video games Archive

  • Fellow geeks and gamers – we’ve all been in similar situations. Friends of ours that are into sports or dance clubs constantly hound us about being a Hobbit(minus the adventuring) because we never go out to loud venues and, instead, choose the private setting of a home in order to take in the latest Dr. Who  episode or to play Magic: The Gathering with friends. For too long geeks have been misunderstood and mislabeled as self-chosen social outcasts. And there may be some geeks out there that DO choose to live completely off the social grid. But that is not who I speak for…. I speak for the geeks that want a place to call our own. I am talking […]

    The Rise of Geek Bars: Dungeons & Drafts

    Fellow geeks and gamers – we’ve all been in similar situations. Friends of ours that are into sports or dance clubs constantly hound us about being a Hobbit(minus the adventuring) because we never go out to loud venues and, instead, choose the private setting of a home in order to take in the latest Dr. Who  episode or to play Magic: The Gathering with friends. For too long geeks have been misunderstood and mislabeled as self-chosen social outcasts. And there may be some geeks out there that DO choose to live completely off the social grid. But that is not who I speak for…. I speak for the geeks that want a place to call our own. I am talking […]

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  • As the big three console makers reveal the latest generation I peer into my crystal ball and catch a glimpse of the far away gaming future of 2016: Three years ago three mighty titans announced their new offerings to the Great Game Console Lords and there was much rejoicing. Come Xmas time and cash registers sang across the land. Many, many a console went out into the wild loaded with features both old and new. The great entrepreneurs in Tokyo and Seattle smiled as first quarter profit projections rose with each sale. Then lo and behold, the registers fell silent, the downloads dried up, and the micro transactions stopped. What some predicted, but the entrepreneurs sneered at in contempt, came […]

    The Great Gamer Migration of 2016

    As the big three console makers reveal the latest generation I peer into my crystal ball and catch a glimpse of the far away gaming future of 2016: Three years ago three mighty titans announced their new offerings to the Great Game Console Lords and there was much rejoicing. Come Xmas time and cash registers sang across the land. Many, many a console went out into the wild loaded with features both old and new. The great entrepreneurs in Tokyo and Seattle smiled as first quarter profit projections rose with each sale. Then lo and behold, the registers fell silent, the downloads dried up, and the micro transactions stopped. What some predicted, but the entrepreneurs sneered at in contempt, came […]

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  • “Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?”  That’s the first question you find yourself asking upon playing with these fun little interactive blocks. Sifteo Cubes.  They’re these little white cubes with touch screens similar to the iPod Touch.  What sets them apart is their ability to interact with one another via wireless technology.  Each cube can detect if another cube is adjacent to it, thus you can finally play games in three dimensions!  Chroma Splash, a game similar to Tetris or Dr. Mario allows you to rotate the cubes to eliminate different colored circles and squares.  It is very addictive and the extra element of the multiple blocks quickly draws friends and family members who want to help you solve […]

    Sifteo Cubes – A New Way to Play!

    “Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?”  That’s the first question you find yourself asking upon playing with these fun little interactive blocks. Sifteo Cubes.  They’re these little white cubes with touch screens similar to the iPod Touch.  What sets them apart is their ability to interact with one another via wireless technology.  Each cube can detect if another cube is adjacent to it, thus you can finally play games in three dimensions!  Chroma Splash, a game similar to Tetris or Dr. Mario allows you to rotate the cubes to eliminate different colored circles and squares.  It is very addictive and the extra element of the multiple blocks quickly draws friends and family members who want to help you solve […]

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  • Aiden Pierce is the protagonist of this open World Third-Person Action Adventure game.  It’s set in modern day Chicago where the city government is corrupt.  You (as Aiden Pierce) are trying to take down and expose the corrupt officials using the grey area world between mainstream society and the criminal underground. Surveillance is an important mechanic in the game.  We’ll be able to use Aiden’s in-game cell phone for doing things like manipulating traffic lights to cause accidents, listening in on people’s phone calls, and identifying strangers.  We can also hack into personal profiles, employment files, medical reports, and get other info on them.  The game looks really cool while you’re using the surveillance systems in the gameplay footage I’ve […]

