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Tingle! Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah! #012 – I’mma Copy Riddles

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

That’s right, I’ll put a subtitle on my news feature too if I want to. Riddles isn’t the only one who can mooch ideas! Anyway, there’s not a lot of news, and I’m actually a little sick. Maybe I’ve got Pipher’s disease.

Big Daddies Stacked to the Sky

This is the big one. Irrational Games announced Bioshock Infinite, the Boston-based developer’s true follow-up to the original Bioshock. Ken Levine is involved again. This entry actually takes place before the original Bioshock – during the very early 1900s – in a flying city named Columbia. The name isn’t as intriguing as Rapture, sure, but this is a different tale, after all.

In fact, for all the similarities that the teaser trailer showed, Bioshock Infinite seems to be refreshingly different. Columbia is not nation-less, in fact quite the opposite. American flags are abundant in the trailer and even compose a major part of the logo’s design.

However, while the trailer was certainly intense and very intriguing, we didn’t see any gameplay and the game won’t be released until late 2012. Still, it’s a promising announcement, and this is the first time that I’ve been excited for a Bioshock title as Bioshock 2 did nothing for me. Check out the trailer for yourself and check IGN for a full 2 page article with more details, including mention of some sort of inter-city grind-rail system.

The 3rd Birthday Removes the HP Bar, Protagonist’s Clothing

That headline is a little deceptive because the HP Bar in the PSP Parasite Eye follow-up doesn’t actually appear to be taken out of the HUD. However, the lead character, Aya Brea does lose more and more clothing the more she gets hurt. Take a lot at the side-by-side comparison I stole from IGN.

Full health:

After taking damage:

While this is somewhat of a cool and innovative mechanic, I’m having flashbacks to Final Fantasy II and picturing gamers intentionally inflicting damage on themselves. Only this time with slightly more sad reasoning.

Also, how many fucking games is Tetsuya Nomura working on? The 3rd Birthday, Final Fantasy Vs. XIII, 8543975 Kingdom Hearts games. The guy is a regular, crazier, emo-er, Shigeru Miyamoto. Read his hilarious fake real blog, by the way. (IGN)

Bethesda’s Bane

In slightly random, but mostly hilarious news, Bethesda Game Director Todd Howard used a panel at Quakecon to admit that while you may have never noticed, Fallout 3 and Elder Scrolls don’t have ladders. Apparently their engine can’t handle climbing a ladder without slapping the player with loading times.

The reason why this story is newsworthy to me is Howard’s quote at the end.

One day, we tried to figure out why we wanted ladders so bad because we don’t really need them. It just felt like we’re game development pussies because we can’t do ladders.

I never noticed, but now I will. (IGN)

QUICKIES:

Xbox Wins July- No surprise, really. They have that redesign if you forgot. I did.

PSP Phone Rumours Roundtable- Not news, really, that’s why it’s here. Read IGN editors discuss pros and cons of the newest PSP Phone rumours. Personally, I don’t give a shit about a PSP phone.

That’s that! I wonder if Riddles had read any Scott Pilgrim. I know I haven’t, so I wonder if he’s enjoying it. Everybody I know that’s seen the movie adores it though, so I’d better get on that. I’m feeling a little better today too, so maybe I’ll try the game some more…

We’ll see.

News Roundup #006 – September 20, 2009

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

In contrast to last week’s low-point in News Roundups, Riddles and Ethos blast through mostly ridiculous news stories until Ethos’ grammar implodes and Riddles backs away in fear.

But seriously, we don’t talk about anything that important, but at least we entertain in the process!

Click here to laugh along!

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Listen to the man...

Three things that suck…

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

1. The fact that every time I forget about Final Fantasy XIII, new details or images come out of nowhere to punch me in the face with hype.

2. The fact that I’ve had heartburn for years and it’s getting really bad. What’s a doctor?

3. Me at Fallout 3