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    November 21, 2015
    Microsoft’s Black Friday Deals Start At 10 Cents!

    If you need anything, Black Friday is usually the best time to get it.  There are better deals, but there are seldom that many great deals happening at once, which explains the shopping frenzy that overtakes the United States every Friday after Thanksgiving.  However, online retailers aren’t waiting until Friday, choosing instead to roll deals out slowly on the week leading up to Black Friday’s main event.  Microsoft is having some great deals on music, movies, video games, and everything else for Black Friday!

    Movies, songs, and apps can be available for as low as 10 cents!  Whole albums can be bought for $1!  Xbox One bundles will be dropping down to $299!  There are tablets and computers with hundreds of dollars slashes off the price!  Xbox Live memberships for $1 a month! And, best of all, you don’t have to wait for it to show up on Black Friday; all of Microsoft’s deals are available online right now!

    For more information, check out Microsoft’s blog post about the very deal.

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    November 12, 2015
    Final Fantasy’s Cloud Joins Smash Brothers

    Final Fantasy is one of the most highly-regarded series of video games that’s ever been released.  The series started out on Nintendo, then moved to PlayStation, and now they’re everywhere.  MMORPGs, video games, and all kinds of other things are now featuring Final Fantasy characters, and now one of the series’ most beloved characters is joining the most beloved fighting game around.  Final Fantasy 7′s Cloud Strife is joining Super Smash Brothers Wii U.

    The weird thing is that Cloud has never really been on a Nintendo platform, aside from an appearance on Kingdom Hearts for Game Boy Advanced and a couple of 3DS music games.  However, Cloud comes with a whole lot of fun extras, like Chocobo outfits for Mii Fighter, a Midgard-themed stage, some very cool fighting moves, and an alternate Advent Children costume.  He’ll also become an Amiibo figure at some point.

    It’s a sign of new cooperation between Square and Nintendo.  It’s also probably a really good move for both parties, sparking interest in both Smash Brothers and Final Fantasy.  After all, lots of sites, including this one, are writing about it.

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    November 11, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Fallout Diner

    Via NeoGAF

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    September 18, 2015
    GameStop Refuses To Sell Digital-Game Console Bundles

    GameStop is taking a stand, and considering their industry, it is a corporate stand that makes a whole lot of sense.  These days, a lot of console bundles come with digital copies of games, rather than actual games on discs.  You buy a new system, go home, set it up, and boom, wait a few hours while you download 40GBs of video game files.  Well, GameStop says no more!  GameStop is refusing to sell console bundles with digital games.  Instead, GameStop is pressuring publishers to allow them to sell physical copies in lieu of the downloads.

    “We expect that if a game is provided as a promotional item in a hardware bundle, GameStop will see more of these physical offers than digital pack-ins on upcoming third-party releases,” said GameStop COO Tony Bartell.

    Of course, there’s a good reason GameStop is refusing to tow the digital line.  GameStop’s biggest business is used games, and you can’t sell a used digital copy of a game, so it’s only natural that GameStop would want to get actual games into the hands of actual customers.  The amazing thing is that it also benefits the consumer, because you don’t (or shouldn’t) need to spent time downloading a game you just bought when a guy can give you that same information burned on a disc that could last for years.

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    September 15, 2015
    Japan’s Cool PS4 Controllers

    Japan just seems to have all the luck when it comes to cool video game accessories.  I’m not sure if it’s because they’re where all the video game companies are located or if it’s because they’re mad about video games in a way that the rest of the world isn’t, but Japan gets the cool stuff first, and America’s lucky to get it at all.  Japan is getting four awesome PS4 controllers for the holiday season, and they’re looking awesome.

    The four colors are as follows:  gold, silver, steel black, and clear.  The four controllers were announced at Sony’s Tokyo Game Show, and they’re being accompanied by nine different faceplates to dress up the PS4.  The nine color options are black, white, aqua blue, yellow, pink, red, purple, gold, and silver.  None of these things have a release date in the US, but in Japan, they’ll be rolling out on November 6 (the crystal clear controller will be out December 3).

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    August 12, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Apple

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    August 6, 2015
    Legion: World Of Warcraft Expands Again

    World of Warcraft, once upon a time, had 12 million subscribers.  That number has halved, then dropped even lower, but just because the game is down doesn’t mean it’s out.  World of Warcraft has 5.6 million subscribers, making it by far the most popular subscription game in the world, even if it’s not the cultural touchpoint it once was.  Activision hopes that they can resurrect that Blizzard magic a little bit with their newest expansion.  Blizzard is bringing back the Burning Legion in World of Warcraft: Legion.  Here’s the trailer!

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    Of course, long timers like myself remember fighting the Burning Legion already, but they remain a popular enemy and Blizzard is apparently bringing the Legion to Azeroth proper this time.  They’re also raising the level cap to 110 (letting players boost one character to 100) and adding legacy artifact weapons that resemble the most famous weapon models in the game, like the famous sword Ashbringer.  They’re also revamping the PVP system and adding a new hero class, the Demon Hunter, which is a motion-based attack class.

    Will that be enough to bring back long-retired players like myself?  Eh, probably not.  I think my day is over; I can barely finish single-player games.  Still, I have to admit it’s tempting…

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    August 5, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: 3-D Pokemon

    Via Reddit.

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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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