Insert Coin To Begin’s Guide to the Best of 2015 Black Friday Deals!

Ahh, Black Friday, the time of year where after you’ve eaten your fill of turkey and stuffing we proceed to get our fill of commercialism.  The time has come for bargain shoppers to fill the stores and their carts with bargain deals! We here at Insert Coin want you to be happy this Christmas so I’ve assembled a few of the best deals that are going on on Black Friday, so without further ado…

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Our first deal comes to us from Best Buy, it’s an 8:00am Door Buster on Friday Morning. You get An Xbox One with The Lego Movie Game, and a 40″ Class  LED 1080p HD TV for $499.98 plus you can check out tons of other deals here

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Gamestop has a bunch of games on sale along with a Uncharted Collection Edition PS4 for $299.99 those deals can be found here

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Target has also has a bunch of game deals and a 32GB Super Smash Bros/Splatoon edition of WiiU for $249.99 along with tons of deals here

 

and Finally there are tons of deals at Walmart and Toys R Us along with Amazon which haven’t been revealed yet,  So if you like to shop from the couch/desk those are the deals for you!

It also let’s me post the Attack of The Show Black Friday ad video of Matt Mira and John Barrowman here’s that if you’ve never seen it

 

Have Fun Shopping, and beware of the crowds!

How To Record Let’s Play From Your Gaming Console: Twitch v. UStream

Welcome back, class!

As a PS4 owner, I have dabbled in both the Twtich and Ustream streaming services for streaming Let’s Plays and other cool things (like online party games and such). They both have the streaming capabilities, they both allow you to highlight different portions of your videos, so which one should you choose?

There really isn’t a solid answer, here. Some people like Twitch, some people like Ustream. So I just want to give you guys my experiences with both places and which way I, now, go.

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Ustream is where I started, it is kind of clunky but, also, the right one to use for a single player type stream that’s only purpose is to play video games, without getting eyes on your playthru and whatnot, which is cool. The only thing that I will say is that unless you have something in the game to time your playthru, make sure you get something. Both Twitch and Ustream both have this problem, but what I found troublesome is that once I got the highlights I wanted from the recording, it only downloaded the entire stream. It could be me or it could just be Ustream, either way it was really frustrating.

Overall, I liked the feel to it but wish they do something more with it.

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I just recently discovered my like for Twitch. Before, I was just a Ustream guy and, well, it has changed over the past few times. Twitch is the mainstream streaming site for a reason, like-minded people who watch similar video Twitch streams are able to connect with how good or how bad you’re doing. I mean there’s a stream of Twitch Plays Dark Souls, so there’s a source out there to get your name out there in the public. It allows you to directly upload your Twitch highlights directly to YouTube, which is really good when you have a long video to upload.

The downside is you never know if your game is going to be viewed, due to the amount of people that are playing the same game at the same time and gaining the audience that you want to get, if that’s what you want.

You get more eyes on your Twitch page, you get more eyes on your YouTube page (if you are good enough).

My homework assignment for you: What are your pros and cons for using Ustream and/or Twtich?

I’ll see you guys next week. Class dismissed.

How To Record Let’s Plays From Your Gaming Console: AUDIO

Well, welcome back everybody! Glad to see you guys back in class, hope you did your homework (Okay, there wasn’t any homework…this time, but click here for my first class in “TIMING”).

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Speaking of things that happen “this time,” let us delve into our next subject, a subject that I found out is one of the most important thing to have in any Let’s Play: Your voice.

Your voice is key to get your voice out there because your voice is the voice that the people want to hear most of the time. That’s why all of those jump scare videos to videos of angry Call of Duty/Counter Strike/GTA Online/Destiny/any other multiplayer gamer that induces people screaming their heads off in disdain of those sniper/shotgun users and everything in between.

So how does one get their voice out there, you may ask? (That’s assuming you asked that question). For me, I technically have two choices to choose from, hardware wise.

1. Playstation Eye (or Microsoft Kinect)

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2. Headsets

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I, myself, think that having a headset helps extract some of the outside noises that the microphone on the camera would pick up. Also, if you have a coughing fit, you have the ability to turn off and on the mic feature. It would make it a better setup and, if you have a cam you look better with the headset on.

