Shortly into the fall gaming season, we are already knee-deep in stuff to play

2012’s fall gaming season really opened up with a bang this year. Borderlands 2 and Torchlight II releasing around the same weekend. The indie community delivered a knock-out blow with FTL: Faster Than Light and I may or may not have a fleeting interest in trying War of the Roses. So many games in the last couple of weeks right? Well buckle up kiddos, its time to take it into the next gear.

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What has Janessa been up to?

EVERYTHING.

I’m in my final year of college, and my life has been consumed by my university. I’ll do my best to write articles here and there, because God knows how much I love smearing my opinion all over the internet.

In what little spare time I do have, some cool guys asked me to be in their podcast called “No Continues!” It’s about video games and other nerdy stuff. Please do give it a listen if you’ve got a moment.

Check it out HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Daily Play: Torchlight II 2-parter

Today I have found that we are now allowed to embed our own thumbnails on youtube, which could be pretty big for our channel going forward. I’ll be getting on this soon as we continue to dial up the amount of content. Today’s Daily Play was unfortunately split inexplicably early on making it an unnecessary 2-part episode. Otherwise its only about 40 minutes long, so enjoy!

Daily Play: Torchlight II solo play

Back to Torchlight II, but this time going commando…in a manner of speaking of course. I am really starting to dig this game as time goes on. Co-op is fun, but Torchlight almost feels at home in solo play. In any case, thanks for checking it out!

Retro City Rampage to (finally) come out next week, Oct. 9th

Retro City Rampage is the early-GTA-inspired, satire-filled indie game from Brian Provinciano that we’ve been wanting to play forever. Its finally coming to PS3, Vita and PC after years of development work.

This game looks quite fun to say the least, with various movie spoofs and old video game cliches. I personally loved the heck out of GTA2 back when we used to play it at LAN parties. The free-roam top-down aspect was always pretty neat and it was otherwise just plain fun run-and-gun style.

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Cliff “CliffyB” Blesinkski leaves Epic Games

Cliff Blesinkski, who was lovingly referred to as Dude Huge in days past, has officially left Epic Games to purportedly take a break from the industry for awhile. The game designer has been with Epic for nigh on 20 years, known for classics such as Jazz Jackrabbit, Unreal Tournament and Gears of War.

The self-described “Tony Stark of videogames” has been known to draw attention for being a little eccentric and is often seen as a bit of a playboy despite recently getting married to Lauren Berggren (with a fantastic wedding invite designed by the folks at Penny-Arcade). But what usually stood out the most about the man was how passionate he was about the games he helped make, often standing in as the face for Epic on many projects. Even on projects like People Can Fly’s Bulletstorm after Epic Games purchased the developer, CliffyB stepped in to help promote and invigorate the community about the game.

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Team Play: Torchlight II co-op

After some technical difficulties with the stream it seems like we have gotten this recording thing back up and running. Today (or yesterday if you wanna be like that) Misa and I played some Torchlight II. Literally the first time with the game, but considering how many Action RPG games I’ve played this year I didn’t have to stretch too long before sprinting into action. Grab a drink and enjoy a little co-op action!

League of Legends adds ‘Honor’ system to foster friendlier community

I can’t say this is the main reason I stopped playing LoL, but one of the biggest reasons was definitely the community. Each time I played was just a huge reminder of how much I sucked. And then the berating started. From my own team. Basically when a player in LoL figures out that you are not on the pro circuit or whatever the hell everyone seems to think they play on, that invites a slew of wild accusations of how terrible I am. Dude, like, I already know. I’m playing the damn game so I can get better.

Anyway, in an attempt to promote those who are maybe a little more helpful than simply calling me out on my IQ score, Riot will be starting a new ‘Honor’ system to reward players with ‘Honor’ points. Players will choose to upvote people at the end of the match and be asked to choose why they are giving them honor. Categories of honor include Helpful, Friendly, Teamwork and Honorable Opponent.

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Project Giana is now Giana Sisters, a Kickstarter project releasing this month

While the beginning of the year may have been filled with a lot of Kickstarters raising money, I think the new story soon will be projects that are actually finishing up their games and releasing a final product. That looks like the case for a Kickstarter project called Project Giana by Black Forest Games. Only a month after appropriating some funds from Kickstarter and setting back to work, the team has now named the project to Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams and plans to release the game one way or another on October 23rd.

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Indie Spotlight: Prison Architect alpha

Introversion has been around for quite some time now as an indie game company, but not a lot has come out of the woodwork for them lately. I was pretty excited to hear about their Prison Architect announcement awhile back, but now the game is released in its alpha state. Been playing it for a little while, but unfortunately much of the tutorial was lost on me when it glitched. That means I’m basically learning most of the game in this video. Would love to play more of it and I found myself playing a new base shortly after ruining this one. Check it out!

If you’d like to grab a copy of the game in its alpha state and start playing then check it out on their site here.