Wednesday, May 29, 2013

7 Incredibly Weird and Innovative 80's Video Game

Eccentric and sometimes ungainly, here are seven 80s videogames that were full of innovative or outlandish ideas...

Man of Steel Trailer Painstakinly Recreated In Minecraft

For the past few weeks, Warner Bros. has been releasing trailers to promote its Superman flick,Man of Steel. One, entitled "Ideal of Hope," just received the Minecraft treatment — everything from the explosive action scenes to Superman himself were painstakingly recreated using blocks from the sandbox construction game.
Created by media-creation studio Steelehouse Productions, the video — dubbed "Mine of Steel" — was posted to YouTube on Monday. It has since received more than 74,000 views.
Compare the Minecraft trailer with the original, below:

Which trailer do you prefer? that one or this one? 

The 14 Weirdest Video Games Ever. Fact, Not Opinion!

1. Atari 2600: Sneak n’ Peek

Back in the rough days of Atari, anyone could try to make a game about pretty much anything. This is why Sneak n’ Peek exists: no self-respecting game development company would make a game based on hide and seek.

Simon Parkin Reviews Tomb Raider

There's a moment at the start of Tomb Raider Legend – Crystal Dynamic's first Tomb Raider game,
released in 2006 – when Lara Croft, the archaeologist destined for spinal troubles in later life, meets an armed guard standing with his back to her at the yawning mouth of a Bolivian tomb. She lines up a pistol headshot and moments later he slumps noiselessly to the ground. A voice in Lara's earpiece asks: "Any idea who he was?" Lara replies: "I haven't the foggiest."

Stuart Richardson Reviews Defiance

Players take on the role of an Ark Hunter, a scavenger for hire scouring the San Francisco wasteland in Defiance
Another Votan bites the dust in Defiance.
As a third-person "massively multiplayer online" (MMO) shooter from developer Trion Worlds, Defiance transcends both genre and narrative boundaries; the plot runs concurrently with a TV series of the same name broadcast on the Syfy channel. It's a broadly interesting story concerning the struggle for survival on a near-future Earth ravaged by an inconclusive war between humans and an alien alliance called Votanssearch of useful relics from the decaying Votan fleet breaking up in low orbit. When large chunks of these ships fall to Earth at random intervals – events called Ark Falls – Ark Hunters rush to the scene to fight over the smouldering remains.
Initially, these moments seem to break up the more conventional grinding quests on offer, but anyone familiar with the repetitive nature of many MMOs will soon notice their character's story involves little more than moving between distant locations where something needs to be shot or blown up. That these MacGuffin objects sometimes fall from the sky is a gimmick with a short shelf life. Defiance isn't awful, but considering its bold narrative intentions it's disheartening to find an unexceptional game beneath the lofty ambition.

Chris Dring Reviews Luigi's Mansion 2

Luigi's Mansion 2
Luigi: returning to clean up the streets at last.
Despite it being a full 10 years since Luigi last donned his custom vacuum cleaner and captured ghosts in a haunted mansion, the overdue arrival of Luigi's Mansion 2 was well worth the wait.
The sequel still sees the world's second most famous plumber suck up ghouls, which remains a satisfying gameplay feature. But this is a longer adventure, with five mansions riddled with secrets and puzzles to explore, and each of them has been split into bite-sized missions, which is ideal for on-the-go gaming.
The controls can be fiddly and the otherwise superb visuals look pixelated on the 3DS XL, but nevertheless, this is a deep, charming adventure, with superb audio and challenging puzzles. An essential purchase for Nintendo fans.

Nick Cowen Reviews Lego Batman: DC Hero's

Lego Batman 2The game's story kicks off with Bruce Wayne and US presidential candidate Lex Luthor arriving at a And 
Lego Batman 2 ... Superman always came in handy at a barbecue
It's mind-blowing at this stage that gamers still can't seem to get enough of the Lego series of games. After all, Traveller's Tales hasn't strayed much from the basic gaming template it introduced with its first Lego Star Wars instalment in 2005, and in the games industry, innovation is as expected as it is prized. In spite of this, every Lego game that rolls off the assembly line requires players to bash blocks, collect studs, build stuff and solve the odd puzzle. The latest release from the Knutsford-based developer, Lego Batman 2: DC Heroes, barely deviates from this rubric.why should it? Once you've cracked the formula for gaming alchemy, why would you mess with it? That said, Traveller's Tales always packs its games with a staggering amount of collectibles and content, while tossing in a couple of new mechanics. The result is that its games boast a ton of replayability and depth, as players are encouraged to tackle conquered levels with new characters to unearth hidden Lego treasures. Once again, Lego Batman 2 is no exception to this rule – although for its latest release, Traveller's Tales has really gone to town

