Monday, April 5, 2010

Mediated Mortal Kombat

Can't We All Just Get Along
Oh yes, isn’t it something when even video games like Mortal Kombat can teach us how to get along with one another. In this video from College Humor, we see what the ultra violent video game Mortal Kombat could have been, if they had replaced the blood and gore with wholesome family values.  Move over Big Bird, Mr. Rogers, and Dora the Explorer, there’s a new group of lovable characters dying to teach children that violence just isn’t the way.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs The World Trailer

Scott Pilgrim, one of my favorite comic book series created by Bryan Lee O’Malley, is almost done getting its movie makeover...yay! In the film, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, a boy named Scott (duh) played by Michael Cera falls in love with a girl named Romona, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, in what can only be called the greatest love story to ever hit the silver screen...well, not quite.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Nintendo’s 3DS: 3-D Gaming in Your Pocket

All right people, what’s up with 3-D being such a big deal. Almost every animated movie now a days needs to be 3-D, but you know what, they don’t, especially if the 3-D affects look gimmicky. Anyways, Nintendo has jumped on the 3-D bandwagon again, lets not forget the Virtual Boy fiasco, and is upgrading the DSi to resemble what I can only imagine as a 3-D pop-up book for Nintendo’s little handheld. Don’t believe me, then check out this official announcement from Nintendo...did you read it? Well if you could, kudos to you because I can’t read japanese, but I can clearly read the 3DS in bold, so there’s something special going on.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Super Street Fighter IV Trailers

Wahoo! I have New Super Street Fighter IV trailers hot off the press....everyone get pumped! What, these trailers are over a month old...Yeah I know, I’m a little (very) late with these, but whatever, I just found them, and I’m super excited, and I’m going to talk about them anyways. The game features 10 new characters that are a mix of Super Street fighter II, the Alpha Series, and Final Fight characters with a couple of newbies thrown into the mix. Our ten new characters for Super Street Fighter IV are:

Monday, March 8, 2010

Psychic Pinball

Yes! Read the title again....psychic pinball, welcome to the 21st century everyone, lets play some video games. The research group, Berlin Brain-Computer Interface (BBCI), demonstrated the results of their hard work by plugging a person's brain waves directly into a pinball machine with a portable EEG hat. In order to control the pinball flippers, the player only needs to think of moving their right hand to move the right flipper and think of moving their left hand to move the left flipper. In the video below, the player looks like he has complete control of the flippers with little or no lag time between his thoughts, and the pinball machine's action.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Shhhh! Quiet in the Library, We're Playing Video Games

It’s a Monday night, the computer lab in the library is full of high schoolers doing their homework....wait, they’re not typing book reports or doing research, so what are they doing? Would you believe playing video games.....yeah I would too, but how about learning how to make video games of their own. Last week the Palatine Public Library hosted a workshop called Video Game Design Lab and as the name suggests you got to design your own video game.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Come Home Sonic...Come Home

As you may or may not know, Sonic the blue blur hedgehog is finally returning to his 2D roots after years of 3D fiascos in Sonic the Hedgehog 4. You might be asking why Sega decided to go back to 2D. Perhaps it was the wild success of Street Fighter 4 and Mega Man 9. Both games stuck to their 2D roots which might have caused Sega to shout, “EUREKA!!!! people do like playing 2D games.” Thanks Sega for not listening to your grumbling fans and waiting to see what other companies do before you make a game. Geez, stop being such a money grubbing corporation. Following in the footsteps of other companies, it looks like Sega wants to prove they can make stylish 3D graphics too and have rendered the zippy hedgehog in 3D. Thankfully they’ve kept everything else fairly straightforward and have put sonic back on his linear track.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The History of Fighting

Do you hear that? Yep, those are the sounds of ribs cracking, teeth shattering, and fireballs crackling. This is the complete history of the fighting game genre. OK so I can't squeeze the entire history into 1000 words so really, it's a snapshot of the the major events. If you’re wondering about my credentials let me just say I’ve been playing fighters since I was six. Some of my earliest memories are of me sliding my allowance into arcade machines and kicking the butt of every bad guy that showed their ugly mug on the screen. It was like a dream come true where I became a superhero vigilante like Batman, but without going through those pesky years of training and brooding over dead parents. Now that you know a little about me, let me tell you about the gaming genre that round house kicked its way into my heart. It’s time to enter the ring....are you up for the challenge?