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Mario-Benz

We already know the masterpiece Mario Kart 8 turned out to be – no ifs, ands, or buts.  With that in mind, would it be possible to make this game more epic?  The answer is yesYes, it can.

The world famous car brand Mercedes Benz has found a place in the tracks of the Mushroom Kingdom!  New downloadable content (DLC) reportedly available on August 27,2014 for MK8 will let racers drive up to 3 different versions of the Mercedes Benz.  These are:

Here’s a little trailer for your viewing pleasure.

Though I am welcoming these additions with open arms, many are not. In fact, a nice chunk of Nintendo fans are outraged. Main concern: accusing Nintendo of being a sell out. However, let’s be real here. Nintendo is a tremendously well established brand – one of the titans in gaming. I’m certain Nintendo’s current chief staff is not planning to jeopardize what the name Mario alone encompasses. The last thing in their minds is to let MK8 be polluted with third party content and destroy such work of art.  I see it as a fun way to incorporate a little bit of reality into the fantasy.  I’m certain Mercedes begged to be in such an epic game.

In the end, it’s just DCL – meaning you don’t need to download it if you don’t want to.  That last one is for those who are having a fit over nothing.  If I do say so myself, I can’t WAIT to get my hands on that Dream Car!

So, what do YOU think? Bad move on Nintendo’s behalf? You think it’s rather rad? Or you simply don’t care? Let me know on the comments below!

See you around!

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2014 in New World Unlocked

 

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#Progressive: Introducing the GayStation 4

As the social norms which dictate the real and tangible world are veering to a more progressive era, it is only natural the virtual world follows suit.  While Flipboarding the World Wide Web, I came across the following image and all I could do was smile and became obsessed with wanting to know all about it:

PS4 GayStation Edition

As unbelievable as it might seem to you for whatever reason, the GayStation is real – and it can be yours!  …but, for a price…

Sweden is currently celebrating Stockholm Pride 2014.  Apart from the fun, booze, and shenanigans people of all sexual orientations enjoy getting themselves into during these type of events, Prides all over the world also attempt to spread a sense of acceptance and unity – and Sweden is doing it right.  Promoted by the hashtag #thisisforthegaymers, a customized PlayStation 4 is being auctioned off during Stockholm Pride 2014 week (July 28th – August 2nd) to benefit the LGBT non-profit organization known as RFSL (The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights) which focuses on improving LGBT individuals’ quality of life by political lobbying, social exposure activities, and providing exceptional emotional support.

The auction will end on August 2nd, so you better get your wallets ready!  Oh, by the way before I forget: the current auction is 19,200 Swedish krona.  That’s roughly 2,790 US dollars.  I just finished checking the bids here.  Although I know it ain’t me buying it because I’m not about that “making it rain” life just yet…  It is for a nice cause: 100% of the monetary collections will be donated to RFSL.

The GayStation includes:

  • 500 GB PlayStation 4
  • DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller & charger
  • Four electives PlayStation 4 games (cannot be Collector’s Edition games)
  • Mono headset for voice chat
  • Power cord
  • HDMI Cable

IF by any chance the person who buys the GayStation reads this, let me know!  I would LOVE to hear about the experience.  Even if the latter doesn’t occur, I want to note it’s been refreshing to read the overall accepting responses from people all over the world.  Throughout my search of the GayStation, I have yet to read a demeaning comment or slur.  People are complimenting the design; wishing to have the moolah to purchase said console; and congratulating Sweden for such a move.  You may categorize my persona as banal, but I consider Sweden’s GayStation a rather phenomenal, marvelous, and fundamental stride towards a path of acceptance, love, and the shattering of malicious stereotypes which damage the fabric of society and evolution.

 

What are your thoughts on the GayStation?  Let me know in the comment box below!  See you around!

 

Addendum: The bid ended on stated date with a closing bid of 28300 Swedish Krona, which is about 4110 U.S. Dollars!  Congratulations to the GayStation’s owner: “Pumpkaboo!”

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2014 in New World Unlocked

 

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Mario Kart 8 – A Review by Lou-Cyo

Today’s review is brought to you by…

Warning: As always, my reviews WILL contain spoilers as they’re crucial for thorough discussions.  However, I encourage you to read anyways.  Just because you can.

