Archive for September 2014

Racial Diversity Gaming Hour 35: Warning: Driveclub may blow your mind

Posted in ps4, gaming, vita, ps3, video games, Racial Diversity Gaming Hour, xbox, nintendo, Wii by psu on September 29th, 2014

What's up, gamers? We're back with episode 35 of RDGH, and the most racially diverse gaming crew on the Internet has lots to say about this past week! This time, Ben Shillabeer-Hall and Dane Smith join host Glenn Gordon to discuss some interesting gaming news.

Destiny's out, and now eyes are shifting to Driveclub--and boy, will they be happy. A new video shows just how gorgeous the game looks, and we just can't wait to get our hands on it. We can only hope the gameplay is half as good as the graphics. Just don't look at Project CARS immediately after looking at Driveclub, even though Project CARS just might satisfy some racer fans more than Driveclub.
Xbox still isn't over its so-called resolution problem, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the latest game to run at a slightly lower on Microsoft's machine than on Sony's. We'd love to reiterate that IT DOESN'T MATTER.
In addition, Far Cry 4 could have been set in a couple other nations with completely different stories. The time it takes to complete Final Fantasy XV has been revealed, and Insomniac reveals interesting information about Sunset Overdrive. Finally, Dane has a lot to say about the "gamer gate" controversy, and Ben has some great info straight from the Eurogamer Expo in London.

Our intro music this week is "Youtopia," by Armin van Buuren and Adam Young (a.k.a. Owl City). It's an incredible song that's available on iTunes, Amazon, and many other music stores right now with Armin's "Mirage" album. Buy it! The ending music is Hybrid Soundsystem's "Be Here Now" as played in Driveclub's E3 2013 trailer. We absolutely can't wait for Driveclub, and this song is one of the reasons why. Buy Driveclub on October 7, 8, or 10 depending on your region, and keep your eyes and ears peeled for the soundtrack to get your hands on this amazing song.
All of this and much more comprises a rather packed episode of RDGH. Follow us on Twitter @TheRDGH and subscribe on iTunes and anywhere else you can find us. Enjoy, game on, and don't be a racist.
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Unchained Special: How to (and NOT to) review a game

Posted in PlayStation Universe, ps4, gaming, vita, ps3, video games by psu on September 29th, 2014

Unchained takes a break from its usual episodes this week for another great special, and perhaps one of the most insightful podcast episodes PSU has released. PSU staff members Dane Smith, Glenn Gordon, Bryan King, and (eventually) Ernest Lin walk the world through their own processes, from start to finish for reviewing a video game. They disclose how games are scored, what reviewers look for, and the importance of reviewing games fairly. They even discuss how much Sony and/or Microsoft really pay reviewers for their reviews, in response to many Internet comments.

They also go into what's wrong with current Internet-based game reviews, and why certain sites (yes, they get specific) are less than trustworthy.
This is a must-listen for any gamer, and we hope you enjoy it. Tune in next week for episode 56 of PlayStation Unchained.
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Racial Diversity Gaming Hour 34: Final Fantasy XV is mantastic

Posted in ps4, gaming, vita, ps3, video games, Racial Diversity Gaming Hour, xbox, nintendo, Wii by psu on September 22nd, 2014

The most racially diverse gaming crew on the Internet is back with episode 34 of RDGH! Join Glenn Gordon, Ben Shillabeer-Hall, and Garri Bagdasarov this week as they discuss this very interesting past week in gaming.

Destiny was DDoSed for a little while by LizardSquad, the same group who attacked PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and other online networks not long ago. Also, VGchartz has released some interesting sales figures for the big three consoles. What does it all mean?
Evolution has announced two Driveclub PS4 bundles for Europe (not for North America), and the crew thinks Evolution could have done better.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were announced recently, along with an interesting claim from Apple that had some people declaring the end of consoles as we know it. The RDGH crew thinks that's a load of bull, and happily explains why.
Also, the world finally got another taste of Final Fantasy XV, and of course, it arrives with some form of controversy. The crew talks about the upcoming title and the controversy around it
This week's opening theme, "iPhone," is a parody of Maroon 5's "Payphone," which is available now on iTunes and other music stores. The parody is by YouTube's "RenderCrew." Hear the full song there, and subscribe to RenderCrew's channel for more great stuff! The ending theme is the famous chocobo fight song.

