EVO 2017 Takeaway

There were many exciting matches that took place in Vegas over the weekend. Whether it was in Tekken, Blazblue, Street Fighter or any fighting game for that matter, if there is one thing Evo is known for, it is HYPE. But hype doesn’t just come from the matches, it also comes from the many announcements made over the weekend.  So here are our top 3 [Read more…]

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age is finally out now World Wide for the PlayStation 4.  In my opinion one of the best Final Fantasy games out there.  I was so excited to play this game that when I got it (a day early) I streamed 2 hours of it.  Maybe I’ll stream again when I get halfway through the story so you’ll see more gameplay than cutscenes.

If this is a game you passed on back in 2006, I suggest giving it a go.  With the bumped up graphics and even a newly recorded orchestral soundtrack, this game is a beauty to listen and watch.

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Comic Preview: WARFRAME Convention Edition # 1

Every TennoCon attendee will receive, for free, the first physical issue of the Warframe comic book, created in partnership with and published by Top Cow Comics, co-written by President, COO, Matt Hawkins and writer Ryan Cady. The stunning interiors were done by Studio Hive, and cover art is handled by Stjepan Sejic!

If you couldn’t make it to TennoCon, fear not. Top Cow Productions will also have a booth at both San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con! Stop by the booth to talk to members of the team behind the Warframe comic, pick up a free copy of the convention-exclusive edition and enter for your chance to win some awesome Warframe prizes.

It also seems for now that comiXology is selling issue 1 for FREE right now.

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Ramen Redux

Ramen and a Half is back!  We decided to revive our original podcast as a new webcast where we talk about some of the latest in nerd news all while playing a random video game and of course while doing it all Live! So don’t forget to Like, Comment, and Subscribe and catch it all here on Retrenders.com!

Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite Story Trailer

It has been 6 years since the last Marvel vs Capcom game and we are finally getting a new one titled Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite. Capcom has recently unveiled the first story trailer to the game showing off an intense new villain! One of the Avengers greatest foes joining forces with [Read more…]

Top 3 Star Wars Celebration Reveals!

Star Wars Celebration happened just over the past weekend and after having a few days to absorb all of the amazing announcements they made, here are our top 3! [Read more…]

Sega Dreamcast Backpack

dreamcastbag01I remember the Sega Dreamcast being my system of choice.  I played Bomberman and Powerstone 2 all day.  Instead of buying a plain JanSport backpack, why not grab this Dreamcast 2-Way Shoulder Bag?  This is great for Sega Dreamcast fans.

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Mini Reveiw: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

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Since 2005, the Resident Evil franchise had begun to move away from the traditional survival horror genre everyone loved it for and focused more on an action/3rd person shooter type of game.  Gone were the days where you walk down a corridor, with 9 bullets left in your gun, hoping a scare didn’t pop out the corner.  With Resident Evil 4, 5 and 6, the guns and ammo were plenty.  When they announced this game, and released the demo, I will admit that it scared me a bit.  It did its job, as I didn’t want to play it after the sun went down, and it reminded me of all those scares I had playing the original and it’s sequels. [Read more…]

Toilet Board Game

toilettrouble00This game is fun for all ages at the dining table with family and friends, well mostly “kids” that like toilet humor.  Hasbro introduces Toilet Trouble Game.  Spin the toilet paper roll and see if you flush or spray it.

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Beasts of Balance

beastsofbalanceGather the family around the table for board game night.  Build, create and stack.  It’s like Jenga, well kind of.  First you will need to spend $100 bucks on the “starter pack” that includes the Plinth, which is the electronic interactive base plate and 24 “Artefacts” which are the animals.  You will also need an iOS or Android device to play the game.

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Play Magic at Galaxy Games

galaxygamesWhere to buy & play Magic card games in the East Bay?  You might want to head out to Galaxy Games in Dublin, CA.  Eddie Ballar takes a look at the shop.  Galaxy Games focus is on Magic and card playing events.

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The Art of Titanfall 2

artoftitanfall201Video game enthusiasts and critics enjoyed playing Titanfall 1, now comes Titanfall 2.  Strap-in and get ready to pilot another Titan.  Titanfall 2 features new locales for battles, new weapons and new robotic mechs.  The Art of Titanfall 2 goes behind-the-scenes of the making and creation of the Titans.

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Ramen @ EVO Championship Series 2016

dsc_0695This past summer our “Ramen & a Half” crew attended EVO Championship Series 2016 in Las Vegas.  Host Eddie and Ramon participated as players in the event.  We also interview lifestyle gamers Mike Ross and Peter Rosas.

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DIY Cardboard Pinball Machine

pinbox3000You can now make your own custom pinball machine out of a cardboard kit from the Cardboard Teck Instantute.  The PinBox 3000 let’s you cut-up, design and build a mini-pinball machine.  The kit takes about 45-90 minutes to assemble.

