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May 2010

Comics May 13th, 2010 by HMTKSteve

Jonah Hex

Next Tuesday Red Dead Redemption hits stores. In the game you play as John Marston, a reformed outlaw making his way in the old west. what better way to get in the mood than by spending some time with Jonah Hex?

Jonah Hex is a character that originated in the 1970's from DC comics. Created by John Albano and Tony DeZuniga, Jonah Hex is a scarred cowboy who lives by his own code to protect the innocent. As a gunslinger none are better than he is. The parallels to the story of John Marston are many.

Both Hex and Marston tried to leave their pasts behind them by and become ranchers. Both married and had sons. In the end Jonah Hex died a grandfather, gunned down while cleaning his glasses. Marston? It's up to you to keep Marston alive in your game.

The collected stories of Jonah hex are available in trades by DC or you can search out the original comics.

video games May 12th, 2010 by HMTKSteve
Fallout New Vegas

Long time readers know that I am a huge fan of the Fallout universe. From it's inception on the PC all the way to its recent appearance on the Xbox360 and PS3. Yup, I love this game!

I was stoked this morning to read that a collectors edition of the Falout New Vegas game had been announced.

♠ Seven “Lucky 7” poker chips, each designed to represent chips from the major casinos found on the New Vegas strip and throughout the Mojave Wasteland.

♠ A fully customized Fallout: New Vegas deck of cards. Each card in the pack has been uniquely illustrated to depict characters and factions found within the game. Use the cards to play poker, blackjack or Caravan, an original card game that was created by Obsidian especially for New Vegas.

♠ A recreation of the game’s highly coveted “Lucky 38” platinum chip.

♠ A hardcover graphic novel “All Roads” that tells the story of some of the characters and events that lead up to Fallout: New Vegas. “All Roads” was written by Chris Avellone, the game’s creative director, and created in conjunction with Dark Horse Comics.

♠ ‘The Making of Fallout: New Vegas’ DVD. This documentary DVD will contain exclusive video content, including interviews with the developers in which they take you from concept to creation and discuss topics such as story, setting, legacy of the Fallout franchise and more.

North American players can preorder this directly from Gamestop: Fallout: New Vegas Collector's Edition

PS: Preorder ships 10-1-2010!!!

video games May 11th, 2010 by HMTKSteve

For the past few days a friend and I have been trying to take down the ultimate boss monster in Borderlands: Crawmerax.

This gigantic craw wurm is the baddest boss in the game and fights at level 64 while the players are capped at level 61. He is surrounded by level 61 craw wurms and craw maggots that will tear you to shreds! One swipe from the giant beast is often enough to leave you fighting for your life.

How did I beat this bad boss? Well, I cheated.

See, there is a glitch area in the boss encounter that causes the big guy to freeze in place and roar. Not only does it freeze him but it also freezes all the lesser craw critters as well. Check the video o see how it is done.

PS: After you defeat him make sure a friend is around to join your game because he drops more loot than one player can carry!

Happy hunting!

video games May 10th, 2010 by HMTKSteve
Red Dead Redemption

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce the ‘Outlaws To The End’ Co-Op multiplayer Mission Pack for Red Dead Redemption. Available FREE this June simultaneously for Xbox LIVE® and PlayStation® Network, this brand new co-op mode adds an entirely new dimension to Red Dead Redemption’s game play.

“Multiplayer in Red Dead Redemption offers players a whole new way to encounter the massive open world we’ve created, but we felt the experience would not be complete without co-op game play,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “With these missions, we wanted to create new ways for players to share in the experience of engaging with this amazing landscape.”

One of three downloadable content packs, the ‘Outlaws To The End’ Co-Op Mission Pack features six all-new multiplayer missions full of outlaws, epic gunfights, and revolution for 2-4 players. The ‘Outlaws to the End’ Co-Op Mission Pack offers additional multiplayer XP rewards and brand new Achievements and Trophies to unlock. These six explosive and epic missions will play out across the game world, including:

“Walton’s Gold”

Walton’s Gang have taken control of a mining camp rich with gold. Fight through the camp and load your mine cart with as much gold as you can carry and get out as fast as you can – Walton’s boys have rigged the place to blow.

“The River”

Ride a raft down river, taking out rebel encampments along the way until you reach the rebel stronghold of Nosalida and a final epic battle for the town’s massive weapons caches. Watch out for Gatling gun-equipped enemy rafts.


The Mexican Army has the town of Tesoro Azul under siege. Storm the gates under heavy cannon, Gatling gun and sniper fire to destroy the Mexican artillery placements.

Go to www.rockstargames.com/reddeadredemption for more information. Stay tuned for news about two additional downloadable content updates for release later this summer.

Wii May 10th, 2010 by HMTKSteve
Black Nintendo Wii

A few months back I reported on the Black Wii hitting European shores. Those of us in North America can now rejoice for not only has the black Wii come to the Americas but it has arrived with extra goodies!

While keeping with the $199 price point Nintendo has increaded the value of the base system by adding in Wii Sports Resort and a Motion Plus accessory. This equates to about a $50 value.

The add-ons are available with all new Wii systems, both black and white. While some fans may be disappointed that the Wii has not moved on from 480P most new buyers will be happy for the increased amount of loot available with the console.

With global sales of over 70 million units sold (topped only my the Nintendo DS at 130 million) I just don't know how many new buyers Nintendo is going to get for their hardware. For comparison the Xbox 360 has not even broke 40 million units sold and it came out a year before the Wii. Then again, the long-lived PS2 sold over 140 million units so who knows?

To quickly recap the new Nintendo Wii bundle includes a black or white Wii unit, one controller, one nunchuk, one motion plus, Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort all for only $199. Expect the previous bundle to drop about $20 or more as retailers attempt to move them off of their shelves.

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