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[UPCOMING GAMING EVENT] Super League – Play Minecraft In A Movie Theatre

Super League is the world’s first and biggest video game league that takes place in movie theaters worldwide. Bringing gamers of all ages together for a social, face-to-face gameplay experience on the big screen, Super League is establishing theatre auditoriums as the ultimate place to play some of the world’s most popular games.

To date, Minecraft is arguably the world’s most popular game, with over 70 million people having purchased it and more than 42 million Minecraft-related videos currently uploaded to YouTube.

How it works:
Gamers will bring their laptop into the movie theatre and connect to the Super League server. Once connected, they’ll join a lobby with up to 100 other gamers at the event. Teams will be formed and gamers will embark on 90 minutes of Minecraft fun.

For Fall 2016, Super League will be offering two ways to play Minecraft in a movie theatre: Minecraft Adventure and Metropolis Madness.

Minecraft Adventure is series of “one-day” events running every Tuesday and Saturday of the week from September 20 to October 1. Each event will feature different worlds, themes, and games. Minecraft Adventure events are standalone – tickets are purchased on an event-by-event basis, and teams are formed in the theatre before the start of each event. Tickets are $20 each.

Metropolis Madness is a four-week “league” running once a week from October 19 to November 9. The league and all of its games feature a “city” theme, drawing from historical US landmarks – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Alcatraz Island, Central Park, and more. Tickets must be purchased for the whole league upfront. The $80 cost of admission includes entry to all four events.

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[GAMING] BATMAN: The Telltale Series via Mik3L


Mik3L starts a youtube gaming channel, and we have his gameplay on BATMAN: The Telltale Series. You can watch the entire walkthrough but there’s no commentary. So in a way it feels like you’re playing it. There’s a good eight parts to the first chapter/episode in the game. Enjoy the playlist while he takes on the first chapter of BATMAN: The Telltale Series.

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[GAMER TIME] – Star Ocean V: Integrity and Faithlessness

In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that I absolutely love the Star Ocean series. Star Ocean III: Til the End of Time is one of my top 10 favorite games ever, so I originally had no intention of being objective with this review. Other media had panned this game severely and I felt like it was up to me to defend it and big up its good qualities.

But then I actually played the game.

After the first five minutes, I didn’t feel that immediate engagement factor. Star Ocean V: Integrity and Faithlessness just kinda starts and before too long you’re off adventuring trying to save your hometown from bandits or something. While that may be refreshing for some JRPG players who are sick of games in the the genre taking upwards of 15 hours to get to the good part, that quickened pace comes at the sacrifice of the story’s length. You can complete the main game in a little over 20 hours, so if you were looking for a sprawling space epic, this is the wrong place.

Runnin' through these pretty towns with my woes

Runnin’ through these pretty towns with my woes

The game does have good qualities about it though, and mainstream critics have been way too harsh. Battles are fun, the English voice acting is really good, and it’s beautiful to look at. However, this isn’t the triumphant return of a much beloved series. Not even a little. I outlined the good parts of the game in my video review above so definitely check that out for more in depth analysis on what Star Ocean V does and doesn’t do.

The cancel system and customizable move-sets keep combat pretty entertaining.

The cancel system and customizable move-sets keep combat pretty entertaining.

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[Gamer Time] – Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst

The original Mirror’s Edge was something of a cult classic so the fact that the long awaited sequel actually came out is something of an accomplishment already. The way it uses next gen technology to improve on the mechanics that made the first game unique should net developer DICE considerable props.

Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst isn’t just a re-tread of old ideas but, while trying to expand on its formula, the game unfortunately experiences a few stumbles. The addition of an open world to explore seems like it fits right in with modern gaming trends, but over-reliance on timed side missions take away from what could have been a well paced story.

First day out the feds.

First day out the feds.

The game world looks beautiful and very interesting. However, and i’m not sure if i’m in the minority here, the amount of bright white surfaces found all over the city of glass gave me a bit of a headache and made me wish I had sunglasses. Combat was a nice surprise in this game and is much improved from the first game. If you want to see it in motion, definitely make sure to check out the full video review embedded above.

How you gonna call for backup when I just turned your larynx to spaghetti?

How you gonna call for backup when I just turned your larynx to spaghetti?

Overall, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst is pretty good but certain design choices hold it back. If you want to check out the song I mentioned at the beginning of the video, here’s a link. For more game related content, follow me on Twitter @SpiegelDFE and be sure to keep checking back on NikkiSiixx.com for more news and reviews.

 

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[Gamer Time] – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan

Platinum Games is known for dropping hits so, after hearing that they were picking up the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles license, there was cause for celebration. Following on the heels of the excellent Transformers: Devastation (reviewed here) the game seemed poised for success.

Early footage made it look like it was going to mimic Transformers in a lot of ways. Something about how the characters moved and the way combos linked made it seem like the only difference was that the turtles didn’t transform. Luckily, that isn’t the case and this game has a unique style of its own. Action is fluid and fun, but there are points where you can tell Platinum Games was just working on too much stuff at once.

