What’s the penalty for diving in Tekken?

Busquests.  Ronaldo.  Robben.  Yeah, Neymar is going to fit in (if he doesn’t already) really well with this group.  These are some of the best divers on the planet on the pitch.  During this weeks Confederations Cup match between Brazil and Uruguay, Neymar gave us a dive for the ages. Not only was it blatant, it was quite comical.  Walter Gargano was shielding the ball from Neymar when Gargano seems to elbow him in the face and Neymar acts like he got shot.  But his punishment was not met with a yellow or red card. It was met  with Street Fighter style ass whooping!

Sony @ E3 Rapid Reaction

(ed.note: Here are viciouspjurahead’s unfiltered thoughts from watching last night’s Sony E3 keynote)

 Will Sony unveil the box? Will Uncharted 4 be announced? Will the new PS4 be able to a full kidney transplant.  All of these questions are now answered now that the Sony presentation is finished. here’s the good, the bad, and the super badass!!

-Gaming platform first. Good job.

-System wide sharing is positive. Being able to help a brother out in a jam.  Anyone wanna beat Final Fantasy 13-2 for me?

-Bit of a long delay here. Oh god. I missed it. Sad face. Oh ok, i didnt miss it. I was welcomed with the sounds of Ni No Kuni.

-During the opening video I thought I saw the actual console.

-Started off with the Vita. Seems like Sony is really pushing for the Vita to be a success.  I didnt know the amount of apps it has on it.  Makes it almost a mini iPad mini.

-Walking Dead: 400 Days announcement. Followed by a video of The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls.

-GT6 looks just beautiful? Nothing else needed to say about it.

– Sleek design.  And looks relatively lightweight.

-Now we are getting a look at the games.  The Order seems like a game I can do without but the Killzone game looks absolutely amazing. And it’s a launch title so double bonus.

– I think it’s safe to say that the look of games will no longer be in questions. It will most certainly come down to gameplay and what you’re exactly looking for in a game.

-Did Xbox even show us any independent games?

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Final Fight

EA Sports today..er yesterday..( a bit late sorry) released their 3rd and final video highlighting the improvements made to the latest installment of the NHL Franchise.  This one highlights the newly implemented Enforcer Engine, created for use in the Fight Night franchise.  These fights now have a 3rd person perspective and it will use a physics-based punch targeting.  Player size differentiation, user-controlled celebrations afterwards, and damage that remains through the entirety of the game round out the litany of changes.  EA announced that NHL won’t be coming to any next-gen consoles.  Is this a bad thing? Maybe not.  I don’t know how many next-gen titles people are going to buy right off the bat. You can only play one game at a time right?  EA is doing the smart thing here.  Put all your energy into this generation and make it an awesome experience.

Now that all three videos are available, here is a classic fight starring the great Patrick Roy facing off against Chris Osgood.

I’ll Bet if Joe Biden Ever Played Ni No Kuni, He Would Dig it

BidenNow that Joe Biden has firmly inserted himself into the realm of video game chatter, his chatter seems to be causing a stir. According to Politico, he wants to pass a bill taxing violent video games…and he sees no legal reasons not to do so.  Now, I know I’m just a history teacher and not a hot-shot Columbia lawyer (ed.note: what is this, your “aw shucks,maybe I’m not as smart as you city folk” routine?) but if my memory serves me right, I believe there is a law that would legally not let this happen: it’s called the First Amendment.  Didn’t the Supreme Court pass a bill stating this already?

“Like the protected books, plays, and movies that preceded them, video games communicate ideas — and even social messages — through many familiar literary devices (such as characters, dialogue, plot, and music) and through features distinctive to the medium (such as the player’s interaction with the virtual world). That suffices to confer First Amendment protection.”

The notion of taxing violent video games because they “may” be corrupting America’s youth is just absurd.  Also, who is Biden, or anyone else for that matter, to consider what art is good and which isn’t? What form of art is mildly violent or so violent it’s taxable?  I don’t feel anyone has the right to impose judgement values on others, and that we, the video gamers, should be financially punished for poor judgement calls. It is not the government’s place to decide what art is good and bad, and if it is somehow deemed bad, to tax it. (Sidenote: in calling video games an art form, why are violent paintings by, such as, never under the jurisdiction of the government. Check out the Renaissance painting Judith Slaying Holofernes by one of the few female artists of the time, Artemisia Gentileschi, and try to get Biden-style on that piece of artistic culture and history.)485px-Artemisia_Gentileschi_-_Judith_Beheading_Holofernes_-_WGA8563

