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Episode Three of Random Drop Available

Oct. 31, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Episode Three of Random Drop Available The third Random Drop podcast hit the interwebs Oct. 24. Head over to listen, as we like to support Random Drop, and they like to support us as well. That, and the podcasts are compelling! As always, the three Random Drop podcasters are Justin Huthmacher, Adam Nelson, and Rob Watkins. The podcast's home is http://randomdrop.libsyn.com/. Episode 003's download location is here. Editor's Note: The three members of the...

Spoiler Alert: Kotaku Boldly Reveals Plot Twist in Batman: Arkham City

Oct. 14, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Spoiler Alert: Kotaku Boldly Reveals Plot Twist in Batman: Arkham City Imagine with me for a moment that it’s May 1980. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is about to be released, and you’ve been looking forward to seeing it since the previous film. While reading the newspaper that day, you see a story about the film. The headline reads “VADER IS LUKE’S FATHER.” Your reaction would likely be similar to mine when I saw a story on Kotaku.com, a video gaming blog that frequently...

Defenders of Ardania Preview

Oct. 14, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Defenders of Ardania Preview What originally started as a Starcraft mod, tower defense is a rare but enjoyable genre that focuses on the defensive side of RTS games. In other words, it’s a turtler’s dream. Games under this genre, such as Plants Vs. Zombies and Defense Grid: Awakening, tend to be more on the casual development side; you won’t see full-blown $60/$50 commercial games (yet) that focus heavily on this concept, but they are fun to play. Whether...

Random Drop 002, Well ... Drops

Oct. 12, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Random Drop 002, Well ... Drops Random Drop's second podcast, "Random Drop 002," released to the public today. 002's subjects include Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Driver: San Francisco, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade and plenty more, just to name a few. As always, the three Random Drop podcasters are Justin Huthmacher, Adam Nelson and Rob Watkins. The podcast's home is http://randomdrop.libsyn.com/. 002's download location is here. Editor's Note: The three members of...

RAGE Problems & Ease of Use in Video Games

Oct. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

RAGE Problems & Ease of Use in Video Games Video games cater to a more technologically advanced crowd than virtually every other entertainment industry. The television and movie industries are the easiest to "use" as a consumer. Simply flip on your TV to watch a program at its prescribed time. Or just pop that Blu-ray in and watch. Sure, there's audio and video connections to make all of this to work. That's just part of having a home entertainment system. Most people can get by using...

Random Drop's Inaugural Podcast Hits The Web

Oct. 9, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Random Drop's Inaugural Podcast Hits The Web Random Drop, a new podcast from three video game industry veterans, hit the web in early September. The podcast focuses on various aspects of the video game industry from ultimately failed video game franchises such as Guitar Hero to upcoming games such as Modern Warfare 3. The three podcasters for Random Drop are: Justin Huthmacher - Worked in quality assurance, community support and currently game design; has also taken a hand to video game...

Fox News and "Green" Games: Defining the Issue

Sep. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Fox News and "Green" Games: Defining the Issue If there's one step that should not be taken in this instance, it's to write-off Fox News as a bunch of idiots. Saying the corporation and its workers are dumb because of this broadcast (in which Clayton Morris of Fox News and online radio host T.J. McCormack talk about the liberal agenda behind environmental games) is similar to calling America an imperialist entity (stay with me for a bit; this will tie back into video games at...

OMGN's Best Summer Flicks of 2011

OMGN's Best Summer Flicks of 2011 If there's one thing we like as much as video games, it's movies too. Since the name change to include movies in the title, the OMGN staff has narrowed down the best movies we've seen this summer — as well as the worst, the ones that surprised us the most, and everything in between.   Best Action Kyle: For me, X-Men: First Class is, hands down, the best action flick I've seen. From Hellfire Club's first attack on the young members of...

