Mar 282011
 

So here it is:  part two of the Top 20 Most Controversial Games. ( Click here if you missed the first part) This was actually a  really hard list write , not only because we were thinking about the top ten games but also because a lot of the following games (according to the media) played some part in real life tragedies.  This means that I had to look them up to make sure they were legit. Compared to Part 1 these games might be darker and actually pretty damn depressing to read about.   Having played (most) of the games too was hard enough but writing about them was even harder. The stories that accompany the games and the reasons why they are controversial are generally deceptive, but the fact is that some people believe that these games do cause harm.  So here are the Top Ten Most Controversial Games.

10. Left Behind: Eternal Forces


This is a touchy subject because religion and I don’t really see eye to eye. Regardless I believe that everyone should have their own beliefs and I’m not going to judge anyone based on these beliefs. But I am Catholic (that’s what it says on my…actually I don’t know where it says that), and I know how horse-shit crazy people can get when it comes to religion. Thus we have the game Left Behind: Eternal Forces. A real time strategy game about converting people to Christianity where you can either convert them or kill them if they don’t behave.  Jack Thompson (surprisingly) was also against the game because according to him, “The game is about killing people for their lack of faith in Jesus”. I mean that game looks fun and the idea is strange.  Just like Billy Graham’s Bible Blaster the game is about converting people and making them become Christians, heathens or not. As if we don’t get enough of that at Airports. (Boom Satire).

9. Bulletstorm


With a name like Bulletstorm you would hope the game would be ridiculous, and it is. It’s aware how ridiculous it is by poking fun at itself (kind of like Duke Nukem). If there was any kind of controversy I personally expected it to be because of all the violence, but according to…wait for it…Fox News, Bulletstorm increases rape. Wow. Awkward.  We all know that cutting someone in half (in the game) and calling that “topless” makes rape possible. Also the kids (won’t someone think of the kids) that play this will become  dark-allley people, or we could enforce the M-RATING ON THE BOX and not sell these M rated games to minors. Being able to buy M rated games once you’re 18 should be a reward, because honestly nothing good happens after that. A psychiatrist named Carole Lieberman told Fox News that “sexual situations and acts in video games — highlighted so well in Bulletstorm — have led to real-world sexual violence”. Yes all those sick rapists out there played Bulletstorm and thought “that’s what I’ll do…Rape!| The game has nothing to do with sex besides a few innuendos and like I mentioned earlier, it’s supposed to be stupid. The game is called Bulletstorm! Looks like all that attention Fox gave it really ruined the sales of the game.

8. Super Columbine Massacre RPG!


At first this game was higher (meaning closer to 1, so lower on the list..gah!)  on the list because of the name of the game. Super Columbine Massacre RPG. The tragedy at Columbine High School affected everyone and many issues were brought to hand: Teen Bullying, Violence, Guns, Music and Video Games. Doom and Counter-Strike were the games being blamed by the media..that and Marilyn Manson. So when I found out that there was a game based on the tragedy, I too, (as much as i hate to admit it) jumped on the band wagon of “this is wrong!!”  But not being like the media, I downloaded the game (which is free online, you can find it yourself) and tried it out. The game created by Danny Ledonne, “Columbin” was a re-creation of the Columbine tragedy in a sort of 16-Bit RPG style created with RPG maker. The game isn’t that great, and I couldn’t get too far into it because to me it didn’t feel right. What did feel right was the dialogue between Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. You can feel the anger and the way they were outcasts, you feel what they felt and how alone they probably were. I’m not in any way condoning what they did because I am against violence of any kind, but we’re all gamers, and I’m sure we were all bullied and we too understand what it was like.  Was the game necessary? No. It does dive into their minds and let us see what they saw. The levels dive into a random Hell level later on but still it was a game.  This controversial game caught the media’s attention (again) when a killer of another school shooting was reported that he too played this game.

7. Splatterhouse


Splatterhouse (2010) tried its hardest to be controversial.  It had blood, curse words and nudity.  Unfortunately after 2 Girls 1 Cup we’ve all been desensitized. But back in the day seeing blood in a game was equivalent to killing four puppies.  It was unheard of.  Splatterhouse wasn’t the best game; it was interesting yes, but not the greatest game. Its controls were stiff, the story was pretty forgettable but the blood… oh god the blood. This was one of the first games to receive a somewhat rating, well no, not a rating, a statement.

In case you can’t read the blurry JPEG it states: “The horrifying theme of this game may be inappropriate for young children…and cowards” This parental advisory was the first time any kind of warning appeared on a game, even four years before Mortal Kombat was released. It had some pretty gnarly enemies including an upside down cross, which was removed in the North American version so people wouldn’t freak out. Also there were hanging fetuses as enemies.

6. Duke Nukem 3D


“Shake it Baby” says the Duke as he hands a stripper a handful of money. Duke Nukem 3D was controversial because it “promoted pornography and violence”. Duken Nukem 3D did surprise me as a kid too (yes I shouldn’t have been playing this). When you see a pixelated naked woman on a stripper pole you know this isn’t your typical game.  Like Bulletstorm this game was a parody.  Duke Nukem is ridiculous and that’s why we love it. As for the treating women like objects, well yeah I must admit that the only reason why women are in this game is to dance for Duke Nukem not for him to kill them. If you do shoot them, enemies will appear so doing this was never a smart idea. It was even hard to watch a woman compound in some kind of shell moaning “help me”. Duke Nukem 3D really pushed the envelope back in the day and was one of the first games to mix  “sex and violence”. Although people have claimed that Duke Nukem is killing women, the actual point of the game is that aliens have taken the women and it pisses Duke off. Thus we have the game. It was a silly and boyish but it was fun.

He’s definitely not done with the controversy, in Duke Nukem Forever there is a new multiplayer mode called “Capture the Babe” in which you capture a babe (instead of a flag) and she’ll freak out and put her hands over his eyes, after which you must spank her butt (assuming you’re carrying her over your shoulder) to make her stop. Guess who has a problem with this? Duke Nukem is a hardcore, gun crazy, womanizing guy.  That’s  the point!

