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  E3 2015 thread (June 16th-18th)
Posted by: ClaudeLv250 - 05-19-2015, 06:54 PM - Forum: The Arcade - Replies (10)

It's that time of year again! E3 is a little less than a month out and all the major players have dated their conferences, with a couple of new hats thrown into the ring.

All times are Pacific/Eastern.

June 11th (Thursday)

Oculus VR "Step into the Rift" - Time TBA

June 14th (Sunday)

Nintendo World Championships 2015 - 3/6PM
Bethesda Pre-E3 Showcase - 6:30/9:30PM

June 15th (Monday)

Microsoft Press Conference - 9:30AM/12:30PM
EA Press Conference - 1/4PM
Ubisoft Press Conference - 3/6PM
Sony Press Conference - 6/9PM (if they're on time)

June 16th (Tuesday)

Nintendo Digital Event - 9AM/12PM
Square Enix Conference - 10AM/1PM
Nintendo Treehouse: Live Day 1 - Time TBA
PC Gaming Show - 5/8PM

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  Christmas Loot 2015
Posted by: ClaudeLv250 - 12-25-2014, 07:34 PM - Forum: Niko's Pow-Wow - Replies (6)

You know the drill.

- Chocolate and other candy
- Sephora cologne collection
- Watch
- Binoculars
- Oregon and Bear warrior shirt
- Metal Gear Rising
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection
- Retron 3 console
- New micro SD card (really needed this)
- Kindle Fire HD 6

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  E3 2014 thread (Everything was 2015)
Posted by: ClaudeLv250 - 06-03-2014, 05:13 AM - Forum: The Arcade - Replies (11)

E3 2014 starts next week, time to get the thread in!

Conference schedule (June 9th):


Microsoft - 9:30/12:30PM
EA - 12/3PM
Ubisoft - 3/6PM
Sony - 6/9PM

Microsoft Events
"Green Carpet" Pre-show - Jun9th, 9-9:30/12-12:30PM
This is a new pre-show right before the conference that's supposed to have "sneak previews" and interviews.

Post Show - 11:15/2:15
Q&A with Microsoft heads

ID@Xbox - Jun10-12th
Twitch streams of Xbone indie games.

[URL="http://e3.nintendo.com/"]Nintendo Events
[/URL]Nintendo Digital Event - Jun10th, 9/12PM
Nintendo is skipping their conference again in favor of another stream. This is the equivalent of their conference and will have all the reveals and trailers.

Nintendo Minute: Live @ E3 - Jun10th
Digital Event post-show recap with more information.

Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3 - Jun10-12th
Live stream of Nintendo's game booths all through E3.
Treehouse Live will broadcast:
Tuesday, June 10: 11:35 AM PT – 4:00 PM PT
Wednesday, June 11: 9:15 AM PT – 6:00 PM PT
Thursday, June 12: 9:30 AM PT – 5:00 PM PT

Super Smash Bros Invitational - Jun10th, 4/7PM
Twitch stream of SSB Wii U tournament live at the Nokia theater.

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  Meet the newst member of my family :)
Posted by: Cap - 03-24-2014, 09:05 PM - Forum: New Members - Replies (2)

On 03/14 I became the father of this adorable little girl. Big Grin

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I'm happy to introduce my daughter, Samus Aran

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  Broken characters?
Posted by: ClaudeLv250 - 02-05-2014, 04:46 AM - Forum: Binhqx's Fix-it shop! - Replies (1)

Formatting for a lot of the fanfiction got demolished. Most of the quotation marks and some other characters get rendered as gibberish like this: ??s

I tried posting something new and instead of that gibberish, it was rendered as question marks, so it's not even possible to go back and "fix" all the stuff that was posted.

What happened?

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  Avatars
Posted by: Nikovich - 02-03-2014, 09:39 AM - Forum: Binhqx's Fix-it shop! - Replies (3)

Has anyone else been able to change their user icon lately? It doesn't seem to want to let you upload one or pick from a URL.

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  Why I am reluctant to go digital? on my consoles
Posted by: Cap - 01-25-2014, 02:56 PM - Forum: The Arcade - No Replies

- A blog entry I did over on IGN -

I have been debating myself on whether to go all digital this generation or not. In 2000 I ditched out my only CDs and made the jump to digital for all my music, in 2006 I made a similar jump with my movie collection. I?ve always been a big advocate of going digital, BUT when it comes to games I?ve very hesitant on making the plunge.

When it comes to going all digital with gaming one big question always makes me take a step back from making the jump? Will I still be able to play them once the console?s life has ended?

35 years later I can still pull out an old Atari 2600 game and play it, BUT will I be able to do the same thing with my Xbox360/XboxOne/PS3/PS4/PSP/VITA/Wii/WiiU/3DS collection?

