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World of Warcraft Expansion Mists of Pandaria

October 22, 2011

Announced yesterday at blizzcon.  There is going to be a new expansion pack called Mists of Pandaria.  In this expansion a new race and class is introduced.  Also blizzard is trying to do more with the talent trees.

In this new expansion a new continent called Pandaria is going to be introduced.  This is supposedly were Pandaren live.  Pandaren’s are a like a cross between a panda bear and humans.  With Pandaren’s becoming the new playable race they come with a new class called Monk.  Lastly Pandaren’s are neutral but at certain point they will have to pick between horde or alliance.

The new class Monk will be able to take on the role of Tank, Damage, and Healing.  It is said that a Brewmaster Monk will be able to absorb damage which will allow the monk to full fill the tank role.  A healing Monk can use ancient healing powers and medicine to heal there allies.

Blizzard is introducing a Pet Battle System.  This will allow you to collect pets in different seasons, times, and weather conditions.  You will be able to level up your pet battle with them and teach the unique abilities.  Pets will have random states which will allow them to be better for tanking, damage, or CCing.  I do have to say it is starting to seem a bit like pokemon.  But anyway.

Please leave me any comments of what you think about of the new expansion.

Dungeon Defenders Release

October 21, 2011
Dungeon Defenders

Today on Steam Dungeon Defenders was released at twelve in the morning today.  The game is very similar to the Dungeon Defenders First Wave with some changes which I will note.

  1. Apprentice now is considered the novice.
  2. Squire now is considered intermediate.
  3. Now there are two new classes that are locked Barbarian and Series EV.

The game works well on the PC with the Xbox controller.  The only thing I have gotten is some tearing of the video when playing.  I also got the chance to play online using steam.  It was not bad at all.  I was able to do a private match.

The game runs on the concept of RPG and tower defense.  The game can also get addicting since it is very fun and simple.

As a NOTE for those who are currently playing and are new:  Since this happened to me an hour after the game came on for P.C.  I went online and did a Public match.  Then a few minutes later I got kicked because I am no one’s friend who was in the group.  For those who only want to play with friends.  That is why they have private match.

Beta download for Ubuntu 11.10

September 17, 2011


Ubuntu 11.10 32bit download
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=X8SIH1ZI

Ubuntu 11.10 64bit download
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=L69AF49L

Team Speak

December 25, 2009

ok guys  a few days ago Kane had asked me to try out this new….umm im going to say connection technology called team speak at first I was totally against downloading another thing to my computer (hint I’m not a computer person) but then I learned it was free and that I wouldn’t have to worry about viruses and other unlawful things of that nature. I downloaded it and saw that it was actually pretty cool and it to me it’s like another ventrilo but free. the only thing that bugs me is that their constantly adding updates which you may or may not have to reinstall the stupid thing and the woman voice that tells you someone is on is genius. lol well in other words want am I saying?  team speak is easy to use, free and free lol.

Video Games Live – Not just “Bleeps and Bloops”

October 27, 2009

From Metal Mario to Samus Aran to Cousin Daisy from Katamari Damacy (Me – Elisa Elshamy who got her spotlight in the nytimes), along with many other video game favorites and fans were lined up Sunday night at the Beacon Theater in New York City for Video Games Live 2009. The line covered about 3 blocks and went across the street as gamers anxiously awaited to see and hear the most memorable moments from their favorite games orchestrated

Tommy and Jack

Video Games Live composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall

live on stage. The hall opened at 7pm sharp for some pre-game fun including a Guitar Hero tournament, entering a draw to win a Nintendo DSi, and time to take photos with cosplayers.

The event opened with the cosplay contest won by Mario and some humorous video clips. Tommy Tallarico, director of Video Games Live came out to give a brief intro to how it all began saying that when he first mentioned the idea of composing video game music live on stage everyone

Martin Leung

Talented video games pianist Martin Leung

thought he “was completely crazy”. However, this turned out to be quite contrary and the show has been a huge success since its debut in 2005.

Tommy Tallarico got video game creator Ralph Baer via Skype to talk to the audience and share some thoughts. Footage from Baer’s groundbreaking development, Pong was played on screen. Baer created Pong back in 1969, which led to the birth of one of the world’s leading industries in entertainment and culture.

