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2:02 PM on 10.08.2009

Gamer Defense (I did a presentation with this)

Gamers have gotten a really bad reputation in the past few years. Why? You ask. Well, consider this situation: There’s a school shooting. The police go through everything that this kid owns. They come across Call of Duty, or Halo, or Killzone, etc. What are they going to assume? They’re going to assume that it was the game that influenced him to kill innocent people. Educated psychologists then automatically assume that kids can’t tell the difference between real life and the virtual life caused by the video game. The most famous debate in recent years is the infamous “Mass Effect Sex Debate” where the game Mass Effect was unfairly criticized of having “full digital nudity.”

For the few people who haven't seen the video yet, here's the video:

Games have been the scape goat for everything that’s gone wrong in society in recent years. Society complains about a naked digital person, where you can only see their back side, but you don’t hear anything about movies like Zack and Miri Make a Porno, where the entire movie is like a pornographic film. Not saying that this movie didn’t attract its own controversy, but it didn’t make news like Mass Effect did. I’m just saying that the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is doing its job, it’s up to parents to ultimately keep M (Mature) rated games out of 8 year olds’ hands. People complain about games that “should get the AO (Adults Only) rating.” Facts show that as of August ’07, only 25 games have the AO rating. Most games tone down its content to get the, more sellable, M rating.

What really bugs me is the fact that the media doesn’t judge games and movies in the same way. Not saying that they should be, considering they’re completely different, but people are freaking out about slight nudity in a game, while no one will say anything about the equivalent rated movie with full frontal nudity.

News programs and newspapers alike both say that games increase aggression in children. In my opinion, they actually decrease it. Consider this example: You come home from a bad day of work. You’re stressed and angry. You feel like you want to hurt someone. Would you rather grab a shotgun and go to work to kill people there? Or would you rather go online and play some Call of Duty 4 and kill virtual things on there, and avoid jail time.

Society is resistant of admitting that video games are now expanding into the adult category. Most people in the news say “Games are meant for children.” This was the case ten years ago. Now, adults are gaming because they grew up with video games. The group of 18 – 25 year olds grew up with video games, so obviously they’re going to bring that into adulthood, which calls M rated games, and even AO games, into demand. If you were to equate video games to movies, the ratio of M rated games/R rated movies to E rated games/G rated games are equivalent. R rated movies are in huge demand, because there are more people who see movies that are 17 years old and older than are under 17. The same can be said for video games.

There are a few big names that have some controversy that aren't new games. Those games are Wolfenstein 3D, Duke Nukem 3D, and Doom. Wolfenstein 3D has been banned in Germany. Here are the screenshots with why they're controversial (if it's not obvious):

Wolfenstein 3D (For implementing so many Nazi symbols)

Duke Nukem 3D (For being so sexual)

Doom (For being so gory)

But being older, they aren't brought up at all. But for the most part, some of them are worse than current games. But 10 years ago, games weren't taken as serious as they are now.

Anyone who wants to discuss this further, or point out something that I forgot, can post in the comments.   read

6:27 PM on 08.10.2009

BragGame Rights will be at PAX 2009!!!

Hey guys, just wanted to let anyone know that BragGame Rights will be at PAX this year. They'll be sharing a booth with Tritton (I believe). Coy will be there along with Master Chief, Joshua, and Parnell, expanding his empire, selling his brain child, the BGRmods flexboard. Click on the link for more info about the turbo mods. Coy will be selling the flexboards for $20-$30 (I'm not sure what his final price is). So check out the booth, visit some of the BGR staff, get some cheap modded controllers, and earn some BragGame Rights.   read

10:12 AM on 07.22.2009

BragGame Rights (New Gaming Store in Duluth, MN)

Ok, first of all I'm going to say that I'm not intending this to take any business away from any related businesses, this post is meant just to get the name out there to more of the public. I figured since there are a ton of users on Destructoid, this would be the best way to get this company's name out there.

