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Game Stuff 74 – Girl Or Boy??

On this episode Kalai and Roberto discuss the Contender team, Second Wind, Ellie debacle.

Special thanks to the shows contributors, you can find the band of our intro music, Take Away The Ugly here and find Isaac Sagoeii (the shows artist) at https://isaacsagoeiii.carbonmade.com/

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We are happy and proud to share that Proven Gamer has partnered with the Humble Bundle! The Humble Bundle is a fantastic initiative and program that allows games to score a litany of games on the cheap — all while making charitable donations to various groups and organizations. You can click here for the details on Proven Gamer’s Humble Bundle partnership.

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Trophy Whores 354 – Tricky’s Favorite Beyonce Lyric

This week, with Stephen at the helm, the Trophy Whores (Alex, Yield and Tricky) cover the best PlayStation 4 games and discuss a PlayStation Vita game that openly entices buyers with easy trophies.  While trophies encourage and increase friendly competition between gamers and offer additional challenges to each game, we have always been faced with the question: Are trophies (and achievements) bad for video games?

We are happy and proud to share that Proven Gamer has partnered with the Humble Bundle! The Humble Bundle is a fantastic initiative and program that allows games to score a litany of games on the cheap — all while making charitable donations to various groups and organizations. You can click here for the details on Proven Gamer’s Humble Bundle partnership.

In a bit of big news that would make the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proud, iHeartRadio and Spotify host episodes of Trophy Whores.  It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of two massive and respected entertainment communities, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to soaring heights. The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

We appreciate your support (and your ears)!

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If you wish, you can always download the show here – Trophy Whores 354 – Tricky’s Favorite Beyonce Lyric

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Trophy Whores 338 – Judicial Tussle with the Video Game Boogeyman

To all lawmakers and judges, video games are not evil.  They don’t turn people into murderers.  What’s more, video games don’t make people take guns to public places and wreak havoc.  Thank you.  We appreciate your time.

We have a release date for Detroit: Become Human.  If you’ve followed Quantic Dream’s work, then you know that Detroit deserves more than a passing glance.  And while their games have been polarizing, Quantic Dream deserves credit for pushing innovation in a medium that tends to favor sequels  and safe bets.  Why get spaghetti every time that you go to an Italian restaurant?  Branch out!  Next time, try the baked ziti or chicken alfredo.

Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, among other things, PlayStation Plus, Horizon Zero Dawn, Detroit: Become Human and Rangi.  What’s Rangi?  We’ve got the answer in What’s Hot in Gaming!

We are happy and proud to share that Proven Gamer has partnered with the Humble Bundle!  The Humble Bundle is a fantastic initiative and program that allows games to score a litany of games on the cheap — all while making charitable donations to various groups and organizations.  You can click here for the details on Proven Gamer’s Humble Bundle partnership.

In a bit of big news, iHeartRadio streams episodes of Trophy Whores, which greatly expands the show’s footprint and reach. It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of iHeartRadio’s massive and respected community, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to this point.  The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

We appreciate your support (and your ears)!

Please subscribe to the Trophy Whores feed in iTunes or RSS and please leave a review. We won’t give you cookies, but it will help us make the show better.

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If you wish, you can always download the show here – Trophy Whores 338 – Judicial Tussle with the Video Game Boogeyman

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Game Stuff 14 – Halloween Fun!!!

On this weeks episode of Game Stuff, join Kalai, Joe, and Kory as they tell scary Halloween stories that will give any gamer a fright. Listen at your own risk!!!

Special thanks to the shows contributors, you can find the band of our intro music, Take Away The Ugly here and find Isaac Sagoeii (the shows artist) at https://isaacsagoeiii.carbonmade.com/

We appreciate your support (and your ears)!

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If you wish, you can always download the show here – Game Stuff 14 – Halloween Fun!!

