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Save Target As Episode 1 – “That’s So Pringles” January 1, 2010

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Where's your swoopy moustache?

Well, here it is: what none of you have been waiting for. We’ve finally hopped on the podcast bandwagon with our new show, “Save Target As,” your source for weird sound effects and maybe some video games.

In our first (and possibly last episode), we discuss Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Assassin’s Creed 2, Left 4 Dead 2, STALKER, Dragon Age: Origins and Borderlands, and reveal our mysterious origins.

You’ve been warned.

Zelda Re-Orchestrated Finishes Ocarina of Time December 26, 2009

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In October of 2004, a tiny project emerged with a lofty goal: to reproduce the entire soundtrack of Ocarina of Time with a more orchestral sound. A little over 5 years later, that project — Zelda Reorchestrated —  has completed their goal, and are offering us a little Christmas present: 83 beautiful, re-orchestrated tracks for free.

All the great, nostalgia-inducing tracks are there: the Lost Woods, Lon Lon Ranch, Hyrule Field, all of the Ocarina songs, and even the iconic chest-opening sound. The fond memories recalled while listening to Zelda Reorchestrated are a testament both to the staying power of the original tracks themselves, as well as the wonderful work that the ZREO community has done to reproduce them.

Sadly, at the time of this writing, the Zelda Reorchestrated site is down, probably due to the overwhelming response to the Ocarina of Time project, but there’s a handy torrent available here.

Torchlight gets some sweet new updates, price cut December 18, 2009

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Today, Steam announced that Torchlight, one of my favorite PC games of this year, would be receiving a few major updates as well as a 50% price cut this weekend.

The update will add over 60 Steam achievements and cloud support, meaning that characters can be carried over from one PC to another through the magic of the INTERNET.

Torchlight is a game that I had been meaning to review for a long time, but never got around to it, so here’s my endorsement: buy this game. Buy it right now. You really don’t have any excuse not to – it’s only $10 this weekend and it’s awesome.

L4D and L4D2 Cast To Meet in “The Passing” DLC December 14, 2009

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Basically, this.

Today, Valve announced what will surely be the most anticipated crossover since the Jetsons met the Flintstones in the first of Left 4 Dead 2’s add-ons, “The Passing,” which is set to release in early 2010.

“The Passing” promises to have the original Left 4 Dead cast of Bill, Francis, Zoey and Louis meet up with their L4D2 counterparts. Madcap antics are sure to ensue.

Set after the “Dead Center” campaign of L4D2, the new DLC takes place in a rural Georgian town which is apparently a hot-spot for survivors of a zombie apocalypse.

In addition to the  story update, “The Passing” will also include new maps for the Survival, Scavenge and Versus modes, as well as “new co-operative challenge mode,” along with a couple new weapons and an “uncommon common.”

I wonder how adding four more survivors into the mix will change gameplay, as the current formula seems to work so well. Maybe the “new co-operative challenge mode” will add some awesome 8-player co-op action, but until we hear more, we can’t be sure.

I’m sure looking forward to having the old gang back, at least for a campaign. There’s just something warm and familiar about the way that Louis says “pills” that the new voice actors just can’t capture.

Brule’s Rules for Budget Gaming November 30, 2009

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[Editor’s Note: We received this guest column in the mail the other day, in a crumpled envelope addressed only to “Videogames” and with no discernable return address. I don’t know how Dr. Brule found out where I live, but I thought it was only right to transcribe the letter for Internet reading. Enjoy!]

We all love video games. My favorite game has swords, uh, and knights — and you trade in your magic crystals to get a shield. The only problem with all of these games is that they’re so darn expensive! Well, thankfully ol’ Dr. Steve Brule is here to give you a few tips on how to save money on games.

[Check out Dr. Steve Brule’s tips after the break.]

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King of Fighters Trailer is AMAZING November 29, 2009

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The promo trailer for the upcoming King of Fighters film adaptation was released today, and let me be the first to say that this movie will be awesome (underlined, bolded and italicized for emphasis on how awesome it will be).  With the astute direction of “acclaimed action director” Gordon Chan and the powerhouse trio of Maggie Q, Sean Farris and Ray Park, this movie can’t go wrong.

The raw emotion contained only within this trailer is phenomenal. When that one dude yells at 1:27 I almost cried. And that’s not even mentioning the groundbreaking action choreography. They fight with TRASH BAGS. How awesome is that?

I know it may be a little early, but let me just say right now: King of Fighters will be the Citizen Kane of movies. It will replace Citizen Kane as the Citizen Kane of movies, and from now on when people are debating the artistic merit of video games, they’ll have to ask: “When will we see the King of Fighters of video games?” The only answer: we already have.

Some people may say that this movie trailer is, in fact, not awesome, but those people are stupid and wrong. They just can’t appreciate the brilliance of this work of art.


Valve brings lag-free servers to Xbox Live November 26, 2009

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Laaaaaaaaaag...

Laaaaaaaag!

Xbox 360 users witnessed  a Thanksgiving miracle today as Valve updated their Left 4 Dead 2 network infrastructure for Xbox Live. The developer promises “lag-free” servers for 360 users.

I’ve been waiting for this news ever since the launch of L4D2. The game is hard enough as it is without debilitating lag, and I can’t wait to get back to the silky-smooth zombie goodness.

Steam’s Black Friday deals last all week November 25, 2009

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TOO MUCH STEAM!

TOO MUCH STEAM!

Steam just won’t let up.

After my post earlier today about the awesome Plants vs. Zombies deal, Steam announced their five-day-long one-day-only sale. The sale, lasting through Sunday, promises some sweet deals on popular games like Batman: Arkham Asylum and Dragon Age: Origins.

While we don’t intend to serve as Valve’s advertising strumpet, these deals are just too good to pass up. (Plus, we’re not whoring ourselves if they don’t pay us for it!)

Check out the full deals after the break:

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Recession Gaming: Plants vs. Zombies November 24, 2009

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And just when you thought that games couldn’t get any cheaper, Steam comes through again. From now until Thursday the 26th, you can buy Pop Cap’s undead tower defense game, Plants vs. Zombies for half price on Steam. That’s only $5! A whole $5 less than the original price! (Which, for those arithmetically challenged out there, is $10.)

Due to what can only be described as aggressive laziness, I never bought Plants vs. Zombies when it first came out, but now I have my chance!

 

Confirmed: “Modern Warfare 2 Sucks” November 15, 2009

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Well, it’s official. It wasn’t the “Grenade Spam” controversy, or the lack of dedicated servers for the PC that did Modern Warfare 2 in. It was an angry British teen.

In a YouTube video entitled “MODERN WARFARE 2 SUCKS!!!!!,” user GuitarJono1170 gracefully articulates his arguments against the game, mostly through indecipherable mumblings and acts of violence against inanimate objects.

A forewarning: this video may be disturbing to people particularly affected by depictions of drywall abuse.