BragGame Rights is a BRAND NEW gaming store that opened in Duluth, Minnesota last August, owned by Coy Christmas (yes, that is his real last name). We are located across the street from a Gamestop and a Best Buy and we're holding our own in game sales. BragGame Rights is almost exactly like Gamestop in the fact that we buy and sell new and used games, but our nitch is the fact that our motto is "Try before you buy," meaning we have 20 gaming stations with 46" TVs, Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360s in each station. It's $7.50/hour to play, and we are usually filled up completely on weekends. If you decide that you are going to game a lot during a month's period of time, you have the option of purchasing a $10 Monthly Membership. This gives you reduced rates for gaming ($5/hr on weekends and $3/hr on weekdays), 10% more on trade-ins, and 10% off of used games. There's even a Summer Membership that will cost you $25 for the summer, and you'll only have to pay $3/hr. ANY day that you come in. We hold birthday parties for up to 15 people for $185.00. Making it one of the less expensive birthday ideas, and one of the most unique. Lock-ins are also an option for the people who just can't sleep. You are required to rent out the entire store in order to hold a lock-in, but pizza will be provided, courtesy of BragGame Rights. There are also mini tournaments that are usually held throughout the night. Where you can win anywhere from cans of pop to a FREE Tritton AXPRO Headset (depending on the intention of the lock-in).

The tour of BragGame Rights with Coy Christmas (Filmed by BoZack):

We also sell our new games for less than either store. For example, a new copy of Prototype hits the shelves at all 3 places, Best Buy and Gamestop sell it for $59.99, BragGame Rights sells it for $57.49 and BragGame Rights guarantees the games for LIFE. That's the way it goes with ALL new games. Our used prices also follow the same pattern. We are also the ONLY place in the area that's able to buff Blu-Ray discs. BragGame Rights also is certified to repair next gen consoles. Weekly, we get about 5+ Xboxes in. If you so choose, you can ship your Xbox 360 to us (if your warranty is voided) and we will fix your Xbox for $55 (you will be responsible for shipping as well). Keep in mind, we only fix the 3 red rings, and drive repairs (costs $85) in house. If you end up getting an E74 or E75 code, we have to ship it off to another business for them to work on, and that will cost $90. That's not just saying that we work on Xboxes however, we also work on PS3s, Wiis, DSes, and PSPs. We are also one of the only places in the area that will mod controllers and game cases. The guy who does all of our mods has been working on different projects. His most recent one was changing the LED lights in the Xbox 360 controller and the Wii Remote. But his best mod (so I think) is getting the Tritton AXPRO headset lights to strobe whenever you shoot a gun or throw a grenade (sorry, no video of that). Over 90% of BragGame Rights customers say that they will never go to a Gamestop again if there's a BragGame Rights in the area.

This is one of few jobs that people want to go in to work at. Everyone that works at BragGame Rights loves being there, and it shows in customer service. We are able to joke around with customers and have them joke back. During our Nightly Tournaments, we are able to have fun by just messing with people as they're competing (don't worry, not enough to hinder their playing experience).

BragGame Rights Hosts ggCircuit's 4v4 Halo Tournament:

Nightly Tournaments are also held Monday-Thursday night at BragGame Rights in conjunction with the (attempted) monthly Large tournaments. Admission for the Nightly Tournaments are ONLY $5 with the possibility of winning $25 cash or $40 in-store credit. There's usually a game within the month that you'll enjoy. There are such a wide variety of games that we host for the Nightly Tournaments.

