Killzown makes his triumphant return to Saint Louis’ Premiere Indie Game Festival, Pixel Pop 2015. This year featured over twenty independent game devs in both Video and Table-Top/Card Game format on the show floor as well as panels, contest, and game tournaments during the show’s two day stretch. This years event was hosted Dynamic Midwest Events and Happy Badger Studio at Webster University’s East Academic Building. Check out the video below and for more info on Pixel Pop be sure to visit www.pixelpopfestival.com/ today. If you want to keep with Killzown check him out on www.djkillzownjones.com, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and subscribe to his channel on Youtube then as always keep it locked to RGN for all of your event coverage.
The following Interview has taken place between RealGamerNewz.com Editors Team and the developers at Destructive Creations who have created the controversial game Hatred (Available On Steam) and Rated Adults Only.
RealGamerNewz: Hello Team at Destructive Creations,
RealGamerNewz Question #1. Was it a difficult decision to leave the game mostly unedited and keep the A.O. Rating or did it come naturally?
[Przemysław Szczepaniak, Business Development Manager] There were no difficult decisions. The game from the beginning was meant to be like it is now. You may say it came out naturally. AO rating was given because of the context, and what’s most interesting, Hatred was AO rated before it was even released and examined by ESRB.
RealGamerNewz Question #2. For people who don’t understand what’s this game about?
[P. Sz.] Hatred is an isometric twin-stick shooter where you play a role of a cold-blooded Antagonist who hates the world and wants to eliminate everyone. Hatred is about diving into the mind of someone who hates people unconditionally and without a reason. You will not be given the reason for the main character’s action, you will not be given a story of why he is like that. As a player you will have to figure that on your own.
RealGamerNewz Question #3. What is the vision behind the game-play?
[P. Sz.] It’s is an action shooter with a lot of tactics. Combat is the main focus here, we didn’t plan any amazing storyline, quests for glory, crafting, super powers or anything like that. You will have to think, shoot a lot, hide, run, force your way through enemy fire, and perform some side quests on your way.
RealGamerNewz Question #4. What is the main character’s narrative and / or perspective?
[P. Sz.] He doesn’t have a back story and it will not be explained in the game. Players will have to figure this out on their own. He is just a nameless, cold-blooded psychopath motivated by hatred towards the humanity.
RealGamerNewz: Question #5. Were there any games that you’ve been inspired by and what was it about them which influenced Hatred?
[P. Sz.] The main inspiration was Postal 1, but the idea behind our game was to make something darker, more serious, and with a better technical background.
RealGamerNewz: Question #6. When can Hatred be played on Steam (Release Date)?
[P. Sz.] We announced the date already, it’s June 1st, 2015. It will be available on Steam, Desura and probably a few other platforms.
RealGamerNewz Question #7. Is there any chance at a release on GOG.com through the new GOG Galaxy?
[P. Sz.] Can’t really tell, we don’t have any decision about that yet.
RealGamerNewz Question # 8. Are there any other places the game will be available upon release date?
[P. Sz.] As I answered above, there might be, but we won’t reveal that yet.
RealGamerNewz Question #9. How many levels will there be?
[P. Sz.] 7 free-roam open levels with some side quests.
RealGamerNewz Question # 10. Is there going to be any kind of Steam Workshop Mod Support or other Level Editors, etc.?
[P. Sz.] Yes, we plan support for modders a bit after release. We will announce that when we are ready.
RealGamerNewz: Thanks so much for your time and have a great week!
[P. Sz.] Thanks a lot too, have a great one! Greetings to all our fans and supporters!
The pilot episode of Robot Underdog’s new live action Dragon Ball Z web series Light of Hope was released on Tuesday. The episode has been a smash hit so far with most Dragon Ball Z fans having nothing but good things to say about it. At the time of this writing, the episode already has 1.8 million views and is climbing fast. I had a chance to sit down and talk with Derek Padula, the writer of Light of Hope, to talk about his work on the episode.
Haven’t seen it yet? You can watch the 13 minute episode on YouTube here:
Also a shameless plug before we jump into the interview, if you’re a DBZ fan and like online role-playing be sure to check out my online RPG: http://www.alexsdbzrpg.com. It’s been running since June 2000 and is currently the most active play-by-post RPG in the genre.
Alex: So how did you come to be the writer for Light of Hope?
Derek: I was approached by Robot Underdog in late 2013 because they wanted to create a live-action Dragon Ball Z series and weren’t happy with their current script. They found me online and felt I’d be a good match, since I’m the world’s only professional Dragon Ball scholar, at The Dao of Dragon Ball.
At first I wasn’t sure if I should do it, because Dragon Ball Z has never been done properly in live-action before, and it’s a difficult project to achieve. Most consider it impossible. But I thought, “What would Goku do?” The answer was that he’d see the challenge as an opportunity to improve himself. So I said yes.
