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I’m Ready to Start Swinging in These Streets in ‘Spider-Man’ From Insomniac Games — Black Nerd Problems

ICYMI: I took a brief look at why Spider-Man’s gaming legacy is so great and why Insomnaic’s newest entry seems to live up to that. Click the link below to read the full article on Black Nerd Problems.
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Disgaea Is My Comfort Food

I remember the first time I bought Disgaea. I was 13 at the time and games were life. So,  I walked into the Game Plaza on 116th and Lex, and planned on buying something new. I didn’t know what but I had $50 to spend and I was going to walk out of there with something. Enter Disgaea. All I saw was the cover with no background knowledge of what it was – just the cover. I bought it on a whim and to this day I don’t regret that decision.

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PixelJunk Monsters 2 Announced and My Poor Heart Can’t Take It

Ahhh! PixelJunk Monsters is back! Q Games and  Spike Chunsoft announced today that a sequel to the most acclaimed PixelJunk game will launch on May 25 for $14.99. PixelJunk Monsters 2 is coming to the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam and I can’t be more excited!

To say that PixelJunk Monsters is my jam is more than an understatement. I’ve lost so many hours of my life on this game; far more than I can count and to hear that it’s coming back is such a treat. As you can see from the trailer, the game comes with an updated 3D graphical style, which I can only describe as a picture-perfect recreation of stop-motion animation.

New to the series will be “FOUR PLAYER online co-op, new and sometimes quite explosive fruit bombs.” Other additions include customizable mask and shells for series protagonist the Tikiman, and the ability to switch from a top-down to a close-up perspective to make better use of the new 3D perspective.

This will be Q Games ninth PixelJunk game. I can’t wait to see everything new to this tower defense masterpiece when it releases in May. For now, I’m going to scream like a child into a pillow as I rewatch the trailer over and over again.


What the Fuck Is Even Happening in the New Metal Gear Trailer!? — Black Nerd Problems

ICYMI: Metal Gear Survive Released a Single-Player Trailer and I had some thoughts … Anyway, feel free to click the link at the bottom to Black Nerd Problems to find out more.

Okay! Hold up, take it back now y’all, throw down the reverse card, flag on the play! We need to take a second here. Bruh. I feel like I just watched someone’s weird Metal Gear fan fiction, and that’s saying a lot. The Metal Gear franchise has always been the weird brainchild of Hideo Kojima’s madness but there was a method to it. There was always the feeling that every cryptic, LSD-laced trailer would lead to something mind-blowing. Metal Gear Survive’s latest trailer is just … What?

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GameMaker Studio 2 Nintendo Switch Edition Launches in Summer, 2018

Fans of GameMaker Studio can rejoice! The famed 2D game development engine will support the Nintendo Switch this summer. This means developers can now export their games to work on the Switch. This comes with yesterday’s Nintendo Direct announcement that Undertale will arrive on the Nintendo Switch at some point.

Here’s what YoYo games, creators of GameMaker Studio 2, had to say about the move:

“We’re thrilled to be entering into a relationship with Nintendo, with the opportunities this will bring to our game development community, and most importantly, the players themselves,” said James Cox, General Manager, YoYo Games. “Nintendo has been hugely supportive of bringing independent releases to the Nintendo Switch console, and this partnership will mean even more wonderful games are released on the platform. We’re working hard to ensure the Nintendo Switch version of GameMaker Studio 2 retains the already excellent functionality of the engine, and we are committed to supporting developers and studios who are keen to make the jump to Nintendo’s record-breaking console.”

YoYo Games first launched the development software in 1999 under the name Animo.  It’s since evolved over the years into its latest incarnation, GameMaker Studio 2.  The software is one of the most accessible development platforms for young and new computer programmers, who want to get into development.

Opening up GameMaker to the Nintendo Switch is a big move for Nintendo, YoYo Games, and indie developers who use the platform. The Nintendo Switch is already becoming a popular platform for indie games. Notable games that have recently released include Dandara, Celeste, and more. GameMaker makes it one step easier for novice game designers to put their platform on the console.

YoYo Games hints that more games could be announced closer to the launch of the Nintendo Switch Edition this summer, which also happens to be around the time E3 rolls around. Hopefully, we will hear more sooner rather than later.

The New ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ Trailer Dropped and I Have Some Concerns – Black Nerd Problems

ICYMI: I love Wreck-It Ralph but the lack of games in the sequel’s latest trailer is disturbing. Check out my article by clicking the link below and visiting Black Nerd Problems.

Here is something you should know. I absolutely adore the first Wreck-It Ralph film. It’s an amazing love letter to video games. Sure, the last act spends far too much time in the Mario Kartish Sugar Rush but it’s a great film that understands it’s audience. 572 more words

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Renegade’s Radar: I, Zombie

I, Zombie Logo Switch

The popular Steam game, I, Zombie, is making its way to the Nintendo Switch on March 8 for $4.99, according to developer Awesome Games.

Sometimes, all it takes is a bit a role reversal to make a fairly common premise feel new again, and that’s exactly what I, Zombie does. Players take on the role of lone zombie trying to survive, and judging from the trailer, eat brains and turn everyone else into the undead. Continue reading Renegade’s Radar: I, Zombie

‘Dandara’ Is a Beautiful but Brutal Journey — Black Nerd Problems

ICYMI: ‪I reviewed Dandara, a unique Metroidvania with an interesting twist and a bit of a sadistic side. Read my review on Black Nerd Problems by clicking the link at the bottom.

Publisher: Raw Fury / Developer: Long Hat House / Platform: Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Android / Release Date: February 6, 2018 I think I have some kind of radar for Metroidvania-styled games because my eyes lit up like a Sharingan when… 984 more words

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The Nintendo Labo Is Another Example of Why It’s a Great Time to Be a Kid

Nintendo Labo promotional image.There are significant moments that I remember from my childhood as a gamer. Loading up my Genesis 6-pack to play either Streets of Rage or Golden Axe over and over again. Sitting back-to-back with my Uncle on the couch while we played Pokémon on our Gameboys, tethered together by nothing but a link cable. Or even racing after school to the Game Plaza on 116th to play Marvel vs. Capcom 2 on one of the few arcade machines left in Spanish Harlem.

These are moments that made my childhood awesome. It’s during those early times in the 90’s and early 2000’s that the games were enough to get us excited. Today, as the oldest brother of four siblings, I’m fascinated by games geared towards kids. Even as an adult I find myself getting excited about the newest gimmick or some kind of experimental play because, honestly, where was half of this stuff when I was growing up?

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My Most Anticipated Games of 2018

Ohhh, it’s that time of year again! The time where the year winds down to its final days and we all look towards the future. In the case of this nerd, that means making a list of games coming in 2018.

Now, 2017 was a blockbuster year for video games. It seemed like every single month something new, good, and exciting hit store shelves. While I am ashamed that I didn’t get to play it all, I can still appreciate how amazing this year has been. The new year doesn’t look like it’s going let up. So, I cherry-picked five of the best video games announced to release next year. Let’s take a look.
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