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Our first look at how to build out the Borderlands 2 classes starts off with Maya, the Siren. Let's see how her 3 skill trees work.

Let's start off with my least favorite tree, Harmony (the center tree). Here's a link to the build if you want to follow along.

I really don't like the "Scorn" cap on this tree, as you can see at the end of the video, it's very easy to hit yourself with it. Some of the other skills like the "Res" game changer in the middle of the tree, are only useful in co-op, so you'd likely want to re-spec if you ever played solo and put that point to better use somewhere else in the tree. In a full team of 4, and with a good Heavenly Nurse class mod, this build can greatly improve the survivability of everyone in the group. In fact, you should probably move the 5 points in recompense into Elated if you have 3 or more players as it will be less about your survival and more about the health of the group as a whole.

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derkasan

25 WTF Fight Sticks

By: derkasan Oct 15, 2012 | 3 Comments

We've all seen pictures of awesome fight sticks; now it's time to see some of the worst.

The Internet is home to some of the most awesome fightstick mods out there. However, there are a number of downright goofy sticks out there as well. Some are official, some are homemade, but all of these monstrosities are bound to make to make you say "WTF?!"

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Zero2990

Zero2990's Dead Island character build (Sam B)

By: Zero2990 Aug 20, 2012 | 5 Comments

I decided to start creating character builds because I see to many newbs online

So some of us was excited for Dead Island before release, No? Well I was and it turned out to be a pretty shitty game, that was before I looked at character builds that make this game actual fun.. Yes Dead Island is actually fun, can you imagine? 

So the last week I've been playing as the top hat sporting power house/rapper Sam B. Some people online have no idea how Sam should be played and opt for the machine gun approach, not in this build. I'll have you cracking undead skulls in no time.. From Lv1 as a matter of fact. This build looks at Combat and Survival skills only, Sams Fury tree may seem fun but it's about as useful as ...

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starlordtitus

The Birth Of Oni

By: starlordtitus May 27, 2011 | 13 Comments

Just how did Akuma reach his current level of absolute power? What training method did he use? What event triggered his ascension beyond his already powerful Shin Akuma form??..

Clouds loomed over the night sky. A thunderstorm was approaching. The starry night sky and moonlit earth turned to darkness and shadows. There, in the middle of a grassy field having been dispersed by a powerful Sekia Kuretsuha (an emotion of powerful dark energy known as The Satsui No Hado), stood Akuma in thought. His eyes glowing red with power. Images of his battle with Gouken passed through his mind. His brother had obtained the Power Of Nothingness. Able now to neutralize any energy based or special attack, returning it to it's source, rendering it harmless. Akuma and Gouken have always been near equal in fighting ability, one specializing in offense while the other in defense. But if Gouken could make special attacks useless while still using his, Akuma would need to find a new weapon of offense. 

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Yakuza 4 just got way more interesting. This story was originally for a new video from Sega about the Hostess Clubs in the game. It's turned into a monster about these beautiful Japanese girls, who are the stars of Yakuza 4 Hostess Clubs.

I saw this video this morning on YouTube and of course Japanese girls catch my attention in real life and virtually. So I have to check it out. First of all, the Yakuza game series is one I have yet to experience. I don't know why, maybe just never had the right feeling for it. The new version is looking more and more interesting to me. And not just because I can now go hang out in a Authentic -albeit virtual- Japanese Hostess Club. Yakuza 4 is seriously trying to be a Japanese style GTA.

This first video is from the American Sega YouTube channel.

Yakuza 4 - Hostess Club Trailer

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Buy Darksiders from Best Buy and receive a free action figure. My Darksiders action figure came in the mail today and you're not going to believe these pictures.

Dear Best Buy and THQ,              

                   You should be ashamed of yourselves. First of all there was never any clear information about the Darksiders Action figure bonus when the game first came out. There was no information, if you had to fill out an online form to get the action figure and when you called or spoke to a Best Buy employee they didn't have a clue. Finally after digging through all types of forums, I came to the conclusion that the figure would just be mailed to me in a couple of weeks. This is what came in the mail today, this is exactly how I took it from the mail person this morning.

darksiders action figure

This is what came in the mail today.

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goukijones

Amazon Clearance Games List Has Been Updated

By: goukijones Apr 29, 2011 | 5 Comments

Over 50 games, more than half off. Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, DS all on sale. Collector's editions and peripheral pack-ins are also on this list. Check it out, if you're looking to save some money on old games.

Amazon Clearance Video Games 4/29/2011 Update.

Amazon just updated their clearance games list. Here's a few examples you'll find. We're totally focused on saving money. We're gamers too and we value our fight money right? So check out this complete list of some ridiculous sales going on over at Amazon right now. Side note: Gearfest is still happening as well and you can save up to 33% on all Xbox Accessories.

$12.93

$24.44

$22.79

$24.99

$120.17

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Borderlands 2 gets 2 collectors editions and a bazillion skins

By: BatRastered Apr 9, 2012 | 4 Comments | Updated: Apr 9, 2012

News from Gearbox's PAX East panel! Lots of new Borderlands 2 info!

