Thursday
Oct062011

Zenspath Podcast Ep 14 - Technical Difficulties

Here we are with the new episode of the Zenspath Podcast a few weeks late after BOTH of the computers we use for the show died on us.  The laptop sadly is completely gone, but thankfully we did get the main PC up and running thus here is the show once more!

Now first off, you will hear about the new Bloody Roar game we talk about in the show...and yes we have already found out that like many other sites, we were the victim of a joke as the game is not really in development.

During the show we talk about how we feel about Gears of War 3 (SPOILER FREE!(mostly)), the new updates and reveals for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Minecraft Pocket Edition delays and Josh's first time seeing Minecraft...where I promply fall directly into lava and die.

Also remember to sign up and comment on the show to be elegible to win a free copy of "Child of Eden" for the Xbox360 which can be played with either a controller or the Kinect and the contest is limited to the United States please (sorry guys!).  

Also remember to find us on Twitter (@Zenspath), email us questions and suggestions to Zenspath.com@Gmail.com, or find us on Xbox Live/PSN/Steam with our different names we gave 

Jeremy Powers
Editor and Host of the Zenspath Podcast 

Click the link below to listen to the show, or right click and select "save as" to download the episode in a friendly little MP3 format for your very own!

Zenspath Podcast Episode 014

Tuesday
Aug302011

Last 5 NES 3DS Virtual Console Titles Announced? (Update: They Are Available!)

Earlier this year, Nintendo announced that 20 classic games (10 ea., NES and GBA) would be coming to the 3DS virtual console for those that had purchased a Nintendo 3DS before the announced price drop had taken effect as well as had logged into the 3DS e-Shop thus earning what they called "Ambassador" status.

The first 10 games announced were Super Mario Bros. (NES), Donkey Kong Jr. (NES), Balloon Fight (NES), Ice Climber (NES), The Legend of Zelda (NES), Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (GBA), Mario Kart: Super Circuit (GBA), Metroid Fusion (GBA), WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgame$ (GBA) and Mario VS. Donkey Kong (GBA).

The NES titles were to be the first release of titles starting on Sep. 1st, and today Nintendo of Japan has revealed the other 5 titles for the NES series. (EDITOR NOTE: There has been no announcment that these WILL be the other 5 for the US...I just hope they are.) 

They are Wrecking Crew (NES), Mario Open Golf (NES), Yoshi's Egg (NES), Metroid (NES), and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES).

Nothing else was said about if they will all be released on the same day, as well as nothing about the other 5 GBA titles. Nintendo had previously stated that all 20 titles would be availble to Ambassador status 3DS owners by December 31st, 2011.

I will update once I hear more, but thanks to Kotaku for posting this announcement. (HERE)

UPDATE: As of the morning of August 31st 2011, the NES Virtual Console titles mentioned above are all available to download via the eShop.  Follow these instructions to get them asap!

  1. In the Nintendo eShop, go to the far left and select "Settings / Other"
  2. Scroll down and select "Your Downloads"
  3. Scroll down to find each individual title.  Any you have not downloaded still have "Redownload" next to them.  Note: Depending on the amount of games you downloaded in the past, you may have to skip to the next page in the list to get them.
  4. Download the game then repeat for each title.  Don't forget to also grab the "Ambassador Certificate".
  5. Enjoy some old school NES GOODNESS!

Jeremy Powers
Editor and Host of the Zenspath Podcast 

Friday
Aug262011

The Behemoth Shows Us How Tough Pink Can Be!

Those crazy people over at The Behemoth have granted us a new update for the XBLA version of Castle Crashers called "Title Update 2".    Doesn't sound like much, but they delivered on quite a few additions, as well as helped to show the world once again that gamers really can care. 

A list of the changes follows after the break:

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Thursday
Aug252011

Zenspath Podcast Episode 013 - EPIC Multi-Player Edition!

Welcome to the first 4-person episode of the Zenspath Podcast as well as the first one that also has a contest for a free XBLA copy of Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet!

In order to get the game, you need to listen to the podcast, register on the site, and finally leave us a comment about what you thought of the show and tell us what music we used on this episode. [EDITORS NOTE: Because of the difficulty some people are having with my choice, I will be giving more clues as time goes on. This is a SNES ACCLAIM game.] Once we get a correct answer that person will get the code directly from me either via email, or we can get together on Xbox Live and exchange it that way.  More games will be coming in the next few months as I can afford to do them, so please let people know so we can really get this little community going as well as what kinds of games or other give aways you would be interested in!  

Now onto the show notes.  We started things off with a very touchy and heated discussion about the whole Gamestop issue regarding them removing a code for a free copy of Deus Ex that Square-Enix had put into the retail PC copies of the game WITHOUT permission or even just letting Gamestop know about it before hand effectivly getting Gamestop to promote a direct competitor on their own dime.  Not cool on Square-Enix, but the situation was handled poorly on Gamestops side as they played damage control when then opened and removed the codes from each game Square-Enix sold them.  Eventually, after we recorded, they did issue a complete recall of the games and they have since been pulled from shelves until something can be fixed.

Other topics we covered:

* ICO/Shadow of the Colossus Collection bonus content
* Steel Battalion Heavy Armor for Kinect
* Battlefield 3 multiplayer
* New PSP in Europe with no Wi-Fi
* Resident Evil Revilations (3DS)
* Silent Hill HD Collection coming to 360 & PS3
* EA limiting physical and digital copies of Star Wars: The Old Republic
* Developers moving away from dedicated gaming systems
* PS3 price drop
* PS Vita games & Social Features shown off
* Playstation Home getting relaunched as an MMO
* New Devil May Cry
* Nintendo TGS event news and system rumors
* New Wii in Europe with no Gamecube support
* Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword releasing November 20th
* Kirby Wii coming October 24th
* Borderlands 2
* Canadian protest Valve
* Tekken coming to the 3DS and PS3
* Virtua Fighter V coming to XBLA & PSN
* Penny-Arcade making "The Decide-O-Tron"
* Minecraft wants to get some Quake on with Bethesda 

And finally we get into a debate about the classic Windows game "Minesweeper".  Neiko believes it to be a Strategy game, I (Jeremy) believe it is a Puzzle.  What do you think? Comment below and let us know what you think!

