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Mom's Minute 6-10-2013

In this special, live, simulcast  Mom's Minute episode coverage of Sony's E3, 2013 press conference,  Ms. H is joined by DerrickH and Oscar.  No stone is left unturned as Ms. H leads lively discussions  on the conference events,  ranging from the perceptions of the host, the late start of the conference as well as its extended duration --  to the m...

Author Baine Kelly on Mom's Minute 7/28/14

Ms. H welcomes critically acclaimed author, Baine Kelly to Mom's Minute on 7/28. Baine Kelly's latest novella, Splash, is set in the 'Sable World' she's created. Filled with vampires (without the sparkle) and the supernatural, Splash is the perfect entry point for readers into the intricate landscape that spans centuries.

Listen to the show live at 7pm est / 4pm pst at Allgames.com/live and hear how Ms. Kelly got her start, whats next, and maybe a few spoilers from the series. You can get interactive in the AllGames chat room and send questions directly to the host.  If you can't make the show live because you're too busy looking for a batch of O postive, you can still leave questions in the comments sections below.

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The String Arcade - Dren McDonald Interview

Ms. H from Mom's Minute interviews Dren McDonald, composer of The String Arcade, a collection or video game music arranged for a string quartet. He gives insights on making full renditions of songs that began as electronic sounds, and what his motivations were in starting the project. All proceeds of The String Arcade go to the Alameda Music Project, an afterschool music program for kids in grades K-5. 

Listen to the Interview Below

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You can purchase the CD from:

Loudr.fm - http://www.loudr.fm/release/the-string-arcade/wvbUB

iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-string-arcade/id805763356

Bandcamp - https://thestringarcade.bandcamp.com/

Take a look at the trailer
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Enter the Mom's Minute Ultra Street Fighter 4 Tournament!

It's time again for the Mom's Minute Matriarch Meltdown! This time players will battle each other in Ultra Street Fighter 4 on the PS3, and the winner gets the chance to fight Ms. H herself for the championship.

The winner of the tournament will get their choice of three incredible prizes.

Square Enix Street Fighter IV: Play Arts Kai: Ryu Action Figure
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Square Enix Street Fighter IV: Play Arts Kai: Cammy Action Figure
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Street Fighter Collectible Mini Figure Series 1 Blind Box Lot Of 20
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Sign up for this free tournament by creating an account and logging in to AllGames and going to Community-> Tournaments  or http://goo.gl/Nj7LdW .  Click on the Join Group button and you're in! The bracket will be created and matches will be set up once the tournament starts. The winner of the tournament will then go one on one with Ms. H, the host of Mon's Minute in a winner take all match. If you're able to defeat her, you will get your choice of the grand prized. But if you lose to her, you will leave empty handed. 

Video Games On Your "Can't Wait" List for 2014

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Now that a brand new year is here, is one of your resolutions to enjoy even more video games in 2014, than you did in 2013?  If so, the video game industry is ready to help you keep your New Year's resolution by offering new games not only for the next generation video game consoles -- the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 -- but for the previous video game systems as well, such as the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the Wii U.

Limited New Games 

There have been complaints about the low quantity of video games released for the next generation video game consoles at launch; however, I believe the developers are hard at work to provide quality video games, which may take longer than churning out video games as if they were on an assembly line.  I'm not making excuses for the developers, but it's possible that there is a learning curve in upgrading or creating new games for the next generation video game consoles.  Speculations aside, a developer actually admitted that making video games for the next generation consoles was 10 times -- I repeat -- 10 times harder than for the previous video game systems.  Additionally a senior manager from Capcom, Masaru Ijuin, stated they ran into some problems using their original engine, MT Framework -- which is the reason they are now working on a new engine, Panta Rhei.  Of course video game development itself takes time, and there may be a "gazillion" reasons for the limited number of video games for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 at the current time. Hopefully as the developers get more accustomed to the new video game hardware (or overcome other causes for delayed new video games) -- games will start flowing abundantly, similar to what happened during the tail end of 2011.  I recall during that time -- just about every day a game was being released for the Xbox 360 and the PS3.  I was so impressed with the rapid availability of video games, I gave kudos to the video game industry here.

http://www.moms-minute.com/ms-h-news/210-2011-video-game-news-in-review

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Slow Start for New Video Games

 I'm choosing to take a positive projectory stance regarding the slow start for new video games for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. Even with the slow start for new video games, things are looking up for the video game industry as a whole. Did you know the video game industry is estimated to be worth approximately 76 to 100 billion dollars, with the video game console segment currently heading the market?  To keep its market lead, I think it's important for video game companies to develop quality video games -- not only for the satisfaction of the video game player -- but to also keep its lead, and to survive in general -- since it's reported that PC and mobile gaming are on the heels of the consoles -- attempting to take over market share. 

