]

Ho Ho Ho, Now I have a machinegun!
Ho Ho Ho, Now I have a machinegun!

Anyways, enjoy the Mechwarrior 2 official soundtrack! Christmas is coming early this year since I found a box of my old PC games and I’m ripping a ton of music for you guys! HO HO HO NOW I HAVE A MACHINEGUN!

Parasite Eve: The Third Birthday

Parasite Eve The Third Birthday
Parasite Eve The Third Birthday

Oh look, another game from a series we love on a game system we don’t. While it was true many fans of the Parasite Eve series did not think part two was a proper follow-up they were still chomping at the bit for another installment. Unfortunately, the next PE is only going to be available on the PlayStation Portable and to add to that the game is going through some… changes.

The story this time starts with an assault on Manhattan by creatures the police call the Twisted. Within a year a task force called CTI or Counter Twister Investigation is formed and our favorite supernatural superpower heroine is part of that squad.

The gameplay will have a bit more third person shooting elements, but will still have a little survive horror and RPG aspects to it. You will have a number of new abilities including one called Overdrive which allows you to not only control team members, but jump into the minds of the Twisted to do some major damage.

As you can see in the video most of the gameplay is from a behind the back or over the shoulder view and you spend most of your time running and gunning which could turn off fans of the slower but more interesting RPG and puzzle style. Most of Aye’s power-ups will be there including liberation which gives her a burst of super energy to mow down her enemies.

Personally, I am torn because while a run and gun game can be fun it is not Parasite Eve. Yes, there was a lot of action and shooting in PE, but the RPG aspect of the game really made it worth a purchase for me. In addition, being forced to buy a PSP just leaves a sour taste in my mouth and it is the reason I did not buy the latest Final Fantasy 7 game.

Sony needs to wake up and realize that while the PSP is not a bad system it is not a winning system and they should spend their time focusing on the PS3. If you want to go the Nintendo route and release new versions of fan favorites fine, but do so for your main console and stop trying to ram this system down our throats.

The Third Birthday is set to release today in Japan and Q1 in the US and EU.

A Gamer Girls Experience

GAMER GIRL
GAMER GIRL

I’m not sure why being a gamer and a girl is such a strange concept for so many people, but being a female gamer, I’ve been met with a lot of different reactions. Especially from other women who think I’m either a cheap floozie trying to get laid or an inept social outcast nerd who couldn’t get a paid date. That would at least explain why I would spend time trying to accomplish a goal (albeit in a game) instead of brushing my hair in the mirror 100 times.

I grew up the same way as most other people have and didn’t have brothers in my house to steer me towards gaming. I’ve always had waves of wanting to play games and then putting them on the back burner. I remember begging my parents at Kmart to buy me Super Nintendo when it came out and playing for hours on end. I loved going to the Laundromat and playing Street Fighter, Pac Man, etc. If you heard the bee-like sound in Galaga, you knew you had to step your game up. I remember daydreaming about getting over 500 pounds of meat when hunting in Oregon Trail, but it would never come to fruition. I would figure these memories would be the same for most children, female and male, but I guess they’re not.

When high school hit, I focused on dating, my job, my future, and a whole mess of other things I probably shouldn’t have been focusing on. It wasn’t until I dated a gamer in my 20s that my love for gaming was rekindled. I will admit, it started small with crap like Mario Party and Super Monkey Ball. Then it moved to WoW and as much as I sucked against the people I played, I loved Dark Stalkers and Marvel vs. Capcom. I still play WoW when I have the time (and a functional computer) and the most expensive purchase that I’ve made in the past 2 years was a PS3 for which I’ve bought and played a number of games with it (mostly RPG, but whatever-at least it’s not a Wii). Even though I have moved on from the world of dating gamers, I still have a love for gaming and appreciate the medium.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that if the women that criticize female gamers look to their past, I’m pretty sure they’ll find that they too enjoyed some game in their youth, even if it was something as shitty as a Polly Pocket interactive cd. That and they probably need to get laid. By a gamer.

Mariina Hallikainen: Colossal Order

Colossal_Order logo

Name: Mariina Hallikainen

Company: Colossal Order

Profession: CEO

Favorite classic game: Theme Park

Quote: I used to play Theme Park when I was a teenager. It was insanely addicting and fun! I played it for hours at a time and it must have made my mom worry a bit. I guess it didn’t come as a surprise that I made a profession out of games later on.

Bio/Current event: We’re working on our own super addicting simulation game at Colossal Order!

Games for Girls?

Do you really want to see a new achievement every time your girl finds a lost black sheep? If you are one of those guys stupid enough to share your Facebook account with your girl you are gonna look like a complete and total loser.~J.A. Laraque

Games for Girls?

You might wonder why I added the question mark at the end and the reason is because I am not sure if these games are really the ones girls enjoy and play the most, but after doing some research it appears many girl games put these games on their top list.

games 4 girls

So here is how this is going to work. You will get three first takes from me. The first take is the general take on the game. The second take is the positive friendly take and finally the third take is the evil chauvinistic take. Enjoy

The Sims

General: The Sims allows gamers to control their in-game avatar and pretty much everything around them including the house and everything inside it. This game is like taking care of a pet, but the pet is human. The Sim’s offers tons of gameplay options, add-on’s and simple yet interesting fun.

The Nice: The Sims is perfect for women to show their creative side. Let’s face it, 9 times out of 10 a girls is better at creating and running a home than a guy and they have that maternal instinct and strength of will to take care of the Sim.

The Evil: This is the perfect training vessel for future domestic servitude. The only problem with the Sims is she might think you will actually buy all the crap she fills her virtual house with. Perhaps dating sites should have a built in Sim’s game because depending on how the house and the SIm she created is presented could tell you a lot about the woman and her crazy factor. This game is also good because it keeps you busy while you play manly games like Gears of War.

Farmville

General: The Facebook game where you run a farm. You can plant all types of crops and build your farm up to be pretty big. There is also a social aspect where you can trade food and supplies and there are tons of little gifts and events through the year.

The Nice: This is a pretty good intro game if your girl has never played games and strangely enough it can make your World of Warcraft quests seem a lot less stupid when she is collecting dough to bake a pie. The social aspect is great as she can share her achievements with friends and the game runs on almost any PC.

The Evil: Do you really want to see a new achievement every time your girl finds a lost black sheep? If you are one of those guys stupid enough to share your Facebook account with your girl you are gonna look like a complete and total loser. Also, think of all the real chores she could be doing around the house instead of on a virtual farm and finally, 7 out of 10 Farmville players can barely cook in real life, down home indeed!

