V.24 No.53 | 12/31/2015


The Daily Word in Isis, Motorhead and Trump v. Jeb Bus

The Daily Word

U.S. coalition has taken out 10 Isis leaders.

Suicide bombing in Northern Pakistan has left many injured and killed.

The world says goodbye to Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by Donald Trump. *Shifts eyes to Jeb Bush*

My only goal is to be as brave and badass as this local Albuquerque girl.

Dear Olive Garden, I can use $400 to buy endless amounts of alcohol for New Years Eve and probably 10 more New Years Eve parties that I’ll never remember instead of using it on one night I’ll never remember.

Sometimes the internet can be a great place. Check out this video of a Kendrick Lamar and Mario Kart mashup!

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The Daily Word in Pussy Riot, New Mexico tourism and Nintendo porn

The Daily Word

Pussy Riot may be out of prison, but their work is far from over.

Conrad Alvin Barrett's getting charged with a hate crime, and he thought he was just playing a game.

A Louisiana man, who was in the middle of a custody battle for his four children, shot and killed three people before killing himself.

Monsignor William Lynn's case involving priest-sex abuse charges was overturned, and he could get released as early as this week after spending 18 months behind bars.

Utah wants to take same-sex marriage ruling to the US Supreme Court.

Speaking of same-sex marriage, now that it's legal in New Mexico, does that mean a boost in tourism?

Robert Ortiz, after drunkenly rolling his Chevy Blazer, goes into a giggle fit when cops issue a sobriety test. Oh, and he also has 10 DWI arrests to his name.

Thanks to good road crews, descansos remain on the highways.

A father in Virginia reported to local news that his son found pornographic images on a Nintendo gaming system he got for Christmas. Sorry buddy.

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The Daily Word in chemical explosion, NSA, child tattooing

The Daily Word

One dead and nearly 75 injured after a chemical plant explosion in Louisiana.

Good news, Verizon and T-Mobile users: Your phone might be safe from the watchful eyes of the NSA.

Trio of heroes (like the rhyme?) save a group of people and several dogs from a burning apartment building in the heights.

Albuquerque man charged with illegally tattooing his 3-year-old nephew.

Mega Man, the Villager from Animal Crossing and the Wii Fit Trainer are all joining the Super Smash Bros. crew.

Christmas is saved!

British researchers have solved the mystery of how sea mammals hold their breath for so long.

Southwest Women's Options doctor compares death injection to 'flu shot.'

V.22 No.24 | 6/13/2013

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Webgame Wednesday: Fear Less!

Fear Less! is a cute-looking, Nintendo-esque run-and-jump. The protagonist is a little girl who finds herself chased through her nightmares by the specter of Death. Can you help her avoid the dreamy dangers and learn to fear less?

V.21 No.12 | 3/22/2012

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Webgame Wednesday: Abobo's Big Adventure

If you're not a dyed-in-the-wool maniac about the old Nintendo Entertainment System, you probably have no idea who Abobo is. Even if you wore out your thumbs on the NES, you may not recall this minor villain character from the classic Double Dragon video game. Nonetheless, some dedicated fanboy programmers decided to give the lovable lout his own game. Abobo's Big Adventure pits the bald baddie against a who's-who of 8-bit characters (hey, it's Donkey Kong!) in a side-scrolling action game of epic proportions. Sly humor and manic, button-mashing action make this a nostalgic must-play.

V.20 No.7 | 2/17/2011

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Webgame Wednesday: The Great Gatsby

Who says video games aren't educational? That they're for basement-dwelling trolls? Why here's a platforming video game based on The Great Gatsby. It's programmed in full 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System style. And it's kind of awesome. You'll feel so literate swigging Martini power ups and destroying all the jazz-crazed partygoers who impede your progress.

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This Week In Games 7.31.10

From the album Bits by Arman Bohn, a music video developed mainly in Nintendo's free DSiware app, Flipnote Studio.

Video game Art.

GLBT arcade opens in NYC ... 30 years ago.

Hardware manufacturer Foxconn closed for a period this week after 250 workers were hospitalized for pesticide poisoning.

Warhammer 40k: Space Marine is confirmed for PC.

Gamestop bought Kongregate.

Ultima developer Richard Garriott, aka Lord British, has been awarded a $28 million settlement from NCsoft, who fired him after he returned from a trip to space.

One year's worth of game Tweets.

Nintendo announced the date they'll announce the release date and price of the 3DS. And it's news somehow.

Popcap was forced to take zombie Michael Jackson out of future versions of Plants vs Zombies. Here's his replacement.

StarCraft II campaign beaten in 16 hours. Way to savor, guy.

Valve is trying to funnel more developers into its platform by giving away its magical Mac code to developers who also use Steamworks, which is also free.

Oops, the DS really has hit its saturation point. Nintendo posts its first quarterly loss in 2 years.

But at least they're not Capcom - 90% drop in revenue over last year. Man.

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This (Huge) Week In Games 6.18.10

Video games' biggest trade show, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), was this week, and the vast majority of game news was centered around the announcement of upcoming titles or tech. It looks like there are some gems amid the rough, and it'll be interesting to see how things pan out in the impending hardware throwdown this Fall.

The upcoming Xbox Kinect will have a raft of (mainly family) games available for its Nov 4 release date, including Kinectimals, Kinect Joy Ride, Your Shape Kinect, Forza Kinect, and Star Wars Kinect. Here's to hoping the Star Wars game looks significantly less silly upon release. Oy.

