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Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration Medley


Tomb Raider Celebrates 20 Years with a Medley from Pianist Sonya Belousova!

If you’ve had a day like I’ve had, then you’re gonna want to get your “mellow” on and there’s nothing better for that than some good geeky tunes played out by a professional pianist and composer like Sonya Belousova. Belousova does all the playing while the video was directed by Tom Grey of Player Piano. So, sit back and get your ASMR on to some classy geekness set in some pretty far locals. Which actually makes me feel pretty bad for the poor SOB that had to lug a piano out to all those locations. Unless, random forest pianos is a thing that musicians know about and just never bring up. That might be a thing. Check out the full details below along with the video.


In celebration and honor of Rise of the Tomb Raider, the 20 Year Celebration Anniversary of the iconic Tomb Raider franchise, Crystal Dynamics has teamed up with Player Piano, the popular viral YouTube music series created by Sonya Belousova, one of the most accomplished young composers and recording artists, on an epic new Tomb Raider-inspired music video that just had its World Premiere Thursday at New York Comic Con.

The video, which featured Belousova’s incredible original arrangement and performance of the iconic Tomb Raider themes, premiered today at NYCC October 6 during Crystal Dynamics’ live stage session. The video and session was live streamed on the main Twitch channel and is now available on Belousova’s Player Piano YouTube channel

Titanic: Honor and Glory!


Watch the Titanic Sink in Real Time!

Okay, this is really cool. Well, I guess I should say, “I think this is really cool”, because I’ve been fascinated with the sinking of the Titanic since they discovered it on the ocean floor in the mid 80’s. I totally remember watching Return to the Titanic (with Telly Savallas!)titanic2 and getting caught up in the story. Anyways, my own geeky wonder aside, there’s a group of people (Vintage Digital Revival) trying to make a game based on this historical event. Titanic: Honor and Glory recreates the RMS Titanic in almost every detail using Unreal Engine 4. When finished, players will join a mystery that takes place in the last five days of the Titanic’s voyage. Now that’s all really cool, but what really got my attention was a video that shows a real time sinking of the ship! The video runs over two and half hours, and it’s interesting, but I guess there’s also a little bit of a spooky vibe to the video. Check out more of the game details below along with the real time video and a promo video for the game!


Beginning in the city of Southampton, England, which is being reconstructed on an expansive scale and with as much accuracy as our ship, the player is on the run from the police. He’s accused of a terrible crime, but most importantly, he’s innocent. He must pursue the true culprit, requiring the player to find a way onto the Titanic just before it departs.

Playing through all five days of the voyage talking to passengers, gathering clues, and unraveling a grand mystery all while avoiding detection from authorities, the hero, Mr. Robert Morgan, has no idea that his whole world is about to change. When Titanic collides with an iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic, the player must race the rising waters to complete the mystery, prove his innocence, and, most importantly…. survive.



Kawasaki Warehouse: A Crazy Arcade in Japan!

Hey El Moochadores, Beat Down Boogie just posted this nifty video showing off the Kawasaki Warehouse. Inside of which is a really cool looking arcade based on Kowloon Walled City. Which, as we all remember from our history – I just learned just now, was a historic densely populated slum in china during the 20th century. The Kowloon Walled City is now gone (leveled by the Chinese government in the 1990’s), but if it looked even close to what the arcade looks like, it must’ve been one scary damn place!

Anyways, check out the video below and images can be found on the Beat Down Boogie Facebook page. Maybe someday we’ll get something cool like this in the states. I meant the arcade, not an overpopulated, crime infested slum.


The Kawasaki Warehouse is a huge arcade in Kawasaki Japan (about 30-40 minutes from Tokyo by train). The coolest part of the arcade is a section modeled after Kowloon Walled City, a crowded urban nest in Hong Kong that was demolished in the 1990’s. Kowloon inspired the settings of many fictional video games, animes, and movies.
The Kowloon section of the arcade houses classic game cabinets such as Darius, Outrun, Street Fighter, and Gauntlet.


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An Overwatch Animated Short

Yesterday, Blizzard released a short animation for their upcoming, “team-based shooter”, Overwatch. The short, Recall, features Winston, one of the main player characters. Winston is… “a genetically engineered gorilla and brilliant scientist who longs for the days of heroism to return.” So, like a nice Gorilla Grodd.

