Gamestop this has gone too far

It's one thing for them to promote their used games over their new games, I understand why they do it it's good business and they get a larger percentage of the profit. I can even understand their massive push for pre-orders they need something to measure the amount of interest in games in different areas in the country it's a business. ore-order incentives specific to stores is a little much but that's not their fault necessarily that's publishers, even with locking out normal users of their gory content if they haven't pre-ordered their game that's is going a little too far but still it doesn't really matter that much. This though, this is getting ridiculous and that shit needs to stop now.



  That is an advertisement for customers to pre-order DLC! DLC GOD FUCKING DAMMIT!
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Greatest news story I have ever read

A German student "mooned" a group of Hell's Angels and hurled a puppy at them before escaping on a stolen bulldozer, police have said.   

   This is the blurb I read about a news story currently on the BBC, I think this is the greatest blurb ever written.  
 

The man drove up to a Hell's Angels clubhouse near Munich, wearing only a pair of shorts and carrying a puppy.

He dropped his shorts and threw the dog, escaping on a bulldozer from a nearby building site.

He was arrested later at home by police. The 26-year-old is said to have stopped taking depression medication.

After making his getaway on the bulldozer, he had driven so slowly that a 5km tailback built up behind him on the motorway.

After driving about 1km, he had abandoned the bulldozer in the middle of the motorway, near Allershausen. He continued his journey by hitchhiking.

"What motivated him to throw a puppy at the Hell's Angels is currently unclear," a police spokesman said.

The puppy is now being cared for in an animal shelter.

Link    Why can't America have things like this?
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Gamestop has really found a new low

You know it's bad enough that Gamestop had joined in on the pre-order crap Mortal Kombat is doing in regards to locking out fatalities for certain stores and pre-orders. Now gamestop has apparently really wanted to dick over users that haven't pre-ordered the game by reserving videos for only those that have pre-ordered the game already.

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Happy New Years Giant Bomb

 Happy New Year to the staff and all of the members of Giantbomb, I hope you all have a non hangover day unlike me. 
 
What game have you guys played to bring in the New Year? 
 
I personally brought it in like a boss with Pacman CE DX, how about you?    

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Giantbombing has joined the game

I don't see it often but one has to assume with how much the Giantbombing account is used from quicklooks to reviews and just personally, sometimes other reviewers playing multiplayer games are going to come across it. Which is why I found it hilarious when watching through Gametrailers Tron Evolution: The game review and they showed a snippet of multiplayer (maybe about 30 seconds of footage) the last snippet of footage has Giantbombing has Joined the Game shown. 
 
Not really much else to say besides the fact that I found it highly entertaining, especially considering you don't usually see reviewers interacting with other reviewers in multiplayer. Especially when one is recording game play for review and to see it displayed gave me a little chuckle.  
 
That is all.  

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How much is too much?

 I was really enjoying New Vegas in spite of all the horribly buggy and glitchy things I have had to put up with it. I think the game has finally completely ruined it for me however. I had made my way to Novac in the game on my way to the scrapyard for my companion ED-E's quest. While I was there I of course had to make my way up the dinosaur because it was such a big part of the previews I had seen of the game. A lot of images had gone out with it so I thought I should make my way up just to see it. Up in the mouth is a sniper, and apparently a potential companion if I heard correctly. He gave me a quest to find out who sold his wife into slavery and bring them in front of the dinosaur while he was on duty so that he could kill the person that did it himself. The optional part of the quest was to find out who actually did it and let him kill them.
 
I eventually ended up finding out who sold his wife into slavery after about thirty minutes of running around and talking to people. Everyone I had spoken to had a dialogue option to ask them to walk out in front of the dinosaur with you. Except of course the person that actually did it, they of course didn't have that bit of dialogue after twenty minutes of trying to get them in front of the dinosaur I gave up. I took someone else in front of the dinosaur to have them be killed thinking that I wasn't actually supposed to pick the person that actually committed the crime. Turns out no I was supposed to take them to get killed and the reason I couldn't was yet another glitch in the game.
 
Great another quest I couldn't complete because of a glitch. Still it wasn't what ruined the game for me, I made my way up to the scrap yard and got on with my companions quest. While at the scrapyard I was told about a power plant not to far ahead so as happens with Fallout I went ahead and walked over to check it out. I ended up getting another quest to go inside the power plant and get it working more efficiently. So going through the quest I was tasked with basically turning on computers and having them reboot to the mainframe so that I could continue. What could go wrong? Except for some reason there were two NCR guard dogs guarding one of the computers, what reason I'm not so sure as soon as I started walking to the computer the dogs attacked. In self defense I shot and killed the dogs, so what happened? The whole NCR base I was currently on a quest for turned hostile and attacked me turning my reputation into infamy. Now I can never finish that quest.
 
