BNBGAMING’s Top Video Game Dorks

Top Video Game Dorks

Bottom of the Food Chain

The games industry produces a never-ending stream of games chock-full of the manliest, muscle-bound macho beefcake, the toughest space marines packing a Star Destroyer’s worth of firepower, and armor-clad knights of the realm, ready to lay down life and limb in defense of chaste princesses. We like games full of action and explosions, so it’s a necessary evil.

But then there are those moments when the above formula just goes completely off the rails, whether intentionally or through some misguided train-wreck of a design decision, and we suddenly find ourselves faced with the weirdest, whiniest, and dorkiest bunch of characters this side of the final Harry Potter movie’s midnight showing. That’s not to say we don’t love them; whether serving as all-important comic relief in otherwise blasted landscapes or being the most memorable feature in what could have been an otherwise bland game, the loveable losers of gaming are as important as any characters. For this reason, today we honor the freaks and geeks of gaming. Enjoy! Continue reading

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PodBytes – Episode 19: Too Young for the Blue Pills

PodBytes Episode 19

After the Storm

Off of the back of the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo, the video game industry has been slightly quieter than usual, with less groundbreaking news announcements and press releases than normal; all beans have only recently been spilled.

Far from resting on our laurels, the staff at BNBGAMING has taken this momentary lull to catch up on some much-needed gaming. In this podcast, a few of us have gotten together to discuss with each other (and let you in on) what’s been going on in our personal game-a-spheres. Join us as we discuss the truly important things, such as why we prefer our dragon-and-magic-stuffed medieval RPGs to be as realistic as possible, why we think the recent trend toward “screamo metal” in JRPGs is an ill-conceived move, the OJ trial, and the psychotherapeutic uses of video games. Continue reading

Editorial: In Defense of Day One DLC

In Defense of Day One DLC

The Road Less Traveled

With the advent and rise of the digital distribution medium during the last few years, certain key aspects of the face of gaming have changed significantly. Publishers have a direct pipeline to consumers, in some cases cutting out the retail middleman completely. For some gamers, physical copies of games have become the exception rather than the rule. Download codes and online transactions dominate as services such as Valve’s Steam, EA’s Origin, and even Xbox Live and PlayStation Network make purchasing a game as simple as a few button presses (and a handy credit card, obviously). Continue reading

The Devil Within SFxT Short Film

The Devil Within

Thousand Pounds Action Company release The Devil Within for launch of Street Fighter X Tekken.

Last November, we let you know about a short film that L.A. martial arts film company, Thousand Pounds Action Company, was working on for the release of Street Fighter X Tekken. While an introductory teaser was available four months ago, the finished short film has now been released, just as the game is hitting store shelves. Continue reading

Street Fighter X Tekken Short Film Teaser

Street Fighter X Tekken Short Film

They’re Fightin’ in the Streets of L.A.

March of 2012 will bring us the fighting game mash-up Street Fighter X Tekken (pronounced SF ‘Cross’ Tekken), which combines fighters from both universes similar to games like Capcom vs. Marvel and Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. In support of the game, Capcom has commissioned L.A.-based martial arts film company Thousand Pounds to create a short film based on the game. Continue reading

Top 5: Game Endings

Top Game Endings

All’s Well That Ends Well

It’s not about whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game, right? But sometimes, even the best gameplay experience can be made or broken by the game’s ending. Continue reading