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Diary of an adventure game amateur – Secret of Monkey Island pt. 1 July 31, 2009

Posted by Chris McKenna in Adventure, Adventure Game Amateur, Copy+Paste Original, Games, Xbox 360.
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So, for my first foray into the wild world of adventure gaming, I stuck with the classics: The Secret of Monkey Island. Or, more specifically, the new special edition re-release for the Xbox 360 and PC.

With the game’s new HD support and shiny graphics, I figured it would make for a smoother transition from the modern tradition of gritty realism and bloom.

See what I thought of the game so far after the break.

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Diary of an adventure game amateur – a prologue July 29, 2009

Posted by Chris McKenna in Adventure, Adventure Game Amateur, Copy+Paste Original, PC.
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How awesome were the 90s? This awesome.

How awesome were the '90s? This awesome.

As a child of the ’90s, I was exposed to a lot of great things: the hayday of Nickelodeon cartoons, Transformers: Beast Wars, and the wild rush of the Furby, Pokemon, and rollerblading fads.

But, one thing that I wasn’t exposed to was the pleasures of the classic adventure game. I’ve never played a Monkey Island or King’s Quest game, I’ve never indulged in Day of The Tentacle or Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. All of these things were sadly out of my grasp.

The thrill of solving puzzles, the rush one gets when combining one random item with another, the biting wit that apparently permeates throughout the genre – all a mystery to me.

The closest thing to adventure games that I played as a child were the previously-discussed Titanic: Adventure Out of Time and the line of children’s puzzle games, like Freddi the Fish, Pajama Sam, or Spy Fox put out by Humongous Entertainment.

Other than that, I’m a stranger to the genre – an adventure game amateur.

But what is an adventure game, you’re asking. I’ll let Marek Bronstring of adventuregamers.com, an undoubtedly more credible source, give you an idea:

Adventure games are about stories, exploring worlds and solving puzzles. Play as Ray McCoy on assignment to track down replicants in Blade Runner the game. Or embark on a four-year journey through the mystical Land Of The Dead in the Mexican folk art and film noir inspired Grim Fandango. The game Bad Mojo even lets you play as a scientist trapped in the body of a cockroach. When you’re playing an adventure game, you never quite know what you’re going to get. Detectives, comedies, westerns, mysteries, horror, noir or sci-fi; there’s an adventure game for everyone.

My problem, thanks to the vast power of the Internet and the thousands of games available on clients like Steam, is an easily fixable one.

So, starting today and continuing on in the following days, weeks, or months, I’ll be playing through these classic adventure games, offering my perspective as a total outsider.

I hope that through these series of articles I can help to expose a new generation to this neglected genre and as I puzzle and ponder my way through these games, you’ll be able to learn as I learn.

So come along, dear reader, on an adventure through adventures! (I’m sorry about that last part. I couldn’t resist.)

Look to the character selection screen and behold. July 29, 2009

Posted by Santiago Azpurua-Borras in Copy+Paste Original, Uncategorized.
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Screw Aquarius and Leo, its all about Arakune and Rachael.

Screw Aquarius and Leo, its all about Arakune and Rachael.

This is your sign and your horoscope. Learn things you never knew about yourself through an arbitrary third party with questionable sources. Only it is not the stars we will be observing, but who you main as in the hit 2-D fighter BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger.

Hit the jump to reveal your inner self and your future!

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Marvel vs. Capcom 2 blasts its way on XBLA today July 29, 2009

Posted by Chris McKenna in Fighting games, Xbox 360, Xbox Live.
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Fight people wearing metal suits!

Capcom’s fan favorite, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, is finally making its way onto Xbox LIVE Arcade today, and can be purchased for a pithy 1200 Microsoft Points (about 15 dollars in real-world money.)

The game, which had been going for well over $100 on systems like the Dreamcast, will be available for download and online play.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 pits 56 characters from both Marvel and Capcom universes  like Iron Man, Captain America, Ryu from Street Fighter and Jill Valentine from Resident Evil,  against one another in mortal combat (but not kombat).

Check it out today for Xbox Live, and for the PS3 owners out there, the game should be hitting PSN for $14.99 on August 13.

Space Invaders Infinity Gene released for the iPhone July 29, 2009

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Finally, an app as awesome as iFart!

