Author Archives: Topher Lou


In RL I love to play sports, watch TV and movies, mess with new tech, critique ads, and talk anything and everything video games! In VGL you can find me (crxss) playing anything from shooters to rpgs (not the rocket launcher variety).

Titanfall Maps Can Be Filled With Nearly 50 Characters

A few days ago, Twinfinite reported that Titanfall would be limited to 12 players per match. This was the sweet spot for the game discovered by Respawn. A few players were distraught at the news and were expecting 64-player battles with robots to fill their living rooms. For those expecting that, the folks over at Respawn have let out that nearly 50 characters may be able to fill a map in Titanfall. That includes live players, Titans in follow mode, [...]

Halo Vet Returns to Microsoft After Working on Destiny

Joseph Staten, former Bungie employee, returns to Halo after being the design director and writer for Destiny. The news broke from Xbox Studio Manager Mike Ybarra (Qwik) via Twitter: Thrilled to welcome back Joe Staten to the Microsoft Studios family. #XboxOne — Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) January 9, 2014 Joseph Staten is back at Microsoft working on an undisclosed project. It’s unfortunate that he’s not working on the next Halo having worked on Halo since the beginning at Bungie. A Microsoft [...]

Comic-Con Gets Rid of 4-Day Passes for SDCC 14

For those looking for 4-Day Passes for the upcoming Comic-Con in San Diego are out of luck. According to the official website, passes will only be available for individual day purchases. Prices for tickets can be seen below: BADGE TYPE Adult Junior** U.S. Military / Senior** Preview Night $35.00 $16.00 $16.00 Thursday $45.00 $23.00 $23.00 Friday $45.00 $23.00 $23.00 Saturday $45.00 $23.00 $23.00 Sunday $30.00 $15.00 $15.00 Along with the change to badge purchases, the Comic-Con blog also detailed updates [...]

Players Go for Speed Running World Record in GoldenEye at AGDQ 2014

Ryan White (RWhiteGoose) and Alex Anderson (AlexWAnderson) of the speedrunning community over at went for a new world record for co-op in GoldenEye 007 at this year’s Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ). The team spent a week practicing their method of tackling the 2-Player challenge. The co-op scheme has one player manning the C-buttons to navigate, while the other manages pitch, the trigger, A, and B-buttons. Prior to the event, they allegedly ran sub-25:00. I guess that’s alright… [youtube][/youtube] The [...]


Japan’s First PS4 Commercial Airs

Japan will finally be joining the rest of the world on February 22. It was surprising to some that the PlayStation 4 would be arriving in Japan after releasing everywhere else. Since Sony has such a grip over the Japanese market it was only logical for them to push their limited supply west and hold off on releasing it home. The ad from BBH features the PS4 releasing in major cities around the world such as New York, Sydney, London, and [...]

Mighty No. 9 winner of the Call vote revealed

Comcept has revealed the final design for Call in their upcoming title Mighty No. 9.   There it is folks. The Call “F” design received 43.39% and the majority vote during the “Call out the vote” contest. Call “E” took second place with 41.14% while Call “H” took third with 15.47% of the votes.   I definitely agree with the Call “F” being the final design for the character. Still, it was a really close race between “F” and “E”. Perhaps [...]

Sony dropping online support for its older games

Sony is dropping their online support for a few games including Gran Turismo 5 and the Resistance series. As of May 20, 2014 players will no longer able to use the online features for Gran Turismo 5. On March 28, 2014 Resistance: Fall of Man, Resistance 2, and Resistance 3 will lose their online features. Other games to lose online functionality include MAG, SOCOM: Special Forces, and SOCOM: Confrontation. A full list can be seen here. This isn’t news for PlayStation owners as Sony has dropped online [...]

Battlefield 4 banned in China post DLC release

EA’s Battlefield 4 has been banned in China following the release of the China Rising DLC. According to reports on, the game has been characterized as an illegal game on the grounds that the game endangers national security and cultural aggression. Set in 2020, Battlefield 4 portrays China in midst of an internal war triggered by Admiral Chang who wants to overthrow the current government due to the supposed assassination of China’s future leader. Russia is shown supporting Chang’s cause and [...]

Borderlands’ Handsome Jack getting live action treatment

Jack’s Exodus is set to appear on January 3rd at the Games on Film Festival in Washington, DC during MAGFest. [youtube][/youtube] The film is headed by director and writer Anthony Pietromonaco and is in no way affiliated with Gearbox or 2k Games. The film features Borderlands favorites Handsome Jack, Zero, and even the Psychos. The story picks up after the events of Borderlands 2 and follows the respawned antihero’s journey back to the Hyperion Satellite before a new President of Hyperion corporation [...]


Dark Souls 2 Receives Live Action Treatment for 2014

From Software’s upcoming action role-playing game Dark Souls 2 will be receiving special promotion for 2014 in the form of a live action event. The teaser provides little information on what to expect from the series leading to its release. It would be awesome to see Namco Bandai release an episodic series rather than just a longer length trailer. Regardless, the live action teaser was enough to get me to dust off my good old PS3 and play some Dark [...]

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