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  1. It is easy to forget that BioWare took a bold risk when they launched their untested, original IP as an Xbox 360 exclusive back in 2007. The RPG genre had never truly veered into uncharted territory with a mainstream release as with a third-person shooter hybrid. On top of that, it was set in an unknown universe that the marketing team could easily have over-inflated to generate hype only to fall victim to the backlash (remember the cautionary tale of Advent Rising?). However, what made Mass Effect special was that it actually managed to live up to the hype. It worked. It had choices that engaged players. It was full of unique and interesting piece of universe-building and memorable characters. It delivered the sci-fi adventure some people had been waiting their entire lives to see in a video game for the first time. Almost a decade later with a new entry in the franchise releasing this week, does the original Mass Effect stand as not merely a good game, but one of the best games period? Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Mass Effect 'Uncharted Depths' by Hy Bound (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02157) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, follow the show on Twitter and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday View full article
  2. It is easy to forget that BioWare took a bold risk when they launched their untested, original IP as an Xbox 360 exclusive back in 2007. The RPG genre had never truly veered into uncharted territory with a mainstream release as with a third-person shooter hybrid. On top of that, it was set in an unknown universe that the marketing team could easily have over-inflated to generate hype only to fall victim to the backlash (remember the cautionary tale of Advent Rising?). However, what made Mass Effect special was that it actually managed to live up to the hype. It worked. It had choices that engaged players. It was full of unique and interesting piece of universe-building and memorable characters. It delivered the sci-fi adventure some people had been waiting their entire lives to see in a video game for the first time. Almost a decade later with a new entry in the franchise releasing this week, does the original Mass Effect stand as not merely a good game, but one of the best games period? Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Mass Effect 'Uncharted Depths' by Hy Bound (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02157) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, follow the show on Twitter and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday
  3. A few weeks ago, the industry was flabbergasted when Amy Hennig, long-time creative director of the Uncharted series, unexpectedly left Naughty Dog. She has since been picked up by Visceral Games, the developer behind Dead Space and Lord of the Rings: The Third Age. It would appear that Amy Hennig was attracted to the idea of being the creative director of a new Star Wars game. For those that don't know, Visceral Games is owned by EA which has a contract with Disney to make games based on the Star Wars IP. The prospect of having creative control over a Star Wars property is certainly a mouth-watering prospect for any creative individual, especially a person of Hennig's creative caliber. Steve Papoutsis, the vice president and general manager at Visceral Games, expressed his excitement at what Hennig would be bringing to their Star Wars project: Over the last few weeks, Amy and I have spent a lot of time talking about what her first project would be. There are a lot of different directions we could have gone, but I could sense that what really excited her about this opportunity (because let’s face it, we weren’t the only ones knocking at her door) was Star Wars. Amy’s a huge fan. We happen to be making a Star Wars game. Just thinking about the possibilities made both of us even more excited about having her join the team. We're all pretty dang excited, too, Steve. As for what exactly that Star Wars game will focus on or be about, no one outside of Visceral knows. There has been some speculation that the remnants of Star Wars 1313 may have been picked up by EA following the closure of Lucas Arts. While there is no reason to believe those rumors, I can't help thinking how awesome playing a game that was described as "Uncharted + Star Wars" helmed by the actual creative director of Uncharted. This isn't likely, but a guy can dream, right?
  4. The next expansion of the free-to-play Star Wars MMO promises to bring the two faction into conflict with spaceships and lasers. Lots of lasers. The Domination trailer shows the expansion, Galactic Starfighter, in action. The main addition will be of free form, 12v12, aerial dogfights pitting the Sith Empire and the Republic against one another in customization starfighters. Players will be able to recruit co-pilots to activate ship abilities as well as additional crew members for passive abilities. Performance in space battles will have effects on the ongoing ground wars, as well as a direct effect on your ground characters in the form of experience and credits. Subscribers will have access to the expansion beginning December 3, preferred players will gain access on the January 14, and everyone will have access by February 4. For more information, you can visit the Galactic Starfighter website. Any Extra Lifers out there who play SWTOR?
