Andy Richter Voice-Overs in Skyrim

Andy Richter is pretty well known as being the partner in crime on Conan O’Briens late night talk show, but little did we know he had a role working on Bethesda’s epic game, Skyrim.

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Pwn Stars in the Video Game Universe

So what would Pawn Stars be like if it existed in the video game universe? Something like this:

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Quick Thoughts: the iPhone Edition

I used to dislike playing games on my iPhone because the idea of only using the touch-screen to control the game and nothing else did not appeal to me. It felt clumsy and inaccurate. But I feel that more recently game designers have used its touch screen effectively and some quality games have been released on the device. The games I’m going to mention in this post, are games that would probably not exist if it weren’t for the iPhone, would not have received as much recognition if they were released as Flash games and just wouldn’t work as well on any other platform.

Tiny Wings was a compulsive buy. I had seen its icon with the cute little bird and just assumed it was another Angry Birds clone, but then I came across this interview with the game’s designer (Andreas Illiger) and it finally caught my interest. I decided $0.99 wasn’t much for a game that is rated 5 stars (after more than 29,000 votes) and involves a little bird trying to fly. The game only uses one button, when you touch the iPhone’s screen your little bird will dive down, when you let go, your bird will try to fly. You have to time your dives to land on downward slopes, which will help you gain more momentum as you’re coming back and help you fly higher. The game also gives you objectives to beat and the more you do, the better your score multiplier becomes, which adds to its replay value.

I stumbled upon Jetpack Joyride by accident, I was reading Joystiq and there was a mention that some iPhone games were being given away for free, Jetpack Joyride was one of them. The beauty of Jetpack Joyride (and Tiny Wings to an extent), is that it’s exterior is of a casual game, but it has quite a bit of depth that it garners to both the casual and non-casual gamer crowd. In Jetpack Joyride you avoid obstacles like lasers or missiles by flying around them to see how far you can go while attempting to complete objectives before ultimately being hit by something, collecting coins and tokens along the way that can be used to buy other equipment.

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is the epitome of gaming on a touch device. It’s an audiovisual experience that doesn’t really exist anywhere else. Everything in the game can create sound when you interact with it; the water, the bushes or the trees for example. Its game-play is a nod to some of the best video games of the 90’s like the Legend of Zelda, Monkey Island (or any 90’s point&click adventure game) and the Prince of Persia. The game also incorporates Moon phases; only letting you pass a certain point when the Moon is in a certain phase, which is a nice way of making you put the game down so you can get back to your real life. I would also like to add that it would be a crime if you play this game without headphones, the game makes great use of interactive music, your interaction with the game create sounds, it’s rare to see music & sound used in such a way that it goes hand-in-hand with game-play, enhances it and elevates it. This is one of those games where words just can’t describe how amazing it is, I can sit here and type out an entire page on how good this game is and it still wont do it any justice. If you love music, if you love video games, if you love art & design, if you love something different, if you love any of those things, you should really try this out.

Other iPhone games I’m hooked on:

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Game Fails of 2011

I was just tweeted this video of Rooster Teeth “Game Fails of 2011” and I was laughing through it all, there are some hilarious clips due to bugs, glitches or just dumb gamer moments.

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The 2011 Gift Guide for Gamers

Not sure what gift to get? Well, since Christmas is around the corner here is a guide¬† of games that I think are exceptional, some of the best games released in 2011 and should be in (nearly) everyone’s library of video¬† games.

Of course this list is based off of my opinions and if the receiver does not like/appreciate the gift, I can’t be held liable!

If you happen to live in Kuwait, click on the console name next to the game you want and you’ll be sent to a great online gaming store called Digumz.com, so shopping is made even easier. If you live elsewhere, Amazon is your best bet!

Platformers

Role-Playing Games

Note:I know Mass Effect 2 has been out for quite a while on Xbox 360, but it was just released this year on PS3.

Racers

Shooters

Action/Adventure

  • Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception (PS3)
  • Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360/PS3)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (3DS)
  • Cave Story 3D (3DS)
  • Shadows of the Damned (Xbox 360/PS3)
  • Assassins Creed: Revelations (Xbox 360/PS3)
*Updated list to add Assassins Creed: Revelations.
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What was Mario’s original name?

It’s-A-Me Super Guido!

I was watching Pawn Stars and this gem showed up, thought it was pretty amusing, especially choice B Guido. What I particularly like about this show is that throughout a specific segment they’ll reveal tidbits of information about the item that is being negotiated and even though I knew everything they revealed about Super Mario it was still pretty cool.

The answer is A.
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Feel like you’re part of Skyrim with this [Headgear]!

My brother linked me to this website which was originally called the Dragonborn Helmet but has since been renamed to the Viking Helmet but we all know what this mask is suppose to look like:

Having this mask on as you play Skyrim will definitely make you feel as though you’re actually exploring part of Tamriel yourself, who needs motion controls & HD graphics for extra immersion when you can have this?

You can go over to TheVikingHelmet.com to order it for $39.00!

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