Awesome thanks New Vegas.

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Lack of quality control, good job obsidian

  I'm playing through New Vegas and this would be a great game. If not for the inordinate amount of bugs that I keep stumbling through. Seriously, obsidian the frame rate has to go down into the teens while I'm walking through absolutely nowhere with just rocks in my vision? Did that radscorpion really need to be stuck in the ground unable to move until I killed it only to fall through the geometry? Do these giant ants really need to crawl upside down on the geometry to try and get to me?

What about the hidden valley area of the game where at night it's pitch black and I can't see anything. Of course until I take two steps and suddenly the geometry is lit up. Only to again become dark once I've taken two extra steps. What about the part where that radscropion continued to chase after me after it was already dead only to kill me because I ran out of bullets and couldn't fast travel anywhere because a dead radscorpion was chasing me.

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Games can be something more than just enjoyment

  

The persona games hold a very special place in my heart. I had never played one before persona 3 was released and even then I rented it from Gamefly when FES was released. I can't quite remember why I first decided to give this game a try but I suppose it doesn't really matter anymore. After several sleep deprived nights of playing away at the game ( and still just barely scratching the surface of it ) I started bursting at the seams talking about the game to my best friend. We were very close to the point of basically being family but not by blood. It got to the point where we would spend weekends playing through this game on my ps2. Discussing the game constantly and becoming avid fans of the series that we had only just become aware of. After months of playing the game and replaying the game it became our go to game to play during the weekends. That and Gears of War 2 when it first came out as I couldn't beat one of the first missions on my own and had to bring him into co-op to help. I haven't played a persona game in coming on a year now, sadly he passed away in a car accident last september. The persona series will always be that series that reminds me more than anything of him and the vast amounts of weekends that we spent playing the game whenever college didn't demand our attention. Yet, I still haven't been able to find a copy of Persona 3 to keep at my place to play in his memory. The persona series has since become something that is more than just a video game to play to cure my current boredom, It's become one of the very few ways I can still feel a strong connection to him even though he is gone. I haven't been able to find a copy for me to purchase sadly, even the copies of it for sale on amazon are ridiculously expensive. I have kept everything that I possibly could of his or what reminds me of him. Yes, I refuse to delete his game profile he created on my 360 hard drive (cogelitecarmine) I refuse to get rid of the converse that I have had since highschool because of the fact that he wrote on them a week after I met him. I don't think i'll ever get rid of the picture he drew of captain douchebag, aside from being simply marvelous it's something that we drew in math class bored out of our respective minds. It's such a horrible feeling to lose someone that meant so much to you, to know that all the plans we had made were never going to come to fruition. All the talks of getting out of Ohio and just driving non-stop to California because aside from him knowing how much that state means to me, we really wanted an apartment out there to work on videogames to set up something that would stand the test of time.

I've never had the luxury of staying in one place for very long, my military upbringing meant we were always leaving for a new base, a new state, a new country. I've never been in one place for more than six years at a time. Getting stuck here in Ohio to spend my senior year in high school felt horrid to me, to think that after spending my high school years with a consistent group of friends and then having to leave just before my last year. Starting to go into college to find that he was in each and every single one of my classes, spending all our time playing video games or drawing for school. Spending countless hours on countless weekends trudging through Persona 3 and playing Gears of War 2 and Left 4 Dead. Hopefully I'll find a persona 3 FES game that I'll be able to keep with me just to remember the good times we had together.

RIP Justice James Johnson
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Staying fit with Wii fit

 

Video games have started to come out of the realm where only those with a love for Dungeons and Dragons and repeatedly shooting an alien in the face with a gun can find merit in them. Motion gaming and the Wii in particular has garnered the attention of those who wouldn’t normally touch a controller. As such Nintendo has tried hard to stay in the public's mind with their software and hardware that has become aimed at those who haven’t necessarily been buying their systems avidly in the past. *for better or worse* One of the many peripherals that they have come out with over the last couple years is the Wii Fit and the balance board peripheral that comes along with it.

