Indy Mayhem Show 83: 80s Mania Wrestling

80s Mania WrestlingWe talk with Kris Osk of the 80s Mania Wrestling game on iOS and Android!  We discuss being an independent developer, a love for the good old days of 80s wrestling, how his game works and more!

Katie Dudas (@kdudders) joins us to discuss her first Vicious Outcast Wrestling show including TNA Wrestling’s Ethan Carter, Rizz and Wheelz discuss the upcoming RWA Aggression and IWC Caged Fury shows, the weekend of too much wrestling, and more!

Share your feelings with us via e-mail atgoodtimes@wrestlingmayhemshow.com

If you are in Pittsburgh, you got to go to Slice on Broadway and get their food! (sliceonbroadway.com/Twitter: @pgh_slice)

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Video Game Themed things from around the Internet…net…net!

Boy and girls, Children of all ages, welcome to Video Game Themed things from around the Internet…net…net! Come along with me on the journey of things found as i traveled the Internet like a hobo with a bindle on a stick!

first up!

The Game Theorist on youtube finally released the second part to their death by hacking series. In the first one they cover the possibility of Watch Dogs hacking and show that it could happen.(although unlikely) The second part shows the feasibility of a hacker being able to hack your body! Check it out below.

Next up, Someone built a working iPhone in Minecraft. Complete with unlock screen, games, apps the works.

Minecraft players have too much time on their hands. Too much!

Last but not not least! Do you work a desk job? with a lot of free time? Do you wish you could game but the computers are locked down? Well! here is the link for you! 6 popular games recreated and running in Microsoft Excel! Number Cruncher, Monopoly, 2048 and more!

http://mashable.com/2014/08/27/microsoft-excel-games/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link

The games require macros to run but you can enable those by going into options and enabling them.

Thats all i have for you this week on Video Game Themed things from around the Internet…net…net! Thanks for tuning in! Be sure to check out the runners up below!
Runners Up!

Vegas Smash Meetup- Guy lands perfect falcon punch, opponent just quits. —

Deviant art Dragolisco has re-imagined Pokemon and they are bad ass. http://dragolisco.deviantart.com/art/Mighty-Charizard-425008435

Monument Valley Review

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The debate goes on about gaming on mobile devices.  But while we still wonder if the Asphalts and Call of Duty mobile versions are suitable for the hardcore, our iPhones still remain a hot bed for new concepts.

I found myself finally clearing from the haze THREES! left me in only to catch a recommendation for Monument Valley.

You play the Silent Princess traveling through surreal levels. You tap the place for the Princess to follow, if she can. You will find several interaction points such as levers and wheels that will move and turn parts of the level. If a part of the level looks like it connects, it will. You will walk sideways, avoid creepy bird things, and more.

One favorite level involves a box. At first, it isn’t clear. But you find the cues to see how the box opens from several points, leading you to finally find your Princess and guide her to the buttons to turn on the light in all four corners. Amazing.

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The story has the quiet, hushed, “I don’t really understand the riddles, but I’m here for the ride anyways” vibe I’ve dug since Braid.

I love games with a surreal atmosphere. The best example I can throw out is Fez. It’s sprawling feel and the perspective play (though Fez was a 2D/3D gimmick).

The game is 3.99 on the iOS App Store. One complaint has been it’s short nature, but it’s certainly worth the ride. Keep an eye out since new levels have been reported on the way!

Have you tried Monument Valley? Do you have a price limit on mobile games?

Let’s Play 60: Good For The Mind

LetsPlay60This week on Let’s Play 60, we game out with Bobby (@bobbyfjtown) Chachi (@chachisays) the Rizz (@theerizz) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron)! On this weeks show:

  • What has everybody been playing? Some highlights were Sorg played Plants VS. Zombies 2. Chachi played Black OPS 2, Medal of Honor, Arcadecraft, Candy Crush and Championship DX. Rizz played Payday 2 and Saints Row IV. Bobby angrily played Avengers Alliance, Simpsons Tapped Out, Mickey Mouse and the Castle of Illusion, Kingdom’s of Amalur, Animal Crossing and the challenge…
  • The challenge was Top Gun for NES! Rizz could not land the plane. Bobby thought the game for the most part has held up over time.
  • The GTA 5 map was leaked. It is big. Find out how big on the show!
  • Do you want to just drive around in the new GTA? Find out what the cast thinks about joy driving in video games.
  • Stan Lee is in the new Marvel Lego game. Find out what he can do.
  • Rizz talks about a positive study featuring video games. Studies show older people who play video games involving the mind have good memory retention.
  • The cast talks more about the positives video games have on the mind!
  • The cast talks about the PlayStation Vita TV. What can this Sony product do? Find out here on the show.
  • With the recent announcements of new iPhones, 2DS, and Vita; what do you think is the best option for on the go gaming? Find out the casts’ opinions on this question!
  • Party on! We are playing Wayne’s World as our challenge!

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Handheld Gaming Systems or Smart Phones?

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The first to merge gaming and phones…noble taco phone.

