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  • Canada's Future Shop gives out bandages for pre-orders of Gears of War 3

    Future Shop to give out Gears of War 3 bandages as a pre-order bonus.

    When you pre-order or purchase the special edition of games like Gears of War or Call of Duty, usually you get some extra content like in-game unlocks or costumes and/or you get some real life content like a RC camera car (which you got from you pre-ordered the specialized edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops). Well Future Shop (Canada's answer to Best Buy) decided to add something different to the amount of swag you get for pre-ordering Gears of War 3, bandages.

    That's right. You get someGears of War 3 bandages at Future Shop if you pre-order the Gears of War 3. Upon pre-order you will receive a special "Curb Stomp First Aid Kit" which is a specially designed box of 24 GOW3 inspired bandages. Which it is a great collector's item, as it could come in hand if you somehow cut yourself while playing Gears of War 3. How one finds a way to hurt themselves while playing Epic's newest release is a mystery to me.

    This bonus swag is completely separate from the Limited and Epic editions of the game (the editions that include things like art books and aminiaturizedMarcus Fenix) but they do stand out as one of the oddest pre-order oddities there is in video game history. It's up there with the deku tree seeds you got for pre-ordering Ocarina of Time in Greece.


    http://www.joystiq.com/2011/08/24/gears-of-war-3-preorder-comes-with-bandages-at-canadas-future-s/

    http://www.3dsbuzz.com/check-out-nintendo-greeces-ocarina-of-time-pre-order-swag/

  • 3DS vs PS Vita

    Summer is now fully underway, and most gamers have sunk their teeth into whatever they can get their hands on. Here is a quick rundown of observations I have made of the current gaming world. E3 released lots of exciting news and at the forefront for me, is the battle between Modern Warfare 3 vs Battlefield 3, and exactly how cool is PS Vita going to be? As graphically appealing as Battlefield 3 looks, I still cant help but shake the feeling that what it boils down to is a preference in gameplay, and Call of Duty has become just too familiar for most gamers to let go of just yet.

    My neighbors across the hall have been playing way WAY too much Dirt 3, but Im sure that will end when Forza 4 comes out. If PS Vita was cool enough to make me not feel so bad about skipping out on the Ocarina of Time remake that exploded onto the 3DS. I mean that as a serious game title to compete against, and nothing in PS Vitas lineup looks as impressive as perhaps Street Fighter X Tekken. Call of Duty Vita wont be out for quite sometime, so for now I am going to steer clear of handhelds. The most intriguing thing I can say about the PS Vita is that the graphics are stunning to hold in your hands and the touch pad on the back looks like it will make for a unique gaming experience.

    I am simply a high maintenance gamer who loves to find something to criticize. So until something takes my breath away I am going to stick with Black Ops; only one prestige away from Gold Gun! Are you guys interested in picking up either the 3DS or PS Vita in the near future?

    -Evil Nick

  • Game Remakes and Favorite Moments

    There is a trend in 2011 game releases that has us very excited. This being the debut of refurbished classic gaming titles, which feature updated graphics, and improved game play that is consistent with the original titles. Two of the most prominent remakes are Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Legend of Zelda:Ocarina of Time 3D, both of which are poised to be excellent new additions to the already highly popular originals.

    In light of these classic remakes, I have been going back over the original titles and I have been reminded of some amazing gameplay moments that deserveto be recognized. Starting with my favorite game of all time, Legend of Zelda:Ocarina of Time is an instant classic in its entirety, but there are some moments in the game that stand above the rest. Firstly, attaining the Master Sword for the first time in the game is not only a confidence boost to the player, but it completely changes the fighting strategy as you move forward in the game. More damage quicker, and somewhere deep inside you know that wielding the Master Sword means you are definitely on the path to completing the game. Another awesome moment from Ocarina of Time is the first time you travel through time and emerge as adult Link. The idea alone is progressive, and the time travel aspect of OoT gave the gamer a completely different interaction with the games world.

