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Blipvert: August 31, 2011 (Zelda: Skyward Sword, Persona 4 )

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - Ever since this last E3 I have been curious to see how one would be able to acquire the teased Zelda-inspired "Gold Wiimote". Well, it turns out you're going to have to pony up, and buy a game to get it. Even though you cannot buy the Wiimote separately, you are at least getting what should turn out to be another good game in the Zelda franchise. I love limited edition platforms and controllers. Controllers are at least somewhat easier to manage since they usually cost less (unless we are talking about the original Steel Battalion controller for the Xbox.) The other nice benefit to this Zelda bundle, is that you will also get a CD of pieces of music from the 25th Anniversary Concert. This is great news for VG soundtrack aficionados. All in all, I am looking forward to picking this up November 20 for $70 USD. If you want these bonuses, then you might want to preorder them since they will only be available in the initial run of the release.



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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 - For those of you out there that have been long-time fans of the Megami Tensei franchise, here's some more good news. Persona 4 was the last to release on the PS2 and many people probably missed out on it. SONY realizes this and is trying to give the fans another opportunity to experience this game. It has been said that SONY is planning on releasing this as a port on the upcoming Vita. The report notes that there will be a new character added to the ranks. Now we just need to wait to hear the inevitable announcement of Persona 5 for the PS3. Patience is a virtue I guess...
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Blipvert: August 29, 2011 (Halo 4, Warp, Star Trek: Infinite Space )

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Halo 4 - Well, PAX Prime just finished and everything that I have read about makes it sound like it was another success. Not only are there PAX Prime and PAX East, there are now rumblings about a potential THIRD city to get a PAX. Hope it is near some of our readers so that they can report from there next year Anyway, at this PAX Prime there was a HALOFest. It was all things HALO, and fans were enthralled. One of the major bits of news that came out of this was the fact that HALO 4 was going to be the start to a new trilogy titled "The Reclaimer Trilogy". The video that accompanied this news mentions the fact that everything that has happened in the HALO series has been leading up to this trilogy. 343 Industries has made it a goal to keep the story consistent with what has come before. They are integrating story elements from the earlier games (even terminals and other Easter Eggs), novels, comics, and other canonical media releases. Consider me intrigued. So, do you think that HALO 4 will be as good as the earlier releases? Do you think that 343 Industries has the ability to harness the same magic that Bungie originally controlled?



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Warp - This upcoming game will be out on XBLA, PSN and PC this Fall. I like the way this game looks. It is kind of an action/platform/puzzler. You control an adorable looking alien that is trying to escape from a research facility. The way you escape determines what kind of alien you are. You can either go for the "stealth" approach. This means that you warp through walls and hide inside barrels and other containers in order to avoid detection. Or you can choose to escape via the "direct" method. This means that you can warp inside of the people that are trying to prevent your escape. Once inside, you vibrate to the point that the person erupts in a gory fountain of viscera. Your alien might look cute, but it sure has a feisty side. I mainly appreciate the fact that the developers are giving the player the option of how violent they want to be. Hopefully there is the ability to make it through the entire game without resorting to violence. I think that would be a fun challenge.



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Star Trek: Infinte Space - I am sure that I am missing something, but I cannot really come up with a good quality Star Trek video game. I remember playing Star Trek Judgment Rites a LONG time ago, and Star Trek: Encounters a bit more recently. While both were alright, neither were anything unique. They just tried Star Trek Online but it also never really amounted to much. So Star Trek fans, get ready to try out another game type. This one will be a free-to-play, browser-based game set in the Deep Space 9 time period. At this point, it looks like you will be able to select from a variety of vessels to control while completing missions. There will also be some exploration that takes place outside of any space ship. And, of course, there will be some resource gathering. I guess the main draw will be the fact that you can choose to play as either the Federation or the Klingons. I don't have much hope for this game, but since it is free, I will be willing to give it a try. It has not yet reached BETA, but you can sign up on their home page. Keep an eye on their Facebook page, as well as their official page HERE
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Blipvert: August 26, 2011 (Weekend Deals, Penny Arcade Adv Ep 3, Dragon Commander)

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Just a quick update this evening for any readers out there. We survived the "Great East Coast Quake of 2011" earlier this week, now we are getting ready for hurricane Irene. Have not had a tropical storm/hurricane come through since we have been living in this row house, so here's hoping there's not too much leaking...

