Saturday, February 11, 2012

This Week's Comics Release for 2/15/12

Batman #6
Here is this week's comics and comics-related merchandise list for 2/15/12 courtesy of PREVIEWSworld.  As always, check with your LCS for availabilty.

Oh Boy: Blizzard Sues Valve over DOTA Name



Things are going to get messy. Blizzard has filed suit against Valve with the intent to change the companies upcoming release Defense of the Ancients 2, or DOTA2. Blizzard claims that since the first DOTA was originally designed as a mod for Warcraft III they have rights to the trademark. According to the legal documents, not only will Blizzard be damaged but the legions of fans who have worked on the DOTA mods will be hurt. On the flip side, Valve hired two of the three original developers of DOTA to help make the sequel. Since the original DOTA was a mod instead of a stand alone game one could argue that the term DOTA is an intellectual property of the game's creators, whom just happen to be Valve employees.

It doesn't really matter who wins the squabble, we lose. This lawsuit will inevitably delay the release of DOTA2 and Blizzard's own cleverly named project Blizzard DOTA. At this point if Valve changes the moniker of DOTA2 to something else it will still be recognized as the spiritual successor to DOTA. If Valve doesn't have to change the name then maybe Blizzard will have to think of more original name for what will undoubtedly be an awesome game.

The sooner this mess ends the better. You can read the legal mumbo jumbo here.

This article was written by JudgeGrumble () for 8bitSpit. You can read more of his work at plotbranch.blogspot.com.

IDW to Publish a Doctor Who/Star Trek Crossover

IDW is set to publish a Doctor Who/Star Trek: The Next Generation crossover in May.  Doctor Who will be crossing over for the first time and it will be with another famous sci-fi television property.  Unlike Doctor Who, Star Trek has had crossovers with other properties like the X-Men and The Legion of Superheroes

Get ready to get your geek on in May!

Source: Bleeding Cool

Has Marvel's The Avengers Enemy Been Revealed at a Toy Fair? *Rumor/Spoiler*


It seems that MTV Geek has a taken a picture from the 2012 Toy Fair which might reveal who the alien menace The Avengers will be tackling on May 4th.  Even though, it has been denied by several people working on the film, it does indeed look like:

DC Nation Will Debut March 3rd on Cartoon Network

 
As was speculated earlier, DC Nation on Cartoon Network will indeed begin March 3rd with both Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice leading the way.  Here's the official press courtesy of DC: The Source:

Movie Trailer: The FP Red Band Trailer

Don't Know What to Be for Halloween? How About The Lizard or Spider-Man or Even Gwen Stacy?


Disguise gives us a first look at how The Lizard from this summer's The Amazing Spider-Man movie is going to look.  We also get glimpses of the Spider-Man costume and of the Gwen Stacy costume.  Yup.  The Gwen Stacy costume.  Check some of them out below.  You can check the rest of the costumes and accessories by clicking HERE.




 

Vita Hill Social Club


Sony just opened up a club on several cities in the U.S. where you can play their new handheld, the Playstation Vita. This event ends at February 27th. Here are the places on where you can get your hands on the Vita:

Super Mario Crossover 2.0 Released



-video courtesy of Machinima

Exploding Rabbit just released Super Mario Crossover ver 2.0 featuring updated graphics, gameplay, more levels, new music, and 2 new characters Luigi and Bass. You can play Super Mario Crossover ver 2.0 HERE. Have fun!

By Paranoid Droid

Friday, February 10, 2012

MMO Mech Fighter Hawken Starts Signups For Closed Beta



In my younger more naive days one of my biggest dreams was to become a mech pilot. The idea of piloting a hulking mass of metal that shook the earth with each step really appealed to me. It is far from a uncommon power fantasy, and Hawken looks like the perfect way to scratch that itch. Hawken is a free multiplayer mech FPS in development by the small independent studio Adhesive Games. It has recently entered closed beta, which you can sign up for here. Hawken's main website is here. The official release date is 12/12/12 but the beta is supposed to start soon so prepare to enter the fields of battle before then.

