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Killer Instinct Maya - Beyonce Controversy


If you have played the Killer Instinct video game character Maya or even watched this character during gameplay, you may have noticed she has, in my opinion, a strong resemblance to Beyonce Knowles.  Back in the day when Beyonce was part of the group Destiny's Child, she wore her hair in braids often similar to how Maya is depicted in the video game.  When I watched this game being played, I also noticed the character has certain victory movements that are signature moves for Beyonce -- even though anyone of course could do these moves as well.mayabeyonce

The question I have is why, unlike Lindsay Lohan, Beyonce has not come forward to challenge the use of her likeness without her permission.  As you may know, a few months back Lindsay Lohan sued those behind supposedly or alledgedly using  her likeness in the video game, Grand Theft Auto V -- which is still pendng.  However, not a whimper has been heard from Beyonce.

Could it be that Beyonce is still reelling from the recent video game settlement she made with game developer Gate Five after  being sued for over $100 million dollars for backing out of a video game deal?  Or maybe there are other reasons.  By the way, details of the settlement were not disclosed.


Of course it is possible that her likeness is based on someone else who simply resembles Beyonce, which essentially means the controversy between Maya and Beyonce's likeness does not exist.  Maybe this is the case   since the game has been out for some time now and there has not been nary a peep from Beyonce or her people about how Maya looks like Beyonce in the video game Killer Instinct.

If you would like to weigh in on this yourself, you may check out  Killer Instinct which is an Xbox One exclusive video game, rated M for Mature.  Maya is a playable character in the Killer Instinct Season 2 series that launched October 15, 2014.


Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 10:09

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Video Games: Sunset Overdrive Free on Xbox One Today Only!

Sunset Overdrive

Sunset Overdrive

Here's a pre-Thanksgiving gift to you from Microsoft.  Through today only, the $59.00 rated Mature Sunset Overdrive video game playable on the Xbox one is free.  That's right -- the complete game is free if you are an Xbox Live member.  So, instead of watching gameplays on Twitch, youtube or some other media, you can play the complete game yourself, in the comfort of your own home.



Sunset Overdrive

The caveat is that of course it may take you more than a few hours to complete the game -- so after playing the game free today, you may want to purchase the complete game -- depending on if you enjoyed playing it or not.  The good news is that this is Black Friday Week, meaning you can also check to see if there are any big discounts on the game when the big sales start -- some beginning on Thanksgiving Day.

A minor downside which is becoming routine for some video games is the game may take awhile to download.  Also, if you have not played a game recently on your Xbox One, you will also have to install a quick update and have your Xbox One restart before downloading, installing and playing the game.

Small inconveniences, in my opinion to get a full bonafide video game free to play.

Happy gaming and enjoy!

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 November 2014 20:59

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Will Metal Wolf Chaos Video Game Ever Come to America?


President Michael Wilson from the From Software video game developers has been recognized as the most patriotic politician in video games.  However, his patrotism must be admired from afar, because as of 2015, he and his heroic exploits are in a video game that never reached America.  The video game I'm referring to is, of course, Metal Wolf Chaos, a video game that received high praise in its day, but for some reason or another never was released in America.  If you happen to live or reside in Japan and you have the original Xbox video game system, you can play this game to your heart's content.  Not so easy if you live elsewhere.


Metal Wolf Chaos was released only in Japan on December 22, 2004.  Even though some of the graphics and languge are in Japanese, the game has all English voice acting.

In the Metal Wolf Chaos video game, President Michael Wilson must protect the United States from rebel forces being led by none other than his Vice-President.  President Michael Wilson stands out from other Presidents by going a step further in defending the U.S.  How?  Well for starters, he has his own mech which he uses to its maximum capacity to battle the enemy.


Your guess is as good as mine as to when and if this game will ever reach the United States. For now, it is available as a Japan import, playable only on the original Xbox video game system, and unfortunately is rather expensive -- selling as high as $294.02 on Amazon.


One of my mottos is to "Never say never."  Maybe in due time Metal Wolf Chaos will reach America's shores so many can enjoy playing this video game and find out first hand just how patriotic President Michael Wilson really is.  For now it seems as if Metal Wolf Chaos will continue to be known as the most patriotic video game that never reached America.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 06:08

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Video Games: Silent Hill Mystery Release Date


P.T. Silent Hills

When will the latest full version of the highly acclaimed Silent Hills video game be released?  Your guess is probably just as good as mine.  Since the August 12, 2014 release of the Playable Teaser (P.T.) for Silent Hill, "mum" has been the word, with Sony being relatively silent regarding the release date -- pun intended.

This silence is surprising in and of itself, given how quickly P.T. became popular within the space of just a few days -- namely -- being downloaded over 1 million times (and counting)  by September 12, 2014.  Furthermore, in August, 2014, P.T. won the video game month of the award from GameSpot and has been received favoably by lots of people in the video gaming community.  I believe it would be an understatement in saying that the Silent Hll game is highly anticipated.

PT Silent Hill

P.T. Silent Hill gameplay reactions

Understandably, it will take some time for the final Silent Hill game to be finalized to keep the quality of P.T.; however, sometimes it pays to strike while the iron is hot and at least provide a time-frame in quarters, i.e., lst quarter 2015 -- if the specific release date is not yet known.  

The above being said, last month news was released that Konami may be releasing Silent Hills in episodes -- similar to some other video games such as The Walking Dead.

Looks like this idea is not being met with enthusiasm with some saying that the Silent Hill episode angle may be a ploy to stretch out the game with downloadable content that could very well be provided in the full game at the git-go -- without the added episodes.  Others do not prefer the episodic release idea at all.  Then there are others, who are for the game being released in episodes.  So along with the mystery release date of Silent Hill, looks like video gamers and others will have to wait and see how the latest installment of Silent Hill will become available for gameplay.


P.T. Silent Hill 

What is known is the lastest installment of the Silent Hill horror video game will definitely not be released in time for Halloween 2014 -- which as of this printing is only four days away.  Could the release date be in the Halloween 2015 time frame -- or maybe even later?  For now, I guess we will just have to wait and see.

P.T. Silent Hill that was released in August 2014, is rated M for Mature and is available now exclusively on the PlayStation 4.


Last Updated on Sunday, 26 October 2014 19:04

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Marvel's Agent Carter Debuts

Marvel's Agent Carter

Marvel's Agent Peggy Carter

You may have seen Marvel's Agent Carter in the Captain America and Avengers movies.  Did you know she is coming to ABC in her own television series, titled Agent Carter?  If you saw the commercial premiering her show, you may want to know more about her.

She is a fictional character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.  Even though the time period is the 1940's, she fought right alongside Captain America in the French Resistance and  is a skilled marksman. Due to the creative reach of comic book stories, I will not divulge her activities, including if there is still a relationship between her and Captain America.  It looks as if she will be depicted as a capable, independent woman, able to  not only fiend for herself, but also to have a strong leadership role as well.


Agent Carter and Captain America

Hopefully in an effort to have Agent Peggy Carter taken seriously as a main character instead of her usual supporting role, the stories do not have her come across as overly serious.  However, I guess that waits to be seen.

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Agent Peggy Carter

Regarding video game appearances, Agent Carter appears in The Avengers tie game, Captain America, Super Soldier.

The television series starring Hayley Atwood as Agent Carter, will premiere on ABC, January 9, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 04:47

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