I read two fantastic articles yesterday on XSEED and Arkane Studios. I would like you to read them, too. Kotaku handled XSEED’s, which talks about its foundation as a company, how the team works on localization projects, and how they come to decisions regarding what games they publish. It’s also rewarding because it mentions how The Last Story’s release was a hard-fought battle against the company’s marketing experts, which did end up working out very well for them. Polygon look into Arkane is a splendid magazine-style story that reminds me of Next Generation’s format. It covers the history of Arkane’s creation as a company, and how it culminated in Dishonored. Both are very insightful and very fascinating.
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Posted by WildcatJF on December 30, 2012
Impressive stop-motion video by Marcus and Hannes Knutsson. You can check out the earlier Mario bead projects, along with some non-game weirdness, at their Youtube page.
Posted by WildcatJF on December 16, 2012
It’s been a while, but TheSpeedGamers are back, and about to kick off their 72-hour Mario Marathon later today (December 14) at 7 pm EST/4 pm PST. As you can imagine, they’ll be playing tons of Mario games from past and present, including the recently released New Super Mario Bros U.
They will also be raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, with an initial goal of $10,000.
You can view the marathon live at their official site, thespeedgamers.com. There will also be contests, prizes, and other fun events, so please check it out and spread the word!
Posted by Nester on December 14, 2012
Without question, Dark Souls was my favorite game from 2011. Released by From Software as a spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls, it upped the ante in virtually every way. Bigger worlds, better weapons, badder enemies. It took me over a year to finally work up the nerve to beat this thing, and another few months on top of that for 100%.
Watch now as Freddy “Thanatos” Vasquez completely demolishes this game in a speed run that clocks in at just over half an hour. HALF AN HOUR!!! I’ve gone on corpse runs in this game that took longer than that!
Major props to this guy for just totally dismantling every aspect of this game into one incredibly impressive run.
Posted by Jason X on December 7, 2012
This Saturday, October 20, Pat the NES Punk will be holding yet another marathon in which he and Ian spend night and day playing nothing but NES games. Unlike the previous years, however, the NES games they play this time are determined by donations. As such, they’re attempting to raise as much money as possible before the marathon even starts, with an ultimate goal of $25,000. As usual, all donations go to the Child’s Play charity.
Get the full details in the video below, and by visiting the official site: nesmarathon.com.
Posted by Nester on October 17, 2012
Last year, the owner of Nintendo fan site NinDB challenged himself to draw one Halloween-themed Nintendo fan art every day in October. Well, he’s doing it again this year, and this time, he also needs your help to raise money for charity.
He is also raising money for the MS Society, an organization that researches Multiple Sclerosis. If you’re interested in making a donation, you can learn more at the above links, or his JustGiving page. Every little bit helps!
Posted by Nester on October 1, 2012
HG101 forum-goer Ike has shared his secrets on how to clean your NES hardware and software to keep them running for longer. I’ll let him do the teaching, but I found it fascinating how blowing into the cartridge is actually detrimental to the game because it promotes all kinds of wonderful microbes to take root in your cartridge and NES! Or, as he put it:
There are a few things that contribute to a dirty console, the biggest one being people blowing in the cartridge. DON’T DO THAT. Your mouth is a disgusting, wet hole filled with bacteria and digestive enzymes that aren’t meant to be found culturing in a Nintendo.
The thing of it is, blowing does work. It works because you blow moisture onto the brass contacts of the cartridge, thus increasing the conductivity between the console and game. However, when you wet the cartridge and then shove it into a damp, dark environment to sit for possibly decades, corrosion will occur.
This is a well-written, clear and entertaining way to make your NES last. Definitely worth a lookover!
Posted by WildcatJF on September 18, 2012
The latest episode (109) of the All Gen Gamers podcast scored (no pun intended) an interview with former game designer/programmer Al Lowe, best known for conceiving (so to speak) the Leisure Suit Larry series. Al discuss at length his history with the series, his time working with Sierra, those other Larry games he didn’t work on, and his involvement with the upcoming HD remake of the original game. It’s a terrific episode that is informative and funny, and definitely worth checking out, so don’t get caught with your pants down. (All right, that was on purpose.)
