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IGN...They Don't Even Try to Hide it Any More...

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I think I shall now finally "abandon" IGN for good. It's something that should have been done a long time ago, but I have foolishly been prolonging it. Simply put, IGN is biased, and they no longer even attempt to hide it.

Now it sounds stupid of me to almost sund like it's a big deal (it isn't). But I feel I may as well write this since it involves gaming (to an extent) and I'm really not doing much this week, so I'll take a break from my various hobbies to share another of my embittered rants. And frankly, I find it baffling that IGN can still be the "world's leading gaming site" when it is so unprofessional it's shameful.

Now I don't think it's shocking news that IGN *ahem* plays favorites on a daily basis *cough! Microsoft! Cough!* But it seems they have now reached past the level of "professionally biased" and now seem to be fanboyish trolls, seeking attention through slander or bashings of products outside the realms of their liking (namely Nintendo). If I wanted to listen to unprofessional reviews with a not-so subtle hint of trolling, I'd watch that Zero Puncuation guy's videos (or as I like to call him, the worst gaming critic ever).

The fact that IGN now seems to proudly tout their snide disposition on certain products and companies in favoritism to others seems brings to mind a smug 13-year old who has a newfound ego because he discovered what a dirty word means. It seems derogatory to gamers as a whole that such a website is their primary source for video game media.

I think whatever infinitesimal smidgen of anything even resembling credability IGN had left has now been disintegrated with their "preview" of Rayman Origins. Now I'm not exactly a Rayman fan, there are plenty of people who are and the game looks good and fine. The problem is the good majority of the "preview" is spent slandering Nintendo. I think in the article the editor takes shots at Nintendo for "not taking ideas far enough" (since the DS and Wii were such commercial failures because they were too conventional I guess), claims that the Mario series lacks creativity (?) and uses New Super Mario Bros. Mii (a tech demo) as an example of Nintendo's fading imagination.

What makes this all the more dumbfounding is that the supposed "purpose" of the article is to talk about Rayman Origins being a game that proves "games don't need shotguns and blood to be great" and yet the company he's slandering (and the series in particular) have been proving that very statement from the get-go. Even when gaming was at its grittiest, Mario was still in games showcasing childlike imagination and whimsy. Wouldn't it make more sense for the editor to have stacked Rayman against GTA or Gears of War if his argument was to say a game doesn't have to be violent to be good (of course, I myself, and any other reasonable gamer could have told you that)?

Now, I know I've said I think GameSpot has a little bias themselves before (claiming that most any hyped Wii game would have to settle for an 8.5 at best), but hey, at least GameSpot still sees a game for being good and never resorted to flat-out slander against the very nature of a developer (and in a self-defeating irony no less).

I'm not the most professional person out there, but I'm trying my darndest to get better at it as it will surely come in handy for me in the future (I still give in to the occasional embittered quip, but never really anything offensive). And while I may tug the collar of my shirt thinking of some of my past blogs throughout the internet, I can at the very least say I never wrote one with the intent of trolling and slander, and pretending I was actually writing something with a point.

I used to visit IGN often to find out the newest happenings and goings-on in gaming, but I have slowly but surely developed a disdain for the site as they've become more and more biased, unprofessional, and just plain troll-like.Plus, there are a lot more ways to get ahold of video game news these days, and some of them actually have a little bit of credibility.

Just proves once and for all, you can't spell ignorance without IGN.

An Easier Way to see my E3 Awards.

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Okay, since my last blog here seemed to hail from glitch city, I posted my E3 awards on my website as well. So if you don't feel like highlighting my last blog and reading it in a giant blue/grey rectangle, just click here.

See ya soon.

E3 Stuff: My E3 Awards

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Well, after attentding E3 again I must say it was quite a show. Though also, being me, my particular interest favored the quirky, the small, and the handheld over the overblown and pretentious *cough! Bioshock Infinite! Cough!*

Here are my personal favorite games and products of E3 2011 (keep in mind, while I played a good amount of games, I didn't play a wide array of games from each genre as to warrant "best fighting game" or "best RPG" awards and the like).

