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12.04.2011

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy. My impressions and/or review... whatever.

Update Dec 10 2011: The price for Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy has dropped to $29.99.

I've always been a sucker for air combat games. Ever since playing Top Gun on the NES, it's been a love affair for me. When Namco Bandai announced an Ace Combat game for the 3DS, I was on board faster than Maverick on a MIG-29. After six hours of crashing into mountains and shooting down bogeys here is my thoughts to help you decide if this is a game for you.

Assault Horizon Legacy may have a similar name to the console Assault Horizon game, but the 3DS version is a much more traditional Ace Combat game. Your going to get a large choice of fighter jets, weapons, customizable parts, replays, rocking soundtrack, and a lot of dog fighting. Assault Horizon Legacy doesn't skimp on content by any means and after a 6 hours campaign you will still have to unlock and purchase a ton stuff if you want to get everything in the game. So you're going to have to go back and replay missions for higher scores or check out the extra missions for fun. But even with all that the game still felt a little light and not quite a full experience. The games story about the USEA vs the Rebels pretty much boiled down to a us vs them argument with no real gut wrenching plot point to drive the action. When I blow up hundreds of fighter pilots, I like to feel like I'm taking out the bad guys. I won't spoil the games ending for you, but the first thought that popped in my mind was "Wow they phoned in this one". Overall the missions were pretty standard fair and the game is rather easy, so any sense of tension felt lost compared to other Ace Combat games.

11.09.2011

Musicast Ep 16: World of Goo


Developed by: 2D Boy
Published by: 2D Boy, Nintendo 2008
Art by: Kyle Gabler
Music: Kyle Gabler

This week I’m going to playing for you the soundtrack to one of my favorite puzzle games to come out this console generation, no not Zak and Wiki. Although, those of you who listen to the podcast know my love for that game, anyways the soundtrack you need to be listening to right now is World of Goo! Enjoy this weeks Musicast and thanks for listening.

To check out the soundtrack for yourself head on down to http://kylegabler.com/WorldOfGooSoundtrack/ 
and pick it up for free!

If you have a video game you'd like us to do a musicast of email us whoburnedmytoast@gmail.com.

You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

10.28.2011

Heads up comic book and Batman Arkham fans, Derek Fridolfs episode incoming.

::EDIT:: WE AREN'T ALLOWED TO PUBLISH THESE BATMAN EPISODES, SORRY EVERYONE


 As the title of this post suggests I just want to inform you people who pay attention to the blog that our next podcast we'll have our good friend Derek Fridolfs coming on to talk about his new project. Here's a quote from his deviant art account:

"Back from another fun NY Comic Con. It was great getting a chance to see so many fans and your words of encouragement help fuel the creative battery for another year. Thanks to everyone that stopped by to say hi, buy a print, a page, or a commission. It was fantastic meeting all of you. And while DC wasn't ready to announce what Dustin and I have been working on, we're still hard at work on it and will have plenty to show for it once it comes out next year.

But I can announce one project I'm on…BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED!

Today is the release of the Batman: Arkham City game everyone has been raving about in anticipation. And after the success of the Arkham City comics, both the mini-series and the online digital chapters, it was decided to make a regular series out of it. Yup…an ongoing comic that takes place in the Arkham City universe, and I've been lucky enough to be the one to write it!" - D


Click the link to go to his page and read the rest. It's all very exciting. Anyway Here are a few images he gave us to show you all :).

10.26.2011

Interview: Bob Sabiston talks about the development of Inchworm Animation for the Nintendo DSi.

A few months ago I heard about Inchworm Animation and rushed off to download it from the Nintendo eShop onto my 3DS. Ever since the days of Mario Paint, I've always had a soft spot for animation programs and really enjoy creating scenes of cats juggling balls of yarn. I emailed Inchworm Animation support and, lo and behold, the programs creator Bob Sabiston himself answered my question directly. We got to talking and the conversation was so interesting that I asked him to do an interview with us. Bob graciously answered my questions and now I'm happy to share with you his thoughts on Inchworm Animation and its development for the Nintendo DSi. Thanks again Bob!

10.25.2011

Musicast Ep 15: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World The Video Game


Developed by Ubisoft Montreal.
Published by Ubisoft and Universal Studios.
Art by: Paul Robertson, Stephane Boutin, Jonathan Lavigne, Justin Cyr, Jonathan Kim, and Mariel Cartwright.
Music: Anamanaguchi.

I didn't read the graphic novel, nor did I ever care to. As fun and interesting as it might be, I was more interested in the game for a couple of reasons.
Anamanaguchi I heard was going to be doing the whole soundtrack to the game. They are an 8-bit chiptune punk rock band that I had once heard. I really enjoy their music so I was very excited about this.
The other super attractive thing about this game is the main artist. His name is Robert Paulson... no I mean, his name is Paul Robertson. His work is familiar to me because of one really cool video. Here it is:

Big thanks to Edward Fonseca for the recommendation. If you have a video game you'd like us to do a musicast of email us whoburnedmytoast@gmail.com.. We hope you enjoy this weeks Musicast.

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10.19.2011

Community Spotlight: Resistance 3 PS3 Review


Hi people. I'm excited to give you all another review from our community spotlight series. This is basically us hosting your own reviews, previews, opinion editorials, or anything really.

