fizmarble | Movies, Music, Games, Comics, Tech, Reviews - Part 2

Why do hackers bring down video game servers?

Seriously, why?

Some hackers brought down the PlayStation Network in 2011.  Were they Xbox fanboys?  Did they hate Asia based Video Game companies?

This week we have hackers running a DDOS attack on EA (Electronic Arts), preventing servers across all platforms from doing their jobs, that is, to serve data to paying customers.  Customers that have paid for a game in order to access it’s online features, such as multiplayer.  Do these hackers hate EA?  Do they hate Battlefield?  Are they head-over-heels in love with Call of Duty so much that they want to eliminate it’s closest competition? Read more

Hardcore Gaming on a Budget

Slashed Dollar Sign Hardcore Gaming on a Budget

Originally published January 15th, 2013.  There have been updates to the way gamers can save money as well as what systems are available.

As far as hobbies go, you can get more expensive than gaming.  That is not to say that gaming is an inexpensive hobby, but if you are playing more than just Angry Birds on your phone, you are going to start clocking up dollars pretty quick.  And if you consider yourself among the “hardcore” gaming crowd, you might be paying 500 dollars or more every year if you want to play the latest Halo, Battlefield, Call of Duty, Madden, FIFA, or other annual releases.

But if you are on a tight budget, or just looking to save a few bucks here and there, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the best that gaming as to offer.  Here are some money saving cheat codes to power up your game collection and your wallet.

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Max: The Curse of Brotherhood Review

 gameplay Screen Shot 2013 12 22 04 17 36 1024x576 Max: The Curse of Brotherhood Review    A review of Max: The Curse of Brotherhood from Press Play, on Xbox One, Xbox 360

When Max comes home to find his little brother, Felix, playing (rather aggressively) with Max’s toys, Max reaches his last straw and decides to run a web search on “How to make your brother disappear!”  He finds an incantation that, when recited, summons a portal and seconds later Felix is gone.

Max has a rather instantaneous change of heart and jumps in after Felix and his monster captor.  This brief cutscene is all you get before jumping into Max’s beautiful adventure.  The gameplay starts soon after and has you control Max in an effort to bravely acquire Felix from the evil kidnapper that has claimed him, the mustachioed Mustacho. Read more

Xbox One Game DVR clips, The Epic Collection

The Xbox One includes the ability to record the last 5 minutes of gameplay and save it as a video file, which you can later upload and share to your personal Skydrive.  I took advantage of this feature and decided to compile some of my greatest clips here.

This here is a collection of all of my best personal game clips recorded using Xbox One Game DVR and uploaded using Upload Studio to my Skydrive account.  The clips herein may have been shared because of a funny moment in-game, or an exciting kill streak, or because something truly rare and special happened. 

My first Ultra Combo

From: Killer Instinct, Xbox One

My “Kool-Aid Man” Impression

From: Battlefield 4, Xbox One

A Sniper Rifle, some C4, and a Knife

From: Battlefield 4, Xbox One

Genevieve plays Monkey See, Monkey Do in Zoo Tycoon

From: Zoo Tycoon Demo, Xbox One

FIFA 14 OWN GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!

From: FIFA 14 Demo, Xbox One

Stan Lee as The Incredibly Grey-Haired Hulk

From: Lego Marvel Superheroes, Xbox One

Pulp LEGO Marvel

From: Lego Marvel Superheroes, Xbox One

Brutal Assassination

From: Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag,Xbox One

M-M-M-M-Monster Kill (Shotgun Spree)

From: Battlefield 4, Xbox One

I can’t upload my Xbox One Game DVR videos to Skydrive

If you are having a problem locating your Xbox videos uploaded from Upload Studio.  Try checking your “Pictures” folder for a folder called “Xbox Game DVR”.  Why is it in the “Pictures” folder?  Your guess is as good as mine.  They are moving ‘pictures’, so maybe that’s why.

Upload Studio won’t upload to Skydrive

Columbo: The Complete Series is on sale, today only

columbo smiling 688x1024 Columbo: The Complete Series is on sale, today only

Columbo is so happy to see you

If you love Columbo, as you should, but don’t own all 69 episodes and all 24 television movies yet, then today is your day.  For under 60 dollars (regularly $150) you can have 34 DVDs shipped to your door and have nearly 6000 minutes of the best detective television series ever aired.

 

Oh and just one more thing.  It’s today only.

This guy wrote a song about the Next Gen Console Wars

Blogger Orion Williams had apparently had enough of all this “Console Wars” talk, and wrote a song about it. Check it out below.

Project Spark Beta signups now available

project spark logo Project Spark Beta signups now available

Project Spark is an ambitions game creation tool that has been in the works for two years. Being a Microsoft first party title, it appears to draw comparisons to Sony’s Little Big Planet. But those familiar with Microsoft Research will instantly recognize Project Spark’s roots, Xbox Live Indie Game and PC release Kodu.

You can sign up for early access to Project Spark through the beta program at JoinProjectSpark.com

Project Spark is coming for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows 8.

Watch this video of Project Spark to understand more of what it’s about.

CastleStorm Review

CastleStorm gameplay 2013 05 25 04 48 48 thumb CastleStorm Review

As a gamer, it’s nice to have developers that you can count on for creating great games and content.  Quite often, developers become known for a certain game series or genre.  And so it becomes easy to think of DICE as “the Battlefield guys”, or Bethesda as “the action/adventure RPG guys”.  Likewise, it would have been easy to think of Zen Studios as “the pinball guys”.  And sure, their most notable work, at least the most prolific, has been Pinball FX and it’s spawn.  But today, Zen Studios carves a new notch into its development record with 2D physics-destruction tower defense action game (it’s hard to put this one into a specific genre) CastleStorm.

CastleStorm has several modes of play including Versus multiplayer and Co-op modes.  I suggest playing through the campaign first as a sort of tutorial and to unlock other modes and features.

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CastleStorm gets a Dev Diary, catapults to XBLA May 29th

CastleStorm is Zen Studios’ latest game for Xbox Live Arcade, releasing May 29th.  In the meantime you can see the official Developer Diary and see the many ways your troops will perish in CastleStorm.

Special note:  The video name drops Waterflame, whom created music for CastleStorm, and whom we interviewed.