I rewrote the script from scratch, and penned all three episodes in about a week. I had never written a screenplay before, but the idea’s appeared in my mind while I was meditating, in inspiration. I know these characters so well that it was easy to write natural scenarios, and I believe, fitting dialogue that rings true to who they are.
That makes it sound easy, but writing a Dragon Ball Z project is extremely difficult. It requires decades of fandom to truly understand these characters. You have to watch every single episode countless times, read all the manga, and study these characters until they feel real to you. Then, you have to somehow express that on a page, and show them in contrast to one another. That’s a challenge unto itself, but then to bring it to the screen with real people? That takes a lot of hard work, determination, and sacrifice. It’s why people say it can’t be done. But I feel like we did it, and the fans agree.
Alex: The pilot episode surpassed a million views on YouTube in just the first day alone. Were you expecting such a massive reception?
Derek: No, but I am glad to see that result. We missed our projected release date by a full day because of technical errors with the sound, so I wasn’t sure how that would affect the reception. But the fans have spoken, and they feel it’s worth sharing. I think the reason why is three-fold.
The first reason is because of the common conception that Dragon Ball Z just cannot be done properly with real people. This was established by Dragon Ball Evolution and the other fans who have attempted such a project, to different degrees of success. So we had to go above and beyond and really show that it is possible. This was achieved through the right balance of martial arts choreography, special effects, and costuming, along with a genuine and original story, instead of just doing a shot-for-shot recreation of a trailer. We had to walk the line between anime and reality, and I think we succeeded.
The second reason is that we stayed true to the source material. Dragon Ball Z fans across the world can see from our work that we’re also fans. The quality speaks for itself, so they want to share it.
The third reason is that it touches a part of their hearts, reminding them of their youth, and just why Dragon Ball Z is such a powerful force in their lives. Fans have said to me that Light of Hope moved them to tears. The high amount of views is nice, but I wrote this to touch people’s hearts and inspire them to tap into their potential. When I hear from fans that it made them cry tears of joy, it’s the greatest reward.
Alex: What made you guys decide on doing The History of Trunks in live action as opposed to some other story arc?
Derek: The History of Trunks is the most realistic arc in the Dragon Ball Z story. There are no aliens, talking pigs, or magical dragons. It’s just three humans against two pseudo-humans. So even though it’s still extremely difficult to do well, it’s the most achievable.
The other factor is that it’s an emotional story, it’s self-contained, and it has a darker tone that appeals to a modern audience. So we felt this would be a good one to start with.
Alex: Fan reception thus far has been almost all positive. What were some of the challenges that you had to overcome to make live action DBZ work as compared to Dragon Ball: Evolution which pretty much everybody hated?
Derek: If the Hollywood executives had bothered to watch or read Dragon Ball, then they would’ve realized they were on the wrong track from the beginning with their adaptation. If you don’t stay true to the source material, you’re doomed. Did they not bother to ask themselves why Dragon Ball is so popular? It’s because of the writing of Akira Toriyama, the characters, the conflicts, the deeper message that’s inherent in the series. 20th Century Fox took everything that’s great about Dragon Ball and threw it in the trash.
In contrast, everyone at Robot Underdog, the actors, crew, and myself, have been devoted fans of the series since we were kids, so we stay true to the source material. True fans can see the details, from the color of the Androids’ eyes, the way Bulma foreshadows that she’s working on the time machine, how Gohan jokes about Trunks’ dad having pride, the mentor to disciple relationship, the Super Saiyan transformation, the list goes on. There are so many details to get right, and we tried the best we could with the budget and time that we had available. With more than $10,000, it could have been even better. So if your readers want to see an Episode 2, please donate to http://robotunderdog.com/donate
Alex: How is a fight scene created? The choreography and pacing of every shot really makes them stand out.
I write every aspect of the scenarios, the environments, and all of the dialogue, but for the intricacies of the fight, I leave it to the professionals. What I do is set up the key moments for them to follow. For example, such as when Gohan prepares to fire the kamehameha, and it gets negated, followed by his transformation. Then they fight for a while, and that’s all done by the other team members. This is followed by the fight between Trunks and 18, which I also set up, but they choreograph. Then the moment where Gohan head butts 17 in the face, shoots into the ground to create a dust cloud, saves Trunks’ life, and they fly away. I write that into the script, but they make it real.
So I set up the pivotal moments in the timeline, and then the professional’s add their awesomeness to it. At that point in the script I write, “Insert awesome fight scene.” And then they do!
Alex: Aren’t you actually a martial artist in real life?
Derek: Yes, I trained in Shàolín gōngfu for several years, along with Tàijí-quán and sparring. Then I studied abroad in Beijing, China and trained with a Shàolín monk and Tàijí sword master. At the same time, in 2003, I started practicing Fǎlún Dàfǎ meditation. And that’s what led to a much better understanding of East Asian culture, because I had to actually put the principles into practice and become a better person.
