David Hayter IS in MGSV? Who’s Alexander Nevsky?

Okay, I really don’t know what to do with this information. Former Russian body builder-turned actor Alexander Nevsky is listed on IMDB’s Metal Gear Solid V page as voicing an in-game character named–get this–David Hayter. The last ten seconds or so of the above video pretty appropriately sum up my reaction.

For those of you whose mind this didn’t completely blow, David Hayter is the name of the actor who has voiced series protagonists Solid Snake and Big Boss  since those characters had voices but was recently replaced by Hollywood vet, Keifer Sutherland. Hayter has displayed some bitterness (or at least disappointment) on Twitter about his replacement, and it was rumored that the sudden change came as a complete surprise to him just as it did to everyone else. Continue reading

So, What’s Everyone Playing This Summer?

Over at Kotaku, Leo Wichtowski recently posted a humorous video about the “video game drought” that strikes every summer. With E3 finished and the holiday season both too distant and too imminent for publishers to make strategic launches, the hottest season of the year is notorious for being the coolest in terms of new game releases.

That’s certainly not to say, however, that there isn’t anything of interest hitting store shelves this summer.  Continue reading

Games of E3s Past–Mass Effect (2006)

E3 2013 has come to its end and the gaming world is returning to its day-to-day life. As I do every year, I saw a lot (secondhand, mind you, I’m nowhere near established enough financially or otherwise to actually get into E3) to really excite me about the future of gaming. In my last post, I shared my favorite announcements and trailers to come out of E3, and invited you all to do the same. Today, I started reminiscing about games of E3s past and thought, “Hey, that could make for a fun article series.”

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My (Obligatory) Best of E3 Post

E3 2013 is at its end and, naturally, the gaming community is buzzing like a hive of bees hopped up on caffeine. Being that this year’s expo brought with it the world’s first good look at the next generation of Sony’s and Microsoft’s game consoles, the post-expo excitement seems even more palpable than it has in nearly a decade. More than that, the controversy surrounding Microsoft’s planned DRM policies has stirred even the sleepiest of gamers who are now faced with a future that might feel more radically different from their expectations than they could ever have imagined. Continue reading

Hey, You Got Jack Bauer in my Metal Gear

A couple of days ago, at Konami’s Pre-E3 show, Hideo Kojima and Konami revealed to the world that the next actor to voice Snake in the acclaimed Metal Gear Solid series would be none other than Jack Bauer himself, Kiefer Sutherland. It was an announcement that I had anxiously anticipated since this past March when rumors began flying that David Hayter, the beloved series veteran and voice of Snake since he, well, had a voice, would not be reprising his role in the latest entry in the series, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It was a hard blow to us hardcore fans of the series, but what hurt worse was hearing that Hayter had not even been asked to return to the franchise.

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Sierra Sale at GOG

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Just thought I should quickly let everyone know that there’s a big sale on Sierra titles over at GOG.com this weekend. Titles worth mentioning include the entire Kings Quest series; my favorite series of all time, Quest for Glory; one of the best cRPGs that I never played, Arcanum; the entire Krondor series; and Vampire: The Masquerade. Check it out!

A Big Thanks to Lifehacker and Their Community

An interesting thing happened to my gaming PC this year. It started showing its age (I’d be much obliged if you at least feign shock). I began to notice the symptoms the moment I powered up Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm for the first time. My frame rate was consistently plummeting to around 20 frames per second. I was flabbergasted. Why would this be happening, I thought, when Wings of Liberty ran (with the same graphics settings, mind you) at around 60FPS or better?

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