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Consoleation: New machine, new additions

Sony PlayStation 2 Slim Image

After over four years of service, I had to retire my silver slim PlayStation 2 unit this week. It wasn't broken, really, but a few discs were having trouble being read by the console and DVD movies no longer played on it. I'm now the owner of a brand new black PlayStation 2, in its final hardware iteration.

Consoleation: The return of the Samsung GxTV

Samsung GxTV Image

After spending the balance of the last three years in storage, I finally set up my Samsung GxTV this past weekend. It's here in my office, just to the right of my workstation. Despite literally thousands of hours of use, the GxTV still works. The picture isn't quite as sharp as it once was, but it's good enough to make my PlayStation 2 (PS2) games look great again.

Richard presents: Let's play Mega Man X, Part 2

The next three videos take us into the wild worlds of Flame Mammoth, Sting Chameleon, and Spark Mandrill. Sting Chameleon gave me quite a bit of trouble, but Spark Mandrill was actually a lot easier than I remembered him. In fact, as a whole Mega Man X isn't all that difficult aside from a few painful spots. Enjoy!

Western developers need religion

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron Screenshot

I have been comfortably Agnostic for years, but my departure from Christianity hasn't erased the experience of having practiced it. I couldn't deny the influence my time within the church has had on me, and wouldn't; to do so would be to deny a fundamental piece of myself. From this perspective, I can't help but wonder if Western developers are doing themselves, gamers, and culture as a whole a disservice by continually minimizing and ignoring the role of religion in Western society.

Richard presents: Let's play Mega Man X

The recent cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3 has gotten me thinking about all the wonderful gaming memories I've had with the blue bomber. As opposed to a long-winded blog post, I decided to share some of these experiences with the general Internet population. Thus, I present for the enjoyment of the masses, a let's play of Mega Man X, starring yours truly.

Cosplay: Omi Gibson as Cloe Walsh from No More Heroes

Cosplay: Omi Gibson as Cloe Walsh from No More Heroes

Omi Gibson is known for her stunning Metal Gear Solid cosplay photo shoots. Sometimes she takes a break and tries something else like No More Heroes. As these photos show, whatever she tackles is no less spectacular. These are just some of the Cloe Walsh pics she has posted. Be sure to take a look at her website to see the rest of them as well as her entire collection of daring and authentic cosplay shoots. You will not be disappointed.

L.A. Noire: The hollow man

L.A. Noire Screenshot

Who is Cole Phelps?

E3 2011: Day the Third

Tomb Raider Screenshot

For the final leg of my E3 adventures, I made my way back to the Square-Enix booth to watch a guided demo of the new Tomb Raider. Some have brought up issues with this new presentation of Lara Croft, where she is shown as vulnerable and inexperienced, but I think this is quite a different thing than games like Metroid: Other M and The Third Birthday.

Consoleation: The E3 Experience: Day Three (Star Wars Kinect)

Star Wars Kinect Screenshot

After three consecutive nights with three hours of sleep apiece, walking into a closed meeting room at 10am and seeing Star Wars Kinect didn't seem to show much promise. After all, other sites had been less than kind to the game and the reaction during Microsoft's press conference wasn't exactly warm. When I volunteered to test the game for a group of my peers and the other members of the KmartGamer team, I didn't have high expectations… but when the demo was over and my pulse was racing, I wanted more.

Consoleation: The E3 Experience: Day Two (Wii U)

New Super Mario Bros. Mii (Wii U) Screenshot

If you're a console gaming fan, like I am, you probably remember where you were when the name and specifics of Nintendo's Wii follow-up were announced. I was in a Starbucks on the morning of June 7th, a few hundred feet from the Nokia Theater where Nintendo was holding its press conference. I also remember exclaiming out loud something to the effect of, "That's really what they're calling it? Wii U? No. NO!"

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