My name is James. By day I am a freelance copywriter and editor. While the perks of this job are getting to sleep 'til 2pm and working in my underwear, I've learned far more about hemorrhoid cream and proper swimming pool chlorination than I ever care to.
I guess you could say I'm a "former" video game "journalist" (though I wouldn't call myself the J word). I am the former Editor-in-Chief of Binge Gamer and I spent time writing at other blogs. I gave it up because while I love gaming and the gaming industry, I just didn't have the constitution to run my own business.
Not at the age of 23, anyways.
Let's see... apart from that I'm prior service US Army (Military Police), a stand-up comedian, a connoisseur of soft drinks and I once wrestled a cheetah.
...who finds all this image dissecting being done by Diablo III fans to be a little depressing? Case in point: Blizzard just launched their fifth splash screen, and this time it shows the eyes, as well as what looks like the top of a helmet or crown or whatever the hell you wanna call it. Observe:
Now I'm glad we're all in agreement with our desire to see a new Diablo, but I read some of the theories that are being thrown about, and I just get... sad. Case in point: One of the Diablo fansites (I'm not saying which one) concludes that it must be a sign of Diablo III's impending announcement because the new image is called "harbinger", and Diablo was once labeled as "The harbinger of our return" in a cinematic in Diablo Deuce.
Another wonderful little theory I've heard on a few message boards is that "the runes form a pentagram, man!" Sure. A half-assed, crooked pentagram, but you technically would have a pentagram.
But what really just drove me up the wall -- what drove me to just shake my head and wish that half of these people -- just half -- went into crime scene investigation... was this argument that wound up going for NINE PAGES on one message board:
Now, I think it's a foregone conclusion that we're going to see Diablo 3. But you know... while I, as a livelong gamer, would love to see D3 (not the Mighty Ducks), there is that little part of me that looks at the obsession over a new Diablo and I can't help but kind of hope it's not Diablo 3 they're announcing this weekend.
I do have one question for everybody, though: What the hell does a purple penguin have to do with any of this?!
Hmm. I didn't even have to go into the actual game.
You can read my full explanation HERE (shameless plug), but I'll summarize: Look at the box. If the game you want to buy your kids is named after a felony, and brandishes at least four firearms -- you may want to look elsewhere for your ten year-old.
For those of you unaware of what the hell I'm talking about, njyskora just won HIMself (I've got 'tang on the brain) copies of Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Mario Galaxy from my website (shameless plug). HE won because she's better than you... and HIS post number was what came up first on random.org.
Anyways, as alluded to in the link, my site's next contest will start in early May and run right up to the end of the month of May. Congratulations -- you now know more about the next contest than anybody else.
So here's the deal, people: My website (with fellow D'toider PacoDG) BingeGamer.net is holding a contest to celebrate the upcoming release of Mario Kart Wii. If the big ass picture didn't give it away, we're giving away Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Mario Galaxy to one lucky summabitch.
So how do you enter? Simple enough: Leave a comment on the contest page telling us what your favorite Mario game is, and why you love it.
We'll announce the winner on April 27th, and you'll have three of the best games on Nintendo Wii.
As we are all only too aware, yesterday we learned that Iron Chef America would grace our Nintendo Wii and DS. But now, in addition to the glorious press release we now have a debut video that is so epic in it's win that we, mere mortals, can only hope to submit once the game finds store shelves. Allez Cuisine, motherfuckers!
...okay, all joking aside, that trailer is pretty damn awful. But don't say that to Mark Dacoscas' face because frankly...
MKR Group, the production company that owns the rights to the "Dawn of the Dead" films, is suing Capcom for copyright infringement. MKR Group alleges that "Dead Rising", a game that has you running around a giant mall hacking, slashing, and otherwise dispatching neverending hordes of the undead, is essentially a video game version of "Dawn of the Dead", which has a group of human survivors running around a giant mall while hacking, slashing and otherwise dispatching neverending hordes of the undead.
I don't see any similarity whatsoever.
MKR says it filed the complaint after talks with Capcom over the issue failed. Earlier this month, Capcom filed a case against the Dawn of the Dead producers in a California federal court, seeking an injunction to prevent MKR from suing Capcom for this very thing.
The complaint filed by MKR in a U.S. District Court claims that "both works are dark comedies" in which "absurdly groqesque 'kill scenes' provide unexpected comedic relief."
Um... duh? This really seems like an open and shut case that should go MKR Group's way. I'm not somebody who roots against the video game industry, but when you have to put a disclaimer on your jewel case that reminds consumers that your game is NOT based on Dawn of the Dead, you have a problem.