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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lets You Smell Like Your Avatar. Yes, Seriously.

What does a half-elf smell like? According to Black Phoenix Alchemy, "White sandalwood, beeswax, white tea leaf, oud, and a hint of sophisticated urban musk". That's right- all you players of Advanced Dungeon & Dragons, and any other fantasy-based role-playing game for that matter, now have an arsenal of scents to add to your battleaxes, maces and broadswords.

 

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Black Phoenix Alchmey, purveyor and manufacturer of "dark, romantic Gothic" scent and oils, has expanded its catalog to include those inspired by old-school RPG experiences. The North Hollywood, CA-based "Lab" is offering a variety of scents for all sorts of classic races and classes to augment any gaming session. Or you know, to just hit some bars. Imagine the conversation:

 

"Hey, you smell good, what is that?"
"Shimmering celestial musk with vanilla, white honey, acacia. And sugar cane."
"Wow. What's that called?"
"...GOOD."

 

Because that's what it's called, along with Neutral, Evil, Chaotic, and Lawful. And let's not forget that they're offering Half-Elf, Elf, Dwarf, Mage, Paladin, Rogue, Warrior, and so many other wonderful concoctions. They can be yours for $17.50 each, or you can request some samples. Either way, check out this site and impress your party with you array of character-enhancing odors.

 

Chrono Trigger To Hit PS3- Hell Yes

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According to a report by IGN , the Super Nintendo classic Chrono Trigger will be headed to PlayStation 3 an PlayStation Portable. Chrono Trigger, originally published by Square Enix, has seen a few platforms since its SNES days, including the PlayStation in 2001 and most recently the Nintendo DS. Still, giving that amazing RPG a go on the PS3 is going to suck- all of your free time, that is.

 

IGN had noticed the following on the ESRB ratings site, and noted that it was listed for the PS3 and the PSP. As you can see, the ESRB listing is painfully empty of any information other than the systems for which Chrono Trigger has been rated, but we can imagine we'll see more news in the future. You know, as soon as the PlayStation Network is back up.

 

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Microsoft and Sony looking at 2014 for new consoles, continue to milk the current consoles (and their customers) in the meantime

Looks like current rumbles are right, Microsoft and Sony will continue to milk the current generation of consoles for another few years at least - even though they're at the boundaries of what games can offer. Both companies are waiting the fight out and looking to Nintendo for the launch of their next machine by the end of next year. An insider who has worked with the first-party companies like Sony and Microsoft has said:

 

Both MS and Sony are telegraphing to each other that they're delaying, to milk the current [generation] and fill in previous craters better.

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Kotaku's insider believes that any new Xbox in 2013 would only be a Kinect-upgraded 360 and not the next-gen console that would be expected in 2014. The same source says that Microsoft doesn't even know what parts will be put into the next-gen Xbox (which I find very hard to believe, surely things are being sourced or at least talked about now).

 

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Razer's Sixense-powered Hydra motion controller, out in June

(Edit: found a Portal 2 video using Razer Hydra!) Razer's very cool looking Hydra motion controller has finally got a release date, June of this year. Pre-orders will begin in May and pricing looks to be around $140 for a Hydra bundle that includes Portal 2. The pack that includes Portal 2 will come with a special MotionPack DLC kit loaded with levels designed specifically with the Hydra controller in mind.

 

 

There's no info on the pricing of the standalone versions of the Hydra sold without Portal 2, but there is light at the end of the Hydra tunnel. For anyone who purchases the controller and already owns Portal 2, they'll get the MotionPack DLC for free.

 

Razer is stating that the Hydra controller is supported by 125 games, including big titles such as Borderlands, Bulletstorm, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and Mass Effect. This is looking quite interesting, definitely want to get my hands on a Hydra controller!

 

Mortal Kombat Legacy Ep 2 - Jax, Sonya and Kano, fight!

The original Mortal Kombat Legacy was a great near 10 minute clip of fighting, action and awesomeness and now part 2 is out. The video is NSFW as it includes swearing and obviously, violence. The episode synopsis is:

 

When Jax realizes time is of the essence to save Sonya, a fellow lieutenant in the Outworld Investigation Agency, from Kano's deadly hand, he holds nothing back in this action-packed, two-on-one battle to keep a shipment of stolen Robotic Defense Program material out of Kano's hands. But can Jax and Sonya do it? Kano is a ruthless, evil leader of the "Black Dragon" international crime organization, and anyone who's tried to take him down has never lived to tell about it!