    Watch Dogs

    Aiden Pierce is the protagonist of this open World Third-Person Action Adventure game.  It’s set in modern day Chicago where the city government is corrupt.  You (as Aiden Pierce) are trying to take down and expose the corrupt officials using the grey area world between mainstream society and the criminal underground. Surveillance is an important mechanic in the game.  We’ll be able to use Aiden’s in-game cell phone for doing things like manipulating traffic lights to cause accidents, listening in on people’s phone calls, and identifying strangers.  We can also hack into personal profiles, employment files, medical reports, and get other info on them.  The game looks really cool while you’re using the surveillance systems in the gameplay footage I’ve […]

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  • You’re a Native American assassin named Conner.  It’s 1775 and you’re in the American Colonies, early on in the beginning stages of the American Revolution before the Declaration of Independence was signed.  You have some trusty blades of course, a bow with arrows, firearms, and a bad ass Tomahawk. You’re going to be able to “tree-run” which is like Parkour through the forest.  You can not only finally climb trees in the world of Assassin’s Creed, but you can run, jump, and swing through the trees. The scenery in the Eastern US is beautiful and the new weather system makes the environment immersive and more realistic. AC3 introduces Naval Combat where you’re manning a ship on the open seas.  Steer […]

    Assassins Creed 3

    You’re a Native American assassin named Conner.  It’s 1775 and you’re in the American Colonies, early on in the beginning stages of the American Revolution before the Declaration of Independence was signed.  You have some trusty blades of course, a bow with arrows, firearms, and a bad ass Tomahawk. You’re going to be able to “tree-run” which is like Parkour through the forest.  You can not only finally climb trees in the world of Assassin’s Creed, but you can run, jump, and swing through the trees. The scenery in the Eastern US is beautiful and the new weather system makes the environment immersive and more realistic. AC3 introduces Naval Combat where you’re manning a ship on the open seas.  Steer […]

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  • Anyone that knows me, knows I love FPS games. Not the campaign mind you, but the online multiplayer. Yes Modern Warfare did actually have a great single player campaign, but great single player campaigns and the COD franchise aren’t exactly hand in hand. So why is there such emphasis on the single player campaign from Treyarch? Rumor circulating about it claims that certain missions will be one shot deals where dieing will actually affect the storyline. A page obviously swiped from the Heavy Rain playbook. But does anyone care? Never mind the massive plot holes, like characters that died in Black Ops mysteriously being alive. Or the juxtaposition of flipping from normal combat in the 70’s and 80’s to futuristic […]

    Black Ops 2: Can We Trust Treyarch?

    Anyone that knows me, knows I love FPS games. Not the campaign mind you, but the online multiplayer. Yes Modern Warfare did actually have a great single player campaign, but great single player campaigns and the COD franchise aren’t exactly hand in hand. So why is there such emphasis on the single player campaign from Treyarch? Rumor circulating about it claims that certain missions will be one shot deals where dieing will actually affect the storyline. A page obviously swiped from the Heavy Rain playbook. But does anyone care? Never mind the massive plot holes, like characters that died in Black Ops mysteriously being alive. Or the juxtaposition of flipping from normal combat in the 70’s and 80’s to futuristic […]

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  • 343 industries is making the new saga which will be at least a trilogy. At the end of Halo 3, Master Chief and Cortana are sent adrift into deep space.  After beating the game on Legendary, you see a preview of a planet they are drifting towards.  That planet is Requiem, a vast and diverse land that Master Chief and Cortana end up crash landing on.   In Halo 4 we’ll finally meet an entirely new class of enemy, a species called the Prometheans.  They work together against you.  A Promethean Knight that you have to face may spawn Watchers to shield and defend them, plus watchers can summon Crawlers and even resurrect the Promethean Knight. Crawlers are manageable one on one […]