Matt Kamen Reviews The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead
Kitchen sink drama: Telltale Games' downloadable title The Walking Dead.
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead has been a slow-burn success story. From cult comic book to popular TV series, it was only a matter of time before the games industry came calling. Thankfully, Kirkman chose to spare the world another generic zombie shooter, instead teaming up with adventure studio Telltale Games to deliver an emotional and story-focused version of his apocalyptic tale of survival.
The first chapter of this downloadable game introduces escaped convict Lee Everett. While it's unclear if he actually committed the murder he's accused of, between avoiding the flesh-eating undead and protecting Clementine, a young girl he meets early on, there are more important concerns.
Play harks back to classic point-and-click games, though you can actively explore locations. Occasional hidden-object puzzles test your wits, but the real challenge is a moral one. Choices have real weight to them, with life-or-death consequences. The people you meet, including some important figures from the series, how you treat them and who survives will affect how the story plays out in future chapters, which will be released later this year.
Writer Sean Vanaman perfectly captures the bleakness of the originalWalking Dead (comic book readers will grin at coy nods to Kirkman's other printed work), while the visuals are a brilliant reflection of co-creator Charlie Adlard's art. Tense, gripping and wonderfully entertaining, this is unmissable for fans and newcomers alike

Matt Kamen Reviews Injustice: God's Among Us

Injustice: Gods Among UsDeveloper NetherRealm Studios attempts to update the typical fighting game formula, abandoning the 
Superheroes slog it out in Injustice: Gods Among Us.Finally a game to answer the most primal question, beloved of comic book fans everywhere – who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman? Or the Flash? Or Wonder Woman? Or any of a 24-strong roster of DC's superheroes and villains, in fact. While the answer is down to your own preferences and skills at fighting gamesInjustice is laudable for giving players a wealth of tools with which to entertain themsleves while answering this compelling conundrum.
traditional three-round approach in favour of non-stop battles seeing you smack opponents around interactive environments from across the DC Universe. Mid-fight wagers, betting a power-up gauge to regain health, also shift the tide of battle nicely, while solid multiplayer and a wealth of unlockable fan-pleasing material round out an excellent package.

Review by Paul Sartori of Dead Island: Riptide

Dead Island: Riptide – there are zombies, there’s you, there's loads of weapons, and you hit the zombies with them. Would you like us to run through that again?
Captain John Morgan, ex special forces soldier, martial arts master, potty mouth and owner of the most annoying Australian accent this side of a Foster's commercial, is having a bad day. While rummaging through bins looking for bits of barbed wire to wrap around the plank he's using as a makeshift weapon, he's been jumped, infected and ended up as zombie food. Again.

Friday, May 17, 2013

8 Bit Tribute Page: Unless you Own You Own 1980's Arcade It Doesn't Get More Old School Than This

Beginning with early Atari and Nintendo video games, the 8-bit aesthetic has been a part of our culture for over 30 years. As it moved through the generations, 8-bit earned its independence from its video game roots.

I have only one thing left to say! This is F*cking Awsome!

All hail Atari! 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Free Comic Book Day Saturday May 5th! What Will You Take Home For Free?!!

Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day, which means…exactly what it sounds like! A chance to go down to your friendly neighborhood comics retailer and pick up some new books for the low price of absolutely nothing. Don’t have a local store? This is the perfect day to find one and introduce yourself around while you’re filling a swag bag to near bursting. Just don’t go without a plan in place.
A couple of weeks ago, Record Store Day Came around, and I was caught flat-footed. My lack of a plan meant I missed out on goodies like the reissue of At the Drive-In’s Relationship of Command and have since been relegated to scrounging around the filthier corners of eBay trying to lay my greasy mitts a copy of the seven-inch featuring b-sides from my favorite Elliot Smith album. Like an animal.
Granted, FCBD is a horse of a different color. The books aren’t limited edition, but printed en masse to draw new readers into forthcoming titles or add a bit of story to a new one. Still, that’s no reason to go without a shopping list, just to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Topping my list so far? Marble Season, a trailer of sorts for the longer book of the same name due out this year from Gilbert Hernandez, first off. And I’d be stupid not to grab a copy of Brian Clevenger’s always excellent Atomic Robo, so call that a must grab, too, on account of how I like to think I’m not stupid. I’ve been looking for an excuse to check out the new Dark Horse title R.I.P.D, so the FCBD split between it, Mass Effect, and The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys looks good. There are a couple of choice cuts from the vault this year, too, including reprints of classic Buck Rogers stories from Hermes Press and IDW’s reissue of some old schoolJudge Dredd goodness. You can bet I’ll be making a beeline for tomorrow’s new The Tick book, because The Tick, duh.
Oh, yeah, and Marvel’s teaser for their Infinity event later this year that combines two of my favorite things in the Marvel U,  Thanos and Johnathan Hickman? You better believe I’m grabbing one of those.
You can check out the full list of swag right here, and please feel free to let me know what else I should be getting a look at tomorrow!
Happy hunting, everyone.
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