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I absolutely love Sonic the Hedgehog games. I own an Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, N64, Game Boy Advance, SEGA Dreamcast, and SEGA Genesis. I'm not sure what else you want to know. Oh, and this is for Chad Concelmo, I got to swim with dolphins before you. :P

Playing now:

Portal 2 Co-Op (PS3 and PC)
Halo: Reach (Xbox 360)
Killzone 3 (PS3)
Legend of Zelda: Windwaker (GameCube)
Final Fantasy VII: Crysis Core (PSP)
Final Fantasy VII (PS1 on the PSP)


Wii Friend Codes:

Super Smash Bros. Brawl: 3351-3952-6462
Guitar Hero World Tour: 356658218218


Rating System Legend (based off of a 5 point rating system):

Robotnik - 1
Silver - 2
Knuckles - 3
Sonic - 4
Shadow - 5

Adding "Super" in front of the name makes it a half point higher. Ex. "Super Sonic" = 4.5
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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.








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.








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.



Videos/Pictures:
BragGame Rights Official Site
Pictures on the Main BragGame Rights Page
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YouTube Page
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Please comment below if you think you want a BragGame Rights in your area!!








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.










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


Visualizer


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








(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