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Killzown Invades – Gateway Geek Fest – Part 2

Killzown Invades Gateway Geek Fest PT 2

 

Killzown returns to the Gateway Geek Fest show floor to show you the folks at home more of what you missed. If you missed the last episode of Killzown Invades GGF click here and come back when your finished  watching it so you’re all caught up.  Gateway Geekfest will be back next year August 5th – 7th 2016 with more information to be announced soon. Check out the video below and then be sure to visit www.gatewaygeekfest.com/ for everything GGF.  Keep with Killzown on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and subscribe to his channel on Youtube. Thank you for watching and make sure to keep it locked to RGN for your event news and coverage.

Source – djkillzownjones.com

Killzown Invades Gateway Geek Fest – Part 1

Killzown Invades Gateway Geek Fest

 

DJ Killzown Jones was recently invited to cover the “Gateway Geek Fest”  in Bridgeton Missouri hosted by Toyman STL of Toyman show Fame. GGF blends the Toy/collectible show aspect from a traditional Toyman show and  elements of  the various Comic Cons and Anime Cons bringing in Special Guest in geek culture. Check out the video below and be sure to comment below with your thoughts on Gateway Geek fest. If you want more info about GGF or the Toyman Collectibles Show visit www.gatewaygeekfest.com/ & www.toymanshow.com/. Keep up with Killzown on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and subscribe to his channel on Youtube. Thanks for watching and be sure to keep it locked to RGN for all your event coverage.

Planetside 2 PS4 BETA Gameplay Highlights by Tommarello – Part 1 [HD]

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Planetside 2 PlayStation 4 BETA.. Game footage on Amerish, Indar and Esamir. Created with PlayStation ShareFactory.

Hello All,
Here’re some highlights of the brilliant Planetside 2! Release is tomorrow and it’s a FREE game so no excuse to not give it a try :)) Had so much fun with this game so far, as I hope you’ll see. It really is a game for any type of player of any level! We play as the blue guys, New Conglomerate (NC) and I hope to see all of you very soon!
Make sure to catch the very end of part 2, to witness a classic bit of team play by the man himself

kevthekiller13.

All the best Tom M…
:))

[Update 6/23/15: Planetside 2, 4pm GMT today and 1pm Pacific, according to the PS2 Forum..
Beta testers will have access to some exclusive camo’s, XP boosts and tittles etc, with the first update which is expected for the week of 29th June.]

E3 2015: Nintendo Press Conference Final Verdict

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If there are words that seem to be ringing true after watching Nintendo’s Digital Event of 2015, those words would be: Disappointment, underwhelming, and milquetoast.

They kicked it off in high gear with Star Fox Zero’s announcement, and some awesome looking gameplay footage that really showed off a heralded return to the classic Star Fox gameplay that we all know and love. Not only that; they announced that Platinum Games, the same folks behind Bayonetta 2, is the developer, so we kicked off with a guns a blazin’ start.

What happened after? Well, let’s just simply say it was almost an absolute disaster. So after Star Fox Zero’s reveal, we were shown a game called Metroid Prime: Federation Force which is being made for the 3DS. The negative reaction to the game was so strong that there’s actually a petition on Change.org calling for the game’s cancellation. Seriously, no joke, it’s a legit petition, but I do not think it’ll amount to anything.

Aside from that, Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival looked interesting, though many were quick to dismiss it as a Mario Party knock-off, and another excuse for Nintendo to unleash even more Amiibo upon us when current Amiibo are near impossible to find as is. Not only that, both Metroid Prime: Federation Force and Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival seemed to do nothing but frustrate fans and add fuel to the fire regarding the notion that “Nintendo doesn’t listen.”

To make matters even worse, they focused once again on familiar turf, games that were already announced, like Super Mario Maker (which does look absolutely awesome) and Yoshi’s Woolly World. These two games are expected to be released soon so it’s natural to want to hype them. But we already know these games are coming and both games look solid, so why devote more time than necessary to hyping the titles? That’s time that could be used to talk about further upcoming titles that were conspicuously absent from the show.

