Black History Month in Nerddom: Dwayne McDuffie

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February is black history month, where we take time to recognize the contributions that African Americans have made to politics, sports, entertainment, and other aspects of society. One aspect of society in particular that we have made contributions to is nerddom, although few people realize it. Blacks have made contributions to sci-fi, comic books, video games, and other forms of nerd entertainment. Each week throughout this month, I’ll be profiling another African American who has made contributions to nerddom.
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Black History Month in Nerddom: Jerry Lawson

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February is black history month, where we take time to recognize the contributions that African Americans have made to politics, sports, entertainment, and other aspects of society. One aspect of society in particular that we have made contributions to is nerddom, although few people realize it. Blacks have made contributions to sci-fi, comic books, video games, and other forms of nerd entertainment. Each week throughout this month, I’ll be profiling another African American who has made contributions to nerddom.
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Top Ten Games Hitting The First Half of 2016

The follow up to 2013's Lego Marvel Superheroes, Lego Avengers, being released today, not only looks to replicate its success, but is looking to be one of many games that will be making an impact this year.
The follow up to 2013’s Lego Marvel Superheroes, Lego Avengers, being released today, not only looks to replicate its success, but is looking to be one of many games that will be making an impact this year.

Last year was a banner year for gaming. Gamers were blessed with hits, from sequels such as Rise of the Tomb Raider and Fallout 4 to new hits like Blood Borne and even surprises such as S.O.M.A and Undertale. This year promises to be even more astonishing, especially the first half of the year. So without further ado, lets take a look at 10 titles that will be hitting consoles, handhelds, and PCs throughout the winter and spring months. In fact, most of these games have scheduled release dates before April of this year.
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Alternate Universe Mike Tyson to Appear in EA UFC 2


Mike Tyson, who in our universe at least, is one of the most prolific boxers to have ever laces up a pair of gloves, will be showing up in this March’s UFC 2. Apparently this version of Mike Tyson is from an alternate universe where he made his claim to fame in MMA rather than boxing. This is not unlike his appearance in 2012’s WWE’13 which utilized a version of Tyson came from an alternate universe where Tyson was a pro wrestler. Mike Tyson can be unlocked by playing through the career mode or can be unlocked from the start as a preorder bonus (along with veteran fighters Bas Rutten and Kazushi Sakuraba). Tyson will come in two flavors, his iconic appearance from his prime and his current appearance with a facial tattoo. The last time Tyson appeared in an actual BOXING game was 2011’s Fight Night Champion. At this rate it’s likely we’ll be seeing Tyson as a hidden character in the next Blazblue or something. UFC 2 hits Xbox One and PS4 on March 15.

Xbox 360: 10 years (and 2 months later)

The latest iteration of Microsoft's Xbox 360, redesigned to resemble its successor.
The latest iteration of Microsoft’s Xbox 360, redesigned to resemble its successor.

This past November 23rd, the Xbox 360 turned 10 years old. Although it isn’t as impressive as Nintendo’s Super Famicom Super Nintendo turning 25 years old 2 days earlier, this is still something to celebrate. At the time of the system’s release, Microsoft’s second console had its doubters, with many calling it ‘The next Dreamcast’. However, Microsoft managed to endure, building on the strengths of its predecessor, learning from its mistakes, and unleashed a system that continues to endure to this day. Ironically, the Xbox 360 lasted longer in the American marketplace than the SNES did.

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$20 Game of the Week: The Beginner’s Guide

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Created and narrated by David Werden, who also created The Stanley Parable, The Beginner’s Guide is yet another entry whose unique form of storytelling takes precedence over any gameplay. However, the game takes a different approach to storytelling than the Stanley Parable did, and it also takes a different tone to boot. The Beginner’s Guide clearly isn’t meant for everyone, but those who approach it with an open mind will find a whole new experience. Narrated by Dave, The Beginner’s Guide is a collection of games created by a friend of his named Coda. Many of the games are seemingly incomplete and broken, and it was clear that they were never meant to be released to the public. So why did Dave release these games? Is he trying to learn more about his friend, or is there a deeper meaning to them? You’ll have to play it and see. While many will dismiss this as yet another ‘Walking Simulator’, those that play it will experience more of Werden’s unique style of storytelling, complete with a twist people won’t see coming.

