Happy Father’s Day!

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Pic comes from YouTube.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and grandads out there! Fatherhood is no easy task of course, and though I don’t speak from experience as a dad, as a son looking from the other side it looks a labor that could bring Hercules to his knees. Speaking of which, to all you dads who tried to teach us kids how to defend ourselves and this happened…

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Ooo! Pic comes from taringa.net

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Oowww… Pic comes from vgmuseum.com

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Oh well.  Pic comes from vgmuseum.com

…you’re the best!

And to you all single mothers out there who did your best raising one (or some) on your own, Happy Father’s Day to you as well! That being said, Happy Father’s Day Mom and Grandma!

Peace & Padres

E3 is here!

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It’s June, which means it’s time for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Every year in June, the heavyweights (and some of the upstarts) of the gaming industry gather in Los Angeles, California to show off their stuff. Today, industry giants Microsoft and Sony will be holding their press conferences, and should anything catch my attention I will cover it. Here’s hoping for a great E3!

Peace & Pixels

New Mortal Kombat

Boy, am I late. Just before the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) kicks off next week, Warner Bros. Interactive and Netherealm Studios have dropped some big news: the announcement of a new Mortal Kombat game! Currently titled Mortal Kombat X (I believe X is the Roman numeral, since the 2011 game was MK 9), a trailer of the game just hit YouTube yesterday. Featuring a new track by rap artist Wiz Khalifa, the trailer shows series mainstays Sub-Zero and Scorpion brawling in a forest.

If you haven’t seen the trailer, you can watch it here, thanks to Mortal Kombat‘s official YouTube channel. Be warned, the trailer is violent, but it wouldn’t be Mortal Kombat without the gore.

One thing of note in the trailer (which has undoubtedly been discussed ad nauseam by now) is when Sub-Zero freezes and tree branch and then uses it as a weapon against Scorpion. Environmental interactivity has been in MK games since the early days, but it mostly involves fighters beating their opponents by knocking them into some contraption (acid bath anyone?) found within a stage. Using a branch is different though; I’ve never seen an MK with that type of interactivity. It was a nice effect and rather dynamic. Hopefully there will be more of it in the final version of the game, which is due out next year.

With E3 just a week away, I’d betting the game’s creators will have more to say about it then. Until next time.

Peace & Pixels

Edit: I’ve been off the grid for a minute but I did want to make a long needed correction. The in the new MK title is the letter, not the Roman numeral.