The Valentine Massacre

Happy Valentine’s Day my fellow geeks and nerds. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching I wanted to write something to celebrate the holiday. Now I could be like everyone else and talk about the greatest video game romances such as Mario and Peach, Link and Zelda, or comics such as Spider-man and MJ, Superman and Lois, and Batman and….Robin? but as anyone who follows knows I don’t like to stick to tradition or rehash what everyone already knows.

Instead I’m going to talk about some characters I think need some love in their life. The ones that don’t have that princess always waiting in another castle.

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To my brothers from a different color mother

Ah Febuary! The time of the year were we celebrate groundhogs, dead presidents, black people, and Valentines day. So what better way to start off the month then celebrating my brothers from a different color mother. When I play games online, I always pick “the black guy”. That one token man that brings laughter, wit, and badass-ness to the table. I don’t know why I always pick the black guy, maybe I like to be diverse since I’m a white guy and I already know what that’s like. When I play left 4 Dead, I’m Luis. When I play Ghostbusters, I’m Winston. In Gears of War I’m the Cole Train baby!  Giving the chance in Transformers Iplay as Jazz bitches. In Street Fighter I like my fight money” Barlog. Hell, when I play Spider-man I like using the black suit. I’m sure the list would go on if I think far enough back.

ZasalamelIf I had to give an award to most bad ass black dude, it’d probably go to Zasalamel from the Soul Calibur series. Just look at this guy,  He could kill just by looking at you much less using his GIANT..ASS…SCYTHE. Oh and F*&$ you Namco for not putting him in Soul Calibur 5… assholes.

Anyway this is to you my dark brethren. Thanks for the good times, Sorry about that whole slavery thing, and most of all, thanks for peanut butter.

…don’t worry ladies, I’m getting to your day next.valentines-day


P.S. This was meant as a fun recognition post. Everyone stay calm.

50 Waves of Horde you say? We got this!

We finally did it! AriesKnight and myself along with our friend, RedSmooth, beat 50 waves of Horde in Gears of War 3.  Now before you “experts” go and say, “no big deal.” or “I’ve done that multiply times.” let me tell you a a story. One filled with blood, sweat, determination, and team work that only Raging Gamers could tell.


Like most of our games, we start out with five people. By wave 20 we lose our two random people either because they don’t like the map selection or aren’t getting enough kills. I don’t know the exact reason. I just know we leave negative feedback on anyone that screws us over. So by wave 20 it’s AriesKnight, RedSmooth, and myself. We don’t come across problems until about wave 35. The three of us are fighting for our lives. One of the biggest advantages we have is that between AriesKnight and myself, we have a sixth sense when it comes to working together. We’ve played multiply types of games together to know each others play styles and and know what each other is going to do before we do it. As for making it to wave 50, with the eagle eye precision of AriesKnight and his Torque Bow ( Bow & Arrow), Red Smooth and his explosive ingenuity, and my mechanical ability to keep the SilverBack (giant ass robot) functioning, we each brought a skill set that complimented each other even without the extra two men we’re down by. Once wave 50 arrived. I had us in a corner funneling enemies toward us and AriesKnight set us up a row of enemy shields to protect us from gun fire. RedSmooth delivered the final blow to the final Locust enemy and after four hours of none stop shooting, we finally did it.

We try to be pretty modest when we achieve a goal in our games, but this one is different. it doesn’t matter that it was only a ten point achievement. It could have been worth nothing. The fact that we not only completed it, but did it with two men short makes it one of our biggest gaming achievements. We did it on normal difficulty, with three people, and we did it in one shot from wave 1 to 50. We challenge you to do better. Until then my raging gamers.


Top 5: Online games that need more love

The last few weeks AriesKnight and I have been playing Ghostbusters online. What I’ve realized while playing is unfortunately it’s a dying game. This made me think of other dying games that I love and wish they weren’t in their dying state. Below are five games which are dying online and I think you should give them some attention.

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I am a Ghostbuster Triumphant!

With the exception of one campaign related achievement “Nice shootin’ Tex!” (Complete the game with less than $100,000 in property damage) left to attain I have fully earned all the online achievements for Ghostbusters: The Video Game! With the last having recently been obtained being the “Gozer’s Most Wanted” achievement. Koopa himself is not that far behind either with just one more online achievement left to get and I have to give him much appreciation for his help and patience as I took on this endeavor. To say I got a little obsessed with accomplishing this goal is under selling it. I’m going to start a new campaign soon to fully complete the game for 1000 gamer score and plan to continue playing for fun and increasing my rank status.GB TrapI will do a brief follow-up once I do achieve 1000 gamer score with accompanying pictures and possibly video so as to show you guys the Golden Proton Pack and additional character skins for multiplayer. If you want to play hit myself and Koopa up on Xbox live. As always leave a comment if you like and game on gamerz!

The Co Op-Competitive Conundrum

I was jumping through a few games tonight playing online in various modes and had an urge to write something about co-op and competitive multiplayer game modes. I really find myself liking co-op a hell of a lot more than competitive. I don’t always have a lot of time to dedicate to one game, nor do I really want to. I like jumping around, playing different things often. I just don’t have the patience to play call of duty for 30+ hours just so I can compete with some middle schoolers who have nothing but free time.splintercell

When I think of my favorite gaming moments, they always have to do with working with friends to overcome the AI. The best examples I can think of are Left 4 Dead, Gears of War series, Saints Row the third, Resistance 3, Splinter cell Conviction, Resident Evil 5, Ninja Gaiden 3, and Borderlands 2. All Games that have in my opinion great co-op. The Gears of War series has a co-op story, but Horde mode blows the competitive part out of the water. Ninja Gaiden 3 while not everyone’s cup of tea was a blast to join another fellow Ninja and take on waves of enemies to fight to the death. The other games I listed either have a co-op story or some other type of co-op mode made specifically for the players to work together.

Two racing games I really enjoy, Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed: Most Wanted have this online component where you can race online if you want, or you and seven other friends can drive around anywhere doing challenges together or just messing around. Open world car games at their finest. I really like this approach instead of having to race people and be competitive if I go online.

Now not to be confused, I do like playing competitive. I enjoy Call of Duty Black Ops, Halo, Killzone, Playstation All-Stars, etc. It’s just I feel like there is a fine line between enjoying one’s self and tossing the game because you don’t stand a chance.  Call of Duty specifically, I hold my own all right, but there are some players that blow my mind with how good they play, then I see their player card and have 7 days’ worth of playing. I’d be awesome to if I spent a full week of my life in a game.COD

Honestly, the only game series I like the competitive multiplayer better is Uncharted. I like the co-op, it just feel like there isn’t enough there. The co-op adventures are nice but short and why are survival waves limited to ten? Make it like gears where some friends and I have to fight through 50 waves or better yet, make it endless.

I’m probably wrong, but I feel like there needs to be two rooms for players. One for players who have played the game under 24 hours, and another room for the 24+ hours. Give or take some hours, I don’t have it down to a science. I feel like this would separate the players that jump on occasional to play with the hardcore of the hardcore players.


This is why I shy away from fighting games. I want to play with people and have fun, but I don’t want to lose every time and I don’t have the time to invest into one fighting game like some people. I’m barely able to hold my own in Playstation All-stars, if you want to count that as a fighter.

Anyway that’s just my thoughts about the multiplayer aspect of games. Let me know your fond memories or hit me up online at KoopaKingJr87 and we’ll make some new ones.