Akuma Comes to Tekken 7!


While we’re still waiting on news for Namco’s long awated Tekken X Street Fighter, Japanese arcade gamers will get a taste of it early next year as Street Fighter’s Akuma will be part of Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, an expansion/update for the arcade version of Tekken 7. Unlike most guest-style characters, Akuma will actually have a place in teh game’s storyline. Although this is Japan-only, there is no doubt that it will be released in the U.S in some form. Currently, the vanilla version of Tekken 7 is slated to be released on Xbox One and PS4 early next year.

2015 Playstation Experience Keynote and Game Awards News

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This past Saturday was the 2015 Playstation Experience Keynote, and this past Thursday was the 2015 Game awards, and both events have yielded some big news. I’ll summarize the bigger items in this post, so click after the jump to get the lowdown for what you’ll be looking forward to playing the rest of this year and in 2016.

New Mortal Kombat X Characters


At the Game Awards, Netherream Studios revealed that a new Kombat Pack was coming to MKX, featuring 4 new characters; Bo Rai Cho, the alcoholic martial arts master introduced in Mortal Kombat 5, Tri-Borg, a fusion of Sektor, Cyrax, and Smoke, Letherface, star of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre films, and a Xenomorph from the aliens franchise. The pack was given a 2016 release date.

Psychonauts 2 to be Crowdfunded


The sequel to one of the best games that no one ever played is hopefully getting a sequel thanks to crowdfunding. Double Fine has a page set up at Fig where people can donate to the eventual sequel which is expected to be released on PS4, Xbox One, PC, OSX, and Linux. As of this writing, it’s a little over halfway to its goal of 3.3 million dollars. In related news, the Playstation VR will be getting a Psychonauts spin-off entitled Psychonauts: In The Rhombus of Ruin. Double Fine was also working on remastered versions of its classics Day of the Tentacle and Full Throttle, both coming to PS4 and PS Vita in 2016.

Final New SFV Character Revealed


The final Street Fighter V character was revealed at yesterday’s Playstation Experience Keynote. F.A.N.G, an odd-looking man with poison attacks looks to be taking Sagat’s place among M. Bison and his grandmasters. Capcom also revealed the dlc characters who will be arriving post-launch:
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The Rest


The Dreamcast cult classic Rez will be coming to Playstation VR, and the 2013 RPG Ni No Kuni will be getting a sequel. More of Uncharted 4 was shown, particularly the game’s Mass Effect style branching dialogue options along with Nadine Ross, a new adversary for Nathaniel Drake. Destiny owners will be able to participate in the Sparrow Racing League from this Tuesday December 8 until December 29th.

Sony also showed off two new games, Brutal and What Remains of Edith Finch. The former is an action RPG made feom textures constructed by ASCII art while the latter is an exploration horror game in which the title character explores her ancestral home attempting to learn the fate of the members of her family, most of whom died young, and why she is the last one left. Sega announced that Yakuza 5 will be available as a digital download on PS3 this Tuesday, while Yakuza 0 will be making its way west next year. While there is still no word on when PS2 emulation was coming to PS3, several classic PS2 games are available on PS4, including Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, Dark Cloud, and Rogue Galaxy. Finally, where would we be without a trailer from the upcoming Final Fantasy 7 remake?

By the way, the original Playstation 1 version of FF7 is available on the PS4 by way of the PSN store. That should tide you over for now.

Green Everyday 2015

 I just knew you were looking forward to this!

I just knew you were looking forward to this!

This Friday is of course Black Friday, the official kick off to holiday shopping season, complete with insane deals that equally insane people will do equally insane shit to get their hands on. Now I know a lot of you poweteers wanna cash in on those insane deals, but you’re not looking to get trampled, let alone camp outside of Best Buy for the 5pm Thursday night doorbuster deals. So for the interest of all poweteers, might I present Green Everyday, Powet’s 24/7/365 special. This is a collection of video games that are available for $20 or less year round, and they may even cost less due to various Black Friday deals. All of these titles are also downloadable via online digital distribution so you don’t even gotta leave the house to cash in on these deals. Some of these games you’ve seen before, and some of these games you haven’t. Click after the jump and read on!

