Category Archives: Books, Comics, & Magazines

One Piece: Kaizoku Musou Announced for PS3 (BOOO!)

I have been debating on weather to post about this or not since its not going to be released on the 360 and & I’m pretty ticked off about it. This is one of my FAVORITE Animes of all time besides Naruto.

But One Piece is coming to PlayStation 3. At the Beginning of the month, Namco Bandai and Tecmo Koei opened a new collaboration countdown teaser site. An early leak of next week’s Jump magazine reveals it to be One Piece: Kaizoku Musou for PlayStation 3.

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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Gamer Tattoos

Have you ever loved something so much that you wanted to remember it forever?  Perhaps a loved one’s name or a symbol?  What about a VIDEO GAME?  I scoured the web and found a lot of video game tattoos ranging from god awfully bad to Just AMAZING.  To start it off, we are going to start with the better ones.

The Good

Full Arm Tattoos

Too Much you may say?  Personally I don’t think so.  But  these are well drawn, beautifully colored & shaded. Boy did they take  some extreme dedication & Time & for that not only do we salute you buy they earned the number one spot.

Full Back Mario


Truly inventive artistic direction resulted in this monster tribute to Mario.

Stained Glass Zelda


This tattoo would make a beautiful stained glass window.  Precious.

The Creative Mario Series!

Mario’s head on Master Chief’s body holding a pokeball?  What the Duece.  All of these tattoos show that Mario is, in fact, a vehicle for creative expression.

Cute Tattoos


Cute is cool.  I love this simple rendition of Sackboy from LittleBigPlanet & The Companion Cube/Birthday Cake from Portal.

3DS Augmented Reality Tattoo

This one might take the cake, because this guy got his AR Card inked on his arm, allowing him to bust out his Mii anywhere and freak people out with both Augmented Reality, and a really weird tattoo.

While these tats turned out pretty good, there is nothing quite as funny as a bad tattoo, and gamers have figured out to pull off some of the worst. Be warned, some of these are kind of bad.

The Bad

Button Fail


I think if it had some shading to it & maybe was running down his are with the working a bit smaller he might get away with it.

Love Handle Holsters


Something tells me those guns might used to have been smaller.

Finish Him!


If you’re “finishing him”, shouldn’t one of the guys be knocked unconscious or something? Not still fighting Epic Fail.

Pac-Ass

(I intentionally made this image tiny, because it’s an ass. If you want to see a ass with a pac-man board tattooed on it, feel free to click it to enlarge. Don’t say we didn’t warn you)

Bloody Mushroom


Overdone 1UP symbol + blood = crappy tattoo.

The Ugly

The one question that comes to mind when you see these tattoos:  WHY?

Perhaps it comes as no surprise that there are tons of people out there who permanently marked their body to pay homage to their favorite games.  We picked our most loved and hated, but there’s always room for debate, so feel free to comment with links to the other gems you’ve found.

5 Gaming Books You Should Read

Do you love gaming, perhaps so much that you have a hard time finding the time to read more? Try combining the two! Here are 5 very different books, all about video games in one way or another.

This Gaming Life

by Jim Rossignol
An uplifting true story about one man’s bold decision to go learn about the games that he loves, in the countries where they are most popular, after being fired from his job as a finance reporter for his obsession with a game. That fateful day of his firing was, to him, “… the best thing that ever happened to me.” A delightful, short read that teaches one how a passionate hobby can change life for the better.

Game Boys

by Michael Kane
Michael Kane followed two of the top US Counter-Strike teams in their quest to win the Cyberathlete Professional League, a now defunct professional video game circuit. It’s an insightful sports biography and definitely a worthwhile read, especially for anyone who wants to know more about the often-misunderstood world of professional video gaming.

Replay: The History of Video Games

by Tristan Donovan
The most comprehensive history of video games out there right now. It starts at the beginning and ends in 2010. There aren’t many authoritative histories of our beloved medium available yet, and authors like Donovan add legitimacy and legacy to the paradigm. Anyone who has played games will find something to enjoy in this book. If history is your thing, also check out Steven Kent’s The Ultimate History of Video Games. For a comprehensive look in to the personalities behind the games, check out Harold Goldberg’s All Your Place Are Belong to Us.