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 Woes

Unfortunately, the new generation video game consoles are not without problems since both systems have failed to deliver on some promises.  A thorough, unbiased summary and assessment of those broken promises are here: http://www.allgames.com/component/k2/item/7217-broken-promises-of-the-next-gen-consoles  

Microsoft - Sony Video Game Issues

The good news is that I'm sure both Microsoft and Sony are aware of these issues and have them on their radar.  The lack of new video games is certainly obvious. In fact, a  video game company has gone so far as to offer pre-order bonuses for the game, Evolve, without the prerequisite gameplay footage available to preview. Essentially if you  preorder this game, you are doing so in the blind.  I guess they wanted to fill the void by at least offering a preorder bonus for a game that is in the works -- with an unspecified, projected release date of the near future.

With the above being said, here is the list of video games that may be on your "can't wait" list of video games for 2014.

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Video Games -- "Can't Wait" List for 2014

Note:  Remember to check the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings of video games and purchase accordingly.

1.  Watch Dogs -- Since the announcement in October 2013 that Watch Dogs would be delayed, Ubisoft has been relatively quiet about the progress of this game.  There was a rumor there would be some "GTA 5"- like gameplay when it is released, which, personally, I'm wishing is just a rumor.  In my opinion, Watch Dogs is one of those video games that will show that a video game can be innovative and exciting to play without an overload of bad language, blood and violence.  I believe this game is certainly worth waiting for and I'm hoping that it will not disappoint.  Watch Dogs will be playable on previous and next generation video game consoles and the PC.  Release date:  Spring, 2014

2.  Titanfall -- Microsoft has announced there will be a special, limited edition wireless controller available for this game which will be designed to have the feel of a military spec item transported from the Titanfall universe. This first person shooter video game won numerous awards as well as a record breaking six E3 critics awards at E3 2013.  Titanfall will be playable on the Xbox 360, Xbox One and the PC.  Release date:  March 11, 2014.

3.  Project Cars -- Slightly Mad Studios plan to give Gran Turismo 6 and Fortza 5 a run for their money.  They are developers of Need for Speed and Need for Speed Shift 2 and are showing they mean business by the stunning, realistic graphics of the cars in this video game as well as the environment.  Having high quality video games Gran Turismo 6 and Fortza 5 as competitors, I'm not surprised the video game graphics of Project Cars have been described as "beyond incredible."  Hopefully the gameplay will measure up as well.  Project Cars will be playable on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, Wii U, Steam OS and the PC.  Release date: Third or fourth quarter, 2014.

4.  Quantum Break -- This third person shooter is described by Remedy as the "ultimate Remedy" game, Quantum Break meshes television action with your video gameplay.  Of course this video game/television scenario has been done before, i.e. the video game Defiance, but the storyline, in my opinion makes this video game stand out.  Here's my take on Quantum Break:

 http://www.allgames.com/all-games-blog/item/6363-quantum-break-a-game-worth-a-second-look

Quantum Break is an Xbox One exclusive video game.  Release date: 2014 (specific timeframe unavailable at press time). 

5. Tom Clancy's The Division -- If you are a fan of Tom Clancy's video games, you should be happy to know that more action-adventure video gameplay is coming your way soon. Video gameplay involves fighting against a virus and other type enemies to save everyone from the fall of society.  This game will have a companion app where you can join your team of friends as a drone from a smart phone or tablet -- anytime and wherever you may be. Tom Clancy's The Division will be playable on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and the PC.  Release date:  Possible 2014. (An anonymous developer is rumored to have revealed they have quite a ways to go before this game is finished).

6.  The Order:  1886 -- In this action adventure video game set in Victorian-era London, you will use advance technology to fight against monsters. Add this gameplay with the fusion of time, and you will have a unique experience playing this video game.  The Order: 1886 is a PlayStation 4 exclusive video game.  Release date: Third quarter, 2014.

