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iRGN #11: Repeats & Remakes – When Should Devs Just Leave A Franchise Alone?

iRGN Podcast

On the iRGN Podcast #11 we are joined by our buddies at iGeekReviews.com and the topics include a Paid Mods Round Table Discussion about them being put on and then pulled off Steam, Konami’s Trouble and what it could mean long-term, as well as the culture of repeat franchises putting out the same stuff over and over again or remake franchises and when to leave it alone? When is enough, enough?

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MegaRan The Philadelphia Way – New Song Released As Netflix Documentary Kickstarter 153% Funded

MegaRan The Philly Way

WOW! We have surpassed the goal in under a week! Thank you so much! I’ve set up TWO stretch goals and even dropped some new music to celebrate. read on for that.

So here’s the deal: I’d like to get vinyl going for the new album next year, and so with a stretch goal of $8000, we can do that.

THANK YOU for $7000 on Kickstarter!!

Music Arrangement of “Gonna Fly Now” from the Rocky (1976) Film
Lyrics Written and Performed by Mega Ran
Trumpet Performed by David Cholley
Artwork by Chris Flocco (flocco.deviantart.com)
PRODUCED BY MUSTIN™

As anyone who’s lived in Philly long enough knows, life as a fan of Philadelphia sports teams is full of ups and downs, and mostly downs. With the 76ers tanking, the Phillies and Flyers going nowhere for a while, and recent key injuries to a few Eagles, despite a great start, this season may shape up to be similar to most.

Philly born former teacher Raheem Jarbo, who records hip-hop under the name Mega Ran, perhaps best known for his “Jeremy Lin Rap” that hit scored viral success plus ESPN, USA Today coverage in 2012, is back with a new track that’s less celebratory, but just as heartfelt.

With references to The Curse of Billy Penn, Allen Iverson’s famous “Practice” rant, the demolition of Veterans Stadium and the 2008 Phillies World Series team, and a backing beat comprised of Bill Conti’s famous “Gonna Fly Now,” this rap song is sure to make the average Philly sports fan feel good, or maybe want to fight.

I ALSO have plans to release a new MEGAMAN album on Christmas Day for you guys, if and only if we hit $9000!

Mega Ran’s Director’s Cut DVD and a New Album for 2015

Hit up the kickstarter and either back, or share, I appreciate it greatly!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/megaran/mega-lo-mania-directors-cut-dvd-and-a-new-album-fo

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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Trailer from Square Enix Amongst FFXV, KH3, and FFXHD

Square Enix Blockbuster Games 2014

With the newly (and for most, *finally*) announced Kingdom Hearts III heading to Xbox ONE and PlayStation 4 next-gen from Square Enix, many are shuffling into the already-anticipated Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix coming stateside September 10, 2013 headed up by designer and director Tetsuya Nomura of Final Fantasy fame and named one of the most creative game designers of all time by the western press. All eyes are on Square Enix, Nomura, and crew as they have also debuted the long in the making announcement which caught many by off guard as Final Fantasy Versus XIII was renamed to Final Fantasy XV (that’s right baby, fifteen) and will be coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE along with Kingdom Hearts III (both on undisclosed release dates).

FFXV is actually something people have never seen before from a Final Fantasy game and yet it seems Nomura has captured the interest of the original fanbase once again with the potential to redeem the series for all who aren’t a part of the FFXIII fanbase which rages on as Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII approaches release this November 21, 2013 in Japan, February 11, 2014 in North America,  February 14, 2014 in Europe, and February 13, 2014 in Australia. As if that weren’t enough for die-hard ‘Squeenix’ fans to go ballistic over, there’s also the Final Fantasy X & X-2 HD Remaster is coming to PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Vita.

Perhaps Square Enix may be a little hard to keep track of, but the potential of each game named far exceeds what they have released in the “current generation” time period leading up until this point. Gamers should have high hopes for what Square Enix is set to deliver over the next couple of years and have faith in the long process of S.E.’s development teams refining and meeting that potential before its release.

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Why Gamers Hate On Games

Quite different than the console wars, which many view as simply an immature waste of energy and time arguing about an irrelevant factor that is always subjective and  based on preference, the war of ideas that takes place between gamers and developers whenever a game has a sizable audience is something that is worth further consideration.

