2012 February

February 22, 2012

Guild Wars 2 beta sign up available 2/22 thru 2/24

      Are­naNet is giv­ing gamers the oppor­tu­ni­ty to sign up for the Guild Wars 2 beta for 48 hrs. Any­one inter­est­ed can sign up here > https://beta.guildwars2.com/, upon apply­ing for the beta gamers will need to sub­mit their PC specs and sign an NDA (Non Dis­clo­sure Agree­ment) if accept­ed into the beta. Any­one accept­ed into the beta will be noti­fied via e‑mail and the beta will launch in March. The full retail game is expect­ed to release in 2012 but no offi­cial release date has been made. If inter­est­ed in the beta click on the link ASAP as slots will fill quick­ly. Guild Wars was well received and the Guild Wars 2 is expect­ed to do much bet­ter with the improve­ments over the first game.

February 22, 2012

Gaming in Stereo: Sephiroth Wednesday

[display_podcast] I start­ed this fea­ture with one of gaming’s great­est hero’s, now we look at one of gaming’s great­est vil­lains. Sephi­roth is just one of those vil­lains you either love because of his bad fac­tor, or hate and weep because he is evil and killed Aerith. Today’s song is off of the same BadAss: Boss Themes album that last week’s Shred­der tune came from. Sephi­roth (Final Fan­ta­sy VII) BadAzz by Pro­to­type­R­ap­tor is full of pulse pound­ing beats that make me want to pop in Advent Chil­dren. I was going to do this song a few weeks ago, sor­ry for the delay. SEPHIROTH! http://badass.ocremix.org/

February 22, 2012

Borderlands 2 on Android?

Dur­ing last weeks PDXLAN Gear­box Soft­ware demoed Bor­der­lands 2, this in and of itself would have been an inter­est­ing activ­i­ty, what makes it stand out though is the fact the demo was being run on a Tegra 3 pow­ered Android Tablet. Tegra is Nvidi­a’s mobile CPU solu­tion and has the Tegra 3 is the lat­est quad-core vari­ant. It is already in a hand­ful of tablets such as the Asus Trans­former and is about to hit a large num­ber of Smart­phones. The fact that Bor­der­lands 2 was run­ning on this mobile proces­sor is not only impres­sive and says alot about its heft but also shows promise in the way things are going in the mobile com­mu­ni­ty. If a tablet can run a PC grade game it wont be long before mobile gam­ing is tak­en to a whole new lev­el. Does thisRead more…

February 21, 2012

Gaming in Stereo: Kirby Tuesday Redux

 [display_podcast]   Last Tues­day we fea­tured Kir­by and we are going to do it again, because I say so. Actu­al­ly I came across this song while lis­ten­ing to last weeks and fell in love with it. Gen­er­al­ized Veg­e­tal –Theme of Star Gen­er­al by Tren­thi­an is just awe­some. The soft brass and strings come to a crescen­do mid­way through to cul­mi­nate a great melody that just gives the pic­ture of Kir­by march­ing along into an adven­ture. A soft flute fin­ish­es the tune and takes us back into dream­land. I real­ly enjoy these remix­es, espe­cial­ly the Nin­ten­do trib­utes. There is a cer­tain mag­i­cal feel to Nin­ten­do that can’t be described, only felt in that joy­ous smile while play­ing some­thing like Kir­by. The song is off the Rise of the Star: The Kirby’s Adven­ture Remix Col­lab­o­ra­tion, same as last weeks and I imploreRead more…

February 20, 2012

Mass Effect 3 Trailer

This past Sun­day, dur­ing The Walk­ing Dead the new Mass Effect 3: Tak­ing Back Earth launch trail­er was shown for the first time. I was tempt­ed to both­er some­one who had a TV just to watch this trail­er. I think it would have been worth it. I have always had a soft spot for cin­e­mat­ic trail­ers, but if I was­n’t already excit­ed for Mass Effect 3 I real­ly am now. The Walk­ing Dead how­ev­er, I real­ly enjoyed the pilot episode and since then have lost inter­est.