Once again Mr. Eric Geer graces us with a review. This time he sent us his review of Resistance 3 for the Playstation 3 system. We think it's awesome if you want to join in on the blog and take part in the conversation. So if you have something interesting or anything your passionate about, let us know by shooting us an email at whoburnedmytoast@gmail.com.  

Thanks again Eric.

10.11.2011

Aliens Infestation releases for Nintendo DS today. We're excited and here's why you should be too.

Aliens Infestion for the Nintendo DS lands its way onto store shelves today. Sega may have had this game flying under the radar with little promotion and it may seem like releasing a DS title at this point in time makes little to no sense. But I'm here to tell you that there are some good reasons why you should at least give the game a look, we certainly are. To be honest I haven't played the game, so I'm going with my gut instinct on this one. So come join me and let me tell you why you should be excited for this game. Here, let this trailer whet your appetite.




10.10.2011

Musicast 14: Sega Arcade Classics - Altered Beast & Golden Axe


SEGA! This week we're doubling up and featuring two, yes two game soundtracks. Altered Beast and Golden Axe were ported from the Arcade to the Sega Genesis early in its lifecycle. These classic games were cemented in many young gamers memories because of their great music and brutal gameplay.

Come enjoy these classic distinctive gaming tunes.

Hey! Send us feedback on this not so new series. Love it or hate it? Let us know. Also don't forget to send us in your requests of game soundtracks for us to feature. We hope you enjoy this weeks Musicast.

You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

9.28.2011

Music Podcast 13: Demon's Souls

Back in 2009 my world was invaded by a black phantom. This black phantom was called Demon's Souls. A spiritual successor to King's Field which stood apart from all other games of it's kind. In part due to it's design, but mostly due to it's difficulty. Most people after playing this game seem to recall the old days of gaming; when you knew whatever you played was going to kick the crap out of you across the street.
I even reviewed Demon's Souls back then. I gave it a Buttered Toast which is basically a 2/3. Since then I've returned to playing it and as I stated in the musicast I'm 4 play-throughs in.
Anyway Please enjoy this weeks Musicast. Oh! Also visit preparetodie.com to pre-order Dark Souls which comes out October 4th.
FROM SOFTWARE in join development with SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT JAPAN STUDIO (SCE Japan Studio).
directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki of FROM SOFTWARE and Produced by Takeshi Kaji from SCE Japan Studio.
Music composed by Shunsuke Kida.

9.21.2011

Community Spotlight
Dues Ex: Human Revloution PS3 Review






What's up nerds? Behold, our first community spotlight is here for your reading pleasure. What is the community spotlight you ask? Well it's a place to highlight the fantastic listeners and followers of Who Burned My Toast who wish to share their thoughts with the group. If it's interesting, we'll post it up, maybe make fun of you or possibly shower you with praise.

Our first member who stepped up to the plate is Eric Geer. He was gracious enough to send us his review of Dues Ex: Human Revolution for the PS3. We think it's awesome if you want to join in on the blog and take part in the conversation. So if you have something interesting or anything your passionate about, let us know by shooting us an email at whoburnedmytoast@gmail.com.  

Thanks again Eric.

Dues Ex: Human Revolution PS3 Review
Reviewer: EBGeer

“The game is set in 2027, 25 years before the first title, where corporations have extended their influence past the reach of global governments. The game follows Adam Jensen, the security chief for one of the world's most powerful human augmentation corporations, Sarif Industries. After a devastating attack on Sarif's headquarters, Adam is forced to undergo radical surgeries that fuse his body with mechanical augmentations, and he is embroiled in the search for those responsible for the attack.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deus_Ex:_Human_Revolution)

Disclaimer: As a lazy gamer, I ganked the above abstract from Wikipedia to save both time, and provide a plot description.

Prior to truly stepping into the game you get a taste of what’s going on with some synopsis and background of the story as well as a bit of training to learn out to maneuver your character Adam Jensen. I will first touch upon the things I enjoyed about the game because my negative viewpoint far outweighs the positive.

9.13.2011

Musicast 12: Star Fox 64








You may have seen this one coming from a mile away, but it's only fitting to listen to classic music from one of the N64's greatest games. So to coincide with the recent release of Star Fox 64 3D, here is the soundtrack in all its Midi glory.

Game Developed by: Nintendo EAD
Published by: Nintendo
Composer: Koji Kondo, Hajime Wakai

Hey! Send us feedback on this not so new series. Love it or hate it? Let us know. Also don't forget to send us in your requests of game soundtracks for us to feature. We hope you enjoy this weeks Musicast.

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9.12.2011

Nintendo 3DS Conference 2011 Live Blog. Prepare for horrible Japanese translations

This is probably a horrible idea and is a blog first for Who Burned My Toast, but with minutes to spare before the conference starts I am going to live blog the conference the best I can.

Prepare for misinformation and lots of horrible translations, since I don't know Japanese. So kick back and check up every so often to see how its going. Oh crap it's starting.

8:00 PM: Things start off with a skyward sword hi-res intro. Godd damn it someone needs to move the camera up. Half this carp is cut off! Hi-Res Cut scene and now Miyamoto is on stage with with sword and shield. Talking in Japanese.

8:04 PM: Four Swords Zelda, shows characters playing in all the different Zelda games in honor of Zeldas 25th. No release date given yet.

