This week on Episode 45 (wow) of WIRed, I talk about louvers, louvers, LOUVERS, a Confederate Army helicopter, the existence of the SEGA Pluto, and the world championship…of TELEVISION. Also, SWEEPING.
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Music: “Loping Sting,” “RetroFuture Nasty,” & “Chipper Doodle” from Kevin McLeod of www.incompetech.com (Royalty-Free Music)
Well, we saw this coming from a mile away. The last couple of years for THQ had been a little financially unstable and touch-and-go, but last week it seems that long-time game publisher THQ has finally gone out of business. This is especially sad as I, myself, had been a fan of the company’s games over the years, including Darksiders, Saint’s Row, the WWE games, and the upcoming South Park game. Even after entering Chapter 11 bankruptcy and trying to keep the company together via getting bought by a single bidder, the company instead saw its game development studios and intellectual properties sold off to various game companies (like Ubisoft, SEGA, Crytek, etc.) at auction last week to bidders. Read the rest of this entry
I realize that if my readers see a Sonic-related post on “The PractitioNERD” they think I’m ready to fanboy-out on the gaming mascot (and they have proof of that here, here, here, here, here, and here), but if you’ve never heard of Eddie Lebron, let me quickly introduce him to you. He is the independent filmmaker who is responsible for that awesome full-length Mega Man fan film, and today he has released a brand, new short film depicting a more realistic take on the classic Sega mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog. But what makes this project even more awesome is that Lebron brought back Sonic’s cartoon voice actor (Steven Q. Urkel himself) Jaleel White for the title role, and combines a computer-generated Sonic with live actors, including a live-action Dr. Robotnik. Check out the film after the break! Read the rest of this entry
Are you still hankering for some residuals of some Halloween goodness, love video games and music based on said past-time of gaming? Well then good sir/ma’am, Phoenix-based rapper Random (a.k.a. Mega Ran) and Richie Branson released the Halloween-themed The Ghouls ‘n Ghosts EP. Essentially it’s a collection of song collaborations from various other albums,in addition of a couple of new tracks, including the titular “Ghouls ‘n Ghosts” that, of course, is inspired by the infuriatingly difficult classic game from the so-called “Mega Man Haters” (as declared by numerous angry gamers online), Capcom. Read the rest of this entry
Facebooking Gehry, Solar Energy Spheres, Secret Shenmue 3 & E-C-W is Born! – The PractitioNERD, Ep. 10
This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD discusses the World Headquarters of Stalking gets a new HQ (http://goo.gl/sNom9), Solar Spheres better than Solar Panels (http://goo.gl/2gdw0), the subliminal release of Shenmue 3 (http://goo.gl/yL6iu), and ECW? Born out of Controversy? Really? (http://goo.gl/1bgfT)
…also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!! Read the rest of this entry
It appears that YouTuber DSimphony has uncovered one of the biggest secrets in the history of video games. According to this video, it seems that gaming companies Sega and Square Enix attempted to mask this over and let this slip past us. Unfortunately for them, gamers are an intelligent and resourceful group of people with extraordinary resources. Funny; I wrote about this particular Square Enix game just a week ago… Read the rest of this entry
This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD discusses a simple, vernacular Canadian Train Station (The Le Massif de Charlevoix Train Station), Bluetooth-operated light bulbs (Bluetooth Light Bulbs), Sonic the Hedgehog & Mega Man form a tag team against evil (Archie Comic’s Sonic / Mega Man Series to Crossover), and The Hitman vs. British Bulldog at SummerSlam ‘92! (Hart vs. Smith for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam).
…also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!! Read the rest of this entry
Is it possible for Christmas to come early TWICE in the same year?
Archie Comics is making a childhood dream of mine come true with a 12-issue crossover event starring SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog and Capcom’s Mega Man. Ian Flynn, head writer for Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Sonic Universe, will be the main man behind the pen for this epic series. This crossover event was originally conceived by both Capcom and Sega, who then basically gave Archie the signal to run with celebrate the most memorable characters from the games. Read the rest of this entry
Leaning Colosseums, “Wall-E” Builds, Shocking Gaming & WWF Cartoonage – The PractitioNERD, Episode 7
This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD (the 2nd version) discusses a leaning architectural work that NOT a tower in Pisa (the Roman Colosseum), robots printing 3D structures out of soil and sand (the Stone Spray project), electroshock “therapy” via a Sega Genesis/Mega Drive (Furrtek’s “Gene-Zap” project), and Hulk Hogan cartoon from the eighties (Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling).
…also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!!
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Music: “RetroFuture Nasty” & “Chipper Doodle” from Kevin McLeod of Incompetech.com (Royalty-Free Music)
Remember all those Sega commercials from the late-1980′s to early-1990′s that declared “Genesis Does was Nintendon’t (man, I’m old)? That was Sega’s marketing campaign comparing their new Genesis/Mega Drive console to the aging Nintendo Entertainment System hardware, and alluding to how advanced Sega’s system was over Nintendo’s. Dyak and Furrtek, for reasons unknown to anyone but themselves, have modded a Sega Genesis (or in their case, Mega Drive) console with some parts from a shock collar meant for training and disciplining dogs. Their project has been dubbed “The Genezap”, which delivers an electric charge of a modifiable intensity whenever the player takes damage in Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Bomberman, or any other game. Read the rest of this entry
After some technical mishaps, this week’s abridged version of The PractitioNERD will be the first of many smaller, more frequent videos, as explained above. Read the rest of this entry
Via the SEGA Blog, SEGA recently announced that a forthcoming 300-page book, entitled The History of Sonic the Hedgehog, chronicling their popular mascot’s history in extreme detail (totally), including “every 2D and 3D Sonic game” and “every spin-off game, every crossover, and even rare cameo appearances by Sonic across the gaming universe.” The History of Sonic the Hedgehog is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. Personally, I’m not at all looking forward to the pages in the book dedicated to that dreadful Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 game; dear Lord, that game was abysmal……just, UGHH! Anyway, you can check out a few preview pages over on the blog (I know I did; several, several, SEVERAL times!
With everyone’s favorite blue bomber Mega Man turning a quarter-century old (or “25″ for the mathematically deficient) this year, video game publisher Capcom has decided to celebrate by compiling the music from the series’ 10 main games into a single collection. On September 19th, the collection will be available for ¥14,700 (or $183.56), but unfortunately won’t be available in the United States, so you’ll have to venture into the wilds that is the completely Japanese online shop, E-Capcom (or just use Google Translate). Darn, first Capcom takes away Mega Man Universe and Mega Man Legends 3, and now I’ll have to import this or learn Japanese. Woe is me….well, except for learning Japanese…that would be awesome. Read the rest of this entry
Practically anyone who grew up in the 1980′s and early 1990′s *ahem* has some sort of relationship to, and/or memory of 8-bit gaming, whether it was because of the popular Nintendo Entertainment System, or the not-as-popular but still fun Sega Master System. Recently, PBS took a look into the distinct style of 8-bit in their latest video from their Off Book series. The Evolution of 8-Bit Art gives viewers a look into the genre, including interviews with artists discussing their inspiration, motivation and challenges of working within the medium’s restrictions. Read the rest of this entry