7.  Destiny -- With an open world setting, Destiny is described as an action, role-playing first person shooter video game with a "mythic science fiction" type influence.  The unique feature of this game is actions may happen during gameplay that were not necessarily designed or orchestrated by the developer. Destiny will be playable on the previous and next generation video game consoles.  Release date:  September 9, 2014.

Here's more on Destiny: http://www.moms-minute.com/ms-h-news/745-video-games-halo-4-successor-destiny-changes

8.  Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes -- I guess this video game was so nice, they had to do it twice.  The video game is in two parts -- with part one being more of an extended prologue and the action continuing in part two -- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain -- which currently does not have a release date.  Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be playable on the previous and next generation video game consoles.  Release date:  March 18, 2014.

9.  Dragon Age: Inquisition -- Unlike its Dragon Age predecessor, Dragon Age: Inquistion will afford you the opportunity to explore the open video game environment with a mission to save the world.  It will be playable on the previous and next generation video game consoles as well as the PC.  Release date: Third quarter, 2014.

10.  Smash Bros -- In my opinion, this list would not be complete without an Nintendo video game.  Enter Smash Bros -- a fighting game featuring Nintendo characters. This game has been providing fun video gameplay since 1999 and is still going strong.  It will be playable on the Wii U and the 3DS and has the connectivity to play between the versions.  Release date: 2014 (specific timeframe unavailable at press time).

If you do not see your "can't wait" video game for 2014 on the list -- don't fret.  I'm sure if I had extended the list to more than 10 video games -- your game would have found a place -- front and center.

Happy New Year Everyone.

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2016 Killer Instinct XBox One Online Tournament

AllGames.com presents the Mom's Minute Matriarch Meltdown Killer Instinct Online Tournament for the Xbox One! Players will face each other in one on one battles until only a one is left standing. And that player must then defeat Ms. H herself to claim the prize!

The champion will win the grand prize of the Limited Edition Ultimate Source Killer Instinct Shadow Jago Statue and 10 KidRobot Blind box Street Fighter Mini Figures! Remember, the winner of the tournament must defeat Ms. H herself to win the final prize!

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2ND Place will win 5 KidRobot Blind Box Street Fighter Mini Figures!

Also, prizes will be given for Longest Combo and to make sure everyone has a chance to win, 2 random players will be chosen to win prizes from the AllGames Prize Box.
(You do not have to be in the U.S. to play, but prizes can only be shipped to U.S. Addresses)

The tournament will start on  Jan 19th and wont end until a final victor has been chosen.

 

The tournament will be held using Killer Instinct for the Xbox One.
To Register:

Log in to AllGames.com
Go to Forums and click on the 2016 M4 Tournament Signup post in the Competitions section
(or just click this link http://goo.gl/V0mCDe)

You must be logged in to your AllGames account to sign up. When the M4 Killer Instinct Tournament begins, matchups with a deadline will be posted in the forum and you and your opponent must agree on a time to fight. Report the winner and the process starts again for the next round.

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Penguins vs Possums Interview - 7/21 on Mom's Minute

On Monday July 21st, Ms. H will welcome one of the creators of Fanboy Comic's hit title Penguins vs Possums to Mom's Minute. Sebastian Kadlecik will give Ms. H the ins and outs of the secret war that has has been raging since the dawn of time between two unlikely foes. Penquins vs Possums is a graphic novel written by Sebastian Kadlecik, John Bring, and Lindsay Calhoon Bring and features the art of Sebastian Kadlecik and John Bring. The trade paperback collects issues 1-4 of the epic story and is available now from www.Fanboycomics.net

Listen to Mom’s Minute to find out the hurdles in developing and publishing an independant comic, how digital media has effected a medium once ruled by pen and paper, and most importantly, which side Ms. H chooses, Penguins or Possums.

Join the show live at 4pm PST/7pm EST at www.allgames.com/live  to submit questions you’d like Ms. H to ask, or if you’re too busy reading comics on Monday, post your questions right now in the comments section below.

Mom's Minute 6-17-2013

Fresh from covering the Anime Mid-Atlantic event for Allgames.com, Ms. H welcomes everyone to the show with a promise to fill listeners in with more details of the event during her next show -- due to time constraints.  She also wishes everyone a happy "after Father's Day." She reviews Knytt Underground and Sonic the Hedgehog Tennis video games....

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