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15 New ‘Arkham Knight’ Images Released!

The clever folks over at eurogamer have put together an HD gallery of 15 new images for Arkham Knight! From what I've read, we're getting serious face-time with the Riddler, like, to the point where his appearance changes through the course of the game (ala Batman's in all the Arkham games)! Add to that some possible time with Oracle, as suggested from the image in the gallery. Holy time-span, Batman! I can't wait to play this! (Side note: Did anyone else know Batman develops a 5 o'clock shadow by the end of Arkham City? I sure didn't.)

Preparing for Pokébank: What You Can Do Now

Pokémon Bank (hereafter referred to as Pokébank) and Poké Transporter are two services being launched on the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS to finally bridge the gap between the current 6th generation of Pokémon games and the previous generations. Pokébank will be a cloud-based service wherein players can store up to 3,000 of their own Pokémon. The opportunity to access 30-day free trial of the service will be available until January 31st as of press time, though due to the rocky rollout of the service, this date could be extended. Poké Transporter is the free companion tool that serves as the vehicle by which players can transfer their Pokémon from the four 5th generation games – Pokémon White, Pokémon White 2, Pokémon Black & Pokémon Black 2 – to the current 6th Generation games, Pokémon X & Pokémon Y. As has been widely publicized, the Pokébank rollout got off to a rocky start. Nintendo had intended to launch both services two days after Christmas. However, during the initial launch in Japan, Nintendo found that the combination of users accessing the new service, added to the users who were linking their systems to the newly-introduced Nintendo Network ID for the first time, was in fact too much for the servers to bear. Nintendo’s strength has never been – and quite frankly, will never be – online services, but they are at least making strides into this modern era of internet connectivity. The Nintendo Network ID serves much like an Xbox Live account or an Apple ID, allowing games demos and game content to be downloaded, deleted and re-downloaded later. As such, step one in your preparation for Pokébank should be to link your handheld to the Network. Creating a Nintendo Network ID: If you are a new 3DS or 2DS owner, you will need to create an ID. To do so, follow these directions:
  •  Assuming you have already created a Mii for your system, you will need to navigate to your 3DS or 2DS’s System Settings.
  • Select Nintendo Network ID Settings. If you do not see this option, perform a System Update.
  • Follow the prompts until the option “Create New ID” appears, and then click “Next.”
  • Side note: The Nintendo Network ID is NOT the same as a Club Nintendo Account, despite a few similar functions.
  • Accept terms and conditions and enter relevant personal information. The country of residence cannot be changed.
  • Choose a Nintendo Network ID. It cannot be changed, and it cannot be vulgar. Standard Nintendo fare.
  • Create a password, then enter an email address. Take the time to review your information. Changing information with Nintendo is either impossible or ridiculously difficult.
Linking an existing Nintendo Network ID: If you already own a Wii U, the Nintendo Network ID process should be vaguely familiar. Again, this ID is NOT the same as a Club Nintendo ID, so be sure you’re linking correct IDs. Only one Nintendo Network ID can be used on one 3DS/2DS system at a time.
  •  Navigate to your 3DS or 2DS’s System Settings.
  • Select Nintendo Network ID Settings and click “Next.”
  • Select “Link An Existing ID”
  • Read through Nintendo eShop information and related account information and click “Understood”
  • Enter your existing Nintendo Network ID, password and email, then click “Done.”
  • Click “Link.”
That’s it! Following these steps will ensure that you are ready for Pokébank when it finally launches. All information above is from the Nintendo website. For questions regarding the Nintendo Network ID on a 3DS or 2DS system, click here. For questions regarding the Nintendo Network ID on a Wii U system, click here. For an illustrated example:

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[Images from Nintendo]

Batgirl Revealed in Injustice: Gods Among Us

It was revealed last week that one of the downloadable characters for DC Comic's recent fighting game "Injustice: Gods Among Us" would be none other than the original Batgirl, Barbara Gordon herself. Today, gameplay footage was released of Babs in action. I have to admit, she's a bit more gimmicky than I expected. Nonetheless, she is one of my all-time favorite comic book characters, so I'm just happy to get a chance to control her avatar in a pretty decent game. She'll be available to players who purchased the "Injustice" DLC season pass soon.