BragGame Rights Official Site
Pictures on the Main BragGame Rights Page
YouTube Page
Facebook Group

Please comment below if you think you want a BragGame Rights in your area!!   read

12:05 AM on 07.22.2009

And now, introducing........ME (My insanely late introduction (better late than never))

Hey everyone. I know you've seen my reviews on the page, but I was told that I should probably go and introduce myself. Well I'm BlurryPhoenix. As you can tell, I LOVE Sonic the Hedgehog games. I grew up playing the SEGA Genesis, and I still currently have it hooked up to my TV. I work for a super amazing gaming store called BragGame Rights. If you're asking yourself "what the hell is BragGame Rights?" you aren't wrong to ask yourself that. Currently there's only 1 open, and it's in the frigid Duluth, MN. I own a Wii, kinda regretting the fact that nothing is being released for it that has any resemblance of a "video game." My gamertag on Xbox Live is BlurryPhoenix (ha, big surprise there). I've started writing reviews for both this site and the BragGame Rights forum just for the fun of it. I was really hoping that I could start writing reviews for Destructoid (hint, hint Niero or Jim Sterling (whoever I have to hint towards)). The thing that really turned me over to Destructoid was the podcasts. I started listening to Podtoid and found it HILARIOUS beyond belief. Then following that with Retroforce GO! and Podcastle, my week was set. I tended to listen to the podcasts while working at the movie theater that I worked at as a projectionist, putting movies together. I'm glad that people enjoy my rating system. I realize how confusing it can get without the legend on the side. But just as long as people agree with my rating, I'm perfectly happy.

Well, I'm not sure what else to add on here, so I hope that this is sufficient.   read

6:38 PM on 06.26.2009

Let's Tap (Wii) Review

Let's Tap is a new innovative game that was recently put out by Nintendo. You play it by setting the Wiimote face down on a box (or something similar) and you tap the box to do any of the games. It's sensitive enough to recognize the different forces that you tap the box. There are 3 different types of "taps" though (light, medium, and hard). During the running game, you are supposed to tap lightly in order to make your character run, and tap harder to make your character jump. This can cause some difficulty in knowing how hard you're tapping until you end up jumping into some obstacle that you weren't intending.

There are 4 games that you can play. Tap Runner, the running game; Rhythm Tap, kinda like Guitar Hero where you tap in beat and with the certain forces; Silent Blocks, kinda like Jenga; and Bubble Voyager.

Silent Blocks

Tap Runner


Rhythm Tap

Bubble Voyager

This game is insanely fun, for about an hour. Anything after that, it's boring. It's meant as a party game between friends. It's definitely meant as a game to unwind from the day considering it's not difficult by any means. It's not fun, at all, to play by yourself.

Rating: Super Silver   read

12:15 PM on 06.18.2009

Guitar Hero: Smash Hits (Wii) Review

(Holy crap, 2 reviews in a day?)

There's not a ton to say about this game. There's not much new. I'm glad that they decided to keep the same basic layout as Guitar Hero: Metallica. I do have to say, however, that it's nice to go back and play the songs that were on the games before Guitar Hero: World Tour and be able to play them on bass, drums, vocals, or lead guitar. It's was originally going to be called "Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits" because that's all that's on here. I've also noticed that they don't have any songs from World Tour or Metallica. I'm assuming because those games were already in the new "full band" layout.

I like the fact that they have hits from the first two Guitar Hero games because they didn't have either game released on the Wii. But, I've always hated games that basically re-release the same game and call it new. I played "Through the Fire and the Flames" on Smash Hits and concluded that the intro is now finally doable, but the rest of the song, to me, is more difficult (either that, or it's really been just that long since I've played it on Guitar Hero III)

The track list is as follows:

Tracks from Guitar Hero:

* Blue Öyster Cult - "Godzilla"
* Boston - "More Than A Feeling"
* Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"
* Franz Ferdinand - "Take Me Out"
* Helmet - "Unsung (Live)"
* Incubus - "Stellar"
* Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - "I Love Rock N’ Roll"
* Ozzy Osbourne - "Bark At The Moon"
* Pantera - "Cowboys From Hell (Live)"
* Queen - "Killer Queen"
* Queens Of The Stone Age - "No One Knows"
* The Donnas - "Take It Off"
* The Exies - "Hey You"
* White Zombie - "Thunder Kiss ’65"

