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We buy and sell new and classic games and consoles as well as video gaming and geek culture memorabilia and merchandise. Come by and check out Sevier County’s finest video game Store!

2430 Teaster Lane, Suite 101
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865)-428-6582

Mon – Thurs : 11am – 9pm
Fri-Sat : 11am – 10pm
Sunday : 11am – 8pm


 

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The Faces of Skyrim

It’s hard to believe that The Elder Scrolls : Skyrim came out nearly 3 years ago by looking at these photos, but thanks to a thriving modding community the game continues to live on in all kinds of ways. Many people focus their modding creativity into character creation, or more specifically, the textures and detail of the player-character. Sometimes the fruit of their labors can be quite stunning indeed -

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Andrew Cull Photography has put together an “Faces of Skyrim Exhibition” displaying some amazing examples of Skyrim portraiture submitted by various creators, including himself. The Exhibition is titled Part One, giving the impression that there will be more entries in the future. you can find the entirety of Part One on Andrew’s Flickr page HERE.

The Apollo 11 Launch Anniversary and Kerbal Space Program

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Fourty-Five years ago today, we stuck 3 men in a rocket and hurled them to the moon. Just looking at the awe-inspiring photographs of the assembly and launch process makes the colossal feat that much more unbelievable. So what if I told you that you could celebrate by sending your own men to the moon? You can, and it’s awesome.

Kerbal Space program is a game available through steam, which is essentially a NASA simulator with little green men and some humor thrown in. You take part in the entire process of designing a rocket, staging it properly, and getting it into space. By completing science research on missions, you get science points to unlock new rocket parts.

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There is also a Spaceplane hangar section where you can try your hand at making planes. You assemble the craft horizontally, and take off using a runway instead of vertically. I’ve found it more difficult than the standard rocketry, but very fun and rewarding once you get the right design down.

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If building rockets sounds fun and you don’t mind taking a crash course in orbital mechanics and aerodynamics, you should check this game out. It’s about $27 on Steam and while it’s still in early access, there are hundreds of hours of gameplay and lots of planetary bodies to send your Kerbals to. You should also listen to Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s chilling description of what a countdown and launch is like (12 minutes).

Noteworthy – Early Pokemon Boxed Lot

It’s always exciting when we get some boxed retro games in the shop, and this was no exception. This lot was traded in by an individual who said “It’s time for someone else to enjoy these as much as I have”.

 

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EVO 2014 Remaining Schedule

The EVO fighting game championship is fully underway, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get in on watching all the hype action in Las Vegas! Here’s what to expect coming up today and tomorrow (all times EST):

First Stage

Saturday, July 12
11 AM - Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 Pools
3 PM - Injustice Finals
6 PM - King of Fighters XIII Finals
8 PM - Super Street Fighter II Turbo Finals
10 PM - Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 Quarterfinals
12 AM - Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 Semifinals

Sunday, July 13

Noon - BlazBlue: ChronoPhantasama Finals
2 PM - Killer Instinct Finals
4:30 PM - Super Smash Bros. Melee Finals
7 PM - Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 Finals
9 PM - Ultra Street Fighter IV Finals


Second Stage

Saturday, July 12
11 AM - Killer Instinct Pools
1 PM - Super Smash Bros. Melee Quarterfinals
3 PM - Smash Bros. Semifinals
5 PM - BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Quarterfinals
7 PM - BlazBlue Semifinals
9 PM - Killer Instinct Semifinals

Source: EVO

New Mighty No 9 Gameplay Videos Show Promising Results

Many Mega Man fans have been patiently awaiting Former Mega Man Developer Keiji Inafune’s creation, a spiritual successor to the franchise called Mighty No. 9. New gameplay and Action videos released show that their team of veteran devs have been working hard on the game, and we personally cannot wait to see more.