This article was written by JudgeGrumble () for 8bitSpit. Thanks JudgeGrumble!

Super Mario Bros. Music On The Subway? Don't Mind If I Do

I saw this on Kotaku this morning and would have enjoyed this performance if I was riding the subway on my way to work.  The only thing that kills me is that the people riding in that train seem not to even give two s**ts about this brilliant rendition of the Super Mario soundtrack.  New York folks are a bit dead inside, I guess.



Gravity Rush (JP): 15 Minutes of Amazing Gameplay



15 minutes of glorious Gravity Rush gameplay. The game is out now in Japan. I want to play this game so badly. I also want to point out that the MUSIC IS SO GOOD! I must have a Vita now! Its a shame this isn't a US launch title.

By Paranoid Droid

Rocksteady Is Not Making A TMNT Game

Rocksteady's Sefton Hill has denied rumors of them making a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game. Well there goes my dreams of playing a TMNT game based off of the original comics.

By Paranoid Droid

Anime First Impressions: Another


I'm far from a horror aficionado, even more so for Japanese horror, but occasionally I get in the mood for a good scare and something like Another will catch my eye. You can watch Another on Crunchyroll and as of this post the first four episodes are up. If the first four episodes are any proof though, Another may be the best guide on how to not do Japanese horror ever. All of the overused tropes are there and put together in the blandest and most uninteresting way possible. Creepy little girl? She is there but she isn't creepy nor engaging. She is just bland. Stupidly curious protagonist? He is there too but with all the personality of a lobotomized mental patient. I've talked to fans of the show who comment on the great atmosphere but I just don't see it. Making everything in the town kinda rusty and using creepy dolls as screen transitions doesn't make a good atmosphere. Another as a whole just comes off neither shocking or interesting. There will be a follow up to see how the rest of the show pans out but for now I just can't recommend Another in good conscious.


This article was written by guest writer and anime enthusiast Judge Grumble. You can read more of his work at plotbranch.blogspot.com.

DC Direct Unveils The Dark Knight Rises & Before Watchmen Collectibles


Here is the official press release (followed by images) for these pretty cool looking collectibles featuring Batman, Bane, and Catwoman from this summer's The Dark Knight Rises movie and Rorschach and The Comedian from the upcoming comic event Before Watchmen

DC Entertainment’s collectible group also rolls out extensive ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ line
Burbank, CA. – February 9, 2012 – DC Direct, the exclusive collectibles division of DC Entertainment, announced today an extensive line-up of new collectibles based on flagship publishing and film initiatives.  Leading into New York Toy Fair, DC Direct unveiled two new collectible statues based on character art from the recently announced BEFORE WATCHMEN, a series of all-new stories that expand on the universe of best-selling graphic novel, WATCHMEN. Prototypes for Rorschach and Comedian statues will be unveiled at the show, kicking off the new BEFORE WATCHMEN product line that will go on sale later this year, exclusively from DC Direct.
Also announced today is an extensive line-up of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES collectibles based on characters from the highly-anticipated upcoming Warner Bros. film.  The line includes statues, busts and action figures based on iconic characters from the film including Batman, Catwoman and Bane.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bullets: For When "Goodbye" Isn't Enough


    Sometimes we do it in person, other times, over the phone, but no matter how you cut it, saying goodbye is never easy. Game developer Introversion made sure that their heartfelt goodbye would be an unforgettable moment, with bullets, airsoft pellets to be exact. They also used band saws, blowtorches, and an assortment of other things to make this parting between IP and developer special.


Story from Kotaku.com. You can find the original article here.

Justice League: Doom Clip: Superman Vs. Ace

Smallville Season 11 Coming in April! Say What?! It's True...