Weekend Deals:

Bejeweled 2+Bejeweled Blitz - I think that PopCap Games is one of my favorite developers. I can lose hours at a time playing one of their games. They are all nice, relaxing games that don't require a great deal of mental acuity to play. And they are great portable games. As such, I thought I should let you know that the Bejweled 2+Blitz combo is currently FREE! for this weekend only on Apple's App Store. I cannot imagine that there is anyone left out there that has not played these games, but if there is...do yourself a favor and take advantage of this excellent deal. It is valid until "Sunday morning" and it can be accessed HERE.

Myst - Three games of this classic series (also Realmyst) are 50% off this weekend at Good Old Games website. Actually, it is all the Cyan games on GOG so that also includes the older game, The Manhole: CD-ROM Masterpiece Edition. If you didn't plan on spending your entire weekend playing Bejeweled 2, then you might want to consider taking advantage of this deal. Of course, all this game playing means that you won't be helping out with Calling all Loyal Video Game Geeks! Arcadian Army: March Forth!, which is what I plan on doing this weekend (as long as we still have power.)

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Penny Arcade Adventures - After the unceremonious cancellation of this series, no one thought that they would get to play Episode 3. Jerry and Mike didn't think it would happen either, which is why they went ahead and wrote out the remainder of the story. If you want to read the fun prose, you can find it HERE. Or if you wait a little longer, you should be able to actually PLAY Episode 3. News just game out that Zeboyd Games will be creating the third episode. Many people have enjoyed
their other game, Cthulhu Saves the World, so hopefully they do a good job on this one too. It sounds like they will be bringing their own aesthetics to the game, so it will probably look a bit different from the earlier chapters. There is not too much news about it so far, but PAX Prime is going on as we speak, and I bet someone will try to wring out some more info. Stay tuned!

Dragon Commander - Wow! I really don't know what to say about a game that puts jetpacks on dragons. I have no idea why this was decided, but oh well, someone thought it was a good idea. The game takes place within the Divinity universe and will involve the player controlling a dragon (duh). There will be battlefield skirmishes, but there will also be the "commander" aspect. This is where you will help guide the flow of battle. You can call in reinforcements and try to make a difference. You can find the official site HERE and you can read a very good preview article for it on Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

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Blipvert: August 24, 2011 (Decide-o-tron, XBLIG Summer Uprising, PlayStation Home)

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Decide-o-tron - The guys over at Penny Arcade just let out the info about another project of theirs. They have been working with the fellow who started Electronic Entertainment Design and Research (EEDAR) to create a new free app for all those gamers out in the world. Their site describes it as "Pandora for games" and "It can very quickly build a library of the games you like and own, and then - just as quickly - tell you what you should play next." Sounds like it could be a fun thing to mess around with, and I like the look of it so far. Since it is free, there shouldn't be too much holding you back from trying it. Who knows, you may find out about a game that you would otherwise have missed out on. It is not out quite yet, but you can keep an eye on their site HERE to find out when it goes live.

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PlayStation Home - I still have not found someone that enjoys using Home. I guess it is a step up from the Xbox Avatars (that cannot really interact with each other anywhere), but it is not that much better. I think that SONY liked the idea at the time, but there have always been too many handicaps in place for it to really function as any sort of community. This fall, things might change. SONY is "reimagining" the design of Home and making it more like an amusement park. There will be different "districts" that the user's avatar can explore. SONY hopes to give it a slight MMO vibe by having the user complete missions and find treasures in each district. There will also be incentives to work with other people who are also exploring the area. Kotaku has a pretty lengthy article about the new features, and it can be found HERE. I don't know if these changes will be enough to make anyone really "hang out" in Home, but I figure it can't hurt for them to try something new...anything new.

Xbox 360:

XBLIG Summer Uprising - I love the fact that Xbox LIVE gives Indie developers an opportunity to get their work out to the world. Yes, there are many problems with the system, but it seems to work out reasonably well for many of the developers. There is another "uprising" going on. These are times when several bigger name games are grouped together and released along side some marketing. This marketing grabs people's attention and hopefully increases the number of people who buy the games. All of the games are very inexpensive, and there are usually a few gems in the mix. This is another chance for gamers to try something they might not otherwise think to try. I know I have discovered some great things on XBLIG and hopefully you will too.



