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By Jonathan Balofsky On 25 May, 2016 At 09:12 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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A few weeks ago, I started playing Super Meat Boy and it’s kept me busy since then. This game will haunt my nightmares for the rest of my days. It is this game that I have learned the true meaning of “platform hell”……and it’s actually a decent video game as well.

Super Meat Boy has a notorious reputation for being a balls hard game. It is well earned reputation but that doesn’t mean the game is bad by any account. The game is difficult but not impossible. This is a game you play if you want to show your friends that you can be good, or if you want to really learn how to get good.

You play as Meat Boy, a wad of meat who has to rescue Bandage Girl, which seems simple if not for the fact that every stage is a sadistic deathtrap. You will soon be ducking and dodging everything imaginable, just to reach the goal and as you progress, it only gets harder and harder. Eventually the early stages will seem like the easiest levels of “Sonic” compared to what happens later on.

But just because a game is hard, does not mean it’s bad. Super Meat Boy is a game that will knock you down and make you like it. It is a game that mocks you at every turn but at the same time, motivates you to continue. This is one of those rare games where no matter how much you die, something just clicks inside of you that makes you want, nay, NEED to beat it. Hard games come out all the time, but only a few actually succeed in this sweet spot like Super Meat Boy,  in terms of 2D Platformers anyways. You will find yourself playing and replaying the levels and becoming more determined than ever to beat it. That is one of the best feelings a game can give you.

Sadly, Super Meat Boy lacks the original soundtrack that it had before, due to licensing issues, but the new soundtrack is a very suitable replacement. The visuals look great and the presentation is all around top notch.

If you are a fan of platformers, hard, easy or otherwise, then you owe it to yourself to check out this game.



By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Apr, 2016 At 06:30 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarCapcom and PlayStation have revealed a new trailer for Street Fighter 5, showing off the latest DLC character, the returning favorite Guile. Guile has a whole new look and seems to have a few new tricks. Check out the trailer below.


By Inactive or EX ROG Staffer On 23 Nov, 2013 At 02:53 AM | Categorized As Conventions, Featured, Otaku Events, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarChibi Pa has kicked off today to the delight of many. One of our new writers, HMK, has hosted several panels today (and on his birthday, such a champ). I will be hosting panels tomorrow and Sunday while HMK will be hosting his podcast live tomorrow. Here are the events starting Saturday in chronological order.

Chibi Pa: Future

  • EPIC and HECTIC LIVE (JJ & HMK): Saturday 4-5 PM
  • Let’s Play with Slenderman! (Isabel): Saturday 9-10 PM
  • The History of Vocaloids and their Fandom (Isabel): Sunday 10 AM -12 PM

I will be giving away freebies courtesy of the website to anyone who attends my panels. We’ll have a lot of fun, guarantee. Chibi Pa is also an amazing convention that has welcomed us with open arms repeatedly, and for that we are proud to help them have another spectacular show! Anyone currently in South Florida should make sure not to miss this opportunity.

No GravatarIn something that took everyone by surprise, the company Ocean Media has been under internet fire lately. The main reason for the combined attack from many outlets is because of a VERY poor decision made by an employee Ocean Marketing, the company who was behind the creation of The Avenger game controller. In what seemed like probably the most ridiculous choice made by someone in the work environment, Paul Christoforo decided to verbally attack a customer of Ocean Marketing’s website.

Known now only as Dave, Dave wanted to inquire on the status of his order for 2 Playstation 3 controllers from their website, with hopes of it arriving before or on Christmas day. When he received a few lackluster responses from Paul, who at the time was responding to Dave’s emails to the company, Dave began to explain his displeasure of the treatment he was getting from Ocean Marketing’s service. To which Paul decided to aggressively respond back to Dave with less then stellar treatment from a company employee.



Having felt insulted and appalled at the response, Dave responded back expressing his anger, demanding he receive the product which he paid for WAY in advanced. Paul had then responded with another aggressive email, almost along the lines of bragging about people he, and/or the company, knew within the game industry, including dropping names like Kotaku, IGN, and PAX. Dave, after recieving the email response, sent over the email chain to Mike Krahulik, the man who runs PAX and the Penny Arcade website. It was at this point the whole situation got as low as it possibly could, to which Paul had continued to go back and forth with Mike on various topics, all leading to Mike posting the craziness on the Penny Arcade website.


After the post went live, Ocean Marketing started receiving huge backlash for the remainder of December 27th. Places like Twitter, Youtube, and even the Ocean Marketing website felt the power of many angry people from the internet. It had even gotten to a point to where not only were multiple Twitter accounts were made from the fallout, but at some point, it was made public that Paul Christoforo was let go from Ocean Marketing.


The whole situation is crazy in of itself. This is a prime example of what NOT TO DO to your customers in any field that you work in. Sometimes, a little common sense can go a very long way, and save you a very big internet flaming headache.


Read the original post from the Penny Arcade Website —









By otakuman5000 On 27 Dec, 2011 At 06:46 PM | Categorized As Animation, Editorials, Featured, Interviews, Old School Otaku, Otaku Events, Videos | With 0 Comments

No GravatarI had a chance to sit down and chat it up with Comedian, Actor, and Voice-Actor Peter Kelamis recently. Peter is most notably recognized as the voice of Goku in the Ocean’s dub version of DRAGONBALL Z. However, Peter is also known for voicing a bunch of other characters in different shows such as Ed Edd and Eddy, Transformers Cybertron, and Class of Titans. We also had a chance to dive into his early career of stand-up comedy and movies/tv shows, including one of his most popular roles in Stargate Universe. Check out the entire interview below, its a total of three parts. There’s plenty of stuff here for everyone, all this and more on this segment of THE BITT.













