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A Look Back at Nintendo's E3

It's good to take a couple days or so to wind down after E3. It's too easy to get caught up in the hype, as I did when I was scouring over ever piece of game footage released in Nintendo's E3 Direct earlier on Tuesday. Mostly because I felt starved - the PS4 and Xbone reveals left the Wii U as an idle passenger, waiting for its stop but forced to deal with the antics of the rest of the car in the meanwhile. It was the Wii U's turn to shine, many of us thought. It seemed rather obvious, at least

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I, for One, Welcome Our New Entertainment System Overlords

At first, I really wanted to shit all over this Xbox One reveal. Really wanted to shit all over it. I couldn't ignore the feeling that I hate the idea of an "entertainment" console. For whatever reason, the big three have this weird obsession with taking over our living rooms and making everything accessible from one platform and it just doesn't sit well with me. I guess it's too much to ask for just games nowadays, right? Except, the more I thought about it, the more I actually liked the X

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The FAL OSW and A Poor Attitude To Take Away From It

All things considered, the current drama in the Call of Duty community over the legality of the FAL in Black Ops 2 competition weighs very little on my shoulders. Although I have an endearing passion for CoD4 and will rarely turn down a fun session of killing zombies, I am very far from what you would call a fan or gamer in the CoD community. If anything, I'm a critic, and with good reason. Only up until recently has competitive CoD shown any signs of potential. While many, myself included,

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The Identity Crisis of the Female Protagonist

Despite the growing rampancy of sexism and otherwise ill behavior in the games business towards women, we've seen a more than positive response from several industry icons and other influential figureheads stepping up against hateful speech and antipathy-charged behavior. Which shouldn't be necessary, by the way - it's surprising how the former “outcasts” of society, gamers like you and I, are willing to go to attack and slander fellow gamers like non-gamers try to take jabs at us. It's a g

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Grundy Don't Stop - Injustice: Gods Among Us combo video

So I decided to make a combo video after never making a combo video ever. Figured it was worth a shot, and at the time I didn't see many Solomon Grundy (my main man) combo videos on Youtube so I decided to make one myself once I got the necessary tools together (I understand some have come out in the meantime, though). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTv2IPuxPf4 Let me know what you think. And what not. I have class soon so I'm a bit bummed out even though I just put this up. xD

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Injustice Content Incoming!

Just wanted to take a minute to update all of you, since I haven't posted in this bitch for quite some time. With the new Injustice: Gods Among Us game coming on the 16th, I've decided that I'm going to commit a good amount of time to both playing and creating content for the game. By the summer, I hope to be streaming, as well. So, just keep a look out for new content on this blog for Injustice including interviews, articles, videos, and more, and hopefully more content along those sa

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The Situation

I'm having a hard time writing anything right now. My entire life, well at least most of it, I've been a writer. It's something I excelled at as a kid and continued to excel at throughout my time in school. To this day, I still consider myself a writer. At the very least, I consider myself to be someone with a knack for writing. Despite my inability to master many other things, writing has always been something I could fall back on. If I wasn't good at something, at least I could write abou

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Life is Just One Big Opportunity

Despite the rather philosophical and metaphorical nature of the title of this blog, all I'm doing today is talking about my weekend, specifically this past Saturday morning. This past Saturday morning happened to be one of the best examples of how life is just full of opportunities waiting to be taken, most of which are fed to you on a silver platter but you may not even realize it. However, in my case, it all started with a newspaper ad. Let's backtrack to earlier last week. It was about m

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Instead of Hoping for Causeless Ephinanies

In the aftermath of this year's EVO 2012 event, I felt the need to get back into playing more fighting games and putting together an effort to do well at tournaments. In these past several months, I have missed the feeling of practicing fighting games and going to tournaments - EVO was the kicker I needed to refuel that passion. Yesterday, while perusing Facebook and still hyped about EVO, I came across a long entry by a friend, Geoff "Vermanubis" Butterworth. He's one of the most well-know

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An Example of the Influence of the Youtube Era of Metagames

If there has ever been a convincing argument that the advancement of the Internet has become almost too influential in the metagames of competitive gaming scenes, the recent development in the Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 scene certainly puts it to shame. Less than a week ago, members of the community came across an extremely powerful abuse of the Team Aerial Combo mechanic in the game, finding that using the mechanic allows for the second character in the maneuver to put the opponent into a posi

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So I'm Playing League of Legends And...

God damn it. I really didn't want to like this game at all. I was a hardcore Starcraft 2 monster, very happy grinding my way through mid-level leagues until somehow becoming the champion of the world in 2016. And I dismissed this game rather quickly for being somewhat hard to follow at first glance and for its cartoonish style. Now that I think about it, all the hate I had for the game was probably rather illogical, but then again, hate is rarely logical. Then, at MLG Anaheim, our good

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Nintendo Direct Pre-E3 Wii U Conference Summary and Analysis

As E3 2012 closely approaches, Nintendo decided to take a half hour of its time to air a Nintendo Direct conference for all of its fans to learn more about Nintendo's upcoming home console, the Wii U. It seems like Nintendo is very confident that the console will be as innovative, if not more innovative, than its predecessor. Likewise, Nintendo hopes that the Wii U completely changes the social aspect of gaming, bring players together from all around the world, the house, the living room, or an

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Re-Designed Wii U Controller Leaked

What you're looking at above is a leaked image of a re-designed controller for Nintendo's next home console, the Wii U. Set to come out later this year, we got a taste of the console at last year's E3, being introduced to one of the most unique controllers the console gaming world has ever seen. Nintendo talked a lot about how the Wii U would be in its final form at this year's E3, and they weren't kidding - apparently listening to some vocal gamers, Nintendo has tweaked their new con