8:05 PM: Miyamoto is breaking out the wiimote with motion plus. Fears of E3 are running high. Will the demo go well this time? I don't think so. Don't do it Miyamoto San. Don't lose your honor!  So far it looks like Miyamoto isn't playing at all just mimicing different cut scenes and explaining in hand gestures. Is this a good sign?

8:08 PM: They are showing all the gameplay elements possible with Wii motion plus... holy shit just saw link in a mine cart and catching butterflies! Lots of environments being shown.

8:10 PM: Epic boss battle with link flying around a giant bird-fish thing. Bosses are huge in this game.

8:11 PM: Game Montage for 3DS games, Tekken, RE Revelations, Animal Crossing, Monster Hunter shown!

8:14 PM: Wii game line up until the Wii dies in Japan. It's already dead here. Nothing new here so far.

8:16 PM: Showing sales chart for consoles.. snore. Comparing Male Vs Female. A Pink 3DS Shown! No second nub here. Ladies Nintendo has you covered.

9.01.2011

Look out! Games of Sept 2011 maybe worth a $#!^



It’s September 1st today and you know what that means? It means there are a ton of games to look forward to this month. Here’s a short list of the ones we find even mildly interesting.

8.24.2011

Dark Souls, Demon's Souls, and King's Field. Know your JRPGs.



Dark Souls is an upcoming PS3/360 game due to release in October of 2011 in US Sept of 2011 in Japan Published in US by Namco/Bandai and developed by From Software. If you’ve not heard of it or seen any footage you either don’t pay attention to gaming news and media or are purposefully dodging it.

I want to talk to you about Dark Souls. Before those of you reading this run off thinking there isn’t much more about Dark Souls anyone can tell you, know that this article is for you too.


Most of us that know of Dark Souls’ existence and anticipate it's release this October only really know about it because of it’s predecessor Demon’s Souls. A commenter on our Youtube channel actually just dropped a megaton in the comments field. Yeah yeah I’m sure some of you who are reading may know about this and if you do I excuse you from the room and can go back to raping people in Demon’s Souls.

This Youtube commenter’s name is sentyuu. So out of nowhere this guy says:
“Don't forget to this game is sold by BANDAI NAMCO but made by FROMSOFTWARE.
FROMSOFTWARE is awesome company.
If you think that you might love this game , you should play the "KING'S FIELD".
Do you know "KING's FIELD"?
That is almost of origin of the "Demon's soul" & "Dark Souls".
I apologize to you my poor English. I commented because there is only Namco Bandai in the title. I anxious about it.“

Now I know this is a bit misspelled but as he states he’s not from ‘round these parts. I’m guessing he’s Japanese. That makes the most sense to me that he is Japanese for 3 reasons. 1 - because he was apologetic and courteous, and 2 - because this game called “King’s Field” originated in Japan. 3 - His name is a dead give away says our commenter friend RevSchroedter.

So what does King’s Field have to do with this post? Well if you understood what user Sentyuu said you’d know that the developers of Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls also developed a game series called “King’s Field”. I being the round-eye-light-skinned-USA-born-Mexican that I am have never once heard of a game called “King’s Field”. A series of games which began in 1994 through 2001, beginning on the PS1 system, and ending on the PS2 with “King’s Field IV”.

So why is this important to me, a person who just wants to sadistically kill my fellow gamers for my own progression? I don’t know, maybe like me you actually care enough about Demon’s Souls that you’d like to understand how seemingly out of nowhere From Software created such a moody interesting game which oozes creativity, atmosphere, and style.





That was the Trailer to King’s Field. The original game for PS1 released in 1994 in Japan. Listen to the Music; look at the graphics. Don’t they give off that same Demon’s Souls feelings? Actually in my opinion between the King’s Field games, and Demon’s Souls they went a different route with the atmosphere. The main thing I notice is the music. Of course I’d bring up the music, if you know me in any way you’d know that there’s going to be a King’s Field Musicast coming... which there is. But yes back to King’s Field.

King’s field was a full polygon, real-time, free roaming, first person perspective RPG in the same vein as Oblivion. Anyway these were and continue to be incredibly popular games even as old as they are. They went so far as to port some of them to PSP and PC. Here’s a trailer for “King’s Field IV.





So by now you realize like I did after watching these videos that Demon’s Souls didn’t actually just spring out of nowhere. Demon’s Souls is the spiritual successor to King’s Field. It does better what these games first introduced. In almost every case it takes what foundation they laid with King’s Field and just made it better.


So now we’re here. We’re currently awaiting Dark Souls and you ask why the hell did you just drag me through all that stupid information? First of all that’s rude of you to talk to me that way, and secondly I’ve read that even though Demon’s Souls was a spiritual successor to King’s Field, Dark Souls is going to be more similar to it. By now you must have heard that there is no longer a Nexus (the hub like area in Demon’s Souls where you pick your levels and upgrade your weapons) in Dark Souls. It’s going back to the more real-time free-roaming experience that was King’s Field.

If you or anyone you know has ever been interested in Japanese RPGs and are getting sick and tired of them saying that nothing good or innovative ever comes from Japan anymore; Bring them here. Show them this and let me just say to those people who are now reading this: Play some Demon’s Souls, and join us in anticipation of Dark Souls, it’s bliss (@ _ @ ).

