Memories of Remember

Remember Me
I’m a couple of chapters into Capcom’s Remember Me – an urban cyberpunk Lara Croft adventure, movie like FMV, William Gibson’s tomorrow’s technology, combat of Batman and Assassins Creed, with its own touch of remix… and then we have the cool finishing move ‘overloads’, that reminds me of Bayonetta’s wicked weave

Modern day Paris is stunning, reminiscent of a Final Fantasy city blended with Hong Kong; the only thing it’s missing to reflect reality is everyone smoking Galois

What other game has this kind of pedigree? Just a pity it’s not Open World, and I feel I may tire of the combat

The picture clues are a nice touch, although there’s not that much floor space to a level, and it becomes routine to check around each corner for ‘memories’.

Let’s see if it can hold my attention long enough to complete the story πŸ™‚

xbox usb keyboard

Status

I find it hard to believe that I have never tried this before!

I find enterring lengthy text messages via joystick into XBOX LIve timely.
Today I plugged in a keyboard I have been using with a Raspberry Pi into the XBOX to see if it would work.

Wonders of technology, keyboard typing without the need for drivers!

Not sure of how long the nolvelty will last before I revert back to GG πŸ™‚

Saints Row: The Third now free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers

Saints Row: The Third

Typical that Microsoft begin to give away free games after I quit my Gold subscription.

The main reason I quit paying out was that they had given nothing away in the ~8 years I’d had an account… ah the irony. May have to sign back up?

I enjoyed the outer World hyper realsim of SR:3, and sure the multiplayer game will be well manned now evey Gold member has a copy πŸ™‚

Ubuntu Kinect Mouse

Linux kinect
As much as I love the functionality of the xbox 360 kinnect, and there have been some cool games, I don’t use it too often.

So I got thinking about what would be an effective use for this sophisticated bit of kit.

My first thought was as an alternative cursor controller.
And being the 21st century, and having google available at my fingertips, I found that someone had done the hard thinking prior.

So here’s this weekends project, as well as scoring a present for my darling wife, and finding a battery pack for the PirateBox πŸ™‚

So for starters, here’s A community based site focusing on development and programming for the Microsoft Kinect 3D depth sensor.
Develop Kinect


this didn’t work so well, so I tried a different tactic: OpenKinect

naughty bear panic in paradise with a dishwasher vampire smile

I’m having fun with 2 more xbox live arcade titles… I seem to be spending more time on the xbox after I cancelled my 7 year subscription πŸ™‚

The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile
This mono (except for blood splurts and falling coins) shaded 2D side scrolling hack and slash is a great challenge; with a variety of weapons and moves plus end of level monstrous bad guys to tick ever box in the genre.

The Dishwasher Vampire Smile

It’s a dark compelling story told 2 ways (although I’ve only concentrated on the Dishwasher for now), there’re character choices, and arcade options, with weapons to level up.

Oh and I nearly forgot the music interludes, where you knock out catchy guitar rifts to earn tokens.

These tokens then offer advantage and benefits in combat, where you can equip up to 5.

You also have a variety of weapons to equip, and have 2 sets to quickly swap between that consists of 2 melee plus a machine gun.

And if it turns out to be too much of a challenge, there’s the Pretty Princess girly mode, which not only makes it heaps easier, but replaces the blood and gore with rainbows and hearts πŸ™‚

The comic book style is pulled off well, with a fighting mechanism which flows elegantly… off to play more, it’s a welcome break from GTA V πŸ™‚

Think I’m inspired to play Ska Studios Charlie’s Murder next
Rating: ★★★½☆



Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise

This game was, excuse the pun, slaughtered by the ign review

2.3 Painful
Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise is a disastrous stealth game without a good sense of humor.

However I think they were being a bit too unfair, and holding it to high standards, it is after all an arcade game.

The mechanisms are simple, but outrageously fun!

Naughty Bear: PIP

In each level you have to snuff out a target teddy bear, with bonuses for achieving it in the prescribed manner.

There’s a huge variety of costumes and weapons, ranging from the brutal to the absurd.

