Aug 272013
 

toptenwhatweretheythinking

What feels like aeons ago we did a Top Ten What Were They Thinking (consoles and games)? Pretty much asking what were they thinking at the time with the terrible ideas. Now with the beginning of a new console war (and generation) we noticed a few things that are making us wonder “what are they thinking?”. Like before, this does not include mistakes or inaccuracies and no, the DRM is not included since they fixed that. But instead let’s focus on the consoles we have now and the ones coming. What are some of the things that made us tilt our head like a confused dog and ask what were they thinking?

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Feb 012013
 

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This week on the Paranerds Podcast, the two speak about Infamous 2, Indie Game: The Movie,  Ultimate Alliance 2, Shinobi 3DS , The Amazing Spiderman and The Simpsons Tapped Out, they also go over new releases and news (See below). Kevin then has an interview with new Paranerds.com member InControl and then the two go over 2013 Gaming Resolutions and speak about the PlayStation Teaser announcement.

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Aug 292012
 

This week on the ParaNerds Podcast, the nerds speak about Excitebike 3DS, Journey Collector’s Edition, Amazing Spiderman, Onechanmara: Bikini Samurai Squad, SCP-087 and Rooster watched The Expendables 2. Kevin and Rooster then go over a rant about how M-Rated games should just go all out and stop censoring themselves. They also go over NEWS (See Below) and new releases of the week. The two then go over The Top Ten Super Mario Games and speak a little about New Super Mario Bros. 2.

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Aug 082012
 

This week on the ParaNerds Podcast: The nerds talk about Brink, Gears of War 3 and Minecraft and go over some topics about Podcast 100. They also read some fanmail, go over new releases and also news (See below). Kevin speaks about Mario Tennis Open and Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance and the two give their thoughts on The Dark Knight Rises filled with SPOILERS.

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Feb 242012
 

This week on the ParaNerds Podcast, the Paranerds speak about Mass Effect Demo, The Simpsons, Darksiders, Rayman Origins, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Resident Evil Revelations, and Final Fantasy XIII-2, along with new releases, NEWS (See below) and fan mail. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day they also go over the Top Ten Games Based Around Love and end it all with a Rant/Review on Twisted Metal.

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Feb 212012
 

Last year we looked at how love can be used as an attack, this year we are just looking at games that really are about love just in time for Valentines Day. Either the premise or the whole reason of the game. Unlike movies, games aren’t really subtle about love, it’s pretty much in your face, but there are some games that are all about saving the one you love or finding the one you love and it’s hard to remember that, without love there probably wouldn’t be a game. This is Top Ten Games Based Around Love

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Jun 292011
 

The thing about 2D styled games is that you either love it, or you hate it. When games starting becoming more powerful developers starting losing their minds by making games more realistic and more 3D, adding textures and details that will make a 2 year old cry. 3D was a huge step in gaming and most developers decided to take this route. Some games however pushed against the grain and instead decide to make a 2D game instead. We’re not talking  about 2.5D we’re talking specifically 2D games and gameplay. In order for the game to make this list it has to be A) Fun B) 2D gameplay works well 3) Either nice looking or cleverly used 4) Breathtaking gameplay or style–yes I said breathtaking. By the way I’m 100% positive your list will be different than mine, and I’m sure as hell certain you won’t agree. That’s the beauty of it.

With that said here are the Top Ten Modern 2D Games.

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Mar 032011
 

If there is one thing I loved about video games it was the time spent playing with a friend or family member. The joy of the two of you sitting down on a couch in front of the TV playing a game together. So many memories. Recently I tried this again with my brother and my best friend on two different occasions, same results. There are barely any good two player games out nowadays.

Sitting next to each other we were hoping to play a game together and looking through all of our collections we realized that most games only have multiplayer online. This is a bizarre thing to have but yet a lot of people are accepting this, local multiplayer is no longer an option in most games.

Now I’m aware there are great titles like Gears of War and Resident Evil that do in fact offer two player coop campaigns but other games that seem like they should offer two player coop games do not. While my buddy was over we had already completed Gears of War 1 and 2 and we have completed Scott pilgrim vs the world. So we looked through my collection. We figured we would play Ghostbusters because well there are 4 members on the screen so we assume that we can play as someone else (The Wii version does offer local multiplayer). Nope the only multiplayer offered is online which defeats the whole purpose of being side by side. We got desperate and decided to play 50 Cent Blood on the Sand because in that game you have an ally constantly with you and from what I recall you may play with another person. To our surprise you cannot play a co op game together but rather you may play the co op campaign online only and this is a 50 cent game we will not be willing to buy another  copy just so e can play as Nate Dogg or anyone else from G-Unit.

Another interesting game that offers online coop campaign only is Dead Rising 2. Can’t play the coop campaign together but we can online. There is no excuse as to why we can’t play together, I mean if we can’t play the Campaign online at least allow two people to play Terror is Reality online, but nope. Now this wouldn’t be a big problem if we can both play a game online from the same couch but this is not an option either. We cannot play Modern Warfare 2 online together if we are next to each other but can play online if we are separate. This is mind boggling! Again we can play Nazi Zombies on World at War but we can not go online together and join two other people in Nazi Zombies….Why?

Keep in mind here that the the console I have been using here is the Xbox 360. Mostly because my collection is bigger for that system. I realize that focusing on something that makes money and Xbox live is the point, but I feel like it’s missing the point when games are not multiplayer. Before multiplayer was in a lot of games or it was a single player game, if you’re going to offer online play at least allow us to play online together. Finding a local game to play together shouldn’t be a game in itself.Nintendo’s Wii seems to be the only console in which playing side by side it still an option; Donkey Kong Country: Returns, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Resident Evil Darkside Chronicles, hell even one player games like Super Mario Galaxy at least has a half-assed two player option, but at least the option is there. It’s so much easier to actually pull out the Wii and play a game with someone since there is a lot to choose from, except a lot of Nintendo Wii games are crap online so side by side play is basically your only bet.

Surprisingly this is real…ish
So the majority of games for the Xbox 360 is online co op, the majority of games for the Nintendo Wii is side by side co op and the Playstation 3…The Playstation 3 just stands there shaking its head.
So what is the problem with this? The problem is that the joy of having a friend sitting next to you is becoming obsolete. There are more options to play together when the friend is at their own home and where the only social interacting is speaking over the microphone. Instead of having them sit side by side. It was free, it was fun and it will be missed. At lease games like Left 4 Dead and NHL2k11 lets you play co op together and online. Meaning the person can be next to you and you both can play online against other people (this is absent in games like Call of Duty which heavily relies on online multiplayer). So maybe sports games are the only 2 player options we have left….that and retro games.

When we run out of options of what games to play together we usually turn to Xbox Live Arcade. At least that offers independent games that offer two player campaigns or versus modes, and since some games are retro or call backs like Comix Zone or Scott Pilgrim VS the World, chances are multiplayer is local player. Hell we’ve played Streets of Rage and Golden Axe from Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection just because there the only games guaranteed to have local multiplayer. so I guess we are stuck in the past, as the present and future of gaming relies on online multiplayer only. Good Times.

What do you think about multiplayer games being mostly online? Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment below!

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