Archive for July, 2009

Sierra Titles On Steam.

I loathe to promote this due to my disapproval of what the current publisher of these two series has morphed into over the years, but….

King’s Quest and Space Quest are on Steam.

These are some of Sierra’s classic 3D adventure games back from the old computer gaming days. They’re brilliant, classic titles, and I’d highly recommend checking them out.

If you like these sort of games, or wonder what other titles are like this, there are also classic titles such as Loom, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Secret of Monkey Island, and The Dig.

And of course, my recent “classic” favorite: Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People.

At any rate, it’s a good start for some of the newer gaming folk to see what I endlessly babble so much about with all the “childhood nostalgia” and such….

If you try one, be sure to let me know what you think.

Tron: Legacy.

They’ve finally released the teaser from last year in high quality.

Oh. Oh my.

And now Disney has put up a placeholder site.

I normally would not cover movies here. But this one… this one I will make an exception for. If there’s even a need to counter-argue, this film was always as video game as one could get. And with a Daft Punk soundtrack? Oh, yes, please.

Do yourself a favor. Watch the teaser.

Oh, and there’s one more teaser site….

Flynn Lives!

Those of you old enough (or who played Kingdom Hearts II), may be familiar with the movie/game TRON from 1982.

If you haven’t seen the movie (and as a gamer, you owe it to yourself to watch the movie post-haste), it’s one of Disney’s last real live action sci-fi films based on what happens in the video game world. Bear in mind this was 1982, when arcades were still in their infancy, and the Atari 2600 was the most popular thing around, but the film pioneered computer special effects, and the designs and music still hold up well today.

At any rate, with the advent of Comic-Con in San Diego, it seems as though more will be coming to light about the upcoming sequel, TR2N.

I loved this movie as a kid. It seems that they’ve put up a teaser page.

And yes, it does tease. Come on, Disney! Release a new public trailer already! Last year’s peek has been killing me since last Summer.

Games of 2009.

I was going to do another “Top 5” list tonight (perhaps tomorrow), but I got on the kick of what games have been good for 2009 so far, and what shouldn’t be missed. I won’t get too in-depth, but here are ten “must play” titles that have come out so far:

Bit.Trip.Beat
Bit.Trip.Core
Crayon Physics
Deadly Creatures
Ghostbusters: The Video Game
House of the Dead: Overkill
Punch-Out!!
Retro Game Challenge
Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
Street Fighter IV

Games that I’ll be looking out for in regards to the rest of 2009?

Beatles: Rock Band
Brutal Legend
Cave Story
Dissidia: Final Fantasy
Left 4 Dead 2
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Night Game
Scribblenauts
Tales of Monkey Island
Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled

So, what say you? Played any of the above games, looking forward to the others, or do you have a whole different list? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

New Writing Assignment.

I’ve recently gotten a more professional (and paid) outlet to express my opinion on gaming at large.

I am going to be doing freelance work for Cheat Codes.Com, where you will be able to read some reviews on games that I am playing these days.

I should be starting up soon, so I will keep all of you updated as my reviews begin to post.

This blog, however, will still function as normal, expressing my thoughts, reflections, and opinions on my own gaming experiences, and as a bit of a disclaimer, my writings here won’t necessarily reflect the opinions of Cheat Codes. We’re still two separate entities in that respect, and I’ll maintain my sense of professionalism for both sites.

I will say, however, that I am excited to take part as part of their writing staff, and hope that my readers here, enjoy the content that I produce over there.

Wish me luck!

5 Favorite Games Part 17.

1.) Final Fantasy VII (Squaresoft) – When it comes to this game, it largely depends on who you speak with to get very different opinions. Some find the game nonsensical and overhyped. Others claim it is the greatest RPG ever made. But it’s undeniable on how this game changed the face of console RPG gaming forever, making the genre mainstream for the first real time. Final Fantasy VII struck a resonant chord with me, from it’s impressive graphics, 3-disc story, interesting characters, and the genuinely emotional ending to Disc 1. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen in a video game, and in being asked to remember certain video game moments, this one always goes to the top of my list. This was also the game that separated Nintendo and Square for years, a pairing that had been together for almost a decade at the time. It was truly a benchmark title for the original Playstation, and despite its age, I’ve never been able to shake its impact as a gamer.

2.) Portal (Valve) – Portal is unique. I never found myself anticipating it, nor did I find the seeming lack of enemies all Read the rest of this entry

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