Tribal Trouble 2: A game worth playing

Note: These types of articles will be replacing the "weekly indie game updates" that are so overdue.

Over the weekend, many people choose to do different things. Some kill their brain cells by swinging their heads up and down very quickly in an effort to show how awesome music is. Other people choose to play some VALVe games. Me? I choose to play Tribal Trouble 2.

Feb
24
2009
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Help support our game servers!

l4d-logoHey y'all,

I'm Joshua Coffey, the guy that does all of the stuff between JPP and the community (E.G. gaming tournaments and whatnot). We recently launched a Left 4 Dead server of our very own--and plan to add more, if you'd like to participate.

Feb
18
2009
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All right! That's more like it! BONK!

In case you don't get it, the Scout Update is being released very shortly! Isn't VALVe awesome with their puns?

Feb
18
2009
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The Music of "Street Fighter IV"

akuma_sf_ivThe console release of Street Fighter IV is right around the corner. You're pumped. I'm pumped. Hell, my grandmother's pumped (and she doesn't even know it!) We've seen plenty of screenshots, watched countless in-game vids, and listened to enough developer commentary tracks to jack our hype through the roof.

But what about the music?

Thanks to YouTube user AmbientEleven, we get to throw on our headphones and listen to an extensive collection of tracks and remixes from Street Fighter IV. Isn't the Internet grand?

Some of the best (and worst) tracks available after the jump.

Feb
16
2009
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Super Julian World Vol 1: Why I Hate Role Playing Games

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Hello all, and welcome to the first edition of Julian's World. I naturally, am Julian, and for those that don't know, I'm the reigning Games Editor, the guy who constantly smacks around your body after I kill you in Halo 3, and all around nice guy.

Today I'd like to discuss my biggest beef in all of the Video Game Universe. RPGs.

Feb
15
2009
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The (Unofficial) "Half-Life" Web Series

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Commercial directors David and Ian Purchase—The Purchase Brothers—have made a new web series based on VALVe's Half-Life video games, apparently guerrilla style on a very shoestring budget with no crew and no script. The first two eps are made for about $500. That's pretty impressive.

The series, called Escape from City-17, depicts a group of survivors on the run from the Combine. The first episode is online, and you can tell it was shot without a script because, well, it's really nothing but run-and-guns.

Feb
13
2009
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Art or Game?

Flower With the release of Thatgamecompany's Flower tomorrow, I figured there couldn't be a better time to ask the question that I've seen on every other gaming blog. "Is it art or is it a game?".

"Artsy" games seem to be common these days, and incorporating beautiful visuals (I'm speaking of beauty that isn't photo-realistic) into games you wouldn't expect like Team Fortress 2 can add nuances to games that make them much more enjoyable. Read more for more on games and art, as well as a few recommendations for those who haven't had the opportunity or desire to play any of the numerous "art" games released in recent years.

Feb
11
2009
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"Left 4 Dead" DLC Free for PC and X360

VALVe recently announced that the Left 4 Dead DLC coming out named the "Survival Pack" will be absolutely free for Xbox 360 and PC users. 360 users, prepare NOT to receive the patented VALVe shaft.

Feb
11
2009
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VIDEO: Georges St-Pierre's 'MMA Punch Out' and 'MMA Street Fighter II'

mma_punchoutBoxing is slowly and surely getting nudged out of the ring in favor of mixed martial arts. Guess folks are tired of confusing weight classes, Jim Lampley, and Don King's freaky deaky hair. Instead, they want head kicking, triangle chokes, and Dana White's cue ball head.

So it's no surprise that anything boxing touched over the last couple of decades, MMA is claiming as its own. And what is the most prized possession boxing has in its extensive history? You guessed it: Mike Tyon's Punch Out for NES.

Props to YouTube user 'lookoutawhale' and Riddum Revenge for this modern update of an 8-bit classic featuring UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre and former UFC competitor Jay Hieron.

Feb
09
2009
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"Dead Rising 2" Confirmed

Never before had zombie fighting been so much fun than when Capcom first released Dead Rising three years ago. The original game, set in the small hamlet of Willamette, focused on an unwitting hero, Frank West, who became trapped in a mall and had 72 hours to clear the mall by any means possible. That's where the fun began. With a combination of gory, ridiculous action, inventive weapon making and some RPG elements, the game quickly became an instant classic (despite the notorious problem with the save points and the real time structure clashing -- can we say do over to the 10th power?). Now 1.5 million copies later Capcom has signed on Canadian developer Blue Castle Games (The Bigs, baseball game), and the snoozefest MLB Front Office Manager) to make a sequel.

Feb
09
2009
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