Aug 202013
 

robocast44Join panelists Jessie, David, Aron, and Carl as they discuss Microsoft flip-flopping on the Xbox One, GameStop’s terrible business practices, and premier the Super Hero Smut Segment.

At about the 30 minute mark the audio gets weird and Aron’s audio lags behind everyone else’s, so you’ll hear people occasionally replying to him before he speaks. There was no way to fix it, but there was so much good stuff in here we wanted to put up the episode anyway. Hope you can enjoy it despite the difficulties!
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Jessie – Twitter
David – Twitter
Aron – Twitter
Musical consideration provided by RobotScience
Feb 262013
 

Image via zerochan.net

Information has been released on Serebii regarding the newest event Pokemon to be released for owners of Pokemon Black/White and Pokemon Black/White 2.

Starting on March 4th and ending on March 24th, Pokefans can head to their local GameStop or EB Games and download this special Pokemon to their games.  It is a psychic type Pokemon that has previously been unavailable to players, and it has the distinction of being the only Pokemon with more than one form who can transform during battle.

It also has really fancy hair!

May 092012
 

Sometimes it seems that different companies fight for the best pre-order bonuses. In THIS battle, Amazon.com has clearly won.

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Dec 292010
 

Beginning on January 3rd, 2011 Nintendo will be teaming up with GameStop and Toys R Us to bring Pokéfanatics in the United States a whopping total of four different Pokémon giveaways! Whooo…someone hold me back, I’m about have a Pokéstroke!

GameStop will be responsible for distributing the three legendary beasts: Raikou, Entei, and Suicune. All three of the dog/cats/whatever the heck they are will be “shiny” (which means they have an alternate color palate), and when you transfer them to your Pokémon Black or White game you can take them to the Illusion Forest to awaken Zorak. This is all being done to tie in with the release of the 13th movie in Japan, which is entitled “Zorak Master of Illusion”.

I, being the insanely resourceful Pokéfreak that I am, have gotten my hands on Raikou early. It is at level 30, is in a Cherish Ball, and has a Classic Ribbon to prevent it from being traded on the Global Trade Station. The Raikou I received had a Rash nature, which boosts its Special Attack stat at the cost of a reduced Special Defense stat. At this time it is unknown if these Pokémon will have randomized natures or will all be the same one. Raikou knows the following moves: Zap Cannon, Aura Sphere, Extreme Speed, and Weather Ball — all of which are only available on the Raikou being distributed for this event.

In addition to these Pokémon, Nintendo will aslo be giving away Ash’s Pikachu at Toys R Us across the US. This Pikachu matches the Ash’s Pikachu that was given out via WiFi in Japan earlier this year. It will not unlock any new storyline or features in your games. You can look for this Pikachu at your local Toys R Us store January 30th, 2011 through February 5th, 2011.

Ash's Pikachu?!

All of this excitement is sure to only further fuel the frenzy surrounding Pokémon Black and White’s release, especially since a North American release date of March 6th, 2011 has finally been announced.

Beginning on January 3rd, 2011 Nintendo will be teaming up with GameStop and Toys R Us to bring Pokéfanatics in the United States a whopping total of FOUR DIFFERENT EVENT PokéMON GIVEAWAYS! Whooo…someone hold me back, I’m about have a Pokéstroke!

GameStop will be responsible for distributing the three legendary beasts: Raikou, Entei, and Suicune. All three of the dog/cats will be “shiny” (which means they have an alternate color palate), and when you transfer them to your Pokémon Black or White game you can take them to the Illusion Forest to awaken Zorak. This is all being done to tie in with the release of the 13th movie in Japan, which is entitled “Zorak Master of Illusion”.

I, being the insanely resourceful Pokéfreak that I am, have gotten my hands on Raikou early. It is at level 30, is in a Cherish Ball, and has a Classic Ribbon to prevent it from being traded on the Global Trade Station. The Raikou I received had a Rash nature, which boosts its Special Attack stat at the cost of a reduced Special Defense stat. At this time it is unknown if these Pokémon will have randomized natures or will all be the same one. Raikou knows the following moves: Zap Cannon, Aura Sphere, Extreme Speed, and Weather Ball — all of which are only available on the Raikou being distributed for this event.

In addition to these Pokémon, Nintendo will aslo be giving away Ash’s Pikachu at Toys R Us across the US. This Pikachu matches the Ash’s Pikachu that was given out via WiFi in Japan earlier this year. It will not unlock any new storyline or features in your games. You can look for this Pikachu at your local Toys R Us store January 30th, 2011 through February 5th, 2011.

All of this excitement is sure to only further fuel the frenzy surrounding <b>Pokémon Black and White’s</b> release, especially since a North American release date of March 6th, 2011.

Sep 132010
 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that tonight at midnight Halo fans will be lined up to receive their long awaited copies of Halo Reach – the final installment of the series from developer Bungie. The prequel to the first Halo: Combat Evolved game is set to rock retail and is billed as the most highly anticipated game of 2010.

So if the barrage of marketing by way of live action trailers, dev diaries, and in game footage haven’t worked you into a Halo frenzy here are a few ways you can pump up the jam in anticipation of Halo Reach.