From what I’ve seen, this game looks pretty cool. As many of you know I’m already a fan of WoW, and I sometimes play Hearthstone. For the most part, I think Blizzard does a great job with their games and hopefully this one turns out as well. Okay, they do an alright job with games. I’ve played WoW since 2008 and, eh, kind of going down hill. Wait, I’m a blogger, I can shout my opinion. here goes: Blizzard! Stop dumbing down your game! It’s okay to have a complex and engaging online experience… and be a Panda. My point is, you don’t have to make it so simple, every moron and half-wit can understand it. This isn’t Star Wars. You have a chance to make something great. Games should be hard. WoW really isn’t that hard any more… Whoa. Where am I. Sorry folks. Angry man-nerd just took over.

Anyways, check out the video below. Overwatch releases on multiple platforms on 05/24/2016.


Beta Impressions: The Division


An Atomic Moo Gaming Review of Ubisoft’s new Tom Clancy Game

An Original Article by Atomic Moo’s Chief Gamer: Numbers

When it comes to jingoistic military fiction, one of the masters is undoubtedly Tom Clancy. His novels have been translated into multiple languages, adapted into movies, and deployed around the world like the freedom-defending characters depicted in his works. Though he is no longer with us, his name lives on, attached to video games which have little, if anything, to do with his writing. Games such as Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s The Division.SeIWbDy
Recently, many brave Agents were dropped into virus-ravaged New York City, and your friends here at True Game Truths were among them. These are our stories of Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s The Division’s beta’s shenanigans. This article specifically deals with The Division’s beta test and in no way reflects the final retail product. At least, we certainly hope it doesn’t.

Once again, Ubisoft calls a pre-release stress test a “beta,” which is clearly not the right term at this point into the game’s development. While it did not include the entire full version’s content, it is infinitely more stable than a true beta would be. Consider it a demo.lK7Sycr
After launching the mandatory proprietary Uplay client, making a Uplay account, adding friends to said Uplay account, and allowing the game to update through the Uplay launcher (even if you own the game through Steam and have a populated Steam friends list), you can finally load up The Division. Players expecting a main menu will have to wait through a “beta gameplay tips” video.

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The Art of Fable Legends


An Atomic Moo Art Book Review

Okay El Moochadores, Titan Books has recently released a comprehensive new volume covering the talented art work for the new RPG adventure game, Fable Legends. As many of you gamers already know, Fable Legends is the latest adventure multi-player from Lionhead Studios that takes players to the world of Albion and let’s them kick ass with all sorts of might, magic, and mayhem. The new volume provides scores (scores?!) of brilliant character designs, original concepts, and world building art work. The new volume features a forward by art director Kevin Tuite and an in depth introduction by David Eckelberry

Like most “art of” books, I enjoyed this one for the wealth of information and beautiful designs, but thanks to my Steam account, I was able to play one of the previous versions of Fable (I think it was Fable Anniversary), and got to know the future version of Albion. I liked it. I can’t speak for Legends, but I really enjoyed the version I played, and by scoping out the brilliant art work, and thought, represented in the Art of Fable Legends I now really want to play that. Here’s the best part, for Windows 10 (which I don’t have) it’s free to play. Free! So, yeah, when I get an Xbox or I trust MS enough to download # 10 (not likely. Last time I got a blue screen of death and lost a lot of data. Seriously? WTF MS?), but… I totally want to play this game now! The Art Of book features a complete guide to the character creation to the vast amount of world building that took place in a time prior to all the other Fable games, and it looks awesome!

I’ve posted a few sample images below (sorry for the weird images, but my scanner sucks so I had to use my smart phone…) along with the official synopsis, but this is just the tip of the ice berg. Go check out a copy of The Art of Fable Legends and your local book shop or get a copy online at titanbooks.com.


Albion unveiled! Set off on a behind-the-scenes journey that delves deep into the design of the much anticipated Fable Legends. Featuring pages of high-quality concept art from Lionhead Studios, showcasing sketches, evolutions, renders, and more for each of the heroes, villains, creatures, and locations found throughout the game. Accompanied by exclusive developer interviews, this book is a must for any wandering hero – or malevolent villain…

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The creative minds over at Beat Down Boogie have completed their full length fan film: Mario Warfare! Check out all the intense action of a plumber fighting an army to save a princess. The film stars Matthew Sumner as Mario, Jarod Kearney as Luigi, Alena Koch as Princess Peach, Brian Lee as Toad, Eric Jacobus as Waluigi, Anthony Robinson as Bullet Bill, David Berberian as The King, and Rick Burnett as Bowser. You can also check out an image gallery from the film along with a trailer.




Great Costumes from Diablo, Warcraft, WoW, Starcraft, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm!

Someday, when our little website is all grown up, I’m going to get us into Blizzcon. As many of you know, I dabble in a little WoW, and it’s always been kind of a dream of mine to attend the event – that just happens to be held a mere hour away from where I live. Someday,12 El Moochadores… someday. Until then, I (and maybe you too) will just have to rely on the excellent work by groups like Beat Down Boogie to provide excellent coverage of the event and the amazing costumes worn by its attendees.

So, until that day I see you line (oi line buddy!) at the next Blizzcon, check out the 2015 Epic COSPLAY video from Beat Down Boogie, along with a few sample images from their Facebook gallery. Also, if you like what you see, go support ’em! Beat Down Boogie has a Patreon and I’m sure they’d appreciate your help and support for the all the fine work they do! Now sit back and watch a find gathering of Zerg, Orcs, Night Elves, Pandarens, and even some Vikings.


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Assassin’s Creed #1!

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An Atomic Moo Comic Book Review

Yeah, you’re right (I say to the person that doesn’t exist or the voice in my head), we don’t usually review mainstream comics here. For the most part, Atomic Moo is more about the independents out there. However, as we try to make our own comic book (see here) I’m trying to renew my interest comics and study them as much as I can. So, that means reviews and reviews a plenty. Not so much to criticize comic creators works, but to try and understand what makes a great, professional, comic.

So first up we’re taking a look at Assassins Creed #1 by Titan Comics. Based on the hit video game from 2007, Assassins Creed #1 begins with the not so spectacular life of Charlotte de le Cruz in modern day San Diego. As the story begins, Charlotte is “wasting her time in a dead-end job in San Diego, and spending her free time chasing down conspiracy theories on the dark side of the internet.” However, things change pretty quick for her, when she encounters a secret society of Assassins that use a stolen technology to access their ancestors past memories. Kind of like Trancers but with way less Tim Thomerson. You’re already down a few points Titan. Anyways, Charlotte soon finds her self training with the assassins and learning the how to kill by using this stole machine called the Animus technology. Turns out Charlotte is descended from killers and she uses their memories to train and learn about their pasts. Kind of convenient, but her trips down memory lane are pretty brutal.

I actually really enjoyed this comic. Usually game, or franchise, related comics are a let down to me, but Assassins Creed #1 sported some excellent art work from Neil Edwards and the story made some interesting choices when Charlotte visited her ancestor’s memories. Though I didn’t really like her bank job being referred to as a “dead-end job”. The job market in San Diego is pretty tough. I know. I live here. Right now I’m working a job as a… well, let’s just say it sucks and I hate my job. Banker isn’t a dead-end job. There’s way worst. Anyways, I’m not sure how this comic will be received by long time Assassins Creed fans, but by its self this is a good comic and I’m kind of interested in seeing where Charlotte ends up.

I’ve posted a few sample pages below, but Assassins Creed #1 is now for sale at all major book stores of online at titan-comics.com.


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Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan

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New Kickstarter for Central Africa’s First Fantasy Action RPG!

Hey El Moochadores, and indie game lovers, currently there is a Kickstarter for the first fantasy action RPG to come out of central Africa! Which, is frigg’n awesome! Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan is the first game to be produced and published by Kiro’o Games which is based in Yaounde, Cameroon (south of Nigeria, but north of Gabon, but you probably already knew that…).img012 The game is a 2D adventure of the young prince, Enzo. On the eve of his coronation (and wedding day) “ Enzo is thrust into trouble as he finds himself tied up in a coup and then exiled with his new wife, Erine.” Enzo and Ernie must now work together and use their Aurionic powers to fight enemies and win back the throne!

Currently Aurion’s game developers are looking to raise funds for final development of the game which will include; “updates to the Interface, beautiful new hand-drawn characters and animation, and possibly toward new hires and support for additional platforms.” The Kickstarter has just begun, (33 days remaining as of this post), so get in now and help them reach their goals. This is a unique chance to help (probably) the only game developer in Cameroon produce and distribute a game that strongly incorporates African culture into an RPG! And you can help make that happen! So do it! NOW.

I’ve posted a few screen shots below along with the Kickstarter promotional video. Unfortunately the video is some strange, and long forgotten, language (Frunch, I think it was called), but there are subtitles to help communicate to would be contributors. For more information about the game, and rewards for contributing, please visit Aurion Kickstarter or the Kiro’o Games website!

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