"Chromophore: The Two Brothers Directors Cut" Shown for Wii U

Ackk Studios has dropped the trailer for the upcoming release of Two Brothers for the Wii U eShop, and it seems even more will be changing than we originally thought.

Now titled "Chromophore: The Two Brothers Directors Cut" the trailer shows off the games classical beauty and vibrant use of color..and morbid humor as well.  Make sure to check out the trailer below, and we will update this article once we hear back from Ackk Studios.


Halo Collection Unveiled for Xbox One

Well it looks like the rumour of the Halo series (1-4) coming back as an HD remake set turned out to be true.  All four games will be contained on one disc, with the focus of multiplayer being on Halo 2 as its anniversary is coming up this year.  All of the games will be running at 1080p/60Hz so gameplay wise it will be one of the smoothest Halo experiences ever made (since PC).  

Halo Collection will be coming to the Xbox One later this year on November 11th from 343-Studios.


E3 Begins - Metal Gear Solid V Japanese Trailer Reveal (UPDATE)

UPDATE: And just like that, Konami has had it pulled from YouTube with a copyright claim.  I managed to download it, but don't have a way to put it up right now.  We will update the story with the English version once it is made available.

It's 2:30 am (CST) but that hasn't stopped E3 from jumping ahead and showing off the first goodie.  Below you will find the first new trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain which was leaked early.  This one is in Japanese, but the english version was shown and then taken down.  You can witness the beauty and detail...and even many MANY surprises and references inside.  It may say "Coming 1984"...but we have it right now to see.


Zenspath Podcast Episode 022 - E3 2014 Predictions

Welcome back to the show!  Jeremy, Josh, Brent, Arthur, and newcomer Terence, come together for this episode to talk about what we think will be at E3 along with what we want to see for ourselves.  We talk about Microsoft and their changing issues with Kinect, Sony and their need to keep the games coming, and if Nintendo can turn around their fortunes and deliver the E3 surprises (Star Fox) that they need to make.  

You can download the episode here, or you can subscribe to us on iTunes (please rate us and/or leave a comment!) 

We also have videos up on our YouTube page as well as our Twitch channel.

Let us know what you think of our work by leaving a comment below, on Twitter (@Zenspath), or onFacebook.  

Intro/Ourtro Music: Not Mega - Retro City Rampage OST, Composed by Virt.


Xbox One Makes Some Connections to PC

Well, today has been an up and down day for the Xbox One and PC with the announcement that the official drivers are out for the Xbox One controller which means it can be used for the just announced Dead Rising 3 from Capcom which is coming to the PC Summer 2014.  This has gotten many in the gaming community a little ruffled as Dead Rising 3 was touted as an Xbox One exclusive title even before the systems launch in late 2013.  

But on the other hand this is a game that more people should play in my honset opinion.  It may be buggy and have issue, but I have found a great deal of just FUN while running around the city coming up with crazy ways to survive and take out the zombie hordes.  The addition of the Xbox One controller support will help many people make the move one way or the other between the two platforms which could help them both in the long run. 

Check out the trailer below, and get the PC drivers for your Xbox One controller HERE.


Jeremy Made a SuperPAC 100th Episode Guest Appearance

Hey all, sorry this is almost a week late but I wanted to share a guest apperance I was fortunate enough to be invited on for the Super Podcast Action Committee special 100th Episode Google HangOut!  I talked with Hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight, along with Managing Editor James Fudge, fellow writter Jason D'Aprile, and Geek Culture Writer Carol Pinchefsky.  

We talked about Nintendo and their current policies with YouTube, the upcoming E3 2014 show, and more!  I had a blast and hope to be involved with their show again soon.  Also, I admitted my Stockholm Syndrome for Nintendo...I guess the first step is admitting the issue, and the next will be to ignore it and play more Mario Kart 8.

Check the video below, as well as the original article over at!


