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    Xbox 360 Stuffs

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    PS3 Things

    Yeah, we've talked about Sony stuff too, check em out!

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    Peep the stuff we've written about on the anime tip.

    Manga Love

    We less than three manga as well, so peep the manga reviews.

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    Check out the snapshots we've taken at events and more here...

    Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer Trailer

    posted @ 1/19/2010 03:10:00 PM by Douceswild

    Color me stupified, I thought the Age of Conan mmo was on it's way out, but I guess I was wrong. It's getting an expansion. I know, right!?!

    Rise of the Godslayer is the first expansion for the almost 2yr old mmo. Sadly, I didn't even stick around for the free month of gameplay and have never looked back. After watching this trailer...I'm still not going back. I've heard the game has become group-dependent which is always a turn-off for me in an mmo. But for those who you who are still hooked this expansion might be for you.

    Set in the eastern empire of Khitai and including a new playable race - the Khitan - 'Rise of the Godslayer' brings to the table a new story and missions, new player mounts and new areas to explore. No release date has been released yet.

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    According to Bayonetta, Angels Enjoy Their Crotches

    posted @ 1/18/2010 08:05:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    The first full Monday after the CES recovery week brings with it a new episode of the Electric Sista Hood podcast and this one is focused on Platinum Games new title release Bayonetta.

    Both NinJaSistah and Pandalicious have played through the game and spend the bulk of the hour tripping through the awesome gameplay that is Bayonetta while spoiling the story ending, plot points and more. Did you know there was a music video at the end of the game? You do now!

    We even answer an audience question or two, touch on James Cameron's movie Avatar and start sharing some of the audio interviews Evermore and I conducted during CES 2010. Need more incentive to take a listen, check out some of the titles we came up with for this episode but didn't use:
    • Climaxes Are Different — We'll Get Back to Those
    • She's Wet — And It's Not Just Because She's Been At the Bottom of a Lake
    • and finally
    • The Last Naked Woman to Be Taken Seriously Was Eve

    Grab the beverage of your choice and enjoy Electric Sista Hood Podcast Episode 180: My Other Car Is a Pleasure Pony

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    And We Thought Wii Was a Funny Name

    posted @ 1/10/2010 02:30:00 AM by evermore

    The most unfortunately named thing at CES this year is a made-for-TV gaming console called the iGUGU. But the unfortunate part doesn't end there.

    In fact, the sorry name is only one of the iGUGU's problems. Look at the product's slogan to the right of the iGUGU logo in this picture. They didn't hire anyone who could spell?

    And that's not all. A reviewer from Joystiq actually tried the thing out this week and gives this biting observation.

    Obviously, the iGUGU is something that would make any self-respecting gamer iGagGag.

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    Mass Effect 2 Trailer

    posted @ 1/05/2010 08:03:00 AM by Douceswild

    Anyone here remember a little RPG by Bioware called Mass Effect? I thought you might. Well, Mass Effect 2 will be hitting store shelves in a couple of weeks and I'm already sitting outside of Gamestop waiting.

    OK, so the second part isn't true. I'm not waiting outside...yet. Nonetheless, I still want to play Mass Effect 2 when it come out on January 26. In the meantime, I'll just have to settle for the trailer that shows John Shepard's new crew kicking some butt.

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    It's Beginning to Look a Lot ChrismaHannuKwanzika

    posted @ 12/21/2009 12:54:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    ...everywhere you look, including here in the land of ESH. We finish out the year with the end of our holiday buying guide wrap up podcast episode and Loserly from Dead Pixel Live

    In this, the final episode of the ElectricSistaHood podcast for 2009, we rehash our Holiday gift buying guide episode with a couple of editions including some from guest host Loserly of DeadPixelLive fame.

    We added some more audio equipment-type gifts like the Beats by Dre Tour in-ear headphones, some pocket-type synths from ThinkGeek. To give you an idea of how this show goes, here are some of the titles we came up with but didn't use:
    • Ninja's Tongue Needs a Wheelchair
    • AND It Helps If You Need to Move a Whale
    • Panda's Word of the Day: Facetious
    • Sandwiches in the Dark — How Romantic
    • Panda Says She Likes It From All Directions — And She Calls US Perverts
    • and finally
    • The Economy Needs You to Buy Stuff For Me

    It's a fun episode... chock full'o ladies [one of which may be slightly tipsy] chock full'o great gift ideas, just chock full'f fun. So grab a cup of your favorite drink and enjoy ElectricSistaHood podcast episode 177: Panda Likes Length, Depth and Girth

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    Jack Black Got An Award for Being Himself

    posted @ 12/14/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    Another Monday,
    Yes. We went there. So grab your favorite beverage and another new episode of the Electric Sista Hood podcast, and in this episode the ladies pass a 40 of Haterade© back and forth between them while talking about the 2009 Spike VGA Awards

    Haterade©... is it in you?
    In this episode of the podcast, NinJaSistah and Pandalicious go over the results of the 2009 Spike Video Game Awards with a fine tooth comb commenting on what we both agree and disagree with nearly category by category.

    Kicking off the hour we talk about some of the teaser trailers for newly announced games in the Medal of Honor and Green Day: RockBand franchises. Then the ranting goes to the next level and we go through some of the more controversial category winners like Jack Black for "Best Voice Performance" and which set Pandalicious off.

    Check out some of the titles we came up with, but didn't use for this episode:
    • It's Not Cute, It's Not Pretty and It Doesn't Whistle
    • Don't Make the Monkey Cry
    • It's the God of War to End All God of Wars
    • You Gotta Have Your Sheets Together
    • and finally
    • New Category: Best Game to Play When You're PMS'n

    Yes. We went there. So grab your favorite beverage and enjoy the awesome that is Electric Sista Hood Podcast Episode 176: It Seems the Judges Were As Blind as Stevie Wonder

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    Mmmm, Clip Show

    posted @ 12/07/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    A new Monday morning brings with it a fresh episode of the ElectricSistaHood podcast, are you not entertained? Well, after catching this episode filled with cutting room floor goodness you will be.

    In this episode of our weekly podcast, NinJaSistah introduces three segments of content we had to cut from previous episodes that have yet to air on a final episode of our podcast... until now that is. First up are some of the things we cut from our original airing of our holiday gift guide, including the RoboTech Saga anime series, iPod Touch, and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 titles.

    The next segment kinda keeps the holiday theme going by talking about how much both Pandalicious and NinJaSistah hate Christmas gifts/holiday decorations appearing commercially before Halloween has even happened. In the final segment of the podcast, we give you some of the anime stuff that NinJaSistah has talked about recently, but hasn't made it to your eardrums like Kiba and Maria Watches Over Us.

    It's about that time kids, so grab your morning cup of go juice and enjoy ElectricSistaHood Podcast Episode 175: The Island of Misfit Tangents

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    Santa Packs Are Coming

    posted @ 11/30/2009 08:05:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    Shoppamas is upon is folks, as in-escapable as new podcast episode Monday here in the land of ESH.

    In this episode of the podcast NinjaSistah and Pandalicious are joined by Xenocore to share with you some of our best of picks of what to gift the Geek/Gamer/Anime Fan in your life. Pandalicious kicks off the hour talking both games and gadgets including Skullcandy headphones and earbuds for both audiophiles and gamers on the go. Then Panda shares her pick for family fun sharing-time goodness, Lego RockBand, and for the competitive gamer Demon Souls on the PS3 and Modern Warfare 2 which is multiplatform. Her section of the show ends with Activisions' DJ Hero

    Then NinJaSistah springs into action championing the Sony PS3 Slim, Ion DrumRocker Drum Kit, The Beatles: RockBand, 1 Year XBox Live Gold Membership, EA's The Saboteur, Uncharted 2 and inFAMOUS on the PS3, Rhythm Heaven and Scribblenauts on the Nintendo DS. Should you have a friend or loved one with a PSP, she even has a few gift suggestions for them including Little Big Planet, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Tetris.

    Xenocore bats clean-up topping off the hour with Assassin's Creed 2, Retro Game Challenge, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, Symphonia of the Night, and any title by BioWare. [Mass Effect y'all] And then, for the anime lover [or emerging one] Full Metal Panic and Cowboy Bebop.

    It's a damn dense hour, and we will be brining you more shopping advice, purchasing deals, and more as the month goes on. It's a great hour, so grab a frosty beverage and enjoy ElectricSistaHood podcast episode 174: Christmas — It's Like Crack for Kids

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    Dragon Age: Origin Has a Little Something for the Gay Gamer (NSFW)

    posted @ 11/24/2009 09:57:00 AM by Douceswild

    Bioware has yet to fail in delivering some of the best RPG experiences throughout the years. One of the things that makes their games so great is that they put in a little something for everyone, including our fellow gay gamers.

    We saw the same sex love scenes appear in Mass Effect and they are back in Bioware, but with less controversy. I guess people were just caught off guard by the scene(s) in Mass Effect, which were not graphic, but just showed a little same sex "closeness" if you will. When Bioware released Dragon Age: Origins, the public was more like, "Meh. Those crazy developers are at it again."

    Once I've finished Dragon Age: Origins, you'll see my review here, but until then check out what a few months of wilderness-roaming and fighting side by side will do to the toughest of warriors.

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    When Is an Assassin Not An Assassin?

    posted @ 11/23/2009 08:03:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    When it's a pirate dressed as an Assassin, or when it's a Monday bringing you a new episode of the ESH podcast.

    In this episode of our weekly podcast NinJaSistah kicks off the podcast talking about UbiSoft's latest release Assassin's Creed 2 and the things that are better in this new title as well as the things that still need a bit of tweaking. Then Pandalicious chimes in to the episode with her impressions of Warner Brothers new Lego Rock Band title which spurs a bit of a warm discussion about the evolution of the music game genre and audiences.

    Need a sample of what this episode is like, take a look at the titles we came up with but decided not to use.
    • Free Pony Rides Included
    • Someone Needs Her Ginkos Biloba'd
    • Don't Ever Tell Your Mom You Have Outlets
    • Uncharted 2 Would Look Gorgeous In Legos

    Now, when you make it to the end of the episode, make sure to hit us up at with your suggestions for great games to get with your first PS3. We will add whichever game gets the most love to our "Get Me This Shit For the Holliday" episode. But until we tape and produce that one, kick back and enjoy Electric Sista Hood Podcast 173: Assassinate Creed? Where Do I Sign Up?

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    Weekend Warrior Outlook

    posted @ 11/20/2009 06:02:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    Happy Festivus-Is-Nearly-Upon-Us-All weekend folks. I'm even more pleased to welcome you to my new weekly column, Weekend Warrior Outlook. Each Friday I am going to share with you what I'll be playing over the weekend [new and old] with some of what I EXPECT my game playtime to be like.

    Then, late that Sunday night I'll hit you with my Weekend Warrior Wrap-up and we'll see if I'm as good at predicting just how good or bad my gameplay experience is going to be as I am with picking winning lottery numbers.

    So hit the jump to see what the outlook is.

    On deck this weekend is a bit of a jumble. First thing to get out of my blood is the new Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band DLC released for Harmonix smash hit title The Beatles: RockBand. I will preface this outlook with the fact that I am a HUGE fan of the music The Beatles are known for, and a bunch of tracks that are not on "Past Masters" discs. TBRB is the ONLY music-based game that I can consistently play more than one instrument on expert on without having to turn on the "no-fail" failsafe.

    The outlook looks damned positive on this one.
    I'd be surprised if I didn't offer to kiss Dhani Harrison in the face for helping to bring this awesomeness into the world. [Okay, enough of that, back to video games.]

    The second title on deck is Prototype. Now before you get all huffy-puffy with me for not playing this one sooner. For a while there money was short, and we were not feeling the review unit love like we are now, so hush up. Besides, I think it will be more interesting a review of the title now that I have played games like inFAMOUS and Uncharted 2:Among Theives which are all dramatically different games yet seem somehow similar or maybe familiar is a better word to use there. In any event, Prototype is the third title on my list.

    The outlook looks dim for this one. While I'm sure the gameplay will be good as many of my trusted gaming friends loved the title, I have to admit that I see myself being too distracted by other games that have come in from GameFly to finish this one off before deciding to send it back from whence it came. We'll just have to see.

    Don't be shy, let me know what you think about my Weekend Warrior Outlook column, and remember opinions are like farts... everyone has them, some just stink more than others!

    See you Sunday kids!

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    TheDeadPixel Reviews Stuff...

    posted @ 11/17/2009 09:49:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    Because we didn't get to. I can't speak for Pandalicious, but I haven't received a review unit for Assassin's Creed 2 or Left 4 Dead 2 so reviews for those titles was going to be kinda back-burner for a bit. Then an email from our friends at RocketXL comes in and BAM! Insta-8-minute video review from TheDeadPixel from Machinima's web series Inside Gaming.

    Peep it after the jump. And don't confuse TheDeadPixel with The Dead Pixel Live. Different crews and dudes.

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    This Post is Oscar Mike...

    posted @ 11/16/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    Or should I say, this fresh episode of the Electric Sista Hood podcast is on point and poised to keep you entertained and thinking for the next hour.

    In this episode of the podcast, the gals share [and spoil] Infinity Wards's latest belle of the ball Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. We answer an audience question about MW2, put the "No Russian" level controversy to bed, and end the MW2 section of the show debating virtual violence versus actual violence and how the issue affects the gaming community.

    Deep right? We thought so too, so then Pandalicious changes the topic to zombie hunting and how to prep to survive the zombie apocalypse. It's a good episode of the podcast, check out some of the titles we ended up not using:
    • If Artificial Intelligence is Getting Dumber, How Artificial Can It Be?
    • It Doesn't Glorify War, It Glorifies Killing Innocent Pixels
    • Showing Off My Shelf of Six
    • No Tooth Fairy? Who's Doing the Spoiling Now?

    Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy Electric Sista Hood Podcast Episode 172: It's My Party and I'll PWN If I Want To!

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    Borderlands Review

    posted @ 11/09/2009 10:40:00 AM by Douceswild

    I put off getting Gearbox's Borderlands for a bit over a week after the release because I just wasn't sure if this was the game for me. The commercials made it appealing, as did all of the reviews I read, but for $60, I just wasn't sure about this one. Finally, I decided to take a chance and it paid off.

    The first thing you need to know about Borderlands is that if you're not playing this via online or LAN with friends or stranger (either one), then you're probably wasting your time and money. The single-player experience can be boring and frustrating, but when three other players join in for co-op gameplay, you get a mash-up of Phantasy Star Online set in a Fallout 3-esque environment with FPS gameplay similar to Halo and Call of Duty.

    You start off by picking one of four characters: Roland the gun-toting soldier, Lilith the stealth/magic femme, Mordecai the sniper/assassin, and Brick the boxer/tank. Then you guide that character through the familiar RPG "fetch and return" and "kill and/or collect x amount of y" quests throughout the large landscapes and varied dungeons. The overarching story is to find the secret Vault while being guided by a mysterious woman who talks to you in your mind. Don't expect an epic or deep plot here. It serves no other reason than for you to go out and kill things.

