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Steamed Vegetables

February 23rd, 2016 Comments off

Continuing on with the Steam playthrough, I played two horrible games this round.

Game #8: Postal

When Postal came out, it was heavily criticized for being basically a ‘murder’ game.  This is entirely accurate.

The Steam version I played didn’t work properly during any of my time, and it’s a little difficult to play a keyboard game when you’re used to mouse-clickers.  Also, I couldn’t actually find the keyboard controls anywhere within the game menus, so I had to improvise.  Having said that, I started a new game and found myself outside a house in the woods.  I had a machine gun with unlimited ammo and a bunch of police were shooting and throwing grenades at me.  There were also innocent bystanders running around, but the graphics are so dated I couldn’t really understand who to shoot and who not to shoot.  This might have been a design purpose, but I don’t know.  The ticker at the top of the game screen shows how many people are left alive (population), and once I subdued all of them, nothing happened.  I was just left to run around the one level with nowhere to go.  This was frustrating, so I quit for a little while.  I came back and tried again with the same results.  I honestly don’t know how to progress to the next level, or even if there are any more levels.  So, I have to say that Postal wasn’t very good.

Game #9: Monaco-

The second game I played wasn’t very good because it’s online.  The game is a top-down collection game that throws information in front of you in helpful popups that disappear almost immediately, especially if you are playing with people who already know what to do and where to go.

I played through a few levels, I guess?  Other players just kept hopping in and out, and I wasn’t really enjoying my time with the game.  From what I gathered while I played, the game is about four criminals who must escape from prison and pull a big heist.  The gameplay didn’t really feel like this was the actual point of the game and the scoring system didn’t support this as the point of the game either.  I collected coins, avoided prison guards, picked a few locks, and then escaped.  On the next level, I grabbed a shotgun, but couldn’t figure out how to shoot or aim it.  The third level I played encompassed the entirety of my play experience: I followed some guy who got all the coins and opened all the doors before I could do anything while a third player followed me.  After that, I was basically done with the game.  The artwork was a little old-school, and I normally like bitmap artwork, but the confusion and always online didn’t help me feel better or bring me back to play again.

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Did you hear Activision Blizzard BOUGHT King, the developers of Candy Crush Saga?  That would be crazy, but the price was $5.9 billion.  If your eyes didn’t pop out of your skull at that point, you might already be dead.  I never received my chocolate ghost in Destiny, so I’m basically done with the game right now.  My normal routine was to play on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for a few hours with some an hour or so on Monday or Tuesday.  Now I am down to just Friday for an hour as I am just so disappointed that I won’t get a 320 ghost.  Time for more games, right!?  On the Division, I have to point out that I loved the pistol ammo was unlimited.  With the skill I selected, my character pulled out a bullet shield and a pistol, and I ran through many encounters with just my pistol, firing endless bullets.  I’m sure my accuracy is terrible.  The Division at least got that right, along with the wonderful graphics.

I also played a ton more of Critter Crunch, as I love rainbow vomit:

Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo is Available!

November 27th, 2011 Comments off

Remember when I was talking about Moshi Monsters?  It’s been released!

 

Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo is Now Available for Nintendo DS

SANTA MONICA, Calif.,  — Fans worldwide are rejoicing today as they embark on a discovery of an entirely different side of Moshi Monsters, as a new type of gameplay within the Moshi Universe arrives with Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo from  Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and Mind Candy. Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo, based on the massively popular Moshi Monsters online social world (www.moshimonsters.com),  is now available for Nintendo DS in North America.

Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo extends the popularity of the online world’s Moshlings (“pets of pet monsters”), including brand new Moshlings and locations plus an intuitive format in which to interact with their favorite characters. Along the way, there are 52 Moshlings to collect from the common to the rare and even the elusive ‘ultra-rare.’ Children can also play new mini-games and educational style puzzles or even win awards and trophies to take back to their zoo!

Available while supplies last, a ‘Limited Edition’ copy of the game comes packaged with 1,000 free Rox (the in-game currency of MoshiMonsters.com) and an official trading card pack from Topps. These ‘Limited Edition’ copies of the game are available exclusively at Toys’R’Us.