Dance Dance Revolution

General: Before Rock Band or Guitar Hero there was DDR, the game where you have to dance (or step) to the beat to achieve points. This game is fun in a group and can serve as a good workout as well. All you need is a little room and a love for music and you’re set.

The Nice: Forget Wii Fit at least with DDR you can have some interesting music while shaking it to the beat. Just imagine the love of your life shaking it on the dance floor just for you. This is a great game to team up together and have some fun before you show off your skills to your friends.

The Evil: If you combine bad J-Pop with the lack of rhythm your girl has you are in for a world of hurt. You will be forced to watch the painful display of your woman flailing around the living room knocking things over only to have to tell her she did well. Honestly, the thing to do is bypass all this and get her that sexy stripper pole workout thing. At least with that you can YouTube it and become an internet star.

Mario Kart

General: Go Cart racing at its finest. Mario Kart puts the character of Super Mario Bros. behind the wheel where you can race across a ton of different lands from the Mario universe. The gameplay is fun and the tracks are beautifully designed. This is a great game for all ages and skill types.

The Nice: Mario Kart is the kind of game that will little practice you can become good at it and it is designed to give you friendly competition. Girls will like the Mario world and the cute characters like the princess and Yoshi and will get into the gameplay that offers a scalable challenge without being harsh on first timers.

The Evil: Remember how bad your girl played Super Mario Bros.? How she would contort her whole body when trying to turn or jump the character. Do you really want to put another woman behind the wheel and worst yet she will want you to play. Now the question is do you own her in the game and sleep on the couch or let her win and listen to her playful ribbing for the next 20 years. What if she beats you fair and square, what then, you know murder is illegal right?

World of Warcraft

General: The ultimate MMO. You can create a character from a list of races and classes and play in an immense world of fantasy. Not only will you have tons of things to do, but tons of people to do it with. World of Warcraft can be almost anything you want from a challenging experience to a social outlet where you cook and search for treasure. Seriously, everyone is playing this.

The Nice: Sure it may take some time to get her started in the World of Warcraft if she was never before a gamer, but it can be worth it. If you are a fan of the game then the best thing is to have the person you love spending time with you loving something else you like spending time with. Plus, most girls pick support classes and are notorious for finishing all the quests and events so that can come in very handy for you and maybe even your guild.

The Evil: Do you really want to be a teacher? Honestly, you are looking at three outcomes. One, she will never get the game right and make you look bad and bother you all the time to help her. Two, she will quit out of frustration and hate you for it, but she won’t dump you, oh no, she will force you to quit the game. Third, she becomes too good at the game and it takes over her life even more than it does yours. Her holy priest is picked over your hunter in the guild you helped to create and so she is turning you down for sex so she can finish all the holiday quests. See, this is why you live alone as long as humanly possible.

Do you see what I did there?

All joking aside there will always be games that appeal to one segment of the populous over the other, but is there really such a thing as a girl’s game anymore? I have seen and know many women of various ages that enjoy all games from the Farmville’s to the Call of Duties. Boys will most likely dominate gaming for the foreseeable future, but in that sea of testosterone you will find gamer girls doing the same thing we do, kicking ass and getting our asses kicked.

Street Fighter X Tekken: Teaser Trailer

Street Fighter X Tekken
Street Fighter X Tekken

If you love crossover fighting games then next year is going to be grand. Not only do we have Capcom versus Marvel 3 to look forward to, but a Street Fighter crossover with Tekken. This game was first announced at Comic-Con and will involve both the Capcom and Namco staff.

Now for those of you use to the 3D environments of Tekken you will have to adjust to the 2D mechanics that will be used in this game. Fighting will be more Street Fighter like than Tekken with moves like Ryu’s hadouken being available. In addition you will be able to team up with fighter from both series in tag play and you will have the ability to pull of super combos that combine power attacks of your team members.

As for this video you only get a bit of animation and nothing else, but we can tell you that a few playable characters have been named including Ryu, Chun Li and Akuma from Street Fighter and Kazuya, Nina and Devil from Tekken.

Currently there is no direct release date, but the game will be available for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.

Games and the XX Chromosome

xx chromosomes
xx chromosomes

I’m normal, I swear. I get up every morning, have something to eat, shower, go to work, come home. However, instead of planning a new outfit, painting my nails, or going shopping; I pop in a video game. Does that make me so different?

According to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) “Forty percent of all players are women and women over 18 years of age are one of the industry’s fastest growing demographics.  Today, adult women represent a greater portion of the game-playing population (33 percent) than boys age 17 or younger (20 percent).”

So why is it still such a shock to see a woman enjoying some good old fashioned interactive virtual fun? Why does the stereotype still exist? Is it because the games themselves sustain female stereotypes? Is it the social awkwardness of the typical male who chooses the video game as their media of choice? Or, is it the gaming industry that tries to paint this idyllic view of their manly models playing their games in ads?

Oh, I’ve heard it all before. “But chicks only play the cutesy and lame games.” “Girls only play for their men.” Not so, in fact, a significant number of women are out there playing MMOs, FPSs, and RTSs. And according to the ESA “the average female gamer plays games 7.4 hours per week.” So why is it that people still think that games are a male dominated arena?

It’s because the game development is still predominantly male. “Studies have shown that nearly 9 in 10 workers in the industry are men.” However, when girls are exposed to games early enough (like their male counterparts) they can see game development as a viable career option. The more we play and the more we get behind games, the more we can broaden the gamer image.

Games are everywhere now, from smart phones to Facebook. And with the Microsoft Kinect, the game world has expanded to include those who have always shied away from complicated button controllers. Sooner or later we will all become gamers as the media shifts from static entertainment to interactive. And the days of the all male gamer stereotype will fade away. And we’ll all be able to bask in the glow of our favorite electronic media!

Chris Stewart: Kerberos Productions

Kerberos logo
Kerberos logo

Name: Chris Stewart

Company: Kerberos Productions

Profession: Producer

Favorite Classic Game: Ultima 3: Exodus

Quote: My dad had a massive IBM PC for his job ($8000 in 80s money – wrap your head around that. 5″ floppies and everything) and I put it to work as my personal gaming machine. I remember Ultima 3 (my entry to the series) calling to me constantly, with its vast, dangerous world to explore. Then explore again, just in case I missed digging something up on an island somewhere. I really did like digging things up. My interest in Minecraft suddenly makes a lot more sense…


Bio/Current Event: Chris started as a tester at Radical Entertainment in the 90s. Now he gets to hover over programmers, asking them how things are progressing. Dare to live the dream, kids! Chris is currently hovering around the development of Sword of the Stars II.

My Introduction within the Sausage Fest!