    Unlike similar titles like Fallout 3 and Hellgate: London, which use an under-the-hood die roll system to determine combat results, Borderlands has a pure hit or miss factor depending on your aim. If you hit the body, it takes damage. A bullet to the head resutls in a critical hit, causing more damage. So aiming plays a large part in how hard an encounter will be for you. Also, your overall level, weapon level, and weapon proficiency play a large part in the amount of damage you output. If you use the shotgun a lot, then you'll become extremely dangerous with a shotgun. The same goes for pistols, machine guns, rifles, etc.

    Questing and leveling are not the only RPG elements in Borderlands. The skill tree will be familiar to many Diablo 2 and World of Warcraft players. Each character has three distinctive skill trees to apply skill points towards. So even though you may find yourself playing with another Roland, the abilities between the two of you may be noticeably different depending on your skill point allocations. You might spec your Roland to be an all-out damage dealer with guns, the other guys may spec more of a medic, causing his friendly fire to heal teammates. You don't have to worry about being stuck with a particular spec either. You can re-spec anytime, but at a cash cost.

    The loot system has it's pros and cons for me. First of all, there are a LOT of different weapons to find. Some are the same items, but may do fire damage or ice damage, etc, or have different firing rates and magazine sizes. I love feeling of opening a chest or looting an enemy and not knowing what goodies are going to be there. Besides, guns, you'll get randomly generated items including, ammo, grenades and grenade modifiers (fire, corrosion, ice, shock, stickies, bouncies, HP transfusions, etc), gear in the form of power shields, and support mods that affect skill tree allocation. There are color indicators, similar to that of World of Warcraft, that determines rarity (white, green, blue, purple, and orange). This brings me to what I don't like about loot. The game lacks a reasonable way to distribute loot between players other than people making a mad dash for the drops and grabbing whatever they can, regardless of if they can use it or not or it being better suited for another party member, and selling it for cash if it's not an upgrade for them. Also if you want to trade or give an item to another party member, then you have to drop it on the ground and hope the right person picks it up. This can be extremely frustrating if not playing with friends or trusted gamers.

    The visual style of Borderlands just works. The use of solid outlining and bold colors gives it that Street Fighter IV painted look, completely different from the other Unreal Engine 3 titles. This makes the post-apocalyptic industrial wasteland come alive and complements the (at times) over-the-top silliness of the game. The art style is a constant reminder not to take the game too seriously when I see a shotgun-toting midget running at me or boss who gives me the Degeneration X crotch slap before trying to blow my head off.

    As I said before, the game really becomes fun when you add three others into the mix. The more players there are, the harder the enemies become. The harder enemies become, the better the loot becomes. Plus, it's more exciting when you walk into a town full of gun-toting baddies and the group has to work together to survive. Whether you trying to peel a crazed axe-wielder off of your teammate or as a medic, shooting him with healing bullets to keep him alive, the more, the merrier. There are some arena areas that allow for PvP or just whacking an teammate and waiting for them to accept the challenge can start a versus mode, but that usually a way to tell when party members are getting bored or the level 50 cap has been reached and, well, they're bored.

    Death in Borderlands does not mean the end of the fight. While you're down, you have an opportunity to kill an enemy to get a "Second Wind" that brings you back into the fray before bleeding out and respawning. Players can also revive you but at the risk of exposing themselves to danger while doing so. It's extremely frustrating to get taken down during single play, miss the "Second Wind", and have to no one to revive you, resulting in a respawn that incurs a fee each time.

    Many of the boss fights were anti-climatic. Whether in single-player or multi-player, you'll basically find yourself strafing or circling the enemy while shooting everything you have at a weak spot until he drops. Some bosses are able to be exploited by just staying out of engage range and sniping them until they die.

    Many other reviewers had a problem with having to drive or run for long distances throughout the game. I really didn't mind it because it drew me into the massiveness of the areas. Although, without an overlaying map or minimap, it was frustrating to have to constantly pause the game to check the big map for positions an routes. I'm hoping that this, along with the loot and trading system, is something that Gearbox fixes in patches.

    All in all, Borderlands was well worth the money I spent for it. Combining an awesome FPS experience with solid RPG elements and sealing the deal with enjoyable multi-player gameplay keeps me coming back for more even after the 30-ish hours of the main story has been completed. I'm looking forward to the DLC that Gearbox has on the horizon.

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    Kickin' Early Christmas Square in the Nuts

    posted @ 11/09/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    Monday morning podcast freshness here for your enjoyment... get it while it's hot, like Chloe's ass.

    In this episode of the podcast the girls finish up their impressions on Activisions' DJ Hero title and Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2 title but from the opposite perspectives this week. Pandalicious kicks off the hour running down her experiences with DJ Hero and then rolls her random self into her review of the new Disney movie, "A Christmas Carol: In 3-D." After a short rant about starting the Christmas season early by NinJaSistah, she picks up the mic and shares her rundown of the PS3 title Uncharted 2. Oh yeah, we talk about the lack of strong female characters that are both sexy and smart. Check out some of the titles we didn't use for this episode:
    • There's a Rash of Topical Creme Jokes
    • DJ Pandamic Won't Give You the Flu
    • My Flow Wants to See Me in Court
    • I Mentally Kick the Elderly
    • As the Stomach Turns: Panda's 3D Experience
    • and finally
    • So May Nazis, It Felt Like a Mel Brooks Movie

    It's odd, it's random, it's Monday so kick back and enjoy Electric Sista Hood Podcast Episode 171: If It Walks Like a Duck, It Must Be Chloe.

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    posted @ 11/02/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    Well, not really Podcastastrophe as much as new podcast episode for the win!

    In this episode we help kick off the start of November with a podcast full of gaming. Starting off with NinJaSistah's coverage on the new Activision title DJ Hero on the Xbox 360 while Pandalicious talks up both Uncharted 2:Among Thieves for the PS3 and Playlogic's new FairyTale Fights game.

    We are chock full of game goodness in this one ladies and gents. We even briefly mention the new Magic Mouse from Apple and Tekken 6 Here's a quick glimpse of what this episode is like:
    • Bobby Blue Bland — Say That Three Times Fast
    • Is It Possible to Spoil the Plot of Little Red Riding Hood?
    • Counting the Strokes Detracts from the Experience
    • and finally
    • It's Cartoony to Make You forget About All the Bloodshed

    Kick back, relax and enjoy Electric Sista Hood Podcast episode #170: It's Bright and Colorful, Yet Bright and Colorful.

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    No Entendre Title Here

    posted @ 10/26/2009 08:13:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    Sure, it would be easy to make a double entendre title for this weeks new podcast episode but we take the high road here at Electric Sista Hood.

    Ok, actually we don't, but it was a fun way to start this podcast post. This podcast episode is ALL game, no anime, no gadgets. Pandalicious kicks off the hour with her final thoughts on the PSP game Obscure: The Aftermath by Playlogic, including a recommendation to play it on something soft. She says the game is scary, and you'll through your PSP around like a rag doll. Then she goes into a spiel about her first reactions to the new 2K Games title Borderlands and explores the parallels between it's gameplay elements and the PC title Diablo. We then have a spirited conversation about how to get PC gamers over to the console gaming side of the fence.

    Then I finish out the hour talking about my experience with the social stuff on the Xbox Live Preview including Twitter and FaceBook. Closing out the hour is NinJaSistah's review of the EA title Need for Speed: Shift on the PS3. It's a busy episode, here are some of the titles for it that we didn't use:

    • This One Made Me Sing to Barney 'Til Dawn
    • Beware Games With Boys Choirs
    • Skeeziest Line of the Year: "The Flower Inside Me Has Just Bloomed!"
    • There's a Monster That Will Snatch Your Attention
    • Ninja Likes to Mounth Things — CONFIRMED!
    • and finally

    • SixAxiS Is a Palindrome — So Is Dud.

    Grab a frosty beverage and enjoy Electric Sista Hood Podcast Episode 169: First Rule of Midnight Club: Forget the Name of Midnight Club

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    Dragon Age: Origins Sacred Ashes Trailer

    posted @ 10/19/2009 10:56:00 PM by Douceswild

    The trailers for Bioware's upcoming RPG, Dragon Age Origins keep getting better and better.The newest one makes me even more excited for the game.

    Bioware is know for making epic rpg games such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (1 and 2), Jade Empire, and the mmo that has me drooling with anticipation, Star Wars: The Old Republic. Their latest title, Dragon Age Origins, will hit store shelves on November 3rd for PC and Xbox 360. I have yet to pass up the opportunity to play one of their titles and this game will be no exception.

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    Law-Abiding Podcast

    posted @ 10/19/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    It's new podcast Monday and we have a full boat of topics in this episode.

    In this week's episode NinJaSistah and Pandalicious discuss some of the animated DC Comic movies that have been released lately as well as many of the DC based animated series and their impact on the mid-20-something crowd. The conversation that switches to some of the live action flicks including the Marvel options and then Pandalicious grabs the mic to talk movies.

    First up are Panda's post-viewing thoughts on the new "Where the Wild Things Are" movie, including who the best audience for the movie is and IS NOT. Then she moves on to "Law-Abiding Citezen" staring the very sexy [very Scottish] Gerard Butler. Finishing out the hour is NinJaSistah's post-mortem on the EA/Double Fine game Brütal Legend.

    Grab the beverage of your choice, kick back and enjoy Electric Sista Hood Podcast Episode 168: I Opted For the Gore AND Profanity

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    Get to Know Your Sistahs

    posted @ 10/05/2009 12:44:00 AM by evermore
    As you might be able to tell from the title of this week's show: "The Crazy One With All the Random Things We Ever Said," it's yet another clip show, but chock full of extra special features that you're going to enjoy. In fact, if you want to get a friend interested in the adventures of the Sistahs, this is the perfect episode for them.

    In addition to NinjaSistah and Pandalicious, this episode features lots of appearances by MagicMysticGrl, and even goes into detail about the odd appearances and disappearances by her. In addition, you'll hear a couple of other of the Sistah's favorites: King Baby Duck of the Boston Bastard Brigade and Alphabox of Dead Pixel Live.

    So get ready for a load of laughs you may have missed earlier as we present ElectricSistaHood Podcast Episode 166: The Crazy One With All the Random Things We Ever Said.

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    Subservient What?

    posted @ 9/28/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    The best way to kick off the beginning of a fresh new week is with a new episode of the Electric Sista Hood podcast. This one has an audience question, video game reviews and anime... the holy trifecta of ESH!

    We start off with a question brought to us by William Bell of TheXboxDomain which fuels the conversation for the bulk of the show about how nit-picky we have become as gamers. From growing up and having to learn to love what you get, to almost being apathetic as new titles flood the market. Pandalicious and NinJaSistah don't really come to an agreement on the subject, but it is a fun journey towards an answer nevertheless.

    Then we move on to hands-on video game reviews of Bethesda Softworks new release Wet on the PS3 and NinJaSistah's knee-jerk reaction to the DJ Hero demo. Then we chat about the Dreamcast/PS2 games available via PSN rumor and Pandalicious tops out the hour with her coverage of the anime series Black Buttler

    Here is a quick glimpse into what the episode is like:
    • Five-Year-Olds Don't Need Boom Boxes
    • My Douche-Baggery Made You Better
    • I'm Not Condoning Eating Cats
    • Videogames Are Not a Pos-Apocalyptic Guide
    • and finally
    • Spoiler Alert! Bambi's and Norman Bates' Mothers Both Dead

    Dig in and enjoy Electric Sista Hood Podcast Episode 165: Pandalicious Loves the Hired Help

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    Monday Freshness For You

    posted @ 9/21/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    Start of a new week means it's time for a new episode of the ElectricSistaHood podcast, and in this episode NinjaSistah and Pandalicious talk games, gadgets, and cosplay.

    The gals kick off the episode by answering a question submitted by audience member KevinCrave about costly options for Halloween, hot now demo's for the Xbox 360 and PS3 Wet and Brutal Legend and what first impressions they were left with, and some giveaway goodness that is going on this week and next.

    Both the Need For Speed/EA folks and Inspired Instruments have some great things popping off this week. NFS is running a mission based deal from 12:00am PST on the 21st of September to the 25th of September until 11:59pm where they will be giving away a bunch of NFS: Shift goodies. Oh yeah, and a beemer. Inspired Instruments will cut you a $10 break for every friend you refer that buys a You Rock Guitar from them. Gear and goodies, gotta love it right?

    For a better picture of the episode, here are some of the titles we came up with, but didn't use:
    • Buy Our Magazine and Get a +5 to Purity
    • Inside: Girls Talking About Getting Wet
    • Every Roadie Is Named Eddie
    • "Jack the Bus" Shouldn't Mean Actually Jacking a Bus
    • Need For Speed Needs to Satisfy My Need For Car
    • Panda Hokey? That Pretty Much Describes It
    • and finally
    • I'll Be Broke For Christmas

    We enjoyed recording this episode a bunch, so enjoy the fruits of our labor and kick it with ElectricSistaHood podcast episode 164: When In Doubt, ALWAYS Go Awesome!

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    GeekAggro Is Not About Farming Nerds

    posted @ 9/20/2009 09:29:00 AM by evermore
    I can't seem to get the image out of my mind. Every time I hear the name of Douceswild's own podcast, I get images of Oliver Wendell Douglas riding a tractor.

    But Geek Aggro is not about farming nerds. It's a delightful podcast about gaming that I really enjoy. If you're already a fan of the Sistahs, you should add Geek Aggro to your regular podcast rotation.

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    Human After All

    posted @ 9/14/2009 11:11:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    When it comes to music simulation games I make no bones about the fact that I am quite biased towards them. For me, they are the rare type of game that can be competitive or non-competitive at a moments notice. As a creative type person with friends on both sides of the "avid gamer" fence, this is an important quality for a game to have.

    Last week I was woo'd by the MTV Games/Harmonix title The Beatles: Rock Band. This week, Activision's DJ Hero has my direct attention.

    This gear-shift does not mean that Beatles Rock Band and I broke up, just that we are not dating exclusively. DJ also looks like a fine lady to hang out with and with good reason. When the title launches on October 27th, Activision boasts a whopping 93 songs on disc will be playable, including a bunch of megamixes for the player to enjoy. While this may seem a bit "old hat" to you, the kicker for me today was that camp DJ announced tracks from Daft Punk would be in the game.