“Throughout Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo’s development cycle we’ve been astounded by the passion of the fans of Moshi Monsters, and how quickly the property is growing,” said David Oxford, Activision Publishing. “Activision has embraced the spirit of what made Moshi Monsters so appealing to over 50 millions kids across the world. We can’t wait to see how our fans respond to a fresh Moshi experience on Nintendo DS!” said Michael Acton Smith, CEO Mind Candy (Moshi Monsters parent company).

Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo is available now for Nintendo DS at $29.99. This game has been rated E for Everyone by the ESRB. For more information please visit www.MindCandy.com or www.Activision.com.

Do YOU love NASCAR?

November 24th, 2011 Comments off

My wife is a HUGE fan of NASCAR, and Jeff Gordon specifically.  When she found out Activision is releasing a new game, she wanted to know all about it!

Activision’s NASCAR Unleashed Breaks Free From the Oval and Hits the Streets Today

Arcade Racing Action for NASCAR Fans of All Ages

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Get ready to experience blindingly fast arcade speed and over-the-top racing action as Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc.  (Nasdaq: ATVI), expands on the success of the NASCAR videogame franchise with NASCAR Unleashed. Now available for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, the Wii from Nintendo and Nintendo 3DS, NASCAR Unleashed  has players breaking out of the oval tracks and onto the uneven pavement of city streets, idyllic countryside roads, pristine beachfront highways and more!

NASCAR Unleashed features 15 of NASCAR’s biggest names, including NASCAR Sprint Cup series drivers Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon, and Joey Logano. Players will take the wheel of growling, turbo-charged racing machines that will unleash their stock car fury on defenseless city streets. Familiar NASCAR tracks just waiting to be ripped apart include: Daytona International Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martinsville Speedwayand Talladega Superspeedway. Lifelong NASCAR fans and those new to the sport will enjoy careening around the tracks before rocketing away from the grandstands to explore the wide open world, NASCAR style.

The gameplay features forgiving handling and virtually no rules, with the key being bashing and smashing opponents out of the way to earn the trophy. Drafting and power sliding around turns will be the most useful tools in a player’s arsenal; but with loose mechanics they should be vigilant for cars flying overhead in wicked Hollywood style crashes. The wild “Rival” feature turns up the heat: players must compete not only with the other racers but with a given “Rival” who is gunning to knock them out of the lead and to the back of the pack. Distinct game modes available for play include single player championship, time trial challenges, quick races and action-packed split screen multiplayer.

NASCAR Unleashed is now available on Xbox 360, PlayStation3 system, Wii and the Nintendo 3DS for $39.99 MSP. The game is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB. NASCAR Unleashed will also be featured in the Battle of the NASCAR Kids event taking place the weekend of November 18 at the Sprint Cup Championship race in Homestead-Miami. For more information please visit www.ActivisionUnleashed.com or join us on facebook.com/NASCARUnleashed.

Remember how Goldeneye made you feel on the N64?

November 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Activision Recruits Xbox 360 And PlayStation3 System Gamers to Become the Ultimate Mi6 Agent In GoldenEye 007: Reloaded

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), today announced that GoldenEye 00: Reloaded is now available in retail stores nationwide, allowing Xbox360 and PlayStation3 system gamers to experience the modern re-telling of the legendary GoldenEye film for the first time ever on their HD consoles.  GoldenEye 007: Reloaded was built on a brand new engine that delivers the gritty, lethal action of Daniel Craig’s James Bond at 60 frames per second with stunning visuals, lightning fast gameplay and the ability to play using the PlayStationMove sharp shooter.

“This is the epitome of a classic reborn,” said David Oxford, Executive Vice President at Activision Publishing.  “We know that fans love the original GoldenEye film, so our team worked closely with the original screenwriter and film talent, along with the devoted developers at Eurocom, to create a modern reimagining tailor-made for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers around the world.”

Based on the original screenplay, GoldenEye 007: Reloaded introduces brand new ‘Mi6 Ops Missions‘ — new, distinct levels additional to the single-player campaign that span the varied environments from the story.  The game challenges players to complete different Assault, Elimination, Stealth and Defense objectives all showcased in HD and running at a smooth 60-frames per second.  GoldenEye 007: Reloaded takes multiplayer to new heights, maintaining and improving its renowned four-player split-screen action and adding full, adrenaline-pumping 16-player online matches with more maps, weapons, characters and game modes than ever before.