The Xenoblade Chronicles X trailer was a sight to behold, for the first time we actually saw English menus and dialogue in the game itself. The game’s release date is finally set for 12/05/15, which while a long ways away, gives is plenty of time to go reserve the game if we so desire. Not a bad thing at all if you ask me. I get the feeling they’re working on polishing things up and getting a possible English dub done too.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash looked good as well, and could very well serve as a precursor to another Mario Golf game for the console. But the game did look solid, and I am sure we will find out more about it in the near future. I’m pretty sure this game will have on-line play considering its predecessor did. The game also had some interesting features like being able to morph into a bigger version of your character to make matches either easier or more challenging depending on how things go.

A surprise that was accidentally released was Hyrule Warriors: Legends for the 3DS, which is not a straight port of Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U but rather it seems to take cues from Samurai Warriors: Chronicles in that you switch between characters and perform combos. The game has all the previous characters from the Wii U version, and includes Tetra and another character, The King of Red Lions, both of whom can be unlocked in the Wii U version of the game as well.

Then for some bizarre reason, Nintendo decided to show off Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem even though that game is nowhere near close to release yet. Heck, the trailer seemed to be almost the exact same one shown in April’s Nintendo Direct. Why they did this is beyond me. Again, they could’ve, and should’ve used the time much better than they did. They did show Mario x Luigi: Paper Jam though, which is a nifty cross-over title of the two RPG franchises, very cool and looked awesome as well.

However, some titles that we know are coming, like Devil’s Third and Fatal Frame were conspicuously absent from the Digital Event itself, why? I can’t put my finger on this, especially considering that we both know these games are coming to North America and Europe. Believe it or not, Europe already has a confirmed release date for Devil’s Third, 8/25/15, while North America? Still trying to find out when it’s hitting these shores. Funny thing is though; Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water got a new trailer and the official name revealed after the Digital Event was done.

Final Verdict: Nintendo E3 2015:

All in all, I agree with the consensus, the Nintendo E3 Digital Event of 2015 was underwhelming, to me it felt half-baked and needed more time in the oven. So much greatness was held back by many missed marks. Things that would’ve been perfect to show off during the event were instead held off until further notice, and things that should’ve been revealed at the event, were completely absent. Simply put, the whole thing was a mess and when compared to last year’s incredible showing, not only does it come up woefully short, but suffice it to say, the undercooked cake they served left a bitter taste in many a gamers’ mouth.

Mega Ran’s E3 2015 Wrap Up

Random AKA Mega Ran Star Wars Battlefront E3 2015 RealGamerNewZ

I had the pleasure of attending this year’s E3 in Los Angeles for the fourth straight year, and this time, I was determined to make the most of it in ways I never had before.

I’m typically very impatient when it comes to waiting in lines, and I usually never understand the desire to do so, just to play games that will be available to the general public in a few months. But this time, there were a few blockbusters that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. So I decided to do whatever I could to play and see what all the fuss was about this year at E3. I broke them down into categories.

Ran’s Best of E3 (with hands-on time):

#1. Star Wars Battlefront

SWB was awesome. They allowed us to play 6 waves of co-op multiplayer, and in it, you’re a rebel soldier taking on waves of Stormtroopers and Walkers increasing in difficulty. You get to choose a pretty neat loadout in the beginning, including perks like personal shields and jet packs. I found it hard to aim and get headshots going, but I performed decently, making it to wave 5 before meeting my demise. I’m upset that this game isn’t going to have a single player story mode, but local multiplayer was a nice surprise and I can’t wait to get this one in November.

#2. Mad Max

WOW. It’s a combination of every game I’ve loved in the last 10 years: Shadow Of Mordor/Batman Arkham fighting mechanics meets GTA style open worlds and missions meets Twisted Metal car combat. Biggest surprise of the show in my eyes. The plot is independent of the movie but contains enough similarities to bring you right back to the awesome theater experience. I had no idea this game would be this good. Must buy.