Gamers have traditionally had a far away relationship with those who make them. In the past there were no “AMA’s” (Ask Me Anything live chat events on Reddit) and there was no Twitter, Facebook pages to give feedback on the games we were playing. The closest one could expect would be directly writing a letter, hoping for the best, and/or getting involved with doing journalism at Video Game Magazines.

In today’s day and age however, we are merely a few sentences and a click on the right button away from speaking directly to the creators and developers of the games we play thanks to the era of social networking, one-press blogs, and the vast majority of game-related companies now having an existing online identity to actually speak to which was proven to be a good idea by Viral Marketing experiments during the years leading up to our gradual evolution as an industry.

What happens when a game catches the interest of a gamer’s heart is that the gamer becomes very passionate about the title’s core concepts as well as their subjective interpretation of it. Final Fantasy, Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, Runescape are all examples of what happens when fans turn on the developers that make their games. So why does it happen? Why do gamers hate on games?

It’s because they want to see them evolve beyond what is technically possible and/or thought of yet by developers. In other words, they see a higher potential for the game which, in their belief, developers may be failing miserably to live up to. You may not be familiar with the odd title out mentioned on that list, Runescape. When analyzing the return of “2007 mode” for the game, which lets you play the MMORPG exactly how it was in 2007 before changes that were heavily protested took place forever changing the game. Runescape is a lesson in what happens when a game becomes so loved that design changes to its core are met with hatred and resistance.

The original creation of a game is what gamers fall in love with and developers often take liberties in the way a game plays which are met with contempt by gamers who already have become enamored by the pre-existing functionality of a title.

Final Fantasy and Resident Evil have both seen this response from the gaming community as well and it is well documented. Resident Evil fans typically find enjoyment in the new titles RE4 and RE5 while at the same time being thoroughly outraged at times that the titles no longer posses as much influence from the Survival and Horror genres in recent days but instead resemble more of an Action title. Many demand a remake for Resident Evil 2 as its being heralded as the best in the series despite the fact its lacking major technological enhancements brought forth by future incarnations.

Final Fantasy fans demand the return of towns, open world gameplay, and some even demand a remake for Final Fantasy 7 the game most of the world will concede to being the best representative of the Final Fantasy 7 series. Despite the fact that Final Fantasy 6 was the title that culminated all of its old school heritage in 2D, Final Fantasy 7 which is 3D is regarded as the fan favorite because of the explosion of popularity and nearly one hundred percent customer satisfaction from RPG lovers. You can currently pick up the original Resident Evil 1: Director’s Cut, RE2, and RE3: Nemesis on the PlayStation Store as well as nearly every Final Fantasy title from the first to a high definition Final Fantasy X coming soon.

It would be a shame to say that once gamers fall in love with the mechanics of a game being a certain way, we should not change it too drastically. There will be a game out there that proves we can evolve gameplay without losing its core values. Until then, we should understand that hating on games for the decisions developers take is not going to get us very far. Appealing to change their minds only makes your opinionated design rise to the forefront which may or may not please all fans, since we all have our own idea of how the game would be best designed. Furthermore, we need to find what’s best about a game in the first place instead of jumping the gun on what’s negative about it. Most games no matter how terrible you may think they are, have at least something that is enjoyable. Gamers hate on games because they know their potential is to be even greater.

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The 6 Best Myths About Gamers

1. All Gamers Are Geeks.(Not true gamers are actually some of the coolest people on earth.)

2. All Gamers are anti-social – Actually, Many gamers are the opposite, you just have to talk about a topic that interests them( Hint, Video games).

3. All video gamers do not have life’s- Incorrect again, Gamers juggle families, work and life while still leaving time to escape reality.

4. All gamers live at home in their parents basements…… :0 wrong.  Some Gamers can have their own pads too. Even though you may find a section dedicated to video games.

5. All Gamers are broke. Wrong again. Some gamers have their own bank accounts, and are able to purchase the latest releases.

6. All video gamers do not keep up with the latest clothing trends. Not True. Gamers embrace various styles of clothing. You have some who prefer Urban wear, while others prefer to be more casual. It all depends on the person.

Could you think of anymore? Share them!!!!! Has anyone ever assumed any of these about you?

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Random (Mega Ran) & K-Murdock Sample Earthworm Jim on Hip Hop Track

Random (Mega Ran) & K-Murdock sample Earthworm Jim in this instant classic hip hop track “There, Their, & They’re” coming to you in the video below. If you like the music, support the artists! MegaRan Music & NeoSonic Productions

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