Driving Sims: Smashing Fenders So I Don’t Have To

As much as we may have trashed most of the simulator games mentioned on this week’s podcast, it has prompted quite a bit of thinking. While I am hardly interested in Goat Simulator et al making up a big time slice of the video game pie, this is not to say that I think all simulator games should be laid to the wayside – particularly not as a genre.

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One branch of simulators that we didn’t really get to touch on was the driving sim – those on all parts of the spectrum, from the smash-‘em-up arcade-y type racers like Need For Speed to the ones developed specifically to teach and train.

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Is It Worth It: The Sims 4

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The mother of all human simulators has recently released their fourth installment. EA sent The Sim 4 out into the world September 2nd, 2014, here in the U.S. As with most EA releases, people are usually apprehensive. EA has not got the world’s best reputation within the industry. The Sims 4 required a Day One patch just to make sure that the game was playable. Continue reading

What Happened to Space Combat Sims?

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Ever wonder what it would be like to fly a starfighter through the cosmos? Or how about Flying the Millennium Falcon? What about flying a lone bomber doing hit and runs on a massive capital ship a hundred times your size?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then that is fantastic and we have just the games for you! Unfortunately they were released ten or more years ago and 90% of them were for the PC. So, what happened to these Space Flight Sims? Is there any hope for them on the horizon?

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Have We Had Enough of Simulators?

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This week in the cube, the team and I journey down the road of simulator games. What is it about them that we all find appealing? Why are they so popular? Goat Simulator rose to top of the charts when it first appeared thanks to its humor. After that, it seems it’s been one after another releasing all over Steam.

Is this just a fad that will run its course? Do you truly consider some of these simulators even “games” for the best part? Let us explore this controversial world. Continue reading

SPARTANS: A Brief Synopsis Into the Program That Gave Us Master Chief

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“Do not underestimate them. But most of all, do not underestimate him.” – Dr. Catherine Halsey referring to the SPARTANS specifically John-117

 

There are two things that come to mind when you mention the name Spartan. One is the ancient greek tale of the brave 300 Spartans and the Battle of Thermopylae while the second is the elite, genetically enhanced soldiers created by Bungie for the Halo series. The most noted of those would be the Master Chief or John-117.

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Geek Glam: Tilt/Shift Cosmetics Teases Destiny Eyeshadow Collection

It’s an ongoing subject of discussion here in the Cube: just how much makeup can I amass in one room before something breaks and I am killed (while filming, even) by sparkly avalanche?

It’s not without reason. I have a small problem. It never used to be this way. My collection has expanded 15x over the course of the last year – and this is largely due to the fact that I discovered just how many little indie shops there are in the world… and how many of them like the same things I do. Tinted lip balms based off of Miyazaki films? Check! A Mass Effect eyeshadow collection? Cha-ching! The exact shade of Master Chief’s visor from Halo? I got your back.

And while I personally may not be jumping on the Destiny bandwagon as of yet, that doesn’t mean it is not seriously high on my to-do list… and where everyone else is wearing their gamer shirts with pride, I’m interested in going one step further.

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Destiny Sells $500 Million in First Day

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Destiny is the newest release by Bungie, but was published by Activision. The newest FPS MMO to hit the market has been released with a lot of hype. Players who purchased day one copies, such as our own Venisia, have been playing hours upon hours of co-op play. Activision is reporting that it sold $500 million in the first day. Continue reading

Podcast Episode #21: Bungie

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After a week-long hiatus for the crew, we are back again this week with a new episode of our podcast. This week was the release of Bungie’s newest title, Destiny, so we wanted to give out some love for this amazing team of developers. The Ladies of the Cube were joined again by Kaelan to discuss a lot of what has truly made it for Bungie. Halo? We got it. Destiny? Of course. We even threw a bit of Oni into the mix. Continue reading

Who Will You Be in Destiny? TCC Gets Ready

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The time is finally here. The hour is approaching. What am I talking about? Destiny that’s what! Yes folks we’ve been waiting quite a long time for Bungie’s latest FPS. We had a taste of the gameplay this summer with the gorgeous beta. So, who will you be in Destiny? The Companions Cube is ready to play. Continue reading