FREE STUFF: Street Fighter x Megaman v2

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FREE STUFF: Street Fighter x Megaman V2

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This time without gems!

Street Fighter x Megaman v2 is an update to is an update to a fan made game Capcom released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Megaman and Street Fighter. The game features classic Megaman gameplay but with Street Fighter characters serving as bosses instead of an assortment of robot masters. Continue reading “FREE STUFF: Street Fighter x Megaman v2”

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FREE STUFF: Argument Champion

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Free Stuff: Argument Champion

It will be no surprise to people that know me that I like this game. I have a reputation among my friends for being argumentative (I try to keep it in check, honest!). My coursework in college as a philosophy major was basically studying arguments. I enjoy the act of reasoning, the freedom and openness of drawing from a lifetime of experiences and coming up with clever twists of logic to support or undercut an idea. Bigblueboo Labs took this essential and prevalent aspect of life and turned it into a game mechanic with their experimental browser game Argument Champion.

In Argument Champion you connect ideas that the audience likes with the topic you’re defending and connect ideas the audience hates to the idea your opponent is defending. Helping you do this is an argument demon named Corax that reveals to you what ideas the audience views negatively and what ideas they love (is it any surprise that lawyers and rhetoricians are aided by dark forces?) Once you pick which two ideas to link, you have to show they are connected through a free association of connected ideas. So if you wanted to prove that dolphins and the moon are pretty much the same thing and that if you hate dolphins then you should hate the moon you might say something like:

Dolphins are linked to the ocean, the ocean can not exist with out the planet Earth, the planet Earth is inextricably connected to the solar system, the solar system is also connected to the moon, ergo dolphins = the moon.

It can be a bit silly sometimes but it’s fun. In actual gameplay terms once you select an idea to connect, other words associated with that idea appear around it. When you click an associated word, more words appear around the one you just clicked on which will reveal more associations in turn when clicked. You keep doing this until you finally manage to associate a word with the idea you were originally trying to connect with or the timer runs out.

As you progress through the rounds you’re given more options. It’s a short game and the 2 player mode hasn’t been implemented yet but it’s an interesting diversion and what words are associated with each other are randomized so it’s still interesting on subsequent playthroughs.

Argument Champion can be found at: www.argumentchampion.com

FREE STUFF: Host Master and the Conquest of Humor

Free Stuff:  Host Master and the Conquest of Humor

Legendary game developer Tim Schafer has a new game coming out called Brutal Legend and to celebrate its release I thought I would share this little adventure game that was made when Tim Schafer was a speaker at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards in 2008.  This flash game is a throwback to the kind of games that made Tim Schafer famous; a genre that once dominated the PC gaming market. Tim Schafer was the creative mind behind classic adventure games like the Secret of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, and Full Throttle and this tribute to the old ways is definitely worth toying around with if you’re looking to kill a few minutes.

The game has you play as Tim Schafer who procrastinated and forgot to write any jokes for the Game Developers Choice Awards.  You have to look around his dressing room for jokes to tell before going on stage.  Can you find all 22 jokes and unlock moonwalker mode?

After playing Host Master and the Conquest of Humor, you should definitely check out Tim Schafer’s latest game, Brutal Legend!  It stars Eddie Riggs, (voiced by and modeled after Jack Black) the greatest roadie to have ever lived, who is hurt in a stage accident and then transported by the fire beast Ormagoden to a vast heavy metal landscape inspired by the unrestrained, awesomeness of old heavy metal album covers, where humanity is enslaved by demons.  You have to raise an army of head bangers and metal heads to take back the land from demons and weird goth kids.  A constant flux of gaming genres and clever writing makes for an awesome ride through a love letter to heavy metal.  Brutal Legends comes out Rocktober 13th (aka 2 days ago) and while 60$ is a bit much for my cheap blood, look out for a rental review in the coming weeks.

http://www.doublefine.com/games/host_master/

FREE STUFF: Peggle WOW!

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FREE STUFF: Peggle WOW!

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Love Peggle but too cheap to buy it?  Well lucky for you, Popcap and Blizzard Entertainment have teamed up to provide this free promo for their Peggle and World of Warcraft games.  Just as there was an Orange Box themed version of Peggle released with the Orange Box,  Popcap has now released a World of Warcraft themed version of Peggle.

For those poor souls who have never heard of Peggle,  Peggle is one of the most fun and addicting puzzle games available.  In the game, you are presented with a field of multi-colored pegs placed in various patterns with obstacles to get in the way.  You shoot down balls from the top of the screen and try to destroy all the orange pegs on the screen by bouncing the balls off various things.  There are also green pegs which allow you to use a special ability which differs from character to character.  If you manage to get rid of all the orange pegs before you run out of balls, you win.  It’s simple, quick, and it’ll suck you in.

The game has several game types.  Adventure mode has you play through a series of stages which are connected by a “plot;” any level you beat in adventure mode is unlocked for the other game types.  You can also play competitively against a friend or the computer to see who can score the most points.  The game also offers a challenge version of each stage with different (and typically more difficult) victory conditions.

Peggle is a fantastic casual experience that you have to try at least once and this World of Warcraft promo is the perfect opportunity to do just that.  You can get it here: http://www5.popcap.com/promos/pegglewow/