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Can't attend PAX east? Check out the streams on twitch.

By: BatRastered Mar 20, 2013 | 11 Comments | Updated: Mar 20, 2013

Many of the events at PAX East will be streamed. Check out the full schedule here.

PAX East Broadcast Schedule
Watch the best of what PAX East has to offer with the official live broadcast direct from the main stages. From thought provoking presentations with industry luminaries, live concerts and of course, the infamous Omegathon tournament, there’ll be plenty of exciting content all weekend long.

WHERE TO WATCH: http://twitch.tv/pax

FRIDAY

Blizzard Entertainment Presents
10AM EST – 10:30AM EST

Storytime with Cliff Bleszinski
10:30AM EST – 11:30AM EST

Penny Arcade Q&A
11:30AM EST – 12:45AM EST

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences presents: Best of the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit
2:30PM EST – 3:30PM EST

The Shaft: Digging up all the Minecraft Nuggets
4PM EST – 5PM EST

Future of Online Games Panel – MMORPG.com
5:30PM EST – 6:30PM EST

The LoadingReadyRun Panel
7PM EST – 8PM EST

Friday Night Concerts
8:30PM EST – 1:30AM EST

SATURDAY

Penny Arcade – Make a Strip!
10:30AM EST – 12PM EST

The Making of Dust: An Elysian Tail
1PM EST – 2PM EST

Behind the Music of Blockbuster Video Games
2:30PM EST – 3:30PM EST

After the Endgame: Indie Studios Founded by 38 Studios Alumni
4PM EST – 5PM EST

NVIDIA Is Open For Gaming
5PM EST – 6PM EST

404ing It: Breaking (Down) the Internet
7PM EST – 8PM EST

Saturday Night Concerts
8:30PM EST – 1:30AM EST

SUNDAY

Borders and Bullets: Global Game Controversies
10AM EST – 11AM EST

Pitch Your Game Idea
11:30AM EST – 12:30PM EST

You Game Like A Girl: Tales of Trolls & White Knights
1PM EST – 2PM EST

Penny Arcade Q&A #2
2PM EST – 3PM EST

eSports in 2013: The Past, Present, and Future
4PM EST – 5PM EST

Omegathon Final Round: ???
5:30PM EST – 6:30PM EST

 

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Last 8 characters of UMVC3 accidentally revealed?

By: iorilamia Jul 20, 2011 | 8 Comments

We got news of 12 new characters for UMVC3 and videos of 4...could this leak of the last 8 be real?

Strider, Firebrand, Ghost Rider, and Hawkeye have been legitimately announced for UMVC3. Those are the 4 of the 12 new characters. apparently on the Capcom website there was an accidental leak of the last 8 fighters. I'm a bit skeptical because some do look like MVC3 art, but still a bit off and akward. Have a look at Doctor Strange, Frank West, Iron Fist, Nemesis, Nova, Phoenix Wright, Rocket Raccoon and Vergil.

 

I can see all of these characters fitting well in the MVC3 world (Phoenix is a bit akward, but If Frank West can do it in TvC, anyone can!) Not too much of a RE fan, but Nemisis seemingly would be a fun character to play. Iron Fist is a total badass and would be a great addition too. What do you guys think? Any characters on here you wanted in or think should be booted off?

 

From: http://www.eventhubs.com/news/2011/jul/20/ultimate-marvel-vs-capcom-3-humongous-character-leaks/

 

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Review: Baten Kaitos

By: blazemanx Jun 13, 2011 | 4 Comments

A truly unique and beautiful game.......one of those rare gems.

Back when baten kaitos was first released many years ago it was one of those games that literally made my eyes pop. Just from the box art alone it felt as though this RPG would be grand and epic did it live up to my expectations? 