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Summon Night 6 Coming October 31st for PS4 and Vita

For those craving a JRPG, California-based Gaijinworks have announced a firm release date for their highly anticipated localized release of Summon Night 6.  The game arrives in the United States on October 31st for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, with the game arriving shortly after in European territories.

The news comes after Summon Night 6 faced several delays in the localization process. Originally slated for release in September, there have been a variety of 11th hour production issues that have occurred.

For those unfamilair with the franchise, Summon Night is a fantasy JRPG franchise that has spanned 15 years across a multitude of systems, including the PlayStation and Nintendo DS. Taking place in the fictional land of Lyndbaum, players embark on a quest of love, action, and courage through a steampunk setting, featuring multiple kingdoms, species, and epic battles. Battles take place on a strategy grid and feature a variety of close-range and long-range weapons. Below, we share Gaijinworks’ full description of Summon Night 6.

From the website’s description .

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“Released in Japan as a celebration of the series’ 15th anniversary, Summon Night 6: Lost Borders offers gorgeous widescreen graphics presented in high definition, a first for the series. The fully 3-D battle system allows Chain Attacks that happen automatically when an enemy is surrounded by two or more allies; in these situations, each ally can hit the enemy without risk of counterattack. In addition to the Summons that are a hallmark of the series, two allies can team up for a breathtaking “Summon Burst” attack that invokes a devastating magical strike from one of many giant fantastical creatures.

Combat is only one part of the Summon Night 6 experience. The series is well known for its “night conversations”—one-on-one encounters where various characters confide in one another, leading to a web of elaborate, emotional storytelling with many different branching paths. Lost Borders also includes several charming mini-games: One has you fishing for different types of aquatic creatures, while another involves cooking power-up meals using the bounty you’ve caught with your fishing pole.

The game features more than a dozen endings, many of which have sub-endings that can change depending on the player’s affinity level with a particular character. “Summon Night 6 is one of our biggest projects to date,” Ireland explains. “It has enough text to fill about five novels—over 50% more than the huge volume of text that Summon Night 5 had.” Adding to the enormity of the localization task is the fact that the English-language version of Summon Night 6 features voice acting: All key events are voiced, as in the original Japanese version, over 20,000 lines of dialogue in all.

Summon Night 6 also features Cross-Save. If you have the PlayStation®Vita andPlayStation®4 versions, you can move your save between them using the cloud, so the game can be played on the big screen at home, and on the small screen on-the-go!

Summon Night 6: Lost Borders is planned for North American digital and physical release on the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®Vita on October 31st, 2017.  European and Australian PSN release will follow soon after.”

 

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Son Of Scoregasm releases October 10th for PS Vita, Windows, Mac, and Linux

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After three years in development, One-man developer CharliesGames have finally announced a released date for their unconventional twin-stick shooter, Son Of Scoregasm. On Otcober 10th, Son Of Scoregasm will release for the PlayStation Vita, Linux, Mac, and Windows. For fans of frsh takes on the tried-and-true formula of spaceship shooters and twin-stick action, Son OF Scoregasm will be worth the wait.

Son Of Scoregasm is a refinement of a previous title from CharliesGames, Scoregasm. Scoregasm is a non-linear spaceship shooter, where players embark upon a large variety of galaxies to defeat enemies and rack of the highest score imaginable. Players will come across all sorts of enemies and obstacles throughout their experience. Son Of Scoregasm is a greatly refined experienced, with new visuals, higher framerate, new scoring mechanics, and much more accesability for a quicker “pick-up-and-play” approach.

To celebrate the release of the game, CharliesGames has unveiled a new trailer, as well as the soundtrack by independent music artist John Marwin. Check out the soundtrack below.

 

Son Of Scoregasm OST by John Marwin

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Game Stuff 8 – Online Gaming. Yes or No?

On this weeks episode Kalai, Kory, and Joe talk about online gaming and how its effected the gaming culture. Do the host prefer co op or multiplayer? Listen to this week’s episode and find out. Pineapple pizza was hopefully harmed in the making of this episode.

