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Meet The GANG: Gaming Death Podcast & EP 100 Party On June 12th 2014! #E32014 #E3Live #E3

Posted by Yogizilla on June 10, 2014

Geeky Antics has dat #E32014 #E3Live coverage.  Come join us at GeekyAntics.net and meet the Gaming Death Podcast.  Special show airing LIVE tonight on Twitch!

http://twitch.tv/GeekyAntics

GDP is about to hit 100 episodes.  It’s kind of a big deal.  Show some love with some comments, even if it is just “awesome” – celebrate with us and bring some friends! #GeeksUnite

 

Meet The GANG: Gaming Death Podcast & EP 100 Party On June 12th 2014! #E32014.

via Meet The GANG: Gaming Death Podcast & EP 100 Party On June 12th 2014! #E32014.

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XBox LIVE 10th Anniversary – FREE Stuff and Limited Edition Console Bundle!

Posted by Yogizilla on November 17, 2012

We’re a little late to the party but don’t forget to download your FREE gamer pic and avatar item today!

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XBox LIVE turned 10 years old officially on November 15th.  This is a pretty big deal so Microsoft has several awesome (and some random) games available for 50% OFF for two days.  That means tonight is it! Peggle, Castle Crashers, and other great games are up for grabs on the cheap now.

We’re disappointed that they’re no celebrating for longer but there is an opportunity to enter the sweepstakes/giveaway and possibly win one of the VERY limited edition XBox 360 console bundles.  We reckon they may be similar to the bundles we saw in Europe back in February 2012.

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For me, this is a positive social signal that Microsoft is not abandoning the XBox 360 just yet.  Really, I’m not ready to commit to new hardware unless it’s new upgrades for my gaming PC..   Or a new laptop.  LOL

In any case, here is a link to help ya out:

http://majornelson.com/2012/11/15/happy-anniversary-to-xbox-live/

BTW, I met Major Nelson at the Halo 3 launch in NYC a few years back. Really cool guy and as down-to-earth as they come! Keep an eye on his blog and podcast. I’m sure more goodies are bound to come!

Yogizilla signing out for now!

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Rage (XBox 360) First Impressions

Posted by Yogizilla on October 4, 2011

RAGE by iD Software logo - even the logo is EPIC!

Get some RAGE!!

When I went to pick up Rage for the XBox 360 about an hour ago, I did not know what to expect. DOOM and DOOM II changed the FPS genre forever so I believe in anything iD does; however, as much as I love Bethesda (of Fallout 3/New Vegas and Oblivion/Skyrim fame), I worried this kick-ass union would result in another Brink WHOOPS!

I was wrong.

Rage is a game that grips you from the very beginning.. And it’s more than just eye candy.

The gruesome characters in RAGE are impressively realistic.. and creepy (even on the consoles)!

As always, iD Software delivers unique characters (and weapons) that often ilicit WOWs and perhaps some cringes too!

I’ll be honest: I saw a few gameplay videos and read some previews here and there but, for the most part, I went in blind. The moment I picked up my pre-ordered copy, I noticed it was heavy. Rage comes with 3 discs. WOW!

Final Fantasy XIII was the last game I played with so many discs. Oh wait.. Mass Effect 2 (can’t forget that one), too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mass Effect 2 Sexy? (NSFW: Nerd Porn-ish)

Posted by Yogizilla on July 10, 2011

Is Mass Effect TOO Sexy?

You be the judge.  All I know is that there are few games that I care about these days and Mass Effect is one of them.  Assassin’s Creed and Dragon Age have also become quite dear to me.  Surprisingly, they are not multiplayer games (for the most part).  There’s just something magical about Mass Effect in particular..  Something “SEKSY!!”

With so many boring, cookie-cutter video games being released in the past few years, the Mass Effect series has been a breath of fresh air. I know some of the purists and feminists will argue that the series has gone downhill and   the sexual stuff is a cheap gimmick. Well, quite frankly, the series has done right by me so Mass Effect 3 remains one of the few games I am looking forward to, perhaps drooling over, just a bit.

If I had the time to spare, I’d go and replay Mass Effect 2 again and again (which says tons since I’m notorious for not finishing video games due to loss of interest).. Heck, I have yet to play the last expansion DLC! There’s so much junk out there these days but this series sticks out, regardless of how you feel about the so-called “controversial stuffs”. Mass Effect is very SEKSY to a die-hard nerd like me. Science fiction, great storytelling, dynamic characters, true RPG immersion, and intense action – what more can you ask for?

Oh, yeah, there’s this too…

Miranda Lawson, as envisioned by MadSpike (I like your vision, Mister).

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Brink: Is It The First Person Shooter You’ve Been Waiting For?

Posted by Yogizilla on May 10, 2011

Now that I’ve logged a good amount of play time in the first two days of “Brinkdom”, I’d like to preface my excitement with a bit of a reality check…

Replay value and the length of a video game are certainly key elements that add value to an offering. In the case of Brink, jaded gamers may say it’s too short. If you want to be overly-critical, the game doesn’t have a very deep story nor does it have plenty of gameplay modes upon release. I think it all works well and, if I know Splash Damage well enough, they’re going to find ways to keep Brink fresh and fun.