PC:

Anno 2070 - I do love me some deep sea exploration! There are so many RTS games out on the market, each new one needs to try to bring something new to the table. The Anno series of games have been pretty successful, although never really reaching mainstream status. All of the previous releases have focused on an historical period between 1400s and the 1700s. Well, that is about to change. There has been a new trailer released for the next installment in the series, Anno 2070.In the year 2070, there is a race for the remaining resources above the water. Therefore, there is another race to take advantage of things below the surface of the oceans. I like the way it sounds like there will also be a bit of an environmentalist angle to decisions that must be made. I see nothing wrong with injecting a game with a bit of social commentary (especially when it is something that concerns me ) The official site does not contain much info, but it can be found HERE. The trailer has succeeded in making me curious about the game.

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Blipvert: August 19, 2011 (PS3 Price, Sims Social, Torchlight II, Lollipop Chainsaw)

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Price Drop!! - Well, for all of you out there that are late to the party, your procrastination has paid off once again. SONY just announced that both of their PS3s are dropping by $50 immediately. That means that the 160GB is now $249.99 (249.99€ and 24,980¥) and the 320GB is now $299. They have also released a new 320GB bundle that includes the very popular inFAMOUS 2. This a great opportunity to pick up that game if you are still interested in it. I would also suggest that you ask around to see if any vendors still have the Call of Duty: Black Ops bundle that came out a little while back. That is another fun game and if you need a PS3, you might as well get a little something extra with your purchase.

Hmmmm...this is the second major price drop of a video game system in a week after the huge plummet of the 3DS. Do you think that the Xbox 360 is far behind? Do you think that these price drops have any deeper meaning? Are companies in need of making sales so much that they are dropping the prices, or are these just the typical trend of lowered prices during the lifespan of a system? Let me know what you think!

Social:

The Sims Social - Well, EA is still working its way into the social gaming environment. They purchased PlayFish quite awhile back, and have been making their own games since then. It comes as very little surprise to see that they have made a game that utilizes their The Sims franchise. Facebook already had a few popular games that are lifestyle simulations, and I assume that this game will be just as popular. Even though the game just "officially" launched yesterday, it has been in open BETA since last week. That means that their website can list almost 5,000,000 "active monthly users" right at launch! Pretty impressive marketing! I have not really tried it out yet myself, but it looks like you can create a Sim in order to interact with those of your "friends". You can either help or hinder them, and I bet most people will act like real prats... Since I have not played it yet, I don't know what "freemium" purchases you can make in the game, nor do I know what kind of method EA is using to limit the amount of time people play. Regardless, I bet that people have already thrown thousands (if not millions) of dollars at the game already. Go EA, go! Feel free to check out the Facebook site [geekurl=http://www.facebook.com/TheSimsSocial]HERE[/geekurl]



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Torchlight II - So, you're still waiting for Diablo III to hit retail...why not wait for something similar that might come out sooner Many gamers loved Torchlight when it came out a few years ago. It was a great way to scratch that hack/slash dungeon crawler itch in between Diablos. One of the major wishes that gamers had with Torchlight was the desire to play multi-player. Well, the sequel will have that in spades. While that is not new news, Gamescom did reveal some new tidbits. Individual characters can be used in both single and multi-player play-throughs. The game will support online and LAN play. The monsters and dungeons will scale according to how many players are in proximity to one another. It will ramp up when players are nearby, and then become more like a single-player game if the party separates in the dungeon. You also won't have to worry about anyone "ninja-ing" your loot since each player will see their own version of drops. That should hopefully minimize the bitching and moaning during a game. Modders can also rejoice since the game is set ot feature a full set of tools to support you. While Diablo III is shying away from gamer influences, this one is not.

Lollipop Chainsaw - And now for something completely different...it's Suda 51, ladies and gents! This is the next game that he has designed, and it looks to be a doozy. I don't think I can say much that is not already being said in the trailer. As with any Suda 51 game you will either love it...or want to wash out your brain.

