A Gamer’s Thoughts: Street Fighter IV’s Music

February 27, 2009

Whut up folks! Got some more “Street Fighter I”V talk. This time around it’s about the music selection within the game and the odd choice Capcom made with one of the tracks. Do you like the soundtrack, dislike it? Drop a comment below about your thoughts.

New Damnation Screens For You To Steam-Geek Out To

February 26, 2009

So, kind of a slow news day today peeps, but I did scout out some new pictures of “Damnation”. Being developed by Codemasters, “Damnation” puts players in an alternate history where the world is basking in all things steampunk.  It looks as if you’ll be playing some rugged, don’t-take-shit-from-anyone, steampunk cowboy.

I can’t remember where I saw a preview for the game, but I think it may have been on the latest free issue of “Qore”, Sony’s monthly PSN magazine/show. Where ever I saw it, the game looked impressive, and points for originality have to be given for the game’s awesome setting. For those that don’t know, steampunk is an amalgamation of fantasy, and an alternate history, where steam power technology was quickly becoming the way of the world. Very cool weapons, settings, and fashion can be found within the steampunk “era.” Do a little research if it sounds like your cup-o-tea. [Read more]

The Hottest Video Game Hip-Hop You’ll Hear This Year!

February 26, 2009

This is a hot one folks! Coming straight from the U.K. is hip-hop artist Dan Bull with his latest track “Generation Gaming.” Described as “an epic rap documentary of the history of gaming from the early 90s to the present day,” I’d have to say he pretty much nails it, for the most part, although he missed the whole Genesis / Super Nintendo era. I guess he was more of a PC guy. On top of the track, what’s also cool is he put this whole video together himself. With tight lyrics and a sick beat, this has easily become one of my favorite video game related hip-hop tracks to date. You can check out or purchase his full album (although not all game related but it’s still tight) here. And just a heads up for all you rated PG kats, there’s some explicit language dropped in the video.

A Gamer’s Thoughts: What’s Wrong With Street Fighter IV

February 25, 2009

Whut up folks! Unit here bringing you some of my thoughts as a gamer. I’ll be posting up these videos from time to time discussing whatever’s on my mind from the world of gaming. To start things off, I wanted talk about a little known (or maybe not so little known) problem in the recently released “Street Fighter 4″ … I think most of you that’ve played the game will know what I’m talking about. Now Some of you may agree with I say, some may not. But whatever the case, feel free to leave a comment below and let yourself be heard. Peep the video and enjoy!

BattleForge Beta Preview: Playing With A Stacked Deck

February 19, 2009

BattleForge
“BattleForge” is an upcoming online RTS game by German based development studio EA Phenomic. The concept behind the title is a mix between the ever popular collectible card games (CCG) and real time strategy games (RTS). With your custom deck of cards, your goal is to kick a lot of ass by unleashing spells, creating structures, and summoning creatures onto the field.

One of the things that “BattleForge” has over most online exclusive games is that it comes in a variety of flavors in order to suit different players. There is a single player campaign where you trek through a storyline, a two-player co-operative scenario, a four-player co-operative scenario, and the usual Player versus Player unranked/ranked matches. As you play more and more, you’ll gain “loot” cards which can be used to either expand your current roster of spells, creatures, and buildings, or upgrade your current deck. [Read more]

Dev Box Interview: Ntreev’s Operations Manager Daniel Noss

February 18, 2009

Dev Box: Daniel Noss

It usually takes a small army to create the video games that we play, and, most of the time, all of the focus gets put on the game itself, and not on the people that came together to make it. Our Dev Box interview feature takes a look at some of the unsung heroes that have committed their lives to entertaining all of us. This week we are giving Ntreev’s Daniel Noss a chance to answer some of our burning questions.

Name: Daniel Noss
Title: Games Operations Manager
What you do: Stir the pot and just about everything else.
Most recent game worked on: “Grand Chase” and “Trickster Online Revolution”

1. What game has most influenced you, and why?
If I had to narrow it down to just one game, I’d be at a complete loss for words. MANY games have influenced me to a great degree, for a number of reasons (good and bad). Everything from Intellivision to Xbox, “Burgertime” to “River City Ransom,” “Dynasty Warriors” (all of em’) to “Final Fantasy” (most of em’), “Zork” to “WoW” … they have taken their toll (I have the calluses to prove it) and created a monster.

The one game that sent me spiraling off into the oblivion of RPG’s and eventually MMO’s would be “Planescape: Torment.” I found that the concept of “emersion” had been personified with Torment. [Read more]

X-Play Reduced to Three Shows A Week - Morgan Webb Masturbation Down 30%

February 18, 2009

It looks as though the recession’s long, unapologetic arm has reached the sets of G4 this week, and this time it’s going after X-Play and Attack of the Show.  Variety reports that X-Play will take a hit, and cut production to three shows a week, and AOTS will be reduced to four. Both shows previously aired five days a week on the G4 network. But it doesn’t end there. Layoffs will also be taking place among those working for G4, but hosts of X-Play, Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb, will seemingly be spared.

