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By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Apr, 2017 At 07:19 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG Humor, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Last month, Billings Farm and Museum challenged Nintendo to a cow milking competition in 1-2 Switch after feeling Nintendo made it seem easier to milk a cow than it really is.. Nintendo then responded that they would accept the challenge, and we now have video of the competition. Did Nintendo treehouse members do well vs actual farmers? And what did they think of milking actual cows? Well, its safe to say that if nothing else, this proves Nintendo will always be a unique company.

This competition was good for Nintendo in more ways than one. For one thing, it is offbeat advertising that sticks out more than any marketing plan would ever do. As well, it helps to refute the accusations made by PETA about animal cruelty, which were baseless as well.

See the video below.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 28 Mar, 2017 At 03:10 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG Humor, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe good folks at Smosh Games have released an Honest Game Trailer for Breath of the Wild. They take time to poke some fun but also praise the game.

This is a game everyone seems to love, and even the parodies cannot hide their enthusiasm for it. Of course, they do point out some of the elements aren’t new, but it is all in good fun.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Feb, 2017 At 11:21 AM | Categorized As International News, NINTENDO, ROG News, Television | With 0 Comments

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Toyota has been promoting their car, the C-HR with “crossover” commercials. One recent commercial shows Ryu from Street Fighter driving the car through the other stages before battling M Bison in the car. I am not doing it justice and this needs to be seen.

This is the car commercial for me. If I saw this on TV, I would be very interested in the car. What about you all?

I like how gaming is becoming more entwined with advertising for products like cars and such. It helps make gaming feel more accepted than it has been in the past.

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 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 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 Jessica Brister On 13 Mar, 2016 At 07:52 PM | Categorized As Featured, ROG Humor | With 0 Comments

No GravatarIt’s amazing to me how many gamers act completely obnoxious when playing.  I do think a lot of it is just plain trolling, but sometimes, I think that some people are just oblivious to proper etiquette.  While I don’t think that this article will change much in the matter of obnoxious gamers, maybe I can reach a couple of people.  And maybe the rest of you will find some humor in this.

Here are some things to consider:

Console/Computer Etiquette

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Do: Enjoy food and beverages while gaming.  No one wants you to get dehydrated and pass out.

Do Not: Leave food debris all over the controller/keyboard for the next person.  (I MAY have been guilty of this before, but I’m trying to get it together.)  Also, do not drink too many adult beverages while gaming.  It will not end well for you.  *See below on leaving during online play.

Do: Find time to game.  It’s an escape from the stresses of life and a great way to unwind after a long day.

Do Not: Ignore your children because you want to play a video game.  I’m sorry, but I have heard way too many little children and babies crying in the background of online games, while the parent just yells at them to be quiet.  Be an adult and take care of your kids.  Also, be an adult and tell your children, “No.”  Toddlers should NOT be playing Call of Duty.

Do: Find time to charge the controller/headset if multiple people use a console in your household (Playstation).  Or, make sure there are plenty of AA batteries (Xbox).

Do Not: Drain all of the controller battery so that the next person can’t play.  Or, if you don’t like that, get your own console, so you don’t have to worry about it.

Headset Etiquette

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Do: Use your headset for talking ONLY.

Do Not: Use voice-changers, play music over your headset, have screaming children in the background or barking dogs.  No one wants to listen to your music or your little brother or sister (or even your child) in the background.

Do: Speak coherently when you have a headset on.

Do Not: Use language that is either not understandable, uses too much slang, or too much cussing.  It just gets you made fun of and eventually muted.  Then you’ll just be talking to yourself, and that’s a bit creepy.

Do: Use the mute button occasionally.

Do Not: Take a telephone call while you are still gaming with the headset on or hold a conversation with someone in the room who is not playing.  No one wants to hear your mom yelling at you to clean up your room.  No one needs to hear you talk to your best friend on the phone.

 Online Gameplay Etiquette

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Do: Take breaks at appropriate times.  No one wants you to pee yourself or get dehydrated (well, MOST people, anyhow; there are  A LOT of trolls out there).

Don’t:  Walk away from a game that is still going on.  It’s annoying to your team, and it’ll make your score look bad.  Wait for a good time, and if you HAVE to leave in the middle of a game and it’s co-op, tell your team.  Well, unless it’s an emergency, like say your house is on fire.  Then, please, get up and leave.