By otakuman5000 On 24 Dec, 2011 At 03:26 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 1 Comment

No GravatarIt seems that a new policy going into affect January 1, 2012 will cause all gun-like Avatar items to be banned from Xbox Live. With news from EPIC Games, EPIC is claiming that Microsoft is banning and removing any and all gun-like Avatar props as part of their new mandate. This comes at a surprise, especially since most of the more popular Avatar items over Xbox Live are based on games that are based off of shooter games, like Gears of War, Halo, or Call of Duty. However, for those who already bought an Avatar “gun-like” item, you will still be able to keep it without any change. If you delete it for any reason though, don’t expect to ever see it again on the marketplace. So word of advice, start grabbing all the weapon-like Avatar items now before they are all gone within a few weeks. Who knows now, we might end up getting a whole sub-culture of cool kids who have Lancers and BRs, while the rest of us will have to settle for teddy bears and medkits.


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By otakuman5000 On 22 Dec, 2011 At 01:29 AM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, Indie Spotlight, Interviews, Otaku Events, Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe Entertainment Consumers Association ( or commonly known as the ECA) is the non-profit membership organization that represents consumers of interactive entertainment in the US and Canada. They are people who have come together to help gamers stay informed about rising issues within the industry, as well as the various communities throughout the internet. One of the many things they do for us is host various podcast that help inform and educate gamers out there, old and new. Their Community Manager Joe Betancourt host many podcast on there, one of which is called Voice of a Gamer. It is a small show where individuals can have the opportunity to talk about their experience and interaction with Video games, the industry, and how it has impacted or influenced their life. On one of their episodes, I was given the chance to shine and talk a bit about how video games were a part of my life, as well as share a few thoughts on the industry and past time we all love. Click the link below to listen to the MP3, you can also find it and all the other episodes of Voice of a Gamer on iTunes via the link below the MP3.


Voice of a Gamer – Venomousfatman


Joe Betancourt Podcast on  iTunes —








By otakuman5000 On 21 Dec, 2011 At 01:14 AM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 2 Comments

No GravatarLooks like all of those with issues with Team Ninja’s new DMC will get a chance to go devilish with the new Devil May Cry HD collection coming to Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Capcom has officially announced a release date for original Dante’s adventures on April 3, 2012 for North America and Europe. The new collection from Capcom will have all three original PS2 games of the Devil May Cry series available with HD graphics and trophy/achievement support for all three games. On sale for $39.99, players can experience the original DMC games in HD goodness. Looking forward to this one when it drops. About time Capcom, about time…


By otakuman5000 On 21 Dec, 2011 At 01:26 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, PlayStation Portable, Portable/Mobile Gaming | With 0 Comments

No GravatarIt’s touchdown time for Sony in Japan, as the company has launched their new portable hardware the Vita to it’s Japanese market. Reports all over had come in stating that their were huge lines that stretched far and wide with people eager to get their hands on the new portable gaming system. Some gamers here in the states went as far as to import the console and be some of the first to experience Sony’s Playstation Vita. With a big lineup of launch titles, many a Japanese audience and early birds were quite pleased at what Sony delivered.


By now, most gaming websites are giving tons of praise to the Playstation Vita. The system itself, complete with a  5-inch OLED Multi-Touch Touchscreen, two analog thumb sticks, rear and front cameras, a back touchpad, six-axis motion control,  and WiFi ( and also a 3G model); was enough to impress early reviewers of the portable game console. Some issues have been brought up however, with some customers reporting issues with online support for those playing games online (more for people who imported the Vita) which end up freezing completely. There have also been some reports of some models not turning on even after having been completely charged to maximum power. There are minor issues, but still some issues worth noting.


There is still time however for Sony to work out all the kinks and problems that might be popping up with the launch of the first Vita models in Japan, before finally launching Vita here in North America. We’ll have to wait and see what other things Sony can bring to the table with the Playstation Vita. With all the support behind this new hardware, as well as a bunch of games at launch, it’s going to be a very interesting time next year when Vita is released stateside.




By otakuman5000 On 17 Dec, 2011 At 12:47 AM | Categorized As Featured, Movie News, Reviews, Videos | With 0 Comments

No GravatarFinally, the sequel to the intricate and smart action movie staring everyone’s favorite great detective is now out in theaters under the direction of Guy Ritchie. Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows, the second movie based on Doyles character from his famous detective novels, is the next installment in a franchise staring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Sherlock Holmes and Watson, respectively. Downey brings back his charm and genius back to the role with an evolved sense of humor and expert fighting skills. Law co-stars as the ever so loyal and patient Watson, who in this movie is on the brink of being wedded to his fiance. The main villain of this movie is Jared Harris, who plays the villainous Professor Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes’ greatest criminal mastermind and adversary. So does this movie hold up to the intricate story-telling of it’s predecessor? Or is it one big pile of EPIC FAIL? All this and more on this episode of THE VERDICT.