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AdamPFarnsworth

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Why do some game manuals tell you a character's blood type along with the expected name, height and age? Watch for the significance of blood types in Japanese games and the blood types of the cast of Street Fighter, Resident Evil and Final Fantasy, mostly.

Seeing Blood Type in games like Super Street Fighter 2 was something I never really paid attention to. I never questioned why it was there. It just was. But know I know that there is an actual reason for it. Surprising and interesting.

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http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/21/oculus-brings-the-virtual-closer-to-reality/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

It looks like the Oculus is getting closer and closer to being released. There's a lot in this article, so I won't copy and paste much of it.

I'm not sure if I'm thrilled with the thought of buying a VR headset from a company like FB, but really all corporations are going to be the same. Watching your habits and trying to make money off you.

That said, it would be awesome to have a Cheerful Ghost Virtual Hangout!

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Since her debut in Super Mario Galaxy, Princess Rosalina is showing up in EVERYTHING...even the nwe Super Smash Bros for the Wii U! But really, WHO IS SHE?

The answer will change EVERYTHING you thought you knew about the Super Mario franchise...


I've not actually played much of Mario Galaxy, but as far as Mario lore goes, this video and it's Part 2 is definitely worth watching! There's genetic, story lore and physics evidence shown to make some amazing theories about the relationships in the Mario universe.

Enjoy!

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So is anyone here into Fantasy Football? I can never get enough of it. My favorite time of the year (other than the NFL draft) is August, paying attention to preseason games and news.

I thought I'd see if anyone else here is into it as well, and attempt to start a discussion.

Are there any players you're specifically aiming for? My secret weapon sleeper pick is Markus Wheaton. Unfortunately, he's no longer a secret lol http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2161151-markus-wheaton-is-fantasy-footballs-top-breakout-sleeper-candidate

Do you have a specific draft stratagy going in? Will you draft Best Available Player, or be position specific?

If you don't enjoy fantasy football, here's a least an entertaining music video for you
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMor6dL0LfI

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I feel like I'm 11 again and just automatically love anything TMNT related lol.

Granted, the Turtles get blown away by the real Leo, Don, Raph and Mikey, but it's still rad!

And I love the inside joke/puns throughout the rap.

Enjoy this Monday morning!

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What do you get when you combine a FPS with a MOBA? Apparently you get Battleborn, the newest announced game from Gearbox Software.

http://www.gearboxsoftware.com/community/articles/1198/get-ready-for-gearbox-s-newest-game-battleborn
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2014/07/08/game-informer-august-cover-reveal-gearbox-battleborn-654814351318.aspx

Today we’re happy to announce our newest creation, Battleborn.

We’re calling Battleborn a “hero shooter” in that it’s a first-person shooter focused on characters above all else. No first-person shooter has ever had this much character variety, and we’re excited for you to see the first batch of heroes today.

Battleborn involves our heroes – called the battleborn, conveniently enough – teaming up to fight the Varelsi, an unstoppable menace trying to destroy the last star in a dying universe. You can play with up to four friends in our five-player cooperative campaign, or try out one of several different competitive multiplayer match types in games of up to 10 players.


The basic concept is that you're playing in a 5 vs 5 match, all starting at a baseline Level 1. You then quickly level up to 20, increasing your skills and gear along the way. It very much sounds like Dota2 or League of Legends, but you play your character from a first person perspective.

I'm definitely interested in seeing how this progresses.

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On sale for $3.99 on Steam!

I can't believe I haven't written about this game yet! I've put in over 20 hours and really enjoyed it.

I don't want this post to be too long, as the sale isn't going on long, but the game is definitely worth this price.

You create a start up video game company, starting back in the 80's. You have a few different options when you start, 4 different topics (you start with 4 different topics. Anything from Ninja to Transport to Zombies to Hacking), and 5 genres (Action, Adventure, RPG, Simulation and Strategy). Then you balance different aspects of the game based on the topic and genre (Story/Gameplay/Sound/AI/etc).

As you progress through the game you research more technologies to make bigger and better games, even hiring employees to develop games with you.

It's a really unique and enjoyable game. I definitely recommend it during this sale!

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It's being reported that the Steam Summer Sale is going to be June 19-30.

http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Steam-Summer-Sale-2014-Dates-Leaked-64631.html

There's also some "Mysterious Cards" on steam... but no one's sure what they're for. Speculation is that they're going to be part of the Summer Sale event.

http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/06/11/steam-starts-dropping-mysterious-cards-likely-pointing-to-incoming-summer-sale/

And here's just an interesting site I stumbled across that shows what games are on sale on Steam *right now*!

http://steamdb.info/sales/

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Live streaming from E3 today. Will anyone be watching? I'm interested to see what's announced and shown, but if I miss something, I won't be terribly disappointed.

http://www.ign.com/events/e3

Maybe I'll post thoughts along the way in the comments. Join in if you're watching :)

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http://go.omaze.com/d0f5

Star Wars fans, movie lovers, and dreamers, this is it. The return of the most beloved franchise of all time, and we're excited to share it with you in the biggest way possible: by giving you the chance to be immortalized as a member of the Star Wars universe. You and one lucky friend will be flown out to London, where you’ll go behind-the-scenes on the closed set of Star Wars: Episode VII as our VIP guests. You'll watch the filming and meet the newest members of the cast, but that's not all. You'll also be in the movie! You will be transformed by our makeup and costume teams into a Star Wars character to be filmed for an actual scene in Episode VII.

