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Weekly Video Game Newsletter–Issue 6

Weekly Video Game Newsletter - Issue 6

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The latest edition of the Weekly Video Game Newsletter is finally up.

In this Issue:

  • Video Game Sales Recap for December 17th, 2011
  • Year in Review: Q1 Recap
  • Review of Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony for 2011
  • Adventure Island (NES) Review
  • Centipede (Arcade) Review
  • Decimation X (Xbox Live Indie Game) Review
  • Donkey Kong Country (SNES) Review
  • Space Invaders (Arcade) Review

From now on, game reviews will appear in the newsletters first and then eventually be published on the website. Reviews will start appearing on the site again starting on New Year’s Day.

The next issue will be published on Saturday, December 31st, 2011. In that issue, this site’s games of the year list will be published. That list will appear on the site on Sunday, January 1st, 2012 (as per tradition).

PLEASE NOTE: There was an error with the review score for Donkey Kong Country. As much as I love the game, I cannot give the game the full five-star treatment for some of the issues associated with the game (the biggest one being that trying to complete the game 102% is next to impossible unless you get help from an outside source or have hours to kill to test every pit and make blind leap-of-faith jumps). The score should have been four stars. I’m sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused. Don’t worry though, there is a five-star video game review coming up soon. Because of linking issues, I will not be making a change in the newsletter during the short term but when I eventually make a page on the site just for the newsletters, I’ll change the review score in the newsletter when I archive the newsletter there.

Weekly Video Game Post–December 25, 2011

Weekly Video Game Podcast – December 25, 2011 <77 mins (52.6 MB)>
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  • Jamie Gore and John Teodoro
  • Podcast delivered despite being pretty awfully sick all week
  • I don’t hate Nintendo but for this podcast, I really hate Nintendo
  • Seriously Nintendo, make with the games on the Virtual Console…and bring back IPs like Pikmin, WarioWare, Advance Wars, and Kid Icarus (no, that Sin and Punishment knockoff doesn’t count) 
  • Speaking of downloadable games and hate, I really tear Sony a new one; do they not want me to use my PSP anymore?
  • Microsoft got off easy…lucky them
  • Continue reading for sales figures from the week of December 17th and other stuff (all sales figures come from www.vgchartz.com)

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Weekly Video Game Post–December 18, 2011

Weekly Video Game Podcast – December 18, 2011 <67 mins (46.0 MB)>
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  • Jamie Gore and John Teodoro
  • First podcast in a long time. Let’s hope this starts to be a regular thing again instead of a special edition.
  • Sales are up big time due to the holiday season
  • How is the PlayStation 3 sitting atop worldwide sales for 2011? John and I talk about Sony’s 2011 in this week’s podcast
  • It’s about time people bought the 3DS. It only took a Zelda game and two Mario titles to make people want to buy the machine.
  • Continue reading for sales figures from the week of June 25th and other stuff (all sales figures come from www.vgchartz.com)

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Weekly Video Game Post – July 10, 2011

Weekly Video Game Podcast – July 10, 2011 <40 mins (18.8 MB)>
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  • Jamie Gore and Chris Karpyszyn
  • Slow news week so Chris decides to kill all chance for him to get a job in the games industry
  • We talk about E3 for the last time this year (hopefully)
  • Continue reading for sales figures from the week of June 25th and other stuff (all sales figures come from www.vgchartz.com)

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Weekly Video Game Newsletter – July 7th, 2011 – Issue #5

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It’s finally up. The latest issue of the Weekly Video Game Newsletter looks at what came out of E3 and just how messed up the video game industry is at this point. There is also analysis of the video game sales for June 25th as well as a quick review of all the Game Boy games currently available in the 3DS eShop Virtual Console. This issue closes with an analysis of all the Zelda games to be released in the last ten years.

E3 2011 Recap Podcasts

E3 2011 – Day 1 Recap (Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, Sony) <80 mins – 74.8 MB>
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E3 2011 – Day 2 Recap (Nintendo) <26 mins – 12.4 MB>
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Better late than never some might say but these podcasts are disgustingly late. Hopefully these will be the last items to ever be massively delayed on this site again. There will be a bunch of new content popping up on the site this weekend as the site once again returns to normal. Starting today, all the normal features are back and there will be daily updates (mostly) on a regular basis everyday.