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Blipvert: August 17, 2011 (DOTA2, Resistance 3, M&M: Clash of Heroes)

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Defense of the Ancients 2 - This game has been long awaited by the fans of the first. I have talked a bit about it (and League of Legends) in the past, but things are progressing apace with DotA2. It has been playable at Gamescon this past week, and the reviews have been positive. However, the real exciting news for fans is that they have opened registration for the BETA signup. There is no real news about when the BETA will actually begin, but be sure to head over to Steam if you are interested in the opportunity to try the game out. To sign up, all you need to do is head over to the DotA 2 page, sign into Steam and then click "Get on the List" to join. The page can be found HERE

Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of Neverwinter - This game has been talked about for a while now, and it is finally coming to fruition. It is a Facebook game, so it is a social-based game. I have played a bit of it, and it seems pretty fun. It is a turn-based tactical dungeon crawler, and your friends (or strangers) can be recruited to join your party of four adventurers. They just started the closed BETA, so you can try to get in if you are interested. They have been opening up the App a few times each day since Monday, and it really is luck of the draw if you happen to check it at the right time. They put up a status update that mentions that they are accepting new testers, but it is actually active for a time before the post. I got in around 8:00pm EST yesterday, and it looked like it was active that time on Monday as well. You can also try around 8:00-9:00am and 2:00-3:00pm EST since they seemed to have it active at those times on Monday. You can see some of the gameplay in the video below




Multi-console:

Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes - Just a quick note to let you know that they are releasing some new DLC for the game. It will be called "I am the Boss", but they have not said when it will be coming out. You will have the opportunity to play as one of the four bosses in the game. I figure it will be worth getting if you enjoyed the base game. Keep an eye out for it!

PS3:

Resistance 3 - They just released a new trailer that is inspired by the Olly Moss cover art. I just realized that is who they got to design the cover, and that explains why it looks so much like his style. I have been a fan of his art for several years now, and I love the fact that his minimalist style is getting more recognition. His art is often up on the Mondo website. I picked up his Star Trek prints and love them. I valiantly tried to nab his Star Wars triptych of prints, but did not succeed since they sold out in less than 1 minute. But they are AMAZING! I can see why they are on ebay for between $400-$700 at times (granted I would NEVER pay that much for themshake) Sorry about the aside, just wanted to mention that I like his art and I love the new trailer for the game!



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Blipvert: August 12, 2011 (Missing Wii Games, Minecon, Hitchhiker's Guide)

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Wii - So, North American gamers want to enjoy localized versions of Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora's Tower. Thus a group created Operation Rainfall. While it never really got a HUGE response, it did bring attention to the fact that there was a significant subsection of Wii owners that wanted to play these games. Nintendo has been pretty mum about the whole situation, only saying that there were no specific plans to spend the resources required to localize them. However, there might still be a chance. This week, the games are being released to the European market. IGN reports that Nintendo is supposedly keeping an eye on the Euro sales figures to see if there is ANY chance that it might be viable in North America. In short, if you want the potential to see these games over here, then you need to convince your Euro-buddies to spend their dough and pick these games up Anyone interested in these games, or do you think it makes more sense for Nintendo to save money and not localize them?

3DS - The price drop has happened and you can now pick it up for a "measly" $169.99. The Ambassador Program has ended, and we won't really know if those games will ever be available to download at a later date. However, some people got the best of both worlds. Apparently, Walmart and Target both dropped their prices a bit early, and gamers were able to pick up the reduced 3DS AND take advantage of the 20 free games. Lucky ducks!

PC:

MineCon - There are more and more conventions that keep popping up around the world. I know that this game is popular, but I never really expected it warranted a 'con' all of its own. The main purpose of this event is to christen the official launch of the game. This inaugural official Minecraft event will take place in Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas on November 18-19, 2011. The first 500 registrants will be entered to win "The Ultimate Fan Experience." One lucky winner will receive a Mandalay Bay hotel room for MineCon, VIP seating to Keynotes and Classes, and a meal with Team Mojang! Advance tickets will set you back $99 USD, and tickets at the door will be $139 USD. Tickets are currently on sale, and they have some info about the events. So far they mention, "The Official Minecraft launch, Keynote speeches (including one by our very own Notch), Build contests, Breakout classes with all different Minecraft topics, Costume contests, Exhibits by leading gaming and Minecraft related companies, Meeting friends from around the world, Commemorative merchandise." Official site is HERE I am curious to hear if anyone is planning on attending, or do you even think that this would be a worthwhile thing?



