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Is Cross-Marketing and Product Placement in Fighting Games Necessary?

Within the past 2 weeks, 2 major announcements relating to fighting games led me to question my loyalty to the genre.  Both of these announcements were loaded with the kind of product placement and cross marketing that would make Michael Bay proud.  These new developments in fighting game marketing have changed my perspective and left me morally conflicted.   Before I get into my personal frustrations, I want to go over the content of each announcement and outline the good, the bad, and the ugly within each.

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My thoughts on Tekken 7

As I watched the Master Cup 8 stream taking notes on Tekken 7, I decided to do a post on my thoughts and impressions of the current build of the game. As a disclaimer, I’ve only played T7 once to date and that was this summer at EVO; the rest of my insights come from watching matches of Korean and Japanese tournament play. Here is what I think of Tekken 7 so far. Continue Reading

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Review (Spoiler Free)

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Release Date: 09/1/2015
Platform Reviewed: PS4
Copy: Digital

After dedicating the last 2 weeks to Metal Gear Solid V I am finally ready to review it.  I’ve been eagerly waiting to play this game since the first announcement trailer back in 2013.  Did it live up to the hype? Did it live up to my expectations?  Continue reading to find out!

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30 years, 30 Lessons

          I remember sitting on these steps as a boy with my mother. The steps led up to a small house on a hill where I lived with her and my father for the first 5 years of my life.  Every morning I would wake up rain or shine and go out into the backyard to explore this small new world. Those days were quiet, peaceful, and full of fond memories. Ernie barking, the smell of granny’s cooking, the snails on the wall, my dads garden and my mother’s loving smile, it all seemed like it would never end…

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Valei Travels – Pittsburgh PA

For my first travel log, I decided to start with the city I was born in. Pittsburgh, the Steel City home of big french fry sandwiches where people like to say “Yinz.” This year my girlfriend and I traveled to Pittsburgh, not once but twice, for a variety of fun activities and sites. In this article I will introduce you to a handful of my favorite essential stops in Pittsburgh. Let’s begin!

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Avengers 2: Age of Ultron Review

 

Title: The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron 

Release Date: May 1st. 2015

Running Time: 2 hours and 21

As I left the theater after The Avengers: Age of Ultron I really only had one thought on my mind: The amount of awesome contained in this movie was entirely too much for one mang to process in a single viewing.  The movie was just too dense.  Another viewing is in order but for now let’s move on to the review.

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Mortal Kombat X Review

Mortal Kombat X
Release Date: 04/14/2015
Platform Reviewed: PS4
Copy: Digital

Before you begin reading please click play on the video below to enhance your reading experience.

Did you press play?  Yes!? GOOD!  MORTAL KOMBAT!

Mortal Kombat X has arrived and I can’t get enough! In this review I will go over the offline and online modes as well all the other game features. I have also dedicated a section for the competitive players towards the end. Feel free to skip around or read entire review. Let’s get started!

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