Jesus and the sausage fest
Jesus and the sausage fest

Let me introduce myself then, I’m your average obsessive PC gamer, drinks too much red bull and spends countless hours playing the latest FPS or mucking around in some MMORPG with friends.

I’m also a female gamer, but I’m not here to preach about girl power and whether we kick the asses of boys or not. I play for fun and while I am rather competitive I’m not out to spear-head the whole girl gamers are the best propaganda, we all share a common interest, which is gaming right?.

While I love me some console gaming, my real love is all on the PC, back when Counter Strike first came out. I played it religiously, to the point where I’d get my mom to drop me off at some random tiny little comic book store that had like six PC’s in this tiny little backroom where we’d spend hours playing DE_Dust and sweating like pigs while we screamed and flailed every time one of us got a kill on the other and my male friends would shout “Get back to the kitchen” and I’d laugh (as if we haven’t heard that one before).

I was also a huge fan of Quake, Medal of Honor, UT2004 , Shadowbane and countless other games along the way, though thankfully after a few years went by I managed to find a local LAN party where instead of a tiny little backroom filled with sweaty gamers, it turned into a much larger room with more people to play with/against, though it turned out to be just as sweaty sometimes, but a hell of a lot of fun.

But I will admit I’m not all killing and PVP. I did at one time go through a DDR phase, stomping around like an idiot at Dave & Busters which looked nothing like dancing to Japanese songs I didn’t even understand. I was also the proud owner of like twelve tamagotchi’s on my keychain and even played the Yu-Gi-Oh trading card game. (I was 16, but when I realized at a local tournament that I was playing against 9 year old boys and I was actually beaten by an 11 year old one, I decided it was not the game for me, and I felt pretty stupid too).

I owned about six different Pikachu plushies and played both Pokemon Red and Blue religiously on my Gameboy. I love all the Sonic games and have clocked in countless hours on old school Tekken and loads of other games that would pretty much take a long while to list really.

While yes, I am indeed the proud owner of a set of ovaries, it doesn’t mean I’m out there licking controllers or obsessing over Farmville (which I have actually tried to play, but I’ll leave that for another time!)

For the moment, I’m playing it up on Call of Duty: Black ops, Borderlands, L4D2 and even some WoW since Cataclysm is coming out soonish, and while I’ll gladly say I’ll kick your ass in some of those I listed, I’m not saying it because I’m a female gamer, I’ll say it because I’m just your average obsessive gamer with the common goal to pew pew it up.

Resident Evil: Revelations – Teaser Trailer

Resident Evil Revelations
Resident Evil Revelations

Resident Evil Revelations is an original look inside the RE world taking place between RE4 and RE5. Revelations allows you to experience the events after the counter-terrorism group called the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance or BSAA for short, was joined by new team members Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine.

The trailer gives you a few shots of Chris and Jill in various places including a huge ship and another mansion. RER promises to return the game to its survival horror and puzzle solving roots. The game will use the MT Framework engine used in RE5 and will be released for the Nintendo 3DS.

Lorenzo Pasini: Aurea Section

Aurea Section logo
Aurea Section logo

Name: Lorenzo Pasini

Company: Aurea Section

Profession: Biologist, 3D Modeler/Game Designer

Favorite Classic Games: C&C/Red Alert, Total Annihilation for strategy; Freespace 1&2 / Xwing vs Tie Fighter for space games; Duke Nukem, Half-Life for shooters, GP1/2 for racing.

Quote: Some italian ones that are hard to be properly translated in english 🙂


Bio: AureaSection is a small independent team developing games with a focus on solid core mechanics, practical design and sustainable development.

They are the creators of the known Half-Life modification called The Specialists, an action game featuring a unique mix of guns and melee combat and the first multiplayer game ever offering interactive slowmotion.

After this first project their lives diverged for a while. Filippo went working for some years in Crytek, improving his programming skills and working with industry veterans. Lorenzo took some years to graduate in Biology and Michele, after the high school managed to improve his musical composing skills which will be possible to appreciate in our games.

However, they always kept in touch with the idea, one day, to make their own games.

Naumachia: Space Warfare is their first standalone game and it will present their unique take on the space sim/combat genre.

Naumachia Space Warfare banner
Naumachia Space Warfare banner

Project: Naumachia: Space Warfare

Project info: It’s a first person space game with both fighter simulation and real-time strategy command of several units.


Rumble at the Bugle

Marvel vs Capcom 3
Marvel vs Capcom 3

In the Daily Vid we see Team Storm with fellow team members Ryu and Spider-Man versus Team Magneto with team members Viper and Chun Li. The fight goes down in front of the famous Daily Bugle building and in the background we can see a parade in full swing including a gigantic Spider-Man float.

Storm starts out strong hitting Magneto with some powerful combo’s which is strange for me to see considering when I played her in X-Men versus Street Fighter she was pretty weak. After laying down a multi combo, Storm steps up for her Ice Storm special which looked a little bit better than the previous version, but honestly looks no different than Iceman’s Ice Storm from X-Men Children of the Atom.

After showcasing her special Magneto comes back with an air combo of his own leading in to Viper flying in adding to the air combo and for good measure Chun Li joins in the action for a total of 21 hits on the poor weather witch.

Storm, feeling the heat steps out of battle, but not before trying a final Ice Storm on Chun Li that is blocked. Ryu jumps in and pulls off his super Hadouken, but once again Chun Li’s advance guard protects her. Viper comes in to go toe to toe against Ryu and after a few blocks by both opponents Viper kicks in an 18 hit combo taking Ryu below half health. Ryu gets a few hits in, but another air combo puts him down for the count.

Viper steps out and Magneto returns just in time to get a combo smack followed up by an Ice Storm finisher by Storm to even back the odds. Spider-Man, wearing his black suit comes in for team Storm against Viper but he should have stayed out because she jacks him up proper with a series of combos leading to a 26 hit special leaving Spider-Man’s health in the danger zone. Spider-Man gets in a few hits and attempts his Maximum Spider but it is blocked and a few hits later Viper gets the K.O.

Storm returns with a vengeance against Chun Li unleashing a devastating air combo followed up by her secondary special, Lighting Storm taking Chun Li’s heath into the danger zone. After a few more whirl winds Chun Li is seeing stars and it’s down to Viper with half her health.

The two ladies go mono e mono trading shots but Storm won’t be denied. With a quick combo Storm fires off her third and final finisher calling on the power of the wind to drop Viper with the hyper combo finish. Carrying her team on her back Storm gets the win.

Johan Andersson: Paradox Interactive

Paradox Interactive logo
Paradox Interactive logo

Name: Johan Andersson

Company: Paradox Interactive

Profession: Executive Producer

Favorite Classic Game: Impossible Mission

Quote: It was on a game compilation I got with my first computer (c64), and I just loved the “speech” whenever you started a new game. “STAY AWHILE…. STAY FOREVER!”


