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Spider-Man Turf Wars DLC 2 Trailer November 14, 2018

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The second of three downloadable expansions for Spider-Man on the PS4 is just days away from release. After the shocking cliffhanger ending of the first one, this next episode seems to focus on Hammerhead, the villian pulling the strings behind the scenes of the first DLC mission. Here’s the first official trailer for the next DLC, Turf Wars.

Three new costumes are going to be included in the second DLC mission. The first is the MK1 Spider Armor. This is a cool looking armor with a classic silver and black color scheme. The second is the Iron Spider armor modeled after its comic version. Since it was created by Tony Stark it has strong Gold and Red colors, matching those of the Iron Man armor. Finally the biggest surprise of all, the Spider-Clan suit from Marvel Mangaverse. It actually has an anime inspired look and style, and reminds me of the look of cell shaded games from the early 2000s.

You’ll be able to play this DLC alongside everyone else on November 20th. The price is $10US for the individual episode or $25 US for a bundle with the other two. People who own the Digital Deluxe Edition or Collector’s Edition of the game will be able to get this DLC at no extra cost.

Spider-Man is out now exclusively on the PlayStation 4.

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Pokemon: Detective Pikachu Trailer November 12, 2018

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Just going to leave this right here, Trainers. Enjoy.

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is coming to theaters in 2019.

Rest In Peace, Stan Lee November 12, 2018

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It is my unfortunate duty to inform you all that the man known to the world as Stan “The Man” Lee, creator of some of the greatest comic book characters ever, has died at the age of 95. His life’s career is far too long to include in this brief posting, but I felt that something needed to be said about his passing and why he had such a tremendous impact on me as a person.

The Man joined Marvel Comics during its golden age and was inspired by greats such as Joe Simon (creator of Captain America) and Jack “The King” Kirby. He would then go on to start what would become the Marvel Universe with the first issue of Fantastic Four. He didn’t stop there, he would go on to create and co-create more great heroes including Spider-Man, The Hulk, and Daredevil. These weren’t Gods, these were men and women with problems like you and me, characters with pathos. The Fantastic Four had to live their super hero and their private lives in the open. If a supervillian decided to attack their home, they would run the risk of getting sued by their neighbors who could have gotten caught up in the unfortunate crossfire. Spider-Man was a gifted scientist and photographer but always had problems making ends meet. The X-Men were constantly harassed and scapegoated due to the fact that they were born Mutants. The fact the X-Men used their mutant abilities to protect humans from the mutants who wished to do harm was always conveniently forgotten by the world press. Daredevil received his powers from the accident which permanently blinded him, making him one of the first disabled super-heroes in history.

Being the creator of some of the most enduring modern fiction over the past fifty years gave him plenty of opportunities to sit and chat with the public. He has made countless appearances at fan conventions and appears in tons of documentaries about the history of the comics industry. Over a decade ago, he sat for an extended interview with Warner Bros Pictures as they prepared a documentary on the history of their Batman films. Stan was actually good friends with the late Bob Kane (co-creator of Batman) and provided some insight on the comics industry at the time. Most people interviewed for the documentary were credited by their name and title or role when appearing on screen. For example Jack Nicholson was credited as The Joker, Tim Burton’s credit was Director/Producer. In that documentary Stan Lee’s credit was simply “The Man”, the most fitting title he has ever been given and that is how I’ve referred to him ever since.

Most people probably remember Stan’s first major film appearance as himself in the Kevin Smith film Mallrats. I think Hollywood considers him good luck, because he has appeared in personal cameos in countless Marvel films since then. Most recently he appeared as Peter Parker’s bus driver in Avengers: Infinity War. Sometimes he has even played himself, like in the film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, where he tried to attend the wedding of Mr Fantastic and Sue Storm but was rejected for not being on the guest list. I would like to think the issue was rectified and he was allowed to attend before the ceremony began. He made a surprise digital appearance in the recent Spider-Man game for the PS4. He is even in the preshow video for Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout ride at Disney’s California Adventure Park.

Rest In Peace. Long Live The Man.

Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee Preview November 10, 2018

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Early this morning we had the pleasure to take part in the Pokémon Let’s Go Road Trip. Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have been driving across the US making stops in several major cities with the intention to offer live previews of Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee! We received a live demo of both games and got a closer look at the new Poké Ball Plus controller. What did we think? Read and find out.

