GameStop Says They Were Able To Secure Limited Number Of Xenoblade, Metroid Prime Trilogy Next

Gamestop are a bunch of greedy cheapskates.

My Nintendo News

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GameStop confirmed to Kotaku that they were recently able to source a limited number of copies of Xenoblade Chronicles to carry in their stores and online. The company says that it listens to the feedback it gets from its PowerUp customers about stocking certain vintage titles. The news comes after a source close to the retailer said that the company printed a few thousand copies of Xenoblade Chronicles with no shrink-wrap in order to restock their inventory, then labeled them as pre-owned.The US retailer says that Metroid Prime Trilogy for Wii should be hitting stores in the coming months.

Thanks, Mike S

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Honestly Capcom, I don’t know what to do with you anymore.

A video of a Megaman X FPS game code-named “Maverick Hunter” was revealed by The Escapist. It was an attempt at a more mature Megaman game. I’d be fine with this if they stuck with the source material, but the execution of it is at Bomberman Act Zero levels of awful. I suppose it helps knowing that footage was of a prototype created in six months.

First of all, the gritty graphics are terrible; they’d be fine if the FPS was not a Megaman game. I have to give Amatuer Armature Studios a hearty congratulations for successfully creating a Bad Box Art version/faceless mannequin  of Megaman X

This now-cancelled reboot rejected everything that Megaman (X) is: a franchise heavily influenced by old anime (Astro Boy, Cyborg 009, and Neo Cyborg Casshern) where you fight an army of evil robots. While Armature Studio’s Maverick Hunter implements the latter criteria, the anime-influenced art has been completely abolished in favor of gritty FPS graphics inspired by western scifi like Terminator. It’s a sad case of Capcom continuing to butcher their games by westernizing it all just to appeal to the lowest common denominator of gaming: Brogamers that only play the latest Madden, Halo, Call of Duty, Skyrim or other gritty first-person shooter. Any JRPG or Japanese-developed game with anime-inspired graphics is automatically filed under what they call “Weeaboo Shit” aka “stuff I don’t play.”

The gameplay is copy-and-paste from your average futuristic FPS game, with a Dash mechanic that lets you tear enemy robots to shreds. While I like the new dash, the gameplay is not Megaman.  You can’t charge shots, but you can throw grenades. A Megaman FPS is better off sticking to the source material instead of taking inspiration from the “big boys” like Call of Duty and Halo. Armature Studios should be taking notes on their former success with Metroid Prime. You guys were staff on Metroid Prime, right? RIGHT!?

For the record, I’m glad this game was cancelled and I hope it never revives in its current state.

Why do Camcorder LPs Still Exist?

Let’s Play is a pseudo hobby at best, and shouldn’t be taken seriously even if you are made fun of for rape jokes and screaming like an idiot. It should be done because there is a game you really enjoy and want to share with other people.

 

Back in 2006 when Youtube had just started and Let’s Play was starting to get popular on Youtube, some people had no clue what to do to record gameplay from their videogame consoles. There were two ways to make a “Let’s Play,” a series of videos where you provide funny or informative commentary on a videogame.

The first method was a USB Capture Card device that recorded gameplay from your TV onto your computer.

Quality differed, because not all capture cards are created equal, and the program used to capture video can cause the quality to suffer. No matter what you used, it got the job done until your crappy Dazzle Capture Card broke and you had to go waste money on another one. Technology is more sophisticated now. All you need is your capture card, virtual dub or Dscaler, and the Lagarith Lossless Capture Codec. I use DVD EZMaker USB Gold (latest version is DVD EZMaker 7)

The other method was and still is considered to be ghetto and terrible: set up a camera recording your TV.

