California  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com California  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network New Vegas is in Fallout 4 Now, So These Locations Should Be Next! https://www.gameskinny.com/rn7ab/new-vegas-is-in-fallout-4-now-so-these-locations-should-be-next https://www.gameskinny.com/rn7ab/new-vegas-is-in-fallout-4-now-so-these-locations-should-be-next Thu, 11 May 2017 17:06:51 -0400 Dan Roemer

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1. The Boneyard/Angel's Boneyard (Los Angeles)

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With Bethesda seemingly sticking to the East Coast with their games -- and no word of Obsidian working on a new Fallout game -- it's the perfect time for modders to use a familiar-yet-unexplored location and draw inspiration from it. There are plenty of established factions and history they can reinterpret in their own ways. And the NCR state of Angel's Boneyard (a.k.a. Los Angeles) is the perfect place for that.

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If you're a long time Fallout fan, you know the West Coast is the best coast, simply for the massive amount of lore and history it contains. The West Coast is the birthplace of the New California Republic, the Enclave, the Brotherhood of Steel, the Followers of the Apocalypse, Super Mutants...and really, of Fallout as a series.

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The Boneyard was featured in the original Fallout, and it's hands-down the best location for Fallout 4 modders to visit. There's so much history to work with here, and so many bits of lore to dabble in and bring to life. The Boneyard is littered with plenty of stories to tell and timelines to explore -- but without having to diverge too far from the source material that's inspired modders in the first place.

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As a long time Fallout fan, I've gotta show some California love. But what locations would you like to possibly see in Fallout 4 mod form? Let me know in the comments down below! And for everything Fallout related, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

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2. New Orleans

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Continuing with the Americana theme, the southern United States is ripe with potential locations for a Fallout 4 mod. Little is actually known about the southern United States in the Fallout universe compared to the East and West Coasts. And it doesn't get much more quintessentially southern than New Orleans.

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Fallout 3's "Point Lookout" DLC gave us a small taste of what a swamp environment might look like in the Wasteland. But I want to see more. And the unique city of New Orleans -- not to mention the surrounding bayou -- are prime territory for modders to let their creativity fly and interpret a brand new location.

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Even better, the potential for factions down South could be vastly different from those we've seen on the East or West Coast. Chances are we wouldn't see the Brotherhood of Steel, as they have no records of traveling down South. And the NCR has been too busy expanding in the West to worry about Old Dixie.

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Everything about this location -- the environment, faction possibilities, unique wildlife, and new mutant opportunities -- screams for modders to take advantage.

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3. New York

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The United States is still ripe with potential areas for future Fallout games to visit -- and for current modders to create. Using a US location would prove a bit easier than some of the places on our wishlist so far, since modders could simply reuse assets like American architecture and the well-established American lore in the game's universe.

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Outside of Bethesda's work in Fallout 3 and Fallout 4, the East Coast has hardly been explored -- and the iconic city of New York is a concrete playground that modders can unleash themselves upon. Take plenty of iconic land marks and a massive urban sprawl, then throw in a nuked 1950's vision of the future...and we could easily have a new and incredible place to explore within Fallout 4.

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Really though, it wouldn't surprise me at all if The Big Apple turns out to be the next big location whenever we finally get a Fallout 5 announcement.

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4. Hong Kong, China

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China has some fascinating lore in the Fallout universe, including the Sino-American War and invasion of Anchorage. But outside of Chinese spies embedded in the United States who made appearances in games -- like Fallout 3's Mama Dolce's -- little is actually known about what happened when the nukes fell on mainland China or the island of Hong Kong.

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That's precisely why China could be a fantastic location for modders to explore in Fallout 4. There's potential for them to create their own interpretations of what a Hong Kong wasteland would look like, or what possible forms of government and factions might rule it. (Perhaps the Triad is still around...?)

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Hong Kong, for example, could be one of the few places in China that survived with only minor nuclear devastation compared to its mainland counterpart. And modders could expand upon Chinese pre-war lore, mythos, and technology.

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5. A Canadian Locale

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In the year 2066 in the Fallout universe, Anchorage, Alaska became on of the few remaining places on earth that still had valuable oil reserves. Because of this, China invaded Alaska -- and thus began the Sino-American war. 