More bonuses are given for shocking, trapping, and maiming bears. My favourite is where you disguise yourself as another teddy by ripping off its face :s

I’ve never been a fan of horror movies, and I’m a pacifist, veggie, and complete softy… but I find this game fun.

The Play School like voice over between levels builds up the satire, of this cuddly bear who has been wronged by the nice stuffed toys, and justifies him taking his revenge in a gruesome manner.

Maybe not the greatest of stealth games, but it is a good arcade game and has inspired me to find a copy of the original in the series.
Rating: ★★½☆☆

PS4 noticeably faster than Xbox One

Developers suggest performance differences are “significant and obvious”

PS4 ‘noticeably faster’ than Xbox One, sources claim Console war will ‘reinvigorate’ flagging industry, says Sony boss Sony preparing against PS4 post-launch sell-out Japan PS4 to launch in 2014

Sony’s PlayStation 4 is significantly faster than the Xbox One, according to development sources speaking to Edge.

Despite Microsoft’s effort to close the gap as much as possible before release, Edge claims that memory reads on PS4 “are 40-50 per cent quicker than Xbox One”, and that the graphics chip’s ALU (Arithmetic Logic Unit) is around 50 per cent faster by comparison.

More info @ CVG

Microsoft are going to need more than Fable legends to stay in the race, think their earlier entry into the marketplace will pay off… personally I have heaps of 3rd gen titles to get through, and I’m happy to wait.

Also I can’t see how either console is future proof, as my 12month old PC beats both on paper specifications.
Guess it’s different with dedicated software.

Mame OS Ubuntu

MAME
I was looking to pick up an arcade cabinet from the Kiwi equivalent of Ebay, Trade ME

There are some great deals available, but rather than spend the best part of a grand, I thought I would see what I could put together within Ubuntu. I know that the re-make of the cabinets run Mame games, I’m not stranger to the emulator, I even run it on my PS3, so thought I’d give it a go.

This detailed guide is only composed of a couple of steps
How to install Mame multiple arcade

Next I’d love to try and build something like this from AngryMods

Off to find some ROMS:)

Update:
I then needed to set up my xbox fight stick.
Easy as with the guide from Ask Ubuntu
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:grumbel/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xboxdrv

Although not quite so easy… but it wouldn’t be fun or Linux if it worked first time eh? πŸ˜‰
I couldn’t get the make to run correctly from this guide
help.ubuntu.com/community/Xbox360Controller

Will take a look at this one tomorrow:
ubuntuforums.org

xbox internet explorer


I don’t know how I missed this on launch… or after spending a little time playing with it today, I may have deleted it on launch and forgot about it πŸ™‚

There are only 2 reasons I boot up my xbox, for Street Fighter and kinect games. And after burning off a bit of sweat on sports titles this afternoon, I started messing about with the voice prompts.

One thing lead to another, I tried ‘xbox shutdown’ many times with no luck, and discovered Bing’ing a statement only brought up xbox content. But from this DLC I came across Internet Explorer!

2 mins later Explorer is downloaded and installed, but then imagine my shock / horror that the cursor couldn’t be controlled with kinect gestures! A dashboard of popular regional pages can be opened by voice, and the xbox can do other simple voice commands via kinect… so why do motion control?

I want a reason to use this new toy, but why should I?

What with all of the press coverage recently, of Microsoft et al providing info to the NSA, why would I give them more information than minimal? especially when my xbox plugs into the same TV as my PC, that gives better resolution and surfing experience.

This is the one area Microsoft could have triumphed, but I feel they missed the boat… or will this be an additional feature only available to the xbox one?

Hearthfire has broken Skyrim

broken

I’ve both Dawnguard & Hearthfire installed, I’m finishing off the vamp missions, maxing our my vamp skill tree, before I plan to turn back to lupine.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed my time as a blood sucking creature of the night, but I find the dark lord far too overpowered.

Twice in the last 24hrs I’ve been trying to fast travel & both times the game hangs on the loading screen. The background image can be moved, the text tips keep updating, but nothing loads!

