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Geek Gear: Video Game ‘Useful Signs’ Shirt
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Video Game Useful Signs Shirt

The $10 t-shirt deal of the day over at TeeFury today called “Useful Signs” by Letter_Q and the shirt incorporates items from popular video games into common street signs.

The sale began at Teefury today, Friday, August 17, 2012, at midnight EST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site for $10 anymore, though it might continue into the next day for $13 (look for the After Hours bar at the top).

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: The Greatest Video Game Music
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The Greatest Video Game Music

Amazon is currently selling the MP3 version of the album The Greatest Video Game Music by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Skeet for only $5.

If you’d like to own a physical copy of The Greatest Video Game Music, it also comes in CD for only $9.99.

The album contains 22 tracks of classical versions of some of the most popular video games like Super Mario Bros., Grand Theft Auto IV, Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare, Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda, and many more.

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Geek Gear: Final Fantasy ‘Chocobo Racing League’ Shirt
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Chocobo

The $10 t-shirt deal of the day over at RIPT Apparel today is the Final Fantasy-themed shirt called “Chocobo Racing League” by artist ElderMoon.

The shirt went on sale at RIPT today, Saturday, November 12, 2011, at midnight CST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.

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$3 MP3 Album Deal: The Greatest Video Game Music
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The Greatest Video Game Music

The MP3 album deal of the day over at Amazon today The Greatest Video Game Music by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Skeet for only $2.99.

If you’d like to own a physical copy of The Greatest Video Game Music, it also comes in CD for only $9.99.

The album, which was released today, contains 22 tracks of classical versions of some of the most popular video games like Super Mario Bros., Grand Theft Auto IV, Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare, Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda, and many more.

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Geek Gear: Hello Kupo
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Hello Kupo

The t-shirt deal of the day over at RIPT Apparel is “Hello Kupo,” a mash-up of Hello Kitty and Final Fantasy.

The tee, by artist Megan Lara, went on sale at RIPT today, Sunday, March 20, 2011, at midnight CST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.

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Game Review: Final Fantasy XIII (Playstation 3)
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Final Fantasy XIII, Playstation 3Final Fantasy XIII Review
Platforms: Playstation 3 | Xbox 360
Publisher: Square Enix
Price: $59.99
Release date: March 9, 2010

I am a pretty big Final Fantasy fan, so of course I was going to pick this game up as quickly as I could get my grubby little hands upon it. As the first Final Fantasy game on the current generation of system, I was excepting to see the next step up in graphics above the last game, which was one of the best looking games on the PS2. More than that though, I just wanted a game that was familiar to me while having enough change so that it didn’t feel exactly like the last game. Like I said, I’m a fan of the series, so I know pretty much what I’m going to get, and this game succeeded in giving me a game I had fun with and that was worth my time. It took a little while to convince me, but once the game had its claws into me, I knew I was in for the next 40 hours of game play.

Story has always been a big element of Final Fantasy games, and this one is no different. The players live in the world of Cocoon, a land that is under siege by fear of creatures from a world below theirs called Pulse. Both worlds are controlled by entities call fal’cie, and these entities give out quests to regular people by turning them into l’cie. The l’cie are charged with a specific goal, and if they reach that goal, they become crystals and gain eternal life of some sort. Those who don’t complete their goals become monsters. Into this world walk six characters who become l’cie, and must then find out what their quest is. (Trust me, if your eyes have glazed over at that last paragraph, I don’t blame you. These are just a few of the concepts that are thrown at the player in the first few hours, and it is not the easiest thing to keep track of.)

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Audience Treated to New Music from ‘Final Fantasy XIV’
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Distant Worlds LogoLast night I had the pleasure of experiencing a night of geek culture at the Distant Worlds: The Music of Final Fantasy concert at the Rosemont Theater in Rosemont, IL. Of course, as a Final Fantasy fan, I had a blast, and the music was superbly performed by the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra.

