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Take A Game Break: Take A Walk.

It’s Wednesday, the half-way point of our dreaded work week until the beautiful relief of our weekend arrives. Add to that, the state of our modern times; what with student loans to pay off, the hardship of job environment, plus countless other day-to-day urgencies that conger immediate hair-pulling, and well, you could certainly take a break to play quick game.

Today’s game is a breeze, has a relaxing mix of enjoyable music, and is a definitely a major stress relief. It’s called Take a Walk. by game developers Bloblob.

After a taxing day at work, our pencil drawn protagonist decides to do just as the title of game says. And so, you, the player, guide him through a linear stage of small obstacles, jumping over boxes and what-not, while collecting musical notes and cute little bird friends.

This helps the music progress and build until the full sound is complete. Just don’t miss a step and bump into that comes your way, that makes music stop and you lose your bird friends.

Don’t worry about lives or health, or having to make a perfect run either, Take a Walk. doesn’t punish you in that respect at all. Well… that is unless you want to get all of the hidden achievements, but besides that, its main focus is just about the overall experience – a chill and musical immersed one. Enjoy!

Take a Walk. by Bloblob

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Sharks And Video Games – We’re gonna need a bigger boat

I am of the opinion that Shark Week on The Discovery Channel should be made into a national week of celebration. Festivals, shark-shaped snacks on sticks,  a concert by Toby Keith, fireworks, and all the inspired jubilation – because Shark Week is just that great.

Sadly, there’s not much for a gamer looking to “sink his teeth” (haha, Shark analogies haters!) for some virtual shark action, at least to my collective knowledge. The only games I do so happen to remember all have the Steven Spielberg’s Jaws license tied to them.

The first game, came years after the first Jaws, and was roughly tied to Jaws: The Revenge – the fourth and final Jaws movie.  Yet, this Nintendo Entertainment System game was simply titled – Jaws.

Jaws was published back in 1987 by LJN, a wonderful video game maker who gave us such fabulous movie tie-ins such as Back To The Future, The Karate Kid, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Videogame Adventure, and Friday The 13th.

Ahem… excuse me while I laugh to myself at that last sentence. (LOL)

Jaws for the N.E.S., is a rather short and kinda bland experience of a game. How so? Well, you can beat it in almost 6 minuets; give a couple of hours or so depending on how much the few first minuets bored you to death, walked away, and then realized that you left your N.E.S. on and picked up from there.

I don’t want to bag on Jaws too hardly though. I mean for a mildly interesting time killer the game is perfect. There’s nothing Earth-shattering bad about that either, but I  do kinda wish you could play as the shark.

Isn’t that the only reason why someone would pick up a game featuring a great sea-predator such as a shark, but to experience it’s mighty ocean-mastering power?

Thank goodness someone listened to our collective prayers years later, with the 2006 release of Jaws Unleashed for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

Unlike Jaws’ 2D side-scrolling nature, Jaws Unleashed is drastically different, and can be easily summarized as Grand Theft Auto with sharks.

The premise is that you take control of the original great white from the first Jaws film, and prey on the unsuspecting beach goers of Amity Island. It’s all open-world mission based; from taking down marine obstacles that poses a threat to your survival, or facing off against boats, divers, and other water-dwelling life.

Sounds like fun – and if not – at least a bit humorously (or horrifically) enjoyable if this game play video is any indication.

I’m pretty sure Jaws Unleashed, though with its bad camera problems, glitchy game bugs, and freeze ups, is well-regarded as a cult hit. So as Bob Barker would say, if the price is right, Jaws Unleashed is worth a go at.

If anyone knows of  any other shark related games, hit the comments, and share your experience.

Oh and Shark Week 2011 is only a year away! (I thought I should mention that because for no other reason is that Shark Week is kick-ass! Okay, okay, I’ll stop now.)

Our Favorite E3 Moments – Sony’s E3 2006 Press Conference

It’s been four years since the debut of the PlayStation 3. Four years that have been one hell of a ride filled with great promise, embarrassing moments, and stupid decisions. Thankfully, it seems that Sony’s gaming platform has haphazardly found its way. Whether “how successful” is another argument to be made; what I want to focus on is the E3 event which started that strange journey.

E3 2006. Before a crowd of media correspondents and journalists from publications far and wide, Sony unveiled its third iteration to its gaming console series – the PlayStation 3. Most historians would mark this event as Sony’s downward spiral complimented with foolish arrogance and constant stupidity. And they are so dead on that even I, a full-time internet white knight, can’t sugar coat it enough.

This precious keynote is one of those unexpected hilarious moments that show how the King can quickly become the fool in no-time-sharp. Not only did you have Sony’s CEO Kazuo “Kaz” Hirai, shock the crowd by announcing such a laughable $500 price point, but later he would utter the phrase that would become one of the most famous internet memes known to modern gaming.

And if that weren’t the icing on the cake, the presentation of Genji: Days of the Blade, featuring a giant crab battle (hehe), made the entire event seem like a huge prank – as if pretty-boy Ashton Kutcher was waiting to jump out and quickly point at the hidden cameras to the crowd present.

*Ignore the whole Wii360 comment at the end of this video, or not whatever :P

Yeah, it’s gotten a lot better, and cheaper too! *hugs PS3*

Nintendo Releasing Mario Playing Cards

It pretty easy to always just associate Nintendo with video games, seeing as they out-dominate the market so strongly, but for historians of the company, such as myself, we also remember their early beginnings as a playing card manufacturer. It’s a part of their business that has never been forgotten, and still continues today with the announcement of these wonderful Mario branded playing cards.

Being release this July, in Japan, these three sets of Mario playing cards will go on sale, and feature three unique graphical designs. The first set borrows the 8-bit motif from the classic Super Mario Bros. – personally my favorite out of the bunch, the second has a hand-drawn art style – very similar to Mario from his Super Mario Super Show days, and finally a set that represent his modern-day look from the Super Mario Galaxy games.

They’re great looking cards, and seeing as they are from Nintendo, they should be of good quality too.  Hopefully we might see these cards as a US’ Club Nintendo reward item soon in the future, so start saving those points!

Nintendo Releasing Three Sets of Playing Cards – [GoNintendo]

Our Favorite E3 Moments – Mortal Kombat 3 Debuts at E3 1995

We often hear complaints from angry gamers and journos about the current state of E3. They say that the show’s not what it used to be. It’s getting there. E3 2010 was definitely a few steps up from what 2008 and 2007 were in presentation: lights, colors booth babes with swords.

Still, if you ask the OBG staff what they think of E3, we will tell you that we don’t mind the show the way it is right now. Then again, we had no problem with E3 2008, because games didn’t get lost in the crowd. One thing we can sure as hell tell you is that it’s a relief to know that E3 isn’t the same event it was in 1995.

This presentation of Mortal Kombat 3 at E3 1995 (actually the first E3 ever) is so bad it’s good. Next time you want to whine about how E3 isn’t what it used to be, force yourself to watch this video: