Saturday, March 31, 2012

Game Tattoo #9

Dedication above and beyond, and should be no surprise to me to see someone with a skyrim tattoo, now if only I had the courage.....

If you've got one you'd like to share, please post a link in the comment box.

In order first to last:

Skyrim tattoo from
Chrono Trigger from Gamingtattoos
Joker Tattoo from list09
Quake 3 Logo from Gamegrin forums

Alf the Helper: Clever, I see what you did there, you went first to last, stead of top to bottom...
Elderly: .......
Alf the Helper: ...I'll am..go clean up....

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Hunger Games Wallpaper

all sized 1920x1200

Hi Alf the Helper here, as mr. Elderly said "we may as well make this a Wallpaper Blog for all the good it'll do".  So in an effort to please the old man, Ripper and I present our fan made wallpaper for your delectation, brought to you at absolutely no expence.....whatsoever.

The lady featured is Jennifer Lawrence, who as many of you know plays the heroine Katniss Everdeen in the film adaptation of the novel written by Suzanne Collins.  There's a picture of Suzanne Collins with a rat on her official website.

Thank you for listening. :)

Hunger Games Movie Official Website

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Xbox 360 Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings, Dark or Enhanced

Set for release May 17th 2012, Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings is an third person non-linear RPG based on a series of books by Polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski and one of those few 18 certified console games we can expect to be just that, mature content aimed towards and adult audience.

Developers CD Projekt are labeling the console release as an "adaptation" not a port, and along with distribution rights issues, one of the reasons why the game was pushed back from it's planned 2011 launch.  The CGI intro above was created by Oscar nominee, animator Tomasz Baginski.

Comes in two shades, though check the contents before purchase.

Enhanced Edition
Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition is set to include,
Game DVD: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition game on 2 DVDs
OST CD: Audio CD containing in-game music
Quest handbook: The Witcher 2 quest handbook for both novice and experienced role-playing fans
World Map: Map of the game world
Game Manual:  Rulebook and interface explanation to help players get started

Dark Edition
Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings Dark Edition is set to include,
Game DVD: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition game on 2 DVDs
OST CD: Audio CD containing in-game music
Making of DVD: All cinematic materials related to the game, including trailers, dev diaries, gameplay footage, interviews and an exclusive, making-of video
Quest Handbook: The Witcher 2 quest handbook for both novice and experienced role-playing fans
Game Manual: Rulebook and interface explanation to help players get started
Stickers: Three Witcher 2-related decals
World Map: Map of the game world
Witcher Mediallion: A wolf’s head metal medallion on a chain
Artbook:  Extensive documentation of the game's visual assets, covering concept art, cover renders and all the stories behind the art of The Witcher 2. Approximately 200 pages.
Dark Edition Box: Thick cardboard box with a wolf head to hold all Dark Edition contents

Witcher 2 Assassins Official Website

Elderly: Alf!!! do not even consider touching that popcorn
Alf The Helper: I was just looking at it, case... well case it wasn't finished popping! :(
Elderly: ...........
Alf the Helper: ....I go now......

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Online Games websites,

GameZer is a online multiplayer gaming community with over 10 million registered users.  And while the menu of Billiards, Chess and Checkers is not going to upset the World of Warcraft community any day soon, it certainly does cater to those who like to kick back, meet people from across the world and use what skills you've acquired over the years to see if you can make GameZer's top 100.

Registration is required, though for that you get unlimited free play, excellent graphics and a multitude of game rooms with in game chat and even a spectator option. There's even a simple user guide if you've forgotten the rules.

Billiards feature 8-ball billiards, 9-ball billiards, Straight Pool, Snooker, Pyramid and Carom or select the Bot Player to play against the computer. Create your Group and play with your friends on your own table!

And for desert you might like to try your hands at an oddity called Gladiator.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Pandora's Tower Wii Game Preview

The controversial Japanese Box Art

Pandora's Tower, aka Pandora's Tower: Until I Return to Your Side or Pandora no Tō: Kimi no Moto e Kaeru Made..... is an action RPG developed by Ganbarion and published by Nintendo for the Wii.
Released May last year in Japan and due for release in EU on April 13.

A fan campaign dubbed Operation Rainfall began on June 24, 2011 to persuade Nintendo of America to localize the game along with Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story, to date no word of an American release has been forthcoming.

Character Name confusion
Apart from the Cover Art storm in a teacup, Nintendo have named the characters as Aeron and Elena, whilst wikipedia refer to them as Ende and Ceres.  My money's on Nintendo....

The Plot:
Your friend (Ceres, Elena) is cursed, doomed to mutate into a demonic abomination :(  and to free her you.. (Ende, Aeron) must... erm!... devour the flesh of the various monsters that inhabit the 13 towers.  Pivotal to the game's multiple endings' is the relationship that develops between you and Ceres when your not eating and fighting your way through the towers.

The monsters? Giant armored squid, fiery beasts and powerful pachyderms!! yes I had to look it up.. a pachyderm is any very large, thick-skinned mammal, such as an elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus....

Is it any good?
For hardcord JRPGers this won't matter, but Japanese magazine Famitsu, which lets 4 game reviewers loose on each game rated it 31 out of 40 (77%).

Official EU Website
And the much more luxious Japanese one
Screenshots on Eurogamer

Alf the Helper: Why do Famitsu imprison the Gamer Reviewers?
Elderly: Why do they what!?...they didn't, what made you think they.. how could you possibly think they imprisoned the game reviewers?
Alf the Helper: ...Well you said they let them loose when a game is released.... see right there.. it's in black and grey
Elderly: :(....Alf did your family ever talk to each other?
Alf the Helper: my family?  :(   I can't remember...

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Game of Thrones Volume 1 Graphic Novel

Hardcover edition, comprising of the first six issues of the graphic series.  Novelist Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson bring George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy "A Game of Thrones" to new life in the pages of this full-color edition.

See also Game of Thrones Second Edition Board Game on Rendered Beauty

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

"Gamma-Attack" Rare Retro Games

Manufactured 1983 For Atari 2600 VCS or Sears Video Arcade
Publisher: Gammation (US)
Programmed by Esken Jr., Robert L.

Gamma-Attack is a high res graphic (well back then it was), fast moving, rapid firing video game, featuring a "three screen fighting scenario" for one player, with four game "Speeds" (novice to expert)

The plot
A Vegan war fleet (...the Aliens, not the animal food product abstainers) comprised of deadly laser pulse tanks has taken control of the only inhabitable outpost in the Gamma Star System, You command a Gamma Ship dodging deadly enemy heat seekers and aerial mines. Stay alive and save the Gamma Star system.

Only two carts are known to exist, last estimated price $5,000 to $10,000, with reproductions costing up to $57.

I wanta play it:
Well you ca.... oh wait you can, head to Atarimania, relish the eyedropping graphics, locate the "play it" controller.  Enjoy the Java experience.

remember your the spaceship

a left
d right
w up
s down
shoot Ctrl button

Or a quick Gooooooggle search will find you an Atari 2600 emulator and ROM for your pc.

Chances of finding Rare Games and Retro game systems
Head to Retrotreasures, tell the Gnome I sent you and lord Gnomes what he'll find for you.

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Alf the Helper: ;(
Elderly: What are you crying for now!! dammit!!!
Alf the Helper: It's just so sad...
Elderly: What's so sad?....
Alf the Helper: Aliens invading the only place where the little spaceship guy can live....
Elderly: It's a game for pete's sake..
Alf the Helper: Oh jeez!!... oh noooo?.... that just makes it worse...... ;(
Elderly: What the !!?  how does that make it worse?
Alf the Helper: Knowing the little guys name.. it's heartbreaking.... poor pete!... "sobbbb!"
Elderly: 8(

Saturday, March 03, 2012

I Am Alive Xbox live Preview

Developed by Ubisoft Shanghai and published by Ubisoft, Due for download on XBLA on March 7th 2012 and PSN Spring 2012

What it says on the tin
One year after a worldwide cataclysmic event that wiped out most of the human race, a man struggles for survival in a desolate city as he tries to reunite with his long lost wife and daughter. In this post-apocalyptical tale, there are no supernatural threats, just an everyman who faces a decaying and hazardous world and humanity’s darkest inclinations. Will you hang on to your humanity and help strangers or are you ready to sacrifice others in order to survive?

Third person view for navigation, and first-person when aiming and shooting,
Gameplay has you dealing with three key elements, stamina management, gathering resources and Combat.

"I am alive" places emphasis on climbing and exploration, managing your stamina will be critical for survival and you'll be rewarded by gaining access to hidden paths, resources and other survivors.

Along the way you'll collect hidden resources and supplies which are scattered throughout the city: water, food, gas, medicine, cigarettes, tools, climbing gear, weapons, and ammo.

Survivors will adopt different behaviors and adapt to your actions. Some are friendly and need assistance, some are scared and others are hostile and will use group tactics to take you down.

Okay you've got my attention.... but then so did the ill fated Amy and I can't help but  ponder why a game that sounds this good didn't make it to disc.  Call me skeptical.

Offcial Website

Alf the Helper: Your skeptical!!! ...cynical !!! and a... a miser!!.... ahem.. 
:(    oops!, sorry I got carried away...

(Alf runs out of the room before Elderly can get a hand on him...)