The martial arts are not about fighting. They’re about improving your character. This aligns itself with the concepts in Dragon Ball, where the characters are always trying to reach the next level. So that’s when I started to see the parallels, and began writing my book series, The Dao of Dragon Ball (http://thedaoofdragonball.com).
The idea I want to express in Light of Hope is that they’re fighting for a reason. Gohan and Trunks would prefer not to fight at all. But it’s the only way they know how to keep everyone alive, and they’re fighting for a hope that maybe, if they work hard enough, they can change their future.
Alex: Where was the episode filmed?
Derek: In Los Angeles, in a mountain setting just outside of the city. There were also some scenes shot indoors, but we tried not to show the specific locations in order to maintain the believability of that world. So I don’t know where they are in real life.
That said, I can tell you that the Capsule Corporation headquarters is located on the same cliff face as Tony Starks’ mansion in the Iron Man films.
Alex: Who is your favorite DBZ character?
Derek: Goku. He inspires me to rise higher and to endure. He’s always focused on what is most important in life, takes the world lightly, and is pure-hearted. Great inborn quality, excellent enlightenment quality, and a heart of great forbearance. He’s an ideal to strive for.
Of course, his eating habits…
Alex: Tell me a little bit about your books.
Derek: The Dao of Dragon Ball books reveal the true culture of Dragon Ball. They help you better understand your favorite series, and in turn, yourself. I use them as the vehicle to explain higher concepts, such as the energy that they fire out of their hands, the supernormal powers, reincarnation, multiple dimensions, and the East Asian answer to the meaning of life.
At the same time, the books also reveal the origin of the Dragon Ball series, giving you the first unofficial biography of Akira Toriyama that has ever been written. The books are filled with thousands of detailed facts that I’ve spent 12 years researching, compiling, and transmitting back to you in a way that’s easy to understand. I do this work upfront so that you can just sit back and enjoy your adventure with Goku.
If you think you know everything about Dragon Ball, then these books are for you. They’ll show you more about Dragon Ball, and yourself, than you ever thought was possible.
Alex: As a Dragon Ball scholar, why do you think Future Gohan wasn’t strong enough to defeat the androids? I mean the dude had been training/fighting for thirteen years!
Derek: There is no official answer, so it’s something a lot of fans wonder about.
I believe it has to do with his struggling to survive, rather than a quest for power. Trunks on the other hand, is the son of Vegeta, and believes that more power is the only solution. Gohan doesn’t have a master who pushes him harder, so he’s doing enough to make a difference in the world, while still growing in strength with each battle. But without a master or being forced to near-death situations, he can’t reach the next level.
A longer answer involves a lot of speculation about the effect Trunks has on the main timeline after he goes back in time to save Goku. This leads to a butterfly effect that causes the Androids in one timeline to be stronger than the other. It’s complicated and would require a long time to explain. There are a lot of DBZ forums that discuss it to death, back and forth.
So instead I’ll just say that the Androids in the future timeline are so strong that Gohan can’t catch up to them, even after all those years of fighting. When he’s a Super Saiyan he can go toe-to-toe with one of them at a time, but when they gang up, well… You’ll have to see what happens in Episode 2.
Today On Killzown Interviews I sit down with Random aka MegaRan. Ran is a critically acclaimed Chip-Hop Emcee hailing from Philadelphia PA by way of Phoenix Arizona who’s lyrical prowess, top notch production and amazing performances has taken him to the corner offices of Capcom, to E3 to Japan and every where in between. Today on the show we will discuss the man behind the moniker, what inspired him to start gaming, when and where did he fall in love with music, how he brought both together and much much more. Check out the stream below, leave a comment and share to spread the word. Keep up with MegaRan by visit his websites http://megaran.com/ and http://megaranmusic.com/ check out his official Facbook Twitter & Youtube today. Keep up with Killzown on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and subscribe to his channel on Youtube
The SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week this week is Lunar Suicide. Lunar has been a SuicideGirl since 2011 and loves dancing, gaming, and Harry Potter. I sat down with her to talk about some her favorite games, being addicted to Elder Scrolls Online, and what she thought of the ending of Dexter.
What made you choose the name Lunar?
I’ve always been captivated by anything intergalactic and space themed. I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up. The universe and space simultaneously excite and terrify me so Lunar was my first choice. I wanted to spell it the way it’s spelled in reference to the moon and not like the name.
How did you first become interested in being a SuicideGirl?
I met Tarion Suicide at Burlesque dancing and she suggested I try out. I did and got in, became a SuicideGirl, and gained a best friend. When I was a teenager I was attracted to anything out of the ordinary. I used to look at the beautiful and unusual SuicideGirls in awe and wish I could be them. Zui was the first SuicideGirl I ever laid eyes on. I just thought they were beyond me.
How did you get into playing video games?