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The Art of Atari by Tim Lapetino

therealataricoverIf you were that kid that grew up with the Atari 2600, you will definitely remember the distinctive box art packaging.  As a kid seeing the Atari video game box art made me go to my mom and say to her, “I want you to buy me those games!”  This October 2016, Dynamite and author Tim Lapetino take Atari fans on journey of video game artwork with The Art of Atari.

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The Art of Deus Ex Universe

deusexartbookHave you played Deus Ex:  Mankind Divided?  Go play it!  Have you read Deus Ex: Black Light?  Go read it!  After doing all this now you can enjoy this by Titan Books – The Art of Deus Ex Universe.

deusart001Video game journalist Paul Davies takes us to EIDOS Montreal and interviews the players – the design and art teams behind the Deus Ex universe.  The artist and designers talk about the incredible world building and designing the right characters.  They also talk about building the atmosphere and emotion to get players into this world.  The art book contains over 300 images, art pieces, concept designs, character profiles, CGI art and sketches from Human Revolution and Mankind Divided video games.

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Deus Ex: Black Light by James Swallow

deusexblacklightcoverBased on the video game series Deus Ex, this new official “canon” novel Deus Ex: Black Light bridges the gap between the end of the video game Deus Ex:  Human Revolution and prequel to the new video game Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.  Author James Swallow who has already penned various Deus Ex original novels starts Black Light like the first Bourne Identity, as Jason Bourne, I mean ex-cop and ex-security Adam Jensen is found at sea and has no memory of his last mission.

Our cyber “augmented” hero Adam Jensen must piece together his past and retrace his steps to find what is going on and all roads lead him back home to Detroit and his former employer Sarif Industries.

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Labyrinth Board Game for the World!

labyrinthgameThe iconic fantasy adventure 1980s flick Labyrinth comes to board game world.  Just like the film, the mission is to save Toby.  Euro game company and The Jim Henson Company have put together a solid board game experience with dices, cards and game figures.  Players can take on the task being Sarah, Hoggle, Ludo or Didymus to stop the Goblin King.

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The Walking Dead Cover Art Puzzles

walkingdeadartpuzzleIf you dig jigsaw solving like USAopoly Ghostbusters Art Series Puzzles, then this new set of comic book art puzzles for The Walking Dead will make your day.  The two puzzle pieces features comic book cover art work from The Walking Dead issue 50 and 92.  Each puzzle is 550-pieces and form a 18×24 picture.

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Ghostbusters Art Puzzles

ghostbusters0102Besides doodling with coloring books, building LEGOs and playing board games when I was younger, putting together puzzle pieces was entertainment in our house.  And with the new girl-power Ghostbusters flick coming out, USAopoly releases two incredible 30th Anniversary Ghostbusters Art puzzles for fans and collectors.  Both Ghostbusters Artist Series Puzzles feature 550 pieces each and form a 18″x24″ puzzle poster.

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Trivial Pursuit Marvel Cinematic Universe Volume 2

tpmcuv2Before all this internet stuff and video games, we played board games!   My siblings and cousins used to love playing Trivia Pursuit.  Now MCU fanatics can test their knowledge with the latest Volume 2 edition.  For instance Robert Downey Jr. and Marisa Tomei make their reunion appearance in Captain America Civil War, but the question is what movie did they first appear together in?  Guesses?  The answer is:  the 1994 flick “Only You.”

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Super Mario Checkers & Tic Tac Toe Boardgame

supermariocheckers00I do not play chess at all, but I know how to play checkers and tic tac toe board games.  From USAopoly comes the Super Mario Checkers and Tic Tac Toe games.  Fun for 2 players, ages 6 and up.

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Star Wars X-Wing Board Game

xwingff00I played lots of board games with my siblings when we were younger.  One game in particular that was fun to play was the classic Screaming Eagles (1987) board game from Milton Bradley.  Roll the dice and pick your cards.  Somewhat similar and a little more complicated is Fantasy Flight’s new X-Wing Miniatures Game.

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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Review

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Uncharted 4 came out just last week, May 10th, but with it having not only a Singleplayer campaign but also a Multiplayer, I wanted to play this game a little while longer before I wrote anything about it.  I had been waiting for this game since they first talked about it, and I pre-ordered the collector’s edition of the game back in September of 2015.  Learning that it was going to be the final chapter in the Uncharted series, I was a bit nervous on how they would end his journey.  Would he get a happy ending?  Would this adventure be to much for him and have him perish at the end?  As the day of release came closer and closer, I sat down and played through the three games that came before it, getting ready for my final adventure in this great series.  Half way through the third game my doorbell rang and a large package was left outside my house; my collector’s edition had finally come, and it was time to set aside all responsibilities and play through both the single and multiplayer game.

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Pokémon is Twenty Years Old!

pokemoncnn Wow!  Pokémon turns 20 years old.  CNN interviews Pokémon Director Junichi Masuda about how Pokémon was created and memories of just a small staff of 8 people to make the game.  Junichi also talks about the rise and popularity of the video game.

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