    The mixes available include:
    • "Around the World" vs. Young MC "Bust A Move"
    • "Da Funk" vs. NASA "Strange Enough ft. Karen O, ODB and Fatlip"
    • "Da Funk" vs. Queen "Another One Bites the Dust"
    • "Robot Rock" vs. Hashim "Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)" – Produced and mixed by The Scratch Perverts
    • "Robot Rock" vs. Queen "We Will Rock You"
    • "Short Circuit" vs. Boogie Down Productions "Jack Of Spades"
    • "Technologic" vs. Gary Numan "Cars"
    • "Television Rules The Nation" vs. No Doubt "Hella Good"

    If you listened to this weeks' podcast episode already, you know that I was not quite yet sold on purchasing this game, that has now changed. I love Daft Punk. Whenever I am in the middle of a day full of suckitude, Alive 2007 brings me back to being me; fun-loving and not chock-full suck. As much as I enjoy the music that artists like Jay-Z, Eminem, the Gorillaz and Rick James, I was a bit worried when I looked at the initial revealed artist list for tracks in the game. But as more and more video's started to hit the web showing off various folks giving the wheels of plastic a spin I became less and less anxious. Now I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this title.

    Make sure you make a visit to the DJ Hero site and check out what is going down October 27th, and while you are checking things out, peep our new image gallery including some DJ Hero images with more to come soon.

    Who knows, maybe I will have a hands-on review of the game and controller for you soon.

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    Podcast Ahoy

    posted @ 9/14/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    A fresh Monday brings with it a fresh episode of the ElectricSistaHood podcast. Get your morning cuppa joe ready guys and gals, this one is wordy.

    We have a bunch to cover in this one folks, there's The Beatles Rock Band, followed by the Guitar Hero 5 debacle between Courtney Love and Activision, and the pending DJ Hero title looming on the horizon. We tackle all these topics in the episode as well as a non complete spoiler review of the movie "Gamer" fresh on the heels of it's theatrical debut.

    For an idea of what this episode is like, here are the titles we didn't use:
    • Next: Kurt Cobain in Space Channel 5
    • Just to Make It Clear - It's Beatles Music
    • Come Together Means a Whole Different Thing to Pandalicious
    • Courtney Loves' Next Twitter Message: FML
    • It's Like Tron Meets the Running Man
    • The Only Message Gamers Understand Is "All Your Base Are Belong To Us"
    • and finally
    • And Roddy McDowell Doesn't Look Like a Chimpanzee

    Told you it was quite interesting. So kick back and enjoy ElectricSistaHood Podcast Episode 163: The Moral of This Show: Listen to The Bealtes, Play Games, and Curse Microsoft.

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    Podcasts With Punch

    posted @ 8/31/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    We aren't talking punch and pie, we are talking uppercuts and decks to the face in this episode of the podcast. I should clarify that statement. Pandalicious is talking uppercuts and face decking, NinJaSistah mostly just tries to stay out of the way.

    In this episode of the podcast Pandalicious lays bare her tale of woe concerning the temporary loss of her XBox Live account, and how the lack of connecting is affecting her life. From the bounce around treatment of customer care reps on both the XBox Live email and phone support, and quick response from the Windows Live ID groups to the soon-to-be-catch-phrase-of-the-end-of-summer, "...and then you get punched in the face!" Calling her segment a rant doesn't do it justice.

    Bringing a little bit of tranquillity back to the show, NinJaSistah adds some gadget/peripheral stuff to the mix like Ion Audio's new $199 DrumRocker Core Rock Band kit as well as some info on the new Star Wars comics coming to an iTunes store [and Dark Horse hopes] and iPod/iPhone near you. Capping off the hour is a bit on the Square Enix PSP title Final Fantasy Dissidia and a heads up for your PAX attendees on a Tekken 6 tournament for prizes that you should jump on.

    Want a better picture of what the episode is like? Here are the titles we didn't use:
    • From Now On, It's Panda-Phish-Us
    • LadyESH Is Secure in Her Chastity Belt
    • If Xbox Live Doesn't Get Their Act Together, They're Going to Be Xbox Dead
    • Remember What Happened to Bambi's Mom? That's What This Is Like
    • Something Like Tis Could Drive Someone Back to the Loving Arms of WoW
    • Screw Criminal Justice -- I'm Switching to Victim Justice
    • Perhaps the Perpetrator Was Someone From Sony
    • On CSI Miami, This Case Would Have Been Solved in 45 Minutes
    • Something's Rising at PAX Yeast
    • Don't Drive and DS
    • Hello Kitty's Already Doin' It
    • and finally...
    • I've Resorted to Playing My Wii -- and That's Not Gaming At All

    So kick back and enjoy, Episode 161: There's a Lot of Facial Violence in This Episode

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    The Dark Knight is back!

    posted @ 8/28/2009 08:03:00 PM by FreeLoader

    If you’ve ever played a Batman game before, then you may have just chosen to pass on Batman: Arkham Asylum. I’m here to help you realize exactly how big of a mistake that is. Little known company, Rocksteady Studios has a real hit in this new title, and you’ll regret not playing this game.

    I don’t even know where to start with this game. The amazing graphics? The impeccable voice acting? The extreme attention to detail? Or perhaps the innovative, smooth-flowing gameplay? It’s all just so good. Let’s begin with the engine, the game runs the Unreal engine – that just screams quality right there – and as such most everyone is buff to the max. Yes, even Commissioner Gordon. But it works for the set-up this game has. And the detail, oh the detail.

    Batman’s suit alone has an incredible amount. From the seams that hold it together, to the sound water makes when it hits your cowl and cape. As you progress through the game the suit and cape begin taking damage, tatters and slashes appear, showing how dangerous the situation is. Speaking of the cape, fans will be ecstatic to know that the developers spent so much time on the Dark Knight’s all-purpose fashion choice that they said it was basically treated as a character on its own. It shows too, most games with capes don’t pay any attention to cape details. As such, body parts and structures in the environment will all go through the cape as if it weren’t there. This causes the game to look unpolished and really detracts from the overall experience.

    Well down at Rocksteady, they realized how important the cape is to the Caped Crusader. So when you’re gliding with your cape and a wall comes up on your side, rather than disappearing into said wall, your cape will fold in to avoid hitting it. The cape is longer than Batman is, and this is represented by the cape folding onto the ground. Truly, the amount of detail place in just the cape speaks to how much this company wanted to get every detail down, so as to not upset any long time fans.

    You’d be hard pressed to find a better storyline too. The Joker has taken complete control of Arkham Asylum and has trapped you, Batman, inside it, as well as everyone who works there. Among the villains locked up in Arkham when Joker’s plan goes down are: Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Mr. Zsasz and Bane. All of which you should be ready to encounter in the worst way possible. And don’t forget the guest appearances and the huge amount of nods to other Batman villains. Riddler has challenges set up all across the island and when you find one that corresponds to a certain villain, it unlocks a bio for that villain. There were bios for villains I had never even heard of before (who the hell is Calendar Man?).

    To add to the great story, the voice actors in this game will please any Batman fans. Kevin Conroy is the most memorable Batman voice in the history of the franchise, but even more memorable than his Batman, is Mark Hamill’s Joker. Hearing these two voices face off against each other really adds just so much for fans of the old cartoon like me. I still say Mark Hamill should go down as the best Joker of all time. Fanboyism aside, the voices are great, and every minor character is fully voiced too which adds a cinematic feel to the entire game.

    Unfortunately you can’t expect more than 20 hours of gameplay if you know what you’re doing from the get go. In three days I have fully beaten the game on normal and have all the Riddler challenges found. For most of you this will be a rental, but for diehard Batman fans I will state that this game is a must own. A completely original story with a large cast of characters – this game feels a lot like a straight to DVD Batman movie, except you play it. I know I will replay this story many more times; I just can’t get enough of the CG movies and the conflict of Batman vs. some of his most powerful villains that seem to jump right off the screen. If the story mode isn’t enough to keep your attention, the challenge rooms surely are.

    The challenge rooms are the perfect place to showcase the gameplay of this title. There are fight rooms and “silent predator” rooms. Fight rooms showcase the beautiful combat of this game by pitting you against 4 rounds of enemies, increasing in difficulty for each round. Enemies range from your basic thugs, to knife-wielding inmates, stun rod toting baddies, titan-infected henchmen and even Zsasz. Now I’ll admit, I thought that the game’s combat system was going to get really old, really fast. I was wrong. Everything is so fluid, you take out thugs the way Batman should, with a variety of powerful attacks, throws and takedowns. Combat is only half the fun though; you can’t truly be Batman unless you prey on your enemies from the shadows.

    With detective vision giving you a layout of the room and the locations of all armed thugs, you use all your gadgets to move around the room silently and take out baddies one by one. As you dwindle their numbers some enemies get smart and pair up, while others become scared for their lives, shooting anything that makes noise and making them easy to pick off. Batman preys on his enemies’ fear of him, and predator mode really brings this aspect of the Dark Knight to life.

    So while fighting your basic thug is fun, the boss battles are severely lacking. Some of the biggest enemies are the easiest to beat, and the only fight that even remotely seems like a boss battle is the one against Poison Ivy (though the Scarecrow fights are very cool, and a total mind freak). Even the final battle with the Joker ends up being a bit anti-climactic, though the final hit will forever go down in my mind as epic. But I guess that’s how it is with Batman, whether you’re a petty henchmen or an 11-foot crocodile-humanoid, you’ll be going down with relative ease.

    As a PS3 owner, I was able to try out the Joker challenge maps. Basically you play as Joker on the normal versions of all of Batman’s challenge maps. Now I was looking forward to this, but you basically play just like Batman but with less gadgets and funnier takedowns. I will admit that it’s not a total loss. I do like the Joker mode, and it adds a new element of strategy to the predator maps since you cannot disappear into the shadows with your grappling hook. But honestly, it could have just as easily not been included; it doesn’t make the game by any means.

    The music is cool too, remixes of classic Batman tunes, and some catchy ones at that. The music fits with the eerie architecture of the asylum, and adds to the spooky mood of being locked in a box with all your worst enemies.

    I’ve got to give Batman: Arkham Asylum a 9/10. The only thing that could have made it a full 10 would be better boss battles, a few more of Batman’s sleek gadgets and some type of multiplayer would have been awesome – Batman/Nightwing co-op mode? A gamer can dream. This may only be Rocksteady Studios second game ever, but you can bet that I’ll be keeping a close eye on this company, because I see good things in their future. So long as they don’t try to force out a sequel.

    Written by: Bramimond

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    Inglourious Podcast

    posted @ 8/24/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    Oh yeah! It's the beginning of the week, so you know we have to hit you with a new episode of the podcast right?

    In this episode of the podcast, Pandalicious kicks the show off with what she took away from the new Tarantino flick "Inglourious Basterds," followed by some open conversation about the Rock Band support for the Lips wireless microphones as well as the new PS3 slim. Then we back the conversation up to games and NinJa jumps in with quick reactions to both Live Arcade titles Trials HD and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled.

    To give you an idea of what this episode is like, here are some of the titles we didn't use:
    • It's Not a Spoiler Alert If You Spoil It Before the Alert
    • It's Got T.I.T. Right In the Middle
    • Canada Isn't a Religion
    • Don't Waste Your Microsoft Points -- You're Going to Need Them
    • The PS3 Slim Is No McLovin
    • and finally,
    • The Only Girls On the Internet Asking for Stalkers

    Listen to this week's podcast episode: Episode 160: I Fought Physics and Physics Won. Then get started on Assignment Avatar!

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    Hey, PS3! You look different. Have you lost weight?

    posted @ 8/18/2009 08:33:00 PM by Vichus Smith
    The internet is all a, well, I guess I can't use twitter anymore, because that's ruined. OK, the internet is all abuzz about the new PS3 SKU, and this time it's positive! This has to be the most thumbs up reaction PS3 has had for its hardware since people knew of the console's existence a bit more than 3 years ago.

    In addition to getting a more portable PS3, we're also getting a far less expensive one. The PS3 Slim costs half the price of the original PS3, which mean there's little excuse for people who have been putting off buying the admittedly expensive original. You can get up to an 120GB model for $299 (including the PS3 "Fat") and an 160GB model for $100 more. Also PlayStation looks like it's finally ready to properly compete with its two adversaries.

    Good News however, never comes hand in hand with its little brother. The bad news is that while the original PS3 could stand perfectly on its own, you might have to purchase a vertical stand. I suggest you save your $24 and prop up your PS3 Slim with your Golden Girls DVD box set. Also, PS3 Slim HATES Linux, so good luck with playing with the PS3 OS. Rounding out the bad news is the lack of PS2 game compatibility. I don't see why this drawback cannot be fixed via firmware, but until then you are out of luck if you ever feel the urge to get nostalgic.

    This is a new day for PlayStation. By Christmas, tons of people are going to score the one item that has eluded their grasp for so many years. I hope to see you all online. I've been waiting for some fresh meat to pwn in Street Fighter IV :)

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    Do My Ladies Run This Mutha...

    posted @ 8/17/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    Yes. Yes they do. In this new episode of the ElectricSistaHood podcast, the ladies are joined by fellow AllGames Radio fam Loserly from Dead Pixel Live and fun and giggles ensue.

    We got a great question a while back from Trinity Angel and finally got a hold of it and a great round table to talk about it. So we kick the episode off right talking about MMORPG's and how they do or do not translate well on to consoles. Then NinJa jumps in to chat about the pending Marvel Alliance II game, nerds out on comics for a second or two and then Pandalicious swings the convo around towards the new season of The Guild with avid gamer and social media addict Felicia Day.

    We had a great time, and a great discussion, if you want proof here are some of the titles we didn't use for this one:
    • 90 Seconds of Awesome, 70 Hours of Drudgery
    • There's Massively Multiplayer, But 256 Is Ridiculously Multiplayer
    • They'll Be Back, Doing God-Knows-What to God-Knows-Who
    • With a Last Name Like Doom, This Doctor's Not Going to Follow the Hippocratic Oath
    • Stan Lee's Going to Be a Playable Character, Unlike Real Life
    • Panda Wants the Nipple Cut Out
    • When You're In It, You Don't Know How In It You're In
    • Everyone Knows You Can't Shoot Beams From Your Staff
    • Canadians Don't Need Jobs, They Need Beer
    • and finally
    • Even My Laptop Doesn't Want Me to Play WoW

    Told you it was a good one. Kick back, and enjoy ElectricSistaHood Podcast episode 159: His Game Made Us Hate Balls

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    After the Apocalypse, You Aren't Allowed to Wear a Shirt

    posted @ 8/14/2009 09:12:00 PM by Vichus Smith

    Rage has finally shown its ugly, beautiful face on the internet, and I am quite impressed. A trailer for ID Software's latest FPS (with a dash of car combat) has appeared on the official Rage website. One image in the trailer that starts to make you wonder is the front page of a newspaper littered on the ground:

    What's is an Ark in the world of Apophis? If you know your basic Bible, you know you that if you you weren't on the ark, your house got really wet. Is this last ark the objective of this whole game? Is living underground better than living on the surface? Maybe.

    Most of the trailer takes place above ground, with good old-fashioned FPSing, some third person car combat, and some freaky mutants hopping out of everywhere, trying to kill Rage's protagonist. Weapons look pretty standard, except for what looks like machine gun turrets that you can use to do the dirty work for you.