Sengoku Preview: A Ninja-Hiring, Castle-Building Simulator

Sep. 5, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Sengoku Preview: A Ninja-Hiring, Castle-Building Simulator It's rare that you're ever given the chance to marry off your daughter to a neighboring region’s daimyo’s son. Click the image to view game screenshots Even more rare is being able to do so in a video game, yet historical strategy game-developer Paradox Interactive, makers of the Hearts of Iron and Crusader Kings series, decided to include that now morally ambiguous tactic in Sengoku, a game that provides a complete...

Mass Effect vs L.A. Noire

Sep. 2, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Mass Effect vs L.A. Noire We all have games and game franchises that resonate with us more than others. When I was younger, Sonic the Hedgehog was my favorite intellectual property to play. I moved on to the NFL 2K series before Electronic Arts killed it by acquiring the NFL video games license exclusively. These days, however, my top-rated video game franchise is Mass Effect. Interestingly, I didn't play the first Mass Effect until March 2011. It had been out for more...

How 'Yakuza' Taught me to be a Man: Why Being Good is Good

Aug. 17, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

How 'Yakuza' Taught me to be a Man: Why Being Good is Good I'm in the process of playing through the Ryu ga Gotoku series (Yakuza in the u.S.). I started earlier this year, tracking down each title. In it, the player controls Kiryu Kazuma, a member of the Dojima yakuza family who takes the fall for the murder of his boss (which is just the start of an exceptionally involved, complicated, multi-tiered storyline of intrigue spanning all four main titles).  When Kiryu Kazuma's full-back...

Is Mega Man Dead?

Jul. 27, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

Is Mega Man Dead? A gaming icon might be gone for good. The week of July 17 could be one of the darkest in history for many gamers, as it might be the end one of the industry's founding fathers -- Mega Man (called Rock Man in Japan). Recently, Mega Man’s parent company, Capcom, decided to cancel the blue bomber’s latest planned adventure, Mega Man Legends 3. While this cancellation put a dagger in the hearts of thousands of gamers worldwide (many have...

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - Multi-Player Beta Overview & Impressions

Jul. 19, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - Multi-Player Beta Overview & Impressions My footsteps echoed through the alleyways of a nondescript city in Yemen. The old Arabian architecture encircled me, its brick archways and buildings casting long shadows across my path. I ran past quaint homes and vegetable stands which were deserted, yet they didn't look abandoned; it was as if the owners and residents had left in a hurry, perhaps because of the large-scale gun battles that were taking place. The gunfire sounded distant, so...

Opinions on Supreme Court's Violent Video Games Ruling

Opinions on Supreme Court's Violent Video Games Ruling On June 27, the Supreme Court made a final decision on a topic under debate for the last few years as to whether video games are protected under the First Amendment and, thus, to be treated as free speech. Also under debate was whether video games belong in the same category as films, literature and music, and are therefore considered an expressive art form. We at OMGN are passionate about video games and the industry that surrounds them. The...

E3 2011: Prey 2 First Impressions

Jun. 24, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Prey 2 First Impressions This year at E3, Bethesda showed a live presentation of Prey 2 at its booth. The first Prey game was your standard linear campaign shooter, but the sequel does a complete 180. The new protagonist this time around is U.S. Marshal Killian Samuels, and the game takes place right after the ending of the first one. After waking up in a destroyed ship, the player finds a gun and attempts to escape.  Combat has been revamped to include a cover...

E3 2011: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim First Impressions

Jun. 22, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim First Impressions The Elder Scroll series is known for being one of the most epic and never-ending RPG series of all time. Not just in game play, but in sheer scale, too. Players can be anything they want, do anything they want, and go anywhere they want, all at any time. Both Morrowind and Oblivion have allowed for the creation of thousands upon thousands of user-made mods, drastically increasing the lifespan of the already-content heavy games that are still...