What Are You Playing?

What are you guys playing right now? My full Tomb Raider review is coming next week, and my Bioshock: Infjnite review will follow that. Both of those games have had me chained to my XBox in my spare time. What are you playing?

Go Play Your Video Games

Angry Birds I don't think anyone has quite milked the potential of launching on the iOS platform quite like Rovio has with their mega-hit "Angry Birds." This brand began as one game, grew into 8+ others and then spawned a wide-reaching merchandise empire that rivals any Hollywood entertainment property. Speaking of Hollywood, they've even partnered with films in the past (Rio) and more recently with the Star Wars brand. It's quite possible to be sick of seeing Angry Birds everywhere even if you've never played it. But, this is the game that started it all, and it still holds up as an excellent slingshot-puzzler, so this weekend while it's free, be sure to download both iOS versions. For iPhone & iPod: Download Angry Birds For iPad: Download Angry Birds HD   Tomb Raider Nitty Gritty LaraLara Croft is back. Sort of. Technically this is the first time we're meeting Lara, because Crystal Dynamics have partnered with publishers Square Enix and have breathed new (and improved) life to the iconic video game heroine. Expect my full review sometime in the next two weeks, as I'm currently in the thrall of the campaign, but read on for my initial take. Original developer/publisher team Core/Eidos had stretched the original Tomb Raider series just about as far as they could when they partnered up (and eventually handed over) Lara to developers Crystal Dynamics. CD actually managed to put their own decent spin on the series, releasing "Legend", a 10 year anniversary remake of the original titled, aptly, "Tomb Raider: Anniversary" and a finally a continuation of their own original storyline called "Tomb Raider: Underworld." Underworld was actually quite good and felt modern, while still very true to the original intent. But sales just weren't keeping up, so the Lara think tank went back to the drawing board, trying to figure out how to make an essentially nine-sequeled game exciting again. Next, Eidos badly damaged by investments, was absorbed by publisher Square Enix (publishers of hits like Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts & Hitman) and Crystal Dynamics retained developer rights. As a result, we now have "Tomb Raider." Sharing a name with the original best-selling and trend-setting game that essentially launched the 3D exploring adventure genre, the newest version of Lara's exploits is easily her best to date. Definitely worth your $60 to check out. The gameplay is the best combination hybrid I've seen in a game like this, borrowing back the best pieces from so many games that borrowed from the original series. To buy Tomb Raider *while* supporting #nerdjizz, go here! Halo 4 Promethean KnightAt this point, I'll play anything Halo Related. They've taken a more methodical approach to releases than the original Tomb Raider series did. As such, their candle hasn't burned out yet, and likely won't be needing a reboot any time soon. The newest exploits of everyone's favorite couple who can't consummate their relationship finds Master Chief and his Artificial Intelligence assistant Cortana uncovering secrets of the creators of life in their universe. The Elite are certainly back for action too, but they can't quite match up to the killing prowess of new enemies like the Promethean Knights. (Pictured to your left.) Seriously, Promethean Knights are a bitch to take down in the game. Especially on Legendary (the hardest difficulty setting, for non-Halo folk.) So, if you loved the outings of Master Chief before, you're probably going to love them again. Might as well go pick it up and start playing today!       Walking Dead The final entry I'll mention today is a particularly interesting game. Based on the hit comic book series "The Walking Dead" from which the universally-loved tv show comes from, this game began and exists as an episodic adventure. Originally there were a couple of months to a few weeks between releases giving the game a true sense of originating from the world of Kirkman's comics. If you're not much of a gamer, this installment-based adventure might be perfect for you. The game is driven by about 70% story and 30% action. It comes close to achieving a perfect rendition of "interactive storytelling." Not only that, but there are more on the way! These first five "episodes" complete the first "season" of the game. Season two is on its way soon! And given that it's available on just about every platform available, from your phone to your XBox to your computer, you don't have many excuses not to try it. For XBox 360 owners, you can find it here. For Mac users :: For PC Users PS3 folks can buy it here. For iOS users, pick up your copy on the app store. The Walking Dead by Telltale Games

