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Extra Life 2014

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This year, Gourmet Gamer has decided to take part in the Extra Life charity event. You can learn more about Extra Life here.

I’m on a mission to save kids and I need your help. My local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few. Some real nasty stuff.

Gourmet Gamer and Team Stooge are going to help bring some help to these kids and you can help us, help them. On October 25, 2014, we will be participating in this huge worldwide celebration of the social impact of gamers of all kinds from video games to board games and tabletop RPG’s! We are gluttons for punishment so we are going to play as many of the hardest games ever made. Games like Dark Souls, Festers Quest, Ghost N Goblins, Catherine, and many more! We might even throw in some Destiny or Mario Kart to ease our pain. The kicker is we will be playing for 24 hours straight. 24 hours! Thats a long time and who knows what wil happen to our minds and bodies. So, it’s my sincere hope that you’ll find it in your heart to support our efforts with a monthly pledge or one-time gift that will go directly to our hospital.

Your donation is TAX-DEDUCTIBLE and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids.

I need your help to reach our goal FOR THE KIDS.  Please make a safe, easy donation online today.  Click the “Support This Participant” button on this page to get started. And to sweeten the deal even more we have some cool prizes to give out. Check them out below! AND if we hit or surpass our goal, I will eat 50 chicken nuggets in 20 minutes. If that does not sway you, I dont know what will.

Donate $50 or more and you will be entered into a chance to win one of these awesome shirts.

Donate $30 or more and you will get a chance to win one these awesome framed limited edition Street Fighter prints by artist Elliot Griffin.

And anyone that donates $10 or more will get a chance to win one of these prize packs.

Thank you so much for supporting our efforts!

Head over to Extra Life and make a donation our team.

 

Roundabout Review

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Keep On Spinning

Reviewed on Steam

Have you ever dreamed of taking a stretch limo, and doing circles until the tires fell off? I sure as hell didn’t but now that’s all I want to do and no thanks to freshman developer No Goblin and their first game, Roundabout. On the surface, Roundabout is kind of easy to explain but the nuances in the game play elevate it above your standard limousine spinning game.

It is 1977 and you take the wheel as silent limo driver, Georgio Manos. I never understood why she never speaks but it does make for some awkwardly funny moments between her and her passengers. Yes, Georgio is a female. A gorgeous one at that, but that’s neither here nor there. Skipping any kind of real introduction, the game starts right off with your driving lesson. I breezed right through the lesson, with a whopping 50% and not meeting any of the objectives. Still passed though. From then on out its nothing but semi-controlled chaos.

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Spinning ( and jumping…yes, jumping ) through tight streets and hairpin turns is challenging and you tend to die a lot. And I mean a lot. But the low success rate does not hinder the fun of the game at all. In such an open world game that is driven by streak based scoring and challenges, like trying to bounce a soccer ball on the roof of the limo as many times as you can or staying clear of as many falling cars as possible, its hard to get mad a the constant dying.

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You are a limo driver so it should be a no brainer that part of the game is chauffeuring a zany pack of characters around town. These riders are one of the best aspects of the game due to the hilarious live-action cut scenes, filled with actors I assume are No Goblin staff, friends, and family. The kids are my favorite. Not to mention the tender moments between Georgio and a certain female passenger. See, this game even has a love story! The scenes have a very Troma Entertainment feel to them ( given studio head Dan Teasdale’s involvement with Lloyd Kaufman, its no surprise ).

Roundabout is just a ridiculous game. Everything from the funky 70s music to the smooth spinning and fiery explosions. Its rare to see a game be so outlandish but work so well at the same time. I skipped over a lot of the other wacky things this game has to offer in this review but my suggestion is to plop down the $15 ( $12 during the launch week ) and get yourself a copy. Now.

Buy Roundabout

QUICK TIP – If you have an xbox or playstation controller, use it. The game is much easier. You will still probably suck, just a fraction less.

The Breakdown:

Story – 3/5
I only got to 12% but I could feel something developing.

Visuals – 4/5
Its not real life but its a video game through and through.

Gameplay – 4/5
Its fun. And isnt that what video games should be?

Sound – 5/5
The music alone deserves 5 stars. Also, between the pedestrian screams and sweet sound of crashing and exploding, it has top notch sound design

Entertainment – 5/5
I played for hours without any sense of time. Most of the time I was grinning from ear to ear.

Replay – 4/5
Unless you are some spinning badass, it will take a couple replays to complete the game. And I could see this becoming a party game. Easy to challenge your friends.

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Gourmet Gamer Podcast #34: Kiss My Ass Dark Souls

I hate Dark Souls with all my heart, lets just get that out of the way. Its the hardest, worst, fun, game ever. I am convinced it will be the death of me..or someone else. We tasted what could possibly be the worst chips of all time. We laughed a little at the Absence of the Towels and got our rocks off with a trailer for the new Keanu Reeves movie, John Wick. Evan wasted his hard earned money on As above ,so below but kind of liked Oculus. I think both look horrible. Blair Witch Project is still scary to this day but is it the first found footage movie, not really. We continue with our Marry/Fuck/Kill segment with much enjoyment.  Speaking of fucking, go support everyones favorite scream queen, Linnea Quigly as she tries to save her family home while helping animals in need. And to top off the show, we talk about the Top 10ish badass bitches of cinema.

Thank You Cindy Fielding for pledging to the Gourmet Gamer Patreon Campaign.

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