Tracks from Guitar Hero II:

* Alice In Chains - "Them Bones"
* Avenged Sevenfold - "Beast And The Harlot"
* Danzig - "Mother"
* Foo Fighters - "Monkey Wrench"
* Iron Maiden - "The Trooper"
* Jane’s Addiction - "Stop!"
* Kansas - "Carry On Wayward Son"
* Lamb Of God - "Laid To Rest"
* Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Free Bird"
* Mötley Crüe- "Shout At The Devil"
* Nirvana - "Heart-Shaped Box"
* Rage Against The Machine - "Killing In The Name"
* Reverend Horton Heat - "Psychobilly Freakout"
* Rush - "YYZ"
* Stone Temple Pilots - "Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart"
* The Police - "Message In A Bottle"
* The Sword - "Freya"
* Warrant - "Cherry Pie"
* Wolfmother - "Woman"

Tracks from Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s:

* Anthrax - "Caught In A Mosh"
* Extreme - "Play With Me"
* Judas Priest - "Electric Eye"
* Poison - "Nothin’ But A Good Time"
* Ratt - "Round and Round"
* Twisted Sister - "I Wanna Rock"

Tracks from Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock:

* AFI - "Miss Murder"
* DragonForce - "Through The Fire And Flames"
* Heart - "Barracuda"
* Kiss - "Rock And Roll All Nite"
* Living Colour - "Cult Of Personality"
* Pat Benatar - "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"
* Priestess - "Lay Down"
* Slayer - "Raining Blood"

Tracks from Guitar Hero: Aerosmith:

* Aerosmith - "Back In The Saddle

Rating: Knuckles   read

12:01 PM on 06.18.2009

Tiger Woods PGA Tour '10 (Wii) Review

I've never liked golf games on the Wii, let alone sports games in general, but Tiger Woods PGA Tour '10 has gotten it right in how it was created. Tiger Woods PGA Tour '10 utilizes the new Wii Motion Plus, and using that, it makes the game so much fun. If you're a golfer, you'll be able to feel like you are golfing from your living room. The game has been released for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Nintendo Wii. I'm reviewing the Wii version. I tried to find screenshots from the Wii version, so if they aren't, I apologize.

The weather can be changed to whatever weather you want, or you can change to the setting where it has live streaming weather from the course. I started playing a round in London, and it started off cloudy, but by the 3rd hole or so it started to rain (it was cloudy then started to rain at the course in real life). The graphics are so amazing for the little old Wii. It has the nice little nitches that are in all the Tiger Woods games like when you hit a really nice shot and it's going straight for the pin, the screen goes to widescreen, the video slows down, and all you hear is a heartbeat.

There are a few negatives that I noticed. When playing the career, you're not really good. If you go play the exhibition and play as Tiger, then go to the career, you'll struggle. You start off really weak and can't hit much more than 250 yds. for a drive, while when playing as Tiger, a full swing can get you almost 350 yds. I also noticed that when I was playing in the rain, the greens became almost too slow. I know that greens slow down when wet, I am a golfer in real life, but this almost seemed to slow the ball down to half the speed. Another thing that I don't like is the Classic Putting. It defaults to the shortest length but still make it to the cup. So, when the greens are slow, you have to go and change the length to make the putter able to hit further. The Precision Putting is the way to go, you just need to get the touch down.

Final Thought: This game is really addicting, especially with how realistic it seems. We had this game demoing at BragGame Rights and the employees would switch off every hole. Most of us didn't want to give up the controller after the hole though. But you will get tired after a while. You have to take full swings in order to get a decent shot. So I'd say that you should limit yourself to a round, maybe two.