If you’re like my cousin and Brink reminds you of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, good observation! That’s arguably Splash Damage’s most well-known work. We won’t talk about Quake Wars so, really, this is their first real console entry. They’re going to want to do some big things here and Brink is set up to be expandable and user-driven. I’d say any shortcoming cited on this article are purely first impressions and not final in any way. Brink definitely feeds a very real need in a marketplace littered with clones and crap…

It’s been yet another busy day for me but I did manage to log a couple of hours on Brink. In a few words, it is well worth the money as far as I am concerned. Brink is Bethesda’s take on the FPS genre and, thanks to their experience with the Elder Scrolls and Fallout series (and teaming up with Splash Damage), there are some very welcomed RPG elements.

I’d compare Brink with some of my other favorite XBox 360 shooters: Borderlands, Team Fortress 2, Gears of War 3, and Rainbow Six Vegas 2. I’d say it is more akin to the foremost than the latter. While the game stands out on it’s own, the deep character customization, class-based obejctiive focus, and team-focused game mechanics should be familiar to the seasoned shooter veteran. Bethesda has done the impossible by weaving the Brink story into virtually every gameplay option.

I’m really excited about Brink but let’s dig deeper because, really, this game is not for everyone… Read the rest of this entry »

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The Economy of Gaming: Why Paying To Play Is A GOOD Thing

Posted by Yogizilla on May 8, 2011

Hello Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, video game geeks, and strategy buffs!

Today’s article will be a bit of a break from the very Yu-Gi-Oh! and Japanese-centric stuff we tend to have here on DPO (I think Rin should keep every geek out there very happy). I want to discuss an issue that affects all of us, yet very few of us truly grasp: the economy of gaming.

A while ago I read a very moving article about how used games hurt the gaming industry. Thing is, used games only represent only one facet of what is really a much greater issue. That issue is that games are becoming more expensive to make as games are made with high production value (i.e. nice eye candy) in mind. With the cost of publishing, distributing, marketing, and all sorts of overhead on top of it all, it’s not just about developing a good video game: you need a massive budget or at least a really good plan to have significant market penetration. The costs of putting out a game can sneak up on developers, especially the small and indie shops, which means that the cost needs to be passed on to the consumer or off-set somehow. Developers have mouths to feed too, you know!

Sadly, there are gamers that do not understand basic economic rules such as supply-and-demand and marketing overhead. They want games to be cheap and, sometimes, free. Surely, we all like free stuff so I ain’t knocking you bargain hunters out there. As a gamer, I love when I can find a great game that I can involve my gaming group, The Nipples of Fate (NoF), in without having to pay a single red cent. It makes easier for everyone to jump on-board or at least try it out.

The issue here is that, as games become more expensive, many online gaming experiences are becoming more exclusive. Video games are reaching more of a luxury status as next-gen systems become over-priced and, at times, scarce. If you’re old like me, the price points we’ve grown accustomed to have gone from $39.99-49,99 to $59.99-69.99 and, when you’re on a tight budget, that extra $20 can be better spent on gas, public transportation, or lunch money, depending on your needs. Of course, you have to factor in inflation, which really makes video games costs about the same for the past three decades.

Used games form the PS2-XBox-Gamecube generation, thanks to GayGamer.net

Apparently, used games were not enough to keep Circuit City afloat. (Courtesy of GayGamer.net)

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Netflix Ramps Up Anime Streaming and the Endless Distractions Continue

Posted by Yogizilla on April 14, 2011

Well, some of you have been wondering what I’ve been up to and, really, it’s the usual being inundated with work and getting distracted. As usual, XBox LIVE is a great escape from work. Been getting back into CoD Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops (surprisingly, Black Ops has grown onto me though I still prefer Infinity Ward’s approach, in spite of tons of customization and gameplay options in the Treyarch product) with new and old clanmates from NoF, my gaming clan. Crysis 2 has been fun but BOY is that game frustrating!

Possibly the biggest distraction is the massive Netflix Anime expansion. About two or three months back, Anime was only available on DVD or Blu-Ray mailings. Not so now. Netflix has tons of streaming Anime options including Trigun, Berserk, Rin, Blood+, Bleach, Naruto, and Full Metal Alchemist, to name a “few”.

Rin is particularly interesting. The release date shows as 2008 but the subject matter seems dated, especially if you consider the computer references (128MB RAM 300MB HDD is no longer top of the line, folks). Regardless, it is a fun Anime. It’s a little graphic so, kids, go back to Dragon Ball Z, please.

Rin is about two immortal girls that run a private investigation company. They take on strange cases, battle supernatural beings, and make lots of friends along the way. If nudity is your bag, Rin has that too but the plot is substantial, I promise. The Anime series is beautifully drawn too.

If you need more reasons to procrastinate, check out the new, ever-growing Netflix Anime Instant Play collection. Netflix has stepped things up due to the competition from Amazon, Hulu, and others. If Anime is not your thing, add me on XBox LIVE. Yogizilla is my name there though I’m considering changing to YogizillaNoF to fully rep my clan.

