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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Kidrobot x Sonic the Hedgehog

krsegasonic01It was the year 1991 when SEGA launched their video game mascot Sonic the Hedgehog on the world.  Celebrating 25 years this year, SEGA and Kidrobot releases Sonic the Hedgehog Medium Figure with 2 colorway version and is limited to 200 pieces.  The scene is from Christmas Island, the mini-diorama features Sonic getting ready to grab rings.

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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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FALLOUT 4 Live Stream with Ramon

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Ramon just got in his Fallout 4 collectors edition and is ready to play the game for you all to see!
So join him on his Fallout adventure here on his personal Twitch Channel!

http://www.twitch.tv/neo_valentine

Retrenders Plays: Metal Gear Solid Online!

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To celebrate the launch of Metal Gear Solid Online, The Eddie will be streaming a few games exploring Metal Gear’s Online mode.   Watch all the action here on our brand spankin new Twitch channel!

http://www.twitch.tv/retrenders

Mega Man x Kidrobot

megamanxkrCapcom is back again with another collab with Kidrobot.  This time, the video game franchise Mega Man gets “Kidrobot-ified.” with a 3″ Dunny line and keychain line-up.

kidrobotmegablindboxThe Mega Man 3″ vinyl series features 13 figures to collect and 1 chase figure.  A case will have around 20 blind boxes and probably cost around $230USD and each blind box is priced at $11.99USD.

Buy it @ Kidrobot – Mega Man 3″.

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Twitch Streamer Miss Mia Rose @ Twin Galaxies

twingalaxiesbannerYes, once again, we are still at Twin Galaxies in Banning, CA.  The Ramen crew interviews Twitch Streamer Miss Mia Rose and we find out what hit game she’s playing.

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NBA Champion and Video Gamer Rick Fox

twingalaxiesbannerThe Ramen crew was recently at the invite-only Grand Opening of Twin Galaxies in Banning, CA. Host Eddie Ballar grabs some interviews with 3-time NBA champion/LA Laker Rick Fox and his buddy Jace Hall of Twin Galaxies.

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Twin Galaxies Grand Opening 2015

twingalaxiesThe Ramen crew took a midnight trip down the I-5 from the Bay Area to SoCal, more precisley, Banning, CA for the invite-only opening of the iconic arcade store Twin Galaxies.  The guys played some pinball, some Mortal Kombat and also got some cool nerdy interviews.  Here’s a recap of the event!

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Video Game Controller History by Javier Laspiur

controllers00Video game controllers play a big part in the success or failure of a video game console, like that nasty Atari Jaguar joystick.  Now that had you thinking, “WTF Atari?”  I’m somewhat of a video-game gal, but I don’t remember any video game consoles before the 1990s, unlike my fellow Retrenders super-blogger Stephen Jang, he’s an old-fart.  I’m just kidding.  This is a super-duper geeky photo project by artist/designer Javier Laspiur.  “Controllers” is a photo history of video game consoles through the eyes of the controllers or joysticks, if you prefer calling it that.

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The Best Street Fighter Gamer: MMG Julio @ FanimeCon 2014

FanimeCon Cover 2014FanimeCon 2014 had their own mini-Street Fighter Tournament over at Stage Zero.  Ramen & a Half host Eddie Ballar grab Julio Fuentes aka MMG Julio for a quick interview on plans and prepartion for EVO Championship Series in Las Vegas, July 2014.

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The Tour of FanimeCon 2014

FanimeCon Cover 2014I usually do a Viral Video Friday, but this is our Viral Video Friday – a video tour of FanimeCon 2014!  Our Ramen & a Half crew takes you around what is the biggest anime convention in NorCal every year – FanimeCon.  We take to the Dearlers Hall, Artist Alley, Game Room and more!  We also interview Vice-Chair of FanimeCon 2014 Gary de Guzman and the man in charge of Stage Zero – Wendell Nacnac.

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Viral Video Friday: Awesome Documentary Opening

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The documentary is “Europe In 8 Bits” takes a look at “chip” music and how it’s growing in Europe.  Many musicians are looking back to old school videogame hardware like NES, Amiga, Commodore 64, Sega Master System, etc and using them to create new sounds.  What catches the eye is the animated 8-bit opening to the documentary.  Here’s a look:

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The Tour de Force Street Fighter Tournament: Capcom Cup 2013

capcom cupCapcom’s iconic 2D fighting video game Street Fighter II cost me a lot of quarters in middle school and now there are pro-Street Fighter button-mashing gamers.  This year’s Capcom Cup took place at the Hyatt SFO in the SF Bay Area on December 14th, 2013.  The Ramen crew interviews Street Fighter gamers and check out the announcements for Ultra Street Fighter IV.