    I can just imagine gamers all over comparing this to the Half-Life series, BioShock, the Jak series of platform games, etc. One has to wonder if Rage can take all of these familiar elements we have seen in games before and deliver a satisfying package. It's coming out for damn near every system (except for the Wii because, well, you know) so the majority of us is going to get a shot at Id Software's latest.

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    I Hear Noobs Getting Fragged

    posted @ 8/11/2009 09:15:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    In the race to be your XB360 headset of choice, the folks over at Turtle Beach today announced the Ear Force X41 wireless headset, and it looks like it's no joke.

    I had the chance to visit Turtle Beach's booth while at E3 this year [along with Trition and Razer which both compete with Turtle Beach in the high-end gaming headset market] and was pretty impressed with the headsets I was able to try. The Ear Force X41 headset is a wireless over the ear headset with boom mic made specifically for the the XBox 360 system which boasts Dolby 7.1 channel surround sound capability.

    At E3, the peripheral guys were nearly as bogged down as the software developers, but while trying out the different headsets one question kept constantly popping into my head, "What is the real benefit with these headsets?"

    Sure, with any of the headsets I tried the sound was always clear, the explosions seemed to have more bass to them than any headset I currently use with my consoles and PC rig, but was it enough of a difference to justify the $129 or in some cases $199 price tag that came along for the ride? The jury is still out on this one as ten minutes with a headset is not enough time to form much of an opinion, but I'm working on some hands on time with some of these headsets and will be featuring my final thoughts during our August 31st "Cool for back to School" podcast.

    Be on the listen. Until then, make sure to check out the Turtle Beach site and peep the deets on their new Ear Force X41 headset.

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    Extra Bastard Aboard

    posted @ 8/10/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    This Monday, we have a special new episode of the ESH podcast. In this episode we welcome our very own King Baby Duck to the hosting chair to talk a bit about his new team project, The Boston Bastard Brigade, among other things.

    Those other things include EA's The SIMS 3, the new Gears of War 2 DLC, and some knee jerk reactions to the Batman: Arkham Asylum demo available via both the XBox Marketplace and the PSN store. Pandalicious even chimes in with her impressions of the new Xbox experience preview including the Avatar Store, Netflix parties, and even some games on demand stuffs.

    We are chock full of laughs, tangents, and maybe a Naruto dig or two. To give you an idea of what this show is like, here are some of the titles we didn't use for this episode:
    • What Did Cake Ever Do To Her?
    • I'm Gonna Touch It - No, I'm Not
    • Perhaps That's Why They Call it Project Natal
    • The Naruto Door Is Marked "Exit"
    • This Is a Warning For All Aspiring Spinal Tap Drummers
    • Your SIM Oughta Check Out That Julia Child Movie
    • Pana Will Work - For Microsoft Points
    • Avatar Marketplace - Isn't That What Started the Civil War?
    • and finally
    • Here's One Case Where Shrinkage Is Good

    So kick back, relax and enjoy Electric Sista Hood Podcast Episode 158: God of War Is Not Proper Sex Education

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    Who Left This Panda Here?

    posted @ 8/03/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    Helmed by a solitary host this week, a new ESH podcast episode is born...

    The Ninja girl came down with an abominable case of laryngitis that she just could not shake, so it was left to Pandalicious and Evermore to put together a great show. Would they be able to pull it off? What kind of show would they produce? First of all, of course they would pull it off, they are awesome and "B" it would almost have to be a clip show ya silly.

    It's a cutting room floor show ladies and gents, featuring all previously un-aired ESH bits like an audience question from Jerel Smith, some Portal and Portal 2 talk from Episode 107 and even Ultimate Quest podcast host Xenocore's top 5 anime series to learn by. There is a bunch of fun tid-bits, extra tangents, and as always cursing and laughter.

    Oh yeah, shameless plugs for our sibling podcast The Boston Bastard Brigade. So grab your favorite frosty and/or heated beverage of choice and enjoy Electric Sista Hood Podcast Episode 157: On Our Hands and Knees On the Cutting Room Floor

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    A Ninja Your Thumbs Will Love to Hate

    posted @ 8/01/2009 09:10:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    I will preface this article with the fact that I have not completed Ninja Gaiden Sigma 1. Before you behead me, or throw out the rest of this article as the wanton drivel of a sad gamer I have to add that my lack of completion come not from lack of desire but mere lack of time.

    Time keeps me from finishing this game. As we all know, time is a cruel mistress.

    Completing any next-generation console version of a Ninja Gaiden game takes practice, patience, and time. You will have your butt repeatedly kicked. You will be be beaten over and over again by the same boss who are both difficult and cheap at the same time. At times, you will come to know that time is your only hope. That with time or [you will pray that in it] you will find some dodging/jumping/shuriken chucking strategy that will get you through your trial, just in time so you can advance to the next level and go through it all again with an AI opponent that is even more difficult. And you'll want to do it. Ninja Gaiden is just that freaking good, that the player will want to complete it just to prove to yourself and Team Ninja that you can.

    The Sigma series carries on the tradition in grand form on the Playstation 3 platform.

    Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 builds upon it's predecessor on the PS3 adding in some new modes of play, new characters, and more weapons than before. Starting with new modes of play Sigma 2 drops in an online co-op gameplay mode as well a bevy of beautiful female for the user to play through the story as. Starting with the purple loving kunoichi that we all know and enjoy ogling, Ayane.

    While Ayane is probably best known for the Dead or Alive fighting game, she's made at least an appearance in each of the Ninja Gaiden games so it's only fitting that she finally become a playable character. [Much like Trish from the Devil May Cry Series] I did say there were a bevy of beautiful babes to choose from, and one does not a bevy make. Joining Ayane in the playable character spot are Momiji from the Ninja Gaiden DS title and Rachel from earlier Ninja Gaiden games. Each character has strengths and weaknesses that are all her own, and costumes to fit their personalities. Rachel is clad in skimpy black and red leather with metal spikes in all the right places where Momiji [who is more on the side of a priestess than bounty hunter like Rachel] is clad in more of a traditional type white and red spiritual priestess outfit. Then there is Ayane's outfit, which I don't feel words do justice to, so I will just post a picture and leave it to you to figure out a proper description for it.

    The only thing that gets me about this game is that the story from the previous game [featured on the Xbox 360 system] is still the same. Nothing that I have seen or read says anything about the tale being different, or seeing any other arcs of the story with the addition of the new playable characters but I still hold out hope for that to happen. While I love Ryu Hayabusa, and all the members of the Hayabusa clan I'd like to learn a bit more about how they came to be, and explore some of the other clan members' stories.

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    Rock Band DLC Update: Spinal Tap

    posted @ 7/31/2009 01:47:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    Oh baby, am I glad about this! The first time I played a Tap song in Guitar Hero I kept praying that someone would add more stuff from Spinal Tap to their line up, and evidently the group over at Harmonix heard my silent cries.

    Now, if you are down with the living room rock star lifestyle you already know that some of the Tap songs from the "Back From the Dead" album are available in the Rock Band Music Store. That's cool and all, but in all honesty, the three songs, "Back from the Dead," "Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare" and "Warmer Than Hell" are not the songs that Tap is well known for. On August 4th, a slew of Tap songs we all know and love will be available for purchase in the RB Music Store... let the tiny rocker inside you rawr with joy! I'm including the list below so you [like me] can salivate over it between now and the drop date.
    • (Funky) Sex Farm
    • (Listen to the) Flower People (Reggae Stylee)
    • America
    • Big Bottom
    • Cups and Cakes
    • Gimme Some Money
    • Heavy Duty
    • Hell Hole
    • Rock ‘n’ Roll Creation
    • Stonehenge
    • and of course
    • Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight

    Fake axes at the ready folks, your summer living room concerts are about to get a lot louder!

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    This Makes Me Happy

    posted @ 7/28/2009 12:46:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    I just got a Ubisoft news flash that is helping to make my day better. Ubi is working with Universal Pictures to create a Scott Pilgrim vs. The World video game.

    Because a movie, just isn't enough.

    If you've never checked out the "Pilgrim" comics, you really should. They are quite funny, and just outright fun to be honest. Scott Pilgrim is a slacker in a garage band who falls head over heels for this chick named Ramona and all Scott has to do to is defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends.

    I always thought that Pilgrim would make a fun video game, as each of Ramona's exes always seemed like a boss battle to me to start with, and you can't miss the large amount of video game references made throughout the comic series. I guess it should not come as a surprise that it had been optioned for a movie and make no mistake I'm looking forward to the movie as it has both the gal that played Bruce Willis' daughter in the last Die Hard movie Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona but also your favorite underdog and mine, Michael Cera a.k.a Evan from Superbad as Scott Pilgrim.

    There is a high probability for a trifecta of awesome here:
    Comic Books = Awesome
    Movie *may be* ≥ Awesome
    Video Game *I PRAY IS* ≥ Awesome

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    And Lo, The Planets Align...

    posted @ 7/27/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    No joking here folks, the heavens themselves moved in order to get Milk-chan from Ultimate Quest on this week's new podcast episode.

    Once more, the ladies run this thang and it's funny as hell.

    Pandalicious kicks the show off with her impressions of the XBLive community game 1 vs. 100 game and then Milk and NinJa chime in with some comic-con stuff which leads us down the path to COSplay. In case you didn't know, all roads lead to COSplay... and Zelda. Milk chairs the topic of Twilight Princess and adds the fun of Majora's Mask multiplayer.

    We let the COSplay get the best of us, but NinJaSistah ends the tangent line by bringing it back to gaming and talking a bit about the upcoming NXE updates due to hit the Xbox dashboard this August, including the upcoming Avatar Marketplace and Netflix Parties. This podcast is chock full of awesome folks, so sit back and enjoy it!

    It's coffee and funcakes time again, so kick back and enjoy Electric Sista Hood podcast 156: Drinking Helps Unity - And It's Also Where Babies Come From

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    Don't Follow the Balls When They Make the Street

    posted @ 7/19/2009 11:03:00 PM by evermore
    When they say that it's tough to keep all your balls in the air, the Sistahs know that situation all too well. And it's very evident in this week's podcast.

    Besides an overdose of references to balls, the Sistahs perform a first this week -- their first review of an iPhone/iPod Touch game: Rolondo II. In addition, Pandalicious talks about trying to boost her abilities in Gears of War II, as well as trying to really understand the anime Red Garden.

    As always, there were more proposed titles than they could ever use. Here are this week's rejections:

    The Double Entendres Have Double Entendres

    You Spread Things Open, You Flick Them and You've Got Balls

    You're Gonna Want to Play With These Balls

    Ngmoco? Ngplease!

    C'mon Plot, It's Time to Move

    It's Like Zombies in the City

    You Can't Use the Analogy Unless You've Really Been Kicked in the Face

    This Episode Is the Balls

    We usually tell you to sit back, relax and enjoy the show, but you're going to be doubled-up in laughter as the Sistahs present podcast episode 155: I Said Cog Already! Cog!

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    Ethnic Slurs, Dropped Balls, et al.

    posted @ 7/13/2009 12:34:00 AM by evermore
    Things always seem to run right off the tracks when the Sistahs are joined by a guest, and there's no exception to that in this week's podcast. The girls are joined by Alphabox of Dead Pixel Live -- and you've got to hear it to believe it.

    Panda enthuses about Prototype, Alpha takes off on Battlezone and Ninja relates her pleasure with the Xbox 360 game show 1 vs. 100. And there are ethnic slurs and a pre-show discussion on balls that's guaranteed to bring on a giggle or two.

    Want more proof? Here are the titles that we rejected for this week's show:

    If Only the Game Was Like the Box

    Would Zombie Sims Be Zims?

    Short? Like Gherkin Short?

    Seeking Nice Looking Guy With Lightning

    Panda's Boyfriends -- All of Them -- Should Avoid This Episode

    Hitler Got Close to Unlocking Everything

    Perhaps It Should Be Called a First-Person Walker

    The Pan Pacific Region Is Not a Pizza

    Anyone Who's Played Mass Effect Should Know What the M Stands For

    And You'll Be Leaving With the Home Version of Our Game -- Oh -- You're Already Home

    Here's a Collector's Item You'll Want to Throw Away

    Be sure to stay on for the bitter end as the Sistahs bring you Electric Sista Hood podcast episode 154: 1 Vs. 100 Is a Real Buzz Kill.

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    Fun With Audio: The Next Round

    posted @ 7/06/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    The gals took the weekend off and left Evermore to his own devices [meaning Adobe SoundBooth and Final Cut Pro] to Frankenstein together another one of his infamous ESH clip shows!

    There is music, there are interviews from some of our E3 booth stops, and maybe even a nugget or two of fun. From Warner Bros. Batman: Arkham Asylum to my Beatles: RockBandinterview with Creative Director Josh Randall. from Harmonix and more. [Can you say Heavy Rain walkthrough? What about Ratchet and Clank: walkthrough.]

    You'll find the last remnants of our LA time in this one, so sit back, relax and enjoy Electric Sista Hood podcast episode 153: The Last Word From E3 (We Promise!)

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    Ghostbusters Review...I Ain't Keepin' This Game

    posted @ 7/03/2009 11:01:00 AM by Douceswild

    Ghostbusters waste no time throwing you into the action and it does a great job doing it. Hunting down the spooks and capturing them with your array of equipment feels exactly how I imagined while watching the movies. The ghosts don’t make it easy for you, which gives you an understanding of why there was so much property damage in the movies as well as the game.

    My problem with Ghostbusters is that you’re given the entire experience of the game within the first few minutes. There are a few possible tweaks when it comes to weapons and upgrades, but it’s just not enough for combined with the four or five hours it takes to finish the game in one sitting. What you get in the beginning is all there is through to the end.

    The first Ghostbusters movie was one of the funniest films in history with lines that are still quoted today. The game falls short in this aspect. It comes off as actors failing to impersonate the originals, making me ashamed to have ever quoted the lines myself.

    I won’t completely blame the game’s shortcomings on its’ voice actors. The storyline leaves a lot to be desired. It’s simple with no real plot twists or turns. After managing to sit through the story, I got an ending that seemed like a rush job.

    On the other hand, Ghostbusters packs a few multiplayer modes that will keep you from trading in the game directly after finishing it. Sadly, even this does not make it worth the $60 price tag. Unless you’re a die-hard fan of the series and this is a must have for you, Ghosbusters should definitely go on your “Things To Rent” list.

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    The Beginning of Things to Come

    posted @ 7/01/2009 11:55:00 AM by FreeLoader
    Detail is an important aspect of any review. I want to bring you the ins and outs of the games coming to your favorite consoles.

    Some of you might remember me from my article on Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. I'm Bramimond, and I want to bring you the detail that is needed to know whether a game is for you or not. I spend a good amount of time reading reviews on a variety of sites before I decide whether or not it deserves a buy. But I am getting sick of those 4/10s that just use 2 paragraphs of my day to say: "Th!s gaem iz teh sux0r!!1". And let's not forget about those 10/10s that give you the "Bai thiz gam3 cuz it is (insert famous series name) so it MUST be AW3SUM"

    I own a Wii, DS, PS3 and a PSP, and I want to bring you detailed reviews on the top games for each system. My updates will be sporadic as I am not officially a part of the site just yet, but I certainly hope that my reviews will secure me a spot. You’ll have to look to Panda and Ninja for your Xbox information, but I’m sure you won’t have a problem there. Their experience in the matter is well recognized.