A New Challenger Approaches…

Princess Peach Daisy driving
Princess Peach Daisy driving

A New Challenger Approaches

Life can throw you a lot of curveballs. You might find yourself unexpectedly becoming a father, be picked first when people choose their teammates, and even find a million dollars in a duffel bag. The point is, there will always come a time where you will be blindsided. Sometimes it is for the better and sometimes it is for the worse. It could hurt your ego or even boost it. This one event, though, could leave you with a knotting feeling in your stomach. You don’t quite know how to take the news and you don’t quite know if you can accept it.

The event I’m talking about is when someone you hold near and dear to you takes you down a peg. You’re supposed to be their knight, their champion. You’re the one who crushes roaches. You’re the one who walks through the dark hallway unafraid. You’re the one who chain roots a Tauren warrior underwater so that your loved one can flee to safety. You are one who is not fearful but accepts fear for what it is. You are the hero and the guardian.

Then, the day comes when you realize this person isn’t as helpless as you’d think. There comes the time where you are the underdog and the fragile swan becomes the marauding murderer.
I had always thought of myself as an above average gamer. One game I thought myself exceptionally good at was Mario Kart for the SNES. I had played every version of Mario Kart because it always held that great competitive yet joyous multiplayer aspect to it. I was a first place kind of player. Yeah, sometimes I’d get second or third but I was always on that pedestal and more times than none I was the one towering over the runner-ups. I had never met a player who was greater than me in Mario Kart. We were either equal or I burned brighter.

It filled me with great happiness to be as skilled as I was at Mario Kart. Yes, it was a game where I would dominate but it was fun not only for me but for friends and family that played a long side myself. It was simply an entertaining game, one that I especially enjoyed throughout my life.

Then, Mario Kart Wii came out. I will admit, I was there at the midnight release with all the nine year old kids who were dressed as Mario but I didn’t care. Mario Kart was something I had to have in my collection and I bared no shame being the only person with hair on his balls in the line. To my lack of surprise, it played practically the same as the previous titles but had a couple of changes that added some gusto to the mix. I would certainly dominate in this Mario Kart again.

How wrong I was… I was so naive.

This was the first Mario Kart to come out since my wife and I were married and I had never played Mario Kart with her before. I expected it to be the same kind of formula as when we usually played multiplayer games. We’d do a couple of rounds and then she’d get upset that I’m winning and then I’ll do a couple of rounds where I slow down a bit and pretend to fuck up so she’d do better but then she’d bitch at me accusing me of allowing her to win. Shortly after that, she’d give up and never play again. We’ve all been through this scenario, if not with our wife, then with our brother, or sister, or guido friend.

Not this time, though.

After the first trek through Mario Raceway, my wife was first and by a long shot. I couldn’t even catch up. Beginner’s luck, I thought to myself. That’s what it had to be. There is no way she is devastating me this much.

Another race, again same results.

Another race, she is not a speck in my rear view mirror but a speck in my horizon.

Another race, I finally got ahead but wait what is this? Wham, Bam, thank you ma’am. She demolishes me with every weapon known to the Mushroom Kingdom and overtakes me with an enormous lead.

How could this happen? How could she be this good? She doesn’t know about pressing UP when going off a ramp for a boost. She doesn’t know about using a shell or banana as a barricade to destroy red shells. She doesn’t know about popping a wheelie on a straight road to gain a significant speed boost.
So how?! How does she know how to win with such grace?

Pushing my ego aside, I dared to ask. “Honey,” I politely inquired, “How did you do that? What is your secret?” She looked at me puzzled. “I just raced, you motherfucker.” is her reply. This wasn’t sufficient. I had to know. What did she do?

“Do you dodge bananas well?”
“I just drive.”

“Do you conserve your mushroom boosts?”
“I just drive.”

“Do you race directly behind someone to increase your acceleration?”
“I just drive.”

There is no secret. She just drives. But this isn’t good enough of an answer! How did she defeat me, a golden god in my own right?! No matter how long we haven’t played Mario Kart, she still dominates everyone. None are left in her wake.

When I look into her eyes as she plays, I see no determination. I see no enjoyment. I see no past, I see no present, and I see no future.

What I do see is a soulless machination whose sole purpose in life is to sow confusion and hysteria in the minds of those she crushes.

I love my wife. I really do. However, when we play Mario Kart I feel like I should be sporting a purse because she makes me look a bitch. She took one of the most memorable games of my childhood and turned into one of the most terrifying and unexplainable experiences in my life. I am left with a feeling of pride as it is my wife who is destroying my friends in Mario Kart but at the same time an incredible wave filled with unworthy emotions sweep over me. I enjoy playing with her but I also fear those remorseless eyes.

Never again will Mario Kart hold a feeling of pure bliss in my heart. It will forever and onward be filled with a mixture of shriveling self esteem and panic.

Obsolete Intros: Sonic CD

Sonic CD intro
Sonic CD intro

So your uncle who you really hated kicked the bucket and you were forced to go to a wake, on a school night only to be poked, prodded and questions by relatives you wished were in the casket next to dear old Uncle Ted. Then from the corner of your eye you see your cousin’s hot friend who feels so sorry for you that you end up making out in the janitor’s closet all night. Well my friend’s that is called getting something good out of a bad situation and Sonic CD is that hot friend at the horrible wake called the Sega CD.

This game was one of the few reasons to purchase a Sega CD and the cool anime-style intro helped set the mood. Sure, by today’s standards it may look and sound cheese, but for 1993 the visuals were pretty nice. What turned the tide however was the cool intro song titled; “Sonic Boom”.

If you’re strong, you can fly,
you can reach the other side of the rainbow.
It’s alright, take a chance,
’cause there is no circumstance
that you can’t handle (when you use your mind)

Sonic Boom, Sonic Boom, Sonic Boom
(Trouble keeps you runnin’ faster)
Sonic Boom, Sonic Boom, Sonic Boom
(Save the planet from disaster)

Sonic Boom was performed by Pastiche, a band comprised of members, Sandy Cressman, Jenny Meltzer and Becky West. Sonic Boom was used as both the beginning and ending music with the instrumentals changed slightly for each. The actual full motion video was edited and shortened to sync up with the music.

Personally I thought this was the perfect video game song. Sonic Boom had those easy memorable lyrics and the pacing of the music both in the beginning and the end told the story you were about to enter and the one you just left.

