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.