John Carmack’s Quakecon 2013 Keynote


John Carmack talks for two plus hours in this keynote from the recent Quakecon. Everything from the console market, game publishing, and the advent of motion controllers are covered. Be prepared to actually listen to a programmer discuss gaming and not a CEO or marketing representative.

There are some gem comments throughout the keynote; “I used to give Apple a lot of grief about the one button mouse when anybody working with a mouse really wants- more buttons are helpful there. And Kinect is sort of like a zero button mouse with a lot of latency on it.”

Carmack himself is one of the co-founders of id Software, known for developing graphics engines and technology, and a rocket scientist in his spare time.

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Coming to a console near you! May edition


Here is a grand list of games that are to be released in May

Xbox 360

May 14th

Metro: Last Light

May 21st

Fast & Furious: Showdown

Resident Evil: Revelations

May 28th

 Fuse

Grid 2

May 31st

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

XBLA

May 1st  

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

May 22nd

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

            May 31st

                        Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

PS3

 May 14th

Dust 514

Metro: Last Light

May 21st

Fast & Furious: Showdown

Resident Evil: Revelations

May 28th

Fuse

Grid 2

May 31st

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

PSN

May 22nd

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

May 31st

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

WiiU

May 7th

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut

May 21st

Fast & Furious: Showdown

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

Resident Evil: Revelations

3DS

May 9th

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move

May 16th

Mega Man 5

May 21st

Fast & Furious: Showdown

May 24th

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

May 30th

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages

PC

Windows

May 1st  

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Fez

May 2nd

Might & Magic Heroes VI: Shades of Darkness

May 14th

Metro: Last Light

May 21st

Fast & Furious: Showdown

Resident Evil: Revelations

May 22nd

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

May 28th

Grid 2

May 31st

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

Dust: An Elysian Tail

Kinetic Void

Mac

May 31st

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

Kinetic Void

Linux

May 31st

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

Kinetic Void

Mobile

Android

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

iOS

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

The Money in Magic. Introduction.


When it comes to talking about Magic to people that don’t play magic the first thing I go to is talking about the kind of money you can make. For example, at the DC Open last weekend, first place took home $2,400. Taking a look at the overall profit to be made when playing the game in a competitive setting it’s easy to see why we put ourselves through so much. But there are different degrees of money you’re willing to put into the game when taking into consideration the amount of money you expect to get out.

Looking at the most played deck in Standard, the land base for Naya will run you around $374 depending. That is unarguably a large sum of money to be dropping on cardboard. But the thing that’s not often considered when seeing those kinds of numbers being thrown around is that you’re looking at the immediate price of cards that you, inevitably, intend to make money using. At Friday Night Magic, at my local card shop they give $34 store credit to first place ($30 to 1st and 2nd if they split it). If you win eleven weeks you’ve payed for your land base.

“But Justin, I can’t play that often because of reasons.”

Then you have to take other financial routes into consideration. Thus creating what’s known as a “budget deck”. The land base for Red Deck Wins is actually just mountains. Much cheaper and still completely viable. But this does affect the likelihood of you going first with frequency. It’s not that it’s a bad deck it just doesn’t have the diversity and flexibility as the more high end decks do. That’s what makes them high end decks.

It boils down to what you expect to do with your cards. If you only really play with friends and just do it as a hobby not dropping a whole lot of money on your casual decks or EDH decks is fine. There are even much cheaper versions of more expensive cards tailored for the less interested or more financially restricted. Cards like Magus of the Coffers instead of Cabal Coffers or Temporal Cascade instead of Time Spiral. I’m not going to go into the explicit reasons as to why cards that seem nearly the same are worth much more money in this article, but trust me when I say expensive cards are expensive for a reason.

Wizards even has their own articles for building on a budget, you should go check it out if you feel like stepping your game up without hurting your wallet to bad.

Next week, we’ll go into much more detail about the prices of cards and the overall money that goes in and potentially comes out of magic.

