Throwback Thursday: Pac-Man

Game: Pac-Man | Platform: Arcade| Developer: Namco |Release Date: 1980

The past few weeks have been a super-throwback for us with games like the infamous Duck Hunt title. Now, we even go farther back in time all the way to 1980 to one of the most iconic video game characters of all time: Pac-Man. This 8bit yellow creature debut in arcades all across America over 35 years ago, and he still has a presence in today’s gaming culture (just like Duck Hunt, he was in the recent Smash Bros. title). Pac-Man resonates in our hearts as one of those nostalgic titles that remains a blast even to this day.

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The Order: 1886 “Goes Gold” and Teases with a New Trailer

Sony PlayStation’s exclusive title, The Order: 1886, is near completion. Creative director Ru Weerasuryia expressed his excitement for the release of this highly anticipated game with a lovely PlayStation Blog post. . .and also a new teaser trailer. Watch it after the break:

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Heroes of the Storm: Another F2P Game Offering Paid Beta Access

Blizzard, of course, prefers to call its new offering a ‘Founder’s Pack‘ which makes it more palatable to consumers. Gamers who want to get into Heroes of the Storm, a hotly anticipated MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) can now pony up $39.99 USD to get instant access to the title’s closed beta as long as they live in the Americas, Australia, New Zealand or Southeast Asia. The game’s final release date has still not been set.

In addition to the early access, buyers will also get three heroes (Diablo, Raynor & Tyrande), as well as an alternate costume for each, an exclusive mount and 2,500 gold to spend in-game.

Support for the package seems to be mixed, with the above video currently holding a 48% ‘thumbs up’ rating on YouTube. Other games have offered similar packages to fans, but some have backfired immensely (we’re looking at you ArcheAge).

Will you be willing to lay down cash for a chance to play in the beta? Or will you be waiting for the free access to begin?

This Week On Destiny…

Here’s a brief update for all you Guardians playing Destiny out there!

Today, Tuesday, aside from the weekly refresh of all raids, a new Nightfall/Weekly Strike has been introduced!

The Summoning Pits

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Nightfall Modifiers:

  • Nightfall (If all players die, you will be returned to orbit)
  • Epic (Heavily shielded and highly aggressive enemies appear in great numbers)
  • LightSwitch (Minions of the Darkness deal much more melee damage)
  • Angry (Minions of the Darkness won’t flinch, even after massive damage)
  • Arc Burn (Arc Damage from any source is greatly increased)

Weekly Heroic Strike Modifiers:

  • Heroic (Enemies appear in greater numbers and are more aggressive)
  • Arc Burn (Arc Damage from any source is greatly increased)

Also coming this week on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time is the raid, Crota’s End, on Hard Mode.

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Guardians will be able acquire four new weapons via Hard Mode: Abyss Defiant (Auto Rifle), Fant of Ir Yut (Scout Rifle), Oversoul Edict (Pulse Rifle), Word of Crota (Hand Cannon). Additionally, Guardians will also finally be able to upgrade their Eidolon Ally with the final piece, Crux of Crota, to acquire Nechrochasm. A new shader, Glowhoo, and ship, Bane of the Dark Gods, is also obtainable and exclusive to the new Hard Mode on Crota’s End.

The first six (or less, if you’re brave) players to complete the raid might also earn themselves some official Bungie gear…

“The first Fireteam to sink their teeth (and their sword) into the final boss (and by opposing, end him) will set the pace. We’ll be watching. We might even send the World First finishers some swag from the Bungie Store.” – Deej, from Bungie

Good luck out there, Guardians.

 

RIP Club Nintendo, Ye Will Be Missed

Nintendo has announced that its loyalty program ‘Club Nintendo‘ will be closing later this year worldwide. The official page about the shutdown has posted a schedule for the North American program’s last months:

  • 1/20/2015 Products released after this date are not eligible for registration with Club Nintendo
  • 3/31/2015 Last day to earn Coins, register products with Club Nintendo, and sign up for new Club Nintendo membership
  • 6/30/2015 Last day to redeem Coins or access your account on the Club Nintendo website. Club Nintendo program shuts down at 11:59pm PT on 6/30/2015.

The silver lining is that a new loyalty program is apparently right around the corner, although Nintendo isn’t quite ready to announce what they’re preparing. In addition, all Club Nintendo members will receive a download code to get Flipnote Studio 3D free of charge next month. Please note, that as listed above, the last day to register for an account will be March 31st.

How do you feel about the Club’s imminent death? Are you excited for what could come next?

Hyrule Warriors Gets New DLC

The Wii U’s latest Zelda spinoff combines a mix between Dynasty Warriors gameplay lumped with the universe of Hyrule. While not the greatest game all around due to some repetitive action and mindless button mashing, Zelda fans are still enjoying the action before Nintendo’s new Zelda IP. This new upcoming DLC releasing alongside “Majora’s Mask” for the 3DS introduces a few new features that will surely keep Hyrule Warriors fans busy.

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Kitana and Kung Lao Introduced in MKX

Mortal Kombat vets Kitana (my all time MK favorite) and Kung Lao make their debut appearance in the latest MKX trailer. Kitana sports an. . .interesting new outfit, featuring boob armor and not a whole lot else. Kung Lao looks very similar to his previous MK costumes with his bladed hat being the star focus. Bits of their fighting style are scattered here and there, but not a whole lot is shown aside from that. Of course, there’s a rather gruesome shot of one of Kitana’s fatality at the end. It’s probably one of my favorites so far!

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Console Wars: Xbox One Price Drop and Holiday Sales

Sony has recently announced their superb sales data from over the holidays, but Microsoft and Nintendo are quickly stepping into the spotlight to try to steal the show with their numbers. Big moves coming from both companies include Microsoft dropping the price of the Xbox One. How much can you grab one for now?

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Throwback Thursday: Duck Hunt

Game: Duck Hunt  | Platform: NES| Developer: Nintendo |Release Date: 1984

It’s hard to think of gaming before you were born. What you know is what you grew up with, and that may vary from year to year given the life cycle of games that have been released this century. However, being born in the late 80s, I was introduced to the classics of Mario, Sonic, Donkey Kong, and other titles that are still being developed to this day. Before my time, there was one game called Duck Hunt that, after 30 years of being released, remains a cult classic in gaming culture.

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Missing that rad NES game package.

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