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Oh, Robin!

God dammit, Robin! Get your shit together….

Just had to share. This was too funny NOT to share.

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I remember being about 5 or 6 years old when my brother got a Nintendo for Christmas. At the time I didn’t know what magic wonder it held, but I was jealous nonetheless of his new toy. He was 17. Yes, my brother is about 12 years older than I am, but that’s not the point. This is about games/gaming, not him or age difference. Anyways, I remember sitting on his bed while I watched him play Mario. I was enthralled with the graphics that danced across the screen. I’d never seen anything like it before, and I wanted to play it so badly. I was never introduced to other gaming systems prior to Nintendo (i.e. Atari) since my parents are from a much older generation (okay, not MUCH, but they were born in the early-to-mid 1940’s). As a very young child, my time wasn’t overly spent indoors watching tv like kids do today. My time was spent outside running around between the hours of 3:30 and dinnertime.

But there I was, staring at this side-scrolling wonder. Coins? YOU CAN COLLECT COINS? Even as a small child I knew that money was a good thing, so why not think it was amazing that you had to collect them in a game?

ImageHowever, I wasn’t allowed to play. Not because of may parents. Of course not! It was because of my brother. What brother and sister didn’t fight? Even with our age difference we did. But that day of glory finally came. Bret had joined the United States Army, and before he left for boot camp, he gave me his Nintendo since he couldn’t take it with him. It was the day that changed my life forever.

I remember playing Super Mario Bros. until if felt like my fingers were bleeding. I was obsessed. No worries, though. I still played outside. I was thankful to have parents who taught me how to have equal balance between going outside and playing, having time to play my game, and living a normal kid-life. Over time, I built my Nintendo collection. I wish I had never given away my original Nintendo. It probably wouldn’t work nowadays, but still. It’s a trophy on its own. A machine that didn’t have save points, memory cards, or the like. If it was dinner time, you kept that thing on pause until you could come back to play it again. Thank goodness we’ve evolved.

I remember getting a game that I would’ve killed for. You’re going to laugh, but it was based on a movie I was obsessed with. I think you’ll remember it. “The Little Mermaid.” Yes, they made a game for the Nintendo that was based on the animated classic that we all know and love (and by the way, I’m still in love with that movie and forever will be).

I played this game over and over again. I was determined to beat this game, having it be the first game I’d ever beat. I would have it on pause with the tv off in our guest

Imagebedroom while I was at school so that I could come home and pick up where I left off. It took me weeks (after dying and having to re-start, etc), but I had finally beat the evil Ursula (the final boss) at the end. It was a huge victory for me. I, a girl, had beaten a video game. Sure, go ahead and laugh, but being young and video games being more of a guy thing, it was a huge deal to me. While my girl friends played Barbies, dress up and played with makeup (I did those as well, but still), I played video games, watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and played with my She-Ra and He-Man action figures.

Fast forward a few years, and we’d find myself with an old Nintendo and a Sega Genesis. I loved the Sega. The graphics looked so much better than the Nintendo. More colorful. And the games were certainly fun in their own right. I’m a Disney girl, so other than Sonic, I had a slue of Disney games (The Lion King, Aladdin, etc).

Image “The Lion King” game was immersive and great fun. You played as Simba, following the story of the movie. You start as a cub, getting into trouble with the Hyenas at the boneyard, having to flee with Nala to save yourself. Soon, you found yourself running from the Wildebeast heard, only to watch your dad be killed by your evil uncle. When he blames you, you run away, eventually to find your companions Timone & Pumbaa. Like I said, this game followed the storyline of the movie to a T, with only a few extras here and there for gameplay reasons. It took me a while, but I eventually beat the game. Again, it was a huge victory. Any gamer I hope would agree that, no matter how trivial, winning/beating a game feels like a huge accomplishment.

Games have come a long way. Nowadays, motion capture is used to capture real human movement and facial expressions. You feel like you could touch your tv screen at times and actually feel them. It’s truly amazing what gaming companies have done with the advancements in technology.

So, tell me. What was the first game you ever beat? What are some old school games that you still love or even play? Are there games you wish you still had lying about to go back to?

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Injustice: Gods Among us is slated to release here very soon. April 16th, in fact. Now, yes. I am a huge fan of Batman. Yes, he is going to be featured in the game. HOWEVER, I haven’t taken too much time to read up on, or watch videos on, this game. Why? Excitement, maybe? Like I’ve mentioned before with Assassin’s Creed, when I’m excited for a game, I try not to get caught up in the hub-bub about it. Mostly for wait time, yes, but also for the fact that I don’t want to be ultimately disappointed.

Or, maybe I’m just getting old an cynical. Who the fuck knows. Anyways, Injustice is a little bit like a Mortal Kombat, but with superheros, much better graphics,better plot, movie-like sequences. Wait, so maybe it’s not totally like it in the end. On the outside, when first reading on today’s subject, that’s the feel that I was getting from the game, but Urbano’s interview has proved me wrong on my preconceived ideas.

In a recent interview with Rev3Games on YouTube, NetherRealm’s Adam Urbano sat down with Rev3Games journalist Max Scoville to discuss the game. “We wanted to make this as film-like as possible,” says Urbano. “Even the game menu itself is made to look like a Blu-Ray movie.”

This statement alone makes my insides quiver with excitement. Most fighting games, at least in my opinion, are pretty lackluster in plot, some graphics and all around feel. Even the latest Mortal Kombat game that came out not that long ago failed to really impress me. I think I played for all of 30 minutes before tossing my remote aside and sputtering out a “Fuck you very much.” This game seems to be opening a new bag of treats for gaming fans. Especially those who go gaga for DC Comics.

Thankfully, you won’t have to stick to just one character throughout the campaign mode. Although I’m foaming at the mouth to play the Dark Knight, I want to try out the other characters that the game has to offer. Urbano states that you, the player, have the chance to try out all the different characters as you play. Then there’s the incorporation of StarLabs. There are 240 missions – 10 missions per character. Urbano says that  it gave them a chance to go “crazy” and extend the single player.

Multiplayer is sometimes a hit or miss with games. It works well with games such as Call of Duty & Halo, but can be a total miss with others like Tomb Raider (yes, the latest installment. Don’t get me wrong, I love the single player…but really? Unnecessary!!) With Injustice, it seems that multiplayer will be worthy, & we’re going to get some extra fun out of it. He says that with King of the Hill, for example, you can place wagers. Who’s going to win? Bet on it! By winning, you will gain experience points. Who knows, maybe it’ll give you a slight gambling problem. But, that’s worst-case scenario.

After doing some reading up on the game and widening my knowledge base on it, I’m psyched to try it out & bring you a review. And, of course, brag about kicking Michael’s butt at it.

‘Til next time. Play on, Players.

BELOW: Rev3Games interview with NetherRealm’s Adam Urbano

Not too long ago, Ubisoft released this video on the latest Assassin’s Creed game that is coming out this October. I’m a HUGE fan of the AC franchise! So much so that I have a tattoo that is related. It says, “Nothing is true, everything is permitted.”

Anyways, since this is the one saga that I get kind of crazed about, I hate watching game play, trailers, etc about it. Why? Because I don’t want to get all excited over it when there’s a large gap between now and the release date. However, I wanted to share this. I’m SO pumped for the latest installment. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag looks like it is going to be a great time!


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