May 20 – Last Day For Nintendo Online Services

CUE SAD MARIO!

Ah. There he is. Feel his sadness! FEEL IT!

I’m pretty sure you all have your Nintendo Wii and DS and play with other people who also have a Wii and/or DS, well…enjoy your time with that feature because it all stops May 20th. Online stores, matchmaking and leader boards will remain…but not the thing that the people want to do with their systems.

They are focusing more on the Wii U and the 3DS and 2DS systems with this news, so they need to put the emphasis on that and take out the Wii and DS out to pasture. Why?

Has Nintendo not seen what Sony and Microsoft have been doing with their Last Gen systems? The XBox 360 and PS3 are still being sold, they are still working fine and they are still doing things that they weren’t doing when the XBox One and PS4 were only a twinkle in the eye of their producers. NOW Nintendo takes their horse behind the shed and just pulled the trigger, Old Yeller style.

Nintendo lists the services that will be unaffected:

  •  Internet Browser
  • Nintendo DS/DSi Browser
  • Nintendo DSi Shop
  • Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Pay and Play
  • Wii Shop
  • Youtube

If you want the list of titles that will be affected by this, CLICK HERE. But, yes, Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. are on the list, which kind of just KILLS those games.

 

 

It’s Almost Like They’re Listening!

As you know from my rant last week, Nintendo has some explaining to do.

They have a lot of leftover damage control left to, well, control. They have begun doing so this week.

Last week we said that one of the things that Nintendo should do is go mobile with their games. (click sentence for KOTAKU story)

It was reported later that week that Nintendo was thinking about having free apps and “mini games” available for the iPhone and Google Play stores in the future. Now, they have my slight interest. I don’t know if it’s going to be “mini games” as like the ones you see in Mario Party? If so I’d be interested in that. I would also be interested in something like Dr. Mario, seeing how big of a deal things like Bejeweled and Candy Crush Saga (Don’t sue me). This is what one of the things we were talking about, Nintendo needed to get with the times, as you see with other companies. You need to go mobile and having the 3DS as popular as it is, they probably finally realized that people are more willing to play these games on the go instead of shelling out for the WiiU or whatever they have in the future, and rightfully so. Oh! How about a Chicken Dash for Zelda?

Point for Nintendo!

That’s not all.

One of the other ideas that came through in our Nintendo brainstorm two weeks ago was that Nintendo also needed to find a way to license their games to other developers. (Click for story)

Well…Nintendo will now be licensing their video games to new partners. Now, that may sounds like a good thing and, to me, it’s 80% a good thing to me. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see a Mario RPG game by Square? Metroid by BioWare? Zelda by someone other than CDi (MY BOY!)?

Click for a very super secret story

But what about just dropping the WiiU all together? We discussed this in length on how a new/better system should be helpful for Nintendo. Well… (Click for story)

Nintendo is looking to bring out a new system next year. Next. Year. 2015. What? That’s interesting. What makes it even more interesting is that they are making this all about…your health, which is quite…peculiar but not out of the realm of outlandish things that the Nintendo company has done over the past few years.

For your health.

Studies showed that the Wii console and playing games, like WiiSports, that not only did hand-eye coordination improve but people who have had serious injuries and who were limited in what they were able to do AFTER injury or surgery saw major improvements.

So why not make a game based off your health and the health of gamers? It’s not like most of us need it, or anything. We are in peak physical condition, right?

Nintendo is in control of their sinking ship, they are doing whatever it takes to keep this bad boy afloat. Let’s see what happens. We’ll be expecting our checks shortly, I take it.

Reggie is still waiting, by the way.

What else should Nintendo do? What Mini Games are you interested to see? What Nintendo/Company pairings are you hoping for? Leave it in the comments below.

Sorg Brother Cast: New Consoles, Steam Machines, and Computer Gaming

A Podcast where the Sorg Brothers, Sorgatron and Brother Sorg, hangout and talk about the things they love such as Technology and Video Games.

In their second episode, The Sorg Brothers talk about what they think of the new console generation with the XBox One and PS4, how well they speculate Valve’s Steam Machines will do, and think back about all their experiences with building computers and PC gaming.