In Geeky Michael Fassbender News…

Try not to lose your minds, gay geeks and gaymers, but, painfully early this morning, Variety reported that Michael Fassbender is set to not just star but co-produce one of the highest praised video game series of (maybe) all time: Assassin's Creed! Fassbender is certainly no stranger to the fantashy/sci-fi genre, what with the recent success of Prometheus, let's not forget he's been in many an action-packed movie for the geeks such as X-Men: First Class, Haywire (I admit I didn't like that as much as I hoped to), Inglourious BasterdsJonah Hex (no need to tell me this one sucked), the UK TV series Hex, and, of course, 300. He's proved with his latest successes that audiences love watching his large wiener him, so here's to hoping this will be the beginning of incredible movies based on video games (or need I remind us of Prince of Persia and Max Payne?) In the meantime, while we wait for the movie, Assassin's Creed III hits stores October 30th! Watch and play, won't you? And, like me, pretend it's just Michael Fassbender with his gloriously ginger beard as you touch yourself for the whole game!

Guitar HELLO! Rock HARD Band! (And other such puns)

Ever played Guitar Hero and/or Rock Band naked? Ever had a six-pack while doing so? Ever watch a six-packed friend play Rock Band and/or Guitar Hero naked? If you ever get the chance, do as the kindly folks did in this video and record it so some nerds can fap to it later. Now, if you'll excuse me...

Music Monday: Lana Del Rey

I know I featured her breakout hit "Video Games" last October when it overtook the internet, but I'm going to delve a little deeper into the Del Rey Kool-Aid today. She's been getting nothing but shade since her performance on Saturday Night Live this weekend. "She doesn't even have an album yet!" they screamed. "She's a studio-bred hack!" they hollered. "She couldn't carry a goddamn tune in a bucket!" "Yo, she's pitchy, dawg!" Faggots everywhere were crawling out of the woodwork to denounce the sensationalized songstress. I'll concede that, sure, her performance was awkward and a bit vocally frantic. But it also wasn't the least bit surprising. Ever since she exploded onto the blogosphere last fall, I've been doing my fair share of digging to find what information and performance material I could. What I found was an augmented beauty (I mean, those lips weren't the ones god gave her, but they're certainly flattering to her image) who gets anxious in front of large crowds. She enjoys smaller, intimate settings. She reminds me much of the type of musical performer I myself happen to be. I'm decent in front of three people. I'm shite in front of 5+. But Lana is 25 years old. She's just getting the hang of this whole "mass amounts of people want to see me perform live and do everything perfect" jive. Personally, I find it refreshing that she's not singing to a backing track, that she doesn't have her act perfected, that she doesn't know what to do with her free hand. At any rate, take a listen to a few of these tracks released some time back while Lana was still in the Lizzy-to-Lana transition phase. She was born Elizabeth (Lizzy) Grant, but her new musical persona is part of the whole performance. Before you start on some "how in-authentic" rant, go ahead and stop jacking off Lady Gaga. Go ahead. I'll wait. Take your hand off of her dick. I don't expect either of these to show up on her album due out later this month, but you should hear them all the same. First up, "Oh Say Can You See." It's not political or patriotic. Just beautiful.

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Next, try on a little "Pawn Shop Blues" and see how it fits. This has actually been on repeat on all of my devices for some time now. Whether this had been Lana or not, I would still be a fan. It's just a good song.

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As I mentioned, she performed on SNL this weekend. I liked it. I don't care who knows it. I'm happy for her. So there.

It’s Time To Put Your Wii Away

Well, it looks as though Nintendo is going to be the only major gaming company to release a new system next year. And quite frankly, given the Playstation 3 fiasco, they couldn't have picked a better time to go unchallenged. My only hope is that a photo-realistic Legend of Zelda game will be in the works.

To whom it may concern:

Re: Wii’s successor system

Nintendo Co., Ltd. has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii, which the company has sold 86.01 million units on a consolidated shipment basis between its launch in 2006 and the end of March 2011.

We will show a playable model of the new system and announce more specifications at the E3 Expo, which will be held June 7-9, 2011, in Los Angeles.

Sales of this new system have not been included in the financial forecasts announced today for the fiscal term ending March 2012.

Source: The Tanooki