Rapid Fire Reading List: Naughty Dog, Tomb Raider and Ubisoft

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Welcome to the Rapid Fire Reading List! The world wide web is a big place and my deadlines are always close! So this is where I put all of the interesting links from the week when I haven’t had time to cover them for J Station X. Sometimes they cover feminism/gaming/queer theory and occasionally they cover all three! Read on to find out which big stories were making the headlines this week.

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Rapid Fire Reading List: Microsoft’s New CEO, Uncharted and Felicia Day

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Welcome to the Rapid Fire Reading List! The world wide web is a big place and my deadlines are always close! So this is where I put all of the interesting links from the week when I haven’t had time to cover them for J Station X. Sometimes they cover feminism/gaming/queer theory and occasionally they cover all three! Read on to find out which big stories were making the headlines this week.

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Six of Nathan Drake’s Finest Moments

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Commander Shepard is my favourite character. So much so that I wrote an entire post about it.

Nathan Drake, the cool, calm and always collected hero of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted games, is a close second.

Breaking out of the generic super-soldier mould like the precisely sharpened blade of character on the block of ice that is the ‘norm’, Drake bests his peers, showing them up with his charm, his enthusiasm and his insane daredevil feats.

He’s also the winner of last month’s Nathan Drake vs Lara Croft poll (this month’s poll is FIFA vs Madden, vote in the sidebar, winner gets a special post!) which is why I’ve put together a list of Nathan Drake’s finest moments. Enjoy – and if you think there’s something that I missed – comment!

WARNING : Includes Uncharted 2 & Uncharted 3 spoilers.

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2011 Christmas Gaming Gift Guide

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If ever there was a time for you to be freaking out about your lack of gift giving ability, that time would be now. There are only 5 days until Christmas and it’s inevitable that you get your last purchases in before it’s too late and you end up re-gifting that ugly (now moth-eaten) sweater that you got from your Aunt several years ago.

Below are some of my top gift picks for the gamers on your list. And if you have any suggestions for presents, feel free to leave them in the comments.

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Spike VGAs 2011 : The Last Of Us

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Picture the scene : a population infected by a plague, enraged mutants preying on the innocent and healthy, the last remaining survivors trying to do just that, survive. It sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard of before, right? Oh don’t give me that look, I know the premise of The Last Of Us sounds like a half-baked slice of oversaturated gaming pie but I’m willing to bet my life savings on it playing out like the exact opposite.

The Last Of Us (which is a PS3 exclusive) seems to be your atypical survival horror zombie slash ‘em up, you’re fighting the undead, you’re fighting rebels who are trying to jump you for a packet of rations and you’re fighting for your life, but what sets TLOU apart from the likes of the more arcadey Dead Rising and the eerie slasher-flick-esque Dead Space is that it’s developed by Naughty Dog. These guys aren’t just the Kings (and Queens) of quality video game development, they’re the whole entire monarchy.

Click ‘Read More’ for more info on the game as well as the first trailer.

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New Uncharted 3 Drake’s Deception Screenshots Feature Combat and Sand, lots and lots of Sand.

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He may be the best looking man on PlayStation, he may get to live out the adventure fantasies from our wildest dreams and he may also have two of the best-looking beauties (who, unfortunately, do not exist in real life) willing to risk their lives just for a chance to fight alongside him yet, despite all this, I feel a little sorry for the guy. I mean, he has to traipse through the desert for hours on end and do you know how hard that stuff is to get out of your socks? And on top of all that, he has to kick the asses of countless burly henchmen just for a chance to breathe easy amongst the masses of sand. Tragic.

One thing he does have going for him, besides the whole being perfect thing, is that the pixelated world he inhabits is hella pretty, even if a lot of it is sand, see for yourself after the break.

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Spike VGAs 2010 – Uncharted 3 Debut Trailer

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What do you think 'Drake's Deception' could be?

The announcement of Uncharted 3 was as inevitable as the rolling of the credits at the end of a film and more predictable than a human being mauled in Jaws when the theme music starts playing. We knew it was coming. And now, it’s here.

The newest adventure of Nathan Drake will be titled ‘Uncharted : Drake’s Deception’ (hmm, mysterious!) and will be released 11/11/11

Click ‘Read More’ to see the trailer for Uncharted 3 that aired at the Spike TV 2010 VGAs.

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[UPDATED] Uncharted 3 On the Way from Naughty Dog? PROOF!

Update at the bottom of the post.

It’s stuff like this that makes me love online shopping. No, not the deals or the offers or my ability to order almost anything I want and not even have to step out of my front door to get it, it’s the fact that online retailers consistently leak info about new, unannounced games.

Today’s culprit in the video game ‘leak-a-thon’ is Amazon.fr , the French version of that big name online store Amazon. They have a section on the site about Uncharted 3 and have inadvertently announced it – featuring some of that ‘in production’ box art which is the stuff of dreams, and are something that video game bloggers like me, with a penchant for rumours, love! And you know, we all knew Uncharted 3 was happening but now we’ve got a little fuel for the rumour machine.

I’ve taken a screenshot of the Amazon.fr page with the Uncharted 3 box-art – which includes the full name of the game!

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Nathan Drake Song

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Here's the BAMF in all of his glory

Let it be known that I’m not a very good singer, dancer or artist either, though when it comes to writing songs (I’d like to think that) I’m pretty nifty. The other day when I was procrastinating on Twitter (follow me @Jasmino924) and playing guitar (it takes a skilled slacker to waste time so masterfully!) I sent out a tweet and asked for people to send me tweets of any video game or video game character that they could think of. @LucPestille sent me the suggestion of Nathan Drake and so I wrote a song about him!

Click ‘Read More’ to read the lyrics to the song.

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Why I think Nathan Drake and Uncharted are Over-Rated


Nathan Drake

Here's the BAMF in all of his glory

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Meet Nathan Drake, general all round bad-ass, notorious ladies-man and hunky poster boy of the Uncharted games. He can run, gun, climb, look (and sound, thanks to Nolan North) amazing while doing so. Every man secretly wants to be him.

I, think he’s a jerk.

For all of Drake’s oozing machismo and his ‘I-think-I’m-too-cool-for-school’ personality, I have to address my real problem with the man. I don’t dislike him because of my fondness for wusses nor my issues with the rainforest which featured in the first game (the HUMIDITY!) it’s the fact that people forget he’s a copy & paste clone that most of you (admittedly) went a bit googly eyes for. It’s become a cliché that every male protagonist must have biceps bigger that watermelons (nom) and has more charisma than a maxed out Sim. Personally, even just the once, I’d like to see an awkward, socially inept character, you know, the one’s that are always played by Michael Cera in films. I can find a Nathan Drake in any other game I turn to, a cool dude with a spring in his step (albeit without the impeccable voice-acting of the one and only Nolan North).

How about every male-lead in a video game ever?

What I don’t understand is why everyone has gone flies-to-a-lump-of-sugar crazy over the guy, I don’t care how charming his voice-actor is. He’s just one dude. With a gun.

Click ‘Read More’ to find out why I think they’re both over-rated.

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