Random AKA Mega Ran Mighty No 9 E3 2015 RealGamerNewZ

#3. Mighty No. 9

I had a meeting with Nick Yu of Comcept before I played the game, and he was so excited about showing it off. The game is being distributed by Square Enix, who had a HUGE display booth at E3. He couldn’t believe that his game, funded by a mere 4 million dollar budget, was on display on a huge screen, sandwiched between the new Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy titles, which both boast budgets well over 100 million. But onto the game, it’s fun and fast. Plays a little like Mega Man X, but not totally. Reminds me a lot of the Capcom remakes on PSN and Xbox live, like Strider and Bionic Commando. Much more than a Megaman clone, MN9 contains chain combo bonuses, fun dialogue and huge colorful bosses. Looking forward to more playtime in September.

#4. Street Fighter V

I wasn’t hugely into SF4, but I really enjoyed the few rounds I played on SF5. The new moves, combos and slightly slower gameplay was a welcome pace change from the last one. Seems to be a bit more detailed after a close look, but at first glance it looked just like the original. I got whooped pretty quickly, but I have to say I’m a fan of Birdie early on.

#5. Super Mario Maker

Nintendo stays winning. This is the most fun game I played on the show floor. All the characters and graphical styles of EVERY Mario game, fully selectable and customizable. I can see this game lasting for years, people will be creating their own levels and trading them online forever.

Random AKA Mega Ran The Last Guardian E3 2015 RealGamerNewZ

Best Games I Didn’t Play:

#1. Last Guardian/Horizon/Uncharted 4

Sony ran a 3 room extended demo of each of these games and I really enjoyed it. Super excited and it might be just enough to get me to cop a PS4 this year. Particularly impressed with Horizon.

#2. Halo 5

The lines were about 2 hours to play and I didn’t have that much time, so I watched some videos and it looked really cool. Saw a little 24 player multiplayer and that REALLY excited me. Can’t wait to grab that one.

Random AKA Mega Ran Fallout 4 E3 2015 RealGamerNewZ

E3 2015 Winners:

Bethesda – probably had the most packed booth. Fallout 4 plus the amazing Fallout Shelter iOS app.

Square Enix – Kingdom Hearts, scooping up Mighty No 9

Microsoft – Backward Compatibility, Recore, New Gears, Rare Replay, Minecraft Hololens…nice.

Sony – FF7, Shenmue 3, Uncharted, Horizon, and a whole lot more.

Random AKA Mega Ran Persona 5 E3 2015 RealGamerNewZ

E3 2015 Losers:

Nintendo – no Zelda, StarFox looks pretty much the same…but the puppets were cool.

Playstation Vita – no mention at all. Womp.

EA Sports – Madden looks pretty much the same, and why bother with NBA Live. But FIFA always comes through.

Overall, this might have been my favorite E3 in a while, good combination of great games coming soon, as well as really good stuff in the future to look forward to. Here’s to gaming.

Ran
@megaran

Random AKA Mega Ran Mega Man Legacy Collection E3 2015 RealGamerNewZ

 

Tour Dates:

w/special guest brentalfloss
June 20 NYC @ Webster Hall
June 21 New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine**
June 21 (NIGHT) Providence, RI @ DV8
June 23 Boston @ TT The Bears Place*
June 24 Syracuse @ Singers**
June 25 Watertown – Flashback Lounge**
June 26-28 Oaks, PA @ Too Many Games Fest*
June 29 Detroit, MI @ Garage Cultural
June 30 Yellow Springs, OH @ Super-Fly Comics
July 1 St Louis, MO – The Demo
July 2 Milwaukee, WI – 42 Lounge
July 3-4 Chicago, IL Anime Midwest
July 5 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry^
Tickets at megaran.com/shows
**with Sammus + DNilsz *with brentalfloss and Sammus + DNilsz ^Ran & K Only

>> Tickets And More Info Info Available At MegaRan.com

YouTuber Spotlight – Jesse Cox Plays The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [HD 1080P/60FPS] [No Spoilers]

Jesse Cox Witcher 3 - YouTube Spotlight - RealGamerNewz

Very entertaining, very early sneak peak – the best of both worlds collide today in this YouTuber Spotlight presented by RealGamerNewz. Quite recently Jesse Cox hopped on a plane and went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in person while hanging out with CD Projekt RED, the development studio behind the game. In this 15 minutes of gameplay footage Jesse shows us some of his experiences with the game thus far, [SPOILER FREE] and brings the pain to some of its masterfully crafted enemies. Although we already had a pretty good authority from CD Projekt RED about how well the title would run and look, it’s never real until it’s in the hands of a real gamer.