5) Play the first Halo: Combat Evolved game - Halo: CE is not only the first installment of the series but also regarded as the best in the series from a campaign standpoint. In Halo Reach we’ll be going back to blasting Elites, Grunts and Jackals so taking a step back into the past will really help to align your killingmanship come midnight. Furthermore since Reach is a prequel to Combat Evolved you’ll be up and up on the story.

4) Read the Fall of Reach book - Certainly you’re aware that Master Chief wasn’t the only spartan. In fact he was just the prime subject from a batch of manyof children who were abducted by the UNSC for genetic modification and intense physical augmentation to become the first wave of super soldiers to combat the Covenant. Reading a little backstory to Halo will reveal a fairly rich and detailed universe that you may not have considered prior to playing the Halo games. A lot of people unjustly dismiss the Halo story as generic sci-fi fodder without delving into the novels which are, apart from the first novel which simply recounts the first game, well written.

3) Watch the Halo Legends anime - While it isn’t the greatest anime effort put out the Halo Legends series isn’t half bad and contains anime shorts by a variety of studios giving their own spin on the Halo universe. There’s a lot of backstory to be had here such as the origins of the Forerunners, some of Master Chief’s early exploits, an ODST trooper short and some more backstory for the Arbiter. As I mentioned all of the animes are pretty brief so they don’t take too long to watch but they do help paint a better picture where the story is concerned.

2) Play Halo 3 matchmaking - Yep – good old fashioned multiplayer beat ‘em up! That’s how I spent my weekend getting in all those last kicks on Halo 3 before moving on for greener pastures. Halo 3′s multiplayer shooting is one online experience that really holds its own and there isn’t much out there nearly as competitive and well regarded as Halo 3′s team based warfare and although Modern Warfare games pitch a good fight I’d have to tip my hat to Halo 3 as being the premier online console shooter. Hundreds of thousands still play Halo 3 and many still even played Halo 2 up until its dying days. So round up your friends and take this last day to wipe up any newbs still lingering about.

1) Attend a Midnight Release event - They’re happening at game retailers across the US tonight. Midnight release events are a sure fire way to get pumped for Halo Reach. There’s nothing like hanging out with fellow enthusiasts the night before a Halo release. It’s been my personal tradition since the launch of Halo 2 and I’ve continued to do so ever since. Exchanging gamer tags with equally enthused fans, playing in mini-tournaments before the retail counters open, and waiting for those doors to blow off their hinges almost makes the wait worth it… almost. Because once you’ve got that cellophaned box of awesome in your hands there’s nothing like getting it home to your console and tearing into some Covenant bastards!

So – what version of the game did you pre-order?

Jul 232010
 

Like the new Dragon Quest game? Like free stuff? If you only answered ‘yes’ to the later of my questions, I’m afraid there’s not much I can do for you. If, however, you answered both affirmatively, you’re in luck. Next Saturday afternoon, June 31, head to any participating GameStop location with your Nintendo DS and a copy of Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies to download a FREE in-game map. It’s worth noting that you’re only eligible to receive the exclusive map if you’ve progressed far enough to reach the Quester’s Rest Tavern, which I’m assured is not very far into the game. So if you haven’t made it there yet, you have a new mission for this week.  Is there a better mission to receive than playing more games? I can’t fathom that there is.

If you’re unsure if Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is for you, take a gander at RoboAwesome’s own Aron Deppert’s review here and our Nintendo manager, Carl’s second opinion.

The event will take place from 1-4 p.m. at select GameStop locations. If you’re  interested in attending the event, grabbing a free map, and meeting other Dragon Quest fans, check out GameStop’s website to find a participating store near you.

May 222009
 

Now on sale - souls.Just when you thought they couldn’t put anyone else out of business Walmart announces that they’re going to start buying and selling used games out of vending machines.

Companies like Gamestop could face some trouble with superstores like Walmart stepping on their toes like this.

In fact – right down the street from my house there is a Super Walmart and a smaller video game chain store called Continue reading »

Feb 272009
 

Opposable Thumbs, the gaming folks over at Ars Technica that we often ‘borrow’ from (hey, we link to them and give them credit each time at least) just ran a post about a new charity setting up shop in the great big internet.  It’s called DonateGames.org, and while it isn’t doing business yet on the ‘selling’ side of things, they are already accepting donations as to get the ball rolling.

The idea is pretty simple.  Instead of going to GameStop or somewhere similar to trade in your used games for that copy of Onechanbara you’ve been hoping to get your paws on, you mail your game off to DonateGames.org. In return, they will give you a tax deductible receipt, which is great for keeping Uncle Sam off your back a bit. But you receive no ducats.

Instead, DonateGames.org will sell that used game, and with the ducats raised by doing so, they intend to provide some funding for research and treatment options for dealing with the far lesser-known diseases (such as bonitis) that like to creep up on our friends, families, and fair-weather well-wishers when we all least expect it. Whew. Long sentence. Anyhow, it’s a noble, if not quite ‘thuggish’ enterprise, and it may very well be a way to start atoning for that hobo you ran down with your car last year. Oh yes. I know about that.  I know all about that…..