Games

Happy New Year! – 2012 in review

I would like to thank everyone for making this a great year! lots more fun posts in the near future! See you guys in 2013!  please check out my new full time blog with good friend Eric Remly – www.thedklounge.com

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Deus Ex Human Revolution Director Finalized: Scott Derrickson

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After the release and popular reception of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, many of us said to ourselves “So when’s the movie coming out?” This question might actually be answered! Word has it that director Scott Derrickson who is responsible for such films as (Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose) will be directing the screen adaptation of  the Square Enix game – Deus Ex: Human Revolution. He will be writing the script alongside C. Robert Cargill which should be an interesting team as they worked on Sinister together. The film will hopefully focus on the moral and ethical argument of Trans-humanism, which encourages mechanical augmentation of the human body to transcend human physical and mental limitations.  This debate is the largest part of Deus Ex: HR and opens the player’s mind to the (very possible) reality of this societal situation.

Those of the pro – trans-humanism debates tend to believe that through advanced technology human beings will not have to suffer the perils of the human condition (sickness, death, limb loss, memory loss, organ failure), that with technology we can become immortal and limitless. The opposing trans-humanism debate tends to  believe that use of this advanced technology will bring a greater social strata of super powerful humans who can enslave those without augments. These people also tend to believe that human beings have not yet reached their full potential in our current physical form and that the human body is pure and is not be to tampered with. Deus Ex shows us how corporations will inevitably exploit this technology, making it readily available to anyone and inserting it into our culture, where it will alienate the masses and make many feel socially inept without it.

DE:HR introduces us to Adam Jensen, an ex swat team member, now working as head of security for Detroit’s largest bio-tech company, Sarif Industries. Sarif Industries facility is attacked by terrorists, who destroy most of their research and development while killing most of their employees. Adam is shot in the head and on the verge of death. To save his life, David Sarif forces him to undergoes surgeries with revolutionary cybernetic augmentations, (which make him a crazy cyborg bad ass). Upon his return after the attack, he finds himself immersed in the politics of the augmentation movement and a much larger conspiracy. Adam then begins his journey for truth, to hunt down his attackers and bring them to justice. As the game progresses, you find out a lot more about the importance of Adam Jensen and how he is a pawn in a much larger chess game then he could have ever imagined.

As far as the movie goes, i couldn’t be more excited but i hope that they retain the dark, noir-ish overtones (blade runner), and overarching message the game sends, instead of just making it a blockbuster ACTION MOVIE with no depth. Deus Ex is first person RPG at heart, where the story is the foundation of a chaotic and strategic shooter. I don’t usually expect too much from video game movies but this one could actually translate very well on-screen. Cyber-punk fans rejoice!

Check out this purity first anti-augmentation advertisement:

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My new Blog!

To fans of my current blog here at wordpress please check out my new site that i started with close friend Eric Remly. I will still be posting on this blog but will be writing tons of new stuff for this new one. This new blog features content similar to those found at the escape artist. This new site will mostly cover VIDEO GAMES, COMICS, and BEER! what more could you ask for? Please check out

….. www.thedklounge.com ….. Thanks everybody!

Indie Game: The Movie. Now on Netflix!

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If your as much of a Netflix fanatic as i am, then you’ll be pleased to hear that they just put up “Indie Game: The movie” for instant stream. Indie Game: The Movie takes you on a journey into the minds of the creators of BraidSuper Meat Boy, and Fez. These developers have put their blood, sweat, and countless hours of mind numbing programming into these spectacular releases. The documentary shows us the pressure independent developers are under to create and test their games for their big commercial release (many of which have been in development for many years). These games bring us back to the challenges we loved about old school platform gaming but with a new, deeper, much more intellectual spin. The long hours and hard work have clearly paid off as all three of these games won countless awards and raked in thousands upon thousands of fans.

Check out the trailer here:

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New Dead Space Motion Graphic Novel

The Dead Space official website has released a graphic novel short of a potential new character in the Dead Space universe. This may give us some hints into potential story lines and characters of the highly anticipated Dead Space 3.

Check out the short here!

Metroid Poster Prints

Here’s a little artsy homage to one of my all time favorite video game series': METROID. Our heroine Samus still knows how to kick space pirate ass in style! Included are the sites where you can purchase these great pieces of nostalgia.

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Dead Space 3 Rumors?!

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Will Issac Clarkes nightmare ever end?

Many rumors have been circulating on the net recently of a potential sequal to the survival horror nightmare dead space 2. Apparently publishers working with EA have always kicked around the idea of a dead space 3 and making a trilogy but nothing official has ever been announced. A video does exist on the net showing a tester playing some kind of Dead Space game, and the video also features a dead space 3 banner. South African retailer BT GAMES also features a pre-order for dead space 3. Is this real or a mistake?

