Tag Archive: alan wake


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

According to this week’s All Format Chart, Alan Wake has taken the #2 spot on the charts just below FIFA World Cup 2010. From what I have played of Alan Wake so far, I think it is a really excellent game. I think it should get the number one spot. I definitely think it is better than FIFA. Maybe because I’m just not really into that kind of thing, but I really enjoy the story for Alan Wake. I was a bit skeptical as to how this game would turn out, but I really think it came together nicely. Your opinions?
The top 10 list:

  • FIFA World Cup 2010: South Africa (EA Sports, EA)
  • Alan Wake (Remedy Entertainment, Microsoft)
  • Lost Planet 2 (Capcom, Capcom)
  • Just Dance (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
  • Skate 3 (EA BlackBox, EA Games)
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (EA DICE, EA Games)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Infinity Ward, Activision)
  • Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, Square Enix)
  • Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo, Nintendo)
  • Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Nintendo)

I think I forgot to mention the additional details about Modern Warfare 2’s new DLC due to be released to the X360 on June 3rd. In Major Nelson’s latest, “Mr. Modern Warfare”, Robert Bowling discusses the new maps in some detail. A new Trailer Park map will be added, which is narrow, cutting through trailers and is very maze like. There’s a Carnival based map, and another map that was described as “sniper heaven” which is set in an oil refinery.

Lately, I have seen a lot of topics focused around Photo Dojo, a fighting game released exclusively for the Nintendo DSi. Well, until June 11th, Photo Dojo is absolutely free. The game uses the DSi’s camera to take pictures of people and various objects and lets the player assemble a custom fighting game off those images. After the deal is over, you must pay 200 Points in order to get it from the DSi Shop.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Trailer

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09

Alan Wake: http://www.gamerzines.com/xbox-360/news/wake-fails-to-take-top-spot.html
MW2 Update: http://www.gamerzines.com/xbox-360/news/new-details-mw2-resurgence.html
Photo Dojo: http://www.whattheyplay.com/blog/2010/05/11/download-photo-dojo-for-free-on-the-nintendo-dsi-u/?utm_source=What+They+Play+-+Newsletters+and+Alerts&utm_campaign=1f377b1566-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email
Black Ops Video via gamerzines on Youtube

Hey guys, today the official GameVault360 Facebook went up. Yes I’m making this as legitimate as possible. It might take a while to expand and gain some more viewers, but we’ll get there! Info will be added on the Contact page.

Anyway, since I love BioShock, and I get Google Alerts about it I thought I should fill you in with this week’s BioShock update. Ha ha.
Apparently, since the release of  second DLC for BioShock 2, people have complained. Complaints about he players inability to use the brand new multiplayer maps. 2k Elizabeth Tobey replied by saying this in the forum: “We couldn’t assume all players would purchase the new maps, so we made a design decision to unify the player base and make sure no one got split up (because as we’ve already talked about a couple weeks back, no one likes that.) The DLC maps cycle into the rotation during public matches if everyone in the room owns them, otherwise, base maps are used – that way you can still play with your friends even if they don’t own the new content.”

Yes I am a BioShock fan, but thank God I haven’t gotten around to buying this. The maps look pretty cool, but I’m seriously reconsidering after reading this and hearing all the flack that the Rapture Metro Pack has been receiving. Honestly, I wouldn’t have a problem playing private matches, if the achievements and trials would work! Any ideas?

Today I just purchased a brand new black Wii. I have to say that it looks truly amazing. Sure, it operates just like the white Wii, but it comes with the new MotionPlus Wiimote, which is suppose to be much more precise. I also received Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort. But I think the shiny, black shell is what does it for me. Wii really got a good make-over. It looks so much more modern than the original. I haven’t hooked it up yet, although I do have a video of me revealing the Wii in it’s shiny glory. There will also be pictures as well.

Now time for a video. Alan Wake: Building a Drama
http://xbox360.ign.com/dor/objects/743608/remedy-project-next-gen-title/videos/alanwake_trl_building_the_drama_51710.html

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09

BioShock News: http://forums.2kgames.com/forums/showthread.php?p=813453#post813453
Alan Wake video via IGN