5.Manhunt


So imagine playing a game where the whole point is to kill people with household objects just for the sake of entertainment. That’s Manhunt. Manhunt puts you in the shoes of a man looking for the truth; in order to find himself he must kill people for a snuff-like film. The real controversy behind this is that the deaths have three different settings. Green for not so bloody, Yellow for pretty bloody and Red for Bloody-bloody. I mean the game wasn’t too bad, it kind of loses its momentum towards the end when it focuses less on stealth and becomes more action oriented. The controversy stemmed from the type of  objects he could  use. e.g. a plastic bag, a shard of glass. Manhunt has  (tried) to be linked to the tragic murder of 14-year-old Stefan Pakeerah. The murderer, 17-year-old Warren Leblanc, used a hammer as his weapon.   The game Manhunt happened to be the game that he was “obsessed with”. His mother,  Mrs. Pakeerah stated, “It should not be available and it should not be available to young people”.  I completely agree this… it should not be available to young people. Not because it may cause a teen to kill, but because it’s not meant for them. Manhunt was  banned in New Zealand on December 11, 2003. Manhunt 2 on the other hand would have been here but because they censored the killing, there really was nothing to worry about.  It still did gain the attention of…you know who. Honestly I’m not going after Fox here – they just happen to be the only media outlet that consistently takes a negative stance towards video games.

Like the reporter says “when you play this game on Wii as opposed to Nintendo or PlayStation, you do the stabbing, you grab the knife and stab” Let me fix that sentence for her… “When you play the game on the Nintendo Wii, you replicate a stabbing motion with the Wii remote controller and in the game you will stab a character”.  There, better. She’s right though, the controversy surrounding Manhunt 2 was that you mimic the motions of killing someone. By mimicing I mean thrusting the controller either up or down or side to side.  It wasn’t that good.

4. Grand Theft Auto/ San Andreas


What kind of list would this be without Grand Theft Auto? The game itself is obviously controversial due to…well everything. You can do what you want. Go ahead and blow up that car. Sure, kill that civilian and get the cops after you.  Actually, while you’re at it-kill them too!  And then die as well. I believe that’s the first time i used the word “kill” that many times in a sentence.  Of course news outlets, this  NBC (Finally) did a story on it with (again) Jack Thompson. I’m not purposely looking for interviews with this guy but he’s like poop that’s stuck on the bottom of your shoe… it just spreads and makes things worse.

Jack Thompsons states that “There is a direct causal link between these games and teen violence”. This is strange because this site begs to differ. Could there be a direct link between video game violence and unstable teens?  Possibly. Then again you shouldn’t allow an individual who has a disorder to play such graphic games but  I digress; the real controversy was something as stupid as a code “left behind” by Rock Star Games.  Although Grand Theft Auto was already up there and NEVER INTENDED FOR MINORS. There was a public outcry when a patch came out. You all know what I’m talking about, but in case you’ve been living under a rock this was called “The Hot Coffee mod”

(You can watch it HERE because I know you want to see it… NSFW!!)

The “Hot Coffee Mod” not only got news outlets going nuts, it also got Hilary Clinton involved.  She was sure that Rock Star was distributing porn to kids. There are many arguments to be made like A) This game is rated M (17+) B) This game is called Grand Theft Auto where killing people and stealing cars are just part of the game and C) The game is called GRAND THEFT AUTO!  If there was a code “Left Behind” in Super Mario Galaxy where Mario and Peach do the dirty, then fine, yes, that is wrong because the game is rated E and such content should not be shown to minors…only to weirdos (seriously type that in Google.com) . A family friendly game meant for kids where a sex scene appears would be an issue.  But in a game like Grand Theft Auto you expect that, just like you expect that Scarface should have a scar on his face. They already had sex in the car. The only difference was that this time you had to press “X” to thrust. Needless to say the game was taken off the shelves for a while and then  re-released with an AO (Adults Only) rating, making this the first game to be rated AO.

3. Custer’s Revenge


Of course this game is going to be on the list. Truthfully if you’re a gamer you’re already aware of this game.  If not, let me fill you in. Back in the day Atari games did not have to have any kind of quality or control over what is made or played on the system. Nintendo would soon change this by offering the “Nintendo Seal of Approval” which somehow has disappeared in today’s Nintendo’s games….WII MUSIC, REALLY?!  The media focuses a lot more on the “porn and violence” in today’s games when truthfully they’ve always been around except there was no internet to spread the word…well there was but the computer was the size of a room and the internet was as fast as a snails’ reaction to you poking it in the eye. I guess in 1982 is when games hit the media.

Custer’s Revenge (among the many Atari Porn games) involved a character named Custer, and what looks like an Indian woman tied to a cactus. I say what looks like because the game looks like crap (NSFW I think) Object of the game – have sex with her… but she is tied up and probably not condoning this sex.  That means that you are in fact raping her. Wow…just wow. Feminists hate it, parents hate it and you know what? Gamers hate it. This is one of those rare games that everyone hates. It’s not fun, it’s not satisfying, the graphics and sound are terrible. The lightning bolts strike at random (you have to avoid the lighting) and it is disgusting. I mean what would make anyone say “how about we create a  game where you rape a woman tied to a cactus?” I mean any movie or book that has a rape scene is already hard enough to read or watch (eg. the scene in the movie Blindness and the scene in the book Blindness) but playing it was just wrong, even if it only involved one button. Maybe if the graphics were better it would be alright….

2. RapeLay


…NO! It’s still wrong even with improved graphics! RapeLay was a game only released in Japan. It involved you, a rapist on his journey to rape a mother and her two (young) children! This is not what gaming is about! It’s not pushing the envelope, it is the envelope! It’s just a game that lets you live the fantasy of a sick-o. But wait, how is murdering many people in games different than raping people in games? That’s a very good question. I guess it’s easier to hear “I killed like 14 guys online” rather than “I raped 14 guys online”, although the latter is still used in online slang (stupid XBox Live users).  I guess the difference between a rape “simulator” and a “murder simulator” is that in games like Call of Duty you’re fighting  soldiers.  Kill or be kill is the name of the game.

