16 June 2011

2K Games Blacklists Eurogamer - A Call to Action

You may recall yesterday's small rant about The Redner Group openly threatening any game review sites that would dare give the highly anticipated game, Duke Nukem Forever, a bad review by blacklisting them from receiving any future games. Well, in a turn of events, I just read this morning that not only has 2K Games (the company behind Duke Nukem Forever and BioShock) dropped their business relationship with The Redner Group, they've also blacklisted Eurogamer.net. According to @tombramwell of Eurogamer:

 "I feel sorry for @TheRednerGroup today. We are blacklisted by @2KGames and it seems to be standard practice."

Are you for real?

What has happened to our beloved industry? In a day and age when we're trying to eliminate bullying in our schools, workplace, and homes, are you telling me we're gonna let these guys get away with this? Listen up, kids: what 2K Games is pulling is not right, not fair, and puts gamers and writers out there like you and me in danger. 

2K Games has yet to release an official statement over the real reason why Eurogamer was blacklisted. Regardless, we as a community CANNOT LET 2K GAMES GET AWAY WITH THIS. I'm not telling you to boycott 2K Games; all I'm asking is that you open up a valid, NON-PROFANITY LACED discussion on their forums, blogs, reddit, Twitter, anywhere really, and let them know that what they're doing is WRONG and a disservice to the gaming community. If it weren't for us and for our reviews, 2K Games and every gaming company—big, small, start-up, indie—wouldn't exist.

Read Eurogamer.net's detailed review for Duke Nukem Forever here.

15 June 2011

Child of Eden - Duke Nukem PR Scandal - Shoes!


Guess what game was released yesterday?! If you guessed Ubisoft's Child of Eden, you won a prize: you get to read my review on the game - wee!!

Oh man, lemme tell you, Child of Eden is one pretty-ful game. You've probably heard me call it Rez 2 (or not), and if you've yet to play Rez at all, don't worry - you can still download it from XBLA. Here are my thoughts for COE so far:

20 May 2011

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, April 13, 2011

Egyptian artifactsFalcon and Catmore artifactsartifactsWild cat and snake on papyrusVicki with a Gryphon
Another stone cross tabletornate cross tabletSaint?stained glassStory of the Virgin and ChildVirgin and Child flanked by angels
carved hornBeautiful gilt crossornate keySt. John the Baptist??MermaidSaint Catherine di Siena
Vicki wielding a swordDarth Vader amor and helmetodd helmetHelmet
This is the third and final set from our NY series - promise. The Met has got to be the loudest museum I've ever been to, which kind of annoyed me as I treat my museum experiences like how anyone else would behave when in a house of worship. Oh well, what can you expect from a museum that's also a tourist trap?

Our favorite exhibit was the Medieval/Weapons Collection - be sure to take a close look at the helmets and the armor!

Central Park, NY, April 13 & 17, 2011

me on a random road in Central Park Cleopatra's Needle through the tulip magnolia trees Tulip magnoliasTulip magnolia trees tulip magnolias crabs underneathe the obelisk
Cleopatra's NeedleTurtle Pond Turtle Pond Castle through the trees Turtle Pond by Belvedere Castle Belvedere Castle
Vicki in front of Belvedere Castle Foggy skyline seen from Central Park Peter in front of Belvedere Castle Daffodils Bridge in Central Park with lamp post Shakespeare's Garden plaque
Bridge in Central Park CNN building Columbus Circle USS Maine Monument Globe in front of the Time Warner Ctr., Columbus Circle
Now, you're probably (not) thinking, didn't she go to New Jersey too?? Well, yes, and the only pictures we took while in NJ was from the wedding (which was beautiful by the way - only a couple really tanned folks).

I won't bore you with wedding photos...I'll wait until I get married to do that - ha!

Oh yes, this set was from the two days we spent in Central Park. Looking back on this set in particular makes me feel all sentimental and gushy inside. Better quit that.

Lower & Midtown Manhattan, NY, April 13, 14 & 17, 2011

Chrysler Building Fire escapesChelsea HotelTempleJumperGrace Church, Broadway
Grace Church II30 Cooper Union30 Cooper UnionCooper SquareAC's and gargoylesdown the street
Memorial Arch of Washington Square Parkme in front of the Arch and fountainOther side of the Memorial Arch, Washington Square Parkrandom corner buildingWorld Trade Center MemorialWTC Memorial II
World Trade Center site of Tower 2WTC site of Tower 2The Sphere by Fritz KoenigThe Bull of Wall StreetStock market numbersTimes Square
Hi all!

After much promising, may I present to you mine and tusdoku's photos from our East Coast trip! Seriously, I have THREE sets of photos of just New York alone to share with you, and I didn't even include ALL of the pictures that we took!

Anyhow, take a look around, relive our vacation with me, and enjoy :)