PARRIS LILLY

Spawn On Me Episode 54: Midnight With Parris

 

Not only does Shareef Jackson come to hang out with Cee and Kah, but also GamerTagRadio’s Parris Lilly makes his first visit to Brookago! We talk about Parris’ long history in podcasting. Plus we get his take on the current state of video games. In this week’s Breakdown: We talk about Nintendo’s new console & their new mobile strategy, a new Joe Montana football and Take-Two and the ESRB. Plus, Stubby Stan gives you his Kinect tips?

Guest Info

@vicious696. @gamertagradio, @shareefjackson, @operationcube

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Over an hour of Bloodborne gameplay leaked early.

With the hype surrounding this spiritual successor to the games in the Souls franchise, we all are wondering how well the game matches up to the previous games. Well we get a glimpse of what we have coming next week via the musings and controller of one lucky gamer who got a copy early. I’ll dig into this more in depth later on our show Spawn On Me but for now just take a look at the awesome gameplay this Twitch streamer go himself into.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Spawn On Me Episode 52: Galloping Games Developer Conference

 

Kah’s off hobnobbing at the Games Developer Conference so Brookago is left in the very capable hands of Cicero. He decides to bring in Shareef Jackson for crowd control. We talk about the meet & greet over at the Galloping Ghost Arcade. We even have an interview with the owner, Doc Mack! Cee has a review of the Xbox exclusive, Screamride and there’s a return of the Breakdown!  So much happens, it must be heard to be believed.

 

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@gghostarcade@shareefjackson

 

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EVAN NARCISSE

Spawn On Me Episode 50: The Narcisse Naissance

 

Very special episodes require very special guests and we oblige like only we can! Kotaku writer, Evan Narcisse makes his first trip to Brookago! We talk about Evan’s provocative, but truthful article about blackness and gaming. Kah, Cee, Shareef Jackson and Evan talk honestly about race, gaming, representation and how we can, collectively, make things better.

Read Evan’s awesome article

Video Games’ Blackness Problem

http://kotaku.com/video-games-blackness-problem-1686694082

Guest Info – Follow Evan here on Twitter.

@EvNarc

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Check out Netgear Nighthawk X4 Review

We are all looking to solidify our gaming connections at home but most times we look more towards our ISP’s and less to our internal network. I don’t have a typical gaming setup for my Steam library needs. I play on a bootcamped MacBook Pro that doesn’t have an ethernet port (Wazzup with that Apple?). So to remedy this I play fairly close to my wireless router so I can be as close to the signal as possible. Being close is one thing but we live in a connected household. At any time between myself and my wife we’ll have at least four devices on our network and especially on our 5GHZ band.

So until I can snag a dedicated gaming rig, I’m relegated to laptop gaming via a wireless connection. Let me tell you, it’s not the ideal way to play any multiplayer PC games. So in the search for a router that might be able to both give me a strong signal and delegate bandwidth smartly based on need I reached out to the kind folks at NETGEAR. They were kind enough to send me a demo unit, the new and sexy R7500 gaming router.

Let me preface this review by saying that we at TheSpawnPointBlog give what we call “everyday use, down-to-earth” reviews. We do this for a couple of reasons. 1 – We currently don’t have the equipment to give super in-depth technical reviews and 2 – other sites do those WAY better than we do. What we want to convey via these reviews is what your possible experience will be when you get one of these home and set them up. Hopefully you’ll have similar or even better experiences but those will be based on all the things that will affect speeds and connectivity. (Bandwidth, distance from router etc..)

So let’s begin..

Our router is unpacked and set up, we have it in a prime central location in our home. Nothing is really further than 10 feet away from the router at any point. Every test I run, I first perform on our Apple Airport router and then the R7500. ( I usually get around 80MB down and 12MB up)

The first is a 1GB file download on both the 2GHZ band then the 5GHZ band.

 

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Honestly I hardly ever use my 2GHZ band anymore, for some reason I’ve never gotten great speeds on them and prefer to just be on 5GHZ because I’m usually so close. The differences in speed weren’t that significantly different on the 2GHZ band in terms of time but there was a pretty good decrease in how long the R7500 took to download the file on the 5GHZ band. It was pretty nice to see that the router gave a boost on that side of the game (especially after updating to the latest firmware)

The same test was done while streaming a video from Netflix on my Playstation 4 and the R7500 did a great job of keeping the speeds pretty steady with the console being hardwired.

The most important test performed was one that wasn’t something that I could actually measure with tools, but one more measured on feel than anything else. I fired up Steam and played some Ultra Street Fighter to see how the online component would keep up on a wireless connection. Anyone who has played a fighter online knows that split second reactions are needed to be competitive. I’m happy to say that not only was the connection steady but it gave me the ability to have an almost lag-free experience during my online play.

One small thing I really appreciated was the ability to use the X4 as a NAS, being able to have my storage available via the network was always something that I wanted to have set up simply and easily accessed. The X4 did a great job of letting me pull down my movie files and watch them on multiple devices.

The Nighthawk X4 does what it’s supposed to do pretty well. Did I have a significant boost in my connection speed? No, but I didn’t expect to. What it did well and probably better than my current router is manage multiple devices in a way that made me not see and hiccups while using them on the net. It keep my speeds steady and most importantly gave me the ability to play multiplayer games relatively well via my wireless connection.

