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Monday
Aug242015

Bedlam Has a Release Date

Exciting news for all of us out there who KickStarted this game, and for those who are looking to pick it up via Steam. Skyshine Games, the group behind this game, has now revealed that the release date for the game will be September 17th. 

Now for those out there who don't know what Bedlam is let me grab you a piece of their KickStarter page to help either jog your memory, or educate you in why you should take a look at this game, if not buy it upon release:

BEDLAM is a strategic single-player roguelike turn-based role-playing game, created for the PC and Mac utilizing 'The Banner Saga' engine.

The player is cast as the mysterious Mechanic, the last known member of a once-thriving guild of brilliant inventors, intrepid travelers and operators of the rolling fortresses called Dozers.

As the Mechanic, you are in charge of commanding your crew in battles, managing your resources, improving your Dozer, interacting with various characters, and protecting your passengers while navigating through the post-apocalyptic wasteland known as Bedlam.

If that's not enough let me show you brand new video that gives you a peek into the game:

Now if this is something that you need to get or require even more information on, you can go over to the Steam page right now and take a look.

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Monday
Aug242015

Potential Massacre in Boston Averted

Alright see this right here is something that scares the crap out of me. This occurred in Boston, MA over the weekend were a Pokemon Tournament was being held. Authorities were alerted to something suspicious and were able to arrest two gentlemen who apparently were packing some serious firepower, and were rumored to be using said firepower to take out the Pokemon Tournament participants.

I'm am beyond relieved that these guys were stopped (18 yr old and a 27 yr old). This type of event brings in people of all ages and I'm sure there was a large portion that consisted of children. The death of a child be it your own or someone else's is beyond tragic and stuff like this should never happen.

The one thing I want to say right now is that if someone comes out and says "Video Games made them do it" I will metaphorically punch them in the balls, or the equivalent if it is a female person who says the above phrase. You know what it is? It's mental health and unfortunately that type of health takes a large backseat to other issues and there are so many cases where an individual has an undocumented mental health issue that could or has resulted in something tragic, either the taking of their own life, or injuring/killing others. 

This is a problem I'm very passionate about and I hope that one of these days we take a serious look at supporting and helping those who might need some help with mental issues. Only so many people with issues will seek help on their own, it takes a friend, a teacher, a family member, a coach, etc to allow for others to see that they might need help.

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Friday
Aug212015

The New Madden Commercial

If you are sensitive to foul expletive language please stop reading RIGHT NOW, seriously do it because I'm about to unleash something that should require an age check after watching this trailer.

Alright actually I'm going to try to be as clean as possible, but not promises... ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!?!?! It's a football game, that's it, you choose a team and compete against another team, you can play online or offline, franchise mode, exhibition game, whatever.

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN THIS COMMERCIAL??!?!?

Is EA literally laughing in our faces while burning money because they are that loaded with cash?

Seriously what is the point of ANY of what happened in the trailer minus the actual gameplay being shown? 

Look I'm going to be honest there are SOOOOOooooOOOO many better things that EA could have done with that marketing money, how about funneling it into a scholarship to help the next great designers, or hell create their own investor/fundraising site/company to help get the amazing games that are being made by indie developers recognized about the crap that clogs almost every marketplace.

Now I know that some of you at this point are thinking that I just must hate football... on the contrary my dad has been a season ticket holder for years, I love the Falcons, I cheer my heart out as well as shed a tear for them when things go badly. It's a freaking football game, that's what it is, just highlight the new features, unless of course EA is finally ready to come clean and admit that besides roster updates and the fact that there's a different number on the cover there's nothing really different from last year's version.

If you have ever seen my Destruction of the Game Industry panel at a convention I believe you know how I feel about Madden, if you haven't see my little bit of a rant ask me about it or check out one of the times we gave the panel.

Alright I'm done, I'm done... I need to find a good game to cleanse my palette, suggestions?

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Friday
Aug212015

Some Star Citizen Backers are Getting their Money Back

Alright so as many of you already know there is this game, at least that's what the developers claim called Star Citizen, it has raised over $ 87 Million and doesn't have a whole lot to show for that amount of money. The vast amount of pledges have come from purchases of in game items or vehicles that aren't in the game yet but apparently will make you that much stronger.

So there's been lots of grumbles about the fact that there was supposed to lots of progress made in the game with a full beta by the end of 2014. Well it is clearly getting into the later half of 2015 and there's basically a glorified hangar that you can walk around in and on occasion a buggy dog-fight demo. This of course has been one of the main reasons why some of the backers have requested to back out.

Now the company behind the game have come out and said that they are not legally obligated to refund anyone's money, but there have been reports that close to 1,000 refunds have already been issued, and just over 90 of them have come since the beginning of July. Of course the company is not giving out the details of what percentage of backers are getting refunds, the actual amount, and the percentage of the 87 Million that they have been sitting on.

The creative mastermind behind the game has constantly tried to defend the delays talking about how its difficult with this scale of project, with all the studios in different parts of the world, and that the money not only is going towards a game that will be legendary but it is also paying the salaries of those working on this project.

Personally I think the scope of this project got way too big too fast, and the need to have studios all over the place in a modular fashion is probably further delaying the integration of anything into the main game. Although if you want to hold out hope they did have a BEYOND lengthy presentation at GamesCon that has been posted on YouTube, if you would like to watch, please go right ahead.

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Friday
Aug212015

If Only I Knew About This Project Earlier

I spent many an hour playing NetStorm on my computer when I was in school, facing off against my fellow classmates that were as nerdy as I was/am. Now it would appear that someone is trying to make a reboot of that game. This game needs to gain $10K in 16 hours so I'm sadden to know that this will probably fall short, and of course that I won't be able to relive my youth through a game that was all about the real-time strategy and powerful deities.

Just in case you want to try to help in the last hours of this campaign here's the KickStarter link. I hope that this project makes it, I really do.

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