As for the intro video itself you started off with a mountain valley and as the music starts we see our hero dashing in at super speed giving you a feeling of just how fast Sonic really is. I really though the effect of Sonic creating a rainbow when running across the water was a nice touch. In addition, showcasing how he does actually have to jump from place to place and spin dash through various debris in his way gave more credibility to the jumps and moves you would have to do in game.

We next get a shot of Sonic’s Lamborghini red shoes before he sprints across the landscape to perch himself atop a rock formation to view the target ahead of him. From there we see the super chain holding the planet at bay which conveniently broke up some boulders so Sonic can jump and spin dash through to his final viewing spot, again a nice touch and pretty good animated action sequence. We get a final overview of the landscape as Sonic locks onto his target before he runs down the rock formation, spin dashes and leaps into the air onto the chain and rushes toward the planet.

Overall, I enjoyed this opening, it was well animated with great music and got you hyped up to play the game.

Valerie Wicks: Legacy Interactive

Legacy Interactive logo
Legacy Interactive logo

Name: Valerie Wicks

Company: Legacy Interactive

Profession: Associate Producer

Favorite Classic Game: Chrono Trigger

Quote: “Every moment is fun and every moment I care no matter how many times I play it. I’ve always loved Chrono Trigger for that- for being so good to me.”


Bio/Current Event: I went to film school, and still write for film when I’m not at work. The reason I’m in video games is because while I was trained for movies, I believe I come from games. They were my most beloved influence until college. All my “movies” play like games, so I decided it was in my best interest to transition. In my new career I tested for Square Enix, and then I was hired as an Associate Producer at Legacy Interactive. My hope is to establish myself as a writer/producer so that my “games” will play as they should.

Earthbound OST

Earthbound OST

Original known as Mother, Earthbound was an RPG released on the Super Nintendo in 1995. Earthbound is actually the follow up sequel of Mother that was released in Japan for the Famicom gaming system in 1989.

earthbound

The music of Earthbound was composed by Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka.

 

Ask Kayhynn: Week 2, A Bit Late, But Not Short

World of Warcraft Cataclysm Developers Talk
World of Warcraft Cataclysm Developers Talk

Seeing as World of Warcraft: Cataclysm was released Dec. 7 and most readers and question submitters know I’m a WoW player, I received a number of WoW: Cataclysm related questions which I decided to put together for this week’s Q&A. Questions answered include what were major changes to the game, what do I love/hate about the game, new character experience and more.

Article Source: http://www.eogamer.com/node/189

Cosplay: Booth Babes

Alienware True or False

Alienware HQ always had gaming going on: False

While many of us were originally gamers we did employ many who were not. We did not have an official gaming room until a few years back, but there were frequent LAN parties held at the various buildings.

Alienware outsourced to India: False

In fact during our time we never technically outsourced as our Costa Rica team was full Alienware employees that enjoyed pretty much the same things we did. Also many teams had members from the U.S. and Costa Rica and keep in mind Miami has a large number of Hispanic people so just because you heard a Spanish voice does not mean it came from out of the country.

Alienware Chat was not in the U.S.: False

I pretty much started the chat department and ended it as its head and I can tell you every member was from Miami.

Alienware had gaming clans in many games including World of Warcraft: True

For the most part with out FPS clans we would list ourselves as Alienware members, but for games like W.O.W and other MMO’s we kept it on the down low.

On with the show

Depending on how many people like this special edition featuring booth babes we will do more periodically, so if you liked this one please leave a comment.

Check out the rest of our Cosplay images.

 

Daniel Haffner: Highbrow Games

Avatar Boogie 2 box art
Avatar Boogie 2 box art

Name: Daniel Haffner

Company: Highbrow Games

Profession: Game Designer

Favorite Classic Game: Bionic Commando

Quote: The bionic arm made you feel like a badass all the way through the game, and allowed you to do some really cool things once you got some skill.  All the music maintained the consistent military theme while being catchy and inspiring – every once in a while I’ll go download and listen to some remixes of the level 1 theme.

Finally, the whole end sequence (spoiler alert – killing Hitler) was a over-the-top for a NES game!  I liked both BC: ReArmed and the 3D Bionic Commando remake too, though of course not as much as the original.  I was really disappointed that the 3D remake was so poorly-received by critics, and the company that made it (Grin) had to disband, but maybe I was blinded by nostalgia.


Bio: I founded Highbrow Games in 2009; the name was chosen out of irony, since the game I was working on was called Barf and Beer.  I shipped that and several other projects for the Xbox Live Indie Games channel, the latest being Avatar Boogie 2.   I try to make products that are unique and can carve out a niche, as opposed to competing in crowded genres such as shooters and platformers.

Project: I just released Avatar Boogie 2, in which your Xbox 360 avatar can perform dance moves, or you can simply watch NPC avatars dance (to your own music, or the included music).  It’s not so much a game as it is a neat visualizer.  I plan to return to game development with my next project, which involves rapping and is still in the prototype phase.

Project Info: Player avatars can now dance freestyle with a troupe of 100 other avatars following along! Add to that 100% brand new music, dances, and dance floors, and user-controllable strobe and multi-colored lighting, and you’ll be tearin’ up the dance floor! 11 canned dance animations and songs, and 20 freestyle dance animations await you in this awesome follow-up to the original hit, Avatar Boogie!


King of Kong Movie Review

King of Kong Movie Review by Honorabili

“A modern day video game version of the story David and Goliath.”

Steve Wiebe at the arcade
Steve Wiebe at the arcade

This movie is about people who strive to be the world champions at the games they love the most. In this case we are talking about classic arcade games such as Donkey Kong, Pacman, Ms. Pacman, Galaga, and Defender.

Throughout most of the movie, we see this build up of rivalry between Steve Wiebe, the underdog, and Billy Mitchell, the top champion for many arcade games. Billy Mitchell comes off as an arrogant person but after having seen this movie many times I do see the point behind some of his speeches. For example, he says that you will know in World War I aviation who the Red Baron is because he was the top ace fighter pilot but you probably won’t know the name of the other aviators because they weren’t number one.

The movie has many famous arcade top players and influential people such as:

Steve Sanders, Billy’s friend and the author of Master’s Guide to Donkey Kong
Walter Day, top referee for video game world records and founder of Twin Galaxies
Brian Kuh, a Donkey Kong expert, was the number 2 DK player for years
Robert Mruczek, head referee at Twin Galaxies
Greg Bond, the MAPPY world champion
Roy “Mr. Awesome” Shildt, the Missile Command champion and a controversial player
Mark Alpiger, Crystal Castles (foot category) champion

Billy Mitchell
Billy Mitchell

The movie touches on what it takes to be a champion. Not only that but it explains that these old arcade games require a level of dedication and reaction that is no longer found typically in modern video games. Getting higher and higher scores in these classics is a real achievement that requires true skill building and mastery.