    HALO 4

    343 industries is making the new saga which will be at least a trilogy. At the end of Halo 3, Master Chief and Cortana are sent adrift into deep space.  After beating the game on Legendary, you see a preview of a planet they are drifting towards.  That planet is Requiem, a vast and diverse land that Master Chief and Cortana end up crash landing on.   In Halo 4 we’ll finally meet an entirely new class of enemy, a species called the Prometheans.  They work together against you.  A Promethean Knight that you have to face may spawn Watchers to shield and defend them, plus watchers can summon Crawlers and even resurrect the Promethean Knight. Crawlers are manageable one on one […]

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  • The gaming industry is by no means filled with cowards or people who’s thinking perspectives remain within the box. Every day you find that designers, developers and even gamers push themselves outside the box that comes with society. Among those that shine is Camouflaj, a small independent game company that has one very big goal. To raise $500,000 so that they can fund their independent game and so keep their creative license and IP out of the clutches of bigger game developers who would most probably distort their vision to something they could barely live with. Their goal? Simple. Design a game and write a story for touch-based devices Create an intense action game without a focus on killing Feature […]

    Republique by Camouflaj + Logan – The little (big) project that can.

    The gaming industry is by no means filled with cowards or people who’s thinking perspectives remain within the box. Every day you find that designers, developers and even gamers push themselves outside the box that comes with society. Among those that shine is Camouflaj, a small independent game company that has one very big goal. To raise $500,000 so that they can fund their independent game and so keep their creative license and IP out of the clutches of bigger game developers who would most probably distort their vision to something they could barely live with. Their goal? Simple. Design a game and write a story for touch-based devices Create an intense action game without a focus on killing Feature […]

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  • There are few things worse than dedicating hours of your life, attention, and finger dexterity to a video game only to get to the end and be enormously disappointed. It feels like being robbed of sweet victory, and it amounts to having your built-up expectations shattered. Be forewarned that the following list is a compilation of plot-spoilers, but also know that these plots were spoiled long before this list was ever written. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault After days of fighting Nazis in Africa and France, being challenged by enemies who become increasingly clever in their assaults, and completing nearly thirty levels, this game ends on a flat note. One would expect a game with such nuanced graphics and detailed […]

    8 of the Lamest and Most Anti-Climactic Video Game Endings Ever

    There are few things worse than dedicating hours of your life, attention, and finger dexterity to a video game only to get to the end and be enormously disappointed. It feels like being robbed of sweet victory, and it amounts to having your built-up expectations shattered. Be forewarned that the following list is a compilation of plot-spoilers, but also know that these plots were spoiled long before this list was ever written. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault After days of fighting Nazis in Africa and France, being challenged by enemies who become increasingly clever in their assaults, and completing nearly thirty levels, this game ends on a flat note. One would expect a game with such nuanced graphics and detailed […]

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  •  Video games as art. I could go on and on about how modern games reflect society or how the gorgeous graphics that can rival the ancient masters of the canvas or, in addition, how the music score uses the best orchestral arrangements since Beethoven. All true, however, irrelevant to my salient point. Which is? Art is not complete until it meets the audience. That is to say, that any form of art is not complete until it is presented to an audience. It’s sort of like old adage ‘if there is nobody in the forest to hear the tree fall’, yadda, yadda, yadda. Sure, you can argue that a TV show or movie is complete when the final edit is done. But […]

    Enter the User: What Turns Video Games into Art.