Now comes the “fun” part. Here’s the first video I ever did.

Notice a few things? The initial thing you probably figured out is that I have an AMAZING voice. The other thing you probably realized is that no matter what I said, you barely heard me. That’s because, you know, THE SOUNDS ALL DROWNED ME OUT THAT DROWNED OUT MY VOICE!

So find the settings or wherever you can adjust the audio to a level that A) you can hear and B) they can hear you.

Also, if you’re from Bahrain, Cambodia, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Macao, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, or Yemen, I’m sorry. You can’t see the video. You know why? Because that video has been banned in your country because of the songs that were used in the game, that’s right, my LET’S PLAY FIRST VIDEO has been banned from other countries because my reckless use of copyrighted songs.

So even if you THINK something is copyrighted, my third and final lesson for you is don’t have that copyrighted music on your Let’s Play. Your batter/wrestler/team doesn’t need music to be bad ass in, you’re doing this to show the world how much fun you are having at playing these games and the people in 14 countries aren’t going to see it.

HOMEWORK:

Today, I want to do something with you guys. If you are trying to do a Let’s Play on your console, like I am doing, and you’re having troubles with the audio, just go to your gameplay settings, take the sounds down to about half, all of it. If there’s a “Master Control” on there, that’s perfectly fine to use, as well. See how different that sounds. If it’s too high, move it down. If it’s too low, move it up. Also, not every volume sounds the same. So if you are playing a game that revolves itself around authentic gameplay sounds, go ahead and make it higher than your other sounds (just make sure you don’t overpower the sound of you talking).

 

 

Rizz Review: Quiplash

We here at Insert Coin to Begin love video games, I personally have a fondness of games that allow me to use the brain up in my brain-holder as much as possible. That’s why when I saw Jackbox Games, the creator of the classic You Don’t Know Jack series, expand their series with their new game on Kickstarter I had to jump in on that.

I’ve already talked about Quiplash whenever Jackbox came out with their intro commercial/YouTube video to backers. A fun little update that showed you what to expect when you popped in that game for the first time.

This past weekend, backers from all three walks of life got their codes to play this game before anyone else could and wouldn’t you know it? I was one of those lucky, lucky people that got my code for Playstation 4.

So, I decided to grab a few friends of mine and played Quiplash for a few minutes. At first, using your phone as a controller seemed a little wonky at times and watching if you were watching the Twitch stream instead of your phone, your chances of answering the question would have dropped.

After a while, though, everyone started to get the hang of it and began having a little bit of fun. Some of it calling this a “cool spin” on the Cards Against Humanity craze. What they meant by that is that it’s pretty much like CAH, but it’s PVP and every card that you pull is a blank card that has to entice the unsuspecting players of the game (as well as the audience).

The players who aren’t playing play as judges for that question and get to pick which one they like the most without knowing whom the cards belong to.

Overall, Quiplash is what I expected Quiplash to be. A fun game that allows you to expand a lot of things. You can do a local game with eight of your friends or you can hook it up to your Twitch account and expand your friendship all over the globe (and then post it online for everybody to see). So it’s money well spent and I will definitely play again.

Quiplash is available on Steam, Playstation Network and the X-Box Marketplace TODAY (Tuesday, June 30th). Pick it up, host a party, be a thing! It’s very fun!

Don’t believe me? JOIN ME ON TWITCH!

Watch live video from RizzIUP on www.twitch.tv

Last thoughts on E3

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I’ve been thinking about what was revealed at E3 last week, the good, the bad, the great, the things that made us go hmm.. (puppets)  and It’s led me to this decision.  Video games are art, they’re entertainment, and they’re here to stay.

Let me start by showcasing my favorite reveals from E3.