In other games like Left 4 Dead or Resident Evil you’re killing Zombies and we all know that Zombies have no souls, so it’s OK to kill them. But in RapeLay you are literally raping a mother and her kids and that is the point of the game.  There is no defence and there is no possible reasoning behind it. In Grand Theft Auto if you kill any civilians you will have the cops on your ass.  If you kill a cop you will have the military on your ass.  There are repercussions to your actions.  Killing people is not the point of the game-it is a part of the game. If Grand Theft Auto was a game about just killing civilians you can bet that it wouldn’t do as well. It’s the story and voice acting that makes it a great game. RapeLay on the other hand (from what I have read) is just about raping. I refuse to play it because it will look really bad when the mailman delivers a game called  RapeLay on my doorstep.  That will be the last time I will feature the word “Rape” on this site.

1. Mortal Kombat


Now I know a lot of people aren’t going to agree with me on this one. Yes there are games on this list that are more controversial than this, but let’s be honest,  this game is the Godfather of controversy.  It was the first time a game made it in the media (other than Custer’s Revenge in 1982). There were plenty of fighting games before Mortal Kombat but none offered the fatalities that Mortal Kombat did. As I mention in my “What Happened” article, as a kid this game scared the crap out of me. I wasn’t used to seeing a man rip off another man’s head, while his spine hung there dangling. Or where a man rips another man’s heart out and holds it as some sort of victory trophy. This was new.  This never happened before. It wasn’t the fact that this game offered a lot of blood it was also the fact that it was open to a younger audience,  in Arcades, right next to the Donkey Kong arcade machine. Kids lined up to play this game and I can relate. The surprise of someone already knowing the fatality of Scorpion made him an instant king. Yes I’m aware that Doom was released before Mortal Kombat and yes I’m also aware that Doom was pure blood. But did Doom have this?

Probably, but that’s not the point. If only Fox knew that they would keep this trend of “are your kids safe?!!?”  in the future. Mortal Kombat was and still is the poster boy for Video Game Violence.  In Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine he says something along the lines of “most video games come from Japan”  (when stating where violence comes from) then shows an inaccurate screen cap of Mortal Kombat (Inaccurate because the game was made in the USA *adjusts glasses*) It’s because of Mortal Kombat that games now have a rating system. Due to the violence and parental complaints the video game industry created the ESRB, the rating system that should help parents in buying a game for their wiener kids. It’s because of Mortal Kombat that we have E-Rated and M-Rated games. Grand Theft Auto just added another layer with AO-Rated games. Without Mortal Kombat‘s controversy we’d have a bunch of crazy-ass psycho killers on the loose, instead of crazy-ass sport fans on the loose. Although I do stand by what the ESRB rating says it’s the responsibility of everyone else to enforce it. Just saying…


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Feb 232011
 

This week the Paranerds speak about new releases and News ( See Below) along with a Salute to the Sega Genesis. The community stops by for a rant on Blizzards theme park and Rooster brings on a game that looks very good. Dead Island .

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Feb 012011
 

2D sprites, oh how we love thee, you guys went from these little blocks of color with so much personality into full grown things. So it was strange seeing our favorite game characters jump from 2D to 3D. In this top ten list we take a look at the top ten classic characters that jumped from 2D to 3D. The redesign look, the amount of detail, but yet still the same character. These are Top Ten Classic Game Characters That Jumped To 3D.

10. Toe jam and earl 3

If there was one game that we enjoyed over and over again, that game was Toe Jam and Earl for the Sega Genesis, I was always Toe jam and Rooster was always Earl. There was another game, ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron which let us see our favorite characters from the side rather from the top view, then there was ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth. This game brought elements from both past games and revived them into a 3D world. It was very bright and very colourful. It just wasn’t as good as expected. The controls were wonky and the graphics were blocky but still seeing these guys come back was nice, even if it did add a third character that no one asked for. I’m still hoping for a REMAKE on either XBLA or Nintendo DS. It would be perect with touch screen and it would be fun online. One can dream though….one can dream.

9. Pac-Man
Giving Pac-Man a body was nothing new we saw it before in Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures on the genesis and SNES. Then in the Tips & Tricks magazine there was a  picture of Pac-Man inglorious 3D for a system called Dreamcast (I went through a really huge Pac-Man phase as a kid) I was excited. Never got the game on a Dreamcast but I did get a Pac-Man game for the  PlayStation named Pac-Man World (20th Anniversary) and it was actually pretty good. The whole family was there  including Pac-Baby. Unlike Sonic Pac-Man didn’t have a voice and I love him for that. The game was a typical 3D platforming game with homages to original Pac-Man games, all with different themed levels. It was just good to play as the old Pac…or Man….or whatever

8.Sonic Adventure


I remember reading about this game in Tips & Tricks magazine and being all psyched about this 3D Sonic. Sonic 3D Blast was a close call but it was only from an isometric view. Sonic Adventure kept everything about the Sonic we grew up with, the speed, the attitude. The only thing  they gave him which we didn’t need was a voice… And about a whole bunch of new characters we didn’t want. Unfortunately Sega thinks we still want to hear the runt speak and they are missing the point. We just liked to as fast as sonic speed. We want to bounce of springy things, we want to turn into Super Sonic. We don’t need no crazy stories. Although you can see what I mean in my very long article on Sonic here. They did keep him blue though….so um , at least there’s that.