Special thanks to the shows contributors, you can find the band of our intro music, Take Away The Ugly here and find Isaac Sagoeii (the shows artist) at https://isaacsagoeiii.carbonmade.com/

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Game Stuff 7 – Gaming Essentials

On this week’s episode of Game Stuff join Kalai, Kory, and Joe as they delve into the gaming essentials. How does Kalai fit all those portable gaming systems into her pocketbook? What should you eat while you play? Spoiler: NOT pineapple pizza.  How do we balance our work/gaming life?

Special thanks to the shows contributors, you can find the band of our intro music, Take Away The Ugly here and find Isaac Sagoeii (the shows artist) at https://isaacsagoeiii.carbonmade.com/

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Sony Reveals Secret of Mana Remake for PS4 and Vita

Today Sony revealed a ground-up, 3D remake of Secret of Mana — something that I don’t think any of us expected.

To quote the Official PlayStation Blog:

One of the greatest RPGs of all time, Secret of Mana, is coming back to life in 3D! Secret of Mana will come to PS4 and PS Vita digitally, on February 15, 2018 worldwide.

Secret of Mana holds a special place in many hearts here in the office, so we could not be more excited for new fans to experience the time-honored classic for the first time, and for existing fans to dive back into the fun fantasy adventure that they know and love.

The remake boasts local multiplayer and a newly arranged soundtrack, as well as fully voiced characters.  If you pre-order Secret of Mana, then you get three exclusive suits when the game launches on February 15th, 2018.

I loved this game growing up but never had the patience to finish it.  I’m excited to dive back into Secret of Mana early next year!

You can watch the trailer below and head over to the PlayStation Blog to check out all the details.

 

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Trophy Whores 304 – A Far Cry From Kingdom Hearts 3

This week Alex hosts, which means that you can expect brilliant segues and at least one BioShock reference.  With Mark and Stephen helping to navigate the latest video game news, we’ve got you covered on all the facts and stories that you need to know.  For instance, did you know that Sony Computer Entertainment needs to green-light a Heavenly Sword sequel?  Fact.

Early 2018 won’t lack heavy hitters.  Before the end of spring, Ubisoft will release Far Cry 5, and 2K Games will ship Red Dead Redemption 2.  While both games have evoked palpable excitement, Red Dead Redemption 2, a long-awaited sequel from Rockstar Games, has no doubt created a larger stir.  Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed; however, as always, 2K Games releases games when they are fit to sell.

Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, among other things, Marvel Heroes Omega, Marvel’s Guardian’s of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy VII Remake.

In a bit of big news, iHeartRadio streams episodes of Trophy Whores, which greatly expands the show’s footprint and reach. It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of iHeartRadio’s massive and respected community, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to this point.  The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

We appreciate your support (and your ears)!

Please subscribe to the Trophy Whores feed in iTunes or RSS and please leave a review. We won’t give you cookies, but it will help us make the show better.

You can find us on Twitter: @TrophyWhores  and @ProvenGamer

You can also email us at TrophyWhores.

If you wish, you can always download the show here – Trophy Whores 304 – A Far Cry From Kingdom Hearts 3

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How Playstation could steal Nintendo’s thunder with the Vita 2.

Just over two months into its life, The Nintendo Switch has eclipsed 5 million in sales, and finding a console is nearly impossible. Amazon sells out of their stock in under 20 minutes. The handheld/console hybrid is a runaway success, and appears to have the software lineup to promote a lengthy life for itself. While Nintendo has always had a stranglehold on the handheld console market, there recently had been a second player in the game. Sony’s two portable systems, the PSP and the PSVita have been able to carve slightly into the market, but is it possible to ride the Switch’s coat tails and switch the conversation in their favor? While it isn’t likely, here are a few way that Playstation can steal The Switch’s thunder.

There are some Nintendo Switch-like mock ups for a handheld/console hybrid of Playstation’s own that are garnering some serious buzz from the industry. Simply making a hybrid console woudn’t be enough for Playstation to really matter in this battle. In order to figure out what it will take, we have to look at what mistakes were made with previous Playstation handhelds.