My love affair with video games started with Roller Coaster Tycoon which progressed into The Sims. I could play until 4:00 a.m. I still enjoy it. Next came Final Fantasy, Diablo, and DotA and the rest is history. I had a boyfriend who was a heavy gamer and it was either join in or watch. I left him but my love for games never left me.
So what are some of your favorite games?
I really enjoyed StarCraft, Final Fantasy VIII, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Spore. I also loved the simplicity of Age of Empires II – the third one lacked that appeal.
Playing anything currently?
I am totally obsessed with Elder Scrolls Online, I play as a High Elf Templar on the European Server @Lunar_snow.
Do you think if they remade Final Fantasy VII for new consoles that would be a good thing or do you think it might detract from the nostalgic spirit of the old game?
I think originals are always better with the iconic games.
MMOs tend to get pretty time consuming. How many hours would you say you’ve put on Elder Scrolls Online?
During the week I can’t play much because of work so probably about nine hours and on weekends more like ten hours. I have been playing since April so about 500 hours in total I think. Time well spent!
How does Elder Scrolls Online compare with other MMOs like World of Warcraft for example? What’s Elder Scrolls Online’s most appealing feature to you?
World of Warcraft is one of the original MMORPGs and it has been in the market almost ten years. In its time it was/is a great game and was a platform and standard for many of the newer MMOs of today. ESO is still in its infancy stage and it has the potential to become a really great MMO like WoW. The TESO graphics and game play feel more modern even though there are still many issues that need to be addressed.
The actual visuals in ESO are appealing to me as well. I love the characters and magic, the world is literally beautiful. You can stand on a hill and look down at the view. Also the option to play PvP and PvE (questing) keeps the game interesting and fun.
If you could get ZeniMax Studios to change or add any one thing to Elder Scrolls Online what would it be?
I think they should make it a bit cheaper, you are buying the game and then the monthly subscription so it adds up to a lot of money after awhile. In-game I would try to make the combats more responsive and run a bit smoother.
Do guys ever give you a hard time when they find out you’re a gamer?
Not really. I don’t really flaunt that I’m a girl though other than wanting to dye my whole armour set pink. They seem pretty amped that I play.
What is the worst pickup line you’ve ever gotten?
“You are the prettiest girl I’ve seen this year.” Um… so last year there was someone better? That’s what every girl wants to hear, hahaha.
Has anybody ever told you that your eyes remind them of Kirsten Dunst? Maybe it’s just me but you remind me of a hotter Kirsten Dunst for some reason…
Ah thank you. No I’ve been told Reese Witherspoon and Katy Perry but never Kirsten. I like her.
So your profile says you are also a Dexter fan. What did you think of the ending to the show? (spoilers ahead!)
Totally weak. Dexter should have died or been exposed.
What are some of your other hobbies outside of gaming?
I am pretty active. I do pole dancing and I’ve just started cheerleading and tumbling. I also like to read when I find the time. I get really restless when I am not busy so I try and do as many activities as possible.
This week’s SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week is the absolutely gorgeous SG Hopeful Cigno. Cigno started playing video games when she was little but then lost interest in them. That is, until she met her now-fiancé who got her back into gaming now more than ever. So there you go guys, it is possible to get your girlfriend into gaming as much as you! I sat down with Cigno to talk about her favorite games, her tattoos, and what the best show on Cartoon Network is.
How did you become interested in the SuicideGirls?
I was always the one that was different and didn’t really fit in. I’ve always had my own way of thinking and expressing myself which always made me the outsider and the nerd who got good grades. I always felt that the SuicideGirls community is a place where you can just be yourself. I started following SuicideGirls even more when I got into tattoos and piercings which was around five years ago. I see my body as a canvas with a lot of space for art such as body modifications and tattoos. I also like to express my personality through my own style. I love everything that is colorful and different.
I think this quote of SG summarizes it well, “What people think makes us strange or weird or f@#ked up we think makes us beautiful.” When I was younger I was very insecure about myself and SG definitely helped me to accept and embrace myself for who I am.
After following SG for a couple of years, I took part in a selfie contest on Facebook and didn’t get picked but some weeks later the SG girl and model coordinator Rambo got back to me via email asking me to apply with a Hopeful Set. She hooked me up with Waikiki, the Staff Photographer, and I flew all the way to the Netherlands to shoot with her. Now that I’m in the US, the country where SG was founded, I identify even more with the community and there is much more going on for Hopefuls and SuicideGirls. I shot two new Sets for SG here in the US which will go up in five months.
When did you first start playing games and what are some of your favorites?
I grew up in an environment where it was said that new media, TV, video games, and so on were bad for the development of the child so I spent most of my childhood outside which is not a bad thing. We got our first TV when I was about eight years old and then one day I got a SEGA Mega Drive from the thrift store with a couple of games. My favorite game back then was Sonic the Hedgehog which came out 1991 where I had to defeat the evil scientist Dr. Robotnik. My favorite character was actually his best friend Tails who is able to use his two tails to propel himself into the air like a helicopter. I also liked to play The Lost Vikings and World of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck where Mickey and Donald must work together in order to find a way back home from a magical world a evil magician sent them.