Cuphead on Xbox One’s ID@XBOX
When it comes to the argument of video games being art,  There were a few games at E3 we can now point to  and have validation in that argument.  Cuphead is one of the games.  You play as Cuphead a cartoon character who much like Micky Mouse’s Steam Boat Willy is a cartoon come to life,  and it’s one of my favorite games of E3.  
ReCore on Xbox One
ReCore was a breath of fresh air during an E3 that was full of reboots, sequels, and retro games.  It’s actually great to see Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune’s creative influence set free from Capcom,  If you listen to our podcast you know my thought’s on Capcom lately.  But just to see him creating new games and properties is great to see, and this game looks fantastic.  It’ll be neat to see how each robot can be changed with each core, and how the environment changes with each storm.
The Last Guardian on Playstation 4
Another case can be made as a video game as a work of art,  This game was announced at E3 in 2009 for the PS3, it was all but forgotten by Sony.  This was one of the reasons I purchased a PS3, the game never came, however Sony says that the game was so graphically intense that they needed to push it to the PS4, Will I get a PS4 for this game,  I may eventually but with the other line up that Sony had it’s making me want a PS4 
Horizon Zero Dawn
Another strong candidate for Sony,  The only thing with Sony’s press conference was that most of the games that were announced have a release date in 2016, Which is great for people who don’t own a PS4 yet because we get to wait and not miss many new games that are made by Sony.  Horizon is one of the games that has that quality that makes me want a PS4, much like The Last of us was a clincher for me buying a PS3.  Giant robotic dinos and animals being hunted by bow and arrow in a stealth game sounds great and looks amazing by the early look we got at E3.  
Mario Maker on the Wii U
Mario Maker is something I’ve always dreamed of doing since I was a kid,  In fact, I always would draw levels like the creators of Mario used to do when the planned a level out.  I did it with Mario, Mega Man, Donkey Kong you name it.  I don’t own a Wii U, but this game makes me really want one.  I do have a 3ds, so I might just bide my time and see if they announce anything for it instead.  But with no Zelda on Wii U it makes me question if it’s worth buying a Nintendo system.   This game was definitely a bright spot for Nintendo along with Star Fox and Yoshi’s Wooly World.  Since they announced the new system would be coming out, I’m not sure it’s the right time to jump into a Nintendo Console.  
With all the games that were announced at E3 these were my favorites.  There were way too many to mention all of them, but I was slightly disappointed in the lack of Red Dead Redemption.  Maybe Rockstar will see that Red Dead lead the way as far as what gamers wanted to be backwards compatible on Xbox One,  Maybe it’s time for a new Red Dead game.  Maybe next year… Maybe later this year some news will come… Till then I’m going to happily play what games I have and what’s coming down the pike this year.  

Microsoft E3 Press Conference Roundup

This is Brother Sorg and I will be bringing you Highlights of announcements and details from Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference.

Halo 5 Guardians

343 started off showing a new Campaign trailer for the new Halo as well as showing off some gameplay. You can watch the whole thing here.

Also announced was the Warzone Multiplayer mode that will have 25 player co-op.

Halo 5 Guardians is set to release on 10.27.2015

 

Xbox 360 compatability

Microsoft announce that they will be adding backwards compatability with select Xbox 360 games, ass well as adding several to the XBox one store at no additional cost. The new feature will roll out this Holiday

 

Xbox Elite Controller

They also announce a new pro controller that will have More Precision and More Buttons and swappable components.

 

Fallout 4

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After a recap of Betheseda’s demo from yesterday, they announced that Xbox will be getting an exclusive feature. They said that mods made for the PC version will be able to be used on the XBox One. A first for Microsoft Consoles. Also announced was the Inclusion of a token to get Fallout 3 with the purchase of the new game on 11.10.2015.

 

EA

EA started with EA Access, mentioning that the service will be getting several games coming to the service ahead of release, such as Madden 16. Also announced coming to the service was Titan Fall, coming this week, and Dragon Age Inquisition in the near future. There will also be an exclusive free week this week, exclusively on Xbox One.

 

 

Tom Clancy

A new trailer was shown for The Devision announcing an exclusive beta on Xbox One.

Rainbow 6 Siege was also shown off and announced Vegas and Vegas 2 will be added to Backwards compatability upon Siege’s release, coming free with the game on 10.16.2015

 

ID@Xbox

They showed off a few games in the ID@Xbox program.

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-Beyond Eyes

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Also announced with the games was Xbox Game Preview, Microsofts version of Early Access announcing Sheltered, The Long Dark, Elite: Dangerous, Day Z as well as the newly announced Ion. These will be available later today.

