E3 2012 – EA Keynote Highlights

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Category : Conventions, E-vents, E3, Featured, Game On, iOS, PC, PS3, Xbox

Graphic courtesy of Electronic Arts Electronic Arts (EA) takes the opportunity at their E3 2012 Keynote to highlight a few of their biggest hits. The publisher also reveals some of their goals for gaming development, including extended the gaming experience through more closely knit social interaction, more intuitive gameplay and digital downloads.

EA and Visceral Entertainment present Dead Space 3. This horror, action-adventure game is back and more thrilling than ever! It features, for the first time in the franchise, co-op gameplay. Rife with new environments, new characters and bigger baddies, Dead Space 3 promises more heart-pounding action, coming in February 2013.

For the sports fans, Madden NFL 13 looks to enhance the franchise with more authentic gameplay. The improved Infinity physics engine creates more realistic play by taking into account physicality, action and balance. The Connected Careers function allows for a more immersive experience with an engaging story mode that creates a whole world, even a virtual Twitter feed to provide fan reactions. Step onto the field August 28, 2012.

Just when your Sim was getting a little bored, EA announces a new Sim City for PC. With even more interactivity and larger global challenges, the world-building game is bigger than ever before. Scheduled for release in 2013.

To date, Battlefield 3 has 50 million players worldwide. EA is out to prove they are a premier digital entertainment company and DICE is on hand to assist in reaching that goal. Battlefield 3 Premium is a new rewards program exclusive to Battlefield 3 players. The program offers new skins, dog tags, weapons, server priority and more! The biggest benefit is access to 5 massive digital expansion packs, each focusing on different warfare tactics. Premier membership is available now $49.99 and members will receive early access to the first DLC pack, “Close Quarters.”

BioWare is celebrating the huge success of Star Wars: The Old Republic. They are not resting on their laurels, though. Adding more PvP action, nightmare difficulty mode, more companion characters, new level caps and abilities, and a new planet with a new storyline, BioWare is serious about expanding the game so many love and bringing in new players. In July 2012, Star Wars: The Old Republic will go free-to-play up to level 15 for new players!

Medal of Honor: Warfighter goes global with their story and ties the game to real world events. Now, players will be able to choose to become one of the 12 different Tier 1 operators from 10 different countries. Serve your country October 23, 2012.

Another big focus for EA this year is to connect every game you play across every platform you play it on. Nowhere is the push towards this goal greater than in the EA Sports franchises, with FIFA 13 and Madden NFL 13 offering more interconnectivity than previously seen. I shared a bit about Madden NFL 13 earlier, so let us take a look at FIFA 13.

FIFA’s Football Social Network connects millions of fans to the sport, their friends and their clubs. To date, 11 million people make up the FIFA club. All returning 2012 players will carry their XP to FIFA 13 and will receive a special bonus in club. In 2012, iPAD, iPhone & Android users will be connected to club. The iPhone App will be re-tooled to provide greater functionality. Gameplay innovation unlike previous years. Leonard Messi is the cover player for FIFA 13 and a huge inspiration to gameplay with his dynamic dribble moves and attacking possibilities. Players can expect gameplay innovation unlike previous years, with a smarter AI system, player impact engine and greater control.

It is no doubt EA’s commitment to sports fans that prompted the mult-year partnership with UFC. UFC has a large, rabid fan base. The ink is still wet on this deal, so there is no news about a new game, but UFC fans can rest assured there will be a future for their sports on consoles.

Perhaps you are a racing fan. Not to worry, EA has not forgotten you. 2012 sees the next iteration in the hugely popular Need for Speed franchise, with Need for Speed: Most Wanted. The team at Criterion Games put their heads together to craft a game to allow the player to feel the rush of a driver on the run. This year, Need for Speed gets more competitive by making everything a challenge worth XP. Sexier cars, faster chases and more social connectivity. Get ready to put your skills to the test October 30, 2012.

Bringing back their award-winning development talent, Crytek pushes the boundaries of shooter sandbox gaming with the return of Crysis. Crysis 3 promises new tech, more powerful weapons and engaging story-telling to rival the 2 previous games. Don your nanosuit and prepare to take back the city February 2013.

EA is one of the biggest video game publishers in the world. The games featured at their EA keynote represent only a small number of their blockbuster titles. The publisher has many more upcoming titles, so stay tuned for updates.

Leave us a comment below to tell us what titles you cannot wait to play!