The game is brought to life with an updated story penned by the Hollywood screenwriter from the original GoldenEye film, Bruce Feirstein; the voices of Daniel Craig as James Bond and Judi Dench as ‘M’; and combat animations motion-captured by Daniel Craig’s film stunt double, Ben Cooke.

GoldenEye 007: Reloaded is being developed by Eurocom under license from EON Productions Ltd and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), for the PlayStation 3 system and Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and is rated “T” (Teen) by the ESRB.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/GoldenEyeGame or www.GoldenEyeGame.com.

Cabela’s releases more games!

November 22nd, 2011 Comments off

If you’re not for all the moving around and shooting wild game using the PlaystationMove or the Wii, or the Kinect, Cabela’s (where I used to sell shoes!) has also released the new 3rd-person game Shadows of Katmai.  Read the Press Release below:

Activision Releases Cabela’s Survival: Shadows of Katmai

Chilling adventure for survival against all odds is now available

MINNEAPOLIS — Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced that its gripping 3rd-person survival adventure game Cabela’s Survival: Shadows of Katmai is now available for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system and Wii system from Nintendo. The new harrowing adventure comes packed with the Top Shot Elite wireless controller and puts gamers in a fight to survive the harsh Arctic environment after a horrifying accident. From the electrifying single player campaign to the multiplayer shooting galleries, this is one of the most extraordinary Cabela’s adventures yet.

“With a brand new style of gameplay, an epic tale of perseverance, and its focus on survival, Cabela’s Survival: Shadows of Katmai represents a brand new chapter in the Cabela’s franchise,” said David Oxford, Executive Vice President of Activision Publishing.

Players will answer the call of the wild as they take the role of bush pilot Logan James after he survives a horrific plane crash in the Arctic wild. Injured, isolated and in the middle of a hostile wilderness, Logan is cut off from all hope of rescue and it’s up to players to guide him to safety. In this heroic battle against deadly creatures and freezing weather, players must use all their survival skills and trek through a variety of environments as they use scavenged firearms and gear to stay alive. In addition, the game has a deep selection of shooting galleries for an endless amount of party fun.

Cabela’s Survival: Shadows of Katmai is available with the Top Shot Elite on Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 for $79.99 and Wii for $59.99. The game can be purchased separately on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for $39.99 and $29.99 on Wii. The game is rated T for Teen by the ESRB. For more information, go to activisionhunts.com and please follow on Twitter @ActivisionHunts and Facebook – at Facebook.com/ActivisionHunts.

Call of Duty 3 Tournament

September 1st, 2011 Comments off

Want to win a million dollars?  You can’t…but you CAN win $400,000!!  Be in the Activision/Blizzard Los Angeles area this weekend for Call of Duty XP!

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the battleground for the Call of Duty $1 Million Tournament Presented by Xbox 360, set to feature a roster of top Call of Duty warriors in a colossal 32-team, single-elimination tournament for a record $1 million in cash and prizes.  Over September 2nd and 3rd, one victorious four-man crew will emerge victorious and walk away with $400,000 for first place and international acclaim as the world’s premiere Call of Duty players.  Four slots will be available onsite.  Tackle the Call of Duty: Black Ops gauntlet on September 2nd for your chance to win.  Gamers worldwide can pre-qualify for the remaining 28 slots now, but they’re pretty much all full.  All pre-qualification contests will utilize Call of Duty: Black Ops.  Successful pre-qualifiers will receive round-trip airfare to Los Angeles and hotel accommodations to compete in the main event at Call of Duty XP.  See rules governing each pre-qualification contest for details.  A legion of top Call of Duty gamers.  Thirty-two slots.  Eight money winners.  One worldwide champion squad.

Tickets to the event are $150 and valid for both days (Sept 2nd and 3rd).  Your two-day pass includes: Admission to the venue for both days, September 2nd and 3rd, from 10am to 10pm.  Live musical performances both nights by some of the world’s hottest acts (Dropkick Murphys, Kanye West, etc).  Access to the spectacular opening ceremony featuring the world premiere of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer.  Hands-on time with Modern Warfare 3 months before launch and numerous opportunities to compete for cash and prizes.  The chance to battle for a slot in the $1 million Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer tournament.  Team paintball frag-fests in a life-size recreation of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s Scrapyard level and other signature Call of Duty-inspired real-world experiences.  Access to the developers via exclusive panels and other Call of Duty intel.  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition free upon release.  Attendee-exclusive Call of Duty goodie bag.

