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Sony Sold Off All its Square Enix Stock Sony, despite the success of the PlayStation 4, has been having some financial issues lately, and has been slimming down. From getting rid of its Vaio PC line to laying off employees, Sony has been trying various methods to trim costs and increase revenue. One of those methods was apparently a decision to sell off the entirety of its shares in Square Enix, 9.52 million of them to...
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Japan’s Most Wanted Sequels an...

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Japan’s Most Wanted Sequels and Remakes The most recent issue of Famitsu, Japan’s biggest and most popular gaming magazine, featured a really cool article that asked readers what games they most wanted to see get a sequel/new entry, as well as what games they wanted to get an HD facelift. Because each of the two categories has lots of entries, I’ve decided to share the top 3 from each, along with a few...
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What We’ve (I’ve) Been P...

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What We’ve (I’ve) Been Playing We’re baaaaaaack! You will have to excuse the long absence on my part but I was back in the States, visiting family for the past few weeks. But, now that my vacation is finished and I am back in Japan, it’s time to get to the games. The last time we talked I was playing Lords of Shadow 2 and really enjoying it (in fact, as I am writing this the Alucard Story-DLC is...
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Review: Dark Souls 2 (PS3/360)

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Review: Dark Souls 2 (PS3/360) Dark Souls II is an action-RPG for the PS3, Xbox 360 (and, next month, the PC), and is the latest installment in FROM Software’s notoriously-difficult Souls series (previous games: Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls). It is not a game for everybody–if you have difficulty coping with frustration, stay far, far away. However, those who are able to endure the punishment that the game...
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Flashback Friday: Midnight Resistanc...

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Flashback Friday: Midnight Resistance (Genesis) One of my favorite games on the Sega Genesis was a co-op, run-n-gun shooter called Midnight Resistance. For those of you that might not have played, or even heard of Midnight Resistance before, you have been missing out. While at first-glance the game might look like a simple Contra clone, if you take the time to get to know it, it’s so much more. The biggest difference you...
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Level Up Plays: Plants vs Zombies &#...

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Level Up Plays: Plants vs Zombies – Garden Warfare (XB1) Ethan and Max, two of our great employees at the store in Santa Cruz, recently started to record their adventures (and mis-adventures) for some of the latest next-gen games. Here they are trying their hand at “Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare.” Enjoy!
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What We’ve Been Playing

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What We’ve Been Playing It is just little ol’ me this week, folks. Well, what have I been playing since we last talked…let me see. First off, inspired by Peter’s review, I finally got around to finishing Zero’s Escape on the Vita. I really enjoyed the game, as I’m a sucker for a good puzzle game, and have found myself enjoying the visual novel genre more and more since coming...
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Review: Danganronpa Trigger Happy Ha...

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Review: Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc (Vita) Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a combination puzzler/visual novel for the PS Vita system, and is the latest game from developer Spike Chunsoft (999, Virtue’s Last Reward) to make it across the ocean from Japan. Danganronpa combines exploration and evidence-gathering with (of all things) reflex/rhythm-based puzzling segments, tied together by a fairly twisted plot into a...
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The Best Car Insurance Commercial Yo...

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This Turkish car insurance commercial has been making the internet rounds recently, and if you haven’t seen it yet and you are any sort of Street Fighter fan, you need to. Now. Put what you’re doing down and watch this. (In case you’re like most of us and don’t speak Turkish, apparently the woman is a reporter asking the man about why he doesn’t have...
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What We’ve Been Playing

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What We’ve Been Playing Well, we are back once more to give you the rundown on what we’ve been playing and this time we have someone new too! Aaron Last time we talked, I mentioned that I had started Knack for the PS4 and that it wasn’t really that good. I said that it was poorly designed, overly hard, and frustrating; a triple threat of “blech”. Well, unfortunately those...
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Flashback Friday: Gauntlet Legends (...

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Flashback Friday: Gauntlet Legends (N64) Gauntlet Legends is one of those rarest of the rare games: a co-op game where you actually work together. Of course, there are many games that you can play with your friends, but most of them, whether it be Soul Calibur, Halo, or Mario Party, have you competing against them. Recent entries like the latest Super Mario games for the Wii U have expanded true co-op options, but back in...
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The Interwebs Play Pokemon

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The Interwebs Play Pokemon So this story has been making the internet rounds for a while now, but considering what a big Pokemon town Santa Cruz is, we thought we’d highlight it really quick in case you’ve been living in a cave for the past week. Twitch Plays Pokemon is, at its simplest, thousands upon thousands of people trying to play a live-streaming game of Pokemon Red/Blue at the same time....
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Japan’s Favorite PlayStation G...

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Japan’s Favorite PlayStation Games Last week’s issue of Famitsu had a really great article about the top 50 best-selling PlayStation games of all time for PS1, PS2, & PS3. Because that is a lot of games, we’ve decided to narrow the list down to the top five for each system. You will definitely see a clear and consistent pattern as to what is popular over here in Japan. Does your own personal best of...
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Review: Zero’s Escape – ...

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Review: Zero’s Escape – Virtue’s Last Reward (Vita, 3DS) With the upcoming release of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc for the Vita, I thought it would be a good time to draw attention to a previous title by the same company (Spike Chunsoft) that was released around October 2012. Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward is the second game in the “Zero Escape” series, and is technically a sequel to the highly-acclaimed 999 on the DS, but...
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Flashback Friday: Maximum Carnage (S...

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Flashback Friday: Maximum Carnage (SNES) Back in the 90′s, multi-title cross-overs became all the rage in comic books. One of the more popular cross-overs was Spider-Man’s “Maximum Carnage”, which managed to spawn a really cool video game. Maximum Carnage was a side-scrolling beat ‘em up in the vein of Streets of Rage and Final Fight. The game followed the storyline of the comic book, with...
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What We’ve Been Playing

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What We’ve Been Playing Sherrie The biggest change recently in my gaming lineup has been the removal of Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U from it, because Aaron and I finally beat it! We cleared all eight worlds with full green stars and stamps (except for missing a star here and there in world eight, because we started rushing towards the end). We played the first level in the bonus world as well, but...
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