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No GravatarGeeks on the Internet Having a Beverage is the new show where I talk to my friends in the geek culture. This episode is featuring my good friend Torrence Davis, formerly the Editor In Chief of The BitBag and STFU and PLAY.  We talked about Old School games and going to arcades and playing Pong and other games. Two old guys talking about the good old days. We had a great first episode. We even talk about Animal Crossing New Leaf!

Thanks Torrence!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 27 Sep, 2016 At 09:57 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG Humor, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe Good folks at Smosh have made an honest game trailer for Minecraft Story Mode. The trailer is full of humorous insight but also some scathing remarks about the nature of the game.

 

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 20 Sep, 2016 At 04:44 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, ROG Humor, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarSmosh Games has released an honest game trailer for Recore. They point out many of the flaws and while making some nice comments, they really savage the game. From the visuals to the game design, nothing is safe, especially not the loading. Take a look below.

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 14 Sep, 2016 At 12:10 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG Humor, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe brilliant people at Smosh Games have released a new honest game trailer, this time poking fun at Dead Rising. With the remakes having just released, taking a look back at the series with a humorous view isn’t all that bad.

 

 

 

No GravatarThe good folks over at Smosh Games have put out an honest trailer for Batman Arkham City where they both praise and poke fun at one of the best Batman games ever made. Take a look below and enjoy the laughs and insight.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 3 Aug, 2016 At 05:03 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG Humor, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarSmosh Games have released an honest game trailer for the Monster Hunter series. The trailer takes a humorous look at the series and points out some flaws with some laughs.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 26 Jul, 2016 At 08:23 PM | Categorized As ROG Humor, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarSmosh Games has released a funny Honest Trailer for Pokémon Go, that shows off some of the more humorous/depressing parts. Have a look below and check out their other videos

 

By Jessica Brister On 17 Jul, 2016 At 06:44 PM | Categorized As Featured, ROG Humor | With 0 Comments

No GravatarEaster eggs can be cool tidbits that game developers put in for various purposes, whether for humor or for sentimental value.  In this blog series, I will highlight some famous, interesting, or obscure Easter eggs in gaming.  This article’s particular Easter egg is Borderland 2’s Storm sniper rifle.

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For those who have played any of the Borderlands games, you know that finding awesome weapons is one of the fun parts.  In fact, since weapon combinations are randomly generated, you may never find the exact same weapon with the exact same stats ever again.  The Storm is a Pearlescent sniper rifle that is made by Maliwan.  The one pictured here has a 120 percent critical hit damage, a 5.7x weapon zoom, and can possibly deal bonus elemental damage (always shock damage).  I have seen it in many different combinations as well.  The particular Storm weapon that I have is called the “Gentleman’s Storm,” and it has the red description of “Tut, Tut, It looks like rain.”  It is one of my favorite sniper rifles in the game.

Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “Wow, that’s a really nice weapon, but what exactly is the Easter egg there?”  Well, it starts with a short story of me reading to my daughter:

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I enjoy reading to my daughter before her bedtime every day.  A few days ago, we picked up “Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.”  I do believe that there is an animated cartoon that goes along with it as well.  The story is about how Winnie the Pooh is trying to get as much honey as he possibly can.  One thing that he has his friend, Christopher Robin, do is launch him on a red balloon to try and steal honey from some bees.  While up on the balloon, Pooh asks Christopher Robin to dance around and go, “Tut, tut, it looks like rain,” so that the bees think Pooh is a rain cloud.

Now, it was about at that point in the book that I paused and went, “Wait a second!  Why does that phrase seem so familiar?”  It only took me a few moments to realize that the phrase was on one of my favorite weapons in Borderlands 2.  I did some digging and found out that it was indeed from Winnie the Pooh.  I suppose someone on the B2 development team has children (tee-hee).

So, there you go: a rarer weapon on Borderlands 2 cross-references a children’s story.  The English teacher in me is going nuts right now.  Winnie the Pooh, for me, will always be a bit different now!

