Game of the Year 2014 – News Topic of the Year

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It’s time for my 2014 Game of the Year awards! This year I will continue to present my awards as I started with last year’s awards. They’ll be one per blog post. Here’s award number one of nine.

Nothing had me wanting to choke a bitch more than the number one news item of 2014, Net Neutrality. If you don’t believe me then check out the any of the numerous episodes of the Hart & Usagi Podcast to hear me furiously give the audio smackdown to those fucking clowns in Washington D.C. A few understand the ramifications of past bills like SOPA, but most do not. In fact, the recent hacks of Sony Pictures gave those D.C. honeydicks another excuse to put forth a new Internet rights stripping bill called CISA. It’ll let the ISPs record your online activity and ship it off to the federal government and they get the bonus of immunity from prosecution. Fuck that.

Also, the rules themselves where planned to be rewritten by the FCC to favor the ISPs and as we all know that’s not neutral in anyway. The Internet is absolutely a common utility just like telephone service and needs to be regulated as such under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #36: SOPA

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On this 36th edition of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we welcome the return of longtime guest SonicHomeboy to the show and talk about the PlayStation 4, Wii U, 2DS, and much, much more. Check it out!!

TOPICS:
* Ben Affleck as Batman
* PlayStation 4 launch date
* PS4 launch window lineup
* Tomb Raider worldwide sales exceed 4 million units
* Yakuza Restoration announced
* Stop SOPA 2013
* Online Streaming Dead If You Let It
* Nintendo 2DS out Oct. 12 for $130, plays all 3DS, DS games
* Wii U price drop
* Smothered by Nostalgia

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Online Streaming Dead If You Let It

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Well they are at it again. By “they” I mean the United States government. By “it” I mean the Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA as the name we’ve come to despise it by.

This new version is, once again, trying to be rammed through as so the public at large doesn’t notice. I don’t think most people would care anyway. They’re way too worried about how Ben Affleck will perform as Batman in a year or two.

What this newest version of SOPA does is make it a felony for anybody to stream copywritten material. This means the whole CBS Interactive website of Twitch.tv would be found guilty and its users placed in prison for years to come.

And this is just one site.

Fight this now! Sign the Whitehouse.gov petition this second!

Thank you.

Hart & Usagi Podcast #25: Dropping Da Mic

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The unwarranted attack on video games continues and this time it comes in a small amount from an unlikely source. Also some fun announcements like new versions of Divekick and cheap Virtual Console games. Join us for all of this and much more as we “drop da mic” on episode 25 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast!

TOPIC/NEWS:
* DMC
* Wanpaku Graffiti
* Sony vs. Jerry Lambert
* Divekick
* Tomm Hulett
* 30¢ Wii U VC games
* Resident Evil: Revelations
* Is Nintendo Trapped by Its Legacy?
* Leland Yee: Gamers Have ‘No Credibility’ in Violent Video Game Debate, Should ‘Just Quiet Down’
* House bill proposes fines on retail games without ESRB ratings
* CT senator says games influenced Sandy Hook shooter
* The Consequences of Unchecked Violence (GS Twitter discussion)
* “Access to guns” quote from 2001 study
* Homeland Security Head Warns of ‘Cyber 911’ if Congress Doesn’t Pass Cybersecurity Legislation
* THQ bid winners, prices and runners-up

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Odds and Ends and Darksiders

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I spent over an hour yesterday on Darksiders only to really complete around 25 minutes of the game. A few confusing puzzles involving hitting crystals which moved walls up or down didn’t help any. I had to look up in the FAQ I have alway on tap in an app tab on how to pass it.

Right after there was another head scratcher which, upon solving, gives a row of four grapple points from which to cross a wide gap.

It wasn’t bad from then on. Even the boss where you had to use portals to exit them with a boost to get on top to defeat it wasn’t difficult. I figured it out right away. I didn’t have a problem again until the next major fight with a difficult rush of enemies. During this fight I failed a couple of times, I was switching between using the Scythe and Crossblade to the Tremor Gauntlet and Abyssal Chain (think Scorpion’s Spear) or Mercy (handgun). Once passed I saved. Hopefully I’ll do better continuing on.

I also gave Expert difficulty in Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix a go. I failed to pass M. Bison. I’m surprised I got that far. For all fights before I eventually learned the CPU’s tendencies and used them to my advantage. I only took this challenge on when I was viewing ScrewAttack’s recorded live play of Street Fighter II Turbo for the Super Nintendo on the hardest difficulty. Craig succeeded. I didn’t.