 

With the announcement of Playstation’s new Vita TV yesterday and the iPhone 5S and C today, it got me thinking,  Is it more practical to game on the go with a handheld system like a Vita or 3DS or just a smart phone whether it be an android or an iPhone?  Let’s start with you phone… well it’s a phone, it can do things that a handheld system can’t. It can do so much more than a console, You can check twitter, you can take pictures, vine videos (on some phones) The only drawback is that the graphics on phones have not caught up to the graphics on handheld systems, Another plus with smart phones the games are a lot cheaper, you can get a really great high res graphic game on a phone for about $6.99 and some smaller more fun games for about $.99 per game.

The announcement of the 2DS shows that Nintendo is marketing more towards children and that’s a good thing, because kids need to game, but what about games for us adults.  Nintendo is one of the greatest game companies in the world, not so much based on their hardware but mostly for the games.   I think Sony and Nintendo are both firing back at smartphones with the announcements of the 2DS and Vita TV which has the capabilities similar to The WII U in which you’ll be able to go to any room to continue your gaming session if you choose to.  It also uses cloud technology to stream vita games on your tv, which is a pretty neat idea.  What do think of all the announcements recently, and do you think that it’s more viable to game on the go on your phone, or a handheld system?  Let us know in the comments!

Iranians no longer able to play Blizzard’s online games.


Lets start with this statement from Blizzard themselves:

“What we can tell you is that United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran. Several of you have seen and cited the text in the Terms of Use which relates to these government-imposed sanctions. This week, Blizzard tightened up its procedures to ensure compliance with these laws, and players connecting from the affected nations are restricted from access to
Blizzard games and services.

This also prevents us from providing any refunds, credits, transfers, or other service options to accounts in these countries. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows.”

Now, not to get all political but this is completely normal. Trade embargos happen all the time across the world. The issue is what lies ahead. Blizzard pulls out the a-hole card. You know that card you pull out when you are being a complete and utter a-hole.

According to Blizzards terms of service this was supposed to happen from the beginning but due to them not enforcing it people have been playing it. However, now that the government is forcing them to follow the trade guidelines Blizzard said pfffffffffffffft and went back to their own terms and said that “Blizzard is unable to provide refunds, credits, transfers, or other service options to accounts in Iran and will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows.” Dick Move.

In case you are curious here’s the rest of the list of countries that can’t play these games:

– Colombia
– Côte d’Ivoire/Ivory Coast
– Cuba
– Democratic Republic of the Congo
– Libya
– Republic of the Congo
– Somalia
– Myanmar
– North Korea
– Sudan
– Syria

Now, without a doubt this is all because of the government pushing for compliance from all companies operation within the US. However, to not refund the 238,761 rials per person per month is a dick move.

City of Heroes/Villains to be no more.

Well at the beginning of the September, Gaming company NCsoft announced that due to a “realignment of company focus and publishing support” they will be closing Paragon Studios. Paragon is the studio that is solely responsible for the Super Hero MMO. The studio released this statement on their website.

“Farewell, from all of us at Paragon Studios

This morning we announced that Paragon Studios will be taking to the skies of City of Heroes for the last time.

In a realignment of company focus and publishing support, NCsoft has made the decision to close Paragon Studios. Effective immediately, all development on City of Heroes will cease and we will begin preparations to sunset the world’s first, and best, Super Hero MMORPG before the end of the year. As part of this, all recurring subscription billing and Paragon Market purchasing will be discontinued effective immediately. We will have more information regarding a detailed timeline for the cessation of services and what you can expect in game in the coming weeks.

The team here at Paragon deserves special praise for all that we have accomplished over the last 5+ years. These developers are some of the most creative and talented people in the gaming industry. By now, we’ve all been given this news internally, but to anyone who may be reading this message after the fact; know that your hard work and dedication has not gone unappreciated or unnoticed. To any potential studios looking to grow your team; hire these people. You won’t regret it.

To our Community,

Thank you. Thank you for your years of support. You’ve been with us every step of the way, sharing in our challenges, encouraging us to make City of Heroes better, more than everyone else thought it could be. We couldn’t have come this far without you. I implore you all, focus on the good things of CoH and Paragon Studios. Don’t dwell on the “how” or the “why”, but rather join us in celebrating the legacy of an amazing partnership between the players and the development team.

Thank you, and I’ll see you in the skies, one last time.

Andy Belford
Community Manager
Paragon Studios”.

However, this does not mean that the users will go down with out a fight. Over the weekend hundreds of nerds took to the game with their respective characters and staged an in game rally and sit on the steps of the games city hall. The rally got so huge that there was at least 30 instances of the city hall full of rallies meaning there were about 2500 people across the server farms and it was enough to threaten a server crash. No word as to whether or not the servers crashed but the message was sent.

I spent some time running around the city and saving innocent bystanders from the grasp of evil and all I have to say is that it is no W.O.W. having played a couple of of NCsoft’s games I can’t say that they were enough to keep me around, but then again to each their own.