Overview: Mario Kart 8 portrays in essence what the title implies – Mario and various assortments of karts.  Classic Mario game characters battle it out through 8 cups (translating into 32 different tracks) with fireballs, shells, boomerangs, and much more to obtain 1st Place and bring home the gold!

Gameplay: Mario Kart 8’s gameplay is relatively the same as previous titles.  You have your accelerator, brake/reverse, item, and drift buttons.  Easy to remember.  Players get two options as to how to steer: 1) the use of the joystick or 2) actually steering with the control.  Items continue to hold a big part in the game since a Banana Peel can stand between you and a gold trophy.  IGN compiled a nice list of the items which you can take a look if you’re curious.  Nonetheless, I want to give an honorable mention to the wondrous Super Horn.  This magnificent item has the ability to destroy the fucking Spiny Shell by pulverizing it with its sound waves.  It has made my life so much better and worth living…

 

Mario Kart 8 also features air gliding and anti gravity. The latter not only let’s you race on ceilings and walls, but also gives the opportunity to speedboost when bumping other characters or special obstacles.  Gliding and anti gravity happen automatically when reaching certain parts on each course.  The camera follows you the whole time, so don’t fret thinking you’ll suffer motion sickness.  The goal of the game is simple: place first to win all the gold trophies you can.

Lou-Cyo’s Reaction: HOLY SHIT!  The minute I saw the intro on my screen, I knew this game was a must have.  To say the graphics are beautiful is an understatement.  Nintendo was not playing when highlighting numerous times the fact that Mario Kart 8 was the first in its saga to be in high definition.  The characters, items, courses…  The smoothness of the illustrations make the pixels seem tangible.  A treat to the pupils as you glide through the courses after exiting anti gravity zones.

You remember how 150cc was MAYBE a tad hard in previous Mario Karts?  Mario Kart 8’s 150cc poses a real challenge.  If you’re anal like me and need every single unlocakble in the game, prepare yourself for overwhelming emotions ranging from crippling anxiety to irrational rage when attempting to place 1st on every track on 150cc.  I cannot even count how many times I got CLOBBERED with a plethora of shells when on the LAST LAP of the LAST COURSE and SECONDS away from the damn finish line.  Thinking about it makes my skin crawl with anger…  But in a good way!  Unlocking the characters and kart parts in this game is such a treat.  I enjoyed getting the Koopalings the most. Do you remember them from Mario Bros. 3?  Apart from the blissful nostalgia these characters embody, they get a cool HD touch up!

The game features mirrored racetracks to spice things up once you have collected all golden trophies the first time around.  The online gaming options have expanded to phenomenal degrees by letting players customize tournaments.  You have control over basically everything – from the race difficulty to what items and karts are allowed.  Meaning you can have a 150cc races with only Mushrooms to be used.  Can you imagine that in any of the 2 Rainbow Roads featured in this game?  Sounds deliciously evil and fun to attempt!  I recently got to play MK8 with 3 other people and the fun never stopped.  We played for hours and the adrenaline was pumping nonstop.  Mario Kart 8 is a game that will make you come back again and again.  No matter if you’re alone, online, or with friends.  I give Mario Kart 8 a 10/10.  The game is just too much fun.

Have you played Mario Kart 8?  What are your thoughts on the game?  Let me know on the comment section.  I wanna hear from you!

See you around!

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Total Score

 

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-Dodges Banana Peel- MK8 is #CRAZY!

Nintendo is at the verge of giving me a heart attack!

This trailer just gave me life!

Not too long ago, I wrote all there was to know about the upcoming Mario Kart 8.  HOWEVER, Nintendo decided to release an unannounced Nintendo Direct with the last pieces of the puzzle about the next chapter in the Mario Kart saga!  The remaining characters were revealed: the adorable Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach!  Personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on that pink gold.  I always got enjoyment of beating people with characters people stereotype against like Peach because she’s “too girly.”  Can’t wait to make people eat my golden pink dust!