Call of Duty Black Ops: Rezurrection is Alive!



So I'm a self professed Trayarch poo-poo-er. But I do have to admit that this new “Call of Duty: Black ops Resurrection pack” is pretty damn cool. Let me explain.

8.16.2011

Musicast 11: Mushroom Men The Spore Wars






So I'm not cool enough to have played this game when it came out. I do plan to change that in the future because after hearing the music and talking about the story I'm very interested. Even the concept art is really good!

Thanks to our friend Eric for the request. Enjoy.

Game Developed by: Red Fly Studio
Published by: Gamecock Media
Music by: Les Claypool (of Primus fame)


Please let us know what you think of this not so new series and don't forget to send us in your requests of game soundtracks for us to feature. We hope you enjoy this weeks Musicast.

You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

8.02.2011

Musicast 10: The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time



If you were paying attention recently a little known game was re-released on the Nintendo 3DS. The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D is here and along with that came a limited edition release of the Ocarina of Time soundtrack for anyone who registered the game with Club Nintendo. Well I am happy to say that we have procured a copy of the soundtrack and will be playing it for you on this very installment of the WBMT Musicast. Anyway listen up.

Developed by: Nintendo EAD
Producer: Shigeru Miyamoto
Music composed by: Koji Kondo

Please let us know what you think of this not so new series and don't forget to send us in your requests for game soundtracks for us to feature. We hope you enjoy this weeks Musicast.

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7.19.2011

Musicast 09: Cho Ren Sha 68k




What you've never heard of it? Yeah I know. Well here's your chance to be cool once again, like you were after you snorted that pepper off of your desk in Jr. High. Yes that's right, after listening to this you'll command a new respect among your pears.

Cho ren Sha 68k was a game that was made for the "Sharp 68K" gaming system that was only released in Japan. How would I know about this game at all you ask? Well they went through the trouble of porting it to windows! Here's your chance to be cool again.

CLICK HERE to download the full game. Believe me you won't regret it. As you can see in the image above this is a classic space shooter, also called a "Shoot 'em up", or that other stupid phrase people like to us that I won't use.

Anyway listen up.
Developed by: Famibe No Yosshin
Music composed by Ruzarin Kashiwagi.

Please let us know what you think of this not so new series and don't forget to send us in your requests for game soundtracks for us to feature. We hope you enjoy this weeks Musicast.

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7.04.2011

Musicast 08: U.N. Squadron


Come and join us in celebrating 4th of July with Jets and the music from what is regarded as one of the best side scrolling shooters of all time, U.N. Squadron (Area 88 in Japan). The music comes from what I consider a golden age of Capcom games with memorable soundtracks that have stuck with an entire generation of gamers. U.N. Squadron may be lesser known but is just as good as they come. Enjoy!

Original Composition by: Manami Matsumae
Rewritten for the SNES by: Takashi Tateishi & Mari Yamaguchi


Songs played in order:
  1. Introduction
  2. Front Line Base
  3. Enemy Airforce
  4. Boss
  5. Forest Frotress
  6. Forest Fortress 2
  7. Boss 2
  8. Ground Carrier
  9. Qustermaster Corp
  10. The Canyon
  11. The Minks
  12. Qustermaster Corp
  13. The Seavet
  14. Porject 4 Fortress
  15. Final Boss

If you remember playing U.N. Squadron let us know. Would you be happy to see a re-release someday? Feel free to send us in your requests for game soundtracks for us to feature. Thanks for listening!
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6.20.2011

Musicast 07: Final Fantasy VII



 

We invite you to join us in celebrating the music from one of the greatest RPGs of all time. Final Fantasy VII.

Directed by: Yoshinori Kitase
Written and Produced by:Kazushige Nojima, Yoshinori Kitase, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Tetsuya Nomura
Composed by: Nobuo Uematsu
Art by: Tetsuya Nomura and Yusuke Naora

Songs played in order:

  1. PRELUDE
  2. MAIN THEME
  3. OPENING BOMBING MISSION
  4. STILL MORE FIGHTING
  5. ANXIOUS HEART
  6. AREITH’S THEME
  7. RED XIII’S THEME
  8. CAIT SITH’S THEME
  9. FIGHTING

  1. MAIN THEME
  2. OPENING BOMBING MISSION
  3. STILL MORE FIGHTING
  4. ANXIOUS HEART
  5. AREITH’S THEME
  6. RED XIII’S THEME
  7. CAIT SITH’S THEME
  8. FIGHTING

  1. SENDING A DREAM INTO
  2. OFF THE EDGE OF DESPAIR
  3. YOU CAN HEAR THE CRY OF THE PLANET
  4. THOSE CHOSEN BY THE PLANET
  5. THE BIRTH OF A GOD
  6. JENOVA

Please let us know what you think of the new series and don't forget to send us in your requests for game soundtracks for us to feature. We hope you enjoy this weeks Musicast.

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6.09.2011

Musicast EP 06: Portal





Portal came out of nowhere in 2007 as an innovative action puzzler that quickly became one of the best games to come out in recent years. It was time to make a slight shift in the Musicast format and do game from this console generation. I couldn't think of a better games soundtrack to feature than Portal.

Portal: Composers, Kelly Bailey and Mike Morask. "Still Alive," was written by Jonathan Coulton.

