Video Games

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We gamers, in our never ending quest to find and play the best games available, have learned to accept certain unfortunate things in our games. Bugs, design oddities, and absurdly condescending tutorials are among the bigger sins, but there is something even MORE evil than all of that. I’m referring, of course, to shitty gameplay mechanics. The parts of games intentionally produced that just don’t feel quite right in any way, or just belong in the development dumpster. This list would be quite different for a lot of people, but these are six such gaming sins that piss us off the most.

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Back in the hazy, mullet-fueled days of the 1990s Nintendo did something really cool. They held a World Championship event for their fans, inviting competitors in to battle for glory in a gauntlet of games and some pretty cool, insanely rare NES cartridges. One of these little bastards even recently sold for the ridiculous sum of $100,000 dollars. Now, 25 years later, Nintendo is bringing the World Championship event back to E3 2015. It’s set to kick off their presence at gaming’s biggest conference along with a few other events, which are detailed here in an amusing little video.  (more…)

‘Myst’ TV Series Coming to Hulu?

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If Nerd Bastards has learned anything by serving the socially awkward since our inception, its that there’s a shared history we all seem to have.  Of those many commonalities, one stands out – high school.  Now if you’re anything like us, the 1990s were spent arched over a monitor playing FPS’s and adventure saga’s, and dreading every day of your sophmore year.  Well rejoice you nerd bastard, Deadline is reporting that Legendary TV is developing a series based on the bestselling graphic adventure puzzle video game, Myst!  Warning – some spoilers if you’ve never played the game! (more…)

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I’ve been told repeatedly by a female friend of mine that if I looked up the word “Dreamy” in the dictionary I would find a picture of Chris Evans. I guess we’d better add “Hunky” to that list now, because that was the first word out of her mouth when I asked her to describe this video. Evans is dropping bad guys left and right all while flexing those impressive muscles and flashing that winning smile. (more…)

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Hello prospective listener, thank you for your interest in the RadioBastard Podcast. Do you like weeks that give bigoted comic book fans a case of the sads, talkin bout tacos, ninjas that do karate, long term planning for your movie ticket purchases, Caroline in the City jokes and 8-bit video game warriors? Swell, because we’re talking all about those things and more on RadioBastard!
Also, do you like details? You’re in luck! Here’s something close to that… sort of! On the show this week, Jeremy and Jason discuss: (more…)

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Hello prospective listener, thank you for your interest in the RadioBastard Podcast. Do you like Star Wars flashbacks, duplicitous robots, second hand LEGOS, living in a virtual world, 11 variations on a Boston accent, a little man with a big heart and the continued effort to keep Dan Harmon‘s pantry well stocked with the finest in name brand crackers? That’s fackin swell, because we’re talking all about those things and more on RadioBastard!

Also, do you like details? You’re in luck! Here’s something close to that… sort of! On the show this week, Jeremy, Jason and Blastr.com writer Matthew Jackson discuss: (more…)

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The “Legofication” of the world continues, as Warner Bros. & TT Games released an announcement trailer for Lego Batman III: Beyond Gotham today. Pretty soon we’re going to be able to play all of our favorite characters in Lego form. I personally cannot wait for the Lego version of David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers, just so I can see what Lego gynecological instruments look like.  (more…)

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What is The BastardCast? Well, I’m glad you asked. The BastardCast is dynamism, sensuality, deep tissue massage, chilli cheese fries, exploration, suspense, still photography, fine Italian motor cars, lust, tragedy, hygiene, wistfulness, grace, and grace, and also grace. Oh, and it’s a nerd news pop-culture entertainment type show…

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Good idea: Creating a reality show web series about competing teams of video game designers.

Bad idea: Trying to create a false sense of drama by using sexism to pit contestants against each other.

As luck would have it, that wasn’t the only problem with the reality web series GAME_JAM, but it was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. But it seems that this project was doomed to failure, from the recruitment, contracting and implementation of the series, the whole thing collapsed before a single episode had finished shooting. Indeed a single day of shooting hadn’t yet been completed when the series was called off and everyone went home, and while it’s partly the fault of Mountain Dew, it’s really the fault of the producers for wanting to skewer the drama with some good old fashioned gender stereotyping. (more…)

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“You’ll forgive me if I don’t stay around to watch. I just can’t cope with the freaky stuff.”

Those were Barry Convex’s last words to Max Renn before leaving him alone with a giant, pulsing headset wrapped around his skull; a device that would send Renn further down the rabbit hole of distorted reality that is David Cronenberg’s Videodrome. During their 2014 Game Developers Conference presentation, PlayStation head Shuhei Yoshida presented a Virtual Reality prototype for “Project Morpheus”, a head-mounted display featuring a white visor with a black wrap-around piece along the eye-line that will transform anyone who wears it into James Woods.

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