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Boot Camp: EA Sports Active 30-Day Challenge (Week 3)


Aug 04
// 8BitBrian
Follow me as I spend a month trying to better myself by using EA Sports Active to exercise and follow its diet tips.Coming back from Otakon, I had a nagging problem that only got worse with the drive home and some horsing aro...
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Ready for some 1920's girls playing baseball in Japan?


Jul 29
// 8BitBrian
[As originally posted on Japanator] Taisho Yakyuu Musume is a title with a whole lot of Japanese in it, and it doesn't really tell you much about the game, does it? To explain real quick, and thus give you an idea of what thi...
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Atlus now includes soundtrack with Demon's Souls pre-orders


Jul 29
// 8BitBrian
Atlus really wants to make it worth your while to buy the American edition of Demon's Souls, and so they've decided to sweeten the offer by adding in the game's soundtrack on top of the 40-page artbook and all the other goodi...
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Wait, what? GayGamer a runner up in EA's #Lust contest


Jul 29
// 8BitBrian
Remember EA's #Lust contest for Dante's Inferno that they ran at San Diego Comic Con? Well, in a strange twist of fate, PixelPoet of GayGamer came in as a runner up in the contest, after submitting some pictures of himself wi...
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Badass of the Month Club: I-No


Jul 24
// 8BitBrian
Time once more for the Badass of the Month Club, wherein the staff highlights a character or industry figure of noteworthy badassery.Sexy and deadly are always a good combination. We've seen it for years with characters like ...

Preview: Astro Boy

Jul 24 // 8BitBrian
Astro Boy: The Video Game (Wii, PS2, PSP)Developer: High Voltage SoftwarePublisher: D3PublisherTo be released: October 23, 2009 Much like Omega Factor, this Astro Boy title is a mix of shoot-em-ups and a brawler settings -- focusing mainly on the brawler. Taking place in a 2.5-D environment, the game has you firing lasers, punching, kicking, and waggling about in order to defeat your enemies. I sat down to play this title on the Wii, the main development platform, and got a chance to hop right into the game.They had a couple of segments set up, and the first one was a factory setting. Taken straight from the movie, this had me platforming, avoiding lava, enemies' bullets, and timed jumps. If you've played any sort of Castlevania or Metroid title in the last decade, you've got an idea of how this is supposed to work. The controls are customizable to any fashion of play, but I stuck with using the nunchuck to move around and the Wiimote to jump, punch, and activate my super powers.Super powers are something to be used liberally in the game: useful for absorbing enemy bullets to replenish your life, firing lasers, or butt-machine guns. They're pretty much your first line of defense when dealing with the enemies and bullets in most platforming stages. And combat in these beat-em-up stages are where I ran into my first set of problems.Normally, when enemies shoot missles and laser bullets, you would assume that you can shoot down the missles, right? That's what I've learned from Metal Slug, Bionic Commando, and a host of other games like this. Missles are something you just need to dodge, in addition to the bullets that fly at you. One of the superpowers will let you absorb the ammo, saving you from certain death, but it's a bit much to rely on superpowers simply to not get hit.My other problem was with how slow the movement felt. This didn't give off the atmosphere of a fast-paced action game, but something more akin to the pace of a platformer -- this is something I'm fine with normally, it's just that when dodging bullets, it just felt too slow. I would frequently get caught simply because the bullets flew too fast, and I moved too slow.To move onto the shoot-em-up stages, which comprise some 30% of the game, it follows as you would think: a side-scrolling shooter where you attempt to take care of wave after wave of enemies and their bullets. Enemies will come out in familiar chains, and your job is to blast them out of the sky before they do it to you. Apart from the weakest of enemies, I had problems destroying even one chain of most of the characters that flew by. Sure, they took multiple passes, but even with that, it was almost impossible to destroy them, and with the superpowers, I didn't even have a 50% success rate. Needless to say, I had a bit of trouble completing these stages. I hate to damn this game to the category of the typical movie tie-in, but with the release date looming in the not-too distant future, there's a lot of progress that needs to be made in order to try and work its way out of the shadow of Treasure's title. Right now, the game needs a lot of visual polish, lest it remain looking like a several-year-old PS2 title, not to mention a lot of the technical problems that make the shooting simply frustrating to deal with.
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Osamu Tezuka's classic title Astro Boy is an important piece of animation history -- many cite it as the birth of the modern anime, with its debut on TV in 1963 (the manga started in 1952). And now, the character is getting a...