All this and more comprises the latest episode of RDGH. Follow us on Twitter @TheRDGH, and be sure to tweet us what you would like to hear us discuss or discuss with us on the air!
Enjoy, and don't be a racist.
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PlayStation Unchained 55: Destiny, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and Destiny

Posted in PlayStation Universe, ps4, gaming, vita, ps3, video games by psu on September 22nd, 2014

Unchained is back with episode 55 and former PSU podcaster Don Oliveira! Join him, Ben Shillabeer-Hall, and host Mike Harradence for great news and discussions about the past week in PlayStation gaming.

This week, we talk about Lizard Squad's DDoS attack against Destiny, as well as the game's sales, its less-than-stellar reviews, and how it has been affecting PS4 sales. We also discuss Final Fantasy Type 0 HD, which is going to come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One soon!
Props as well to the PlayStation 4 and those who made it for taking the title of Asia's fastest-selling console, beating even the PlayStation 2.
Enjoy, and tune in next week for another great episode of PlayStation Unchained! Remember, for the greatest news in PlayStation gaming, stick with PSU.com.
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PlayStation Unchained 54: Batman: Arkham Knight to be PS4 Exclusive… In One Country

Posted in PlayStation Universe, ps4, gaming, vita, ps3, video games by psu on September 15th, 2014

PlayStation fans rejoice; Unchained has returned with episode 54! Glenn Gordon, Garri Bagdasarov, and your host, Ben Shillabeer-Hall, are here to discuss this past week in PlayStation gaming.

PS4 has reached a special milestone in the UK, previously one of PlayStation's weaker territories, and Destiny is doing great for its first week, especially for the PS4. German luxury and performance automaker Mercedes-Benz has added something to upcoming racer Driveclub, and it'll be free for everyone.
Batman: Arkham Knight is going to be a PS4 exclusive. Don't go crazy though, because that's an incomplete thought and the vast majority of Xbox One gamers will be completely unaffected.
The Vita is getting some love at TGS (see RDGH this week) but Sony's line of Xperia mobile devices could be poised to kill the handheld's momentum.
There's plenty more than you see here, so follow us on Twitter @PSUnchained, find a comfortable spot, and click play. Tune in next Monday for another great episode.
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Racial Diversity Gaming Hour 33: Early Destiny Reviews Aren’t That Great; NPD Results

Posted in ps4, gaming, vita, ps3, video games, Racial Diversity Gaming Hour, xbox, nintendo, Wii by psu on September 15th, 2014

Happy Monday! Episode 33 of RDGH has arrived, and with Destiny live and kicking and August's NPD results in, there's plenty to talk about as usual. Join host Glenn Gordon, Ben Shillabeer-Hall, Garri Bagdasarov, and Fraser Miller for great video game news and discussions.

First, Sony Denmark decided to "troll" Microsoft, but the two entities seem rather friendly! Then, we take a look at how Xbox is doing in Japan, and how the mystifying and now infamous parity clause in ID@Xbox's contracts has chased away another game.
Sony has also released a list of all the games it will present at Tokyo Game Show 2014, and Microsoft is planning to buy Majong, the developer behind Minecraft--or at least it was at the time of recording, which was yesterday, the 14th of September. As of today, the purchase has been confirmed. Tune in next week for more on that.
Destiny's first reviews haven't met expectations, meanwhile--but those who play the game seem to love it. Is something wrong with reviews, and with reviewers? Speaking of which, Glenn has a beef with IGN.
Of course, we also discuss the latest NPD results. Spoiler alert: Sony's still ahead--but perhaps not by as much as it was before!
Our intro music, of course, is the infamous "Troll Song," as the Internet has renamed it, in honor of Sony's and Microsoft's charming antics. If you want to hear it, search either "Troll Song" or "Trololol" on YouTube. You'll find it. The ending this week is "Shadow World," the theme from Persona 4 Golden. You can buy the P4, P4 Arena, and P4G soundtracks on Amazon (P4, P4A), CDJapan.co.jp (P4G), and other reputable Internet stores, but they are mainly sold as physical CDs and imported from Japan.
All of this and more comprises the latest epsiode of RDGH. Tweet us @TheRDGH if you have something to say--we'll read it on the air. Enjoy, and don't be a racist.
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Unchained Special: Tokyo Game Show is Coming!

Posted in PlayStation Universe, ps4, gaming, vita, ps3, video games by psu on September 8th, 2014

As part of our move to Mondays, we're skipping a normal episode (though we released episode 53 this past Friday). That doesn't stop our very own Dane Smith from taking the microphone alongside Ben Shillabeer-Hall and Bryan King to lead a discussion about the upcoming Tokyo Game Show! Sony has already impressed with conferences outside of the show, and intends to have one more the day before TGS begins, just for the Asian market. What's going to happen? We don't know, but we're all excited amidst the amazing surprises developers have already thrown our way.

If you're as excited for Tokyo Game show as we are, comment below or tweet us @PSUdotcom.
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Racial Diversity Gaming Hour 32: Happy Destiny Week! :D

Posted in ps4, gaming, vita, ps3, video games, Racial Diversity Gaming Hour, xbox, Wii by psu on September 8th, 2014

It's Destiny week! One of the most anticipated games of the year launches this week, and the most racially diverse gaming crew on the Internet has plenty Destiny-related tidbits to share about it! Join Glenn Gordon (who came to host even though he has been sick), Ben Shillabeer-Hall, and Garri Bagdasarov as they discuss what has been an interesting week for both Sony and Microsoft in the gaming world.

Lizard Squad, the cybercrime group that performed DDoS attacks on multiple Internet-based companies including PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, has announced that it is disbanding after what appears to be the arrests of some of its key members. Is Lizard Squad gone for good?
Sony is planning to invest in PlayStation Network. Watch through the rest of the fiscal year with us as we keep an eye on its plans.
Xbox One finally launched in Japan this past week. How successful do you think Microsoft will be in a market where its reputation exists about as much as the Destiny fragrance it tried to advertise?
That Destiny ad was a big no-no, and though it's now gone, the crew thinks it hurt Microsoft much more than it helped.
A huge shoutout and thank-you to @SZLoc for allowing us to use "The Identity Song!" We promise to "use the hell out of it" when we can! The intro song is one we've used before. It's from the soundtrack for Ubisoft's Speed Busters racing game.
All of this and more comprises this latest episode of RDGH! If you have something to add, we'd love to hear it! Send us a tweet @TheRDGH!
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PlayStation Unchained 53: PS3 Gamers Love Porn

Posted in PlayStation Universe, ps4, gaming, vita, ps3, video games by psu on September 5th, 2014

Unchained is back, and your host, Mike Harradence, brings some interesting topics to the table, as well as Ben Shillabeer-Hall and Dane Smith!

Dragon Age's multiplayer mode has been announced, Assassin's Creed Unity has been delayed, Grand Theft Auto V may NOT be releasing on November 1 after all, and PlayStation gamers find some pretty interesting things to do with their consoles. Stick around as well for reviews.
Check back on Monday for a special Tokyo Game Show podcast hosted by Dane, as well as a new episode of the Racial Diversity Gaming Hour, and follow us on Twitter @PSUnchained. For the greatest news in PlayStation gaming, keep it at PSU.com.
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