Rating: Super Sonic   read

1:45 PM on 06.11.2009

Punch Out!! Wii (Wii) Review

This game is amazing. I love how it's a huge throwback to the original Punch Out games. They kept key scenes that are just such a staple of the Punch Out games, in other words, the pink jumpsuit. The controls are really responsive when you use the Wiimote and Nunchuck control scheme. The controls are VERY simple, (dodge left to right (left and right on joystick), block/face jabs (up on joystick), duck (down on joystick), and lastly throwing punches by swinging the Wiimote and Nunchuck to punch with the respective hands). For all you retro players, it also has the option to play with the Wiimote sideways which makes it feel exactly like playing the original Punch Out for the NES. And even for you new gamers, it is compatible with the Wii Balance Board as well. That's only used for dodging, however it is still fun to actually dodge punches. The difficulity ramp up seems very fairly done. It's not like you're fighting a really easy opponent then the next fighter is impossible. Obviously, they are going to get more and more difficult. Along with them getting more and more powerful. I made it all the way to the 2nd fighter in the World Circuit, and I couldn't beat him. The characters are really fun to watch. They're really dynamic from the thing that they show prior to the fight and even during the fight.

Really, my only complaints are the fact that it's really short. There are 3 circuits, the Minor Circuit, the Major Circuit, and the World Circuit. The Minor and Major Circuits have 3 fighters and 1 champion in each. The World Circuit, however, has 4 fighters and 1 champion, making it just a little longer. I also don't like that getting up doesn't become more difficult the more times you get knocked down. I was always able to get up by the count of 4. But if you get knocked down 3 times in a round, TKO. I would rather have me getting up become more difficult the more times I get knocked down, because I found myself numerous times losing because of the TKO.

They also added a multiplayer option to the game. Both of you fight as Little Mac and beat on each other until one loses. Thank god this was added because that adds even MORE replay value to the game (as if Punch Out didn't have replay value on its own).

All in all, if you liked the Punch Out games, get this game. If you're just looking for a different fighting game, get this game.

Rating: Shadow   read

1:25 AM on 05.25.2009

Trauma Center: New Blood (Wii) Review

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Trauma Center: New Blood is the second installment of the Trauma Center franchise done for the Wii. The first one is Trauma Center: Second Opinion. The game, in my opinion, would be classified as a puzzle game. The catch with it though, is it's severely timed. If you don't do the correct steps quick enough, you patient will die. I found myself stumbling on a few of these situations that always seemed to cause me trouble. The storyline is pretty simple. There are two doctors, Dr. Vaughn and Dr. Blaylock. Both are doctors in a little hospital in Alaska. You go from episode to episode doing different procedures, all the while, "cutscenes" (I put it in quotes because they're not really cutscenes) attempt to convey an underlying storyline for both Vaughn and Blaylock. The failure montage is really dark though. When you fail an "episode," it states, "For Dr. Vaughn and Dr. Blaylock, two gifted doctors who strove for perfection, the pain of their mistake was too much to bear. Without a parting word, they both left the field of medicine forever..."

The basic controls are quite simple. It's controlled with the Wii remote and nunchuck. You select your medical instrument with the joystick and use it with the corresponding buttons along with pointing the Wii remote to the screen. The controls are pretty responsive, and accurate. The storyline makes you feel for the doctors, sort of.

The negative aspects though are that it's not very clear on some parts. Granted, you go through tutorials, that are well done I must add, so you should remember how to do things; but every once and a while, you find yourself in a stressful level not remembering how to do something. There is also a special power called the "Healing Touch." I have to say that I never got the hang of it. I didn't pass the tutorial.

I didn't find out until later that there was a co-op mode. This makes all the levels easier because there is no difficulty change between co-op and single player. It just provides an extra set of hands to work with.

Final conclusion of the game: It's a decent puzzle game for the Wii. It takes the motion sensors and actually uses them well. However, I wasn't a huge fan of the game. It's better than Second Opinion, but that's not insanely great. I will say that I had fun (along with feeling some actual tension) on some levels. I left those levels actually, somewhat, feeling like I did save a life. Those levels were difficult, but not enough to where you'd say, "this is impossible" and rage quit. My recommendation would be to rent it.

