Games Meet Metal: November 2012

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

8-bit Metal Mondays on Tuesday!

Well, Thanksgiving was more of a trial this year than I had expected. Too much family, too much work, too much football, just too much of too much. So much so that I ended spending much of my day off on Monday just sleeping and trying to recover my strength. Fuck , the holidays can suck.

What isn't gonna suck is this Saturday night, as Lamb of God rolls into town for a much delayed return to metal glory. This is LOG's first tour since Randy was released form a Czech jail earlier this year, and for all intents and purposes, could be his last if legal proceedings don't go his way. So, if Lamb of God are coming to your town, GO!!! Who knows when the next time you see them could be.

Also on tour with LOG is In Flames and Hellyeah, two bands I have odd relationships with as far as being a fan is considered. In Flames were awesome earlier in their career, but have fallen upon writing the same stale material for the past several albums. It may make them more money than before, but their entire act has really suffered as a result. I really hope they do an oldies tour, and just play the classics Like Iron Maiden did earlier this year. On the other hand, Hellyeah is a band I should totally hate with every being in my body, and yet I can't help but like the redneck drinking bastards. Oh well, everyone has their guilty pleasures, I guess.

Lastly, there's Sylosis, a band I'm totally unfamiliar with, but a couple recent listens have perked my interest quite a bit. Hopefully they're a strong opener.

And now, as usual, let's do some bleepy videos of the above mentioned bands.

Monday, November 19, 2012

8-bit Metal Mondays: Playstation Plus is TEH WINZ!!

I've been a subscriber of Playstation Plus since it was first released unto the public, and I have really gotten my money's worth. Foe those still not in the know, you cough up $50 a year, and Sony let's you download an ever changing list of free games. These aren't skimpy titles either. Infamous 2, Resident Evil 5, Just Cause 2, Little Big Planet, and slew of others have been in the free game list. At it's heart it's just a glorified rental system, the ability to download and keep the games is an advantage that not even Gamefly can top.

Sony, about to sweeten the deal and start offering the service on the Vita tomorrow, November 20th. I had already heard about Plus making it's way to the handheld before I got my own version of the hardware, so I held off on getting any additional games, and my cheap ass just scored hardcore. Plus will be releasing six free games on the Vita, and I'll be snagging three of them. Uncharted: The Golden Abyss and Gravity Shift are probably the system's two best known games, and Sony's just giving them away. That's like $80 in software alone. Then there's also the Final Fantasy Tactics remake, a game I had to give up since the PSP discs wouldn't work in the Vita. Another download, for sure.

So, to celebrate my personal victory of cheapness, here's some metalized bleepiness.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy 60th Birthday to Shigeru Miyamoto

Shigsy. The Godfather of Games. Miyahon. The "Walt Disney" of Electronic Gaming. Papa Mario.

Sixty (that's 60!) years ago today the world was blessed with the greatest video game contributor of all time. His gaming accomplishments are endless and he's truly changed the way that generation after generation plays video games. He is considered among his peers and customers to be the greatest game developer of all time. Despite all of the acclaim and acheivments he shows no sign of slowing down being heavily involved with the development of the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U as well as watching over countless video games.

I remember reading an article a while back in an EGM saying how Miyamoto has a desire for perfection and he pushes designers and directors under his watch to do the same. His approach to games is to try to make it fun first before worrying about everything else. Some developers found this approach difficult and it is interesting to see what happens to former Nintendo developers after they move elsewhere (see my last article on Silicon Knights as an example).

I don't think I have to remind you why Miyamoto is so important to games, but I am going to do it anyway because it's fun. This guy invented Mario. M A R I O. Can you imagine where video games would be without Mario? Everyone has played Mario, regardless of their age. And if you haven't played a Mario game yet, then you're either lying or totally missing out. Mario may not have the best story or the best graphics, but you will never play anything like it. And when you do, Nintendo will turn around and totally change the game (see Super Mario Galaxy).

For me and countless others, this man was a real influence on the person I am today. When I was 5 years old I started playing Super Mario Bros. on the NES. My parents bought the console for my brother and I and that's when I really started to love video games. My brother and I would fight over who gets to play what game and when. We would also be best friends, trying to help one another get further in a game just to see what the next level looked like. 24 years later and I can't even imagine what my life would be like without video games.

If you need any more evidence why this man is so important, visit this link and see how many games he has been involved with. You may not have played all of them, and truthfully you may not be interested in playing some of them, but you can't deny the impact each game has had on the video game industry. Happy Birthday Shigeru Miyamoto and thank you very much!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

New Grand Theft Auto V Trailer = Joygasm!!!

I really enjoyed GTA IV's super gritty storyline and awesome city spread, but it's attempts at humor mainly fell flat. Remember your "cu-zeen" always calling you ingame and asking you to go out to the bar? Remember how that ended being remotely fun by the 100th time he begged you? Yeesh, no wonder the guy didn't have any friends outside his family. Needy little shit.

Well, it looks like the grittiness has taken a backside to a more jovial story about crime in GTA V. The newest trailer has a ton of funny lines between major and minor characters, as well as a ton of action movie-worth scenes. Would of liked to have seen some actual gameplay, but that'll come eventually. In the meantime, spy the trailer and await the goodness.

Monday, November 12, 2012

8-bit Metal Mondays: MOTHA-FUCKING DETHKLOK!!!

Hey! I saw Dethklok this past Saturday! Let's talk about it!

First up was the Black Dahlia Murder. Hometown show for the guys, but they were still relegated to the opening act slot. That meant six songs max, no exceptions. Tiny set, but still great. I'm just glad that I finally got to hear a few songs off of Ritual.

