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So, because I haven’t featured any news in a while (thanks to a busy schedule) I’m going to give you guys  a quick update on something that I’m personally pissed off by this week.

Apparently, Dead Rising 2 has been pushed forward from it’s August release date for the US to September 28th.

Great. I’m not sure exactly what’s going on with these guys, whether they’re doing super improvements on the game or what, but all I know is that I have waited for this for a while and I would like to have a date set in stone for this game. I expect to be very impressed after waiting all this time. The thing is, it’s not a very compelling game, but it’s just fun. Well, at least Dead Rising 1 was. I mean, who doesn’t want to roam around in a mall for 72 hours with anything and everything as your weapon?

Let’s not disappoint, Capcom. The pressure is on.

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09

Dead Rising Delay via IGN

I hate to leave you guys hanging like I have been lately, but I’ve been occupied by other various things. My blog list just keeps adding up like crazy.

I can’t promise a blog tonight, because everytime I do, it never happens.

Well, regardless, I might have to start posting once a week. That will probably be during the weekend. But for now I have plenty of videos and sites you guys can check out via the links provided in my posts.

Thanks for reading and keep playing,

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09

So after being gone for a while due to some technical difficulties, I’m back and ready to fill everyone in on what’s been going on in the game news. Obviously, one of the biggest (if not the biggest) gaming event, E3, is going on this week in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to E3 this year, but at least I can report and analyze it. If you watch G4 then you can get E3 coverage or visit your favorite gaming website for full Live coverage of the event. As of right now,  I haven’t gathered EVERYTHING E3 possible, as that would take hours. But expect to see it soon. Between balancing my personal life with my blogs, things have gotten a bit hectic. Thank you for your patience. 🙂

Father’s Day is June 20th, if you want something inexpensive What They Play has created a list of some affordable apparel that you could give as a gift. Of course, giving out console accessories (mics, Xbox Live Gold Subscription Card, MS Points, skins for the console, Wii Sports Resort Accessories, even an additional controller) and used games are also other options you could go for. See the site here. Or ya know, you could always take the easy way out and get them a gift card.

Obviously, I have a lot of news to cover. With that said, I chose the first thing that stood out to me. The top 10 dumbest moments in video game history, posted by the great folks over at damnlag.com have noted many stupid moments including: Pac-Man 2600 for the Atari, many systems that have FAILED, and a few stupid quotes by Nintendo’s 3rd president, Hiroshi Yamauchi. Those quotes include the following:

“I have been saying this for some time, but customers are not interested in grand games with higher-quality graphics and sound and epic stories. Only people who do not know the videogame business would advocate the release of next-generation machines when people are not interested in cutting-edge technologies.”

“[People who play RPGs are] depressed gamers who like to sit alone in their dark rooms and play slow games.”

“There are many people in the industry that know nothing about games. In particular, a large American company is trying to do engulf software houses with money, but I don’t believe that will go well. It looks like they’ll sell their game system next year, but we’ll see the answer to that the following year.”

You can read all 10 moments here.

And oh yeah, there’s this cool Fallout: New Vegas interview via Gameplanet with the senior designer of the game. <<<—click the link to read the interview, bro.

Next time I’ll be talking about how the new Xbox 360 (yes, NEW(and slimmer!)) consumes 10% less power for those of you who are concerned about that type of thing.

Fallout: New Vegas E3 2010 Trailer:

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09

Father’s Day via WhatTheyPlay
Fallout: NV via GamePlanet
Dumbass Moments via DamnLag
Fallout: New Vegas Trailer via Impersonator280 on Youtube

New E-Mail Contact

After being commented about contacting GV360, I’ve set up an e-mail for all your questions and suggestions. Previously, you could contact us through Twitter or AIM, and some people may not be signed up for either service, there is a public e-mail set up for all your inquiries.

Spam will be reported and/or deleted. NO SPAM.

New e-mail: support.gamevault360@live.com

Thanks for reading and keep playing,

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09

Hello again. CNN posted an article written by their ‘tech expert’ Scott Steinburg explaining why movies based off games totally suck. He sites reasons like money and the way the stories are implemented in both mediums. He says:

“Movies are many times inherently dense, layered with shades of subtle coloring and perception. Video games are often more one-dimensional, primarily designed to keep players steadily clicking away or tapping buttons.”

Uh..no. Regardless, I personally think that games should stay games and movies should stay well.. movies. And they should not cross each others’ path. While we may think that ‘Oh yeah, that game would make a great movie!’, it really gets down to how the directors, producers, and most importantly writers take the game and translate it. This has been a reoccurring topic for a while, what’s you’re opinion? Seriously, comment.