Jeremy Powers
Editor and Host of the Zenspath Podcast 

Click the link below to listen to the show, or right click and select "save as" to download the episode in a friendly little MP3 format for your very own!

Zenspath Podcast Episode 013

Monday
Aug222011

Behemoth Interview - A Night Of Theater While Crashing A Castle

Sadly this is one of my shorter interviews at Comic-Con this year...but I spent more time talking with these guys about their arcade machines than I think I did with anyone else.  Oh and I also got to see and play the upcoming Battleblock Theater...that's kind of important as well.

Almost the entire time I got to speak with Aaron Jungjohann (Lead Level Designer) about the upcoming game "BattleBlock Theater" and I have to say this game was a ton of fun to play and hillarious to watch.

The whole premise for the game is explained in the interview as best as it can make sense.  But I still find the idea of a cat run theater/prison that you are forced to perform in because your friend is possessed by a top hat.  

Yes...I am serious. (Amazing isn't it!)

So sit back and give this interview a listen and please comment so we know what you think either in the article, @Zenspath on Twitter, or email us directly at Zenspath.com@Gmail.com.

 Dacoon! (?)

(PS...any chance you at the Behemoth will use the name my son gave Aaron for this creature?  He named it a Dacoon (Deer + Racoon). He would LOVE if he got to name something.)

Jeremy Powers
Host and Editor of the Zenspath Podcast

BattleBlock Theater Aaron Jungjohann SDCC 2011 Interview

Tuesday
Aug162011

Zenspath Podcast Episode 12: So...About Being On Time...

Wow, guess that whole "we are on time thing" is out the window again.  But after this we will be trying to go back to the every two week schedule.  

Regardless, we have a great show hosted by myself, Jeremy Powers, and AJ who has been officially named our PC Editor as of late.  So we can look forward to a much deeper look into the world of PC gaming ranging from mods, free to plays, Steam, Origin, etc., etc. 

This episode also stars off with our first "bump" for the show by none other than Art Balthazar the creator and artist for DC Comics "Tiny Titans" along with the interview Jeremy Jr and myself did Art at the 2011 SDCC that plays right after the main show.

The music for this show is "Toxic Cave" from "Sonic Spinball" on the Sega Genesis

Please feel free to leave us a comment on the site, email us, or you can find us on Twitter (@Zenspath).

Editor Note: I have NO CLUE where I pulled the $199 PS3 price from and I already know I was wrong.  Ironically the system dropped to $249 right after this was recorded.

Jeremy Powers
Editor and Host of the Zenspath Podcast 

Click the link below to listen to the show, or right click and select "save as" to download the episode in a friendly little MP3 format for your very own!

Zenspath Podcast Episode 012

Sunday
Aug142011

A Very Awesome GTA4 Mod

Here's a mod that's gaining some popularity in the PC community. It's called iCEnchancer (quite a few photos included in the link as well as news updates) and it was made to well "enchance" the visuals of Grand Theft Auto 4. It does the job clearly to full effect, but not without a few drawbacks as you will definitely need a gaming powerhouse rig in order to run this thing smoothly. When you can get it to run, however, it runs like a dream.

The current released version of it is 1.25, but he's nearly the completion of 1.3 which is supposed to fix a few things and increase the details even more. Make sure to follow the instructions in the readme file as it will show you how to install it and recommend the needed texture packs to reach it's maximum potiential.

Tuesday
Aug092011

Better Late Than Never

 

Good afternoon, boys and girls.  AJ reporting in.  I'm the new addition to the Zenspath team, and I'll be heading up the PC side of gaming.  I made my debut in a previous podcast, and I shall be in future episodes.

I hope to make this place a more lively and interesting one, so expect articles pertainint to unique mods, indie titles, as well as other items that probably need more attention than they already have.

My main focus is to hit games that have either been released, or have a really good chance of being released.  And finally my goal here is to have at least one article a week, so depending on how well they go, and how well they are received, I may do them more often.

AJ
PC Lead Writer

Thursday
Aug042011

This Is How To Make Shopping Not So Boring

The eternal question...which cereal to choose?  Bothering man for generations and at the same time boring the crap out of us all.  Well, now we get to see what would happen if that choice had a bit of spice added to it.  Check out after the jump a new video from Freddie Wong (@FWong on Twitter) about what he does during a robbery while trying to decide what sweet sugary breakfast he will be enjoying!

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Tuesday
Aug022011

Zenspath Batman Arkham City Interview & Lots of Batman Suits!

Batman: Arkham Asylum.  

Three words and you have brought up what I consider the greatest videogame adaptation of an existing comic-book in history.  Everyeone I know that played it fell it love with it.  From the voice cast of the 90's Animated Series returning to most of their original roles, to the amazing art design, the smooth fighting system that really made you feel like Batman, and the well designed ability to sneak around like a Dark Knight and drop entire groups without a sound.

What do you do after making something that highly regarded by both the comic-book and videogame communities?  Three choices really.  1: Let it be a one off we love and remember and move on.  2: Try and repeat the same thing and hope it flys. 3: Go all out making it bigger, smoother, and deeper than the original.

Thank you Rocksteady for choosing door number 3.

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