July 28, 2011

3DS Price Drop!

    Writ­ten by: CABXYZ… Yes you heard that right, just less than a year after the porta­bles release it is get­ting a price drop and a mas­sive one at that. Ear­ly this morn­ing Nin­ten­do released a press release stat­ing that the 3DS just 5 months after the system’s release will be tak­en from its $249.99 price tag to $169.99 on August 12th. Yes, you are not see­ing things the 3DS will be $169.99 ear­ly next month. Nin­ten­do of Amer­i­ca pres­i­dent Reg­gie Fils-Aime had this to say about the price drop, “For any­one who was in the fence about buy­ing a Nin­ten­do 3DS, this is a huge moti­va­tion to buy now,” “We are giv­ing shop­pers every incen­tive to pick up a Nin­ten­do 3DS from an amaz­ing new price to a rapid-fire suc­ces­sion of great games.” If you were an ear­lyRead more…

July 2, 2011

Charcoal’s Late Review of the 3DS: Part 2- The Games

I know that this is even lat­er, but humor me: I’ve just not been able to put my 3DS down. This lit­tle thing is tru­ly amaz­ing. I cur­rent­ly only own three games for it, but they’re var­ied enough for me to give an accu­rate review. THE GOOD: Super Street Fight­er IV 3D Edi­tion is a hell of a game with a hell of a name. As you might expect by read­ing the name, it’s  Super Street Fight­er IV, only on the 3DS and in 3D. How­ev­er, it fits the lit­tle 3DS incred­i­bly well. The but­ton con­trols are very sol­id and respon­sive,  and there are also four “but­tons” on the touch screen. These can be mapped to do dif­fer­ent things depend­ing on what “mode” your con­trol set­ting is in. For all the new­com­ers to the series or the 3DS, there isRead more…

June 27, 2011

Sound The Alarm

Hey guys I have a friend who also has a nerd site. His name is Adam and he does up the geek­ness over at Sound The Alarm brings you news in gam­ing and oth­er fun things as well. They also do week­ly pod­casts chat­ting about any­thing going on in gam­ing, sports, or ran­dom stuff around the house. They just hit the 25th episode mark so gratz to them. So give them a check­ing out and tell them Ace­Of­Nades sent ya. Oh and be nice.

June 27, 2011

Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Video Game Industry

In a mile­stone event today, the Supreme Court ruled today against the Vio­lent Video Game law pre­sent­ed by Cal­i­for­nia law mak­ers. “Like pro­tect­ed books, plays, and movies, com­mu­ni­cate ideas through famil­iar lit­er­ary devices and fea­tures dis­tinc­tive to the medi­um. And ‘the basic prin­ci­ples of free­dom of speech … do not vary’ with a new and dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ca­tion medi­um,” said the court. “This coun­try has no tra­di­tion of spe­cial­ly restrict­ing chil­dren’s access to depic­tions of vio­lence. And Cal­i­for­ni­a’s claim that ‘inter­ac­tive’ video games present spe­cial prob­lems, in that the play­er par­tic­i­pates in the vio­lent action on screen and deter­mines its out- come, is unper­sua­sive.” This is land­mark event in that it sets a prece­dent for any future enter­tain­ment indus­try laws.  This rul­ing pro­tects video games under first amend­ment rights thus extend­ing them the pro­tect­ing that the Lit­er­a­ture, Music and Video indus­tryRead more…

June 26, 2011

Subscriptions VS Microtransactions

  With advance­ments in gam­ing come new ways for the indus­try to get our mon­ey. How­ev­er with EA giv­ing way to the “online pass” codes trend we see gam­ing head­ing in a new direc­tion. Now we see free to play, pay to play, and all thats in between pop­ping up all over. Sub­scrip­tions — Ahh the famil­iar feel­ings. Pay for a month? Three months? A year? Two years? Hope­ful­ly this game lasts that long. Sub­scrip­tion based games rode the MMO wag­on to become a stan­dard for a lot of games and gam­ing ser­vices. I am sure the first guy to see a pay to play game said, “Ha! That will nev­er work.” Now that same guy does his best to scrape togeth­er enough mon­ey to get anoth­er month of WoW access like a crack­head get­ting his fix. Suc­cess in theRead more…