You ever ran up on a helicopter before?

You ever ran up on a helicopter before?

The usual Platinum Games polish is missing from this title and at times it was reminiscent of the studio’s notably lackluster Legend of Korra game. It’s easy to point the finger and say they didn’t try that hard since it’s just a quick cash-grab licensed title, but with how well their other licensed games have turned out, that would be wrong. Mutants in Manhattan definitely has a lot going for it so the initial negative reviews shouldn’t be taken as gospel.

You definitely want that Warp Dash on point for the boss fights.

You definitely want that Warp Dash on point for the boss fights.

Check out the video review for more in depth thoughts from me, make sure to keep checking nikkisiixx.com for more gaming content and follow me on Twitter to see what i’m playing @SpiegelDFE.

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[Video Games]: First Impression – Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven

If there’s one thing I can’t resist, it’s video games based on anime. I don’t know what it’s been about the past year, but it feels like more anime games are getting demos which is super great for people who may not be quite sure if a particular title is worth taking a chance on. Such is the case, for me at least, with the latest game based on Jojo’s Bizarre adventure.

I’ve watched Jojo before, but I’m not super deep into it. However, people on Twitter always seem to be going bananas about it, so there must be something special about it. The above video is my first time every playing a Jojo game and, even with my limited knowledge of the anime it’s based on, I had a blast with it. Thanks to the demo, I can tell that there is a lot to this game and it won’t be something only the hardcore fans can appreciate.

So.. The dog has a Stand too? Like, the dog fights people? That's not your typical anime dog...

So.. The dog has a Stand too? Like, the dog fights people? That’s not your typical anime dog…

What surprised me the most about this demo was how it gives you a good grasp of this game’s cinematic presentation. Most demos and betas are happy to just put a multiplayer mode with a couple characters in front of you and say “go ham” which leaves you wondering about whether or not it can entertain you when you’re gaming solo. I got little snippets of the series’ humor and although I have yet to see Jotaro and Jean-Pierre in my JJBA viewing, I feel like i’ve known them for time.

All in all, it was a pretty good demo. For more anime/gaming content follow me on Twitter @SpiegelDFE and keep up with the latest in Geek Culture by staying on NikkiSiixx!

 

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[Video Games]: First Impression – One Piece: Burning Blood

One Piece: Burning Blood is the latest game from Spike Chunsoft, the crew behind J-Stars Victory. It controls a lot like it’s predecessor, focusing less on crazy combos but trying to build hype moments through easy accessibility and flashy ultimate moves. I’m a pretty recent One Piece fan so i’m hesitant to grab the game for fear of spoilers, but it was so fun to play that depending what sort of single player offerings there are, I might just ramp up my viewing of the anime.

The above video is a quick match I played against one of my buddies after downloading the title to see what it was like. One Piece: Burning Blood comes out on May 31st in North America and is a perfect fit for fans of the anime who may not be into traditional/more complicated fighters.  Follow me on twitter to stay up on all the different games I’m playing for nikkisiixx.com.

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[GAMING] HailHavoc.net Plays – Gears of War 4 Beta


J_dB9BMmCheck it out our homie over at HailHavoc.net brings us his latest Let’s Play Episode with the recent Gears of War 4 BETA. He brings us his live multiplayer DEATHMATCH. Also, they’re taking a minor break from their Dead Space series. Watch how many enemies Havoc takes out! Great gameplay and dope narration, he makes you feel you’re both chilling on the couch taking turns on GOW4B.

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Video Games: [First Impression] Overwatch Beta

It’s been an absolutely packed weekend for people who wanted to participate in betas. Overwatch, Doom and Battleborn were all simultaneously going on. With so many games and so little time, I had to pick what I really wanted to play and that ended up being Overwatch. Blizzard’s team-based shooter absolutely oozes personality and is a lot of fun to play. After trying a few of the characters, I decided that Widowmaker was my favorite so I took the footage I recorded of my playing as her and added a little commentary.

Overwatch drops on May 24, so check the video to see what I thought of the game in the meantime and make sure to follow me on twitter to stay up on all the different games I’m playing for nikkisiixx.com.

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[GAMING] NikkiSiixx Gaming Moments – Star Wars Battlefront VOL ONE


If you didn’t know I’m actually a huge gamer! I’ve been playing since an early age and just love the gaming community. I decided to gather some of my dopest gaming moments and added a bit of commentary. One the first VOL, I have my newbie clips when playing Star Wars Battlefront.

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Video Games: [First Impression] Final Fantasy XV Platinum Demo

In what has to be the craziest plot twist in a minute, Final Fantasy XV ACTUALLY has a release date. The folks announced that the long awaited JRPG which has been in development since 2006 will be gracing our consoles on Septembber 30th 2016. While this is more of a second impression, since I played the Episode Duscae demo they put out a while ago, I feel this should still be a part of this series because it gives you a very different look at what the game has to offer.

