Category: Videogames

Coffee Talk #628: What You Want From E3 2014

Posted on June 4th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Console Wars, PC Gaming, Videogames. 4 comments
E3 2014 is just around the corner. Honestly, I've been avoiding thinking much about it. My June is pretty nuts -- E3, The Vape Summit, hosting a pair of store grand openings, family visits, and more. Obviously E3 shows are something that I always look forward to; they're wondrous events that are unlike any other trade show I've attended (and I've attended a ton of 'em). It's always awesome seeing new games, seeing how other games are coming along, watching the press conference spectacles, watching the publisher pissing contests, and (most of all) catching up with longtime colleagues in the gaming business. Still, I'm so detached from the industry at the moment that I don't...continued

Coffee Talk #625: Videogame Journalists Done Good

Posted on May 23rd, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, Videogames. 1 Comment
StarWars.com recently announced that Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and Gary Whitta will be working on the first Star Wars standalone spinoff movie. The second name took me by surprise (gleefully). You see, Whitta is a former videogame journalist. He was the editor of several gaming magazines for Future US and was quite popular within the business. Since (mostly) leaving the business, Whitta has written the screenplays for The Book of Eli and After Earth. Working on a Star Wars movie will undoubtedly take his success to new heights. Hearing about Whitta's Star Wars news reminded me of Kieron Gillen. Another...continued

Kingston HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset Review

Posted on May 14th, by raymond padilla in Not Reviews, PC Gaming, Videogames. 3 comments

Millions of consumers know Kingston for its memory products. Most of you have probably purchased PC RAM or a memory card from the company. Kingston is trying to make a name for itself in the gaming world and one of the company’s latest gaming-focused products is the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset. I’ve been using a pair for the last few weeks and while it’s not the best gaming headset I’ve used, the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset offers a lot for a sub-$100 set of cans.

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Coffee Talk #622: Seeing Stupid Things While Gaming

Posted on April 17th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, Videogames. No Comments
As many of you are (or were) hardcore gamers, I'm certain that you've had gaming sessions that have left you so mentally drained that you start seeing silly things. This has happened to me a ton while playing Heroes of Dragon Age. I've been playing the hell out of the game since October, initially for work, eventually for fun, and currently out of habit. Over the last three months, I've spent dozens of hours farming the "Dalish Challenge" node in order to add Merrill to my party -- she's really difficult to obtain (without spending money) and crazy powerful. After thousands of attempts, I finally have Merrill. Along the way, my eyes played tricks on me and I saw some really stupid things...continued

Separated at Birth: Scarlet Witch and Aerith Gainsborough?

Posted on March 25th, by raymond padilla in Comics, Movies, Videogames. 3 comments

I was psyched to see that io9 posted photos of Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch from the set of The Avengers 2. I have high hopes for Ms. Olsen, as she’s on her way to supplanting her evil sisters as the best Olsen sibling in Hollywood. The news that she was cast as the Scarlet Witch was especially exciting. While I didn’t expect her to wear the ridiculous medieval swimsuit from the ’70s and ’80s comics, I wasn’t prepared for what I saw.

Apparently the costume designer from … continued


Coffee Talk #619: When In-App Purchases Go to Heaven

Posted on March 19th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, Videogames. 1 Comment
As many of you know, I've been playing the hell out of Heroes of Dragon Age. Part of it has been for work, part of it has been for fun, and part of it has been habit. I've also been lurking in the Heroes of Dragon Age forums. Reading about the in-app purchase adventures of many players has been a revelation. I'm astounded by how much money some players drop on in-app purchases and how frequently they do it. In the immortal words of Brian Fellow, "That's crazy!!!" As a longtime Pokemon fan, I totally understand how addictive collectibility in videogames can be. Mobile games exploit that addiction and mask the habit in clever ways. Like several of its competitors...continued

Coffee Talk #618: Nerd Subscriptions and You

Posted on March 13th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Movies, Music, PC Gaming, TV, Videogames, WWE. 5 comments
As you know, we are living in a digital world (and I am a digital girl...err, scratch that). One of the byproducts of the digital age, particularly for people with nerdy hobbies, is that we're spending more money on subscription services. For nerd subscriptions, Microsoft's Xbox Live was the first monthly subscription for many geek chic. Since then, the nerd subscriptions have multiplied like Gremlins. For an endless supply of geeky media, people are dropping money every month on Xbox Live, PlayStation Plus, Netflix, Hulu, WWE Network, Marvel Unlimited, and more. I'd love to hear about your nerd subscriptions. It'll be fun to see the services we all subscribe to...continued

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Posted on March 7th, by raymond padilla in PC Gaming, Videogames. 5 comments

I suddenly find myself with a bunch of games that I really want to play. Sadly, Final Fantasy: Lightning Returns and Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster will have to wait. I’m always juggling around 10 games of Wordfeud and Heroes of Dragon Age gets played every few hours. The big priority this weekend is sinking some time into South Park: The Stick of Truth. I’ve been high on this game for a long, long time. It has classic turn-based gameplay that I love, old-school RPG elements that I adore, and … continued


Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer

Posted on March 6th, by raymond padilla in PC Gaming, Videogames. No Comments

Here’s the latest trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition. As I mentioned at the beginning of the year, it’s game I’m looking forward to the most in 2014. Even though I’m not terribly big on graphics (I’m more of a story and characters guy, especially with RPGs), I was really impressed with the visuals in the trailer. The footage is all in-engine and it’s a safe bet that Dragon Age: Inquisition will be the most visually impressive BioWare game to date.

Visual splendor aside, I’m dying for more plot … continued


Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg Team Up For Console Wars Movie

Posted on February 26th, by raymond padilla in Console Wars, Movies, Videogames. 7 comments

In addition to working on the nerdily anticipated Preacher TV show for AMC, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are teaming up for a movie based on Blake Harris’ Console Wars book. Rogen and Goldberg will be directing and writing the movie. The book’s subtitle is “Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation,” so as you can imagine, the Console Wars movie will cover that chapter in the never-ending saga known as Robotech The Console Wars.

Console Wars focuses on former Sega of America CEO Tom Kalinske. Known … continued