Cover to issue #1 by Cat Stagg
Smallville will pick up right where season 10 left off: Clark is now officially Superman after having saved Earth from Darkseid and Apokolips.  Season 11 will begin April 3 first in digital form then in print form starting May 16.  Read the official press release below.

David Jaffe on Video Game Stories *NSFW*


-Video courtesy of Gamespot

David Jaffe (God of War, Twisted Metal) talks about why stories in video games shouldn't be the focus of the developer. I strongly agree on what he's saying and he makes a lot of excellent points. I'd rather play games that focus on its gameplay and mechanics instead of those that focus on storytelling.

By Paranoid Droid

Is Tim Schafer's New Project a Go? Yes.

Now that is a face you can trust.


      Tim Schafer is one of the one of the most renowned names in gaming history. One reason for this is because it belongs to this guy (pictured above). Tim Schafer was one of the geniuses responsible for the boom of amazing point and click adventure games we had back in the 90's. He did The Secret of Monkey Island, Day of the Tenticle, Grim Fandango, and Full Throttle. He was also responsible for BAFTA Video Game Best Screenplay award winning title, Psychonauts. Though he has made a couple of games since, Tim has yet to make the game many of his fans are clamoring for, another point and click adventure. Well, I am happy to say that he too wants himself to make another point and click adventure game.

His first work at Lucas Arts was as a tester for this.
     Tim Schafer's studio, Double Fine, along with 2 Player Productions have started a Kickstarter fundraiser for a new point and click adventure game funded by you, the fans, as well as funding a documentary of the entire production. As they stated on the fundraiser the documentary promises to offer great insight into game development for those interested in becoming a part of the industry as well as filming a landmark moment in gaming as fans help fund a game that would have never made it into production through traditional means.

     To make things more interesting, the fundraiser hasn't even been on for 24 hours and they've already doubled their goal of $400,000 and it is steadily climbing, setting landmark records for Kickstarter in both funds accrewed in the first 24 hours and most backers. Double Fine Productions has stated that any extra funds beyond their initial goal will go directly into making the game even better than they had already planned so with the first day of the 33 day fundraiser not even over yet there is no reason to stop giving the love.

If you want to contribute to the Kickstarter fundraiser then click here.


Photos courtesy of doublefine.com and coenak on youtube.

This article was written by 8BitSpit writer Logan Via. Logan is an aspiring video games journalist as well as the guy behind #8BitSongOfTheDay. If you were hoping to soar like an eagle on pogo sticks then you might try following him on Twitter @Raurik.

Indie Game Music Bundle 2 is Out


     As I mentioned just a day or two ago, the folks behind the first Indie Game Music Bundle were about to make a sequel and here it is! I wasn't sure how they were going to top the last bundle, but throwing in the soundtracks to Aquaria, S&SEP, and Machinarium was definitely a good start. You can get all 15 of these albums right now for $10. They are 100% DRM free, for all the audiophiles out there these albums are available in MP3 and FLAC, and if this bundle is anything like the last, there will be several more albums added towards the end of the sale which you will be able to download if you passed the $10 limit.



This article was written by 8BitSpit writer Logan Via. Logan is an aspiring video games journalist as well as the guy behind #8BitSongOfTheDay. He is also on Twitter where he may be found at @Raurik.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

7 Page Preview of Avengers VS. X-Men #1 Plus a Bonus Look at 3 AVX Tie In Covers *UPDATE*


UPDATE #1: 3 NEW COVER IMAGES
UPDATE #2: 4 NEW COVER IMAGES (2/10/12)
 
Nerd Bastards has a seven page preview of Marvel's next big event Avengers VS. X-Men #1 which hits stores April 3.  Here's Marvel's press release  followed by the previews:

This April, prepare for the biggest super hero war in comics history as Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Avengers Vs. X-Men #1! From the powerhouse creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brubaker, John Romita Jr., Adam Kubert and Olivier Copiel comes a groundbreaking event pitting Earth’s Mightiest against the X-Men with the entire Marvel Universe at stake. Cyclops and his team believe the arrival of the Phoenix Force will save mutantkind, but Captain America is convinced it will destroy the world! But who is right? Don’t miss out on all the action inAvengers Vs. X-Men #1 in comic shops worldwide and on the Marvel Comics app this April!

