Friday, December 28, 2012

PlayStation 2 Discontinued in Japan


Today marks the end of an era for a console that gamer's grew up with and experienced many memories they will never forget. It was announced today that the PlayStation 2 is discontinued from Japanese retailers and no more consoles will be manufactured. The console was released on March 4th, 2000 and worked its way to the top of the charts by being the most sold console for its generation for gamer's and families to experience.

The first PlayStation had achieved sales numbers of over 100 million, while the PlayStation 2 achieved over 150 million after being sold for almost over 13 years. Even though the PlayStation 2 was a last generation console alongside the original Xbox and the GameCube gamer's still feel that today marks the end of the PlayStation 2. Players will begin to remember memories of playing games such as Grand Theft Auto, Spider-Man, Jak and Daxter, Guitar Hero, Silent Hill and many more. Thank you Sony for developing a great console for us to experience your fantastic games with! We are all very grateful and we wish you the best of luck with upcoming consoles and games!

Cameron Deao
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Diablo 3 Team Deathmatch PvP Shelved


After an incredibly slow week of gaming news during this holiday season we got some news regarding the long awaited Team Deathmatch aspect of Diablo 3, but its not what gamer's wanted to hear. Diablo 3 was released 7 months ago and people have been anxiously waiting and anticipating the PvP aspect including team deatchmatch that has been playable at BlizzonCons before the game release. It was announced last night that the team deathmatch aspect has been shelved from development until further notice.

Blizzard stated that team deathmatch is "not up to the quality that Blizzard gamers expect or that we feel you deserve" and "we will be shelving it for now and exploring other options." Lead designer Jay Wilson claimed that PvP dueling will be included in the 1.07 patch and it will "hit sometime after the new year."

Regarding the deatchmatch mode being shelved Jay Wilson said the game mode in its current form lacked the depth that Blizzard and gamers would want. He stated "simply fighting each other with no other objectives or choices to make gets old relatively quickly" and it "didn't feel like it was something they'd want to do beyond a few hours." The development team has redirected their attention "at new modes that play up to the strengths of the character classes, focus on objectives beyond just defeating other players, and possibly even integrating PvE elements and rewards." Wilson assured gamer's that the PvP update will be free for all gamers to download and experience.

In your opinion what do you think of Blizzard shelving this portion of the PvP? Many gamers were given the chance to play it during past BlizzCons and if you got the chance to play it with other gamers what do you think of their decision to remove it from development?

Cameron Deao
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Friday, December 21, 2012

All Around Gamer's Ep. 64 "The Pre-Christmas/Musical Show"


This week on the show game impressions consisted of games such as Trouble in Terrorist Town, Metro 2033, WoW, and of course Black Ops 2. News consisted of lay offs hitting Machinima, THQ, and more! Of course as always there were some hilarious stories that were shared such as Adam and Cameron taking some big falls as kids. Overall it was a shorter show than usual, but nevertheless it was a great show! We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and be safe during the holidays! See everyone next week!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

The War Z Removed From Steam


Earlier this week The War Z was released for gamer's to experience the zombie apocalypse as survivors, but many issues arose in the days to follow the release. Gamer's began to take note of the features the developers showed on Steam regarding server size, game features, and more. A Reddit post highlighted all the features that were incorrect about the game for player's to take note of before deciding to buy the game. 


Upon this news reaching Valve and Hammerpoint Interactive the game was removed from Steam by Valve. In the games official forums The War Z executive producer Sergey Titov stated "At the same time it was clear that there were a number of customers that felt that information about the game was presented in a way that could have allowed for multiple interpretations". 

Valve's marketing director Doug Lombardi told Forbes in an interview "We've taken steps to correct this and format information presented on our Steam Store page in a way so it provides more clear information about the game features that are present in the Foundation Release and what to expect in the coming weeks. We also want to extend our apologizes to all players who misread information [sic] about game features.

Valve has also offered gamer's who've purchased the game the chance to get refunds if they choose. "We apologize for this and have temporary removed the sale offering the title until we have time to work with the developer and have confidence in a new build. Those who purchase the game and wish to continue playing it via Steam may do so. Those who purchased the title via Steam and are unhappy with what they recieved may seek a refund by creating a ticket at our support site here" stated Doug Lombardi.

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THQ Files Bankruptcy


Today it was announced by THQ that the company has filed for Chapter 11 which is a reorganization bankruptcy. Along with filing a Chapter 11 the company has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Clearlake Capital Group. The company will acquire the assets of THQ's operating business including their four owned studios and the games in development. 

While Clearlake Capital Group did acquire these assets it will in no way shape or form affect upcoming games in 2013 for THQ. CEO Brian Farrell of THQ regarding the news of this chapter 11 stated "The sale and filing are necessary next steps to complete THQ's transformation and position the company for the future, as we remain confident in our existing pipeline of games, the strength of our studios and THQ's deep bench of talent."