I lost interest in video games when I grew older but recently found my way back into gaming through my American fiancé who is a total geek. I love how video games make you dive into a fictive magical world – where you can forget about time and space. We spend nights playing our Xbox 360 taking turns and drinking a couple good beers. At the moment we’re playing Bungie’s new game Destiny. I just hit level 27 yesterday. I am a female Warlock and Voidwalker and my super ability is the Nova Bomb. I love playing the Vanguard and love to kill with my melee attack – it makes me feel like I really punch them in the face. The game I got hooked on first when I started playing again was Borderlands 2, where you are one of four Vault Hunters on the planet Pandora. I love the Hyperion CL4P-TP or better known as Claptrap and his funny way. After that I played BioShock Infinite. I was more focused on the story where Booker DeWitt has to rescue Elizabeth, imprisoned in the flying city of Columbia, for a clean slate.
I noticed you described your fiancé as American. Where are you originally from?
I am German but haven’t lived in Germany since 2010. I moved to London first and then to Sweden where I was able to study a couple semesters at the partner university of my German one. Then I graduated in Educational Science and Psychology and decided to stay longer in Sweden where I met my American fiancé who was working there for an American company. Sweden was a nice experience but also very cold and dark during the winter, short summers but wonderful landscapes, lakes and endless forest. Sweden has a very low population and is very rural so it is a paradise for outdoorsy people. The language was very hard to learn but I managed after two years. Pennsylvania is a good contrast to my life before and you get both the big city life and nature.
Are you going to get the new Borderlands game that was released earlier this month?
I think so. I like the fun factor of the Borderlands games. The pre-sequel will include four new playable characters, a bunch of new weapons and my favorite character Claptrap.
There was a recent controversy about Destiny when someone found downloadable content already existed on the disc but was hidden and locked implying Bungie already finished the content when the game shipped but is simply going to charge gamers extra anyway. What are your thoughts about downloadable content for games?
I think it is ridiculous to ship a finished game and then charge people extra for stuff already on the disc. Not to mention that the content of the game is already very limited. I like to play the Vanguard for example but there are only four different strikes to play and sometimes you get put in the same one multiple times in a row. It sadly gets a little bit boring sometimes. But I still like the game a lot, though!
Have guys ever given you a hard time for being a gamer?
I met guys who believe they are the better gamers just because “playing video games is something for boys.” When I was a teenager it was really more a boy thing to play video games which were mostly focused on action and shooting – society and stereotypes I mean how we are brought up and what we are supposed to do/like according to our gender. Well I love action and I love fighting people in video games and have many hobbies where guys give me a hard time sometimes. I’ve heard more than once stuff like “are you having fun running in circles shooting the sky?” or guys making fun that my armor is purple and pink. I am also a rock climber which is dominated by guys and there is a lot of competition going on. They call me “she hulk” at the gym. Guess it’s hard for guys to deal with a strong girl!
What’s the tallest thing you’ve ever climbed?
I used to do a lot of sports climbing with a rope and me and my friends went from Germany to Italy every spring for rock climbing. My tallest climb was a route in Italy probably about 1,500 feet tall. I’ve gotten more and more into climbing without rope, though. It is called Bouldering and means that you climb short but more technical routes and fall or jump on a big pad when you want to come down. If I don’t climb, I actually love riding my new long board or drink coffee.
Tell me a little bit about your tattoos
I have the dandelion tattooed twice at different times. This flower symbolizes my restless nature and my urge to always move on to broaden my horizon. I drift away like one of those little parachutes/seeds in the wind. By now I’ve lived in four different countries and love discovering cultures and studying their language. My most recent tattoo is Princess Lumpy Space from Adventure Time saying in a banner “Love your Lumps” which stands for love yourself for who you are. I got this one after I became a Hopeful on SuicideGirls. I also love Cartoon Network and all their shows.
I’ve debated a friend on which is better, Regular Show or Adventure Time. What are your thoughts?
What I love about Regular Show is that it takes you back to the 80‘s, the fashion, the rock stars, the music and also all the old school video games Mordecai and Rigby are playing.
Adventure Time is still my first pick, though. I am just very much in love with the characters. BMO for instance, the little Game Boy that strives to “BeMore” or the brotherhood between Finn and Jake. Aside from all of the very different characters, this show also really makes you think and has a lot of inspiring and motivational wisdom about life in it such as, “Sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something” –Jake the Dog.
Sometimes Adventure Time is just bananas, especially the episodes about Lemongrab or Lemonhope. I also like the “science” in it and Princess Bubblegum’s laboratory. Well that show is, as Finn and Jake put it, just MATHEMATICAL!
In this second episode of Killzown Interviews Star Clipper, I talk with another Staff member of the famed STL comic book store Steenz while Fleet continues our tour of the store. Check out the episode below and be sure to leave a comment then check back to RGN for more Killzown Interviews.
The SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week this week is Sairyn Suicide. Sairyn has been playing video games forever and loves them so much she’s even applied to work at a video game store. I sat down with the beautiful Sairyn recently to talk about some of her favorite games, tattoos, and whether or not Hello Kitty is a girl or a cat. She also shared some pretty good gaming pickup lines that may have a chance of actually working on the right girl gamer.
What made you choose the name Sairyn?
I chose the name Sairyn because I love mythological creatures. The siren has always been one of my favorites along with mermaids. A seemingly beautiful woman, reeling in her prey for the kill. I’d like to think I’m alluring, but also semi-dangerous, or at least can take care of myself! The original spelling “Siren” was taken on the SuicideGirls site, so I decided to make it my own by spelling it different. I broke the word down to “si” and “ren”, decided to spell it “sai” (as in the Japanese dagger weapon) and change the ending to “ryn.” Sairyn!
When did you first start playing video games?
I’ve been playing video games since I can remember. I was always watching someone play something; Mario, Zelda, Ecco, Tetris, or Qbert. When I was around six or even years old my mother started working at a movie rental store. I would come with her to work when I didn’t have school and I would get to hook up the PlayStation, Sega, or whatever to check to make sure games worked before and after rental. One of my fondest memories is my mother forcing me to play Mario Party for so many turns and it being like 5:00 am. I was falling asleep and then definitely didn’t wake up for school. She let me skip school because we were up so late playing Mario Party. She rules!
What are some of your all-time favorite games?
My favorite games would definitely have to be Tomb Raider, Katamari, and then Pokemon for Game Boy! Oh and Ecco the Dolphin and Donkey Kong!
What game did you play most recently?
Honestly I play Tomb Raider once a week. I just love the puzzles, mazes, artifacts, everything. But recently my boyfriend and I have been playing this weird arcade-like game Super Meat Boy? I’m also always playing a stupid farming game on my phone like Tiny Village or Tiny Zoo.
I noticed your Hello Kitty tattoo. What are your thoughts on the debate between whether she is a cat or a person?
I haven’t really read up on it, just heard things. I mean yeah it’s a girl character, but she’s definitely a kitty. Her whole family are kitties! Her sister Mimi, her parents, and boyfriend Dear Daniel! Their defense was she has a pet kitty. I just don’t think a lot of people understand Japanese culture sometimes. There are so many silly cartoons with personification of animals. It’s just cute. Mickey has a pet dog, Pluto, for space sakes!
Tell me a little bit about some of your other tattoos.
Most of my tattoos are traditional style and bright. I’m pretty pale. I have a few “nerdy” tattoos. A heart with a bust of Cynthia, Angelica’s doll from Rugrats. I have a small Pokeball filler on my calf. I also have a few Native American inspired tattoos; an Indian lady head, a feathered arrowhead, and my deceased chihuahua, Topange Jane, as an Indian with a headdress and everything. She’s beautiful! I would really love to get a Lara inspired pin up!
Which version of Lara Croft do you like more, the old-style original version or the younger Lara Croft from the new remake?
I will always have a love for the original triangle-boobed, blocky Lara. But as a huge fan I’d have to say the new Tomb Raider was so bomb. Even the anniversary game that they remade of the original first one. After you beat it you could turn on commentary to hear the original developers talk about each level like what they were trying to do in the first one and how they were able to do it in the remake. I think they’ve always done a great job in reinventing Lara for each games needs.
You’ve mentioned Pokemon a few times now. Do you have a favorite pokemon and which game is your favorite?
Haha, for some reason I’ve always loved Psyduck and he sucks! But probably Mew! My favorite game would have to be Pokemon Blue. I still have my original Blue and Yellow games. There are so many games and new pokemon now! I could probably ramble off quite a few names from the original 151. I still have all my cards, and the trading card game for Game Boy is so awesome. Just picked up a copy!
How do people usually react when they learn you’re a gamer, are they surprised?
Yes. Always surprised. I don’t see how in 2014 people are still surprised to see a girl gamer. I’m usually being stared at from down the game isles in stores. Also, I’ve still never been hired at a video game store.
What are some of your other hobbies outside of gaming?
I am a crafter! I love to make jewelry, and to sew! I would love to one day have my own shop, or line of my own designs! I’m a bartender so I also drink a lot in my spare time. Hahaha.
Being that you like to sew and you also love video games have you ever considered doing any cosplaying?
I would really like start to doing cosplay! I actually dressed like Rikku from FFX-2 for the first anime convention in West Virginia! My mom and I sewed and put together the whole thing.
Your profile says you’re a Walking Dead fan?
