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Shopping for MvC3 and Tactics Ogre on PSP

By: goukijones Feb 15, 2011 | 9 Comments

This is why I don't want to leave the house to buy video games. Best Buy is stingy with the pre-order bullshit now, a video game specialty store doesn't even know what Tactics Orge is and GameStop? Really? Really? lol.

I woke up early this morning hoping to beat whatever crowd might be at the Best Buy trying to get MvC3. I already pre-ordered one from Amazon for the Contest winner. You can only get one coupon per order, so my plan was to go to Best Buy and use some coupons I had and just buy the Special Edition straight up.

Well big shocker, Best Buy didn't have any Marvel Vs Capcom 3 Special Editions, in fact they barely had any regular versions. When I asked an employee if they have any SE's in the back she told me they were only for pre-order. Another costumer was standing there while another employee was calling Best Buy's all over town to see if they had any extra. I was intrigued, I said: "Hey if the Best Buy down the street has one, I'll go over there and get it."

This other guy wanted two for some reason, he also said he wanted it for Frank West. What a Jimmy. While standing there and listening to this guy call the other Best Buy's, at least 10 people came into the video game section asking for the Special Edition.

One guy even questioned: "How can you be sold out, you opened 10 minutes ago."

In which the employee responded that Best Buy only took pre-orders for the Special Edition. I watched Best Buy lose at least 10 sales while I stood there for 20 minutes, including mine. So fuck it I left, there is a private game shop, a Walmart and a GameStop still in this plaza. BTW I also wanted to pick up Tactics Ogre today and when I asked the Best Buy employee for that, he pulled up a computer screen that showed not 1 Best Buy in town ordered that game. Nubfarm.

The adventure continues. I went over the privately owned store to see if they had the Tactics or the MvC3 SE. The Jimmy behind the counter didn't even know what Tactics Ogre is and told me they don't usually order games like that. Like what? A Square Enix RPG? Jimmy? I asked him about the MvC3 SE and he told me that the SE is a Walmart, Best Buy and GameStop exclusive. More false information. The name of this store is Game Haven in Las Vegas and it should be renamed to the Palace of n00bs.

Ok fuck it then, I'll go to the GameStop. Of course GameStop won't sell me the SE, I can't believe this pre-order bullshit still happens. Especially on a major release with bonus content that is only $10 more on top of the regular edition. Order a extra few for the Jimmys that stumble in who don't have a pre-order. I then inquired about the Tactics Ogre and the GameStop employee told me that he hadn't received the shipment and that I should come back around 1pm. Ok I'm out. Walmart time.

At Walmart I couldn't find the Tactics Ogre either. They had the Marvel Vs Capcom 3 SE, but it was for the PS3 and I want the Xbox version. Foiled again! I asked the cross eyed Jimmy working in the department about the Tactics Ogre and he walked me back over the wall of games. Now I searched it thoroughly before I asked him, but I guess he just wanted to make sure.

"Well it's not on the wall, let me check the computer." He says.  "Online only."

I just don't get it. Order some more games. Is it really that bad that you can't sell a minimum order so you can have a few extra copies at least on launch day. And who the fuck doesn't have Square Enix RPG PSP titles available. Today was a reminder why I have fallen in love with ordering games online and getting release day delivery. I don't have to look for shit, I don't have to drive to shit and I don't have to deal with nub-ass-cross-eyed-don't-give-a-shit-non-gaming-retail-employees.

Wait, it's not over yet. I have one more juicy tidbit for you. Driving out of the parking lot I saw the UPS man at the GameStop. Sweet I thought, I won't have to order Tactics Ogre online and possible miss out on having it for my trip. So I flipped a bitch and parked that muthafucka sideways.

Of course I walked back into the GameStop like we just had a conversation about the Tactics Ogre, but the Jimmy looked like he didn't recognize me. I asked him the Tactics was in those boxes.

"Probably, but it's gonna take me an hour to open them." The GameStop employee replied.

"An hour? Really? I'll wait a few minutes for you to open them." I replied.

"Well I don't know what box it's in." He said.

I told him: "It's probably in that long skinny box that looks like it's full of PSP games." Two minutes later he had it out and I was paying. I didn't have my GameStop card with me so I had to use my phone number. Spoiler alert! My card expired last month, would I like to renew for $14.95? No thank you, but what about my points that were on my card.

"You lose your points if you don't reactivate the card." The GameStop employee told me.

So GameStop has a rewards program for shopping there, but you have to pay for it. WTF. And instead of sending me any coupons or notifications in the mail about the card expiring, I get nothing and lose what little points I probably did have. GameStop fail. It amazes me even more that these stores continue to pop up. People gotta get hip and order online. Save gas, Save time and it's stress free. Just hope there isn't a blizzard somewhere holding up your package.

Thanks for reading my blithering blathering blog/rant. Don't be a Jimmy!

In what was an elaborate April Fool's Joke, a mock press release was sent out yesterday saying the SEO Seattle had been closed down and that The Agency had been cancelled indefinitely. This didn't go over to well with the employees at SEO Seattle.