     Video games as art. I could go on and on about how modern games reflect society or how the gorgeous graphics that can rival the ancient masters of the canvas or, in addition, how the music score uses the best orchestral arrangements since Beethoven. All true, however, irrelevant to my salient point. Which is? Art is not complete until it meets the audience. That is to say, that any form of art is not complete until it is presented to an audience. It’s sort of like old adage ‘if there is nobody in the forest to hear the tree fall’, yadda, yadda, yadda. Sure, you can argue that a TV show or movie is complete when the final edit is done. But […]

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  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a cutting edge scientific developmental wing of the U.S. government, recently announced that it has set aside millions of dollars to develop ‘Project Avatar’.  However, this project will not include blue people like in James Cameron’s “Avatar”.  Bi-pedal robots will be used to conduct many of the dangerous tasks performed by infantry soldiers.   Theoretically, a real-life soldier could be used to control the robot from thousands of miles away according to DARPA.  Here is a link to Daily Tech’s article which can provide as much detail as DARPA is obligated to divulge: http://www.dailytech.com/DARPA+Looks+to+Bring+Movie+Avatar+to+Life+with+Robot+Surrogates/article24041.htm Immediately, this sets in motion a few deep issues about the project, both against and for the project.  My friend and […]

    Project Avatar: Urban Warfare of the Future

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a cutting edge scientific developmental wing of the U.S. government, recently announced that it has set aside millions of dollars to develop ‘Project Avatar’.  However, this project will not include blue people like in James Cameron’s “Avatar”.  Bi-pedal robots will be used to conduct many of the dangerous tasks performed by infantry soldiers.   Theoretically, a real-life soldier could be used to control the robot from thousands of miles away according to DARPA.  Here is a link to Daily Tech’s article which can provide as much detail as DARPA is obligated to divulge: http://www.dailytech.com/DARPA+Looks+to+Bring+Movie+Avatar+to+Life+with+Robot+Surrogates/article24041.htm Immediately, this sets in motion a few deep issues about the project, both against and for the project.  My friend and […]

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  • I have broken down and decided to play World of Warcraft.  There are many reasons why but the top 3 fall back on these tenets: un-dedicated gamers in my area, hectic work schedules of table-top gamers, and the ability to get lost in a world within a few minutes rather than waiting on schedules to synch between ALL players. Yet, the biggest reason I have decided to play is because my wife plays.  I know, I know.  Like Felicia Day says in ‘The Guild’, “I know, a chick gamer.”  And, yes, I DO think it’s hot.  So while I can’t convince my wife to play D&D or a myriad of other table-top RPGs, I can jump online with her and go stomping around collecting […]

    Another Noob Begins to Play W.o.W.

    I have broken down and decided to play World of Warcraft.  There are many reasons why but the top 3 fall back on these tenets: un-dedicated gamers in my area, hectic work schedules of table-top gamers, and the ability to get lost in a world within a few minutes rather than waiting on schedules to synch between ALL players. Yet, the biggest reason I have decided to play is because my wife plays.  I know, I know.  Like Felicia Day says in ‘The Guild’, “I know, a chick gamer.”  And, yes, I DO think it’s hot.  So while I can’t convince my wife to play D&D or a myriad of other table-top RPGs, I can jump online with her and go stomping around collecting […]

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  • The name Goldeneye 007 summons memories of my college days, living in a party house and spending our time playing video games instead of studying.  We would gather with our individually earmarked 6-packs and bulky N64 controllers to battle it out in multi-player. My strategy was always the same.  Load up on proximity mines, litter the level with them, then hide somewhere and snipe any players who happened to make it through my ridiculous minefield.  I would laugh maniacally while the others exploded in bursts of flame and curtains of blood poured across their screens time and time again.  I actually recall one particularly heated game where a roommate physically attacked me because he enraged with my usage of proximity […]

    Goldeneye 007: Reloaded

    The name Goldeneye 007 summons memories of my college days, living in a party house and spending our time playing video games instead of studying.  We would gather with our individually earmarked 6-packs and bulky N64 controllers to battle it out in multi-player. My strategy was always the same.  Load up on proximity mines, litter the level with them, then hide somewhere and snipe any players who happened to make it through my ridiculous minefield.  I would laugh maniacally while the others exploded in bursts of flame and curtains of blood poured across their screens time and time again.  I actually recall one particularly heated game where a roommate physically attacked me because he enraged with my usage of proximity […]