Aside from being unable to tell what game this is, this is the LP equivalent of illegally filming a movie in a theater, except its legal, and often has bad quality, regardless of how entertaining the commentary is. I think of the most notorious of these camcorder LPer’s would be Luizprower. These might have been acceptable back in the early years of youtube, but why these kinds of LPs still exist is beyond me. They should be banned! I’m sorry if I sound elitist, but this is the year 2013. There is no excuse for not having a decent capture card or other method of capturing a videogame. I could understand if your computer was a dinosaur, but all that money that you blew away on that HD camcorder of yours could have been well invested in a HD Capture Card.

Even if you don’t own a specific console there is always a right way to capture that old games you hold dear. Use an emulator’s native recording function. I believe everyone interested in making LP videos ought to take a look at the Tech Support Fort Thread on Something Awful at least once or mark it for future reference.

Capcom Continues to be Ass-Backwards By Region Locking Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Multiplayer

Dear Capcom,

Stop intentionally being ass-backwards, and fire whatever employees, deities, or demons are ruining what used to be my favorite videogame company ever. Ever since you guys cancelled Megaman Legends 3 and Universe, it’s only been a downward spiral. You guys continue to take one step forward, and two steps back!

WHY!?

Cancelling Legends 3 is only the tip of the iceberg. First you guys made Disc-Locked Content on games like Street Fighter x Tekken, a barebones fighting game with no great single-player content as well as Resident Evil 6, a lacking Third Person Shooter made to sell Call of Duty numbers. Now, you hire Ninja Theory, a developer of mediocre brawlers to reboot Devil May Cry with the worst case of self-insertion, noise pollution, despicable unlikable protagonists, and horribly-written scripts I’ve ever seen. WHAT’S THE POINT IN REGION-LOCKING MULTIPLAYER!?

I just bought Monster Hunter 3 a few months ago when a local Sears was having a going-out-of-business sale, and have yet to play it, only to find out that the servers are shutting down at the end of April. Region-locking multiplayer is retarded. I was looking forward to playing with some friends of mine that live in the UK.

I could care less about what happens to your Call of Doody, Western Developer-worshiping company. You guys can go bankrupt for all I care, and sell your franchises off to competent developers that truly care about their IPs.

Capcom, your only chance at redemption is a new retail Megaman game (NO REBOOT), uncancelling Megaman Legends 3, reviving Captain Commando, Strider Hiryu, and whatever “beloved” IPs you forgot about, and start apologizing for the god-awful DmC reboot by making a proper Devil May Cry 5 with fan input.

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Capcom has revealed that the online servers for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Wii U are region locked. This means that North American gamers and European gamers won’t be able to play together, and neither one will be able to play with Japanese players either. Interestingly, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate runs on Nintendo servers. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is due for release on the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS on March 19th in North America, and March 22nd in Europe.

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DmC: Devil May Cry

I played the demo of the Devil May Cry reboot a few days ago. Overall I wasn’t impressed.

Let me get it off my chest that I have not played Devil May Cry since the series started on the PS2.  I got the PS2 collection nearly a year ago and recently started to play the first game. I have yet to beat it though. However, I do believe I’ve played the first game enough to know what Devil May Cry is about and what the demo does wrong.

First of all, the music sucks. It’s generic metal blended with dubstep trash that pollutes today’s music. Hard rock seems more like Devil May Cry’s style. It’s all noise pollution with no tune.

Combat is ok, but it doesn’t have the same challenge that DMC1 has. (Again, I’ve only started played the first game) You have a few weapons that make defeating enemies too easy. I believe one of the weapons is a scythe that Dante spins around.

Finally the new Dante: I don’t like him. He looks like a Jersey Shore reject that needs to lay off the drugs. He’s not the class act goof ball that the real Dante is. I felt like the writers were trying to get some cheap laughs from swearing. Of course I speak of the boss fight from the demo.

The entire scene is laughable, and not in a good way. Ninja Theory is trying too hard to make the game look hardcore and cool. It looks like Capcom just published their own Other M and shot themselves in the foot yet again.

Connecticut Town Destroys Videogames in Response to School Shootings

The above video from Azuritereaction is relevant.