Which team will reign supreme? Join the conversation on Twitter with #AvX!
For more on Avengers VS X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com

Movie Trailer: The Bourne Legacy

Gotham City Impostors Launch Trailer



-video courtesy of SuperHeroHype

The downloadable multiplayer online shooter is out now on Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. There will be a free downloadable pack in March too.

By Paranoid Droid

Invincible Knight Trailer



A new downloadable game coming to Playstation Network.

The Simpsons: Arcade Game is Now Available On The PSN


I'm a day late, but please do not miss out on The Simpsons Arcade Game hitting the PSN NOW!!!!  Man this arcade used to swallow at least 5 bucks in quarters just to get to Montgomery Burns (oops Spoilers).   And of course this is a four player game, which made it so much better to play through with your three best buds.

Source: Playstation Blog

Playstation 3 System Update (v4.10)


If you haven't turned on your PS3 in a while there will be a new system update with version 4.10.  This is the info found on the Playstation Blog posted by Eric Lempel (VP, Sony Network Entertainment):


Hi, everyone. We are releasing a new system software update (v4.10) for PlayStation 3 today that will include a few minor changes that we want to make you all aware of.

First off, once you download the new system software, you will be asked to accept a change to our Terms of Service. In an effort for more unity between PlayStation Network (PSN) and other Sony Entertainment Network services, your “PSN Account” will now be named “Sony Entertainment Network Account.” Please note that this change is one in name only and will not change the PSN that you know and love. You’ll still play games online, still have access to the latest downloadable games and add-ons, and still experience a wide variety of movies, sports and music across PSN.
With this system software update (v4.10), we’ll also be updating the PS3 Internet Browser with improved display speed.


This updated has been live since yesterday, February 07, 2012.

Source: Playstation Blog

The Tester Season 3 Premiere

OH man, I totally missed the premiere of The Tester last night. If you missed it as well, here is the link to see it on the Playstation Blog.  You can also watch it on your PS3 Via PSN download, or Youtube, and of course through us.... well its linked from YouTube but you get the idea.



The first season was funny to see these gamers do dumb stuff in order to become a Sony tester.  That goes the same for season two, and I can't wait to see what silly activities this 3rd season has in stored.

Sleeping Dogs Announced



This was originally going to be True Crime: Hong Kong until Activision decided to cancel the game. Now Square Enix picked up the rights to the game and renamed it Sleeping Dogs. United Front Games returns to finish developing the game.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

John Carter: One Minute TV Spot

         

Here's a one minute TV spot of Disney's John Carter that aired on ABC during the showing The River.

SNIKT! The Wolverine to Hit Theaters in 2013

The James Mangold directed, Hugh Jackman starring The Wolverine finally has a release date.  It will hit theaters on July 23, 2013, according to Super Hero Hype.  So, after some production delays, we won't have to wait too long to see Wolverine visiting Japan and taking on Silver Samurai.

Cancelled Superman and Flash Games


These are early gameplay footage of two cancelled superhero games. The first one is a Superman game developed by Factor 5 (Star Wars: Rouge Squadron series). I'm not sure if you can call it actual gameplay footage though. To me it looks pre-rendered. From the way it looks, it plays like a cinematic QTE fest (Quick Time Events) where you have to press the button that pop up on the screen. The publisher, Brash Entertainment, and developer went out of business in late 2008 before they can finish the game.

Skullgirls: Complete Attract Mode Trailer


-Video courtesy of Skullgirls.com

We get a look at the Skullgirls story mode. There is just one more character left to reveal and we finally get the release date-- I hope! Also for all you Trophy whores out there, the PS3 version gets 4 exclusive trophies.

