On only the second day of Christmas, every radio station and retail store in America gave to me enough boring and redundant holiday music to last countless lifetimes. I know I’m not the only gamer feeling that the same old Christmas music is overplayed to point of near-madness every December. Luckily, there’s an easy solution for us gamers to break the dull holiday “tradition.” There are so many games that have excellent Christmas-y songs that you can easily make your own gamer holiday playlist!
Here are ten songs to start you out, songs which we thought would be especially fitting in a video game Christmas playlist:
1. “Freezeezy Peak,” from Banjo-Kazooie
Easily the most Christmas-sounding of them all, Freezeezy Peak has to top any gamer’s holiday playlist.
2. “The Streets of Whiterun,” from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
This track is absolutely gorgeous; it gives you the feeling of being home for the holidays, sitting by a warm fire with your family as light snow sprinkles the ground outside.
3. “Frappe Snowland,” from Mario Kart 64
Fast-paced and fun, Frappe Snowland is as joy-filled as a frolic in the snow on Christmas Eve.
4. “Galactic Parade,” from Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed
Though not from an ice level, this song gives you visions of Christmas lights dancing and twinkling on the sides of houses in your neighborhood.
5. “Frosty Village,” from Diddy Kong Racing
Yet another upbeat snow track that feels perfect for a stroll through a well-lit village on a cool Christmas night.
6. “Frozen Hillside,” from Kirby Air Ride
Think of this song as the “Russian Dance” of your video game Nutcracker Suite. It’s fast, frantic, and upbeat, giving off the feel of having wintertime fun.
7. “Phendrana Drifts,” from Metroid Prime
A more peaceful track on your playlist, use this Metroid Prime favorite to represent the beauty of a light snowfall in the quiet outdoors.
8. “Snow Mountain,” from Super Mario 64
This song is pretty much the “Jingle Bells” of the Mario franchise. It gets stuck in your head, but boy does it feel good hearing it.
9. “Icicle Mountain,” from Super Smash Bros. Melee
This remix of the original Ice Climber theme is pretty bumpin’. Use this to replace all those Elvis Christmas songs they recorded back in the 50s.
These were our suggestions for what should be on a gamer’s holiday playlist. But of course, feel free to mix and match. Eventually, you’ll have your own individualized playlist to get you through the holiday redundancy!
I’ve been on YouTube enough times to know that too many creepy videos have been uploaded to that place. This one may have taken the latest title of Creepy Video of the Week.
Chris Sanders, a YouTuber and die-hard Pokémon fan who is also known for his video “Pokémon First-World Problems,” has returned with his list of the top ten (I can’t believe I’m saying this…) sexiest Pokémon.
Among the Pokémon Chris lists are Lopunny (“That Pokémon is THIIIICK,” he explained), Machamp (“Four arms. One Speedo”), and Lickitung (“Do I even have to explain this one?”).
I’ll save some of Chris’s creepier Poké-musings for you to listen to yourself. You can watch the video below, just make sure you have a bath prepared for when it’s done…
After fans worried Activision no longer owns the IP for Crash Bandicoot, the company confirmed Crash is still in their hands and could someday make a triumphant return.
Concern was recently expressed about the current state of Crash in online fan communities after a Reddit user pointed out that the Crash Bandicoot official website was taken down, and any mention of Crash was erased from Activision’s website.
A representative of Activision told Game Informer that Crash Bandicoot still belongs to Activision, and that he may be in some new games in the future.
“Activision owns Crash Bandicoot and we continue to explore ways in which we could bring the beloved series back to life,” he said.
In what is probably the most interesting PR move leading up to its release, Xbox Live Director Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb personally flew to the Arkansashome of YouTuber Boogie2988, a.k.a. “Francis,” to show off the Xbox One to the video game comedy star.
In an interview posted to his channel, Francis told Major Nelson that his opinions about the Xbox One have greatly changed since the next-gen console was announced. Continue reading “Francis Interviews Microsoft Big-Wig Major Nelson on Xbox One” »
Microsoft founder Bill Gates shows he is ready to kill for the Xbox One’s success over the PlayStation 4 in the latest episode of South Park.
