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For years I’ve longed for the modern revival of some of the old school style games I played in the past. I love the gameplay of those old games and wondered what it it would look and play like on modern machines. There have been a few new IP’s that harken back to the styles of yore, but nothing in quite large quantities. Luckily with the arrival of the current HD console line-up there came Xbox Marketplace(PSN for PS3 users) where you could download games being made by smaller, lesser known developers. Since the cost to develop these games was rather inexpensive, publishers were happy to take more chances on some new ideas and let developers make homages to the old school style of gameplay. Now we have a plethora of games that revive the cool gaming styles of old and also games that experiment and push to try radically different things in gaming. Some games are able to do both. Outland, developed by Finnish studio Housemarque and published by Ubisoft, does both. View full article »

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I’ll admit, I’ve never really gotten to deep into the world of Devin Townsend. I do have a couple Strapping Young Lad albums in my collection(City and The New Black ripped from a friends CD) and I’ve listened to them and enjoyed them, but for some reason they never really struck me and sit collecting dust in my music collection. I’ve caught a few videos from Devin’s other projects and enjoyed them also, but for whatever reason I never followed up on my enjoyment of a single or video. Then when I caught wind of Devin’s new project, aptly titled The Devin Townsend Project, he raised my interest in it with the concept of the project. He was going to release four albums with different moods, styles, and personalities all fueled by his new found sobriety. It wasn’t so much the concept that really grabbed me, but it was more his enthusiasm and passion for the project. So, what do I do? Well, instead of purchasing the first two albums in the project(Ki and Addicted), which were quite positively received, I passed up, don’t know why. Then within the weeks of me writing this, the next two albums were released, unfortunately on the same day as the new Symphony X and Rhapsody of Fire. So, I opted to pick up the latter two albums on that day. While surfing around the internet I came across a review of the new pair of albums and something caught me about it and it went onto the “I really need to suck it up and check out these albums list”. What caught me was on the third part(Deconstruction) of the album series was that there is a number of guest vocal spots by some vocalists that I am very familiar with and highly enjoy their respective bands. The other thing, the thing that sold me was that the album is about all the answers of life in a cheeseburger. Yes, a cheeseburger, a double. So, while I was about town this weekend I came across the double pack of Deconstruction and Ghost and finally purchased my first real foray into the world of Devin Townsend. And now I’m really excited to delve deeper into his musical world and look forward to what I find. View full article »

Limbo

Have you ever seen the movie Night of the Living Dead? What that movie did is present a bleak outlook, created deepened horror, and created a contrasting effect on the subject matter by deciding to use black and white in lieu of color. It works extremely well and adds another layer of depth to the film. When used properly(like the aforementioned film) this trick can add more artistic merit to the film and in the end what you get is more of an experience more so than entertainment.

So, why am I talking about movies when I should be reviewing a video game. Well video games have as many things in common with movies as they do differences. One of the things they have in common is how an artistic choice can have a major impact on the whole of a game giving it a whole different meaning. This artistic choice in question is the use of black and white. In the 2D side scrolling platform/puzzle game Limbo by Playdead Studios you traverse a world completely devoid of color as you push forward to discover the purpose of your journey. The lack of color in this game creates a harrowing experience that, unlike a movie, can only be experienced in video game form. View full article »

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Recently at this years E3 a rather unknown game company, 505 Games, released information about a new game that they have under development. It is about a group of mercenaries going to Africa to take out warlords and drug dealers and it will utilize your entire body by allowing you to play using Microsoft’s new toy, Kinect. Sounds all fine and dandy, right. Many games in the past have used this set-up for a game countless numbers of times(sans Kinect of course) and none of us have questioned the morality of the game once. So why is this game getting such a large amount of attention? It’s just going to be another FPS where you go and kill the bad guy, right? Well, the thing is, all those other mercenary games were based on fantasy, this game however is going to be based on and titled after PMC(Private Military Company) Blackwater. For those who don’t know about the PMC Blackwater, they were indicted on charges of war crimes in the Middle East as well as other charges(a quick Google search will get you up to speed). View full article »

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After much time in the supreme court, the case discerning the sale of violent video games to minors in California has come to a close. The verdict, “Court ruled 7-2 that the California law criminalizing the sale of ultra-violent games to minors was un-Constitutional.” Do I agree with this ruling, well, yup, I sure do.

