Archive for October, 2011
Monday, October 31st, 2011
Hey Got Gamers,
There is a lot that we’re going to talk about in this show blog, but let’s start with this image.
We will reference it during this week’s episode of Got Game when we talk about the Grand Theft Auto countdown clock that is currently on the Rockstar website. The flipped volcano image is the one that the internet says is in a shop in Vice City, and it is obvious where the other image is from.
However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what we will talk about this week. You can catch all the news and insight in the audio file below this sentence, but we just call it the post-broadcast podcast of our October 30th 2011 show.
This week on Got Game we discuss:
- Tiger Woods having to share the cover of his own game… again
- The GTA countdown clock
- Nintendo’s continuing financial trouble
- Konami’s on going support of an 11 year old console
Then JP Arencibia joins Momin to talk about gaming and his experiences with Kinect Sports Season 2.
And in our review section we look at one of this year’s biggest titles: Battlefield 3…
…After Momin takes a final look at Kinect Sports Season 2.
Finally, at one point Momin talked about his experience seeing Kinect Sports Season 2 for the first time with Zack. Just for giggles I went back into our archives and grabbed a few images that I took of them checking out the game on the E3 floor.
Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
“Kinect Sports: Season 2″ hit store shelves on Tuesday October 25th. It’s the sequil to “Kinect Sports” the top selling franchise in Kinect history, which sold over 3 million copies.
The new game features five sports: Football, Darts, Baseball, Skiing and Tennis. The games have multi player options and feature new voice command options and challenge modes like hitting the most home runs in baseball.
Microsoft held a launch event on Monday night at their XBOX 360 street front headquarters on Queen Street West in Toronto.
Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia and former Argo and newly announced CFL Hall of Famer Damon Allen were on hand. Momin had a chance to go one on one with the athletes to talk about their gaming habits and how they feel about the future of video games.
He also talked to Jeff Rivait of XBOX Canada to get the inside details about the new game.
Momin’s chat with JP Arencibia about video games, including a tale of serious video game quest he embarked upon with team mate, Canadian third baseman Bret Lawrie.
Momin’s chat with Damon Allen, including how he has gone fron non gamer – to gamer.
Momin’s chat with Jeff Rivait of XBOX Canada about Kinect Sports: Season 2
Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
Hey Got Gamers,
If you’re reading this post at any point on Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 don’t forget that you still have until midnight to enter our contest to win 1 of 3 copies of Forza 4. All the details are in the audio file below this paragraph, but we just call it the Post-Broadcast-Podcast of our October 23rd 2011 show.
This week on Got Game the crew discusses:
- Our experiences raising over $3000 for the Sick Kids Foundation through Extra Life
- NFL Blitz coming back
- The PS Vita’s launch date
- A bunch of new 3DS news
- The price you will have to pay for the NBA 2K12 DLC.
This week we also mentioned an interview that our own Zack and Momin did with the Late Night Vampire: Norm Rumack. It happened in the wee hours of the morning, and the discussion topics were gaming in general, and Extra Life. I went back into our archives and grabbed that interview; so you can find it in the audio file below this sentence if you wish to hear it.
And in our review section Zack, Bryan, and Momin figure out who is the best Batman while they review Batman Arkham City.
While Christine sees if she can build a musical experience with RockSmith.
Plus Zack figures out exactly what Power Up Heroes is.
Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
Grammatically incorrect subject lines aside… how confident are you in your abilities to whoop some arse in gaming?
I play tons of games (seriously, I weighed them during Extra Life) (ok, no I didn’t)… but that doesn’t mean I’m any good at them.
Enough about me, though. What about you?
Are you any good at, say, Call of Duty (Black Ops)? How about FIFA 12? Surely you’ve established some Gears of War 3 chemistry with a buddy by now, right? That’s not to mention the always-competitive Halo: Reach.
Just how good are you, though? Willing to put a small wad of cash on the line, with the hopes of winning a fat wad?
Now’s your chance.
I’m helping put on an upcoming weekend-long event at The E-Zone. Working with a company conveniently called (but not officially affiliated with the show) We Got Game!, we are calling all competitive gamers for up to two days – November 5 + 6.
The Saturday will feature day-long tournaments for Black Ops ($40 per person, teams of four) and FIFA 12 ($25 per person, solo).
