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It’s Survey Time!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Want to earn yourself some extra GP?  Well, you’ve come to the right… page.  Below there are links to three surveys.  The first survey is from Game Usagi and will help us find out what you think about our new features.  The next two surveys are from the University of Saskatchewan regarding what you as a gamer think about Food and Gaming, which are obviously two of the most important things around.  So, if you complete the Game Usagi Survey you’ll get 15 GP, if you complete the two UofS surveys you’ll get 40 GP and if you do all three you’ll get a whopping 60 GP!  (Email miyamoto [at] after you’ve completed said surveys and the appropriate points will be added to your account.)

Game Usagi Survey

UofS Gaming Food Survey

UofS Fast Food Survey

The Most Expensive GIF(s) Ever [UPDATE]

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011


[UPDATE 2: Things are generally working alright now on COD Elite, but everyone should take a lesson from this and remember that however many servers you have, you’ll always need more than twice as many. ^_^]

[UPDATE: Call of Duty Elite is still mostly down, but an update was posted that says that paying members will get an extra month of the service for free and the timeframe to register as a “founder” has been extended to the end of the month.  Also, now they’ve implemented a waiting system that makes you wait in line to access the website’s error page.  With this comes another GIF (!) so now users are getting twice the value for their money, huzzah!]

Behold the most expensive GIF available to gamers today.  Normally to see this you have to pay for a $50 membership or buy a $99 game bundle, but Game Usagi has managed to get a hold of it for you for free!

For those of us who have yet to get Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 (MW3), the prognosis for Beachhead’s premium stat-tracking and content delivery system Call of Duty Elite is rather bleak.  The website that costs essentially as much as a game for premium access has basically been entirely down since the game’s launch at 12:01 AM this morning.  When trying to access the site you just spent upwards of $50 for, all you currently see is a message saying that the site is down temporarily and the GIF that encompasses the whole of the website’s current features as shown above.

From my playing around in the game thus far, it’s been pretty good.  I’m still getting my mind around the several extra layers of complexity and leveling that they’ve added, but overall I think this will be a worthy game once people who fork over extra money get more than a 2-frame animated web image to look at.

The official word right now is that they’ve been receiving more registration requests than they could have imagined in their wildest dreams and that has apparently completely shut them down.  As we’re waiting with baited breath we have to wonder just how much money they were trying to save by skimping on the servers and hope that we get some kind of token apology for all of this when it’s over.

You can check the site’s status here or on their Twitter feed.


Game Usagi 2.0 (kinda)

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011


You may have noticed the changes that have been popping up around the site.  Well, here is a full description of all the new site features for you so you can be fully aprised of all the cool new things you can do around


First off, all of the new features that I’m going to discuss can be easily and quickly accessed in the sidebar.  All of your personal pages and settings can be accessed through the Control Panel at the top of the sidebar (when you’re logged-in).  Things like Rank & Point descriptions as well as the Point Store can be accessed through the navigation buttons in the sidebar.


WR: Resistance 3 (PS3)

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Players: 1 – 2, 2 – 16 (online)
Console: PS3
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
Hours Played: 12
Progress: Finished the campaign

Now a staple among Playstation 3-exclusive titles, the Resistance franchise epitomizes all that a quality FPS title should be. Awesome weapons, frenetic pacing, well-tuned controls and non-stop action. With so much to live up to, can this third iteration in the franchise succeed? Read on to find out…


WR: Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Developer: Eidos Studios – Montreal
Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: First-Person RPG
Players: 1
Console: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
Hours Played: 20
Progress: Completed game and all side quests

The holiday parade of high profile video game titles starts this year with Deus Ex: Human Revolution by the talented people at Eidos – Montreal. This famed, futuristic role playing franchise sprang into being over 10 years ago on PCs and has become one of the most innovative RPGs in recent memory with a first-person perspective, futuristic setting and abundant freedom of choice. Now on “next-gen” consoles, is the latest iteration of the Deus Ex franchise worth your attention? Read on to find out…


Post-3DS Conference News from Nintendo

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Nintendo basically spent all night announcing more and more things, so here’s some extra info:

  • Metal Mario is a character in Mario Kart 7, not a power-up.
  • In Mario Kart 7, StreetPass is used to exchange ghost data and register online friends
  • Tanooki Leaf will also be an item in Mario Kart 7
  • The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition has been updated with a single-player mode similar to the one featured in the GameCube rendition of the game, but only with 2 Links
  • In Super Mario 3D Land, the gyro will be used to scan for hidden items
  • The circle pad dock thingy (pictured above) comes out Dec. 10th in Japan and will cost the equivalent of $20 US
  • The circle pad requires one AAA battery to work, will also be bundled with Monster Hunter 3G
  • Circle pad attachment compatible with: Monster Hunter 3G, Resident Evil Revelations, Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D, Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble, Dynasty Warriors VS, and Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance]
  • Animal Crossing 3DS lets you gussy-up the outside of your house in addition to the inside