February 20, 2012

Gaming in Stereo: Metal Gear Monday

  [display_podcast]   I am final­ly get­ting around to fin­ish­ing Met­al Gear Sol­id 4; I have had the game since 2008, and now for the out­cries of hate. I love the game, just oth­ers came out and well the rest is his­to­ry. I am almost fin­ished with it but I have always loved the music of the series and today we are cel­e­brat­ing it with a fan­tas­tic remix. Today’s track is a treat, Met­al Gear Sol­id ‘The Price of Free­dom’ by Evan Arnett, Jan­na McKin­ley, and Jonathan Mills is a com­bi­na­tion of themes from Met­al Gear Sol­id. So now go and spend you Mon­day morn­ing enjoy­ing the sounds of Tac­ti­cal Espi­onage Action and wait, Snake? Snake? SNNNAAKEEE?   http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02368/  

February 18, 2012

Co-Review: Gotham City Impostors

It’s been some time since we have heard from Mono­lith Pro­duc­tions. F.E.A.R. 2 was the last we heard from them and while the game was more var­ied than its pre­de­ces­sor, the A.I. took a large dose of stu­pid pills. They are final­ly back with a down­load­able title that is rather odd. Take one part Bat­man, one part Team Fortress, and one part absurd humor, shake not stir, and you come away with one humor­ous but com­pelling shoot­er.   Joe: Game­play: Based on the Team Fortress/ Team Fortress 2 style game it works real­ly well with plen­ty of cus­tomiza­tion allow­ing you to play this first per­son shoot­er how­ev­er you like.  The four game types are var­ied (one being a chal­lenge mode ripped right out of Bat­man Arkham City) giv­ing plen­ty of ver­i­ty to add val­ue to the price of this DLCRead more…

February 17, 2012

Gaming in Stereo: Robot Master Friday

      [display_podcast] Two Mega Man days in a row how great is that? Today’s song comes from a unique album that came from Over Clocked, its mixed bag of music but every piece is dif­fer­ent. Mega Man: The Robot Muse­um is a col­lec­tion of remix­es high­light­ing one robot mas­ter from Mega Man 1–8 and includ­ing Bass from Mega Man 7. Today’s track Pow­er Stone (Mega Man 5 – Stone Man) by Joshua Morse is full of fun dance beats and a hint of gui­tars here and there. This is a real­ly fun track, great way to start the week­end.   http://ocremix.org/album/28/mega-man-the-robot-museum

February 16, 2012

Civ V getting expansion; Gods and Kings

The Civ­i­liza­tion series is a wide­ly known and pop­u­lar turn bases strat­e­gy game allow­ing the play­er to build a civ­i­liza­tion and com­pete on a glob­al scale for suprema­cy. It includes many of the worlds his­tor­i­cal great lead­ers, each with unique traits and abil­i­ties. Late spring of 2012 Civ V will be get­ting an expan­sion pack called Gods and Kings. Gods and Kings will bring with it 9 new won­ders, 13 new build­ings and 27 new units along with 4 new civ­i­liza­tions, Carthage, the Nether­lands, the Celts and Mayans, each with unique traits, build­ings and units. Play­ers will also have 9 new lead­ers to play as, four of which will be William I, the Prince of Orange, Boudic­ca and Pacal the Great. It will also add new reli­gious city-state types and mer­can­tile types. And thanks to enhanced diplo­ma­cy and espi­onage options play­ers willRead more…

February 16, 2012

Gaming in Stereo: Blue Bomber Thursday

[display_podcast] Last Mon­day I fea­tured a Mega Man tune that cranked up the heavy met­al, this week we go a bit elec­tron­ic with one of the most mem­o­rable and just one of the best open­ing themes in all of gam­ing. Mega Man 3 ‘Mega Man 2003’ remixed by Gecko Yamori is a fan­tas­tic trib­ute to one of the great­est in games in Mega Man’s NES days. The sub­tle piano open­ing leads into an all out glow stick trib­ute. Gets your blood pump­ing this morn­ing with a bit of Mega Man tech­no because hon­est­ly, what else could be bet­ter? As always hit the link to down­load the track. http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR00878/

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