    Gaming is in my genes, when I was little my mom was playing the original Legend of Zelda and drawing her own maps for the dungeons. This was before the age of sites like GameFAQs, where gamers had to find their own way through a game. That is the age I was born into, but even the gaming golden ages were filled with games that could make you vomit just from watching footage of it being played. (I’m looking at you E.T.)

    I want to help you find the games that will keep you playing long after you beat that final boss. I’ve been hardcore since the day I was born, and playing games is what I’m about. So look to me for your detailed look into the games that make the consoles great.

    Written by: Bramimond

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    New Tales of Monkey Island Trailer

    posted @ 7/01/2009 10:56:00 AM by Douceswild

    This is one of my favorite series on the PC and I can't wait to take control of Guybrush Threepwood again on July 7th.

    Tales of Monkey Island will be the first of five monthly episodes. Check out the new trailer BEFORE I MAKE YE WALK THE PLANK! Sorry. I couldn't resist.

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    Mmmm, It's a Podcast Episode

    posted @ 6/29/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah

    In this episode of the Electric Sista Hood podcast Ninjasistah kicks off the episode chatting about the anime series Eden of the East and then we try to get serious.

    We tried.While we do our best to keep it on the PG, Pandalicious starts a rant on achievement whoring which turns into an achievement glutton VS achievement whore definition debate that ends up running into a tangent of it's own. When we get back on schedule she talks about her new found love of completing games including the Ubisoft title Assassins' Creed and what we are looking forward to in the next installment of the game. Then Ninjasistah comes back with some bits about industry mergers and acquisitions with the announcement of the Tecmo Koei merger on the heals of the ZeniMax Media id Software.

    It's another fun podcast in the can so sit back and prepare to enjoy ESH podcast episode 152: A Romp in the Hay Should Be Fun

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    Who Ya Gonna Call? If You Have to Ask...

    posted @ 6/22/2009 08:00:00 AM by evermore
    The terrible trio -- Ninjasistah, Pandalicious and Xenocore join forces this week to talk about movies good and bad in this week's new podcast.

    And while they all think the new Ghostbusters game is going to be great, there's also discussions about not-so-good game-to-film transfers, such as Super Mario Bros., and plumb rotten anime-to-film turkey such as Speed Racer.

    Want to know how fun this episode is? Get a load of the rejected titles:

    -- That's the Sound of the Men Working on the Chain Bang

    -- Witless for the Prosecution

    -- That Gives a Whole New Meaning to Judicial Discovery

    -- People from Teas Whould Argue With Your Definition of "Talking Nahmul"

    -- Simply Beating a Dead Horse Is Not the Manufacturing Process to Create Glue

    -- Judge Panda Rules "Not Pwnd!"

    -- This Trailer Smells Like Astro Boy

    -- Sometimes Fire Works -- They Should Have Fired Michael Bay

    -- A Better Movie Would Have Been John Goodman and a Monkey

    -- Undead Vampire Sperm Bites

    -- Two Wrongs Don't Make a Baby

    -- Talent? Who Knew?

    -- The War Between the Altered States

    -- This is Your Brain on Everquest

    -- Sticky, Don't Fail Me Now

    So pull up your director's chair, tell everyone else to take five and listen to this week's ElectricSistaHood podcast, Crossing the Streams -- It's a Guy Thing.

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    Mmm, Podcast Goodness

    posted @ 6/15/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    Once again, Monday brings with it a new episode of the Electric Sista Hood podcast, and in this one I think we finally put the nail in the post E3 wrap-up content.

    Pandalicious and Ninjasistah talk about some of the lesser known or presented games like Warner Bros. Scribblenauts for the DS and a few titles from Playlogic including Section 8 Who had the best looking man candy by far. From Alpha Protocol to The Lord of the Rings: Arrogorns' Tale we talk through the last bits of our E3 notes... until we finish unpacking that is.

    So kick back, relax, and enjoy ESH podcast episode 150: The Brownies Were Mad Crazy Delicious

    p.s. more photo galleries to come, so be sure to check out the website this week often.

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    Another E3 in the Can

    posted @ 6/08/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah

    We aren't dead, but our feet [and brains] are dead tired from traipsing around the LA Convention Center last week to cover E3 for you guys. [And if I'm honest, for ourselves as well.] I couldn't tell you how much both Pandalicious and I enjoyed our time in LA. First there was the catching up with the rest of the AllGames fam, followed closely by the meeting and greeting of new gamer-type press groups and the exchange of thoughts and ideas over free drinks. [Crix Lee from GirlGamer, Destructoids' Nick Chester, and Mr. Crecente himself from Kotaku to name drop a few.] The side-story fun stuff aside, we descended on LA for a reason and that reason was to get the low down on the soon to be released and up-and-coming video games.

    I won't bore you with a list of what we looked at, and whom we spoke to now as it wouldn't leave us anything to write for the rest of the week. What I will do is tell you that this podcast was one of our more enjoyable ones to record. We recorded it live from the show floor and Crix Lee popped by during our The Beatles: RockBand time and shared some great insights with us. A few people were wow'd by my laptop skin [courtesy of DecalGirl] and interrupted us a bit so you may notice that in here as well, but we had a lot to talk about... Bayonetta, Scribblenaughts, Prototype, and Batman: Arkham Asylum come to mind as I write this.

    From the stronger female presence both physically and pixel-y at this years' show to media briefing impressions and being excluded from demos we talk about it all. Grab your beverage of choice and put on your headphones, it's time to enjoy Electric Sista Hood podcast 149: While My Pocketbook Gently Weeps

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    E3 Day 2: Bayonetta

    posted @ 6/03/2009 06:31:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    Click the image to check out the photo gallery I put together from the show floor, or hit the jump and find out what I think about the game, then look at the pretty pictures.

    The choice is yours.
    Either way works for me, but you better get this game when it releases kids. Bayonetta is just fun. I got hands-on with the game on the floor here at E3 after a private demo of the game which just prepared me for what I was going to play on the floor as I originally had no idea what I was in for.

    If you don't know much about Bayonetta you should head over to Platinum Games' website to bone up on your history. The lead character is a sleek and sexy witch with some incredible powers and guns in her shoes... which she does shoot from in battle. There hasn't been a lot released about her past or the main story in the game, and honestly I don't care. I know, I know, you may be saying to yourself, "...but Ninja is all about story, WTF?" Well, Bayonetta is just so damn fun I don't really give much of a crap about the story but I'm sure it's a good one.

    The gameplay is fast, furious, and fluid. During the loading screens, you get to practice Bayonetta's combo moves so you can better lay the smackdown on your enemies. Once you have downed an enemy you can pick up any weapon that they have dropped and use it against other opponents for a limited time. You can also charge up attacks and enter an overdrive type mode called "witch time" which essentially slows down your opponents giving you a vast advantage during the fight.

    There have been a lot of parallels drawn between Bayonetta and Capcoms' Devil May Cry series and though the lead developer on this title from Sega did work on the DMC title that is the only similarity that should be drawn. Bayonetta has her own swagger, style of movement, and use of weaponry than Dante and has yet to drop an out of place one liner.

    Strong, sexy, female action lead number one down... 15 to go.

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    E3: When Mediums Mix

    posted @ 6/03/2009 12:18:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    If you have followed this site or our podcast for any length of time, you know that I love creativity and creative people, so it only makes sense that an event like the ESA's "Into the Pixel" art gallery would tickle me pink.

    Into the Pixel is an art show that the ESA puts on at the beginning of the E3 Expo. Video game themed artwork is created and submitted by gamers and non-gamers to be judged by a panel and the winners artwork goes on display for the entirety of the expo.

    Last night, I was able to attend the reception with some of the members of the fam and was very surprised at just how good and creative many of the pieced on exhibit were. Piece topics ranged from Raving Rabbids to not yet released The Conduit, and even included a piece on Dirk Dagger! I've included a picture below from the Pixel website which you should definitely check out and I may float back there today to get some pictures as they were not allowed last night.

    This piece was done by Kareem Ettouney based on the SCEA title Little Big Planet and is named "Craft Cosmos."

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    E3: It's Not Only About The Swag

    posted @ 6/03/2009 11:56:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    As I write this post, I am preparing to start day two of our ESH E3 coverage. Yesterday was a bit hurried, but I absolutely loved it.

    Where else can you get to play The Beatles: Rockband before the rest of the world does, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Scribblenauts, and get some free booze before noon?

    ONLY in LA!Which is fine by me if you want to keep score. I've got a few more things from yesterday that I have to get my notes and thoughts straight on, but wanted to give you an idea of what's on the docket today.

    First up is Sega and Bayonetta which is going to be a hands-on demo with some Q&A afterwards. I'm following up Bayonetta with a small helping of Bethesda Softworks Wet, which is a third person shooter featuring another badass female lead character who goes by the name of Rubi. Then I'm going to have a break and get a coke before I continue on to Ubisoft where I'm going to balance out my chick-fest with a look at Assassin's Creed 2 and Red Steel 2. [Among other things.]

    With the hard work out of the way I'm just going to mosey around the show floor, maybe visit with Konami, Activision, and Microsoft. Be on the lookout for updates today folks, they are just around the corner!

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    E3 Briefing: Microsoft

    posted @ 6/01/2009 12:50:00 PM by Ninjasistah

    The Beatles: RockBand just got cooler: Paul and Ringo were here!!!

    The fab four mockups look wonderful, and the highways don't look much different than before, but I want it even more. The sound in the Galen Center was ridiculous when Paul and Ringo hit the stage. I'm geeking out, but it was pretty freaking cool!

    Tony Hawk was just up showing off his new title Ride whose skateboard deck controller looks like something I'm going to kill myself own, but I want to try it.

    I know that G4 is in the building so if you have the station you should be able to watch the briefing along with me.

    Ok, I'm not a Modern Warfare kinda gal, but it did look fantastic. If you are a FPS fan be jealous of me.

    I take back what I said about FFXIII it is localized. I'm still not a turn based fan, but the summons [as with every title from Squeenix] make my jaw drop.

    Cliffy B has on a tee with Bill Gate's mugshot on it. Priceless. Exclusive title numero uno: Shadow Complex. A side scrolling XBLA title that reminds me of an arcade console game. My first reaction was MS does Metroid.

    New kart game, JoyRide free kart game that everyone can get. Interesting bit about it: any level you purchase your friends can play with you without having to purchase the level themselves.

    *UPDATE 2*
    Left4Dead 2 Looks like the main characters are going to be BLACK!!!!
    Splinter Cell Conviction just about made me need a towel. No joke folks. The Ubisoft dude are on stage now to demo the title. I want to buy this now. It looks like a cross between a Max Payne title and the best of the Splinter Cell franchise.

    Racing enthusiasts, Forza 3 was just announced. The logo still needs some love in my opinion, but the car customization stuff looks deep. I'mma get on XBLive in my lo-lo like the guy that was just on the screen. I guess they are trying to show how different car design company facets influenced the game. Ships in October.

    *UPDATE 3*
    Halo3:ODST A little bit detective, a little bit Halo. Drops 9.22.09.
    **Secret Bungie Project** Halo: Reach drops 2010, but if you buy ODST you get an invite to play Reach Bungie... they have you buy the balls.

    ALAN WAKE Please don't suck. Just have to say, "Are you afraid of the dark?" You should be. 2010!!! GAWD DAMMAT!!

    Time for Live on Live. Gold members get it later this year free.
    Netflix is going to get an update. Category browsing, Live TV streaming for the UK via SKY. Full 1080p video coming. Insta-streaming so no waiting for content, and rolling out in more countries through Zune media. Live party will let you watch your stuff with your party friends. Just what I need Facebook integration. Ah, but this Twitter integration interests me. Felicia Day, tell me more. Twitting from my dashboard... possibly interesting.

    KOJIMA-SANMETAL GEAR ON XB360!!!!!!! And I'm done ya'll! Metal Gear Solid: Rizing

    and... a new controller... you. full body motion sensor... want to see in action.

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    New Podcast Episode For Ya

    posted @ 6/01/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah

    Right before we head off to LA we cooked up a fresh new podcast episode for you to enjoy while we sleep on planes.

    In this episode of the podcast hosts NinJaSistah and Pandalicious talk about what they hope to see, learn, and play at E3 this year as well as deal a bit gossip out for your enjoyment. From the confirmed PSP GO to discussing some of the many ways Harmonix/MTV Games will be storing all the money they are stand to make with The Beatles: RockBand we leave no gaming cranny uncovered.

    Then we cap it all off with our first reactions to the upcoming hand-drawn Disney feature length animated film, "The Frog Princes," which features a nearly all black cast of characters. There's a lot of energy and a lot to enjoy in ESH podcast episode 148: A Disney Movie With Black People? Well, Zippity-Do-Dah

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    E3 is Around the Corner

    posted @ 5/31/2009 10:51:00 PM by Ninjasistah

    So E3 is literally right around the corner in that Pandalicious and I fly out to LA in the AM, and we are really excited!

    This years' event will be the third that we have attended in the last few years, but will mark the first time Pandalicious and I have covered an event together ever. We will be teaming up with some of the crew and affiliate family from AllGames Radio and bringing you all the news we can stay awake long enough to write, report, put together, or just plain think is cool.

    As always, we will be reporting on stuff as it goes down from some of the media briefings, sharing our unique take on things, and maybe even do a live event or two. If you have any questions for us, or want to suggest something for us to do/look at/investigate while at the show, make sure to take advantage of our Questionsat ESHdot mobi address and send them in... just keep in mind that all times for us will be PST and not EST.

    We cool?

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    White Knight Chronicles Trailer

    posted @ 5/29/2009 10:14:00 AM by Douceswild

    Oh great. Just what I need is another sweet rpg to consumer what little time I have left these day.

    On the other hand, I don't have a good rpg for my PS3 so White Knight Chronicles may be just what I need. Check out the E3 trailer below. The JRPG is expected to hit North America sometime this winter.

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    While the Cat's Away...

    posted @ 5/25/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    With Pandalicious on assignment at Anime Boston and Ninjasistah off on some kind of ninja mission Evermore is left to his own devices which only means one thing: CLIP SHOW!

    This one doesn't disappoint. The cutting room floor is part of our secret stash. It contains a lot of content that we end up cutting out of shows due to running our mouths too long, getting caught saying things we shouldn't, and tangents that just don't make a freaking bit of sense. Evermore has collected a few of his more favorite sound bytes from the cutting room floor content and put it together in a very entertaining episode. Featuring former show co-host MagicMysticGrl, Xenocore from Ultimate Quest and the sistahs' I urge you to kick back and enjoyEpisode 147: The Sistahs From the Cutting Room Floor.