Do: Take your game seriously.

Do Not: Take your game too seriously.  No one likes a sore loser, but no one also likes a sore winner either.  People who act arrogant when they win or who get too bent out of shape over a game put people off.  This is why I stopped playing all of the Call of Duty games and moved to a more co-op game like Borderlands 2.  Games are supposed to be FUN.  If you aren’t having fun, then you might want to check yourself.
Do: Use your gaming talents to win.
Do Not: Go noob tubing, excessively snipe or “camp” (unless it’s Borderlands 2 and your sniping with a rocket launcher, which is freaking awesome), or cheat.  It’s obnoxious.

No GravatarThe good folks at Smosh games have put out an honest game trailer for the Fire Emblem series, take a look below and enjoy. Let us know in the comments if you liked it or if you feel their humor is not a good fit.

 

 

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Jan, 2016 At 03:40 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Curve Digital has announced that they are bringing fantasy dodgeball game “Stikbold!” to the PS4, PC/Mac and Xbox One.

 

The game’s description is as follows

 

Stikbold! is a groovy 70s-themed single and local multiplayer fantasy dodgeball game with quirky arenas and chaos-inducing random events.

Follow the story of world famous Stikbold atheletes Björn and Jerome, team up with a dodgeball buddy in co-op team battles or charge head first into a manic free-for-all battles with up to five others.

Features:

  • Action packed story mode – Play solo or join up with a friend co-op and play through an awesome Stikbold! adventure.
  • Multiplayer dodgeball mayhem – Battle with up to four human and two computer players for six player local dodgeball deathmatches and fight to be crowned the Stikbold! king or queen.
  •  The world is your arena – Take to a variety of different dodgeball pitches. From public parks to deep sea oil rigs, each pitch offers a plethora of different dangers andchallenges.
  • Help manipulate match outcomes – Once knocked out, come back as variety of hazards, including angry Swans, Sand Sharks and more, to interrupt the match and affect the outcome.
  • Funky fresh tunes – Fully licensed 70s inspired soundtrack to help you get into the disco party mood.
  •  Crazy and colourful cast – Unlock and play as 18 of the grooviest playable characters from the Stikbold! universe.
  • Lots of moustaches.

 

 

Personally this all sounds awesome to me and I look forward to playing this on PS4. It really looks to have something for everybody and be packed full of content and humor.

You can see the trailer below

 

By Jessica Brister On 5 May, 2014 At 11:14 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, ROG Humor | With 0 Comments

No GravatarI dug out the old Playstation 2 to do an article on Parasite Eve.  It was a completely awkward experience because it really has been a long time since I’ve played an older console.  I guess that I have been completely spoiled over the years with the newer consoles.  From this experience, I have compiled a list of the top 10 things you don’t think about when playing on an older console.  Here is the list:

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There’s more to digging out old consoles than meets the eye.

10.) Break out the Swiffer

Digging out an old console involves a dusty experience.  Make sure to have out a duster before playing.  Or draw a smiley face in the dust.  Why not, right?

9.) Reading is fundamental

Going back through an old RPG?  Does it feel a little weird to have to read out the dialogue instead of it just being delivered do you?  You are not alone!

8.) A/V Cables

What the heck are these?  I thought all cables involved the letters H, D, M, and I.

What type of cables are these, again?

What type of cables are these, again?

7.) Grainy graphics

No matter how good the graphics looked years ago, they will look like crap on today’s nice high definition televisions.

6.) Memory cards

I almost forgot about the days where games didn’t install 50 gigs to the hard drive, and you had to worry about where you placed your memory card.

5.) Difficult to navigate

What did we do without the days when we could easily start over at a check point or get to a specific saved game?

4.) They are a one-trick pony

You mean I can’t message my friends, post screenshots to Twitter, stream Netfilx, or shop for games?  What?

3.) Wait a minute, whatever happened to backwards compatibility?

Sony: You’re in big trouble with this.  Microsoft: You’re getting there.  Nintendo: You are off the hook on this one.

2.) Multiple Discs

Please insert disc 2.  Oh, wait, XBox 360 people have still been doing this for awhile.  My bad.

1.) Controllers with cords

Why I am not able to sit where I want to play my games?  This should not be!  We are all very spoiled now.