Due to the abrupt power outage caused by Hurricane Isaac, there may be a delay in videos associated with The Summer Of 8-Bit. I hope this video is just me being nervous, but there is a strong possibility that there will be a delay. I sincerely apologize to anyone expecting today's video.
Justin M. LaGrande
Thursday, August 30, 2012
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Thursday, August 23, 2012
There was a lot that I wanted to say about the SherryJenix situation from last night, but after reading Kahlief Adams' post on The Spawn Point, and the comments that followed, I was fuming. I lost the desire to write about this topic and just voiced my frustration, disdain, and all around annoyance with the gaming community in general. The following video is my current thoughts on this and the other general hate being spread around the gaming community.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Nintendo Power will forever be one of the most beloved parts of what grew me into the gamer that I am today. Never mind the fact that it was a marketing tool for Nintendo and initially that's all it was, for many gamers, Nintendo Power was a treasure trove of cheats, maps, previews, and other info that other magazines were not providing. I learned about the stage select code for TMNT II from Nintendo Power, along with assorted cheats for NBA Jam, Castlevania III, Street Fighter II Turbo, Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!, and countless other games. Nintendo Power is more than just a magazine that's going out of business, it's a slice of gaming history that everyone who grew up with a controller in their hands can be proud to say was a part of the culture they love.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
As most gamers know, Xbox Live has released their Summer of Arcade Titles. For the uninitiated, it is basically 4 featured arcade games that are released every summer. Games like Trials HD, Limbo, and Shadow Complex have been some games that have been released in previous summers. Today I decided to pick up one of the games from this year’s Summer of Arcade, and give a quick first impression about it. The game I chose was Dust: An Elysian Tail. It is an Action RPG from the people at Humble Heart Studios. The game focuses on Dust, a rabbit like creature that awakes with some of his memory erased, and his 2 companions, Ahrah, a mystical talking sword, and Fidget, a flying squirrel who is the guardian of Ahrah. The first thing most gamers will notice when they start the game, is how gorgeous the game is. It’s a 2D platformer, with 3D visuals and style. If you have ever played Odin Sphere, this game will remind you of it. From the hour I have played so far, this game also looks like it takes a page from the Metroid series. I have come to a couple of areas where I couldn't advance, but later on found the tools needed to get into those areas and had to backtrack. Some gamers might get annoyed by this, but I feel I will thoroughly enjoy it. Gameplay in Dust is very fluid and easy to pick up and begin playing without some of the learning curves some other Action RPGs have. The voice acting so far is spot on and the main characters are all enjoyable in their own way. Even though it is early in my play through, I am convinced that this game will be one to remember. I am looking forward to getting deeper into the game, and uncover the story that goes along with it.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
by Shawn Hill: Host - Character Select
My friend raved that the Walking Dead video game by TellTale was awesome with griping moments. This week, I went, bought some MS points, and got MTG 2013 (not really the point). With the leftover points, I bought the first of two episodes of this gaming series, there being five in total. First off, the game is a click and point adventure. There are objects that you can interact with by aiming the cursor with the left stick (if you haven't figured out that I’m playing this on a console, you should stop reading) and the right stick moves the character but you will hardly use it. The game's graphics are cell-shaded and keep in line with the look of the
comic-book graphic novel. The face buttons give an
object multiple options to deal with it, from look it to interacting with it.
Good. I got that out the way. No shooting wave after wave of the
undead. Now because you don't get to replenish your ammo after every
checkpoint doesn't mean you should pass up on this game. What makes this game a
buy is the story telling. It's right up there with novel and the television
show, even with the scares. Don't be fooled by the cell-shaded look, it made me
jump a few times. Now I fell that tell you about the plot of game would
ruin your experience of the game. Yes, it one of those game. Just know
that you play A BLACK MAN (TellTale
knows we survive until we come out of the basement that we were hiding in) named
Lee Everett. You start off in the back of a police car (of course) and being
taken to prison for a crime that you have committed. The cop is talking
to you about your crime and other topics while you notice every piece of law
enforcement heading towards the city that you're leaving from. While
talking to you, he hits an undead and crashes; thus your story begins.
That's it. Not saying any more. What TellTale does is put characters in
your path that you will love, hate and feel sad about. And it's up to you to
build a relationship with them or not and if you do, what type of
relationship. Will you be honest or keep secrets? Will you be friendly or
aggressive towards them? The way the characters react to you is
impressive. The way you handle a scenario with a character or characters can
haunt you for rest of the series (if they live). Talk to somebody the wrong
way, you might regret it. They have a dialogue system similar to games like
Mass Effect and Alpha Protocol, that helps direct the game and
make decisions. The timer on the dialog doesn't help either.
Also, it doesn't hurt that the voice acting is up there. After playing
this, I would mind an animated version of the Walking Dead. Lee is voice
by Dave Fonney and if he sounds familiar he is the voice of HULU. Yes, the
voice that tells you an ad is coming up or what this show is brought to you by.
Funny thing is that it works. His voice has a wide range for this kind of
character that has to be versatile due to the player. It's hard to be
reasonable on the brink of madness. If you are a fan of the novel and show,
characters from both will show up during the game. Another reason for fans of
the series to download; help flush out some the main characters' back-story.
By now, most of you are like "ummmm this isn't a review." It's
a recommendation. I don't want to tell you much about this game because
it's like telling you about an episode of TV show. It just wouldn't feel right
about ruining the experience for you. Each character, moment and encounter
is a refreshing experience within it's self. Of course you don't have to watch
the TV show or have read the graphic novel but warning, the game will make
you want to check out both. If you're a fan of great story telling, you will
love this game (plus the control handles well). Zombies
and headshots...BUY. A writer for the television show wrote the script for
this game. What else can I say to make you buy this game, or get an episode
every time one is released? It just one of those games at the end, you
ask yourself if you made the right decisions or just play the game over again.
Shawn can be found on Goggle + under the name "Shawn Hill". His weekly video game podcast / discussion show "Character Select" can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/user/zama63