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast, Episode 122 – Week of 04/09/2012

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Category : Featured, Good To Be A Gamer

Recorded 04/16/2012

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Good To Be A Gamer – At the Con: PAX East 2012
http://www.goodtobeageek.com/?p=3358
Geek Moms Podcast #19 – PAX East & Plague Town Author Dana Fredsti [Geek Mom]
http://www.geekmom.com/2012/04/the-geekmoms-podcast-19-pax-east-and-plague-town-author-dana-fredsti/

Good To Be A Gamer on EVO TV!
Dave & Jessa are proud to announce the Good To Be A Gamer podcast is available on the EVO TV Network! EVO TV is the content network for the EVO 2 line of Android consoles.
http://envizionsinc.com

Guild Wars 2 Beta Keys
We have a number of Beta keys for Guild Wars 2 up for grabs. For your chance to win, Like Good To Be A Geek on Facebook & tell us what the first promo of every show supports.
https://www.facebook.com/goodtobeageek

 

NEWS
BioWare Delivers Intense PvP Action with New Free-to-Play Online Game Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes [EA]
http://investor.ea.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=663025

Dark Souls PC to Use Games for Windows Live [Inquisitr]
http://www.inquisitr.com/218757/dark-souls-pc-to-use-games-for-windows-live/

Game of Thrones Delayed, but Here’s a New Trailer to Tide You Over [QuickJump]
http://www.qj.net/ps3/news/game-of-thrones-delayed-but-heres-a-new-trailer-to-tide-you-over.html

US Government Looking to Track Suspects via Game Consoles [Gamasutra]
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GamasutraNews/~3/_oHwxi_tWLE/US_government_looking_to_track_suspects_via_game_consoles.php

Halo 4 Gameplay: “Master Chief can Parkour with the Best of Them [Official Xbox Magazine]
http://www.oxm.co.uk/40577/halo-4-gameplay-master-chief-can-parkour-with-the-best-of-them/?cid=OTC-RSS&attr=OXM-General-RSS

Hitman: Absolution Joins the List of Games Screwing You Over With Pre-order Weapons [Kotaku]
http://kotaku.com/5901162/hitman-absolution-pre+orders-now-featuring-retailer+specific-bonuses

Sony to Cut TV Production by 40%, 10,000 Jobs to Go [TechRadar]
http://www.techradar.com/news/television/sony-to-cut-tv-production-by-40-10000-jobs-to-go-1075686

 

ITEMS OF INTEREST
Eidos: New IP Isn’t Crucial as Games Get Sophisticated [Destructoid]
http://www.destructoid.com/eidos-new-ip-isn-t-crucial-as-games-get-sophisticated-225567.phtml

Interview: GoG Speak Their Brains on All Things “G” [Rock Paper Shotgun]
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/04/11/interview-gog-speak-their-brains-on-all-things-g/

 

EVENTS
Boston Comic Con
Hynes Convention Center – Boston, MA
April 21-22, 2012
http://bostoncomiccon.com/

 

CONTACT
Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek. Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

PAX East 2012: Educating Through Gameplay

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Category : Conventions, E-vents, Featured, Game On, PAX East

I have always been a supporter of gaming as a resource for learning. More and more, people are taking notice of educational aspects that are inherent to certain game design and how games can be used as an entertaining way to teach concepts. One of the things I most look forward to at PAX East is the panels that feature “gaming for good.” Whether being used for charity, education, or other good works, these are always incredibly informative panels.
 
This year I attended a panel titled, Educating Through Play: The Future of American Education. The panel offered a sobering look at the current state of the US education system. In a first world society where technology surrounds us and information is quite literally a touchscreen away, why is it so difficult to teach the youth of today and why are some resistant to using games in an attempt to enhance learning? Three of the guest speakers were themselves responsible in developing and implementing games to foster and encourage learning. The panel offered a brief glimpse into the projects and left the audience wondering what else may be possible for the future.
 
To start things off, Primer Labs gave us a peek at Code Hero, a game that teaches people how to code. Code Hero transports the player to a virtual world where they can see the code used to create objects and execute actions. Players then use the code to influence the virtual space and complete tasks, thus offering a cause-effect reaction to cement the concept. Essentially, the player get to play a game while learning to make a game. Primer Labs recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign which brought in $170,954.00 in contributions.
 
   
Elizabeth Lawley was on hand to discuss the Just Press Play Project being utilized at Rochester Institute of Technology. The Just Press Play Project uses game layers to incorporate gameplay into the undergraduate experience for students enrolled in their School of Interactive Games & Media. The initiative connects the educational and social lives of students, provides incentives for educational achievements and creates a greater sense of community among peers, further encouraging students to help one another.
 
   
Rounding out the panel was Leslie Reed of Valve Software to show off Learn With Portals. If you have ever played Portal or Portal 2, you know these games are rife with problem-solving opportunities. Somewhere along the way, teachers also began to recognize the potential of using Portal to teach physics, mathematics, spacial reasoning and engineering concepts, among many other skill sets. Valve Software has been one of the industry heavy hitters to embrace education, going so far as to build a practical lab that teachers can arrange to visit as a school field trip. These field trips allow students to get hands-on experience with the technology and build their own structures to better cement the concepts expressed. In the near future, Valve expects to work more closely with educators as they build a network for educators to share ideas and curriculum in an effort to assist one another in creating dynamic tools for teachers.
 