Anyway, here they are.

The "Ooh, fancy!" Award for Best Presentation (on the show floor)

Runner-up: Konami (Metal Gear series)

Konami had a very easily accessibleand well organized booth all-around. But its dedication to the Metal Gear series is what caught my interest most. Along with a slew of playable Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3Ds, they also had some good set-ups commemorating the series 25th anniversary.The "Ooh, fancy!" Award for Best Presentation (on the show floor)

Runner-up: Konami (Metal Gear series)

Konami had a very easily accessibleand well organized booth all-around. But its dedication to the Metal Gear series is what caught my interest most. Along with a slew of playable Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3Ds, they also had some good set-ups commemorating the series 25th anniversary.

Winner: Sega (Sonic Generations)

How could I not love an enclosed booth decked out with memorabilia from Sonic's illustrious history? From DVDs of the old cartoons, awards and accolades from past games and old boxart covering the entire booth, I think I was lost in a wonderland of nostalgia. It also didn't hurt that I could play any version of Sonic Generations, which looks great. This booth reminded me why I love Sonic, ergo it wins.

The "Don LaFontaine would be Proud" Award for Best Trailer

Runner-up: Halo 4

Probably the only thing Microsoft had at the show that didn't involve Kinect, the Halo 4 trailer was enough to get fans hyped for this newest installment of the Halo series, and had them looking past all the Kinect stuff.

Winner: The Old Republic

Boy has this game had phenomenal trailers? Its most recent is intense, stunning, and a lot more exciting than Episodes II or III. And it's arguably the best usage of Duel of the Fates since The Phantom Menace.

The "Whoamigosh, No Way!" Award for Biggest Surprise

Runner-up: Luigi's Mansion 2

While Nintendo enjoys making sequels, this is one I had seriously never thought was coming, but boy am I glad it is. The original was an incredibly unique experience that only suffered from an excruciatingly short length, which means there was a lot of untapped potential. Here's hoping this sequel realizes it.

Winner: Skullgirls

I remember seeing some early designs for this game at Anime Expo a few years back (boy do I sound like a nerd right now), but it seemed to have fallen into memory for me. Seeing the game in action, I can safely say it's stunning both visually (the characters are hand-animated and display immense lighting effects, the game's movement's are beautifully fluid) and in terms of gameplay (this is a fighter going out of its way for balance and focuses more on strategies than lightning-fast button presses). Once this is available for download, get it.

The "Make the 2D Consoles Proud" Award for Best Hardware

Runner-up: Wii U Controller

Okay, the console is still shrouded in mystery other than the heavy third-party support and a few mentions of Nintendo franchises. But it's hard to argue with the innovation and promise of the Wii U's controller.

Winner: Nintendo 3DS

Okay, so had the Wii U shown off any games as opposed to tech demos and the like, it would have stolen the show, but the 3DS kicked it out where all else was inconsistent, the games! The new Super Mario, Luigi's Mansion 2, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D, Ocarina of Time 3D, so many games are on the horizon for Nintendo's newest handheld that I feel my wallet shall soon be a lot thinner.

The "Worthy of Fanboyism" Award for Best Game on the Show Floor

Runner-up: Skullgirls

Okay, so when it comes to fighting games at E3, everyone is all the rage about Street Fighter X Tekken. That may be understandable, but I think I'll give a mention to the little guys here with Skullgirls. This is a fighter with a lot of promise, and I hope the finished game takes me by as much surprise as this little three-character demo did.

Winner: Super Mario 3DS

Okay, so by now me saying a Mario game is the best of whatever is probably a huge cliche, but you can't argue consistency. Mario's been at it for three decades and still shines. Super Mario 3DS looks to combine elements of the Mario Galaxy games with Super Mario Bros. 3. And, well, do I need to say more?

