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The Opinion Herd: Video Game Mount Rushmore

January 3, 2014 Leave a comment

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Mount Rushmore is a monument to some of the greatest men in American history.  It immediately brings to mind those four men’s contributions to making this country the way it is.  That form could be used in any industry to remember the most respected figures in said industry’s history.  There are a number of men and women in the video game industry that have contributed to making the world of video games the way it is; people who have created iconic characters or been the driving force behind the consoles that millions of people around the world have played.  Having said that, “If you were to create a video game version of Mount Rushmore what four figures would you nominate to be immortalized for all time on the monument?”

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2013 Year in Review: Micah’s Top 10 Games of the Year

December 25, 2013 Leave a comment
2013 Year in Review
For the first time, I actually kept a rolling list of games I played throughout the year.  If I don’t narrow it down to the games that came out this year, I’d have an even more difficult time with this daunting task!  I mean c’mon!  Earthbound, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Muramasa Rebirth, DuckTales Remastered, and Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara!  These are remakes and rereleases of some of my all-time favorite games!  In order to make this 2013 Top 10 list a reality, I had to make the painfully difficult decision to disqualify these games.  So without further ado, please allow me to outline my top 10 new titles that were released in 2013.
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2013 Year in Review: Games We Wanted to Play, But Didn’t

December 24, 2013 2 comments

2013 Year in Review

Let’s face it.  We don’t always get to play all the games we want to in a given year.  Life can get in the way.  Finances can mean you don’t have the money for a game you’re really looking forward to when it comes out.  Other titles take up the time and eat away at the opportunities to play other games.  Sometimes it’s just because one game dominates all of your available time.  Whatever it is there are always games at the end of the year that we don’t get to, even if we want.  What are some of the Games We Wanted to Play This Year, But Didn’t?

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We asked for a Mega Man game

December 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Thanks to the efforts of Jasco Games using kickstarter the world will see a new Mega Man game in the future. That’s right the Blue Bomber lives on in the form of a board game where you and your friends will play as Mega Man and Dr. Wily’s forces. The board game uses the design of the Mega Man games where you will battle robot masters, gain their abilities, and eventually fight Dr. Wily. The project has already reached its kickstarter goal of $70,000 but there is still a number of stretch goals waiting to be reached to give more depth and content to make this board game bigger and better than Capcom could even hope for.

“Mega Man the Board Game is a 2-8 player “Side Scrolling” board game. Our team wanted to develop a game that has both the feeling of a single player Mega Man game and the excitement and interaction of a party game. After years of testing the game mechanics, we found a way to capture the experience of playing a Mega Man game while adding a new element unique to our board game: players will both control their character and, for the first time, control Dr. Wily’s forces as you impede the progress of other players.”

This might not be the Mega Man game fans have been asking for but it looks like a lot of fun and a great way to spend time with friends while enjoying a new spin on an old game. If you’re interested in helping to fund the project or just curious if they have a Proto Man mini why not head over to their Kickstarter Page.

Reggie: If We Don’t, No One Will

December 5, 2013 Leave a comment

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The install base for Wii U is a detail that Reggie Fils-Aime harps on every single time someone shoves a microphone in front of his face.  He wants you to know how important that Nintendo thinks the install base of the system is and how that’s going to be the thing that will eventually drive game development for Wii U.  If people buy the system, developers will come.  When developers come more people will buy the system and things get better and better for a console.  That’s how it works.  It seems like a catch-22, but one side will always have to take the initiative and Nintendo is hoping that consumers will do that with Wii U.  How?  By giving them great software from a first party perspective.  In a recent interview with Siliconera Reggie laid out exactly what Nintendo is doing on that front.

Well, in terms of Nintendo-published titles, we’re not publishing any more Wii games—neither are we publishing any more DS games. Third parties are publishing for them – but we’re focused on driving the install base of the Wii U. From a licensing perspective, it’s tough to ignore a 100 million unit install base on Wii, and a 150 million unit install base on the DS, but from a Nintendo first-party perspective? We have to focus on driving the install base of the new platforms, because if we don’t do it, no one else will.

Nintendo generally knows that people come to their system for Nintendo titles.  People buy them for Mario, Zelda, Mario Kart and Metroid.  The third parties are there to supplement those titles and get some additional sales.  I think at this point relying on third parties for a Nintendo console is just not something that is going to happen.  They’ll give some cursory support and port games over when it is easy to do, but it’s going to be tough to get third parties to lead on Wii U.  What Nintendo needs more than anything from third parties is unique titles that can only be done on their systems or titles that are exclusive to Wii U.  There are some coming and those games look great, but Nintendo is going to be the driving force behind people buying Wii U and only then will you see real support from the EA’s and Activision’s of the world.

Monster Hunter Okie Go! – Episode 6

December 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Kept you waiting, huh? Behold the return of MHOG! Our heroes have come back stronger than you can possible imagine. We have almost all made it to HR5 or beyond, we see the appearance of the Nargacuga, and we didn’t even need to summon our Megazord. Could you see us trying to pilot a mech like the Megazord? It would be so awesome, but honestly I don’t think we would be able to agree who gets to control which arm or leg.

Cast:

Tony – Niklaus
Ethan – Shiomi
Gary – Amras
Federico – Fedorenko

Do you want to join in the hunts? Just send an email to podcast@nintendo-okie letting us know you would like to be a part of the show. We’ll let you know when we’re recording the next episode. If you just want to hunt with us that’s always welcome. You can usually find one or more of us pretty easily.

Monster Hunter Okie Go! Outtakes 1

August 30, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Sometimes a hunt just doesn’t go as planned. You may find yourself equipped with the wrong gear making the hunt impossible to accomplish. Occasionally you may forget to restock items before heading out. No matter what problems you face just remember that you can always learn from these mistakes. Also, it would be wise to sync your audio and video before starting a hunt on the off chance you start in front of a very angry Brachydios.

Cast:

Tony — Niklaus
Ethan — Shiomi
Steve — Lifelike
Eugene — Yougenius
Gary —  Amras

Do you want to join in the hunts? Just send an email to podcast@nintendo-okie letting us know you would like to be a part of the show. We’ll let you know when we’re recording the next episode. If you just want to hunt with us that’s always welcome. You can usually find one or more of us pretty easily.

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