 
This is only the beginning of what I hope will become a long and cooperative relationship between education and gaming. Game mechanics inherently teach skills in an entertaining way. The biggest obstacle to such an effort is the lack of concrete metrics. While there are plenty of anecdotal experiences that tout the benefits of gaming as an educational tool, there is a need for hard and fast demonstrations of measurable value. The only way to obtain this data is to keep on gaming.
 

At the Con Podcast: PAX East 2012

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Category : Conventions, E-vents, Featured, Game On, Good To Be A Gamer, Guest Appearances, iOS, Mac, Nintendo, PAX East, PC, Product Announcements, PS3, Wii, Xbox

Recorded 04/08/2012

 

 

Jessa Phillips and David Lucier are together at last! Recording in the same room for this epic podcast episode, they are joined by special guest, Kat Lucier to talk about all the video games, cosplay, panels and more from on-site at PAX East 2012.

This episode is particularly lengthy and jam packed with goodness. For the ease and convenience of our listeners, we have included time stamps below for the topics we discussed.

In the interest of full disclosure, this episode contains adult language.

00:23 – Introductions
01:39 – General Impressions

GAMES
10:40 – Lollipop Chainsaw
12:04 – Aliens: Colonial Marines
13:44 – Jack Lumber (Indie)
16:25 – Go Home Dinosaurs (Indie)
17:56 – Retrograde (Indie)
22:06 – Theatrythm: Final Fantasy
24:39 – Spelltower (Indie)
29:59 – Snapshot (Indie)
32:45 – Primal Carnage (Indie)
36:31 – Super Time Force (Indie)
40:06 – Vessel (Indie)
41:08 – Game Minder App
43:38 – Could Summer Become the Season for Indie Games?
48:34 – Kickstarter
49:01 – Miskatonic School for Girls
51:18 – Scallops
52:56 – Cards Against Humanity
53:53 – Win, Lose or Banana
54:21 – The Secret World
57:39 – Mark of the Ninja
1:01:10 – Firefall
1:07:14 – Far Cry 3
1:09:29 – Miniature Paint n’ Take

PROMO
1:13:55 – The Entertainment Consumers’ Association (ECA)

1:15:08 – Cosplay
Portal 2 Atlas & P-Body [Kotaku]

 

PANELS
1:19:16 – Selecting Save on the Games We Make
1:21:11 – How to Make an Arcade Stick
1:21:22 – XY: Transgender Issues in Gaming
1:21:45 – Chris Avellone of Obsidian talks Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2
1:24:50 – Balancing Gameplay & Plot
1:28:36 – Future of Dungeons & Dragons
1:31:51 – Stuff Your Criticism, I Want a Review
1:42:30 – Education & Gaming
1:46:00 – Future of Online Gaming
1:54:19 – DLC: Continuing the Story
1:56:48 – Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker
1:58:09 – Epic Games
1:58:58 – Legal Issues in Gaming
2:01:44 – Omegathon: Just Dance 2

2:05:02 – Final Thoughts

Meet Good To Be A Gamer At PAX East 2012!

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Category : Conventions, E-vents, Featured, Good To Be A Gamer, PAX East

You know Dave Lucier and Jessa Phillips, your fearless hosts of the Good To Be A Gamer podcast. You listen every week as they feed your need to know with top stories from the video game industry. Are you really surprised to learn that when PAX East announced registration for 2012 in their backyard of Boston was open, Dave & Jessa were among the first to get their badges?

 

All weekend (April 6-8, 2012), Dave and I will be on-site at the BCEC to bring you all the gaming goodness you love! If you will be at PAX East, come lunch with us! We will be having an informal meet, greet and geek on Saturday, April 7th at 11:30am in the food court at the BCEC. Come on down, hang out and share your PAX excitement! You may even be featured on our bonus At The Con podcast! Did I mention there will even be prizes?

 

If you are not able to make it to the east coast to join us at PAX East, don’t worry. We have you covered. I will be posting on Twitter (@GoodToBeAGeek & @sultryminxzoe) throughout the weekend, as well as posting media every night to the Good To Be A Geek Facebook page. Of course, Dave and I will be recording our regularly scheduled episode to keep you up to date on all the gaming news. At a later date, we will post an episode of At The Con podcast to cover all the gaming you missed. So, tune in!