By Paranoid Droid

Movie Trailer: The Amazing Spider-Man




Skuhl Leader Update!: So as Boogie Knight was saying earlier, we went to the sneak peek yesterday morning. Before the sneak peek, you can ask anybody I know what I thought about the upcoming Spider-Man flick and they'd tell you I was bummed out. I didn't want to see a dark and brooding Spider-Man. I felt from seeing the teaser trailer that this would be a movie that I would wait to see on Blu-ray.

Having seeing the sneak peek, I can tell you my tune has changed. I don't want to give anything away, but I will say this: The Amazing Spider-Man is looking good. The thing that made me feel this way (and it's something you didn't see in the first trailer nor this trailer) were scenes shown in the sizzle reel that showed Peter Parker being the goofy, jokester and awkward teenage hero that we all know he should be. I don't know why they have been making all these trailers so dark and moody and not showing more of the real Peter Parker. I guess they are trying to distance themselves from the Sam Raimi Spider-Man flicks. Regardless, this movie won't be an afterthought this summer and it might just be a better movie than we all thought.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Happy Birthday Bob Marley!

MetLife "Everyone" *Super Bowl Spot*

"I Am the Law!" 4 New Dredd Pics


Here are four new pics from Dredd starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey and directed by Peter Travis.  Dredd hits theaters September 21 in both 3D and 2D.  Check out the pics below.

Boogie Knight & Skuhl Leader Were on Hand for The Amazing Spider-Man "The Untold Story Begins" Event in Los Angeles!


UPDATE!!! WITH TRAILER NOW

Skuhlly and myself were on hand for today's big The Amazing Spider-Man "The Untold Story Begins" event here in Los Angeles.  We got there about three hours early (thinking that the line might be way too long even then), but found there to only be about thirty people waiting.  As the day progressed though, the line got longer and longer, working its way down a a few flight of stairs and curving around the block.

After waiting for two and a half hours, we were finally allowed to go into the AMC theater where we were treated with free popcorn, soda and water along with 3D glasses (I'm not a fan of 3D, but that's a story for another time).  We finally made our way into the theater where we found out that our host would be Ralph Garman of 106.7 KROQ fame and voice regular on The Family Guy.

Movie Trailer: Marvel's The Avengers *Super Bowl Spot*

New Game Music Bundle Announced


     If you weren't aware, back around the holiday season there was an amazing indie bundle called the Game Music Bundle. It consisted of 21 CDs for $10. Now the folks behind the first have just announced a sequel. The concept is simple, here's a couple albums for "pay-what-you-want" and if you spend $10 or more you get several more albums for being so awesome. I bought the first bundle and it was easily the best $10 I've ever spent. If you want to know more then you can follow them at @GameMusicBundle on Twitter, or check them out on Facebook.



This article was written by 8BitSpit writer Logan Via. Logan is an aspiring video game journalist as well as the guy behind #8BitSongOfTheDay. He can also be found on Twitter at @Raurik should you be #sufferingthesamewayGdid.

This Week's Games Release 2/6/12 - 2/10/12


Tuesday

Gotham City Impostors (PC, PSN, XBLA)
Jak & Daxter HD Collection (PS3)
Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS)
Shank 2 (PC, PSN, XBLA)
The Simpsons Arcade Game (PSN, XBLA)
The Darkness 2 (PS3, 360, PC)
The Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning (PC, PS3, 360)

By Paranoid Droid

Rumor: 2 New PS3 Exclusives To Be Announced This Month

According to sillegamer, there will be 2 new exclusive sequels coming to the PS3. One of them is God of War 4 which is said to have online multiplayer and the other one is Syphon Filter 4 which is a third person shooter.

Sony has been teasing a new shooter sequel in February's issue of Playstation Magazine. This could mean that Syphon Filter 4 is the game that Sony's teasing.