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  • This high powered little projector has blown my mind!  It’s tiny, portable, and has all the power of its bloated predecessors. We used it to host an impromptu gaming party at our house.  Pinning a white sheet up on the wall and projecting an Xbox 360 via the GP2 we were able to run two video games at once in my living room.  While a few people played 007 Goldeneye Reloaded on the projector, the other group played Halo Reach on the TV. We were quite impressed with the crisp and clear image from the projector, especially since we were using a sheet as a projector screen!  The GP2 projects in full 720p HD. I didn’t expect the tiny unit […]

    A Portable Projector with Power: BenQ Joybee GP2

    This high powered little projector has blown my mind!  It’s tiny, portable, and has all the power of its bloated predecessors. We used it to host an impromptu gaming party at our house.  Pinning a white sheet up on the wall and projecting an Xbox 360 via the GP2 we were able to run two video games at once in my living room.  While a few people played 007 Goldeneye Reloaded on the projector, the other group played Halo Reach on the TV. We were quite impressed with the crisp and clear image from the projector, especially since we were using a sheet as a projector screen!  The GP2 projects in full 720p HD. I didn’t expect the tiny unit […]

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  • The AbleGamers Foundation Makes Holiday Dreams Come True for Three Disabled Veterans The AbleGamers Foundation gives those grants for gaming equipment for those wounded warriors. Harpers Ferry, WV –December 23, 2011– The Ablegamers Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the disabled gamer, was proud to support those that served. The Disabled Veteran Grant 2011 awarded two Xbox 360 gaming systems complete with a one-year subscription to Xbox live Gold, and one completely customized Xbox controller from Evil Controllers to the recipients of the annual event. “Applicants submit requests for their most desired gaming related items that improve their lives or grant them increased accessibility,” says AbleGamers Editor-In-Chief Steve Spohn. “Each year The AbleGamers Foundation awards gaming equipment to as many disabled […]

    AbleGamers makes holiday dreams come true for disabled veterans

    The AbleGamers Foundation Makes Holiday Dreams Come True for Three Disabled Veterans The AbleGamers Foundation gives those grants for gaming equipment for those wounded warriors. Harpers Ferry, WV –December 23, 2011– The Ablegamers Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the disabled gamer, was proud to support those that served. The Disabled Veteran Grant 2011 awarded two Xbox 360 gaming systems complete with a one-year subscription to Xbox live Gold, and one completely customized Xbox controller from Evil Controllers to the recipients of the annual event. “Applicants submit requests for their most desired gaming related items that improve their lives or grant them increased accessibility,” says AbleGamers Editor-In-Chief Steve Spohn. “Each year The AbleGamers Foundation awards gaming equipment to as many disabled […]

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  • Skylanders is quite possibly the coolest video game for kids ever made.   The words “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” come to mind when I think about my initial reaction to the Skylanders video game.  It was right before PAX Prime 2011 that we found ourselves at an Activision party for press staff.  I was checking out all the newest Activision games hitting the market in the coming months.  While wandering wide eyed from console to console,  I glanced over and saw a table with what looked like some toys and a kids game.  “Lame”, I thought and continued on my way. A few months later a package arrived at NERD TREK from Activision with the Skylander’s Spyro’s Adventure, […]

    Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure

    Skylanders is quite possibly the coolest video game for kids ever made.   The words “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” come to mind when I think about my initial reaction to the Skylanders video game.  It was right before PAX Prime 2011 that we found ourselves at an Activision party for press staff.  I was checking out all the newest Activision games hitting the market in the coming months.  While wandering wide eyed from console to console,  I glanced over and saw a table with what looked like some toys and a kids game.  “Lame”, I thought and continued on my way. A few months later a package arrived at NERD TREK from Activision with the Skylander’s Spyro’s Adventure, […]

