All Posts by: Pixelitis Staff

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

For the longest time, virtual reality has been relegated to the annals of science fiction. Sometimes a convenient way for Picard and Q to travel to the far distant past, other times a method for hackers to storm major servers a la Neuromancer, the idea of virtual reality seemed so distant.

Yet with the advent of devices like the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus, the day where man can experience their digital worlds as if they’ve been transported to them could be coming sooner, rather than later.

During PAX East this past weekend in Boston, long lines persisted at any booth featuring the Oculus Rift, demonstrating the fact that gamers are ready for the tech – even as the world scoffs at Facebook’s meddling in the matter.

Given that interest in the technology, we wondered what kind of games we’d like to see get the V.R. treatment. From the odd to the fantastic, we believe these digital worlds would be worth the price of admission.

Featured image taken by Sergey Galyonkin. Photo was resized.

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By Pixelitis Staff, April 16, 2014 0 PAX East '14, So I Heard You Like Cosplay

Only at cons do you get a trio of Tingles. Only at cons.

PAX East cosplay was in full swing this past weekend and Pixelitis has got the evidence right here. Staffers saw favorites like The Prince from Katamari Damacy as well as Marth from Fire Emblem.

We snapped pictures of some Hotline Miami cosplayers, Resident Evil’s Barry Burton and Bioshock Infinite’s Luteces in their sharpest and wittiest. Associate Editor Patrick Kulikowski also noted various Ravios from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds out on the show floor. All we needed was a “Hey Mr. Hero!” to top things off.

Our hats go off to the one lone Limbo cosplay. It was both creepy and amazing.

Although it felt as if the con had a bit less cosplay than usual, that didn’t mean the costumes were any less awesome.

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

The Year of Luigi may have sadly come and gone like dust in the wind, but that only means that there’s a ray of hope for a bright future for another hero in Nintendo’s roster.

Like many Nintendo fans, we at Pixelitis don’t think that Nintendo should stop at Luigi. Now that the underrated plumber got his shot at glory through releases like New Super Luigi U and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, it’s time to usher forth another Nintendo character that deserves his or her own chance at the spotlight.

But who should the year of 2014 belong to? Let’s get to picking.

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By Pixelitis Staff, April 1, 2014 0 Features, VGdrum

Barkley Gaiden co-creator Eric “CBoyardee” Schumaker called the title theme of The Chessmaster “the song that legitimized chess.” Laser Time Podcast referred to it as “the soundtrack to a vaudevillian ******ed character in a cartoon walking slowly down to the bus stop.” In other words, it’s the greatest videogame song of all time.

Join VGdrum The Chessmaster as he makes his triumphant return to YouTube with a videogame music drum cover of the bass-heavy title theme from The Chessmaster, one of the finest Super Nintendo tunes in existence.

The tune’s pacing is magnificent and its Seinfeld/Rugrats-inspired slap bass riff and soaring horn sections call to mind the uncertainty one may feel when playing an intense game of chess. Let your ears be pierced by the heavenly high-pitched keys.

Take a gander at The Chessmaster’s magnificence after the break, and be sure to shower him with your praise on YouTube and Facebook, lest he make an example of you, much like when he trumped Gary Kasparov and Deep Blue with nothing more than a row of pawns and a single bishop.

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By Pixelitis Staff, March 26, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

Betrayal is painful. Everyone’s experienced it in some form throughout their lives, and it never ceases to be interesting as a plot device. Especially when you least expect it.

Some of us can still remember the first time we were backstabbed by a teammate who decided to uncheck their alliance with you during a match in StarCraft. That was the worst. But I digress, in this week’s Pixelitis Picks we are focusing on the game characters that we (and the in-game protagonists) were deceived by. 

These are our favorite “Et tu, Brute” moments in the games we’ve played, aka those times where we felt like we were being stabbed in the heart by the ones we thought we could trust.

The truth hurts sometimes.

Beware, heavy spoilers follow for Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, BioShock and Portal 2.

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By Pixelitis Staff, March 18, 2014 0 Features, Super Awesome Game Time

Sadly, all good things must come to an end, even the Year of Luigi. But fret not, for Pixelitis would like to send off the green-capped plumber with a bang.

Pixelitis’ Patrick Kulikowski will be streaming some of the underrated brother’s games (such as Luigi’s Mansion, New Super Luigi U and Super Mario Luigi 3D World) tonight, March 18, 2014 at 8:30PM EST.

Join us on the Pixelitis Twitch channel and be sure to continue with your St. Patrick’s Day wear, green beers and green caps in celebration of this momentous occasion.

By Pixelitis Staff, March 12, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

With Titanfall finally making its landing in retail and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes filling that stealth action/mechanized nuclear weapon void in many fans’ hearts next Tuesday, it got us thinking again about one of the most badass sci-fi creations ever: freaking mechs.

Mechs come in many varieties. They’re usually piloted by someone sitting within its chassis, and whether they’re the clambering Metal Gear Rex or the swift and deadly Jehuty, we can all agree that they’re a thrill to pilot.

So with that in mind, jump into the cockpit with us as we reminisce on some our favorite mechs in gaming. And as always, remember to share with us your personal favorites in the comments below.

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By Pixelitis Staff, March 5, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

There are just some things that should just stay on consoles.

That’s right. Sorry Square Enix. Sorry Atlus. We know that Shin Megami Tensei‘s first English port will be in the form of an iOS and Android version and it could be decently playable, but we’re not holding our breath here.

While it’s admirable to see some ports of old school games for new audiences, it just seems shameful to see things like sprites getting watered down (re: Final Fantasy VI) or changing games to feature in-app purchases. Games with illustrious histories that stir up emotions within its fanbase deserve to be played, but maybe not with microtransactions. Nostalgia does not need to be nickeled and dimed. However, it’s been done. And it’ll probably happen again.

Either way, these travesties have lingered on in the collective gaming consciousness, and beloved franchises should be spared from the malignant disease that is mobile platforming.

So here we have it ladies and gentlemen. From the Tales of series to Fallout, here are franchises that we would like to never see on mobile. Ever.

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By Pixelitis Staff, March 3, 2014 0 Podcast

After the runaway train that was last week’s Pixelitis Podcast, you’d think everyone on this week’s show would bring their A-game. Time to prove to the internet masses that we’re a lively bunch of game enthusiasts with opinions that matter.

But apparently if you bring up the Metal Gear Solid series, then one of our own goes the way of Rip Van Winkle. We won’t say who, exactly, but I think you can pretty much guess from some rather overt clues…

Regardless of that Pixelitis Podcast first, this week’s show once again features special guest Jason Poage, along with hosts Andrew Martins, Patrick Kulikowski and Stephen Hilger.

So be sure to take some No-Doz and evade the Sandman in preparation for the Pixelitis Podcast. As always, feel free to hit play below. Don’t forget to subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.



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By Pixelitis Staff, February 27, 2014 0 Features, Pixelitis Picks

Many games involve bum-rushing a horde of enemies head-on and cutting them down as quickly as possible, but that’s not always exciting.

By contrast, the stealth sub-genre is a strange reversal because oftentimes, you don’t want to encounter your enemy at all, lest you risk untimely death. Games like Metal Gear Solid and the new Thief are all about sticking to the shadows, timing your movements and observing enemy patterns as you sneak your way past their line of sight.

With the new Thief now out of the shadows, Pixelitis gets all incognito and explores the best stealth gaming moments of all time.

Lurk in the shadows, my friends. And be sure to post your own favorite moments in the comments section below.

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