Before we start to talk about the games I want to talk a bit about the exclusive controller that is being designed for these games, The Pokéball Plus controller. Sadly, we couldn’t get any pictures of it, but the Pokéball Plus is slightly smaller than I expected it to be. That all said, its weight still felt comfortable in my hand. It has a thumbstick on its face that has a nearly identical look and feel to the left analog stick from a GameCube Controller. Pressing the center thumbstick inwards acts as the controller’s A button. Pushing the top lid of the ball inwards acts as the B button. It also has motion sensors and HD rumble. As a sphere, it can be difficult to know which way is up but I can tell you it has to be oriented with the red top facing the television to function properly. Nintendo expects players to be able to play the entire game with the Plus Controller if they choose to do so, but it can also be played with traditional Joy-Con controllers in whichever configuration the player wishes.

We played both the Pikachu and Eevee versions of the demo and we will talk about the differences bereeen the two as they are relevant. We did not get to demo either game in tablet mode (although we can confirm the game does support tablet mode), so this write-up is based entirely on what we saw on the Samsung HDTVs the Demo Units were connected to.

The demo for both games started as we took control of Trainer Green at the entrance of the Veridian Forest. In both cases Pikachu and Eevee were dressed in cosplay wearing costumes and hats that matched the clothes their trainer was wearing. We were given instructions from Professor Oak to explore the forest and do everything we could in it. The forest environment was absolutely beautiful. Its layout was pretty close to my memory of Pokémon Yellow, but it’s graphics were of a level all its own. Game Freak was clearly going for a stylized look that matched the 3D environments I remembered in the Generation 6 and 7 Pokémon games, only this time they were in Full HD 1080p.

Players of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y might remember one of the first forest environments you encountered in those games. Their layout was actually taken from Generation 1’s Veridian City map, but most players couldn’t tell due to the game’s updated graphics. Playing in this environment felt like I was replaying that section from X and Y, only now I could play it at a smooth framerate in Full HD. Game Freak needs to be commended for the fact they were able to recreate their art style despite all the new pixels offered by the Nintendo Switch.

There were three things you could do in the demo. Navigate, battle and capture. We are going to talk about navigation first. The player moves around the environment by using the controller’s analog thumbstick. The player can move diagonally and will walk faster depending on how far away from the center the thumbstick is moved. If you encounter an item on the ground, you can pick it up by moving next to it and pushing the A button. Pokémon battles can start by crossing a rival trainer’s path. Pokémon captures can be triggered by walking up to a wild Pokémon in the game world. We did not get to experience the two-player couch co-op mode, so we can’t comment on it even though players will be able to slip into two-player at the game’s launch.

Battling has not changed much in this game from previous ones. Just like in previous games, you’ll find rival Pokémon trainers standing around throughout the game environment. Cross their path and it’ll trigger a Pokémon battle. Our Pikachu or Eevee came out to battle first, but the player can still keep six Pokémon on their active roster as usual. The battle menu is almost exactly the same as it has been in previous games, you have as many as four attacks to choose from, you can use an item, or you can swap out your battling Pokémon for a different one in your active roster. That all having been said, your starter Pokémon, be they Eevee or Pikachu, will come with some special attacks you have never seen before. Eevee, even though it hadn’t been evolved, knew a fire-type move that was utterly devastating against bug-type Pokémon. Pikachu knew a special move that allowed it to attack while floating from several balloons. Players of Pokémon Snap will certainly appreciate that one. Winning the Pokémon battle will earn you the usual extra money, but it can also earn you some free in-game items like extra Pokéballs.

Capturing is probably the one staple mechanic of Pokémon that is most changed by this game. First off, you will not encounter random Pokémon simply “hiding” in tall grass, every Pokemon you encounter in open environments can be seen on screen and even avoided. This makes random encounters a billion times more manageable, because you’ll know what you’ll be encountering before the capture menu comes up. When the menu fires up, you’ll see the Pokémon you’re attempting to capture with a circle around it. Players of Pokémon Go may find themselves at home with this interface. Simply select you’re ready, and when the timing with the circle is best, move your controller forward as if you are actually throwing a real Pokéball at the screen. We only attempted this with the Pokéball Plus and can’t comment on how this action feels with other controllers. The motion takes some getting used to, but eventually it will become a second nature to the player. You can’t weaken wild Pokémon but if you want, you can feed the wild Pokémon a berry, or use Ultra Balls for an easier capture. A nice touch Game Freak added is that during the capture process, the Plus controller will flash the exact same colors as the active Pokéball on the screen. Even though the player’s Pokémon have very little to do with the capture process in the game, successfully catching a Pokémon will earn experience for all the active Pokémon currently in the player’s bag.

Shaking the Pokéball Plus activated a special mode. Once activated, the Pokémon inside it comes up, and you can perform a mini game to increase its happiness. I remember playing a mode similar to this one when I played Pokémon X on the 3DS XL. You can use the motion control instead of a touch pad to pet your companion or feed it a berry. This increases its happiness and makes it more effective in-game.

