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What Is MegaRan’s Big Secret? 3 Days Left On Kickstarter Stretch Goal Or We’ll Never Know

MegaRan Mega Man blowing up in your face with an incredibly successful and fan-loving Kickstarter that has seen everything from the sale of MegaRan’s own Famicom to the reveal of crazy tracks like The Philadelphia Way (Click Here) to hear that and listen to a newer one below to even MegaRan selling the tie off his neck – all in the noble and global pursuit of getting The Mega Ran Documentary – Mega Lo Mania: The Director’s Cut published on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, Redbox, Film Festivals, and likely anywhere else MegaRan and his team of international PR ninjas can get their foot into a door. This is the type of moment that fans live for, to see an artist who was once completely underground having their story told in front of the world. MegaRan is responsible for some of the best pairings of Video Games and Hip Hop ever created, and even hosts a panel on Video Games And Hip Hop in our home town Boston, MA every PAX East. I was originally going to make this post about the next Mega Man album that’s hitting, the excitement of which I think is going to rise greatly as the wrap up of the year approaches and fans have time to catch up with all of the great flood of excellent Nerdcore news this holiday season.

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But now I just need to know…

What is MegaRan’s Big SECRET???

We have only 3 days left to find out. I can see the money adding up every second from people who might be fans of Black Materia: Final Fantasy VII Hip Hop Album, Forever Famicom, Blur Bomber, MegaRan and his Solo Missions like MegaRan 9, TeacherRapperHero Series, Language Arts Vol. 1, 2, 3, The Call: 8 Bit Anniversary Edition and the dual mind albums like Mirandom – Memorandum,

All backers names are on the back of the Nintendo NES cartridge album, many backers are getting MegaRan’s 2015 album in Vinyl, Audio CD, digital MP3, and more. It’s time for everyone to pull out the stops on making sure every MegaRan fan at least knows about this and has the option to get some of these crazy goodies – because at this point Mega Ran is raising up Stretch Goals upon Stretch Goals including GETTING A TATTOO, dropping A NEW MEGA MAN ALBUM AND A 2015 ALBUM and more. But at $20,000 a “Secret Project” that Random House is teasing will be unlocked. We have no idea what this project is all about, but MegaRan has been playing an awful lot of awesome retro games lately, working with a lot of Nerdcore and Hip Hop Artists, and it could literally be anything. We’ve come this far, So back now! 3 Days Left!

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Update w/ Disclosure: I decided to back the Kickstarter for MegaRan’s Documentary to hit Netflix and other distributors. As according to our new RGN Public Ethics Policy, I will no longer be reporting on MegaRan’s work in an Evaluative Manner (i.e. Reviews) and will have another author Reviewing the work whereas I will be allowed to continue Informative Reporting (non-evaluative, i.e. News). If you have any feedback on this Ethics Policy, please comment on this article below or on our Policy itself and we’ll be sure to take your feedback into high regard. – Jon Ireson, Editor-In-Chief at RealGamerNewz.com

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Chroma Squad – Beta Impressions

Chroma Squad is a Tactical Turn-Based Manager from Behold Studios for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. In Chroma Squad players are put in the director’s chair of their on Sentai/Ranger TV Show and must create a hit series to launch and keep their production company afloat.  The game starts with you naming your company, naming your show, casting your squad and  filming your first episode. When the player starts filming the player assumes the role of their squad and they will face off against the enemy of the episode and their squad of Henchmen. The on screen action is turned based; each member of the squad will be able to move a certain amount of spaces and attack enemies one by one before the turn ends. The enemy squad will then get their turn to counterattack and the battle will go on as long as a member of either squad is left standing.  The players squad and transformer or Chormantize into their Chroma Suit as well as summon their Chromazord if the enemy powers up. The game is just as fun and addicting as it was when we covered the game at Pax East this year and the episodes are more fleshed out with story bits and dialog between the cast members. The Squad’s chatter will be sure to etch a smile on gamers faces as the writing is very witty and comical.

The only problem with the combat in Chroma Squad is that their is no tutorial to show the player how to move across the playing field to attack the enemy. This will cause a lot of trail and error on the players part in the final build of the game if the developers do not provide one in-game when it is released. The same can be said  for the directing/managing of the show between takes as their is also no tutorial and this needs to be addressed for the final build as well. If players can’t no execute the moves  necessary on the battlefield or make the decisions on what direction to take the show their Chroma Squad series will bomb fairly quickly and they may have to the game anew. When players get a good grasps on the combat and management Chroma Squad is a blast to play. There is so much to do in this game that it will never get old from leveling up your actors, upgrading your gear and TV set and much much more. Chroma Squad is a game that RTS/RPG fans will love and Power Ranger/Super Sentai fans will adorn for years to come. If you have not already be sure to check out www.chromasquad.com for more info on the game and the beta then be sure to check back to RGN for our full review on the game when it is released.