For this lets just put aside anything dealing with multiplayer servers being shut down, it?s not as big of a deal, yes it sucks but honestly most games once they get really old they lose almost all their online user base for the newer versions, just try and get an online game of Call of Duty 3 going. We?re at the edge of see what will happen with last generation, and the big elephant in the room is, what is going to happen once Microsoft/Sony/Nintendo turn the lights off on their old system? We have seen console services end before, all the online games from the 6th generation (Xbox/PS2/GameCube) have gone off line, but for the first time we?re dealing with a system generation that had a large Online presents, lot of us poured hundreds if not thousands of dollars into XBLA, PSN and WiiWare. And no one has given us a straight answer on what it going to happen to our digital library. I feel a bit foolish having put so much money into my last gen digital library, I went in thinking back then that our current gen systems were going to be backwards compatible. Sadly that turned out to be a false assumption.

Another big question also surfaces, once the systems are discontinued and my console kicks the bucket will I ever be able to play my digital collection again or will I have to scour pawn shops and second hand stores looking for a system that still works. With physical media people have found ways to deal with discontinued hardware, we can still play our old games thanks to emulators and 3rd party hardware. I don?t need my original NES anymore to play my collection of NES games I can go out and buy something like the Retron. And there are a number of emulators out there that have allowed CD/DVD based consoles to live on after the physical systems themselves have die, like PCSX2 which has allowed me to continue to enjoy my PS2 library, but with digital we need access to their servers and without the keys we can never get in.

Nintendo does allow you to transfer your Wii games over to the WiiU and Sony has made mention that they do have some plans with their Streaming service to allow users to play their old digital games. BUT, what will happen next gen? Will I be able to transfer my Wii and WiiU games to the Wii3? Will Sony continue to offer and support Digital PS, PS2 and PS3 games on the PS5? It?s not a 100% grantee, hosting the content cost money so the odds are not good for everything make it over and in the business world money is everything, they don?t really care if you can continue playing your old copy of Jak and Daxter, in fact it makes more sense to them to re-release classic games in remake editions (e.g. HD Remake and ?Definitive Edition?.)

PC gaming has not faced this problem, STEAM has been going strong for years I?ve been using them since 2005 and the first games I bought there still play on my system today and Valve has come out and told their user based on how they plan to run things. I feel safe buying digital PC games because I know that 30 years from now I will still have access to them and ?should? still be able to play them. Console games on the other hand is a big ?.. IF any of the big 3 really want to make a push for digital they need to come out and re-insure people that their games will ALWAYS be there, they will ALWAYS have access to them and they will ALWAYS have a way to play them. Until then I think I will stick to having a physical disc.

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  Christmas loot 2013
Posted by: ClaudeLv250 - 12-25-2013, 04:01 PM - Forum: Niko's Pow-Wow - Replies (2)

Post your loot!

What I got so far:

- Telescope
- Insignia stereo system
- On Writing (Stephen King)
- Pandora's Tower (Wii)
- Rune Factory Frontier (Wii)
- Spinbrush
- 250GB Xbox 360 Slim bundle (came with Halo 4, Tomb Raider, Darksiders II and Arkham City)
- Star Ocean 4 + Tales of Vesperia to go with the 360
- Cat t-shirt
- Lindt truffles
- Solar Mechanics assembly kit (my brother is an engineer; this is his idea of a good time!)

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  Legacy of Evermore
Posted by: ClaudeLv250 - 09-07-2013, 01:31 AM - Forum: Claude's House of Pain! - Replies (3)

Introduction:  I have always been a fan of the Mana series and when I saw Secret of Evermore back in the day, even though I knew it wasn’t quite a Mana game, I jumped at the opportunity to play it and the game clicked with me. Despite some gameplay similarities, Evermore sets itself apart with its setting and plot...Evermore itself is a dark, alluring world that’s easy to get lost in, and its hokey dialogue keeps its atmosphere from coming on too strongly. I, and many other fans of Secret of Evermore, have to deal with the fact that a sequel isn’t likely to ever happen. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t revisit Evermore on our own terms...
 
Summary: After the passing of Professor Ruffleberg, an adult Elizabeth (Fire Eyes) returns to Evermore with two teens and their cat in tow to find some startling changes and additions in her absence. Curiosity triggers the catapult that will send them hurtling towards the core of Evermore’s deepest, darkest secrets.
 
Disclaimer: Secret of Evermore and all related properties belong to Square Enix; I just whipped up some of the original characters solely for this story.
 

Legacy of Evermore
By ClaudeLv250
 
Prologue – Podunk, 2015
 
Heavy curtains snuffed out the sunlight that attempted to weasel its way through the aged windows of the classroom. The only light in the room was provided by a projector casting the image of a velociraptor lowered into a pouncing position. The class of high school students looked on as their teacher, a woman with fiery red hair and thick coke-bottle glasses, pointed towards the image.
 
“...Modern science now tells us of the close relationship between birds and dinosaurs. So what we once thought of as raptors...”
 
She pressed the clicker and the image switched to an identical picture of the raptor, adorned with tufts of feathers on its head and along its limbs.
 
“...May have looked a little more like this.”
 