 

Talking about the “new and shiny,” Nintendo also released ALL of the 32 tracks in MK8 and I am here to list them for you because that’s what I’m here for.  Ready?

Mushroom CupMario Kart Stadium, Water Park,Sweet Sweet Canyon, Thwomp Ruins

Flower CupMario Circuit, Toad Harbour, Twisted Mansion, Shy Guy Falls 

Star CupSunshine Airport, Dolphin Shoals, Electrodome, Mount Wario

Special CupCloudtop Cruise, Bone Dry Dunes, Bowser’s Castle, Rainbow Road

Shell CupMoo Moo Meadows (Wii), Mario Circuit (GBA), Cheep Cheep Beach (DS), Toad’s Turnpike (N64)

Banana Cup: Dry Dry Desert (GCN), Donut Plains 3 (SNES), Royal Raceway (N64), DK Jungle (3DS)

Leaf CupWario Stadium (DS), Sherbet Land (GCN), Music Park (3DS), Yoshi Valley (N64)

Lightning CupTick-Tock Clock (DS), Piranha Plant Pipeway (3DS), Grumble Volcano (Wii), Rainbow Road (N64)

Since we’re listing tracks, let’s go over Battle Mode.  Now Battle Mode features modified tracks instead of arenas which include:

  • Moo Moo Meadows
  • Dry Dry Desert
  • Donut Plains 3
  • Toad’s Turnpike
  • Mario Circuit
  • Toad Harbour
  • Sherbet Land
  • Yoshi Valley

Also, remember these:

Please welcome the Super Horn and Crazy 8!  The latter is basically a grab bag of 8 items that surround your kart and you’ll be able to use them – pretty neat.  HOWEVER, that Super Horn though!  It serves as the ultimate offensive/defensive weapon.  Not only will the horn be able to blast opponents out of your way, it is said that the sonic blasts have the ability to destroy any shells heading your way – including the evil, dreaded, and diabolical Spiny Shell.

Spiny Shell

Oh, yes.  The Spiny Shell has met it’ match finally and it’s all coming to MK8!

The Mario Kart TV feature was also explained thoroughly,  MKTV will support voice chat in the lobby areas while playing with people online.  I believe that’s a nice touch by Nintendo because now you will be able to actually make connections to a more personal level.  Though I am crossing my fingers and it’s not dampened by pesky children cursing and being all sorts of inappropriate like on some famous FPSs…  Anywho, in addition to the voice chat, racers will be able to create scheduled tournaments accessible to the public!  No more worries about missing a tournament!  MKTV was firstly described as a way to share your videos with friends; however, Nintendo informed its fans that the MKTV videos can be uploaded directly to YouTube!  In a matter of seconds, you’ll be able to acquire praise and bragging rights from all over the world…  

GIMME THE SPOTLIGHT! 

Lastly, remember I mentioned how Europe was getting its own bundle pack with a cool Spiky Blue Shell collectible statue?  Well, no need to be jealous because North America gets it’s own special bundle too!  The same includes a black Wii U Deluxe (32 GB), a copy of Mario Kart 8 (not confirmed if it will be a disk or digital, a Wii Remote Plus, and a Wii Wheel for only $330.00!  But wait, there’s more!  People who purchase whatever version of Mario Kart 8 (i.e., disc, digital copy, or the bundle) and registers the game on Club Nintendo by July 31st of this year will get to pick a free copy of either Super Mario Bros. U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, or Wii Party U!  So, for those of you who are still debating on buying the console, THIS is the time to act!

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Is it My 30th already?!

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Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Fanboy, New World Unlocked

 

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Happy 25th birthday, GAME BOY!

Happy birthday, Game Boy!

Today, Nintendo and Gamers around the world celebrate the 25th Year Anniversary of the Game Boy!

How old do you feel now knowing this!?  I’m feeling pretty old myself!  Nonetheless, it was a privilege to have had the opportunity to grow up in the same era as this wondrous hand held machine.  Who can forget the overwhelming excitement of holding the power to play legendary video games like Mario and The Legend of Zelda with no television?  Stealing double A batteries from whatever electronics you could (specially your parents’ television remote controllers) so you could keep catching your first 150 Pokémon or beat your sibling’s high score in Tetris?  Oh, the memories of that yellowish screen and the different shades of gray-to-black outlines…  THE NOSTALGIA!