By Paranoid Droid

Sunday, February 5, 2012

8BitSpit Rant: Let's Talk Final Fantasy

     I've seen Skuhl Leader Do several of these and loved all of them so I thought I'd take a shot as ranting is a frequent hobby of mine. Without further ado, let us begin!



*SPOILER*As a Forward there will be tons and tons of Spoilers. You've been warned*SPOILER*



     With the release of the new Final Fantasy XIII-2 it becomes ever harder to talk about Final Fantasy in a positive light. That is, unless you're talking about the older entries in the series. This isn't because the newer games are bad, but because of the kind of reaction you get from the series' fans whenever they're mentioned. Ever since Final Fantasy XII gave us fully real time battles, fans of the series have been in an uproar over how "un-Final Fantasy" the series is becoming. This is exactly what I want to talk about. Innovation in a very beloved series is always going to be something that cannot please everyone, but I believe that the majority of the problem with XII and XIII that have more fans than usual griping is that they are the first real innovations the series has seen in almost fifteen years.

     Back when the series was just starting each new entry held nothing over from the previous title as sacred, even going so far as to scrap the idea of levels in Final Fantasy II. In Final Fantasy III they created the job system as an evolved version of what we knew from Final Fantasy I. This would be expanded upon in Final Fantasy V then scrapped, never to be seen again outside of Final Fantasy Tactics. Final Fantasy IV gave us the light and dark mechanics that were never revisited again. Then we got Final Fantasy VI, the game that did it all. After Final Fantasy VI, we wouldn't see another true innovation on the Final Fantasy series until Final Fantasy XII with the new dynamic fighting system.

     So at this point I'm sure you, the reader, are already typing something angry but heartfelt into the comments section. And as much as I would love a response, I hope I can keep you for but a moment longer so I can break down the science of this matter. (Yeah, science. Technology baby!)


    Final Fantasy VII, often thought of as one of the most innovative RPGs of all time. It sold the PSX, went on to be named in countless top 10 articles, and is hands down one of the most beloved RPGs of all time. If you ask any diehard fan of VII what makes it such a good game they will most likely respond by saying, "Because there is no other game like it."

*cough*
       So what if their soldiers look alike, it's just a coincidence. Well how about the idea that a huge militaristic power is trying to steal power from a mystic source so that they can rule over the world with an iron fist. Meanwhile, one of their best soldiers has gotten power hungry and intends on making himself a god. Then he succeeds and you, the young hero who was formerly one of their soldiers but now can't remember your past, must defeat this godlike being with a giant wing which starts to sound strikingly familiar to a battle against a fierce one winged angel.


     Final Fantasy VI even has a scene after a huge battle where the main character is lost to said power that the militaristic force is trying to steal and they have to find her. When they do she is resting and she has to be saved from the force she is currently lost in which involves a flashback and her regaining her memory. Are you aching from your materia at this point? Well tough, I'm not done yet. Meteorstrike, as well as a couple other classic Brawler attacks that Tifa and Zell share came from Sabin, the game's Brawler character. In fact, it's fair to argue that Sabin's movelist was split across the two of them. Final Fantasy VI is also set in a futuristic steampunk world and kills one of the cast members. (Unless you get the good ending. That's right. You can save them. How'd that go for Aeris?)

     Let's move on to the next piece in the pie, Final Fantasy VIII. One of the only innovations this series is credited with is the Junction system which was so insanely complicated that I almost have to explain it in order to talk about how it actually came from Final Fantasy VI. Basically, when you get a summon, you have to equip it in order to use it. That said, once you equip it, the summon will add extra health points or strength points every time you level depending on which one you decide to equip. On top of that, as you fight battles with your summons they gradually teach you abilities that you can then use against monsters in battle.
Given FFVIII basically expanded on this system to an insane degree.
     Oh, and did I mention that the initial focus of the game is to avoid repeating a great war that took place before the main characters were alive while the main villain is hellbent on making sure they have said war in order to ensure complete rule over the world for themselves? Did I mention that the story also focuses on the summons a lot this time around and that they have to die before you can defeat the big bad guy cause they're being used to give him power? What? No I was talking about Final Fantasy VI. What game did you think I was talking about?