 

You can check out their Kickstarted page Here

Editorial: The Big Three and The Upcoming Power Struggle

This holiday season, a massive battle is set to occur in the video game world: Nintendo with its Wii U has been building up its upcoming games list like mad, Microsoft and Sony are preparing to release some of the most powerful and hyped consoles of our time, and it will all come together to undoubtedly create mass chaos and insanity over the next couple of months, on top of reigniting the ages old console war. Who’s your team? XBone? PS4? Wii U?  Let’s take a quick look at the combatants for this year’s title fight:

Sony

Sony came out swinging and hasn’t stopped since the match began. Ever since the reveal of the PS4, notably taking place after Microsoft’s hilarious and infuriating XBone reveal, they’ve been essentially drowning in praise and hype. It seems they’ve played their cards right almost from the very beginning, and it shows how far a little experience in troubled launches can take you. The PS2, of course, had disc read errors and a crippling lack of consoles, while the PS3 was expensive and unpopular for a time (“it has no games!”). When it comes to bad takeoffs, Sony’s been around the block a few times, and it seems they’ve taken every precaution pre-launch to try and ensure none of their previous mistakes will happen again.

Microsoft

Microsoft gave a maddening laugh riot of a first round with the reveal of their XBOX One, but picked up their game as time went on, making several goodwill gestures towards the gamers they outraged and gaining several interesting and fun-looking titles, either through straight exclusivity or timed exclusivity. However, the threat of the XBone being somewhat weaker than the PS4 continually looms, and what few online requirements remain will still be troublesome for rural gamers.

Nintendo

As stated before, the Wii U’s upcoming lineup is the royal flush for Nintendo right now: upcoming titles like Sonic Lost World, Super Mario 3D World, Smash 4, Mario Kart 8, Bayonetta 2, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, Yarn Yoshi, X, Puyo Puyo Tetris, and many others are setting the gaming world ablaze with excitement and driving console sales up in preparation for the coming barrage of supreme titles. Even though the Wii U is the weakest out of the three next-gen consoles, its predecessor has handily proven such things like “power” and “graphics” do nothing to stop a console if it has the library to back itself up.

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The next round in the fight is likely going to be how few hitches go for each in the coming launches, and how Nintendo responds to the new competition. While Sony is in an advantageous position, a lack of consoles (ala PS2) could put a huge damper on the momentum they’ve built up over the months. Microsoft is especially susceptible to mishaps right now; even though they’ve rebuilt a lot of goodwill and hype since the reveal, if there are many major mishaps, they may not be able to build it back for a good while (see PS3). On Nintendo’s part, while the Wii U is indeed gaining popularity quickly, they still need to form a more solid identity for it, underlining the difference between the U and the original Wii. Moreover, the release of the newest in their competitions’ lines could put them in a tight position until their upcoming titles release.

This is set to be a massive holiday battle, and it will be hugely enjoyable to watch. Game on.

 

DJ Vee

Editorial: “Fantasia: Music Evolved” Could Be Magnificent


So, as the internet is more than likely aware by now, Harmonix Music Systems has announced a new game: a video game adaptation of the classic Disney series, Fantasia.The announcement trailer has drawn much ire for looking and sounding like any other modern dance game: preppy, middle-class dancers, flailing to modern pop hits. The reception to the video has been less than stellar to say the least? As for me? I feel a bit differently. I’m excited.

Every Harmonix game I’ve ever played (and I have played and/or own most of them) has been a gem. I love the concept, and I’m liking the modern soundtrack I’m seeing so far. As if should happen, Harmonix has also confirmed via the game’s Twitter there will be classical music in the songlist as well. Harmonix is not one to disrespect sources like that (see The Beatles: Rock Band). As a fan of both Fantasiaand Harmonix, I personally find it funny that there is a rather large group of people who don’t seem to realize who is making this game. If it was anyone else, I would likely be with them, but I have faith in Harmonix. They have never let me down in the past, and I don’t anticipate to be let down now, judging from what I am seeing.