 

Unwavering First Part Support

Nintendo has a (recent) history with not being able to garner enough support from third party developers. Playstation, when it comes to their handhelds, have found the opposite problem to be true. Playstation’s first party studios abandoned ship entirely too early in the Vita’s life cycle, yet the Vita has one of the most impressive attach rates of any gaming device. While an accurate number may be hard to come by, it is believed that the Vita’s software attach rate sits around 15:1 (meaning each Vita owner has around 15 games purchased for the device). To be fair, the last number I can find was from Sony themselves touting a 10:1 back in 2015 with around 8 million units sold, so take this with a grain of salt. With just over 17 million Vitas sold, it is easy to get excited by the attach rate numbers, but for some reason, Playstation doesn’t get excited enough to support it with first party exclusives. This is the first way Playstation can steal Nintendo’s thunder. Nintendo will be supporting the Switch with a vast amount of first part titles, as it is their main console for the foreseeable future. Playstation must up the ante and throw all their big guns at the Vita 2. Infamous, God of War, Uncharted, Horizon, The Last of Us, etc are all the types of games that MUST be on the console. Even the 3rd party exclusive titles must make their way over. They cannot let Nintendo have a monopoly in quality of games. Playstation needs to commit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue the Playstation Hardware Pedigree 

I am already confident that whatever hardware Sony will come up for this hypothetical console will be far superior to the Switch. Sony is a hardware company. They make quality products with cutting edge technology. Nintendo likes to focus on keeping products as a palatable price, and doesn’t focus very much on having the “best” of anything tech wise. Sony could do The Switch better. In order for it to pull the rug out from under Nintendo, Sony would have to pull from their insane bag of tricks. Playstation Now and Playstation Vue have proven that they have cloud streaming down. Perhaps they could try and use cloud COMPUTING to combine Vita 2’s to improve performance of games. An example: The Switch can connect 8 consoles locally, but each system is its own independent machine communicating over a network. What is the Vita 2 instead used each processor in tandem with each other to boost performance? This could allow each Vita 2 to be used without sacrificing power during local cooperative play. It is possible that the Vita 2 could actually become the Playstation 5 in that regard. I am not engineer, but the larger point here is that Sony will have to throw out a powerful, yet competitively priced machine.

Use Cheaper & More Readily Available Memory

Speaking of competitively priced – there is no way that Sony can sell a Vita two or any other hand held console with those ridiculously priced memory cards. Proprietary memory cards are a thing of the past. One of Nintendo’s smartest moves with the switch was allowing the use of SD cards for storage. These cards are easy to find and relatively cheap. This is a small change that would have a huge impact on Playstation’s next device. It is a no-brainer.

 

 

 

 

 

Embrace Playstation History

Finally, the best thing Playstation could do to shower dirt over top of Nintendo’s Switch is to have a ubiquitous store where all Playstation titles can be played on it. If the device is as powerful as they should make it, there is no reason why they cannot have a powerful emulator to play Playstation’s titles of years past. Perhaps the only way to do this might be to expand Playstation Now, but if they really want to shower that heavy dirt on top of that coffin, they will have to figure out how to do it. Nintendo will touch a rich history in its Virtual Console eventually, and Playstation MUST have a response. Also – these old games MUST have trophies. Otherwise there is no point, right?

So there are three ways that Playstation could steal Nintendo’s thunder with the Vita 2 (or a hybrid Playstation 5 for that matter). What would you like to see in the next Sony console? Would you like a hybrid? Maybe just stick to the standard fare? How can Playstation steal Nintendo’s thunder? Let us know in the comments or come visit us on our Facebook page at the link below.

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Trophy Whores 244 – Super Whores Sunday

Tricky and Alex celebrated Super Bowl Sunday with each other — as well as a guest who has no rooting interest in the game.  To be fair, Tricky is a Giants fan, and Alex likes Packers, so no one has a stake in the Lombardi Trophy this year.