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Trophy unlocked: You played this game way too much


Jul 22
// 8BitBrian
[As originally posted on Japanator] Over at Canned Dogs, they caught wind of a cute little trophy in the newly released RPG Agarest Zero: if you go ahead and complete all the guild quests and unlock all the titles for your ch...
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Boot Camp: EA Sports Active 30-Day Challenge (Week 2)


Jul 21
// 8BitBrian
Follow me as I spend a month trying to better myself by using EA Sports Active to exercise and follow its diet tips.Coming back from Otakon, I've had some time away from Active to really sit and think about how the software h...
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Boot Camp: EA Sports Active 30-Day Challenge (Week 1)


Jul 12
// 8BitBrian
When you take a look at me, I don't seem like someone in dire need of a diet or an exercise program. Clocking in at 6'2" and 184lbs, I come off as a bit lanky to most people -- but the truth is, I've got a lot of fat tha...
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AX 09: The West Coast knows how to do videogame cosplay


Jul 07
// 8BitBrian
The real highlight of our time at Anime Expo was the cosplay. We covered panels here and there, but what all the readers on Japanator really reacted to, and what you guys did when we put up our first round of photos, was the ...
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AX 09: West coast videogame cosplay is hot hot hot!


Jul 03
// 8BitBrian
Dale, Tim Sheehy, and I are here at Anime Expo in Los Angeles. Here at America's largest anime convention, with well over 30,000 people attending, there are plenty of opportunities for some amazing cosplay -- and it doesn't h...
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The King of Games unveils sexy PixelJunk t-shirts


Jun 25
// 8BitBrian
The King of Games is a legendary shirt designer, combining their sharp designs with high-quality shirts. Of course, they charge out the nose, at 3,800 yen ($40) per shirt. They've had some fantastic shirts in the past, like t...
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P.S. Triple-san webcomic gets an English translation


Jun 12
// 8BitBrian
[As originally posted on Japanator] Want to see the PS3 at its most innocent and cute? Well, look no further than the forthcoming P.S. Triple-san webcomic that's making its way to the English speaking world via the iPhone App...
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'Ecchi Onee-san Rearing' is a real game, especially on your cellphone


Jun 12
// 8BitBrian
[As originally posted on Japanator] Ah, I love catching strange and bizarre cellphone games announcements off of 2ch. It always puts some context to the absolute batshit-insanity surrounding some of these titles. Like this on...
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Enjoy Dr. Kawashima laughing at you on the iPhone


Jun 09
// 8BitBrian
For only $5.99, you too can now relive those early days of the Nintendo DS by sitting with Dr. Kawashima and playing Brain Age -- or as those Europeans call it, Brain Exercises with Dr. Kawashima. Bandai Namco is the one rele...
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Details emerge from the rape game decisions


Jun 08
// 8BitBrian
[As originally posted on Japanator]While I was recouperating over the weekend, a fax was sent out to all the game makers from the EOCS, with details as to what some of the regulations are. Naturally, we turn to none other tha...
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NBA 2K10's cover athlete is...Kobe Bryant!


Jun 04
// 8BitBrian
I'll flat out admit it: I'm taking one for the team while Samit is at E3 and posting this. At least I know who Kobe Bryant is, so this post isn't going to be a complete failure.But yes, Kobe Bryant has made it onto the cover ...
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E3 09: Lionhead taking precautions against 'touching' Milo


Jun 04
// 8BitBrian
Peter Molyneux knows that we're a savage group of people. We kick children, shout obscenities, and curb-stomp puppies on a daily basis. So, not surprisingly, within moments of Lionhead Studio's Milo project being unveiled, ma...
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E3 09: Konami announces Pop 'n Music for the Wii


Jun 04
// 8BitBrian
Pop 'n Music is one of those arcade games that is just hardcore. I don't have the the ability to focus as well as those people do, so I flounder quickly. But that's partially because I don't get enough practice with it. Thank...