7. Splatterhouse
When Splatterhouse came out last year it was exactly the kind of game I expected, apparently to other sites it wasn’t. It had basically everything the original had, plus more, and the originals! Sure it wasn’t as tense and the atmosphere wasn’t as dark but it had blood. Lots and lots of blood. Bringing  Rick into a 3D world was a tough step. The original Splatterhouse games barely had a story and were hard as hell. Splatterhouse 2010 (this is why they should stop making remakes) was a little easier but the hell mask was a joy to listen to, even if he repeated the same lines 4 bazillion times. Rick was still a badass, and he was still huge. They gave made the mask different instead of a hockey-Jason-Mask, but it was all done with good intentions. I still highly recommend trying this game out, it’s brainless and fun.

6. Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee
This  probably isn’t a classic to some, but for us here at paranerds.com this is a classic. We only saw Abe in a side scrolling game before hand and witnessed him in full 3D during the cut scenes. Never did I think about the game being in full 3D. That was until I saw a teaser for it on an old Canadian show called GamerZ. Seeing my favourite character in 3D got me a little worried, but after playing this masterpiece of a game it was fantastic. Nothing has changed, you still ask Mudokons to follow you, you’re still weak and you now have a new buddy named Munch. The only thing that was different was the environment and the way you worked around the puzzles…that and lots of Sobey vending machines. Seriously it’s disgusting how many vending machines their was. This is the first and only time we saw Abe in 3D, after that we had Stranger’s Wrath with no previous characters, the only thing it had in common was Oddworld.

5. Epic Mickey
Mickey Mouse has been a great lovable character and actually had a surprisingly good number of games under his belt, my personal favourite being Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse. Seeing Mickey in 3D took a while. Our first glimpse of him in 3D was in Kingdom Hearts and the reason that’s not on the list is well… Mickey’s a bad ass in the game. We never had the original Mickey in his original outfit as a playable character. That is until the greatness that is Epic Mickey. Mickey Mouse feels so innocent and lost and that’s what he’s supposed to be. For the first time you’re controlling a version of Mickey Mouse whose weapons isn’t a key blade but instead a brush (after all, the pen is mightier than the sword, I love myself sometimes). Epic Mickey not only revives the classic Mickey we all know and love but also his earlier movies. Sure the atmosphere is a little dark and sure the voice isn’t the same, but this is the equivalent of any previous 2D Mickey Mouse games, it’s fun it’s enjoyable, it’s Mickey. This is a true classic reborn.

4. Legend of Zelda


I’ve got a confession to make, I never got into the Legend of Zelda franchise. The only games I did enjoy were the original two on the NES, Spirit Tracks and Phantom Hourglass on the DS. But for what it did on the Nintendo 64, you’ve got to give credit where credit is due. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time brought everything from pastZelda games and more. Utilizing the same perfect controls from Super Mario 64 and many quests to journey on. Riding horses traveling in time keeping Link as Link and not giving him an annoying voice, they gave that to Navi. Standing on the outside looking in , I do appreciate  that this is still Link. The little green blob from the NES era is the same thing standing in Ocarina of Time.

3. Metroid


I was a huge fan of the original Metroid on the NES and an even bigger fan of Metroid II: Return of Samus on the Game Boy. Then I stopped caring. That was until I saw Metroid Prime on the GameCube and I thought to myself “yah it looks good and all but where is the morph ball?” then it happened… The morph ball. Metroid Prime took everything we loved about Metroid and somehow made it work as a first person shooter. Her ship is in it, her armour, her isolation in space, it was astonishing how they revived that character and made her look different but yet the same. It’s like an old pair of shoes that gets washed. Hell the story was even interesting and I didn’t even know what I was doing in the original Metroid I just had fun. Nintendo eventually gave her a voice in Metroid other M and people hated it. Metroid Prime is where it’s at. I mean look at that morph ball!!

2. Metal gear solid


Solid Snake was the characters name on a game I had for the NES. The name of that game was Metal Gear, as a kid I hated that game, as an adult I hated that game. But I was interested in this little thumbnail sized man and I wanted to know more about him, who he is, what he does. Many years later Solid Snake was reborn in 3D and I have completely forgotten about the original. I can tell you that once I realized that this Solid Snake is the same Solid Snake from the NES era, my ear started to bleed. I couldn’t believe how much character they gave this character with some character (that actually makes sense). Solid Snake was back and had a great voice to boot. All his items were there including of course binoculars and a pack of cigarettes and the stealth remained.

1. Super Mario 64


Well this is an obvious choice and also very cliché. I tried really hard not to put this as number one, but it is the best character we have ever seen jump to 3D. Everything was the same but yet different. I mean come on, I remember being at a friend’s house and hearing the words “it’s a-me Mario” then having this full 3D Mario face looking dazzled, all of a sudden you can squeeze his cheeks, bull his ears, just like mum used to do.  We have only seen this face this up close on old Nintendo cartridges and cartoons but  never in game. Seeing the whole Mario world in 3 dimensional was a great experience but seeing Mario in 3 dimensional was better. The trademark Mario hat, the mustache, the overalls, all remained. The closed we got to seeing Mario in 3D was Super Mario RPG but that an isometric view and all pixelated. Super Mario 64 was the best classic game with the best classic character that jumped from 2D to 3D.

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Dec 162010
 

As Christmas fast approaches you might be thinking of what kind of game to get your loved one. What games are worth purchasing especially if you can’t think of specific titles that are worth the money. This list compiles the best games to purchase for someone that not only offers the main game but extra content and games.  Instead of getting one thing you get more, that definitely makes the purchase feel like a steal. This is when you get extra stuff for free on a disc and with no additional  purchase necessary. Basically this list compiles the best game compilations and best games that offer you more, this is the Top ten games that give you more bang for your buck.

***Editor’s note***

We are in no way associated with Amazon.com, nor are we getting any money for this. I just wanted to make it easier for you to purchase these items if needed.

10. XBLA + Avatar clothes+ Gamer pictures

Notice the clothing we are wearing are free

Sure XBLA has some great games, some are more pricy then they should be. But when you get a game and it unlocks MORE, it’s a win win deal. Not only do you get the game you purchased but sometimes extra content. I’m not talking about achievements nor online multiplayer but I mean things that some people pay for. Example gamer pics and avatar clothing, two things I will never purchase on Xbox. Here are a few examples of games that are good to begin with that come with extra stuff.

