Look everyone! I've managed two episodes in a row! Do you know what that means? Nothing; though, it does mean you get to hear my lovely voice once again; not after a visit with the dentist like in the first episode, but this time after a visit with the asthmatic idiot who decides to run and then immediately records a podcast upon his return. I don't know what I'm talking about, but I bet you're all thinking, "Why don't you get to the actual topic of today's show, eh?" That's a great idea! Today's show is all about The Last of Us, the hot, new, sexy (?) game from Naughty Dog that almost everyone loves. Am I loving it too? I guess you'll just have to listen to find out.
Torchlight is a fantastic action-RPG in the same vein as Diablo and Titan Quest and, if you never played it, you can pick it up for free right now at GOG.com for the next 48 hours, until Thursday, June 20, at 12:59PM GMT. In case you're wondering, Torchlight runs on both Windows and Mac and, since it's from GOG, it's DRM-free as well. And if you're thinking, "Why would I want Torchlight when the second one is available?" The answer is simple: it's still a fantastic game and, you know, it's free! Anyway, go pick up the game right now before you forget it's on sale and miss this ridiculous deal. One thing of note: Torchlight is single-player only, so, if you want a co-op action-RPG, pick up Torchlight II; it's cheap and packed full of content.
This week's Xbox LIVE 'Deal of the Week' is PopCap-tastic, but not exactly fantastic because some key PopCap franchises--Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies--are missing (maybe they'll be added later, but as of right now, they're still full price). Anyway, if you haven't picked up some great PopCap classics, now is the time to pick 'em up at a discount; I think many people forget about PopCap games like Heavy Weapon, but, like almost all of their games, Heavy Weapon and its other lesser known video game brothers and sister are quite good too.
To get the games and whatnot, go straight to the Xbox LIVE 'Deal of the Week' page by clicking THIS, or enjoy individual links below. Enjoy them or else! Or else I'll send more empty threats.
I have been talking about doing a solo podcast for a while now and, after much time and more changes than you might expect, the first (and potentially last) episode is here for you to hear with your ears, which are located just below your hair. (Don't worry, there isn't this much rhyming on the actual podcast.) The basic idea of this show is that I will focus on one topic per episode and each episode will be somewhere between 15 and 30 minutes; on Pixelated Radio, since we record every other week, there I things I want to talk about that slowly fade away by the time we're set to record. This show is just me, talking into a microphone about something specific and I have no idea if it works, so please, if you take the time to listen, let me know what you think.
OK, so this first episode is all about Man of Steel and is overflowing with spoilers, so if you haven't watched the movie yet and plan to, avoid this at all costs; I may also sound weird because I recorded this episode immediately after having a small cavity filled, a.k.a., half my face was (and still is) numb; I'm pretty sure the dentist shot the shit out of my gums with novocaine. Anyway, links to the show--direct, iTunes, etc--can be found below and I hope it's at least not terrible.
I've been playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf since it came out at 12am EST on June 9. When I first launched the game, I was giddy and couldn't wait to start fishing, picking fruit, catching bugs, and digging up fossils. Then I realized it was 12am EST and no in-game store was open, so all my plans were killed by the game's real-time clock. What did I do? I time traveled. I did the one thing I find most despicable among Animal Crossing players, but I had been waiting so long and couldn't bare waiting ten hours just because the game is as good as dead in the middle of the night when you have no tools or anything other than a backpack full of fruit you can't sell or plant. And so, I time traveled for a brief moment, bought myself a shovel and a fishing rod, and then immediately time traveled back to where I came from; for those unfamiliar with the franchise, time traveling is not a part of the game, it is done by changing the console's internal clock, thus, tricking the game into believing it's a time different than the actual time. I have not time traveled again since.
Nothing against those who time travel, but you guys and gals are stupid. Alright, that wasn't nice, but I find time traveling in Animal Crossing--unless you've been waiting years and just need some tools because the game is empty at midnight without them--pointless. The charm of Animal Crossing has so much to do with its use of real time; having to wait for something that is only available at a specific time or during a specific season, etcetera, makes the game feel special; if you time travel, you rip out all that makes the game special. If you feel inclined to time travel in Animal Crossing, you might as well time travel in real life, to a point in the future when you've already beaten the game and have no more reason to play.