Borderlands 2 will feature 2 collector's editions, one priced at $99 will feature a Marcus bobble-head statue, the other is the "Ultimate Loot Chest Edition"  for $149 and will come in a red loot chest! No word on what other goodies await inside as of yet. Check it out:

Ultimate Loot Chest Edition and bobble head

Fans who played BL1 (and have a save game on their HDD) will get some special customized character skins unlocked. There will be bazillions of skins even without that though... Here are the skins they showed at the panel:

Borderlands 2 Skins

and more...

More BL2 skins

Gearbox also announced a fifth player class the "Mechromancer" to be available as DLC about 60-90 days after release. Better yet, this DLC is free to all who pre-order! Here's some pics of the Mechromancer and her pet D347-TP (Death-Trap)

Mechromancer BL2

Death Trap

Death Trap

Brink is a highly anticipated shooter. Made by some crazy English chaps that love to do what they do. Brink is going to set a new standard for shooters when it's released sometime this year. Also Exclusive DLC information, where you purchase matters.

It's been 6 Months since the last developer diary from Splash Damage. Don't worry about that. It's time to get a lesson on Sonic Space. Something that the developers are taking very serious over at Splash Damage. This type of attention to detail and dedication really gets me hype to see what comes next with Brink.

BRINK DEVELOPER DIARY #5 - CHRIS SWEETMAN was just released today. Chris Sweetman is the Audio Diretor at Splash Damage. Chris also did sound design on the BLACK video game. In his latest blog he talks about Sonic Space and what it means for Brink.

"We wanted every sound in Brink to be heard perfectly, whether it was a Molotov cocktail exploding, a mini gun winding up, or a heavy body-type player coming round the corner to stomp on your face." Chris says in the blog.

All of the audio was originally recorded for the game and there has been extensive work in creating the perfect sound effects for Brink. So when you are doing Parkour and jump on to some shanty roof top, it's gonna sound like a shanty roof top.

The Choir of Guns idea is great. Whether you are Resistence or Security in the game you will have different sounding weapons. The Security will have the cleaner, more well maintained sounding guns. The Resistence will have the beat up/been in a fight version of guns. Look closely when you watch the video, almost every gun looks and sounds different. A little bit of that Borderlands style right there.

Halo always stands out for me when I think about the sound of gun fire. I don't know too much about what gun fire sounds like in real life, so I can't discuss that. I do know when I shoot off a sniper rifle on Hemorrhage, it echoes off the canyon walls and then fades away. In Brink, Chris explains that the sound is totally natural in the game. There's no BS background weird war noises going on. If you hear gun fire, you should be able to tell how far away it is and perhaps who is shooting at who.

"Then on top of that, we gave each weapon three distinct stages of distance:
A close-up third person sound - what you would hear if another player was right next to you.
A mid-range sample - which would be played about 15 to 20 ft away from the firing player.
A far sample - which would be played above and beyond 20 ft from the firing player.
"

If that's still not enough, Splash Damage took it one step further programing begginng, middle and end firing sounds for each weapon. What this means is a more true to life sound, not just a looped audio track that goes off depending on how you push the trigger.

"We came up with a granular system that breaks up our recorded weapon burst of roughly 15 rounds into three main groups: Start, Middles, and Ends.
The Start is the initial attack; it’s the first shot fired and this sample always stays the same.
The Middles are the tiny sections of each shot firing, broken up into pieces.
The Ends are the tails of the final shot in a burst; like the Starts, these samples always stay the same.
"

If you want to read the entire blog, well then you got to go to the Official Brink Website. I enjoyed it thoroughly. 
When you watch the video, watch with your ears. Look at the guns and the characters, there are tons of character skins and weapon mods running around. I'm very exciting about this.

Brink - A Choir of Guns Gameplay Trailer

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So you can buy face paint to look like the Joker and/or change your reticule to look like anything. Including a penis? Probably not, but you can paint a Unicorn with gun hooves on your equipment.

From Treyarch:

Learn about all the massive customization and personalization options in Call of Duty: Black Ops. Use the new Currency System to buy weapons, attachments, camo skins, custom reticles, perks, and killstreaks. Create your own custom emblems with the Emblem Editor. Place emblems and even your clan tag on to your weapon. The customization options in Call of Duty: Black Ops are practically limitless.

* The wager game mode depicted and discussed in this video is for entertainment purposes only. COD Points have no monetary value and may be used for in-game purposes only.

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Win an amazing Gouki Akuma statue, Super Street Fighter IV game, microsoft points or PSN dollar$ and a Gouki.com t-shirt!

The Drawing is closed and these two Jimmys have won!

Grand Prize: Cinderkin

Second Prize: Grey Walrus

Congratulations you Jimmys see you online!

 

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dragonkiss83

Dead or Alive Beach Volleyball 3 announced for PS3

By: dragonkiss83 Apr 1, 2012 | 1 Comments

Do you like DoA? Have a PS3? Is it hooked to a 3D tv? If so I have some good news for you.

It's been a while since the last Dead or Alive Beach Volleyball gave you jimmys carpal tunnel, but this summer you'll get another chance.

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