Lame!” someone called out from the back of the class. The room filled with giggles.
 
The teacher shut off the projector and sent the curtains receding back to the top of the windows, allowing the sun to filter into the classroom. She glanced at the clock and made her way back to her desk.
 
“Class, I have a small announcement to make,” the teacher began softly.
 
“Surprise test on Monday,” Luke Durant murmured in despair from his desk.
 
“Miss R wouldn’t be that cruel,” his friend, Krista Plunkett, whispered from behind him.
 
Miss R, their teacher, gave a forlorn look to the binder sitting open before her until she closed it. “I have some...family business to take care of,” she continued, her lip quivering ever so slightly, “So you will have a substitute through all of next week. I expect you all to behave, all right?”
 
There were some silent expressions of victory and praise that were cut short by the ringing of the bell. School was over and the weekend was just beginning, and most of the class reacted in kind by attempting to vacate the premises as soon as possible.
 
“I told you she wasn’t that cruel,” Krista said, coming into view as Luke filled his backpack. Her ruby red hair was tied into a simple ponytail. A few bangs curled over a pale face and a smattering of freckles.
 
“Yeah, but...something seemed to be bothering her,” Luke admitted as he pushed his arms through the straps of the pack. Luke’s dark brown hair was cut short and gave full view of his tan face.
 
“I know. She’s been a little weird all day.”
 
“Man, don’t you guys watch the news or something?” their friend Mark interjected suddenly. He pushed his cellphone toward their faces as it displayed a news story. “Sidney Ruffleberg died last night. Of course she’s not herself!”
 
The pair traded shocked expressions before Krista uttered, “Wow, poor Miss R...”
 
“I had no idea.”
 
They left the classroom in a dark mood, but Krista thought she could salvage it.
 
“Do you want to go to the movies and see the Vexx reboot?” she asked.
 
Luke furrowed his brows, “Didn’t the last couple of Vexx movies suck?”
 
“It’s a reboot! They’re supposed to be fixing everything that went wrong in parts four, five and six.”
 
“Sorry but I can’t. I’m taking Domino to the vet tomorrow to get her shots.”
 
Krista sighed. “That shouldn’t take all day.”
 
“I didn’t say we couldn’t hang out. I just wouldn’t hold my breath for the movies.”
 
“Okay, but you know Podunk is boring as hell,” Krista complained. “There’s not a whole lot else to do!”
 
“Yeah, yeah. I know,” Luke found himself in agreement. “We’ll find something to do.”
 
---
 
Under the orange radiance of twilight, Luke navigated the worn sidewalks of downtown Podunk with Krista in tow.  The teens were dressed in casual wear for their Saturday outing: Krista wore a blue denim jacket over a green shirt and blue jeans, while Luke sported a white vest over a black shirt and black and white cargo pants. In Luke’s right hand was the handle to the simple beige carrying case that contained a white domestic short-haired cat. Two patches of black fur marked her forehead, giving her the namesake Domino.
 
As they rounded the corner, Krista stopped and gasped dramatically at the sight of the Bijou theater.
 
“I completely forgot we were heading in this direction!”
 
“What a coincidence!” Luke exclaimed with the rolling of his eyes.
 
Krista ran over to the ticket booth and read the times. “The next showing of Vexx 3D is in five minutes! We can get in before the previews start.”
 
Luke tapped the carrier in his hand and said, “Even if I really wanted to see that movie, I’ve still gotta take Domino home.”
 
Krista gave distressed glances between the cat and the ticket booth. The ticket taker shrugged at her plight. “But...but...they accept pets, right?”
 
“They dropped that policy when they upgraded to a multiplex,” said Luke, and the ticket taker nodded along.
 
Krista sighed, looking down to the cracked pavement and let her shoulders sag in defeat. “Alright, let’s do something else.”
 
“Maybe we can see it next time,” Luke murmured. He hated seeing Krista lose her fire.
 
When they reached the end of the block, the old Ruffleberg mansion loomed in the distance at the top of a hill. A wicked idea crossed Krista’s mind but she quickly dismissed it. She did spot a female figure walking across the premises and squinted to make out any recognizable features.
 
“Luke, look!” she pointed at the figure. “Is that Miss R?”
 
“Yeah, looks like it,” Luke confirmed.  He caught the grin Krista was giving him.
 
“Let’s go over there and cheer her up!”
 
“What if she wants to be alone to grieve?”
 
“In that big, lonely mansion?”
 
“Alright,” Luke caved. “I guess we can go over and see how she’s doing.”

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  Mighty No. 9, Keiji Inafune's new Mega Man
Posted by: ClaudeLv250 - 08-31-2013, 09:27 PM - Forum: The Arcade - Replies (2)

Keiji Inafune has a kickstarter for an action/platformer in the vein of Mega Man, a collaboration of his company (Comcept) and MM vets Indicreates. $900k goal, WiiU/360/PS3 stretch goals.

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Will he succeed? Is this what we want?

Is this the only way to keep the spirit of Mega Man alive?

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