Check out the footage for yourself below, and enjoy. Click the gear to choose which quality to watch at, it is even available in full 1080p high definition at 60 frames per second. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt releases on May 19, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox ONE, and Windows PC with Pre-Order available now DRM-Free at GOG or Available On Steam.

Best Female Video Game Characters Of All Time

Best Female Characters Of All Time - RealGamerNewz

Something about the female form has always fascinated artists, but more than just their looks the characters I’ve chosen for this list have moving personalities with diverse and deep identities which are deep rooted in their rich oceans of personal experience.

This is a list of the all time best female characters in video game history. For the images, I used Cosplay rather than actual official images of the character from in-game. This was due to the character never getting their proper justice and their image being stuck back in time. For a better idea of who each character is and what they mean to my heart as a gamer, read the description under each image. I expect many people to say that I’ve left some out, but that’s probably because I have decided to forego the usual picks in favor of more meaningful choices.

These are well defined characters that have impact on the player rather than drawing from the player to define them. These women could stand alone for themselves without need for much speculation on their personality. That’s part of why these are the best of the best. Please feel free to comment your personal favorites and let me know who you think I missed though of course! I would love to see if there’s one I forgot  and also cherish among your personal faves. Below each picture is a link to the Cosplay Artist, the name of the character, and a description about my personal thoughts on that character, what video games they are from, and a slice of history from their life for those who don’t know them.

Terra Final Fantasy VI Cosplay RealGamerNewz

[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: Weirdtakoyaki // Photographer: Jack Liu]

TERRA – Revolutionary, Spiritual, Hybrid Being

Terra Branford is part human being and part esper. In Final Fantasy VI, this means she is a part mystic being capable of magical powers beyond most human’s control. Her powers are used against her though will as she becomes a slave to the Empire run by Emperor Gestahl and Kefka. She was born of a loving couple from human and esper, but was stolen away at birth by the Empire amidst a war over power.

Mankind lost all technology and magic, but Terra’s struggle was only beginning. As the world was plunged into the abyss of starting from scratch again, eventually a new Industrial Age was born again under the very same Empire that was responsible for society’s collapse in the first place. Controlling forces took spirit beings and forcefully, brutally massacred them turning them into weaponized magic stones that gave the user any power possessed by those beings before they died – and in fact concentrated in an even more powerful form.

Terra reluctantly leads an entire army of heroes to the brink of the end of the world in an attempt to save it, but despite best efforts darkness falls upon mankind once again. After a major catastrophe, Terra must face a new world and fight for what is right once again. What I like most about Terra is that she is a very deep thinker.

One thing about this woman is that things don’t come easy for her. She often doubts herself and feels that she is not up to the task of leading The Returners against the Empire. She is horrified at the evil acts she has done when under the slave crown’s influence, burning men alive particularly. She struggles to come to grips with her newfound power as a Magic wielder and often feels weak and powerless against the immense odds she faces. As her transformation to Esper erratically rages on against her will, she begins to find strength in the friendships she holds and attempts to provide a greater hope for them all as she realizes they rely on her as a matriarch to their makeshift family of outcasts.

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: Vicky Redfield]

CLAIRE Redfield – Deadly, Intelligent, Persistent

Claire Redfield can shoot the head off a zombie from across a crowded field without hitting a single bystander. She can also get to the bottom of any dark mystery she ends up a part of, albeit not without frustration and scraping the barrel for clues. Claire has always been a long time favorite for video game fans who have anything to do with the Resident Evil series. Her first appearance was in RE 2 and she’s basically the and I think we’re all going to be getting to see a lot more of her lately thanks to RE: Revelations 2 hitting and the REmakes (we are hoping for a part 2 and 3 to happen, so go out and support the Remastered version of part 1 for Capcom!) 🙂

Claire refers to her work as her “boyfriend” because that’s just the kind of up-beat, zombie murdering, politician exposing badass she really is. Her heart is a powerful beacon of positivity in a world full of blood, sin, and corruption. It’s dangerous enough dealing with zombies, but Claire comes face to face with the most highly kept secret mutations ever brought into vile existence by the Umbrella corporation and their fiendish partners.