 

 

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Crystal Dynamics Showed off Gameplay of the new Tomb Raider, showing Lara climbing some snowy mountains with a friend, ending with a new trailer. The game will release 11.10.2015

 

Rare

Rare first announced that they will be releasing Rare Replay, containing 30 classics from the developer starting all the way back with Pro AM Racer. It will release 8.5.2015

Also announced was Rare’s new Ip. An open world multiplayer game called Sea of Thieves.

 

VR

Microsoft announced Partnerships with both ValveVR as well as OculusrRift, providing their XBox One Controller. They also moved on to show off HoloLense, playing non other than Minecraft. You can either play normally, watching gameplay from a window, or take a table and bring up a piece of the world. Amazing stuff

 

Gears of War

Coalition first announced Gears of War Ultimate Edition, the remake of the original for the new hardware. It will be relased 8.25.2015

The developer also showed off their new game, Gears 4, giving us gameplay in the brand new Unreal Engine 4.

 

I think Microsoft has a strong lineup to end the year now, and with the inclusion of backwards compatibility, they just grew their library for their newest system exponentially.

 

Also shown during the press conference:

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Dark Souls III

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Bethesda E3 Press Conference

Ladies and gentlemen! We have arrived and just like Christmas eve, E3 allowed us to open one present and one present only. That present was Bethesda.

DOOM:

They start off swinging for the fences and they smacked it out of the park. Finally, it’s a Doom game that looks like a Doom game from old. It looks awesome, it looks gory, it has all the right weapons, it looks and feels like you’re in Hell, it looks like you are actually playing Doom. It looked like they rendered the original game with new graphics, something that if Doom were released now (as in the original that featured John Romero’s head).

They also announced the multiplayer mode, which (if you played Doom or Quake multiplayer) is always going to be an awesome time with the guns, the power ups and the fact that you can turn into a demon.

Another cool feature that was announced at E3 was Doom Snapmap. It’s a level editor for multiplayer usage and you’re allowed to make different games and different modes and it’s something that I am going to be spending a lot of time on playing.

Doom is scheduled for a Spring 2016 release.

BATTLECRY:

Battlecry looks like a very fun multiplayer game similar to the one you’d find over at Valve, with their added twists to it.

The beta signup is online, even though they are still in the alpha stage, it looks like a fun little time-waster to play once it’s done.

And, yes, I have signed up for the beta, already.

DISHONORED 2:

I’m a big Mass Effect fan. I’m a big Assassin’s Creed fan. Dishonored and Dishonored 2 reminds me of both of those games and has the good aspects associated with both styles of games, only to be different in the same way.

The trailer they showed made sure you know that you’re going to play as Emily looking for revenge, however you’re allowed to play as either Emily or Corvo, which was pretty cool to have a woman protagonist and make you know THAT’S A FEMALE PROTAGONIST!

The original Dishonored is being redone with the Dishonored: Definitive Edition, which will be released months before Dishonored 2.

ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE:

Elder Scrolls Online showed us some cool things they are going to release soon (no date was given) but the cooler part about their announcement was that Elder Scrolls is going mobile. How? Just like every other franchise (gaming or entertainment) their own card game.

Elder Scrolls: Legends is just like Hearthstone or any other virtual card game. Looks cool, but is just a cool little card game. Nothing much I can mention here that you probably already know if you’ve played those famous virtual card games.

FALLOUT 4:

About.

Frickin’.

Time.

They did not disappoint with this one, guys.

Just like Dishonored 2, you’re allowed to choose a female and a male character and if you choose a male character, you’re allowed to create your wife and if you’re a female character, you’re allowed to choose what your husband looked like.

Unlike the other Fallout games, you’re allowed to build things. You are allowed to use the things that you find in order to upgrade weapons, upgrade armor and, the best part, allow to build houses and communities, which is awesome.

They then went on and discussed another mobile game, which is just an amazing version of Tiny Tower, called “Fallout Shelter” and it’s out, right now, for your iOS devices.

This next part I want to preface: I’ve never bought a collector’s edition. I never thought I’d say this…I want this collector’s edition. I want to shell out the money in order to get this collector’s edition. Why? BECAUSE YOU GET A PIP BOY! YOUR VERY OWN FUNCTIONAL PIP BOY! It’s a cool gadget that turns your phone into an actual Pip Boy that goes around your wrist.