Portal II: Composers Mike Morasky. “Want you Gone” by Jonathan Coulton
    I hope you enjoy the ambient techno sounds from the series. This is defiantly music that you can just kick back and put on as background music as you grind your way through your day job. I know that's what I'll be doing.

    Please take a moment to leave your comments below and let us know what you think of the new Musicast series and don't forget to send us in your requests for game soundtracks you would like us to feature. We hope you enjoy listening to the show.

    You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

    5.25.2011

    Musicast 05: Phantasy Star I & II




    Phantasy Star is one of the most popular PSP games out there. On the Dreamcast too it was very popular. But before Phantasy Star went online it was just a sci-fi themed first person view RPG on the Sega Master System.

    Some call it the greatest RPG series of it's time. Some call it the greatest RPG series period. Whatever the case for you, Phantasy Star is something you should take a lot more seriously in the future.

    How many of you can remember playing any of the Phantasy Star games?

    Phantasy Star I: Music Composer Tokuhiko Uwabo (bo).

    Phantasy Star II: Music Composer Tokuhiko Uwabo (bo).

      Please let us know what you think of the new Musicast series and don't forget to send us in your requests for game soundtracks for us to feature. We hope you enjoy listening to the show.

      You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

      5.09.2011

      Musicast EP 04: Mega Man





      He's blue and cyan... MEGA MAN! Well on this North America game box art he's more of a yellow and bluish color, but that's beside the point. We go back to one of the greatest classics to ever grace the NES console and feature music from the first three games in the Mega Man (a.k.a Rockman) series.

      We hope that this episode brings back fond memories of the glory days when games were designed to kick your little kid ass. I believe most of us remember the good old days of challenging platformers and Mega Man was one of the best to come from the NES era.

      Mega Man: Music Composer Manami Matsumae.
      1. Cutman
      2. Fireman
      3. Bombman
      4. Elecman
      5. Dr. Wileys Castle
      Mega Man II: Music Composer Takashi Tateishi.
      1. Intro
      2. Metalman
      3. Flashman
      4. Quickman
      5. Woodman
      6. Airman
      7. Crashman
      8. Bubbleman
      9. Heatman
      10. Dr. Wileys Castle
      Mega Man III: Music Composer Yasuaki Fujita.
      1. Enemey Select
      2. Topman
      3. Sparkman
      4. Hardman
      5. Magnet man
      6. Needleman
      7. Snakeman
      8. Dr WIleys castle
      Please let us know what you think of the new Musicast series and don't forget to send us in your requests for game soundtracks for us to feature. We hope you enjoy listening to the show.

      You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

      5.03.2011

      Nintendo makes it official, now let's really talk about Project Cafe.

      We can now officially confirm that at least two things are true about Nintendo's new console. In a recent investor meeting, Satoru Iwata revealed that Nintendo will be releasing the successor to the Wii sometime after April 2012. We can also confirm that Project Cafe/Stream or whatever you want to call it, will be revealed and playable in June at this years E3. Combine this with the fact that more 3DS games coming down the pipeline, it's starting to look like Nintendo is going to have a pretty decent showing at E3. Sorry Zelda Skyward Sword, looks like you may get bumped as the main event after last years botched stage demo.

      Other than that those few bits of information, we've got nothing but rumors and talk from "reliable" sources. So I don't feel like running down the list of things that could be true or not. But I do feel like there are some things that this new system is going to need to accomplish in order to be successful and I want to hear what you guys think about it.

      I feel like Nintendo is in somewhat awkward position at this juncture and may have had to push out a new system earlier than they really wanted to. Between the large drop in sales (don't worry Nintendo is still filthy rich) for the Wii and the ever waning support/sales of big third party developers. It's become clear to me that Nintendo saw that it was losing too much support and interest in the Wii brand overall. Plus lets face it, most Wii owners other than the hardcore adopters just don't buy as many games as PS3/360 owners; unless it involves gyrating your pelvis or turning New Super Mario Bros. into a drinking game.

      After the jump is a list of issues I think Nintendo needs to address in order help get this console streaming onto your faces... I mean living rooms around the world.

      4.24.2011

      Musicast Ep 03: Castlevania


      This weekend is the anniversary of the resurrection of someone very important to us. Someone who has changed lives by the masses. Someone who has a myriad of books and movies dedicated to telling the story of his life. Someone who has followers willing to do anything and everything it takes to see his return. I'm talking about our friend Dracula.

      This week's Musicast is dedicated to Castlevania.  One of my all time favorite series by Konami. Happy Dracula day everyone.

      Castlevania: Lead Designer Akihiko Nagata. Music Composer Kinuyo Yamashita.
      1. Story BGM: Black Knight
      2. Vampire Killer
      3. Stalker
      4. Wicked Child
      5. Heart of Fire
      6. Voyager
      Castlevania II Simon's Quest: Lead Designer H. Akamatsu. Music Composer Kenichi Matsubara.
      1. Story BGM: Password
      2. Bloody Tears
      3. Silence of Daylight
      4. Monster Night
      5. Dwelling of Doom
      6. Dracula's Castle
      7. Game Over
      Castlevania III Dracula's Curse: Lead Designer H. Akamatsu. Music Composers Hidenori Maezawa, Jun Funahashi, and Yukie Morimoto.
      1. Story BGM: Encounter
      2. Beginning
      3. Aquarius
      4. Clockwork
      5. Pressure
      6. Mad Forest
      7. Dead Beat
      8. Outro: Evergreen
      Please let us know what you think of the new series and don't forget to send us in your requests for game soundtracks for us to feature. We hope you enjoy this weeks Musicast.