G-Virus monsters in Resident Evil: Degeneration the Animated Film as well as Resident Evil 3 would have completely destroyed our best detective in the Resident Evil world if it wasn’t for her extreme ability to suppress her emotions and get the job done. Claire is who you want by your side (or controller) in a RE game and to tell the truth the RE games without her in it just aren’t the same!

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: Nemu013]

KITANA – Mysterious, Murderous

Kitana (MK series) One of the first female video game characters of the 16 bit era, Kitana is accompanied in the MK series by a long line of powerful and well storied women including Sindel, Mileena, Jade, and more. full name – video games shes in – history of her life – what i think about her : Kitana always had this aura about her like she was mysterious and deadly, a veteran of ninja assassin murdering, and yet a delicate rational human being still existed somewhere between the ruthless rage. You could tell beneath it all, Kitana was still aware of her spiritual side, that plus her prominence as a deadly killer in such an intense action game makes her one of the ultimate females in video game character history.

tifa ff7 cosplay by darktifastrife

[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: DarkTifaStrife]

TIFA Lockhart – Pure, Strong

Tifa Lockhart first appeared in Final Fantasy VII but also stars in Advent Children, Dissidia, Itadaki Street, Kingdom Hearts II, and is available as DLC for LittleBigPlanet 2. Her life is almost as much of a blur as that of her childhood friend Cloud Strife’s. In her hometown Nibelheim, which was later burned to the ground, she suffered a lot of pain and suffering at the hands of Sephiroth and the ShinRa corporation. No matter what she went through though Tifa stayed the same person. Her strength allowed her to resist the hate within her and instead continue a path of righteousness while battling for the good of the planet with the insurgency group AVALANCHE.

Originally designed as a cheerful character, her depth and sorrow was emboldened as Tifa came closer to her goal of stopping the madness that had infected her life since the start. War and power struggles had ravaged everything she ever knew and taken many people away from her. She found a way to keep a smile on everyone’s face and though there was some resentment harbored inside for those who had done this to her, the spirit of her intentions never broke and neither did her focus.

NOLF

[Cosplay Artist: Unknown (please help us give credit) // Discovered on GiantBomb]

CATE Archer – Clever, Adventurous

From No One Lives Forever 1 and 2, Cate Archer is one of my favorite playable characters in history. PC Gamers will remember that during the time of her fame the shooter genre was at its peak with excellent storytelling and gameplay fusing together for top quality experiences. Frustrated with being underappreciated Cate found excitement when she became wrapped up in the 60’s spy adventure of a lifetime.

Although Scottish in origin, her refined British-sounding accent made the wit of her dripping sarcasm melt in your ear lobe, but this woman was also very deadly. I can’t count how many clips of ammunition of exhausted as Cate Archer, but every so often I remember the days when PC games still ran on CD-ROM and NOLF 2 was in my stack of favorites. Cate Archer always treated danger as a drug that made her feel alive, and part of her greatest strength was her complete arrogance and confidence in herself which can easily be related to while gunning down terrorists by the dozen.

RealGamerNewz - Catherine Cosplay by Pamelacolnaghi

[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: Pamelacolnaghi]

CATHERINE – Tempting, Devious

Catherine from the video game by the same name is one succubus that was easy to fall in love with. Even though she is pure evil there’s something ethereal and affectionate about her that can’t be resisted. Maybe it’s the escapist nature of her companionship offer to brisk you away from your physical existence and cut through all the difficult parts of life to simply spend time with a delicious demon that absorbs you into her fiery, burning passion. She has brought many men down the path of self-destruction, and I can see why. It’s not because of her looks, or her cutesy voice, but instead the attitude she puts forth and the fun-loving nature she exhibits. It’s a shame that she’s just delivering a rouse for her own selfish plots. Beware if you cross paths with Catherine, it may be your undoing.

