Posts Tagged ‘video’

GI visits Lost Ark Video Games

Lyndsey Hicks, editor-in-chief

Gaming Insurrection has a long history of making impromptu road trips in search of arcades and game stores. We love the thrill of the hunt, and traveling in general, so when we have the chance to get out and see different things that involves gaming, we do it.

Imagine our luck then when we stumbled upon Lost Ark Video Games in Greensboro, N.C. Lost Ark is a small shop that sells games and — surprise! — features an arcade filled with pinball machines and cabinets. Import and domestic games are offered for systems from the days of the Atari through the modern consoles. There are quite a few fighting game machines (i.e. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and Super Street Fighter II Turbo), but there are some gems, such as Vs. Super Mario Bros., Vs. Ice Climbers and a Nintendo Play Choice that features Super Mario Bros. 1 to 3.

While we were out, we decided to document the experience. Look for a longer feature sometime in the new year. In the meantime, visit Lost Ark at www.lostarkvideogames.com.

YouTube Preview Image

19

08 2012

2Q2012 is now available!

Content for the second quarter 2012 is now available! Stories this quarter:

Classic Focus: Super Mario Kart: GI goes in-depth with a look at the characters and weapons of the game and the tracks we love in the classic Super Nintendo racer.

Mortal Kombat II tournament Finals: We finish off our six round Mortal Kombat II tournament. Find out who took the crown in GI’s first tournament.

Reviews: We critique Halo Reach, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Namco Museum, Sonic Mega Collection and Onimusha in Ready, Set, Begin! and  ESWAT: City under Siege, Wheel of Fortune and Tetris Attack in Retrograde.

In Retro Game Corner, we take a look at reboots of several popular franchises. When is it time to start over and when is it time to let it go? We give our opinions on which series need to restart and which should leave things alone. In our continuing look at the 150 Pokemon of Red and Blue, we examine the evolution chain of Pidgey, Pidgeotto and Pidgeot. And the Dance Dance Revolution Spotlight focuses on Trip Machine Climax, Destiny and Cartoon Heroes (Speedy Mix).

On The Strip, we talk about the moral failings of the X-Men’s Charles Xavier and study up on Avengers stalwart Dr. Strange, Earth’s sorcerer supreme in the Marvel character highlight, property review and top 5 list.

Download the latest issue at www.gaminginsurrection.com

02

04 2012

Change coming to GI

Lyndsey Mosley

Lyndsey Mosley, editor in chief

Several months ago, I said there would be changes coming to Gaming Insurrection. I am proud to announce that indeed change has arrived for GI.

The first significant difference is that GI is going to a smaller size. We’re changing the way we look and it will be immediately noticeable in the actual size (12×12) and in quality. This switch will occur beginning with the 2Q2012 issue, available in April 2012.

The second significant difference is in the production quality. GI has finally made the leap to Adobe InDesign and Acrobat for page layout and GamingInsurrection.com will be produced using Dreamweaver. These production tools are the standard in the industry for publication creation and we’re excited to make the move.

The final change, or addition rather, is the start of a new video feature. I’m personally beginning a series called Editor’s vlog. As of this post, there are two episodes available, which can be viewed here or at our YouTube channel.

12

12 2011

Game Night #04: Borderlands

Jamie and I sat down to run through a co-op session in Borderlands for the fourth Game Night. Watch the video here or visit our Youtube channel.

YouTube Preview Image

01

10 2011

4Q2011 update online!

Gaming Insurrection is proud to present the following content for 4Q2011 issue:

Features:

The Usual Suspects: GI takes a look at the shooter-looter Borderlands from Gearbox Software. Editors Lyndsey and Jamie Mosley complete a short runthrough for an episode of Game Night and begin their newest podcast, Guns of Pandora.

MK2 tournament: Round 4 is over and the results of matches have been tallied. Find out who’s going to the semifinals in our newest video, podcast and match analysis.

Retrograde:

We review: Donkey Kong Country (SNES), Barbie (NES), Double Dragon (Genesis) and Final Fantasy (NES)

Ready, Set, Begin!:

We review: Call of Duty Black Ops (Xbox 360 version), Mortal Kombat (Xbox 360 version), Shinobi (PS2), Animal Crossing (GameCube) and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (Xbox 360 version).

The Strip:

We review Watchmen (film) in the property review, Devil May Cry 3 Vol. 1 in Otaku, the top 5 unknown black superheroes, discuss the importance of equal representation in comics in Strip Talk and break down Marrow in the Marvel character highlight.

In this issue, we begin our long-planned and awaited ratings policy and we move our digital archives online. If you would like to read older content from Gaming Insurrection without having to download a PDF issue, now’s your chance. Gaming Insurrection’s digital archives are now live! Get started here.

 

01

10 2011

2Q2011 now online!

Gaming InsurrectionGaming Insurrection is proud to present the 2nd quarter 2011 issue!

In this issue:

1. Dreamcast fighting games – Gaming Insurrection examines the art of fighting games on Sega’s last scion, the Dreamcast. We discuss our favorite games and the peripherals we suggest to play them with in our quarterly features podcast.

2. Mortal Kombat II tournament – Our throwdown in the Midway fighting game classic continues with the second round of the winner’s bracket. Watch our tournament videos on YouTube and listen to our companion podcast!