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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy App - Hothead Games are at it again. They released a press release about this and you can see the "under construction" official site HERE. It sounds like they are trying to make a virtual representation of the H2G2 from the books. They report that they are going to include the "original entries" from the books, as well as new ones that keep the same feeling. I don't believe that it is supposed to be like the BBC-run, Wikipedia-ish H2G2 site. As a fan of the stories, I am curious to see what they come up with for the app, but I also worry that it will be another pointless app that does not really do anything of note. Hopefully it uses the old Rod Lord animations from the BBC series
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Blipvert: August 8, 2011 (A Game of Thrones, Digital CCGs, Arkedo)

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George R. R. Martin is riding high at the moment. I must admit that I was among the many looking forward to the much-delayed fifth book, A Dance with Dragons. I have yet to have time to read it yet, but I intend to. His books could definitely stand to have some massive editing, and he is a bit too pleased with himself as a writer, but I still like the stories. A entire new group of people have just discovered his epic tale due to the massive critical and fan-based success of HBO's A Game of Thrones. Season two is already being cast, and HBO has committed to seeing it through (whatever that means to a studio exec.) Fantasy Flight Games recently announced the much-expected second edition of A Game of Thrones (first edition). Their LCG game is also continuing to get support. Basically, AGOT is at an all time high in popularity. Which leaves one to wonder about the inevitable video games.

So far, I am only aware of one game that has been announced. A Game of Thrones: Genesis was discussed at E3 this year, and that is about it. You can see their official site HERE. The game is being designed Cyanide Studio and will be a strategy game in which you control an army and attempt to gain control of the Iron Throne. Their last news post was from last month, and that was just a few more screenshots. I know that the game is still early in development, but I start to wonder if it will ever see the light of day. Considering how popular the HBO series is, I am curious to see if/when they develop a game based on their version of the characters and story. I foresee a situation like when LOTR was released in the theater and EA acquired the rights to the movie games. A few other companies tried to make related games (The Hobbit, etc) but they were never as popular.

In any case, the reason I started talking about this is because a hilarious video was posted by College Humor at the end of last week. They made a parody "demake" of a 16-bit era, Final Fantasy-like version of A Game of Thrones. The video contains spoilers from the story, so be warned. I would love to see a full version of a 16-bit AGOT. Hope that this helps dispel your "case of the Mondays".

*NOTE: The video is NSFW and contains mature themes...duh!



Digital CCGs:

I appreciate the fact that game developers continue trying to figure out how to make CCGs work in the digital realm. As much as I like collecting things, I also run into the problem of running out of physical space to store things. As such, virtual cards are an appealing alternative. Also, many of the developers are following what FFG does with their LCGs. Boosters are not random, and you "might" not spend as much money on them that way. Here are a couple new games that have caught my eye.

Kard Combat - As sad as I was when the schism grew between Penny Arcade and Hothead Games, and the Penny Arcade Adventures series was never completed, I was also happy to see what else the company would create. Their most recent game has the feel of a CCG and is available on iOS. It is a "free" game to download, but they will rely on in-game purchases of new content. So far, most reviews have been pretty positive (bearing in mind that there are always issues.) The game plays out like most CCGs in which players sit across from each other and select cards from their hand to play. You can construct your deck to reflect your play style and each character has their own unique cards. There is a single-player "story" which allows you to unlock the cards in that character's deck. After you have unlocked your cards, you can take them into the multi-player arena to battle against other real people. The multi-player is "asynchronous", meaning you each take turns, but they don't have to play out in real-time. You can have several hours pass between each player's turn. Official site is HERE.



Card Hunter - This is a game being developed by Jon Chey, who was a co-founder of Irrational Games (BioShock, etc). He has started his own company, Blue Manchu, and is working on this as their first game. It is described as being free to play and you will unlock most of the cards by playing through the quests. If you read the blog you will see that Jon loved playing Magic back in the day, but got burned out with all the booster costs. He is trying to develop a game that scratches that itch, but is not so expensive. I love the look and feel of the game so far. It is kind of nice how it blends the classic fantasy board game elements, with those of a CCG deck-builder. It kind of looks like a miniatures game. If the video looks interesting, then I recommend that you keep an eye on their blog to see how the game develops. It is planned as a PC browser game to begin with, but iOS is also being considered. Check out the site HERE



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Arkedo Studios - Their three games have been some of my favorite games produced for the Xbox Live Indie Games. They are all very fun, colorful, and hearken back to the classic games of yore. PSN gamers will now get their chance to try them out, and I really suggest that you do. Enjoy his awesome accent:

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Blipvert: August 5, 2011 (Rumor Mill: WoW & Xbox 360, Pulse, Final Fantasy Tactics, Post It War)

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World of Warcraft - I have been a fan of Blizzard's world since Warcraft: Orcs & Humans dropped. I love the deep lore and characters that have been created within their universe. I am still sad that Lord of the Clans ended up as Vaporware. And I definitely remember when I first discovered the Pandarens. I know they were designed as an April Fool's joke, but I still think they look cool. They probably don't really fit within the rest of the Warcraft lineage, but it is so malleable anyway...who really cares? They're cute, and deadly!