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: Jessica Nigri // Photographer: Martin Wong]

RIKKU – Kind, Teacher, Savior

Final Fantasy X’s Rikku of the Al Bhed – She spoke a foreign language, she was nice to you, she came from the heart at all times, and had a clear purpose to her actions. Rikku was such a well defined character she belonged in a Hollywood film and she’s one of the characters who helped bring realism to the gaming world. What’s not to love? Rikku always has your back, she’s always a friend to the people around her. She stands up for peace, what’s right, and the survival of others. Often times I felt that the crew she ran with would have been better off if they’d listened to Rikku more often.

Her mastery of technology is undeniable, and choosing to always use this power for good was an inspiring and impressive attitude to have even in the face of uncertainty. Probably one of her less noticeable features is that Rikku is an excellent judge of character. She knew to question the authority of the Maester Seymour Guado before anyone else, and she knew that Tidus although naive and foolish was a good person who could be trusted immediately upon sight. As time goes on she shares her insights openly and gives the knowledge of Al Bhed technology away to her allies as they earn from her one piece at a time. She’s saved the lives of her friends more than once and doesn’t keep track, it’s just what she does. Rikku is a hero and highly underrated female character in gaming.

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[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: CyberLight Cosplay AKA Light]

LIGHTNING – Fiery, Exacting, Efficient, Relentless

At first I didn’t like her because of her cold off-putting attitude against everyone else, but over time the things she was afraid of started happening. Events beyond her control put those she love in direct dangers spawning evil that took 3 games to quell completely. Lightning is stable, consistently angry, and she is viscous. She doesn’t care anymore about the pretense of feelings and simple is after achieving the mission. In a lot of ways, this is the ultimate Final Fantasy warrior archetype we’ve seen before with characters such as Cloud or Cecil.

Lightning does things with a bit more grace and a bit more anger, adding even more edge to this strong list of leading ladies. No matter what, she never gave up. Her mindset was to see through any fairy tale versions of reality and get to the bottom of issues which she would then deal with swiftly. If only everyone else around her had listened to her concerns the first time around, things wouldn’t have gone the way they did for her sister. It’s almost a tragedy how misunderstood Lightning is, even I didn’t get her at first. Now it is clear to see Lightning is an absolutely intelligent and powerful woman who knows what she’s talking about and simply has no time for subtleties.

Celes - Final Fantasy VI - Cosplay Artist - Heidi Cosplay Kitten

[Image Credit / Cosplay Artist: Heidi AKA Cosplay Kitten]

CELES Chere – Independent, Fearless, Conflicted

Wait a minute, I almost forgot Celes !!

Once a General of the most powerful army in the world, Celes is wrongly named as a spy and given a prompt fall from grace as the ease of her life in power is stripped by the Empire she spent her whole life serving. This gives enough motivation for her to join The Returners in their quest against the evil actions of the Empire, but it doesn’t cause her to abandon her own thoughts on self-preservation and self-realization. She isn’t shocked by her ability to use magic in the way Terra Branford was, and instead is very comfortable with her abilities as a Knight of mysterious power. After all, she was born powerful, not suddenly gaining her abilities overnight. She’s a high class warrior who struggles to find her place in the world after being ejected from the throne.

Her decision making process is all internal, she’s not easily won over by the logic of others but instead is very capable of examining a situation herself and making judgement calls on her own. I admire the way in which she faces life without shedding a tear very often or worrying much at all. Of course, she’s only human, and conflicted emotions are the plague of those who can see multiple points of view. There are times when she needs to walk away and get deep reflection.

Being somewhat old fashioned in her approach, Celes doesn’t always understand the delicate and careful plotting / planning of her rebel partners The Returners. Favoring a direct military path she finds herself most at home when flat out war is at hand. You can take the girl out of the Empire but you can’t take the Empire out of the girl I guess.

Celes is a fascinating Final Fantasy character. Even more so than Terra. But Terra is just so iconic. Esper hybrid, so badass and such a deep thinker that she’s also often lost off in her own little world. I can so relate to them both, well not to the flaking out part but I’m definitely an Esper Hybrid! Probably.