      You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

      4.22.2011

      (Update) PSN is still down. What, want to fight about it?!

      (04/26/11):
      Another updated from Sony. User account information have been compromised. Email and Passwords and address information has been taken. There is no word on Credit Card Information but I wouldn't sit around waiting on that one. Change your passwords on any account you have the uses the same email as PSN and keep an eye for scams and your credit card accounts. Thanks Hackers, your awesome. Way to show the gamers your fighting the good fight.

      http://us.playstation.com/news/consumeralerts/#non-us





      (04/25/11):
      We've got an update on what may have caused PSN to go down. CFW software codenamed "Rebug" allows people to log in as if doing it from a developer console giving them the ability to ad funds to any PSN id using a dummy credit card. Read more here. Thank's Richard (IronGiant) for the link.

      (4/23/11):
      Oh man! As if it's not enough that fanboys everywhere are fighting about XBL and PSN Microsoft throws fuel into the fire! If you're not sick of babies fighting about dumb shit yet, here's more comments field underbelly to look at.

      (4/22/11):
      If the answer to that question is YES. Then I found the perfect place for it. Kotaku, a very well respected (or not) site about video games, technology, and lots of other awesome stuff has the perfect battleground. To the comments! 1,400 comments and counting.

      I love the comments section in most of these big sites. it's like... It's like turning over a rock in the middle of the woods -- so fucking gross to look at, but so damn entertaining to read!

      Seriously though PSN is down and Kotaku is keepin' the kids updated. Go there, then come back here, and please tell me what your favorite comments were :D!

      4.16.2011

      Battlefield 3 12 Minute Gameplay Trailer is out now! It will make your eyes bleed.

      We just got the email from EA with a link to 12 minutes of gameplay footage of Battlefield 3. The video is hot of the presses, so were posting it here for your enjoyment. Get in on this before some server crashes.

      4.12.2011

      The Glowing Stars, Peelander-Z, and Anamanguchi rock out at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco

      Peelander-Yellow (a.k.a. Kengoswee) and my fat face
      Last Thursday I walked my fat ass down to the DNA Lounge and checked out the 8BitSF concert featuring some great bands. We posted about the concert last week on the blog, I hope you got a chance to go down and enjoy the show.

      I took some video and pics of the concert while I was busy drinking copious amounts of PBR and collecting Miis on my 3DS with StreetPass. It was a really entertaining concert and I would recommend you keep an eye out for these bands if they come around to your neighborhood. I apologize in advanced for the shaky cam, I may have had a few too many drinks. To check out the videos of the bands I captured hit the jump link below.

      4.10.2011

      MUSICAST 02: F-Zero




      As promised we are continuing our Musicast and episode 2 is here and ready for your listening pleasure.

      I'll be your host this week and will be featuring one of my favorite racing games of all time, F-Zero. The soundtrack to F-Zero brings back fond memories of playing video games late into the night at my cousins house and screaming at the television wondering why this god damn game was so hard. The soundtrack does a great job of fitting into the futuristic universe that the series was set in as well as matching the sense of speed the game produced with its Mode 7 graphics.

      F-Zero: SNES
      1.Mute City, 2.Death Wind, 3.Big Blue, 4.Port Town, 5.Silence, 6.White Land I, 7.Fire Field, 8.Red Canyon, 9.White Land II

      F-Zero X: N64
      10.Red Canyon

      F-Zero GX: Gamecube
      11.Mute City, 12.Feel Our Pain, 13.Bio Rex

      Please let us know what you think of the new series and don't forget to send us in your requests for game soundtracks for us to feature. We hope you enjoy this weeks Musicast.

      You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

      4.07.2011

      3DS Needs more Ninja... Tenchu is the answer!



      Argue all you want with me, but Tenchu: Shadow Assassins for PSX was an amazing game. Sure it had it’s flaws. Mostly camera controls, but to me it was on par with Metal Gear Solid. I had the Japanese version, then I got the American version which actually came with the bonus Ayame in a thong code (not pictured here or anywhere on the internet).

      4.01.2011

      Our 3DS Impressions - Dual Strike Article



      What’s up everyone? We’re back with an exciting second installment of our Dual Strike Article series that feature our real time discussions on a particular subject. If you couldn't tell by the Miis riding the hype train, we’re discussion the Nintendo 3DS. Amado and I both rode this train all the way to Nintendotown and bought the system on day one. Now that we’ve had some time to play around and ponder the amount of money we spent on the device. We discuss what we like, what we hate, and where Nintendo should improve our 3D snuggle bunny.

      3.30.2011

      SUPER AWESOME! - DNA Lounge show!

      PeeLander Z, Anamanaguchi, and The Glowing Stars @ the DNA Lounge on April 7th, in San Francisco 375 11th St.

      Seriously. This is an amazing line up! Don't believe me? Click those links up there for samples and CLICK HERE for more details!

