It's Thursday, and I gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal, and we gotta have The MMO Report. This week Casey will list off the recently revealed crafting professions from Guild Wars 2, give details on how you can start your guild in Star Wars: The Old Republic early, and respond to some fans in Uncle Casey's Mail Bag. Now crack open a cold one, press play, and enjoy.
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PAX East always has some amazing discussions and panels about what it takes to make a great game, and this year was no different. Inspired by these conversations, Adam decided to take a moment and get on his Soapbox to discuss why he thinks world-building is one of the most important elements of video game development. Is it the universe that drives you? Or do games motivate you in other ways?
Happy Thirsty Thursday everyone! It's time for your favorite bearded beer snob, Casey Schreiner, to let you know what's going on in the world of MMOs. This week he'll discuss what Guild Wars 2 was showing at GDC, how the Bungie MMO rumor was just a (poorly executed) joke, and of course he'll read some submissions from Uncle Casey's Mail Bag. Enjoy!
ThinkGeek.com and G4 want to give you a Portal 2 hoodie. You can see the sweet sweatshirt above, and we're giving away five of them!
These hoodies will not only keep you warm, but also allow you to look like a suave gamer nerd while playing the physics-bending puzzler. That's why we love Portal so much, it always gives and never asks for anything in return. The hoodies are made of 100% cotton, have two front pockets, and a companion cube zipper. Yes, you read that right, a companion cube zipper.
It's easy to enter. Visit our contest page. Read the Official Rules and remember, the entry period ends at 3:00 PM PT on March 18th, 2011! And if you can't allow for chance, go run over to ThinkGeek.com right now and pick one up!
Tonight, on an all-new Jump City: Seattle, the urban freerunning phenomenon continues with a confrontation between Miami Freerunning and Tempest Frerunning, two of the best teams in the world. Taking it to the back alleys of Seattle, they will compete to see who will be crowned champion.
Also, traceurs from both teams will be tweeting along live with the show on Jump City: Seattle's Twitter feed (@g4jumpcity). Use the #jumpcity hash tag and see if they answer one of your questions. In the meantime, watch both the show and Twitter as they provide commentary and insight into tonight's all-new episode.
Don't miss it when tonight's Jump City: Seattle premieres at 8PM ET!
Today the Bioware dark fantasy epic Dragon Age 2 hit store shelves, and just like it's predecessor you are allowed to make a wide variety of choices for your character as the game progresses. There was one particular choice that caught Adam Sessler's eye, and that was the romantic relationships you can engage in. Not only are you allowed to sleep with whomever you want, but you can also bed down with multiple characters of different genders, which is totally Bi-winning. Find out what the Sess thinks about this little video game sexual revolution in this week's Soapbox.
The ninth annual G.A.N.G. Awards were handed out this week at GDC. The Game Audio Network Guild, a group dedicated to advancing interactive audio and those who create it, received more than 350 submissions for this year's honors. And just like other awards shows there was one clear favorite among the winners. Press play to see if your favorite game won! And by play we mean Read More.
If you haven't seen the Battlefield 3 GDC 2011 trailer, then you are missing out seeing the cutting-edge game engine called, Frostbite 2, which delivers high visual quality and dynamic audio. For those who have seen the Battlefield 3 GDC 2011 trailer, you might be impress on the visual improvements EA DICE has made to their game. However, to really grasp the idea of this groundbreaking technology we have compared Battlefield 2, which came out over a half a decade ago, to Battlefield 3 in order to get a sense of this new game engine in action.
And if you don't feel satisfy with this comparison, check out Battlefield 3 Vs. Battlefield Bad Company 2 Comparison Video: Frostbite Engine Meets Frostbite 2.
Despite the fire alarm going off and the risk of being engulfed in flames (well, maybe that’s exaggerating it a bit…), host Blair Butler reviews a whole slew of new comics on this week’s Fresh Ink Online, including 5 Ronin Wolverine, Ultimate Captain America, Secret Warriors, Secret Six, and Powers. Yet it’s Irredeemable and Locke & Key that compete for Pick of the Week. Which one will nab the title? Watch and find out.
And for more comic goodness, check out Los Angeles Times Hero Complex blogger Geoff Boucher’s ‘Get Your Cape On’ pick of the week and don’t forget to visit our friends at Comic Alliance.
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Adam Sessler has been shot with two great games this week, Killzone 3 and Bulletstorm. While playing both games, The Sess enjoyed the wild and crazy gameplay experiences of Bulletstorm more than Killzone 3 because it reminded him of games from the 90's like, Duke Nukem, where you would run around with a shotgun killing monsters from out of nowhere. Which brings us to this week's Soapbox. Do you agree that too many shooters tend to follow the Gears of War method of gameplay, where it's very dramatic and tactical?
Since the countdown clock with a Modern Warfare-esque font and sounds first appeared on FindMakarov.com, more pieces of information have slowly trickled out. First, Activision released a statement that claimed the thing was a hoax. Today, various sites have been reporting that the whole thing is actually a project of a Toronto-based production house called We Can Pretend, which has a few samples of their previous work on their website. The most interesting one is a video called "Occupation." which is well worth watching (the Doritos Tablet is funny as well).
We reached out to FindMakarov.com, and through them we've heard from a source who is actually one of the owners of We Can Pretend, and while they didn't reveal exactly what is going on with the site, which was recently updated to a new red look complete with a sweeping radar and the same countdown, it is obvious that we'll know more later this week.
Additionally, they provided us with an exclusive image from the project, which you can check out after the break. It's clearly from a live-action video, and presents a scene that looks familiar to those of us who have played Modern Warfare 2. Is this related to a sequel? Is it a company seizing a good opportunity for self-promotion? One thing is for sure: it's highly doubtful that this is some sort of viral surprise reveal for Battlefield 3, because I doubt any publisher would go this deep into a rival's game backstory.
At any rate, we'll have more information for you this week, so stay tuned.
Seeing as how “Awards Season” comes to a close tonight with the Academy Awards, it seems an appropriate time as any to bring this up for consideration for next year. Because history was made at one of this year’s other big trophy-fests, the Grammy Awards, when a piece of music originally composed for a video game won an award; the first time music created for a game has received such an honor. The award bestowed upon Christopher Tin was a milestone moment and a beginning, a beginning from which other artists who bring game audio to life deserve to be honored, a beginning which couldn’t have happened if not for a push for recognition for game music that began over a decade ago.
March 27th, the release date for the highly anticipated new handheld gaming system the Nintendo 3DS, is rapidly approaching. Today, the Japanese manual for the device was leaked on to the internet. As you may or may not know, these manuals contain hilarious and obtuse pictures of things to do and not to do with your new toy.
We've picked out the best pictures from the Japanese 3DS manual and translated them for you. Now, you don't have to rush out and learn Japanese. See, we did you a huge kindness.
Here we go! Buckle up for funz!
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