 

Whoops: PlayStation Network Still Down, Out

Today, from the Official PlayStation Blog, a further update on the current PlayStation Network Outage:

 

While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we're able to get the service completely back up and running. Thank you very much for your patience while we work to resolve this matter. Please stay tuned to this space for more details, and we'll update you again as soon as we can.

Yesterday, PlayStation posted the following on the same site:

 

We're aware certain functions of PlayStation Network are down. We will report back here as soon as we can with more information. Thank you for your patience.

I couldn't help but laughing at the use of "aware"- that always indicates that 234282093 people or so have emailed them saying the same thing, and probably angrily considering the date. For all you non-Americans, April 20th, aside from being the birthday of both Adolf Hitler and one of my ex-girlfriends, and the day of the infamous and tragic Columbine school shootings, is also National Marijuana Smoking day. I can only imagine the amount of angry stoners pinging Sony complaining about how they can't play a multiplayer game with their buddies that could have easily been accomplished in person but they were probably all too high to drive to each other.

 

Thank you on

 

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Royal Wedding: SIms 3 Style

This gem popped up on the YouTube channel for Electronic Arts, and is certainly good for a laugh. Everyone likes to see the Royals acting a little wacky, so Prince Harry crashing his car at the red carpet, clearly strung out on something, arm in arm with a girl wearing only a towel was enough to draw me in.

 

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As you all know, you can stream the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on YouTube, but why go through all that trouble when this is clearly the better version? As fun as it would be to create your own version, check out this asterisk from EA:

 

*Parody Video created using The Sims 3, The Sims 3 World Adventures, The Sims 3 High-End Loft Stuff pack, The Sims 3 Ambitions, The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff Pack The Sims 3 Late Night, The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff pack, The Sims 3 Generations and The Sims 3 Store.

Oops. Well, so it's a creative way to market and promote the Sims franchise. Here's the video for a laugh:

 

 

Megaman Legends 3 Prototype Announced At Long Last

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Capcom has officially announced the prototype version of the newest installment of the kinder, friendlier Rockman series, Mega Man Legends 3. It has indeed been a few years since we've seen anything involving the only Mega Man with hair (Zero doesn't count), but the game looks to be true to its predecessors, and will evidently add someone named Barrett to the roster of characters, who Capcom describes as "the reckless leader of a sky biker gang".

 

MML3 is the the first game Capcom has released that has been co-developed by fans of the franchise. Feel free to take a look at the Development Room and see how it's going. As soon as the Nintendo eShop "opens its doors" on the Nintendo 3DS, you will be free to enjoy this iconic game about another iconic game. Check out their promotional video, with press release to follow.

 

 

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Giant SEGA Xbox Live %50 Off Sale, Now Through Monday

What is it lately that all of these video games companies are behaving like those EVERYTHING MUST GO carpet and furniture warehouses that seem to go out of business for years at a time?

 

SEGA has marked down a substantial amount of video games, the majority of which are marked down %50 from their original MSP. Like all of the recent downloadable offerings, this one is full of snoozers too. Ecco the Dolphin? Does that game have a cult following or something? I remember playing that game on the GameGear for crying out loud, and I don't particularly remember the game being that entertaining or popular- but hey. It's 200 MSP if you're into that kinda thing?

 

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You can still grab all the classic Sonic titles for 200 MSP each, and there are a few others like Shinobi and Streets of Rage 2 that are worth the trip down memory lane, so you might as well check it out anyway.

 

Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 Less Than $8 This Week

If you haven't gotten enough button-mashing goodness of Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, of if you just don't feel like shelling out the $60 for the brand new game, just get on your PlayStation 3 (sorry Xboxers) and sign into the PlayStation Network, where you will be able to purchase it for the astoundingly low price of $7.49, a %50 savings.

 

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Capcom is also offering Lost Planet 2 on the Xbox Live Games On Demand service for $19.99, and though it's an entertaining game, it's nowhere near as solid as the greatest fighting game that existed until its sequel recently showed up in stores. Also, a simple Google search will probably reveal that a store near you probably has it for $12. This is somewhat reminiscent of Nintendo's mundane download announcement, but hey, at least we generally get one good grab.

 

Once again, sorry Xboxers. But if the urge to play Halo all the time hadn't stopped you from buying a PS3, you could be playing the predecessor that inspired the game that has so many flashing lights that Capcom is legally obligated to warn people.

 

Plus, MvC 2 has way more playable characters. And it's eight bucks! That's like a "value" meal at an American fast food restaurant.

 

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