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  • Nintendo was well-known in the videogame industry during the NES era for their restrictive licensing agreements. Third-party developers were obligated to set limits on the number of titles they produced per year (typically five) to avoid flooding the market with similar games, as well as agreeing that their games would be available exclusively on Nintendo systems for a certain period of time (typically two years). Restrictions of this kind allowed Nintendo to maintain a degree of control over both the number of games produced and the content of those games. Nintendo also had a relatively strict policy regarding sexual content, violence, language, and other mature content; and developers were required to hew closely to Nintendo’s standards in order to keep […]

    Nintendo’s Restrictive Licensing History

    Nintendo was well-known in the videogame industry during the NES era for their restrictive licensing agreements. Third-party developers were obligated to set limits on the number of titles they produced per year (typically five) to avoid flooding the market with similar games, as well as agreeing that their games would be available exclusively on Nintendo systems for a certain period of time (typically two years). Restrictions of this kind allowed Nintendo to maintain a degree of control over both the number of games produced and the content of those games. Nintendo also had a relatively strict policy regarding sexual content, violence, language, and other mature content; and developers were required to hew closely to Nintendo’s standards in order to keep […]

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  • Game developers have always had a hard time getting their games funded by investors.  Today a brand new convention launches that seeks to bridge that gap, Siegecon.  Andrew Greenberg is the mastermind behind Siegecon which stands for Southern Interactive Entertainment & Game Expo.  Greenberg is a game designer of both pen-and-paper role-playing games and computer games.  He was one of White Wolf’s original developers on Vampire: The Masquerade (1991), particularly the famous supplement Chicago by Night which many credit with setting the tone for the Vampire books that followed.   After years with White Wolf, he joined Holistic Design, Inc. (HDI) where he worked on computer games like Emperor of the Fading Suns and Mall Tycoon. He is also co-creator of the […]

    Siege Conference: A Starting Point for New Game Developers

    Game developers have always had a hard time getting their games funded by investors.  Today a brand new convention launches that seeks to bridge that gap, Siegecon.  Andrew Greenberg is the mastermind behind Siegecon which stands for Southern Interactive Entertainment & Game Expo.  Greenberg is a game designer of both pen-and-paper role-playing games and computer games.  He was one of White Wolf’s original developers on Vampire: The Masquerade (1991), particularly the famous supplement Chicago by Night which many credit with setting the tone for the Vampire books that followed.   After years with White Wolf, he joined Holistic Design, Inc. (HDI) where he worked on computer games like Emperor of the Fading Suns and Mall Tycoon. He is also co-creator of the […]

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  • Dark Souls is soon to be released on October 4th, and all I can wonder is “what will my first death be?” Will it be heroic? Will I die valiantly defending off hordes of enemies? Or will my death be as simple as falling for a trap? It’s hard to say, but my prediction is I will either die from being crushed or skewered. The reason I believe I will die in either fashion is because Demon’s Souls had a lot of BIG bosses. Many of which could easily crush or stab you to death. So, I believe that Dark Souls will match or surpass that criteria. I do realize, however, that even a smaller enemy can run you through with a […]

    Dark Souls: What Will Your First Death Be?

    Dark Souls is soon to be released on October 4th, and all I can wonder is “what will my first death be?” Will it be heroic? Will I die valiantly defending off hordes of enemies? Or will my death be as simple as falling for a trap? It’s hard to say, but my prediction is I will either die from being crushed or skewered. The reason I believe I will die in either fashion is because Demon’s Souls had a lot of BIG bosses. Many of which could easily crush or stab you to death. So, I believe that Dark Souls will match or surpass that criteria. I do realize, however, that even a smaller enemy can run you through with a […]