E3 09: Kojima bringing Metal Gear to 360 (Update)

Jun 04 // 8BitBrian
El Segundo, Calif. - June 1, 2009 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., announced today that Metal Gear Solid: Rising is currently in development for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft - the first Metal Gear Solid game to launch on the Xbox 360®. Raiden, one of the most popular characters in the Metal Gear Solid universe, will star in the all-new title from Hideo Kojima. Raiden first debuted in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system as a playable character and appeared as a non-playable cyborg in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. "The Metal Gear Solid series is one of the most highly acclaimed video game franchises of all time," said Anthony Crouts, Vice President of Marketing for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "With Metal Gear Solid: Rising, the Xbox 360 community will finally get a chance to enjoy the action and excitement that this popular franchise is known to offer." Metal Gear Solid: Rising is scheduled to be released on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system. For more information on Konami, please visit: http://www.konami.com.
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Well, here we go: Kojima's new project is Metal Gear Solid: Rising, which will featuring Raiden as the main character. With the tagline of "Lightning Bolt Action," we now have the start of the Metal Gear franchise o...

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Not to leave Sony out in the cold, Hideo Kojima announced Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker at the Sony Press Conference. The title, a direct sequel to Metal Gear Solid 3, takes place ten years after the events of the game, will...

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E3 09: Taking a look at the Big 3's keynote speeches


Jun 03
// 8BitBrian
So now that our E3 coverage is in full swing, and the major press conferences are behind us, it's time to take a step back and do like we do every year, and take a look at what Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony have presented to ...
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For the last time: rape games are banned in Japan


Jun 03
// 8BitBrian
[As originally posted on Japanator]So, this seems like the final update in the whole rape game saga: The EOCS has met, with about 100 representatives total gathering, and reached the nearly unanimous decision that rape games ...
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Let Aksys know that you want a BlazBlue Mighty Mugg


Jun 03
// 8BitBrian
[As originally posted on Tomopop]Often times, video game companies like Capcom and Atlus give us little figures or plushes that tie into their upcoming releases, but this might mark the first time a company's ever created som...
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E3 09: Brutal Legend videos are so good, they melt faces


Jun 03
// 8BitBrian
So, I can only assume you've read about Burch 'n Davis playing Brutal Legend, and will be hungrily anticipating our hands-on that'll be coming up later. Well, in the meantime, I'm here to bombard you with assets, this time of...
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E3 09: Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 is entirely in slow motion


Jun 03
// 8BitBrian
Must slow motion be used excessively in every single sports trailer? I realize that it heightens the tension when used properly, but it seems like recently it's taken over the entirety of the trailer. Point in case being the ...
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Not quite E3 09: Witcher 1.5 enchanced edition announced


Jun 03
// 8BitBrian
While this hasn't been announced at E3, we did get word this morning of a new version of The Witcher. This 1.5 version will include everything from the Enhanced Edition of The Witcher, plus another five fan-made adventures. T...
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Intrepid reader Tobbii sent us in a video he put together breaking down the Metroid: Other M video, attempting to discern any secrets from it. Since so few details are available at the moment, there's a lot up for interpretat...

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E3 09: Starz and more bring new anime to the PSN


Jun 03
// 8BitBrian
Yesterday, during Sony's press conference, they mentioned a whole host of new content joining the PlayStation Network. Now, knowing me, I'm taking a moment to highlight some of the content that is near and dear to my heart. A...
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E3 09: EA CEO behind Sony motion controls and Project Natal


Jun 03
// 8BitBrian
Catching up with EA CEO John Riccitiello, IndustryGamers talked with him about the upcoming future of motion controllers. The boys at EA have been playing around with both Sony and Microsoft's technologies for a while, and th...

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