Yes I do, but I’m also a fan of not having cable so you can usually find me watching something on Netflix. I’d much rather enjoy the whole season all at once. Spoiled by technology! So I must admit I’m behind by a season. But I couldn’t wait for Breaking Bad so I went to my mom’s house every week for that. I do love The Walking Dead, how they started it, and how they made their own type of zombie “disease.” But I heard it came from comics? I haven’t read them yet, probably should.
Give me a good gaming-related pickup line that has a chance of actually working.
Are you a Hitmonlee? Cause your body is kickin’.
Or is there something wrong with your auto aim? You can’t keep your eyes off me. Hahahahaha.
Or… something about being a pokemon and that you’re a pokemon master! Gotta catch em all!
In this edition of Killzown Interviews I had a chance to speak with Matt Siegel from Bit Mass LLC, the creators of Cards & Castles. I talk to Matt about his background in gaming, how he help to create Cards & Castles, and more. Check out the interview below and be sure to check to back to realgamernewz.com for more Killzown Interviews.
First off Matt thank you for sitting down with me to conduct this interview with me. If you would please tell me a little bit about yourself and your company.
Well I don’t like to talk about myself too much, but I guess I’m kind of a nerdy guy (surprise!) who really likes video games and strategy games. I have a background in spending thousands of dollars on MTG in high school and also, uh, programming computers. I’ve been making games since I was 12 and sometimes I go out and drink craft beer, and that’s about it! Our company consists of myself and two primary artists, and a handful of come and go contractors who we hire for odds and ends (sound, Q&A etc). So we’re a really lean operation, which is good starting out. This is our first game and we plan to support and keep working on it for a very long time!
When did you all come up with the idea for Cards and Castles and what was the inspiration behind this title?
It was about a year and a half ago, I’d been experimenting with web-based strategy games and I had something sort of in the Advance Wars vein, only with a random shuffle mechanic for your special abilities. At some point I figured out that the shuffle mechanic was sort of like a deck in a CCG, and if you could customize those decks it’d add a lot of depth and re-playability. So that’s when this thing really took off, that’s when I hired a team and really switched over to the core gameplay concept we have today.
How did the team create the battle system for the game?
Assuming you’re talking about the design, we went with pretty straightforward mechanics of attack and move for the core combat. Because we designed for mobile devices we focused on systems that would not involve a lot of menus or filtering through buttons. Everything you do takes 2 taps at most. Tap to select unit, tap again to act (move or attack). Drag a card to play it. And we did a ton of play-testing with friends and family to make sure the gameplay was smooth and could be picked up easily.
How did the team make the game-play so easily accessible to all games yet still offer challenge later in the game?
We kept the core of the gameplay really as simple as possible, and expanded on that through our card mechanics. The neat thing about a CCG is that cards can do ANYTHING. This is no less true in digital CCGs. So players will start with very simple cards, and we give them more complex cards at a steady rate.
Cards and Castles is such a great game and its free on both IOS and Android, what made you all decide to make the game free to play?
We’re a completely unknown entity, this is our first game and no one has ever heard of us. Keeping that in mind, we went with free to play so that as many people as possible could try out our game. On a personal level I was also very inspired by the Riot Games business model, where they have this high quality free game and use very fair monetization practices to make their money. We were confident that we could make a free game that didn’t stoop to some of the dirtier practices of monetizing, and I think we’ve succeeded in making a game that is very fair to free players and paying players alike.
What was your favorite moment while working on Cards and Castles?
I think my favorite thing was meeting new players at PAX East last spring, it is really great to know how much your work is appreciated.
What new cards and features will we see in the near future for the game?
It’s a secret to everybody! Actually, I can tell you the very next thing that’s coming out is our Halloween costumes! I’d look for those to come out sometime in mid-November. Kidding there, we will have Halloween costumes very soon and we’re going to start releasing new standalone characters very soon, and a full expansion set sometime in the future. There’s a peasant riding a pig which a few people might have noticed has made its way into the tutorial, there may or may not be a spirit panda on its way and a bunch of other new characters and mechanics. We’re going to start playing with debuff buildings as well, buildings that weaken the enemy’s units, which should open up a new dimension of play for tempo decks. We do art previews fairly often on our twitter @CardsandCastles if you want to see the latest stuff!
Will Cards and Castle come to the Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita, or any of the Home consoles?
Our first priority is actually a PC and Mac release. Expect to see that early next year! We actually don’t know a whole lot about console development, so while a 3DS port sounds great in theory I have no idea whether that will ever actually happen. I imagine that depends on how successful we are with our current versions.
Thank you for your time Matt and I wish your team further success with Cards and Castles as well as all of your future titles.
In this edition of Killzown Interviews DJ Killzown Jones stops by Star Clipper, the iconic comic book store in the Delmar Loop. In part one of the interview Killzown talks to one of the store managers Fleet and begins his tour of the store. Check out the video below and be sure to keep it locked to RGN for more Killzown Interviews.
Bitten Suicide is this week’s SuicideGirl Gamer of the Week. Like most gamers, she has been playing video games ever since she was a kid. RealGamerNewz spoke with Bitten about her love for bats, cats, serial killers, and of course video games.
