The Reboot

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

The Reboot: Rock Band vs. Guitar Hero - Six Months Later

There’s no doubt Rock Band and Guitar Hero have changed the way videogames are played. The casual and hardcore gamer are paying big bucks for plastic guitars, drums, mics and downloadable content and both games have been hugely successful at retail since they were released late last year and the music industry has taken notice. Both Rock Band and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock were given rave reviews by game critics at the time they were launched to the masses, but how are they rated today? With the continued release of DLC and durability of the equipment, one question that comes to mind is which game reigns supreme now? In this episode of The Reboot, host Rio Pesino answers those questions and gives you his hands-on experience with both games…six months later.

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How Classic Video Games Were REALLY Created

History has told us the early years of gaming began in the 1980’s. But according to this comedy sketch from cracked.com, the classic games were born in the 1970’s, with the help of all types of narcotics. Pac-Man, Dig-Dug, Frogger and even Tecmo Bowl are referenced in the video. There’s even a little Guitar Hero foreshadowing as well =)

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Rock Band Wii Trailer

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The Reboot: Grand Theft Auto IV Review Hits the Web

In this episode of The Reboot with Rio Pesino, the first Grand Theft Auto IV review is on the Web, weeks before the game’s release on April 29th. Some are questioning the validity of the review of GTA IV, which is the most-hyped game of 2008. Also on this week’s show, Call of Duty 4’s variety map pack shoots down the Xbox Live service, Sony brings back the Dual-Shock controller to the PS3 and THQ unveils Saints Row 2 at its Gamer’s Day event in San Francisco.

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NBA Ballers Version of Dwight Howard’s Tap Dunk

Message to Midway, the tap was done with the LEFT hand. Get it right. Next time, you should emulate Jason Richardson..the best dunker in the L.

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360 + Wii Remote = 360Mote?

MTV is reporting that Microsoft has been working on their own version of Nintendo’s Wii Remote. According to their source, the project has been in development since last August with the help of Rare, the studio responsible for games such as Perfect Dark Zero and Killer Instinct. A sketch of the rumored controller has also leaked on the internet, and as you can see, it’s not the most original design out there. In fact, besides the lack of a nunchuck attachment, this looks almost identical to the Wii Remote.

Photo courtesy of MTV Multiplayer Blog.

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The Reboot: God of War: Chains of Olympus Video Review

Kratos makes his debut on the Playstation Portable in God of War: Chains of Olympus. The game is a prequel to the first God of War, which was one of the best games ever to come out on the Playstation 2. Fans of the God of War series and PSP owners have been looking forward to this game ever since developer Ready at Dawn Studios announced that it would come out for the handheld system. The buzz surrounding Chains of Olympus was so big that Sony even unveiled a God of War PSP bundle before the game was released. But does it live up to the hype? Find out in this podcast video review of God of War: Chains of Olympus with The Reboot’s Rio Pesino.

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PSP Celebrates Third Birthday

The PSP turns three this week and the device has two reasons to be extra happy this year: God of War: Chains of Olympus and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII. The Nintendo DS has dominated the portable gaming market for quite some time now, but Chains of Olympus and Crisis Core give the PSP two must-have titles. As a result of the release of both games, the launch of the slimmer PSP-2000 and the popularity of other hot games like Patapon, PSP sales have skyrocketed, giving the console added momentum in 2008. According to Game Informer, PSP Sales are up 85% compared to April of last year. However, the PSP shouldn’t be celebrating like its 1999 just yet. The DS still reigns supreme in Japanese hardware sales.

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Dumbing Down EA Sports?

Destructoid posted an interview Next Generation did with EA Sports’ Peter Moore. In it, Moore says there are two things that need to be done to revive what many are calling a dying brand (due to a lack of innovation with some of its most prominent sports games, including the Madden and NBA Live franchises): using promotional and merchandising deals to get the brand out there to the hardcore sports gamer and most importantly, make the games more appealing to non gamers.

In the interview, Moore says, “We’ve got to bring more people in. We’ve got to grow the sports business…you know, the interface on our games is just too complicated for those folks and we have to change that, and we’re doing a lot of work to do that without dumbing down the games.” He then goes on to say, “There are too many buttons and triggers and d-pads. We’ve got to break a lot of that down.”

Isn’t “breaking a lot of that (controls) down” basically dumbing it down? I’ve been a fan of Madden and the NBA Live series since the Sega Genesis days, but like other sports gamers, got sick of buying the same old game every year. The problem with EA Sports is not complicated controls, it’s the lack of innovation in their games. Every time a new Madden or Live comes out, they add one or two new gimmicks, whether it’s Madden’s Hit Stick or Live’s Signature Shots, but in essence, it’s the same old game.

EA Sports does not need to dumb down the controls for Madden or any of its other main sports titles (Live, FIFA, NHL, etc). Doing that will not only piss off hardcore players, but it will also take away what these games supposed to be, which is a hardcore, simulation experience. What EA Sports NEEDS to do is take advantage of the ESPN License, create a brand new graphics engine for all their games and stop releasing the same games every year with the only change being a roster update. Add a few casual arcade sports games to the mix and EA Sports may be back “In the Game.”

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The Reboot: Sonic Unleashed

In this episode of The Reboot, Sonic the Hedgehog fans went nuts after several screenshots and a video trailer of the blue-haired hero’s latest adventure, Sonic Unleashed, were leaked online. SEGA Europe later confirmed that the game will come out this year. In other gaming news, Sony and Harmonix were hit with lawsuits this week and a Super Famicom console signed by Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto fetches thousands of dollars on Ebay.

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