2011 April

April 30, 2011

Gamer Charities… Changing the Lives of Children Forever

When we turn on the TV, Radio or even read arti­cles on the web all we see are adver­tise­ments for the lat­est and great­est, news or hor­rors befalling some poor coun­try or state, or any oth­er num­ber of atroc­i­ties that fall upon the liv­ing.  The news only seems to rec­og­nize the rich and pow­er­ful or bad news.  I think it’s time to rec­og­nize the peo­ple who go out and try to make a dif­fer­ence  in the world and change it for the bet­ter.  While I may not have the mass resources of a major broad­cast­ing com­pa­ny or an Oil exec I think the recog­ni­tion is impor­tant. Many of you prob­a­bly have nev­er heard of Child­sPlay­Char­i­ty or The­Hum­ble­Bun­dle as they are not adver­tised across the net and lets face it many of us, espe­cial­ly in the Unit­ed States tend to for­getRead more…

April 30, 2011

Dead Giveaway: Left 4 Dead 2 Giveaway

Hel­lo fel­low TGB read­ers. To thank you all for the sup­port you have giv­en us we are  giv­ing away a free copy of Left 4 Dead 2 for the PC.  This is a Steam copy and you WILL need to have a Steam account to receive it.  This is a Steam pur­chased copy so you won’t have to wor­ry about it dis­ap­pear­ing of your list.  Staff and pre­vi­ous staff mem­bers DO NOT qual­i­fy for this con­test.  The con­test starts today April 30th 2011 and ends May 7th 2011 To qual­i­fy for the give­away all you have to do is fol­low the steps below: 1. Reg­is­ter on the site here (if you’re already a mem­ber you don’t have to do this) 2. Like us on face­book 3. Com­ment on at least two arti­cles over the course of the next week.  At the end of the week we willRead more…

April 28, 2011

Epic Throwback: Tabletop Games are Most Certainly NOT Dead.

My grand­pa and great-uncle are more than hap­py to con­demn the hell out of this gen­er­a­tion for being lazy. They talk a mas­sive moun­tain of crap about video games, stat­ing that “peo­ple would be less lazy and social­ly inept with­out them.” They fail to rec­og­nize that nerds cre­at­ed the gam­ing cul­ture, and not the oth­er way around. Back in their day, they did­n’t have video games. They had com­ic books, col­lectibles, and good old table­top games.  Role­play­ing games with rule­books the size of phone direc­to­ries, war games with minia­tures scat­tered all over the table, and all sorts of oth­er board games once enjoyed the same posi­tion as video games now do. While there were some that were con­sid­ered “nor­mal” and “fun for the whole fam­i­ly”, oth­ers were so incred­i­bly com­plex that only the nerdest of the nerds could inter­pret them.Read more…

April 27, 2011

Touhou: Just… What?

Yes­ter­day I… expe­ri­enced a few games in a series known as the Touhou Project. While admit­ted­ly it was a real­ly fun expe­ri­ence and the games were very enjoy­able, they just total­ly over­loaded my “lol­wut” capac­i­ty. Allow me to fur­ther explain. ^Go ahead and pre­pare your brain for the ensu­ing flood of “Wut.” It’s easy to rec­og­nize a Touhou game when you see one. There are two defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics. One: These games are need­less­ly dif­fi­cult. They’re of a genre called “bul­let hell”, sim­i­lar to the retard­ed amount of sidescrolling/upscrolling space shoot­ers on old game con­soles, only with about a mil­lion more bul­lets per stage. Two: These games are obscene­ly Japan­ese. If some­one asked you, “Hey, I want to lose all faith in Japan­ese cul­ture, can you show me one sin­gle video game to do that?” this would be that game. IfRead more…

April 26, 2011

Sony Gives Us the Bad News

Well after almost a week with out our beloved Playsta­tion Net­work, Sony gives us the news. Appar­ent­ley it was­n’t Skynet tak­ing over.….my bad. Sony said it was hacked and the hack­er or hack­ers were able to get access to 70 mil­lion user pro­files. Sony released this state­ment: “Although we are still inves­ti­gat­ing the details of this inci­dent, we believe that an unau­tho­rized per­son has obtained the fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion that you pro­vid­ed: name, address (city, state, zip), coun­try, email address, birth­date, PlaySta­tion Network/Qriocity pass­word and login, and handle/PSN online ID,” wrote Patrick Sey­bold, senior direc­tor of cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Sony Com­put­er Enter­tain­ment Amer­i­ca. “It is also pos­si­ble that your pro­file data, includ­ing pur­chase his­to­ry and billing address … and your PlaySta­tion Network/Qriocity pass­word secu­ri­ty answers may have been obtained. … While there is no evi­dence at this time that cred­it cardRead more…

