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Hacker or Cheater?

CHEATER (Noun): a person who acts dishonestly in order to gain an advantage.

We know that the world doesn’t care for persons who cheat in relationships, or sports…but what about video games?

If you grew up in the days of cartridges, you know that there were popular cheats built into games that were almost a reward to the players. If you wanted to play as the same character in Street fighter II you couldn’t do it without putting a code in (At the Capcom logo screen, press down, R, up, L, Y, B).

Then there were codes that seemed to work on the entire system affecting most games, the most popular being the konami code (which everyone has used at least once in life)

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There’s another type of cheating happening in video games though; you see maxed out characters that have every possible advantage in the game. Some games allow, and even encourage this, by letting you buy special weapons or fast track upgrades through gems or some other similar means. However, there are those that take advantage of glitches in the system, or hack the game entirely to make game play easier and less restrictive. You may not call this cheating, and I know that some even accept it as a part of gaming culture, but in Japan, it is a huge “no-no”.

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Japan has an Unfair Competition Prevention Law, and lately persons have been getting arrested and convicted for breaking the law. That’s right – jail time. Now there are those who support and there are folks who don’t (like this guy here).

I can’t help but wonder where the Carib Gamer Community stands. Is it cheating? Do you think that person’s who make maxed characters, sell them or buy them deserve a stint of bread and water? Or do you feel that certain games were just made for a little sideline boost? What titles do you feel the developers EXPECT you to cheat hack.

GAMER LOVE-FEST

Today is Friday 13th February.

For some, it is a day of bad omens that will be plagued by bad luck.

For others it is a glorious payday that allows us to live like we were rockstars.

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It’s a day where parents are enjoying the extra joy emotions that come with having your children home on mid-term break when you still have to go to work (awesome-sauce).

PLUS, there are actually people counting the hours and minutes to it being tomorrow; because a magic fairy comes and leaves flowers and candy and teddy bears for half of the population that kiss the other half consensually. The other half don’t tend to get anything…but then they have enough already. They have swag.

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BUT for many it is just another Saturday (or a Sad why-am-I-still-Single Saturday if you haven’t filled your melodramatic quota for the week).

Personally, I intend to enjoy a 5-step gamer love-fest and encourage you to join me.

  1. LOVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TO BE HEALTHY. If the fittest person in your house is the character on screen…you have a problem. At the very least consider excess load screens as an opportunity to get “gamer sit-ups” in. workout
  2. LOVE YOUR ROOTS. Your children really shouldn’t be playing your M-rated titles. If they suddenly want to grab a controller, grab an old school title and share your childhood.throwback love
  3. LOVE MODERATION. Pledge to try a new title. Start on one of the free downloads that you never got around to then move to your current obsession. It gives you a natural opportunity to grab a bathroom break and a sandwich!break
  4. LOVE GAMER THINGS IN REAL LIFE. Go outside and take a walk. I try to spot (and snap a picture) of things that remind me of in-game moments. (Maybe I’ll share one day). Who knows what else you may run into when you get yourself some sun. Maybe not someone that makes you go morebut at least true love
  5. LOVE YOUR CHOICES. Live every day (especially this weekend) in a way that makes you happy and doesn’t hurt anyone else. Don’t hate on what others do and don’t be ashamed to admit that you love the things you love (Like I can proudly say I don’t think I’ll watch a single thing that doesn’t have subtitles this weekend…but I’m sure you guys can admit to loving better stuff…)love child

I won’t pretend the world is always kind…but I like to believe that (at least in the Carib Gamer Community)…we are always kind (of Awesome!). So quite frankly I don’t care how you feel about Friday the 13th or February 14th cause in my world…I’m lucky enough to love video games…and anime…and manga…and subtitled asian shows…and the amazing people that translate them…and all things tech…and… … …

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis

I have watched Justice League: Throne of Atlantis four times.

The first time I fell asleep…but that wasn’t solely the fault of the movie. The second time I found myself drawn to the negatives. The third time I saw all the pearls. The fourth time I felt confident in my assessment of what this movie was…and what it wasn’t.

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I feel the movie opened strong. In the cold open you see evidence of the popularity of the Justice League (who the government might have called the ‘Super Seven’ if it had tested better) but at this point its more driven by PR than reality. We also get to see a side of Cyborg I never realised I longed for. We got to see Victor. Since Cyborg is mostly machine and it’s the machine that makes him super, it was refreshing to see him struggle to keep his humanity when the world celebrated him for being more than human.

Since I do love flaws in my heroes, seeing a drunk ‘not yet’ Aquaman (AM) in a bar brawl and mourning the loss of his father was great.

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What was a HUGE failure to me was the inorganic and painful way they tried to force the Superman-Wonder-Woman relationship. Actually all of the relationships in the movie were poorly paced and explored. The only thing I can imagine is that the scenes were written assuming that we shared the IQ of the fictional human world (you know the world where two of the most famous unmasked super heroes can be out on a date and not be recognised because they put on glasses).

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Overall Goodness:

  • Mera. Her voice actress is great. Her character has presence. All I can say is “more Mera please”.mera
  • Banter. Shazam provides comic relief from the prospective of the child he is, while Green Lantern and Flash deliver one-liners that make you smile.
  • John Henry
  • A nod to ‘Deep Blue Sea’.
  • How Arthur gets his AM suit
  • Aquaman hurt his right hand.

