In honor of last weeks theatrical release of DOA: Dead or Alive. I’d like to address a topic that has had a lot of people up in arms since the release of the first DOA game, the ladies.
First of all, I’m going to openly admit, right here, right now, I am a fan of the DOA series. Yes, it is the button-mashiest of all the current fighting games around, but it does have some really good fighting mechanics without the super complex combos of your Tekkens or Virtua Fighters. In fact, DOA4 has been accepted as a standard in a handful of professional gaming leagues, and there are some truly amazing players out there. That alone should give it enough cred to not be brushed off as a “bad” fighting game.
More gaming tees for the nerdy! But these are unquestionably cool (unlike this) because the designs are like secret handshakes: only people equally as nerdy as you will get what your T-shirt means. Whether you want a blood-drenched Pyramid Head or a cute, squishy Loco Roco, Way of the Rodent has got the shirt for the gamer in you. I think I'll get the Elite Beat Agents tee myself, but if anyone tries to hit my "beats," they'll get an "elite beat" to the face, courtesy of my fist...
PC gaming and me -- we've ve never really mixed. I think it has something to do with the fact that I can’t rely on my left hand for anything other than the thumb (but oh how good a thumb it is). Maybe it’s because every time I time I try to use my keyboard it melts a little and gets all over my hands.
Another design from my favorite T-shirt makers at Threadless. But I can't decide if this shirt is nerdy and lame or nerdy and awesome. Either way, it's definitely nerdy, and if you feel that you are the "Original Gamester," then this shirt is for you (I'm looking at you, Jaded Cynic). I think I might've considered buying this shirt had it not been shown on these models... They make me feel icky...
On Monday, a cryptic message was left by administrator "Adjutant Reflex," on the Halo 3 Bungie forums in bright yellow text: "This will be a good place to begin." "Adjutant" also posted more baffling dispatches at fan Web site Bungie.org, causing a stir among forum members and causing Web sites to speculate that another "I Love Bees"-style viral marketing campaign -- which was done for Halo 2 -- is on the horizon.
Then yesterday at 4:16 a.m., we received a strange e-mail from Xbox. The title simply said, "Look for the signs, the keepers of the flame." And in bold, the weird poem stated, "The enemy is almost upon us / Yet a Journey must commence." Hmmm.
This afternoon, as my co-workers and I went for a cup of coffee outside of our Times Square office, we couldn't help but notice these noisy protesters wearing blazing yellow T-shirts. They bore the acronym "S.O.T.A.," which apparently stands for "Society of the Ancients." Sidewalk stalkers are nothing new in Times Square; we're got our fair share of Scientologists, comedy club promoters, the Falun Dafa, and even angry Star Trek fans. But these guys were different; we recognized a familiar symbol that we had seen a few days earlier in the Bungie forums and then in our inboxes. So we ran upstairs, grabbed a camera and shot some video (just in case). It turns out these oddballs didn't know anything about Halo 3. But they sure knew a lot about aliens...
So is it Halo 3 viral marketing? We'll soon find out. For now, check out the Web site to see what that crazy guy was talking about. Also, more photos after the jump.
A lot of sites are reporting that EA’s Skate could be the next-gen Tony Hawk-killer that true boarders have been looking forward to for years. With today’s announcement of the Skate soundtrack it looks like EA is going for the jugular since the music in the Tony Hawk games has always been one its biggest selling points. However, Skate apparently has a lot of bases covered, with the old (Ramones and Sex Pistols), the new (The Falcon, The White Stripes), the hardcore (Bad Brains, The Dwarves, and Slayer) and everything in between (Nirvana, N.W.A., ZZ Top). Hit the jump for the entire, awesome lineup.