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[Victoria, BC] Fan Favourites Opens with Retro Gaming in Mind

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(This article is republished from Otaku No Culture, a blog that looks the pop culture scene of the Pacific Northwest.)

760 Yates St.
Victoria, B.C.
(250) 590-1202

Retro video gamers will be a go-go for Fan Favourites, a new video games and movie store located in Millie’s Lane in Victoria, British Columbia. That’s an alleyway located beside the Odeon Theatre, where a “second nerd row” may well be developing in this garden city. This store is tucked between Chef’s Quest, a D&D themed diner, and Dragon Impact, a Martial Art Equipment & Supply store. Read the rest of this entry

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Weighing in on Nintendo’s latest Two Dimensional Offering

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Nintendo enthusiasts now have a menu of portable hardware options to choose from: they can go 2D, 3D or XL. Each unit has their pros and cons, but as for whether or not their newest unit, the 2DS, will fly hinges on the upcoming Christmas shopping season. Read the rest of this entry

The Bard vs Next Generation Gaming

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“To PS4 or not to Xbox, that is the question:
Whether ’tis better, another console in mind —
Nay a Nintendo. Forsooth a PC?
All be it in gravitas for what
Divine Janus may offer in the New Year.”

— Ed “The Vintage Tempest” Sum

 
Sony’s PS4 has some impressive specs and interesting features like using an iPad for a second screen, but that’s not enough to convince me to own a unit yet. The Xbox One has an improved Kinect but that’s not a huge selling point. The videos of various games demos for both look great in high-def, but the list of games available during launch week are scant. They are not as wide and varied as I hoped.

The current line of exclusives are not all that interesting, and there will no doubt be some hardware and software kinks that need to be ironed out. There were reports over the weekend about the PS4’s ‘blue light of death,’ an analogy that brings to mind Microsoft’s infamous ‘red ring of death’ back when the Xbox 360 released. At least .4% of the people who bought the system were affected. I suspect the figure is larger but when considering the number of units that flew off the shelves in stores on launch day. That is not a good start. Read the rest of this entry

Link Roundup for Friday, September 27th: Valve attacks with a vengeance; China lifting its ban on video games; the weird, awesome world of Paradox Interactive; and more…

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussion, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. It will publish each Tuesday and Friday. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com. (Although this is gonna be an extra long one because I didn’t put one up Tuesday.)

Valve is unleashing multiple Steam machines next year. The world shakes.

I don’t normally like to link to the “big” sites, since anyone reading this probably checks them anyway, but after this past week’s glaring reminder of widespread gamer immaturity everyone should check out GameSpot’s video on misplaced anger.

China is lifting its ban on video games and consoles. Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Valve just heard a very loud cha-ching.

Please stop comparing real-life to video games.

IndieGameStand is having a rocking big sale until the end of September. They’re associated with Destructoid, and their HUGE members can claim a free game right now. (Including the JTM-favorite Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller!)

What does the New York Daily News think are the three best games of the year so far?

A number of new Africa-centric games are starting to make waves on the continent.

What does ‘serious game‘ really mean?

10 classic games that got a major level up.

Definitely read this article on Paradox Interactive, the makers of the awesome Crusader Kings, whose vice president uses the title Vice President of Business Development and Manager of the Unicorn Division.

In honour of Breaking Bad ending this weekend, here’s a clip of Bryan Cranston doing the voice over for Twin Man on an episode of Power Rangers. What does this have to do with games? I don’t care.

Link Roundup for Aug. 30th: Watch Dogs is a documentary, Confusing new 3DS model announced, DayZ based on creators near-death experience, and more…

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussion, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. It will publish each Tuesday and Friday. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

Just how far from reality is the presciently-timed Watch Dogs?

As you’ve probably heard, Nintendo announced the 2DS this week, a cheaper, 2D, flat model of the 3DS. Pretty cool move on their part, but it’s left me, and evidently others, wondering who they’re marketing it to.

Dean Hall’s near-death experience in the jungles of Brunei inspired him to make DayZ.

