Welcome to Girlfriend Mode - -a new column for MTV Multiplayer where I (Kiala Kazebee, woman) talk about the serious business of games, the games industry and my period. JOKES. I makes jokes. Anyway I hope you enjoy my column about vaginas. I mean games.
It's been 24 hours since the Xbox live stream reveal and I think we can all agree the reaction has been a little uh...rough. To begin, here's a quick round up of the anger, frustration and confusion fangirls and boys have been spreading round the webs.
Warning: the following might be complete gibberish to you if you have never touching a card from Magic: The Gathering. If you haven't, that's okay. We're a geek support group that is here to help you. If you need a crash course in the phenomenon that is Magic, we suggest you check out Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 on XBLA, PSN, PC, or iOS and immerse yourself into some fantasy-based, card-gaming nerdery. Or you can stroll into your local board game store, and step up to the bar and ask them "What the hell is this Magic stuff all about, anyhow." They will derisively sneer at you, and then initiate you into your newfound addiction.
Of course, if you already know Magic, then this is all moot. Magic 2014 - Duels of the Planeswalkers is on the way to those same systems again, along with Android devices for the very first time, and the new Magic 2014 Core Set is coming as well, featuring many of the same cards and adding new features. Wizard of the Coast was good enough to send us this exclusive image of a new card from the set, which will be available in both Duels and the paper set. Looks like Young Pyromancers get to dabble in street fashion, while simultaneously burning things with their hands.
Read on for more details from the upcoming game, and start tapping some mana, baby.
Kiala again! From the XBox livestream! I have feelings to share with you about stuff I disliked. Enjoy.
Ahhhh the livestream. It always feels like attending a Tony Robbins motivational seminar - or a school assembly. I generally spend the entire thing hoping someone will trip or swear or say something blatantly offensive because I am a 12 year old at heart forever. And yet, this XBox event was (unfortunately for me) relatively smooth and nary an awkward moment to be found. I did manage to find fault with some stuff because criticizing amazing leaps in technology which I have no talent for is fun!
So I hear Microsoft has some big announcement today about some kind of new "ecksbawks" and it's supposed to play the next "Call of Duty" vidjagame. OK, OK -- snark aside --MS's next big thing is getting all gussied up before the prom night that is E3 and we're liveblogging it here! The Pre-show starts at 12PM ET with the main event beginning at 1PM ET. Read More...
For hours -- sometimes days on end -- we’d spend our weekends and sneak in school nights to play video games. It was all for the love of adventure, our constant need to win, and often times we’d fallen in love with the characters we controlled. Yeah, some of them were animals, but that really didn’t matter when it came to matters of the heart. Even today those video game characters have continued to cause a hormonal overload in us because thanks to evolution, they’ve gotten even better looking. But even when some of them were pixelated guys and gals, they were still hot stuff. Read More...
"The Novelist," a new indie stealth-adventure game byIon Storm and 2K Marin veteran Kent Hudson, has one of the saddest, most melancholy premises I've encountered: you play as a benevolent poltergeist haunting novelist Dan Kaplan and his family.
Supernatural nightmare notwithstanding, the Kaplans' ectoplasmic best friend can read people's thoughts, eavesdrop on their conversations, and thumb through their journals -- all the better to keep the family from coming apart at the seams. Dan's career is stalling apparently, but it's nothing a ghostly presence can't fix. "The Novelist" is kind of like the last episode of American Horror Story: Murder House, but with more humanity and grace and less campy gore and trashy gossip-mongering.
I have, in all likelihood, straight-up merked untold thousands of humanoid enemies over the course of my digital career, but I've never really felt comfortable blasting away at animals. Even as a kid, shooting "Wolfenstein 3D"'s pixelated German Shepherds was more problematic for me than gruesomely dispatching mecha-Hitler Read More...
Between "Watch_Dogs"' E3 2012 debut and its demo at the PlayStation 4 unveiling, Ubisoft has only offered glimpses on how hacking can be used in the game's open world. We know it plays a central role in both the narrative and as a survival tool. Yet we haven't had a chance to see this mechanic in a free roaming context. This week, Ubisoft gave us a more robust look at "Watch_Dogs": about 30 minutes of open world gameplay, without a single second devoted to the campaign. Here are the five things that has me more excited about "Watch_Dogs", and five things has piqued my curiosity:
It's only been a couple months since I got off the icy wastelands of Tau Volantis in "Dead Space 3". Now I'm suiting up again for a return mission to the equally freezing E.D.N. III in "Lost Planet 3". While this is the first game in the series handled by a western studio, Spark Unlimited's take on E.D.N. III shows a planet that is still fittingly hostile and mostly believable. After a recent and insightful 3 hour session with the game, here are my top 9 takeaways:
With Moonbot's "Golem" facing an uncertain financial future, my dream of playing as a mystical, towering piece of rock come to life will be a dream deferred until further notice.
Thankfully Abbey Games is soon releasing "Reus," their gorgeous 2D god game. Just look at that mountain god in the trailer, though -- that's what I'm talking about! He's got a big barrel chest and sad green eyes, but heavy is the head that bears the fate of all humanity, I guess.