Right now at Vidya Shorts, our very own RaggaFragga is streaming our annual Child's Play charity stream! He's 20+ hours into his marathon run of the three Batman Arkham games, and just starting on Batman: Arkham Origins. Milestones unlock as the donations increase. (Big Head mode is unlocked for the next hour.) We're halfway to our goal!
100% of donations are going to Child's Play, so come out and show your support!
Starting TONIGHT (Oct. 21st at 7pm EST 4pm PT) I will begin streaming a collection of games for charity. The stream will continue for 24 hours straight . Various restrictions/challenges will be put into effect after certain brackets of donation are reached, and a variety of video game PRIZES will be given to viewers! 100% of donations received will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure!
Duke Nukem Forever
Space Channel 5: Part 2
Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Duke Nukem Forever
Space Channel 5: Part 2
Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Tomb Raider Legend
Tomb Raider Underworld
Company of Heroes
Humble Indie Bundle #3 (Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, VVVVVV, Hammerfight, And Yet It Moves, Steel Storm: Burning Retribution, and Atom Zombie Smasher)
*One of the following pre-orders: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, or Star Wars: The Old Republic.
$100: Streamer can only walk backwards for 30 minutes. (DNF)
$300: Streamer must walk in crouch with camera focused on Lara's butt for 15 minutes.
$333.33: Streamer switches to Space Channel 5: Part 2 and asks a trivia question. (Prize: Space Channel 5: Part 2)
$400: Streamer must now activate webcam and dance along whenever playing Space Channel 5: Part 2.
$444.44: Streamer switches to Duke Nukem Forever and asks a trivia question. (Prize:Company of Heroes)
$500: "Duke Vision Mode" enabled for one hour. (DNF)
$555.55: Streamer switches to Tomb Raider: Anniversary and asks a trivia question. (Prize: Tomb Raider: Legend)
$600: Streamer must jump everywhere he goes instead of walking in Tomb Raider for one hour.
$650: Streamer can only speak in Duke Nukem one-liners for one hour.
$666.66: Streamer Switches to Space Channel 5: Part 2 and asks a trivia question. (Prize: Alpha Protocol)
$700: Streamer must speak in a female voice for one hour.
$750: Streamer can again only speak in Duke Nukem one-liners for one hour.
$777.77: Streamer switches to Duke Nukem Forever and asks a trivia question. (Prize: Duke Nukem Forever)
$800: Streamer must wear Ethniu's (viewer submitted) bra for remainder of the stream.
$850: Streamer reads an informative article about breast cancer.
$888.88: Streamer switches to Tomb Raider Anniversary and asks trivia question: (Prize: Tomb Raider: Underworld)
$900: Gassu Masku Man voice for an hour.
$950: Mystery Rule
$999.99 Streamer switches to Croft Manor mode in Tomb Raider: Anniversary and asks a trivia question (Prize: Humble Indie Bundle #3)
Streamer can now switch games at leisure or at viewer request with a 10 dollar donation.
*In the even of $1500 in donations received, streamer will ask a trivia/prize question to one lucky random viewer over skype for their choice of the following video game pre-orders: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, or Star Wars: The Old Republic. If viewer gets it wrong after 3 guesses, streamer donates 60 dollars to the charity.
Individuals can also donate with a note to request one of the following:
$25: Skype call on stream for 10 minutes. (I reserve the right to end this call at any given time)
$25: Force streamer to switch to listed game of choice.
$50: Streamer saves his current game and launches Deus Ex: Human Revolution, where he must kill 1 npc, complain about how he didn't "ask for this", then return to the game he was originally playing.
$50: Streamer switches to game of choice and calls a random skype contact to ask if they've had a breast exam.
$100: Humble Indie Mammary Bosom Bundle: You get up to an hour of skype time with the streamer, with a license to tell the him exactly what to do. Streamer must obey your commands, everything from what game to play and how to play it, to who to bring into the skype call and what you'll talk about.
A few months ago I decided I'd play through each and every Zelda game known to man. This is something I should have done as a child, but as a non-console owner I was doomed to the limited perspective of a purely PC upbringing. Anyhow I'm taking a step back to the past for some of the most reputable classics ever made, and I invite you to watch.
One of three Zelda games developed by Capcom for the handheld, Minish Cap has seemingly earned its place as a favorite amongst Zelda fans. Released for North America in 2005, the game received critical acclaim and success due to its "Gorgeous Wind Waker-inspired character design and art." (rpgamer.com) , "Classic Zelda gameplay and flavor" (Gamespot) , and "Some of the highest quality tunes to ever come out of the GBA's little speakers." (Gamespy).