Ghost Song


...or the new Metroid game you didn't know you wanted. So, who's interested in a game that draws heavy influence from Metroid right down to the lonliness, alien planet, other-worldly monsters and has very high resolution hand drawn animations for each of the enemies?

*Raises hand*

Then you're in the right place. Ghost Song: A Journey of Hope isn't out just yet, but even in it's early development stages, it looks great. What's even more impressive is the fact that the majority of the game is being coded and drawn all by one guy. Matt White. That in itself is very ambitous for anyone to tackle a Metroidvania game, let alone for one individual. But I guess if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.


Twitch Being Bought By Google/YouTube (Rumor)

Variety reported yesterday about a possible purchase of the videogame streaming company Twitch for the cost of $1 Billion dollars in order to merge it with YouTube.  This came to be by "sources familiar with the pact" according to the Variety article.  

Twitch on its own has become an integral part of all three of the current generation of consoles with the Wii U lacking it being built in while the Xbox One and Playstation 4 now have them as live options for gamers to share what they are playing with the world.  It has become one of the ways many people will either come together to enjoy a particular title or series, get an inside look at a game to help them decide if it is worth their money, or to just enjoy seeing others play and discovering titles.  

But it is not happening just yet, as this kind of merger will likely come under the scrutiny of the Justice Department to find out if the grab for Twitch would make YouTube (and thus Google) a possible anticompetitive fource in the online streaming world.

So if this goes through, what do you think will happen to Twitch and the more than 45 million viewers and over 1 million video content creators?  Will there be great new features now that Twitch may have access to the Google wallet, or will we see the slow tumble of the service like we have with YouTube where Google+ becomes required, real names are forced, accounts split, and copyright claims could be slapped onto a streamer in real time?  I know I sound negative about this, but I can see many more things going wrong with this than right sadly.  But who knows...this hasn't even been confirmed yet. 

Source Link: Variety


Xbox One...Now $100 Less

You read right, starting June 9th Microsoft will finally drop the price on their flagship console in order for it to be competitive with the Playstation 4. The catch? Kinect 2.0 isn't bundled with it. Yeah...I didn't care either.

They will also be releasing how to purchase a stand-alone Kinect will be put out at a later time. For more details, visit the source link below.


The New Retro

With all the newness, graphics, and 1080p's of these recently released consoles...there's one that many are completely overlooking. This one doesn't particularly do anything new per-say, but it does one thing that no one else does which that it's capable of playing the majority of your childhood all in one system. With the ability to play physical copies of Famicom, Nintendo, Super Famicom, Super Nintendo, Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance - count'em, 10 consoles! With a crystal clear picture hdmi output upscaling to accommodate your HDTV of choice, set your own visual filters (scanlines, AA, etc), save states, and ports that let you hook up your original NES, Genesis, and SNES controllers as long as you still have them around. With a very reasonable price of only $99. That's almost a steal for what this thing can do.
It's been delayed a few times with the original release being holiday season last year, but I understand that they could have released a broken product and instead decided to take the time to make it amazing from the get go. I respect them for that, and I kinda wished more companies would follow suit...
Can't wait to breakout my copy of Super Metroid again. Consider this part of my collection!

"Underpowered Consoles"

Going off of the Resolutiongate article, I also don't understand why people are so upset over the new consoles saying that they are somehow underpowered. The argument is that, compared to a PC, these are basically mid-range pc specs. Now what they fail to understand is how completely different computer and console work when it comes to videogame rendering magic. Consoles have a lot more power than people give them credit for. Look at what the Xbox 360 and PS3 is able to achieve even in today's standards with Gears of War: Judgment, Halo 4, God of War: Ascension, The Last of Us - just to name a few. They look amazing, and that's all off of video cards that are going on just about 10 years old now and with not even 1GB worth of RAM!