By Jessica Brister On 29 Apr, 2016 At 08:32 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, ROG Humor | With 0 Comments

No GravatarAfter talking to many gamers and comparing gaming experiences with them, I have noticed a trend with a certain portion of the gamer population.  I see it with some people’s posts on Google+ and tweets on Twitter.  I have discussed this with a few of you at length.  You see, there are a few of us (me included) that have what I like to call “Gaming OCD.”  This type of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) may affect the following areas of a person’s gaming life:

*Disclaimer: This is not a real diagnosis or disease.  I am not a doctor.   This article is meant to be humorous.  That’s all.

1.) You must pick up every item you can possibly find in a game, even if you don’t need it.

This compulsion probably started with games like the original Resident Evil, where there was almost no ammo and very few save points. One of the signs of Gamer OCD is the fact that you must find every item you can.  This can become annoying, especially in Bethesda games like Fallout 3 or Skyrim, where weight is a factor.  That’s okay, though.  You will spend an extra hour slowly trudging to a place where you can sell or stash your items.

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Having Gamer OCD in games like Skyrim can be a bit annoying, as there is a compulsion to pick up everything and do everything.

2.) You have to go through levels perfectly.

This sign shows up especially in sneak games like the Metal Gear Solid franchise or other games like The Last of Us, where screwing up even a little bit can cost you ammo or other items.  You will re-start an encounter until do you things perfectly.  Even a small screw-up will drive you nuts.

3.) You have to find all of the secrets, no matter how annoying it gets.

Secret items are often used in games so that gamers can get more out of the game play.  From secret treasure in the Uncharted series, to infusions and extra voxophones in BioShock Infinite, to finding a particular roaming monster in Borderlands 2 that will drop a specific weapon, secrets are a large part of gaming.  However, many use this as optional fun.  OCD gamers have a compulsion to find all of them.  A subset of this group may even use walkthroughs just to make sure they found every secret or area.

4.) You have to completely clear areas, do every side mission, and every quest.

Remember in the original Doom how one had the percentage of monsters killed?   Or in Infamous franchise how one could clear districts completely?  Well, people with Gamer OCD must complete all of the areas.  Leaving baddies behind or areas to clear is not an option.  If you are into RPGs or games with extra side missions or quests, you feel like you have no completed the game unless all of those side missions or quests are completed.

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Feel like you ever need to clear the map every time you play a game? You may have Gamer OCD!

5.) Your character must be the highest level possible.

Whether it be the ranking system in the Call of Duty franchise, to perfecting a character in an RPG, to increasing skill levels in The Sims, people with Gamer OCD must have the highest level character possible with all of the bells and whistles.  Their character must have access to every skill and weapon possibility and must be a complete beast in specs.  Although many gamers like to do this, people with gaming OCD take it to the next level and may create multiple characters that are like this and will take the extra time and effort to get their character leveled as high as possible.

6.) You must get all of the trophies.

I’ve seen this a lot from #PS4share.  Gamers do enjoy getting trophies for accomplishments in the games that they play.  However, an OCD gamer feels the need to get one hundred percent trophies across the board on all of his or her games.  A game is not complete unless all of the trophies have been won.

When you have Gamer OCD, getting all of the trophies is mandatory.

When you have Gamer OCD, getting all of the trophies is mandatory.

So what are OCD gamers to do?

Well, if you are like me and haven’t finished a Bethesda RPG because you have to do every side quest and take every item in the game, then it may be okay to tell yourself to let go a bit.  Perfection isn’t always attainable, right?  However, I will say that OCD gamers probably get the most bang for the buck when it comes to our video games.  We spend more time than most per game because of it, so happy gaming everyone!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Apr, 2016 At 10:48 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG Humor, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe good people at Smosh Games have put out an Honest Game Trailer for Pokken Tournament. Check it out below.