I hope everyone is celebrating at a comfortable spot and having a blast looking forward to what they want to accomplish for the upcoming year.

I myself am quite excited for 2012. Here are the 10 events I’m anticipating.

1. Release of the Dark Knight Part 3, AND The Hobbit

2. Seeing how the Wii-U Performs

3. Finally completing my first game creation project (and I promise it’ll be crap)

4. 2012 US elections (just because I’m really into politics)

5. The price increase on gas and public transport

6. The Mayan Calendar Apocalypse

6. Waiting another whole year for Pacquiao vs Mayweather to not take place

7. The final ruling on SOPA and Anonymous’s ruling on PSN

8. Visiting Bell’s Montreal office next week for their constant shitty internet service.

9. Getting rid of the pink teddy bear walls in my room (I got quite used to it I’ll admit…)

10. Going to the Uganda to star in their upcoming Ramon Film production.

It seems  Anonymous is making a move on the SOPA Bill that is threatning the freedom of the internet. I have no clue if these threats are serious or if the source material is credible in any way but the confusion is the beauty of it. All I have to say is keep on playing skyrim for the next month or two because you may want to stay out of the online components of the PSN. To be honest if this is real I’m a little excited as  we’re running into 2012, there’s so much to look forward to and so many things checkpoints on the calendar.  If all the coming events are the apocalypse the Mayans were talking about then it’s going to be a blast! Anyways, onto the message from Anonymous.

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As Seen on Gaming Bolt

“Hello, SONY.

We are Anonymous.

It has come to the attention of the Anonymous activist community that you have chosen to stand by the Stop Online Piracy Act. This act will halt online businesses and restrict access to many sites for many users. Supporting SOPA is like trying to throw an entire company from off a bridge. Your support to the act is a signed death warrant to SONY Company and Associates. Therefore, yet again, we have decided to destroy your network. We will dismantle your phantom from the internet. Prepare to be extinguished. Justice will be swift, and it will be for the people, whether some like it or not. Sony, you have been warned.

To those doubting our powers. We’ve infiltrated the servers of Bank of America, The United States Department of Defense, The United Nations, and Lockheed Martin. In one day.

For their approval to SOPA, we have also declared that our fury be brought upon the following persons. Justin Bieber. Lady Gaga. Kim Kardashian. and Taylor Swift.

Operation Blackout, engaged.
Operation Mayhem, engaged.
Operation LulzXmas, engaged.

We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.

Supporters of SOPA, you should’ve expected us.”

http://gamingbolt.com/anonymous-threatens-to-take-down-psn-due-to-sonys-support-for-sopa

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There’s quite a bit of witty comedy inserted into this message so you can tell the people who made it were pretty young and had fun doing it. I’ll be honest it’s my first time witnessing their logo and a message from them that isn’t from transcript. If this is the first time they’ve released an audio threat then it shows that they are getting recognition. What I’m wondering is why the choice of making a video that is public on youtube and not something a little bit more direct? I’m pretty sure that after the previous attack Sony is willing to take measures against any threat. The fact that the message originates from a youtube video is the only thing I find a little sketchy. Nonetheless, the confusion of the credibility does add to why they call themselves what they are.

Another thing I just looked at that doesn’t lead me to believe the threat as 100% valid, is because their twitter account is pretty active but very recent. Anonymous has been around for a while so I can’t be sure anything can go down yet, but I will admit it is HIGHLY PROBABLE hacker groups will get in the way if SOPA passes. It’s almost going to be as horrible as the war on drugs except this time around it’s going to involve everyone.

Rich and crazy or just idiocy?

Snail Games held an auction for their upcoming game called Age of Wulin in China and one man bought a unique sword for 16000$… This comes as a surprise to some people but I really wasn’t impressed. MMO’s whether they are free or Pay to Play, really know how to suck the money out of the unfortunately addicted. I occasionaly play a game called S4 League where players will literally pay 200$ a month at the very least in an attempt to get the best gear. It’s quite pathetic that people have the money to throw away on goods that have no real value.

We live in an age where no one believes in honor and hard work  to get to the top. This reality is true in a wide majority of communities in their own unique forms and is true of the gaming communities as well. I can see why someone would spend  that much if the sword is overpowered especially if he can make some profit from it. I’m stating my understanding keeping in mind china is known in the MMO community for selling accounts and in game gold for real cash.

I just hope for him that the game turns out to be a good game as it’s really rare for an MMO to come out and not a 2 star game. I’ll look more into this one because I’m still wondering what the man’s incentive was for his investment. Rich Douche, or hardcore fan? I guess we’ll find out.