  5. EA did it. They finally did it. After years of hopeful gamers waiting for a third installment in the Star Wars Battlefront series, a hope that was nearly crushed with the recent closure of LucasArts, EA released less than a minute of cinematic footage, which you can watch below. The trailer clearly meant to invoke the feeling and memories of the Hoth invasion, which has been seen in numerous Star Wars games throughout the years after dazzling generations of original trilogy film fans. It has been nearly eight years since Star Wars Battlefront II was released and finally there might be a new reason for fans of the series to be excited for a polished follow up to one of the most successful Star Wars titles of all time. What do you think? Is this something worth getting our hopes up for?
  6. The Walt Disney Company, the owner of all things Star Wars, announced today that they had chosen to contract EA to create new Star Wars video games for the foreseeable future. EA announced this with pride over on their official blog, adding that the future of Star Wars includes tablets, mobile, and other devices as well as the traditional console and PC entries. While I am sure that many gamers out there are curious as to what this means for old Lucas Arts Star Wars games like First Assault and 1313, EA has declined to mention details on any specific titles. However, they stated that they had top studios such as Battlefield developer DICE, Visceral, which created the acclaimed Dead Space franchise, and BioWare, who previously created one of the greatest games of all time with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, working on Star Wars related projects. All games coming out of these studios will be powered by the Frostbite 3 engine. While EA promised that all of the content coming out of these and other EA affiliated studios would be original, I wouldn’t mind if they dipped into the deep and relatively untouched well of past Star Wars series to give them a new life. A DICE developed Star Wars Battlefront or Rogue Squadron would be incredible. If Visceral took up the reins of 1313 or created another Star Wars Republic Commando I would be ecstatic. And if BioWare is working on a single player Knights of the Old Republic III, I would definitely disappear for a week when that releases. Any one of those hypothetical games would win me over to this new deal between Disney and EA, but for now we have to sit tight and wait for more news. What Star Wars titles do you want to see coming out of EA?
  7. From the album Game Day 2015

  8. From the album Game Day 2015

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    SuperMegaFest Site We have a booth at Mega fest!!!! We will have 4 badges available. So if anyone is already buying badges please let us know. Date/Time Position Name Fri 2 PM - 9 PM Leader Shawn Todd @stodd.ELBoston (Set Up and Shift) Sat 9 AM - 2 PM Leader Angela DiMare-Messier @aradiadarling Sat 9 AM - 2 PM Volunteer David DiMare-Messier Sat 1 PM - 6 PM Leader Devon Cote @3dge Sat 1 PM - 6 PM Volunteer Danielle Standring @DMo2TheMax Sun 9 AM - 2 PM Leader Eric Chi @Chi Sun 9 AM - 2 PM Volunteer Kelsey Lamb @Kelsey Sun 1 PM - 5 PM Leader Eric Richburg @PotatoTaco Sun 1 PM - 5 PM Volunteer Danielle Standring @DMo2TheMax ** ** May be releasd from this shift if more volunteers come in. SHOW HOURS: Friday, October 21st: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday, October 22nd: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm Sunday, October 23rd: 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
  10. Speaking with IGN, J.J. Abrams, known for his work on the revamp of Star Trek and Star Wars, acknowledged that the Hollywood adaptation of Portal was "still very much in development" along with an adaptation of Half-Life. Not only that, Abrams confirmed that a more substantive announcement concerning the Portal film could be expected in the near future. Abrams said that he and his people are still in communication with the Valve team. "We have a meeting coming up next week with Valve, we're very active, I'm hoping that there will be a Portal announcement fairly soon," Abrams said. Though pressed for more details, Abrams gave an expectedly vague response that merely hinted that there were some interesting ideas being bandied about the writer's room. Nothing is really known at this point about either the Portal or Half-Life films except that, apparently, they are still very much alive and well despite virtual silence since their initial announcement at DICE 2013.