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Of course, with Canada being stuck between a Chinese-invaded Alaska and the oil-hungry United States, one can only imagine that tensions were high between these once-friendly allied nations.

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By February 2075, Canada agreed to be annexed by the US, thus allowing the North American continent to be unified under one government. Together, they were a sovereign nation gearing up to fight the Chinese and take back Alaska for their own.

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But many Canadians weren't exactly happy about this, and a resistance formed to try and stop it. Let's just say that it didn't end well.

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Because of all this wonderful Fallout history, the Great White North could be an incredible location for modders to explore and expand upon within Fallout 4. Perhaps we could even see a pre-war mod which explores the events of the Canadian resistance against the US. Alternatively, we could see what a snow-covered Canadian wasteland might look like in 2287.

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Side Note: If you have a specific itch for a snowy wasteland, then be sure to check out the upcoming Fallout: The Frontier mod, which is set in a nuclear winterized version of Portland, Oregon during the events of Fallout: New Vegas and the war between the NCR and Legion.

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With modders aiming to re-create and port over Fallout: New Vegas into Fallout 4, it's hard not to think about other locations from the franchise that we'd love to see recreated in Bethesda's most recent iteration of the Wasteland.

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Throughout the history of Fallout, there have been tons of interesting locations to explore. And with no word of a new game in the series coming any time soon, we die-hard fans are even more desperate for anything new in Fallout 4  -- and these five locations are prime candidates for modders to bring a fresh experience to the game. 

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Man arrested for sending death threats to Blizzard https://www.gameskinny.com/vn4de/man-arrested-for-sending-death-threats-to-blizzard https://www.gameskinny.com/vn4de/man-arrested-for-sending-death-threats-to-blizzard Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:13:15 -0400 Jeffrey Rousseau

In recent news, a man was arrested for sending death threats to Blizzard Entertainment, creators of Overwatch. The accused was identified as 28-year-old Stephen Cebula from California. He was arrested on July 12 and is currently in custody awaiting charges.

According to the Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of California, Cebula had made threats from July 2 - July 3. 

Cebula transmitted messages over the internet to Blizzard Entertainment, in which he stated that he “may or may not pay [Blizzard] a visit with an AK47 

The FBI lead investigation found that his threats also mentioned the usage of other dangerous weapons. Given the severity of the threats and the potential danger they pose on both staff and civilians, he was promptly arrested a week later.

It is currently unknown as to what triggered Cebula to threaten the company originally. 

If found guilty, he can face a maximum sentence of 5 years and a fine of 250,000. 

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Dead Island Developer Leaving Content to Popular Vote? https://www.gameskinny.com/jfssj/dead-island-developer-leaving-content-to-popular-vote https://www.gameskinny.com/jfssj/dead-island-developer-leaving-content-to-popular-vote Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:19:26 -0400 Krystina Butler

Dead Island 2 is  in development by Deep Silver and set to be released spring of 2015 for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Dead Island 2 picks up where Dead Island and Escape Dead Island left off at the Bonoi Islands, moving to a completely quaranteed Golden State. 

The new game is said to combine classic elements from the earlier games such as close combat, multiplayer (up to eight), and action role-playing with new never-before-seen weapons and crazy characters wreaking havoc on major California landmarks from the Golden Gate Bridge to Venice Beach. Developers promise that Dead Island 2 will be more vibrant and light-hearted (yet just as, if not more, violent) than its predecessors.

Adding to the already highly anticipated game, Deep Silver is employing a tactic that was used with Dead Island Riptide and Saints Row IV allowing players to decide what they want to see in the game's collector's edition.

By filling out this simple Google Docs survey, players can choose from 28 items that range from something as simple as sunglasses to something as complex as digital content and an actual zombie by rating them on a scale of 1 (do not want) to 5 (I need this!). 

If you really want to make your opinion count, you better do it fast because voting ends Monday July 14 at midnight.  After that, Deep Silver will announce the winning content based on the most popular items.  In addition, Deep Silver promises after the survey is submitted that they will do their best to make sure the collector's edition will be "awesome and affordable."

