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Month: June 2016

GameStop makes me SO MAD I want to hurl obscenities!!!

gamestopMy sister bought me a PS3 the Christmas before last and I’ve been happily catching up on many of the cool games I’ve missed (Sega’s Yakuza games are great; give them a try!).  Unfortunately, after only a mere 18 months, my PS3 controller has decided that the left stick should randomly send a “left” signal to the console.  This means that I often can’t run in a straight line or aim with any accuracy and navigating menus is a pain because the cursor keeps zooming to the left.

There doesn’t appear to be anything physically broken.  The stick isn’t loose, for example.  And it’s not a matter of the stick not being calibrated properly because the “left” signal can emit regardless of the stick’s position.  I tried resetting the controller and that didn’t help.  Over the past few weeks, it’s gotten worse.  The errant “left” signal is stronger and more frequent.

Well, the PS3’s warranty is only for one year so I guess I’m going to have to buy a new controller.

Yeah, about that…


Game director encourages western gamers to buy Tokyo Mirage Sessions despite localization changes

Outfit comparisonLast Friday, Mitsuru Hirata, chief director of Tokyo Mirage Sessions hit up Twitter to ask western gamers to buy the game despite various localization changes.

“Come to think of it, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE release date is this week on 24th isn’t it! For various reasons we had to change some outfits, contents of events and vocals, but I think the outfits of the overseas version are quite cute! If you live overseas and own a Wii U by all means buy the game!”

Okay, let’s unpack that comment, shall we?


Molehill Mountain Episode 6 – By the Seat of Our Pants

There wasn’t much happening this week that grabbed our attention.  Well, other than Brexit, which neither EZK or Andrew feel qualified to weigh in on (not that that stops them!) so the majority of this week’s show is a grab bag of topics and questions from the chat.

EZK and Andrew discuss what little they know and understand about Brexit (0:10), Andrew reviews the Ghostbusters cover by Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott (8:05 – listen to the new song here), they talk a bit about the latest Tropes vs. Women in Video Games episode and address other Sarkeesian questions and comments (25:35), the Nintendo NX is rumored to use cartidges (47:09), and the good old days of expensive old games and the games rental business (54:13).

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A Look Back At E3 By This Hardcore Casual Gamer

E3 2016As I sat and watched E3 this year, I had this nagging feeling at the back of my mind. As each game was introduced and I saw trailers and gameplay footage, this feeling got stronger and stronger. I couldn’t shake it. But I couldn’t quite place it for a while though. Then about halfway through Microsoft’s press event, it finally dawned on me what I was feeling. So I put it in a tweet.

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Molehill Mountain Episode 4 – Is Life Just One Big Video Game?

On this week’s episode of Molehill Mountain, Andrew and EZK give a few E3 predictions (8:20), continue Kicking the Bucket List (34:23), weigh in on Elon Musk’s idea that video game tech suggests life could be a simulation (43:20), admonish Nintendo for forgetting the rest of the world when announcing an eShop promotion (48:42), and discuss the ramifications of a Texas court ruling that video game mechanics are not copyrightable.



When covering cleavage on North American box art is NOT censorship

P5 box compareTo your left is an image comparing the lower left portion of the Japanese and North American box arts for Atlus’s highly anticipated Persona 5.  You may notice that Morgana (the smiling cat) has been repositioned in a way that covers up the cleavage of another character.


Not so fast…


Nintendo celebrates eShop anniversary, forgets about the rest of the world

eShop sale JapanYesterday, Nintendo announced a promotion to celebrate the 5-year anniversary of the eShop, its online marketplace where you can buy digital games, new and classic alike.  100 titles on the eShop have been discounted by up to 50%.  The promotion starts today and runs through Monday.

Pretty sweet, right?

Yeah, but this promotion only applies to the Japanese eShop so what about THE REST OF THE WORLD?!

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Molehill Mountain Episode 3 – Hell No, AO!

On this week’s podcast, Andrew is still playing Yakuza (awesome series from Sega that EVERYONE should play!) and describes a sequence where he helped a jumper by chucking him off the roof (6:46), he and EZK discuss Nintendo’s updated E3 plans (17:23), they continue comparing bucket lists and determine that Zachary has never left his house (36:35), and passionately argue why the ESRB should get rid of the AO rating (49:10).

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