Download the episode here: All Gen Gamers, Episode 109: AL Lowe & The Lounge Lizards
Posted by Nester on September 13, 2012
I don’t normally branch off into sports territory here on LVLs. In fact, this may very well be the first time I’ve done so. However, I feel that I need to here, because Minnesota Viking punter Chris Kluwe has done an astounding and amazing thing. Let me provide some context. Recently a Baltimore Ravens linebacker, Brendon Ayanbajedo, had spoken out in favor of a gay marriage proposal for the ballot this year. Maryland delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. took offense and wrote a letter to the Ravens owner suggesting a policy “inhibiting such expressions from your employee”. Enter Kluwe. This elegantly written rebuttal is so brilliantly composed that I just had to share it. It does feature some profanity, but it’s effectively used. Gay equality absolutely need to happen in my opinion. It’s unfair to strip away anyone’s rights in this day and age, and the arguments against tend to be overtly bigoted in nature. Kudos to Kluwe for stepping up and making a strong, strong stand. I’m happy to reprint this. Thanks to muteki at HG101 for bringing this to my attention.
Dear Emmett C. Burns Jr.,
I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland’s state government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level. The views you espouse neglect to consider several fundamental key points, which I will outline in great detail (you may want to hire an intern to help you with the longer words):
1. As I suspect you have not read the Constitution, I would like to remind you that the very first, the VERY FIRST Amendment in this founding document deals with the freedom of speech, particularly the abridgment of said freedom. By using your position as an elected official (when referring to your constituents so as to implicitly threaten the Ravens organization) to state that the Ravens should “inhibit such expressions from your employees,” more specifically Brendon Ayanbadejo, not only are you clearly violating the First Amendment, you also come across as a narcissistic fromunda stain. What on earth would possess you to be so mind-boggingly stupid? It baffles me that a man such as yourself, a man who relies on that same First Amendment to pursue your own religious studies without fear of persecution from the state, could somehow justify stifling another person’s right to speech. To call that hypocritical would be to do a disservice to the word. Mindfucking obscenely hypocritical starts to approach it a little bit.
2. “Many of your fans are opposed to such a view and feel it has no place in a sport that is strictly for pride, entertainment, and excitement.” Holy fucking shitballs. Did you seriously just say that, as someone who’s “deeply involved in government task forces on the legacy of slavery in Maryland”? Have you not heard of Kenny Washington? Jackie Robinson? As recently as 1962 the NFL still had segregation, which was only done away with by brave athletes and coaches daring to speak their mind and do the right thing, and you’re going to say that political views have “no place in a sport”? I can’t even begin to fathom the cognitive dissonance that must be coursing through your rapidly addled mind right now; the mental gymnastics your brain has to tortuously contort itself through to make such a preposterous statement are surely worthy of an Olympic gold medal (the Russian judge gives you a 10 for “beautiful oppressionism”).
3. This is more a personal quibble of mine, but why do you hate freedom? Why do you hate the fact that other people want a chance to live their lives and be happy, even though they may believe in something different than you, or act different than you? How does gay marriage, in any way shape or form, affect your life? If gay marriage becomes legal, are you worried that all of a sudden you’ll start thinking about penis? “Oh shit. Gay marriage just passed. Gotta get me some of that hot dong action!” Will all of your friends suddenly turn gay and refuse to come to your Sunday Ticket grill-outs? (Unlikely, since gay people enjoy watching football too.)
I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won’t come into your house and steal your children. They won’t magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster. They won’t even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population—rights like Social Security benefits, child care tax credits, Family and Medical Leave to take care of loved ones, and COBRA healthcare for spouses and children. You know what having these rights will make gays? Full-fledged American citizens just like everyone else, with the freedom to pursue happiness and all that entails. Do the civil-rights struggles of the past 200 years mean absolutely nothing to you?
In closing, I would like to say that I hope this letter, in some small way, causes you to reflect upon the magnitude of the colossal foot in mouth clusterfuck you so brazenly unleashed on a man whose only crime was speaking out for something he believed in. Best of luck in the next election; I’m fairly certain you might need it.
P.S. I’ve also been vocal as hell about the issue of gay marriage so you can take your “I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing” and shove it in your close-minded, totally lacking in empathy piehole and choke on it. Asshole.
Posted by WildcatJF on September 7, 2012