Next was Machine Head, and they were phenomenal! While still not up to their headlining show earlier this year, MH still did great. They mainly focused on material from their last three albums, so no Old or The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears this time around. They also closed with Halo, which is slightly out of character, but still pretty fitting.

Next was All That Remains, and boy oh boy, it's bitching time! ATR used to be one of my favorite metalcore bands. They released as album called The Fall of Ideals, and it was a great mash-up of the heaviness and melody. For them it was the perfect record. Well, something clicked in the band's head, and they kept making more melodic song and forgot about the heaviness. What you have lefty is a bland that just sounds bored. Long story short, ATR just killed the the audience dead. God, what a pathetic performance.

Finally it was the palette cleanser of the night, DETHKLOK!!!!!! I Ejaculate Fire, Duncan Hills Coffee, Warhorse, Arise, Hatredcoptor, the hits just kept coming and coming. Of course, there was a fun little cartoon plot through the whole show including the evil council using fat gas and Murderface becoming bullemic. Yep, about as gross and silly as it sounds.

So, to honor the goods acts on the show, here's some bleepiness from each band.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Hey, it's Riff's Picks!

So, in my humble quest in writing reviews of everything I play and listen to, I have been, for a long time, coming up with epic amounts of fail. Blame work, blame lack of time, blame whatever you want to. Satan knows I do. I just don't have the space in my life to write multiple amounts of stories, 6-8 paragraphs a pop, on how much I like or absolutely despise a certain product. I tried a shorten cd review column, but then I was neglecting the game reviews entirely.

So, in an attempt to cure all problems, I give you Riff's Picks. Each week, I will give praise to a cd and a game that I happen to be enjoying at that time. That's it, just one of each. That way, each gets equal representation and I don't feel like a schmo. So, let's start with the tunes.

Silicon Knights loses lawsuit: Ordered to destroy unsold games

A pretty weird day in gaming today as it has been announced that Silicon Knights (SK) have lost their court battle with Epic over the use of the Unreal 3 (U3) engine and has been ordered to destroy any software developed with U3. Before I get into the details of the lawsuit, you will probably want a bit of history.

SK is a Canadian developer behind some pretty significant PC and Console titles. Dark Legions in '94 (PC), Blood Omen: Lecacy of Kain (Playstation) in '96, Eternal Darkness (Gamecube) in '02 and Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes (Gamecube) in '04. Some of you may recall that SK's game Too Human was supposed to be a game changer, but it turned into a giant money pit. The game was supposed to be released on the Gamecube for starters, but delay after delay saw SK end their agreement with Nintendo and sign with Microsoft in 2005.

2007 marked the year that SK and Epic began their fued. Too Human was being developed with the U3 engine, but SK wasn't happy with it and wanted Epic to make some modifications for them. SK claimed that Epic was focusing more on Gears of War and withholding an improved version of U3 from all of their customers. SK decided to sue Epic in 2007 on the grounds that Epic failed to "provide a working game engine" causing SK considerable losses. The lawsuit was in place and SK completed Too Human (XBox 360) in '08, X-Men: Destiny (360, PS3, Wii) in '10 and started work on three new titles; all still using the U3 engine.

Federal court allowed SK to take Epic to court with its allegations of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, unfair competition, breach of contract, and breach of warranty against the Epic. The two met in court and SK thought the case was in the bag. But a judge saw it differently and Epic ended up winning the case.SK was ordered to pay Epic $4.45 million in July 2012, but the problems are not over for SK.

Already described as "hanging by a thread," it turns out that in addition to the fine, SK has to destroy any unsold copies of Too Human and X-Men: Destiny as well as destroy any software that is currently in development using the U3 Engine. This has to be done by December 10th, 2012. The three future titles that are to be destroy are The Box/Ritualyst, The Sandman, and Siren in the Maelstrom. It has not been said if SK will counter (or even if they can counter) but it seems pretty clear that a once reputable developer is going to shut its doors down for good which has this gamer wondering about the future of Eternal Darkness 2 for the WiiU.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Help Out Mitch Lucker's Kid By Buying a T-shirt

The story of Suicide Silence's frontman Mitch Lucker's sudden death is still shocking a lot of metal heads. Not only was it sudden and could of been prevented, but it leaves a little girl without her father.

This is where the metal community can show their awesome side and lend a hand in this trying time. The band has set up a donations page (link here) to help little Kenadee with her education. You can donate any amount, but anything over twenty dollars will net you the pictured memorial shirt.

So, c'mon people. Lend a few bucks to a good cause. I've already donated twenty for the shirt, hopefully you can do the same.

Monday, November 5, 2012

8-Bit Metal Mondays-Halo-a-gogo

One more time this month, I will be communing with my fellow nerds at the local Gamestop and commence the ritual for yet another midnight ritual. This time, the game in question is Halo 4, and that means a few hundred people are gonna be crammed into a tiny game store. Hopefully, the populace will remember to wear some deodorant. 

 So, yeah, Halo 4. Kind of a big deal whether you like the series or not. Halo is Microsoft's biggest money maker, and nuber four stands to make the most out of the bunch. And that's just on opening day. That requires some bleepy tunes.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Rest In Peace Mitch Lucker - UPDATED

The metal community has lost one of its brothers today. Mitch Lucker, lead singer of extreme metal band Suicide Silence was killed in a motorcycle accident. The accident occured earlier today in California. Full details have not been revealed at this point and I will update as they are offered. Luckner was 28.

More details after the break.