War Z is pulling a Puff Daddy

Wash all you want, still smells like War Z
How do you fix a lot of bad press about a game you just released? Well, you could actually address the issues and make a comeback with a stronger game. Or you can just change its name.

War Z will now be known as Infestation: Survivor Stories. I gather this is to help shed some of that negative controversy stirred up from little things like misleading advertisements, mass bannings, and forum censoring. The game was even pulled from Steam at one point.

This just seems like another shady move coming from the game that blatantly ripped off Day Z in hopes of getting some free press.

Ming Mecca What?

I’m not quite sure what I’m looking at. It’s got dials, plugs and switches and resembles a 1940’s telephone switchboard. It’s called Ming Mecca which happens to be a reference from the movie “Pi”, and it generates “video games”.

Ming Mecca by Special Stage Systems, is an analog video game synthesizer also referred to as a voltage controlled video game console. Not that this explains much. The amazing yet abstract 80’s debut trailer below doesn’t help either.

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon – Like Totally Radical

On April 1st, Ubisoft announced a complete overhaul, stand-alone expansion for Far Cry 3 called Blood Dragon and it bears no semblance to the Far Cry series. It’s an 80’s retro-vision of the future complete with synthesizers, neon lasers, Chrome lettering and cyberspace grids. As the plot goes, you play Sergeant Rex Power Colt — voiced by Michael Biehn, the good guy from Terminator — who has to save the world from a cyborg army called Omega Force. Oh yeah, and there are giant Blood Dragons that shoot lasers from their eyes. Seriously.

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Dead Space 3 Trailer: Phil Collins Really?

I didn’t feel this coming in the air tonight… A new trailer is out for Dead Space 3 with an interesting choice of background music. When I think of sci-fi, alien-zombie-horror games, I think of progressive rock songs from 1979 written by British musicians going through a divorce. It’s about time this genre adds Phil Collins to its repertoire. Very American Psycho-ish, I must say.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing all that special about this trailer beyond “In The Air Tonight” ominously playing in the background. It looks like a mash up of other stuff we’ve already seen; necromorphs, big stompy boss, dead girlfriend, necromorphs, another big boss, explosions, a marker, and necromorphs.

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Dead Island: Riptide – WTF is with the Tasteless Statue?

Oh Deep Silver… What the hell were you thinking? I can only hope this is a publicity stunt. I can’t fathom how something so blatantly offensive got through production otherwise.

The European “Zombie Bait Edition” of Dead Island: Riptide features a 12″, bikini-clad statuette of a dismembered woman’s torso. The entire thing is covered in gore except for the absurdly rotund breasts that happen to be barely scathed. Evidentially zombies can be quite selective.

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Dear Santa, Mega Blok Battle Cruiser…

Are looking for that special present for your nerdy friend? Does he happen to like Starcraft and Mega Bloks? Well, if you have an extra $500 laying around, you can get him the Starcraft II Mega Bloks BlizzCon 2011 Exclusive Limited Edition Set Battlecruiser.

Yes, it’s a gigantic Battlecruiser made of 1,736 Mega Bloks pieces complete with spinning Yamato gun and moveable whatever-those-little-guns-are-called guns.

There are only 3,000 of these produced so they won’t be around forever.

Barkley 2 Kickstarter Project Meets its Goal in 1 Day

Pour me a big ole cup of crazy. I called this game Barkley 2 out of fear that the actual title will send my blog crashing and burning in some sort of permalink anomaly. You see, its actual name is: The Magical Realms of Tír na nÓg: Escape from Necron 7 – Revenge of Cuchulainn: The Official Game of the Movie – Chapter 2 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa. No, I’m not joking.

It’s a retro-nintendo-style RPG game that reminds me of the older Final Fantasy games. You play Hoopz, Charles Barkley’s amnesiac son who’s in search of the Cyberdwarf to learn about his forgotten past in a post-cyberpocalyptic world where basketball has been outlawed. Still not joking.

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