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Look, I don't know many people publicly who actually like Metacritic. It's not that it doesn't serve a purpose, but the amount of weight put into a score on Metacritic, which doesn't necessarily even reflect sales numbers, is astounding. If you want to wrap up some bonuses in the way of sales figures? Great, but to wrap up some of people's base pay on whether or not the general consensus opinion on an extremely skewed scale of aggregation is at a certain mark just seems... prehistoric. It doesn't make sense. However, that's the world we live in. Metacritic is what it is, but we really need to stop acting like it's some be all end all based on tenths of a point. We have a 10 point scale here at Gamnesia, and if we're requires to throw in .5's to get on metacritic... you can forget.

This is a rather interesting segment that has been split into two parts. This first part talks about over saturation and if it's really possible with AAA releases, and then Pachter gets into a lot of Xbox 720/Durango love in terms of not really believing some of the rumors and truly thinking Microsoft is going to pioneer a cable television movement much the way it happened with cellular devices (watch the video to see what he means). Overall, it's a rather interesting take and well work 14 minutes of your day to hear out, even if you aren't that endeared to either analyst.

Boot up your home consoles/PC and get ready to take to the streets of Gotham once more because Batman: Arkham Origins is set for a release this Fall on October 25th on the Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. Arkham Origins is a prequel to Arkham Asylum and City being developed by Warner Bros. Montreal, so long Rocksteady. Arkham Origins takes place on the streets of Gotham on a Christmas Eve where eight of the world's deadliest assassins come to Gotham City and all of them have their sights set on none other than Batman himself. The latest GameInformer cover features Deathstroke as one of the eight assassins

There is also a spin-off for the 3DS and Vita called Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate coming out soon that is being developed by Armature Studios, a studio made up of ex-Retro Studios staff members that worked on the Metroid Prime series.


Uh-oh, I can hear the hate from here, but Game Freak has officially shown off a new Pokémon for the upcoming X and Y game-pair that bears a striking resemblance to Mewtwo. However, it has yet to be officially confirmed as Mewtwo in a new Form, but the Pokémon itself has been confirmed as legitimate with some official artwork and gameplay footage. Whether it's a new form or the fabled "Mewthree" is still up for debate, but I for one am certainly excited to see what will become of this! Be sure to watch the video to see this new Pokémon in action!

Another Castle is an upcoming indie platformer inspired by several classic games. What you see here is an early alpha build of Another Castle, showing off several gameplay concepts and the general air of the game. The developer, Uncade, is hoping for a summer 2014 release on PC, while the rest of us hope other platforms will follow. As you can see, it's shaping up to be a gorgeous experience. Are you considering buying Another Castle?

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut has been getting a lot of buzz from the Wii U community lately. Of course, what would all this hype be without a trailer? The above video is the announcement video for the upcoming Wii U title, and though i've never played a Deus Ex game before, it looks like now may be a great time to start. What do you think?

There's been a lot of talk surrounding Epic and their Unreal Engine 4 as of late; it's the greatest thing to happen to games since Samus Rule 34 surfaced, apparently. Still, there's no denying that it makes pretty pictures. I just hope that they come up with some really interesting ideas to make the games powered by Unreal Engine 4. As shiny as their demos are, the subject matter of Epic's demos is never really all that engaging to me. There really is an impressive amount of detail here, though.

Following in the footsteps of fan creations like Pokémon Reorchestrated and Twilight Symphony, Nintendo fan Blake Robinson has put his best efforts forward to create Super Metroid Symphony, which takes 60 minutes of music from the SNES classic Super Metroid and beefs it up with a fantastic orchestral sound. Super Metroid Symphony is available on iTunes and Loudr, and while the album preview can be found alongside several other wonderful orchestrations on his YouTube channel, the full product of Blake Robinson's efforts can be purchased for just $9.99.

Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2013 is in full swing, and at their keynote earlier today Kojima Productions had a treat for Metal Gear Solid fans. Above is the announcement trailer for Metal Gear Solid V, which I will let speak for itself. Which consoles the title is coming to is yet to be announced, but expect more news soon.


Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity launched just a few days ago, but unfortunately, it was overshadowed by the simultaneous release of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. Mystery Dungeon is still getting some love, however, in the form of the above cartoon uploaded by Nintendo to their YouTube channel. It chronicles the first moments in the adventures of Pikachu and Oshawott in their quest to build a happier world. You can watch the first episode above, and the rest can be found on Nintendo's YouTube channel in the coming days.

The day is finally upon us, you can now go out and buy BioShock Infinite to meet your heart's desire; the skies of Columbia are no yours to traverse. Still questioning whether or not you should pick yourself up a copy of the third BioShock game? Perhaps this launch trailer will help convince you otherwise. Infinite has been met with superb reviews so far, and the high scores just keep rolling in, so be sure to check it out!

Excited for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag? It's alright not to be, we did just get ACIII nearly half a year ago. But Black Flag surely is doing its best to expand upon its gameplay by letting players take to the seas to not only wage war against other ships, but to search the ocean floors for treasure and battle sharks. The trailer also shows the on-land portions of the game and the forests/jungles the players can traverse are simply stunning, looking lush and vibrant from all angles. It may not divulge much upon the story of Black Flag, but it's bound to at least garner your interest so be sure to check it out!

I am a massive Star Fox fan, especially Star Fox 64. The above cinematic masterpiece is probably one of the best fan made products I have seen in my lifetime. It also contains a nice track from Star Trek, which is used almost to perfection. Joe Morrisseaum one of the main people behind this flick, sat down with Nintendo Life to talk about the process. One of the interesting tidbits is how long it took to make this - 20 hours a week every week for a full year. Yikes. What's neat though is he has an idea swimming in his head for another short based on The Legend of Zelda.

Despite its shortcomings in the last few years, the Virtual Console has always been a great service for which we Nintendo fans should be very grateful. It remains, however, an incredible opportunity for Nintendo to expand and prove their prowess in the online market with a touch of inspiration and a lot of drive to pull through. One particular area in which the Virtual Console can expand is its interface—right now, gamers simply choose a retro game from the regular menu and boot it up, but why not have a full menu for all Virtual Console titles? Wouldn't you like to own a true virtual library of games?

One particular Nintendo fan has created a vivid display of his ideal Virtual Console menu and I must say, I couldn't agree with it more. Head to around 1:37 in the video above to see the wonderful display of creativity. While a decision like this would likely boost Virtual Console sales due to better ease of access and a more enjoyable experience all around, I'm going to take a leap and say an offering like this should be expanded to all digital titles, Virtual Console included.

What about you? Would you like to see this dream become a reality?


It's no secret that the modern gaming market is a lot less stable than it was a few years ago. I was hoping to write a lengthy editorial on this very subject, but the brilliant minds at CleverNoobs have just done so in video form! This feature takes an in-depth look at the gaming crash of 1983 and the parallels between it and today. Discussing the effects of DLC, online gaming, and retooling old games, CleverNoobs explains why the current market is in a state of upset and what we can all do to try to avoid it—and even why a crash may ultimately be a good thing. CleverNoobs has done a wonderful job at explaining the state of the industry, and as educated gamers, this is an essential video to watch.