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Batman Arkham City Bane vs. Batman 2-Pack

batman baneFans of the video game Arkham City will definitely want to pick-up this action figure 2-pack featuring the over-steroid baddy Bane and crime-busting Batman.

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Max Payne 3: The Complete Series

max payne 3 coverI still remember the enjoyment of shooting mobsters in slo-mo with two guns blazing in original Max Payne game on my Xbox.  The Max Payne 3:  The Complete Series collects 3 stories – After the Fall, Hoboken Blues and Fight & Flight and ties everything together and is prequel to Max Payne 3 video game which was released last year on Xbox 360/PS3 and PC.

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The Art of Battlefield 4

diceDICE recently released it’s latest Battlefield incarnation to the masses and fans looking to destroy things on a large scale will probably dive into this game.  While I step aside from the multiplayer destruction, I take a look at The Art of Battlefield 4.

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Fan Film: The Last of Us

thelastofusApparently our Ramen host “the Eddie” is correct.  “The Last of Us” is not just a video game but a film too, well, a fan film made by fans.

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SEGA: Castle of Illusion back this Summer 2013!

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Way back in the 1990s, SEGA released a neat little 2D platformer game with Disney character Mickey Mouse.   The Castle of Illusion side-scroller was a hit game for the Genesis/Mega Drive and found it’s way onto the Master System and Game Gear consoles too.  Two sequels would also come – Land of Illusion (1992) and World of Illusion (1993).

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Custom built “Fallout” Monopoly board game

Check out this nerd kudos gift.

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A custom “Fallout” Monopoly-style board game as a birthday present for the wife.  It’s not easy, since it took 8 months to make this.

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Geek Out: Sega Master System Sofa

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The Sega Master System (SMS) didn’t get the props or sales numbers like it’s rival Nintendo Entertainment System during the 1980s, but I thought it had great games and graphics.  And I still have the system and it still works!!!  Here’s a one-off tribute by French video game blogger Subby-kun and his wife Subbinette.  The sofa is the main unit while the pillows make the two joysticks.

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Viral Video Friday: Paperman Trailer

Just cute.

Home Decor: Donkey Kong Shelf

Your wall in room is to plain.  Add some retro video game inspiration with this Donkey Kong Shelf by designer Igor Chak.  What a conversation starter – it looks vintage with it’s pixel-inspired creation and is made made from carbon fiber.  The shelf supports up to 60 pounds of weight.

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1980s Video Games in the “Real World”

"Jump 'N Run" photo series by Patrick Runte

Photographer Patrick Runte photo series “Jump ‘N Run” takes a look at early video games like Pac-Man, Pong, & Space Invaders and puts them in a real world setting.  The 6 photos in the series just brings a smile to your face.  I need to break out my Atari 2600 from the attic now.

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Check out Patrick Runte’s site for more photos:  Jump ‘N Run.

Amazon.com Goes Retro Gaming

It doesn’t matter if you’re a hardcore or a causal gamer while growing up as a kid but somehow and someway we’ve bought many video game systems over our lifetimes.  I have probably spent over a couple thousand dollars buying and collecting video games for the Sega Saturn alone.  I had everything for the Sega Saturn – I had the US console and also the Japanese “white” edition.  I had the official Sega light guns for Virtua Cop, the 4MB RAM cart for those classic Capcom, and even SNK 2D fighters and shooters.  Plus, I had this crazy cool fighting game – Groove on Fight.  And I had the 3D analog controller for Nights and Burning Rangers.  As you can tell by now I was a Sega fanboy.

I was going through my attic and found that I still had several gaming systems, like the Atari 7800, Sega CDX and Sega Dreamcast.  I still have the sticker price on the Atari 7800 box.  Guess how much Kaybee Toys was selling this system?  $79.00 USD!  Now, after I removed all the cob webs and dusted off the systems, I wanted to get the games I couldn’t get as a kid.  Yes, you can go to eBay or Craigslist to find some old games, but where’s a site that’s more accessible and secure to buy old games now?  Just recently, about 2 weeks ago, Amazon.com opened a brand new store front called the “Retro Gaming Store.”  So now you can buy old video games and gaming systems, and yes, I know Panzer Dragoon RPG for the Saturn is still an expensive game to buy on here, but you can find some other games and systems at reasonable prices.  It’s all about shopping around.  I am glad that Amazon wants to open a Retro Gaming Store, because I don’t really care to shop at Gamestop.

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