Along with this news the document filing the chapter 11 held information regarding unannounced games that are currently in production. It was revealed that Relic Entertainment is working on a project titled "Atlas" that is currently set to launch in 2014, alongside Company of Heroes 2. Turtle Rock Studios appears to also be developing a game titled "Evolve that is a co-op multiplayer action game. THQ Montreal is also developing a title named "1666", but no information about this game was released aside from the title. And finally Vigil Games has a game titled "Crawler" in development and once again the only information revealed was the title of the project.

What is to come of these revealed games is very unclear, but a community message from Jason Rubin on THQ's website assured gamer's once again that upcoming games will continue in development including rumored title's such as another Saints Row and Homefront. Gamer's don't worry THQ is not going anywhere this is basically a restructuring of the company in order for it to transition into what the company wants to be and to continue to bring gaming entertainment to fans across the world.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

THQ's Interest In Linux Operating System


After the recent success of this year's Humble Bundle from THQ the company has begun to ponder developing for the Linux operating system. While THQ isn't in the greatest shape the company benefited from this years controversial Humble Bundle and THQ president Jason Rubin expressed that the company is weighing the cost/benefit of developing on the open source operating system.

After receiving a tweet from a fan stating "can you guys consider doing some games for Linux? I know it seems a small market, but look at what Valve is doing." Rubin responded stating THQ's possible interest. Rubin tweeted back stating "Got the Linux message [loud] and clear via #HumbleBundle feedback. Evaluating cost/benefit as we speak". 

THQ putting some games into development for Linux could be the break that the company needs to get itself out of the hole their stuck in. While stock for the company was incredibly low before the Humble Bundle of this year the fans showed they still had a huge interest in the company by helping bring it's stock back up 40% from the contributions fans made in their purchases of the Humble Bundle. Hopefully THQ has begun to see the message that gamer's are sending the company a lot clearer regarding what they would like to see hopefully come out of THQ and what they believe can help the company. Whether or not THQ will be putting more time into developing games for Linux is not yet clear, but the company is showing interest in the operating system from the feedback of gamer's. 

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

All Around Gamer's Ep. 63 "The Mike's Story Show"


This week on the podcast the game discussion focused around core games once again such as Black Ops 2, WoW, and other misc. games. Cameron finally beat Darksiders 2 and gave us some last minute impressions on the game along with some CS:GO. The news revolved around the recent VGA awards and us sharing our opinions on the winners of multiple awards. News about Valve and their upcoming Steam Box were also leaked this week and that turned into a major discussion topic for the podcast. Once again hilarity began during the stories section of the show where you will see why the show is titled "The Mike's Story Show". Your ears will be very grateful that you listened to this amazing podcast!

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Layoffs Hit Machinima


Bad news hit some of the employees today at the highly known Machinima.com about their jobs. It was seen today that 23 people were hit with layoffs today from the highly popular website and YouTube network. It was said this was due to "growing pains" considering the company has grown incredibly large over the last few years.

Machinima released an official statement today saying "Today Machinima underwent a reorganization to address its global growth, and this process unfortunately resulted in layoffs. Less than 10% of Machinima's workforce was effect. Also part of the restructure Machinima is hiring across key divisions in Sales, Marketing, and Product." 

Hopefully no more layoffs will be put into place for the company and our thoughts go out to those who were affected by today's choices. 

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My Excitement For The Phantom Pain


This year at the Video Game awards we had multiple world premiers that got gamer's attention, but one stood out in my eyes above the others. The Phantom Pain stood out so much in my eyes above games like The Last of Us, Metro: Last Light, and Dark Souls 2 and for good reason.

Something I always look forward to with another year in games is those games that are completely original ideas that just blow the minds of gamer's away. The Phantom Pain completely blew my mind away with questioning what is going on, why is this happening, and how will the character escape this unknown hell. The idea of playing a game where the character wakes up out of a long coma into an unknown world where people are dying, and unknown anomalies are happening all around just gets me excited beyond belief. Just from seeing the world premier I feel that this game will be entirely based around the plot of discovering what this mystery is and being kept in the dark until the very last moments of the game where things possibly still won't make any sense. 

Games that pull off this amazing task of keeping players in the dark and keeping their attention the entire time stand out far beyond the standard in games. I've personally even established in my mind that I don't want to even think about this to much just to keep my mind from developing ideas for the cause of this and to be shocked upon playing the game. I am very much hoping the Moby Dick Studios has strong plans and intentions to bring this game into the PC market because the visuals looked breath taking and the idea of that gameplay being played on a good PC get's me that much more excited for the release. Possibly even the idea of the developers showing very little if next to nothing before the release of this game I view could help benefit the release of this game and sales numbers of the game as well, of course this is as long as a good number of people actually knew this game was in development. What will befall with this mystery of the unknown is to be determined as time progresses and only time will tell.