Some people play for trophies and accolades on the gridiron, while others play for trophies and honors on the PlayStation Network.  The Trophy Whores prefer the couch.  You don’t get hit nearly as hard when you are sitting in front of your television and have a PlayStation controller in your hand.

Even without two of the Four Whoresmen, silliness abounds.  Join our team of virtual football champions and armchair MVPs as we discuss, among other things, Apotheon, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Doom, and World of Tanks.  We’ve got more than football on our minds this week.  Who doesn’t like pizza, wings, or Nathan Drake?  He didn’t make it to the Super Bowl halftime show, but if you keep your eyes open, you might catch Nate on the horizon.

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Nun Attack Review

Nun Attack is one crazy game. In short, you take a group of nuns who happen to have shotguns and assault rifles to different graveyards to try to take down Mortana, the Fallen Nun. You go through 40 levels, spanning across four worlds. These levels have players running through them, destroying portals, and killing enemies at their flagged points. You can level up the nuns, and level up their guns with the in-game currency. Crazy, right?

The levels are all basically the same. You tap, drag, and release your finger to direct the nuns where to go. All the while, there are portals firing flying skulls at you. Each portal has a different skull, and a different way to destroy/block the projectiles. You destroy those portals by destroying the skull near it, which can be quite difficult and annoying in some levels. There are also flags in each level, each one starting a combat sequence. In these, the camera pans in, and you are given access to your weapons. You then move around every nun separately, the same way you do in the non-combat parts. To attack, you drag your nun’s cursor over to an enemy, and she will attack automatically. This was a problem at times, because the nuns would group up, and I wasn’t able to specify which enemies they were to attack. Some nuns would just stand there, and do nothing. After that, I would just keep swiping randomly, and lose the tactical feel of the game.

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You can’t have a game this weird without powers and miracles, right? Each nun has a special power that can be used in the battles for support. They are all  important, as you must use them if you wish to succeed in battle. The other form of powers was the miracles. These could be used at any time in the level, and are activated by drawing out a symbol in the miracles screen. These could be used for attack and support. Even though I didn’t use these as much, both are cool features, and are necessary to battles, and the game as a whole.

The boss fights are easy for the most part, just a larger version of the most common enemy in the world you are in, with advanced attacks. But, the last boss made me want to throw my Vita across the room. Let me just tell you now, that I have EVERY nun up to level 15 (the highest) and the best guns for every nun upgraded to the max. Even still, I couldn’t get the last boss under half health. There is a serious balancing issue or something, and it needs to be patched. Badly.

Speaking of the upgrades, the system is actually pretty cool. You can upgrade the nuns just by defeating enemies, and finishing levels. But, each nun has four guns which are found in golden chests in some of the levels. Each gun has 4 upgrade levels, which improves their fire rate, damage rate, etc. It can also change a bonus effect the gun has, such as poison, or burning. The upgrades are all good, but they still won’t help you beat that dreadful final boss.

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Everything else about the game is all pretty good as well. The menus are easy to navigate, and have a lot of color, making them nice to look at. The art styles along with the menus are pleasing, but in-game, everything seems to look flat. The music doesn’t play a huge role, but isn’t very good. It’s got kind of a jazzy soundtrack, and doesn’t seem to fit right with the game.

Overall, even with my gripes about the game, Nun Attack is pretty fun. It has a good combat system, cool powers, and a good way to upgrade you weapons. The games problems (such as the hard final boss fight) don’t completely ruin the good parts. I suggest you buy Nun Attack, you will have some fun with it.

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Jak and Daxter HD Collection rated for PS Vita by ESRB

The Jak and Daxter Collection has been rated again by the ESRB, but this time for the Playstation Vita. This means the game was re-certified and will probably come pretty soon to Sony’s handheld. The game would be the first of the Sony collections to come to the Vita. If there is a formal announcement, we will let you know.