Mar 27, 2011
Remember when Dance games had original songs? What happened to that? I'm guessing dance games got bigger budgets which allow for licensed songs to be used. I'll never forget the first time I played Dance Dance Revolution. It was the 3rd mix, and the first song I played was "Butterfly" by Smile d.k. The song was so different from any other song I've ever heard that all I could was laugh as I played along. By the time it ended I was nodding my head and feeling the song. Memories.
I discovered hundreds of good songs I would have never heard thanks to Dance Dance Revolution. To this day I still listen to songs like Dynamite Rave, B4U, and Shooting Star. That was the closest thing to techno and trance I had when I was a preteen. Today mainstream artists like Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, and Armin Van Buuren dominate Dance Dance Revolutions soundtracks. I'm not saying having mainstream songs is a bad thing. It just makes the Dance series feel more like an interactive music video than a videogame.
Games like Dance Central and Just Dance show that future dance games want you to actually dance. It's cool that videogames want to promote physical health, but it sucks at the same time. When I bought Dance Dance Revolution I had no idea the Dance Pad existed. I found out when I went it showed up a local arcade months later. I didn't like it as much as just pressing buttons on my controller. I liked the ability to mindlessly press buttons while listening to awesome music. It looks like those days are over. Consider this my ode to the good old days. You will be missed.
Posted by Errol James at 4:14 PM
Mar 26, 2011
It doesn't stop there. The gay characters apparently make passes at your character all the time. Even if you don't show any interest the gay character will flirt with you. This game is starting to sound like a porno. I might have to give it a try. Only thing I know about Dragon Age II is that it's made by the same studio that made Mass Effect.
Aren't we overreacting a bit? If you think David Gaider is ignorant about the gay lifestyle, firing him isn't going to solve anything. He'll probably get hired by another studio, and put out a game where he doesn't include any gay characters. We'll be back to discussions about homosexuality being underrepresented in videogames. Someone needs to educate Daivd Gaider on the gay lifestyle.
I assume the main character in Dragon Age II is supposed to be a handsome guy. I'm thinking the gay characters hitting on him should be taken as a complement. Not every gay man wants to sleep with you, but if you're a gay man whose never been asked to sleep with a man you've just met, online or in person, you might be a virgin. Again I haven't played Dragon Age II. Maybe the gay characters are as over the top as the supporting cast of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Here's a link to the Petition Fire David Gaider
Posted by Errol James at 2:31 PM
Mar 24, 2011
In other news Crysis 2, the first person shooter set in a futuristic New York City, was released this past Tuesday. I tried to resist my urge to rent it, but the early adopter got the best of me. I'm maybe 3 hours into the game and I am having a lot of fun. The game has arguably the best graphics gaming consoles have ever seen, and it runs smoothly. My favorite thing about it is the different tactical approaches the game allows you to have. You can have a straight up gunfight, sneak up and stealth kill your enemies, or you can use your stealth to avoid gunfights completely. It's really cool. The more I write about Crysis 2 the more I want to play.
Posted by Errol James at 11:04 AM
Mar 18, 2011
Thinking back on it this is exactly what I did with the first Dead Space. It took me six months to finally finish that story. I wasn't impressed when I first played Dead Space. It got to the point to where I was like "if this game isn't fun by the time I put this control down. I'm done." I remember being sucked in that night. I didn't put the control down until the sun hit my face the next morning. I knew Dead Space was something special.
There was a long stretch in between that moment of greatness, and when I actually finished Dead Space. I was too busy with No More Heroes and Grand Theft Auto IV to play Dead Space. When I finally finished the first Dead Space I had reason to be excited about its sequel. Now that it's here I might as well enjoy it while it lasts. Issac you are the man.
Posted by Errol James at 11:57 PM
Mar 17, 2011
What makes you so different from every other blogger out there? Why should I check out what you do over anybody else? Are you funny, crazy, handsome, what? I wish you the best of luck.
Posted by Errol James at 9:42 PM
Mar 15, 2011
Maybe MotorStorm: Apocalypse can give me a better understanding of what it's like to experience one. I only watch the news at the gym, and all I see from the Earthquake in Japan are images of the aftermath. The images are sad, but I have a hard time figuring out how an Earthquake causes so much damage. Especially since I've only seen before and after pictures of Earthquakes on the news. The April 12th release date in the United States seem to still be solid at this point. Let's hope it sticks.
Before I end this post I want to take the time to let people around the world who have been affected by a natural disaster are in my thoughts and prayers. One love.
Posted by Errol James at 1:43 AM
Mar 13, 2011
If Playstation isn't at PAX East where is it spending the weekend? In Austin Texas celebrating South by Southwest (SXSW.) I guess Sony saw the golden opportunity to be the only gaming company in Texas this weekend. I saw tweets about Playstation Meetups and Parties at SXSW which would be cool if there were PlayStation Meetups in Boston as well. Sony was probably too ashamed of its first PAX East Meetup last year.