Continuing from last week’s episode poking fun at the latest console war in the style of Game of Thrones, the episode “A Song of Ass and Fire” has Bill Gates gruesomely taking back control Microsoft from Steve Ballmer. The then sends a number of weapons to Colorado in order to ensure a bloodbath will occur over which next-gen console is better when the South Park Mall starts its Black Friday sale. Continue reading “Bill Gates Enters the Console War in the Latest “South Park” Episode” »
Just when we thought Sony Pictures’ upcoming Angry Birds movie sounded ridiculous, Warner Bros. announced today that another popular app, Temple Run, will be getting the Hollywood treatment.
David Heyman, who previously produced Gravity and the Harry Potter film series, will produce the film based on the endless runner game.
The Hollywood Reporter said that, while Warner Bros. is still looking for a writer for the script, the movie’s plot will focus on “an explorer who, having stolen an idol from a temple, is chased by demonic forces.”
Earlier this year, Imangi Studios released a sequel to their commercially-acclaimed app. After its release, Temple Run 2 was downloaded 50 million times in less than two weeks.
A free update to Grand Theft Auto Online will add new beach-themed jobs and vehicles to the game when it is uploaded on November 19.
Rockstar teased next week’s “Beach Bum” update in a blog post today. New jobs will include “Sundae Driving,” a motorbike race on Vespucci Beach, a team deathmatch for 4-8 players on Paleto Beach, and a survival job, fighting waves of enemies in front of the Del Perro Pier Ferris wheel.
New beach-themed vehicles will also be included in the update. These include a Bravado Paradise beach camper van, a Canis Kalahari off-road truck, the BF Bifta dune buggy, and the return of the classic GTA Speeder speedboat.
Finishing off the update is the addition of two new weapons, the SNS Pistol and the Broken Bottle, and well as tons of new beach clothes for character customization.
1979 Revolution, an independent video game based on the events of the Iranian Revolution in 1979, is looking to Kickstarter for funding.
“The Iranian Revolution of 1979 is a defining story for me,” Navid Khonsari, the game’s creator, wrote on the project’s new Kickstarter page. “When I was 10 years old my grandfather took me by the hand and brought me to the streets in Tehran so I could witness what was happening in our country.”
The game, being exclusively designed for iOS devices, promises to offer a “deep narrative experience” within the setting of 1979 Iran, during the height of the country’s revolution. 1979 Revolution‘s story will focus on Reza, “a young photojournalist in Tehran” who is not politically motivated but rather enjoys the idea of change, the Kickstarter page says. After the death of his cousin, Reza chooses sides, becoming “a key player” in the overthrow of the Iranian monarchy.
1979 Revolution places emphasis on the player’s ability to re-play history. A particular mini-game will allow Reza to take photographs of events in real-time; players can then compare the in-game photos to real images that captured the same events back in 1979 Tehran.
The gameplay of 1979 Revolution focuses on the dangers present in an Iranian city placed under martial law. Reza will have to use stealth tactics to sneak around police forces, and critical decisions have to be made interacting with other characters that can affect the outcome of Reza’s story.
Khonsari and his team of developers are taking many risks developing 1979 Revolution. Iranian media are wrongfully reporting that Khonsari is an American spy, he said. Three members of the game’s design team — the graphic novel artist, animation director, and one of the writers — remain anonymous.
iNK Stories Studio is asking the Kickstarter community for $395,000 to finish a full build of 1979 Revolution‘s first episode, “Black Friday.” The project so far has raised more than $11,100 from 86 backers. The funding period for 1979 Revolution ends Monday, December 16.
You heard that right. A ten-year-old boy in Nebraska is facing felony charges after police say he used his grandmother’s credit card to spend $800 on online games.
The 74-year-old grandmother filed a report about the charges on her card on Wednesday after her bank contacted her about some suspicious activity on her account.
Both the Nebraska Police and the Associated Press said that the boy spent that money on Minecraft, but that is doubtful. The only downloadable content that can be purchased for Minecraft on Xbox Live is a series of skin packs. There are only nine of them, so clearly purchasing all of them cannot come close to $800.
Regardless, the unnamed boy was sent to prosecutors on charges of felony theft.