Six years later, how does the game hold up? To be completely honest, I don't know! You see, I've never played Minish Cap. Furthermore I've been relatively unexposed to the Zelda franchise in general. (I've only played the previous handheld games: LA, OoS, and OoA). That's where you come in. I'll begin streaming a fresh play-through of the game, and I invite you to take part. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the nostalgia; Laugh as I try to make sense of a talking hat; and cringe as I attempt to tackle MC's puzzles for the first time.
Created by Warren Spector, Developed by Ion Storm Austin, and released in 2000 by Eidos Interactive, Deus Ex lets players take on the role of JC Denton. As this nano-augmented super agent begins his career for the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition, players find themselves dropped into an ideological war involving the Illuminati, Majestic-12, and various other secret organizations. No decision is made lightly, as JC must face realistic consequences for his actions.
Deus Ex was one of the first in a long line of successful FPS/RPG hybrids to come. Although earlier games such as System Shock (also created by Warren Spector) helped to establish this form of hybrid, in the year 2000 this concept was still relatively new. Deus Ex perfected the "genre," and games such as Fallout 3, Bioshock, and S.T.A.L.K.E.R could all stand to take a few more pages from Spector's masterpiece. Despite being released 11 years ago, the original Deus Ex still holds strong with its deep story, and flawless mix of engaging and adaptive game-play.
Stream Schedule: Wednesday: Hong Kong Friday: Paris, New York, Hell's Kitchen, Super Freighter Saturday: Vandenberg, Sealab, Endgame
With Link's Awakening (DX) and the two Oracle games now out of the way, I'm well on my way to completing the " current objective" I set late last month. For those of you who haven't been following, I'll just quickly mention that it's my intent to gradually complete each and every Zelda game I can get my hands on, while showing as much of the process as I can over a live stream.
Of course whenever someone sets out to accomplish such a large task, it's inevitable that there will be some snags and delays. In this case, I'm extremely lucky to have it be the "good" sort of delay. I've been blessed with a rare opportunity: An all expense paid, two month euro-rail ticket to the entire European continent. That's right, I'm going to Europe for two months. Having never been across the ocean, I'm immensely excited. I've been told it can be a life changing experience, with family suggesting I start a separate blog just to detail the journey. While I consider this, I just want to say for the purpose of this blog that I haven't abandoned my stream or my desire to play every Zelda game known to man. I'm still just as intent as I ever was to play these games, and I still fully intend to stream them live over the internet for anyone who would like to watch.
The next game on the list is Minish Cap, and then the plan is to go back to the roots with the original Legend of Zelda. My very first Wii is expected to arrive in the mail any day now, and just this morning I received The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition (four pack with LoZ, Zelda 2, OoT and MM made for GameCube) from Amazon. A couple days ago I also happened to find a copy of Wind Waker for 20 bucks at an independent used game store. Now that I've picked all these up, the only thing remaining is a capture card to allow me to stream these games, along with the virtual purchase of A Link to the Past. (A viewer has kindly offered to lend me Twilight Princess. Thanks Rudy!). If everything goes according to plan, I should be prepared to jump back on the Zelda train in August, when I return from the trip.
Another key note. My plane is set to leave from Chicago and land in Netherlands on June 2nd. This isn't enough time to complete any of of the Zelda games in their entirety, and even if it was I wouldn't want to rush. So I have roughly two weeks of time to kill. In between packing in the mean time before I leave, why not stream some PC games? Zelda isn't the only franchise I'm currently interested in, and it looks like Deus Ex: Human Revolution is set for release around the time I'll get back. The original Deus Ex has always been a favorite of mine, and I'm almost positive I could finish my current run in the remaining time before I depart. Who knows maybe by the time I'm back we'll do a Human Revolution run before getting back into the kiddy stuff.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DXholds a special significance to me. Not only was it the first Zelda game I ever played, but as a child the GBC was the closest I ever came to owning a console system of my own. I must have been around 11 years old, and although many details surrounding my life at this point are a blur, I vividly remember the impact the game had on me. Until this point I only had use of my father's PC, and even then playing video games was dependent on my ability to find time to play. Sharing the computer between Dad, as well as my three brothers was no simple task. On the GBC, I suddenly had the freedom to play whenever I wanted. I had known video games, but now I knew freedom.
You see, my parents didn't "believe" in consoles. To this day I haven't understood exactly why, as I was free to play a vast variety of video games on the PC. I played everything from DOS games such as the original Rampage, and on throughout the progression of the Windows OS, with games such as the Warcraft series or Half Life. I enjoyed these games, but I always longed for the chance to own a console. I saw my friends with their SNES and Sega systems, and I envied them. My father would jokingly say, "they're against my religion" but he may as well have been serious. Perhaps they simply didn't want their children to dominate the television, I don't know. Whatever the reason it was a fact I had to live with.
