All Posts by: Pixelitis Staff

By Pixelitis Staff, July 16, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

After a while, riding the various modes of transportation in our daily lives can turn into a humdrum sort of thing. While riding in cars and buss can cause some epic amounts of napping, leave it to games to come in and spice up our means of travel.

A cowboy’s pixellated pink horse in Sunset Riders, a beat-up Chryslus Highwayman running on fuel cells in Fallout 2 and an oversized yellow-feathered Chocobo are just a few of the crazy ways that game developers try to relieve the monotony of typical travel.

The need to share the crazy ways in which characters travel was too strong, so we here at Pixelitis have highlighted our favorite ways to get from point A to point B in a game. Though we’ve selected our favorites, it would be great to hear what your preferred methods of traveling in the fictional realm of gaming in the comments section below.

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By Pixelitis Staff, July 9, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

The characters in some of gaming’s most iconic titles have the coolest gadgets. From the eponymous Ratchet from the Ratchet and Clank series to Old Snake in Metal Gear Solid 4, there just happen to be those fictional things that we just wish we could have in our possession. Imagine how cool that would be.

What if instead of automatic weapons, the world’s armies fought with gunblades from Final Fantasy VIII, reducing all conflicts to a re-enactment of the Squall versus Seifer fight in the intro? How cool would it be if we all had robot helpers we could summon at any given time like Gaige the Mechromancer’s Deathtrap from Borderlands 2?

Whatever the item, weapon or device, one thing is for certain: sometimes we wish they were real and in some cases, in our possession.

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By Pixelitis Staff, July 2, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

It’s a great week to be an American.

Summer’s in full effect, fireworks and barbecues are just 48 hours away and now that we’ve lost in the World Cup, we can finally return to not caring about soccer – even if that loss stung a little bit…

In honor of our forefathers and the great country the Pixelitis staff calls home, we’ve put together a list of games that best exemplifies the ‘merican condition. From badassery to immigration, there’s plenty in our favorite pastime that just screams apple pie, monster trucks and giant explosions.

So if you’re proud to be an American or just watching our bombastic celebration from afar, hit the jump to gorge yourself on our picks like you’re at an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet.

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By Pixelitis Staff, July 1, 2014 0 Double Take, Features

(In Pixelitis’ Double Take, staff members chat after playing a demo build of an upcoming game and encourage discussion about it on your part.)

In the next day or two we’ll be finally releasing some videos from our E3 2014 archives, starting with video impressions of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U by Managing Editor Karen Rivera and Associate Editor Patrick Kulikowski.

By Pixelitis Staff, June 24, 2014 0 Podcast

Fantasy characters have the coolest names: Dream of the Endless; Gandalf the Grey; Stannis of the House Baratheon, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm…

Well, it turns out that here at Pixelitis, we have someone in our midst from a long lineage. You’ll have to listen to this week’s show to figure out who, though.

As for what this week entails, hosts Andrew Martins, Brendon Bigley and Mercer Smith-Looper talk about Spotify charts, discuss MOBA scholarships and pontificate about a fictional world where Nintendo owns the rights to Sonic the Hedgehog.

As always, feel free to hit play below. Don’t forget to rate and subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.


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By Pixelitis Staff, June 18, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

Eh-tres. E-trees. The E3 2014 expo was a place where technology and videogames collided in an explosion full of whimsy and tanks hanging from ceilings. And like a big firebomb, it was transitory but certainly left us with an impression.

There were some reveals we had not seen coming, such as the Grim Fandango announcement at Sony, as well as the Destiny Alpha that led to our subsequent streaming last weekend. It’s been a mixed bag for E3, though loads have had plenty different to say about that.

As far as what was surprising, there were some moments that left us with our jaws dropping and others that left us scratching our heads. We Pixelitis staffers have experienced our fair share of shocking E3 announcements, but here are some from this past week where we truly thought, “WTF?”  (more…)

By Pixelitis Staff, June 17, 2014 0 Podcast

It’s the week after E3 and what a wild ride it was for some of us.

Two of our editors, Patrick Kulikowski and Karen Rivera spent an entire week surveying the convention floor, schmoozing with industry people and taking in everything that was the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Since Karen and Pat were at the Sony presser when we normally record the show, we had to unfortunately skip a week.

However, our semi-jet lagged editors joined Editor-in-Chief Andrew Martins for a special E3 edition of the Pixelitis Podcast.

As always, feel free to hit play below. Don’t forget to rate and subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.


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By Pixelitis Staff, June 4, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

It’s been a trying one and a half years for Nintendo and its Wii U console, and the company knows that it has to make this year count.

The company is not even close to any sort of danger given the Wii U’s performance, in part due to the strong and steady 3DS and its 2DS brother, we’re fairly certain that 2014 needs to be the year where they really need to step up their game.

With a record-breaking 1.2 million sales of Mario Kart 8 over its release weekend, Nintendo’s outlook on the commonly misunderstood system is still fairly positive. The publisher’s other big hitter, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, will be getting tons of attention at E3 this year thanks to an official tournament that’s bringing in professional Smash players from around the world. Couple that with the announcement of a Gamecube controller adapter for the Wii U, and it seems like Nintendo is really trying to step up its game with enticing more of its fanbase to get hyped for the Wii U.

So we’ve got Mario Kart 8. We’re heavily anticipating Super Smash Bros., so what else does the staff here at Pixelitis really want to see out of Nintendo? Read on to find out, and be sure to give us your input in the comments below.

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By Pixelitis Staff, June 3, 2014 1 Podcast

Forget trees falling in the woods without anyone to hear them. In this week’s episode, we answer the age old question of what happens when a tree goes horizontal in Bean Town.

And while that particular quandary may have caused us to lose a connection with contributor Mercer Smith-Looper half way through the show, that doesn’t mean Andrew Martins, Patrick Kulikowski and Stephen Hilger weren’t able to close the whole thing out.

Topics this week ranged from the Wiz Khalifa-infused Mortal Kombat X trailer to the grand opening of Barcade in Manhattan with all the added conversational sideroads and derailments you’ve come to love(?) and expect.

As always, feel free to hit play below. Don’t forget to rate and subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.


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By Pixelitis Staff, May 28, 2014 5 Features, Pixelitis Picks

Last year, Sony had what felt like the mic drop heard around the world. They trolled Microsoft hard with their promises to be DRM-free, enable streaming for the future of gaming and a lot more.

But now that the PlayStation 4 is here and is sitting in our houses, here’s where Sony’s real work begins. Just one year out from getting off the hype train, there’s still a lot left that Sony can do. They announced Project Morpheus at CES earlier this year and they’re prepping PlayStation Now for launch. They’ve kept some of their promises and jumped on some extras, but what’s missing? Certainly there’s one more thing that Sony could do to clinch the deal as the console to own for this generation.

Hop on down to see what Pixelitis staffers want to see from Sony this year at E3 (maybe The Last Guardian). (more…)