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With the recent announcement and trailer for Resident Evil 6Â during Capcom's big 15th anniversary event in Japan, fans thought that would be all the details they would be getting for now. However, Capcom delivered even more information about the game beyond the trailer. It seems Leon will be joined by a new female protagonist named Helena Harper, while Chris Redfield's partner remains unknown at this time.
In addition, the trailer had a huge snarling beast which has been given the name of "Javo,". According to the new bits of information, Javo will have "an even greater impact than the zombies." and will be something of the game's Nemesis. There is aÂ third main protagonist, but he hasn't been named. Some believe it's Hunk from the past RE games, but it could be someone else. To find more of this information, check out this article on Joystiq.
For a gamer, everyone knew the relevance of November 8, 2011. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 hit the shelves and millions lined up to pick up their copy. Even if you aren't big into video games, the Call of Duty name is recognized. That's how big this franchise is. Kudos to Sledgehammer Games for shelling out the cash and creating a commercial for a title that some would say would have sold just as many copies without it.
The Vet & The n00b started airing the first week of November. The commercial could be seen on all channels, all times, including prime time. This is one of those commercials that even with DVR, you stop and watch. It brilliantly uses the familiar faces of actors Sam Worthington and Jonah Hill, playing The Vet and The n00b respectively. At first glance, you're not actually sure what's being advertised here. Are these two in a new war movie? Is this the actual trailer? Yet as it progresses and you catch the witty dialogue between the two, and the obvious video game graphics that surround them, you realize they are representing soldiers in video-game sequences. It shows the progression of Hill's character, from a beginner to "The Vet," while they are thrown into Modern Warfare experience after experience.
The ad campaign does its job in picking well-known actors to hammer home the message that EVERYONE plays video games. While you watch this commercial you can just picture Worthington and Hill on their own couches in their own living rooms with headsets on, playing their X-Box until 4 am. The banter between the two brings a comedic aspect that makes everyone want to see this ad over and over again. And how brilliant is the addition of Dwight Howard at the end romping through the battlefield as the new "n00b"?!? One has to applaud the creativity of this ad, and succeeding in making everyone who watches this commercial think that there indeed is "a soldier in all of us."
In the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan Island sits Alamo, a giant cube sculpture by Tony Rosenthal which was created in 1967. The cube is not that far from from New York University, The New School, and few other New York landmarks. It's been known to show up in various videos as well be the victim of a few pranks, like being turned into a giant Rubiks Cube.
Just recently, reported on Kotaku, the latest stunt involving Alamo turned into the Weighted Companion Cube from Portal. Oversized pieces of fabric were laid over the famous sculpture with the beloved cube's design of grey and pink hearts. A note from the Caltech Prank Club claims responsibility in the manner of your typical Aperture Science lingo. Sadly, there wasn't any cake to celebrate the occasion.
When reached for comment, Chell had no comment. Then again, ANY comment from Chell would be a miracle.
So a while ago, Eve decided to start selling vanity items well...people didn't take much liking to it. And the reason is because most people think that shelling out nearly seventy dollars for virtual goods isn't such a grand idea. However this idea wasn't one of its kind, according to an article on Kotaku. The Space based MMO game, Dark Orbit, decided to start selling a rare spacecraft for around 1.000 Euros (that's about $1,300). Unlike Eve Online's goods, this one found customers...around 2,000 of them.
Bigpoint Games, the maker of Dark Orbit, did note that you can also buy this drone ship with in-game currency but would be a much length and time-consuming process. It seems like that the process is so in-game time and money consuming people are opting out and actually giving their hard-earned cash for it. I'm not one to judge people on what they do with their money but in this case this seems a bit excessive. Now granted, so far in Team Fortress 2 I have probably spent around $50 worth of keys to open up dropped crates, but my amount is pennies compared to what is going on in Dark Orbit.
However, I guess this how German-based Bigpoint earns money, since the game is Free-To-Play. A lot of games are going the free to play route like TF2 and League of Legends.
But $1,300? Let see, how many hats can I buy in the Team Fortress 2 Mann Co. store with that? That's around 260 Madam Dixies for my Pyro or a set of 130 Geisha Boy Wigs for the Medic with 130 Magnificent Mongolians for my Heavy or 1300 cases of Basebally Bill's Sport Shine for my Scout.
I love music, a various mix of them. However, I probably love video game music the most. Without epic music in video games that were conducted by such geniuses like Nobou Uematsu (the composer for most of Square-Enix's music) and Hans Zimmer (the composer famous for Modern Warfare 2's soundtrack), games wouldn't be the same. This past summer, I missed the opportunity of hearing Nobou Uematsu conduct with the BaltimoreSymphony Orchestra on their Baltimore stop of the Distant Worlds tour. I regret not gracing my ears with such masterpiece renditions of "One Winged Angel" and "Balamb Garden".