 

Gunpei Yokoi (September 10, 1941 – October 4, 1997)

Gunpei Yokoi was the video game designer mastermind behind the creation of the Game Boy which sold around 100 million units worldwide.  First released in 1989, the device quickly became a favorite, especially with the smash hit Tetris, and hosted over 700 game titles.

Today we thank you, Game Boy, for being the predecessor that paved the way for the amazing hand held systems we get to enjoy nowadays.

Were you one of the lucky ones who was able to play on the Game Boy?  What Nintendo hand helds did you own?  Do you still own any?  How about old school cartridges?  Comment below – I want to know!

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Fanboy

 

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“Welcome to Mario Kart! Select your player!”

Spring 2014 is coming with countless surprises for the Gaming World and I took it upon myself to research all that there is to know about one of those wonders…

Mario Kart 8

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I thank whatever divine entity for giving me this to look forward to, especially after experiencing such a RUDE ASS winter that I swear has trained me on how to survive in the next Hunger Games.  #JustSayin’

Mario Kart is back and at full throttle!  Let’s start, shall we?

As we race towards the finish line, the courses will now be susceptible to anti-gravity!  Yes, it is exactly what you’re thinking and more.  Get ready to be right side up, upside down, and riding on walls!  Oh!  Did I forget to mention that while 360-ing through the convoluted courses in your new ATV you’ll be underwater and air gliding as well?  Being the first Mario Kart to be in HD (i.e., 60 frames per second) you’ll in for a visual treat on all possible angles.  Mario Kart 8 will also be the first in the entire series to debut music recorded by live performers!  Fancy!

Continuing on the poppin’ Mario Kart’s cherry train, the game also features a new speed booster turbo.  While experiencing anti-gravity you can perform a Speed Turbo which will grant your character a speed boost from bumping into other racers or from certain obstacles.

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Welcome to Bumper Kart!

What to do when upside down; your “friend” bumps you into oblivion; and you end up in 10th place?!  You RETALIATE!  THAT’S WHAT YOU DO!  Mario Kart 8 has added to its weapons repertoire the Boomerang Flower and the Piranha Plant.  If the item block gods bestow upon you the power of the boomerang, you’ll be able to throw the angular disk forward or backwards towards your enemies knocking over whoever comes in contact with it.  Don’t worry if you miss – the boomerang will fly right back to your hands and you’ll have two more chances to strike.  On the other hand, you might be granted the multitasking toothy plant.  Positioning itself on the front of your kart, Piranha will act as your body guard and speed agent.  It will lunge forward to chomp hard on not only your opponents, but also any items that pose a threat like shells or banana peels.  Bonus: with each chomp, you get a boost of speed.

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As if these two herbal avengers weren’t enough, there are rumors of two other unknown items.  In the screen shots below, taken from one of the trailers for Mario Kart 8 after item blocks were hit, you’ll see what it looks like to be a speaker box and the number 8.  No information has been relased regarding these items. Are they course specific?  Character specific?  Some type of bonus?  We will soon find out!

            

Mario Kart 8 also brings a roster of around 30 characters with brand new players to hit the race tracks.  Apart from the return of characters like Toadette, Shy Guy, and Waluigi, the spotlight belongs to the Koopalings!  For the first time ever in the world of Nintendo, Bowser’s main Koopa gang will be available as playable characters.  Meaning Larry, Morton Koopa Jr., Wendy O., Iggy, Roy, Lemmy, and Ludwig will be behind the wheel and ready steal the gold!

Charge!