Fantasia was always about coupling music and visuals together in a harmonious fashion. Classical music has always been the base in previous Fantasias, yes, but are we so closed-minded as to think that classical music is the only music that can have such potential? Let us use an example many people don’t seem to use often, dubstep.

In a modern dubstep selection, there is an almost ludicrous amount of audio/visual potential. What can be brought to life from the drumline? The sweeping synths? The drop, a still before the violent wobble bass in the “verse?” Anything could be woven from the threads a dubstep song provides, from a bloody war in the ancient times to a bittersweet love story 200 years from now. It’s all what you make of it.

In a song like Bohemian Rhapsody, what comes to your mind when you hear it? What do you see in your mind’s eye? What scenes spring out, what story can you tell? What about Levels? Settle Down? Even something like Locked Out of Heaven can tell a beautiful story through its sound. The vocals are not the only part of the song; anything could spring out of the music! It’s a magnificent feeling! All music, from every generation, every period, every genre, can craft a story. All it takes is an open ear, and an open mind.

On the gameplay, we haven’t seen that much of actual gameplay, if any at all. We have to remember this trailer did not show much other than people “playing” the game and the screenshots. The screenshots show me a picture of “conducting” the game, if you will: using hand movements, you modify the environment, which will move with music. Of course, I cannot be sure this is what’s happening until I see it in action, but this is what I am gathering as I view them. Sound and visuals seem to be manipulated together, conducting both with a wave of your hand. You are the conductor, as Mickey was moving the brooms. You are not watching Fantasia. You are Fantasia. And that, my friend, is an experience I cannot wait to feel for myself.

I am not asking you to change your opinion, I’m not even trying to sway it; I am simply trying to show you my view on this title. I am excited with what I am seeing, and with the confirmation of classical music being a part of it in true Fantasia fashion, even more so. Harmonix is a company of musicians. The lengths they went to respect The Beatles in TB: RBwas astounding, and made me realize how much they truly care about what they do.All I ask, is have a little faith in them. Harmonix knows what they’re doing. If they didn’t, Disney wouldn’t give this to them. Disney doesn’t screw around with Fantasia.

Fantasia lives on. The pop music only hurts if you let it, and we haven’t even seen what the realized visions and tales are like for them yet. Who knows? Maybe the fresh meat goes hand in hand with the aged-to-perfection wine.

DJ Vee

Video Games to Look Out For: April 2013


April is upon us! Here’s what you can expect to find in the physical realm this month…

 

PlayStation 3

April 2 – Defiance

April 2 – Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge

April 5 – Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

April 16 – Injustice: Gods Among Us

April 23 – Dead Island: Riptide

April 23 – Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

April 23 – Star Trek

 

XBOX 360

April 2 – Defiance

April 2 – Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge

April 5 – Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

April 16 – Injustice: Gods Among Us

April 23 – Dead Island: Riptide

April 23 – Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

April 23 – Star Trek

 

Nintendo Wii

April 16 – Pandora’s Tower

April 19 – We Sing UK Hits

 

Nintendo Wii U

April 4 – Toki Tori 2

April 16 – Injustice: Gods Among Us

 

Nintendo 3DS

April 16 – Shin Megami Tensei Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers

April 21 – Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins

April 25 – Mega Man 4

April 2X Mega Man 4: Arcade Editon

 

Playstation Vita

April 30 – Soul Sacrifice

April 30 – Thomas Was Alone

 

See a game you want? Ensure you get your copy ASAP, go bug Jason and order yours at Control Freak Video Games today!

Video Games to Look Out For: March 2013

March is almost a third of the way done, but there are still some pretty awesome games coming down the pipeline! Here’s what to expect in the physical realm over the next 22 days:

PlayStation 3

March 12 – God of War: Ascension

March 12 – Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2

March 19 – The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

March 21 – Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory

March 26 – Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel

March 26 – Bioshock Infinite

March 26 – Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14

 

XBOX 360

March 12 – Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2

March 19 – Gears of War: Judgement

March 19 – The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

March 26 – Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel

March 26 – Bioshock Infinite

March 26 – Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin

March 26 – Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14

 

Nintendo Wii

March 19 – The Croods: Prehistoric Party!

