Remember when 5,000 original, limited-edition, life-sized replicas of the Portal gun from — well, Portal — were released from ThinkGeek this summer? You know, they were about $208 and the inventory cleared out almost immediately (like under 30 minutes)? Well, if you missed your shot and/or you’re looking for something more budget-friendly and (if you’re a space-saver) smaller, then ThinkGeek’s new $59.99 Miniature Replica Portal Gun may be hard to pass up. Read the rest of this entry
Black Mesa, the long-awaited (and also long-delayed) fan remake of the classic game Half-Life utilizing the Source engine is now available FOR FREE!! It is an amazing recreation of the original Half-Life game with updated graphics, sounds, and controls. Read the rest of this entry
Sure, we gamers enjoy the triple-A, million dollars games that big-name, big-time developers and publishers with large employee numbers churn out to us in retail stores every year. However, how about the games that aren’t big budget titles, made by a small team of people (if not just one person), and don’t get the same mainstream attention? Here’s a secret: some of those independently-developed video games are just as fun (if not MORE fun) than their big-budget counterparts. For the real stories behind some the most recently acclaimed games of this type, look no further than the documentary, Indie Game: The Movie. Read the rest of this entry
Adrian Peterson, superstar running back for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, suffered a torn ACL injury in last December, near the end of the regular season. As part of Peterson’s rehab regiment, he played Wii Fit and other games that are specially designed to regain strength and balance. Read the rest of this entry
Despite a faulty camera, a day of lost work, and computer issues, here is the debut episode of “The PractitioNERD Show.” After a brief introduction to myself and the blog, I’ll discuss :
PLUS, the QUESTION OF THE WEEK!!
Coming off the heels of Father’s Day a little over a week ago, let’s continue to chronicle the efforts of awesome gaming fathers out there. Above is the work of loving father-to-be Cole Bradburn, decided that The Legend of Zelda would be the nursery theme (particularly the art style from Wind Waker/Phantom Hourglass/Spirit Tracks). Teaming up with his buddy Wes — you remember, the other awesome father who created the equally amazing Yoshi’s Island nursery room – the pals spent at least 150 hours over the course of three months creating this masterpiece of a nursery. The artwork by Wes was done COMPLETELY BY FREEHAND! Can you believe that?!?
Cole, you are going to great among the greatest fathers ever! I tip my fedora to you, good sir!
This past Saturday, March 31, I was able to attend the 8-BIT ARCADE! (LEVEL 2) event at the White Rabbit in San Antonio, hosted by ARTSLAM! San Antonio, and sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon and Montana. The premise for the event is to bring back the memories of childhood from going to the arcade, spending quarters upon quarters of our allowance money (or cash from our parents), learning team-building strategies from classic arcade co-op games like “The Simpsons,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time,” or “X-Men” with friends and complete strangers. Man, those were the days; too bad arcades (on a large scale) are pretty much dead in America (and NO, Dave & Busters does NOT count).
Ah yes, FuncoLand; the precursor of the big-’ol brick-and-mortar buy new/used and sell retail videogame stores. I remember venturing FuncoLand numerous times back in the day, shopping for games for my Genesis, Game Gear, and Master System (yes, I was a SEGA kid; I even got the Game Gear TV tuner from there).
Well, in subsequent years, as result of business decisions and some sort of weird reverse osmosis, FuncoLand became the store we know (and love?) as GameStop, taking EB Games and Babbages along with them. While, techinally, FuncoLand is no more, thanks to the all-powerful internet, their hideous and hilarious training video lives on forever (at lease until the zombie apocolypse occur).
|1) Cut a hole in the box
2) Put a PS3 & 360 in the box
3) Then you turn on the box…..
I personally own about 20 video game systems and over 500 games in my collection. Whenever I travel, I typically bring my PSP and my DSlite, but if I’m going somewhere where there’s going to be a television, I’m going to bring along a gaming console, and it’s usually between the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Often, this decision takes about a day or so so I can think about what games I’m currently playing on what system, and the system with the most currently played games ends up winning that decision, but I believe that it is safe to say that this gamer may not have similar first-world issues like mine in the near future. Read the rest of this entry
“WWE ’12″ is scheduled to be released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii on November 22, 2011 in North America, and on November 25 in the United Kingdom. If you pre-order the game, you will be able to play as The Rock and receive alternate attires for The Miz. I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!
What we have here is Bodycount, developed by Guildford Studios and published by Codemasters. The story involves a former American soldier, named Jackson, who is recruited by an mysterious organization referred to as “The Network”, who has regularly resolved conflicts between the States where even the United Nations itself were unable to handle. At a later time, Jackson arrives at the conclusion that the wars were actually caused by some enigmatic group of individuals.
|We like BIG BOOM!|
Bodycount is an science-fiction/action FPS that features a destructible environment. This means that nearly everything within the maps (or levels) in the game can be destroyed in a realistic fashion. Since the player has the option and ability to create a dynamically-changing playing environment, this opens up new paths to completing mission objectives. By scoring kills against the enemies (who have a fairly difficult, yet manageable A.I.), the player can start multipliers to obtain more points (i.e., The Club and 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand; not FPS’s but third-person shooters, or TPS’s) and unlock power-ups, like air strikes, that would further decimate the map’s environment.
|Peek-a-boo, I see you!!!|
From the moment I started playing, I noticed that the controls are buttery-smooth (a’la TimeSplitters and the CoD: Modern Warfare series) and the buttons are mapped well for easy finger-maneuvering with the 360 controller. As I kept playing, I noticed that at times the screen got pretty busy with enemies, HUD graphics/notifications, and just the action in general. Just be sure to stay focused on the objectives and checkpoints that lie ahead (if you can find and keep track of them during all of the action). It’s easier to keep track of your objective markers once the action slows down. Speaking of the oft-cluttered screen, make sure to pay attention to the tip prompts that appear on the screen at certain points during the demo, as they provide some strategies on how to use the variety of weapons and other options at your disposal. Also, remember this golden rule in Bodycount: cover is you best friend. Don’t go all in with guns blazing (to borrow a quote commonly used — as well as a phrase seen on the back of the box for Black; also, the team that made Bodycount is the same studio that made Black). There is plenty of cover available, from the dilapidated and makeshift buildings, vehicles, barricades, etc., and there’s always a place to use for cover; plus, the player will have near complete freedom while in cover. Be warned though, most of the cover areas are useful for only so long because enemies can destroy it should they find you; remember the environmental destructibility I mentioned earlier?
|See, I told ya’!|
Bottom line, the demo played very well and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with it. I’m not sure that I’d personally purchase Bodycount upon release (as other gaming related things have caught my eye; I’m looking at you Uncharted 3 and PlayStation Vita), but based on the demo, this game may be a good soon-to-purchase for FPS fans looking for a change from the “usual suspects.” Check out the demo on Xbox Live Marketplace and the PlayStation Network and see for yourself!