When employees saw this, the uproar began. How could production hault?! This game has been in production since 2007. Of course employees found out today as they returned to work, that it was just a terrible hoax. An April Fool's Joke gone oh-so wrong. The game is still listed here on soepress.com. These screen shots are amazing and Sony just recently promised a new trailer at E3 that was going to blow our minds through the wall.

More info sure to come as we get closer to E3.

Electronics Arts will be bringing out the big guns in 2011 with huge sequels. All of these multiplatform games are sure to translate into huge sales. Dragon Age and Mass Effect are both Gouki.com editor's choice. Here's a look at some more EA 2011 games.

Electronic Arts 2011 Preview

Dead Space 2 - I missed out on the Dead Space 1. FNJimmy will be reviewing Dead Space 2. It looks like a Jimmy ass game.

Dragon Age II - Thrilled about another Dragon Age adventure Jimmy. One of my favorite combat systems of all time. A lot of people don't like it, well then FUACK YUU!

Crysis 2 - Wow. What can I say. This is supposed to be the most mind blowing game ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This game was demo'd right in front of me at E3 2010. The room was cold as hell. There were 27 PC's trying to run this demo. Afterward my mind was blown.

Mass Effect 3 - Super excited for another Mass Effect adventure. I'm really hoping that ME3 stays more like part 2 mixed with a little more of Part 1. We don't need it reinventing itself again. Bring back the Mako!

SSX Deadly Descents - Some Jimmys are thrilled about this. Me, not so much. 

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Watch me play and discuss Batman: Arkham Asylum, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, Halo 3: ODST. Win Brutal Legend or Modern Warfare 2 on Gouki.com! Uncharted 2: Among Thieves!

Watch me play and discuss Batman: Arkham Asylum, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, Halo 3: ODST. Win Brutal Legend or Modern Warfare 2 on Gouki.com! Uncharted 2: Among Thieves!

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Vlog #14 E3 2010 press conference review

By: goukijones Jul 1, 2010 | 10 Comments

Introducing BatRastered, with special guests FNJimmy and Choke. Also special appearances by Major Nelson, StarSlay3r, Geoff Keighley, and gaming legend Adam Sessler.

Filmed just one week removed from E3 2010 the Gouki.com staff looks back at the E3 2010 press conferences. Introducing BatRastered, with special guests FNJimmy and Choke. Also special appearances by Major Nelson, StarSlay3r, Geoff Keighley, and gaming legend Adam Sessler. This non-stop romp the E3 press conferences is a brutal realization that these major corporations barely know how to entertain. EA's press conference had the most potential entertainment wise just hoping that Joel Mchale might just say something crazy. Which almost happened, but he seemed reserved most of the time and had to read very specific lines at some point. Sony lost points because Jack Tretton straight up says he didn't want Kevin Butler hosting because of his own EGO. WTF? So bore us to death.

Then there's the games which is mostly what this is about. Don't be a Jimmy! Enjoy Vlog #14 E3 2010 press conference review.

Leave some comments Jimmy and like this story!! Thanks.

The WWE SmackDown VS Raw continues to surprise us with it's silly little antics. Check out this glitch where the world heavyweight title is ... shined up real nice ... and shoved right up Wade Barrett ass!

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Unreal Engine 3 to PWN on the Sony NGP

By: goukijones Feb 24, 2011 | 8 Comments

In a shocking turn of events Epic Games announces that the Unreal Engine will run on the Sony NGP. Guess there is really nothing shocking about this news, of course it's going to work on the Sony NGP. Read on for the official press release.

Gouki.com just received word that the Sony NGP will run the Unreal Engine 3 - which of course is one of the standards in the industry. Figure that the announcement had to be made sooner or late that the two companies we're going to work together, this "announcement" was a little obvious. Here's the press release:

Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3 Available for the Next Generation Portable Entertainment System from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

CARY, N.C. - February 24, 2011 - Epic Games, Inc. announces Unreal Engine 3 support for the next generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP) from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE). Developers may now license Epic's award-winning engine technology for NGP.

Epic Games' founder Tim Sweeney presented a real-time preview of a large, outdoor environment running on NGP at PlayStation®Meeting 2011 last month in Tokyo, demonstrating a sweeping panorama full of particle systems, animating characters and atmospheric lighting effects.

 "We were very proud to be onstage with SCE to give the world just a taste of what Unreal Engine 3 can do on NGP," said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games. "NGP raises the bar for the performance of handheld platforms with its multi-core GPU and shader-based, multi-core CPU. This makes Unreal Engine 3 a particularly advantageous fit for NGP. Furthermore, multiple UE3 licensees are already working with NGP, some of which have indicated they intend to release their games for the platform's launch."

"We see NGP as a true game-changer with a perfect combination of performance, innovative controls and gamer appeal that make it truly a high-end console in your pocket," said Sweeney.

For more information, visit www.epicgames.com/technology.