The orchestra directed by Jack Wall opened with music from all-time favorite Metal Gear Solid with some live action to go with it. The famous Snake hideout – a cardboard box appeared on stage and shortly after popped out the talented pianist Martin Leung. Other segments included music from

Laura Intravia

Adorable Laura Intravia plays the flute as Link

Kingdom Hearts, Shadow of the Colossus, the Super Mario Series, Final Fantasy and Halo. Two new segments played for the first time making their breakthrough in New York were Mega Man and Chrono Trigger/Cross.

Let’s not forget the Legend of Zelda segment where gifted, beautiful, and even funny Laura Intravia came on to the stage as Link with fairy companion Navi. Intravia opened the Zelda segment playing the flute with

Katamari Cousin Daisy

My Katamari Cousin Daisy Cosplay

well-known tunes from the game. Leung came back to give us more Mario and even played requests shouted from the audience right on the fly. Tallarico jammed on his guitar as Guitar Hero tournament champ awed us with a fascinating level expert performance on the big screen.

Video Games Live overall was a wonderful experience for me. I had a lot of fun, and got to re-live some of the most unforgettable moments from my favorite games. I recommend everyone to go sometime, as Tallarico put it best – there’s a lot more to video game music than just “bleeps and bloops”.

Samus Aran

Michelle Perl as Samus Aran

Check out videos of Video Games Live in New York @YouTube

Video Games Live Coverage

October 26, 2009

Video Games Live was here at the Beacon Theater in New York City Yesterday Night (October 25th).  The music was the best I have ever heard.  This was the first time I ever went to a Video Games Live.  The one thing that made this show special is when Tommy Tallarico (CEO, Mystical Stone Entertainment) got Ralph Baer on Skype.  Tommy spoke to Ralph and had him on the large screen for everyone to see.

Ralph Baer is the first person to record a video game.  This recorded at the bottom was taken in 1969 features a game he made called Ping-Pong.

The next person I would like to mention is Martin Leung (Solo Pianist).  Martin is a extremely talented young man.  Martin is able to play Super Mario bros. blindfolded.  Martin is the greatest and I would love to see his performance again and again.

Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall brought all of this together.  Their imagination and enthusiasm for games made this the best event ever.  I will definitely recommend a friend to go.  And I definitely want to go again.

Tommy Tallarico

Jack Wall

Me & My Katamari PSP

October 11, 2009

Me & My Katamari Screenshot

Me & My Katamari Screenshot

Me & My Katamari brings our pint-sized prince to the PSP. Former games in the series are Katamari Damacy and We Love Katamari (which I have not played), making Me & My Katamari the third installment of the series. This review will compare the PSP game to Katamari Damacy only.

Me & My Katamari introduces an array of new features (at least compared to the original Katamari Damacy), such as allowing the gamer the choice of picking different cousins to roll the Katamari and accessorizing them to personal choice. Even better, snapshots can be taken in some areas to capture the moment. The soundtrack consists of those from the previous titles, bringing a sense of nostalgia. However, the player can choose what tune plays before they enter a level.

Unlike the first Katamari Damacy (I say first because Me & My Katamari is also referred to as Katamari Damacy on its official site http://www.katamariforever.com/ ) where the prince is assigned to rebuild the stars in the sky, his duty is now to rebuild islands for animals. The game also has more levels than the first Damacy. The graphics are great, note I am speaking for the flavor of the Katamari series. It just wouldn’t be Katamari if we load the game with uber detail and it’s box-i-ness makes it what it is. The environments are colorful and the game has great replay value. You owe it to yourself to try this title out. Whether or not you have played Katamari before, although for those who have you’ll appreciate the new editions, this game is fun, challenging yet not overwhelming, and great for anyone to get their hands dirty with. I’ll let you in on a little secret, the ending’s the best part.

The Breakdown:

Graphics – 4 out of 5

Replay Value – 5 out of 5

Story Line – 3 out of 5

Originality – 5 out of 5

Challenge – 3 out of 5

Music – 5 out of 5

Rating – 4.17 out 5