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Wish List for Fallout 4
By oblivion437
Posted on 11/24/14
So I promised that list and here it is.  It's late and it's not as thorough as I'd hoped.  I also wish I had images handy to illustrate every point where helpful.  So, in no particular order - a subjective set of desired features for Fallout 4: Things to...

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Peace in the Era of Call of Duty
Posted on Tuesday, April 15 2014 @ 12:28:35 Eastern

This member blog post was promoted to the GameRevolution homepage.

In a world dominated by violent media, Americans are no more eager to go to war than they were in the 1980s or the 1960s or the 1940s. Hasn't it always been someone else's problem?

The overwhelming majority would rather go on thinking it had nothing to do with them and there was no way of preventing it in the first place. That is, of course, patently untrue. It's like saying video games have ruined children when parents have never been more apathetic.

I've been struggling with the amount of violence in video games for the past few months, but it's all a matter of processing. That's where parents fail. They see headshots and soldiers getting blown up on the big TV in the living room and think that it's no worse than the movies they saw when they were young. The difference, of course, comes from the consideration that things moved a lot slower in the 1980s or hell, the 1990s.

Call of Duty seems like such a singular, closed-off experience compared to Saving Private Ryan. There's no collective audience to multiplayer shooters, but I remember sitting and watching Steven Spielberg's epic war film with my veteran grandfather. Suddenly, the movie meant so much more to me than any game.

It's in connecting with others that we can achieve the kind of peace that defuses situations like those in Crimea. Even here in the Western hemisphere, we can do something about the fear on the other side of the world. It'd be easy to bail out and sing a few Beatles songs, but I'd rather focus on the veterans that return home from Afghanistan and Iraq today to prove my point.

Earlier this month I posted about Operation Supply Drop and while the charity is incredibly progressive and giving, you probably already know someone who could use a helping hand after serving. You probably see them outside the convenience store or behind the counter working a minimum wage, but manageable job.

Now consider that those soldiers left here to defend corporate interests and they returned to see the same corporate interests humbly aided by tacit endorsement of bank bailouts and auto-industry prop-ups. Consider that those soldiers lost friends and brothers protecting those interests.

Take it one step further and consider that Russian troops in Crimea have now laid down their lives for the same reason. Consider that the wealthiest Ukrainians lived in the Crimean peninsula and in order to protect those assets (bank accounts) Russian soldiers have followed familiar orders.

Call of Duty and other modern war games never deal with gray like this. You're either the secretive commando trained in black ops scalpel carving or you're the front lines soldier who takes down the radar dish and jumps off the roof in perfect sync with an explosion that levels two city blocks.

Where are the millions of people sitting at home hoping the war never happens? Where are the farmers? Where are hopeful masses that didn't know we needed a war in the first place? Where are the Crimean McDonalds employees going next? How are our two sides any different and how can we rely on violent gaming to change anything in light of this total and complete lack of understanding?

I've always liked video games because they build self-esteem, they lend power to the powerless, and they provide an organized means to settle differences that you may have never noticed, but it feels like they'll never stop the desire to use up all the ammunition from the last war before the new one gets off the ground.

This is a staff blog, but we think it's worth featuring in our Vox Pop. If you write a blog, you have the chance of being featured as well. ~Ed. Nick Tan

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"What Are You Playing?" But With Music
Posted on Saturday, March 29 2014 @ 16:31:47 Eastern

This member blog post was promoted to the GameRevolution homepage.
Ever wonder what GameRevolution staff listen to while they're working? I do! I've never asked them though. Maybe I should... Any good music you wanna share? Here's what I've been playing:


Click to listen to A Walk by Tycho.

Tycho, huge fan. Incredible instrumentals. Take a listen to this track that just shuffled in. No matter which album you pick, sit back and try to live in it. There are a ton of layers to each song and it all flows together as you get deeper into it.


Click to listen to Mind Mischief by Tame Impala.

I know there are plenty of Tame Impala fans in the forums, but this is one of my favorite tracks. Great drums, love the spacey feeling. They really tried to emulate the Beatles, but more of a good thing is never a bad thing... is it?


Click to listen to Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament by the Beastie Boys.

One of the last great Beastie Boys tracks. Adam Yauch is a personal hero of mine and the Beastie artistry totally blew my mind when I listend to Hello Nasty for the first time. I remember getting the CD from a used record store in Colorado with my little brother as we were wandering around downtown near a college almost a decade ago (or more, I don't remember). Intergalactic remains one of my favorite songs (and music videos) ever.