King of Kong shows world class competitive gaming since its roots in the 80s. It shows that people lie about their achievements and that when that lie won’t protect you when it’s time to compete against a real champion that does get a real high score at an official competition. In this case I’m referring to the competition between Billy Mitchell and Steve Sanders, where Billy Mitchell humbled Steve.

The competition shown reminds me a lot of the kind of drama and competition behind world class chess games. Bobby Fischer and some others always come to mind.

Pacman Kill Screen
Pacman Kill Screen

We see Billy Mitchell succeed in his gaming, personal, and business life. He owns a chain of restaurants and sells Rickey’s, a very successful hot sauce as well. In 1999, he played a perfect game of Pacman reaching the kill screen, the point where the game crashes because it runs out of memory. He even says that he feels as though all this good fortune happens to him there’s probably some poor bastard out there with the reverse fortune.

The movie presents us with Steve Wiebe who at the time got inspired to go for the Donkey Kong world record, was unemployed, and looking for something to do with his life. His family and friends talk about him saying that he was never the best at anything but he always tried and failed. He played sports and music and drew but they say he never did anything successful with those talents. Steve Wiebe is a good guy that’s a teacher and a family man. He’s the average Joe.

The experts talk about Donkey Kong and picture it as pretty much the most brutal arcade game ever. Billy Mitchell himself says that the typical Donkey Kong game lasts less than a minute.

Walter Day at Funspot
Walter Day at Funspot

We are presented with Twin Galaxies, the international score keeper organization for video games for the world. They were created by Walter Day and started out as him going around to different video arcades and eventually opening up his own arcade. Twin Galaxies has grown into the official record keeper for video games according to the Guiness World Book of Records. In the movie, we see the meticulous review process that these gaming world record referees go through. They must analyze every second of every footage submitted either through VHS or DVD usually, unless it’s a record that is taking place live at a tournament.

Roy “Mr. Awesome” Shildt
Roy “Mr. Awesome” Shildt

The conflict in the movie starts when Steve Wiebe beats Billy’s high score for Donkey Kong and the Twin Galaxy people discredit the achievement by going to Steve’s house when he wasn’t there and inspecting the insides of Steve’s DK arcade console. Since Roy “Mr. Awesome” Shildt had sent Steve the motherboard for his DK machine, they said it was not authentic and disqualified the high scores. There’s bad blood between Mr. Awesome and Twin Galaxies with Mr. Awesome saying that they approved a bunch of scores which weren’t valid and TG saying that Mr. Awesome is a liar.

Since Steve’s high score was discredited, he decided to travel to Funspot, one of the top classic arcade tournament locations in the world, where Twin Galaxies would see him perform live. Steve calls Billy to challenge him to go to Funspot to compete live against him.

Billy Mitchell and Doris Self
Billy Mitchell and Doris Self

Now although the movie paints Billy to be an arrogant villain, I don’t think that’s necessarily the case. Sure, he might be arrogant but that doesn’t mean he’s evil. We see him donate a Q*bert machine to Doris Self, an old lady that wants to enter the tournament. I don’t agree with all of Billy’s actions through the film but if you follow up on what happened with Steve and Billy after the film, the story gets much more interesting.

When Steve goes to compete and Funspot, he’s met with people that treat him well like Walter Day but also he’s met with people that are spies and asskissers to Billy like Brian Kuh, the former 2nd place record holder for Donkey Kong. Kuh even hangs out behind Steve, watching him play, which adds stress to Steve as he tries to attempt a live world record on the machine. Billy doesn’t go to the tournament but he has Doris Self deliver a video tape with a new high score that Billy shot for “fun” to further try to discredit Steve’s attempt. Doris even says that Billy is a pretty devious person as towards his strategies of attacking his competitors. Steve actually beats Billy’s score live at the event and even triggers the kill screen for the game, which crashes the game. It was the first time ever that the kill screen was triggered at Funspot. As the machine was going to reach the kill screen everybody at Funspot was standing in awe around Steve Wiebe as he earned the high score and the achievement. However, Billy submitted a video taped game with a higher score, around a million points, undermining Steve’s attempt. “Not even Helen of Troy had that much attention,” Billy says regarding people watching the video of his achievement. I thought it was an underhanded thing for him to do, sending in a video rather than show up in person to compete against Steve like a real warrior. When Steve wants to see the tape, they refused to show it to him which was a dickish move from Brian Kuh.

Robert Mruczek
Robert Mruczek

What’s kind of fucked up for me, according to what the movie shows, is that although they discredited Steve’s original video tape after they spent much time dissecting it, they pretty much immediately accept Billy’s tape as a legitimate submissions although he sent in a copy of a tape and it wasn’t really a good copy. The copy had VHS lines and the tape skips during some moments, something that according to what Robert Mruczek says earlier, is not allowed for a video submission. You see Steve’s face full of pride for getting the high score and the next day his face is filled with disappointment as Billy even from Florida steals his moment remotely from the comfort of his home. This part of the movie ends with a heartbroken Steve Wieve crying as his attempt and achievement is undermined yet again.

The movie shows Walter Day playing his guitar and that was kind of neat to see him at his home doing an everyday normal thing. He’s been running Twin Galaxies for a long time and although he should be retired from it he continues to do it for the benefit of his friends and colleagues.

Sad Steve Wiebe
Sad Steve Wiebe

9 months later, Steve starts to train to compete live again because Twin Galaxies let him know that the Guiness Book of World Records will hold a new tournament. It’s funny to hear one of Steve’s kids quote Billy Mitchell, “Work is for people who can’t play video games.” The way the movie is made obviously favors Steve and it’s kind of one sided in that way, with Steve calling and leaving Billy messages (since Billy doesn’t pick up from what the movie showed) but I thought Billy could have done a better job trying to defend his honor. I felt like Steve had everybody against him, even his family from the things they said to him like his girl saying that some people ruin their lives to break records.

Billy Mitchell with Steve Sanders
Billy Mitchell with Steve Sanders

So Steve Wiebe goes down to Hollywood, FL for the tournament, which is Billy’s hometown and expects to compete against him but Billy never does. Steve Sanders, which is one of Billy’s close friends even goes to the competition and he’s enough of a good sport and decent that he introduces himself to Steve Wiebe and his family. I thought that was a noble thing for him to do. He was even talking to him and praising him and his efforts and this is a guy that wrote a world famous strategy guide on the game. What’s kind of disappointing is that Steve Wiebe isn’t as well off as Billy yet Billy won’t compete against him even in his hometown. That seemed like a really cowardly thing for him to do. Wiebe even goes to Billy’s restaurant but Billy refused to talk or see him.

