With today's Nintendo Direct, a LOT has been revealed and the SmashBros.com website has been updated.



Your thoughts? Will you be playing Fun Fun or For Glory more often?
GameSpot writer Tom McShea has written a controversial article titled “Nintendo’s Plan To Quietly Kill Wii U”. Mc Shea believes that Nintendo is planning to quietly phase out the Wii U and concentrate their efforts on the mysterious Quality of Life platform. However, this goes against what Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said in the past. As he previously explained that the platform will be entirely separate from their gaming ventures.

“The Wii U is performing dismally at retail. It’s the depressing reality in which we live, and one that has caused us to think up ways to improve the console’s fate. What if Nintendo no longer bundled it with the expensive GamePad? Or partnered with outside studios willing to create exclusive games for the Wii U? Then maybe the system wouldn’t lag so far behind its competitors. Though such moves might help Nintendo in the short term, they would be mere Band-Aids on an open wound. The Wii U is in a dire situation. I believe Nintendo has reconciled itself to that fact, and has already planned a way to bail from this sinking ship.”

“Enter the “quality of life” (QOL) platform. No one knows what to make of Nintendo’s proposed QOL initiative, partly because we know almost nothing about it. Nintendo wants to improve people’s lives in some indeterminate way–using non-wearable technology–and is going to introduce this nebulous product some time next year. According to CEO Satoru Iwata, whatever the QOL platform is, it will be entirely separate from their gaming ventures. Iwata said, “When we use ‘health’ as a keyword, some may inevitably think about ‘Wii Fit.’ However, we are considering themes that we have not incorporated to games for our existing platforms.” But what if Nintendo has much grander plans for this mysterious device than they’re letting on? This could be Nintendo’s next big idea. An idea much more in-demand than their ill-advised tablet controller, and one that could propel the company to the same heights it enjoyed during the peak years of the Wii.”

Gamespot's editorial

Now that the NDA has dropped for content level 17 and under, I feel like sharing the screenshots and video I captured in game. I think I'm convinced I'm going to be picking this up.

But it's also an excuse to make an ESO post so I can ask if anyone is in a guild that isn't full of offensive assholes. I'm so done with guild researching on my own. Even the LGBTQ-friendly guild I talked to said I'd have to expect members to use language like "retarded." Why can't I find a group of MMO players that don't want to protect their ~right~ to dabble in 'isms without being called out?

Anyway, let's talk about this game and look at the pretty.

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Also, I'm running around in game taking pics of every mechanic I can think of that people might be curious to see; crafting, mounts, skill system, etc. Taking requests!

In an effort to help users more easily traverse the expanding mountain of content on Steam, Valve has launched Steam Tags, a user-defined categorizing feature.

Through Steam Tags, the community is able to tag games with genres, themes, attributes or any information they feel pertains to a piece of software. Yes, swear words will be filtered out, for everyone.

The most popular tags on a product are promoted to its Steam page, allowing others to find it and any similar products by searching for that tag. All products start with a default set of genre tags defined by the developer, but may be eclipsed in relevancy by community issued tags.

To compliment this new feature, Valve has added a section to the Steam Store providing the ability to browse by popular tags and filter your search for specific tags. You'll also have the option to view recommended tags, based on your interests.

Since Steam is a global platform used in many different countries, in many different languages, Steam Tags will reflect that diversity. Tags added in any given language will only be displayed to users running Steam in that same language. This furthers Valve's apparent global mindset, which plans support 12 new currencies this year.

"We want to ensure that it is easy for customers to find the particular types of games or software they are looking for," said Valve developer Al Farnsworth. "With this new feature, we are providing another powerful tool to help organize and browse products on Steam."

The feature is currently in Beta, but immediately available to all 75 million Steam users. Note that the initial categorization "might be a bit off" until the system becomes fully optimal.


So this post is basically an excuse to complain about the bullshit tags and that we're not allowed to remove bullshit tags. That's my screenshot. Noticed the slur in it? Yea, me too.