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    "Project Trico" Trailer Leaked

    posted @ 5/21/2009 12:49:00 PM by Douceswild

    If you loved Team Ico's previous games Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, then you should definitely check out what seems to be early footage of their next project "Project Trico", which was leaked through 

    "[Team Ico's new project] might be something similar to what's been done. Kind of a middleground... the essence of the game is rather close to Ico.", said Team Ico leader, Fumito Ueda at this years GDC.

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    Time For More Randomness

    posted @ 5/18/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah

    Got a piping hot fresh episode of our humble little podcast for your listening pleasure, hit the jump to learn more.

    Xenocore from Ultimate Quest joins us on the mic to talk a bit about anime series that drop some knowledge or substantial amount of reality on the viewer as well as those that don't. [yeah Overman King Gainer, I'm looking at you!]Pandalicious chimes in with her opinions on the Nintendo DSi title Rhythm Heaven and how it can be productive while addictive at the same time, and then there is NinJaSistah.

    Riding a crazy wave of dual Mt. Dew regular and Mt. Dew Throwback Ninja is all over the place in the episode [causing a lot to be cut out, by the way] and yet somehow manages to get on topic chatting about Sony's recent fiscal earnings announcement and how it may affect creativity and individuality throughout the industry.

    When you take a gander at some of the titles we didn't use for this episode, you understand why you have to listen to it. We passed on things like:
    • The Many Degrees of Layitude
    • I Manga Like a MoFo
    • Longer, Better, Faster, Harder - Normally, Panda Wouldn't Mind That
    • and finally
    • Don't Shake the Bejesus - He Bedoesn't Like That

    Kick back and grab your morning dose of wake up juice and enjoy ElectricSistaHood podcast episode #146: I Went Through All 26 Episodes So You Don't Have Too

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    Patrice Desilets on Assassin's Creed 2

    posted @ 5/13/2009 09:08:00 AM by Douceswild

    Bummer. We don't get Jade Raymond this time around. She's probably still beating herself up for having her face plastered anywhere there was Assassin's Creed 1 talk and gameplay in 2007.

    Ubisoft has another fall guy this time for Assassin's Creed 2 and his name is Patrice Desilets. In the video, he gives us the scoop on the new game. I'm praying for you Patrice.

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    Prototype Intro Cinematic

    posted @ 5/08/2009 02:35:00 PM by Douceswild

    In the past month, my interest in Protype has gone from "whatever" to "can't wait". The opening cinematic for the game makes me even more anxious to play it. Although I do find the plot of VERY similar to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Watch the video and you'll see what I mean.

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    First Red Steel 2 Trailer

    posted @ 5/06/2009 09:27:00 AM by Douceswild

    Rumor has it that the first Red Steel on the Nintendo Wii sucked big time. I never played it because of what I heard and read so I couldn't tell you for sure. I've seen videos and I wasn't that impressed. On the other hand, I am impressed by the new Red Steel 2 trailer which uses the Wii Motion Plus. The controls definitely look more intuitive than the first, but I don't want to put all of my money on this horse until I see him in action first. Until then, check out the trailer and let me know what you think.

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    Harmonix Will Be Getting Even More of My Money

    posted @ 5/05/2009 05:14:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    As if announcing a Beatles Rock Band game with a full scale Höfner bass controller wasn't enough for Harmonix today I get a press release talking about the new Rickenbacker 325 and Gretsch Duo Jet guitars that will be available for The Beatles: RockBand game dropping on 9/9/09.

    If you are a massive Beatles fan [like most of us here in the land of ESH] you know that the Rickenbacker 325 and Gretsch Duo Jet guitars are widely considered the signature guitars that Lennon and Harrison used during their careers respectively. Each guitar will be available for $99.99 here in the US.

    Not sure you want to pony up $250 for the kit [with the Höfner bass, Ludwig branded drums, mic and mic-stand] plus $200 for these guitars? I thought the same thing as I started reading the press release. Then I saw a picture of the guitars and I changed my tune immediately.

    I think you'll agree.

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    Podcast Awesomeness

    posted @ 5/04/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah

    It's time to enjoy another new ESH podcast episode folks, and this one stays fairly well focused which is a bit out of the norm for us.

    Pandalicious and NinJaSistah go on and on and on for a bit about the state and future of handheld gaming thanks to Furian09's submitted question as well as the upcoming PS3 title Katamari Forever, Magna Carta 2 on the XBox 360, this weeks new Rock Band DLC, and the anime series Hetalia.

    From Pandalicious' tales of the weird and wacky world of Hetalia to NinJaSistah's Mt. Dew fueled awkwardness throughout the hour, this episode of the podcast is a great way to kick off year 3 of the ElectricSistaHood show. So grab your warm and or frosty beverage of choice and enjoy ESH podcast episode 144: It Might Not Be the Best, But It's the Bessssssst

    Oh yeah, make sure you stop by the site and check out the new digs!

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    Taste the Raincoat

    posted @ 4/27/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    If raincoat tasting isn't your cup of joe, you might want to try on this week's episode of the ESH podcast instead. It's up to you really, are you a raincoat licker or podcast enthusiast?

    If you aren't, Pandalicious and NinJaSistah are plenty enthusiastic in this episode of the ESH podcast for everyone. The gals answer some of your questions, on both the anime and game tip, talk a bit about Lego Rock Band, the DragonBall movie how easy it is ignore superheroes alter egos, and one of the weirdest anime series I have ever heard of before, "Kyoran Kazoku Nikki." Seriously, it's a weird one only Pandalicious can love.

    To give you better picture of this episode, take a peek at some of the titles we didn't use for this episode:
    • Those Fish Aren't Coy, They're Just Chillin'
    • The Wolverine Movie Mutated Into Something I Don't Want to See
    • It Depends On Your Definition of Bad
    • When You Give a Jellyfish a Name, It's More Than a Jellyfish
    • and to top it off
    • If You Can't Put Your Finger On It, You're Not Going to Please Anyone

    See, it's random ESH goodness only in ESH Podcast Episode 143: Pirates Vs. NinJas - It's All About the Fashion Enjoy it folks, we had a great time putting it together.

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    A Peachie Keen Time!

    posted @ 4/20/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    The ladies aren't playing around in this episode of the ESH podcast... oh wait, yes we are.

    This episode of the podcast starts with a disclaimer and correction of information by Pandalicious with what's up [and more importantly not up] with her and DPL host DerrickH. Once she gets that off her chest, we get on with the business at hand and first up is the plight of The Pirate Bay copyright infringement lawsuit ruling, which starts off with a Pirates Vs. Ninjas debate. [Ninja's win by the way] We then segue into The Beatles: Rockband gushings, the current surge of western influenced or designed RPG's and even some anime with the multi-WTF-moment-creating series Peach Girl.

    We only had a few alternate titles for this episode like, "More Douche Than a Daytime Drama," and "Ace Is the Place for Girls With Low Self Esteem." It was ridiculously fun to record, so grab your morning motivation and enjoy ridiculously ESH Podcast Episode 142: The Truth Burns Like Gin (It Does)

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    That's Harley If Your Nasty

    posted @ 4/18/2009 02:22:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    So there is an introduction video up on the Gametrailers website for the Harley Quinn character in the upcoming Batman: Arkham Asylum game. Hit the jump and check it out

    I have to say, I like this Harley. She's dark, and definitely disturbed as she should be and the look is also hardcore with a touch of femininity that grabs me. Of course, I was head over heels for this game from the first screen I saw... so take my love with a grain of salt.

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    Rise of the New Assassin

    posted @ 4/17/2009 09:45:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    To say that the original Assassin's Creed left me wanting would be an vast understatement. I try to avoid hype whenever possible but my efforts were in vain and it was nearly impossible to avoid. With Ubisoft taking another crack at Creed I find myself wanting to believe the hype.

    AC2 sets out to separate itself from it's predecessor by following a new assassin Ezio, an Italian noble during the Renaissance who has been betrayed by the rival ruling families of Italy. In a press release sent out yesterday Ubisoft promises "new gameplay elements, diverse weapons and a profound character progression that will appeal to fans of the original Assassin's Creed..."

    I will say that I do like the character style of the new assassin in the game, and I would be lying to you if I said the premise of running through the streets and buildings of renaissance Italy does not entice me on a few different levels. While I'm going to be a bit more cautious on the approach of this title, I am starting to look forward to it.

    Besides, Ezio looks hot. Look for AC2 to drop on the platform of your choice this holiday season.

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    Baby Lands Zangief's Double German Suplex

    posted @ 4/13/2009 11:53:00 AM by Douceswild

    This is awesome! It just goes to show that mad skillz knows no age. Just imagine this baby doing this to you in an arcade, then yelling, "WHO'S NEXT?! BRING ME MY MOTHER-F'N BOTTLE!!"

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    Put This On Your Pod and Like It!

    posted @ 4/13/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    It's Monday once again so that means it's time for a new episode of the ESH podcast, and this episode the gals talk both anime and game as well as recap some previous podcast episode stuff.

    We start off answering audience questions, recap some left over comments from the G.I. Joe movie, and then dig into the nuts and bolts that make up the anime series Overman King Gainer

    From perception issues with being black, female, and down with the technology stuff to how to best take advantage of when the StayPuft Marshmallow Man finally comes to claim his puffy vengeance. Normally at this time I would hit you with the list of titles we didn't use, but what is most important is getting down to the good stuff.

    Grab you cup of joe and enjoy ESH podcast episode 141: Death By Marshmallow!

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    Please God Make This Real

    posted @ 4/07/2009 11:46:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    I want to start this off by saying that vandalism is bad.

    It harms the community, and should not be viewed as any kind of positive artistic expression... but there is a lot of graffiti that can be viewed as art and some that should not be thought of as anything less. This category of graffiti is creative, leaves a positive affect on it's community, and can inspire creativity in others. I absolutely adore anything that inspires creativity, so when a friend of mine showed me WiiSpray I about wet myself.

    I hope this thing gets a green light because I would love to be able to work on a digital canvas during the day and then share some of my artwork with my Wii pals. This application would probably get me to using my Wii again. The thing about WiiSpray that intrigues me the most is that it was created as part of the Master Thesis work of Martin Lihs and Frank Matuse, students at the Bauhaus University Media Department in Germany.

    The best way I can put it is innovation born of education and curiosity. If that sound interesting to you, then make sure to check the teaser video and then you too will know.

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    Gimme Back Dat Podcast...

    posted @ 4/06/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    ...Gimme dat podcast! Okay, it's not as catchy as this, but I had to grab your attention to remind you that we have a new episode of the ESH podcast ready for you now.

    You can yell at me for the song being stuck in your head later.

    In this episode of the podcast, we talk about all kinds of crazy stuff from the rampant ravishing of our treasured entertainment pasts to create feature length film like the upcoming Tekken movie and G.I. Joe movie to the classic game title Bubble Bobble which is currently available as Wiiware. Both NinJaSistah and Pandalicious answer some audience questions, including one from Bootleg Pete as well as promote the Gamer Daily News Spring Cleaning event, and then cap off the hour with the manga turned anime series Rideback

    We are up to the usual monkey business in this episode, and if you don't believe me here are some of the titles we came up with but chose not to use for this episode:
    • Reality In Video Games - Isn't That An Oxymoron?
    • There Will Always Be Wire Hangers
    • He's More Buffy Than Buff
    • The Tekken Movie? That's The April Fool's Joke
    • It's At The Bottom End of The Wayans Scale
    • G.I. Joe Doesn't Make You Gay
    • Pandalicious Talks About Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged - And This Isn't A Rerun
    • It's Not A Motorcycle - It's a Motor-Psycho!
    • Panda's Swan Lake Would Include Alligators
    • You Know There's a Crotch Underneath That Dress
    • and finally
    • Next Week At This Time: Pandalicious of Love

    See? Fun to be had here folks, so sit back and enjoy ESH podcast episode 140: Drinking Games Add So Much to Anime!

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    New Monday, New Podcast Episode

    posted @ 3/30/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    It's Monday once again, so that means we have to hit you with a new episode of the ESH podcast doesn't it? Yep, sure does, and we're glad to do so.

    In this weeks episode of the podcast NinJaSistah and Pandalicious cover a wide range of topics starting with Pandalicious' need of a new job, to video game titles Batman: Arkham Asylum,God of War 3, as well as the Final Fantasy and Tenchu franchises and the manga Pride of Bagdad. Oh yeah, we talk a bit more about the lack of mature and "seasoned gamer" titles on the Wii platform as well.

    Did I mention the tangents we go on? Nope? I should have. One of the tangents might involve a limerick, I'm not sure, but for a better idea of what we end up talking about in this episode, check the titles we came up with but didn't use for this episode:
    • Help Wanted? Have We Got a Panda For You
    • There Once were Some Ladies From ESH...
    • Did You Say Talking?
    • Wii Need Some Excitement, Nintendo
    • The Monkey Boy In Pandalicious Was Suddenly Unleashed
    • And Certainly Not Batman: The Bold and The Beautiful
    • When Revers-Puberty Occurs, This Vehicle Will Be Unmanned
    • It's Like The Lion King With Guns
    • Her Hot Pants Have a Bow In The Back - For Modesty
    • Episode Includes Our Impression of Oprah!
    • and last, but not least
    • No Trees Were Killed To Produce This Podcast

    Told you it was an interesting show. So sit back, relax and enjoy ESH Podcast Episode 139: When You Get Home, Slap Me... Don't Ask

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    posted @ 3/23/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    That's right, there's a new episode of the ESH podcast in town... and it's ready for your consumption.

    So, MilkChan of Ultimate Quest fame was supposed to be on the show, but yet again the sistah's got stood up. We didn't take it personally though, instead we used the extra time to be random and rant and rave about games, gadgets and whatnot. We start with a couple of audience questions about the Wii and titles to look forward to on the XB360 and then we get into the nitty-gritty down and dirty.

    NinJaSistah talks about her first impressions ofResident Evil 5 and does a compare/contrast type thing with the Tomb Raider: Underworld title on the XB360 versus the PS3 version. Pandalicious learns the meaning of the acronym FML as well as the existence of the FML Blog, let's people know that she shouldn't be trusted with other people's children, and then goes crazy random for a bit.

    It's another one of those podcasts that starts off with an agenda, but it down the weird and random path to goofy glory. Need a mental picture? Well, here are the titles that we came up with to name the episode:
    • What the "L" Is FML?
    • People Don't Trust Me With Their Children
    • Bad Worm!
    • Guns In Her Shoes? That's Accessorizing
    • I Want World Peace, But It Would Make For A Lousy Video Game
    • When Bigger Isn't Better
    • Capcom, We Have A Problem
    • There's Nowhere Like Home - That's Not Necessarily a Good Thing
    • No Console Left Behind
    • and finally
    • Don't Eat Bacon Wrapped Cancer

    Told you it was random. Grab that morning cup of joe, put on your headphones and enjoy ESH Podcast Episode 138: I Have One, and I'm Proud!