We have high hopes that the Nintendo Switch is the best platform Nintendo has ever made for Pokémon games. Since I was a first-time Pokémon player I longed to play a Pokémon game I could play on the go, allowing for local wireless trading and battling, and then bring it home to continue its story on my big screen television. That dream got brighter today.

Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee are coming November 16th, 2018 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. What team are you on?

Gaming History You Should Know – The Flash Animations of Ubergeek.tv November 4, 2018

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Welcome back to Gaming History You Should Know, where we highlight some of the best independently produced content from all over the web. Back in the annals of Internet history was a now-defunct website called Ubergeek.tv. It featured some unique flash content, ranging from videos to simple games. If there was an all-encompassing theme to his content, it was that it was revolving around Linux and Open Source software. It was some of the most humorous and eye-catching internet content of all time.

If the site is so good why haven’t I included a direct hyperlink to it, you ask? It would be pointless. Sadly, the site is no longer functional, and if you were to visit its url you would find nothing. What did this mean to the site’s content? Thankfully many of the best videos produced for it have been reposted on YouTube and we are going to take a look at some of them here. Let’s take a look at memory lane shall we?

Do many of you still remember the successful Switch to Mac ads of the 2000s? Honestly, I didn’t like them. While the actors who starred in them were decent with great chemistry, Apple would gloss over the information they provided about their computers in a way I felt was borderline unethical. This parody video on the other hand is just great. Here’s Ubergeek’s take on it, which I feel could only have been inspired if not from himself than from the words of a proud Mac owner.

Next up are some of his Linux related videos. Here’s a different parody of the Switch to Mac commercial only this time it’s about switching to Linux. If you were a supervillian wouldn’t you use Linux?

You like Linux? You like toast? Who wouldn’t like Intellitoast? I was seriously considering building a computer like this after seeing this video.

Next up is a short run of an animated flash game he produced called Penguin Blood Ninja Fiasco. In it you play a ninja penguin tasked to save open source software from evil lawyers. It was heavily inspired by the legal challenges to the GPL in the early 00s. The game itself is no longer playable but there is a full walkthrough video of the game online with its intro and outro included.

That’s just a look at some of the site’s content that has made its way back online, but not everything has been reposted. So far, his henchman soundboard and his final animation, Geeks in Love (which I have seen in its entirety and believe to be a masterpiece) has not been reposted but we will post a follow up with this article when it does. Special thanks to the original creator of the site who let me feature these videos on here. He told me he just enjoys making content and he’s happy for all the love he’s gotten for them!

Pokemon Let’s Go – Treehouse Live Preview November 2, 2018

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Following yesterday’s Super Smash Bros Ultimate Nintendo Direct, the team over at Nintendo’s Treehouse gave live demos of upcoming Nintendo Switch titles including Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee. Here’s the newest official trailer if you missed it.

And here is the live 40 minute demo of the game. We will get a look at Celedon City and visit the Pokémon Go Park!

I really wish they would publish an early playable demo for this game online but until then we have this to check out. Enjoy.

Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee are coming November 16th, 2018 exclusively to the Nintendo Switch.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate – Nintendo Direct 11/1/18 November 1, 2018

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We’ve been waiting a while for it but the wait will be worth it. Today, Nintendo premiered a new Nintendo Direct focused specifically on the upcoming Super Smash Bros Ultimate game. If you have any interest in picking this one up, you’re going to want to watch this because a lot of new content is revealed in it. Two more characters are announced for the game, DLC details are revealed and a few special surprises are mentioned.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate is coming December 7th, 2018 exclusively to the Nintendo Switch.

Why Weren’t These Games Included in the PS1 Classic? October 30, 2018

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After Nintendo released the NES Classic console, which bundled thirty of their greatest original games for a reasonable price last year and received incredible sales numbers, many game companies are trying to cash in on that magic. Over two decades ago, Sony made an iconic console with games people still credit as staples of gaming, the PlayStation (or PS1). A few weeks ago, Sony announced they would release their own mini-console preloaded with games called the PS1 Classic. Yesterday we found out the list of 20 games that would be included with the mini-console. People were not happy. Only three of the projected ten games I expected were on the list. While great games like Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy VII were included, a lot of the best games from the PS1 were not. Why? Most of these games have already been digitally re-released as a PS1 Classic title for the PS3 and PSP, which should give them a higher probability of appearance.

What games do I think should have been included in the PS1 Classic? For the purposes of simplicity we won’t be including any of the games that were already announced for the classic on this list. That means games like Final Fantasy VII and TEKKEN 3 will not be included. However, we will include sequels from the same franchise as separate games that could be fair game. We also won’t have more than ten games on this list because I want people to add their own picks in the comments section below. No self-imposed limitations will be included either. Since we know the multi-disc MGS is included, Sony must have solved the problem of including multi-disc games in the classic console. The console won’t include Dual Shock controllers, but none of the games on this list will require them.