The Anime catch-up has definitely been a time killer for me but, fear not: I am still very much excited to bring you my very first online Yu-Gi-Oh! Box Buster. I got tons of cards I have yet to reveal for myself and you, my AWESOME loyal readers. I’ve been focusing on my Y3B blog but I’ll be switching content back and forth, as well as cross-promoting.

There’s still tons of stuff in the pipelines including new Mundane Chatter v2.0 Podcast Episodes, XBox 360 Hardware Mini-Reviews (just got a Turtle Beach X31 and I LOVE it.. looking to get a Razer Onza TE but they’re hard to come by), and MORE! Leave a comment and let me know what games, Anime, and other fun has been consuming your life – maybe we can join forces and veg together!

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Berserk: A Hidden Gem For Anime And Video Games Alike

Posted by Yogizilla on March 23, 2011

After a long work day, few things are as rewarding as winding down to some video games and movies (at least if you ask *this* geek).  I’m enjoying a more “recent” Anime classic that some of you may know but most probably never even heard of..  It’s called “Berserk” and it is A-MAZING!!

The history here is quite extensive…  According to Wikipedia, Berserk dates back to as early as 1988 but I first really fell in love with the series when I enjoyed a good ‘ol hack-and-slash called Sword of the Berserk: Guts’ Rage on the Sega Dreamcast circa 2001 (the Dreamcast is one of my favorite gaming systems of all time, BTW).  At the time, Berserk wasn’t really known in the United States, in spite the long track record of the series as a Manga and Anime alike.  In fact, most people I know that have heard of the Anime watched it in more recent years (say, back in 2007 or 2008), which is why I say it is a more recent Anime classic.  Berserk is one of those hidden gems that is a shame to miss out on!

Now, some of the content snobs out there may say that the Anime, Manga, and video game alike are shallow but I beg to differ.  Berserk is the story of Guts, a man who has missed out on a lot of his life because all he has ever known is the way of the sword and survival.  He’s a bit of a drifter and a loner but, as he meets people in his journies, he learns more about himself and life.  I like his character quite a bit and, well, he simply kicks some major A-double-dollar-sign!!

Sure, at face value, Guts can be seen as any other Japanese hero.  Swords tend to be over-glorified and over-done these days..  But Guts has something special to him.  He is a character whose greatest conflict lies within himself.  He seeks a sense of purpose and I think that’s something people can relate to at any time.  Some of the Japanese cliches still apply (i.e. huge swords, exagerrated actions, and one-dimensional names) but there is depth here, I promise. As such, Berserk earns a place up there with Anime classics like Fist of the North Star and Vampire Hunter D.

In any case, that’s my quick update for now…  I’m thinking I’ll be revisiting this post to share some photos and links.  Berserk FTW!  Anime FTW!!  (Excuse my excessive excitement here but, well, all this action-packed goodness has me hyped up just a smidge.)

Guts From "Berserk" Getting SERIOUS!!

RAWR!!!!!

UPDATE: Just minutes after posting this quick blurb on Berserk, I had felt compelled to check out some of the deals for the complete Anime collection. I found a great deal on Amazon for Berserk Complete under $50. w00t! I can’t wait to re-experience the series. Supposedly, this collection claims to be re-mastered but does not deliver on such promises. You have to remember that the Anime spanned decades with several breaks in between so, as the characters evolved, so did the artistic presentation.

…And now for something a little different…

In that video, we see Berserk slaughtering his foes. You could take this at face value and say, “Wow, he really knows how to wield a sword!” There is more to it, though…

While there are lots of back stories and themes throughout the series, it’s really all about Guts trying to figure life out. Why does he fight? What is the point? This is something few stories really tackle because some writers feel that they may steel their protagonist’s thunder, I suppose. Guts doesn’t have super powers nor is he infallible. I think Kentaro Miura did an excellent job of creating a character that fans could relate to and still admire and perhaps even idolize.

With so much crap out there in the entertainment industry, it’d be nice to see this franchise continued. A new video game would certainly rock, for starters. Really, the Dreamcast game, Sword of the Berserk: Guts’ Rage, developed by Eidos Interactive / ASCII was ahead of it’s time. They fell short on a few things but it’s still a great game, even today. Not to mention it fills the gap between the actual Anime without providing excessive filler content (like, say, DBZ).

Sword of the Berserk: Gut's Rage (Sega Dreamcast, US 2000)

A game that any self-respecting gamer should at least try out once in their lives!

While Berserk has received many awards and recognition as a Manga, I’m still amazed that the collective works rarely come up in geek conversations. A recent discussion on Shonen Jump (via Twitter) had fans mentioning the usual staples (Fist of the North Star, Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, etc.) and even I forgot for a second about Berserk. Unacceptable. Let’s show some love, people!

Interestingly enough, my Facebook broadcast caught a bit of attention. My buddy KiNgDeeM got his hands on the full collection as well. My buddy, Shizlanski, revealed that Berserk is one of his favorite geek indulgences of all time. I guess it’s one of those things where there is an underground following but not enough open discussions. If you like Berserk or are interested, leave a comment – let’s bring Guts back into the forefront!

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