One more of Terra below for good measure:

Terra Final Fantasy 6 RealGamerNewz

[Image Credit: Final Fantasy VI Fan Art // By Unknown, Found HERE]

What does everyone else think about this?

There’s more amazing female characters in the world of video games, these are some of my own favorites and rather than picking up the obvious ones made famous by popularity, I decided to go with those who made an impact on me personally throughout my time in games. If you have personal picks that are from lesser known games that you guys think I may have missed out on, let me know, who do you think are the best female video game characters of all time?

Editor’s Note: This piece is an Opinion Article and may / may not represent the views of RGN Staff or Audience. Feel free to disagree and / or comment below.

Steam Paid Mods System Already Being Abused by Stolen Mod Sales & The Bigger Point Of All This

Steam Paid Mods System Already Being Abused by Stolen Mod Sales

You may have read our piece about Steam Workshop Allowing Mod Creators to Charge for Mods & Why It’s A Good Thing yesterday, and you may have felt one way or the other about it as this is a widely polarizing issue. Polarizing meaning that you either agree or not, there’s not many folks falling into the middle ground right now. At the time of writing this piece, and still now, I feel that what’s going on with the backlash against this move by Valve is part of a larger issue going on as they take steps to embrace a free market. The messiness that often comes with that free market approach, and the growing pains of the consumers using their wallets to vote but seemingly being afraid or unprepared for the responsibility to do so has become a large issue with Early Access and now will be for Paid Mods.

However, that being said it is a bit worse of a situation than Early Access at this current time. Now that Paid Mods are possible with Skyrim it has become the situation that many false listings are being thrown up by users who did not create the mods they are uploading and charging money for. This is abuse of the system and not what Steam Paid Mods was intended for. And in this exact situation Valve’s approach of letting the free market sort itself out is taking the “messy, growing pains” factor to an all-time high where it resembles something more like “wild, wild west” or “lawless” proportions of literally theft and highway robbery.

I still stand by what I said about Paid Mods being a good thing. One interesting point brought up was the fact that an ex-employee of MAXIS who made some of the best SimCity games of yester-year now makes a living due to donations he receives to make mods to Cities: Skylines with the developer’s permission. Both getting paid for his hard work and expertise and giving birth to city building game experience enhancements that otherwise the industry would be less of a quality industry without.

But at this time I cannot recommend that anybody partake in paying for the mods being sold until they can very clearly verify (double check, triple check, quadruple check) that the mod creators are in control of their own content and not just having their work stolen for profit. In regards to the 75% Valve is taking for each mod sale, it is widely assumed that part of that amount is being given to the game in question’s publisher (in Skyrim’s case Bethesda / Zenimax) at a negotiable rate (hence why we are not told how much of that percent, Valve wants to give what they feel is fair and judge that on a case by case basis understandably).

The Steam Universe Is Expanding

What needs to be understood here is that Steam’s future, whether you choose to be a part of it or not, is all about opening the floodgates of content creators large or small, independently funded or billion dollar backed, film or games, apps or micro-transactions, user-generated content or full blown expansion, linux or windows, social justice or lawlessly indulgent, straight or gay, trans or lesbian, consequences be damned. They are trying to do big things. Exactly what they are trying to accomplish with each of their moves will not always be clear and often times the policies of Steam will be shaped by the journey they took to reach their final destinations. The bigger point of all this is that their solutions once eventually achieved are solutions that fit the market at large rather than swoop in to regulate smaller situations.

In order for them to continue exacting this methodology there will be a giant train wreck of feature roll-outs that happen such as Paid Mods every so often. Their PR speak today on this matter is not just to quell the masses, they literally believe the free market and PC Gaming consumer will ultimately end up shaping the way Steam’s Paid Mods system works and so they are giving the power to the users to inevitably decide with their actions which mods deserve to be paid for and which don’t. Unfortunately, this grand plan is getting sloppy and messy and approaching an unacceptable level of collateral damage.