Now let’s get started shall we? I want to make it clear this list is in no particular order.

  • Silent Hill – A beloved game from Konami’s archives. In it, you play as a man looking for his daughter in a creepy town inhabited by weird creatures and even weirder people. It set a new standard for horror and set the stage for one of the best games ever made. Its controls, on the other hand, take some getting used to but they would have felt fine on the PS1 controller.
  • Parasite Eve – A stylish horror action game with incredible art style and unique gameplay. Square published it while riding high on FF7’s success and their risk paid off. It’s equal parts action game, visual novel, With a smattering of RPG and adventure game mixed in. I would love to play this one during a Christmas break.
  • Pa Rappa The Rapper – One of the first popular games released for the PS1 was also one of the best entries in the rhythm game genre ever made. On top of that the game has some very catchy songs. To this day people still remember the lyrics, “Step on the gas, step on the gas, step on the brake step on the brake.” The game’s protagonist remains forever entwined with the PlayStation brand and that alone should have earned him a spot on this list. When I say boom boom boom you say bam bam bam.
  • Spyro: The Dragon – The incredible PS1 game from the studio that would go on to create Resistance: Fall of Man, Sunset Overdrive and Spider-Man cannot be neglected. One of my first experiences playing on the PS1 came from playing a Spyro demo disc. It redefined the concept of a 3D platformer by adding the ability to glide.
  • Final Fantasy VIII – That’s not a typo, I really want to play Final Fantasy 8 on the PS1 Classic. I know what you’re thinking, why would I want to play a game that has been looked upon so negatively in the last few years? Well, the game has a lot going for it. It has a unique art style and a gameplay system we haven’t seen in any Final Fantasy game since. Its story, while panned in recent years, is still iconic with a beautiful art style which has not been revisited. Also, the game has become hard to find as of late. While it did get re-released as a PS1 Classic on the PS3, PSP, and PC, it is not currently offered on the PS4 or smart devices. Guess I’ll have to hold on to my PS1 discs.
  • Crash Bandicoot – At least three Crash Bandicoot platform games were released by Naughty Dog during the lifespan of the PS1. I’m choosing the first game for the simple reason that it was the game that made Crash the PS1’s unlikely mascot. No joke, many people picked up Crash Bandicoot thinking its titular hero would be the PS1’s answer to Super Mario Bros, and it was a great game to boot. Many gameplay moments first made popular in this game would go on to become staples of the gaming industry. Without Crash there would be no Uncharted and certainly no The Last of Us.
  • Tomb Raider – I know this was hardly a PS1 exclusive game, but so many people remember first playing it on the original PlayStation the fact it appeared on the PC shouldn’t matter. Before its 2013 reboot, the original Tomb Raider has been considered by many to be the best of the franchise, which each sequel getting worse as time went on. Lara Croft was an instant gaming icon precisely because of this game, which defined 3D action shooters. It belongs on the PS1 Classic.
  • Syphon Filter 2 – I know what you’re thinking, why Syphon Filter 2 when the first game is being included in the Classic? Well if I can be selfish for a second, from a personal perspective I think Syphon Filter 2 is a better game than the first in nearly every way. It had a better story, better graphics, and the instant switch to night vision in dark areas was one of the coolest effects I had seen at the time. I loved this game and would have been happy to see it return.

What did they miss that you want to see on this list? Post a comment below with your thoughts

iOS 12.1 Released October 30, 2018

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A system software update has just been released for many of Apple’s iOS-equipped Smart Devices. The new update includes the much anticipated multi-user FaceTime feature, which will allow as many as 32 FaceTime users to communicate with each other at the same time. It also includes a regular set of bug fixes and optimizations.

The iOS 12.1 update weighs in at around 450MB.

All Twenty PS1 Classic Games Revealed October 29, 2018

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It has finally arrived, we have a complete list of all twenty games which will be included in the PS1 Classic console. Let’s take a look!

What’s on this list? Let’s take a closer look!

  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Rayman
  • Battle Arena Toshidan
  • R4 Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Mr Driller
  • Jumping Flash
  • Destruction Derby
  • Revelations: Persona
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Resident Evil: Director’s Cut
  • Syphon Filter
  • TEKKEN 3
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Twisted Metal
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Wild Arms

With twenty games there was a lot Sony needed, and in my opinion they only got about half of the games I expected. Is this worth the $100 price tag? We will find out soon.

The PS1 Classic is coming December 3rd, 2018.