Hotline Miami 2 (PC, PS4, PS3, PS Vita)

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Hotline Miami 2 is the ultra-violent sequel to 2012’s equally ultra-violent indie hit. Hotline Miami 2 puts players in the role several characters, each with their own gameplay styles as they learn more about the alternate universe in which Hotline Miami takes place in. Among these characters include a group of fans that idolized the hero of the original Hotline Miami and an actor starring in a film inspired by the events of the original game. The plot is told out of order, Tarantino-style. The gameplay is similar to the first title, make your way through each level fast as possible killing everyone within. As of right now we’re still waiting on the promised level editor, but until then, Hotline Miami 2 continues the series’ tradition of bloody good fun.

Shovel Knight (PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U Nintendo 3DS OS X, Linux, Amazon Fire TV)

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Funded via crowdfunding, Shovel Knight isn’t just a throwback to the 8-bit days. If you didn’t know better, you’d mistake Yacht Game’s masterpiece for an actual NES classic. Playing as the titular character, you set out on a mission to defeat the evil enchantress and rescue your partner Shield Knight by defeating the 8 members of the Order of no Quarter. You’ll make your way through several levels reminiscent of classic titles like Mega Man and Castlevania. The console versions of the game have several exclusive features. The Playstation versions of the game feature God of War’s Kratos as an unlockable boss fight, the Xbox One version features a fight with the Battletoads, while a Shovel Knight Amiibo will unlock a co-op mode for the Wii U version. Whether you’re an old school NES fan or a new school gamer, Shovel Knight’s throwback gameplay makes it a must-have for your collection.

Injustice: The Gods Among Us (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC)

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Bought to you by the same people who created Mortal Kombat, Injustice is the first good DC comics game. Well at least the first one that doesn’t involve Lego and isn’t restricted to Batman. Not only is the game a solid DC comics game, it’s an awesome fighting game as well. Featuring characters from allover DC’s pantheon, players will explore an alternate universe taken over by a version of Superman gone bad. Not only will players have access to DC stalwarts like Wonder Woman and Batman, but the game also features several lesser known characters such as Killer Frost, Aries, and even Martian Manhunter (by way of DLC of course). There is a lot for players to enjoy whether you play online, solo, or offline. After the main storyline, there are challenge rooms, arcade ladders, and online competition. Even in a fighting game, the game does an awesome job of putting players in the role of their favorite super heroes and villains. If Capcom is planning to do another Marvel fighter, they need to pick this up and take some notes.

Forgotten Memories (iOS, Coming Soon to Wii U, Steam, PS Vita, PS3, and Android)

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Forgotten Memories is the closest thing we’ll get to a new Silent Hill game. Even on iOS, it gets the old school style gameplay and creepy atmosphere down right. Playing as a detective name Rose Hawkins, you search for a missing child only to find yourself locked in a strange asylum. Players will have to make their way through the game’s environments battling the game’s enemies. The game is difficult, and the touch screen controls don’t make things easier. Ammo is limited, the enemies are tough, and you gotta find computer disks to save your game. The app’s purchase page warns players that only the hardcore should attempt to play this game. If you are hardcore, or at least still missing PT, you’ll want to check this game out.

Rocket League (Windows, OS X, Linux, PS 4)

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Rocket League is this year’s sleeper hit. However, it’s a sequel to a little known Playstation Network Game Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars. Rocket League is soccer if it was played by Rocket-powered cars instead of douchebags like Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s a physics driven car game that’s nearly impossible to play , but too goddamned fun to put down. The developers are hard at work on new DLC packages including maps and vehicles.

Long Delayed Street Fighter X Gi-Joe Comic Adaptation Finally Seeing the Light of Day this February!

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..And only 23 years after the merchandising tie-ins! Well not exactly (the comic was onlyannounced at comic con this past summer), but IDW publishing is putting out a 6-issue miniseries that pits Capcom’s pugilists against Hasbro’s Real American heroes. Written by Aubrey Sitterson (Hulk, Superman, Tech Jacket) and penciled by Emilio Laiso (Hack/Slash), SFXGJ will see M.Bison and Destro team up to hold a martial arts tournament with fan favorites such Ryu, Snake Eyes, Chun-Li, and Scarlet looking to take them down. Hopefully this will lead into a sequel featuring characters from Mortal Kombat. Or an ACTUAL VIDEOGAME!!

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