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Fan Art: Earthbound HD (Mother HD) Remake

Earthbound HD Remake

Earlier this week a fan by the name of Christopher Behr has brought to light something that has taken him over a year to produce. The following images are not part of a larger project that is playable, to the dismay of many fans, but has been recognized by fans as perhaps the most professional looking Fan Art ever created for Earthbound and resembling an Earthbound HD Remake further fueling hopes that the game could someday be revived by either Nintendo or the original development team. Take a look for yourself at the images below in full detail which were released on Reddit (via Imgur) and be sure to visit ChristopherBehr.com to pay your respects to the creator. Below the images is some Earthbound Fan Art created by other fans including music and a trailer remade for the game.

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Microsoft Is False Advertising – Xbox ONE Is NOT An All-In-One Media Device After All

Xbox ONE False Advertising

“Screens simulated. Sequences shortened. Games sold separately.  Additional subscriptions and/or requirements apply for some features. See Xbox.com/XboxONE”.

That is the message that appears lightning fast (2 and a half seconds approximately) across the screen on Xbox ONE commercials. I had to pause the commercial to be able to read it because it faded into the background color and blipped as it appeared and disappeared, so really that’s not even a full readable message for 2.5 seconds but rather the length of a rapid fade in / fade out animation.

Let’s take a minute to analyze that:

  • “Screens simulated” – It doesn’t really work like this. We’re just f*$@#ing with ya! 😉
  • “Sequences shortened” – because there’s lag, you’ll have to say the same commands over and over before it recognizes you, and it doesn’t really work that fast, but you could just grab a controller I mean am I right? Even though you paid for the camera without a choice…
  • “Additional subscriptions and/or requirements apply for some  features” – at the very least, it should say “more” if not “all”. This is an outright lie by Microsoft. All you can do is launch single player games and play them offline only. You can’t browse the web, maybe you can watch blu-rays, but you can’t order movies off the internet, you can’t take a look at YouTube, can’t SkyDrive, you can’t watch / stream with Twitch, you can’t Skype.

You’re an all-in-one device, but you can’t do anything. When they reversed DRM, don’t you think maybe they should have reversed the functions too, so you could at least use Internet Explorer and video chat capabilities? Five smart TV’s in my house and I can Skype in one, use Hulu+ on all of them, all it takes is an internet connection just like PC and PS3. There’s no Samsung $60 a month fee for apps. You’re already paying Netflix, why should you pay Microsoft for it?

Imagine for a second, what if they didn’t cut the DRM? Would we even be able to play single player games without Xbox LIVE GOLD? If you want us to pay Xbox LIVE GOLD you should have been able to cut a deal with Netflix, Hulu+, and any other service you want to sell us regardless if this requires you to increase the price of Xbox LIVE GOLD and it’s pretty hard to see a message when it’s 2.5 seconds long and half of it is behind a white background so it cannot be seen. It took pausing the screen, rewinding, fast forwarding back and forth multiple times and it took a lot longer to read the message than it took for you to sneak it past us.

Let us not gloss over the fact this is a total misrepresentation to the reality that is the Xbox ONE. The Tiles don’t even work and do nothing but complain the second you’re not connected to the internet. Games won’t even boot up without complaining about your lack of Xbox LIVE GOLD as if to say “pfft, I have to boot up for this loser? He doesn’t even have GOLD!”.

Here’s a list of some of the features that don’t work without Xbox LIVE GOLD Memberships (for each account not just one account like how PS+ works with one account per console on PS3 and PS4):

– Internet Explorer (seriously? yes, seriously)
– Upload / Streaming (Of Gameplay)
– Twitch.TV
– YouTube
– Netflix
– Hulu (Plus or not, it doesn’t matter, you need GOLD)
– Skype
– Xbox Premium Music App
– Basic Music Video App
– VUDU HDTV Movies
– NFL App
– Fantasy Football App
– FOXNow
– CWTV
– Univision
– And More

You can’t even pay Microsoft for Music unless you have LIVE Gold account. Some all-in-one huh… More on this once we stop spitting coffee all over our office monitors in disbelief that 2.5 seconds of font size 2 text is considered a fair warning for consumers being duped into an “All-In-One Media Device” that can’t even sell you movies without a subscription fee.

And for those who might dare compare this to cable television subscription fees, just – NO. Cable companies don’t ask you for $500 upfront plus tax just for a box that later requires more to get on the internet.

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Infinity Ward Has Been Caught False Advertising Call of Duty: Ghosts

COD GHOSTS EXTINCTION GAMEPLAY

SIGN PS4 GHOSTS DEDICATED SERVERS PETITION.

At first I didn’t want to believe this, truthfully it hurts to see the routine disrespect to the gaming community and high-end electronics consumer-base that has brought the video games industry to an income larger than film, television, books, and music combined. But nonetheless, there is a new detail emerging from a developing story we’ve been covering here on RealGamerNewz.com that deserves your utmost attention.