How much racing can we expect from this new Mario Kart chapter?  How do 32 courses sound?  Pretty amazing!  Mario Kart 8 will feature 8 Cups (Mushroom, Flower, Star, Special, Shell, Banana, Leaf, and Lighting) hosting 4 courses each.  The 32 courses are composed of 16 remakes of previous Mario Kart courses and 16 new courses.  If you want a taste of 16 of these featured tracks, GameXplain uploaded a video on their YouTube channel for you to drool over.  But the fun doesn’t stop there…

Kosuke Yabuki, Mario Kart 8 director, reported that Mario Kart 8 will feature 2 Rainbow Roads.  Nintendo 64’s Rainbow Road underwent a beautiful remake which you can see in this trailer.  In addition, we’ll get a brand new Rainbow Road deemed “really spectacular” by Yabuki.  By now I am wondering how many times you read the previous sentences and what face you made due to the overwhelming fear of knowing you’ll have to encounter the colorful, demonic, and menacing pathway twice.  For your viewing pleasure however, here’s a link to IGN’s video comparing N64’s Rainbow Road and its Mario Kart 8 remake.

What else is there possibly to know?  Mario Kart 8 supports 4 local multiplayer and 12 players online.  The game includes Mario Kart TV – a feature which will allow you record any races deem worthy of sharing with others to earn you those bragging rights.  Item customization (e.g., having a mushroom only race) will be available as well as Battle Mode and Coin Runners game options.  Rumors regarding possible custom course creation and Double Dash appearing in Mario Kart 8 were shot down.  Nonetheless, Nintendo game designer, Hedeki Konno assured the aforementioned ideas haven’t been discarded for future development of a product which will “satisfy anyone, [himself] included.”

Mario Kart 8 is to be released on May 30th, 2014.  Confirmed geographical areas for release include Europe and North America.  Nintendo of Europe announced a limited edition collector’s pack which includes a Spiky Blue Shell model with the purchase of the game while North America will get a red game case.  Nintendo also announced Mario Kart themed key chains to be available at certain retailers when purchasing the game. MarioKart8_pre-sell_kyrng_Combined

 

Are you ready for the wonderful chaos of Mario Kart 8?

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Fanboy, New World Unlocked

 

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The G.U.Y. under Minecraft

♫ I’m gonna say the word and own you…  Game mode: ARTPOP! ♫

Exactly a week ago, parts of my world collided in the most beautiful way possible: Lady Gaga + videogames!

Lady Gaga released her new music video of the song G.U.Y. (Girl Under You) from her ARTPOP album, bestowing upon the it title of An ARTPOP Film.  As I was relishing due to the angelic visuals and beautiful choreography, I almost jumped out of my bed when all of the sudden SkyDoesMinecraft appeared on the screen!  Just a tad of a back story, Adam Dahlberg (i.e., SkyDoesMincraft), is famous for his playthroughs of Minecraft Custom Maps which have granted him around 9.5 million subscribers.  Yes, his appearance is only for a few seconds, but oh how wonderful and relevant those seconds were!

In G.U.Y., Lady Gaga comes to Sky’s aid.  She needs Sky’s master skills in creation in order to revive certain iconic figures which will help her accomplish her revenge (I don’t want to spoil the story of the video – it’s worth watching).  By typing /gamemode ARTPOP and utilizing Minecraft, Sky accomplishes to revive Jesus, Gandhi, and Michael Jackson!  Impressed by his work, she is now able to commence her plans for sweet and brutal vengeance.

Lady Gaga has immortalized the power she believes videogaming has in society.  Gaga is known for advocating in favor of being true to one’s self and uniqueness – which are EXACTLY two of the focal points that make the famous game so captivating to the masses.  Moreover, Gaga always speaks to art being the ultimate form of expression.  Again, Minecraft fits the niche perfectly.  Her ability to cater to different forms of art and acknowledging them is remarkable.  Genius, if you ask me.  So as I watch this video for the 50th time, you go on ahead and rejoice on how one of the most influential people on Earth recognizes gaming culture can be a part of the superstardom world.

P.S. – I apologize for the lack of posting.  There’s been a myriad of serious changes in my life, including moving!  Once I’m settled (which I’m aiming to be in the next two weeks), expect me to give you a nice dose of gaming culture.

P.S.S. – If you haven’t heard, Google is now looking for a Pokémon Master!  Read and watch how to play.  The deadline to Catch ‘Em All is April 2nd.  Good luck!  Though I’ll be WAY ahead of you by the time you read this…

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Fanboy

 

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