This just looks so cool, I had to share it here! I would love to be in Star Wars! And helping kids through Unicef is awesome too :)

*Full disclosure, if you click through the link I provided, I'll get an extra entry if you enter*

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Microsoft has finally announced that they will be releasing an Xbox One without the Kinect for $399!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/gaming/2014/05/13/microsoft-xbox-one-399/9034693/

This is great news to me. I have been an Xbox user in the past and preferred it to the PlayStation, but the One bundled with the Kinect completely turned me off to the Xbox. I am probably still leaning towards a PS4 when I finally get around to buying a new console, but this finally made the Xbox One competitive for me.

What are your thoughts? Are you more likely to get the Xbox One now?

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So I'm still getting the hang of all things Steam, and last night I realized I could sell my steam cards! I listed about 50 of them, most for about $0.05, but some more and some less(there's a handy pricing graph, so you can see what has sold for what price). I woke up this morning to find 35 emails from Steam, one for each card sold lol. So far I've made $2.29. Not a ton, but it's free money!

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Take The Matrix in one hand. In your second hand take Second Life. In your third hand take World of Warcraft.

Now mash them all together. Oh, and mix in some ALF.

This is the world of Ready Player One.

It’s 2044, and Earth has become practically inhospitable, but people don’t seem to mind because they all live in OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory-Immersive Simulation), a free-to-play massively multiplayer online simulation game created by James Halliday. James Halliday suddenly dies, but has left a will stating that whomever can find his Easter Egg in OASIS will inherit his wealth ($240 billion) and control of OASIS.

The book’s main character is Wade Watts, known as Parzival in the game. He is one of many egg hunters, or “gunters” dedicated to finding the egg. James Halliday was obsessed with the 1980’s, so OASIS is full of 80’s pop references, and the gunters spend their time pouring over everything from the 80’s, from arcade games to movies to television to music and more. The more 80’s trivia you know, the more impressive you are. Parzivial is a low level gunter (in OASIS, you can travel anywhere, for a price, and most gunters, when they’re not studying the 80’s they’re leveling up their avatars through quests), but one obsessed with Halliday and the 80’s. He and his only friend Aech (pronounced “H”) spend all their free time playing arcade games and watching movies together, in hopes of finding clues to the location of Halliday’s egg.

Racing against the gunters is the corporation IOI (Innovative Online Industries), who want to monetize OASIS, charging for access, and for advertising space (on any and everything). The gunters are not only trying to locate the egg for wealth, but to continue the vision of Halliday, and despise anyone that works for IOI.

Now for my review

First, I will say that this book was fun to read. Entertaining and pretty quickly paced, I read this in a short amount of time. I do recommend it to anyone that 1) loves the 80’s, 2) loves virtual worlds, or 3) loves puzzles. Not that there’s really any puzzle solving for the reader. There’s no way to read a clue and actually figure something out before someone in the book does. But, it’s still fun to watch the characters explore. The action can be fun, as in a virtual world, any type of weapon can be created, from guns to magic spells and more.

A couple of times there’s some references that take me out of the story, like when someone mentions Wikipedia. I suppose that website might still be around in another 30 years, but I would have assumed something better would have come around. It just felt strange hearing a few terms that are used currently.

It’s not a very deep book. You can tell where things are going for the most part. There’s a few twists that are fun to find out, but for the most part it’s pretty heavy handed when it comes to things like “This will be Wade’s love interest.”

Overall, think of this book like an action movie. It’s fun to let yourself be drawn in and watch, but don’t expect too much in the way of a compelling story or wonderful acting.

Out of 17, I give this book an 11.

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This is a VR clone of The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The gameplay and artwork are virtually identical to the original NES classic, however in this version you see the world through Link's eyes, in all of it's virtual 3D 8-bit glory. Explore the world, find weapons, kill enemies, collect items, discover secrets, buy upgrades, delve into dungeons, defeat bosses, restore the Triforce, and rescue Princess Zelda from the evil Ganon.

First thought:
Zelda in VR? That's so rad!
Second thought:
Hmmm, 8-bit graphics don't translate well
Third thought:
Has this guy never played Zelda before?
Final thought:
I'd like to see more

Any thoughts on this? The idea seems cool, but I don't know if it's going to translate well to VR. From what I've heard about VR, this looks like it's going to cause a lot of motion sickness ;)

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Completely reimagining the classic Arena FPS formula, Chroma infuses fast-paced PC shooter action with music-driven gameplay. Join the fight as a Fader, a musical icon of the future, and battle for control of the all-encompassing cultural feed known as The Signal. In Chroma, music is your weapon. Sound is your arsenal.

Music-driven FPS gameplay – Music matters. Chroma features innovative first-person shooter mechanics that tie the game’s soundtrack directly to combat, traversal, and more.

Music is your weapon – Unleash streams of sound and music with your arsenal and bring the musical landscape to life in battle! From deep wobbling bass to the crunch of an electric guitar, crushing metal drums to poppy synths, choose a weapon load-out that reflects your musical tastes and personal style and take your sounds into battle.

Band together – Your team is your band: Join up with your friends and battle for glory. Master multiple classes, each with their own unique musical gameplay mechanics and perks, and lead your team to victory.

Conquer shifting terrain – “Change Ups” at major musical moments dramatically alter the landscape of the battlefield in real time both physically and strategically, raising sniper towers, adding cover, and more in sync with the music.

Free-to-play, but not “pay-to-win” – Free to jump in and play with deep customization, but smartly designed to preserve a fun and fair experience for all players.

Chroma will be available free-to-play on PC via Valve's Steam platform in 2014.


I am incredibly interested in seeing how this game will turn out. I've signed up to hopefully be an Alpha player, but might have to wait until it comes out later this year. It'll be free to play, so I'll pick it up the moment it drops on Steam!

http://www.harmonixmusic.com/games/#chroma

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