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February 13
2014

Super Smash Bros. Packs Quite the Punch-Out

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During today’s Nintendo Direct Super Smash Brothers fans were treated to their first glimpse at long awaited newcomer Little Mac. The star of the classic Punch-Out!! series is one of the most highly requested Smash combatants, though until today he has only appeared as an Assist Trophy in Smash Bros. Brawl.

Now the Punch-Out!! champion finally gets his chance to “punch in” with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.

And the poor guy is still being made fun of for his height.

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February 13
2014

Plant vs Zombies Garden Warfare Gets Weird With Chum Rush

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Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare was one of our favorite E3 surprises. Gavin had a blast playing the HD evolution of one of the biggest “casual” games in the business. Since the initial announcement back in June, though, it’s been quiet on the front lines.

Today PopCap Games and EA gave us update by way of dolphin. Yes, dolphin.

Weird indeed.

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February 13
2014

This Week’s SingStore Update Is Simply Red

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As a fan of the ’80s, I’m psyched for one tune in this week’s SingStore Update, but most of the rest of it is ’90s, which is a kind of mixed bag. Because it’s been so long since the last update, I was hoping for better, but at least it’s not a complete wash. Here’s the new DLC for SingStar available this week:

“Something Got Me Started” by Simply Red
“Holding Back The Years” by Simply Red
“Stars” by Simply Red
“What Can I Do” by The Corrs
“Breathless” by The Corrs
“Mountains” by Biffy Clyro

Now, I ain’t never heard of this Biffy Clryo, but I am all over the ’80s awesomeness of “Holding Back The Years.” The other two… not so much. Not that they’re bad songs, but I’d rather just listen instead of perform them. I’m slightly more tempted by the two Corrs tracks, but “What Can I Do” more than “Breathless” because I think I could actually sing it!

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February 12
2014

Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc – Review (PS Vita)

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You thought YOUR school was bad?

I don’t think I’ve ever played such a silly, intriguing game that took no hesitation to slap me across the face the very first moment I threatened to mock its absurdity. Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc demands to be taken seriously, all the while dangling its inane, senseless hilarity right in front of your nose all the while, literally daring you to blink or crack a smile. You’ll regret the first time you do, as the game’s twisted coils already have you by the neck while you weren’t paying attention. You will be taken hostage by your very own save file while playing this game, and what does it want? Hope, or despair? Maybe it’s not quite sure yet. Dangan Ronpa is a game with a serious identity crisis, but with how well this game works as a complete package, maybe it doesn’t need one after all.

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February 11
2014

Review: The Wolf Among Us Episode 2

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The second episode of Telltale Games’ The Wolf Among Us has been released, and “Smoke & Mirrors” picks up right where the first episode’s shocking cliffhanger left off. As a reader of the Fables comic series this game is based on, I assumed I knew how the cliffhanger would be resolved, but the writers instead threw in a twist that made the mystery even more complicated! Make the jump for my full thoughts!

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February 10
2014

Putin’s Olympic Game Gets Gay Friendly…But Fem-phobic?

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Over on GamesOnly.com Dutch game dev Robin Ras has released Putin’s Olympic Game, a title designed as protest against the Sochi Olympics and host country Russia’s anti-gay laws.

The game sees players controlling Russian President Vladimir Putin, donning a tutu, in what Ras describes as a gay friendly figure skating competition. On Game Politics Ras was quoted as saying:

“After all complaints about the Russia’s Anti-Gay Law, right before the Olympic games, we immediately had the idea of making a game out of protest,” said Robin Ras. “In this game we portrayed Putin as a extremely gay friendly and that appeals to a large group of people.”

“Figure skating at the Olympic Games in Sochi has all ingredients to create a light-hearted game on this sensitive issue,” Ras added.

Now, I’m all for as many light-hearted jabs at Putin and his anti-gay nonsense as we can get. Saturday Night Live’s Heterosexual Figure Skating sketch was a delightful piece of satire. The SNL sketch works  by subverting the figure skating = flaming homosexual cliche while simultaneously taking a dig at Putin’s homophobic politics. Even out of context the sketch works.

I’m not sure, though, that I can say the same about Putin’s Olympic Game.

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February 10
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #159

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Luckily I wasn’t so drugged up from my hernia surgery that all I could do was watch Netflix. I actually managed to play quite a bit of Fable III. I even got married! I downloaded a couple more games, but who knows when I’ll get a chance to play them. I did squeeze in the new episode of The Wolf Among Us, once Microsoft figured out a workaround to their glitch that wouldn’t let people download it without having to pay again. (Because a workaround was apparently easier than actually fixing the error, I guess.) Oh, and I saw a movie that was totally awesome. Everything is awesome! (Except for hernias!)

Make the jump for the whole vidcast!

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