Videogames never seem to get a break. They’re an easy scapegoat for many issues, decaying values, racism, and particularly murder. The computer First Person Shooter, Doom, was blamed for Columbine because a false rumor had spread that the shooters, Dylan and Eric, created a level that resembled their school. At that time, Doom was still the most violent shooting game ever made.

Another popular shooter, Counter-Strike, became the next scapegoat with the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre simply because the shooter, Cho, liked it and played it. The now-disbarred attorney Jack Thompson went nuts over this detail, trying to proclaim correlation = causation. After the police searched his room, no videogames turned up…not even on Cho’s computer. Fun fact: you kill terrorists in Counter Strike.

Recently, thanks to another nut with a gun, videogames are under scrutiny once again. The Vice President of the NRA irresponsibly blamed violent videogames like Bulletstorm and Mortal Kombat for the Connecticut School Shooting.  Anyone who mouths off the media about this doesn’t bother me, but when a Connecticut town starts a drive to destroy violent videogames, movies and music, then I have problem.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU IDIOTS!? This is modern-day book burning; a destruction of game developers First Amendment Rights–even Treyarch, the developer of the Call of Duty games. (Hell must have frozen over, I’m defending Call of Duty). This drive won’t accomplish anything but a waste of money, time and words. I’m all for discussing why there is so much violence in the media but destroying a medium of free speech is not a constructive solution. You’re like the fanatics that flipped out on witchcraft in the Harry Potter books!

It doesn’t end there, because thousands of overprotective soccer moms had blood shoot out of their eyes when they “heard” that the Connecticut shooter liked Mass Effect–another shooting game in which you save the universe from alien invasion. They promptly stormed the Facebook page of Mass Effect out of rage calling for the game to be banned. Guess what? THEY BLAMED THE SHOOTER’S BROTHER, thus creating another innocent victim from this tragedy and causing the IQ of these parents to decrease by 10 or 20 points.

Dear zealous overprotective parents: if people like you banned violent videogames, we wouldn’t have great works of art like Metal Gear Solid 2 or Bioshock….especially Metal Gear Solid 2.

If you are parent that has stumbled onto this blog by chance, and don’t know what these two games are, I’ll briefly explain them.

Metal Gear Solid 2 is a violent game that emphasizes stealth espionage (like James Bond) over shooting. It has a plot that revolves around an Illuminati-like organization called “the Patriots” that seeks to censor the internet to filter out lies, half-truths and whatever garbage the Internet produces. They do this claiming it will advance the human race. This is only one of many themes that the game discusses. (More on Metal Gear Solid 2 in an older blog post)

Bioshock is another violent shooting game that take place in the alternate year of 1964 in an underwater city called Rapture. The core of the game’s story  is an outright rejection of Ayn Rand’s objective philosophy.

For the record, Mass Effect is a trilogy of violent videogames that is a choose-your-own adventure of sorts in which you attempt to build alliances to prevent alien invasion.

I never thought that videogame burning would happen. Now that it has, it makes me weep for the next generation of humanity. This isn’t about videogames! IT’S ABOUT PEOPLE! If you want to go to the root of the problem go look at one’s immediate family or their mental health. Otherwise, don’t have any kids/ban life, and you won’t have any shooters ever again.

Era of Errors

I frequently watch Azuritereaction’s (also known as Dezmond) videos on youtube. He originally made Rock Band videos, and now creates a wide variety of content on Youtube, making him more than just an accomplished LPer. He’s notable for playing rare games like LSD and Virtual Coporation. Dezmond is such a class act when he trolls Modern Warfare 3 players to messing around with a terrible game called Facade.

I love how he keeps things fresh by balancing trivia with comedy in the videos he makes. He does this all to support himself, considering it’s hard to find a job these days, even for college graduates. He recently started a web comic called Era of Errors. It’s a science-fiction comic that has an anime-ish art style, but don’t let it bother you. He’s planned it out over a course of 8 years and I am eager to see where he takes it. You ought to follow Era of Errors and support him.

http://www.eraoferrors.com