      3.28.2011

      MUSICAST Ep 1 Legend of Zelda




      So we're changing formats yet again! We try to keep you all on your toes ;). We'll be doing these Musicast episodes every other week so stay tuned.

      To kick this series off I chose Legend of Zelda. In this episode I talk a little about the series, the designers, and the composers. Mostly though I play some choice songs from 3 of the early games, including the Gameboy version.

      Legend of Zelda

      Legend of Zelda: The Adventures of Link

      Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

      Please do enjoy.

      You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

      3.13.2011

      Nintendo 3DS Demo Tour in San Francisco with video reactions from "Real" people.

       
      On Friday night I got a chance to check out the Nintendo 3DS at Pier 39 in San Francisco during Nintendos hands on Demo Pod Event. Nintendo brought its guns out blazing with dozens of demo units with marketing materials and plopped it right in the middle of one of San Francisco's biggest tourist hang outs. They had all the launch games ready to try out for as long as you wanted. Go and check Nintendo's website to see if there is a demo event near you. We captured some video of the event with real people reacting and giving their thoughts while playing the device for the first time.

      If you would like to see more of the event, I've posted more images at the jump and for my in-depth thoughts on the 3DS, listen up for the next episode of the podcast. Episode 42 coming Monday.

      3.12.2011

      3DS Advance Wars anyone? Hell yeah we want it! - Dual Strike Article.



      Before you go any further into this article I feel it needs a quick explanation. One rainy day Brad and I were discussing this exact thing on instant messenger. We realized that there are a lot of really cool things one can think of in regards to the new Nintendo 3DS, and a new iteration of Advance Wars.

      Since we both really like the series and had a good deal of input we decided to try something new. This is our first attempt at an ARTICLE DUAL STRIKE! Where you'll actually get a full explanation, along with actual conversation between the two of us. PURAASSSUUUMMAAAA!

      3.10.2011

      Is the PS3 Firmware 3.60 bricking consoles? It happened to me.

      Now I'll never know how to get the worm!
      All of you have probably heard the news that Sony has released a new firmware update today. Version 3.60 came out and with that comes some great things. Cloud storage and a new beefy security to fend off all those evil pesky Pirates. This all sounds fucking fantastic, except for one thing.

      The firmware bricked my 40GB PS3. I'm dead serious. After installing the update and restarting my PS3 all I got was a red blinking power light.

      I went ahead and tried the normal routine of turning it on and off a few times with no luck. So the next option was to try and start it up in safemode and that was a failure as well. The best I could do is get it to turn for for a second then it would power back down.

      Has anyone else had an issue with Sony's latest and greatest firmware 3.60 update? Let us know.

      After every firmware release it seems, I hear the tales of systems bricking across the land and sea. But I never thought it could happen to me. Sony has burned my toast. FUCK.


      UPDATE: 3/12/11 So I called Sony Support. My PS3 is dead and of course its identified as a hardware failure. But I still have my suspicions. It was awfully convenient for it to die directly after the update. Yes I know the software isn't the issue but something happened during that process. Here is the video of the current state of my PS3. According to the light sequence you see that means, death.

      3.09.2011

      Monster Hunter Live Action Role Play!

      Have you ever heard the term LARP? It stands for "Live Action Role Play" which is what this video is.
      This group of Japanese umm... Kids put together some amazing costumes and weapons! I bet they probably are well recognized members of the JP cosplay community. They all came together and choreographed this little piece. They even memorized actual attacks, stances, and taunts for the video lol.

      Hate on Larpers all you want, at least they embrace what they are to the fullest and aren't afraid of judgment from others... well maybe a little since they don't show their faces in this video.

      They even got all the sound effects!



      Thanks to "samurai syber judgemagister" on www.capcom-unity.com for sharing.

      3.03.2011

      Your thoughts on how to best play Monster Hunter
      on the 3DS.

      Come to me MH 3DS.
      Three or four weeks ago (I can't freakin' remember, I'm old dammit) I put out a call for the community to give me some feedback on their thoughts about how they would like to play Monster Hunter on the 3DS. If and when the game screeches it way onto the system, there are some interesting ways Capcom could change up the controls for the dimensionally aware handheld. I yelled, I did unmentionable things in an alley, and I begged on the blog for feedback as well as made my way to the Capcom Unity forums to get some thoughts from the hardest of the hardcore. Here is what I got back from the Monster Hunter fanbo... errr I mean community. Tee hee.

      NEStalgia rhymes with Nostalgia. O is for Obvious.




      What word does NEStalgia rhyme with, hmmm… Maybe nostalgia. We here at Who Burned My Toast are all about nostalgia. We love it. We breath it. We thrive on it. So what exactly is this game nostalgic about? You can probably guess but click on the "READ MORE" button anyway!

      2.24.2011

      Sony's legal battles explained by Groklaw.net

      Judge Judy will settle this shit.
      If your like me, you may be wondering why in the hell the PS3 seems to be a hot bed for hackers and why its big daddy Sony is in the headlines almost daily. To say the least there is a struggle between Sony and a percentage of its users that has gotten to the point where legal action is being taken by both sides. 

      Until GeoHot came into my life and released the news that he was jailbreaking the PS3 and handing out all the keys to the castle, I wasn't paying attention much to the PS3 hacking scene. Once that happened Sony has taken action on him and the debate between hacking, freedom, piracy, software licenses and corporate power have been all the rage.