Which brings me to this point. The London Philharmonic has a significant history of performing video game music and other variations of music in their classical style. Well reported here on Joystiq, the London-based orchestra will be releasing an album of their best performances of video game music. The album covers a variety of music tracks from games likeSuper Mario, Angry Birds, Modern Warfare and many others..
I for one, will be buying this album when it is released on November 8th.
Two writers from the Japanese car siteCliccar decided to get out of their usual business attire for a while and have some fun. How did they do that? Well how about getting two street legalX-Karts and roam the streets of Tokyo as both Mario and Luigi in a real life game of Super Mario Kart (minus the banana throwing and shell tossing).
These karts are priced at Ã‚Â¥ 379,800 (US$4,900) and are designed as "mini sports cars". The "mini sports cars" are weighing in at only 95 kilograms (209 pounds), sport an engine that can move at a standard top speed of 55 kph (35 mph), but can be modified to go over 80 kph (50 mph). However, if you were to acquired one of these in Japan, you'd have to possess a driver's license.
The two Mario and Luigi cosplaying writers drove through various parts of Tokyo (mainly sticking to parts of Shibuya) and gathered a lot of attention from crowds of residents, commuters, and tourists. All while dodging through traffic and avoiding being crushed by trucks and taxis.
After watching these two writers, I kind of want to break out my old Mario cosplay and get a go-kart myself. Only thing is, I don't think the highway patrol would like the idea of a Mario cosplayer throwing bananas at Honda Civics on the 202 outbound to Los Angeles.
If you wish to see the video and more details of these two real life mario kart fans, head on over to Kotaku for details, and see for yourself. Come to think of it, didn't I mentioned something of areal life Mario Kart in a previous blog?
That's right, 9mm earphones or "earbuds" as the youngin's are calling them these days. That's the signature design for Munitio alongside their high quality sound and that they only use the highest quality of materials for its earbuds (including aircraft-grade billet aluminum, the same type used for parts on various US air force aircraft). For this special Call of Duty Edition they are making it will be designed in the signature colors of Modern Warfare which is green, black, and white. While it's great for design the specs are something to amazed at, if you pay attention to details like that.
20 Hz - 20 kHz
Sensitivity: 101 db +/- 3db at 1 kHz
Rated Power: 3 mW
Max Input Power: 10 mW
Impedance @ 1 kHz: 16 ohms
Translation: Great high quality stereo-like sound
These buds go on sale for 89.99 on October 23rd. While it does seem pricey to some, I've seen earphones from other companies go for a much higher value with the same ear quality. It seems like a nice deal if you're looking for new earphones and you're a Call of Duty fan.
So on Speak Up article on Kotaku about dirty controllers it came to my attention that over the years of gaming since I was a young kid that I've been always struggling with the problem about messed up and greasy controllers. We, as a gaming society, tend to take our consoles' controllers for granted and do abusive things to them. We get dust on them, weunknowinglycough on them when we had a sick day from work/school, we'd toss them out our window and get them stuck in a tree because someone on Marvel vs Capcom 3 decided to be the cheapest jerk in the world by using Sentinel-Hulk-Magneto fourteen times in a row. In result, they begin to malfunction and we have to buy another controller or send it in for repairs.
So, in a gesture of proper controller care, I decided to share some tips on how to take care of your controller so malfunctioning rarely or never occurs in your gaming life.
1. Use electronic cleaning wipes.
Why? Because it makes sense. By wiping that grease from your lunchs Double-Double Animal Style off your Active Reload, it is less likely your controller is going to slip out of your hands and break on the ground during an intense round in Horde Mode in GOW3.
2. Avoid eating something that leaves dusts while you play with your controller.
Cheetos are a common suspect in this case. Cheeto dust leave behind a greasy film on your controller and the dust can likely get into the hard to clean ridges of your controller and probably inside it as well. If you must eat cheetos while mowing down noobs online, have a pile of wet naps at your side at all times. You'll thank me later.
3. When angry, don't take it out on your controller.
From a personal standpoint, it is best to just not do it. Unless you are like me and want to climb an aging orange tree to fetch your Xbox controller. Your controller didn't do anything wrong, so why damage it?
So those are my tips on taking care of your controller. There are many other tips out there like them, but these are the ones I've come across a lot in my gaming life. And if you play as many games as I do, they are tips to live by.