Thursday, August 2, 2012

Introducing Blog Achievements!

Seeing as everything these days has some form of achievement system (Xbox 360, Steam, social networks, etc), I've decided to implement an achievement system for this blog (they can be found using the title bar at the top of the page).  It's just something silly, but it'll be fun to keep track of certain milestones.  If you guys have any ideas for achievements I should shoot for, let me know, and I'll add them to a "currently locked achievements" section.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Birthday Cake is a Lie (and Poisonous)!

Amazing how time flies, today is the one-year anniversary of the first "Strange Moment in Gaming History" post on this blog!  Many thanks to everyone who has read and commented on my posts!

So why don't we celebrate with the cake from Portal?

Before you dig in though, you might want to read through the list of ingredients for the cake, which contains some inedible items, such as "fish shaped solid waste" and "fish shaped dirt."  If you feel that your stomach can handle GLaDOS' stomach-dissolving cake, well then enjoy!

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Dark Side of Voice Acting in Games

Voice acting in videogames always seems to be hit or miss. The voice actors either do a fantastic job, which immerses us into the story, or they fail spectacularly, leading to years of Youtube memes and bad jokes on gaming forums.  In the past I have written about some of the most famous instances of laughable voice acting, so today I'd like to try something different.

If you're a geek like me, you enjoy looking up game voice actors on IMDB in order to see all the various game characters they've voiced throughout their careers.  There's no doubt that while they may be proud to have voiced certain characters, they most certainly harbor deep feelings of shame at the thought of some of the other pixelated bozos they were suckered into voicing.

Monday, June 11, 2012

E3 Aftermath, and Halo 4: Master Chief Rides Again

Another year, another E3 come and gone.  I have to say I'm a bit disappointed with the show this year, I was expecting the Wii U to have a stronger presence.  It would have been awesome if Nintendo came along with a new Mario game (New Super Mario Bros doesn't count!), Zelda game, and Donkey Kong game, and really showed us how the gameplay can be fresh and exciting with the new tablet controller.

Doomed to be a gimmick? Let's hope not.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Unexpected Non-Rock Songs of Rock Band

I still remember the music videogame craze, the time when everyone wanted to own a set of plastic musical instruments.  Those were the days.  I was one of the many gamers who picked up Rock Band on the day it launched, and looking back at all the hours I've spent on the game (and Rock Band 2, and The Beatles Rock Band), I don't regret it at all.

Now in a game called "Rock Band," you expect the soundtrack to consist entirely of rock songs right?  This was not the case; for example the game shipped with a Beastie Boys song, and as the DLC rolled in, we were treated to music of varying genres.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Bioshock Infinite Delayed to 2013, Here's Hoping For Improvement!

I'm not sure if you've already heard of this, but Bioshock Infinite has been delayed until February 2013.  It saddened me to realize I was indifferent to this news, I'm just not excited about the game.

For me, Bioshock has always been about exploring dark, creepy, mostly abandoned areas while encountering hideous mutants.  Some of the magic was lost in Bioshock 2, because the game focused more on non-stop action and much less on the slow-paced, tense exploration sequences.  In fact, scary jump-out-of-your-seat moments were completely absent from Bioshock 2.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

When Star Wars Characters are out of Place

I like a good cameo appearance as much as anyone, and that's especially true when it comes to characters from one of my all-time favorite franchises: Star Wars.  When done correctly, with proper respect paid to the characters and the entire franchise, these cameos can be awesome.  When done not so well, we are left with something that's at best awkward, and at worst cringe-worthy.  Today we're going to take a look at some games that have had the privilege of including one or more Star Wars characters, even when they didn't quite fit in.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Big Head Cheat Code

Okay admit it, you have used the infamous "Big Head" cheat code in at least one videogame during your years of gaming.  And while we are visiting this nostalgic cheat code, it's okay to admit that you had a case of the giggles while witnessing balloon-headed characters go about their business.  As a kid I used this code countless times for various Nintendo 64 games, even if it only provided a laugh for about 20 seconds.

