I stumbled across this article/video from Kotaku earlier this week, and I passed over it fairly quickly. Well just today I remembered it and decided to give it another read and I’m glad I did.
The article and accompanying video are about a precocious young boy named Dylan and his older counterparts put him up to the challenge of playing Contra on an emulator for the original NES. What transpires is something most old school gamers would consider bloody murder. There is truth to the fact that the boy makes in his short impression of a game that is considered one the greats. It just depends on how you look it at.
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PNG Bro-down Episode 24 – Reach Down and Touch the Future It’s that time again, PNG fans – the Pixels & Grids Bro-down has landed! On this week’s episode we talk Battlefield 1943; debate the differences between Street Fighter IV … Continue reading
So this is important right? Activision announced today that the moderately anticipated release of Singularity won’t be coming this fall as was previously planned. Instead, they chose to set a target date of Quarter 1 of 2010. Now, you may be asking why did they decide to do this? I have that answer for you.
See, when a big game comes out that is expected to bring the dollar’s value back up, beat out the second coming of Christ, or possibly be bigger than any of Michael Bay’s movies, you acquire a dilemma of sorts. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is going to be just that. With an expected target of 11 Million by year’s end your pretty much saying, “This is the biggest game of all time, and everyone else that is releasing anything around this target date that has anything to do with guns, walking, snow, or people might as well take their ball and go home.” I somewhat agree with them on this front. Continue reading
Time to play the game... under adult supervision.
The NY Daily News is reporting that a 9 year old Brooklyn boy fell to his death after trying to construct a makeshift parachute to soften the 13 story leap. While certainly tragic, you wouldn’t be blamed for asking, “what does this have to do with gaming?” One look at the title of the article answers this question: 9-year-old Damori Miles dies in jump off Brooklyn apartment, may have been imitating video game. So once again we purveyors of evil are brought to the forefront for the righteous to scapegoat admonish. A quick perusal down gaming memory lane might turn up some culprits as to the inspiration for a boy parachuting, or at least trying to. Let’s see, I dunno, there’s Batman, Paratroopers, Medal of Honor, etc. These would all be wrong. The real villain: WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009. Ummm…. right.
In summation this is not at all the fault of the boy’s mother leaving the child (who requires special education) alone, IN BROOKLYN, while she went shopping, nor the apartment whose roof door was not locked and whose alarm did not sound as it should. Instead, because the boy’s friend let slip that SvR 09 was his favorite game (rated T by the way), it is now the fault of a game in which not only does no wrestler ever wear, operate, or use a parachute in any way, although I’m sure Owen Hart would have loved to have one but is based on an entertainment medium that is actually performed for millions to see in REAL LIFE! Nonetheless, the WWE and wrestling in general is not being blamed, just the video game based on it. Way to go NY Daily News.
In more lighthearted goings on, Jimmy Fallon is delivering on his promise to make video games an integral part of his show. G4’s Morgan Webb joined Mr. Fallon to play some of Nintendo’s upcoming Wii Title Punch Out!! While I guess the gaming story here is that we got to see gameplay footage of the highly anticipated title, the real story to me (besides getting to stare at the lovely Ms. Webb) was co-guest Ice-T letting his XBOX Live gamertag slip. For the record it’s Lord187X. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that 187 is police code for assault on an officer and T gained national infamy for releasing a song called “Cop Killer.” While it’s doubtful you’ll make it on Ice’s friends list (it’s already full) you could challenge his SMG clan in Call of Duty or Gears of War. Be warned though, Ice T does not sweat you as evidenced by his grave statement “when we come through you layin’ down.” In other Fallon gaming news Elmo, yes that Elmo, plays Pac-Man! Oh, good! You can check out the video after the break. I can’t wait for Conan O’Brien to get back on the air.
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As is tradition here at Pixels and Grids, today’s post will be about the best deals you can get in gaming just in time for the weekend. And today, we’re going to start off with a game that, for the next week, will be the best price there is – free.
Direct your attention over yonder at this Joystiq post. Apparently the original Call of Duty has been rated by the ESRB for Xbox 360 and PS3. I am ashamed that I never got to give this little gem a try back when it first came out on PC. If you’ve been enjoying all of the recent Call of Duties on consoles, please consider picking this up when it drops. This also is making it fairly obvious that Microsoft is starting to become incredibly lenient with their Xbox Live file size limit.
Josh may have stole my thunder by making a post about Modern Warfare 2‘s 11/10/2009 release date, but the day is still mine. Clink the link above to see the teaser trailer on the official site. Notice that there is an analyze button to the right of the time bar. Clicking it will allow you to analyze the trailer in hundredths of a second and even zoom in fairly close. So go ahead and tear that trailer apart, just let us know if you find something meaty!
The Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) announced the winners of their most prestigious awards. Kotaku has the list here. These winners were all picked by their peers and are all well deserved. Compare if you so desire to the list of winners from the Spike Video Game Awards that are voted on by I believe the enthusiast and regular press.
Joystiq has a post up about a crazy trade in deal that Amazon has going on until April 12th. Apparently when you trade in 4 games with their new service, not only do you get a gift card for the trade in value but you can also get $20 off of select titles. You can find that list here. There are some heavy hitters in that list that you can most likely get for pretty much zero dollars after your trade. Of course, those gift cards are not just limited to video games…
This is for you Jim.
Activision has confirmed that Modern Warfare 2, developed by Infinity Ward will be hitting retail shelves on 11.10.09, a date reminiscent of a bomb going off in your face. (Which I hope happens in the game.) You may be wondering, “Hey Josh, isn’t the game called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2? You even have Call of Duty in your list of post tags!”. The answer is no. Activision has confirmed that Modern Warfare has “taken on such a life of its own”. In other, less fanciful terms, it’s now considered a spin off.