More details about Legendary Pictures’ upcoming Warcraft movie were revealed to an eager crowd at BlizzCon 2013 this weekend.
Participants at the Warcraft movie panel on Saturday included Duncan Jones (the upcoming film’s director) and special effects supervisor Bill Westenhoffer, both of whom are die-hard Warcraft fans (Westenhoffer boasted about his level 90 mage). The panel also included costume designer Mayes Rubio, as well as Chris Metzen and Rob Pardo.
During the panel, Westenhoffer explained the tone of the film will be akin to Gladiator. He also described some of the visuals — Orcs will be real human actors in makeup, not CGI, and he added that the prop swords will be “the biggest swords a human being can wield.” Continue reading ““Warcraft” Film On Track for 2015 Release” »
Section 7.1, under the subtitle “Resale,” says, ”You must not resell either Disc-based Software or Software Downloads, unless expressly authorized by us and, if the publisher is another company, additionally by the publisher.” Continue reading “PS4 Games Can’t Be Rented or Resold; Sony May Record You On PlayStation Network” »
Over the weekend, the 1337LoungeLive raised more than $15,000 for both PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and Extra Life during a 25-hour charity gaming marathon.
The event was hosted by Rick Malambri and Hart of Dixie star Scott Porter, and had guest appearances by Alison Haislip, Isaiah Mustafa, Roger Craig Smith to name a few of the celebrities.
Prizes raffled off during the 25-hour marathon included video games donated by Capcom, Square Enix, Microsoft and Gearbox Software. Large-box prizes were also raffled off to those who donated $25 or more; these included a Collector’s Edition of Batman Arkham Origins signed by the voice of Batman (Smith), a Gears of War S.N.U.B. Pistol replica made by Triforce, and a Limited Edition Halo 4 Xbox 360 Bundle.
Participants on Twitch donated to the charities of their choosing throughout the day. By the end of the marathon, donors raised $4,110 for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The other $11,600 raised was donated to Extra Life, a gamer-oriented charity that raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network.
Saturday morning, hackers hit the Extra Life website with three separate DDoS attacks, damaging the organization’s flow of donations. Despite the speed bump, Extra Life still managed to reach their $3 million fundraising goal, and then some: Extra Life tweeted Monday that more than $3.8 million was raised this weekend. For those affected by the DDoS attacks, Extra Life plans to have a “make-up game day” this Saturday, Nov. 9.
A smiling blonde housewife is giving you a tour of her massive mansion, and soon introduces you to her husband, an axe murderer. Next door, a Southern belle shows you the recipe for tasty cupcakes. The secret ingredient? Blood frosting. Down the street, a quiet young wife takes advice on what to wear that evening… from her demonic ghost husband. Continue reading ““The Real Housewives of Horror” Premieres on Nerdist Channel” »
Sony released a massive Q&A on their website today, answering many questions gamers had about the PlayStation 4. The Q&A revealed many features of the PS3 will not be returning to Sony’s new console, which launches in about two weeks on November 15.
Perhaps the most significant feature removed is the PS4 will not support external hard drives like the PS3. This leaves the PS4 with a 500 GB internal hard drive, which will likely be used up quickly when you consider the file size for Battlefield 4 is almost 35 GB and the install size for Killzone: Shadow Fall is a whopping 50 GB. In the Q&A, Sony said players will be able to replace the stock hard drive if they need more space. Continue reading “Here Are the PlayStation 3 Features the PS4 Lacks” »
The Halloween season is the time of year when we celebrate the best of horror. What better way to honor this tradition than by slaying vampires in your living room on the Wii U? Forget marathoning all of the Friday the 13th movies, because Nintendo is releasing Super Castlevania IV on their eShop this Halloween.
Originally released for the Super Nintendo in 1991, Super Castlevania IV included many improvements from its NES predecessors. These included giving Simon Belmont the ability to move his whip in eight directions, as well as updates to graphics using the SNES’ larger color palette. Sound also saw an update, enhancing traditional Castlevania themes featured in the game in addition to including some killer original music pieces. Continue reading ““Super Castlevania IV” Releasing on Nintendo eShop This Halloween” »
A new documentary series on the history of video games is asking donors for $15,000 on Kickstarter to help fund the project.
