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Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata Passes Away at 55

July 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nintendo released the following statement today passing along the news of the death of CEO Satoru Iwata: Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth. Mr. Iwata got his start in the games industry as a programmer at HAL Laboratory back in the 80s, where he helped create iconic Nintendo titles like Kirby, Earthbound, and Balloon Fight. In 2000 he joined Nintendo and worked on entries in the The Legend of Zelda, Mario, and Animal Crossing franchises. He was named President of Nintendo in 2002 and also assumed [...]

New Video Games Releases for the Week of June 28 – July 4th

June 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s the slow period for gaming, but here’s the list of games releasing this week. June 30th: BlazBlue: Chrone Phantasma Extend (PS4, XONE, PS3, PSV) Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V Generation (PSV) J-Stars Victory Vs+ (PS4, PS3, PSV) Red Goddess: Inner World (PS4) Whispering Willows (PS4, PSV) Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 (PSV) Arcade Archives Scramble (PS4) Quiplash (PC, PS4, XONE, PS3) Scrabble (Ps4) July 1st: Rise of Incarnates (PC) July 2nd: Ar nosurge Plus (PSV) Roving Rogue (Wii U) July 3rd: Subspace Continuum [...]

New Video Game Releases for the Week of May 31st – June 6th

May 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s a big week according to the list, but not much of note comes out this week, especially for you retail loving gamers. There is a hugely controversial title coming out tomorrow for PC called Hatred, and there’s a delightful looking non-combat, non-competitive MMO coming to Steam and PS4 called Wander. Sparkle Unleashed also hits PlayStation platforms. Below is the list of games releasing this week. Lots for Steam and PlayStation owners, very little for others. June 1st: Hatred (PC) Massive Chalice (XONE, PC) Dungeon Crawlers HD (Steam) stratO (Steam) Avenging Angel (Steam) [...]

New Video Game Releases for the Week of February 8th – 14th

February 8, 2015 // 1 Comment

There’s A LOT of games dropping this week. Well for PC, Playstation systems, and 3DS owners anyway. Some of them are big releases, like Evolve, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D. February 9th: – Plazma Being (PC) – MyRPG Master (PC) – StaudSoft’s Synthetic World (PC) – Tom vs. The Armies of Hell (PC) – HIT (PC) – Reverse Side (PC) – Samudia (PC) February 10th: – Evolve (PC, PS4, XONE) – Chivalry: Medieval Warfare (PS3) – Aeterno Blade (PSV) – Super Stardust Ultra (PS4) [...]

Vortex Effect’s Most Anticipated Games of 2015

December 31, 2014 // 3 Comments

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already New Year’s Eve. Man, 2014 just flew by. A lot happened in gaming during the course of the year; some big titles released for all systems, PS4 and Xbox One celebrated their first year on the market, and Christmas was ruined for plenty of gamers thanks to DDOS attacks on PSN and Xbox Live. Looking back on the year, 2014 had its fair share of big release titles and a lot of them surprisingly were plagued by launch issues whether it be because it of online issues or just bugs in general. Hopefully 2015 won’t continue the trend of [...]

New Video Game Releases for the Week of November 30th – December 6th

November 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here’s a look at the game releasing this week across the various platforms, excluding some indie titles on Steam this time around. It’s a decent week for PlayStation and Wii U owners. Note that PS+ subscribers get two of the games releasing Tuesday for free (Final Horizon for Vita and Secret Ponchos). December 2nd: The Crew (PS4, XONE, PC) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (PS3) Fantasy Hero: Unsigned Legacy (PSV) Final Horizon (PS4, PSV) Secret Ponchos (PS4) Syberia (PS3) Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series Episode One (PS4, PC) December 3rd: Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games [...]

New Video Game Releases for the Week of November 16th – 22nd

November 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

This week is one of the biggest weeks in gaming, so it’s the perfect time for this weekly feature to return. Every system is getting some highly anticipated games this week, and believe it or not Wii U is getting a third party game (that came to other consoles earlier this year and is a really good game). Here are the games releasing this week: November 17th – Reverse Side (Steam) – Soul Axiom (Steam) November 18th – Watch_Dogs (Wii U) – Dragon Age Inquisition (PC, PS4, XONE, PS3, X360) – WWE 2K15 (PS4, XONE) – Far Cry 4 (PC, PS4, XONE, PS3, X360) [...]

Nintendo Details 50+ Super Smash Bros for Wii U Facts

October 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

Nintendo is gearing up for the launch of Super Smash Bros on Wii U on November 21st, and to try and make you excited they’ve released a 30+ minute video detailing over 50 facts about the Wii U version of the game. Check out the video below. If that didn’t sell you on the Wii U version then nothing will. That was a great serving of hype. Will you be picking up Super Smash Bros for Wii U? Let us know in the comments [...]

New Video Game Releases for the Week of July 6th – 12th

July 6, 2014 // 1 Comment

The summer lull is settling in as there isn’t anything outside of indie games releasing this week. Xbox owners will be feeling it more than most. For a list of confirmed games releasing throughout the rest of July, check out our new Video Game Release Date page. July 7th – Three Dead Zed (Steam) – Unturned (Steam) – Claire (Steam) – Hand of Fate (Steam) July 8th – The Wolf Among Us: Episode 5 (PS3, PC) – MouseCraft (PS4) – One Piece: Unlimited World Red (Wii U, PS3, 3DS, PSV) – Another World (PS4, PS3, PSV) – Sacra Terra: Kiss of [...]

The Backlog Volume # 25 – Mario Kart 8

June 8, 2014 // 1 Comment

Platform: Wii U Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Nintendo Genre(s): Racing Released: May 30, 2014 ESRB Rating: E – Everyone Hello everyone and welcome back to the ramblings of a man with too many video games and not enough time to play them, The Backlog. We haven’t done this in a while, my real life and day job have seen to that by (figuratively) kicking me in the nuts and (literally) slamming me into a tree (I’m fine, but my bank account would beg to differ). Anyway, with my return, we will be looking at Mario Kart 8. Nintendo has deemed the Wii U a failure, but that did not [...]

Telltale’s Walking Dead Comes to Zen Pinball 2 This Summer

June 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Zen Studios announced today that they’ve teamed up with Telltale Games to bring a The Walking Dead pinball table to Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX 2 this summer. Above is the teaser trailer. The Walking Dead pinball table features choice-driven gameplay across each of Season One’s five episodes, along with original story dialogue from the award-winning cast. Scenarios include choosing who to save and who to leave behind in a walker attack, solving problems and keeping up morale within the group, searching for food and supplies, acquiring important tools, and navigating through the herd [...]

New Video Game Releases for the Week of June 1st – 7th

June 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

This week, the final week before the start of E3, sees quite a few games releasing, but none that have received a lot of hype. The good news is that there’s something for everyone this week, and once again the PlayStation systems win the week (and of course Steam will see plenty of indie titles releasing as well). PS4 owners, be sure to check out War Thunder when it hits on Tuesday. For those that don’t know, it is the latest free-to-play title to hit PS4 and it’s an MMO historical flight combat game with the Ground Forces expansion that allows you to use tanks on the [...]
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