If you want to see the trailer take a look at the video below.


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Monday, December 10, 2012

Valve Enters The Living Room


Upon Half-Life 2 by Valve winning game of the decade at the VGA's we got a bit of news that got gamer's a little excited to see what's coming out from Valve. In a interview with Kotaku Gabe Newell stated that in the next year Valve will be competing with the next-gen consoles for the living room.

Valve will be designing smaller controlled PC's in a sense that can run Steam right away for gamer's. These small computers in a sense would hook straight into your TV and play all your favorite games. Newell also stated that with this setup they'd be competing with the next-gen consoles like Microsoft and Sony with their new next-gen consoles rumored to be released in the next holiday season.

Newell told a Kotaku reporter "I think in general that most customers and most developers are gonna find that [the PC is] a better environment for them, cause they won't have to split the world into thinking about 'why are my friends in the living room, why are my video sources in the living room different from everyone else?' So in a sense we hopefully are gonna unify those environments."

With all this news regarding Valve entering the living room with their version of a console has gotten gamer's excited beyond belief. Even through the confidence that gamer's have for Valve we won't know how well this idea holds up til it hits retailers hopefully next holiday season. If you want to read the entire interview with Gabe Newell visit the article by Kotaku.

Cameron Deao 
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Saturday, December 8, 2012

All Around Gamer's Ep. 62 "The If You Know What I Mean Show"


This week on the show the game discussion focuses on games such as Dishonored, Dragon Age, and Black Ops 2. The news was incredibly interesting as we discussed stories such as the THQ Humble Bundle, Hitman Facebook game, and mobile gaming controller in development. Once again the funniest sections of the podcast came about halfway through towards the end. Honestly this was one of the funniest podcast's we've recorded and your ears will greatly appreciate it!

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Friday, December 7, 2012

BioShock Delayed...Again


Last time we heard about a release date for BioShock Infinite it was delayed to February of 2013. Now once again the highly anticipated game has been delayed one more month. The game is now set to release on March 26th, 2013.

Originally the thoughts regarding the cause of the delay would be from the amount of departures Irrational faced this year, but thankfully its quite the opposite. Earlier in August Rod Fergusson announced that he was leaving EPIC games and transferring to Irrational to put work into BioShock Infinite. Regarding the delay Ken Levine stated "The game has to be the best game it could possibly be". This statement was relaying the teams feelings for the game development and the recent hiring of Rod Fergusson.

Even though this is the second delay that Irrational has put on for BioShock they've stated that it will benefit the final product for gamer's to experience. Knowing Irrational and their work on the past 2 BioShock games they shouldn't disappoint their fans. 

Cameron Deao
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

VGA 2012 Nominees


Another year in gaming is coming to a close and it's time to award certain developers for their outstanding work that has made their game stand out in the crowd for one reason or another. The Video Game Awards will once again be hosted this year by Spike TV on TV on Dec. 7 at 6PM PST. Here are the nominees for all the categories for this year in gaming.

Game of the Year:
Assassins Creed 3: Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal
Dishonored: Bethesda / Arkane Studios
Journey: Sony computer Entertainment / ThatGameCompany
Mass Effect 3: Electronic Arts / BioWare
The Walking Dead: The Game: Telltale Games

Studio of the Year
343 Industries
Arkane Studios
Gearbox Software
Telltale Games

Best Xbox 360 Game
Assassins Creed 3: Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal 
Borderlands 2: 2K Games / Gearbox Software
Dishonored: Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios
Halo 4: Microsoft Studios / 343 Industries

Best PS3 Game
Assassins Creed 3: Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal 
Borderlands 2: 2K Games / Gearbox Software
Dishonored: Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios
Journey: Sony computer Entertainment / ThatGameCompany

Best Wii / Wii-U Game
New Super Mario Bros. U: Nintendo
The Last Story: Xseed Games / Mistwalker / AQ Interactive
Xenoblade Chronicles: Nintendo / Monolith Software
ZombiU: Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montpellier

Best PC Game
Diablo 3: Blizzard Entertainment 
Guild Wars 2: NCSoft / Arenanet
Torchlight 2: Runic Games
XCom: Enemy Unknown: 2K Games / Firaxis Games

Best Shooter
Borderlands 2: 2K Games / Gearbox Software
Call of Duty: Black Op 2: Activision / Treyarch
Halo 4: Microsoft Studios / 343 Industries
Max Payne 3: Rockstar Games

Best Action Adventure Game
Assassins Creed 3: Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal
Darksiders 2: THQ / Vigil Games
Dishonored: Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios
Sleeping Dogs: Square Enix / United Front Games