The Sunday will have Gears of War 3‘s wingman mode ($30 per person, teams of two) in effect and Halo: Reach ($40 per person, teams of two).
Be sure to get those deposits in early and please help spread the word! The more people that join the more you can win!
All registration forms can be found on the We Got Game! website here.
Saturday, October 22nd, 2011
Hey Got Gamers,
This week we’re giving away 3 copies of Forza 4, and one of those copies is actually part of a bigger prize pack that includes the wireless Speedwheel controller. In order to enter, you’ll have to listen to the show first, so we’ve podcasted it early this week in order to let you guys have more time to enter.
During this week’s show, one of the hosts will announce a bonus code. Enter that code in THE FAN Club by 11:59 pm Sunday night for your chance to win a copy of Forza 4, or the grand prize wireless speed wheel and a limited edition copy of Forza 4 prize pack.
If you’re not familiar with Forza 4, it is a Microsoft exclusive. Therefore, please note that all the games that we’re giving away this week are compatible with the Xbox360 only.
Download Here is this week’s show.
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
Today we got a press release from EA Sports, and it turns out that an all-new HD version of NFL Blitz™ will be available at some point in January 2012. Just like NBA JAM, you’ll be able to buy it from the Xbox®LIVE Arcade for 1200 points and the PLAYSTATION®Network for $14.99.
From what I could tell by reading the press release we got, it looks they’re taking the same route they took with NBA JAM. They’re appear to be rebuilding the original from the ground up, instead of re-imagining the franchise. However, only time will truly tell if EA sticks to the ideas that made the original NFL Blitz what it was.
Right now all we have is a collection of buzz words to represent parts of this game. However, some of those worlds seem interesting for one reason or another, words like:
- the Blitz Gauntlet
- online leaderboards
- Blitz Battles
- 7-on-7 gameplay
- Two minute quarters
- 30 yards for a first down
- no penalties
- “and of course, players ON FIRE!”
And while Blitz-ing, you’ll have the chance to play as 1 of the 32 NFL teams, while playing in 1 of 31 NFL stadiums. You will also get the chance to, ”battle fantasy bosses from the Gauntlet at the Blitz Coliseum.”
Now, I was never that big of a Blitz guy, simply because there was never a NFL Blitz cabinet in the arcades that I grew up in. Therefore, some of these concepts I understand and some I just don’t know. Incase you are like me, I’ve added the defintions/explanations (by copying and pasting them word for word) for certain game mechanics that were mentioned in the press release:
Blitz Battles – Challenge the competition online in head-to-head matches or team up (on a single console or online) 2-on-2, ranking up local, regional, and national Battle Boards – all the way to the Blitz Hall of Fame.
Blitz Gauntlet – The ultimate single-player challenge! Battle through a multi-tiered Gauntlet, taking on NFL teams and exclusive fantasy character bosses in the Blitz Coliseum. Take down the fantasy character bosses to unlock them for use in all modes.
Elite League – Join the Elite League and strive to create the perfect squad of ultimate players. Purchase card packs using Blitz Bucks earned through online* games to collect players to customize your lineup. Collect an entire NFL team of players to unlock powerful Pro and Ultimate players that give your team the competitive edge. Change the game in unique ways by acquiring and using Power Ups to further your advantage on the field. For the ultimate rush, risk one of your valuable players in a winner-takes-all Risk and Reward game.
Online Co-op – Grab a teammate on the couch or join a friend online and crush the competition in classic Blitz 2-on-2 style. Track your records against friends to show who owns the Blitz gridiron.
Blitz Store—Earn Blitz Bucks in every online game mode, then head to the Blitz Store to purchase a ton of intense content. Build your Blitz Elite League team by purchasing card packs and power-ups. Customize your Blitz Battles team with new logos and banners. Take the Blitz experience to the next level with a slew of gameplay and visual cheats. Go behind the scenes and unlock concept art and the famous Blitz cheerleaders.
Blitz Booth Commentary – The two-man booth includes past NFL Blitz play-by-play announcer, Tim Kitzrow, along with actor Brian Haley. The perfect pair to voice NFL Blitz, Kitzrow and Haley’s humorous commentary augments the over-the-top arcade football experience.
Sunday, October 16th, 2011
Hey Got Gamers,
Thank you again to everyone who helped us out with both donations and also keeping us going throughout the night. I think everyone would agree with me when I say that extra life was a long haul. However, I just took a look at the Extra Life website and I found this…
… and I know that it was all worth it!