Earthworm Jim HD (comes with avatar clothing)

‘Splosion Man (Avatar Clothing + Gamer Pics)

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 (Avatar Clothing)

Sonic’s Adventure (Avatar Clothing)

and there are a lot more.  This should be a routine thing considering that some avatar clothing is surprisingly expensive and really not worth it. But when you play a game and the words Avatar Reward appears it makes you feel like you actually got more then you should have.

9.Super Mario All Stars Wii


This would have normally been number 1, but due to the lack of effort put into this compilation it is hard to recommend. Although you do get a sound track. Super Mario All Stars Wii is good for those who never played (they exist) the original 3 Mario games. You get Super Mario 1, 2, 3 & Lost Levels. Why Super Mario World is not included is still a mystery. The games are remade to give them a polished look…in 1993. Still you get 4 games, a booklet with concept art, a CD filled with the SFX and music and it IS the 25th anniversary Limited Edition, which is kind of neat.  I kind of wished they remade this game in the Pseudo 2D/3D like New Super Mario Bros was. But that is not the case this is the same compilation from the SNES with no touch ups at all, still it’s a nice purchase as a gift. You may purchase this here.

8. Wii Play + Wii Controller


Ok so this is a little bit of a cheat, but if you can get something for free with something that isn’t that good, at least you’re getting two things for the price of one. Wii Play is a terrible compilation of mini games BUT it comes with a Wii remote. The games are not that interesting and when I originally got this game I played the compilation maybe once, where the only game I did come back for was the Duck Hunt-esque game. A controller is usually around $50 and a game is usually around $50. You get both for around $50, win-win.  Hell because of this extra it was one of the top selling Wii games. Plus if you are purchasing this item for someone who just got a Nintendo Wii it’s worth it. Atleast you get to try what the Wii was supposed to offer in this compilation along with a controller. You may purchases it HERE

7. Contra 4


Here’s a great game that offers more bang for your buck; Contra 4 for the Nintendo DS. Not only is this game very, very worth it on its own but it’s a hard mother. Contra 4 looks fantastic on the Nintendo DS with homage’s to previous Contra games. But not only do you get the fantastic Contra 4 but if you complete the game (which I still have not done) you unlock Concept art, screen shots, comic books an interview…but that’s not all. If (like me) you are into  retro games not only do you get Contra 4 but you get the original Contra and Super C both originally for the NES. Damn that is good. All three games are ridiculously hard giving you lots of replay value and are a joy of fun. Being able to Play Contra on the Nintendo DS is great as well considering before this you can only play it on the Wii and XBLA.  You may buy it HERE.

6. The Sly Collection


A lot of people haven’t played Sly Cooper originally for the PlayStation 2. But if you haven’t played it you missed a great platformer. Fortunately for you all 3 games have been compiled on a single Blue-Ray disk in HD and with trophies enabled (for you Trophy whores).  So not only do you get Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, but you also get Sly 2: Band of Thieves and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. This was a fun underrated series that deserves more love then what it got. Fortunately now you can enjoy it all.
You may buy it HERE.

5. Splatterhouse


Splatterhouse hasn’t been doing so well among critics, although we gave the game a 7.5/10. Personally I thought it was a great game and it was just a fun hack and slash, but what really was the selling point for me was the inclusion of not only Splatterhouse (2010) but the original 3 Splatterhouse games in their great uncensored ways .  You’re basically getting 4 games for the price of one. The original Splatterhouse games are hard and not that good, but if you grew up with them they are great to try finally finishing.  Unlocking in not hard to do either just play the game and every 4  chapters you unlock the original games one at a time, so If you’ve never played the originals here you go.

4. Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection


Now THIS is compilation Mario. Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection offers A LOT of bang for your buck not only is this compilation very cheap but it actually offers good games along with concept art, interviews and even games for the Sega Master. Again if you are retro game lover this game is definitely for you. Some of these games can be purchased on XBLA/PSN/Wii where Sonic 1, 2 and 3 all together come close to about $30. But those are included in the compilation along with Sonic Spinball and Sonic 3D Blast. You also get Vectorman 1 and 2 and Golden Axe 1, 2, 3.  This is a great compilation and a great gift for anyone who wants to get more; it actually feels like a steal especially for $20.  You get 40 + Games and here they are:

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, Alien Storm, Altered Beast, Beyond Oasis, Bonanza Bros., Columns, Comix Zone, Decap Attack, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, Dynamite Headdy, Ecco the Dolphin, Ecco: The Tides of Time, ESWAT: City Under Siege, Fatal Labyrinth, Flicky, Gain Ground, Golden Axe, Golden Axe II, Golden Axe III, Kid Chameleon, Phantasy Star II, Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom, Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium, Ristar, Shining Force, Shining Force II: Ancient Sealing, Shining in the Darkness, Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic Spinball, Streets of Rage, Streets of Rage 2.

Plus more. It is a lot of fun and a lot of the games I never heard of a fun as well. The only downside is no online multiplayer but still fun to play with two people on a couch. Just like the old days.  Buy it HERE.

3.Capcom Platinum Hits Triple Pack


You know what game was amazing and frustrating? Dead Rising. You know what other game was alright and frustrating? Devil May Cry 4. You know what else? Lost Planet …nothing clever for that one. BUT you can now get all three games in a compilation for the same price. Assuming you don’t own any of these games or the person you’re purchasing this for doesn’t have these it’s definitely worth it.  Dead Rising on its own is already a fun game and Devil May Cry 4 is really fast paced and action paced and Lost Planet ….well…you can play online!  This is rare to make a compilation with games for the current consoles and Capcom is the first to do so. Good on you Capcom…good on you. Buy it HERE.

