Hart & Usagi #96: Free Hong Kong


In episode 96 we chat about Blizzard & the NBA censoring speech and banning players, PS4 cross-play, PlayStation 5 hardware details, and more.

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* Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble
* Puzzle Quest 2 & Galactrix
* Blizzard Suspends Hearthstone Player For Voicing Support of Hong Kong Protests
* Blizzard Reduces Suspension of Hearthstone Player and Casters Following Community Outcry
* Blizzard cancels Overwatch Nintendo Switch launch event without providing a reason
* Blizzard bans US Hearthstone collegiate team after Hong Kong protest
* Epic CEO Tim Sweeney Takes Shot at Blizzard, Says Epic Supports Speech on “Politics and Human Rights”
* Over a decade later, Saints Row 2 is finally getting fixed on PC
* PlayStation 5 Is Official, Releasing Holiday 2020 With a New Controller and Hardware Accelerated Ray-Tracing
* PS4 system software update version 7.00 launches October 8, adds Party and Remote Play enhancements
* Both PS5 and Xbox Scarlett to feature cameras and a focus on streaming – report
* PS4 cross-play is out of beta despite no official announcements
* Counter-Strike deploys X-ray Scanner to get around loot box controversy in France
* Duke Nukem 3D composer Bobby Prince is suing Gearbox Software and Valve over his soundtrack

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #58: FPS


This is a special episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast. We welcome back ebbderelict. Our main discussion will be about first-person shooters. However, beforehand we discuss some news.

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* Top 5 Most Violent Games of 2014, According to Consumer Reports
* Hackers Ruin Christmas for Xbox and PlayStation Users
* CISPA To Be Reintroduced in The House This Week
* ESRB Gives Hatred An Adults Only Rating
* Hotline Miami 2 Designer To Australian Gamer: Just Pirate It
* USgamer Community Question: What’s Your Most Anticipated Game of 2015?
* First-person shooters discussion

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My Favorite 6th Generation Game Titles


Burnout 3: Takedown
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
God of War II
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil
Max Payne
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Sly 2: Band of Thieves

*Based only on games I’ve played.

New Releases 2012: Aug. 19-31


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (PS3, X360, PC, MAC)
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD Ver. (PS3, X360)
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (PS3, X360, PC)
Way of the Samurai 4 (PS3)

God of War Saga (PS3)
Guild Wars 2 (PC)
Infamous Collection (PS3)
Joe Danger: The Movie (X360)
Journey Collector’s Edition (PS3)
Madden NFL 13 (PS3, X360, WII, PSV)
Ratchet & Clank Collection (PS3)

E3 ’12 Excitement


These are the games I’m interested to see more of and know more about at E3.

This first group consists of the games I’m already pretty excited about. Being a fan of the beat-’em-up genre, I’m hopeful for Double Dragon: Neon.

Double Dragon: Neon
Borderlands 2
Assassin’s Creed III
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

This next group is where my interest is a little less for a few reasons depending on the game. For instance God of War: Ascension and its multiplayer mode and Injustice: Gods Among Us and hearing what Ed Boon has in store for this DC fighter.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
God of War: Ascension
007 Legends
Darksiders II
Tomb Raider
Injustice: Gods Among Us

These last two are ones where there’s been next to nothing about them since their announcement. Hopefully we’ll hear a bit more at the event next week.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

It goes without saying to let me know what you’re looking forward to seeing more of at E3. Stay in touch on Twitter (@HartKnight) if you want to read more of my babbling. ;)

Counter-Strike Is Back in 2012


With a new Counter-Strike being announced, subtitled Global Offensive, I may just get back into it since it will also be for download on PSN and XBL. It’ll have a bunch of the older maps like the ultra popular de_dust.

I personally haven’t played Counter-Strike in probably seven or eight years. I started playing it back when it was on beta 7.0. This was way before Call of Duty was even a thought in the heads of the original Infinity Ward.

I remember one time when I was playing CS where teamwork was actually used to win. It was on the map cs_assault (pictured in the header graphic) on the CT side. One player told everybody to buy a smoke grenade. I was game for doing so, but I was amazed that everybody else on the team was too. We positioned ourselves outside of the slightly open garage door and threw the smoke grenades right under it. About ten seconds later when the smoke was built up well enough we entered and kicked all kinds of ass and easily took the round. This is my best remembered moment from playing Counter-Strike.

It would be pretty awesome if this new CS game could somehow take back its crown as the best FPS from the lame and very tired out Call of Duty series.

Top 10 Owned Games


The following list is the ten games in my collection that have the highest amount of total GameSpot members owning as well. The oldest game listed is the original Metal Gear Solid.

In case you were wondering, game #11 is Super Mario World. It’s surprisingly not the GBA version like the Zelda game is. It actually is the original Super Nintendo version.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2) – 61,300
Half-Life 2 (PC) – 44,816
God of War (PS2) – 33,954
Half-Life (PC) – 27,373
Final Fantasy IX (PS) – 26,206
Counter-Strike: Source (PC) – 17,686
Metal Gear Solid (PS) – 17,686
Battlefield 1942 (PC) – 16,218
New Super Mario Bros. (DS) – 16,042
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (GBA) – 15,524