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[GAMING] 10 Tips for Running A Minecraft Server

It’s not exactly a simple task to run a Minecraft server successfully. Given the popularity of the game, there’s already a lot of competition awaiting you if you decide to get involved
It can be pretty difficult and daunting early on in the process. Knowing what to do at first and how to keep it all going – and growing – might seem impossible initially. After tons of experience and research, the following 10 tips for running a Minecraft server successfully have been put together to help you finally get your foot in the door without all the headaches!

Step 1 – Make An Outline!
Whether you want to call it making an outline, brainstorming, or making a plan, this is generally the first step to fulfilling any task. Sit back and figure out what you want. Make a list with good old fashioned pen and paper even. It’s incredibly simple, but a lot of people overlook the usefulness of a basic planning or brainstorming process like this. It helps in all walks of life, and running a Minecraft server is absolutely no exception.

Simple planning when you start out will allow you to figure out what sort of players you want to target, potential themes and modes you’d like to specialize in, and how big you hope to get. Setting all of this in stone will help visualize your goals and more realistically, accomplish them!

2 – Be Comfortable At The Bottom.
The simple truth when starting out in Minecraft server hosting is that it’s not going to take off overnight. A lot of people buy the biggest, priciest hosting plan they can give the expectations. This is an absolutely counterproductive idea. Think of someone that’s just learning to play guitar. There’s no reason to opt into an instrument that’s thousands of dollars. What if the person doesn’t like it? What if they ultimately give up, or if something happens because they haven’t learned to care for it yet? The initial investment will have been a waste.

Apply this analogy to Minecraft servers and you’ll see the issue! It’s in your best interest to start with a smaller, modest plan. Allow yourself to learn and grow with it. You’ll really get a feel for how much more you want to put into it. If you enjoy things at the bottom, then you’ll know you have it in you to push more towards the top!

3 – Limit Your Downtime.
Think about existing servers of games you play, or even your internet connection in general. When it isn’t there for you, you’re most often pretty upset about it. It’s only natural. To make sure your server is available as often as possible, create a copy to test any changes you’re implementing, research the best hosts, and make sure you have DDoS protection!

4 – Back Up The Server.
If you’re putting time and money into building a server, you need to make sure you have everything on it backed up. Sometimes files are loss, and others maps might become corrupt. Those that run a server without any sort of backups almost always run into problems. Murphy’s Law – where anything that can go wrong absolutely will go wrong at one point or another – runs rampant in Minecraft servers, so don’t chance it!

5 – Keep Your Server Updated.
The day to day tasks can be mundane in any endeavor, but they’re always necessary. You can look at making sure your server is up to date in the same way. Whatever files or plug ins you may have need to be updated at all times. New versions come out all the time, so you want to keep on top of that. With problems like hacking unfortunately existing, refreshing everything on your server to the latest iteration will give you the utmost protection.

6 – Dedicate A Unique IP.
You should really look into getting a dedicated and unique IP address that is attached to your server, and your server alone. Your players will be able to access your server through Minecraft’s default port this way. All of the biggest, most successful servers have their own IP. You might not want to start out with this step right away, but once you’re out of the “feel it out” stage represented in steps 1 and 2, your own IP is definitely a must.

7 – Bungee Cord Is A No-No At First!
A lot of people invest a lot of time and resource into Bungee Cord, thinking this is the corner stone of success in the Minecraft world. This is absolutely not the case. Bungee Cord allows multiple servers for your player base. You will only need a feature like that once you’re really hitting it big. Potentially having multiple unique worlds to explore is wonderful, but it’s complete overkill in the early stages of your server hosting career.

8 – Figure Out The Monetization Issue.
Of course, a lot of people are initially drawn to the idea of hosting a server given the potential to monetize it. Again, you have to realize that is something that won’t happen over night. If that’s something you’re interested in beyond the mere fun of having the server however – and it’s okay to given all of the investments you’ll be taking to go this far – then do some research. Look into plugins like Votifier or GA Listener. Check out what other servers do and you might ultimately reap the benefits.

9 – Don’t Over Promote Yourself
There are lists out there that promote the servers players can check out. It’s tempting to put yourself on every single list available, but it’s only seen as spam and desperate overall. Google might even penalize your link, burying it further and further in search results. It seems backwards, but promoting too much when there isn’t much substance to what you have going yet is only going to hurt you.

10 – Try To Please The Players
It’s pretty simple, but keep your players in mind when you’re running your server. If you don’t provide a good experience, they won’t stick around. Do your best to listen to feedback and accommodate them the best you can.

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[AUDIO] Jam Vega – Password


jam vega [TULSA, OK] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, Jam Vega brings hip-hop and video games together on his latest single PASSWORD. From the retro gaming production with lyrics referencing you’re favorite video game female characters. PASSWORD is a track about Jam Vega’s attraction to that eye candy he just can’t help himself. The bridge is extremely catchy, (Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B-A (if WE play) then, Select-Start). Jam Vega is currently working on an EP filled with retro gaming themed love songs, at the moment the title of the project will be announced soon. Be on the look out and check out all of Jam Vega’s social media accounts! You won’t regret it.

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