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast, Episode 120 – Week of 03/25/2012

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Category : Featured, Good To Be A Gamer

Recorded 04/01/2012

 

 

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Ken Levine on Time’s Top 100 List [G4tv]

http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/722212/ken-levine-on-times-top-100-list/

NEWS
It’s official, Zipper interactive closed by Sony [Edge]

http://www.edge-online.com/news/sony-shuts-zipper-interactive

Sega “Restructuring” [Edge]

http://www.edge-online.com/news/sega-restructure-loss-making-games-business

Warhammer 40K MMO No Longer An MMO [GameSpot]

http://www.gamespot.com/news/warhammer-40k-mmo-no-longer-an-mmo-6368810

More Concrete News on “Playstation 4” [International Business Times]

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/322206/20120331/sony-playstation-4-orbis-rumors-games-xbox.htm

Patcher on “Orbis” not wise to block used games [Playstation Lifestyle]

http://playstationlifestyle.net/2012/03/29/pachter-on-orbis-not-wise-for-sony-to-block-used-games/

Assassin’s Creed 3 on Track to be Most Pre-ordered Ubisoft Game in History [Playstation Life]

http://playstationlifestyle.net/2012/03/29/assassins-creed-iii-on-track-to-become-the-most-pre-ordered-game-in-ubisoft-history/

PSP Game Owners Caught in Crossfire of Sony’s Vita Piracy Fight [1UP]

http://www.1up.com/news/sony-vita-piracy-fight

FBI Using Unreal Engine 3 Crime Scene Sim [GameSpot]

http://www.gamespot.com/news/fbi-using-unreal-engine-3-crime-scene-sim-6368256

Fallout: New Vegas dev Obsidian Could Be Involved in Wasteland 2 [Gamasutra]

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/167700/Fallout_New_Vegas_dev_Obsidian_could_be_involved_in_Wasteland_2.php?

 

ITEMS OF INTEREST
Assassin’s Creed for Kinect Announced [Hawk & Gamble YouTube]

Silicon Knights: “Devs Can’t Afford Next Gen” [Official Xbox Magazine]

http://www.oxm.co.uk/40162/silicon-knights-developers-cant-afford-next-gen/?cid=OTC-RSS&attr=OXM-General-RSS

Game of Thrones 16-Bit [Doctor Octoroc YouTube]

Guidebook: Official PAX East app. go get it!

http://east.paxsite.com/

 

EVENTS
PAX East
BCEC – Boston, MA
April 4-8, 2012

http://east.paxsite.com/

CONTACT
Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek. Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast, Episode 119 – Week of 03/18/2012

Category : Featured, Good To Be A Gamer

Episode 119 – Week of 03/18/12 through 03/24/12

Recorded 03/25/2012

 

 
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NEWS
Prey 2 canceled (rumor)
http://zoknowsgaming.com/2012/03/25/prey-2-cancelled-bethesda-rumor/

Socom dev to be shut down? (rumor)
http://games.on.net/article/15210/Rumour_Sony_to_Close_SOCOM_Dev_Studio

EA Shuts Down Game Servers [EA]
http://www.ea.com/1/service-updates

Silicon Knights resurrect “most requested” IP
http://www.vg247.com/2012/03/25/silicon-knights-to-resurrect-most-requested-ip/

Epic Mikey 2 Promises to Build A Better Mouse [1UP]
http://www.1up.com/previews/epic-mickey-two-preview
Announcement Trailer -http://youtu.be/p6ymMqNzTZk
Nicole Wakelin “Total Fan Girl” Reviews Disney Epic Mikey -http://www.goodtobeageek.com/?p=507

GameStop Goes Big on Mobile with New Business Unit, BuyMyTronics Acquisition [Gamasutra]
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/167119/GameStop_goes_big_on_mobile_with_new_business_unit_BuyMyTronics_acquisition.php?

Playing Dead with Telltale Games & The Walking Dead Game Available for Pre-Order [Telltale Games]
http://www.telltalegames.com/walkingdead/page1

When ex-BioWare Devs Make Their Own Strategy RPG [Gamasutra]
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/165823/When_exBioWare_devs_make_their_own_strategy_RPG.php?

BioWare done with Dragon Age II [Destructoid]
http://www.destructoid.com/bioware-done-with-dragon-age-ii-224263.phtml

Darksiders II to be Wii U Lanch Title, Adds Enhanced Controls [Digital Spy]
http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/news/a372533/darksiders-ii-to-be-wii-u-launch-title-adds-enhanced-controls.html

Adventure Time Game in Works at WayForward [GameSpot]
http://www.gamespot.com/news/adventure-time-game-in-works-at-wayforward-6367736

PSA: Hunger Games: Girl On Fire Out Today [Joystiq]
http://www.joystiq.com/2012/03/22/psa-hunger-games-girl-on-fire-out-today/

Video Games Live “Off The Grid” Tour – Coming To a Small Town Near You [Video Games Live]
http://www.videogameslive.com/index.php?story=288

ITEMS OF INTEREST
The Witness – Latest work in progress from Braid designer Jonathan Blow
http://the-witness.net/
Zynga’s CEO on Leadership, Startups & Mobile Gaming [GigaOM]
http://gigaom.com/2012/03/19/mark-pincus-interview-by-om-malik/
Get a Tattoo or Mohawk from Ubisoft at PAX East [Destructoid]
http://www.destructoid.com/get-a-tattoo-or-mohawk-from-ubisoft-at-pax-east-224455.phtml

Mass Effect 3 ending explained (by a fan) (SPOILERS!!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ythY_GkEBck

Bioware responds to ME3 outcry
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-57401660-501465/mass-effect-3-apology-bioware-co-founder-releases-statement/

 

EVENTS
PAX East
BCEC – Boston, MA
April 4-8, 2012
http://east.paxsite.com/

CONTACT
Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry athttp://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.
Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out hisMagnatune profile pageto learn more about him and discover more of his music.


Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.

 Good To Be A Geekis licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

 

Good To Be A Gamer, Episode 115 – At The Con: TempleCon 2012

Category : Conventions, E-vents, Good To Be A Gamer, TempleCon

 

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TempleCon 2012, the gaming convention with a retro-futurism theme celebrated it’s 7th year. Jessa Phillips was there. Nicole Wakelin joins her this week for a candid discussion about this quirky convention. Find out what you missed and make plans to join us next year!
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Total Fan Girl http://www.totalfangirl.com
The D6 Generation Podcast – Available on iTunes & RSS
GeekMom http://www.geekmom.com
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Geek Girls Network http://www.geekgirlsnetwork.com
          Geek Girls Podcast – Available in iTunes & RSS
Sith Heads Podcast http://www.sithheads.com

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DISCUSSED THIS EPISODE
TempleCon
http://www.templecon.com

Privateer Press
http://privateerpress.com/

Warhammer 40,000
http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/catalog/landing.jsp?catId=cat440130a&rootCatGameStyle=wh40k

Ay-leen The Peacemaker
http://beyondvictoriana.com/

Vader’s First 501st Legion
http://www.501st.com/

Rhode Island Science Fiction Club
http://www.risfc.org/
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/risfc

Persephone’s Jewels
http://www.etsy.com/shop/PersephonesJewels

EVENTS
PAX East
BCEC
April 4-8, 2012
http://east.paxsite.com/

CONTACT
Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at
http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.


Good To Be A Geekis licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

 

 

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast, Episode 109 – Week of 01/01/2012

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Category : Featured, Good To Be A Gamer

Recorded 01/08/2012

 

 
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Dreamcast the Movie: Super Mario Bros. Results
Mario: James Gandolfini
Luigi: Will Arnett
Peach: Jayma Mays
Toad: Nick Frost
Yoshi: 3 way tie: Andy Serkis, Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill
Bowser: 3 way tie: John C. Reilly, Brendan Gleeson, Jack Nicholson
Wario: 2 way tie: Danny DeVito & John Noble
Director: Terry Gilliam

 

Dreamcast the Movie: Eternal Champions
http://www.goodtobeageek.com/?p=2626

 

NEWS

-Microsoft Discusses Xbox Live Security Issues [IGN]

http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/121/1215973p1.html

-Major Nelson reports the top Games Played on Xbox Live [Major Nelson Blog]
http://majornelson.com/2012/01/06/top-games-of-2011/

- Crysis 2, Super Mario Galaxy and Gears of Wars 3 Are Among the Most Pirated Games of 2011 [TorrentFreak]
http://torrentfreak.com/top-10-most-pirated-games-of-2011-111230/

-Finalists Announced for Game Developers Conference [GDC Site]
http://www.gdconf.com/news/game_developer_choice_awards/skyrim_bastion_lead_finalists_.html

-Steam continues to Grow & Show No Signs of Stopping [GameSpy]
http://pc.gamespy.com/articles/121/1215997p1.html

-Toxic Games Qube released on Steam [Qube Site]
http://qube-game.com/

-Asura’s Wrath Story Trailer [IGN Entertainment YouTube Channel]
http://youtu.be/pAEwZ_MJd5g
 

EVENTS

 -Arisia
January 13-16, 2012
Boston Westin Waterfront – Boston, MA

http://arisia.org

 

-TempleCon
February 3-5, 2012
Crown Plaza – Warwick, RI

http://www.templecon.org

 

-Total Confusion
February 23-26, 2012
Holiday Inn – Mansfield, MA

http://www.totalcon.com

 

CONTACT

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.

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Good To Be A Gamer, Episode 107 – Week of 12/05/2011

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This week Jessa is flying solo. She’s bringing you news of Wii U development at Ubisoft Quebec, speculation about the next Call of Duty title, a Batman: Arkham City patch to resolve DirectX 11 issues, Xbox Live taking away gamer rights and OnLive’s move to mobile.