Posted by Errol James at 4:09 AM
My first choice was Pokemon Black. I figured I'd my version of Pokemon should match the color of the Black 3DS I plan on buying. I like how the Black 3DS is shiny, but not flashy. I prefer to be subtle with my new technology. Pokemon Black seemed like the game to go with. Then I stared at the cover. The color of the legendary Pokemon in the Black version is white. That means you're playing the black version for the opportunity to capture a legendary White Pokemon. A legendary White Pokemon doesn't complement my "All Black Everything" way of life. I'm going after that legendary black Pokemon in Pokemon White instead.
Posted by Errol James at 3:40 AM
Mar 12, 2011
I have no clue what you mean when you say my interview with Torrence Davis shouldn't go public. Why? Torrence and I were having fun. If you watched the video you would have heard me big up the guy many times throughout the interview. I even thanked him for giving me my first shot inside the industry. Sure we aren't the best of friends, but we had a good conversation.
Then I ask you what was wrong with the interview, and you bring up the situation between Hip Hop Gamer and I. That situation is dead. Again if you had seen the video you would have witnessed Hip Hop Gamer speaking to cops about how I blog about him. I have nothing to say to the cops. Dead.
Let me ask you. Did you watch the interview? What was so bad about it? I'm not sure your going to read this so hit me back. I'd really like to know.
Check out GameZenith's article here: Errol James vs Torrence Davis/Hip Hop Gamer: When will it end?
Posted by Errol James at 1:32 AM
Mar 11, 2011
Mar 9, 2011
2007 was the year of new franchises.
August brought us Bioshock which many critics hailed as the Game of the Year. I remember it got a platinum award from EGM which is very rare. The game was good, but it wasn't that difficult. It literally holds your hand, but what it lacks in difficulty it made up for in it's story and atmosphere. Rapture has a story to tell you, and it won't let go until it's finished.
November started off with the release of Gears of War. I was impressed with the graphics and chainsaw gun. The thing that sticks out the most is that commercial where Fenix jumps into that room only to be met by that huge monster. Made me want to play the game even more when I saw that. The game itself is awesome. I can't really remember the story, but I do remember the gunfights.
A week later we were introduced to Assassin's Creed & Super Mario Galaxy.
Assassin's Creed was the first videogame I played on a HD television. I was blown away. I remember pausing the game and staring at the detail in the pause menu. I spent hours in that game enjoying viewpoints and eagle drops. Critics said the game was repetitive, but I felt that my skills were getting better by repeating each action. By the end of the game I was getting stylish with my assassinations.
Super Mario Galaxy is arguably my game of the year for 2007. It's technically not a new franchise since Mario's 3D adventures have been around since 1996, but at the same time it is. Super Mario 64 set the bar for what a 3D Platforming game could be, Super Mario Galaxy raised it. The smoothness of the game is what got me the most. No matter how crazy things got in the game, it always responded to my controls.
A week later we were introduced to Uncharted: Drake's Fortune & Mass Effect
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. It's a fun game, but critics were quick to point out the elements that were borrowed from other games. Some called it a hybrid between Tomb Raider and Gears of War which is pretty accurate. Borrowed elements aside the game was badass. I enjoyed the action as well as the story. I love how the game plays out like a Hollywood blockbuster.
I slept on Mass Effect. I was playing too many games at that time to give it the time of day. I remember going to Eden Prime and riding a couple elevators, but it never took off for me. With that said I do realize the importance of it now. Many say Mass Effect 2 has a deeper meaning if you've played the first one, and others argue the first Mass Effect is better than the second.
2007 also saw the return of a few franchises.
The release of Halo 3 in September had people wondering how Sony was going to compete this generation. The game sold tons of units and is pretty good. I would play it every now and again, but I've always preferred to watch someone good play. Halo was the game we all played in my friends dorm. That shifted to Modern Warfare almost overnight. We went from plasma guns and needlers to assault rifles and pistols. To this day my friends prefer Call of Duty over Halo.
Last but certainly not least is Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. That game is awesome. Ratchet & Clank games start off slow then next thing you know the game picks up. Tools of Destruction was the first game I beat twice this generation. Helped me understand the hilarious story and upgrade my weapons even further. The graphics were great, and the gameplay is addictive. Long live Ratchet and Clank.
Posted by Errol James at 11:18 AM
Mar 3, 2011
Cory Gunz doesn't want to be a star. He thinks he does, but he's not willing to go that extra mile. In an interview with Shade 45 he explained that he didn't do his part to be on Lil Wayne's Saturday Night Live performance. When asked about the delay on his reality show, Cory Gunz said he wasn't sure what was wrong with the situation. Stay on top of your business young gun. At least Cory made it to the music video. Young Mullah Baby.
Posted by Errol James at 11:15 PM
The song sounds like it wants to be the next club banger. The only clubs I see them playing this song are the ones where Kim Kardashian is in attendance. The only other place I see this song being played is on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Maybe I've got this all wrong. This could be the warm up for the classic Kim Kardashian song. Jam isn't bad because it's a terrible song. It's bad because it has me questioning why Kim Kardashian is famous in the first place.
Posted by Errol James at 9:34 PM