Wii fit is a game in the loosest sense of the word, it comes packed in with a very sophisticated piece of technology for the price. The balance board is a nice little piece of plastic that hearkens back to the nineteen-eighties for what they tried to do with motion gaming peripherals back then such as the power glove. The first time you start up Wii fit and step on the balance board it calculates your BMI status, it will then ask you to set a goal for yourself concerning your BMI. The goals will end up concerning where you want to end up and the amount of time you want to give your self to reach said goal. The goals will appear on the Wii fit calendar and graphs which will detail your progress of your BMI and weight, it will also allow you to compare your progress against eight others so that you can get the whole family involved.

The Wii fit activity log allows you to record the amount of time you have spent exercising outside of the Wii fit, you enter it on the activity log under light, medium, or heavy exercise and have the ability to compare the amount of time spent and the strength over time. Wii fit allows you to track your calorie intake and how many calories you burn in your exercise and how much exercise you have to do to burn off the calories of the food you have eaten.

While nothing can really get rid of having a personal trainer or coach to urge you day in and day out to stay on task or work harder. The Wii fit does a decent job of trying to give you the illusion of your own personal trainer and gives you the option to choose between a male or female avatar for your trainer if you are so inclined to have a preference. If you are using Wii fit at the very least you should get on every morning before work and checking yourself in for the day to keep track of where you are at and the goals you are going for. Even if you don’t want to use Wii fit for it’s personal training functions or it’s tracking, you can play short little fun mini games that require you to move around on the board to burn some calories while having fun and playing with your family.

I’ll talk more about the specific games and training that Wii fit has integrated into it’s game in a later article.
Next article will be however all about Microsofts new motion accessory Kinect and Ubisofts your shape game for the Kinect. 
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Kinecting with your Family


  One of the newest and more interesting forays into motion gaming is Microsoft ’s Kinect. Eschewing controller ’s altogether and instead putting your body and movement at the forefront of this new innovative product. Kinect is very similar to Sony ’ s eye toy in that it uses a sophisticated camera system to track your movements and place your body in the game world. Unlike the eye toy however instead of taking the video feed of yourself and your room behind you. Kinect takes your body movement and transfers it to your avatar on screen. So if you jump on screen your avatar will jump as well.

Kinect in and of itself is not a very robust fitness coach or trainer. This can be easily remedied using 3 party software of course. The most substantial software offering for fitness purposes I feel is Ubisofts newest franchise your shape. While not only visually stylish as you can see from the embedded video it is also technically very strong when compared to a Wii offering. Your shape has many different modes and activities that one can pursue using the game such as kickboxing and Tai Chi or Yoga, along with mini games such as target practice.
 
  

 
 
     

 

You'll burn calories while having fun, either with a personal trainer, taking classes or through family-friendly mini games. As you exercise, you'll receive specific feedback on your every move, so you know you're getting the most out of it. That's because your workouts are created for you based on your specific fitness level and the goals you're setting for yourself. And, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved responds to your moves with fun, surprising, interactive visuals that keep you motivated and engaged.

 

 

Your shape, while off hand is the main fitness focused game is not the only way for you or your family to use Kinect to stay in shape. Kinect, is still in and of itself a videogame device and peripheral, because of this games and entertainment is (hopefully will always be) the main focus of the system. As such there are many games that are coming out at launch for the system. Such as Kinect adventures, Kinectimals, Star Wars Kinect, Kinect sports, such software is sure to be unrefined more caused by being launch titles for a new system then being poorly designed. However, they are also sure to be interesting in concept if nothing else along with being enjoyable and burning some calories while you wave your arms around and pretend to hold a light saber. Kinectimals is a very interesting and wildly innovative game; it is very reminiscent of Peter Molyneux game concept of Milo. Milo was a game concept debuted at an earlier E3 and the game is made and centered on interacting with a game character. It was centered around using your voice to affect and interact with the character on screen. While it was never really shown past concept videos and mock interactions on-stage it left a veritable deep impression among gamers and journalists. While still existing in some form or another whether in development still or not focus has since been shifted to make Kinectimals the new showcase game at least in many journalists ’ eyes.  Kinectimals the new showcase game very rightfully so when considering the audience seems to be striving to enamor. A game in which you take care of and interact with an exotic pet such as a tiger is a more interesting pet game compared to Nintendogs. Assuming of course that face biting is not some unknown game element involved. Although, I personally would not be saddened by such a feature and would thus review the game with an automatic 10. The game was debuted to the public at this year ’ s E3 along of course with Kinect itself. As shown in the adorable presentation shown in the video the game requires someone, who may or may not be an adorable little girl, to speak to the pet and give it instructions. You can interact with the animal mock physically but moving your arms and hands. Also, according to the presentation the game will be able to sense whether or not you ’re within the camera view and interacts on that level as well.

  
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