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The Duke (not him, the other one)

Written on June 18, 2009 by
blog, videogames

Just thought you all should know that I own the most awesome mousepad ever.

Our next piece is a couple months old, so some of you may have seen it, but if it ever actually exists I would grab it so that I could not only have the best mouse pad ever, but also the best mouse ever.

In the spirit of providing information, I must share that I’m working on a couple small projects to post up here. I can’t say it will be affixed to a rigid schedule, but I’m sure I will be posting at least twice more this month. We are, however, working on getting a revamped schedule going. News on that later.

–ringl

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Children of the Apocalypse

Written on March 3, 2009 by
blog, news, videogames

A good friend of mine passed along an interesting news clip from The Onion on a topic I don’t think is discussed enough. Are Violent Video Games Adequately Preparing Children For The Apocalypse?

Frankly, I’m upset that more news stations aren’t covering hard news like this! Sure our children may be able to use Health Packs to heal anything the apocalypse may bring along, but shouldn’t they also be learning how to filter their radiation drenched water and build a shelter to protect them from the acid rain? No one knows exactly what the post-apocalyptic future may bring, but our only chance for survival lies in these violent video game simulations.

How are you preparing for the certain end of the world in a few short years? I for one am going to keep working out strategies against the undead hordes by playing Left 4 Dead.

On a side note, my apologies for the late update. My roommate gave me a call this afternoon boasting of front row seats to a Houston Rockets game. The court seems a lot smaller from up there, but Yao Ming seem so much bigger in real life.

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Love & Karts

Written on December 4, 2008 by
blog, videogames

A tall friend of mine recently shared a Youtube video with me of a beautiful and eloquent Mario Kart themed love song, which you can find below:

Mario Kart Love Song

When I first saw it, the video had a couple thousand views, but now it’s jumped to nearly 760,000! And for good reason. Not only is the song well written and extremely catchy, but Blinktwice4y has captured something every geeky male has wanted to do since the dawn of obsession: being nerdy AND attracting girls at the same time.

The geek inside every guy dreams of meeting the perfect girl who enjoys the same things and is more than happy with a simple evening of Pizza and playing video games, watching the football game, rolling the D20s in Dungeons & Dragons or whatever your object of affection is. In the end, that’s the kind of girl every guy wants to end up with.

Wait… What were we talking about again? Right… video game based music. Why don’t we see more of it? Sure there are video game cover bands, like minibosses, The OneUps and The Advantage, nerdcore rappers like Optimus Rhyme and mc chris, and a few rare video game inspired tunes like Andy McKee’s Samus’ Stardrive.

But I’m talking an industry here! There’s so much potential as video games become a greater part of our lives. Nearly everyone is a “casual” gamer nowadays, so they can at least relate to the concepts. So if you’re a musician, get out there and write some gaming themed music! I’ll do my part, you help pick up the slack.

Speaking of music, Ringl enlightened me to a little game I had no clue I was winning at (no, not the game which I incidentally just lost at)! The object of this game is to simply avoid hearing the song “Christmas Shoes” this holiday season. So far I’ve been one of the fortunate few to have never (consciously) heard this song. I think that makes me a winner by default.

If you haven’t already lost at this game, then please play along at home. I’ve heard of things getting pretty competitive with some anonymous phone calls being sent with the song blaring.

So join in on the fun and recruit your friends to celebrate in this fantastic Christmas game! Let us know in the comments if you’ve already lost and/or how you plan to get other people “out” as well.

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Zombocalypse Now!

Written on November 20, 2008 by
videogames

I don’t play many videogames anymore.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy games, quite the contrary; games are a great source of joy for me. Lately, there just haven’t been any games that catch my attention. Sure there have been great FPS’s, Strategies, and Adventures that have rocked the industry recently, but none have even created a wake with me.

“Casual” games have certainly kept my interest, with everything from Mario Kart Wii to Rock Band 2. The key element to these is of course the social interaction. I don’t have the time to sit alone completing Final Fantasy VII:3 (or whatever reincarnation of it they’re on), but I’m all for hanging with friends and enjoying in a great game together. Nothing quite compares to the feeling of getting “Blue Shelled” by your (ex-)friend on the last lap right at the finish line (and the subsequent controller throwing) or finally beating Green Grass and High Tides with a little help from your band.

So when a game comes out that allows you to have that sort of fun with friends, sign me up! Throw in zombies, and wow.

Is there a game that dares to be so awesome? Yes, Left 4 Dead dares to be awesome.

Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead has consumed the past two days of my life, much like the zombies wish to consume me. The basic premise is just surviving the impending zombocalypse with your friend(s).

This is such the perfect idea for a game! Why hasn’t this been done before? There’s 4 player co-op, thousands of zombies, and four scenarios (or “movies”) of zombie attacks. The co-op aspect is just awesome. What’s better than working with your buddies to stop the hordes of zombies from eating you?

Nothing. Nothing is better.

This post has ended up sounding like some terrible IGN review, and unfortunately I’m not even getting paid by the gaming companies (hey-o). Sorry if it seems like a review, but I just wanted to share that bit of joy with all of you. If you’re still not sold on the game, just watch this gameplay clip.

-Shaw

Ringl replied on November 21, 2008 at 8:53 am

I’m right on board with Left 4 Dead being an incredible amount of fun. But it’s got a different dynamic than other games I’ve played.

In the Halo series of games there were several areas that I would go to and know exactly what enemies were there and how many. In L4D that’s not the case.

It uses an artificial intelligence it calls the “Director” that places zombies in different locations every time you play based on how well you’re doing. So when we lose a level and start over everything’s different! And the fact that at any moment you could have zombies coming from somewhere new adds a new level of fear and a truckload of fun.

And when are you going to forgive me for throwing that Mario Kart controller?

–Ringl

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