      The basic gist of what happened is this. Sony realized that having the ability to install Linux (or other OS) on the PS3 was becoming a security risk by way of piracy and hacking (i.e. losing cash). So Sony decides to release a firmware update that when installed removes that function and if you chose not to install it you would lose access to PSN and the ability to play any new game. This of course pisses off all the Linux users out there and they file a class action lawsuit. Then in order to get Linux back onto the PS3, hackers have taken arms and spent the last year trying to jailbreak the system so people can have freedom to do what they want on the hardware. Now Sony is mad/crazy taking names. The innocent gamers suffer.

      2.21.2011

      Primal Carnage (not Primal Rage) - Dinosaurs rule your face.

      Dinosaurs, I love you.

      What is it about boys and Dinosaurs? It seems that from the moment a boy can comprehend the idea of a giant lizard monster that terrorizes all other creatures, They fall in love. This game, Primal Carnage, developed by Lukewarm Media and built with the Unreal engine, looks great. Video below.

      2.16.2011

      Sony's 'S1' PlayStation tablet is coming to join the party.

      My photoshop skillz are supreme

      Sony is proving to be a very busy company indeed over the last few months. With the announcement of the NGP(PSP2), the new Sony Ericcson phone, and Sony Playstation Suite. It looks like the companies future is bright. Engaget reports that Sony is now poised to release a new tablet device codenamed the "S1" and it has some very interesting features. For more detailed specs on the device hop on over to the article. What I want to focus on is two key features for the device after the jump.

      2.14.2011

      Microsoft enters the handheld fray (kind of).

      Hi friends. It's me Amado, which can mean only a couple of things. Either Monster Hunter Portable 3rd has been given a date or there is some other portable gaming news that I'd like to share with you. See what I got in store for you after the jump.


      2.09.2011

      Mavel Vs. Capcom 3 launch party today.

      Please can I ride the Pony next!
      This announcement is sort of last minute, but if you're in the Bay Area and love fighting games. Then get your ass down to Jessie St. in San Francisco and come to the Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 launch party hosted by Capcom. On February 10th the doors open at 8:00 pm for the public to come on in and check it out. The first 200 people in the door will receive some sweet swag as well. Also if you post a comment on the Capcom Unity blog post you could win V.I.P access as well as free booze at the party. Awww yeah.

      So if your in town, you should come down and check it out. I'll be there in my birthday suit. Just look for the white dude with a green Kangol beanie and a beard. That's me. I look forward to meeting anyone who can make it.

      Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Launch Party details.

      2.05.2011

      Killzone 3 Open Beta Impressions


      On Thursday morning PS3 owners received access to the Killzone 3 Mulitplayer Beta. Luckily I was at home sick and for hours dived right into what Guerrilla games has to offer for its next installment to its PS3 exclusive. I'm a pretty big fan of the series and really enjoy the Killzone world, design and single player campaign. I still however have had mixed feeling about Killzone 2's multiplayer.

      So lets see if things have changed a bit shall we?

      1.26.2011

      Playing Monster Hunter on 3DS may present some touchy issues

      Without dual analog control
      what will we do?
      You may or may not have heard the rumor that Monster Hunter could be making its way onto the 3DS sometime in the future. Between Capcom's CEO Haruhiro Tsujimoto statement and the current slew of games Capcom is releasing on the handheld, I'm guessing it's highly likely we'll be seeing Monsters and Felynes in 3D as soon as Capcom pulls it together.

      It makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Monster Hunter is godly huge in Japan and the Nintendo DS brand is no slouch either. Now with Nintendo poised to make a splash with a technically capable piece of hardware and its market brand popularity, It would seem that branching out the series beyond the PSP will bring in not only more money but more players to Capcom's monster franchise. Monster Hunter Tri for the Wii even managed to sell over 1 millions copies in the land where PSP is the preferred monster hunting ground.

      With that said I may be putting the cart before the horse on this one, but playing Monster Hunter on the 3DS is going to require some changes to the way the game plays. If your a fan of Monster Hunter you know full well that playing on a handheld like the PSP is a tricky beast of its own. The game has a rather unique and often cumbersome play style. Many of you have submitted yourself to the claw technique in order to work with the games integral camera control just so you can keep the rest of your fingers on the analog nub and face buttons. The game ideally requires a second analog/D-pad for the camera in order to make it easy for you to focus on all the other things you need to do to survive a round with a giant thirty story monster. With the 3DS were not getting a second analog stick and with the current position of the D-pad, the claw technique is out the window. It may look dire for the hardcore fans, but what the 3DS does offer is a touch screen and motion sensors that may prove to be a more simplified user experience.

      Show us how you would like to play Monster Hunter on 3DS
      I have some ideas on how we could be playing Monster Hunter on the 3DS, but I've gone a step farther. I want to give you all a chance to show us what you think the best way to play the game on a 3DS. I've created a PDF template for everyone to download and give it their best shot. When your done, send it back to us via email at whoburnedmytoast@gmail.com and we'll post them on the blog and Facebook. Since Monster Hunter has a complicated control scheme you can limit your template to only show buttons options for when your hunter has their weapon unsheathed as I did or if your ambitious you can go nuts.

      I've completed my play control template for Monster Hunter for 3DS after the page break if you want to see what I think would work and my reasoning behind my choices.