Attendees must be 18 years of age or older.  Sorry.

Check it out!  http://www.callofduty.com/xp/home

Call of Duty XP

August 30th, 2011 Comments off

 

Call of Duty(R) XP Gets Lucky: Celt Rockers Dropkick Murphys to Perform Live Opening Night

Boston-Based Punk Veterans Take The Stage At 8pm; All Attendees Guaranteed Admission

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 25, 2011 — Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) has tapped “green-collar” punk revelers Dropkick Murphys to perform opening night at 8pm, Sept. 2nd, at the first ever Call of Duty® XP, the destination for Call of Duty® gamers worldwide. The critically-acclaimed Dropkick Murphys–known for their complex distillation of classic punk rock, Celtic folk and American rock ‘n’ roll–will deliver a knockout live performance. The two-day Call of Duty fan event features the global premiere of Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3 multiplayer, a $1 Million Tournament presented by Xbox 360® and other landmark experiences including these live musical performances. Call of Duty XP will take place September 2nd and 3rd, 2011, inLos Angeles,Calif.

“With an unbeatable lineup of real-world and in-game experiences, Call of Duty XP was already poised to be an historic event for fans of the franchise,” said Eric Hirshberg, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Publishing. “The addition of Dropkick Murphys just makes XP that much more memorable. Few bands fit the bill better—we’re thrilled to have them performing on opening day.”

Now in their 16th year, Dropkick Murphys have slingshot from their Irish punk roots in Quincy, Mass., to become one of the world’s best known rock acts, routinely packing houses for their phenomenal live shows. The band’s countless EPs, singles, compilations and seven studio albums—including 1997’s Do or Die, 1999’s The Gang’s All Here, 2001’s Sing Loud Sing Proud, 2003’s Blackout, 2005’s The Warrior’s Code, 2007’s The Meanest Of Times and the 2011 release Going Out In Style—have earned the septet mainstream success and the adoration of fans around the globe.

For more information about Call of Duty XP, please visit www.callofduty.com/xp.

Moshi Monsters coming to the DS

August 30th, 2011 Comments off

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 17, 2011 –The hit global children’s brand Moshi Monsters™ is headed to the Nintendo DS™ this fall in Moshi Monsters™: Moshling Zoo, collaborators Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and Mind Candy today announced.  Moshi Monsters (www.moshimonsters.com), a social online world for kids aged 6-12, launched in 2008 and has seen astronomical growth, currently boasting over 50 million registered users in over 150 territories worldwide, 15 million in North America alone.

“With an absolutely massive fan base, Moshi Monsters is clearly one of the fastest growing children’s entertainment brands in the world,” said David Oxford, EVP & General Manager, Activision Publishing. “We look forward to building on Mind Candy’s success as we work closely with them to extend the brand experience.”
“We’re really excited to expand the Moshi Monsters universe into video games for the very first time,” said Michael Acton Smith, Mind Candy’s CEO and creator of Moshi Monsters.  “The Nintendo DS™ is the perfect launch platform and we hope to build a lasting and successful relationship with Activision.”

Moshi Monsters
provides children with a new form of entertainment, combining adoptable pet monsters, safe social networking, games, stories, missions and educational puzzles.  One of the most popular elements of Moshi Monsters is the ability to collect “Moshlings” (pets for your pet monsters).

Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo
builds upon the popularity of the Moshlings and offers fans a fresh new take on the Moshi universe, including brand new content and a new way to interact with their favorite characters.  The game features new locations and an exclusive new Moshling – which is yet to be revealed.  There are 52 Moshlings to collect from the common to the rare and even the elusive ‘ULTRA-RARE.’  Children can also play new mini-games and educational style puzzles, plus win awards and trophies to take back to their zoo.

The joint endeavor, which will see Activision Publishing, Inc. distribute Moshi Monsters™: Moshling Zoo globally, represents Moshi’s first move into the video game space.  The brand is centered online, but has experienced great success with its real world offerings including best-selling toys, books, trading cards and the Moshi magazine.

Moshi Monsters™: Moshling Zoo
will be available this fall and has been rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.  For more information please visit www.MindCandy.com or www.Activision.com.