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  • FORENOTE: Today is April 19th, 2012, which is important to note the time difference between when this story was originally written in September 2011 and when the infamous Norway killer, Anders Behring Breivik, admitted in court today that he used Modern Warfare 2 as a training scenario to prepare him for future attacks.  It is important to note that I have no connection between this accused killer and would never seek one.    The main point is that, for years, science fiction has been regarded as nothing more than a nerd’s pasttime used to escape the real world.  Yet, based on my writing coming to fruition decades faster than anticipated, it should be a focus of law enforcement and anti-terrorist groups […]

    Hired Help

    FORENOTE: Today is April 19th, 2012, which is important to note the time difference between when this story was originally written in September 2011 and when the infamous Norway killer, Anders Behring Breivik, admitted in court today that he used Modern Warfare 2 as a training scenario to prepare him for future attacks.  It is important to note that I have no connection between this accused killer and would never seek one.    The main point is that, for years, science fiction has been regarded as nothing more than a nerd’s pasttime used to escape the real world.  Yet, based on my writing coming to fruition decades faster than anticipated, it should be a focus of law enforcement and anti-terrorist groups […]

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  •   Maybe it is just me, but tell me does this seem odd (or like you), kupo? Lately I have been more interested in playing an old DOS (yes I said DOS kupo!!) game, Treasures of the Savage Frontier to be exact, rather then being interested in oh say the newest Final Fantasy with all its shiny graphics and fast game play. Why is it that games in this day and age, while pretty to look at and fun to play from time to time, just don’t hold onto my attention like the old games do? I will tell you why kupo! I believe that games today just have too many gimmicks! Sure it’s nice looking but they have to […]

    Moogle’s Corner: Sometimes old is better than new kupo!

      Maybe it is just me, but tell me does this seem odd (or like you), kupo? Lately I have been more interested in playing an old DOS (yes I said DOS kupo!!) game, Treasures of the Savage Frontier to be exact, rather then being interested in oh say the newest Final Fantasy with all its shiny graphics and fast game play. Why is it that games in this day and age, while pretty to look at and fun to play from time to time, just don’t hold onto my attention like the old games do? I will tell you why kupo! I believe that games today just have too many gimmicks! Sure it’s nice looking but they have to […]

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  • It looks like all those game-related degrees are starting to gain some respect from the industry old farts – which is to say those of us who entered the game industry in the ‘80s and ‘90s, before such programs existed. We had to make do with traditional degrees like computer science, art, English, journalism, history and interpretive macramé… uphill… both ways… in the snow. Now students are graduating from some of these programs and making immediate marks on the industry, with Portal (originally a student project before becoming a runaway success story) being only the most obvious example. However, the people who watch over colleges have raised the warning that far more students are enrolled in game-related degree programs than […]

    What Game Students Should Know before Starting College

    It looks like all those game-related degrees are starting to gain some respect from the industry old farts – which is to say those of us who entered the game industry in the ‘80s and ‘90s, before such programs existed. We had to make do with traditional degrees like computer science, art, English, journalism, history and interpretive macramé… uphill… both ways… in the snow. Now students are graduating from some of these programs and making immediate marks on the industry, with Portal (originally a student project before becoming a runaway success story) being only the most obvious example. However, the people who watch over colleges have raised the warning that far more students are enrolled in game-related degree programs than […]

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  • The Top 10 Best / Greatest Video Games of All Time The Best Video Games of All Time Every gaming magazine, website, and blog has its own list of the best video games ever made.  They have been ranked in top 10, top 100, top 200 video games of all time, best used video games, best new video games, best video games by console and system, personal lists, voted for by magazine readers, named off on tv shows, but all these methods have one problem- they are all slightly biased. Below you will find a list of the top 10 video games of all time based on 43 different video game sources.  The video games which repeatedly came up in […]

    Top 10 – Best Video Games of All Time

    The Top 10 Best / Greatest Video Games of All Time The Best Video Games of All Time Every gaming magazine, website, and blog has its own list of the best video games ever made.  They have been ranked in top 10, top 100, top 200 video games of all time, best used video games, best new video games, best video games by console and system, personal lists, voted for by magazine readers, named off on tv shows, but all these methods have one problem- they are all slightly biased. Below you will find a list of the top 10 video games of all time based on 43 different video game sources.  The video games which repeatedly came up in […]