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Get Familiar with Project M

Any gamer who was with vVv Gaming back in 2010 should remember the only year in which Major League Gaming had Super Smash Bros Brawl on the Pro Circuit. Smashers like Mew2King, Lee Martin, MikeHAZE, even our first ever Brawl team vVv Sunshine (dmbrandon and Shadow), represented our organization with dominance in Nintendo's first-party all-star fighter. Two years later, however, while vVv has moved onto different genres and games, the Smash scene has continued to grow – just this past Januar

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Just One Thing - MLG Columbus

MLG Columbus was awesome. Yes, I'm sure (at least, I hope) most of you know this. Many of you went, but a huge majority were left at home to enjoy the streams. I honestly could have written a huge blog about my experiences at Columbus and how awesome it was and all the stuff you probably expect and have heard before. Seriously, I could have done it, but I didn't. I'm a bit lazy, sometimes. However, weeks later, I do want to comment on the event, because there's one thing I really do need to

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Cash, Casuals, and Community - A Follow-Up to TLB Round 105

Yesterday, myself and the rest of The Loser's Bracket cast were joined by CEO's Alex Jebailey for a discussion on fighting games and Major League Gaming, including the upcoming MLG Columbus event which, alongside Halo: Reach and Starcraft 2, will feature three fighting games in Mortal Kombat, King of Fighters XIII, and Soul Calibur V. For those of you who do not know, The Loser's Bracket is a vVv Gaming podcast focused on competitive gaming, a show that I am currently a co-host of. As I sai

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Snow vs. Space - First Impressions on SSX and Vanquish

Warning: Contains Spoilers Sometimes being a competitive gamer gets in the way of being, well, a gamer. As much as I'm practically addicted to Starcraft 2, the hours upon hours a day I put into practicing the game does take away from actually enjoying most other games I would otherwise be playing. Sure, I get to play some fun N64 sessions with my roommates often, but mostly I dedicate my own gaming time to competitive SC2. However, being on spring break this week, I decided to dial back my

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SC2 Lab Sessions - Day 2

Normally, I tend not to have a schedule when I make blog posts, but for a daily journal such as this, it's hard not to keep up with the precedent set so far. However, because there has only been one blog post before this and, as far as I'm concerned, 0 hits, who cares what the result is. I could just stop posting all together. But I guess this is more for me than anyone else. Unfortunately, I was unable to sit down last night and type this up, so I'm getting to it the following day. Most li

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SC2 Lab Sessions - Day 1

(Original post date - 3/7/12) I've decided to post up the first of my practice journal, SC2 Lab Sessions. Though I've been practicing Starcraft 2 for a couple of months now, today is the first day I'll be going over my day. I feel like recapping what I did today will help me with practice and keep things in perspective. Hopefully some analysis will help me with future matches. Of course, it's sort of weird to just say, “HEY DIARY I PLAYED SOME STARCRAFT TODAY AND AND AND” an

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The Brawl of a Lifetime - Alongside vVv ZeRo at Apex 2012

Author's Note: This article was originally supposed to be posted a while ago (ZeRo was a member of vVv at the time, now he is not), but things happened. Posting it now because I put a lot of work into it. It's original finish date was late January. --- Hype at Apex 2012 after OCEAN defeats Mew2King in Brawl January 6th was the start of something great – another year of competitive gaming. Another twelve months of excruciating disappointments, epic upse

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Does Smash Need Rule Changes?

Apex 2012, one of the competitive Super Smash Bros community's biggest events ever, was supposed to bring back the hype and excitement that, according to many community members, had left the scene over the past couple of years. It certainly did just that – the event brought in over 700 unique Super Smash Bros Brawl and Super Smash Bros Melee players, as well as several hundred more individuals that entered Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Mortal Kombat, Supe

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Official Zelda Timeline Revealed

SAVE FILE Where Gaming's Best Stories Are Told Follow!: http://www.twitter.com/vVvRapture Official Zelda Timeline Revealed There it is. The official Zelda timeline. Every game is accounted for. From the original all the way to Skyward Sword. For years, the timeline has been a mystery to the Zelda fandom, being cleverly, or unintentionally, hidden by the lack of connection between many of the Zelda games. While Nintendo teased us every once in a while, assert

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Finals / MGS2 @ 1Up

SAVE FILE Where Gaming's Best Stories Are Told (Follow me on Twitter! http://www.twitter.com/vVvRapture) What's up everybody? So, today is December 13th, currently I'm sitting in the 3rd floor of my library, supposed to be studying for my calculus final tomorrow. Anyway, I've obviously been knee-deep (or neck-deep, possibly) in work, thus being unable to write anything for the blog, which is unfortunate. However, once my final is over tomorrow, I will be done with school un

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The Story Behind Metroid II and Its Importance to the Metroid Canon

SAVE FILE Where Gaming's Best Stories Are Told Follow!: http://twitter.com/vVvRapture The Story Behind Metroid II and Its Importance to the Metroid Canon On November 24th, Metroid fans and 3DS owners alike got a very special treat – the Gameboy classic Metroid II: Return of Samus appeared on the handheld's Virtual Console service to bring gamers back to Samus's desolate adventure into the heart of SR-388, the home planet of the vicious Metroid

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Atop Mt. Typh - Chapter 1: "Reunion"

SAVE FILE Where Gaming's Best Stories Are Told Follow me on Twitter! http://www.twitter.com/vVvRapture Not only does SAVE FILE take a look at storylines, plot, canon, and much more in the gaming industry, but it is also home to pieces of original fiction from yours truly. Of course, I'll try to keep it gaming-related. Today marks the release of the first chapter of a Halo-inspired mini-series called "Atop Mt. Typh". I'll be posting up chapters, which will

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