Dedicated hardware allows development teams to work wonders because it's a consistent piece of technology, something that is completely different on the PC side. Devs on PC have to develop the game to be utilized on multitudes of different operating systems, video cards, ram, etc. Two completely different archetypes. Look at the games that were introduced at launch, and look at what we have now. I have a feeling we'll be getting the same kind of power out of these new machines, in fact, I count on it. Game engines get more powerful and better optimized, and dev teams get better acquainted with these engines and hardware = fanfreakintastic looking games.

This also means that the Wii U isn't dead in the water either. Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Smash Bros all look really great, and I'm sure they haven't even scratched the surface with what it's capable of and they have the hardware that is basically carrying the visuals from where the Xbox 360 and PS3 are leaving off at the minimum.

Here's crossing my fingers hoping for Legend of Zelda, Star Fox and Metroid at E3! Either way, this is a great year to be a gamer.



Why is this a thing? Why do we have a considerable amount of people throwing their hands up in the air with disgust over non-native 1080p resolution (60 fps ಠ_ಠ) games? I don't quite get it myself. More and more do I see this stuff happen especially more so now that the Xbox One and PS4 have been released. Resolutiongate is what it's being referred to as, which apparently is today's "Doritosgate." The latter being a bit more controversial at least in my opinion, but that's another story for another day.

People laughing at supposed inferior hardware saying that no one will purchase said game. Is this what the console wars have drawn out to now? I understand how people try and justify their purchases when they more likely than not can only afford one versus the other, but this is still a pretty pathetic argument honestly if that really is the case. I could show you a game set on a 720p resolution and chances are that you wouldn't even be able to tell the difference. It looks just fine. Games are meant to be about how the game PLAYS. It's always been that way. Anything else is irrelevant.


Y2K - A Look at Ackk Studios New Upcoming Game

Welcome back to a first look at the new game coming soon from the wonderful team over at Ackk Studios, previous makers of Two Brothers, titled "Y2K".  I got the chance to chat with one of the founders of Ackk Studios Brian Allanson again, this time via email, to find out some information about the upcoming title along with some new, never before seen, screen shots and the information included in their press kit as well.  This game is looking fantastic and I can't wait to get my hands on it, so lets take a look!

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Zenspath Podcast Episode 021 - We Stumble Back From the Dead..Again

Welcome back everyone to the long overdue return of the Zenspath Podcast!  We had to take a hiatus for a bit from recording and the site itself because of personal issues that became the focus for a bit, but now that we are through most of them, we can return our wandering gaze back to the site and the listeners of the show.  That being said, here is what we have in store for you on this episode.  

Episode Music: "The Last Giant" from the Dark Souls II Soundtrack

Jeremy and AJ talk about the issue surrounding "resolution-gate" with the Xbox One and PS4, our odd exchange of places with which version of Titanfall we each chose to play, our love/hate relationship with the new Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, this generations controllers, and more.

You can download the episode here, or you can subscribe to us on iTunes (please rate us and/or leave a comment!) 

We also have videos up on our YouTube page ( as well as our Twitch channel (Twitch.TV/Zenspath).

Let us know what you think of our work by leaving a comment below, on Twitter (@Zenspath), or on Facebook.  


The GamePad Helped My Daughter Play Her First Game (and She's Almost Blind)

Well, it has finally happened.  My daughter has been BEGGING me to let her play videogames for quite awhile now, but even I couldn't figure out a way for her to really enjoy the games because of a few "issues".  You see, my daughter is pretty close to blind and can only focus within a few inches of her face, even with very thick glasses, and has an anoxic brain injury from birth.  Jennifer kept yelling "I'm Doing It!" (she's on the right)Since her birth we have always been told many things she can't do.  The list is almost a cliche now, but still worth noting in my opinion.  She was 13.6 oz at birth (for reference, a single pound is only 16oz itself) and we were told she would not live, she would not walk, run, talk, learn, read, etc...and she has done every one.  She has her challenges for sure, but she is the happiest kid I have ever seen and more of a morning person than I think is legally allowed.  

