Is This the Biggest Acquisition in Gaming History?

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News broke yesterday of Microsoft’s plans to acquire Activision Blizzard.

Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Wait a minute. I had already edited a post to go up today that was going to be on my free game acquisitions during December, but that will be delayed until Saturday. Just browsing through the news headlines, I came to find that Microsoft is slated to acquire Activision Blizzard. To put this in perspective, Activision Blizzard is the company that publishes Call of Duty titles, World of WarcraftCandy CrushOverwatch, and the Diablo series. This is ridiculous and mind-boggling. I thought the acquisition of ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda (Doom, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein), was huge. This is much bigger. You’re talking about one of the most lucrative gaming brands in Call of Duty and online gaming subscription services in World of Warcraft now being under Microsoft’s umbrella. This is possibly the biggest acquisition in video gaming to date.  Continue Reading

Marvel Ultimate Alliance Mods: Black Cat, Mary Jane & Silver Sable Downloads

There are so many mods to sample on created by very talented modders who have a passion for keeping the original Marvel Ultimate Alliance alive with new gameplay experiences. With the recent success of the latest Spider-Man film, I thought it would be fun to show some gameplay with a few of the web slinger’s favorite female allies. This includes Black Cat, Mary Jane, and Silver Sable. All three can also be found in the amazing Marvel’s Spider-Man by Insomniac Games on the PlayStation 4. Spider-Man is a default character in Marvel Ultimate Alliance so the three ladies are mods that you have to add into the game.  Continue Reading

My Black Friday and Winter Sale Pickups

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Terminator Resistance was one of many games I purchased on sale during the Black Friday and winter sales.

Black Friday and the start of the winter season is a wonderful time of year if you are a gamer. You’ll find great deals on computers, consoles, games, accessories, and a whole lot more. It’s a time that you can splurge and get a lot in return for your investment. Even Nintendo will drop some of its first-party titles as much as $20. As I normally do each year, I made sure to take advantage of this and landed some games and DLC that I had on my radar for a long time but did not want to pay full price for. So what were some of the highlights? Continue Reading

Fire Pro Wrestling World CAW/Mod Showcase #1 Downloads

Fire Pro Wrestling World is my all-time favorite wrestling game and I have played a lot of them over the years. As I’ve cut back on the number of videos I’m doing each month, that means that there will be more content within the wrestling videos that are uploaded every two weeks instead of each Wednesday. So today’s video showcases a variety of WWF wrestlers from the early 90s such as Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior, Ric Flair, Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, and the Road Warriors. These wrestlers are not in the game by default but are the work of talented create-a-wrestler makers that bring a wealth of content to the Fire Pro Wrestling World. Continue Reading

Went to my First Video Game Concert

The candlelight setting of the concert I attended in December made it very intimate and cozy.

As a longtime gamer, one of my bucket list items was to attend a video game concert. I’ve always loved watching clips of grand orchestras on YouTube performing some of the most famous and memorable melodies in video gaming history. So the chance to attend a gaming-themed musical event in San Diego, California was just too good to pass up in early December. While it didn’t have an orchestra, the intimate candlelight concert did feature the talented musicians of the “Velveteen Ensemble” as they played some familiar pieces to the delight of the audience inside of the Chapel at Liberty Station. Unfortunately, because I was not prepared to do a post on this initially, I did not obtain photos of the musicians in action. Once the concert began, I was too busy enjoying the event. Continue Reading