 

Recorded 12/11/2011

 

 
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Dreamcast the Movie: Recasting Super Mario Bros.
Andrew Marnik has a feature posted on Good To Be A Geek, Dreamcast the Movie: Recasting Super Mario Bros. It’s a poll and we’re asking for your input. We’re taking the hollywood flop and asking you to re-imagine the film as if it were being produced today. Andrew’s provided several options for actors to play the key characters, as well as a few options for directors. Click the link below to make your voice heard.
http://www.goodtobeageek.com/?p=2218

 

NEWS

Job Postings Confirm Wii U Development at Ubisoft Quebec [Game Spot]
http://www.gamespot.com/news/ubisoft-quebec-working-on-wii-u-project-aaa-mmo-6347112?tag=updates%3Beditor%3Ball%3Btitle%3B9

Job Posting Confirms Another Title for the Call of Duty Franchise [IGN]
http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/121/1214229p1.html

Batman: Arkham City Patch Finally Provides DirectX 11 Support for Some PC Gamers [Game Spy]
http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/batman-arkham-asylum-2/1214156p1.html

New Xbox Live Terms of Service Prevents Class Action Lawsuits [IGN]
http://www.ign.com/articles/2011/12/07/new-xbox-live-terms-of-service-prevents-class-action-lawsuits

OnLive Mobile Brings Big Titles to iOS and Android Devices [1 UP]
http://www.1up.com/news/onlive-mobile-lets-play-la-noire-ipad

 

ITEMS OF INTEREST

Left 4 Dead Fan Film [YouTube]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn52ExijPcI

 

CONTACT

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast by Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

 

Good To Be A Gamer, Episode 104 – Week of 11/14/2011

Category : Good To Be A Gamer

Recorded 11/20/2011

 

  

NEWS

Star Wars: The Old Republic Logs 1,000,000+ Hours of Beta Testing [IGN]
http://pc.ign.com/articles/121/1212670p1.html

Infinity Ward Brings Down the Ban Hammer [Game Pro]
http://www.gamepro.com/article/news/225073/over-1-600-modern-warfare-3-cheaters-banned/

Minecraft Officially Released [GameSpy]
http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/minecraft/1212966p1.html

Starhawk Closed Beta Starts Tuesday [IGN]
http://ps3.ign.com/articles/121/1212906p1.html
Trailer -http://www.ign.com/videos/2011/10/21/starhawk-pax-trailer?objectid=14340339

Next Generation Devices Coming in 2012? [Edge]
http://www.next-gen.biz/news/next-generation-arrive-2012.

HiveMind makes your reality the game [VentureBeat]
http://venturebeat.com/2011/11/16/will-wright-hivemind/?volt=0

 

OTHER LINKS

The ECA (Entertainment Consumers Association)
Membership is $19.99 per year or $1 per year for students and military with a valid .edu or .mil email address.
http://theeca.com

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
http://zelda.com/skywardsword/

 

DISCUSSION

Video Game Film Adaptations
Video Games have long been fodder for Hollywood film adaptations, helping to further cement video games as an acceptable form of entertainment among the general public. Sadly, adaptations have not always done justice to video games. There appears to be a resurgence in hollywood’s interest in video games, with current reports of Rampage, Dead Island, Uncharted, and of course, Assassin’s Creed. We have a candid discussion on the history and future of film adaptations.

Why a Killer Deal to Turn the Hit Video Game Assassin’s Creed Into a Movie Has Shocked Hollywood [Vulture]
http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/11/assassins_creed_movie_sony_ubi.html

Dead Island Movie Now A Real Thing [Game Informer]
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2011/09/27/dead-island-movie-now-a-real-thing.aspx

Naughty Dog Approves of Uncharted Film [Eurogamer]
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-09-28-naughty-dog-approves-of-uncharted-movie

Rampage Movie Now in Planning Stages [Game Spot]
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6346370.html?part=rss&tag=gs_news&subj=6346370

IGN’s Ultimate Video Game Movie Guide [IGN]
http://movies.ign.com/articles/755/755513p1.html

CONTACT

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

Subscribe to the RSS Feed and get Good To Be A Gamer on the go at http://goodtobeagamer.libsyn.com/rss!

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.

 Good To Be A Gamer Podcast by Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

Good To Be A Gamer, Episode 103 – Week of 11/07/2011

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Recorded 11/14/11

NEWS

Is Gaming as Important as TV & Film? Activision Is Out to Prove It [Game Tyrant]
http://gametyrant.co/news/2011/11/9/activision-blizzard-out-to-prove-gaming-is-as-important-as-f.html

 

Steam Forums Hacked [Steam]
http://store.steampowered.com/news/6761/

 

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Trailer Released [Ubisoft]
http://assassinscreed.ubi.com/revelations/en-us/home/index.aspx

Official Launch Trailer – http://youtu.be/ZqEWW4Hzb8M
Story Trailer [Game Spot] – http://youtu.be/XFjoiBevNlU
Official E3 2010 Trailer featurinng “Iron” by Woodkid – http://youtu.be/VCTtIIW1WA0

 