  11. Speaking with IGN, J.J. Abrams, known for his work on the revamp of Star Trek and Star Wars, acknowledged that the Hollywood adaptation of Portal was "still very much in development" along with an adaptation of Half-Life. Not only that, Abrams confirmed that a more substantive announcement concerning the Portal film could be expected in the near future. Abrams said that he and his people are still in communication with the Valve team. "We have a meeting coming up next week with Valve, we're very active, I'm hoping that there will be a Portal announcement fairly soon," Abrams said. Though pressed for more details, Abrams gave an expectedly vague response that merely hinted that there were some interesting ideas being bandied about the writer's room. Nothing is really known at this point about either the Portal or Half-Life films except that, apparently, they are still very much alive and well despite virtual silence since their initial announcement at DICE 2013. View full article
  12. Link to Calendar Event Hello everyone! We will once again be hosting a table at the Granite State ComicCon on September 17th and 18th. Microsoft will be supplying devices to get sign ups as well as GAEM units again this year! We don't HAVE to put Xbox Ones in the GAEMS units either. I will be bringing Xbox Ones but if anyone has other systems that you would like to hook up, I'm am totally down for that. It may be good for the table to have things other than just Xbox games. Also, if you have any Xbox games you would like to play, bring them! We should have plenty of passes for everyone, but if you are planning to be there all weekend, please buy a pass to help support the Cons that support us! Volunteers needed: Sat. 9am-2pm 3 Volunteers Needed (2 Volunteers/1 Senior Volunteer/Leader) Sat. 1pm-6pm 3 Volunteers Needed (2 Volunteers/1 Senior Volunteer/Leader) Sun. 9am-2pm 3 Volunteers Needed (2 Volunteers/1 Senior Volunteer/Leader) Sun. 1pm-5pm 3 Volunteers Needed (2 Volunteers/1 Senior Volunteer/Leader)
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    Massive Comic Con Volunteer Schedule is below: We will be running less people at this booth dew to only getting 4 passes for the table. @PotatoTaco is the lead for the weekend on this one. Updated Volunteer Schedule SAT 9-2 David DiMare-Messier SAT 9-2 @aradiadarling Angela DiMare-Messier SAT 1-6 @themightytej SAT 1-6 @PotatoTaco SUN 9-2 @DMo2TheMax SUN 9-2 Cass Cardwell SUN 1-5 @kineticmedic SUN 1-5 @PotatoTaco
  14. North East Comic Con Event Link The Calendar Event is up and live for volunteering. Go peep it and let us know when you can be there.
  15. DICE has announced that the second bundle of downloadable content for their Star Wars shooter will be heading to the gassy planet of Bespin this month. Season pass holders will have access to the Bespin pack on June 21, while non-pass holders will have to wait a couple weeks to dig into the new content. The developers are aiming to bring back some of the scale that many felt was missing from the first batch of DLC. On top of that commitment, players will be able to blast around Cloud City as Lando Calrissian as well as the bounty hunter Dengar, best known for being lampooned on Robot Chicken. Two new blasters and some additional maps have been stated to be on the way as well, though DICE has remained tight-lipped on what those maps will contain. Of course this news comes in advance of EA's pre-E3 press conference on Sunday, at which time we will probably know more. Though the publisher will not be at E3 proper, it is throwing its own event several blocks away, overlapping with E3 itself. Perhaps we might even hear something about the Star Wars Battlefront sequel that EA has stated is in development next week?