2. God of War Collection


I cannot recommend this game anymore then I already have.  Although Sly Cooper offers three games where as God of War Collection offers only two, God of War is a lot more fun than Sly Cooper, mostly due to the satisfying gore and satisfying levels. If you (like me) missed out on the original 2 God of War games now you can play both in HD with trophies enabled for about $30. This wouldn’t have done well if Sony didn’t take out their PS2 backwards compatibility but since they have this is acceptable. God of War Collection offers about 16 hours of gaming and the HD look really helps this time around. Everything is Remastered and all perdy looking.  The camera issues still exist but at least it looks sharper than it did before.  Also the story is very damn interesting and owning this then buying God of War III just looks damn nice on your shelf. Buy it HERE.

1. The Orange Box


I tried not to put The Orange Box on this list, I really did, but you have to give credit where credit is due. The Orange Box is the best. Not only do you get 3 original games but you get 3 original GREAT games at a great price. Half Life 2, Team Fortress 2 and Portal. Half Life 2 is a great game with a great storyline, I never played the original Half Life and was a little confused in Half Life 2 but it makes you care about the characters around you and makes you want to play Half Life just to get some back story. Half Life 2 already offers a large amount of game play with some unique puzzles and of course the Gravity gun, On top of this once you have completed Half Life 2 you already have Half Life 2: Episode 1 and Episode 2 on the disk. NO DLC needed it’s already part of the disc and already yours. That alone would have sold The Orange Box.  But nope you get more then that Team Fortress 2 a unique online multiplayer in which teams have games to play such as Capture the Flag and Defending. This could have easily been sold on its own but in The Orange Box, It’s just part of the package.

Yet there is one more game. Portal. Portal was one of those games that I didn’t know what to expect as I was about to try it. What you get is one of the most mind-boggling, first-person, puzzle games. Nothing I have ever seen before. Not only are the puzzles challenging and makes you look at things in a new way, but the story and the characters (although your character does not speak) are very interesting. Portal also gives us one of the most lovable characters ever in a game: GLaDOS. GLaDOS is kind of a bitch but in a sweet way, offering you a cake although the cake can be considered mystery (I’m not making a joke here). Portal was actually funny too with its dark humor all thanks to GLaDOS.  Plus one of the greatest songs of all time: Still Alive. The Orange Box definitely gives you more bang for your buck. You may purchases this fantastic cheap game HERE.

The Sly Collection

A lot of people haven’t played Sly Cooper originally for the PlayStation 2. But if you haven’t played it you missed a great platformer. Fortunately for you all 3 games have been compiled on a single Blue-Ray disk in HD and with trophies enabled (for you Trophy whores).  So not only do you get Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, but you also get Sly 2: Band of Thieves and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. This was a fun underrated series that deserves more love then what it got. Fortunately now you can enjoy it all.
Capcom Platinum Hits Triple Pack

You know what game was amazing and frustrating? Dead Rising, You know what other game was alright and frustrating? Devil May Cry 4. You know what else? Lost Planet …nothing clever for that one. BUT you can now get all three games in a compilation for the same price. Assuming you don’t own any of these games or the person you’re purchasing this for doesn’t have these it’s definitely worth it.  Dead Rising on its own is already a fun game and Devil May Cry 4 is really fast paced and action paced and Lost Planet ….well…you can play online!  This is rare to make compilation with games for the current consoles and Capcom is the first to do so. Good on you Capcom…good on you.

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Dec 152010
 

This week the Paranerds speak about new releases and news, SAW game and Doritos Crash Course (See Below) along with the nominees and winners of the Video Game Awards. They also debate on how and if video games desensitizes youth and does it effect youth violence. Rui also speaks about Free XBLA games and Mass Effect 3.

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Dec 102010
 

Are we becoming desensitized to violence and gore due to video games? A lot of people including the media will agree that yes indeed gamers and movie lovers are becoming desensitized.  After all video games have been proven to become not only addicting but also they have become more and more violent.  Although studies are still trying to prove and contain the fact that (like everything else) video games can be addicting, (although the games I know that ARE addicting are usually casual games played by casual players, E.G. Farmville), and according to this episode of Intervention it’s a serious problem.

What I am here to argue about is about the desensitizing of today’s youth to violence . After recently playing games such as Fallout New Vegas and Splatterhouse I realized something as I ripped a monsters head and beat his buddy with it….It didn’t bother me.  This got me thinking even more when my girlfriend was at my house (she’s not a gamer at all) and I was in the middle of an online match during Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, when I got attacked and blood sprayed on the screen. To which she replied with “oh my gosh”. I had no idea as to what she was talking about because I didn’t even notice the blood on my screen, and maybe that is a problem.



Back in the day during games like Mortal Kombat, Doom and Splatterhouse were the goriest things I had ever seen. They freaked me out (especially as a little guy). Splatterhouse’sMortal Kombat’s head ripping and Doom’s realistic graphics were all elements to why gore scared me. But now, that’s not even close to the case.  I have little to no emotion to any kind of violence that a game can throw at me.  My point is maybe the media was right when they said that games cause kids to become desensitized to not only what is on screen but also to real life violence. atmosphere,

There are such articles online such as THIS ONE in which the points they make can be argued, such as the old saying that “campaigners have argued that watching violent films and playing games like Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Modern Warfare makes youngsters more prone to violence. In the Grand Theft Auto series, players become characters who win points for carjacking, killing prostitutes and running over pedestrians.”   Now obviously the getting points for carjacking, killing prostitutes and running over pedestrian is incorrect; the watching violent films and playing games section I do somewhat agree with. I don’t think it makes youngster’s more prone to violence but it may lead them to think otherwise. After all sometimes kids can’t tell the difference between fantasy and reality. Hell i had a Jumanji board game, but in my imagination I was in the damn jungle!