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Fans would love to sink their claws into a final dead space horror story but when will we get the details? only time will tell and i for one cannot wait…until then check out the video and see for yourself!

Shadowrun Returns!

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I just caught wind of the gamer funded classic cyber punk rpg: Shadowrun Returns. This 2012 project is a modern cyberpunk remake of the original game with a new spin and a ton more content. This project has also relied entirely on the funding of fans and supporters of the game and genre. Shadowrun is a dystopian cyber punk pen and paper rpg (also on the SNES and SEGA GENESIS) where you and your friends play the roles of shadowrunners: hired scabs who do the dirty work of the ever competitive and monopolizing corporations that strive to control your world. Fusing magical fantasy and high tech, Shadowrun allows the players to assume the physical forms of humans, orks, trolls, elves, or dwarves but in a darker neo-noir futuristic environment. Shadowrun allows you to be basically whoever you want. Weather you envision yourself as a brutish Orc bouncer, or a highly intelligent hacker stealing information for credits, Shadowrun has everything for fans of sci-fi. I originally got my taste of the Shadowrun universe back when renting video games in a store was still popular. The games noir storyline, sinister-city vibe, futuristic world and characters drew me in like a moth to flame, and i was obsessed. Apparently they have been working tirelessly to meet a deadline project kickstart date of April 29th 2012, setting up goals and planning to create a genuinely enjoyable, modern (yet true to the original games style) experience.

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I am very excited to see the progression of this fantastic way to get behind a project and gladly we are starting to see a lot more of this happening lately. Fans of certain creative property becoming not only benefactors/consumers but also stakeholders in the projects they would like to see created. This gives the consumer a real sense of influence in the product they would like made, because without the funding of larger video game companies, it would be rare to see a great project like this see fruition. I can only hope in the future we see more grass roots creative projects backed by fans because then we will actually get the games WE want made, instead of getting another generic first person shooter that sucks chewbacca’s dick.

You can donate directly on the site and each donation you give comes along with a certain reward level attached to it. Long story short the creators of shadowrun want to make the shadowrun game they’ve always wanted to make (and that the fans wants!), and with your help, they can.

highly excited for this, check out the trailer!

You can also check out their blog here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1613260297/shadowrun-returns

DONATE NOW!

The Worlds Largest Video Arcade – Funspot

Last weekend a few friends and I decided to take a road trip to check out the worlds largest video arcade at FUNSPOT in Laconia, New Hampshire. This is definitely the largest arcade i have ever been too and Funspot really has done a great job of preserving this piece of history for all gamers to enjoy. Upon entering the building, an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia came over all of us and all the sudden we were teleported back in time to when we were kids. My mind was flooded with memories of arcades i used to go to when i was younger and how much fun i had in them. The sounds of the games, smell of the machines, light from the screens, the bleeps and bloops….it was just amazing. Funspot has some of the best coin-op classic games from the 80’s and has three levels. The basement has a ton of racing games, Mortal Kombat 1-3, skeeball, a bowling alley, and tons of ticket games. The middle and upper levels collectively have about 60-80 arcade cabinets of various types. Most of the games they have are from the 80’s and 90’s. They have two original pong machines and a space wars machine too (which is extremely rare). The four of us collectively kicked the shit out of Teenage mutant ninja turtles, and each of us tried to go for the days high scores on a few respective games that we liked. Unfortunately when we arrived at funspot I realized that  my digital camera did not have it’s SD card, so i wasn’t able to get any great photos. I did however, get a great video tour of the entire video arcade museum on my cell phone. Overall the trip was a success and we had a blast! Check out this video tour from funspot!

Released Today: I AM ALIVE

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Released today is a post apocalyptic survival adventure game called “I am alive”. After the earth suffers a series of catastrophic natural disasters it plunges into total collapse, and a lone man finds himself on the search for his family. Released today (march 7th) via the xbox live arcade and playstation networks, this game revolves heavily on survival tactics and climbing around the endlessly dilapidated wastelands. From what i understand I am alive is not really an action game but does feature some action game mechanics. You can utilize many different weapons that you come across in the wasteland, but scarcity makes using bullets or arrows a tough decision. Many of the other humans you come across in the wasteland may not want to talk to you and can shun you if you rub them the wrong way. Pulling out a gun may cause the people around you to put up their hands in fear, or strategically surround you in retaliation. The game heavily involves smart decision making, because you never know who you are going to come across. The over world exploration looks like a great time. Climbing downed skyscrapers, swinging from pipes, running through mashed up trains; it reminds me so much of prince of persia but set in a post apocalyptic environment. I am super excited to get my hands on this one! I am alive looks like a survival master piece and looks to add a new flavor to the post apocalyptic genre! Check out the trailer!