Level-5 and Studio Ghibli Partner to Bring Anime to PS3 [Game Tyrant]
http://gametyrant.co/news/2011/11/9/level-5-and-studio-ghibli-partner-to-bring-anime-to-ps3.html

 

Star Trek Online Goes Free-to-play [Star Trek Online]
http://www.startrekonline.com/f2p

Game of Thrones RPG In the Making [Game Spot]
http://www.gamespot.com/news/game-of-thrones-action-rpg-coming-from-atlus-6344623?tag=updates%3Beditor%3Ball%3Btitle%3B3

 

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [Rip Ten]
http://www.ripten.com/2011/11/10/ripten-review-the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-xbox-360/

 

DISCUSSED

3P Start – Retro Gaming Reviews and Opinions by Matthew Bartlett
http://3pstart.blogspot.com

 

Skyrim Epic Rap by Dan Bull
http://youtu.be/j50u0zUeCmU

To the Moon
http://www.freebirdgames.com/to_the_moon/

 

Burn the City

Andriod Market – https://market.android.com/details?id=com.JoshOclock.BurnTheCity
App Store http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/burn-the-city/id444525916?mt=8

 

CONTACT

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

 

Subscribe to the RSS Feed and get Good To Be A Gamer on the go at http://goodtobeagamer.libsyn.com/rss!

 

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

 

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.

 

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Good To Be A Gamer Podcast, Episode 101 – Week of 10/24/11

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David Lucier joins Jessa Phillips to bring you the top news and upcoming events from the video game industry. They are feeding your need to know and delivering their take on the the week’s top stories. Get your video game fix every week.

 


NEWS

Indie Games on Xbox Live [1UP]

Feeling the indie love, 1UP featured “8 Weird and/or Cool box Live Indie Games You Must Own.” List includes a gamer for everyone, with sports, brick-breakers, mazes, shooters and more. 1.) Downtown Smash Dogdeball; 2.) Keiten Patissier; 3.) Chieri’s Accidentally Heart-Poundy Steamy Journey; 4.) Pixelbit Helicopter Challenge; 5.) Leave Home; 6.) TIC: Part 1; 7.) The Monster Hero and the Mysterious Ruins; 8.) Wizorb

http://www.1up.com/features/8-weird-cool-xbox-live-indies

 

 

Batman: Arkham City Sales & Anticipated Nightwing DLC Content [MTV News]

A week after it’s release, Batman: Arkham City has received critical praise from reviewers and gamers alike. Shipping 4.6 million units worldwide during during the first week, doubling the sales of its predecessor, Arkham Asylum. The team at Rocksteady has been hard at work on the DLC content to help keep the strong sales going through the holiday season. The Nightwing bundle pack will be available for purchase on 11/01/11, followed by the Robin bundle available on 11/22/11. DLC bundles will be available on PS Network for $6.99 or 560 Microsoft points on Xbox 360 Live Marketplace. Check out the link for a sneak peek at the Nightwing DLC trailer.

http://splashpage.mtv.com/2011/10/26/batman-arkham-city-sales-nightwing-trailer/

 

 

DC Universe Online goes Free to Play [Eurogamer]

DC Universe allows PC and PS3 gamers the chance to live out their comic book fantasies. The game allows players to become a DC hero or villain as they try to save or conquer the world, alongside some popular characters like Superman, Joker and Wonder Woman. DC Universe will open their subscription model to incorporate a free to play plan beginning 11/01/11.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-10-28-dc-universe-online-free-to-play-changeover-dated

 

 

The Secret World MMO Beta Draws Gamers [GameSpy & Game Tyrant]

Funcom’s newest foray into the MMO landscape imagines a world where every myth, fable and legend is real and has shaped the world. Players join one of three secret societies: Dragons, Illuminati and Templars. Then they head into the world to fight monsters and struggle against the other societies for ultimate power. The Secret World is anticipated for April 2012, but beta access is open for registration. To date, more than 500,000 have registered for their chance to take a closer look, exceeding Funcom’s expectations.

 

GameSpy -http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/the-secret-world/1210710p1.html?RSSwhen2011-10-26_073900&RSSid=1210710&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gsfeeds%2Fall+%28GameSpy+Complete%29

 

Game Tyrant - http://gametyrant.co/news/2011/10/25/nycc-gets-a-closer-look-at-the-secret-world.html

 

 

Mass Effect 3 Demo to Launch in January [Game Tyrant]

BioWare confirmed access to the Mass Effect 3 demo will be available in January 2012 for single-player campaigns. Owners of Battlefield 3 will get multi-player access early when they redeem their online pass. BioWare has indicated there will be other ways to obtain early access to the multi-player demo for gamers that did not purchase Battlefield 3.

http://gametyrant.co/news/2011/10/21/mass-effect-3-demo-will-launch-in-january.html

 

 