 

And if you missed it, Sorg Brother Cast: Episode 1, The Sorg Brothers Reminisce about their history playing video games. They touch on their beginnings with the NES and DOS Games, Renting Games, Their love of PC gaming over the years, and some problems with Classic game availability and ending on Pokemon

Let’s Play 47: Reggie’s Body isn’t Ready

LetsPlay47BobbyfjtownSorgatronChachi, and Rizz talk about the Delta Six Controller, Fable Anniversary, and E3 memories

Boss Battle Question: What was your pick for best game at E3?

This week’s challenge: Mario is Missing 

Let’s Play is the InsertCointoBegin.com writer’s chance to get together and talk games every week. Join us for the live recording and join our chat room at live.sorgatronmedia.com Tuesdays at 8 PM ET.

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FIFA Soccer 13 Review…OLE!

Question for you (no peaking, I asked this question before): In gross sales around the world, what is the highest grossing current video game franchise? It’s EA’s very own sports juggernaut of a game…

FIFA Soccer!

What? Did you think I was going to say another game? Stupid Americans and their…oh wait…shit.

Anyways, FIFA 13 is the continuation for that franchise and really caught my eye when I first saw previews for it at their EA’s E3 press conference and, as with every sport game, there are no storylines (SEE THAT, FIGHT NIGHT: CHAMPION? NO! STORYLINES!) and it’s just you and the ball…and the controller…because you, kind of, need the controller in order to play the game properly…that’s how video games work.

Now, with any franchise EA Sports has I tend to focus on one part of the game and that is the Player Career path of the game (some games call it something different, FIFA Soccer 13 calls it “Player Career”…whatever). I don’t know why I do it, I just do. I know what you’re going to say and I know that being a player in any of the EA sports game is a total “cop out” because that’s the “worst possible way to play it.” So what? I like it.

Gameplay, however, is quite concerning when playing as one person. I guess it’s to symbolize how to use time wisely in a real game atmosphere but the energy bar decreases at a rapid pace and, well, if the manager doesn’t see a tired athlete and he sprints over to a ball for a break-a-way the athlete may stop and pull a muscle, which kind of sucks. However, it IS to symbolize a real feeling of playing soccer.

One of the cool things about this game, though, is that even when playing as an athlete on the pitch, they STILL have the announcers on explaining everything that’s going on in the game. If you haven’t heard announcers get amped up for a pass, you haven’t listened to British announcers (plus everything they say is pretty cool). Unlike Madden, where all the announcers did was throw one-liners like “That guy looked like he got hit by a freight train!”, the announcers in FIFA make you feel like you’re watching a real game. During the game they would butt in with breaking news scores from all around the league which you were playing at, which is quite awesome when you’re in a chase for a cup.

The graphics in this game are, bar none, one of the best visuals I’ve seen in any sports video game. Everything reacts on cue to your actions and your actions allow things to react. Ball goes into the net, net extends and retracts ball to the grass, crowd in the background gets up and roars, player who scores starts running telling his teammates to join him, tells the home team’s rowdy fans to shush, gets tackled by teammate in celebration. All of which were not cuts scenes but part of the actual gameplay. Then when the slow motion shot shows the foot scrape the top of the ground, grass and dirt pick up and is quite awesome to see.

The motion of the players are good, however. Grant it, I haven’t played it with Messi or anyone good…I’ve only been playing it with Rizza (the 6’9 caveman looking guy I created who plays for Barnet in Italy). But every time I try to control the ball, it doesn’t want to be controlled and I either pass it over everyone’s head or it goes right to the goalkeeper, which bugs me. Don’t get me started of free/penalty kicks. I couldn’t do those in real life nor could I do them in the virtual world.

Overall, this game is a great game for causal and hardcore soccer gamers and it’s worth a shot to get. It has its faults but I look beyond that because, like what we deal with Madden games in the past, it could be the exact same game.

OLE!

So, have you played FIFA 13? Tell me what you think in the comments below…

…OLE!

Wii U Announcement News Galore!

Well, today there was a press conference and news galore about the Wii U system.

It will cost you $299.99 for the basic version of the Wii U, which will feature only the console, controller and 8GB HDD. For $349.99, you get the black Wii U and controller, a HDMI cable, power cradles for the Wii U pad, a subscription to Nintendo Network Premium, which will give the owner 10 percent discounts on downloadable software and 24 extra GBs of HDD than the basic version.