So what made you choose the name Bitten?
I chose the name Bitten because I love bats. I currently have seven bats tattooed on me. I have a huge collection of bat items as well. I own a ton of clothing, a poster on my bedroom wall, a bat-shaped spatula, stuffed animals, plates, cups, and a few ceramics that are all bats. This is just a short list of all my bat items! Halloween is the best time of the year to pick up new items for my house, of course. It all started when I chose to do a paper on bats when I was in college. I learned what fascinating and beautiful creatures they were. I’ve been obsessed ever since.
When did you first start playing video games?
I have been playing video games since I was very little. I remember playing a Mario game so much when we first got it that the music brainwashed me or something! I was forced to go to bed and would hear the music and get angry my parents were up playing it but they actually weren’t! I swore I heard the theme music loud and clear.
What are some of your all-time favorite games?
Some of my favorite games are Zelda, Final Fantasy 3, Chrono Trigger, ActRaiser, Castlevania, and Guitar Hero. I really love the old school game. They are more focused on storyline rather than just the graphics. If the story sucks then I lose interest in playing pretty quickly. I like to be dragged into the game where that is all I think about when I’m not playing.
Which Zelda games are your favorites?
I love all the Zelda games. They are all awesome but if I had to choose I would choose Majora’s Mask. I loved all the side quests in that game. My favorite is where you have to give the paper to the guy in the toilet. Hahaha. I think I’ve beat that one three times. Next would be the original one. I’ve beat that one fifty times at least! I recently played the third Zelda game. Man, that was so difficult! I gave up. I downloaded it on my Wii. It had a lot of glitches in it.
You also mentioned Chrono Trigger as one of you favorite games. Did you ever play the sequel, Crono Cross?
No unfortunately I’ve never played Chrono Cross. I should put it on my list. If it is a good as the first one that would be amazing. I just can’t imagine it happening. I’d love to be proven wrong though!
Playing anything currently?
Right now I am playing two games. First is Infamous: Second Son. It is really hard! I started on normal but kept dying so switched over to easy. It still took me over an hour to get past one part in the game! You can choose to be good or bad in that game. For example in the very beginning of the game you can choose to confess to save your friend or have her take the fall. The choice you make changes the outcome of the game pretty immensely. If you are good, the crowd cheers you on and if you are bad they run screaming from you when you walk around. It also changes the powers you have as well. It is definitely a unique part in the game that makes it really fun. Plus when you beat the game you can replay it with a different outcome! The second game I’m playing is Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. I’ve always been a huge Final Fantasy fan. XIV is an MMORPG so it’s pretty different from the older Final Fantasy games. I also just got done playing the new Tomb Raider on the Playstation 4. I beat it four times. I really enjoyed that game a lot.
So being how you feel about bats, is Batman your favorite superhero?
Yes of course Batman is my favorite superhero! I own all the Batman movies and saw them all in the theaters. I have a couple Batman items in my collection.
Which Final Fantasy world do you think would be the coolest to actually live in?
I really like the character I have made in A Realm Reborn. She is a miqo’te arcanist. I really like that race because of the cat ears she has. I made her pretty hot. She has two minions currently. I would love to be friends with her in real life so I would like to live where she does in Limsa Lomsa.
Aside from Tomb Raider what other PS4 games do you have that you would recommend?
Outlast was fun but really scary! You are a reporter at an asylum. All these crazy guys are trying to kill you. It is intense because you cannot defend yourself. All you can do is hide. I just finished Infamous: Second Son the other day, too. I am sad it is over. I am going to start Assassin’s Creed soon. I bought it long time ago but got distracted by Tomb Raider.
What inspired you into becoming a SuicideGirl?
Just look at the girls! They are all stunningly beautiful! Who wouldn’t want to be connected to that? If I would of been told I was going to be a model five years ago I probably would have laughed my ass off. Taking these pictures and meeting so many of the SGs and other members has made me feel amazing.
If you were to ever get a video game-related tattoo what do you imagine it would it be?
If I were to ever get a video game tattoo it would have to be the original Castlevania bat. You know, the very first boss. Not sure how well that would translate into a tattoo though since it isn’t that detailed but it is a bat! I would probably put it on my thigh. I’m digging thigh tattoos lately. I have a narwhal on mine. Not scary at all but very girlie. I decided after all my bat and owl tattoos I needed a “girlie” tattoo.
Outside of video games, what are some of your other hobbies?
I love animals a lot. My hobbies are spoiling my two cats George and Callista. They are my fur babies. I also love to read about serial killers. John Wayne Gacy is my favorite. He was a clown who killed boys. I mean how creepy is that? If I didn’t know better I would think it was a bad horror movie plot instead of real life. They are so fascinating. I am addicted to real crime shows, too. Man I sound so macabre. Bats and serial killers hahaha.