What are you listening to?

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The opinions expressed here does not necessarily reflect the views of GameRevolution, but it is a blog written by one of our staff members. This article, posted originally on March 29, 2014, has been lightly edited for grammar and image inclusion. You can find more Vox Pop articles here.

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Old Turtles Meet New Turtles And I'm Still a Child
Posted on Friday, March 21 2014 @ 23:03:01 Eastern



I haven't been watching the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series since it started running on Nickelodeon, even though I've caught a few episodes since the IP picked up again. I've long felt like I grew out of the Turtles years ago. The new computer-animated cartoon does a good job of blending styles and influences, but Splinter looks too tall and I can't stand the lazy CG styles that have flooded cable cartoon television.

Still, the final episode of the latest TMNT season drew me back in by transporting the turtles into alternate dimensions where they even catch a glimpse of their 1980s selves. I had to check it out for two big reasons:

1) The classic turtles! They must be ramping up to the new live-action movie. I hate that Megan Fox and Michael Bay are involved, but I admit that my nostalgia will override any sense I gained from walking out of the most recent Transformers movie and asking the movie theater manager for my money back.

2) I'm a sucker for alternate-parallel-mirror dimension travel, especially in cartoons where the animation style denotes a different universe or cheesy plot points like "that dude's hair is different so we must be in a different universe." As stupid as that sounds, I love seeing my favorite characters face the mirrors we face in our everyday lives. TMNT does this all the time, so I'll take any excuse to waste a Sunday on it.

You can watch the full episode above, but here's a quick review:

Everything starts out pretty slow. Splinter says something about "He who runs his mouth gets a face full of nunchaku" and there's an involved subplot where one of Shredder's minions is actually Splinter's daughter. Again, I haven't kept up, but once the Turtles enter the pink triangle dimension gate, the pace increases dramatically.

Donatello immediately salivates over April O'Neil's jumpsuit. Smart man.... er, turtle man. All of the old turtle voice actors lend their talents to the episode too, multiplying the nostalgia force by a factor of like 16... or however many slices of pizza it would take to feed all of these dudes and dude-ettes.

The writing isn't as bad as I anticipated, like when Splinter's emergency phone is actually a cheese wheel or when Splinter and a tiger dude face-off with some subtitled Japanese thrown in for good measure. The Krangs are up to no good and everyone gets separated, then Casey Jones gets eaten by a worm and everything goes to hell.

Still, it's not everything I had expected. I wish the new turtles could have jumped in and had a giant showdown with eight turtles, two Aprils, two Caseys, and two Splinters fighting off a horde of Foot clan, two Shredders, and two different Krang body-types, both the classic red-underwear robot and the new blue bots they have in the latest series.

In the end, the episode had enough of a hook that I might actually try to watch through the past few seasons of the Nickelodeon cartoon. The series is available on streaming services and via Nickelodeon's website.

The opinions expressed here does not necessarily reflect the views of GameRevolution, but it is a blog written by one of our staff members. This article, posted originally on March 15, 2014, has been lightly edited for grammar and image inclusion. You can find more Vox Pop articles here. ~Ed. Nick Tan 

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iPhone 5 Review - iOS there for iAM
Posted on Wednesday, September 26 2012 @ 14:37:50 Eastern


[Don't worry, guys. This won't be in Vox Pop proper. But it's a fun review we thought would be good for the box. ~Ed. Nick]

It was the summer of... ****, what year was that? I honestly don't remember at thi...   read more...

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Summer...
Posted on Tuesday, June 26 2012 @ 15:13:53 Eastern

Now that E3 is over, it seems like video games have settled into hibernation for the summer... or whatever, everyone is out at the beach or something. It's funny: working in this industry, you get an odd feeling at this time every year.
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I Beat Persona 3!
Posted on Thursday, June 21 2012 @ 10:58:44 Eastern

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The last JRPG I finished... and I mean, completely finished, end credits and all.... had to be... Final Fantasy VII. There were later games before that, but it feels like over a decade since I last played a JRPG to comp...   read more...

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E3 2012 Is A Wrap
Posted on Wednesday, June 13 2012 @ 16:31:25 Eastern

I love working from home. It's exceedingly comfortable, the schedule is really flexible, and I find that I'm not distracted as readily as if I were in an office.

All that said, I was so happy to see and hang out with my fellow ...   read more...

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