Unexplained Atrocities

  • Neck Muscles. The very talented artists over at DC have a rare disease where they must over sexualise women or draw men like they are in a Super Saiyan power up contest.
  • Continuity. (I won’t ruin it for you completely by listing)
  • The awesomeness that is Black Manta was wasted in this movie.BM
  • Wonder-Woman fails to read the battlefield (throwing water creatures in the water…really WW?)
  • Military prepared to shoot…a tidal wave (wth?)
  • Underwater Superman reigns…on land i’ts all about Aquaman?

Overall:

I give the movie a 3 of 5 (yay to rounding up). The premise was solid but the execution was lacking. The pace felt too rushed though the movie could have joined the ranks of other great DC offerings if they had considered making it a two part presentation instead of one movie. I did, however, like this version of AM over the previous and it was interesting to keep his mother alive. It didn’t escape me that this virtually indestructible AM didn’t seem to show weakness to needing to have water contact…so I’m curious if this was an oversight or a sign of things to come.

Did this movie make me an Aquaman fan…no…but the opportunity for him to earn my respect is now there. That’s right folks, I no longer think Aquaman is the most useless member of the DC universe…that honour now belongs to Zan.

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January Releases

Welcome to gaming in 2015! Here’s what JANUARY has in store for you.

  • Warhammer Quest (PC, Mac, Linux) – January 7
  • Chariot (Wii U) – January 8
  • Funk of Titans (Xbox One) – January 9
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  • Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk (Vita) – January 13
  • Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition (Vita) – January 13
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  • Blackguards 2 (PC) – January 20
  • Citizens of Earth (PS4, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, PC) – January 20
  • Resident Evil Remastered (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – January 20
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  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected / Gat Out of Hell Expansion (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – January 20
  • Dying Light (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – January 27
  • Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC) – January 27
  • Grand Theft Auto V (PC) – January 27
  • Grim Fandango (PS4, Vita) – January 27
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  • Life is Strange: Episode 1 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – January 30
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If you put a time dent in any of these titles post your thoughts below so that other gamers don’t miss out on a sweet title (or waste cash on an epic fail).

And the Winner Is…

Once upon a time, a little station called SPIKE TV had a video game award show. Little VGA grew up to be VGX and then…was let go. Show producer Geoff Keighley, couldn’t give his baby up and so it got a make-over and changed its name to “THE GAME AWARDS”. Even though this was the “first” year, it’s being dubbed an ANNUAL AWARD SHOW…so I’m going to pretend it will happen every year until the end of time (because ratings would NEVER get prioritized over the opportunity to revel in all things geek gaming)! I mean it’s not like they moved it to the internet to try to get more people to watch it since (people like me) just stream it after anyway…

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So keyword there was “after”. For those (who like me) “get around” to these things eventually, here’s the replay.

Some may wonder –why so much later– and I would like to say: “I was upset and showing my solidarity to CaribGamer who was blatantly snubbed from juror selection…” but I can’t.

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Anyway…

Here’s a list of the winners (because listing losers would just be crazy).

  • GAME OF THE YEAR:- Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • BEST INDEPENDENT GAME:- Shovel Knight
  • BEST NARRATIVE:- Valiant Hearts: The Great War
  • BEST PERFORMANCE:- Trey Parker as Various Voices (South Park: The Stick of Truth)
  • BEST REMASTER:- Grand Theft Auto V
  • BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE:- Shadow of Mordor
  • BEST FIGHTING GAME:- Super Smash Brothers (Wii-U)
  • BEST SPORTS/RACING GAME:- Mario Kart 8
  • DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR:- Nintendo
  • BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD GAME:- Hearthstone
  • BEST SCORE/SOUNDTRACK:- Destiny
  • GAMES FOR CHANGE: Valiant Hearts:- The Great War
  • BEST SHOOTER:- Far Cry 4
  • BEST ROLE PLAYING GAME:- Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • BEST FAMILY GAME:- Mario Kart 8
  • BEST ONLINE EXPERIENCE:- Destiny

(And because fan-boys are rabid)…here’s the FAN VOTED:

  • MOST ANTICIPATED GAME:- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • ESPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR:- Ninjas in Pyjamas (Counter-Strike GO)
  • BEST FAN CREATION:- Twitch Plays Pokemon
  • ESPORTS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:- Matt “NaDeSHot” Haag (Call of Duty)
  • TRENDING GAMER:- TotalBiscuit

There you have it! The categories you wanted to know (and those you didn’t). How do they stack up with your expectations? Did your top pick (Bayonetta 2) get nominated (like Bayonetta 2) but not take any wins (tears for Bayonetta 2)?

Comments are open…

GEEK GLORY – Better than Basketball?

“A recent sporting event drew more viewers than both Game 7 of the 2014 World Series and Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals, and you probably have no idea who won.”

This was the start of a recent article tagged in my gamer folder so my curiosity was instantly peaked. Then I saw the picture of the 40,000 in attendance.

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Believe it or not 40,000 onlookers was nothing compared to the 27 million that watched the tournament.

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League of Legends (LoL) may still be gaining its footing in the US when compared to the dominating presence it holds in Asia but with US universities offering gaming scholarships and top gamers being sponsored serious cash (there’s even a few in the 7-figure range)…League of Legends may be shortened to LoL but it sounds like the gaming industry is the one laughing…all the way to the bank that is.