I finally got my new audio equipment in so the podcast quality starting with the Day 2 Recap should be much better (at least when it’s me on the mic.). I re-recorded the Day 2 Recap so I could try out the new equipment. I still have some tinkering to do but it still sounds great. In fact, the quality is so good that I was able to finalize the recording at 64kbps instead of 128 to save on space and there doesn’t seem to be any degradation of quality. If you notice any problems or have some suggestions on how I can improve the audio, please leave me a comment below or send me an e-mail at jgore@madnessbrewing.com

Thanks again to Chris Karpyszyn and Steve Wood for helping out with the Day 1 recap. If you’re interested in Chris’s ramblings, head over to his site at www.chriskarypszyn.com.

Weekly Video Game Podcast – June 5, 2011

Weekly Video Game Podcast – June 5, 2011 <49 mins (45.1 MB)>
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– Jamie Gore and Chris Karpyszyn
– We review E3 which could either be a dud year or very exciting
– There are decent odds that Sony and Nintendo screw up their respective system launches
– All the while, Microsoft continues to ring in new system sales.

Any questions or comments about the podcasts or anything can be sent to jgore@madnessbrewing.com.

BREAKING NEWS PODCAST: Wii 2 Announcement – Reaction and Speculation

 BREAKING NEWS PODCAST – Wii 2 Announcement – Reaction and Speculation
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Nintendo has finally made it official and announced the successor to the Wii; something that the industry analysts have been predicting since 2008. Chris Karpyszyn and I discuss what this means for Nintendo and whether or not they can stop losing market share to the other companies. We also talk about the Playstation Network outage that doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon.

Chris and I will be back again on Thursday to discuss this further as more news leaks as well as other items in the world of gaming including Portal 2 and the first month of the Nintendo 3DS. The Weekly Movie Podcast will also be released sometime tomorrow.

These breaking news podcasts are going to be a new feature of the site when major news goes down in the subject areas that are covered in this site (for example, Montreal and Canadian news, film, and gaming). If you have any questions or comments about the podcast, send them to jgore@madnessbrewing.com. I know there was an issue with my audio side as it sounds more like AM quality than FM quality but I think it’s because I deleted my master by mistake and had to take the audio from the Skype conversation between me and Chris instead.

 

The Top 10 Video Games of 2010

Another year, another top ten list for video games. Unlike last year where it was a bit difficult to come up with a top ten list, this year there were only a few titles that I feel one could argue could have made this list that aren’t on my list. Actually, I was not too surprised that Screwattack had nine out of the ten games I picked on their top ten list. Additionally, Gametrailers only had a top five but all five were games from my top ten list. Even though my list is being published last (I usually publish it on New Year’s Day), the list has essentially been in the bag for almost two weeks now. Had I published it earlier, I could have accused other sites of ripping me off. However, I think it’s because there were very few MUST OWN!!! games this year that it’s no surprise that there is quite a bit of consensus across the Internet. The last couple of years there has been major differences between the lists of most outlets. Now, it almost seems unanimous.

There will be a special Weekly Video Game Podcast posted tomorrow featuring myself and Chris Karpyszyn where we’ll look at the list and discuss it. There will be a supplemental podcast on Monday where we quickly talk about this list and compare it to the previous years. The second podcast almost didn’t exist as we were wrapping up the first one and then we started talking about the last year and the year before that. Before I knew it, we had talked for half-an-hour. Once the podcasts are posted, they’ll be linked to on the front page as well as this article.

Whether you agree with this list or hate it, say something about it. Leave a comment at the bottom or send me an e-mail at madnessbrewing@gmail.com and I’ll read your comments during the next Weekly Video Game Podcast,

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Weekly Video Game Post–September 15, 2010

Weekly Video Game Podcast – September 15, 2010 <85 mins (77.2 MB)>
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  • Jamie Gore and Steve Wood (and featuring Chris Karpyszyn)
  • Due to too many issues, this podcast is actually two weeks of recorded material rolled into one
  • I think we may have talked more about Duke Nukem: Forever than Halo: Reach
  • At least video game sales are beginning to pick up (Metroid’s sales are surprisingly high)
  • Continue reading for sales figures from the week of August 21 and other stuff (all sales figures come from www.vgchartz.com)

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