The Reboot

PodTech’s Rio Pesino on anything and everything gaming. Point blank period.

The Reboot: Rock Band 2 Demo at E3 2008

Game Developer Harmonix changed the video game industry last year by releasing Rock Band, a popular game that uses not only a guitar, but drums and a microphone as well. The game has prompted other games to step their game up by including additional instruments, including Activision’s Guitar Hero World Tour and Konami’s Rock Revolution. In this episode of The Reboot, Harmonix’s John Drake demos Rock Band 2 at E3 2008. The game features a larger track list, improved guitar and drum peripherals and an improved World Tour and Battle of the Bands mode.

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Jimmy Page, of Directed Zepplin, and Jack White-colored, of White Stripes, would be the two latest music artists to increase the growing list disliking "Guitar Hero" and comparable franchises added in in a press conference last week intended for "It Might Get Loud" the documentary about their songs careers. What's attributed to their own disliking? Money? No . Innovative rights? No . Contrary limelight? No . They dislike children learning about their music by way of a video Game Developer Harmonix and not playing music instruments for real.

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The Reboot: Sports Games at E3

E3 isn’t known as a showcase for sports games, but this year’s event featured some of the hottest new sports titles. Madden 09, NBA Live 09, TNA iMPACT, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 and Wii Sports: Resort were just a few of the playable games at E3. In this episode of The Reboot, host Rio Pesino highlights these games and more, including Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09, Pure and Smash Court Tennis 3.


The Reboot: E3 Big Three Wrap-Up

All eyes were on Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft at E3 2008. Rumors and predictions were rampant prior to the event regarding what the big three would unveil this year. In this episode of The Reboot, host Rio Pesino highlights some of the big announcements made at E3, including Wii Music, Massive Action Game (MAG) and the New Xbox Experience.

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Back From E3


I’m finally back from E3. I’m tired and my legs hurt, but it was worth it. I got to preview a bunch of games from Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony and others. I’ll have videos from the the event soon, so keep checking out the blog. In the meantime, check out photos from the show by clicking here.

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Microsoft E3 Press Conference: Xbox Live Redesign, Final Fantasy XIII, Rock Band 2

(Photo Credit: Daniel Terdiman/CNET News)

Microsoft kicked off E3 with a bang, making a slew of announcements this morning, including a sneak peak of Final Fantasy XIII, Rock Band 2 and a redesign of Xbox Live.

Highlights of the Press Conference included:

-New FF XIII Trailer, confirmed for Xbox 360.
-Rock Band 2 will be released this fall, with an exclusive tracks from Guns & Roses, Bob Dylan and AC/DC. All songs from the first Rock Band will also be transferable to Rock Band 2, eliminating disc swapping. In all, Rock Band 2 will have a total of 500 songs.
-Xbox Live is getting a huge makeover this fall, via software update. No more blades, instead XBL will have a cleaner look based on the new My Xbox Channel. The new update will also include avatars, similar to Mii characters on the Nintendo Wii. Microsoft also confirmed the rumored Netflix partnership, allowing users to access movies from their Netflix queues via Xbox Live.
-Guitar Hero World Tour’s new wireless drum kit, new guitar and new game modes were shown, along with the “music studio” which allows users to create and share tracks online. Also, Metallica’s Death Magnetic will be available for download when the album launches this fall.
-Gears of War 2 will be released November 7. A new online mode called “horde” was also unveiled, allowing up to five players to take on locusts.
-Fable II is finished.
-Resident Evil 5 Playable Demo unveiled. Given a March 13 release date.
-First Fallout 3 gameplay revealed.

Microsoft’s Gamerscoreblog released a media alert of some of the games shown during the press conference. You can view that video here.


E3 08: Nintendo Releases Wii MotionPlus Accessory

Nintendo strikes first at this year’s E3, announcing the release of the Wii MotionPlus Accessory. What is it? Apparently, the add-on device attaches to the bottom of the Wii controller and basically refines game control, making it a more accurate experience. More details on the device will be unveiled during Nintendo’s E3 Press Conference later today.

On another note, The Reboot is at E3, so make sure to check in on the blog for updates!


The Reboot: Trophies Coming to Playstation 3

Sony has unveiled its answer to Xbox Live. The Playstation 3’s next firmware update will include a trophy “reward” system and gamercards, similar to Microsoft’s Xbox Live service. Also in the episode of The Reboot with Rio Pesino, a Los Angeles-based production company dismisses its lawsuit against Nintendo, another Playstation Phone rumor hits the web and a new survey says the average gamer spends 30,000 dollars on video games.


The Reboot: Getting Into the Video Game Industry

Working in the video game industry is one thing every gamer dreams of doing. According to, more than 50,000 people in North America alone play, create and design video games for a living. Many gamers would jump at the chance to be paid to play video games, but most don’t know the first thing to do when it comes to getting their foot in the door. In this episode of The Reboot, host Rio Pesino speaks with video game recruiters from Bungie, LucasArts, BioWare, Ubisoft, THQ and FullSail about the hiring process, what they look for in a candidate and some insiders’ advice on how to break into the industry.

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The Reboot: The Pro Gamer Experience

Apologies to the viewers who were expecting a show last week, special circumstances delayed the posting of an episode. However, this episode should make up for it. On this episode of The Reboot, I walk you through my one day experience as a pro gamer…entering an NBA 2k8 video game tournament, progressing through the ranks and winning it all… against a bunch of kids =)


The NBA 2K9 Cover Athlete Is…

Kevin Garnett! The ad that played during the NBA Finals pre-game show can be seen here. The Kevin Garnett player model looks almost dead-on like his real-life counterpart, from his face to the knee-pad and shoes. Player sweat is back as well. I know it’s too early to judge the game, but I was impressed with what I saw. Let’s hope 2K9 improves on 2K8 come October.

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