By using Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 as an example, the link between violent video games and real life violence is quite minimal.  I am not saying that there is no connection, that would be way too ignorant, but I do believe it is quite minuscule.  My girlfriend (#humblebrag) asked me once while playing Black Ops, “Is there any game that you and your friends play where you don’t kill people?”  It took me a while to answer because most of the games out there that aren’t sport games do usually involve killing. Whether it be zombies in The Walking Dead, or little furry anime creatures in Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. (side note, FFVII lovers pick up this game) Black Ops 2 made over $1 billion dollars in the first 15 days of sales; at $60 a game that’s 16.5 million games sold.  I find it hard to believe that 16.5 million players will now become violent offenders.  If that’s the case then he also has to pass a bill taxing comic books starring the Joker.  Or video games starring the Joker.  Or any movie that has a gun in it where people die.

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One-Touch Dekes and True Performance Skating

In this, EA’s second of their three part series showcasing new additions to NHL 14, we see one-touch dekes and an improved physics-based skating engine.  The one-touch offer a more user friendly way of pulling this maneuver by just using the left stick and one button.  As for the physics engine EA says it has “improved balance between speed and momentum, quicker pivots and enhanced lateral skating”  I added a video that Sportscenter made highlighting the best dekes.  Here is hoping that the NY Rangers can coerce Marek Malik out of retirement and use some of his magic against the Bruins.

When Titling Your Film for International Release

American films sometimes have much different titles when shown abroad. . If You Leave Me, I Delete You  f/k/a Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Hot Shots? Nah, Warm Shots.  I wonder whether Hot Shots Part Deux is Warmer Shots or Warm Shots Part Dvě.

China clearly seems they don’t want any of their movie goers to have a good time so just spoil the endings for you.   Sixth Sense? Nope, He’s A Ghost. Thanks for the heads up guys.  Here are some badass movie posters that go along with some of the bizarre names. Trust me, these posters are a hell of alot cooler.  I think Poland takes the cake on how to make a movie poster.

via WhatCulture

I’m Gonna Make Gretzky Bleed..or Just Fall to the Ground In the Most Realistic Way Possible

No more bleeding in sports video games anymore. Sad I know, but that doesn’t mean all the fun and hard hitting is taken out of sports games.  EA today released a new trailer highlighting their improved collision physics that will be used in NHL 14.

While you’re at it hockey fans, head on over to the cover vote website and vote for who you want on the cover of NHL 14.

VPH Looks Ahead: NHL 14

The 2012-2013 NHL season hasn’t even reached the playoffs yet but EA decided to reveal the announcement trailer for NHL ’14 anyway.  All I have to say is WOW.  One of my first posts for MB was about the lack of effort put into welcoming first time gamers into the world of an NHL game.   Not to say that EA would concern themselves with the plebes this time around either. The WOW factor is entirely based on the trailer.  The way it moves from live to in-game action is  stellar. Sometimes I couldn’t even make out which one was which. (Check out the Semin to Tlusty doozy at the :39 mark)  EA revealed a few of the new gameplay mechanics and features as well.  With sports game I usually take a 1 year break between titles.  I mean, how much can actually change in a year?  Perfect example: the MLB 2k13 fiasco.

“We’re very proud of the history of innovation that the EA SPORTS NHL franchise has produced on this console generation, and this year we’re amplifying that innovation by leveraging technology from teams like FIFA and Fight Night.  We’re very proud of the history of innovation that the EA SPORTS NHL franchise has produced on this console generation, and this year we’re amplifying that innovation by leveraging technology from teams like FIFA and Fight Night,” says Dean Richards, General Manager, NHL, EA SPORTS. “This year fans will feel the speed, skill and aggression of NHL hockey like never before, powered by some of the best EA SPORTS technology to create the best game we could ever imagine.”

According to Joystiq, the game will have a ton of new additions and tweeks to both offline and online modes.   The list includes new collision physics (used in FIFA), the Enforcer Engine (used in Fight Night), True-Performance Skating, One-Touch dekes, updates on Be a Pro, and updates to the Hockey Ultimate Team and EASports Hockey League. EA Vancouver will be using said physics engine for the first time although it was first utilized in FIFA 12, by EA Canada.  Since then some  of the kinks have been hammered out, here’s hoping we see none of this: