Games Meet Metal: October 2012

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Monday, October 29, 2012

8-Bit Metal Mondays-And Assassinating We Will Go

First off, just want to share my concerns and best wishes to those caught in Hurricane Sandy's wake. This storm is shaping up to be the mother of them all, so for the love of Lemmy, stay inside. Hopefully your power stays on long enough to where you can get your fill of gaming and Black Sabbath before the circuits go bye bye.

Today and tomorrow have to be pretty nervous days for Ubisoft, as a whole ton of midnight releases got cancelled on the east coast for their mega whopper title, Assassin's Creed III. Not that they're quaking in their boots that the company's gonna go under or anything. The title is already the most pre-ordered game in the company's history, so they are at least making some moolah already. It's just that their post release sales may take a bit of a hit, as hurricanes tend to make people spend their dough on other things. Like, new homes and such.

So, to celebrate with those who can get some assassinating on tonight, here's some bleepy AC stuff.



Thursday, October 25, 2012

Concert Round-Up

Sorry for no 8-bit Metal Monday, but some jerk made me spill soup on my laptop's keyboard, thus making me have a minor emergency. Now it works, except I can't use the Shift key. So expect a major lack of question and exclamation marks. Oh, and typing in caps while turning the Caps Lock key on and off again is just such a joy.

I haven't had that much luck with shows lately. There just always seems to be too many issues or problems happening at the venues.  The main reason would be that a lot of the older Detroit venues are really starting to show their age, and in turn, are continually having to deal with faulty equipment. In turn, this is starting to affect attendance at certain venues, namely Harpo's.  If you've been reading for a while, then you know my hatred for Harpo's. I really hate going there, but the bands that  I love continue to perform there, so thus I continue to go. However, the last couple of shows I've gone to ought to tell bands that an alternative choice may be a better solution.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Tour Annoncement: Gojira w/ Devin Townsend Project & The Atlas Moth


Christmas has come a little bit early for this Gojira and Devin Townsend fan, though I will have to wait until after Christmas to open this sweet, sweet gift. Announced this weekend on the Full Metal Jackie show, Gojira and the DTP will be heading out on a North American tour starting in mid January of 2013. The tour will run for just over a month but will see the two metal juggernauts play in 25 cities. A full list of dates and more info on the tour can be found after the jump.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

PAX Prime 2012 Photo Blog!

Finally, here it is! My first Pax Prime was a learning experience for sure (next time, get a hotel that you don't have to go UPHILL to get to!) and super fun. Especially Saturday. More on that later. First, some of the sights.

On the first day of the show, I visited Sony's booth to hit one of the most anticipated games there: the frst true public showing of gameplay from The Last Of Us. The inside of the booth was really decked out in a rotten apartment scene. Check the polyethylene corpses. 


And the nasty ass fake toilet. Sad truth: I've seen real apartments like this with real people calling it home. The corpses were optional.


A couple blocks down from the hall was a special Assassin's Creed III setup doubling as a restaurant. Food and drink were free, so it was great for a quick lunch.


My grub was a spicy pulled pork sammich with fancy cheese and some spicy  cole slaw. The sammy was great, but I should of gotten the sweet slaw.


Later that evening, I attended a special event put together by Square Enix. It was in honor of Final Fantasy's 25th anniversary, and they had rented out a hall to showcase the entire series on old and new consoles. The highlight was seeing some of the Japanese versions of FF running on an old ass Famicom system







The second day of the show might as well been called Konami day, as they were doing their own celebration with Metal Gear's 25th birthday. The day started off with a special presser that hosted a bunch of Konami titles off-site. Metal Gear Rising, Castlevania LoS for the 3DS, and the Zone of the Enders remake were there to sample at our pleasure. A few hours later, I went to the Paramount Theatre and watched the Metal Gear 25th Anniversary panel with Hideo Kojima himself. He talked about the original title as well as showed the very first video footage of the next Metal Gear game, Ground Zeroes.







Later that night, Konami rented out the entire top floor of the Hard Rock Seattle and threw a 25th birthday party for Metal Gear. Games and free booze were abundant.







Later in the evening, Hideo Kojima himself popped up, and I was within spitting distance of him and special guest Cliff Bleszinski.











Ah, my stomping grounds for several days. The Washington Convention and Trade Center. Good place, but getting around can be a bit confusing. It stretches over two buildings and you can lose your direction pretty damn quick. I hear a remodeling is coming soon. Good, because the show needs the space.


Now I leave you with a bunch of photos from the various exhibits throughout the show. Enjoy!