One of the most exciting moments of the night came when the crowd was given a world premiere performance of two songs from the upcoming MMORPG i. Along with the music, fans were shown footage that had premiered at the Tokyo Game Show earlier this year. Fans of the series will be happy to know that longtime series composer Nobuo Uematsu (who was also at the show and performed during the concert’s finale) will compose all the music for the new game.

If you’re a fan of the game series and you also want to see the music preformed live, you will want to keep an eye on the Distant Worlds site for upcoming tour dates. The group will spend the first half of the year in Europe recording a new CD with the Stockholm Symphony, and will then return to North America to play dates across the country including a return date to Chicago, two nights in San Francisco, and a concert with the San Diego Symphony in time for Comic-Con 2010 in July.

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‘Final Fantasy’ Marathon Underway To Raise Money for Autism
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Here’s a story to warm the cockles of your heart. The Speed Gamers will spend one week playing through Final Fantasy 1-10 and then 12 all in an effort to raise money for ACT (Autism Care and Treatment). The marathon began yesterday and will continue through July 24.

Bringing back memories of long summer days staying up till all hours of the morning playing video games, these guys are living the dream, but more than that, they’re doing it for a good reason. It’s a great cause and a great way to raise awareness for the group, so go to thespeedgamers.com, and you can watch their progress but more importantly, you can make a donation if you’re moved to do so.

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‘Final Fantasy VII’ Now On Playstation Network
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Final Fantasy VIIFor those of us who own PS3’s, we’ve known that there is a selection of old PS1 games available for purchase on the Playstation Network. Now, I’ve never felt the need to buy any before, mostly because the selection is a little weak. Do I really need to relive 1996 by playing Jet Moto or Destruction Derby? No, not really (although I have been tempted to buy Castlevania: Symphony of the Night). But starting Tuesday night, you can now buy an absolute classic, Final Fantasy VII.

Ah, the Fall of 1997, I can remember it like it was yesterday. Staying up till 4 in the morning to beat one more boss, skipping class so I could get a few more levels, not eating so I could raise one more Chocobo, those were good times. Looking at the game now, some may scoff at the fairly crappy graphics, but you have to remember this was top of the line back in ’97. Having started it again, the version on Playstation Network is EXACTLY like the original. They didn’t go back and change any of the music, writing, or graphics which I like because it’s taking me back on the nostalgia trip. Unfortunately, they didn’t update anything to make it more in line with other games. There’s no analog stick control, you have to use the d-pad for all movement. You still use the circle button to confirm and the x button to go back, which is opposite of practically every other Playstation game. I suppose it would have taken a bit of rewriting the code to do these things, but it would have been nice.

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The Doom Dispatch: Payne vs. Payne: Great Games, Terrible Movies
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Doom Dispatch

Adapting video games into films should not be this hard. Books and plays are turned into good movies on a nearly monthly basis. Christ, even direction is a form of adaptation. The director has both the right and the necessity to cherry-pick and omit from a written screenplay. There is no such thing as “an original film.”

And yet, like trying to pole-vault without an actual pole, the evolutionary link between video game and film has yet to be cleared.

Now to be fair, I liked Silent Hill. It was an atmosphere engine which would have been a whole lot better if an actual script was used.

And as I may have unwisely mentioned in my review of Max Payne at filmarcade.net a week ago, I liked the Doom movie. Don’t blame me… The game came out when I was eight… We were on an anti-poverty board in Chicago together… The parties were hosted by the Annenbergs… SHUT UP!

But other than those, we have been treated to miserable failure after miserable failure. Super Mario Bros., both Tomb Raider films, anything with Uwe Boll’s name on it, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter. They all suck. Granted, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within came close to succeeding, but it failed to adhere to the spirit of the games. Namely, there were no she-dudes, giant chickens, or EEEEEEEENDLLEEEEEEEESSSSSSSS levelling-up.

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