I haven’t even built a shed yet!

I purged the cache on the xbox HD earlier before playing, I couldn’t bare to switch it back on last night, I may try this again before loading.

Wish me luck!

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xbox titles by developer, publisher, and genre, shown on a fusion network chart

Have I got some cool shit to show.
I took the fusion table I’d made with the list of xbox titles, and I’ve cut the data by different descriptions on a couple of network charts.

Did I mention the tables are interactive?
Have a play, see what you think

xbox titles by developer & genre


Note to self: 10/09/16 – Rebuild this for PS4 πŸ™‚

Sleeping Dogs more Woo than Woo

Hard Boiled is one of my all time favourites, Woo, Wong & Chow Yun-Fat together created a masterpiece.
Stranglehold was fun, but Sleeping Dogs looks to be more undercover cop, Hong Kong, duel 9mm’s than its inspiration.

An undercover cop, too deep in with the triad, Hong Kong based, open World title, was always going to be compared to Woo, so this post is probably already a cliche, but I love the game!

It’s so much more than a Stranglehold in an Asian GTA world, here’s a review from half ass gaming that does the game more justice than my rambles.


The game dropped in price by 30 bucks today & I could no longer resist or justify not picking it up πŸ™‚
What I’ve found so far:

  • counters while in hand to hand combat are reminiscent of Assassins Creed
  • grabbing anΒ opponentΒ & then inflicting pain via the environment keeps the frequent fights novel
  • chase scenes, by vehicle or foot are fun & challenging, plus eye candy
  • story is compelling, good voice acting
  • cut scenes include gruesome violence
  • the menu bgm & effects finish off the kung-fu film format

Off to play

 

xbox titles in a fusion fashion

I have a confession to make, I like data!
I have qualifications for understanding it, I’m paid to play with it, & dammit I mess with it for fun.

So while searching through google faq’s today for more detail on 2 step verification, I came across Fusion Tables.

Here’s a link to a table I’ve put together of all Xbox titles, sourced from the wiki page

I’ve found a cool article on the Guardian of how to create a map with data behind… off to play.

One more thing Guardian data, that is all

not all drugs are good…

some are fantastic!

Long time no post, games & work taking up my time & we don’t talk of my newly found reddit affliction. The one game that has been taking up a copious amount of my gaming hours as been Square Enix’s beautiful celebration of Gibson’s prose, Deus Ex – Human Revolution.

As a teenage roleplay junkie, who grew up spending my evenings mesmerised reading Cyberpunk source books & fiction, I’m enthralled by this title. I now have the opportunity to take a virtual persona of Jensen, & mould his augments & morals to my playing style.
Fedorova
As it’s by Square Enix I’d hoped it would be more open World & not quite as linear, but the customisation of the augments more than compensated. The story rocks, the ending options are a nice touch, the graphics are stunning & the sound track finishes off the ambiance.

However the difficulty makes a great leap when it comes to the cyber boss’s & the plot option of playing through the game without killing anyone is lost on the boss fights, as only one character can leave the arena alive.

& this brings me to the point of this post, the 2nd boss fight with Fedorova.
She was kicking my augmented arse every time I reloaded. I was playing through with stealth & non-lethal, so I entered the fight with only a pistol as a killing weapon, although the are shotguns & machine pistols available in the room. I picked these up, unloaded clips, ghosted out, I thought I had beaten her several times, only to crumple to the floor and have to wait for my auto-save to reload.

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X-Butt 360

I’ve been a little lapse adding posts lately, working down country (PSP time) & gratuitous gaming have kept me away.

When I set up this blog, I also built a few twitter feeds, to keep me up to date with what’s happening in the geek World. Each of these then filters into #GamerGeekNews.