The "A Brighter Tomorrow, Today!" Award for most anticipated product

Winner: Wii U

With their next console, Nintendo looks to replicate the success of the Wii…And then some. While most of the Wii U remains a mystery, it's beautiful visuals, innovative controller and immense third-party support are already abuzz. But the best news came from quick little mentions of Nintendo franchises, which include the fourth installment of Super Smash Bros. (which will also be on 3DS in some form) and the long-awaited, seldom seen Pikmin 3. Those two games alone have sold me.

Winner: Sega (Sonic Generations)

How could I not love an enclosed booth decked out with memorabilia from Sonic's illustrious history? From DVDs of the old cartoons, awards and accolades from past games and old boxart covering the entire booth, I think I was lost in a wonderland of nostalgia. It also didn't hurt that I could play any version of Sonic Generations, which looks great. This booth reminded me why I love Sonic, ergo it wins.


The "Don LaFontaine would be Proud" Award for Best Trailer

Runner-up: Halo 4

Probably the only thing Microsoft had at the show that didn't involve Kinect, the Halo 4 trailer was enough to get fans hyped for this newest installment of the Halo series, and had them looking past all the Kinect stuff.

Winner: The Old Republic

Boy has this game had phenomenal trailers? Its most recent is intense, stunning, and a lot more exciting than Episodes II or III. And it's arguably the best usage of Duel of the Fates since The Phantom Menace.


The "Whoamigosh, No Way!" Award for Biggest Surprise

Runner-up: Luigi's Mansion 2

While Nintendo enjoys making sequels, this is one I had seriously never thought was coming, but boy am I glad it is. The original was an incredibly unique experience that only suffered from an excruciatingly short length, which means there was a lot of untapped potential. Here's hoping this sequel realizes it.


Winner: Skullgirls

I remember seeing some early designs for this game at Anime Expo a few years back (boy do I sound like a nerd right now), but it seemed to have fallen into memory for me. Seeing the game in action, I can safely say it's stunning both visually (the characters are hand-animated and display immense lighting effects, the game's movement's are beautifully fluid) and in terms of gameplay (this is a fighter going out of its way for balance and focuses more on strategies than lightning-fast button presses). Once this is available for download, get it.


The "Make the 2D Consoles Proud" Award for Best Hardware

Runner-up: Wii U Controller

Okay, the console is still shrouded in mystery other than the heavy third-party support and a few mentions of Nintendo franchises. But it's hard to argue with the innovation and promise of the Wii U's controller.


Winner: Nintendo 3DS

Okay, so had the Wii U shown off any games as opposed to tech demos and the like, it would have stolen the show, but the 3DS kicked it out where all else was inconsistent, the games! The new Super Mario, Luigi's Mansion 2, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D, Ocarina of Time 3D, so many games are on the horizon for Nintendo's newest handheld that I feel my wallet shall soon be a lot thinner.


The "Worthy of Fanboyism" Award for Best Game on the Show Floor

Runner-up: Skullgirls

Okay, so when it comes to fighting games at E3, everyone is all the rage about Street Fighter X Tekken. That may be understandable, but I think I'll give a mention to the little guys here with Skullgirls. This is a fighter with a lot of promise, and I hope the finished game takes me by as much surprise as this little three-character demo did.

Winner: Super Mario 3DS

Okay, so by now me saying a Mario game is the best of whatever is probably a huge cliche, but you can't argue consistency. Mario's been at it for three decades and still shines. Super Mario 3DS looks to combine elements of the Mario Galaxy games with Super Mario Bros. 3. And, well, do I need to say more?


The "A Brighter Tomorrow, Today!" Award for most anticipated product

Winner: Wii U

With their next console, Nintendo looks to replicate the success of the Wii…And then some. While most of the Wii U remains a mystery, it's beautiful visuals, innovative controller and immense third-party support are already abuzz. But the best news came from quick little mentions of Nintendo franchises, which include the fourth installment of Super Smash Bros. (which will also be on 3DS in some form) and the long-awaited, seldom seen Pikmin 3. Those two games alone have sold me.

E3 Stuff: Soaking it All in in.

