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  1. The end of 2013 is here and we had a long great year with great games, worst games, developments, awards, gaming nights, breaking news, surprises, previews, reviews, journalism, E3, Conventions, etc. A lot has happened throughout the year and how it impacts the gaming industry and hobby today. This thread discuss whatever you like to share about who, how, or what ways did gaming affect you this year. These are my personal thoughts about the past year. You don't have to follow this format and I'm just discussing what I like to share. Feel free to say whatever you want about the past year and such. Best Game? Worst Game? Beat a lot of games? Enjoyed the most? This doesn't have to be the games for this year or anything, but what games you really enjoyed playing this past year. For me this past summer was one of the best summer of gaming I ever had mostly on the PS3. I managed to beat 20+ games and that was a pretty exhausting way to kill time. It was amazing how in end of June and early July I was able to beat Bioshock Infinite and the Infamous series in a short time. Infamous games were so amazing that I was surprised I beat them quickly with no problems. Anyways July was my favorite month and of course it was my Birthday month. My favorite game to play during the time is none other than Ni no Kuni. It has been a while since I've played a JRPG game and my body was ready for time spent. It took me 9 gaming days with 2 days off to beat Ni no Kuni. I remember that time went by so fast that I forgot about the real world and Game Podunk lol. Heck gaia was wondering where I was and thought I was sick (lol appreciated for worrying me). Well I was almost sick from gaming exhaustion. Felt like I was playing the game forever. I was sucked into the world of Ni no Kuni and could not put my controller down. It was time well spent. Ni no Kuni is probably my favorite game during the summer and possibly my game of the year. Hard to pick between Infinite and Last of Us. Anyways I think the best game for me this year I've played is Ni no Kuni because how it kept me playing and hooked to the storyline and such. I enjoyed this masterpiece a lot! Worst game I've played this year is Operation Raccoon CIty. I did not have a good time playing the game in single player and multiplayer. I almost didn't want to finish, but did so I can get over it. I know I'll get bashed by Luds for saying this since he liked the game. Maybe If I had the PS3 version my view would be different and it's always better with friends and co-op. E3 Discussions/Gaming News Oh man remember all those E3 discussions earlier this year? We would be bashing on Microsoft, claiming Sony wins, Nintendo just idling, etc. Man looking back at it, we had a lot of fun posting those memes and funny pics poking fun at Microsoft. So many threads on Microsoft's problems about how they will have always online, drm issues, etc. Sony had us all won their hearts. So much has changed since E3 and today. Fanboys battling it out, console wars, etc. Back then and today things sure got different in perspective. Sony still has my vote of confidence and Microsoft started to rebuild and fix things the best they can. Even though not a huge Xbox fan, I applaud them for being motivated to overcome the negativity. Nintendo did what they did and still became awesome. I know there were a lot of crazy gaming news the past year too. Sad one being THQ going bankrupt and having their games looking for a new home. They were a great gaming company in my view and hope those who worked there found jobs later in life. They worked pretty hard with the games that needed a new home. Another one would be the past year with EA. Remember when everyone was mad about the SimCity? Man that was total disaster on their end and a mess. EA has had a bad year with bad commuincations. What other news you remembered that stood the most? Winning the Prize Vault It took forever to win one, but finally did. It wasn't easy as I would always lose to Ludo and almost lost the 3rd time. Kekeke 3rd time's the charm huh. Anyways I remember during that time we had great results and personally I thought Kiky would win because of the super hero threads like Wonder Woman vs Superman and Why Don't Heroes Kill Villains threads she posted and had great posts. I did made a lot of contributions to the community, but honestly it surprised me that it was enough to take the win. I learned I won when I was sick during the semester. I had a horrible day in bed so I lay there sleeping most of the day until Jason tweeted me a surprise. I really tried to celebrate and jump, but man that sick was keeping down. Winning the Prize Vault really brightened up my day. To tell the truth, I was going to give Kiky my prize vault because I felt she deserved it more, but refused and said I deserve it more. Thanks Kiiky. After the semester ended, I eventually got the Vault and liked it. It was fun posting the power rangers pictures. Gaming Nights/Co-Op It's always fun to play with friends no matter what. There is more enjoyment and excitement when we play together as a team. I never played much of co-op these days until I met you guys. It was a good idea to create the gaming night thread, but then again it's hard to schedule at times lol. Super Smash Brawl on the Wii was the first gaming night I tried to set up during the summer and had a lot of fun playing. I know I wasn't that great, but it's all about having fun. Man John, Venom, and Jordan are like the best Brawlers in the game. John is just too good. Congrats to Venom for winning our first fun tournament lol. After that then started to come up with other games to have gaming nights. Most of the time these days we just asked our buddies hey lets get a gaming night going without using the thread. Also Kiky bringing up Uncharted 3 Multi is a lot of fun as well. We got a bunch of people to participate and it was successful. Ludo would be sending Last of Us invitations during the time too. Another time I enjoyed was Killing Floor with Kiwi. Really had fun in the game and Kiwi was a pretty good leader! So many hilarious moments too. Of course there is the regular co-op games. I had the bestest times playing MW3 with Kiky doing the survival waves, hilarious adventures in DR:OTR, GTAIV, etc. So many great moments. I know I annoy you a lot in co-op games and fail most of the time, but I do the best I can lol. I'll remember to give you money in MW3 too. Also Venom we had awesome times as well with Dead Nation, LBP, Shoot Many Robots, etc. I've lost count on how co-op games we've beaten. We still have a lot of games to go though lol. Man I still need to play some co-op games with most of you guys I haven't played with yet. For some reason playing co-op with Jason is like a big goal lol. _______________________________________________________________________________ Anyways I could talk about a lot of things about the past year, but I'd like to hear stories from you guys.
  2. Jordan Haygood

    PC Tomb Raider Box Art

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

    © Crystal Dynamics, Square Enix

  3. If there's one thing that could be said about the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) it's that it is not very indie friendly. Yes, independently developed and published games can sometimes make it onto the show floor, but with nowhere near the amount of glitz as big names. E3 is primarily about triple A titles and that's the way the industry likes it. In an attempt to give otherwise overlooked games exposure, Venus Patrol and the Museum of Contemporary Art have teamed up for HORIZON. HORIZON is an event for developers both large and small to get their innovative games shown to the world. As the museum is not far from the LA Convention Center, some journalists may flock to this event for stronger upcoming game coverage. Unfortunately, none of the games that will be at the event have been announced yet. Some will be games we're aware of, but others are promised to be "super secret new surprises." HORIZON takes place on June 13th, which is the last day of E3 2013.
  4. Jason Clement

    Best in 2013 Video Game Music

    I thought I'd start a thread where we can all share some of the best music we've heard in video games this year (2013). Perhaps I'll archive this into a list later if it gets big enough, but for now, feel free to share any outstanding music tracks you've heard so far in 2013. Oh, and try to avoid any music tracks with spoilerish titles and the like as well (or at least put them in a spoiler tag). I'll start off with a few ones that I really like from Fire Emblem Awakening and Etrian Odyssey 4. http://youtu.be/X6qJ7hJwzE0 Fire Emblem Awakening - Duty (Ablaze) I've said it before and I'll say it again - recent Fire Emblem games have been known for some great music but this is one of the coolest tracks I've heard recently and I could listen to it probably forever. Fire Emblem Awakening - Battle Theme of Final Chapter This is one of the most unique tracks I've heard for a final battle due to its usage of an accordion, but the end result sounds amazing. Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan - Lush Woodlands (Extended) This is the music from the first dungeon area in the game and I have to say that it's a surprisingly beautiful melody for that kind of environment, lol. Then again it is the "Lush" Woodlands, so yeah. Anyhow, the song kinda reminds me of a fancy hotel or soap opera or something. Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan - The Burning Crimson Sword Dances (Boss Theme) A pretty epic boss theme; gets me pumped for the battle every time. Make sure you listen to 0:46 - that's when the main part begins.