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    More Podcast Goodness

    posted @ 3/16/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    It's yet another day day ending in "y" so why not give you a new episode of the ESH podcast? Yeah, there is no reason not to, so here you go.

    Went to a podcast and a fight broke out. I will be nice and call it a strong disagreement between two strong women and turns into Pandalicious needing to know her role...which is bring you guys some interesting perspectives on things like the XBLive game Peggle and micro-transactions while NinJaSistah drops the knowledge on ya about a bunch of stuff. From some Lego games in the works, to BioShock 2 known' and unknown facts, and the new Utah bill that so far away from what we really need when it comes to violent or sexually over-toned themes, that it won't go anywhere.

    To give you an idea of what you are in for, here are some of the titles that we didn't use for this podcast:
    • That's Quite An Empire State Building You Got There
    • Wo Watches The Watchmen? Not Very Many, Apparently
    • Indiana Jones and the Cold sore of a Movie
    • Scrambled Eggs Is Murder
    • For That Matter, You're Always Getting Thrown Into Jail In Monopoly
    • There's No Way You Can Get Pregnant From Peggle
    • I was Listening to the Sistahs, Then Suddenly Cheech & Chong Appeared
    • Will Work For Microsoft Points
    • and finally
    • Devil Dogs Are Not Chocolate Twinkies

    Oh yeah, we also rip Jack Thompson a new one, and jibber jabber about a few other things as well. Plenty of diversity here. So sit back and enjoy ESH podcast episode 137: Don't Make Me Turn This Podcast Around

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    The Podcast Box Is Full

    posted @ 3/09/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    Monday brings with it yet another new episode of the ESH podcast, and in this episode we explore the game that got us started on the podcast as well as a few that keep us gaming.

    If you haven't been with us from the beginning of our podcast life, then you may not know that the first game we ever talked about in internet audio form was the Squeenix title Kingdom Hearts 2. Shame on you. Ok, we can't stay mad at you, stop pouting. I am both proud and sad to say that it has taken an audience member question 135 episodes later for us to bring it back up again as main topic in the bravo Ariel for getting us going for a bit on this show. We also talk about the upcoming Harmonix/MTV Games release The Beatles: Rock Band and what it could mean for family game-time and Panda brings the suckitude that Enchanted Armsto the forefront.

    It's a classic random ESH podcast episode, and the proof is in the pudding... hear are some of the titles that we didn't use for the show
    • It Took 135 Episodes, But We Finally Talk About Kingdom Hearts Again
    • Our Policy: You Gotta Hate Everyone
    • Kill Whitey Dead IV - The 3D Made Them Notice
    • If You Love Weird Al, Accordion hero Is For You
    • Enchanted Arms, It's Not Me, It's You
    • I Want Those Hours Back
    • A Four Tier Bento Box of Love
    • Save The Whales - Avoid Enchanted Arms
    • Enchanted. Dumb. What?
    • and finally
    • Press "A" Twice to Shake It

    Getting the picture? Great! Enjoy ESH podcast episode 136: The Triforce of Suckitude

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    Podcast Fun Coming Your Way

    posted @ 3/02/2009 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    We can't imagine a better way to kick off your week than with a brand new episode of the ESH podcast... so why wait?

    In this episode of the podcast the gals weigh in on the XBox Live profile banning issue that has been in the news lately as well share some quick impressions of the upcoming game Eat Lead.

    It's not all serious on this episode, but we do end up on the soapbox for a bit. Need a better idea of what the episode is like? Check out a couple of the titles we passed on to name this episode:
    • That's 200% More Fist
    • My Guns Are Cocked and Ready To Go
    • Even My Fat Avatar Doesn't Keep the Pervs Away
    • and finally
    • We're Stamping Out D.P. In My Lifetime

    So get that coffee flowing so you can enjoy ESH Podcast episode 135: You Won't Believe What We're Boycotting Now!

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    Kagi Nochi Tobira: An Addicting Little Game You Need to Try

    posted @ 1/19/2009 08:18:00 PM by King Baby Duck
    Want to have a little fun with your brain?

    I accidentally stumbled on this little hidden gem called "Kagi Nochi Tobira," or the Escape Game as some like to name it. The rules are simple: find the key and unlock the door. How you do both is the difficult part. You may go through the entire game in a matter of minutes, or (as in my case) it can take a couple of hours.

    To give it a whirl, check out this site:

    Those stuck on this game will be able to find a walk-through tutorial on YouTube, but you're going to have to find it yourself :P.

    This is King Baby Duck: "Ain't born to lose, baby, I'm born to win. I'm so Goddamn slick, baby, it's a sin!"

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    Don't Force That Smile On Me

    posted @ 1/12/2009 02:31:00 AM by evermore
    An audio podcast just doesn't do justice to a couple of things the Sistahs bring up in their latest podcast. That's why you've got to check out a couple of things in this post.

    First, the Sistahs get a gander at the new logos for various Pepsi products, and they don't like what they see. Neither will you:

    Doesn't bring a smile to my face, but this next thing does. The voiceover for the You Rock guitar is a little cheesy, but that doesn't take away from the utility of this new peripheral:

    As usual, we have to reject more titles than we use. Like these:

    If You're Pepsi and You Know It, Show Your Teeth

    Episode 6 Is All In Your Head

    If You Think This Is Explicit, You Should Try ESH After Dark

    Pregnancy and Porn -- Just Another Day In Pandaville

    Platypussy -- It's Spore, Not the Next James Bond Film

    A Panic Room With a View

    Law & Order: Tsukihime (Dunk Dunk)

    We Are All On the Internet, and We're Playing With Each Other

    Even if the new Pepsi logo doesn't have you smiling, this episode will. Enjoy Episode 129: It's a Guitar Only a Guitar Hero Could Love.

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    New Podcast Day: Panda Goes Down the Yellow Brick Road

    posted @ 11/24/2008 05:00:00 AM by evermore
    What happens if you set Pandalicious loose on the All Games network? Well, in this week's ElectricSistaHood podcast, you're about to find out.

    Sure, it's another clip show, but if you haven't been listening to the podcasts from All Games, this will all be new to you. Pandalicious spent the summer crashing other podcasts, including Super Happy Funtime Show, Ultimate Quest and Dead Pixel Live, leaving podcast hosts in her wake.

    And whether she's ultra-serious, as she is on the Ultimate Quest podcast, or her usual profane self, as she is on Dead Pixel Live, we think you'll be highly entertained by it all.

    So don't hesitate to listen to Panda's adventures on this week's Episode 122: Pandalicious Goes Podcrashing.

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    This Is A Nerds World

    posted @ 11/10/2008 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    May the Monday morning new podcast episode of victory be with you... and also with you, but not that guy behind you. He's kinda creeping me out.

    In this episode the sistahs talk about the driving forces behind anime franchises with a focus on the Gundam series, specifically Mobile Suit Gundam 00. We also talk a bit about the eastern animation style influence moving west and the New Xbox Experince interface. [NXE in the heezy fo sheezy]

    Want an idea of how this episode turned out? Check out the titles we didn't use:
    • It's a Nerds, Nerds, Nerds, Nerds World
    • We Don't Know How Green the Gundams Are, But Their Suits Are Shiny
    • Pick One: The Thermos or the Hello Kitty Vibrator
    • No One Makes Pases at Ninjas With Glasses
    • The New Xbox Avatars Look Like They Come From Stepford
    • Diversity Mech Misers: Now With More Germans!
    • How Green Was Your Mecha?
    • and finally
    • Celestial Beings, Not To Be Confused With Celestial Teas

    It's another fun filled hour with the ladies, so sit back and enjoy ESH podcast episode 120: The Xbox Experience Means You Can't Go Home Again

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    The Future Will Make You Blind

    posted @ 11/03/2008 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    Monday morning creeps around again, so the sistah's got to gabbing again to create a new episode of the ESH podcast for you. And this one is another single topic-er.

    We couldn't think of a better way to herald the return of NinJaSistah to the East Coast the girls get together to chit-chat about Fable 2. Actually, first they talk about Fable, then Fable 2, open environment games, and action RPG's, and a bunch of stuffs surrounding the Lionhead Studios titles.

    I'll warn you now, there are a bunch of spoilers to go around in this episode if you haven't finished either title, so you may want to download this episode and wait until you finish your game before you listen to this one. Don't say I didn't warn you. Seriously, look at the titles that we didn't use for the episode:
    • You Can Kick Chickens and It Doesn't Affect Your Purity
    • He Shoots Your Sister, Then He Shoots Your Dog...Bastard
    • Fable 2 Teaches the Horror of Eating Meat
    • I Want My Dog Back, I Really Don't Care About My Sister
    • The Future Will Make You Blind
    • and finally
    • Desperately Seeking Spot

    See, told you, spoilers poppin' off all over this joint, so sit back and open up your ears for Electric Sista Hood podcast episode 119: You Better Play Fable 2 Before You Listen to This One.

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    Panda Ponders Yet Again

    posted @ 10/27/2008 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    Monday brings along with it a new episode of the ESH podcast, and since NinJa had an at bat on an episode all her own, we had to give Panda equal time on this network.

    Ok, so we aren't a network yet, but we are growing in that general direction so stop raining on our parade already. Pandlicious spends a little time in this episode sharing her top 5 picks for best songs featured in Rock Band 2 by MTV Games/EA/Harmonix. By now you should have a firm grasp on how much the sistah's love the Rock Band but if you don't, just make a run through of our past posts and podcast for the last two months. You will lose count of the amount of times we talk about this game, so one more won't hurt.

    While I won't give away the list [what will make you listen to the episode if I type it all up here, eh?] I will tell you that it features some great all around songs folks... including stuff by Jonathan Coulton.

    So, grab your headphones and a cup of joe to sit back and enjoy Pandalicious' Top 5: Songs of Rock Band 2 [medium and hard difficulties].

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    Yeah, I Got A Synth In My Pocket

    posted @ 10/24/2008 05:39:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    NinJaSistah here, back from assignment [almost] and while I have still have some wounds mending, I do have some news out there for you portable gamers out there that happen to be musicians at the same time: KORG DS-10 starts shipping next month.

    Get your money ready.

    Now, I'm not a musician, I just play one in my living room [thanks Harmonix :)] but I do appreciate electronic hardware and software a great deal, so when I saw that youtube video of that Japanese DJ piecing together a track using the DS synth emulator I was taken aback.

    It really looks like the KORG hardware in software form. And while I can only follow along with the screens and info from the KORG DS site [click the image above] I can tell that this "game" was a labor of love. KORG DS-10 is a music creation program that isn't for the faint of heart. You should probably know exactly what is it is that you want to do or at least have an idea of where you want to get to before you pick up this title. All of the sound sources in the game come directly from KORG, and the DS’s touch-screen controls are great. There is no rewarding way to pull this kind of title off on any of the existing single screen portable game systems currently.

    KORG DS-10 is a 6-track/16-step sequencer and gives the user/player a ridiculous level of control over what he or she creates musically. It even has multilink capability to allow up to eight units can play together or to even exchange sounds and songs via wireless connection.

    KORG DS-10 will set you back about $39.99 and will get a hands-on review shortly.

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    HMV Trading Games

    posted @ 10/20/2008 12:26:00 PM by Douceswild

    HMV is jumping on the video game swap bandwagon. Starting Friday, they will begin accepting game trade-ins for all titles on the major platforms at over 160 locations worldwide. The credit can be used to purchase items sold within the store...CDs, DVD, games, etc.

    I know they are trying to make a profit, but I hope their trade-in prices are better than GameStop. It really chaps my arse when I buy a game for $60+, finish the game, then go to trade it in a couple of weeks later (while it's still at the top of the charts), and being offered $20 for it.

    Here's hoping HMV gets it right.


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    Ninja's Left Alone Are Lonely Ninjas

    posted @ 10/13/2008 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    Creeping into your fresh cup of coffee is a new episode of the ESH podcast, and this one is a bit different than most.

    It's not a full crew episode, nor is it a top 5, this episode is all NinJaSistah, and it's all rant.

    I've pulled together all my thoughts about the last few video game trade show events that I've gone to and created nearly an hour of the good, the bad, the ugly, and hopefully the fixes that are needed to truly make tradeshows accessible, fun, and educational for all.

    To give you an idea of the paths this episode goes down, here are some of the titles I didn't pick for it:
    • The E3 Gods Must Be Crazy
    • CES: Where The Elite Meet To Deceit
    • Fair and Balanced: It's Not Just A Slogan... It's A Phrase
    • Stop Excluding A Sistah
    • and finally
    • COMDEX Got So Big Nobody Went There Anymore

    Yes indeedy, it's a good old fashioned tongue lashing... so sit back, relax and enjoy ESH podcast episode 117: "How To Get Treated Like A Meat Popsicle."

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    The Return of DJ Petite

    posted @ 10/09/2008 01:22:00 PM by evermore
    The autumn of 2008 is going to be all about the new Rock Band and Guitar Hero games around the household of Ninjasistah -- anyone who has ever listened to a few ESH podcasts already knows that. But while she's banging away at her drums or shredding guitar, her mind is going to be on something else entirely.

    It's called "Scratch: The Ultimate DJ."

    Before she became an adult, the Ninja dreamed of the day she would become a real DJ, complete with turntables and stacks of vinyl. She often went to sleep at night imagining herself in a club scratching out hip-hop tunes for the masses.

    But the music industry went a different direction. The music suddenly became about spending money on golden neck apparel and fake teeth. It became all about champagne and Courvoisier. Artists from Atlanta took over and threw out all the DJ's.

    Even with these changes, she tried her hand at putting together some beats of her own using some new-fangled electronic tunes. Click here for a sample of a song she did under one of her other pseudonyms, DJ Petite.

    Now it looks like DJ Petite might be on the comeback trail with the announcement of Scratch: The Ultimate DJ, which is a DJ game in the realm of all of Ninjasistah's favorite music games, like Amplitude, Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

    Quincy Jones III is the musical consultant for the game, being produced by Genius Products, 7 Digital, QD3 and GenCo Media, and set for release next June. It will feature a DJ turntable-style controller and will be available for the Xbox 360 and the PS3.

    Need more info? Check out any of your favorite gaming sites out there. It's all over the place.

    It's going to be a long nine months.

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    New Podcast Day: Living Life Live at E For All

    posted @ 10/06/2008 01:53:00 AM by evermore
    If you're a long-time listener of the ESH podcasts, you'll find this one has a completely different feel. That's because this episode was recorded absolutely live at the E For All show this past weekend.

    Ninjasistah appeared live at the show, along with guests Loserly from Dead Pixel Live, April Carlson and Mandie Bettencourt from Girls Got Game, who discuss the true integration of girls and gaming sites.

    Pandalicious represents, as usual, by talking about her fear of upcoming live-action movies made of her favorite anime stories. And MagicMysticGrl shows up after a long absence to talk about everything .hack.