In all seriousness, I’m loving Taito’s recent reinventions of the classic Space Invaders franchise. Space Invaders Extreme is one of the most addictive shooters to come out in a long while, and is a great buy on the DS, XBLA, and PSN.

Space Invaders Infinity Gene is the latest evolution of the shoot ’em up (shmup). Released for the iPhone and iTouch, the game borrows the heavy techno-vibe utilized in Extreme. However, while Infinity Gene may start out on familiar territory, it soon ventures into a more RPG-like experience.

The game adds new graphics, abilities, levels, and even gameplay as players progress upon an “evolutionary tree.”

However, arguably the most intriguing feature of the game is its ability generate levels from songs stored your respective Apple product.

Space Invaders Infinity Gene is available now for only $5, the perfect recession price.

Trailer after the break.

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Copy+Paste Games discovers that Internet is full of zombie fetishists July 26, 2009

Posted by Santiago Azpurua-Borras in Copy+Paste Original.
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Now you can never un-see this image

Now you can never un-see this image

Ever since Copy+Paste games first opened its e-doors we found almost instant viewership thanks to one particular article written by Christian Gillespie.

Since then, “Zoey Startles a Witch” has been the only article to consistently receive hits every single day.

First off, the video no longer exists. So please do not email me further about this.

Second off, we know what you are searching for; we automatically keep track of it.  I would now like to show our readers common search engine terms that help Internet users stumble upon Copy+Paste Games.

–          “Zoey left 4 head”

–          “left 4 head”

–          “l4d the witch”

–          “zoey startles a witch”

–          “left 4 head witch”

–          “sexy witch”

We know what you’re looking for, Internet, and we are not amused. (Okay, maybe slightly. Which is why I’m tagging this post with those popular search queries. )

God dammit, Internet. God dammit.

Well…I’m Hard July 24, 2009

Posted by David Sydiongco in Action, Games, Xbox 360.
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One lucky bastard got to take this beauty home with them today. The one-shot Bayonetta Xbox 360 was produced by Platinum Games, who held a special event with Sega. There, players got some play time with the frighteningly arousing long-legged seductress. To get the first come first serve tickets to this event, attendees had two options:

dress up as a Sega character and attend a Sega blog cosplay event,

or

Dress up as Bayonetta, and get one step closer to that Suicide Girls gig you’re inevitably destined for.

More pictures after the break.

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Confessions of a Target electronics employee July 24, 2009

Posted by Santiago Azpurua-Borras in Copy+Paste Original, Features.
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The company with a bullseye for a logo whose customers often miss the point

The company with a bullseye for a logo whose customers often miss the point

When one spends seven hours at a time selling video games in a department store, one begins to notice certain trends among the consumers. As the electronics guy at a Target, Ive gotten to experience all of it first-hand.

Hit the jump to see what I’ve discovered.

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Titanic, the best game I never finished July 22, 2009

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As a kid, visiting my relatives in California meant many things. It meant getting a break from the sweltering Arizona sun, it meant braving the torment of my physically abusive younger cousins (getting hit in the head with a dictionary –is not fun), and, most importantly, it meant getting to play games on my cousin’s swanky Windows 95 PC.

Duke Nukem, Red Alert 2, and the entire “Sim” line of games all received a revered place in our gaming repertoire.

But the game that I look back on with the greatest fondness was actually one that we never actually beat. We started it again an again, waiting through the opening cinematic, the words of the voice over ingrained in our tiny skulls:  Titanic: Adventure Out of Time.

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22 Brutal minutes of head-banging awesome. Also, porcupines. July 21, 2009

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Whether you’ll admit it or not, you lust for Brutal Legend. Your very being, regardless of music preference absolutely needs to play Tim Schafer’s metal masterpiece. No matter who you are, seeing Eddie Riggs slice through demons with his battle axe gives you the same euphoriatic hard-on that Guns and Roses fans get when they’re around beaten wives and trailer park meth labs.

It’s VH1 Classic heaven.

Double Fine has released a 22-minute walkthrough video of Brutal Legend, featuring commentary from Schafer and two other designers. Heavily featured is the driving experience of “The Deuce,” Eddie’s hot rod that is constructed from the body of the “Fire Beast.” From the looks of things, a large amount of the game will be driving in this thing. Fortunately, you’ll able to customize “The Deuce” with increasingly deadly and METAL equipment. Also featured is the game’s squad combat. While not overly complex, the system looks intuitive enough to keep things interesting.

Video after the jump.

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