Board Game Video Games

11:24 pm - 12/23/2013
I've been playing a lot of Ticket To Ride and I was wondering if anyone else had board game video games to recommend, whether on Steam or not. I'd prefer that it were on Steam but it doesn't have to be; also multiplayer capability is a huge plus. I've already got Catan, though I stopped playing because I now have the board game. I found video games are a lot cheaper than the board games so it'll be nicer to my wallet.

Also remember to check out The Humble Store and Green Man Gaming during this holiday. Sometimes their sales are better than Steam's.

[REVIEW] Far Cry 3

4:23 pm - 12/14/2013
Whoot, my first post! I finished my finals this week and, to my disappointment, completed Far Cry 3. I wasn't sure whether or not to post this here because I don't know how it'll be received but I think it'd be good for discussion.

- I got this game for $5. Wish I got it for free.
- Ubisoft never disappoints when it comes to scenery, nature, and the animal animations and clippings.
- Gameplay mechanics are wonderful; very much like Assassin's Creed in FPS style. You've got the synchronizing in high places to map out locations, gain more ways to kill/stealth as you progress, do sidequests that don't have anything to do with the main mission, etc.


It's a long list of bad with a bit of profanity so prepare yourselves. If you found this helpful, please rate up on Steam so that it stays visible as it's one of the few honest reviews. Lots of Far Cry 3 stans but I expected it.

No girls allowed

7:48 pm - 12/04/2013
Unraveling the story behind the stereotype of video games being for boys.

Four-year-old Riley Maida stands in a toy aisle of a department store in Newburgh, N.Y. The backdrop is pink. The shelves behind her are stacked with plastic babies in pink onesies. To her left are hair-and-makeup dolls with exaggerated heads attached to truncated shoulders. The shelf above has rows of little dresses and pastel pink slippers. The shelf above that, more pink dolls in more pink dresses.

In the next aisle, there's a distinct absence of pink. This is the "boys aisle." Lined with Nerf guns, G.I. Joes, superhero figures, building blocks and toy cars, it has a diverse color palette of blues, greens, oranges and reds.

Maida looks down the aisle of pink. Arms akimbo, the cherubic 4-year-old with brunette bangs furrows her brow. She looks into her father's camera and begins a rant that will go viral on the internet and make its way onto television networks like CNN and ABC.

"Would it be fair for all the girls to buy princesses and the boys to buy superheroes?" she says, smacking her right hand to her head in exasperation. "Girls want superheroes AND the boys want superheroes!"

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OP: I highly recommend looking at the source because the formating + the other illustrations are worth seeing.

Its been a while, but I'm finally uploading new playthroughs. For this upload, we have Part 1 of DOTA 2 featuring Diretide mode gameplay. The next episode will be uploaded soon. Enjoy. (PS: The sound is late...sorry!)

What Is Diretide?
Diretide is a new Halloween themed mode that focues on teams competing for candy. Each team must race the clock to collect candy that appears on the map and avoid Roshan who stalks players for candy. The team that collects the most candy at zero hour wins.


There are tons of PS4 reviews popping up and many of them are 3+ pages long. So, instead of posting all of them OR posting a huge roundup, I've collected some reviews that included a summarized opinion. Naturally, I've included links back to the full article so that you can read the rest if ya want.

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Journey back to the land of Hyrule with Second Quest, the next chapter in the acclaimed world tour, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, featuring new music and visuals from highly requested titles Skyward Sword, Spirit Tracks, and Link's Awakening, while preserving perennial classics Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess,and A Link to the Past in the groundbreaking four-movement symphony that took the world by storm in Goddesses' first season. With over a half-hour of new content, Second Quest is not only a feast for the eyes and ears, but the definitive Zelda experience, a magical event you won't want to miss!

I feel like a failure for missing the first quest and now this.  For those close to Baltimore you should check it out!  Psst! There's a Groupon available as well: http://www.groupon.com/deals/gl-the-legend-of-zelda-symphony-of-the-goddesses-second-quest-1
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