Watching films such as SAW or even Saving Private Ryan, doesn’t affect me like it used to. That could be because games such as Call of Duty and Manhunt are way gorier. I wouldn’t say that a game such as Manhunt makes you a killer, but it might make you less sensitive. Although the two mediums have an unfair battle. Saving Private Ryan was nominated for 11 awards, while Manhunt was banned. They were both fiction, both bloody as hell, both extremely violent but only one was banned for the connection of a killing.


But I digress. Going back to  gore not bothering me even such simple things such as blowing an enemies head into a thousand little pieces in Fallout 3 are just satisfying. I’m not responding with “ew” or “gross” but casually eating a bag of chips while waiting for the game to continue. To others (non gamers, politicians, my mum)  scenes like that might be horrific. I do believe that video games are making us desensitized to video game violence, but not to real life violence.  Of course we’re used to video game violence since according to THIS SITE “Over 85% of games contain some violence, and approximately half of video games include serious violent actions”. That is a big percent.

That is to say what games they are talking about of course. When the media points out that video games make kids less desensitized and more prone to violence they forget to mention; not only the ESRB rating system but they also usually only mention games that were based around violence such as Mortal Kombat and Grand Theft Auto. But usually forget that other games exist such as Super Mario Galaxy and Kirby. Although while writing that section it was kind of hard to come up with games that didn’t contain realistic violence, which can be a problem. But games are supposed to be about that. Gamers (typically) are just guys/girls who like the fantasy of doing something they can’t in real life. That goes to all the Madden Football games as well. We CAN’T kick a foot ball or run but we can in NFL Blitz. We can’t fly or shoot fire balls , but we CAN in Super Mario Bros. 3. We can’t and probably won’t (hopefully) ever have to experience real life on the battlefield, but we can experience it in Call of Duty, Medal of Honor or even Battlefield. Finally not all of us are like James Bond, but we sure as hell can be for 6 to 8 hours in Goldeneye 007. Unfortunately there are those who DO think they are Niko Bellic and DO steal cars, they’re usually(underage) kids or teens looking for attention.


It’s strange to see how some people are trying to BAN video games to minors, such as the SCHWARZENEGGER V. ENTERTAINMENT MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION in which QUESTION PRESENTED:

California Civil Code sections 1746-1746.5 prohibit the sale of violent video games to

Minors under 18 where a reasonable person would find that the violent content appeals

To a deviant or morbid interest of minors, is patently offensive to prevailing community

Standards as to what is suitable for minors, and causes the game as a whole to lack

serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors. The respondent industry

groups challenged this prohibition on its face as violating the Free Speech Clause of the

First Amendment. The court of appeals affirmed the district court’s judgment

permanently enjoining enforcement of the prohibition. The questions presented are: 1.

Does the First Amendment bar a state from restricting the sale of violent video games

to minors? 2. If the First Amendment applies to violent video games that are sold to

minors, and the standard of review is strict scrutiny, under Turner Broadcasting

System, Inc. v. F.C.C., 512 U.S. 622, 666 (1994), is the state required to demonstrate

a direct causal link between violent video games and physical and psychological harm

to minors before the state can prohibit the sale of the games to minors?

Ignore the fact that this is Arnold Schwarznegger, the same guy who made millions off of violent movies such as Terminator, True Lies, End of Days and the movie that has affected me most to go on a killing spree….Batman & Robin. Trying to stop games Rated M to minors is fine I do agree with kids not being allowed to play games. After all what I personally hate is playing Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and hearing some squeaky voiced teen yelling nonsense and racial slurs. But banning it? I disagree.

This is Ironic

This argument always goes back to the tragic incident at Columbine in which the two teens Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold have been known to play games such as Doom. The media went nuts saying that video games was a big a factor as to why Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were killing people with no emotion. Apparently it’s because the game Doom made them act out and made them desensitized.  Nothing to do with the fact that they were most likely bullied by a lot of people and probably considered a social outcast. Nothing to do with the fact that they probably already had built up aggression and yes, maybe playing Doom was a way to take out their frustration, but reliving the game, doesn’t seem likely.  Fingers were pointed, Marilyn Manson’s music was to radical, while video games were too violent. Although if you put on the news right now their is probably more REAL violence on their or even on FOX as we speak.

So coming into conclusion, do Video games make people desensitized to violence? My response is yes and no. To video game violence, yes I agree %100, it has become very hard to mentally disturb me in any games. Playing the goriest and most brutal games such as Manhunt and Splatterhouse has no effect. It’s great to watch and sometimes disturbingly satisfying. Blowing off zombies head like in Resident Evil and blowing off enemies heads in slow motions like in Fall Out 3 isn’t disturbing but part of the action. Taking a car and running over people that are in your way (NOT FOR POINTS!) in Grand Theft Auto is also satisfying. But, if I ever saw a head explode in front of me, watch hundreds of people getting hit by a car while the guy/girl driving keeps going  and seeing a guy  rip another guys head  ripped off in front of me. Yeah you know what? I’ll probably be traumatized for the rest of my life.  Hell when I see an animal that has been run over (Even a squirrel!) my heart breaks and my lower lip starts to quiver a little. Give me a gun and I will not be able to shoot anyone let alone know how to use it. Pressing Left Trigger and then Right Trigger is a lot different than holding an actual gun, counting in the recoil and weight of it. Oh and the fact that KILLING PEOPLE IS HARD TO DO WHILE KILLING VIDEO GAME CHARACTERS AREN’T. (Unless they make a Lassie game….oh god no)

Should kids be playing violent video games, technically no, but it is up to the parents to decide what the kids should and should not be playing. Should a kid be able to walk into a Best Buy or an EB Games and purchase Gears of War 2? No, unless accompanied by an adult ( I say this out of envy because I needed Blockbuster to call my house to ask my mum if it was ok for me to rent Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, to which my Portuguese speaking mother replied with “que?” followed by “ok?”) The rating system is there basically as a guideline, same thing with movies with an R rating. It’s not SUITABLE for minors, but they can watch it. It’s up to the movie theatre to decide to let them in or not, it’s not a government thing nor is it that hard. Is the game violent ? Yes, will the kid be able to handle it Parent says “yes” or “no”. If parent orguardian says yes, then let the little bugger play that game, if not then let the little bugger play Super Mario, or Metroid, (Comic book violence is different apparently).  That’s all, it doesn’t have to be all about the violence.