Video Game Earning Reports Indicate a Change in Gaming Trends [LA Times]

EA boasts earnings better than expectations for their second quarter. EA attributes its success to online and mobile gaming sales. On the flip side, Nintendo earnings fall short of forecasted projections and look towards even more disappointing returns.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-ea-earns-20111028,0,6869624.story

 

 

Sony officially controls Sony Ericsson [GameSpot]

Everyone is grabbing for a bigger piece of the mobile gaming pie. Sony staked their claim in a big way with the release of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Now, the entertainment giant is looking for a bigger piece, considering buying the majority sharehold of Sony Ericsson.
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6338883.html?part=rss&tag=gs_news&subj=6338883

 

 

 


To the Moon $11.99 –

New twist on the indie/RPG adventure genre, the story follows two doctors who have developed a way to travel through a person’s memories and fulfill their last wish. Play the first hour for free. $12.00 to download the complete game

http://www.freebirdgames.com/to_the_moon/

 

Star Legends

A sci-fi real-time mobile MMORPG. Free to download on the Apple App Store and Adroid Market. Boasting 3D graphics, lots of customization and regular content updates, you can play on the go.

http://starlegends.com/

 

Dragon Age: Redemption Web Series

BioWare teamed up with Felicia Day to create this web series based on the popular Dragon Age franchise. Day portrays an elven assassin tasked with finding a powerful mage who has escaped from Templar captivity. New episodes are released every Tuesday on Xbox, Bing Video and the Machinima YouTube Channel.

Http://www.youtube.com/user/machinima

 

Extra Life Gaming for Charity
Support Jessa Phillips at http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&eventID=501&participantID=22486

Support Dave Lucier at http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&eventID=501&participantID=6329

 

 

EVENTS

TempleCon 2012 – February 3-5, 2011

Warwick, RI

Pre-registration is open!

http://www.templecon.org

 

Total Con 2012 – February 23-26,2011

Mansfield, MA

Registration opens in January

http://www.totalcon.com

 

CONTACT US

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com or follow Jessa on Twitter @SultryMinxZoe.

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Good To Be A Gamer Podcast, Episode 100 – Week of 10/03/11

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Good To Be A Gamer is back with a new focus and a new co-host!

David Lucier joins Jessa Phillips to bring you the top news and upcoming events from the video game industry. They are feeding your need to know and delivering their take on the the week’s top stories. Get your video game fix every week.

NEWS

Gamer plays with one hand after recovering from stroke [IGN] -
Patrick Campbell suffered a massive stroke at age 14 that affected his entire right side. Because his dominant side was affected, Campbell lost the ability to enjoy his favorite pastimes, including playing video games. Through years of therapy and with an undaunted determination, he has regained his ability to walk, and even to play video games.
http://games.ign.com/articles/119/1199036p1.html?RSSwhen2011-10-08_110500&RSSid=1199036&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ignfeeds%2Fall+%28IGN+Complete%29

A look at the trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (to be released 11/08/11) [GameSpy]-
Without a doubt, Call of Duty is one of the biggest franchises in the industry. This latest trailer proves why, giving us a sneak peek at the anticipated Modern Warfare 3.
http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/call-of-duty-2011-project/1199001p1.html?RSSwhen2011-10-07_143100&RSSid=1199001&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gsfeeds%2Fall+%28GameSpy+Complete%29

Sony considering buyout of Sony Ericsson [GameSpot] -
Everyone is grabbing for a bigger piece of the mobile gaming pie. Sony staked their claim in a big way with the release of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Now, the entertainment giant is looking for a bigger piece, considering buying the majority sharehold of Sony Ericsson.
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6338883.html?part=rss&tag=gs_news&subj=6338883

EVENTS

TempleCon 2012, Warwick, RI
Pre-Registration is Open. Pre-reg Badges will be mailed for the first time. 2012 promises even more non-stop gaming as the convention takes over the entire Crowne Plaza.
http://www.templecon.org

PAX East 2012, Boston, MA
Dates for the 2012 convention have been announced. April 6-8th PAX East makes Boston its home for the third year. Registration is not open yet, but is expected to go live soon.
http://east.paxsite.com/

Extra Life Gaming for Charity
Support Jessa Phillips at http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&eventID=501&participantID=22486

Support Dave Lucier at http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&eventID=501&participantID=6329

GAMES DISCUSSED

The Adventures of Shuggy [Xbox Live Arcade]
http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Adventures-of-Shuggy/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410a5c

Duke Nukem Forever
http://www.dukenukem.com

Star Wars: The Old Republic
http://www.swtor.com/

Deus Ex: Human Revolution
http://deusex.com/

OTHER LINKS

Gaming Buzz Android Widget
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.geekyouup.android.widgets.gaming&hl=en
CONTACT  US

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com.

 

Thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music. http://magnatune.com/artists/sterling
Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the host and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.
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