There is NEVER going to be dedicated servers for Call of Duty: Ghosts on anything except Xbox ONE. Their twisted words about having dedicated servers for all platforms. was simply the bait to protect their PlayStation sales, lure in their existing fans on those platforms, then hook them for a ride of inferior gameplay experience.

You see, many of us who have been playing first person shooters since they were invented in the golden age of PC Gaming know that “Server” is actually an ambiguous term. There are more detailed terms like listen servers, log-in servers, and so on which more specifically identify the piece of electronics you are speaking about. For the large and growing amount of gamers that understand this, “Dedicated Servers” is a feature we have all demanded from the world’s top tier shooter games. In some cases we got what we wanted (Battlefield) and in other cases nothing but empty promises (Call of Duty).

But everything was about to change with Call of Duty: Ghosts. Originally Infinity Ward, who is obviously a very small company now finding the need to give full credit to Neversoft and Raven for helping create Ghosts, had promised us Dedicated Resource Servers for Call of Duty Ghosts on Xbox ONE. Later on Activision hinted that they’d do the same on PlayStation 4 if Sony paid for it and they let the world know that Microsoft was paying for things like this as well as an unknown amount of their marketing funds. Each event they hosted was dubbed “Brought to you by Xbox” and featured random shout-outs like “thanks to our friends over at Xbox”. Microsoft soon after announced that the Xbox ONE will feature free dedicated servers for any online game that wants to use them thanks to the Microsoft cloud capabilities. Honestly, while many have ridiculed the cloud and maybe with merit, being used as dedicated resource servers is potentially the most logical and effective way to use the cloud presented by MS thus far.

Shortly after this Activision and Infinity Ward flip flopped completely by announcing that the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 would also be getting Dedicated Servers claiming “ALL PLATFORMS” were set to, in fact. Now, think to yourself logically and grammatically doesn’t that information make it seem like the feature that was coming would be equal on all platforms now – or at least launch on time for all platforms? There were no indications that this was a wrong assumption as we moved forward, now expecting dedicated servers on every platform. Then the PS3 / 360 versions arrived with no dedicated servers. PlayStation 4 came out and still has no dedicated servers. Activision says they are “rolling out” the servers “over time”, so now we are  left with no date on when to expect this to occur and the knowledge that Xbox ONE won’t have to wait since Microsoft took care of things for Acti and IW.

Then a serious twist happens… it has now been determined that Call of Duty Ghosts on PlayStation 4 Will NEVER Get Real Dedicated Servers (and neither will the PS3 and 360 versions of the game). For the technical details about how apologists are already defending this play on words click on that link. Long story short: you’re not getting real dedicated servers unless you’re on Xbox ONE and we’ve been down right lied to by false advertising from Activision and Infinity Ward who were simply shielding the sales on their PlayStation versions of COD: Ghosts despite the fact that they knew they never intended to deliver on this promise.

So what do we do? Just shrug our shoulders and move on? Is that what you all did when the Xbox ONE’s DRM set you into a frenzy? No, it’s not. You spread the word. The gaming public made it clear that they were not happy with what just happened to them and demanded some sort of meaningful change to which Microsoft ended up responding with a complete reversal of many unpopular policies. Don’t we owe it to our industry to at least care enough to get this event in the history books as common knowledge? You could say Acti and IW didn’t lie, they just misled or mis-worded things. You can say it’s the media’s fault. The simple fact is the messaging has been used as a tool to confuse the consumer about what features to expect in order to prevent loss of sales due to the less popular Xbox ONE having the most sought after feature for the genre.

Here’s a rundown on precisely what we’ve witnessed as a gaming community for those who hate reading paragraphs and prefer lists of information:

1. Xbox ONE Only Ded Servers Announcement for Ghosts
2. Activision Hinted They’d Do It On PS4 If Sony Paid For It, since MS Paid for it on X1
3. MS Announces Free Ded Servers for Any Online Games on X1
4. Activision Announces Ded Servers for ALL platforms
(grammatically that makes it sound as if they are equal, but they’re not).
5. PS3 / 360 Versions Came Out, No Dedicated Servers
6. PS4 Came Out, No Dedicated Servers
7. Activision announces they are “rolling them out over time” on PS3, PS4, 360.
8. It has now become revealed that COD: Ghosts on PS3, PS4, 360 Will in fact NOT have real dedicated servers but instead “Server Hubs” which detect the best host and let them be the player hosted server. This is essentially a newer way of doing the same exact thing Peer 2 peer hosting games have been doing on consoles since the first Halo games.

SIGN PS4 GHOSTS DEDICATED SERVERS PETITION.

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PSA: Call of Duty Ghosts on PlayStation 4 Will NEVER Get Real Dedicated Servers

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SIGN PS4 GHOSTS DEDICATED SERVERS PETITION.

