Tag: PC Gaming

Activision and Bungie Sign 10-Year Publishing Agreement

Posted on April 29th, by raymond padilla in PC Gaming, Today's Specials, Videogames. 36 comments

In a tremendous move with all sorts of implications, Activision and Bungie have closed on a 10-year publishing-agreement. Here’s a snippet from the press release:

They have entered into an exclusive 10-year partnership to bring Bungie’s next big action game universe to market. Under the terms of the agreement, Activision will have exclusive, worldwide rights to publish and distribute all future Bungie games based on the new intellectual property on multiple platforms and devices. Bungie remains an independent company and will continue to own their intellectual property. Additional terms

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Coffee Talk #134: Have You Ever Quit Gaming?

Posted on April 29th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, Videogames. 62 comments
I've quit many things over the years. At various points in my life, I've quit drinking, smoking, gambling, comic books, and several other things I can't remember. (Sadly, I've never been treated for sex addiction like Tiger Woods, David Duchovny, and Chazz Michael Michaels.) Obviously, I have an addictive personality. One thing I've never given is playing games. Certainly I've had a lot of stretches (too many, really) where I've played games way more than I should have, but I've enjoyed the "work" excuse for my marathon sessions.

Super Mario Crossover Bring Link, Mega Man, and Samus to SMB

Posted on April 28th, by raymond padilla in PC Gaming, Videogames. 4 comments

Super Mario Crossover Super Mario Crossover Bring Link, Mega Man, and Samus to SMB

Ever dream about playing through Super Mario Bros. levels as Simon Belmont, the dude from Contra, Mega Man, Link, or Samus Aran? Well now you can in Super Mario Crossover! This adorable Flash game takes levels from SMB and lets you play through them as heroes and heroines from other classic titles. Each character has his or her signatures moves and music. It’s cute. It’s fun. It’s familiar and new at the same time. Give it a shot and let me know what you think!… continued

Blast From the Past: Reset Episode 8

Posted on April 23rd, by raymond padilla in PC Gaming, Videogames. No Comments

Tony Hawk games, Nintendo “Revolution” talk, Star Wars: Battlefront 2, and an epic lightsaber fight — there’s plenty for you to enjoy in this episode of Reset. It’s fun looking back at the Wii; I don’t know anyone that thought it would be the success it turned out to be, including my two distinguished panelists. The lightsaber fight with Ruby still cracks me up. Check it out!

Part 1 Activision’s Tony Hawk titles have been thrilling gamers for years. The action-sports excitement continues with the upcoming Tony continued

Coffee Talk #130: Games You’ve Enjoyed Thanks to Friends

Posted on April 23rd, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, Today's Specials, Videogames. 32 comments
For the most part, we all know what kind of games we'll like and won't like. Every now and then, a surprise comes our way. One of the best ways to receive a gaming surprise is through friends. A great friend of mine recently dropped by for lunch on his way back up to San Francisco. We've gone through a lot together, but there's one game that always reminds me of him: Culdcept. I admit that I would have totally ignored this game if he didn't put it on my radar. Thanks to him, I've gotten dozens of hours of entertainment from a game I wouldn't have tried on my own.

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Posted on April 23rd, by raymond padilla in PC Gaming, Videogames. 27 comments

FFXIII battle06 What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Jet lag is still kicking my ass (to be fair, I’m not putting up much of a fight), but I’m finally ready to get back to some real gaming! I’m totally jumping back into Final Fantasy XIII What Are You Playing This Weekend?. Hopefully my timing with paradigm shifts won’t be too bad after two weeks away from the game. If I remember correctly, I’m in chapter 10. FFXIII has been a really enjoyable experience so far and from what I understand, the best is yet to come. I really don’t understand what some people … continued

Coffee Talk #129: Should Digital Downloads Be Taxed?

Posted on April 22nd, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, Today's Specials, Videogames. 150 comments
RPadholic tokz_21 sent me this interesting article on digital downloads being taxed. The article focused primarily on movies and music, but it could easily apply to games as well. I don't know what the deals are in the states you live in, but in California downloadable goods aren't taxed. On one hand, I save some money. On the other hand, I do feel like I'm cheating (just a little bit).

Blizzard Bans Over 320,000 Battle.net Accounts

Posted on April 21st, by raymond padilla in PC Gaming. 1 Comment

Blizzard logo Blizzard Bans Over 320,000 Battle.net Accounts

Blizzard has swung its mighty banhammer to the tune of 320,000 banned accounts. The offenders were apparently up to no good in Diablo II and Warcraft III. It’s also interesting to note that a lot of the bans are a result of the community policing itself. Here’s a quote from Blizzard’s forum post:

Many account closures come as the direct result of tips emailed to our hacks team by legitimate Battle.net users. If you come across a hack, find a site responsible for distributing hacks, or have a replay

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Coffee Talk #126: Would You Pass on a Console Due to Child Labor?

Posted on April 19th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, Today's Specials, Videogames. 52 comments
The National Labor Committee (NLC) posted an interesting report on a Chinese factory that makes several Microsoft products -- including Xbox 360 controllers and remotes. As you can imagine, the factory's conditions were deemed horrid. Children as young as 16 allegedly work shifts exceeding 15 hours in an extremely small space without air conditioning. The workers allegedly sleep 14 to a room and can only take sponge baths.

Blast From the Past: Reset Episode 7

Posted on April 19th, by raymond padilla in PC Gaming, Videogames. No Comments

This was a particularly fun episode of Reset to put together. The first clip features two of my closest friends in the business, the second clip has Zoe and me playing around in Vegas, and the last one is about Ultimate Spider-Man! Check yourself before your wreck yourself (I have no idea where that came from).

Part 1 — Here’s a roundtable discussion from a Konami event. While it wasn’t a drunken adventure like the Midway table of truth, there’s some good stuff here. Journalists Robert Workman, Christian Nutt, … continued