He's only smiling cause he doesn't know he's dead yet.
If you think I'm stretching for what we've reached so far then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the definitive Final Fantasy because I haven't even scratched the innovative surface of this title yet. It did a lot for the series and, honestly, I think it has taken until now with Final Fantasy XIII to finally outrun this beast. Sure XIII wasn't that great, but it took that big of a leap to define itself as something different from VI. This is not to say that VII and all of the titles in between weren't memorable or even amazing. They were building on something great and created a franchise that we, as gamers, have come to adore, but there's nothing left to build on. Final Fantasy VI is part of the past and Square, as developers, see that they need to move on and into a new style of action and storytelling. Final Fantasy must be allowed the room to change itself. Sure, the leveling system in Final Fantasy II wasn't everyone's favorite and the bland nature of Final Fantasy III's story almost physically hurt, but that didn't stop Final Fantasy IV from learning from both of those and making something that was leaps and bounds better and within the same limitations of the NES. Final Fantasy has always been an innovative series and, in today's industry, if we don't give the guys at Square the room to trip once and a while, Final Fantasy will stop being the innovator it is and potentially disappear into the addles of gaming history as the King of RPGs that was.


Special thanks to the sprite database and the finalfantasy wikia, as well as Setzer and BrianScratchComms on Youtube for all of the images.


This extremely longwinded article was written by 8BitSpit writer Logan Via. Logan is an aspiring video game journalist as well as the guy behind #8BitSongOfTheDay. If you enjoyed this read then you might like following him on Twitter @Raurik.




8bit Song of the Day #14

Today marks another #8BitSongOfTheDay. Today's top song choice has to be one of the hardest decisions made here on 8BitSotD. The problem was in choosing which song from the intense and absolutely amazing Impostor Nostalgia album. Every single song off of this album deserves the title just as much as the next. It would be easier to choose your favorite child than pick between these songs. But, after much deliberation, a decision has been made. The song of the day must ultimately go to BigGiantCircles' song, Flicker. Not only do we have Big Giant Circles involved in the creation of this amazing track, but we also have mastermind Chris Geehan of Hyperduck Studios involved!


The video today was provided by BigGiantCircles' own Youtube account so check it out.


Impostor Nostalgia is in my opinion one of the best chiptune albums of the last year and instantly made my personal top 10 for being both amazingly true to the style of the old ways of game music (even going so far as to hide little bits of them in some of the songs) while still being very fresh. This isn't a tribute album. This is exactly what it claims to be, imitation at it's most flattering. One minute you think you're listening to an old video game tune, then you realize that the song isn't from any game you've ever played. The moment passes and all you're left with was a moment of remembrance of a game from long ago. As the song swells you move with it into a new feeling lost somewhere between then and now. The next track kicks in and you follow it's lead until the CD stops and you start it back at the beginning again.

But why is this album so good? How can it be this great? Well, because it features work from C418 as well as Zircon, Souleye, and Alex Brandon. (Don't know who he is? How about the guy who did the music for Thief, Deus Ex, and Never Winter Nights? Yeah. Yeah, he did that.) Almost half of the album is collaboration works and it does nothing but further emphasize how unique each track is.

If I have convinced you to go pay homage to this pantheon of video game music gods then head over here to get a copy.

If you want to learn more about BigGiantCircles (a.k.a. Jimmy Hinson) then you can check him out on twitter @BigGiantCircles or his website!


This article was written by 8BitSpit writer Logan Via. Logan is an aspiring video game journalist as well as the guy behind #8BitSongOfTheDay. You can follow him on his twitter @Raurik.

This Week's Comics Release for 2/8/12

Carnage, U.S.A. #3

Here are this week's comics and comics-related merchandise for 2/8/12 courtesy for PREVIEWSworld.  As always check your LCS for availability.