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2011/12/28/man-spends-16-000-on-one-of-a-kind-virtual-sword.aspx

http://www.mmobomb.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Age-of-Wulin.jpg

Bill Maher Vs Tim Tebow

Posted: December 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/27/bill-mahers-tim-tebow-twe_n_1171902.html?1325033145

VS

Bill Maher is a comedian, and it’s to be expected. All in all the joke is appropriate, the reaction is over the top… The thing I find hilarious is how the reporter were expecting tebow to get into a twitter war like giddy preschoolers. Apparently between the media and Tebow, it seems Tebow knows better.

This blog is officially ACTIVE!

Posted: December 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

I have a lot of info to post on the blog and will re-organise it as time comes as well as fitting a theme into everything.

For now prepare yourself with a crazy video that I link to this post!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ3BWVZ–aE

Jabronis and Linearity

Posted: June 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

It really has nothing to do with the franchises, but when i see dumbed down and gaming I think how games don’t let you think for yourself anymore. Duke Nukem Forever is a perfect example of where the game is actually “Mirror’s Edged” to the point where everything you need is purposely coated with a golden color. Some players really don’t want the game to play for them. That’s the most common explanation I get from talking with gaming communities from the city of Montreal.

Here’s a funny picture I was linked to through a conversation earlier today comparing the old Duke Nukem with the one newly released.

You can have a good story, well developped characters and good graphics in a good game, but if you’re gonna do it, you better spend time on it. The only thing that angers me is that games implement things they can’t even do right. This was a big problem with the 3D age and now we are seeing the same thing in a different generation. It’s a reoccurring problem. It’s focusing on one aspect of the game and ignoring all others which makes the whole game suffer in the end.

As much as I loved my Ps3 and 360 I always buy a Nintendo console. 95% of the time I buy a game for the that system it feels complete satisfying and it delivers on what it wanted to do. The only purchase I had a complaint with was the latest Metroid. Even games like “No more Heroes” and “Zack & Wiki” I enjoyed to the fullest and those were 30- 40$ games.

I’m not going to linger too much on the subject because everyone defends their own ground to the death when it comes to gaming. To finish the question of if gaming is dumbed down, yes and it’s obvious. I’m not saying this from opinion but fact. There were less clues, linearity, chances and checkpoints in much more games back then, Console and PC alike. That is not arguable, there is a plethora of examples.

There’s also a person who says everything changes over time… Yes, Things change for the money, and not necessarily for the better.

The reason I don’t watch television anymore is because every time I turn that bitching box on, I start thinking about what people are becoming successful for, it seems that the most memorable names in the recent decades are not ones of people who have accomplished much throughout lives. A high level of intellect does not hold the same valued as it used to back when technologies growth started to surge. Little by little community is starting to be filled with a generation promoting shallow perspectives and praising arrogant personality traits from our young adults. The moment bad publicity got on equal footing with good publicity we spat on the efforts of those who have worked hard to make it where they are today. Keeping everything in mind, it seems that humans got dumber. If dumb and cheap equals higher profit in comparison to informative and expensive,  what will providers distribute? You guessed right they start creating some dumb useless shit  on purpose. I’m not a fucking crow, even if that shit looks nice and shiny in HD I’m still aware that a piece of shit is a piece of shit. In fact you know what?  Thanks for clearing that screen out for me because at the very least, if it wasn’t HD my vision would be blurry and maybe, just maybe I could of had mistook your diarrhea for some delicious delectable vegetable stew.  There was a time where people invented to be able to surpass boundaries set from our current technology. Now we hold ourselves back because of the industry, to the point where we can’t even get get the new technology across, tested and improved let alone get a law properly passed that benefits the population.

Humans, put simply, are stupid, filthier than pigs and will fight among each other like vultures. They say that we are unique in the level of our ability to think. Well if you choose not to exercise that  ability then you’re on the same level of intellect as a dog. How does it feel to be dumber and have less talent than that smoking monkey in the Hangover sequel?

Oldies but the Goodies 2

Posted: June 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

Faxanadu 

Faxanadu, is a game that doesn’t ring through the ears at first mention. Although, if you have come across this gem, the music will without a doubt bring you back memories of of your playtime. This game does a lot with the very little it was offered spec wise and it does it well. It is probably the first rpg/platformer that I enjoyed the whole way through being aware of it’s flaws which back then were not so apparent. Faxanadu can still be played in this generation without cringing at all. A sequel of this beauty would be highly appreciated.

 

Jet Set Radio Future

I haven’t played Jet Set Radio on the Dreamcast so I can’t speak for it, nonetheless I received Jet Set Radio Future with my Xbox. It was the kind of game I preemptively gave a bad rating because it came with the console and it wasn’t mainstream, but I quickly withdrew my comments on it as I decided to give it a try. The Soundtrack is a big part of this game as it is sampled urban style music from a variety of artists. This means that you may have come across these tracks through the radio or other forms of media entertainment. The beauty of this game comes through the mix of all the ingredients that is gameplay, music, controls and the setting. The story itself is quite mediocre in its presentation but it plays a very little role in offering the fun the game. Each character has a lot to offer and there were a lot of challenges to keep you busy.