It seems like this cheat code used to be included in multiple genres of games, from sports games like NFL Blitz...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Birdy the Alcoholic Scarecrow

I love Conker's Bad Fur Day.  Say what you will about having a game filled with crude adult humor on a Nintendo system, but this is still the funniest game I've ever played.  The stages, most of which parodied popular movies, were all memorable and enjoyable (as well as frustrating, I'm looking at you, dinosaur-themed world).  We know from a previous posting about a certain sentient pile of dung that Conker has its fair share of weirdness, and today I want to talk about one of my favorite characters in the game: Birdy the Scarecrow.

He almost looks like a distant relative of Jack Skellington from the Nightmare Before Christmas.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Mass Effect 3: Unanswered Questions (No Spoilers)

Good ol' Mass Effect 3, currently the biggest punching bag in the gaming industry.  I finally beat the game and encountered the dreaded ending.  It actually wasn't as bad as I was expecting, but I won't go into it here because I promised no spoilers.  Today I want to talk about some nagging questions that popped up during my first play-through of ME3, feel free to comment about any unanswered questions that bothered you about the game, as a big fan of the series I'd love to hear them!

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Pain of Disappointing Game Endings

Well look what I found under this pile of dust, the Strange Moments in Gaming blog!  It has been far too long since the last update, so it's time to fire up the gaming consoles once again and deliver another article.

I'll admit, I haven't finished Mass Effect 3 yet.  I'm thoroughly enjoying Commander Shepard's last attempt to save the galaxy, and I find that I'm trying to do as many side missions as possible, while avoiding the main missions.  One of the main reasons I'm taking my time heading to the conclusion of the series is the fact that so many "gamers" are whining about the disappointing ending.  The fact that people have gone so far as to host a fundraising petition to get Bioware's attention is not very encouraging.  On a side note, if you're going to petition something, how about petitioning to stop developers from ruining franchises by milking the cash cows to death (do we really need a new Assassin's Creed game every single year??).

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Twisted Metal on PS3, Sweet Tooth Rides Again

Whoa long time no update!  Hope everyone is having great gaming sessions, lots of good stuff out there now (or almost ready to be released), such as Resident Evil Revelations, the new SSX, and the Playstation Vita.  I've been playing the demo for the new Twisted Metal, and it has been awesome.

It's good to see they kept the same Sweet Tooth design from Twisted Metal Black

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Resident Evil 6 Announced!

Hey guys, just thought I'd share this news in case you haven't heard yet.  Resident Evil 6 has been announced, with a release date of November 20th.  Capcom has even released an official trailer, and I have to say that I'm really excited, because the series looks to be returning to its roots with actual zombies (but it looks like the parasites from RE4 and RE5 will still put in an appearance).  Enjoy!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Annoying Gaming Sidekicks: Round 2

A while back I wrote a blog entry about some of the irritating game characters who are sidekicks to the main protagonist.  We've all experienced the pain of adventuring alongside one of these characters, who annoy us with their constant whining, excessive neediness, or any other rage-inducing personality traits.  Today I thought I'd throw a few more annoying characters out there, so we can all reminisce about the times we wished we could toss our faithful sidekicks off a cliff.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

LittleBigPlanet: A World of Dreams, or Nightmares?

Happy New Year everyone!  Sorry for the bit of a hiatus, I ended up getting a bit lazy around Christmas-time, I didn't even write the "Merry Christmas" post I was planning, which was going to include this video for all my fellow Team Fortress 2 players:

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Years!  Now I figure it's time I get back to a semi-regular posting schedule.  Today I wanted to talk about LittleBigPlanet, a game which I have been playing quite a bit lately.  The opening narration states that the world of LittleBigPlanet is composed of the dreams of countless players, but I feel that it is composed of something more dark and disturbing than a simple happy dream.  Looking at some aspects of this game, it appears to be more along the lines of hallucinations of an asylum full of deranged lunatics.