I must say, this may wind up being the most affordable console to come  out in the “new gen” of game consoles. Plus, to add discounts, HDMI cables and other goodies to that good package will make this a good purchase through their hardware.

However, we have hardware…what’s next? SOFTWARE! What will be available for purchase WITH the hardware? Nintendo has heard your plea and, also, released FIFTY games that will be released during Wii U’s launch. Here’s the list of the 50 nifty games ready for release.

  • Funky Barn
  • NBA 2k13
  • 007 Legends
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • TRANSFORMERS PRIME
  • Wipeout 3
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
  • Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
  • Ben 10: Omniverse
  • Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Course
  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Madden 13
  • FIFA 13
  • Trine 2: Director’s Cut
  • Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (*Side note* SWEET NAME!)
  • Zumba Fitness Core
  • Jett Tailfin
  • TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 Wii U Edition
  • TANK! TANK! TANK!
  • Nintendo Land
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
  • SiNG Party
  • LEGO City: Undercover (I’m sorry, I’m excited for LEGO Sim City)
  • Wii Fit U
  • Game and Wario
  • Pikmin 3
  • The Wonderful 101
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Anything would be better than Sonic Racers)
  • Shin’en Nano Assault Neo
  • Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
  • Darksiders II
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Jeopardy (THIS may be the best game nobody will play)
  • Toki Tori 2
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Just Dance 4
  • Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth
  • Rabbids Land
  • Sports Collection
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
  • ZombiU
  • Rayman Legends
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Game Party Champions
  • Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition (Which features the DLC with Harley Quinn)

You know what else you get? Your WiiU will have the ability to combine Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon, live programs AND TiVoed shows through the WiiU. Each profile will have its own playlists for viewing and the remote will be able to go through game scores and others. This will be called TVii (Get it? It’s like TV but with the Wii…which still sounds like “TV” only adding the “-ii” to the end of it).

The beginning of the new gen/age of gaming will be released November 18th.

What are you excited about? What do you feel is left out of the release date’s video games?  Leave it in the comments down below.

Arcadecraft


Have you ever wanted to run your own arcade? If you’re reading this and you say no, then you’re either lying or you know better than to run a business in a dying industry. However, to run an arcade in their high points or even the resurgence in the ’90s would’ve been a blast.

Some of the best times I had was when my Grandpa owned and operated an arcade. I’m not sure that an arcade was the best business for the cheap guy to own(No, seriously he was the type of old flea marketing guys that would buy us Happy Meals but keep the toys because he believed they were worth money.) but he would often leave my uncle in charge and we would spend an afternoon beating games after jacking up the credits.

Well, Soon you can own and operate your own arcade and never leave the house!

The game is supposed to take you through the up and downs of the arcade industry, the rise in the early 80s, the late 80s crash and the re rise in the 90s. As is the case with these games price, place and industry all factor into how your arcade does. The customer base is made up of Xbox Live Avatars(Non Player Characters). The success of the individual arcade machine are impacted by different things as well. Home release, and classic status both go into deciding whether or not the machine will do well in the arcade. As time goes on the Machines and gaming progress just like they do in real life.

Firebase Industries hasn’t released a date, price or release means yet at this time but its only a matter of time because they said it should be finished in October.

Transcripted site now online

TopWare Interactive is proud to announce the new virtual headquarters of its upcoming puzzle-shooter, “Transcripted”. The website of the game is live at transcripted.topware.com. From now on, all information, screenshots and trailers can be found here, at the official website. “Transcripted” is set to release for PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 very soon as a downloadable title, thanks to the hard work by developer Alkemi Games.

Though humanity has always believed itself to be at the top of the food chain, the more microscopic hierarchies of life are what truly hold the powers of life and death. Disease is the greatest threat to the future of our species, even more so than famine, and as rapid population growth continues hand-in-hand with ever-increasing comforts and quality of life, it is only a matter of time before some unstoppable disease evolves with the potential to annihilate us.