During the entire time they were showing clips and stuff from Fallout 4, all I could think of is that this game looks amazing and just stunning. The first thought that came to my mind was “This game looks past beta testing, it looks ready” and they announced Fallout 4 will be released in November 10, 2015.

In conclusion, welcome to E3, ladies and gentlemen. It’s going to be an amazing week if THAT’S your initial press conference.

I Feel Quiplash Will Have My Life And Make It Awesome!

I’m a You Don’t Know Jack fan. Played it since I was a kid, a teenager and, now, as an adult. So when Jackbox decided to have a Kickstarter for a new game my initial thought was “OH MY GOD! WHATEVER THIS IS, I AM GOING TO THROW MY MONEY AT IT BECAUSE THEY CAN’T DO ANY WRONG!” and blindly threw money in their direction (not really, I’m not THAT BAD!).

I read the proposal and immediately thought to myself: “Oh my goodness, this is a virtual Cards Against Humanity but all of the white cards are blank! I need this!”

So, yes, I put my money down in hopes to hit a jackpot. I’ve been getting updates from Jackbox for months about how close they were in making Quiplash a thing people can buy and not just see, even using a Twitchcast of the entire Jackbox staff playing Quiplash.

Then today. Today I get an update. One that all of the backers have been waiting for. It reads as follows:

Hello Backers!

We’ve made it through the certification gauntlet and we have confirmation from all of our platform partners that Quiplash will be released publicly Tuesday,June 30th on XBox One, PS3, PS4, and Steam!

It then mentions that it’s trying to get backers codes for Quiplash earlier (SUCK IT, NON-BACKERS!) and it can’t come soon enough. I need my You Don’t Know Jack fix and this You Don’t Know Jack hole can only be fixed by Quiplash.

THEN there’s this:

If interested in enjoying the fun that I am going to probably have (don’t worry, I will have this available for Twitch and/or Ustream streaming), feel free to add me on PSN (TheeRizz)

Also….FART SANDWICH!

FIRST PLAY: Dying Light

The zombie genre.

Ever since Call of Duty, everyone tries to emulate and revolutionize the zombie genre. How do I know? Go to Steam and type in “zombie”.

H1Z1, Day Z, Unturned, Dead Island, Dead Island 2, Dead Island: Riptide, The Walking Dead Telltale series, The Walking Dead: Survival In…nope, not going there. You get the point. I think you get the point. You got the point, right?

So when I heard the makers of Dead Island were making another zombie IP, the first thought in my mind (as well as yours) was: “Is this really an IP?” I mean, it’s another zombie franchise  from the guys that make…another zombie franchise.

However, they made it seem so unique by adding a few different situations which were confusing. You can parkour…and so can zombies. Ba-boom. Done. Different.

Instead of slow-ass zombies that can’t climb walls, what about fast-ass zombies that can climb walls?

So with that and everyone saying “this isn’t Dead Island”, I went out and tried it.

And it’s…not Dead Island so far.

You see with Dead Island, all you had to deal with were the undead. In Dying Light, in order to survive you have to fight off the undead and a rival faction that are stealing drops from the people they were meant to be for. So, to me, it took the style of Dead Island and added a bit of Assassin’s Creed and spliced in other parts from zombie MMOs (a la drops).

That being said, I just got to where I find the first mutated zombie (the ones that can run really fast and climb things) so I believe that I’m going to enjoy this game a little more than Dying Light is leading me towards.

I like a challenge (remember, I’ve beaten Dark Souls 2 before and am waiting on Bloodborne). So the anticipation on seeing where this horror/open world fest leads me may be worth the wait (I say this knowing full well my trial and error will be more error later on).

Also the fact that I can be a dick and wreck other people’s games as a zombie is way too good to pass up *maniacle laugh*.

in summary, I bought this game on a whim. I’m not expecting a whole lot to start with. However, I am still going to enjoy this game (even if it’s not s candidate GOTY). So far, it may start off slow but I have a feeling it will pick up while playing through.

Have you played Dying Light? Did you like it? Hate it? Want more of it? Let me hear your review.