Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Game Infomer Reveals New Characters for Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Co-Op Hinted?

So I'm doing absolutely nothing productive on Facebook, and the Assassin's Creed page updates with a link to a Game Informer article talking about new characters from Revelations. They do a recap on both Ezio and Altaïr, reminding us that Desmond will not be controlling Altaïr directly, but, Ezio will be finding things that he can use to "look back and experience" what Altaïr did at that location, solving puzzles or gathering info. Looking back on my comments on Joystiq's, ahem, revelation of the game to the public, I pretty much hit the fucking nail on the head (you only need to scroll down a bit to find my comments):

Episode 6 of Mortal Kombat: Legacy Has Me Giddy as a Japanese School Girl

The whole Kitana and Mileena story arc was absolute horse shit, especially considering Baraka's new direction, but Raiden? Holy fucking ass crackers, I think this is the best interpretation yet, since the Dr. Alan Zane Baraka, not J.R.R. Tolkein's Orc.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sony's "Welcome Back" Package Detailed for North America

After nearly a month of inactivity, Sony finally kicked the PSN back on late last week. Today, Sony has announced their oft-hinted at "welcome back" package for North America:

ALL PlayStation Network account holders will be able to choose 2 of the following PS3 titles:
  • Dead Nation
  • inFAMOUS
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Super Stardust HD
  • Wipeout HD + Fury
...and 2 from the following PSP titles.
  • LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
  • ModNation Racers
  • Pursuit Force
  • Killzone Liberation 
Any title downloaded will be yours forever, and you have within 30 days of the "Welcome Back" package going live. As well as getting 4 free games, you can also score all of this, as well (taken verbatim from Sony's announcement):
  • A selection of “On Us” rental movie titles will be available to PlayStation Network customers over one weekend, where Video Service is available. Those titles will be announced soon.
  • 30 days free PlayStation Plus membership for non PlayStation Plus subscribers.
  • Existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive an additional 60 days of free subscription.
  • Existing Music Unlimited Premium Trial subscription members will receive an additional 30 days of free premium subscription.
  • Additional 30 days + time lost for existing members of Music Unlimited Premium/Basic subscription free of charge for existing Premium/Basic members.
  • To welcome users Home, PlayStation Home will be offering 100 free virtual items. Additional free content will be released soon, including the next addition to the Home Mansion personal space, and Ooblag’s Alien Casino, an exclusive game.
Sony hasn't given an exact date as to when you can get all of the goodies, but it will be available once the PlayStation Store comes back to life, which is one of the later phases of Sony's planned roadmap to restore the PSN.

[Via Sony's PlayStation.blog]

Friday, May 13, 2011

[REVIEW] A Lot of Games, Volume 2, Part 3

Look familiar, right? You're looking at a series of six posts in the second volume where I gather together a bunch of games I haven't talked about, write mini-reviews on them, and serve them straight to your noggin. Sure, they may not get the attention they deserve, but I get my point across fairly well. This time, I start way back in September and work my way up until early March. We're looking at a solid 24 games to be reviewed here. Be sure to brush up on the Review FAQ to make sure you understand my scoring before you whirl-up a bitch-fest.

Ready for this installment? We've got sequels upon sequels, with a newcomer and a piece of equipment. Delve on past to get to the good stuff.

[Note: Apparently, there was a hiccup on Blogger's side that caused this post to retreat back to the Draft folder, as well as the Draft for Part 4. Here's Part 3, reposted, and Draft 4 may take a bit longer than anticipated, because somebody at Blogger doesn't know what the fuck they're doing.]

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Beginning of My Epic Tattoo Sleeves

Here I am, mere days away from gaining the balls to start my Epic Tattoo Sleeves. Going with the theme, it's going to be nothing but video game related; nothing else will touch these arms.

I have a couple different ideas, but the execution is the same: video game art. Here's the beginning of my thought process:

  1. 8/16-bit characters at the top of my arms, with current-generation/3D character models near my wrists; the evolution of gaming.
  2. 8/16-bit characters at the bottom of one arm, and having the various eras of gaming span up my arm, across my chest and going down my other arm. Chest piece being Link and Ganondorf fighting with the Triforce in the middle.
  3. Have Link at the bottom of one arm facing up in a fighting pose with Ganondorf at the top of the same arm facing down, fighting Link. For the other arm, do a crossover with Leon from Resident Evil 4 and Zoey from L4D back to back, fighting a Licker and Hunter.

Idea 1 is what started the idea off, Idea 2 quickly followed, but Idea 3 is an amalgamation of Idea 2 and a separate, unlisted idea I had.

I eventually decided to scrap all of the above, and decided for something a bit different: warm colors on the left, whereas cool colors on the right. I would pick-and-choose elements of respective colors and work them together, and not just random shit left and right. The inspiration came from this little gem I concocted a few years ago that would begin this journey:

I found sprite sheets from Super Mario Bros. 3 for Mario and Luigi, and found this Starman somewhere on the internet; the idea was a take off of the nautical stars that kids today have such a fascination with, with Mario on the back of my left arm, Luigi on the back of my right. Due to the complexity of the tattoo - being strictly pixel-art and no black outlines - the cost to the two artists I talked to would be significantly higher than a "standard" tattoo; I was quoted $250-350 per piece (the higher price came from a guy who "hates Nintendo tattoos", according to the shop manager). I've got a few friends-through-friends that I'm trying to talk to to get pricing ideas, and hopefully they're comfortable with the precision I'm wanting.

Check past the break for the other elements I'm wanting to work with. Keep in mind, I'm still working with everything, so I may drop or add something (anything with the asterisk means it's questionable if I'll include it). I'll update next when I get a solid image of the rest of the elements in a cohesive design, or if I start getting them actually tattooed.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Best Thing I've Seen in Jersey: Umbrella Logo Tattoo

So this past weekend, I was in New Jersey for The Bamboozle festival, third year (in a row) for me. I've seen my fair share of oddities and bits here and there, but this takes the take: a cute red-head with the Umbrella Corps. logo from Resident Evil tattooed on the back of her neck.

I did see one (scene) girl with the Zelda Family Crest (albeit a bit different) on the back of her neck, but I caught a glimpse of it, and wasn't able to get a picture of it.

Both were pretty snazzy, though.