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Posted by John, August 12, 2011 in Culture, News, Retro 42

Update: Following unfortunate technical issues, we’re trying again today! Saturday, August 13 will officially mark the date for the Home Alone World Championship 2! This second attempt will take place at the same time, 8:00 PM EST at the same place, HBGCast.com. There will be a 30 minute pre-show starting… Read More »

Opinion: The Impossible Game Level Pack

Posted by John, January 12, 2011 in Featured, Hot, Reviews, Xbox 360 11

The Impossible Game is a game close to my heart. Many hours were spent with my friends and I as we struggled to go further in the game, to save the little orange box from his all-too-certain death. Eventually, after many long hours of struggling, I managed to complete the… Read More »

The Online Video Game Manual Archive

Posted by John, April 29, 2010 in Main, Not News, Previous Generations, Retro 0

I used to love reading the game manuals I had as a kid, among them the manual for Chrono Trigger (pictured), which I recall getting for my birthday back in 1996 and reading the manual in the car on the way home. The good old days. Of course, like almost… Read More »

Halo: Reach Beta Live-Action TV Spot

Posted by John, April 28, 2010 in Hot, Main, News, Videos, Xbox 360 0

This excellent advertisement comes from the line of Halo 3 commercials that made us all crave to finish the fight: live-action (or semi-live action, as in Believe) TV spots resplendent with excellent atmosphere, a serious tone, and surprisingly good acting. The TV spot follows a portion of the military career… Read More »

Nightmare Fuel Pokemon

Posted by John, April 27, 2010 in Main, Not News 0

Pokemon as Lovecraft would have envisioned them. Horrific nightmare monsters under the control of irresponsible children, mauling and nearly murdering each other in battle every day. I thought teaching Hypno a move called “Dream Eater” was disturbing enough… [via Reddit]

Study Shows Violent Video Games Make You Smarter!

Posted by John, April 26, 2010 in Featured, Hot, Main, News, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 0

The Sun reports on a study conducted by a team of researchers from the Netherlands at Leiden University involving the effects of violent video games on the human brain. Dr. Lorenza Colzato, an assistant professor at the psychology department at Leiden University, had this to say about the results: “Playing… Read More »

Get A Starcraft II Beta Key When You Preorder

Posted by John, April 23, 2010 in Main, News, PC 0

For those of you unlucky people (like myself) who haven’t been able to grab a beta key for Blizzard’s upcoming Starcraft II, Kotaku reports that you can get one for free with your pre-order at GameStop. You can even get the beta key if you pre-order online; scammer beware, however,… Read More »

Left 4 Dead 2 “The Passing” Promo Trailer!

Posted by John, April 22, 2010 in Hot, Main, News, PC, Videos, Xbox 360 0

The first downloadable content for Left 4 Dead 2, “The Passing”, is available today! Valve put out a short (but enjoyable!) trailer for the campaign. Watch below! Ah, Francis. So I guess that he’s not the one of the original survivors who dies. I’ll get to find out who it… Read More »

Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Confirmed! [Video]

Posted by John, April 21, 2010 in Main, News, PS3, Xbox 360 0

At CAPTIVATE 2010, basically a Capcom festival, a new video was shown showcasing several characters and scenes from Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the long-awaited sequel to fan favorite Marvel vs. Capcom 2 which was recently released on Xbox Live Arcade and the PSN. Check out the video: It looks like… Read More »

Pokemon Black & White Game Footage

Posted by John, April 20, 2010 in Handheld, Main, News, Videos 0

These Japanese people are really excited that the camera turns as you move around the city. And why not? That’s pretty slick. Okay, so it’s not much, but if you’re a Pokemon fanatic you should be excited for every little bit of information that comes out. Titling the games Pokemon… Read More »

Mega Man Roundup!

Posted by John, April 19, 2010 in Featured, Hot, Main, Misc, News, Previous Generations, PS3, Retro, Wii, Xbox 360 0

Mega Man is one of my favorite series– Mega Man 2 was probably the NES game I played second most out of all of the carts I owned as a kid, and I still love playing it to this day. There has been a lot of cool Mega Man stuff… Read More »

Was Earthbound Worth $2 Million To Nintendo?

Posted by John, April 16, 2010 in Main, News, Retro 0

Earthbound, also known as Mother 2, is one of my favorite Super Nintendo games and has become a cult classic over the years with a small but vocal fanbase. It also did pretty poorly when it was initially released, only selling a measly 140k in North America. Recently, some Nintendo… Read More »

Are You A Bad Enough Dude To Balance The Federal Budget?

Posted by John, April 15, 2010 in Main, News 0

You know the national economy is in trouble when you start looking at gamers to help you balance the budget. Erskine Bowles, the man assigned to “deal with the budget” as it may be, mentioned that he’s been in talks with Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer about the creation of a game… Read More »

Starcraft Pro Gaming Scandal! “In the fifth, your Hatchery goes down.”

Posted by John, April 14, 2010 in Main, News, PC 0

F*ck pride. Pride only hurts, it never helps. Starcraft is a big deal in Korea, and recently news has come out that has shaken the foundation of the professional Starcraft gaming scene to it’s core: illegal betting and the throwing of high-level Starcraft matches. The latest news is that several… Read More »

Halo 2 E3 2003 Demo Was Bullsh*t

Posted by John, April 13, 2010 in Main, News, Previous Generations, Videos 0

Yeah, everyone who was really amped for this game figured this, but it’s good to have Bungie fess up to it. Remember that fantastic, awesome, amazing demo shown for Halo 2 in 2003? Yeah, that one. Turns out it was literally unplayable on a standard Xbox console. “The graphics engine… Read More »

Peter Griffin Plays Modern Warfare 2!

Posted by John, April 12, 2010 in Hot, Main, Not News, PS3, Videos, Xbox 360 0

A chillingly accurate depiction of Xbox Live. [via 1UP]

Super Street Fighter IV Coming To Arcades… In Japan

Posted by John, April 6, 2010 in Main, News 0

Capcom long told players that Super Street Fighter IV was going to be a console-only release, claiming that a coin-op release was simply not cost efficient. This was a gigantic letdown to many people in the competitive fighting game scene, as many of  the best players are in Japan where… Read More »

Good Old Games Spring Sale!

Posted by John, April 4, 2010 in Main, News, PC 0

Good Old Games is having a Spring promotional sale where you can get some excellent games for even cheaper than their usual prices! If you have any interest in Beyond Good and Evil or the original Fallout, you can get them DRM-free for fantastic prices. The rest of the games… Read More »

Worst Sonic Level Ever… Amazingly, Not A Werehog One

Posted by John, April 2, 2010 in Main, Not News, PS3, Retro, Videos, Wii, Xbox 360 0

I’m a huge fan of retro games, so I’m always excited when there’s an old school style sequel coming out: Mega Man 9, Mega Man 10, New Rocket Knight Adventures, and last but not least, Sonic the Hedgehog 4! Unfortunately, it seems like Sega has screwed up Sonic yet again…. Read More »

A Brand New NES Game: Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril!

Posted by John, April 1, 2010 in Main, News, Retro 0

After 15 years of the NES sitting without a single new release, one member of the homebrew community took heavy inspiration from the freeware PC game I Wanna Be The Guy! Notorious for it’s difficulty and various homages to retro games, it seems appropriate that it would be the basis… Read More »