PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale DLC Announced

Well, even though the game doesn’t come out until the 20th, we’ve already found out what the first DLC isKat from Gravity Rush and Emmet Graves from Starhawk. Kat will show up with her kicking folks from a mile away ability, while Emmet will bring along his weapons and his calling-down-support from the sky thing. The DLC will be free and is expected in the early part of 2013.


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Ouya — the open source, Android powered console — is a go

Yesterday I talked about “The Future of Handheld Gaming” wherein I said quite definitively that phone-gaming is a bit of a fad and true handheld gaming can (and hopefully will, survive).

Somewhat related to that is the news that Ouya — the open source console powered by Android — pulled $8.6 million dollars via Kickstarter. They’ve lined up some companies, too, and well, are now accepting pre-orders. This is huge news, of course: while the Vita has been stumbling its way through cross-play gaming, with an Android console that becomes a huge reality — taking games with you on your cell phone seems to be a real possibility.

The only question is, will developers jump for it?

Katsuhiro Harada — Mr. Tekken — recently said that he believes that a one-console future is the way to go, and while that would make things a cinch for devs and likely help the big three settle their differences, it at one point seemed unlikely. I remember imagining as a kid that that would be the future… I kind of doubt it these days, but with projects like Ouya going big, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft are going to have to find a way to compete. Ouya will likely feature tons of free games — courtesy of Android’s already huge library — as well as premium content designed for the Ouya itself. Something open source like this will be ripe for piracy, too —  SNES/NES/GB roms on your Android powered console? Probably.

God knows console sales have been interesting over the last little while, but with a retail price that pretty much trounces the competition, not to mention the 3DS and Vita, I’d be worried if I was one of the big three.

MGS Standalone Editions Stealthing Their Way to PS3, Xbox

Kojima Productions recently announced that Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will be tactically, espionagely, and actionly making its way to the PSN Store and Xbox Live Marketplace. 2 and 3 will be released in a bundle for Xbox on the 21st of August, while they’ll be released separately for the PS3 that same day. On the 28th, Peace Walker will be released for both consoles, with a full three-game bundle set for the PS3 the same day.

They haven’t released pricing, but it should vary from title to title and console to console.

And no, Peace Walker HD will not be released for the Vita. Thanks for nothing, Hideo.

The Future of Handheld Gaming

I don’t like talking about “the future of handheld gaming” because whenever you do, someone almost immediately mentions how the handheld console is dead, and long live iOS/ Android. It is a bit of a loaded idea for two reasons:

1) Phones cannot handle “serious” gaming and

2) It is typically said by someone quoting someone else.

“Non-gamer” websites frequently refer to this statement, citing sales numbers and so on, like the insane success of something like AngryBirds. These are the same fools who will then go on, saying how the mega-success of Facebook games like FarmVille are proof of the decline of the game industry itself. It’s typically said by someone who doesn’t know anything, kind of like people who claim to be “social media experts” or “gurus” because they’ve figured out how to use HootSuite. It’s a meaningless sentiment that doesn’t look at much beyond itself. Read the rest of this entry »

Star Wars: Revan

I pre-ordered Star Wars: Revan. It’s a documented fact that I’m a huge KotoR fan, and so when this book was announced I had to have it. I pre-ordered it on my Kindle and the minute it was released I downloaded it and read it. Read the rest of this entry »

Brewing From a Can

Homebrewing is the art and science of brewing beer at home. It combines the fields of chemistry and biology, much as cooking does, in order to concot something delicious and alcoholic. It involves, in essence, unleashing yeast on a pile of sugar to produce alcohol and carbon dioxide. What’s left are unfermentable sugars and water which, kind of like tea, has been flavoured by grains and hops. At it’s most simplistic level, it’s kind of like baking cupcakes from a box; at it’s most complex, it’s like making a cake from scratch, right down to grinding your own flour. It is truly an art and a science and allows just about anyone to jump in wherever they want and make a brew that’s almost guaranteed to be better than the stuff you buy in store: and cheaper, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad might just be the best show on TV today. It’s garnered tons of awards and has proven that everyone’s favourite TV dad Bryan Cranston (Hal from Malcom in the Middle of course), is not just a capable actor, but is in fact an amazing one. I’ve only, for some reason, begun watching now, but when I first heard about the show I was pretty much sold: it’s about a brilliant chemistry teacher named Walter White who decides to go bad and make crystal meth. His son is disabled, he’s been diagnosed with lung cancer, and his wife is pregnant; it’s the ultimate mid-life crisis, and in order to pay for his treatment and provide for his family after he dies, he needs tons of money, fast. So he enlists the coolest, gangsteriest kid he knows, a small-time wannabe named Jesse Pinkman (played by the excellent Aaron Paul) who makes and sells low-grade crystal meth. White also has a brother in the DEA named Hank Schrader (again, another character played amazingly, this time by Dean Norris), which puts Walter and Schrader at odds. Anna Gunn does a pretty good job as Walt’s wife, Skyler; RJ Mitte, who himself has cerebral palsy, plays Walt’s disabled son, Walter Jr.; and Betsy Brandt plays Marie Schrader, Hank’s wife and Skyler’s sister. Bob Odenkirk plays Walt’s eventual lawyer, a complete shyster named “Better Call” Saul Goodman, who sells the role flawlessly. Read the rest of this entry »