E3 2011: Our Final Thoughts

E3 2011: Our Final Thoughts This year, OMGN took four of our staff to E3 2011 in Los Angeles, Calif.: Robert F. Ludwick, Kyle Hovanec, Jenner Cauton, and Ryan Goodman. The four of us frolicked and cavorted in video games' biggest expo and survived to tell the tale. We left the show with sore necks, sore feet, and sore shoulders (from all of the free swag!), and now that we've had some time to reflect, we'd like to offer our opinions of the show as a whole.   What less...

E3 2011: Call of Duty Elite First Impressions

Jun. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Call of Duty Elite First Impressions When I first heard of the Call of Duty franchise possibly charging for online services, I had mixed feelings. A Call of Duty MMO? I couldn't fathom the thought. I still can't. While in no way do I dislike MMOs, Call of Duty didn't seem like one of those franchises that needed it. All my worries, for the most part, subsided when OMGN went to see Activision's presentation of Call of Duty Elite at E3. COD Elite is a community-based service in which...

E3 2011: Dead Rising 2: Off The Record First Impressions

Jun. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: Dead Rising 2: Off The Record First Impressions Capcom has scheduled another trip to Fortune City for Dead Rising fans later this year when Dead Rising 2: Off The Record hits stores. This new zombie-filled adventure was playable at E3, and I got to take a look at what has changed from last year’s hit. The biggest difference this time around is that you’re not in the shoes of DR 2 protagonist Chuck Greene, but instead are once again behind the lens of the original hero of Dead...

E3 2011: WWE '12 First Impressions

Jun. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: WWE '12 First Impressions THQ is ready to step back in the ring once again this fall, promising a brand new WWE experience, that is totally different from the stale SmackDown! Vs Raw series. WWE '12 was at E3, and from what I can tell, THQ is looking to the past to move the WWE franchise into the future. That's not a good thing. WWE '12 promises to have a full roster of WWE superstars when it's released, but the version at E3 only had a handful to choose from. I got to...

E3 2011: Frogger 3D Preview

Jun. 15, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Frogger 3D Preview Tak Fujii became an E3 legend in just one press conference after his enthusiastic presentation for Ninety Nine Nights II. Soon the phrases “One million troops” and “You'll be sucked” were tossed all over the Internet and cemented his reputation as an eccentric and upbeat game designer overnight. For all intents and purposes, a game like Frogger 3D should not be made by Tak Fujii. “There are so many people who like...

E3 2011: Wakfu First Impressions

Jun. 15, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Wakfu First Impressions Wakfu is a turn-based tactical MMORPG and a continuation of past titles Dofus and Dofus Arena. In the game, your job as the player is to travel around the world, play different classes and learn new professions, all while fighting different creatures and earning new skills and loot. I was given 15 minutes of playtime to test the game and get a feel for the combat mechanics, farming mechanics, and navigation. However, despite the time with the...

E3 2011: Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City First Impressions

Jun. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City First Impressions When Capcom announced Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City earlier this year, it immediately got me thinking of my favorite entry in the series, Resident Evil: Outbreak, which focused on working as a team to escape Raccoon City. While this new adventure won’t be the same thing, it does appear that working together will again play a big role, but from a much different perspective. The events of ORC take place during Resident Evils 2...

E3 2011: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine First Impressions

Jun. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine First Impressions THQ has many Warhammer 40,000 video games in development. One they are keen to get introduced to a broader audience is Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine. I got some game time with this title on an Xbox 360 at E3 2011. For a quick look at what Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, I give you THQ's official description: In Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine you are Captain Titus, a Space Marine of the Ultramarines chapter and a seasoned veteran of countless...

E3 2011: Prototype 2 First Impressions

E3 2011: Prototype 2 First Impressions Robert, Jenner and Kyle got a tour of Prototype 2 at E3 2011, so we thought we'd share our thoughts. Prototype 2 takes place 14 month after the original title. New main character Sgt. James Heller returns to a virus ravaged New York City to find his daughter and wife have been killed by the first game's protagonist, Alex Mercer. Heller, after gaining the same abilities as Mercer, sets out to claim his revenge. Heller is a different character...

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