My uncle and aunt owned a Super Nintendo Entertainment System, complete with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (amongst other games). I remember a time when they were living with my Grandmother, and I would sneak into their bedroom to play. Super Mario World was an easy game to pick up and enjoy, fit for these brief covert operations. However, sooner or later I sought more than this casual experience. I began to play LttP. I was addicted, and suddenly my visits into their bedroom became longer and more frequent. This didn't go unnoticed, and before I got very far through LttP, my uncle and aunt had made a decision. They weren't going to allow it, and so they decided to purchase me a SNES of my own.
Of course, my parents wouldn't stand for this. They quickly decided something had to be done with this gift, and (conscious of my uncle and aunt's motives) they knew it couldn't simply be returned. They compromised to allow my grandmother herself to take ownership of the system, reasoning that this might give their children an incentive to spend more time with Grandma. It worked, and I now owe much to my childhood being blessed with these visits. Sharing the SNES with my brothers in the wise and jubilant company of my grandmother was one something I'll always cherish. Perhaps this is when I truly fell in love with video games.
My Grandma never purchased a Zelda game for her SNES, simply because these games were single player only. With four boys to keep from fighting over the controllers, she knew it was important to go get multiplayer games. As a result I never got a chance to finish A Link to the Past, which only made the gift of my GBC and Link's Awakening years later all the more special. I sometimes wonder why I didn't go on to play either of the Oracle of Ages/Seasons games, which came out just three years later. I was still young at this point, so my memory is a bit foggy. Whatever the reason, I have just recently gone back to play them. I feel like I've fallen in love with The Legend of Zelda all over again, and what better way to test my devotion to go back to the first Zelda game I ever played.
Tomorrow I plan to finish Link's Awakening DX for the GBC, and I just so happen to be streaming the experience. Now that you understand what makes the Zelda franchise so important to me, I invite you to take part in my ongoing objective to complete every Zelda game known to man. Follow my profile here for updates on the journey, or keep an eye on the forums for a thread containing a link to my live streams.
I am a man with a mission. Mission: Be a successful video game designer.
I've wanted to do this since I was very young, and as far as I'm concerned I've got a long road of hard work ahead before I get there. Right now I'm in the "working terrible jobs and saving up money to start up" stage of this career path. While I'm here, there's another objective I'm focused on. Current Objective: Complete every Legend of Zelda game known to man.
What does this have to do with designing a game of my own someday? You see, I love video games. This being GiantBomb I'm sure that's a no-brainer, but let me stress exactly what I mean. I really friggin' absolutely love video games. When I go to sleep at night, what am I thinking about? Video games. When I wake up in the morning, what do I usually do? Play video games. Yes, I love them so much that sometimes this love is an addiction. I'm guessing many of you can relate with the fact that sometimes this gets me into trouble, but "balancing my time" aside... I'm here to tell you that I fucking love the shit out of video games. So long story short, I aspire to be involved in their creation someday. I mean, how else could I justify the countless hours I've spent playing them? Of course, this is no short story. This is my life story: starring Video Games. (maybe I should change that mission to "be a successful video game designer." ?)
But I'm forgetting something... Oh yes! What does this have to do with Zelda, you ask? Well the short answer to that is simple: The Zelda games are classics. The long answer? Well...
Around a year ago I came across a website designed by an old high school friend. He had built this site around the idea of streaming video games for viewers, and to my surprise it has actually become somewhat successful. I admit, even I thought the idea was a little silly at first. Why would someone want to WATCH another person play a video game? Why wouldn't they just play one on their own? Of course, I was even more flabbergasted to find that some sites out there are able to accumulate as many as 4000+ concurrent viewers. "What's the lure here?" I asked myself. "What's the big deal?" Well to this, there's no easy answer. I could go on and on about how this site of my friends has evolved into video game based community, for people to meet up and discuss games via chat.... or I could argue with you that streaming video games is a viable future for the success of single player games. I could even go so far as to say that the simple streaming of a competitive game can turn it into a vastly popular a spectator sport, but you won't believe me unless you've see what's out there for yourself.
Heck, I'm off topic again. ZELDA. I'm streaming these games as I play them. There. That's the point of all that back-story. Why Zelda? Why not whatever video game I happen to feel like playing? To be honest, playing this series in particular has to do with expanding my nerd muscles. Many people often tell me these games are the holy grail of game design; that their timeless success is something "real gamers" must experience. It may sound silly, but I want to explore the influence these games have to offer while I'm relatively young, as I begin my journey to find a place in the gaming industry. Of course, "Every Zelda game" won't be all I play. Between the Zelda games I will explore many others. I will stream them and review them as I see fit. In between streams, I'll document the progress of my life. You can follow the blog to see how it's all going, and watch the weekly streams as I post the links each time I go live. You can think of the streams as a supplement to the story of my life, since I fully intend to continue loving and playing the fuck out of video games as I embark on my mission. So watch the streams, read the blog, or don't. You are officially invited.
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