What It Means to Play Magic to Me.


Tonight during the standard format at my local card shop, I had a moment with my opponent that really showed me why I play this game. To share that story I must first tell another story. About two weeks ago, there was an Invitational Qualifier(IQ) scheduled at the card shop I frequent. I built a new deck and tested it at the Friday Night Magic the day before. I did very poorly, finishing the night of at two wins and three losses. I was disheartened for the IQ the next day and was considering quitting playing competitive magic entirely. A friend of mine encouraged me to play tomorrow regardless. I played on Saturday and took top 8, finishing at 6th place out of roughly fifty players. Going top 8 in the magic community is kind of a big deal. I was so proud. The entire day, I wanted the top 8 pin more than anything. I can even remember getting the text for my first round pairing and seeing that I was to play against a player I knew was better and thinking, this is going to be tough. I never let the thought of, I can’t do this, cross my mind.

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After that, I thought about what about this game is so alluring. I realized that I love this game so much because it challenges me and makes me think in a way that I probably wouldn’t have thought when confronted with an obstacle. I like to win, but more than that I like to prove to myself that all this effort, time, and money is not being wasted.

Cut to today, it’s the third round out of four. I have one win and one loss. I’m a little discouraged but I play anyway. My opponent beats me but I had a fun time playing and he was a nice enough guy. After the match he says to me “By the way, I wanted to tell you. You were the first guy that I played in a tournament setting against and you kicked the crap out of me. But afterward, you said to me that I was good and I should keep trying to get better”

The guy next to us blurts out “Should I play some sentimental music for you two?”

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But without missing a beat my opponent says to him “Well, when you go to an IQ by yourself off the back of what one guy says to you and take top 8, yeah it’s cause for some sentimental music.”

He looks to me and just thanks me for believing in him and giving him the confidence to take that risk.

This was probably the greatest moment in my Magic career.

In closing, that’s what it means to play magic to me. To challenge yourself and aspire for something that may seem way out of your reach. To give others the confidence to try for greatness in the same way others gave you that confidence.

Cross Region and Off TV Monster Hunting Coming In April


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Capcom has announced that it will be releasing a patch in April that will bring Cross Region Play and Off TV Play to Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.  This will not only allow you to play the game on your game pad while your friends watch something more entertaining, but it will also allow North American and European players to hunt massive beasts together.  Now the game will be released in North America March 19th, so you’ll still have to wait a bit for the patch to take place, but when it releases there will be free additional quests waiting for you on both the 3DS and the Wii U version.

Yar Har Fiddley Dee, There Be A New Assassins Creed!


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Ubisoft has just announced the next addition to the Assassins Creed franchise, and there be no side games this time for the scurvy ridden franchise.  Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag will be introducing a new protagonist this time around, possibly taking place not too long after the events of the third game, still in colonial times but with a little more piracy running rampant.  Not much information is known about the game yet, but it can be inferred that the game will (hopefully) feature more of the naval combat from Assassins Creed 3, one of the redeeming features about that game in this guy’s opinion.  The game will be released for PC, PS3, Xbox360 and Wii U, but no release date is known yet.

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Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward OVA


 

Thanks to another member of the NUReviews cast, I was recently put through the paces of a great little ds game, 9 persons 9 hours 9 doors.  It was a nice blend of Visual Novel with puzzle based gameplay, unlike a seemingly similar counterpart Professor Layton, which is more puzzle game then visual novel.  I had already known that there was a sequel to the game coming out soon called Zero’s Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward (which actually lead to me wanting to play 999), but I was surprised when I was told the there was an official OVA on the game’s official webpage.  The OVA is about 13 minutes long or so, and covers what is probably the first 20 or so minutes of the game, depending on how fast of a reader/puzzle solver you are.  It introduces you to the main character and his supporting cast, along with the position that they all find themselves in.  Zero’s Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward releases this coming Tuesday, October 23rd for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita.