Mario has been a platforming mascot for nearly four decades thanks to its constant innovation and ability to bring players joy. However, as Mario has changed to accommodate a wider range of markets, some have sought to revive the game’s status as being “Nintendo hard” by creating their own level plans through tools that allow users to take a game’s ROM and treat it like a box of Lego, building whatever they want out of the parts and tools provided. Despite Nintendo’s release of “Super Mario Maker,” an innovative title that allows players to build their own levels with a drag-and-drop interface, the “Mario hack” community continues to thrive.
2006 saw the establishment of SMW Central, an online community dedicated to ROM hacks of “Super Mario World.” “S.N.N.,” head administrator for SMW Central, remarked that activity in the community surged in 2010. Much of this boom can be attributed to a YouTube video uploaded in 2010 that claimed to have discovered a new power up in Super Mario World through exploits performed within the game. While one user believed the item was made with “Lunar Magic,” a level-editing program; the truth was that this power up, a “laser suit,” was created in a hack by user “KPhoenix.”
The aforementioned Lunar Magic program, designed by “fusoya” and released to the public a decade before Super Mario Maker, uses a drag-and-drop interface similar enough to Super Mario Maker’s that some people believe Nintendo took inspiration from the former in making the latter. One of the recurring events that have kept SMW Central alive in a post-Super Mario Maker world is its “Vanilla Level Design Contest.” The premise of this annual contest, which routinely sees over 100 submissions, is to make the best level possible using only Super Mario World’s base resources. Camaraderie is also fostered through the many collaborative submissions, where two or more level designers will combine their tastes and skills to create something truly special.
Acer is not one of the computer companies that most people think about when it comes to PC gaming. However, they are trying to change that. They are targeting gamers who do not have thousands of dollars to spend on very expensive PC gaming desktops made by companies like Dell’s Alienware. This is a wise decision because there is a very large percentage of the gaming market that consists of people who do not have that kind of cash to throw around. These budget gamers are always looking for a cheaper PC gaming alternative. Acer has now given it to them in the form of the new Aspire GX-281.
The $800 price tag is dirt cheap for a gaming PC these days. You will also get a lot for your money if you decide to buy it. It has more power than you might expect a gaming PC in this price range to have. Early reviews have raved about the quality of the monitor and the speed of the processor. These are obviously two things that gamers take into great consideration before they plunk down a large amount of money. It remains to be seen how many people will embrace the Aspire GX-281. There have not been enough early reviews of the computer posted online to get an accurate sense of what the public thinks of it.
Acer has a very good track record when it comes to making inexpensive laptops that are very high quality. Gamers are hoping this trait carries over into the way they designed this gaming desktop. However, only time will tell. Acer is doing everything they can to promote this desktop. They are taking out a large amount of ad space online and in print. They also pushed their new gaming PC very heavily at this year’s E3 gaming convention. They definitely want to get the word out to financially challenged gamers that they can have a great experience for less cash.
Alienware gaming products are not cheap. Therefore, the people who buy them expect to get a lot for their money. They are usually not disappointed. Alienware has developed a reputation over the years for being able to develop very powerful gaming desktops that are far superior to anything that their competitors are developing at the moment. That tradition will continue with the release of the new Area 51 gaming desktop that will officially go on sale at the end of July. The machine will feature AMD’s 16-core CPU. It will be the first gaming desktop to boast this very powerful processor. This will allow the machine to be able to provide users with a gaming experience that is far beyond any of the other gaming desktops that are currently available on the market.
The Area 51 gaming desktop is sure to solidify Alienware’s position at the very top of the gaming desktop industry. The company is owned by Dell. They have been able to carve out a very successful and lucrative niche by supplying high-end gaming devices to people who are willing to pay top dollar for the ultimate gaming experience. The Area 51 gaming desktop made its debut at the Los Angeles E3 convention. It received rave reviews from the people who were lucky enough to be able to play it.
Dell has not yet revealed what the price will be for the remarkable new machine that they have created. They have already released the Inspiron gaming PC which has a price of $600. Logic would dictate that the Area 51 gaming PC will cost considerably more because it is much more powerful than the Inspiron. Representatives for Alienware and Dell have not given any indication as to when they will reveal what the price will be. The Area 51 model has been in development for three years. There have been many rumors about it during that time. Now gamers will be finally be able to play games with it.
Metro: Exodus was announced at this year’s E3 on Wednesday. The game will be released in 2018 according to the developers. A continuation of the shooter series, the game is based on the novels of Dmitry Glukhovsky, a Russian author. The game continues the saga of Artyom, a “Ranger” surviving in a dark, post-apocalyptic Russia. Battling mutants and rival survivalist humans, Artyom must make his way through the steppe
The game will remain a linear shooter, but will have more leeway for the player to navigate through the barren Russian tundra. (https://www.pcgamesn.com/metro-exodus/metro-exodus-isnt-exactly-an-open-world) Some levels will be outdoors, putting the full tragic horror of life after a nuclear war into focus. Spanning much or Eurasia, the game will be reminiscent of the Last of Us, Fallout and other post-apocalyptic shooters.
This installment in the Metro series will tell the story of Artyom’s travel over a year, whereas the first title took place over short span of time. Thee series uses Soviet nostalgia in the “Red Line” faction and parodies the rise of fascism in contemporary Russia with the “Fourth Reich.”
Metro 2033 came out in 2010 to generally positive reviews and was widely praised for its engrossing storytelling and immersive environment. The lack of a heads-up display made the game feel more realistic and helped build a sense of tension. In addition, the scarcity of ammunition made the game suspenseful and the use of ammunition as currency was innovative. Unfortunately, it was also criticized for having buggy AI and graphics problems, particularly on the Xbox 360.
If the actual game is anywhere near as entertaining as the video released this week, it should be worth buying and playing. You can watch the gorgeous trailer here. (https://www.reddit.com/r/pcgaming/comments/6go02b/metro_exodus_trailer_open_world_metro_game/)
The multi-billion dollar video game industry continues to get more competitive with each passing year. There is so much money at stake and many companies want to carve out a share of this very lucrative market. Dell and Alienware are no exception. They have developed a great reputation for designing and producing some of the best PC gaming systems and components that are currently on the market today. Nothing has changed over the years. They still have the same dedication to quality that they have always had. They want PC gamers to have the best experience possible. This means making products that offer outstanding graphics and sound for an affordable price. They have accomplished this once again with the latest offerings that were unveiled at the 2017 E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles.
The product that created the most buzz from both of these companies was their new Inspiron Gaming Desktop which promises to be a game changer in the industry. One of the main things that sets it apart from many of the other gaming desktops that are already on the market is the low price. It will only cost $600 when it eventually goes on sale later this year. Feedback from consumers who had the chance to play games on the PC at the E3 show was overwhelmingly positive. The company is very happy with the response the Inspiron received. However, they said they will be making a few minor changes to the version that was at E3. They did not specifically say what changes they would make.
Dell and Alienware said they will be introducing some new PC gaming components later this year. They are still in the developmental stages and there were no prototypes available to put on display at the E3 show. The components will make playing games on the PC much easier. The companies did not release any more info about what the components will consist of.
Gamers worldwide are experiencing elation now that the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, has concluded. E3 is a premier event for gaming fans where many video game developers and accessory manufacturers reveal trailers, demos, and product prototypes to usher in the next generation of gaming entertainment. In this list, I will briefly introduce you to the games which received the most enthusiasm at E3.
Call of Duty: WWII
Call of Duty is the king of first-person shooters and is being developed by Sledgehammer Games. It is promising to revolutionize multiplayer gaming by introducing a “War” mode. It is rumored to be set during the time of the Vietnam War, giving this game a futuristic return to a historic period of time.
Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite
In a clash for the ages, this game brings together two universes in epic battles to protect their universe from an enemy known as Ultron Sigma. Taking iconic characters from the Marvel Universe such as Thor, the Hulk, Hawkeye, and Iron Man, this game puts them against legendary characters developed by Capcom such as Chris Redfield from Resident Evil, Megan Man X, and Chun-Li. Battle another player, the computer, or use a specific Infinity Stone to alter the outcome of your battle. The possibilities are infinite!
State of Decay 2
State of Decay was a dark horse in the zombie survival genre. We’d seen zombie survival done many times before, but this brought a different element to a common theme where instead of just making sure one character survived, you were in charge of multiple characters, very similar to the Sims games. The biggest thing missing from the first game was co-op play. Now, in State of Decay 2, fans will finally get the chance to team up to survive together or die alone. Coming out exclusively for the Xbox and Windows 10, it will be part of Xbox Play Anywhere meaning you can buy it once and play it on both machines.
At the highly regarded video and gaming expo in Los Angeles known as E3 2017, Creative Assembly released a great deal of new information, including game play footage, of the next chapter in their franchise rejuvenating saga, Total War: Warhammer. They also set the final release date as September 28, 2017, something fans of the game have been waiting to hear since the first information on the sequel was released several months ago.
The game takes place in the same world as the first Warhammer, but on another continent. It introduces races from the classic RPG game that we have yet to see in the Total War offering, including the lizardmen, high elves, and dark elves, as well as an unannounced fourth race. The challenge will also be more story driven than some other Total War offerings, with a central mission to the game as much as a goal of just conquering territory from your enemies.
Another great promise for this franchise is a post release add-on which Creative Assembly is putting together that will tie the original Warhammer game into this new map, creating a super campaign that involves both parts of the world. The Total War franchise did something similar with the theaters in Empire, but this is the first time two different generations of a game will be directly tied together.
And the in-game footage looks great. Not only does it show the pristine armies of the high elves, but also the awesome monsters at your command with the lizardmen. One of the heroes rides to battle on a tyrannosaur. There are several copies of the footage released from E3. One of the coolest is right here.
More updates are to come, especially on this mysterious fourth race promised as an add-on for those who pre-order. The developers have also promised an eventual third installation, which will again tie all three games together.
Jeon “Ray” Ji-won is one of the most mechanically gifted players in the NALCS. While his play is almost always flawless, he runs into mental struggles that occasionally hold him back. His manager, Jack Etienne, has helped him through these difficult times. Etienne provides an environment where Ray can speak freely in English without worry of correction or mistakes. With this confidence, Ray is able to get back to the top lane and dominate his opponents. Constantly switching out with Impact, Ray has learned to adjust to a six man roster and the implications for important games. He wants to make his name known as a talented prodigy who has much potential in years to come.
Jack has helped numerous players adjust to the LCS lifestyle and find success on stage. While building the Cloud 9 brand, he went through many different rosters and iterations of players. Today, he says that the current roster has the chance to make a statement on the world stage. A consistent bottom lane partnered with Jensen’s impeccable mid play is a recipe for success. A large part of the team’s success comes down to Ray’s ability to outplay opponents in the top lane. Ray has the highest number of solo kills in the NALCS, as he has dominated opponents from Ssumday to Hauntzer. Despite this success, there are still fundamental aspects of his game that need work. Jack is confident that with work, Ray will be an even more fearsome player. Jack has provided Ray with trips back home to Korea to ease his transition. This sort of hospitality is characteristic of the Cloud 9 brand, and it has lead them to world quarterfinals and NALCS trophies.
Europe is home to many extraordinarily talented mid laners. Between Bjergsen, Froggen, and xPeke, it is known to be one of the most stacked roles across the globe. Nevertheless, Henrik “Froggen” Hansen has managed to stand out as one of the greatest Western mids of all time. While his teams have historically been mediocre, Froggen’s statistical performances have been exceptional throughout his career. He is well known for a farm oriented style that takes calculations into account from the beginning to the end of the game. Nevertheless, Froggen is a monster on carry champions and assassins. Because of this diversity, he is one of the most acclaimed players in Western history. Although he does not have a wealth of international successes, European players recognize his individual strength.
Today, he plays for Echo Fox in North America. After a difficult spring season, the team is looking to bounce back and secure a spot at the 2017 world championships. Accompanied by Akaadian and Looper, Froggen is a serious powerhouse in the mid lane. However, every week brings new challenges for the squad. While Froggen is able to gain advantages in his lane, others struggle and the team cohesion is just not there yet. Rick Fox is confident in his superstar’s leadership skills and ability to carry any game from behind. Teammates have confirmed that Froggen never gives up, and even in arduous situations, he is able to make clever macro decisions. This sort of experience is only possible with nearly seven years of top tier play. From season 1, Froggen has dominated the scene with his signature champ Anivia. In season 7, he draws bans on the bird and pressures other teams to find unorthodox counterpicks. He truly is a legend in his own right.
It is well known that Korea is the most dominant region in League of Legends. With multiple world championships and international titles to their name, other regions such as Europe and North America are far behind. However, it is important to make a distinction. Three of their world championships belong to SK Telecom T1. Within Korea, SKT is easily the most dominant team. Therefore, it is difficult to compare Western teams to Korea in general. We must acknowledge that SKT is on a completely different level than their counterparts. In this sense, top Western teams such as Team Solo Mid and G2 Esports might not be as far behind as previously imagined. They have superstar players that can carry games alone, and if left unattended, other players have the potential to pick up the slack. When we talk about gaps between regions, it is important to make these distinctions that bias each argument. Players, coaches, and meta all contribute to the holistic strength of a team.
Different analysts have different views on this issue. Some analysts such as MonteCristo argue that the majority of Korea is still vastly ahead of everybody else. Their macro and micro play have noticeable advantages that other teams simply cannot replicate. However, EULCS caster Martin “Deficio” Lynge believes otherwise. Because we don’t see too much international play to begin with, it is irresponsible to make blind judgments about relative strengths. Each region has their own playstyle, and until we see competition to make comparisons, we must abstain from these rankings. Regardless of which end of the spectrum you fall on, there is no question that SKT is a powerhouse that is feared by even top Korean teams themselves. Armed with a lineup of Faker, Peanut, and Bang, they are ready to take the world by storm and secure another championship.