    Here are the headlines that were rejected for this one:

    Working Part-Time, 43 Hours a Week

    In Anime, Girls Will Be Girls, and So Will Boys

    When Microphone Positioning Becomes Erotic

    Panda Has a Filter, She Just Has to Remember to Put It On

    High School Musical? These Guys Are Old Enough to Take the GED

    You Are Now Entering a WoW-Free Zone

    I Never Said I Wasn't a Hypocrite

    It's a loud, boisterous and lots of fun. Enjoy Episode 116: Live from L.A., It's Sistahs for All.

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    E For All: Day Two

    posted @ 10/04/2008 08:14:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    Day two is nearly done here at E For All and today was much more busy on the floor than yesterday.

    I spent most of my day walking around the show floor people watching and talking to folks that either cosplayed to the event, or looked like interesting couples/families to me. I was really impressed by how many families were in attendance today, and wanted to take the opportunity to find out why so many folks turned out.

    The two families that I spoke with [both with kids in the 6-9 range] came out because they were looking for a family activity to do on the weekend and being able to take their kids out to an event like this where they can touch and play games while they are supervised [as well as the parents themselves getting a chance to play] seemed to be a great idea. This is ridiculous cool to me. I've been preaching more parental involvement in the lives of kids playing video games, and I'm glad that E For All is an event helping to facilitate this.

    I haven't yet seen any families stepping up to the RockBand or GuitarHero titles, I'm hoping that will change soon. I'd love to see some mom and dad on drums and vocal with the kids kicking it on guitar. What I can say is that I'm on RB GH overload.

    Well, almost.

    As far as games go, I wasn't too impressed with FarCry 2, but I knew I wouldn't be as I'm not a huge FPS fan, but Entropia Universe was cool and Gears 2 is OFF THE HOOK!

    More to come on Entropia tomorrow.

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    The Ninja Has Landed at E For All

    posted @ 10/03/2008 07:16:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    OK. Got off the plane. Got in the cab. Got out of the cab. Now what?

    I got to the L.A. Convention Center later that I would like. But I got here in one piece. Yeah, Panda, I direct that at you. You punk.

    I've never been to the L.A. Convention Center before, but it's a great looking facility. Check in was a breeze and since it's the first place I hit since I dropped in L.A., I decided to do a lap around the convention show floor just to see what I could see.

    What I found out was that 2 o'clock on Friday was a great time to go to E For All. With the exception of some of the booths that are doing contests, there are literally no lines today.

    I took a couple of pictures that I'll be putting up later, but where the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) felt kind of cramped, the feeling in the L.A. Convention Center is definitely spacious. There's plenty of room to walk. It's well lit and generally an inviting place for gamers.

    Actually, I'm kind of surprised how light the foot traffice is, considering that this is the opening day.

    But, just like PAX, E For All is definitely about people getting in contact with games. The World Cyber Games (WCG) is here and the qualifying rounds are well underway. What's really weird, at least to me, is that almost all of the machines in that area all have that eery, alien, weird, vibrant blue lighting to them, like they were running on Smurf blood. But the stage has been set for the WCG Finals, which I'm really looking forward to. The events are mostly team events, with the exception of games like Guitar Hero III and Project Gotham Racing 4.

    What doesn't surprise me, which actually makes me a little sad in the pants, is that the majority of the WCG contestants are guys. As I was doing my floor tour (before catching up with the All Games crew, and catching DerrickH, the host of Dead Pixel Live staring at my boobs), was the lack of female contestants at WCG. I was really hoping that having groups like the PMS Clan, Gaming Angels and Gamer Vixens here that it would draw more women out to the event.

    But hey, it's only Day 1. They might show up tomorrow, and I just didn't get the memo.

    All in all, my first impressions are good and I think I'm in for a lot of fun. I'll let you know more when I know more. And don't forget, ESH is going live happens Saturday afternoon on the All Games website at 1-ish Pacific Time. Oh yeah -- gamer on!

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    T-Minus 2 Hours And Counting

    posted @ 10/03/2008 12:05:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    I'm sitting at the SJC airport waiting to get on a plane to head to LA for E For All

    There is a lot of stuff going on at E For All this year. A lot of people are going to be in the house including EA and Ubisoft whom I'm really interested in seeing, [Please, please, please surprise me and bring Prince of Persia with you] but there are some lesser known [at least to me] companies that will be at the expo that I'm curious about and plan on visiting while I'm at the show.

    First up is Dude Thing Creations. They make a peripheral stand for RockBand/GuitarHero games and I like the look of the stand. I'm not a musician, [not even close] so I always felt that going to Guitar Center to get an actual guitar stand would be kinda poser-ish, but this custom stand that the "Dudes" have put together is sensible and downright sexy. It would fit right in with my living room decor so I'm going to swing by and find out more about these dudes and their things.

    Nova Gaming is going to be in the spot, and I'm curious about their new B4L bag. I'm not a huge LAN fan [he he, I mades a pun] but I am a fan of specific purpose gear bags, and hate jamming gear into a backpack when I do venture out of my apartment to game.

    And then there is Tritton who has made my heart go pitter patter with the announcement that their SEE2 Xtreme now supports OSX on the Mac. I've been looking for a new monitor for my MBP and decided that I'd love to go super-pimp on my desktop setup [when I'm there] with a pair of monitors flanking my lil silver slate of awesome. To be able to have monitors connected via USB over DVI connectors with no lag... ::DROOLS::

    Now that I've drooled on myself, I think I'll stop. Plus, planes almost here. Talk to you in a few. Let me know what you are curious about, and don't forget to catch ESH Live tomorrow on the All Games Radio Network!

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    posted @ 9/29/2008 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    This week, I promise not to bring up Pandalicious' little escapade in recorded audio incident on the new episode of the podcast.

    Ooops, I already did. My bad Panda, my bad.

    On the podcast this week, NinJaSistah and Pandalicious attempt to go all anime on your ass. From Panda's Code E/Mission E two'fer to NinJa sharing some of her first impressions of Mushi-Shi and Michico E Hatchin and Personal 4.

    The girls talk a bit about a bunch of things in this episode. No love toilet talk, but they do go on a few tangents. Check out some of the titles that came up, but weren't chosen as the winner:
    • Anime or May Not
    • I Failed the Flying Test in High School
    • Pandalicious Portrays Herself in "A Night in Panda"
    • Finally -- Some Anime Characters That Aren't the Other White Meat
    • The Kids Have Been Around the Block a Few Times Now
    • It's a Fresh of Breath Air
    • You Could Make a Live Action Version of Mononoke... BUT DON'T
    • Leave the Actors Where They Are, Just Move the Scenery
    • I Never Made It Past the Part where They Brought In the Munchkin Asian Chick
    • and
    • Panda's Put Pictures of Her Pie On the Internet

    It's another laugh filled episode of the ESH podcast, so have a seat, grab a frosty beverage and enjoy ESH podcast episode 115: This Title Has Nothing To Do With Mecha Booby Bouncing

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    Whatchu Talkin' 'Bout Ninja?

    posted @ 9/22/2008 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    The start of the week brings another new episode of the ESH podcast, and this week we learn that caffeine and sugar do not sit too awful well with the sistahs.

    This is especially true if you add prescription drugs to the mix. poor Pandalicious and her messed up foot. But neither the pain nor giddiness of the two keeps them from chatting about Spore:Creatures on the DS Lite, RockBand 2 co-operative play on da interwebs, and how the lack of XBox Live can drive lonely ninjas nutzoid.

    If you want to get the gist of what the episode is about, check out the titles we didn't use for this one:
    • Bomb Ash Is Not Bomb Ass
    • There's Always a "Why?" At the End of Sex
    • I Am What I Bee
    • Double-Stuf Oreos -- That's the Team I Bat For
    • The Legend of the Three-Tiered Easy Bake Cake
    • The Love Toilet: Our Worst Tangent Ever
    • EA Makes Me Want to Use Three Condoms
    • Panda's Wielding the Stick of Righeousness
    • A Cramp Ruined My White Wedding
    • Mentos: The Memory Taker
    • and
    • I Failed Chemistry, But I Remember Ionic and Covalent Bonds

    So sit back and enjoy ESH podcast episode 114: I Said Finger Pluck. FINGER PLUCK!

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    Put the Needle on the Record

    posted @ 9/17/2008 08:45:00 AM by Douceswild

    Move over Tiesto and Oakenfold. There's about to be some new DJs' on the scene. Activision is working on a DJ Hero game that puts you behind the turntable.

    Not only will you be scratching to pre-released tracks, but you'll be able to create your won mixes. The big obstacle for Activision at the moment is licensing of songs due to the already intricate licensing process that exist in the DJ scene due to sampling and mixing. They're merger with Vivendi seems to be making things a bit less complicated, giving them access to Universal’s record label catalog.

    There's no images of the official turntable/instrument to be used with DJ Hero, but rest assured once it's released, you'll find it here.

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    Harmonix is a Hawt Cougar!

    posted @ 9/15/2008 08:00:00 AM by Ninjasistah
    It's already "that time" of the week again...time for the ESH crew to drop a new episode of the podcast on you to help kick your week off right!

    NinJaSistah and Pandalicious once again hold the hour down talking about games and generally entertaining topics ranging from rhythm games in general to the final on disc track listings of Activision'sGuitar Hero: World Tour, Harmonix's Rockband 2, and Konami'sRock Revolution. Somehow David Bowie makes it into the conversation again as well as incest which is mostly Panda's fault for bringing Viva Pinata: Trouble In Paradise to the table.

    We didn't have a long list of titles to choose from this week, but if you want an idea of how the show stacks up to the others, one title on the list was "no pants, no WoW, no problem." That's all I got for you folks, so grab your morning or evening drink and enjoy podcast episode 113: Rhythm Game's Gonna Get Cha!

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    Far Cry SE On The Way

    posted @ 9/08/2008 01:16:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    It's rare that I buy new video game titles. In all honesty more times than not I rent titles first to figure out if I want plunk down the benjis for them and then traipse down to the local videogameria to pick them up. But if you are like me, you want to get more bang for your buck when you do purchase titles, and Ubisoft has some good news for you.

    FarCry 2 will be shipping October 21st on the XB360, PS3, and PC platforms, but what is great about this news is that there will be a GameStop only special edition
    available now for pre-order that will give you
    • 6 Bonus Missions [approx. 3hrs of additional content]
    • A fold out map of the FarCry 2 world
    • and
    • "Exclusive" game packaging

    I'm not sure what that last one means and it's taking far too long to download the pr kit for the thing, so here's a pic that I ganked from the interwebs.

    Personally, I'm not a huge FarCry fan, but if I was I'd probably pick up the SE version of the title, I seem to be trending that way more and more with games that I purchase. For my 50 bucks plus I want some audio, artwork, bonus costumes or content in the game. It somehow makes me feel less hosed when I drop 100 bucks and go home with only two games.

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    Ex-Gamestop Employee Takes it to YouTube

    posted @ 9/08/2008 08:09:00 AM by Douceswild

    A disgruntled ex-Gamestop employee who goes by the name WhistleBlowerZero, has put up a nine part series on YouTube blowing the whistle on Gamestop's business practices towards consumers and employees. You may recognize the video and narrative style from Zero Punctuation.

    As a former manager of a local Gamestop, I can say that a lot of what he says is true, especially the part about having better options than trading your game back to Gamestop, I'm not a disgruntled ex-employee either. I just recognize better deals than what Gamestop offers. Watch the video and tell if you agree or not.

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    New Podcast Episode: What Panda Would Do With a New Razer

    posted @ 9/08/2008 01:42:00 AM by evermore
    Even though NinjaSistah is suffering from jet lag, Pandalicious is suffering from a stairway fall and MagicMystic is suffering from a mysterious ailment, this episode of the ESH podcast is surprisingly cogent.

    The Ninja starts it out by talking more about her experiences at the Penny Arcade Expo the previous weekend, particularly new gadgets from Razer and a velvety, but ultimately disappointing videogame. In the meantime, Panda has fallen into lust over a sidescroller called Castle Crashers.

    Along the way, their discussions inspired these potential episode titles:

    Chris Paladino Can't Feel It Vibrate

    Gravity -- It's the Law!

    The Sistahs Don't Have a Point-and-Shoot Interface

    Panda Would Grow Two More Ears for Another Razer Headset

    I Love It When Things Dangle Off My Laptop

    She Didn't Know 007, But She Could Probably Count That Hight

    Don't Ask NinjaSistah About Her Panty Story

    Panda Kissed All the Princesses

    Listen, PAX Attendees: Hot Water Plus Soap Equals Clean

    Ecstacy for Everyone? That's a Different E4All

    I Hate Lag -- It's Impeding My Social Lifes

    In any case, we thing you're gonna like Episode 112: Dongles Dangle But They Don't Fall Down.

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    New Podcast Day: My Favorite Things At PAX

    posted @ 9/01/2008 08:00:00 AM by evermore
    So, the Penny Arcade Expo is now over and I'm bushed, but it is Monday so I had to hit you guys with a special episode of the ESH podcast created by yours truly.

    I got to spend a bunch of time on the show floor all over the place and see some great stuff over the past three days and collected all my thoughts onto this nice little show. From the XBox experience to RockBand 2, I have seen so much crap that it's all running together, but the most important piece of the show was that I was able to see and touch all the things you wish you could have if you were able to be in Seattle yourself.

    I talked to MajorNelson and N'Gai for you. They say hi.

    So sit back, relax and enjoy ESH podcast My Top 5 Things I Saw At PAX!

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    Pics From Pax: The Late Update

    posted @ 8/31/2008 02:36:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    Ok, so I suck at getting pictures fixed, cropped, and upped on a fast basis but don't yell at me...I'm a team of one at this event dude.

    In any case, here are pics from day two and three of the PAX expo. Please note the very happy pic of me and MajorNelson. I'm hoping that this time he'll remember both the site and my name. Two out of three ain't bad. Did I forget to mention the third one? It's by me a drink. When you meet me at an expo/con/event/street, you need to remember my website/podcast name, my name, and buy me a drink. These are simple rules people, simple rules.

    Enjoy, the last of the pics from PAX 08!

    Day 2, Day 3

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    PAX Day 3: What's Left?

    posted @ 8/31/2008 12:01:00 PM by Ninjasistah
    It's the last day of the PAX convention, and I'm sitting here trying to think what is left to see or do. My self tells myself, "PLENTY!"

    N'Gai Croal will be in town today moderating a panel on Sex, Violence, and Video Games which I want to attend and hopefully get to see N'Gai again.[CES was fun.] I'm hoping to get hands on with Fallout 3 today, if nothing else just to shut Pandalicious up about it. I also want to talk to SEGA about about Yakuza 2 coming out on the PS2 and not PS3 and why, and I figure cap my time off with a bit of people watching and photo snapping.

    I may even stop by the Bioware booth as they are giving away fake tattoo sleeves as their swag. After all of that, if I have any energy left in me, I'll probably hit the freeplay rooms for a bit and get my game on with some other gamers which I haven't been able to do much of this entire trip.

    Stay tuned for the final words from PAX and more pics!

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