Best RPG
Diablo 3: Blizzard Entertainment
Mass Effect 3: Electronic Arts / Bioware
Torchlight 2: Runic Games
Xenoblade Chronicles: Nintendo / Monolith Software

Best Multi-Player Game
Borderlands 2: 2K Games / Gearbox Software
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2: Activision / Treyarch
Guild Wars 2: NCSoft / Arenanet
Halo 4: Microsoft Studios / 343 Industries

Best Individual Sports Game
Hot Shots Golf World Invitational: Sony Computer Entertainment / Clap Hanz
SSX: Electronics Arts / EA Canada 
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13: Electronics Arts / EA Tiburon
WWE '13: THQ / Yuke's Media Creations

Best Team Sports Game
FIFA Soccer 13: Electronic Arts / EA Canada
Madden NFL 13: Electronic Arts / EA Tiburon
NBA 2K13: 2K Sports / Visual Concepts
NHL 13: Electronic Arts / EA Canada

Best Driving Game
Dirt: Showdown: Codemasters
F1 2012: Codemasters
Forza Horizon: Microsoft Studios / Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios
Need for Speed Most Wanted: Electronic Arts / Criterion Games

Best Song in Game
"Castle of Glass" by Linkin Park: Medal of Honor Warfighter
"Cities" by Beck: Sound Shapes
"I Was Born For This" by Austin Wintory: Journey
"Tears" by Health: Max Payne 3

Best Original Score
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2: Activision / Treyarch
Halo 4: Microsoft Studios / 343 Industries
Journey: Sony Computer Entertainment / ThatGameCompany
Max Payne 3: Rockstar Games

Best Graphics
Assassins Creed 3: Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal
Dishonored: Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios
Halo 4: Microsoft Studios / 343 Studios
Journey: Sony Computer Entertainment / ThatGameCompany

Best Independent Game
Dust: An Elysian Tail: Humble Hearts
Fez: Polytron
Journey: ThatGameCompany
Mark of the Ninja: Klei Entertainment

Best Fighting Game
Dead or Alive 5: Tecmo / Team Ninja
Persona 4 Arena: Atlus / Arc System Works / Atlus
Street Fighter X Tekken: Capcom / Namco Bandai / Capcom
Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Namco Bandai

Best Handheld / Mobile Game
Gravity Rush: Sony Computer Entertainment / SCE Studios Japan
LittleBigPlanet PS Vita: Sony Computer Entertainment / Tarsier Studios / Double Eleven Studios
New Super Mario Bros. 2: Nintendo
Sound Shapes: Sony Computer Entertainment / Queasy Games

Best Performance by a Human Female
Emma Stone as Amanda Cartwright: Sleeping Dogs
Jen Taylor as Cortana: Halo 4
Jennifer Hale as Commander Shepard: Mass Effect 3
Melissa Hutchison as Clementine: The Walking Dead: The Game

Best Performance by a Human Male
Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack: Borderlands 2
Dave Fennoy as Lee Everret: The Walking Dead: The Game
James McCaffrey as Max Payne: Max Payne 3
Nolan North as Captain Martin Walker: Spec Ops: The Line

Best Adapted Video Game
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two: Disney Interactive Studios / Junction Point Studios
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes: Warner Bros Interactive / Traveller's Tales
The Walking Dead: The Game: Telltale Games
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron: Activision / High Moon Studios

Best DLC
Dawnguard - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Bethesda Softworks / Bethesda Game Studios
Leviathan - Mass Effect 3: Electronic Arts / Bioware
Mechromancer Pack - Borderlands 2: 2K Games / Gearbox Software
Perpetual Testing Initiative - Portal 2: Valve

Best Downloadable Game
Fez: Microsoft Studios / Polytron
Journey: Sony Computer Entertainment / ThatGameCompany
Sound Shapes: Sony Computer Entertainment / Queasy Games
The Walking Dead: The Game: Telltale Games

Best Social Game
Draw Something: OMGPOP
Marvel: Avengers Alliance: Playdom
Simcity Social: Electronic Arts / Maxis / Playfish
You Don't Know Jack: Jellyvision Games

Alright folks those are the nominations for this years VGA's. Be sure to leave feedback as to which games should win in certain categories and which nominations you disagree with. 

Cameron Deao
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Saturday, December 1, 2012

All Around Gamer's Ep. 61 "The That's What She Said Show"


This week on the show the game impressions covered games ranging from Black Ops 2, Assassins Creed 3, and even Dishonored along with more games! The news this week covered some pretty awesome subjects including a leak regarding a new game from Bungie outside of Halo. A lot of hilarity went down throughout the whole podcast most of which was That's What She Said jokes and some really hilarious stories and weird situations that Adam and Cameron faced during the week. Overall this was one incredibly hilarious show that your ears will enjoy very much!

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