Mitchell ignoring Wiebe
Mitchell ignoring Wiebe

Billy does eventually show up to the tournament but he walks in and ignores Wiebe. Steve Wiebe says hello to him and Billy passes by and says “There’s certain people I don’t want to spend too much time with” which is kind of like a slap to the face. I wished he would have been a better sport and although yeah you can say the movie favors Wiebe’s view, even this should have been obvious to Billy that he was making a mistake reacting like that, especially when he knew he was being filmed. Billy says that if you don’t compete when the pressure is on that you’re not good enough but he refused to do that during this movie. He painted himself as a hypocrite by saying that and then not following his own words.

Steve Sanders thinking 'are you serious?'
Steve Sanders thinking ‘are you serious?’

I was particularly proud of Walter Day and Steve Sanders for the way they treated Steve Wiebe and recognized his struggle and true merit. One of my favorite scenes in the film is when Sanders is sitting next to Billy and Sanders says he believes Wiebe is trying to do the right thing and then Billy says that he’s not familiar enough with the situation and they’re just sitting there with Sanders looking like “are you seriously going to be like that?” Walter Day apologized to Steve Wiebe for the way that Twin Galaxies had treated him and they made peace finally.

Although the film is now outdated because the rivalry continued, you can always check up on the Steve Wiebe vs Billy Mitchell rivalry at Twin Galaxies.

To view the latest scoreboard for Donkey Kong, click here. When I wrote this article Steve Wiebe was the current world record holder for Donkey Kong. You can view the high scores for Donkey Kong Jr. here.

***

Steve Wiebe cheers
Steve Wiebe cheers

Overall, the movie I thought was shot with good taste and it was put together in an exciting way that keeps you glued to the screen. Even people I know that don’t care too much for video games thought it was an amazing movie and were glad to have seen it.

I recommend anyone who has an interest in video games to watch the movie.

You can visit Steve Wiebe’s website here.

You can read up more on Billy Mitchell at his wikipedia page here.

In conclusion, Steve Wiebe’s struggle is an inspirational story to all of us.

David Costarigot: Zallag

Zallag logo
Zallag logo

Name: David Costarigot

 

Company: Zallag

 

Profession: Co-founder and Managing Director

 

Favorite Classic Game: Skies of Arcadia (Dreamcast and GameCube)

 

Quote: I actually discovered this game a little later than most gamers. As I didn’t own a Dreamcast I had to wait for the GameCube release a few years later. It was unfortunately not a big hit in France and quite difficult to find in stores. Despite these accessibility issues, I’ve had tremendous fun playing this game. I think it’s the RPG that occupied me for the longest time (120 hours). I’ve completed the main story and almost all of the secondary missions. This game is a must-have in my opinion because of:

  • Its unique universe (a whole world floating in the sky, flying ships, a great variety in the different areas…)
  • Its great sky battles with the flying ships.
  • It’s really captivating scenario.

 

All in all it’s the general atmosphere that fascinates me and the adventure actually reminds me of Star Wars mixed with the universe of pirates!

A very unique game which unfortunately didn’t have any sequel.


 

Bio: Established in 2009, Zallag is the first video games publisher specialized in the publishing, the distribution and the promotion of dematerialized games. Zallag is interested in all current platforms (WiiWare, Nintendo DSiWare, XBOX Live, PlayStation Network and PC) and also offers comics to extend the universe of its games.

 

Christelle Chandavoine and David Costarigot are both co-founders of Zallag. After more than 10 years of experience in the video game industry, they have decided to devote all their energy to the dematerialization market, which is currently in high growth. The tremendous success of Trine (digitally sold on PlayStation 3 and PC) on which they worked on speaks for itself: the game was granted the Editor’s Choice Award of the Best Downloadable Game (E3 2009).

 

 

Current Event:

  1. 1. We release in December 2010 the Minis version (Playstation Network) of the amazing iPhone game “SHIFT”. Called “SHIFT extended” and compatible with both PS3 and PSP, this version will offer twice the content from the original game.
  2. 2. We have just released Gods vs Humans for WiiWare and PC. A nice mix of a Tower Defense game and a God Game with adorable characters 😉

Video Game Movies: The ones that got it right

Video Game Industry the movie
Video Game Industry the movie

We already discussed the video games that got it wrong, but what about the movies that were at least good enough to not walk out of? Now, we are not saying these movies are perfect or even that they were completely true to the game, but that they were good enough to have a positive consensus across many gamers.

First we will start with my top pick and then look at a few others. Later we will ask our panel of industry insiders which video game movie was their favorite.

Silent Hill

Some people will disagree with me, but I felt they did the Silent Hill movie pretty well and this is coming from someone who beat all the original games and then watched his sister do the same. It is true there was a lot of tweaking not only to bring in new fans, but to mold the story to be more emotional. Many were upset that the movie mirrors Silent Hill 2 more than part 1 and making the main character a woman people though was just because having a woman in a horror film adds more than a male character would.

Believe me, I understand the critic’s objections, but this was a case where I believe the changes did not kill the Silent Hill story too much. The visuals and especially the music was excellently done. At first I was afraid the transition between worlds would not have been shown and only displayed by the entire screen going dark. I was presently surprised to see the entire transition shown and it looked awesome.

As said the music was taken out of the games with a few tracks added that fit in perfectly with the game and the movie. The story itself was modified and many felt the cult aspect of the story was not there the way it should be and I could understand that. You did understand how messed up the people were, but you weren’t drawn into their world until the very end.

The studio worked closely with Konami and that is the reason the visuals from the broken city to Pyramid head to the killer nurses were spot on. On the flip side audiences not familiar with the Silent Hill game or game story telling in general thought the long explanation of what was going on at the end of the movie seemed out of place and killed the pacing.

The ending can be a tossup. Many felt it left to many questions. Some did not understand it and more felt it was a bad way to try to lead into a follow-up movie. The movie itself did well considering and there was talk of a sequel. If/when Silent Hill 2 is made we will see what direction it goes in.

Resident Evil

You’ll have to forgive me on this one I enjoyed this movie. Sure, it was not very true to the game, but honestly having a loan character walk around for 80% of the film would not work. What I liked was they did try to incorporate the original mansion from the game with the Umbrella Corporation. The action sequences were well done and adding in the evil little girl Red Queen gave you at least another reason why the team sent in became trapped.

There was a lot they could have done with this film making it a better story, but honestly after watching the follow-up movies I am surprised this one came out as well as it did. What was really sad was the ending really made me want to see part 2 which turned out to be a horrible disappointment for me.

