Thursday, December 27, 2012

VLOG - Xmas 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Kirby Retrospective 08 - Kirby of the Stars


TZ breaks slightly from form to take a look at the Hoshi no Kaabii manga that started in 1995. Also, special thanks to CoolNekoChan from Meta-Knight.com for letting me use the comic scanlations.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Kirby Retrospective 07 - Kirby's Dream Land 2


Kirby is finally back in a brand new platformer, and this time he's bringing friends! But does it suffer from sophomore syndrome? Find out in this installment of the Kirby Retrospective!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Commercial Failure - Big Top Donut


It's the season 2 premiere of Commercial Failure!

Special thanks to Megan Wessels, the FanFic Critic. Check out her stuff here!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Kirby Retrospective 06 - Kirby's Block Ball


Unfortunately, Kirby bounces back onto the game boy in yet another unfortunately non-platformer title. How unfortunate.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Kirby Retrospective 05 - Kirby's Avalanche


Yet another 'fake' Kirby game. But oddly enough, more faithful to the franchise than our previous entry. How does Kirby's Avalanche pull this off? Watch and see!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Kirby Retrospective 04 - Kirby's Dream Course


Kirby finally lands on the SNES, but is this minigolf game a hole in one, or stuck in the rough? Find out on this installment of the Kirby Retrospective!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Kirby Retrospective 03 - Kirby's Pinball Land


Kirby returns to the Gameboy, but not in the way you'd expect. Let's take a look at Kirby's first non-platform game from 1993.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Kirby Retrospective 02 - Kirby's Adventure


Kirby's first foray into the world of color is also one of the best looking and densely populated games on the NES. Find out more in this installment of the Kirby Retrospective!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Kirby Retrospective 01 - Kirby's Dream Land


In this first installment of the Kirby Retrospective, We take a look at the game that started it all. A humble little game boy title called Kirby's Dream Land.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Video Game Bunker - Top 10 Simultaneous 2-player NES Games


Zero delves into his memories to count down his top 10 simultaneous 2-player NES games. Which ones made the cut, and which is number 1? The answer may surprise you.

Friday, August 31, 2012

TZ and Friends try T-Virus Antidote Energy Drink


Last in a series of drink videos I shot a few months ago, forgot about, and finally found hidden on my hard drive this week.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

TZ and Friends try Duff Energy Drink


More of a series of drink videos I shot a few months ago, forgot about, and finally found hidden on my hard drive this week.

Monday, August 20, 2012

TZ and Friends try Dragon Tail Energy Drink


Part of a series of drink videos I shot a few months ago, forgot about, and finally found hidden on my hard drive this week.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Video Game Bunker - Halo


It seems every game today seems to want to be the next Halo. But how does the first Halo hold up?

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

4up - Mega Man 2

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Media Hunter - Black Sheep Review


Azeroth's favorite Druid reviewer takes a look at the ultra-violent Black Sheep. Happy April Fools day!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Media Hunter - Tammy and the T-Rex Review


 TZ and Isaac team up to review a gem of schlock from the early 1990s.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Gamers without Borders - Episode 9 - March 6, 2012

We discuss Street Fighter X Tekken, Mass Effect 3, and by extension, Bullshit DLC practices by head-up-their-asses corporate morons.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

4up - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles



TestZero, Ozzie Arcane, Isaac the Media Hunter and Johnny Chase the Achievement Whore, take on the cause of so many childhood deaths, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

4up - Castlevania

Friday, January 13, 2012

Analysing the Distribution of Gamespot and Metacritic Scores

So, I spent an hour today graphing the distribution of Gamespot.com scores in a line chart. What we find is rather interesting.

Naturally, we see a spike in every whole and half number, which may also be attributed to Gamespot's previous practice of not using decimal values, but we also see that the chart is skewed with 7.0 being both the median and mode.
So does this mean that there are 70 degrees of badness, but only 30 degrees of goodness? In a proper distribution, we should see a traditional bell curve, with 5.0 being the median. Perhaps this means most games are actually better than average? Or perhaps Gamespot simply likes to give 7.0's for mediocre games?

Personally, I believe this goes back to the American education system which labels 70% as a "C" or "Average" There's nothing inherently wrong with this metric, since it's fairly consistent across all districts, but after 12 years of learning "70% is average" these students grow up and have that mindset throughout their lives. thus, a score of only 50%, which SHOULD be average, reflects an "F" score, and thus not worth their time.

Of course, this information and analysis is nothing new, but I think seeing it so clearly makes for an interesting conversation piece.

What are your thoughts?

(UPDATE!) By request, I did the same thing to aggregate gaming review site Metacritic. These are the results:



And here are the two data sets overlayed:


We can clearly see a much more even distribution of scores between 85 and 55, without spikes on the halves. However, we still see the skewed bell curve with a mean around 73. While this shows that Metacritic is considerably more trustworthy in their scores, since it is collected from many sources around the internet, their data comes from the still-flawed "70% average" paradigm.

Monday, January 2, 2012

TZs Personal Top 5 Best and Worst Games of 2011


I don't tend to play games as soon as they come out, so my gaming experience is often on a few year lag. However, I did play a number of great and shitty games this year, so here are my thoughts on them.