Story:

Baten Kaitos's story starts off very slowly. In the game, you are a Guardian Spirit, a spirit from another world, bonded to Kalas, the main character. Your role is to protect him and help him, although you don't know anything of his past, yet. The story takes place in a world where its winged inhabitants live on floating islands and where the ocean is said to have been sucked up by a god long ago. Strangely enough, Kalas only has one wing, the other one being mechanical. When you first meet with him, he is about to leave on a journey to avenge his grandfather and brother's deaths. As he starts his journey, he meets with a girl by the name of Xhela. Although Kalas really doesn't want her to get in his way, she insists of coming with him, as their respective goals seem to lead the same way: the emperor, who seems to be plotting something related to reviving the wicked gods that caused the lost of the ocean long ago. May seem like a typical story (it is), but as you go on, some plot twists may cause you a heart-attack at some point in the game. Unfortunately, the main disappointment could be the shallow party members, but Kalas makes up for them, as I thought he was an excellent character. 

Graphics:

Graphically, Baten Kaitos is a very impressive game. The pre-rendered backgrounds used in the game are beautifully detailed and give towns charm and a very unique atmosphere. The sceneries are simply beautiful and there are so many details that you could spend hours scrutinizing the backgrounds. The world maps for each island are what's the most impressive. Just a quick look a them makes you feel like exploring every inch of them. My only grip with the pre-rendered backgrounds was that there were times where I felt more as if I was moving a character in a pretty painting rather than exploring the environments, due to the fixed camera angle. I also have to take off some points for the blocky 3D character models that contrast with the superb pre-renders, and while the animations during the battles are top-notch, the 3D environments shown during them are not on pair with the pre-rendered ones used in the rest of the game. 

Gameplay:

As you probably already know, Baten Kaitos is an RPG featuring an epic quest and a card-based battle system, but I'll cover this later. In the game, you play as a guardian spirit watching over Kalas and must help him make the correct choices throughout the adventure, which are supposed to affect the ending of the game. As your typical RPG, the quest starts off in a small peaceful village, but soon enough, you and Kalas must venture outside and traverse dangerous lands inhabited by ferocious beasts, in order to reach the next town, usually bigger and more lively. In Baten Kaitos, gone are the endless bland fields you must traverse on the world map in order to reach the next location. You can see the location you must head for on the world map, and must simply walk to it with no encounters with enemies. While it makes traveling through the different locations on the world map less annoying and quicker, it does take out a bit of the exploration feel you usually have in other RPGs.

One thing I was a bit disappointed of was the way the islands were so beautiful and seemed so large, yet I couldn't explore them fully. A large portion of some islands were left unexplored. For instance, I could see a mountain drawn on one of the islands, but the party just never stops at it. It left me with the feeling that I wasn't seeing as much of the islands as I would have liked. Hopefully, there is still a large number of beautiful areas and towns to explore in the game. The areas you will journey through during the adventure are each quite distinctive depending on which island you are on, each island having its own respective theme. The areas you'll be visiting are quite simple, they are not overfilled with puzzles and the scenery is beautiful thanks to the pre-rendered graphics. Monsters roam freely as you explore the areas looking for hidden treasure chests, but you can see them, and therefore avoid them if you're not feeling like fighting.

What will mostly catch your eyes are probably the towns. They're beautiful, unique and atmospheric. Sadly, once you start exploring them, you'll find out that they're pretty small although they look quite large. There are a lot of side quests though, and like always, you can freely enter any house and search in the villagers' things to find rare items and make them yours to keep. This brings me to talk about the Magnus, which are the heart of the game. Magnus are the essences of objects in this world that you can trap in blank cards and keep on you while you travel. For example, you can trap the essence of the fire from a fireplace in a card and use that card on a tree trunk to burn it down. You can trap a lot of different essences in your cards, including water, snow, flowers, lava and various other things you'll come across during the adventure, each having its own unique use. Another interesting aspect of the Magnus are that they age over time. If you wait several hours, the snow will eventually turn into water, for instance.

You'll probably also notice that there are no inns or weapons/armors shops in Baten Kaitos. You can't equip weapons and armors to your characters, as the weapons and armors' essences are contained within the cards you use for fighting. Each town has one shop, a shop where you can rest and buy/sell Magnus cards. The cards you buy in shops or find in treasure chests are usually the ones you'll use for the battles. The cards vary from weapons, armors, healing items and various other magnus. Each of your characters has its own deck, a deck you will need to fill up with the right cards in order to come up with a balanced deck. Obviously, if you get stronger cards later on, you will need to replace the weaker cards by these stronger cards in your deck, but always keeping a balanced number of attack, defense and healing cards.

