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    July 22, 2015
    Xbox One Adding Keyboard And Mouse Support

    One of the key features of Windows 10 is the ability to sync it to everything else you own that’s Microsoft-related.  That’s one of the big reasons behind the re-branding of various Xbox services to something a little more generic than Xbox Music or whatever.  Microsoft wants you to use it everywhere, not just on your video game console.  Also, they want you to be able to play your games wherever you might be, too, be they on your Xbox or your PC.  In order to facilitate cross-platform gaming, Xbox will be adding keyboard and mouse support in the near future.

    The goal is cross platform gaming.  That means playing your PC games on your Xbox, and if you have a fast enough computer, playing your Xbox games on your computer.  That’s where the keyboard support comes in.  After all, the reason why PC gaming is so much more easy than console gaming is the ease of play offered up by mouse and keyboard.  You can just control things better, more accurately, and it’d be nice to bring that sort of prowess to console gaming, too.

    Of course, that would require some great games for Xbox One and some serious support from the PC developers.  That all might take a bite out of multiple sales or cross-platform sales, but maybe Microsoft will make it worth their while?

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    June 17, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Forever Unclean

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    June 16, 2015
    Nintendo’s Best Become Skylanders

    Nintendo has a lot of original characters in their roster.  From the Super Mario Brothers series alone, there are dozens of characters available for use in some capacity or another, mostly in other Nintendo properties.  However, that seems to be changing.  For example, the Skylanders series of games is incredibly popular, and it’s not a Nintendo property.  However, Nintendo is going to let two of its biggest stars become Skylanders.  Bowser and Donkey Kong will be in the WiiU Skylanders game.

    Nintendo will be joining forces with Activision to add its characters to Skylanders in the upcoming Skylanders Supercharger game on the WiiU.  Nintendo already has a toy-based game with its Amiibo series of games, but that’s the fun part:  Bowser and DK are both Skylanders and Amiibo characters.  You simply turn the base and you can change just what kind of game you’re throwing your big furry pal (or your fire-breathing evil lizard king) into.  Donkey Kong will be part of the WiiU version of the game, and Bowser will be included in the Wii and 3DS starter kits.

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    June 5, 2015
    Fun Friday Videos: Fallout 4 Edition

    I wrote earlier this week about Fallout 4, and how excited I was for the game, and the more I watch the trailer, the more excited I get.  There’s not a lot there to parse through, just a voiceover from Ron Perlman, some glimpses of ruined Boston, and some other fun bits of Fallout lore, but it doesn’t really matter.  The in-game trailer could have been nothing but a test pattern with The Ink Spots playing over it, and I’d be sold.  If you haven’t seen the video yet, do yourself a favor and feast your eyes on it.

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    There are all sorts of trailer examiners out there picking apart the trailer for the announced Bethesda Softworks game, and while I want to get into it here, I won’t.  Still, I’m very excited about it, and I love the fact that the trailer looks much more colorful (even after the bomb) than the previous Fallout games.  Very thrilling stuff, and I cannot wait for it to finally happen.

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    June 3, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: End Labels

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    June 2, 2015
    Fallout 4 Is Coming

    It’s been five years since the last game in the Fallout world, and that’s been a long five years.  There’s a lot of rumors, teases, leaks, and all sorts of things that happened between then and now, and it’s all been a lot of nothing.  Until now.  Bethesda Softworks has put an interesting teasing clock on their website, and it’s counting down to one thing in particular.  Bethesda is going to announce something concerning Fallout 4 at 9 Central on Wednesday.

    It’s just a clock, a countdown clock, but it’s just enough (particularly when paired with the secret code on Bethesda’s website referencing a Fallout 3 character) to put everyone, myself in particular, in the mood to be transported back to my favorite post-apocalyptic world.  The rumors suggest there was a cinematic trailer in the works, and now, hopefully, we’ll all get to see it.  I just hope my computer runs well enough to play it; otherwise, I’ll have to buy a new video game system to play it on, and I can’t afford that, either.

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    April 3, 2015
    Bringing The Game Boy Into The Touch Screen World

    It started out as something between an April Fool’s joke and a product interest test, but like a lot of April Fool’s jokes these days, it soon became a real thing.  Or, at least, the company behind it is trying to make it a thing.  Hyperkin, a gaming peripherals company, floated out the above product design for an iPhone-friendly device to bring new life to old Nintendo Game Boy games.  Turns out, everyone loved the idea, and now Hyperkin is going to bring the Smart Boy iPhone case to life, or at least try to.

    Now, I’m sure Nintendo can shut this down at any time, since it requires using actual Game Boy carts to power the gaming portion of the device, but I kind of hope they don’t.  I have a bunch of old first-generation Game Boy games, and I’d love to play them again now that my original Game Boy has kind of given up the ghost.  I know there are a lot of ways to play old games, both legal, illegal, and quasi-legal, but I would really love to see something revive the old video game market, and to turn a touchscreen phone into a legitimate, button-mashing game rather than something with mediocre touchscreen buttons.

    Still, as cool of an idea as it is, I get the feeling that Apple and Nintendo won’t be so keen on letting this happen.  Apple is notoriously tight with their approvals, and Nintendo is launching a line of touchscreen phone games in the near future, so they might not want to compete with themselves.  Then again, maybe all three parties can come together and really make us all happy.

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    March 18, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: The Legend

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    March 6, 2015
    Rock Band Is Coming Back!

    Everything old is new again.  Sometimes, you can successfully bring something into modern times simply by just… making a new version of it.  See also Rock Band, the music-play-along rhythm game that took the world by storm back in 2007.  It was more than just guitars, but drums and microphones and keyboards and all sorts of other peripherals.  Eventually, it was too much, and the market collapsed, but some 2000 songs were produced for Rock Band, and that heavy back catalog will be showing up again.  Rock Band is coming back with Rock Band 4 for PS4 and Xbox One.

    “We are very excited to bring the band back together … to deliver the next installment of the legendary Rock Band franchise to a new generation of consoles,” said a statement from Mad Catz CEO Darren Richardson.  ”Harmonix understands music gaming better than anyone else, and we are confident that the unrivaled music selection and next-generation features will prove incredibly enticing to passionate gamers and music fans alike.”

    Harmonix will be working on the game, and Mad Catz will be rolling out the peripherals.  According to Harmonix, you’ll even get to keep the songs you already own and use them with your updated version of Rock Band.  Unfortunately, it looks like you’ll have to get new instruments, but if you used them as much as I have used mine over the years, you’ll probably need new drums and a new guitar.  I have to say, I missed these games, and I’ll be glad to see them come back.

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    September 12, 2014
    Fun Friday: Maisie Williams And The NES

    The Fine Brothers are Internet famous for their great series of “React To” videos.  Basically, they get a group of people, be they elders, teens, kids, or YouTube celebrities, and get them to respond to various things.  Of the most interest, at least to me, are when kids and teens react to things that are familiar to me.  In this case, the very video game system I grew up on, the Nintendo Entertainment System.  In this case, there’s a special guest with the usual teenagers, Game of Thrones sensation Maisie Williams, AKA Arya Stark!  Check it out below.

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    Like the kids in the video, I will go to my grave believing that blowing air into the cart of a Nintendo game would make it work.  I actually still have dozens of Nintendo games, I just wish I had a working game system.  The original kind, too, not the top-loader that was much less likely to break.  Give me the big square box or nothing!

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