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Alright, so E3 has come and gone, and again there were a lot of surprises, a lot of announcements, and a lot of really cool but bizarrly named products.

This is just going to be a really quick little recap blog of the event, I'll be writing additional blogs ASAP, including my own little version of "Best of E3" awards (though expect basic categories, no genre awards).

Anyway, I hate to sound biased, but I feel Nintendo stole the show for the second year in a row. The Wii U's debut (cheesy rhyme), the army of 3DS titles and Wii's swan song (Skyward Sword and, to a lesser extent, Kirby Wii) being the source of Nintendo's spotlight. The only downsides to Nintendo's presentation at the show being the majority of their showing consistent of games we already knew were coming, with the surprise announcements merely being mentions (like SSB4, which only needed to be mentioned to get hyped, and Pikmin 3, which Nintendo continues to toy with). The only surprise announcement that seemed to be on Nintendo's showing was Luigi's Mansion 2. A great surprise that I certainly wasn't expecting, but the fact that the Wii U still remains a mystery (apart from the controller) meant most of Nintendo's showing was predicted beforehand. Though the early strong-showing of third-party support on Wii U is a great sign.

Sony also did nicely with the revelation of Vita. The (relatively) low price will definitely help get Sony a much-needed boost once released, though I do fear it might end up being a "souped-up PSP" (which won't be a bad thing if you loved the PSP, but I yearn for a little more). Though the PS3 showed to still have some steam (thankfully, I'm not wealthy enough to start buying a whole wave of new consoles), with Sly Cooper 4 and Dark Souls being the personal standouts for me.

Microsoft....well......Ummm....I liked Halo 4.........

Anyway, that's all for now. Sorry for the short rundown, I will write some additional blogs on my opinions of E3 when I have more time. Expect my "Best of E3" awards soon. :)

E3 Stuff: Early Impressions.

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Alright, so I got back from my first day at E3 this year and I got to say, there's a lot of interesting things happening in the near gaming future, but not much of it is allowed to be touched right now. More on that in a second.

Anyway, being an immense fan of Nintendo, the first thing I had to know was..........Pikmin 3! And for the third year in a row, Pikmin failed to show up... Oh how I wish to see Olimar and co. again...

Anyway anyway, I'm sure you all guessed I was (and still am) greatly anticipating Nintendo's new console, Project Cafe, or as it is now officially called.... *drumroll* Wii U! Ridiculous name, yes, but judging by a Zelda demo video (don't get too excited, I think that's all it was), it looks like a graphical powerhouse. More notably is the systems unique functions, which includes a remote that includes a touch screen, and can even "retain gameplay while your TV is off."

If you want to know of games for the Wii U, well, there was a demonstration of New Super Mario Bros. Mii, a semi/quasi/sorta sequel to New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The idea of a new 2D Mario brings me the gleeful chortles, but the idea that it just seems to be NSMBW with the ability to play as Miis seems underwhelming (especially considering Super Mario 3DS looks stunning).

Though the good news is that another game has been confirmed for Wii U (as well as 3DS)....Super Smash Bros. 4! Although, like Pikmin, nothing seems known about it other than it exists (hope that's still the case for Pikmin), but given my love for Smash Bros., just knowing a fourth entry is on the way is more than enough reason for me to be ecstatic. I only ask for one thing: Geno. Please, please, PLEASE! Geno.

The Wii U looks promising, even if I can't help but think of Mr. Slate's famous "P.U." joke from The Flintstones every time I hear the name. Apparently it has already been confirmed that developers of 360 and PS3 games are porting their games over, so it looks like we might be seeing some third party support. My only worry is that the controller looks huge! Hopefully it won't hinder the controls for any of its games. But given that I once held a womping Genesis controller when I was a wee lad, maybe I'm worrying a bit too much about that?

Nintendo also showed that the Wii still has some steam left with Skyward Sword (which is shaping up even better than I thought) and Kirby Wii, which looks absolutely delightful, and looks to bring an interesting co-op mode where three other players play as Dedede, Metaknight and Waddle Dee.