A main argument made during the case was the comparison between violent video games and literature of a violent nature. During grade school children read books that depict extremely violent acts, and if they are allowed to read about these violent acts then they should be allowed to play out those violent acts in video game form. If it’s unconstitutional to ban the sale of violent books to children, then why should it be deemed constitutional to ban the sale of other violent forms of media to a minor. Well, I feel there is a bit of a difference between ripping the head of your nemesis off and spiking it to the ground in Mortal Kombat than reading about the boys of Lord of the Flies dropping a boulder on the Piggy knocking him off a cliff to his death. In Mortal Kombat the violence is fun and without remorse, in Lord of the Flies the violence is horrific and we learn about the characters regret for the murder as well as their motives for doing so. Also, being a person who does read quite a lot of books, I tend to find them to be much more immersive than video games. View full article »

For those of you who may not meander onto the other blogs(A Metal State of Mind and What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse) that I write for here’s some links to some other stuff I wrote.  Check it out.

Theme Thursday Posts

On Folk Metal

Blind Guardian Retrospective

The Softer Side of Metal

Amorphis Song Meaning

Unlikely Cover Songs

Awesomely Awful Metal Videos

 

Me rambling on about the world of heavy metal

Not in Defense of Morbid Angel

The Way of the Physical Format

Pain of Censorship

Positively Metal

 

There is a good handful of metal news posts over there too, but by now they are a bit outdated, anyways, go on over and check em out.  For my posts on my other new video game themed blog “What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse”, I’ll just repost them here since there isn’t to many yet, enjoy.

It’s now July 2011 and we have hit the halfway point in the year. So far there have been tons of outstanding metal releases and there will be some upcoming releases to hit in the second half of the year(September is going to be one hell of a month). I’d like to present you with my top 10 favorite albums to be released so far in 2011. Let’s see how many maintain their hold till the end of the year. A few I haven’t gotten around to reviewing but be sure that will eventually pop up soon. And as always, what were your favorite albums for the first half of 2011. Peace Love and Metal!!!! View full article »

I did a post on my new video game blog, “What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse”, on the upcoming game Blackwater which is based on and being helped developed by the company of the same name.  Head on over and check it out and leave your thoughts and opinions.  Peace Love and Video Game!!!

http://whatahorriblenighttohaveacurse.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/how-far-is-too-far/

I have just opened up a new blog revolving around video games and everything in between.  Since the main goal of this blog is going to be diversity I’m looking for contributors.  I’ll just copy/paste what I wrote over on the new blog “What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse”.

 

“What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse” is now open for business and is looking for gamers from all over the world to contribute.  If you would like to become a contributor to this blog leave a comment or send an e-mail to Atleastimhousebrokenguy(at)Yahoo.com.  We’re looking for people who are passionate about video games and everything that has to do with games and people who have opinions on said games.  If you are a Call of Duty freak, we want you aboard.  If you are a retro game junkie, we want you aboard.  If you have an obsession with World of Warcraft, we want you aboard.  Do you collect cereal that is based on video games, we want you aboard.  You get the picture.  The goal of this blog is to be as diverse as possible and have opinions and honest reviews and rants from all different types of gamers and the more dedicated people we get on board the closer we are to reaching that goal.

Since this is the first day of the blog there isn’t much other than some older reviews and posts I did in the past, but with the help of all you wonderful gamers out there this blog should grow nice and healthy.

Looking forward to blogging with all you soon, Peace Love and Gaming!!!!

Atleastimhousebroken

These days it seems that New Jersey is nothing but a place filled with crooked politicians, overly tanned douchebags, and high taxes. While all that may be true, there is also great things coming out of my place of origin from delicious submarine sandwiches to the real Jersey Shore areas such as Pt. Pleasant, Cape May, and Asbury Park. One of the best things that is coming out of NJ right now is music, namely progressive metal powerhouse Symphony X. Having just released their 8th full length studio album Iconoclast, these Jersey boys have struck gold yet again and delivered a beast of an album. View full article »