And this is why you do Black Friday ONLINE

29 11 2008

Wal-Mart Employee Trampled To Death By Mad Black Friday Shoppers

‘Nuff said.

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Amazon.com Black Friday Gaming Deals!!

28 11 2008

 

Black Friday.

Black Friday.

Black friday special, peeps.  Today only, Amazon.com is selling Left 4 Dead on PC for $19.95.  That’s a flippin’ steal, people.  If this game interests you (see my review) then most definitely pick it up here for the cheapest you will EVER see it for at least a year.

 

Also, for Wii

Boom Blox – $19.95 (Reg. $39.99)

Cooking Mama: Cook Off – $14.95 (Reg. $29.99)

Resident Evil 4 – $9.95 (Reg. $19.99)

Animal Crossing City Folk and Wii Speak Microphone Bundle – $39.95 (Reg. $69.99)

 

For Xbox 360:

Dead Space – $29.95 (Reg. $59.95)

Fallout 3 – $39.95 (Reg. $59.99)

Left 4 Dead – $39.95 (Reg. $59.99)

Xbox 360 Wireless Controller – $29.95 (Reg. $49.99)

 

There’s plenty more deals on gaming there, but these were the ones that I thought were most interesting.  Good luck, gamers, and I hope you score that deal for yourself or better yet, for the gamer in your life.  (Or that guy who writes stuff and plays games and is a dad.  And an otaku.  You know…)





RE5 Demo Drops Next Week…In Japan. (Sigh.)

27 11 2008

 

Chris Redfield just found out.  Hes a little angry.

Chris Redfield just found out. He's a little angry.

If you’re a fan of scary games, then you are certainly awaiting with baited breath (Which, actually sounds pretty gross when you think about it.  Baited breath?  Do you smell like worms and minnows? But I digress…) the release of Capcom’s newest in its perennial survival-horror series, Resident Evil 5.  However, those in the U.S. looking to get their hands on a demo will have to wait longer than thought previously, as the demo hitting the Xbox 360 next week is for Japan-only, says Earnest Cavalli, of Game|Life, over at WIRED.com:

“‘You wish!’ wrote Chris Kramer, Capcom’s senior director of communications, in response to an e-mail I sent him this morning asking if we’d be granted the same demo promised to Japanese gamers in the latest issue of Famitsu.”

However, while we may have to wait longer than hoped for the demo, the game is still on target for the intended release date of Friday the 13th, in March of 2009.  As soon as a demo hits, however, keep your eyes here as this is a title I definitely plan on previewing and reviewing later on.





Humpday Flash #1 – Manifold

26 11 2008

Just in time to get you through the troubled waters of another Wednesday, comes a new feature to OtakuDad… HUMPDAY FLASH!!!!  Okay, so it will be one game that you should be able to complete (or at least be able to save your progress) in a normal lunch hour, and offer some challenge.  

First off, is Manifold.  It’s short, but it’s got a cool mechanic.  I can’t wait for Manifold 2: Manifold HARDER!!*

Manifold – Create gravity wells and get to the exit

*This is entirely fiction.  But it would be cool.




Which Games Would Be Better In First-Person?

25 11 2008
Street Fighter as an FPF (first-person fighter)?

Street Fighter as an FPF (first person shooter)???

GamesRadar.com has an opinion piece up that discusses their choices for five games that are played in third-person, that they think would be better in first-person.  You can check out the story here, but I think there are a couple more that would be good, if not great, as well.

Beyond that, in light of Halo Wars upcoming in February (supposedly), I’d like to tackle the opposite argument and discuss my picks for games that should be in 3rd person. Read the rest of this entry »





Arkham Asylum 1st Trailer Leaked: Meh.

24 11 2008

WIRED.com wrote a story today about the new trailer posted at GameTrailers.com for the new Batman-themed Arkham Asylum game.  While the video is good looking, I can’t, for the life of me, figure out what the game is supposed to be about.  Are you an inmate?  Are you a doctor?  Are you one of the famed inhabitants that ends up as Batman’s nemesis?  None of this is answered.  It’s just a short fade-cut after fade-cut of the environment (which looks cool), with some creepy ambient noise in the background.

What do you think?





Christian Hip-Hop/Rap: The Best Music You Haven't Heard

23 11 2008

 

To Hell With the Devil?  More Like To Hell With Your Albums!

To Hell With the Devil? More Like To Hell With Your Albums!

Little break from the recent posts about gaming to mention something that is near and dear to my heart: Christian Hip-Hop and Rap.  As a kid who came into his own, musically, in the early 90s, one of the best things about that era were the dance and rap classics from that era.  I’m talking about artists like Boyz II Men, Bell Biv Devoe, Run DMC, LL Cool J, and even more recent stuff like Eminem and Jay-Z…

 

So, around the end of my college experience, around the winter of 2001, I had all this music that I loved to listen to (not just rap, but for this post, we’ll ignore the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, They Might Be Giants, and others that I love as well) and a growing sense inside of me that while I loved this music, I needed to feed the Holy Spirit, and reinforce my belief.  

But here’s the thing, people… The Christian music that I grew up with in my home was stuff like Petra, Michael Card, and Keith Green.  Good stuff for its era, but really?  It was musical retreads, mostly.  Petra was trying to rock, but really just 80’s hair ballad stuff.  Michael Card was musically gifted, but just harkened back to Mid-Life-Crisis Billy Joel.  And while I respect and really like a lot of Keith Green, he was very dated firmly in the 70s.  It was like, there was nothing for my generation.  Sure DC Talk existed, but they were very fake-seeming.  Their lyrics were spot-on theologically, but an album called Nu Thang?  Really?

So, when I became a volunteer youth group leader at my church about 5 years ago, I started raiding their music collection to see the state of Christian music in the opening of the 21st century.  While a lot of efforts are decent, most are about a year old, in terms of pop trends (especially if you listen to the crap they play on an endless loop on K-Love).  So, what’s a guy who loves music to do?  

(read beyond the jump for a couple sample songs, as well as suggestions)

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