Rating: Super Knuckles   read

3:50 PM on 05.19.2009

Professor Hienz Wolff's Gravity Review (Wii)

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This game is another one of those insanely addicting puzzle games. This is going to be a shorter review, considering there's not a ton to talk about this game. The game reminds me of a cross between Little Big Planet, sorta, and World of Goo. Just from the gravity standpoint, this game is quite realistic. If you balance a pole just a little too much past the center of gravity, it'll wobble, and most likely fall.

The object of the game is quite simple. You try and push the button by any means necessary. Most of the time, it's the marble that'll hit the button, but there are some levels where you push it with a post, others where you have to catapult an object to hit it. There are 100 puzzle levels, and you unlock a Sandbox level after every 5 Puzzle levels. These levels are fun just to mess around in and knock things over.

There are also party games that you can mess around in. These games aren't like the main game. They consist of eliminating blocks of the same color as the ball, knocking down a tower in the fewest shots, and a couple others. These are fun, only to take your focus away from the game though. Basically, if you like puzzle games, and own a Wii, this one is the one to get.

Rating: Sonic   read

3:48 PM on 05.19.2009

God of War: Chains of Olympus Review (PSP)

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This game is actually quite fun. The PSP controls are well done. I think you're a little too strong in the beginning, but that's not a HUGE deal considering the fact that it takes a couple levels to get used to the controls. The game is quite gory, but then again, God of War games are all gory. I was NOT, however, expecting there to be some nudity in the game. That part completely caught me by surprise.

This game has amazing graphics for it being on a portable gaming system. The movements are very fluid. Attacks are strong enough to hurt minions a lot, but not strong enough to make it too easy. During the first couple levels, you can run around and click the "Grab" button, and kill a guy in a single hit. This same move, however, isn't as strong in the later levels. It's more meant as a finishing move, or to get the guys away from you. You find yourself surrounded on more than 1 occasion, but these fight sequences aren't hard enough to where you want to throw your PSP across the room. But it is hard enough to where you want to keep playing it over and over again until you beat it.

The game seems a bit short though. Granted, I haven't beaten the game, but the game seemed to be wrapping up the 3-4 hours I was playing it (not saying that there's not a twist to the story to make it extend longer).

All in all, I'd say that it's definitely a game to get. It's one of the better adventure games done on the PSP. Not to mention that it's decently cheap to pick up.

Rating: Sonic   read

12:12 AM on 05.09.2009

Excitebots (Wii) Review

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Excitebots is the "sequel" (kinda sorta) to Excitetrucks that came out right when the Wii was released. It definitely has a common feeling that came out of Excitetrucks, but has its little nuances. Instead of trucks, you race as robots (obviously). The speed is really quick. The turning controls are pretty responsive. It's played with either the Wii Wheel, or the Wiimote sideways.

It has its comedy to it. There are special balloons that you pick up that either change up the track, give you a "weapon" (the weapons are teeth, the rest will only give you stars), or the provide little "minigames" that you can do mid-race. Darts, bowling, soccer are a few to be mentioned. There are different races that you can compete in (Excite race, Poker race). The Excite Race is like Mario Kart's Grand Prix mode. You're able to unlock different races during this mode. Poker race is where you drive around and pick up cards to make poker hands. I haven't raced the Poker Race.

The biggest negative aspects of the game are the stupid "red bar" (people who play the game will know exactly what I'm talking about). It stops the race, makes you spin around a bar 10 times, you flick the Wiimote in time to how you swing on the screen and the higher your bar gets, the faster you go when you let go of the bar. I hate how you can only race each bot 10 times. There also isn't a big bonus for winning a race. If you get enough stars to pass the level, you can finish in last place and still be just fine. I'd rather have this game be a racing game first then a stunt game second. It's seeming like it's the other way around.

Rating: Knuckles   read

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