  16. DICE has announced that the second bundle of downloadable content for their Star Wars shooter will be heading to the gassy planet of Bespin this month. Season pass holders will have access to the Bespin pack on June 21, while non-pass holders will have to wait a couple weeks to dig into the new content. The developers are aiming to bring back some of the scale that many felt was missing from the first batch of DLC. On top of that commitment, players will be able to blast around Cloud City as Lando Calrissian as well as the bounty hunter Dengar, best known for being lampooned on Robot Chicken. Two new blasters and some additional maps have been stated to be on the way as well, though DICE has remained tight-lipped on what those maps will contain. Of course this news comes in advance of EA's pre-E3 press conference on Sunday, at which time we will probably know more. Though the publisher will not be at E3 proper, it is throwing its own event several blocks away, overlapping with E3 itself. Perhaps we might even hear something about the Star Wars Battlefront sequel that EA has stated is in development next week? View full article
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    North East Comic Con The time has come to start gettign volunteers together for NECC. Shift Schedule is below. Let us know what you can/woudl like to do: SAT 9-2 CASS CARDWELL SAT 9-2 DANIELLE STANDRING @DMo2TheMax SAT 9-2 ERIC CHI SAT 1-6 DAVID DIMARE SAT 1-6 ANGELA DIMARE @aradiadarling SAT 1-6 LUIS CARDONA @The Guat SUN 9-2 ANA RICHBURG SUN 9-2 JESSICA HOUGHTON-VELLA @SassyJ SUN 9-2 ERIC RICHBURG @PotatoTaco SUN 1-6 KERRY SELBERG @KriptiKFate SUN 1-6 ERIC CHI @Chi SUN 1-6 ERIC RICHBURG This one only allots us 4 wristbands, so we have to be a bit inventive to get everyone in. But we got it covered. However if you are planning to be there all weekend anyways and are buying a weekend pass, please do so. (Its nice to support the folks that support us.)
  18. Massive Comic Con Calendar Event Calendar event and volunteer oportunities are live. Check it out, and volunteer.
  19. Hey everybody! First of all, happy Star Wars day: May the fourth be with you! Truth be told, I've only seen the first one (or I guess the third one in the sequence, from what I've been told), but it was just as iconic as everyone said it would be. I hear Luke and princess Leia are related? Gross. Secondly, I want to make sure you all have some constant connection with the cause, whether that's visiting the hospital, knowing the stories of our Champion kiddos, or sharing some cool videogame-related hospital news. This article came out on Monday describing the exciting new ways scientists and docs are partnering to test for tuberculosis: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/05/02/473557723/can-an-online-game-help-create-a-better-test-for-tb It's a great read that explains the whole concept, but basically they are making the tests for tuberculosis into games and puzzles to help diagnoses and treatments. If you have a few minutes, check out the game site: http://www.eternagame.org/web/ MIND. BLOWN. #science Third: Some of you may have already seen this floating around, but in case you haven't - Bee the Swarm is donating to Extra Life through a little friendly competition! If you're into high scores and winning donations (who isn't?!), check out the attached picture of all the details. Fourth (we have to have 4 things on May the 4th!) - If you love all things Extra Life and would like to be a part of our Denver Guild leadership team, please email me at kthomas@childrenscoloradofoundation.org. We have some really exciting opportunities coming up, but I want to make sure we have some strong folks at the helm of our Denver ship along with a group of motivated participants! Fifth: Check out the last post in the Denver page (below) to learn about a cool partnership we want to set up with the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown! Seriously, that's awesome. Everyone should want to do this. That's all I got for now - email or reply here with any additions or questions. "Do or do not. There is no try." DO go play games and spread the word about Extra Life. (deep, right?) Kacie
  20. Is anyone playing this game? I just picked up the Force Awakens Core set at PAX East and got the Tie Advanced and Millennium Falcon expansions. What are your opinions? What do you like about it? Not Like about it? Do you favor any certain ships/cards over others? Are there particular expansions that you feel are necessary/unnecessary?
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    Folks, We will not have a table presence at Supemegafest, however, this is fun con to go and just be at. Many celebrities, many collectibles, and much cosplay. Tickets available at the link and at the door. Supermegafest
  22. From the album Game Day 2015