April 23, 2011

The End Has Come

  Well as most have heard or encoun­tered the Playstaion Net­work is down. It has been down for about three days now. Now breath as you read I know its hard. This prob­lem could­n’t have come at a worse time for Playsta­tion either with the releas­es of Socom 4, Por­tal 2, and Mor­tal Kom­bat this week. I too am vic­tim for I can­not play Socom 4.….it still hurts. Now Sony has come out and said oh we have a serv­er hic­cup it should be fixed in two days time. Only it has­n’t been fixed. Sev­er­al excus­es and rea­sons for the out­age have made their way to the web includ­ing too much serv­er traf­fic with the new realses, down­load­able games crash­ing the serv­er, or even a hack­er attack. Basi­cal­ly what it boils down too is my games don’t work and IRead more…

April 22, 2011

Portal… My First Step Through

With the upcom­ing release of Por­tal 2 I real­ized that I had nev­er actu­al­ly sat down to play the orginal.  Sad I know, but regard­less, I’ve had Por­tal sit­ting in my ever expand­ing Steam queue for quite some­time and nev­er got around to play­ing it.  I’m not sure what had stopped me from delv­ing into it, per­haps it was the fact that I did­n’t quite under­stand what it was all about or per­haps there were to many oth­er games press­ing for my time.  Regard­less I final­ly told myself that I was going to play it after my friends at work were rav­ing about how awe­some the first one is and amaz­ing the sec­ond one was. For those of you who don’t know what por­tal is, much like I did­n’t before I played it, it is a puz­zle game.  If youRead more…

April 17, 2011

MORTAL KOMBAT!

Cel­e­brat­ing almost 20 years of spine rip­ping fatal­i­ties…. On April 19 the world will be treat­ed to the first true Mor­tal Kom­bat game of this gen­er­a­tion. (Yes I know MK vs. DC was on this gen but it doesn’t count) Vio­lent, bloody, and full of bone crunch­ing thrills; the new game, enti­tled Mor­tal Kom­bat, is a reimag­in­ing of the first three games of the series. The game play resem­bles those titles by going back to the 2‑D plain roots while retain­ing some of the move sets added when the game went 3‑D. The com­bat reminds me of the MK2; there is no run but­ton, there are com­bos but the com­bat does not rely heav­i­ly on them, and the tone is a hint of MK1 with no signs of dum­b­ass fin­ish­ers (Babal­i­ties, friend­ships, bru­tal­i­ties, and ani­mal­i­ties), just an epic, bru­tal tour­na­mentRead more…

April 15, 2011

Killzone II

Through­out the years I have played almost every gam­ing fran­chise there is except those exclu­sive to the playsta­tion series.  Up until recent­ly I had played very lit­tle on the Playsta­tion out­side of a few WWF Smack­down games back in ear­ly 2000’s.  Upon real­iz­ing this I have slow­ly been cor­rect­ing this mis­take.  One of the fran­chis­es that I have nev­er touched until last week­end was the kil­l­zone series and I am sor­ry that I have wait­ed so long to do so.  I must con­fess that my entry into the series was Kil­l­zone II and I have yet to play Kil­l­zone I but I will soon rec­ti­fy that as well.  Kil­l­zone II takes up direct­ly after the events of Kil­l­zone and Killzone:Liberation and fol­lows the exploits Sergeant Tomas “Sev” Sevchenko and his band of spe­cial forces “mis­fits” as I like to callRead more…

April 8, 2011

Illusion of Gaia Live Play by Hessie

A friend and clan­mate of mine, Hessie, has been doing a live­play series of Illu­sion of Gaia. For those who have nev­er heard of such, live­play is the fine art of play­ing a video game and giv­ing com­men­tary on said video game for the amuse­ment of the audi­ence. Illu­sion of Gaia is an RPG for the Super Nin­ten­do Enter­tain­ment Sys­tem by Enix (pre Squa­reEnix). He’s pret­ty new to this type thing, but eh is a pret­ty cool guy and does­n’t afraid of any­thing. Feel free to check him out on his youtube chan­nel. I’m sure he’ll appre­ci­ate feed­back, and if he does­n’t, tell him Char­coal said he’s a tard. Also, I’m plan­ning on doing one of these myself, in order to get some com­men­tat­ing prac­tice (I want to be a cast­er in Dota 2.). What game(s) would you guys likeRead more…

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