[Denki for Listening] Episode 10 – Dubstep Yoshi Wants Your Money

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As promised Davis kept his promise on trying The Witcher 2 (barely) and the gang discusses other games they’ve been playing, including more DOTA 2League of LegendsAce of Spades, and Warframe. In news, we discuss the mystery game at EVO 2013, the upcoming Monster Hunter 3 UltimateAtelier Ayesha‘s lack of Japanese audio, the announcement of Disney Infinity, and the controversy over Dead Island: Riptide‘s collector edition bust.

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[Friday Five] Franchises that Need to be in Disney Infinity

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With the announcement of Disney Infinity, many longtime Disney fans are downright giddy. The opportunity to play as almost any Disney franchise on almost any home console. The initial series announced to be part of the game’s lineup – The Incredibles, Monsters Inc., and Pirates of the Carribean – already make up a diverse cast of favorites that all disney fans will be able to appreciate. We can only imagine what else Disney will have in store for us when the game comes, but here’s five titles that will be absolutely indispensible in making Disney Infinity the premier Disney title, regardless of age.

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[Pros and Cons] Android Gaming

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Just two years ago, browsing the Android market for games often meant either finding a slew of Angry Birds titles or its clones, while friends and family on iOS devices had access to titles like Jetpack Joyride first and more hardcore titles from a vast range of established gaming companies like Square-Enix. However, a quick glance today reveals titles like NBA Jam and Final Fantasy III, legitimizing Android devices for gamers as much as any iOS device. With the incoming release of the Ouya and announcements for nVidia’s Project Shield and Game Stick, there seems to be an impending explosion of Android gaming awaiting us in 2013 and on. However, this comes with it a series of pros and cons that gamers must analyze before either getting onboard with or shrugging off Android gaming.

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[Video Spotlight] And That’s Why You Don’t Mash

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Mashing’s bad. It’s really bad. Not only does it wear out your controller or arcade stick, but you’re actively putting yourself into sticky situations – especially if the opponent knows you’re mashing. In the next video, I’m playing against another friend, who’s using Sagat, and he’s constantly mashing on his Tiger Uppercut, otherwise known as the standard panic button. Think of this as a PSA. Of course, I had already jumped beforehand (by accident), but you can clearly see how a mistaken ultra will lead to (unnecessary) damage.

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[Denki For Listening] Episode 9 – Gaben Answers Our Prayers

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After a year long hiatus, the Denkiphile podcast is finally back, featuring writers Kevin Kartanata and Eldon Tsan! This week, we take a look at some of the current events going on in gaming, included some of the announcements from CES 2013 (including the Steam Box). Despite the holiday season just ending and putting a strain on all our pockets, game developers are ready to put on the pain again with new announcements for Cyberpunk 2077 and Pokémon X and Y. We wrap it up with a discussion on our anticipated games for the next two weeks, including DmC, Ni no KuniStrike Suit Zero.

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[Video Spotlight] Ancient Apparition Full Court Shot in Greeviling

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As DOTA 2′s Greeviling event comes to an end, as much we would like to complain about the random nature of the event, we have to admit that it still gave us some good times. The event made for a lot of fun, albiet stupid, happenings. And that’s exactly what the mode gave us – in addition to all the free presents, coal and kindler’s kits included. Our own writer, Eldon Tsan, had some good memories and uploaded one of them to YouTube. In it, while the other team is focused on securing a Greeviling and catching up against an insurmountable six Greeviling lead, he says “why not?” and fires off Ancient Apparition’s ultimate from fountain.

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[Review] DJMAX Technika Tune (Vita)

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Because this last generation has largely been about consoles, few gamers know about the thrill and offerings of arcades. Aside from featuring some of the most unique games, arcades also have an atmosphere unlike console gaming.  It’s a fear that even survival horror games can’t reproduce – that of embarrassment. For that reason, some key titles like DJMAX Technika hardly get touched by the uninitiated, which will likely change now with the Vita release of DJMAX Technika Tune.

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[Review] Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus (PS3)

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I’ve never been one to identify with others when they discount newer games and movies in favor of older releases. However, I have to admit I am  on that side of the fence as well when it comes to certain games – especially fighting games. There’s just something about having to practice for hours on end to even become proficient with characters and their combos that I respect. While one series has managed to keep its integrity and difficulty, the same can hardly be said for others. Thankfully, the digital market has made it possible for one of the hardest 2D fighters ever, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core, to become accessible again.

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[Hardware Review] Skullcandy PLYR 2

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When browsing deals online, I’ll surely find a pair of Skullcandy earphones periodically. On my first impression, I always thought that they were meant for aesthetics, rather than performance. I’ve always been one to favor performance over aesthetics. Fancy my interest when I saw that Skullcandy would be releasing a wireless gaming headset that would be compatible across the board for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. Needless to say, I was ecstatic that a headset would finally be able to follow me as I game away with the modern wireless gaming controller.

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Davis’s Five Highlights of 2012

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As 2012 comes to a close, we look back at the games released this year. While everyone wants to point out the obvious “best games,” there are others that stand out this year and deserve recognition. Here are the five highlights of the year for me, even if they aren’t the epic, Hollywood production titles everyone looked forward to all year.

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