Like all good Americans, I’m sure you’re interested in playing Combat Mission Shock Force, a simulated U.S. invasion of Syria.

Why do Mario, Sonic, and Link endure in the popular cultural consciousness where so many others fail? And will they last forever?

25 cancelled games we’ll probably never get to play.

Five Lessons to Take Away from E3 2013

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1) Do Things Differently…

Nintendo has a great habit of subverting everyones’ expectations. They know what’s expected of them, and they seem to gleefully enjoy doing something entirely different. Instead of getting beat up between the two big kids duking it out, Nintendo decided to duck the playground entirely. They skipped the traditional large-scale, celebrity-and-announcement-napalmed press conference, and opted to zap their announcements and videos directly to gamers through Nintendo Direct.

Plus Mega Man!

Plus Mega Man!

It was a ballsy move, but it seems to have paid off. E3 visitors seemed happy with the games they had on display, and  gamers at home got the same news they would have from a flashy conference. Nintendo knows the Wii U, like the Wii before it, can’t stand toe-to-toe technically with Microsoft and Sony’s beastly boxes, so they’re smart to posit it as a unique alternative.

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P2P – PlayStation 4 And The Next Generation

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On February 20th, Sony made history when they revealed their upcoming console, the PlayStation 4 to the press and to the world. Featuring a redesigned Dualshock controller, Gaikai technology, social and sharing features, as well as support from hundreds of development studios around the world, Sony is positioning the PS4 as the developer’s and gamer’s console. It’ll be easier to develop for, easier to use, and easier on the wallet compared to the PS3.

Fellow JTM writer Jordan Shaw and I recently had a conversation about the PS4’s reveal, it’s technology, and how it will compete with the next generation, considering that it’s going up against Nintendo’s Wii-U and Microsoft’s next console. One thing’s for sure, this next-gen arms race is heating up; and the ensuing battle royale is sure to be a barn-burner.

Join our discussion after the break.
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Festive Videogame Music To Go With Your Holidays

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Image Credit: Pakkun96 From Deviantart

Written By: Kirsten Grove White

Just in time for the holidays, we’ve got two festive remixes for you to enjoy.

First up is our more introspective piece, Carol of the Final Fantasy Belles, arranged by Jay Epperhart. I first ran across this arrangement many years ago, back when I was too unskilled to even play it. For that reason, I didn’t like it. I forgot about it for a few years, and then ran across it again when preparing a playlist of background music for when I had company this season. Giving it another listen (and another attempt at performing it), I can see now that it’s actually quite a sophisticated piece. Read the rest of this entry

The Worrying Wii U

My worries are not so much about the Wii U as they are brought about by the Wii U.

You may have heard that the Wii U launched last week. I have to admit to being a bit baffled by the thing. I want to believe that the Wii U is yet another notch in Nintendo’s creative belt and not what I fear: a lazy, opportunistic cash grab. As it stands the Wii U has me puzzled.

I see its appeal; a new Nintendo console means a slew of new first-party Nintendo games: The Legend of Zelda, Mario Galaxy (U-niverse, maybe?), Metroid, etc… will surely be released over the next few years to stellar reviews. (And just might even be enough to convince me to buy the damn thing.) Let’s flashback to 2006: the Wii launched and everyone and their mother could see its appeal. In fact, it’s precisely because everyone’s mother — and father, and uncle, and grandma, and little brother — saw its appeal that it became such a mind-boggling success.

Read on after the break.

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Capcom Releases Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Information and Screenshots at TGS

Recently, Capcom released a ton of info as well as a number of oh-so-beautiful screenshots for their upcoming Wii and 3DS game Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate at TGS. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate takes advantage of both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS’ unique inputs to allow players to experience the familiar hunt in new and immersive ways.

For example, players will be able to use the touch screen functionality on both systems to read through in-game books, choose weapons with ease, browse their field maps during battle, and even play unique mini-games. The game also recieved a nice graphical update making the once stunning game even more of a beauty to look at.

Learn more about Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (and check out the screenshots) after the break. Read the rest of this entry