    Moving on to one of the most popular titles in Xbox history, Halo: Combat Evolved changed the way we view first-person shooters, and subsequently isriddled with awesome gaming moments. For myself, the final sequence in which you are escaping The Pillar of Autumn by way of Warthog is the most epic gameplay Ihave ever experienced. You are dodging the flood and covenant troops alike in a lastditch effort to escape the Halo ring; not to mention the fact the ship happens to beself destructing all around you, making this more a special effects scene from a Michael Bay movie than a scene from a video game.

    With the release of these updated classic titles I hope you are inspired to go back and play some of your favorite gaming classics. When you do, let us know what some of your favorite gaming moments are, and we can all share in the nostalgia together. Game on, and remember the roots that allowed us to play the awesome titles of today.

    By Andrew Waterhouse

  • Nintendo 3DS first-day break and make a record

    As of this Tuesday, Nintendo confirmed that the first-day 3DS sales in the United States were the highest ever for any Nintendo hand-held system. Unfortunately, however, no exact numbers were released and wont be released until early to mid April (which, I guess isnt that far away, even though it sure feels like it), when they announce the first-week US sales.

    The 3DS, which launched on the 27th in the United States, sold a hefty amount through preorders, which apparently doubled the amount of preorders for the Wii on Amazon. The 3DS also came with about 30 new titles released as well, including:

    Asphalt 3D (Ubisoft)

    Bust-a-Move Universe (Square Enix)

    Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D (Ubisoft)

    Crush 3D (Sega)

    Dead or Alive Dimensions (Tecmo Koei)

    Dual Pen Sport (Namco Bandai)

    Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars (LucasArts)

    Madden NFL Football (EA Sports)

    Nintendogs & Cats (Nintendo)

    Pilotwings Resort (Nintendo)

    Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D (Konami)

    Rabbids Travel in Time (Ubisoft)

    Rayman 3D (Ubisoft)

    Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (Capcom)

    Ridge Racer 3D (Namco Bandai)

    Samurai Warriors Chronicles (Tecmo Koei)

    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (Atlus)

    Steel Diver (Nintendo)

    Super Street Fighter IV 3D (Capcom)

    The Sims 3 (Electronic Arts)

    Super Monkey Ball 3D (Sega)

    Super Street Fighter IV 3D (Capcom)

    Thor: God of Thunder (Sega)

    Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars (Ubisoft)

    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D (Ubisoft)

    What about you, readers? Bought your 3DS yet? Or waiting for Ocarina of Time to come out first?

  • Apparently Legend of Zelda is ALSO turning 25

    Zelda Series celebrates 25th Anniversary

    Legend of Zelda turns 25.Happy birthday Link!

    Apparently everyones been turning 25 lately (except me – Im currently dreading the 22nd birthday myself). This Monday of Presidents Day, Link, Zelda, Ganon(dorf) and co. turned 25, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of February 21, 1986 when Link first held a sword. And whats amazing to see is not what has changed, but what hasnt.

    The beloved series has kept to its roots better than most franchises, bringing the heroes and villains to return in almost all installments. While its obvious that Link and Zelda remain in the newest episodes, it is interesting to notice the recurrence even of characters like Impa (who got much more attractive with time, contrary to the actual human race). Furthermore, fairies have taken a major spot in all of the games, although, luckily, you only had to Hey!!!!JFKSLJFSL!!!!FJKSL!!! LISTEN! to Navi in one.

    Heroes arent just the only recurring characters, however, as Ganon has remained the symbol of evil throughout all 25 years, and lesser baddies like Octoroks, Tektites, Peahats, Keese, and Stalfos have been stalking Link for what feels like forever. Bosses like Gohma (who will join Skyward Sword in a new scorpion form) and Dodongo have been terrorizing for years.

    Likewise, items, weapons, and sheer gameplay havent changed much beyond improvement for better graphics and exploration. All games have included non-linear worlds with more enclosed towns and visible or hidden dungeons to conquest, and Link has always moved through the use of his bows, boomerangs, bombs, and of course, sword, in each game.

    This will be a great 25th year for the Legend of Zelda franchise with Skyward Sword coming out as well as the Nintendo DS update of Ocarina of Time.

    For more reading, check out Top 20 Weirdest Zelda Characters or read a History of ZeldaIGN. on

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