October Updates: Radio, Radio, Radio!

This is just a quick blurb about updates over the course of October. Our main focus has been expanding our music selection on the radio, over 150 new songs added this month! Another task we have been tackling is audio normalization, tweaking current songs as needed so some of the louder songs don't scream out at you every time they are played. There are still some in there, but it's a work in progress.

I hope to get our voting polls into a regular rotation again, updated at the beginning of each month. Looks like October's poll results find knights and ninjas to be the most popular RPG character class with mages and archers coming in slightly behind.

As usual, lots of big plans for expansion and clean-up around here, but it will take time. We are in need of some help in various areas, but I'll go into further details about that soon enough. Think you'd be interested in volunteering some of your time to help develop our community? Feel free to drop by our chatroom and inquire!

Oh yeah... Happy Halloween! Going out to a party or maybe trick or treating? Drop us a comment below and let us know what you costume you chose this year!

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on October 31st 2012 at 12:26pm 0 Comments

Minor Site Updates, NEStalgia is a fun NES-style MMORPG!

Hey everyone. We're not dead! I've made some minor changes in the past few weeks, working out bugs around the site, improving our code to be more search engine friendly, and just generally sitting and wondering what the future of RPGN will be like. I struggle to come up with ideas for the site, how we can remain unique and useful online. We've just kind of floated in cyberspace for quite awhile now, ever since our FTP mirrors went offline the site has been in decline. The tracker tried to take on the burden but it was too late I fear, that ship has sailed. Now it's time to figure out what comes next....

I am happy to see our new radio solution has been a success. We've seen an increase to radio listeners and regulars, and it seems to be working flawlessly. We continue to expand the music selection and still welcome feedback and suggestions as always. I've added two new pages to the radio -- A changelog showing recent updates to the radio system and a list of newly added songs, so you can browse and see what's new in our music collection.

A special shout out to the NEStalgia community, who have been giving me a lot of positive feedback about our site. I am a casual player on the Algol server and they seem to be enjoying the music smile It's a great game if you loved classic NES role-playing games such as Dragon Quest, highly recommended. Imagine NES goodness, in MMO-style!

Oh yeah, I also finally rotated the site voting poll! I was meaning to do it monthly, but I fell a bit behind on my plans! The last poll was about what character you'd be in a role playing game, turns out most of you want to be either the main hero (24%) or a friend of the main hero (26%)! Time to find out what kind of class you'd play as a member of the party...

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on September 16th 2012 at 8:27pm 7 Comments

Game Music Radio: Changes and Updates

I'm here to fill you in on some recent changes to our radio system. The major change is most noticed when you switch skins on the radio system. Before, the radio page would reload and the music would get interrupted and restart. Now the skins change without requiring the page to reload or the music to stop. Your preferences are still saved as you change skins, so it should work like before just better.

I also spent some time standardizing the code behind the skins system so they are cleaner and should work properly in all major browsers. The new changes require JavaScript to be enabled on your browser, but most people will have this enabled by default. Please report any glitches or problems while changing skins if you find them.

Next goal is to keep expanding the music library with new tunes. As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions for new songs to add. Drop by the chatroom or forums to provide your feedback, or even comment on this news post. I hope everyone is enjoying the music!

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on August 20th 2012 at 5:36pm 0 Comments

Goodbye Torrent Tracker: Service Closed

For the past 15 years, we have tried to be a good source for game music downloads and information. We have hosted various projects trying to keep the community alive. Our torrent tracker was intended to be a lifeline for our retired FTP downloading section. It had a good run, but the usage over the past year has been very low and a decision had to be made. We are retiring our torrent tracker in hopes of focusing on finding a solid direction for the future of the RPGamers Network.

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who made the torrent tracker great and helped seed files, fill requests and keep the service alive. A special thanks to Marona for undertaking a huge part of the seeding an administration of the tracker.

Still looking for a good resource to download game music albums? Luckily nowadays there are many good resources and game albums are not nearly as rare or hard to come by. One place that does an especially good job at releasing albums in top quality is GameMP3s. I highly recommend you head over and check out their selection of torrents.

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on August 17th 2012 at 4:49pm 6 Comments

Steam Summer Sale has arrived, and wallets around the world weep

That's pretty much the way things are for me right now, but that doesn't mean I can't spread the joyful message of the Steam Summer Sales. The sales run from July 12 (that's today, kids) to July 22, so you've got plenty of time to waste all your hard-earned money.

They mixed up the format this year a little. Well, maybe adding to the format is better way of putting it. The familiar 24 hour daily deals are back, as are the big-ass package deals that run through the whole thing, you know, stuff like Valve Collection, id Collection, 2K Collection, Ubisoft Collection. Just a ton of games for cheap.

