Archive for April, 2010

Birth Of A Spartan; Halo: Reach Trailer

April 28, 2010 21 comments

I found this video via newsletter that we receive and I think it looks very cool. If they can do this, they can definitely make a Halo movie.

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Dumbing Down Our Games

April 16, 2010 9 comments

Is this who developers think we are?

Gaming: it’s our hobby; it’s our obsession; it’s our favourite pastime. Most of you reading this blog probably play video games every day. You might just be about to, or you might just have finished. Whatever the case, you’re probably aware of the games in your possession. Just think about that for a minute. What games do you own? Just pick one.

I can guarantee that last decade’s equivalent to that game was far harder than the current game you’re thinking of. It probably involved some element of problem-solving or creativity, and required you to think.

What I’m getting at, is that you don’t get this anymore. These days, it seems like problem-solving and puzzles are their own niche. Back in the day (I might only be 15, but I was raised on the SNES), every game required you to consider a situation thoughtfully, and solve whatever problem was presented to you. However, these problems weren’t as simple as ‘Kill the mouthy beggar’, or ‘Climb to the top of the tower’. They might have been less realistic, but they required more thought.

Consider Modern Warfare 2, for example. Could you name me one point in that game where thought was required? Of course you couldn’t. The entire game revolved around pointing and shooting guys, with varying degrees of difficulty.

If you go back many years, to a game like Contra (the shooter of its time), which really should’ve been far less intelligent than today’s MW2, in fact required thought and consideration on multiple occasions. There were many instances in which you would have to memorise a level’s layout, so that you’d retrieve the best powerups at the times you needed them. Not only that, but the majority of bosses had weak points that were quite hard to exploit. In MW2, the biggest complication you have is aiming for a Juggernaut’s head.

And, it’s really sad, too. It kills me to see my games being reduced to simple, boring shoot-and-stab-fests. It’s neither fun, nor engaging, but there’s no alternative, so what do you do?

Another thing to consider in this is ‘Hard’ (or ‘Extreme’, or ‘Insane’, or any variant of the aforementioned) mode. I frequently play games through on Hard mode, simply because they’re not challenging otherwise. Going back 20 years or so, nobody would dare play Hard mode, simply because it was brain-meltingly impossible to do so. The new difficulties I mentioned in passing (Extreme, Insane, whatever) are totally asinine. Hard mode should actually be hard, not just a mandatory romp to unlock ‘Insane’.

As Cranky Kong put it, “Back in my day, you had to finish 90 levels with only 3 lives. You kids these days couldn’t play a video game to save yourselves.”

BFBC2 Tracer Gun Tips

April 15, 2010 9 comments

**Although the majority of the information in this post is still correct, there is now a Post Patch Tracer Gun Tips post here**

In Battlefield Bad Company 2 you have the option to equip a tracer dart gun on all classes. It’s fairly pointless unless you are playing as the Engineer class, or are in communication with an Engineer on your squad. In most random games you can’t rely on other players to have the RPG-7 or Carl G launcher equipped – or to even notice when an enemy vehicle has been traced.

So what does it do?

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So You Think You’re a Game Geek?

April 14, 2010 1 comment

Chances are you’re pretty clued up on what’s going on in the gaming community.  You’ve probably been brought up on video games.  Some of you may even have played E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on the Atari 2600 – although more people have walked on the moon than actually played that title.

But just how game geeky are you? Here’s a test, more of a two in one actually. You first have to consider whether you have ever played the theme song from Cannon Fodder using nothing more than game controllers? Unless you are part of Press Play on Tape – that’s probably a ‘no’.

Secondly, how well do you know your games? Shall we find out? Accompanied by a gaming geek song? Great! Then let us begin….. just see how many games and popular culture references you can name from the following video from the aforementioned PressPlayOnTape.

The full list of games and movies can be found on the YouTube source.

Peas and loaves people!

I’ve been David, and you’ve been awesome.

Gears of War 3 Trailer Analysis

Well If you haven’t already heard Gears of War 3 was official announced Monday night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. We also got a chance to see the very first trailer for the game and its looking good.
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G.I.N Gamernights

April 5, 2010 1 comment

This is just an experimental thing but we are going to try to get to know our readers with the old fashion gamernights.  We will try to keep the gamernights every Saturday at around 8 o’ clock central standard time. This weekend the game will be Battlefield Bad Company 2. I, corgon67 will be hosting the PC side. That is all we have for now, if you would like to host the 360 or PS3 gamernight just comment in this post. Also comment to sign up. To sign up all we need is your Steam ID, Gamertag, or PSN ID. My Steam Name is -G.I.N- Corgon67, or you can probably find me under just corgon67.

UPDATE:Jordan the hobo will be having a gamer night on the 360 for BC2. I’ll most likely start it around 11pm EST. Any other suggestions for games to play? Leave a comment below

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Happy Easter Everyone!

April 4, 2010 1 comment

Happy Easter to all the readers. Hope you enjoy eating the heads off of your chocolate bunnies. Also please mind the dust. We are currently trying to figure out the best layout for the site.

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