Jet set radio isn’t that old but I had to post it because it had a track called “oldies but the goodies”.

Oldies but the Goodies 1

Posted: June 13, 2011 in Uncategorized
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While everyone was looking forward to the new games featured at E3, I looked back at all the games I’ve played in the past. Taking the time to explore the memories of the gaming experiences I grew up with. Many games have gone unnoticed by the general public throughout the years due to them being trapped under the pile of fans roaring for the need of more mainstream franchises. Someone should go back and give these games a ray of light, at most one person wil come across them and give them a try. I will contribute  name a couple that I came across only today.

PC

Descent 1-3

Descent is the first person vehicle shooter from the 90’s  that exceled in it’s controls to simulate space physics. I recieved a CD with my Windows 95 and to be honest as a child I had no idea what to expect. As the game got harder and the more features were introduced to me the game grew on me to the point where I replayed that game and it’s sequels for years to come. If you can get this to run, it’s a must buy.

Maui Mallard in: Cold Shadow 

This game obtained a release of the Snes and the Sega Genesis but I am bringing it to mention in the PC Section as this is most enjoyable with the score that presented on this specific platform. I must say for a Disney game it is really challenging and also quite innovative in terms of how punishing it can be with the players. I’ll add that this is a game that will not at any point be boring throughout the playthrough and even after 21 years of my existence, I could replay it and enjoy it just as much.

Pitfall: The Mayan  Adventure (Sequel)

Scary german incoming in video!!!!

Don’t get me wrong I’m not talking about that 8 bit pitfall or the ports to the Snes. This was a gem on the PC and I think is still playable for abandonware. Not only was this game challenging but it’s full of puzzles and for a platformer, that is pretty hard to manage. The last boss is beatable but very hard to face straight on in this version. Well at least that’s how i remember it… I may just have been not thinking straight as I played the game when I was about 4 years of age. I’ll admit kids are stupid even when it comes to gaming, that’s why we grow and learn.

Veturing the MMO realm of gaming I recently landed on a gem. A game published by SEGA and created by Three Rings named Spiral Knights, which at first glance seems like the standard hack and slash genre, but as you spend a few days into you notice something that will change your experience all together.

I’m not reviewing the game but I will cut straight to the chase, this game is a 3rd world country embellished (and by that i mean without the physical representations and atrocities that are usually implied with the picturing of the meaning). In this world you start off as  a knight from a robot like race informed that your ship has crash landed on a planet and your resources scattered. You must now learn to survive on this planet as you venture through it. If you need a visual example,think of it of something similar to the mining alien’s perspective in the movie District 9. You gather materials and resources which are needed to venture through the worlds subbterrain, but to go even further and get even more income you will need to invest on equipment and complete multiple challenges and missions. There is something very important that this game doesn’t warn you about as you are introduced to the core concepts of this game.

There are 2 types of income in this game, one which acts like monetary value, and the other acts like real value (for example a natural resource). Energy which  is a necessity in this game is very scarce  as a resource but it is what will allow you to get further into dungeons and explore the game even more.  It is used for crafting, working machinery, to heal from death and to enter new areas. You are given 2 types of energy at the start, Mist Energy and Crystal Energy  where: Mist Energy is energy that replenishes over time and Crystal energy is energy that can stored but doesn’t increase until you invest into it. You can only introduce Crystal Energy into the world of Spiral Knights by paying with “real cash”  A Crown in the world of spiral knights is a form of paper money, it is used for almost all the same things as crystal energy except it is easily manageable compared  to crystal energy. Nonetheless everything looks alright and dandy on paper, but after seeing it in action you start to see a major problem with this system.

The implemented economics of this MMO quickly turns what looks like a dandy casual game into a game where countless amounts people are just looking to survive. There is a stock market for Crystal Energy which shows how much crowns they are worth, the data is updated quite frequently. Let me just say this, the game has been out for 3-months and I haven’t seen situation that represents an economic depression as well as this game. Energy is like gasoline for robots, where you can use it for yourself like water and everything else like fuel. Just like gas prices, the price of Crystal Energy will continue to fluctuate after each event, patch and population/resource changes.

It’s a situation that would need to be fixed asap by the developers but I’m entertained by the players as they are vigorously looking for a solution for this problem. It makes me feel like we could learn a thing or two from situations like these in gaming. Not only does it add a challenge but it also adds a little of something that developers in the past have completely failed to do in the realm of video games, merging entertainment and learning into one and the same being. Although this game isn’t perfect and what has happened to it may be accidental as well as might lead it to die.  Think about it,  this is the first massive multi-player online game where the community itself can collectively experience a game over but one person can emerge and control everything, now isn’t that a unique experience!

There is so much to say about this one specific resource in Spiral Knights that I could write a 10 page report. It’s an idea that should be refined and could possibly make educational games fun through not making it so obvious that your product serves that purpose.