Also when I did  play Resident Evil 3, I got scared and returned it for Pong, take that!

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Dec 082010
 

This week the Paranerds have a tribute to the late Leslie Nielsen (well for 5 seconds). They speak about new releases along with News (see below).  Kevin also reviews Splatterhouse for the Xbox 360 while Rooster  gives his input.They also talk  about Fall Out New Vegas and the disgustingly amount of glitches and bugs in today’s games.

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Nov 302010
 


Do you remember Splatterhouse? I remember playing the original but when I asked people recently about it they would say “The game with Jason?” to which I would annoyingly reply with” no!”. Splatterhouse was one of those games that was unbelievably gory, even for a 16-bit game.  It wasn’t the greatest game but it was fun, simple side scrolling with lots of gore added. Now Splatterhouse has made the jump to 3D. After about 21 years since the original release, does Splatterhouse have the guts or is it better off as an idea.

Splatterhouse starts off with Rick the protagonist lying on the floor with his guts hanging out of his stomach, we’re not sure what has happened but all we know is that his girlfriend Jenny has been kidnapped by Dr.West and this is where the star of the show appears. The Terror Mask (voiced by Jim Cummings) joins Rick, transforming him into a hulk like man.Splatterhouse is a beat-em-up. A very gory beat-em-up. There are lots of monsters to kill and there are many ways to do it, this isn’t just a button masher but rather a game that requires you to do combos in order to kill the monsters faster. This is important because the monsters (like the original) are hard. There are a lot of them on the screen and their hits are really powerful. About 3 swipes from one baddy can result in the loss of health. This is countered with the fact that you can regenerate your health with help from the Terror Mask. The Terror Mask requires blood in order to recharge it and let me tell you, there is a lot of blood.


Splatterhouse does not fail in the blood department; it is by far one of the bloodiest games I have ever played. You may chop enemies with a machete or splat them against a wall using a 2X4 and blood will just rain onto the screen, onto Rick and into your points. Blood acts as your currency in which the more pints of blood you have the more special moves, masks, combos, and weapons you can purchase. There are even very gruesome, fatality-esqu moves called Splatterkills. These are little animation that happens when your enemy is flashing red; it’s basically just a one hit kill but a very satisfying one. The screen goes black and Rick will either squeeze the enemies head in or rip their mouth open and take out their lungs. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of variety of these sequences maybe about 10, but then again the game doesn’t require you to use it and its there mostly for the gore factor.  The Camera is also one of the biggest enemies, sometimes it is fixed and other times it is free. It’s not the worse camera system but when it gets bad, it’s bad. Not being able to see a certain enemy because of the camera angle can get really frustrating but I’ve only encountered this problem about 2 times.


Splatterhouse looks good, the background texture is not as detailed as some would like, but it is passable. The character models and movements are great. Rick’s transformation and attacks are gruesome and satisfying and Splatterhouse looks better when the contrast of the colours appear. The screen goes a bright white and the red blood makes for a bigger impact.  The enemy models look disturbing with bones exposed and with their faces deformed. There is a lot of blood and things happening on the screen at one time, and unfortunately this is where Splatterhouse starts to hiccup. When there are numbers of things happening on the screen Splatterhouse lags and slow down. This happened a lot more often than with the camera issues. It will slow down and then ruin a good combo you had going. I’ve even had a weird situation where I couldn’t move on because a certain enemy wouldn’t die, (in order to continue the game you must clear enemies out of a room) so in result i had to reload my game.


Another issue with Splatterhouse is the unholy loading times. Like I mentioned earlier the monsters hit hard and when you die especially before a boss, you must sit through a loading screen (a very nice loading screen mind you) for about a minute, and I’m not over exaggerating. You load for about a minute, then watch the cut scene and try again. This is one huge flaw in Splatterhouse. It wouldn’t be so bad, but because the enemies are challenging and because the game throws so much at you, the loading screen really breaks any kind of mood that you’re in. It has gone to point that I’ve said “if I die again I’m shutting this game off”. And I did.

Besides all these flaws Splatterhouse is still a very fun game. It is challenging and offers a lot of reference to previous Splatterhouse titles. Including a bizarre 2D view in which you have to play Splatterhouse like the 1988 Splatterhouse. This is unique in which I mean “I see what you did there” but it also makes me want to say “don’t do it again”. The platform sections are pretty awful but then again it was awful in the original. Splatterhouse retells the story from the original perfectly and it probably one of the best remakes made.  The voice acting is well done especially the banter between the Terror Mask and Rick. Jim Cummings (thankfully) makes the Terror Mask a lovable character, no matter how horrible it is. Hell you’ll find yourself chuckling at a few of the things the Terror Masks says for example “see it’s things like that that gave us an M-rating”


All in all Splatterhouse is still a great beat-em-up. With lots of blood and gore and very challenging. It offers a surprising good story, surprising good graphics and of course a surprising amount of blood. The disk includes the original 3 Splatterhouse (which in itself is worth because they are all uncensored) titles after completing the game and DLC includes extra masks.  Splatterhouse also offers 3 mode including Brutal which is no lie which gives more replay value, along with Survival arena in which you battle wave and wave of monsters and find and collect (for some reason)nude photos of Jenny…yes the game has nudity. To diehard fans of Splatterhouse, this game will be great; to those who aren’t really into the series will most likely see this as another God of War rip off. At the end it’s your call but I give it

7 ½ / 10

Pros:

  • Gore, lots of gore
  • Graphics and storyline
  • Original Splatterhouse games included on the disk
  • Great Voice acting and an awesome soundtrack

Cons:

  • Bad Camera at times
  • Freezes and slow downs
  • Loading times, oh god the loading times!
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