June 20, 2011

Charcoal’s Late Review of the 3DS: Part 1- The Console

What’s up, every­one? It’s super great cap­tain Char­coal (bonus points if you get that 78% obscure ref­er­ence), who is super late on his DS review. But you know by now that this is how I oper­ate. This review isn’t for the Nin­ten­do total fan­boys. This is for the skep­tics, the doubters, and most impor­tant­ly, the poor peo­ple who can’t just imme­di­ate­ly drop $250 on some­thing. So, here comes my review of the 3DS! ^You total­ly trust this guy with your reviews, right? So, for those of you who don’t like read­ing because big words hurt your inter­net-pwned brain, I’ll give you the tl;dr / the­sis: The 3DS is very, very good. There are very few good games cur­rent­ly avail­able for the 3DS (specif­i­cal­ly). If you don’t have any oth­er DS, go ahead and get a 3DS. If you have plen­tyRead more…

June 8, 2011

Gamer Rant ‑E3 Edition — Rebuttal

Yes­ter­day, edi­tor Ace­of­Nades post­ed his week­ly Gamer­Rant and had quite an argu­ment brew­ing over Nintendo’s new­ly announced con­sole the WiiU. I thought it would be fun, with Ace­of­Nades per­mis­sion, to counter his argu­ment with this rebut­tal. It’s not so much prov­ing him wrong because at this point no one has a vast amount of details on the sys­tem and its odd con­troller, but see­ing the pos­i­tives of the con­troller and con­sole in my opin­ion. The WiiU is still sur­round­ed with a shroud of mys­tery. What we were shown at E3 was the tech of the new con­troller and what will be the final hard­ware design albeit some tweaks. They showed the con­troller off first the same way they did with the Wii. If you are intro­duc­ing a new way to play games the hard­ware and soft­ware take a back seatRead more…

June 7, 2011

Gamer Rant — E3 Edition — Wii U

Nin­ten­do revealed its new con­sole at thi­er press event and are call­ing it the Wii U. Here comes the pain. So there was no men­tion of an actu­al con­sole they only focused on the con­troller. Wait I thought we were get­ting a new con­sole? First off the con­troller looks like its the size of the U Draw or a fat touch tablet. That’s way to big in my opin­ion. Yea its got a fan­cy touch screen, but why do I need a screen? Will it have heat­ing issues? Will it eat through bat­ter­ies? It’s gonna be in HD, but thats the most that was said about the con­sole. The prob­lem is like the Wii the Wii U offers noth­ing more than a new gim­mick. You can switch from your TV to your 6.2 inch screen and then it becomes a handheld.….but I alreadyRead more…

June 7, 2011

E3 2011 – Nintendo – E3 Press Conference

Wow, what a morn­ing. Nin­ten­do went out with a bang that left more ques­tions than answers about their mys­te­ri­ous Project Café, now known as Wiiu. There was a great 3DS sup­port, a new con­troller for their new con­sole, and only one Wii title announced, so take that for what you will. Now on to the facts! Cel­e­brat­ing 25 years of The Leg­end of Zel­da – They had a live orches­tra per­form­ing the many themes from the Zel­da games over the years and with fan­fare announce­ments deal­ing with the Zel­da fran­chis­es. There will be a Zel­da con­cert series per­form­ing world­wide; dates to be announced lat­er. There will be a free copy of Zel­da: Four Swords on the DSI­ware this fall. Sky­ward Sword will be out this hol­i­day, with a lim­it­ed edi­tion Gold Wii Remote plus, sold sep­a­rate­ly. 3DS – was great­lyRead more…

June 6, 2011

E3 2011 — Ubisoft

Next on the list was Ubisoft­’s event. Before I start can I just say 1. just give us the info, you’re not fun­ny and 2. hire peo­ple who speak eng­lish or make them learn it bet­ter. I can’t under­stand half of what you just said about Track Mania…not that I cared but I digress…Here is what Ubisoft had to offer: Ray­man Ori­gins — This live demo showed some co-op and brought me back to the SNES and Sega days. It had a old school feel­ing with it’s well ani­mat­ed 2D side scrolling action. The game will sup­port a 4 play­er co-op. Dri­ver San Fan­cis­co — Noth­ing spe­cial unfor­tu­natley. Dri­ver will have a mul­ti­play­er fea­ture though. Far­cry 3 — This actu­al­ly looked decent. Got a lit­tle sneak peak of game­play and seemed to have a mix­ture of stealth and regualr capRead more…

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