That day has come. A new disease has been discovered in your laboratory, spreading faster than modern methods of quarantine and treatment can hope to contain. As traditional medicine has almost no effect on this terrifying, unidentified xeno-virus, you’ve been tasked with driving what may well be humanity’s last, single hope in defeating the outbreak of the disease before it reaches epidemic proportions: the Nano Probe. Armed with cutting-edge weapons from laser canons to homing missiles, the Nano Probe is a microscopic, experimental precision surgical instrument that enters infected cells to hunt down and destroy pathogens, all while being remotely controlled from outside the body. You, and the Nano Probe, are all that stands between us and total extinction.

A retro arcade shooter at its core, the gameplay also features classic match three puzzle elements, rejuvenating both of these well-explored genres with ingenuity and addictive simplicity. Transcripted transports players into the tiniest battlefield of all, the perpetual war zone of the human body, to fight off a deadly virus that if allowed to propagate and spread could destroy our entire species. But all hope is not lost, as new tech research is constantly being implemented, allowing players to upgrade the Nano Probe’s weapons, chassis, shields, and energy systems, ensuring that any evolutionary escalation done by the virus does not remain one-sided. Players must guide the Nano-Probe and its weapons with the objective of disrupting the virus’s slow-coiling pseudo-DNA strand, a colorful chain that can only be broken by matching three or more nucleotide cubes of identical color. Stopping an infection is no easy task, and the virus will create many brutal, monstrous mutations to stop the Nano Probe dead in its tracks… cue the game’s unforgettable boss battles, which will require both a sharp wit and razor-honed reflexes to overcome.

Two separate difficulty settings, one for puzzle elements and another for shooting, make Transcripted a game of literally endless possibility and replay value.

For more information about the game please visit transcripted.topware.com.

Max Payne 3 free DLC pack.

The next DLC for Max Payne 3 is set to be available Aug. 28th for all platforms and is entitled Disorganized Crime.

Disorganized Crime features the Hoboken Rooftops multiplayer map and new modifiers for Score Attack in Arcade Mode, such as Explosive Rounds, Lone Wolf AI, Headshots Only and Noir mode. Noir mode allows players to run through the single-player campaign in classic, black-and-white film noir style.

This sounds like an awesome pack just for the noir style game play alone!

Gamers are assholes. Maybe the biggest there are!

Gamers are dicks.

So theres this guy, his name is Tom. Tom is a gamer and wanted an arcade machine. So He built one. It looks like this.

Awesome, Huh? Yeah, I want one. It looks sweet. This was posted on Kotaku. I love it. However, the first comment on the post is this guy. We’ll call him A. Hat. Full name Ass Hat, but A. Hat for short.

Here is what A. Hat had to say as the first commenter:

“Let’s see starting at a base score of 100 pts
1. No marquee -35
2. Bezel the same color as the cab, making it stand out instead of blend in -50
3. No t-molding -10
4. Start buttons in the wrong place, hindering gameplay and looking awful to boot -30
5. Monitor with the wrong aspect playing a game stretched to the wrong aspect -5000
6. Akward control panel layout -1000
7. A black joystick, despite the fact that there isn’t a lick of black anywhere on the cab. -10
So it gets a score of negative 5995 pts. This isn’t just a fail it’s a super fail.
Sorry to be so hard on it, but when a cab is featured on kotaku for it’s beauty I expect it to at least be an arcade cab and at least have a good control panel layout. This one breaks cardinal rules of function, much less it’s form.
Nice try by painting your cobbled together pieces of pressed wood a nice pattern, but it still looks like some monstrosity you’d buy from ikea. ”

A simple, “Hey, its not very retro. Not for me.” would’ve sufficed but no, this guy rips into the article. Here are the best parts:

A. This cabinet isn’t for sale. It’s a one of kind Hand made customized for Tom’s house.

B. A. Hat doesn’t have to look at it. In fact once he closed the page he doesn’t have to even think about it.

However, that’s not the case A. Hat says all this stuff that’s not necessary, I have a few theories as to why but this isn’t the forum for it. It’s just that people like A. Hat are the ones that give gamers a bad name. Meanwhile you have organizations like Childs Play, Gaymercon, and Chachi Plays that are out there doing good for the cause and yet still have to explain that not all gamers are A.Hat’s.

Agree, Disagree? let me know in the comments below!