The battles are quite easy to handle and understand. At the start of a fight, cards chosen randomly from your deck will be shown on the screen. While the fights play like turn-based battles, there is a bit of real-time involved, resulting in a very unique and strategic battle system. When your character's turn to attack comes, you have a set number of time to choose what cards to use against the enemy and try to pick them up in a special order to make combos for extra damage, depending on the spirit numbers shown in the corners of your cards. After the attack turn where you can choose to attack the enemy or heal yourself up, you will have a turn to defend yourself against the enemy's attacks. Three of your party members can participate in the battles and each have their own special cards and finishing moves. For example, Kalas attacks with swords and defends himself with shields, while Xhela uses spells and defends with capes and hoods. This new type of card battle system feels really refreshing after all those RPGs using the traditional turn-based system. 

Music:

The music is enchanting and atmospheric, suiting perfectly whatever area or town you are in, and fits every situation with perfection. While the towns and areas' music is rather calm and restful, the battle music is more lively and really keeps you on your toes. However, the music does tend to repeat in some areas and towns. The voice-acting also lowers the score a bit, as the characters seem to talk through a pipe and some voices don't go along too well with some characters. Luckily, you can turn them off if you're not willing to hear them. 

Final Verdict: BUY IT

Baten Kaitos is a fairly long game, lasting 50-60 hours for the average gamer, plus a 20 hours if you plan on completing every single side quest and even more if you try to collect all 1000 Magnus cards. As for a second or perhaps even a third play through, the game is enjoyable enough, but probably not for a fourth one.

In conclusion, Baten Kaitos is a great RPG experience that any RPG fan most definitively needs to try out. Even if you're not inclined towards card RPGs, give this one a chance and you'll most certainly be surprised by the fun and addictive battle system. 

So what do you think of this hidden gem on the nintendo gamecube? Let us know and don't be a jimmy.

 

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Gouki.com podcast #1 Nov 4, 2011

By: BatRastered Nov 4, 2011 | 7 Comments

Goukijones, BatRastered, FnJimmy, and Choke talk about Batman Arkham City, Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3, and for some reason Mario Kart 64.

The first of our new weekly podcast series... stay tuned Jimmy!

Let us know if you have any ideas for future topics in the comments.

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Nintendo DS Lite gets a price drop

By: BatRastered Jun 1, 2011 | 7 Comments

More pre-E3 news today, this time a price drop from the big N.

Nintendo's DS Lite still continues to be a strong seller in spite of the 3DS' recent release. Price could have something to do with it, especially starting June 5th when the price of the DS Lite will officially drop to $99.99. That's a good deal right there if you're looking for some portable gaming goodness.

Here's the full press release:

Nintendo DS Lite Suggested Retail Price Drops to $99.99 and Mario Games Go Red

Mario-Red Boxes Will Help Shoppers Identify Select Fan-Favorite Mario Games

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The portable Nintendo DS™ Lite system is getting a new suggested retail price. Effective June 5, the system will be available at a suggested retail price of just $99.99 in the United States. The Nintendo DS family has become the best-selling video game system in history. More than 48.9 million systems in the Nintendo DS family have sold in the United States alone. Also in June, six Mario™ games for Nintendo DS will receive new red packaging, making it easier than ever for consumers to identify these hit titles in stores.

"From the moment it launched, Nintendo DS Lite hit a sweet spot for consumers in terms of value, experience and fun," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "This new price point will introduce Nintendo DS Lite to even more consumers, and the new red packaging will make it easy for them to find their favorite Mario titles."