To wrap up, I think the X4 is a great router. It’s sleek, performs well and is easy to setup. The only knock I can give it is the price. At $255 on Amazon I’m not sure I recommend it unless you are really in the market for router. There are suitable ones out there for cheaper that will give you similar performance.

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Spawn On Me Episode 45: Da_Anniversary

52 weeks! Brookago was founded one year ago & we celebrate the only way we know how…with a BANG! OG YouTuber and basketball aficionado turn NBA2K15 developer, Da_Czar visits Brookago! He talks his origin story, how he got hooked up with 2K sports and what it feels like to be in a video game!  We talk more sports and ponder if sports games should actually be a service. We laugh too… A LOT! Plus, we hear all of the well wishes from former guests & from YOU!!!

 

 

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Da_Czar

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Spawn On Me Episode 42: I Challenge You To Duel…Marksman

We have on the show this week, the youngest member of Brookago, Cicero’s step-son, Roger Robinson, Jr. aka Xbox Live’s Duel Marksman. He talks about how Cicero hordes all of the current generation gaming fun for himself and Cicero’s inability to #Stubnosticate Roger’s desire to play some of Cicero’s old 360 games. We talk heists being added to Grand Theft Auto Online and Halo 5’s beta. We also forecast the fun that was had at our 42 Lounge meet & greet. Finally we announce the name of our #SOMGOTY winner!

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Get It Right: Go Simple With The X-Men

Those of you old enough to remember filling arcade cabinets with machines probably have at least a handful of games that you couldn’t stop playing. For some, it was all about getting the high score on Ms. Pac-Man or Galaga while other flocked to the competitive nature of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. But for me? It was all about the beat-’em-ups, particularly those in the comic book realm. While Punisher remains a classic and close to my heart, I have especially fond memories of playing the X-Men arcade game for hours on end. It’s with that in mind that I have to ask: Why haven’t we seen another game like that starring Professor X and his crew of mutants?

In addition to recently thinking about the arcade game, I have not been able to get the awful taste of X-Men: Destiny out of my mouth since playing it three years ago. It was just an absolute mess of a video game that should have never left the developer’s studios, which is actually something that Kotaku covered in depth in this article. For those unfamiliar with it, though, X-Men: Destiny attempted to fall into the category of action-centric role-playing games, which would have been fine had it been executed properly. Instead, we were left with button-mashing madness that wasn’t even reminiscent of what can make button-mashing games fun. It really just tried to do too much.

Maybe, then, the best thing potential X-Men game developers can do is keep it simple. What’s funny is that there have been well-crafted X-Men games in the past few years, just not on a console! As seen here, slot developer Playtech was able to successfully integrate scenes and imagery from the first X-Men film to create a unique and fun take on an otherwise sterile gaming experience. It’s simple, sure, but that’s kind of the point of slot-styled game, right? Of course—but it’s that simplicity that needs to carry over to full-fledged console versions of titles based on the classic Marvel franchise.

Stop trying to give us over-the-top games where the graphics and appearance are top priority. The focus needs to be on what made those aforementioned classic games so memorable: the gameplay. Ditch the nonsense and go for something straightforward. Then, and only then, can developers even attempt to try a more complicated approach. After all, retro games have had a hell of a year, what with Shovel Knight recently winning Best Indie Game at the Game Awards, per this tweet from Nintendo.

Why can’t we just get something like this year’s X-Men mobile game, Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past, on a console? I can’t even imagine how quickly it would get eaten up by people with some money to spare on Nintendo’s eShop, the Playstation Network, or Xbox Live. It’s a shame that the best X-Men game around is only available on your smartphone but hey, at least we have that, right? Superman fans, on the other hand…

*This is a guest post written by Paul Donegan. Paul is an avid gamer and freelance blogger. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out in his local comic book shop or rewatching episodes of The Wire.*

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Spawn On Me Episode 36: WE Need Diverse Games

We have the pleasure of talking shop with the creator of the viral Twitter tag #INeedDiverseGames Tanya Depass about how the tag originated and how important representation is in video games. We dig a little into why #NotYourShield could have had potential and why it failed. Can we make Kahlief’s rage domain purchase of SJWGames.com an investment for good?

Then in our Breakdown we talk Call Of Duty, how DLC should be done and more. This was an amazing show!

Check out Tanya’s work and I Need Diverse Games Here:

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Spawn On Me Episode 35: “Collectively” Speaking (PHL COLLECTIVE INTERVIEW)

 

We come back from our abyss episode and bring you some dopeness coming out of Philly with Brian & Terry from the indie dev studio PHL COLLECTIVE. We chat about the Philly Indie scene, being a new studio and their games Noodle Arm, Colossal Catastrophe and more.

We also share our thoughts on the EVOLVE alpha, Sony’s Share Play and Does Twitch’s new terms of service shut some people out of the fun.

If you want to check out more dope stuff from these awesome folks check out the links below.

PHL COLLECTIVE

http://phlcollective.com/

Colossal Catastrophe

http://bit.ly/10Ll0PX

Noodle Arm

http://phlcollective.com/#NoodleArm

ClusterPuck99 (Steam Greenlight)

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=276529416

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