The money will fund the first film in the series, entitled World 1-1, which will focus on Atari’s significance in gaming history. Project creators Jeanette Garcia and Daryl Rodriguez say the funds raised will allow for the purchasing of necessary equipment and will cover travel costs as the duo travels across the country to interview personalities in the gaming industry. Continue reading “Documentary Series on the History of Gaming Looking for Kickstarter Funding” »
North Korea may be plotting a cyber attack on South Korea by planting malware in the code for some downloadable games, South Korean police officials are warning.
The warning came after a South Korean businessman was arrested by South Korea’s National Police Agency for illegally trafficking in online games developed in North Korea. A North Korean hacker disguised himself as a game developer and offered to make games for the arrested businessman at cheaper prices, the Wall Street Journal said. The programs were found to contain malware that collects IP addresses and other information from personal computers.
South Korean police said that it is easy for North Korean hackers to distribute malware through downloadable entertainment, which can lead to a crippling DDOS attack.
“Online gaming programs—along with porn materials—are easy tools for North Korean hackers to choose because they are always available to the public,” an anonymous National Police Agency official said.
South Korea has already faced two DDOS attacks this year: one in March, the other in June. North Korea had denied Seoul’s accusations that they were behind these cyber attacks, as well as similar attacks in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
Starting this month, Ouya microconsoles will appear on the shelves of Target stores across the United States. Ouya founder Julie Uhrman told Polygon that Target, which originally sold the Ouya in a handful of its stores, will now be selling the system in all of its 1,800 U.S. locations.
Target will be the first big box retail chain to make the Ouya available in everyone of its stores. Target will begin promoting the Ouya next month using a video trailer in its electronics department and an in-store promotion which will include a free $10 games card with purchase of an Ouya.
Tonight, Ashly Burch, star of the popular web series “Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin’?” is stopping by our 1337 Lounge for an exciting Twitch hangout. If you follow her show, you’d know that Ashly has lampooned some of gaming’s most popular titles, from Street Fighter to Civilization V.
But we here at The Jace Hall Show noticed that (apart from Street Fighter) Ash hasn’t spoofed some of our namesake’s favorite games. Here are some of Jace’s favorites that we hope Ash gets to try out on 1337 Lounge Live tonight:
Doom is not only a classic first-person shooter, it’s a 1337 Lounge staple and one of Jace’s favorites, playing it every Wednesday night. Since it is Wednesday, let’s have Ashly keep this tradition going.
Guests at the 1337 Lounge have spent many mornings and nights breaking high scores in this 1982 arcade classic. Tonight, it could be Ashly’s turn to take a shot at it!
The Kaboom Challenge is a Jace Hall Show staple, as 1337 Lounge guests try to beat Jace at this classic Atari title. It’s time for Ashly to accept the challenge like so many 1337 Lounge guests before her.
Jordan Mechner, the developer of Karateka (and later the original Prince of Persia), was the first guest to enter the 1337 Lounge. As such, this game is tradition.
5. Planetside 2
This popular MMOFPS is yet another 1337 Lounge staple, and it has a massive and loyal fanbase. This is definitely a game we can get Ashly excited about!
6. No One Lives Forever
This is easily one of the most underrated spy games of a generation. Not to mention we have some inside dirt on it…
Still wondering whether you should buy The Stanley Parable? The game’s free demo on Steam may just help you decide.
James Portnow of the web series “Extra Credits” said he loves the demo to the recent indie hit despite arguing on an episode of his show that most game demos can harm sales.
“[The demo for The Stanley Parable] goes against everything that industry wisdom says,” Portnow told The Jace Hall Show editorial staff Friday during “JHS News Talk Live.” “It exists as its own wholly created content, as a demo created for its own sake to be a demo rather than a slice of a game. And in that context, I think you can produce something great. The question is: if you’re producing a triple-A game, is that economically feasible?”
Also appearing on “News Talk Live” was developer of The Stanley Parable, Davey Wreden, who said building a demo that is separate of the main game allowed his small design team to develop a whole new experience based on what they learned working on the full version of The Stanley Parable.
You can watch a video of the full conversation below.