Ep 27: Warriors of the Snake

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serpent_warrior Or should that be “Union of the Snake”? Ok, maybe not. Well, welcome back to Polygamerous! We slither our way through this episode in the usual way. Stopping at all of our normal haunts. This week in Gaming, New Releases, Rumor Mill, etc. Russell has some AWESOME deals this week, so pay close attention to his 5 deals in 5 minutes section. We also have a good bit of discussion, well, more like a bit of a review on Modnation Racers. So, listen up, because we are definitely “on the rise”.

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This week in Gaming

  • Midway Creditors Accept 1 million Payout: To settle the outstanding claims against former owner Sumner Redstone, Bloomberg is reporting that the creditors’ committee of the defunct publisher Midway Games has agreed to a $1 million cash lump sum payout. It was previously reported that prior to the lump sum agreement, unsecured creditors of the parent company would only be able to recover 16.5 percent of what had been owed, while unsecured creditors of subsidiaries would only be eligible to 25 percent. After reportedly liquidating its Chapter 11 plan last week, the new cash agreement represents a more financially beneficial deal for all parties involved. Midway’s death spiral comes to a finale following a tawdry love affair with conspiracy-fueled headlines, including legal battles and multiple companies picking away properties from the company like vultures at a fresh corpse. The bankruptcy court will rule on the settlement agreement on June 23.
  • Onlive Pre-registrants get free game and one year subscription: Sometimes, it really does pay to take a leap of faith when it comes to investing in a new piece of technology. For example, OnLive had promised a free three month subscription to the first 25,000 people who pre-registered for the streaming game service. For unknown reasons, that offer has been sweetened — now, this group is being offered a free game download, as well as a free year of OnLive service with no obligation to continue subscribing once said year has passed. If you were one of the 25,000 who jumped on the OnLive wagon early, check your email before June 3 to get in on this super attractive offer.
  • Prince of Pretty-Good…for a summer ‘blockbuster.’ While Bruckheimer may have been wishing for Pirates of the Caribbean-style opening numbers, Box Office Mojo reports that Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is the third largest box office opening ever for a video game-based film. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Pokemon: The First Movie, currently own the first and second spot respectively in that extremely specific category.
  • Limbo is floating onto XBLA only – The gorgeous indie game, Limbo, is only coming on XBLA. Tough luck, considering ratings were found for both the PS3 and PC.
  • Who wants a new Final Fantasy? Final Fantasy, the 4 Heros of Light, is coming to the DS Oct. 5. Is it a remake of the first? No idea!
  • NPD:(Consumer Market Research Group) Says the most extreme gamers spend WAY to much time playing games.
  • According to sources close to Joystiq, Sony is going to reveal a premium version of the PlayStation Network at E3 next month in Los Angeles.
  • (livescience) “Video Gamers can Control Dreams, Study Suggests” http://www.livescience.com/culture/video-games-control-dreams-100525.html

Playing video games before bedtime may give people an unusual level of awareness and control in their dreams, LiveScience has learned.

That ability to shape the alternate reality of dream worlds might not match mind-bending Hollywood films such as “The Matrix,” but it could provide an edge when fighting nightmares or even mental trauma.

  • (joystiq) Time ranks Virtual Boy, Farmville among top 50 worst inventions We rarely, if ever, write rebuttals to stories posted on the esteemed, list-friendly publication known as Time, but we’ve got more than a few bones to pick with its recently posted “50 Worst Inventions” list. Around every turn, the list seems to get it wrong. For instance: FarmVille? There are 70 million people who’d disagree with that one. And Virtual Boy? The world’s first fully-3D game console/amateur LASIK surgery machine? That’s about as progressive and brilliant as inventions get.

Rumor Mill

  • At E3 expect to see a demo of Starwars The Old Republic that incorporates the companion system.
  • Nintendo is working on making a handheld version of Super Smash Bros.
  • Microsoft has been working on a new version of the Xbox 360 that will have both Blu-ray and Natal built into the system.

5 Deals in 5 Minutes

  1. At Best Buy, trade in select video games via its Online Trade-In Program and receive a $25 Best Buy Gift Card.
  2. Toys R Us has a Buy 1, get 1 50% off all in-stock DS games offer and has Modern Warfare 2 (360) for $29.99.
  3. Kmart has Prince of Persia (360/PS3) for $39.99 and Alpha Protocol (360/PS3) for $44.99
  4. Walmart continues to offer several video game bundle deals, as listed below. Plus, several of these items qualify for free shipping
  5. GameStop takes an extra 20% off many in-stock Nintendo Wii and DS video games of $29.99 or more via coupon     code “GS20″. “For Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo DS games, coupon code “2D15″ cuts an extra 15% off. Plus, many popular titles receive a $10 or $20 GameStop credit for free with purchase.

Question of the Week

A movie is being made of your favorite game, what act(o)r(ess) should be the main char?

From Twitter

  • Anexxia: if they have Arthas in the #WoW movie they should have Julian Sands play him
  • Spazmoose: No matter the game/movie; Christopher Walken
  • glassofwater2: why should I answer this? no video game movies are good…
  • Ninthbatter: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Pacman
  • LLanion: Chrono Trigger w/ William Moseley as Crono, Emily Browning as Lucca, and… I dunno, Blake Lively as Marle? Not sure about her
  • JusticeJuice: Danny Devito as megaman.
  • Brigwyn: Pfft! Easy! @MillaJovovich as Sylvanas, @AdrianneCurry as Tyrande Whisperwind, @micheleboyd as Jaina Proudmore! (wow, obviously)

From Forums

  • Jitterbug: Matthew Fox as Sam Shephard (although I played as a badass green eyed red haired chick.)

About MikeH

Gamer/Podcaster/Blogger - Mike, who is also known as Fimlys in the WoW community, is the Author of Asleep at the WoW Blog ( http://aatwow.fimlys.com ) and Co-Host on the Twisted Nether Blogcast (http://www.twistednether.net ) and HotsCast a Podcast about Heroes of the Storm. He also produces Polygamerous and does the web maintenance. An avid gamer, he's played since his parents first bought him an Atari 2600.. Back in the stone-age...