* ESA spent over $1 million supporting #SOPA & #PIPA. All I can think of regarding this: Awwww. Too bad they didn’t lose more!

* Ring Ka King is a wrestling promotion in India run by the American promotion TNA. I viewed a few of their first episodes and heard the announcers calling several different moves as a Crossbody. I could keep a running list at this point. These guys make Michael Cole look good in that at least Cole just says it was a “great move” when he doesn’t know what it’s called.

Moves called incorrectly were:
450 Splash by Zema Ion
Springboard Moonsault by Sonjay Dutt
Frog Splash by Chavo Guerrero Jr.

* The opening of this live Korean version of Street Fighter is hilarious when showing what the characters look like.

2011 Award Nominees

MOST RECENT UPDATE ON SOPA/PIPA
The Protect IP Act (PIPA) scheduled vote on January 24, 2012 has been postponed. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been sidelined until February. These bills are NOT dead. Also, an international version called ACTA is close to passage. Keep on fighting! Thank you.

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This list of games below is every single game I played in 2011 regardless of finished or not. All are eligible for my 2011 awards. I’m not sure what the exact awards themselves will be at this time. All shall be revealed when the winners are.

I’m a bit late to the awards of 2011 party, but I hope you’ll be interested in them nonetheless.

GENESIS
Super Street Fighter II
Streets of Rage 2
Gunstar Heroes
Mortal Kombat

PSN
Revenge of the Wounded Dragons
Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Magic Sword via Final Fight: Double Impact
Tetris
Streets of Rage 2
Alien Crush
Peggle
Mortal Kombat via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection
Mortal Kombat II via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection
X-Men
Super Stardust HD

PS2
Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu
Yakuza
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent
Street Fighter III 3rd Strike via Street Fighter Anniversary Collection
Medal of Honor: European Assault

PS3
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time via Prince of Persia Trilogy
Street Fighter IV
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Streets of Rage via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection
Sonic Spinball via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection
Shinobi via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection
Grand Theft Auto IV
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
Assassin’s Creed
NBA Jam
Half-Life 2: Episode One via The Orange Box
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas
Army of Two
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
Demon’s Souls
Borderlands

PS1
Duke Nukem: Time to Kill
Mortal Kombat 3
Quake II

NES
Rush’n Attack
Contra

PSP
Twisted Metal: Head On
Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO
Baseball Stars 2 via SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1
Gradius via Gradius Collection
Gradius II via Gradius Collection
Gradius III via Gradius Collection
Tekken 6
Golden Axe via Sega Genesis Collection
Gradius Gaiden via Gradius Collection

DS
Kamen Rider Dragon Knight
Ultimate Mortal Kombat

WII
Kamen Rider Dragon Knight

GBA
Power Rangers Dino Thunder
Final Fight One
Kirby: Nightmare In Dream Land

SNES
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers
Robocop Versus The Terminator
Run Saber
Street Racer
Knights of the Round
Mortal Kombat II
Mortal Kombat
Art of Fighting 2
Final Fight 2

GBC
Shadowgate Classic

Pushing The Win Button: Internet Blackout On January 18

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FYI: The vote on PIPA takes place on January 24. SOPA isn’t dead, but just sidelined for now.

(1/12) Ars Technica: MPAA attacks Ars for “challenging efforts to curb content theft”

(1/12) Shack News: Firefall dev shutting down beta in protest of SOPA

(1/13) Wired: Rep. Smith Waters Down SOPA, DNS Redirects Out

(1/13) Joystiq: Bungie opposes SOPA, mostly because it ‘sucks’

(1/13) Joystiq: GOG.com joins SOPA opposition

(1/14) TechDirt: White House Comes Out Against The Approach In SOPA/PIPA In Response To Online Petition

(1/14) The Hill: Controversial online piracy bill shelved until ‘consensus’ is found

(1/16) Wikimedia Foundation: English Wikipedia anti-SOPA blackout

WHAT YOU CAN DO
1) Let your representatives in Congress know that you are against PIPA and all similar bills. Do so HERE.

2) Sign the petition on DemandProgress.org to oppose Protect-IP Act HERE.

3) Sign the petition on Act.ly to support a website blackout day of major sites like Google, eBay, Amazon, Yahoo, Facebook, and Twitter in protest of these bills. Do so HERE.

4) Further petition popular websites you visit to go dark on January 18th. Do so HERE.

5) Get the word out in anyway you can. Link to this blog post, for example.

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