Intermission

There are a number of well-done video game movies, but let’s hear from our panel to see what were their choices.

Danielle Davis from Zombie Studios wrote:

Wing Commander

Give your brain the night off…

Most games are made with very iconographic heroes and villains. You don’t have to worry about plot or story as much, and can focus on the core gameplay. Nearly everything is black and white. The Heroes are universally good, and the Villains are the purest of evil.  As we get older, we learn life is really just shades of grey (or from “a certain point of view”).

Wing Commander can be viewed the same way.  As a whole, Wing Commander (Movie) can be cheesy and flashy, but in reality that is pretty much how it is in the game franchise. Wing Commander (Game) followed the general curriculum of building characters plot like any other Action\Army movie (just like Aliens or Predator). You’ve got your classic “Girl trying to compete with the big boys”, or “Leader struggling under the burden of leadership”, or “Overly Aggressive Hot Shot “, and of course “Cool as Ice and plays everything by the book”. Is it cliché? Yes. But do stereotypes help identify personality and move the plot forward quicker? Sadly yes.  Since it was established in the Games, so must the continuity be maintained for the Movie. The amount of Cheese and Awesomeness in the movie, is equal to the Cheese and Awesomeness in the game.

Back to the shades of grey. A two hour movie of continuous dog-fighting, would be pretty hard to accomplish (Memphis Belle is the only one I can think of). By introducing personal flaws, strategic mishaps, personal failures, and over-ambition, you can subtly add secondary antagonist. For example: Maniac. He’s reckless and going to get his teammates killed. Does that make Maniac a bad guy? Depending on your point of view, you could say Yes. So, you have your primary Villians (the Kilrathi), and you have the secondary villains (ambition, fear, self-doubt).

By now, you’re asking yourself “You’re INSANE! How do you enjoy such a crappy movie? I mean, seriously, are you high?”. And the answer is, well kinda “Yes”. You can’t enjoy a movie like this by comparing it to other movies that have freedom of script and design. You have to simply take your brain out, and give it a two hour break. Relive what it’s like to be 12 years old again, and just enjoy the Good Guys, Bad Guys, and big explosions. Enjoy the simplicity of “this guy’s a douche bag”, “wish this dude would chill out”, and “this chick is awesome” without thinking about the deeper context and military discipline (let alone plot). Enjoy two carriers slugging it out point blank range. Just relax and enjoy it. Why? Because that’s exactly what you did when you’re played it as a game. You gave your brain the night off…

David Warhol from Realtime Associates wrote:

Tomb Raider

The shower scene was HILARIOUS!  (And if you don’t remember or know what I’m talking about, watch or re-watch it…. it’s for real.)

J.A. As a bonus here is the funny shower scene.

J.A. As a super bonus here is Angelina Jolie in the shower.

Corey Dangel from Detonator Games wrote:

King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

It is, without a doubt, my favorite video game related movie. The story follows Steve Wiebe on his quest to achieve the “official” high score for Donkey Kong. Along the way he must defeat several different adversaries, the least of which is the actual score needed to reach the top. It’s a classic underdog tale, only the heroes and villains are real and contemporary, and a great documentary…exploring themes like obsession, vanity, dedication, and legacy all wrapped in a cloak of classic coin-op arcade games. Besides, who doesn’t love Donkey Kong!?

Juan Gril from JoJu Games wrote:

Tron and Wargames!


 

GOG Holiday Sale: Half off almost every game.

gog holiday sale banner
gog holiday sale banner

So you are a little short on cash this year, but you are a classic gamer and you need your fix. Well Good Old Games has just launched their holiday sale that gives you 50% off pretty much every title they have. The offer is good from December 14th, 2010 until January 3rd, 2011.  In addition, GOG is also giving a free copy of Tyrian 2000 as a virtual stocking stuffer.

Check out just some of their awesome games:

gog sale list
gog sale list

And that is just a few of over 290 games they have on sale so head on over to GOG.com and tell em Obsolete Gamer sent ya.

The Gift of Giving

giving a gift box
giving a gift box

The Gift of Giving

Something about Christmas brings out the good in all of us, encouraging us to help others that are less fortunate than others.  Sometimes, we are the ones that receive the help.

This year, ObsoleteGamer.comEOGamer.comGirlgamer.netHard4Games.comUOForums.com, and UOHomeDecor.com are reaching out to you to give to a family in need.

Imagine loosing everything you had in a fire.  Imagine the Christmas tree, presents, keepsakes, mementos, clothes, gone a  little more than a week before Christmas.  Your five member family made it out of the home with their lives and only the clothes on their back.  This is what happened to the Conley Family of Flint, Mich., this past weekend.

Their 4-year-old son, Rylee, lost his Nintendo 64 and Donkey Kong game in the fire, a game he absolutely loved playing with his family.

The Conley children, Riley, age 4, center
The Conley children, Riley, age 4, center

Seeing as it’s Christmas, all of us at the above mentioned sites want to reach out and help this family and provide them with a gift for their son.  So our sites have teamed up in an effort to reach out to our readers during Christmas time to acquire the following items for the family before Christmas:

  • Limited Edition Wii (The 25th Edition Red One)
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii
  • 3 Wiimote + Chuk bundles
  • Wii Charge Station Quad

Our goal: To raise at minimum $500 before Dec. 22 to purchase and deliver these items before Christmas to this family.

To make a donation towards the purchase of these items, please click here.

Conley family photo
Conley family photo

Once the purchases have been made, I will scan copies of the receipts as well as take pictures of the boxes etc. being shipped to the family.  I will also be trying to contact a local group up there to perhaps have them deliver it and get pictures to show the family receiving it.

Personally, I’d like to raise up to $1,000 so the family can have the gifts and extra cash in this time of need.

Donations for this Christmas gift are being made to my Paypal account.  I have been a verified Paypal User for many years.  In addition, I also have a Paypal Debit card, which will allow me to easily access and purchase the items without any transfer delays.  My past history with donations for causes is well known.  If anyone questions my integrity, please feel free to follow up with the Sara Routh family who received the money donation to bring Sara home for the Big Bang event this summer.  You can see this here for more info.

Other Donations are being sought and accepted as well.  If you do not want to donate through us, you can read the following and donate directly to the family.  Below is a request from a family member for the Conley Family:

Please HELP! My aunt’s house burned down today! They lost everything in a fire!!

Sizes: boys 4t or 5t, women XL top, 14 pants, womens size 5 & 2, & mens Pants: 28-30 Shirt: small/medium. Please send donations to:
Laurie and Ryan Conley
c/o Don Sorensen
3354 Lynne Ave.
Flint, MI 48506.

Thank you!!!

Please help this family to have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year despite this tragedy.