Though Nintendo's main focus seemed to be the 3DS (probably a wise choice all things considered). As stated, Super Mario (3D? 3DS?) looks amazing, and when I first saw gameplay footage I thought it was Super Mario Galaxy 3. It looks absolutely beautiful, the fact that it's on a handheld is even more mouth-dropping. And yes, I got a bit of nostalgiac goosebumps when I saw the Tanooki suit in full-blown 3D. So far, Super Mario 3DS (let's just call it that for now) looks like a cross between the Galaxy games, Mario 64, and Super Mario Bros. 3. Suffice to say, it looks brilliant.

Mario Kart 3D and Paper Mario 3D were also shown, but I'll have to give them a better look next time around. In fact, I hardly actually got to play anything on this first day (some simply due to ridiculous lines, others because they were only open to "select" audiences).

The long-awaited Luigi's Mansion 2 also will be making an appearance on the 3DS. I'm happy anyway, as I felt the Luigi's Mansion concept had a lot of untapped potential. I only wish the trailer included the impossibly catchy theme music.

Though my 3DS surprise came in the form of Kid Icarus: Uprising. I know my fellow longtime Nintendo fans will pelt me with tomatoes for this, but I was only modestly excited when the new Kid Icarus was announced. It just failed to wow me before, and I'm in the minority who likes Pit's original, non-anime design better than his Brawl look. But after seeing the new trailer and learning of the new characters, weapons, and online modes, Uprising is now amongst my most wanted 3DS games.

Outside of Nintendo, Sony seemed to have a nice collection of titles to play. Notably, Dark Souls (sequel to Demons Souls) looks to continue the brutal difficulty of its predecessor. Sonic Generations (given a beautiful tribute section in the SEGA booth as well as being in Sony and Microsoft's) looks like the best Sonic game in a decade (intended as a compliment), and is among my most anticipated games on the horizon. And Capcom's Street Fighter X Tekken, like Marvel vs. Capcom 3 last year, appeared to be a showstealer.

I wish I could give you more info on a lot of these games, and maybe tomorrow I'll be able to. But I have to say a huge drawback for this year's E3 is that a good chunk of the major releases were either A) only shown in trailer format, or B) were open only to press, anyone else was excluded from seeing them (humorously enough, I was at one point walking behind someone complaining about the elitism of this year's show). Among these games were Mass Effect 3, The Old Republic, Tomb Raider, and many other major releases on the 360 and PS3. Again, I hope to have more of an opinion on this stuff later, I just hope I have the oppurtunity to make such an opinion.

So there's something of a summary of my first day at E3 2011. I hope I have more personal opinions to share in the coming days, but this first day seemed like being a kid in a candy store, only to find out you have a cavity, unable to enjoy most of it.

Your Favorite Video Game Console

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Don't worry, this isn't another survey doomed to be procrastinated for months on end. I'm done with those...for now. ;)

Self-explanitory really, just wondering what video game consoles are the favorites amongst my small little social circle on GameSpot. My personal favorite is, was, and probably always will be, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. What's yours?

Going to E3

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It looks like I'll be headed to E3 again this year. Priority one going in is definitely seeing what Nintendo has in store with Cafe and the 3DS as well as the Wii's swan song year. I'll post about my time there, though I'm sure you'll be reading all the news from Gamespot itself and other gaming websites and magazines... But for those interested I'll be giving my personal take on the new games present at the show.

Here's hoping for Pikmin 3...

One Year on GameSpot (and Also Super Mario RPG Turns 15)!

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Well heidy-ho! I've been on Gamespot for over a year (as of April 28th)!

I was going to write about this sooner, but wanted the "Best Video Games" thing to get more attention so I held it off.

*Jack Sparrow voice*

Drinks all around!

No applause please, just throw money.

Also, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, quite possibly my favorite video game ever, was released in North America 15 years ago today. The excitement! It's like a pie made out of wow!

Huzzah and whatnot!