And while you guys gave us so much support, we tried to give you the best that we could with this week’s Got Game radio show. However, I’ll let you be the judge of that, and you can judge it by listening to the audio file below this paragraph; but we just call it the October 16th 2011 edition of the post-broadcast podcast.
This week on Got Game we discuss:
- The Sony PlayStation Holiday Preview Event
- Raising money for Sick Kids through the Extra Life charity
- The Other Brother Art Show
We also took some time this week to talk with Jason Schroeder, a Producer at Ubisoft, about their newest release: Rocksmith.
AND IN OUR REVIEW SECTION CALHOUN TAKES FORZA MOTORSPORT 4 FOR A FEW LAPS.
WHILE CHRISTINE SEES IF YOU CAN DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY WITH JUST DANCE 3.
Plus, as promised here are some images from the Sony PlayStation Holiday Preview Event. Let’s start off with Calhoun wearing those 80′s style personal 3D goggles that Sony is calling the HMZ-T1.
Here is an image of Momin and Zack playing the new Tin Tin game.
This is what the whole event looked like.
Finally, here is a close up image of the Uncharted 3 display.
Friday, October 14th, 2011
Whether you got into gaming back in the Pong days; the Wolfenstein days; or the Call of Duty days, there is no doubt in my mind that you are familiar with Mario.
…excuse me… Super Mario.
You’ve stomped on goombas galore, traveled down/up/through pipes, and made a fortune most plumbers couldn’t even dream of.
That’s not even mentioning the rescuing (and no doubt getting off-screen rewards) of Princess Peach, or racing around in his very own Kart game.
What does Luigi get?! A frikkin haunted mansion!
Congrats, buddy. You made it.
…look, we know it’s tough being Player 2. But it’s time for the injustice to stop.
“The Other Brother” needs his due.
That’s where Steve Kasan, Mark Capone, and their buddies come in.
It’s called “The Other Brother Art Show”… and it’s all dedicated to the under-appreciated man in Green.
I had a chat with Kasan about both the inspiration and execution of this ONE-DAY event (details after the interview):
So as you heard (you listened, right?), the event goes down at the UCBA Centre in Scarborough (1776 Midland Ave.), October 22, from 3pm- 10pm.
It’s free. There’s free parking.
Show the other brother some love.
Thursday, October 13th, 2011
So as you (hopefully) know by now… Momin “Two Thumbs”, Chubb, Calhoun and I are taking part in Extra-Life – a charitable event designed to raise money for sick kids through gaming.
Everyone’s got their own reason(s) for taking part. Personally, I donate to the Sick Kids Foundation on the regular anyway, because I’ve seen first-hand the kind of care they offer ailing children.
When I first heard about Extra-Life, last year, I simply donated to a friend’s efforts. This year, I wanted to do more.
So I started the Got Game TEAM (if you’d like to donate – and we’d LOVE for you to do so, please click here).
Then I had a chance to chat with Zack Starkman. He’s 17 years old and appears to be on the path toward a normal life.
His childhood was, unfortunately, far from it. No one should have to go through what he did.
As he tells me – and I invite you to hear – gaming has played a huge role in his well-being, both then and now.
Zack’s story is one of many. There are so many kids who have a tougher time than they should. Let’s help make sure the people who care for them have the means to better pave the road to recovery.
Monday, October 10th, 2011
Hey Got Gamers,
This is going to be a pretty short show blog, so let’s get right to the post-broadcast podcast. As per usual, you can find the most recent post-broadcast podcast in the audio file below this sentence.
This week Got Game became one giant review show. We took in-depth looks at:
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
NBA JAM: On Fire Edition
After all that, we had about 2 minutes to talk about our efforts to raise money for the Sick Kids Foundation through a charity called Extra Life. Extra Life happens next week, so if you have a bit of extra money and you are financially able to help out, please consider donating it to the unfortunate children who are stuck inside the Sick Kids Foundation hospitals right now. Here is how you can grief me/donate to the Extra Life campaign pages of any member of the Got Game Crew.
Finally, we did a special podcast only Forza 4 preview show, and at one point we even talked about the game. If you’re interested in our preview of Forza 4 (I promise that it is serious… enough), you can download it off of iTunes, download it directly from our site, or stream it off our blog.