It is very likely that GOG and services like it will begin to roll out more advanced software for their marketplaces taking advantage of this growing distaste for Steam’s disregard for users who fall through the cracks and can’t resist falling into the pit of mistakes that can be made in a system allowing such a free market that even illegal transactions and fool’s errand projects are occurring daily. That will be a good thing for us as gamers, but it’s sad to see Valve stumble when their overall grand idea is actually a good one. Time will tell if they will learn how to express these concepts to their mainstream audience in a better way and if they’ll figure out how to continue expanding their free market approach without allowing such rampant abuse to go on. One thing’s for sure, there will be competition emerging to challenge their position now that a pocket of resistance has formed against Valve’s philosophic ideas within their customer-base.

GOG Galaxy vs Steam Universe

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Steam Workshop Mods Can Now Charge Money & Why It’s A Good Thing

Steam Workshop Paid Skyrim Mods DLC Charge - RealGamerNewz

Fresh off the heels of requiring anybody with a Steam account to have spent at least $5 to use features like adding friends or sending private messages (in an effort to curve the massive amount of spambots and hackbots populating Steam these days), Valve has announced that Steam Workshop will now allow mod developers to charge money for mods. This access has begun today with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim allowing mod developers with already existing mods to add a price tag, and anyone who developers mods for the game down the road to charge what they see fit as well. There have been some intense reactions to this move by Valve and I’m here to express my opinions on the situation. As always, these opinions may or may not reflect those of the rest of RealGamerNewz staff but I have spoken to them all about the issue before writing this piece as to get feedback from all points of view.

A bunch of mods that have been available for free for several years now being unsubscribed from player’s Steam accounts will surely feel wrong to many when it happens today. While I understand the abruptness of this may not be an ideal way to transition in the service, I do believe that giving mod developers the ability to charge for mods in Steam is a good thing and morally correct. Many of the mods are charging as low as 25 cents and some have chosen to remain free. It is at the mod developer’s discretion whether or not to charge for mods and how much that cost should be per item.

Don’t mod devs deserve to get paid? For years the mod development community has been pouring their hearts and souls into their work and sometimes even achieving better results than AAA developers themselves. Bethesda has shown a large amount of maturity by allowing this move to happen with one of their games first and are paving the way for a much more fair mod scene. Remember, if you believe mods should be free and you create a mod you are free to not tack a fee onto it or even release it on Nexus Mod Manager instead of Steam Workshop if you feel so compelled. This is not being forced on anyone and isn’t the end of free mod culture, it’s simply a choice. In my opinion it’s a shame that we haven’t been paying mod developers sooner. After all, this isn’t slave labor and hard work that provides endless hours of entertainment deserves to be rewarded.

Just as indie developers have often come up with very innovative and creative ideas that were for the betterment of games in general, mod developers have often also had this effect. I look forward to seeing what they come up with given this new motivation of monetary success and will be sure to support only the good ones as a discerning consumer. RealGamerNewz will likely begin to Review mods in the coming future to help gamers know what exactly each one provides and evaluate the value proposition of them. Until then, Happy hunting!

Here’s a direct quote from Valve’s Official Press Release: “Mods on the Skyrim Workshop have received more than 170 million downloads to date. The thousands of free mods, items, weapons, and quests will continue to be available at the discretion of the players who made them.”

[Update: 75% of the revenue goes to Valve, mod creators decide the price of the mod, and there are 24 hour refunds allowed for mods – however, if mods break after that 24 hour period or are broken due to a developer patch there is currently no action a consumer can take other than waiting for the mod creator to fix it which may or may not be possible depending on the situation.]

[Update #2: Steam Paid Mods System Already Being Abused by Stolen Mod Sales & The Bigger Point Of All This.]

[Update #3: 45% of the 75% Valve takes for Skyrim mods will be given to Bethesda. This % may vary from game to game depending on Valve’s negotiations.]

[Update #4: Refunds will go to the Steam Wallet and can only be re-spent in Steam.]

[Update #5: Before mods can charge money, they first have to be free and given time for an approval process to take place meant to weed out scammers.]

More info about the paid content in Steam Workshop can be found in Valve’s Blog about the topic.

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