Additionally, some fresh additions to the format, they've introduced Flash Deals. They are, as you may have guessed, shorter deals. For example, currently the Flash Deals slot holds 4 games and each of them have their own countdown, currently ranging from 4 to 10 hours left.
Another new thing is the Community Choice, which appears to be a battle between 3 potential deals every 8 hours, voted and decided by the community. The first vote is on-going right now between The Witcher 2 (-60%), Batman: Arkham City (-66%) and Saints Row The Third (-75%). The voting for this set ends in about 3 hours, at which point the deal should go live. Naturally I voted for Saints Row as that's the only one of these I don't own yet.
Both of these new things are very clearly designed so that people will come back to the site more often than just to check the dailies, that's what I used to do too. Sneaky Valve, sneaky.

Posted in Gaming by Kilu Member on July 12th 2012 at 2:41pm 0 Comments

Are video games responsible for killing?

No matter what year and no matter what season, the media always point fingers at video games and claim that violent video games are responsible for deaths of others. So are they really responsible? Let's take a look.

Video gaming started with simple pixels and arcade concepts; just simple shoot the alien stuff or grabbing pills to eat ghosts. That was the past. Now we are in the present and the future. Some, or probably most, video games can be first-person shooters. This delves the user in the game, making it look like they are killing someone in the game.

From mafia-type games to burglary, it just makes it look like that they are responsible. Inside that video game society, it just shows that killing and stealing is the answer in the game. In real-life society, it is never the answer.
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Posted in Gaming by Marona Member on July 11th 2012 at 5:26pm 0 Comments

Brief outage due to abusive search engine bot

RPGN had a brief blackout this morning due to our server being heavily hammered by an abusive Chinese search engine bot called Baiduspider. I have blocked the abusive hosts, and hopefully everything is back to normal. The spider managed to spam reload our page over a quarter of a million times before things shut down. So fear not, if you saw the message saying our site was disabled it was just a precaution! All is well again.

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on July 11th 2012 at 3:02am 0 Comments

Game Music Radio: Updates

Just wanted to drop a quick note to mention that we have been working hard to improve our radio system! Most importantly, a major Internet Explorer bug has been fixed which was preventing IE users from enjoying our radio station. The bug was caused by an XML file exploit in IE (this is why you should not be using that browser!) The radio should now work properly and not just repeat the same song over and over. Please report any bugs you find!

Happier news now, check out the wide selection of new radio skins! Special thanks to Kilu and Mystro for creating them! (more to come!) We have also expanded the selection of songs. Our database is now well past 1,000 songs with new songs added every week. We welcome suggestions for songs to add so feel free to give some feedback on the forums or in the news comments.

I am working on a new feature for the radio to allow you to customize your listening experience more then you can currently. I won't go into details yet, but I hope you will enjoy it. Watch for more information in the coming weeks smile

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on June 09th 2012 at 5:17pm 0 Comments

Nintendo E3 2012 Press Conference, Nintendo E3 All-Access

Nintendo E3 All-Access, first thing to note is that the black WiiU and the WiiU GamePad (note the capitalization, that's the official name for it) looks kind of slick. The console supports two GamePads, as expected but now it's confirmed. Some reiteration of the Miiverse stuff from the Direct Access stream, will eventually be accessible from just about any modern browser.

First game they showed was Pikmin 3, apparently a game that everyone's been waiting for. New rock Pikmin, breaks hard objects. Basic controls use the Wiimote+ and the Nunchuck combo, WiiU GamePad will always show the map. Miyamoto carries spare Pikmins in his pocket.

New Super Mario Bros U, looks a whole lot like all the other New Super Mario Bros games, some kind of flying squirrel suit confirmed. That might have actually been in the earlier games too, I haven't played them.

Batman Arkham City - Armored Edition, starts with a little soundbite from the Harley Quinn (well, the actress, Tara Strong, obviously) talking back at Reggie and stuff, that's kind of neat little touch to have in the conference. Armored Edition comes bundled with armored costumes for both Batman and Catwoman, and uses the GamePad for gadget interaction it seems. Maybe worth mention is that it's not being done at Rocksteady, but is outsourced to some other developer whose name I didn't catch.

Scribblenauts: Unlimited, Jeremiah Slaczka (the creator of Scribblenauts) is wearing great shoes. WiiU version will have some kind of all new multiplayer mode.

Third party montage, showing Darksiders 2, Mass Effect 3, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Trine 2 Director's Cut (Yay! Finland! Represent!), Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge and Aliens: Colonial Marines.

WiiFitU, lots of fitness minigames. Reggie's body is ready.

Sing (working title), performance game where everyone sings. Isn't that true for all of those karaoke games? Anyways, GamePad used to display lyrics so you are not facing the TV, but instead can face your audience/friends.

Lego City: Undercover, not really sure what this game is supposed to be. Grand Theft Auto in Lego city, with the familiar Lego mechanics from the other Lego games? Maybe? Probably not, but I just can't tell.