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  • How to play SNES games on your iPad or iPhone with a Wii remote First of all you must have a jailbroken/unlocked iPad or iPhone (if you don’t simply navigate to our NERD TREK tutorials on How to Unlock iPhone 4.2.1/Unlock iPad 4.2.1. After you are jailbroken you must download “snes4iphone” which is located on Cydia.  If you’re unfamiliar with jailbreaking and Cydia please do some reading on our iPhone NERD TREK tutorials and come back when you’re ready. After you have the SNES emulator you’ll need a few roms (games) to test this out with.  Make sure you put the ROMS in the /var/mobile/media/ROMs/ folder. Now for the Wiimote!  Open snes4iphone, go into the options panel, and turn on […]

    Play SNES games on iPad with a Wii remote

    How to play SNES games on your iPad or iPhone with a Wii remote First of all you must have a jailbroken/unlocked iPad or iPhone (if you don’t simply navigate to our NERD TREK tutorials on How to Unlock iPhone 4.2.1/Unlock iPad 4.2.1. After you are jailbroken you must download “snes4iphone” which is located on Cydia.  If you’re unfamiliar with jailbreaking and Cydia please do some reading on our iPhone NERD TREK tutorials and come back when you’re ready. After you have the SNES emulator you’ll need a few roms (games) to test this out with.  Make sure you put the ROMS in the /var/mobile/media/ROMs/ folder. Now for the Wiimote!  Open snes4iphone, go into the options panel, and turn on […]

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  • Video Games with the Best Replay Value There are games that no matter how old bring me back to play them time and time again. Each time I play I find new things that make them fresh and exciting. On the other side of things there are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of video games I have played part way through, quit, and never returned to because I just got bored or they were repetitive and I just lost interest. Most games don’t hold my attention long enough to become classics that I want to play again years later, so this list is very important to me as I will continue to replay these games for the rest of my […]

    Best Replay Value – Top 10 Video Games

    Video Games with the Best Replay Value There are games that no matter how old bring me back to play them time and time again. Each time I play I find new things that make them fresh and exciting. On the other side of things there are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of video games I have played part way through, quit, and never returned to because I just got bored or they were repetitive and I just lost interest. Most games don’t hold my attention long enough to become classics that I want to play again years later, so this list is very important to me as I will continue to replay these games for the rest of my […]

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  • This is a leaked PS4 commercial from Sony. Thoughts?

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    This is a leaked PS4 commercial from Sony. Thoughts?

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  • There are a lot of really complex guides out there on how to do this.  I’ll keep this short, sweet, and simple.  Here we go! Step 1: Download & Install ePSXe Here’s a link ePSXe Step 2: Get BIOS for ePSXe Download the BIOS for ePSXe here. Step 3: Video Plug-ins There are a wide variety of Plug-ins available that are custom depending on your video card and settings.  You must find a matching plug-in here. Step 4: Obtain Audio If your audio isn’t working you will need another plug-in, they are found here. Step 5: Disk Driver Plug-Ins Most likely everything will work fine since ePSXe has built in plug-ins, but if your disk drivers are not working you […]

    How to Play Playstation 1 Games on your PC

    There are a lot of really complex guides out there on how to do this.  I’ll keep this short, sweet, and simple.  Here we go! Step 1: Download & Install ePSXe Here’s a link ePSXe Step 2: Get BIOS for ePSXe Download the BIOS for ePSXe here. Step 3: Video Plug-ins There are a wide variety of Plug-ins available that are custom depending on your video card and settings.  You must find a matching plug-in here. Step 4: Obtain Audio If your audio isn’t working you will need another plug-in, they are found here. Step 5: Disk Driver Plug-Ins Most likely everything will work fine since ePSXe has built in plug-ins, but if your disk drivers are not working you […]

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