3DS Conference News

Monday, September 12th, 2011

So, here’s what we learned from Nintendo’s 3DS conference this evening:

High Quality screens and videos can be viewed on the official site here:

• Zelda: Skyward Sword (for Wii)
    ◦ raise the sword above your head to charge
    ◦ Boss Rush mode available after you beat the game
    ◦ 50+ hours to complete
    ◦ Nov. 23, 2o11 in Japan (Europe on 18th, NA on the 20th)
• Pink 3DS coming out for the ladies on Oct. 23rd in Japan
Firmware update coming in November to the 3DS to:
    ◦ allow for 3D video recording
    ◦ revamp eShop, and Mii Plaza (new StreetPass games)
Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition. free on DSi and 3DS on Sept. 28th
• Ton of 3DS games announced/discussed:
    ◦ Mario Tennis 3DS in 2012
        ∙ optional gyroscopic controls
    ◦ Animal Crossing 3DS in 2012
        ∙ You’re the town’s mayor (didn’t mention if the old turtle mayor died or what)
        ∙ Will have SpotPass functionality
    ◦ Fire Emblem 3DS in 2012
        ∙ Features 2-player co-op
    ◦ Mario Kart 7 due out in Japan on December 1st, North America on December 4th.
        ∙ New fire flower item shown in use
        ∙ Lakitu is playable character
        ∙ Will feature first-person mode with gyroscopic controls too
    ◦ Super Mario 3D Land due out in NA on Nov. 13th
    ◦ Bravely Default: Flying Fairy – a new action RPG from Squeenix
        ∙ Akihiko Yoshida designed characters
    ◦ Culchobit – a low-res sprite-based online soccer game
    ◦ Culdcept 3DS
    ◦ Shinrei Camera from the Fatal Frame team
    ◦ Kid Icarus: Uprising delayed to Q1 2012
    ◦ Dynasty Warriors VS.
        ∙ 4-player
    ◦ SD Gundam G Genration 3D, due for Dec. 22nd in Japan
    ◦ Hatsune Miku game due in March 2012 in Japan
    ◦ Girls Mode fashion game
    ◦ Resident Evil Revelations in early 2012
    ◦ Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble, due this Winter
    ◦ Tekken 3D Prime Ediiton, due this Winter
    ◦ Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, due this Winter
    ◦ Dragon Quest Rocket Slime 3 due on Nov. 2nd in Japan
    ◦ “Girl’s RPG” being developed by Level-5
    ◦ New Love Plus, December 8th in Japan
Kid Icarus Uprising anime OVAs from Shaft, Studio 4C, and Production IG will be available for free worldwide on Nintendo Video
• Monster Hunter 3G will be released on Dec. 10th in Japan
Monster Hunter 4 was previewed for the first time ever and will be coming to the 3DS

Nintendo 3DS Conference 2011

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Nintendo is having a conference regarding the state and future of the 3DS tonight at 9:00 PM CST.

While no one is entirely sure what will be discussed at this event, it’s more than likely to feature the Monster Hunter Tri-G and additional enormous circle pad attachment for the 3DS.  Other more vague rumours regarding this conference include:

  • Mach Rider Unchained, a dark sequel to the old Mach Rider game for the NES for 3DS
  • A new Baten Kaitos game for 3DS with the title of Baten Kaitos: Silence of a Mechanized Son
  • A new 3DS-lite or 3DSXL-style model with the second cicle pad built-in
  • A new portable system to altogether replace the 3DS
  • A new Yoshi side-scroller developed by Good-Feel for the 3DS;
  • A new game from the WarioWare team;
  • A new Etrian Odyssey for the 3DS;
  • A new Hatsune Miku for the 3DS, including all songs from Project DIVA 1 and 2;
  • A remake of Suda51’s The Silver Case for the 3DS;
  • A new Ace Attorney game, featuring a Miles Edgeworth scenario, for the 3DS;
  • The new game from Alchemist, supposedly a “moe mistery” game for the 3DS;
  • The debut of 3DS game demos on the eShop, starting with Super Mario 3D Land.

We’ll find out the truth soon enough.  This conference, which should primarily be in Japanese, will be available streaming live on  After the conference, we will update you on what game-changing (or not) information comes out of this conference.


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