Ubisoft pimped out some of the same games they already showed on their own conference earlier, ZombiU, Rayman Legends, Just Dance 4, Rabbids Land, Assassin's Creed 3, Yourshape sequel, Sports Connection and Avengers. Looks like you can use the GamePad as a scanner, sonar, sniper rifle, hacking minigame and inventory in ZombiU.

NintendoLand, a virtual theme park. That's what they call the minigame collection they ended the show with. It seems destined to be the bundle game for this system when it launches. A lot of the tech demos from last year's E3 probably transformed into this.

Some minor 3DS news was sprinkled here and there, I'll just put them here at the end because the conference was really all about the WiiU. Firstly, there's going to be an hour long Nintendo Direct stream specifically directed for 3DS owners at 6pm PDT on Wednesday. They are calling it Software Showcase, so I guess you can expect them to showcase some software for you. Other than that tidbit of info, they showed some footage of New Super Mario Bros 2, which is all about GOLD! And raccoon tails. Paper Mario: Sticker Star was also shown, in which you collect stickers and apparently use them as battle items. More info on Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, multiple mansions, mission based challenges, arrives this holiday. Lego City: Undercover is also on its way to 3DS. And to close the short 3DS segment they had a third party montage trailer, featuring short clips of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, Scribblenauts: Unlimited and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (horrible horrible name).

Still no clear idea of what this machine can or can't do. Arkham City looked pretty much the same from the short clips they showed, and considering it's an outsourced port, it's probably not going to get any kind of special treatment.

In conclusion, oh god oh god I hate these kind simulated social event trailers that Nintendo started with the Wii. It just looks so incredibly dumb. Hey look at us, just friends having a lot of fun with this console in the most annoying way possible. Anyways, now that the conferences are behind us, I'll try to compile some good trailers and gameplay clips in the coming days.

Posted in Gaming by Kilu Member on June 05th 2012 at 1:27pm 0 Comments

Sony E3 2012 Press Conference

Sony's press conference started with a long montage of all kinds of games that are on Sony's platforms. Kind of too long, if you ask me. And then Jack Tretton kind of talks even longer. I kind of felt that that was the main problem with this years event for Sony. Lots and lots of talk.

Beyond: Two Souls, new game from Heavy Rain developers. Ellen Page plays the lead role. Face detail is very nice, but it's hard to gauge anything else from the short and rather simple demo. Not really sure what to make of it at all really, what kind of game is it.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is a terrible terrible name, and I guess that works out all right because it looks just like Super Smash Bros Melee, and that's terrible as well, right? The game doesn't appear to have a traditional health meter, winner is determined by scores, and you grab scores by using your supermove to kill other players. Two new playable characters unveiled, Nathan Drake and Big Daddy. Out on holiday this year.

The Oprah moment was a little weird I think. They gave a year of PSN+ for everyone in the conference. Way to juice the crowd in the middle of the conference. Back when Microsoft gave away those slim Xbox360's they at least had the class to wait right up until the end of the event.

Call of Duty Black Ops: Classified for Vita, an all new CoD experience on your handheld system, just the way you want to play your big triple A titles, right? Uh huh.

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation for Vita, first lady assassin as the lead character in the series, they promise a proper AC experience for the handheld, and some connectivity between this and PS3 console game with unlocks and other nonsense like that.
Assassin's Creed III PS3 demonstration, BOATS. They demo a sea battle event, you steer the boat around and fire some cannons at other boats. At least it's not tower defense minigame. Looks great, they talk about the weather system and it starts raining during the demo. How convenient, but it looks really nice. AC3 will also get its own PS3 hardware bundle and some exclusive DLC.

FarCry 3 multiplayer demo. First thing I really notice is the really ugly and heavy shadow pop-in. It's really noticeable. The gameplay itself seems a little messy. 4 player co-op campaign, map editor, and free exclusive DLC.

Wonderbook, augmented reality nonsense. Some kind of Harry Potter related Spell Book will the first released book. You learn spells and stuff, uses Sony's Eye camera and Move controller.

God of War: Ascension, yep, it's another God of War game. I mean it looks great, but man, it's just another God of War game. Of course if you like those games, I allow you to excited. Dated for March 12, 2013.

The Last of Us, looks pretty great. Impressive faces, but hard to say anything about the rest. Seems really brutal, survival seems like a key concept.

It's a little funny how much Tretton talks about innovation and creativity, and then the only games developed internally at Sony (if I caught this all right) are another God of War game, PlayStation Smash Brothers clone and an augmented reality book. Even the Sony exclusives from Naughty Dog and Quantic Dream, look totally fine, but are certainly not grabbing any innovation awards.

Posted in Gaming by Kilu Member on June 04th 2012 at 10:35pm 1 Comment