About Unreal Engine 3

The award-winning Unreal Engine is known for its cutting-edge graphics, best-of-breed toolset and scalability across platforms. Unreal Engine 3's highly mature toolset and content pipeline consistently evolve along with its advanced mobile features, multi-core processor support, optimizations for iOS, Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3 and massive world support. Unreal Engine 3 is designed to accelerate developers' productivity for computer and video games, mobile games and applications, training simulations, 3D visualizations and digital films and television shows. Additional information on Unreal Engine 3 can be obtained through the Unreal Technology website atwww.unrealtechnology.com.  

About Epic Games

Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, NC and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its "Unreal" series, including "Unreal Tournament 3" for PC, PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360®. Epic's "Gears of War" franchise has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and won more than 50 Game of the Year awards. Epic's Unreal Engine 3 is the five-time winner of and Hall of Fame inductee for Game Developer magazine's Best Engine Front Line Award. Unreal Engine 3 has also held the Develop Industry Excellence Award in its category for the past three years. Additional information about Epic can be obtained through the Epic Games website at www.epicgames.com.    

Epic, Epic Games, Gears of War, Unreal, Unreal Development Kit, UDK, Unreal Engine, UE3, and Unreal Tournament are trademarks or registered trademarks of Epic Games, Inc. in the United States of America and elsewhere. PlayStation is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

The biggest news for the PlayStation 3 since uhhhhh errrrr .... What does the Playstation do?

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is my favorite Playstation 3 game. I was shocked by the gameplay, played all the way through and beat it. I want to play it again. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is one of the best games of all time.

Now today on the eve of the 2010 VGA's, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception has been announced, with box art, a trailer and a super possible bogus release date of December 1, 2011. Which is a Thursday. I highly doubt that date and it's a perfect set up for a delay. This could all be just for some VGA bullshit.

At least there is this official announcement for the game.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

You can pre-order now from Amazon.

Enjoy the teaser. Please share your comments below. Thanks for reading.

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WWE All Stars BrawlStick and BrawlPad details

By: goukijones Jan 21, 2011 | 11 Comments

WWE All Stars news continues this week with the announcement of a new FightStick from MadCatz. The BrawlStick and BrawlPad(fightpad version) will debut along side the new game. MadCatz looking to capitalize on the Fightstick market with WWE fans.

The new WWE game may control more like Street Fighter than WWE SmackDown VS Raw. These new FightStick should be your first clue. The press release says the the FightStick is vital for the new gameplay style of WWE All Stars.

From the press release:

And I quote ...

"The BrawlStick and BrawlPad are both ideal for recreating signature moves of the WWE Legends and current WWE Superstars. WWE All Stars will deliver one of the greatest rosters ever assembled in a WWE videogame.  WWE All Stars  invites players to generate fantasy matches between WWE Legends and current WWE Superstars or mix any of the two and ultimately determine the greatest competitors of all time."

MadCatz BrawlStick

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The FightStick errrr BrawlStick will be released alongside the game on March 29, 2011 for a retail price of $79.99. If you already have a FightStick though, don't worry it will work with WWE All Stars. 

The BrawlPad will also be released on March 29, 2011 for a retail price of $39.99.

For a first look at what the controllers look like the Jimmys over at DualShockerTV.com got some hands-on video.

GameStop has just unveiled the EXCLUSIVE Conduit 2 Limited Edition. Conduit 2 is the epic sequel to last year's award-winning Wii-exclusive, The Conduit. Check out this amazing bonus content.

The Conduit 2 exclusive GameStop Limited Edition!

GameStop has just announced this exclusive Limited Edition. If you're a fan of the original Conduit on the Nintendo Wii, then you are not going to want to miss out on the Conduit 2. Bigger weapons, better gameplay, the Conduit series is the official FPS of the Nintendo Wii. Check out these GameStop Limited Edition Exclusives.

  • 44-page art book featuring a rich selection of concept art and design development insights into Conduit 2's science fiction world, weapons, and enemies.
  • The "Eye of Ra" device is an enhanced in-game "All Seeing Eye" (A.S.E.) device that captures Conduit 2's hidden secrets in twice the speed.
  • The "Gold Destroyer Armor" multiplayer skin based on the lead character's primary armor.

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Speaking with Choke this morning he tipped me off about a survey to win bottle service at soon-to-open Downtown bar/arcade Insert Coins in Las Vegas. Choke didn't really want to share the info with us ... Check out the chat log. Don't be a Choke.

Choke Chat - Insert Coins secret bottle service contest.

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In case you didn't know Duke Nukem Forever is finally coming out and publisher 2K Games doesn't want you to forget it. So they've announced the Balls of Steel Edition, just to squeeze out a little more money from us.

May 3, 2011 Duke Nukem Forever finally gets a release date after 12 years and of course just like every other game coming out nowadays, a Collector's Edition will be released as well. The Duke doesn't have just any old collector's edition though, he has the Balls of Steel Edition.

Duke Nukem Balls of Steel

  • Collectible bust of Duke Nukem
  • 100-page hardcover book: History, Legacy & Legend: Duke Nukem Forever Art from the Vault
  • Duke Nukem Forever collectable comic book
  • Duke Nukem Forever radioactive emblem dice
  • Duke Nukem Forever postcard series

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