3. Retrograde – We cover the following games: Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers (NES), Gauntlet II (NES), Bases Loaded (NES) and Donkey Kong (NES)

4. Ready, set, begin! – We review the following games: Crazy Taxi 2 (Dreamcast), Captain Commando (SNES), Mega Man IV (NES) and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (SNES)

5. The Strip – The Spirit is discussed in the comic property review and Lyndsey Mosley gives a rundown of what she needs for her comic book movies to succeed. The Top 5 list focuses on useless heroes and Brandon Beatty continues his look at Death Note with a review of Vol. 3 of the manga. Rogue is our Marvel character highlight for the quarter.

6. Retrogamecorner – Rumored Mortal Kombat HD remakes make the rounds, and we detail the moves of Charmander, Charmeleon and Charizard in the Pokemon Red and Blue Knowledge Center. Also, Jamie Mosley introduces a new column, Torture of the Quarter, with Silver Surfer for the NES as the first victim.

This quarter is also the first of our online redesign. We hope that a sprucing up of the site’s overall design will improve readability and usability. Let us know what you think! Register to leave a comment, drop us an e-mail or find us on Twitter and YouTube.

Play

02

04 2011

4Q2010 update

As some of our readers have seen, Gaming Insurrection recently picked up and moved to a new base of operations. We’re spread out over North Carolina and South Carolina so we mostly likely will stay in one of the two states. Our latest move has been good for several reasons:

1. More money. With better jobs, GI members can make more money to put toward newer gear for the magazine; and

2. More time. A change in schedule for GI’s main members — me and Jamie — means we have more time to get things done and to think of more features.

Aside from moving, we have all stepped up our writing and it’s going to show beginning with the next issue. We’re trying to get more stories in, reviews about games we loved, and have loved, to play and more videos and podcasts recorded.

I’m most proud of the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles special issue. It will kickoff what we are calling the “Classic Focus” series. Modeled after 1up.com’s Cover Stories section, we’re putting the focus on a particular series and blowing it out. We’re talking maps, columns on our experiences, in short, an entire issue primarily devoted to one series. Now, they won’t necessarily happen each quarter. But keep a look out for them. I have a feeling that the TMNT issue is going to rock.

On the subject of new gear: As I mentioned, before we’re looking to upgrade our systems and software at GI. Primarily, I use:

  • Microsoft Publisher: Magazine print version and website;
  • PDF Tools: Joining the individual pieces of the magazine together;
  • Sony Acid Music Studio and a voice recorder:  Podcasts; and
  • Sony Vegas Movie Studio: Video production
  • Nikon Coolpix L11: Pictures (stills and some video)

I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but I’ve decided for sure what I’d like to work with:

  • Print design: Quark Express or Adobe Indesign (what professionals use in the newspaper industry and what I use everyday for work)
  • Adobe Acrobat 9 Standard or Professional: To join PDFs and reduce their size. This makes it far faster and easier for our readers to download issues . And it also saves on server space for GI.
  • Final Cut Pro: Video production. This is an industry standard as well.
  • Sony HD Handycam for videos

The magazine production equipment can be had in the Adobe Creative Suite Premium for about $1,899. Buying the programs separately can run for much more. As you can see, GI will be saving its newfound money.

Otherwise, keep reading our issues and watching our videos. Also, visit our affiliate PlayAsia.com through the search box on the front page for game deals. Every little bit you spend there at the fine establishment that is Play Asia actually helps us. We appreciate it.

Lyndsey M.

Editor, Gaming Insurrection

31

08 2010

Game Night #03: Street Fighter Alpha Collection

Jamie and I sat down to play Street Fighter Alpha Collection’s Hyper Street Fighter Alpha for the third Game Night. Watch the video here or visit our Youtube channel.

YouTube Preview Image

11

08 2010

3rd Quarter 2010 has launched

Gaming Insurrection presents its 3rd Quarter 2010 content and issue for download.

1. E3 2010: GI editors Lyndsey, Jamie and Brandon discuss the big happenings of the gaming industry’s largest trade show. We’ve also recorded a features podcast about our thoughts on the offerings from the big three – Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft.

2. Silver Horse Awards – GI salutes five honorees who’ve brought something to the table in the gaming industry in the first GI Awards. See which games we chose to honor for their contributions.

3. What We’re Playing – We take a look at Street Fighter II: Special Championship Edition*, Marvel Super Heroes, Planet Puzzle League and Capcom vs. SNK 2.*

4. Retrograde – Titles we look at this quarter are The Addams Family*, Mario is Missing*, Final Fight* and Mortal Kombat 3*.

As usual you can read the content for our comics section, The Strip, and listen to our quarterly podcast Strip Talk. Visit our archives for past issues.

*= This feature has video. Watch in the multimedia section.

12

07 2010

Introducing Game Night!

We’re proud to announce a new video feature set: GI Game Nights!

The editors at Gaming Insurrection will periodically put together a video of the group gathering to play some of our favorite games for various systems. We enjoy video games and we think our readers will enjoy watching us play, too. As with our other videos, we will post the new videos here and at our YouTube channel.

Our first Game Night features a classic fighter for the Sega Dreamcast: Project Justice.

YouTube Preview Image

20

04 2010