March 26 - Pandora’s Tower

 

Nintendo Wii U

March 18 – Lego City Undercover

March 19 – The Croods: Prehistoric Party!

March 19 – Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

March 19 – Need for Speed: Most Wanted

March 26 – The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

March 28 – Aliens: Colonial Marines

March 28 – Toki Tori 2

 

Nintendo 3DS

March 19 – The Croods: Prehistoric Party!

March 19 – Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

March 24 – Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

March 24 – Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity

March 28 – HarmoKnight

 

Nintendo DS

March 19 – The Croods: Prehistoric Party!

 

Playstation Vita

March 22 – Dead or Alive 5 Plus

 

See a game you want? Ensure you get your copy ASAP, order yours at Control Freak Video Games today!

The Sins of SimCity

The Sins of SimCity
by DJ Vee

SimCity has always been one of my favorite games. As a child, I owned and loved SimCity 2000 for
the Sega Saturn, playing it endlessly alongside Theme Park. I was never much good at it (fire was a
common sight), and at the end of the day, I’d always just trigger a disaster, but I had great fun with it
regardless of how well I ran the city. I never got into SC3K or 4, but whenever I get an itch, I can load
up SC Classic and realize how great the game is, no matter what iteration.

When I was sitting at Control Freak last year, watching the various E3 conferences with all my friends,
EA’s shining gem was the revitalization of Maxis with a new iteration of SimCity. I was estatic; the
cities looked incredible! The roads, they could curve! All those viewable people! Thousands of little
Sims just milling about, it was an amazing sight. I couldn’t wait for SC ’13. Then it came out.

Always online, cloud saves, forced multiplayer aspects, limits on how many cities you could make
and how large they could be. The game may not be playable within a decade because of the always
online DRM. On top of that, no one (and I mean no one) is able to play the damned thing in the now
because of constant server issues. It was and still is, as of this writing, a nightmare (though a comedic
nightmare) to witness all these things come together at once. It is enough to send people into a rage,
both for people who have the game and can’t play it, and for people who wanted it but are now turned
completely off to it because of these poor features and problems.

Like so many others watching from the wings, I am laughing at the mind-blowing ineptitude that EA
has exhibited throughout this debacle, angry at their ludicrous attempts to make SimCity into another
social-focused game in all the wrong ways and their ways to fix the problems, and at least for me,
heartbroken that it turned out this way.

Look at screenshots of the game. The game is beautiful. It’s one of the most gorgeous Sim games ever
produced. The amount of detail in every little thing is staggering. It’s enough to realize, with the classic
SimCity gameplay, this would have been one of the best games of the year. Indeed, pre-release reviews
of the game were at the absolute worst, 7s and 8s. This game would have been breathtaking, had the
various bad features not been included. If this was a straight-up SimCity, I would have bought this
game within a week of its release.

But EA decided to screw it all up. I can’t look at media of the game now without feeling the soul-
crushing disappointment of what could have been. It’s depressing to know it could have been much
better. Even if all the bad features of SimCity ’13 are eliminated and the game can go back to being
truly great again, I will not buy this game. If I were a pirate, I would not pirate it. Instead of SimCity
’13 being the great reclaimer to the throne, wresting it back from the multiple pretenders who came
to battle in its absence, it is now a bleak monument to the despicable practices of modern-day EA.
SimCity’s reputation was damaged by what EA did. Even if the game is one of the best of the year, if
nobody can play the damned thing, what is the point?

As luck would have it, SimCity 2000 SE is on GOG.com for $6.99. It may be 20 years old, but an old
friend is better than a new problem.

DJ