So while setting up #XboxGeekNews, I searched Google for an image to use as an avatar… key words xbox & girl
As you can imagine many results were returned & I chose this when as… well just look at the qualities of the image πŸ™‚

xbutt360>

X-Butt 360

Anyway, a couple of days ago I received a tweet from Vampire Kitten, informing me that I was using Raychul’s “butt as my avatar” πŸ™‚
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for the aging gamer looking for comfort

When something is presented to me which would make my gaming more comfortable, enjoyable & competitive, I’ll certainly look at the merits. So todays 2nd package had me quite excited… enough to bail on the gym & boot up my Xbox, to try out my new Avenger.

the Avenger controller

the Avenger controller

This cool adapter clips onto a standard xbox 360 controller & allows you to press the face buttons (XYB), using you index fingers, while keeping your thumbs on the sticks & your middle fingers on the triggers!
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child of eden – kinect showcase title


I’ve finally got hold of a copy of child of eden, the long wait is over, & was it worth it?
Damn yeah!

After I’d been charmed by the stunning, plot setting, intro, I played through the 1st level. Which takes you through a non invasive tutorial… after all there’s not much to learn.

I won’t try & explain the plot, watch the youtube intro to give you the background. But eden is the internet & the history of the Earth stored within it.

For those of you familiar with Rez, the basics are just the same… hold your cursor, controlled with your right hand, over the sprites, & push forward to fire, known in game as lock-on-and-release.
Highlight up to 8 enemies, hit ’em all score a ‘Perfect’, also known as a ‘octa-lock’.
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Boycott Blackwater Games

Blackwater's latest incarnation

The Afghan, Iraqi & now Pakistan invasions have been fought by hired mercenaries, which used to go by the name of Blackwater, now known as Xe Services LLC
In many cases their employees are exempt from normal laws. The stories of their rape & murders of civilians, which are not widely publicised by the western media, are often horrific.
They were kicked out of Iraq for the crimes of employees!
This company is despicable, making huge amounts of money from the US tax payers, while being fined by the US & under investigation for many killings of unarmed foreign nationals.
How bad does a companies PR have to be for them to change their name & branding?
Read the wikipedia entry for more details.

So you can understand what I think of them?
But now I read they’re releasing a kinect video game: Blackwater
This is shocks me, it’s plain & simply wrong.

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for my followers… free game draw

FREE GAMES DRAW!

I play, & in turn, buy, far too many games.
Xbox 360 ones in particular.

So I’m going to give some away!

For starters, once I reach 100 followers on this sites twitter account #GamerGeekNews, I’ll draw a tweeter, who has retweeted any of my posts & a game at random from my collection.

All I ask is for a photo to be returned from the recipient with the prize (& maybe an opinion piece of the game), which I’ll post here… identities are encouraged to be hidden, unless you like the ill gotten fame πŸ™‚

This site, as well as the twitter account is new so get in there fast, the next draw may have a higher threshold!

Best of look twitterers!

Rules:
1) Follow #GamerGeekNews
2) Retweet any of my posts
3) Profit… aka follower & retweeter will be randomly drawn to win free game

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This didn’t really work, think as I didn’t promote it enough & that twitter is full of bots & not really engaging.

However I still have heaps of games that I’d love to give away.

Enter a post below to say Hi, & your favourite game over the past 12 months or so, & I’ll draw a winner from the first 10!
Then we can see how it goes from there.
Good luck guys!

Rip off NZ retailers?

I’m to use this post to track the prices of console games in New Zealand, compared with the rest of the civilised World. I have an idea that they’re overpriced due to lack of stores… lets see what my web research shows

For my 1st example I’m to use Child Of Eden, as it just released today & no store in Auckland has seen it!
I’ll show the list price & discounted price for each region I can find the data for.

US Amazon
Currency: USD, List Price: $49.99, Sale Price: $47.99, 59.81 New Zealand dollars

EB Games NZ
Currency: NZD, List Price: $109.99, Sale Price: $N/A Out of Stock

Mighty Ape
Currency: NZD, List Price: $109.99, Sale Price: $99.99 24th June

DungeonCrawl
Currency: AUD, List Price: $88, Sale Price: $67.90, 89.08 New Zealand dollars

Gameplay UK
Currency: GBP, List Price: $49.99, Sale Price: Β£28.99, 58.38 New Zealand dollars
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