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Spawn On Me Episode 26: #MikeBrown lived in Brookago too

As members of the black American community, we are not immune to the events of the past 10 days. We don’t pretend they do not exist and we open the show, with frequent contributor Shareef Jackson, acknowledging how the uprising in Ferguson has affected us and we talk solutions. We then talk about how the gaming media tried to marry real world events to video games. While all of this craziness was happening at home, the world’s largest gaming convention, Gamescom, was taking place in Germany this week and we would be remiss if we didn’t talk about some the biggest events taking place there. Plus, so much more!

Music Break

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 Pharoahe Monch – Welcome to the Terrordome

Special Outro

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Boogie Down Productions – Who Protects Us From You

Guest’s Info

@shareefjackson, @operationcubicle

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Rise of the Tomb Raider will be an Xbox One Timed Exclusive

Gamescom 2014 has been chock full of news announcements for Microsoft’s newest console. Their latest coup is the news that the sequel to developer Crystal Dynamics‘ 2013 hit Tomb Raider, will be Rise of the Tomb Raider and it will launch first on Xbox One during “holiday 2015”.  Just to clarify, the game will still be coming to the PS4 and PC but at a later, undetermined date. Don’t believe me? Listen to what Darrell Gallagher, Crystal Dynamics Head of Studio has to say:

Dear Tomb Raider Community,

As you may have seen, we’ve just announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming Holiday 2015, is exclusively on Xbox. We consider all of you to be the lifeblood of Tomb Raider and the work we do at Crystal. I’d like to give you some insight into this decision, and why we feel this is the very best thing for the Tomb Raider sequel we’re creating at the studio.

Tomb Raider in 2013 was a success due in large part to your continued support. Our goal has always been to deliver something truly special with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Today’s announcement with Microsoft is one step to help us put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming. Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past – we believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft.

This doesn’t mean that we’re walking away from our fans who only play on PlayStation or on PC. Those are great systems, with great partners, and amazing communities. We have Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris coming to those platforms this December, and Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition is available on PS4.

We know that there are probably many more questions and concerns. Please do send them to us, and we’ll answer to the best of our ability. Meanwhile we’re going all out to try and make something truly special – the most ambitious Tomb Raider game ever built.


Darrell Gallagher

Crystal Dynamics Head of Studios

Microsoft is really banking on exclusives being the way to gain ground in this newest generation.  Will it work? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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Bundles of Xbox One Bundles

Gamescom 2014 has been full of surprises and it’s just a few hours old! Xbox head, Phil Spencer, announced three new Xbox One console bundles to go along with the Xbox One bundle announced late last week.


Madden 15 Bundle

Announced last Thursday, the Madden NFL 15 Xbox One bundle will release in conjunction with the game’s release on August 26th.  Aside from the prerequesite accessories included in every Xbox One (chat headset, controller, and HDMI cable) the bundle is set to include a digital copy of the game, and three Madden Ultimate Team card packs. The price for this bundle will be $399.99. The bundle will not be available with the Kinect peripheral.


FIFA 15 Bundle

Announced today at Gamescom and available only in European markets, the FIFA 15 Xbox One bundle will release September 25th to coincide with the European release of the title. Included in the bundle besides the normal Xbox One goodies will be a digital copy of the game and an FIFA Ultimate Team gold card pack. The price for this bundle will be 349.99 British pounds or 399.99 Euros. This bundle will not be available with the Kinect peripheral. Editor’s Note: It seems that Forza Motorsports 5 will also be included in this bundle but as of this writing, that cannot be confirmed in English.


Sunset Overdrive Bundle

Also announced today at the Xbox Gamescom conference, the Sunset Overdrive Xbox One bundle contains the version of the console that many people were enamored with when it was first shown late last year.  That’s right, the white Xbox One that was originally given only to employees of Xbox at the console’s launch will now be made commercially available in this bundle. Scheduled to be released on the game’s October 28th release date, this bundle will contain a white version of the Xbox One console, a white Xbox One controller, a headset, HDMI cable, a digital copy of the game and all Day One content for Sunset Overdrive. No word on if the chat headset will also be white. This bundle will cost $399.99 in the United States, 349.99 in British pounds and $399.99 Euros. This bundle will not be available with the Kinect peripheral.


Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle

The last and most different console bundle announced today is the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Xbox One bundle. This bundle features an specially Call of Duty:Advanced Warfare skinned version of the Xbox One, a similarly skinned Xbox One controller with special sound effects, a chat headset, HDMI cable and a 1 TB internal hard drive instead of the standard 500 GB versions. Additionally a digital Day Zero copy of the game with all of the benefits that come along with this edition of the game plus “additional in-game content”. This bundle will release on November 3rd, to coincide with the Day Zero release of the game and will cost $499.99 in the United States, 429,99 in British Pounds and 499.99 Euros. This bundle will not be available with the Kinect peripheral.

So if you don’t have an Xbox One yet, here are some brilliant choices for you. All of these versions are available for pre-order now and provide you an excellent value, basically giving you the included game for free along with the cost of the console. Which one will you be getting? Let us know in the comments.

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8 Minutes of Quantum Break Gameplay…But Will You Want to Play It?

Gamescom 2014 is here and Microsoft opened the world’s largest games expo with their Xbox press conference. A metric ton of games were shown and discussed during the 90 minute conference. While there were some new game announcements, most of the games were shown previously at June’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The game that was previously announced but not shown was Remedy Games‘ Quantum Break. Well the wait for gameplay footage for this Xbox One exclusive is finally over with the 8 minute gameplay demo shown below:

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As you can see, graphically, the game looks absolutely stunning. Particle effects and dynamic lighting are thrown front and center to amaze and titillate. The footage shows the main game mechanic, the protagonist’s ability to manipulate time. As the main character, combat is completely changed by your ability to freeze time on enemies or small portions of the environment. Freezing time around an enemy, shooting at them, and then allowing the time to unfreeze and get bullets hailed at said baddies seems to be the way this mechanic is most utilized. The question I had after watching this video is: “Why do I want to do any of this?”.

The game seems beautiful, yes, but I don’t know if spamming a ‘gimmick’ button is the way to make a compelling game. While I walked away less than impressed with the footage shown, I’m willing to give the makers of the excellent Alan Wake the benefit of the doubt. Be sure to check back with us as we learn more about this game in the months leading up to its 2015 release.

What are your thoughts on the video and the game?  Let us know in the comments below.

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You’ve Been Chosen Trailer is Cryptic As Hell

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It looks like someone at BioWare has been tripping mean amounts of acid. Lots of Cryptic imagery rolled into some Jacob’s Ladder no faced business. Who the hell knows what ‘s going on but no one in the trailer looks happy or calm.

I guess we’ll find out what’s going on at Gamescom…

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Remember Me Announced From Capcom

While many of us were sleeping here stateside Capcom announced a new and interesting IP at Gamescom called Remember Me. Formerly known as Adrift, this game has you take the role of a “Memory Hunter” named Nilin. With part of your memory erased you find the tables turned in which you were once the hunter and now you are the hunted.

The game mixes third person traversal with some stylized hand-to-hand combat and looks to be set in a futuristic Paris. So far I really like what I’ve seen of the gameplay.

Here is a look:

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