The six Mario games that will begin sporting the new Mario-red packaging in June are New Super Mario Bros.™, Mario Kart™ DS, Super Mario 64™ DS, Mario & Luigi™: Bowser's Inside Story, Mario vs. Donkey Kong™: Mini-Land Mayhem! and Mario Party™ DS. These games represent some of the best-selling fan-favorite Nintendo DS games of all time, and demonstrate the well-known "evergreen" sales trend of Nintendo games. Their total U.S. sales through the end of April 2011 according to the NPD Group are as follows:

New Super Mario Bros.: more than 9.25 million units
Mario Kart DS: more than 7.40 million units
Super Mario 64 DS: more than 4.34 million units
Mario Party DS: more than 3.27 million units
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story: more than 1.98 million units
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!: more than 1.01 million units

Mario is one of the most beloved video game characters and the top video game franchise of all time. Thirty-one Mario games have topped sales of more than 1 million units since 1995, more than any other franchise. Through the end of March 2011, more than 262 million games in the core Super Mario™ series have sold worldwide.

For more information about Nintendo DS Lite, visit http://www.nintendo.com/ds.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.7 billion video games and more than 600 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company's website at http://www.nintendo.com.

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Mass Effect 3 video from Gamescom 2011

By: BatRastered Aug 16, 2011 | 8 Comments

A new gameplay video emerges from Gamescom, Mass Effect 3 will definitely bring the action.

I really hope that Bioware brings the RPG element as well as they do the shooting this time around. The first Mass Effect still does something for me that ME2 didn't. Here's some more squad based action.

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Top Gear Overdrive commercial for Nintendo 64

By: goukijones Jan 7, 2010 | 6 Comments

Get N or get out! The old Nintendo marketing was great. This commercial is too funny for you to miss! I'm in it!

Release November 23, 1998 Top Gear Overdrive is cars, it's bullshit. The commercial however is an acid trip rollercoaster of chaos. Start with the greasy potato chips flying across screen. That's me in the commercial by the way. I remember having to paint my nails black for the scene of me jamming the cartridge into the N64. Red mama! After the car select screen it's time to race. Enter the acid trip montage with nothing but crash sequences from the game. Classic. Red mama!

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Borderlands 2 How to kill a GOD-Liath Goon (Dahl Red Chest) Plus Purple Drops

By: goukijones Oct 1, 2012 | 2 Comments | Updated: Oct 2, 2012

I caught me a GOD-Liath Goon Jimmy. He drops better things than what are in his chest. Plus, did I mention he is hilarious? Mr. Satan 2012.

American Dragon Ball Z fans, yes! That is Mr. Satan you are hearing. That voice is hilarious. Listening to what the Goliath would say is what got me into hunting them. Here's what happened when I found a Loot Goon Goliath.

At the end I mistake the wrong class mod. What the GOD-liath Goon actually dropped was:

Impact Grenadier Class Mod: Commando

  • Grenade Damage +28%
  • Explosive Damage Resist +20%
  • +3 Impact Skill
  • +2 Steady Skill
  • +2 Grenadier

I was a little excited when this all went down & didn't sort it right at the end. Like a Jimmy! Anyway. The part where he was stuck, is a little place where you can fall thru. I did that hoping he would follow & I could lead him toward more things to fight. He never dropped down, he just got stuck there. That's where the video starts with me walking back up to him. 

Create your own story about Borderlands 2. Vote, comment & share. Don't be a Jimmy!

If ya smell what the Rock... oh wait. That's the bottomline!

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Epic getting sued for Loot Crates

By: goukijones Mar 2, 2019 | 1 Comments

I have over 425+ days logged in.

As some of you may know GrrrtyGirl aka MsSugarNinja and I have been playing Save the World every day for the last year plus.  We have never paid for a loot crate because we thought we needed it to level up.  Today a lawsuit was filed...

"The scheme plays out perfectly to the benefit of Epic: once players are sufficiently invested in the game, Epic induces players to purchase loot boxes in order to get better loot, which results in massive revenue to Epic."

I'm just saying there is no way this will fly.  Epic added X-ray loot crates in January.  So you can see what you are getting out of the Llamas.  Good and bad I guess.  You never have to take a chance, but you always know what's in there.  So no surprise there.

Plus you can earn V-Bucks by just playing Save the World.  So if this kid was even playing the game he wouldn't be having an issue.  As far as the parents go... clueless. Nubfarm.

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Simpsons style Street Fighter & Marvel artwork

By: Cinderkin Sep 21, 2010 | 5 Comments

Springfield won't know what hit em!

 

You can find more images in this style over on the Springfield Punx blog.

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