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Jul 07 2014

Why Psi-Ops Remains Awesome Today

Published by under Editorials,Video Games

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This is a guest post by Mike Leaño, a freelance writer, aspiring evil genius, and founder of Console Gamer, an independent video game blog.

It was a trap! The moment you stepped inside the small chamber, its thick glass door slammed shut behind you and a translucent mist started filling the area. After whiffing the haze and realising it was poison, you try to break the glass with your thick-heeled boot but it doesn’t give.

As you pound away at the door, an enemy foot soldier appears on the other side and gloats at your imminent death. You stand back and unload an entire clip of your machine gun at your obstacle, but nothing happens.

An epiphany finally hits you; mustering every ounce of your will, you lift your foe off his feet using the power of your psyche and smash him forcefully against the entrance. It cracks.

You slam him again; this time, the glass shatters. Continue Reading »

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Jul 07 2014

Four “Terrible” Video Game Film Adaptations I Love

Published by under Lists,Video Games

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We all know that there really aren’t any good video game film adaptations. Sometimes it’s even laughable to hope that one will be different. I’ve stopped expecting for critically acclaimed films based on video games, but I still go to theatres and pay money to see these flicks.

Watching these adaptations have become some sort of past time for me. I know it won’t give the video game justice, but might as well go along for the ride.  Sometimes filmmakers know this and they just end up making it super ridiculous so it could at least be entertaining to some degree.

Love or hate them, here are a couple of mediocre video game film adaptations that I find enjoyable to watch.

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Jul 03 2014

The Most Unpolished Of Gems: Nier

Published by under Video Games

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A funny thing happened when I started looking for my own games.  Having listened to Unreality readers, and thoroughly enjoyed the best of the best of the last generation’s console games, I turned inward.  “Okay, you fell in love with Mass Effect,” I said to myself.  “You enjoyed the hell out of GTA IV and Red Dead Redemption, and you spent waaaaaaaay too much time banging away on a mortal and pestle in Skyrim (100 Alchemy; totally worth it) – now what?”

Deep cuts, that’s what.  Gut feelings, spur-of-the-moment pickups, and not relying on Metacritic.  That’s what led me to the Square Enix forgotten child, Nier, and though I’ll be the first to say that the game is flawed, perhaps even deeply flawed, at its heart, it’s compelling, evocative, and worthy of your time.

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Jul 03 2014

Super Mario Spheres

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Artist Christopher Lee channels a wee bit of Katamari Democracy (I still have yet to understand that game in the least) to pay tribute to Super Mario Bros. His series of prints spans practically the entire series, and you’re likely to find almost every hero and villain from the franchise in one of his clusters.

You can check out the other ones below, and I’d love to see him make more for other Nintendo franchises. Continue Reading »

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Jul 02 2014

Grand Theft Auto V Trailer Remade in Real Life

Published by under Video Games,Videos

Some avid Spanish fans of Grand Theft Auto have decided that they want the game to come to their city, literally. They created a trailer for “Grand Theft Auto: Madrid,” which is a shot by shot remake of the original trailer for the game.

A few of the shots are probably pretty easy to recreate, but others like police chases, car crashes and fighter jet flights took a bit of work I’m sure. You can see it above, and watch the bottom left corner for a comparison shot to the original.

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Jul 02 2014

Cosplay of the Day: A Return to Lady Link

Published by under Cosplay,Images,Video Games

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It’s been a while since we’ve featured a good old crossplayed Link, and I figured Lolita Zombie’s attempt was as good a time as any to revisit the subject.

It is a rather good costume, and Lolita proves yet again that Link looks better probably 90% of the time when being cosplayed as a women. If Nintendo just flipped his gender in one of the games one time, I’m not sure how many would even complain. Just kidding, everyone would complain because…the internet.

Check out the other photos in the series below: Continue Reading »

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Jul 01 2014

Elder Scrolls Online Lets You Design Your Character’s Internal Organs, Nervous System

Published by under Video Games,Videos

This latest Onion video hits home for me, as yes, I’m the type of person who spends no less than two hours on the character creator before every new RPG. And while I have a tough enough time trying to get their cheekbone width and brow height correct, it seems The Elder Scrolls Online has me beat.

In what I believe is a clever bit of ESO marketing, they’ve partnered with the Onion to share that you can not only customized the face and body of your hero in the game, but literally every internal organ, nerve, artery, cell and protein of your character. All of which has a big impact on whether they live or die from the moment the game starts.

I love it. Just watch.

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Jun 30 2014

The Amazing Pixel Paintings of Gauvain Manhattan

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French artist Gauvain Manhattan has a habit of finding old canvas art, and giving it a pixel-perfect makeover. Garbage yard sale art is turned into something fantastic, and the pictures all have a texture to them you just won’t find in traditional, digital pixel art.

There are a bunch more of these below, but naturally I his Pokemon piece above. But there’s also Street Fighter, Duck Hunt, Castlevania and more to be found in the rest of the gallery. Continue Reading »

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Jun 30 2014

Why All Games Should Have An Easy Mode

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The makers of Bioshock knew they had something genius on their hands, but they wanted a way to ensure everyone knew it. The only way everyone would truly know it is if they got to the “twist” about 2/3 into the game. They talked amongst each other and came up with a plan. A way that everyone could play through the game, no matter how good or how bad they were at FPS’s. That invention was the Vita-Chamber. A way in which you could die in a game, but come back at same point, endlessly if need be. I realize there were probably games and game companies that may have done this before Bioshock, but Bioshock was the first game I remember pretty much insisting I beat the whole game (whilst giving me the tools to do so). To me, I really believe every game should have a vita-chamber option. Though I understand that wont happen (for many reasons), for now I will turn this article into why I think every game should have an easy mode.

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Jun 27 2014

Eight Terrific Games You Probably Haven’t Played Yet

Published by under Lists,Video Games

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This is a guest post by Mike Leaño, a freelance writer, aspiring evil genius, and founder of Console Gamer, an independent video game blog.

There are literally hundreds of video games that come out every year. In the second half of 2014 alone, we’re already looking at over 70 titles with confirmed release dates, and that number grows. Not all are worth your time and money, but even if you do get rid of the bad and mediocre ones, what’s left remains a formidable backlog.

Wait till you see the ones you missed out on in the previous years. Is your wallet ready for more abuse? Here’s our list of terrific games that you probably haven’t played yet. Continue Reading »

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Jun 25 2014

Video Games Enhanced By Wrestling Commentary

Published by under Video Games,Videos

I’m pretty surprised that no one has tried this sooner, but as it turns out, video gaming is very much enhanced by traditional wrestling commentary documenting every move.

WWE legend Jim Ross lends his voice (unknowingly) to narrating various video game sequences, and the result is pretty hilarious. Seeing as you can buy “announcer packs” in many games now, I’m pretty sure this proves that Jim Ross should be one of them, don’t you agree? I thought so.

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