What do you want to see in the Dead Island 2 Collector's Edition? Personally, I would like to see Deep Silver take a crack at a real zombie...

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2014 Call of Duty Championship Pot Awards $1 Million https://www.gameskinny.com/bamlm/2014-call-of-duty-championship-pot-awards-1-million https://www.gameskinny.com/bamlm/2014-call-of-duty-championship-pot-awards-1-million Thu, 09 Jan 2014 07:14:40 -0500 Brandon Morgan

The second annual Call of Duty Championship will be held this March, beginning on January 28th, and finishing up on the 30th in Los Angeles, California. Publisher Activision confirmed the eSports event today.

The Championship will see 32 of the world's best Call of Duty: Ghosts teams competing for the title and $1 million in prizes. Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said:

Call of Duty is more than a video game. It's a pastime shared by millions. It's exciting to play and fun to watch, and we can't wait to see what this year's event has in store.

This year's competition is sponsored by Microsoft and will be the first official Call of Duty competitive event played on the new Xbox One consoles. Matches will be streamed in real-time on Xbox Live and through MLG's TV service. No one will have to miss the action this year.

Call of Duty squads from North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia will battle head-to-head for the championship crown. Qualifying events will be handled via online tournaments played on the Xbox 360, while regional finals will be played on the Xbox One and broadcast live.

All Call of Duty players, whether professional or not, can sign up for the event. More details about the event can be viewed at the MLG website.

Last year, eSports team Fairko defeated EnVyUS in the 2013 Call of Duty Championship, taking home the crown.

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Konami Opens New Studio in Los Angeles https://www.gameskinny.com/n4k6y/konami-opens-new-studio-in-los-angeles https://www.gameskinny.com/n4k6y/konami-opens-new-studio-in-los-angeles Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:55:30 -0400 Alexa Serrano

On Friday, September 6, Konami Digital Entertainment, Japanese developer and publisher of video games, trading cards, and arcade cabinets (among others) announced they will be opening up a new development studio in Los Angeles, California—more specifically in Playa Del Rey. 

Metal Gear Solid Franchise 

The new studio will house Kojima Productions, a Japanese video game development studio known for their development of the Metal Gear Solid franchise, which just recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. 

During the opening, Konami discussed new details for the Metal Gear Solid franchise, and Hideo Kojima showed the first gameplay demo for Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zero. Below is a video of Hideo Kojima doing a 12 minute gameplay demo.

Note: This is not the same gameplay video that was done at the opening. 

Why California?

Kojima explains that as gaming has become a great form of entertainment, it is only natural for them to begin expanding globally. He added, "since Los Angeles is ground zero for the best studios, facilities, and world-class talent, we are leaning on these local resources to build an incredible team to create gaming experiences that are just as compelling as any film or television show."

Tomoyuki Tsuboi, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., adds that “the new studio will put Kojima Productions in the heart of the west which will benefit future releases as it will introduce new talent and creativity to the development teams."

Below: Konami's new video game development studio in Playa del Rey. Photo Credit Konami Digital Entertainment.

 

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Own Your Own Arcade Cabinet—Here's How! https://www.gameskinny.com/995ai/own-your-own-arcade-cabinetheres-how https://www.gameskinny.com/995ai/own-your-own-arcade-cabinetheres-how Wed, 14 Aug 2013 09:20:15 -0400 Alexa Serrano

Seth and Timothy Peterson, two San Franciscan Bay Area Brothers, have started a new monthly subscription service for retro video games (eg., Ms. Pacman, Donkey Kong, and Tron); however, they do also offer some contemporary games like Street Fighter 2

How They Started

The brothers set out to purchase bargain vintage cabinet games to refurbish them. They typically searched through Web sites like Craigslist and Ebay, because the cabinets are usually cheaper and in better condition there. Through their rental service All You Can Arcade, you can rent out arcade games for $75 a month, in addition to a refundable $75 deposit. The arcade cabinets are all set to "free," which means you don't have to worry about spending any of your loose change while playing!

As of now, All You Can Arcade operates throughout the California area; however, they are hoping to expand to the East Coast this year! Those who are California residents can go ahead and enter their zip code on the site to find out which games are available in their area. 

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