PIXEL COUNT: Video Game News Roundup for November 14th, 2011

A game news article


Hey there, gamers! It seems like the world did not end on 11/11/11. Which means that you all get a chance to read a brand spanking new edition of Comics Bulletin's one-and-only video game news roundup!


This week is easily the BIGGEST release week of the year for video games! Honestly, I cannot remember the last time a holiday season was packed with so many great titles.


Well, let's get into the news on your favorite video game news panel that we like to call...










Super Tanooki Skin 2D: This Is Why Everyone Hates You, PETA!


One of the most anticipated aspects of the recently released Super Mario 3D Land was the return of the Tanooki suit! If you have played Super Mario Bros. 3 on the NES, this is the suit of fur that Mario wears that makes him fly, do tailspins and turn into a statue. It's awesome and I want a 3DS just so I can get my Tanooki on!

But the People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA, and I use the term "people" very loosely here) have found something wrong with a fictional and digital character wearing fur. No, I'm not fucking kidding!


PETA has created a protest game (again, not kidding) called Super Tanooki Skin 2D where the player plays as a tanooki chasing Mario, who has skinned him alive! OK, let's break this down...


First, Mario DOES NOT skin an animal in any of his numerous games! He gets the Tanooki suit from a magical leaf, for fuck's sake!


Second, PETA has said in response to this game:


"Tanooki may be just a 'suit' in Mario games, but in real life, tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur. By wearing Tanooki, Mario is sending the message that it's OK to wear fur."


The tanuki are a mythical creature from Japanese folklore! Meaning they do not exist! Therefore, you cannot physically get fur from them. Because -- just to reiterate -- THEY DO NOT EXIST! That's like getting angry over a cartoon where someone steals a unicorn horn.


Lastly, if you play the game, you play a tanooki and chase Mario, who is wearing your bloody fur. If you fail to jump in time, you die. I repeat, PETA has made a game wear you play an animal who constantly dies! When you are saying that Mario wearing a fur suit from a mythical creature that he got from a floating leaf is offensive towards animals, I think making a game where an animal perpetually dies is far worse. Mixed messaging, jackasses!


I am all for the ethical treatment of animals. The conditions in which many animals that are going to be made into food are abysmal and should be challenged and kept tabs on. But PETA makes these stupid protest games and throws red paint on people wearing fur. They are less an organization of individuals with admirable goals and more a group of idiotic assholes who should be locked up and loaded with psychiatric medications.


(bit from 1UP)



Batman: Arkham City Game Saves Disappearing from Xbox 360

There have been numerous reports of many Xbox 360 gamers' game saves disappearing or being deleted from Batman: Arkham City. Reports are stating that there is a bug in only the Xbox 360 version of the game and may be caused by the Catwoman DLC.


If you are experiencing such issues, Warner Bros. Interactive asks that you please contact their customer support and head over to their official thread.


I'm just glad I have the PS3 version...


(bit from Game Informer)



Skyrim #1 on Steam! Take that Modern Warfare 3!


Today (November 14, 2011), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ranked first on Steam's player count chart. This means that there were more concurrent players playing Skyrim on Steam than any other game.


Skyrim peaked at 287,411 players while Modern Warfare 3 peaked at 125,109 players online.


This makes me so happy, you have no idea!


(bit from IGN)






Ken Levine, creator of BioShock, has no interest in a BioShock film

Years ago, right after the release of the original BioShock, there was a deal set in place for a BioShock film. Director Gore Verbinski was all set to go but left the project when he refused to make the film PG-13.


Now, Industry Gamers spoke to Ken Levine -- head of Irrational Games, developers of BioShock and the upcoming BioShock Infinite -- and he expressed that he and his team have no interest in getting a film together for the game at this time.


"We got very close to having it get made – we had a deal in place and a director. But for us there's no burning [desire] to have a movie made just to get it made. For us and for Take-Two, it's really got to be something that will a) give the fans something that they want, and b) for those who don't know BioShock, really introduce them to something that is consistent with the game, and is it going to be a good representation of the game."


While I would like to see a BioShock film, I want to see a good BioShock film. I'd rather see it not get made whatsoever.


(bit from Industry Gamers)



Scribblenauts Remix Kicks Angry Birds' Ass!

After the recent price drop to $.99 has placed Scribblenauts Remix has taken the top spot on the iTunes Top Paid iPhone Game Titles on the App Store this week!


While I think Angry Birds is a fun game, Scribblenauts Remix is so much better! Great level design and wonderful puzzles that force the user to use their imagination. I hope this continues into next week.


(bit from Gamasutra)








Skullgirls Introduces Ms. Fortune




I'm really looking forward to this downloadable fighter! If you have not heard of this game until now, check out their website. The game will be coming out sometime in early 2012!



Kevin Butler Toasts Newlywed Gamers




I think I keep posting these videos because of how bad I think they are. All of these "Hall of Play" salutes are awful! I like the idea of doing a tribute to real gamers, but it's as if they're not trying.



Final Trailer for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3











Assassin's Creed: Revelations (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

Saints Row: The Third (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (Xbox 360, PS3)

Rayman Origins (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii)

Need for Speed: The Run (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, 3DS)

Kinect Disneyland (Xbox 360 Kinect)

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics (Wii, 3DS)

Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic (3DS)

Jurassic Park: The Game (Xbox 360)

uDraw Gametablet with uDraw Studio (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii)

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii) [November 20]








Child's PlayThe last thing I wanted to let you all know was that the Child's Play charity has just kicked off its annual Holiday Season! Child's Play -- from the creators of the Penny Arcade webcomic -- is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of sick and hospitalized children with video games and toys in over 70 hospitals around the world. Since 2003, millions of dollars have been donated and used to help these kids have fun rather than just sit in a hospital room.


Child's Play works in two way: You can click on a hospital on the Child's Play donation page and pick a gift to donate from the wish list or make a cash donation through PayPal -- which Child's Play uses to buy video games, consoles, toys, books and other fun stuff for kids throughout the year.


It is a great cause and if you would care to donate, please go to the site and make a kid a little bit happier this holiday season.


Thank you.







Thanks a lot for reading, everybody! Like I said, this is a BIG release week. Personally, I'm definitely getting Rayman Origins and Saints Row: The Third and may also pick up Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 at a later date. What games are you planning on getting this week? Leave your picks in the comments!


Until next time...











Nick Boisson grew up on television, Woody Allen, video games, Hardy Boys mysteries and DC comic books, with the occasional Spider-Man issue thrown in for good measure. He currently roams the rainy streets of Miami, Florida, looking for a nice tie, a woman that gets him, and the windbreaker he lost when he was eight. He sometimes writes things down on Twitter as @nitroslick.


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