Quickly getting this out of the way for those who don’t know, Call of Duty is a peer-to-peer hosted game. That’s why there’s a host. Yes, there are COD “servers” that you log in to but the actual resources (the largest part of the processing taking place for the game’s match) are taking place on other people’s consoles.

When a company says they are going to provide “Dedicated Servers” that is synonymous with dedicated RESOURCE servers and has no other meaning known by the industry to which means there would be no host and the amount of lag would much less, cheaters would be way more monitored automatically without need for a report system, and the overall quality of the experience would be smoother and better in every way. Most importantly the hit detection of a game with dedicated servers is always better than one without it.

It has now become revealed that COD: Ghosts on PS3, PS4, 360 will in fact NOT have real dedicated servers but instead “Server Hubs” which detect the best host and let them be the player hosted server. This is essentially a newer way of doing the same exact thing peer-to-peer hosting games have been doing on consoles since the first Halo games.

Unfortunately, when Activision and Infinity Ward promised the world Dedicated Servers for ALL Platforms what they really meant was not resource servers (which are currently hosted by players’ consoles), they meant a server that picks out whose the best host then makes them into the server… which is exactly the same as the old system but with slightly more tech mediating the connection.

This is proof positive that Infinity Ward Has Been Caught False Advertising Call of Duty: Ghosts, but there’s more to the story. Click the link for a full rundown complete with sources of the events being discussed and make sure to let a friend know about this who might be effected.

SIGN PS4 GHOSTS DEDICATED SERVERS PETITION.

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Gamestop May See It’s End Sooner Than Later; Motion to Dismiss Fraud Case Denied

Gamestop Bankruptcy Imminent As Used Games Legality Questioned

Gamestop Bankruptcy Imminent As Used Games Legality Questioned

The United States District Judge Robert Kugler has denied a motion for dismissal has been denied in a growing class action lawsuit that Gamestop is facing in a New Jersey court for violating the Consumer Fraud Act through false advertising and the omission of certain facts. In court, the plaintiffs of this case have displayed that buying used games and then the DLC (online pass most likely) which was not included would actually cost more than just buying the game brand new for $60.

The fact that this type of transaction is advertised as being a discount is where the fraud part comes in to play. If Gamestop fails to defend themselves in this lawsuit it may end up setting a precedence for more class action lawsuits from similar customers who have been swindled by the company’s greed-driven misleading of faithful customers to the last surviving brick and mortar game franchise. This is an ongoing case, so all of this is “alleged”. Good luck Gamestop, this is the beginning of the end.

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Saints Row IV: $1 Million Special Edition Announced

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If you’ve got the cake, then make it shake. That’s something to live by these days (or at least the average human’s behavior would lead one to believe so), so how about dropping a straight milly on Volition and Deep Silver’s Saints Row IV: Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition. Take a look at the flier above or click here for the full-sized image. Since I’m sure most of you just came to see what all the fuss is about and do not have a million dollars to consider this deal, please refer to our dedicated Saints Row IV section for info about the upcoming open-world game that you might actually find useful rather than just entertaining.

CLICK HERE to see the listing in UK’s GAME retailer where the million dollar edition of Saints Row IV is being offered exclusively (though you will probably have to prove yourself worthy to Deep Silver before you can actually be approved to buy it). There is only one copy available by the way, so if you are daddy money banks out there and you want it you better act now.

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EA Insult to Gaming Community’s Intelligence, Maxis Silent Accomplice Speaks Out

If you’ve been following the ongoing story of EA and Maxis releasing the latest SimCity title to PC and the hell that’s proverbially broken loose there-since, you should know that it’s not being confirmed by workers inside Maxis that EA never needed the game to be always-online in the first place. The excuses being used for why the “Always-Online DRM” was implemented have already been skeptically analyzed by Kotaku and others, but now this employee is stepping up from behind the wall to confirm what we all already know.

“The servers are not handling any of the computation done to simulate the city you are playing. They are still acting as servers, doing some amount of computation to route messages of various types between both players and cities. As well, they’re doing cloud storage of save games, interfacing with Origin, and all of that. But for the game itself? No, they’re not doing anything. I have no idea why they’re claiming otherwise.”  Says Maxis Employee [RPS]

Now that we are pretty much certain without reasonable doubt that EA has once again lied to the gaming community in their seemingly never-ending false advertising campaign covered by roses and chocolates, double-talk and politically correct snobbery to look down on all who oppose their rule, it’s time for Maxis to come clean publicly.

We need you to take one more look at this poll Maxis, march into EA’s offices (or boot up your laptops) and just release the truth that you really don’t need the game to be online and EA is just forcing you to do this. If this game is not made available for offline play in the single player format in the next few days you will be forever tarnishing your name and doing the opposite of “winning fans trust back” but instead forever damning yourself to our instant skepticism upon the mention of your once sacred name.

Sincerely,

Gamers and fans the world over.

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