A slimmer and higher storage capacity model Xbox was also revealed. It takes over the top price point, and pushes down the price of each of the other two models by $50. The Xbox Arcade model now costs less than either the Nintendo Wii or DS.

Halo: Reach: trailer (with space battle tease), and the single-player demo it was pulled from.

Epic Games' Cliff Bleszinski shows off Gears of War 3.

Here's the Playstation Move publicity trailer. Here's what it looks like when real people play it.

Killzone 3 gameplay demo.

Media Molecule's Alex Evans gave a demo teasing the huge variety of game types we can expect from Little Big Planet 2.

Gran Turismo 5 finally had a release date. And 1000 cars.

Original Twisted Metal developer David Jaffe is back for the PS3 version.

Sony says it will have at least twenty 3D games available for PS3 by the end of 2010, including both Crysis 2 and Killzone 3.

Kiddy though it may be, my game of the show is Kirby's Epic Yarn.

Nintendo rolls out the first modern game system with glasses-free 3D, the 3DS. One really interesting feature is its not-so-gamey ability to play 3D movies without glasses.

Donkey Kong Country Returns.

Play world savior Link (ach, again) in the upcoming Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Warren Spector and Adam Creighton of Junction Point give a live demo for Epic Mickey during the Nintendo keynote.

GoldenEye: 007 returns in a remake. Looks like it's a tiny bit too late.

Other cool stuff
Tetsuya Mizuguchi demos Child of Eden at the Ubisoft press conference. Here's a trailer for a bit broader of an overview, and an interview.

Isaac Clarke returns to dismember more Necromorphs in Dead Space 2.

Kayne and Lynch 2 looks like it's going to hit the heist gone wrong nail right on the head.

Valve's Gabe Newell announced Portal 2 coming to PS3 during the Sony keynote. There's a trailer, sure, but these gameplay demos are what have me chomping at the bit (1, 2, 3).

Bulletstorm, the new shooter from People Can Fly (Painkiller) and Epic Games (Gears of War), takes things a bit ridiculously over the top. This is a good thing.

Tron: Evolution, the video game.

V.19 No.18 | 5/6/2010

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Webgame Wednesday: Greek & Wicked

What if the epic, graphic-intensive God of War games had been made during Nintendo's Game & Watch era? With Greek & Wicked, we get to see Hydra-killing Kratos as a cute li'l LCD character. Knife that Hydra, squash that Hydra, defeat that boss! Repeat.

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Webgame Wednesday: Super Mario Bros. Crossover

The original Super Mario Bros. is a certified videogame classic. You've played it hundreds for times. But what if you could play it again ... only with other classic Nintendo characters instead of the plumbing siblings? Yup, some crazy hacker has created Super Mario Bros. Crossover, a flash version of the game retrofitted with characters like Samus from Metroid, Link from The Legend of Zelda, Simon Belmont from Castlevania, Bill R. from Contra and good old Megaman. Now you can use their abilities to blast goombas to Kingdom Come instead of just jumping on them. Good times!

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Ok, NOW I want a Wii

I think I've been avoiding the Wii. Every time I've had the money or been riding the hype wave to a consumergasm, something has gotten in the way. Most often it's been bills that have backed me down, but at least twice (once with a PS3, once with a sweet new video card for my PC) I've had the option to buy one, and somehow gravitated toward something else. I already have a Nintendo DS and a Gamecube, so I'm not exactly averse to having the Nintendo vibe in my life, but something has been keeping me away.

Today, I think I know what it was. I think it's because it's white. When it was released, the Wii just looked like a throwback to the then aging design of the first 4 or so generations of iPod. Apple was just kicking its white Macbooks to the curb, and I for one was grateful. The whole accessorizing as though I lived in THX 1138 world was over for me, and my fancy was not tickled. Today, all of that is seemingly over. Farily well substantiated rumors have begun to appear of a (gasp!) BLACK Wii! Suddenly it feels like wild horses couldn't tear me away from my electronics store of choice on May 9th.

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This Week In Games 4.23.10

At their Captivate 2010 event, Capcom showed off several upcoming games including Dead Rising 2, Lost Planet 2, Marvel Vs Capcom 3 and Super Street Fighter IV.

More Red Dead Redemption multiplayer hotness.

A new Super Mario Galaxy 2 Trailer shows a cloud suit that can make its own platforms. Awesome.

Rumor: Nintendo's followup to the DS, the 3DS, may come out as early as October. It was originally slated for "sometime" in 2011.

I'm Not Drunk! The Game - hilariously NOT FUNNY (and not real) game where you're loaded and the object is to convince people you're ok to drive. Bad.

Microsoft Natal impressions from James Gunn.

New Steam UI is official staring Monday, April 26

Atari Co-Founder Nolan Bushnell has returned to the company as a member of the executive board.

V.18 No.30 | 7/23/2009

Music to Your Ears

Bud Melvin's Popular Music

What do you get when you mix banjo, 8-bit Nintendo and karaoke? (Aside from a Missourian out on the town in Japan.) You get programmer/picker Bud Melvin’s LP release for Popular Music.

Bud Melvin creates a solo novelty using the banjo and chiptunes—music produced by older video game and computer systems that generate sound in real time. It’s both retro digital and pastoral, an unlikely combination that interacts with the dynamism of yin and yang. On Sunday, a live collision of Luigi and Jed awaits release party revelers at Ed's Pub, Leisure Bowl's wood-paneled, karaoke-fraught watering hole. The show is free and followed by a night of open karaoke. In the meantime, the Alibi shipped off a few electronic questions to Melvin about the record.

Why release digital chiptunes on an analog record?

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