Ready Player One

by Ernest Cline
This recently released sci-fi novel mixes gamer-friendly pop culture references with a compelling story juxtaposing protagonist Wade Watts’ bleak everyday existence with his quest to unlock the fortune of the inventor of Oasis, a vast virtual world where earthlings pass most of their time. Think of it as a cross between Willy Wonka, The Matrix, and World of Warcraft. It’s a classic sci-fi romp that received praise from many reputable outlets. If you’re a fan of this genre, also check out Neuromancer, Snowcrash and Number9Dream.

Reality is Broken

by Jane McGonigal

Reality is Broken is a thoroughly researched piece of non-fiction that argues why games are healthy and good for us. She gives you many “rules to live by,” practical maxims for maintaining a healthy relationship with video games. A great book to video game wary parents.

 

 

 

Video game literature grows by the day. If you love to play games, reading about them is a great way to gain a new perspective on the activity.

[via gamestaq]

Walking Dead Season 2 Trailer

I can not wait until October for season two I am a big fan of the comics and the show. From the trailer it looks like this season is going to be good and for the most part they are sticking to the comics except for a few things hear and there.

No One is Safe…..The Walking Dead Comic [Spoilers]

 

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As I sit here and wonder when we will get a announcement for season two premier. I figured i would catch up on the comic and give you all who aren’t reading it a summary of the plots from the first 60 or so issues of the comic.

Rick Grimes was an average sheriff in an American town with a wife and little boy when he was shot and fell into a coma. Upon waking up he finds that he’s been left alone in the hospital. Oh, and there’s a zombie apocalypse going on in the world.

Suddenly Rick is on a quest to find his family, which he does. They have joined a rag-tag band of characters lead his Rick’s old partner, Shane. Turns out that Shane’s been keeping Rick’s family safe while he’s been out…in more ways than one. Yuppers, he’s hooked up with Rick’s wife Lori, and Rick’s completely ignorant to it. Now that Rick’s back, Lori returns to him – which sets Shane off in a big way. A crazy way.

Carl, Rick’s little boy, saves his father by shooting Shane when he goes into a crazy rage.

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After that, the group searches for a safe place, going from town to town trying to avoid the zombies and looking for food. They eventually come upon a prison where they meet some inmates and set up shop. The place is fortified, stocked with food, and still has electricity – which is everything you want in a place surrounded by zombies. But then the group meets their neighbor, an insane man named The Governor. He captures several of the survivors and cuts off Rick’s hand, as well as brutally rapes one of the women from the group. Eventually they escape (with the woman slicing off several “parts” of the Governor), but they are followed back to the prison where they have to make their final stand.

During the conflict the outer fence is breached, and the group decides it’s time to cut their loses and run. Unfortunately during their escape, Lori is fatally wounded and dies.

Rick, Carl, and the remainder of their group continue to find a safe place to call their own, and search for months. Some of the group members leave, some die, some go crazy, some hook up. Eventually they stumble upon a town of people who have walled themselves into a community. It seems safe enough, but Rick suspects something sinister. Rick decides it’s not good enough to leave this community to the musing of it’s current leader – he needs to protect it himself, by force if necessary.

This is an epic journey of the human condition and what it takes to survive in a world where everything you know is gone…or is trying to eat your brains. But it raises an interesting question about what you an individual would do in a seriously pure survival situation like that.

The Walking Dead comic book image “In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living”

The focus of the story from month-to-month is on the characterization and how they work together to overcome their basic humanity and desperate situations to survive, and the drama that ensues. And there is a lot of drama. I think I can count on one hand the number of times a zombie has killed someone in this comic, but it would take three people’s fingers and toes to count the number of times someone has been killed by a living / breathing person.

The slower pace may not appeal to every reader, but it certainly appeals to me. I love the depth we get from these characters through the range of emotions they go through – and they do go through a range. Kirkman puts in some truly heart-wrenching moments in this book that will rip your guts out and feed them to you. Literally.

If you like classic George Romero horror flicks, zombie survival stories, characterization and deep multi-dimensional characters, or even just human dramas, you need to be reading this comic every month. And if you’re just a casual comic reader, you should certainly check it out at the library or something.

And if you only like superhero comics, well…then you should still read it, since it made zombies popular again. So yeah, read it!

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