Speaking of horrible game movies, looks like the game to movie adaptation of ‘Hitman’ may be getting a sequel. Great. I’d rather see the next installment of the ‘Hitman’ series, honestly. Right now it is unknown if Timothy Olyphant will return for the sequel but Spanish ‘helmer’ Daniel Benmayor will make his debut with the ‘Hitman 2’ movie. Well, good for him. Hopefully, this turns out alright.

EA & Visceral Games have released the box art for Dead Space 2. Dead Space 2 is set to release on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC sometime in early 2011.

^^Damn right.^^

And finally,  go over to The Escapist and take their ‘What Kind of Gamer Are You?’ quiz. Turns out, I’m an ‘Explorer’. Of course, you’ll have to sign up to take the quiz, but it’s definitely worth it. I quite enjoy the site myself.

How Not To Play Hitman (i.e. Most Epic Videos Ever)

TWO VIDEOS!

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09

Games & Movies Stuff via CNN
‘Hitman 2‘ via Deadline
Dead Space 2 via Gamerzines
Quiz via Escapist
Dead Space 2 Picture Courtesy of Kotaku & Of Course, All Videos Courtesy of Youtube & It’s Users

Note: Looking for a specific story? Hit keys ‘Ctrl’ and ‘F’ together and enter the term you are looking for. You’re welcome. 🙂

First off, a demo for the long awaited Mafia 2 will be released in August. Although developers, 2k Czech, have not set a specific date yet (which will be posted here when they do), will be playable on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC platforms. The game’s official release is on August 24th for the U.S. and August 27th in most of Western Europe.

Max Payne 3 does not look like it will be released this year. Take-Two listed all releases for 2010 and the game did not show up. In March, Take-Two stated that the game would be released by October 31st. Well, that certainly doesn’t look like that’s going to happen, huh? In the mean time, there will be releases such as L.A. Noire, Mafia II, and NBA 2k11.

A favorite here, BioShock, may not be dealt with by 2k Marin in the future. Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick said

“We do intend to support it[BioShock franchise]; doesn’t necessarily have to be at 2K Marin, but we do intend to support the franchise.”

Well, whoever the developer’s may be in the future, could they at least upgrade their engine to something more modern? Not to mention that they are going to focus on more DLC for BioShock 2. Zelnick also said:

“First and foremost we’re focused on downloadable content – we intend to continue to support Bioshock 2 with further downloadable content. We think the franchise has a long life indeed.”

Cool story, bro.

Capcom has listed the titles that will be featured in E3, which includes the following:
Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
Okamiden: Chisaki Taiyou
Bionic Commando Rearmed 2
Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
Dead Rising 2
Dead Rising 2: CASE ZERO
MotoGP 09/10
E3 starts Tuesday, June 15th and closes Thursday, June 17th @ 5p.m.
You can view a full list of almost every game that will be featured at E3 here.

Max Payne 2 Trailer:

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09

Max Payne 3 via Eurogamer
Mafia 2 Demo via Product-Reviews
BioShock 2 via TheGamingLiberty
E3 Stuff via Gamespot



Activision has come out with the MW2 soundtrack, and Amazon has the entire album for $7.99 or $0.99 per track. There are 17 tracks from composer Hans Zimmer who has worked on great titles such as Gladiator, Rain Man, and the Dark Knight. Purchase it here.

According to counselor and therapist Steve Pope, ‘playing games for 2 hours is similar to doing a line of cocaine.’ While he has NO statistic data to back it up, he claims that he does not need reports, and reports and data are lies, lies, and more lies. Pope did have statistics that concluded that playing video games is the fastest growing addiction in the UK, but has not produced any stats yet. Two words: EPIC FAIL. So who wants to go do a line of MW2? You can read the full story here or by copying and pasting the link into your browser from the URL at the bottom.

Along with BioShock and it’s recently released predecessor BioShock 2, Take-Two chairman, Strauss Zelnick, has mentioned up to 5 BioShock sequels. So what’s the deal with BioShock 3? IGN has posted an editorial over at their website that lists the reasons why BioShock 3 should wait. Their problems with the two games include the following:
-New Engine Please:  The current engine is eight years old, and is not just the ‘backbone of the graphics, but the entire world itself.’
-Rapture needs a new outlook: Publisher Patrick Kolan suggested: “Why not let players explore vast habitats that emulate the surface world – more indoor forests and mountains – albeit with a gorgeously realized arching ceiling holding back the oceanic pressures? Why not create multiple cities, linked with a broader transport system that could ferry the player from the arctic seas to the warm, tropical expanses of the Mediterranean? Each area’s ocean, filled with local flora and fauna, could bring a unique look to the surrounding seas and influence the Art Deco architecture in turn.”
-Plasmids aren’t cutting it anymore: While Plasmids are a staple of Rapture, a change or growth system should be intertwined in the character.
-See ya later, Multiplayer!: Pretty self explanatory.
-Putting a stop to BioShock?: Should the series be continued on? Are 5 sequels a bit much? Face the music, people: all good things come to an end.
For answers to these questions go here.

BioShock 2 E3 Trailer:

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09

MW2 Stuff: http://www.neoseeker.com/news/14002-modern-warfare-2-soundtrack-now-available/
Video Game Addiction: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=248698
BioShock 3: http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/109/1094442p2.html
Fallout New Vegas Trailer via Machinima on Youtube

Something that I’ve really been thinking about lately is game prices.

There have been many attacks on the used game market by big players in the Gaming Industry. Basically, they’re losing money. But they wouldn’t have to get all worked up over losing some dollars if they’re games are moderately priced.

I rounded up my gaming expenses for one year:

I usually buy between 5 to 10 games a year, both used and new. So just say I buy a max of 10 games: 5 new and 5 used. New games for the 360, my main unit for new games, are $60. That’s $300 dollars right there. I usually pick up used games for about $20. That’s $100. $400 a year max on games. Just games alone.

Now let’s factor in repairs, accessories, DLC, Xbox Arcade Games, 360 Gold Cards, and MS Points. Which comes out to:

A lot of f***ing money!

Also let’s throw in a new console every once in a while. Which is a few hundred in it’s self.

I understand that the $60 or doesn’t just go to the publisher. Developers and others need to be paid in the process.

But is it really worth that for 8 hours of gameplay? I would pay $45 maximum. They should charge $60 or $65 for special editions. I typically wait to get games if I’m not a huge fan of the series. For example, I’m going to wait a few months after Dead Rising 2 comes out. Because I know that it’s going to cost $60 as soon as it is released. So why not wait a few months and let the price drop? I’m not that anxious to get the game.

In turn, I did pay $60 for BioShock 2 and I don’t regret it. But I did pay only $30 for BioShock 2 about 1 year ago from Target.

So my question is: Do you think it is acceptable that average people should pay that much for games?

Thanks for reading and keep playing,

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09

Since I’ve missed some days where I wasn’t blogging, obviously, I have a LOT of news for you guys.

On June 3rd the second MW2 DLC was released. IGN has released their review of the DLC. Despite the skepticism surrounding the new DLC considering the last disappointment with the Stimulus Pack. IGN claims that while the new DLC is pricey, it’s worth it. Are you planning on buying the Resurgence Pack? Or did you already buy it, and what do you think of it?

Some people say that video games can lead to violence, well this is one case where that is true. A 21 year old Virgina man, Bruce Jamar Walston, threw his girlfriend’s cat across the room and killed it after the cat pulled the plug on his video game console. Jamar was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and misdemeanor animal cruelty for throwing the kitten in front of his girlfriend’s young children. Obviously, this drew the attention of PETA, who have taken the initiative to have people write a letter to Commonwealth Attorney A. Lee Ervin to work hard to prosecute the case. I was personally disgusted by this story for two reasons: 1. the guy killed an innocent animal for a completely idiotic reason and 2. because this just gave people who have been trying to prove that video games lead to violence an example. Thanks a lot douche bag.

Game to movie transitions don’t have the best reputation and usually when you hear of a game being made into a movie, there is doubt surrounding it. However, the great people over at GameSpot have taken the time to make a list of the games that have been made into movies as part of their ‘History of Video Games’ feature. The list includes: Mortal Kombat(1995), Resident Evil(2002), Street Fighter(1994), and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider(2003). You can check out the full list here.

Supreme Court Justice O’Connor has praised video games as ‘fabuolous’ teaching tools. She said that “We’ve had tests done, and the students go up 20% in their knowledge by playing those games.” While this is aimed toward students, why not let it help adults too? See, playing games are good. 🙂

Super Mario Galaxy 2 has topped the charts for Nintendo Wii in the United States and Japan. Red Dead Redemption takes the number one spot for the Xbox 360 and the PS3 in the US and the UK, while Alan Wake won in Japan. The Sims 3 is number one in the US for PC, Mario Kart DS is number 1 for the DS, and FIFA World Cup topped for PSP. You can see everything at Gamasutra.

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09

Check out this psycho: http://www.chipchick.com/2010/06/video-game-kitten.html
Game Movies Are Bad: http://www.gamespot.com/special_feature/vghm2010_movies/image-feature/index.html?image=1
Good Games: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/28734/Justice_OConnor_Hails_Games_As_Fabulous_Teaching_Tools.php
Game Charts: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/28829/Saling_The_World_Mario_Galaxy_2_Heads_Charts_in_US_and_Japan.php

So I know that I haven’t posted in a while and I’m glad to see that I’m getting more viewers. I PROMISE that there will be a post up tonight to update you on everything that’s going on in the gaming world. Just keep your eyes open for a new post.

Thanks for reading and keep on playing,

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09