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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.

 

 

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.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Mar, 2016 At 10:27 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, Featured, Reviews, Reviews, ROG Humor, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Archie comics have a reputation ( mostly deserved) of being a kiddie comic that plays things way too safe and comes off as cheesy. In recent years however, the company has taken steps to shed that image. From Afterlife with Archie (Archie with zombies and not for kids at all) to new horror comics with Sabrina ( again definitely not for kids), the company has done a lot to push Archie out of the niche it was stuck in. That said, would anyone have predicted a crossover with the Predator franchise? Or even more, a crossover that is aimed at older readers that unlike the crossover with the Punisher in the 90’s, doesn’t hesitate to show violence?

This comic is insane. I was amazed at what they put into the comic, from references to the movie protagonists, to lines being quoted. Seeing Reggie call himself a “Gosh Darned Sexual Tyrannosaurus” left me speechless. The violence was not hidden at all. Seeing Archie characters get their heads ripped off and blood splattered is a far cry from the cheesy comics of previous years.

The art is of high quality and almost eerie in how the Predator is drawn to resemble the Archie style. The story? Archie and the gang go to Costa Rica after winning a contest and during the heat wave a teenage predator comes to Earth to hunt. The predator is drawn to Betty and Veronica’s fighting and follows the gang back to Riverdale where things really hit the fan.

The writing is witty and clever and after you get passed how disturbing this can be, its actually a fun read. Although its called Archie vs Predator, the story focuses more on Betty and Veronica and their fight against the predator. Everyone else gets caught in the middle.

Be aware this is NOT a lighthearted story. Like Afterlife with Archie, this one is not for kids, or the faint of heart. If you are easily disturbed by dark imagery, then this comic is not for you. This is a comic where anyone can die and who makes it out at the end is rather surprising.

The hardcover collection includes mini comic crossovers between other Dark Horse comics and Archie characters, my favourite being Hellboy meets Sabrina.

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In the end, I have to recommend this, but be warned once again, this is a very dark comic.

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 Daniel Fugate On 16 Dec, 2015 At 07:22 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG Humor | With 0 Comments

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Xenoblade Chronicles X came out this month for the Wii U. Did you buy it? How are you liking the game so far?

If you’re having trouble with the game at all, you may want to check out Nintendo of America’s Xenoblade Chronicles X Survival Guide videos. Nintendo released a new episode this week and you can find the rest of the episodes on their youtube channel.

Here’s the new episode of the Xenoblade Chronicles X Survival Guide. In the episode, Nintendo talks about BLADE.

If you haven’t played Xenoblade Chronicles X yet or just want to know more about the game, you may also want to check out Nintendo of America’s official website for it. The website contains a lot of information about Xenoblade’s world, characters, and gameplay.

Please let us know in the comments what you think of Xenoblade Chronicles X. Is it your rpg of the year?