This recession thing is really starting to grind my gears. It’s hit quite close to home, since I am currently laid off as well. All I do all day is play videogames and eat Cheetos in my SpongeBob robe, hoping that the next big job opportunity is only a phone call away. (Please don’t take that last sentence seriously.) Anyways, it’s intriguing to know that a G4 representative said that the cuts and layoffs were, not so much, based on the recession as they were toward putting the gained income into fresh programming for 2009. [Read more]

Why Doesn’t Anyone Make A Game About Zombies?!

February 17, 2009

Destructoid is making noise about another zombie franchise making its way to PSN and XBLA.

According to their sources, THQ and Nihilistic Software, developers of last year’s “Conan,” will let players help out in the fight to save humanity against the ever growing population of the undead. “Zombie Apocalypse” will make its way onto both PSN and XBLA, and will have players saving survivors from those pesky zombies using chainsaws and other environmental hazards. [Read more]

Game Fund 2009: Stimulating The Games Industry

February 15, 2009

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, A.K.A. the “Stimulus Package”, has passed the House of Representatives and the Senate and should be on President Obama’s desk on Monday. The goal is to create some jobs and give the public some extra money to spend, so we effectively give the economy a big red mushroom. Plenty of people will be eligible for some government cheddar: there are tax cuts and incentives for students, the unemployed, retired, home buyers, car-buyers, parents, low-income, and middle-income Americans, so check out the details.

Benjamins
If you manage to pad your wallet with a few extra bucks how are you going to spend it? Remember, try and keep those purchases local and feed some cash into our awesome American development houses. The gaming industry is feeling the hurt during this recession type thing, so lets show our support as best we can
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Play Theater: House of the Dead: Overkill

February 14, 2009

Sit back, relax and enjoy this full level play-through of House of the Dead: Overkill. A game that just bleeds awesomeness all around!

Top 20 Black Characters in Gaming (Numbers 20-11)

February 13, 2009

With 2009 blazing by we are right in the middle of an important month for Black people, Black History Month. With all the changes that have come, and the many more to go, TrueGameHeadz, in conjunction with our brother blog over at BET, have decided to take a look at the state of the gaming industry, and see how black characters are being represented in games by putting together a list of the Top 20 Black Characters in Gaming.

Not too long ago, we wouldn’t have been able to make it to 20 characters, but I’m happy to say that I’ve actually had to leave some characters off the list. Before we get started, here’s the criteria I used to make this list:

1. You cannot be a representation of a real person, so no Michael Jackson in Moonwalker, or real life athletes like Tiger Woods.
2. The character needs to have a meaningful role in the game, and not just a cameo.
3. I’ve generally left out 2D characters from the 8, 16, 32 and 64-bit generations and focused more on the most recent iterations of games.

That’s it, feel free to debate and argue about who should or shouldn’t be on the as we reveal each of the Top 10 over the course of the next few weeks of February.

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Atari 2600 Or Namco TV Game? Someone Gets It Really Wrong

February 10, 2009

AtariOver the weekend, I happened to stumble upon a Top 25 list of “It” products on AOL’s WalletPop blog - the Web’s first full-fledged personal finance and consumer finance site. Yes, I’m one of those people that perpetuates list making on the internet – I don’t know why, but I just can’t help myself. As I clicked one by one through their list, passing such awesome trends of the past like the Pet Rock, Magic 8 Ball, and My Little Pony, I noticed a couple of gaming related items on the list - one of which made my inner-nerd die a little. [Read more]

Dead Rising 2 - Officially Alive

February 9, 2009

It turns out that this was quite the eventful weekend for zombies in the gaming universe. Perhaps some of you had the chance to check out the trailer that leaked over the weekend for what was thought to be “Dead Rising 2″ ( if you missed it, you can check it out here). The trailer showed, what appeared to be, a town resembling Las Vegas being overtaken by the living dead. Various news clips of the chaos surrounding the town echoed in the background, and the trailer even showed players finishing off the undead inside a Zorb-like contraption.

Capcom did not wait long for rumors to fester however, as they officially announced “Dead Rising 2″ for multiple platforms earlier today. Canadian developer Blue Castle Games will be undertaking the project with help from various members who worked on the original. Keiji Inafune will act as the game’s producer. [Read more]

Gamer Grub: To Eat or Not To Eat?

February 7, 2009

Sports PB&J

I only have one question: when will I be able to sink my teeth into some Gamer Grub? It surfaced a while ago as the official snack supplier for the 2008 World Cyber Games. Their official site says,  ”Gamer Grub will be sold online and at retail locations near you, beginning in 2009.” So…Ok. 2009 is here and I am getting a little bit antsy. I haven’t heard or seen any info about it in a long time, and there is no release date update. Damn this miserable economy, it better not sink this one. [Read more]

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