Word has emerged that Blizzard has registered the "Mists of Pandaria" trademark. What does this mean? No one really knows. It could be another WoW expansion, but I am kind of hoping that it will be a more child friendly Warcraft game. So many parents play the game, I am sure that they would appreciate having a themed game that their kids can play.

Xbox 360 - Fellow user Gnomish Mustard sent me a link to a news item that might be of interest. According to PC Gamer, Xbox 360 might be going "freemium" soon. This is all based on talk among game developers. The most likely scenario would involve "in-game items and premium upgrade tiers" Keep an eye on this if you think it might be of interest to you.

Mobile:

Pulse: Volume One - Cipher Prime Studios has made three excellent games thus far: Auditorium, Fractal, and now Pulse. Auditorium is probably my favorite because I find it so beautiful and relaxing. Anyone can pick it up and start playing it since it is so intuitive. (You can try it out at the link above.) Pulse is currently on sale in the App store for only $1.99. Now is the time to pick it up HERE



Final Fantasy Tactics - The money you saved buying Pulse can be spent buying the iOS version of FFT if you would like. Granted it will set you back a whopping $15.99, it is not a Universal version, and you probably already have it on your PS, PSP, and PSN. This new version does not add much in the way of new content, but you don't need to carry a separate gaming device if you a hankerin' to play it again. The graphics appear to be similar to the PSP version and the story is also the same. However, now you can play the game using your fingers! Buy it HERE

Friday Fun!

I just thought I should share this with you all. Several sites have picked up on a grudge match between employees of Ubisoft's offices and those of BNP's building next door. They have a Post-It war going on that centers on video game art. Some of it is very impressive! Here is just one image to whet your appetite. You can find more at GameOver

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Blipvert: August 3, 2011 (XBLA Summer Arcade & Gamertags, Cut The Rope, Preorders)

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Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet - This is part of the XBLA Summer of Arcade and it is yet another game that I have been eagerly awaiting for a LONG time. I love the creator of the game. It was designed by Michel Gagne and I really must recommend that you check out some of his books. He is best known for his "Insanely Twisted Rabbits", but I think his "Story of Rex" is one of the most adorable books I have seen. His art style is very recognizable and it translates well into this new game. You can see the full list of the XBLA SoA releases HERE



XBLA Deal of the Week - I find this deal a bit odd, so I wanted to share it. This week only, you can get 30% off of the normal price if you want to change your Gamertag. It would be $7 instead of the normal $10. Now you can get that "VGGHero" tag you always wanted

Multi-Platform Preorder Bonuses:

The King of Fighters - I am a sucker for preorder bonuses, especially when they involve soundtracks. I love video game music, and I often fall for these "exclusive" soundtracks. If you preorder KOF XIII you will get a 4 DISC anthology of the series' music! I think this is one of the best preorder bonuses I have ever come across. It will release October 2011 and see the preorder info HERE

Batman: Arkham City - The UK looks to be getting some awesome perks with this release. So far, all of these skins have only been revealed for the UK market, but hopefully they will be making their way across the pond. Find the full listing of where you can get them HERE


Mobile:

Cut the Rope: Experiments - I really enjoy playing adorable games. I like they way that they tend to make me feel happy, rather than stressed out. Cut the Rope was one of those games. The design and game play fit together very well and kept me involved for a quite some time. I was even able to get my mother to pick the game up They just announced the sequel and have revealed some images and a teaser video. They can be found HERE

It has been documented that the increase in mobile devices has also increased the number of "casual gamers". I am curious as to how many of you out there have been amazed to see any friends or relatives playing games. I know that I never really would have expected to see my mom playing games, but she has found some that she really likes. Chime in and let me know who you have gotten into gaming, and which game it was that turned the tide.
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