But with gaming I originally thought she just had no interest in it but that changed as she would want to hang out with us playing more and more until she finally started directly asking "Daddy...I want to play a game too!".  I had played with some ideas while reading about games like "Real Sound: Regrets in the Wind" from WARP in Japan on the Dreamcast back when she was younger and was thankful there were ideas being used to allow for games without the visuals which would at least let her experience gaming in a way, but I was still frustrated on what to do about "normal" gaming that she watched me and the family do on the big living room TV.  

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Finding Luigi - New Super Luigi U Launches Today!

Well, actually it released about a month ago, this is the PHYSICAL copy that I am talking about.  I will finally be getting my hands on this green cased box of fun and will get back to let you know what I think with a later update!


Minecraft does what Ninten-don't

What's the deal Developers?

Well, that amazingly addictive "Lego Simulator" Minecraft has been officially announced at Gamescom this week to be coming to the Playstation 3, 4, and Vita which joins the already existing PC, Linux, Mac, Xbox 360, Android, and iPad/iPhone editions.  

And if you read that list again, you may notice a particular company seems to be left out in the cold on this deal.  Yep, not a single announcement for Minecraft to show up, in any form, for the Nintendo Wii U or the 3DS.  And no one know why.

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Interview with "Two Brothers" Developer Ackk Studios

Well, we were lucky enough to get some time with four of the developers from Ackk Studios to talk about their upcoming title, "Two Brothers".  We are joined by Andrew Allanson, Tony Manfredonia, Jose Alfaro, and Ian Bailey to get the latest on their upcoming title which releases in a few weeks for PC, Mac, and Linux and early 2014 for the Wii U, PS Vita, Playstation 4, and (hopefully) the Xbox 360.  

You can find more about these developers at their website ( and make sure to vote for them on Steam Greenlight (  They can be found on Twitter as @AckkStudios.

Make sure to follow us as well on Twitter (@Zenspath) and to leave a comment about the show of what you want to see next from the site!

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And here is the trailer for "Two Brothers".


ZensPath Podcast Episode 020 - Josh and Jeremy Fight It Out!

(UPDATE: We are now officially on iTunes...find us by searching for "Zenspath" or following this link!)

Welcome back from the REALLY long break as we figured out that Windows 8 just doesn't like our original recording software so we ended up loosing the original Episode 20...but we are back with a replacement! Listen as we talk about the upcoming PS4 and Xbox One, we hear what Josh thinks of Phil Fish and Peter Molyneux, and we discuss if the Wii U can pick up with it's upcoming games or if it is dead in the water as is.  We also talk about the new ToysDay project we have started where either once or twice a week we will post a set of photographs about a particular toy/statue or set of either for you to enjoy!  Let us know what kinds of things you want to see!

Episode Music: "Ice Man Stage" from Mega Man.

Starting with this episode (and possibly going back to the older ones) we have moved our show hosting to so we should be quickly moving towards iTunes, Zune, and more in regards to the show!  

Also remember to find us on Twitter (@Zenspath), email us questions and suggestions to, or find us on Xbox Live/PSN/Nintendo Network/Steam.

Jeremy Powers
Editor and Host of the Zenspath Podcast

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Toys-Day Thursday - August 1st 2013: Fall of Cybertron Soundwave/Blaster

Well, I had every intention of making this a once to twice a week event, but wouldn't you know it our internet was out for over a week.  After FINALLY working it out (and Comcast replacing every cable from the pole to my house) I am here with a double treat to make up for the late arrival.  So here you go, Blaster, Soundwave, and all of their "tapes" that were released in 2012 in the Transformers: Generations / Fall of Cybertron set.  I do have the third of this set, Soundblaster, but honestly I will be keeping THAT one sealed up tight.  Be happy I broke and opened up Blaster and his tapes!  Boy do they look great on display though.  

Soundwave is a larger version of the one released back in 2010 that features the ability to actually store and "launch" the data discs that are the replacement Cybertronian forms for his "tapes" in the G1 series. Blaster showed up for the first time in this set with this figure as a repaint with a remolded head, chest plate, and different weapon.

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