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Chroma Squad Coming This Summer to Steam, PS4 and Xbox One Later This Year [Pax East 2014 Interview] [HD]

Chroma Squad is a RTS game that gives players the power to create their own Sentai/Power Ranger show. The Pax East/GDC trailer and a developer walkthrough is available to view right now on RGN. DJ Killzown Jones got the chance to interview Saulo; the Lead Game Designer on Chroma Squad last week during this years Pax East. Check out the interview below and make sure you check out Chroma Squad when its released this summer on Steam and then on Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360 and the Xbox One later this year.

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Vampires VS Humans In Nosgoth [Pax East 2014 Developer Interview + Hands On Demo] [HD]

DJ Killzown Jones interviewed Corey and Gregory from Psyonix Studios last week during Pax East for their upcoming free-to-play multiplayer action game with Square Enix entitled “Nosgoth”. The game is currently in closed beta and players who would like to take part in the War of Vampires Vs Humans can do so by visiting www.nosgoth.com to sign up for a Beta Key or by becoming Nosgoth Founder today. Check out the interview below and be on the look for Nosgoth when the full game launches on PC later this year.

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Don’t Starve: Reign of Giants Expansion – B-roll Gameplay Footage [HD]

B-roll Gameplay Footage of Don’t Starve: Reign of Giants Expansion, which is available now for Early Access on Steam, is presented below in High Definition.

Genre(s): Adventure, Indie, Simulation
Platform(s): PS4, Linux, Mac, PC
Publisher(s): Klei Entertainment
Developer(s): Klei Entertainment
Release Date (NA): April 2, 2014

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Invisible Inc. – B-roll Gameplay Footage [HD]

B-roll Footage of Invisible Inc. is presented below in high definition.

Genre(s): Turn-based, tactical espionage
Platform(s): PC, TBA (Other Platforms)
Publisher(s): Klei Entertainment
Developer(s): Klei Entertainment
Release Date (NA): TBA

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Hitman Go – Pax East 2014 Developer Walkthrough And Launch Trailer [HD 1080P]

 

Last week on Pax East 2014 Expo floor DJ Killzown Jones got the chance to talk to Daniel from Square Enix Montreal about the latest entry into the Hitman series entitled “Hitman Go”. The game has already launched on iOS and will be making its way to the Google Play Store at a later date. Check out the interview below and make sure you check out hitman.com to find out more info on this brand new mobile Hitman title.

Pax East 2014 Developer Walkthrough

Launch Trailer

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PAX East 2014: Hip Hop & Gaming: The Next Frontier – Random AKA MegaRan, HipHopGamer, MC Frontalot [Full WrapUp]

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This year’s Hip Hop & Gaming Panel at PAX East truly added to the previous experience being offered. In the following panel MC Frontalot, Random AKA MegaRan, and HipHopGamer take the audience on a trip through sound and gaming with the evolution of Hip Hop Music being the centerpiece of all discussion. Moving beyond a genre that relies on one thing and one thing only (street life) to please its fans and into a genre that is capable of telling a story from any walk of life or aspect of humanity seems to be a primary motivating factor. The obvious love for games was expressed constantly by the three hosts and audience with a great synergy taking place and many jokes and laughs reverberating throughout the convention center meeting room.

As HipHopGamer said at one moment, the people in this meeting room at PAX weren’t just here to learn, they were attending this panel out of the passion and loyalty to the video games and hip hop movement which has grown from a few isolated forums and artists shrouded in mystery (such as MC Frontalot before he revealed his identity to the public) into a medium potentially capable of supporting full time careers like that of MegaRan, MC Chris, and countless others.

Two very exciting projects were announced by Random (AKA MegaRan) and HipHopGamer during this panel as well.

1. “Untitled” (To Be Announced) – Random

Random AKA MegaRan is creating an instrumental project inspired by role playing games such as the Final Fantasy series, the newly released 3DS exclusive Bravely Default, and likely countless others throughout his gaming history. This project is meant to show the world how Random would score a major league role playing game if/when the opportunity comes.

Scoring a musical soundtrack to a video game experience is a lot different than creating hip hop instrumentals which are based less on the album’s overall flow (which is usually arranged later) and more of a track by track creation process which each track is individually invented.

Expect this project to be more of a full-on journey through sound that Random feels would be very fitting for the role playing game genre. If you can’t handle waiting, check out this Journey Instrumental EP for now (A Hip Hop Excursion), and stay tuned as we report more on this developing project.

2. (“There’s Levels To This Shit”) – HipHopGamer, Shade45, Statik Selektah, Slaughterhouse, And Potentially More

HipHopGamer announced, in response to my bonus question to the panel as to more hints and information about Hip Hop and Gaming colliding in the ways he mentioned earlier in the panel, “There’s Levels To This Shit” in which different entertainers and hip hop artists as levels to get to a boss.

So for example, Slaughterhouse members being levels that lead up to a boss. The boss of Slaughterhouse HHG reminds us all of course is none other than Slim Shady, Eminem, the highest selling emcee in the past decade at any given time. This alludes to more, and HHG tells us to stay tuned as the exact details to this project are still being worked out. Shouts out and thanks to HHG for revealing this teaser announcement!

Life Is An Open Challenge – The Barriers Broken Down By These Three Iconic Artists As They Grow Get Discussed

In the world of Hip Hop music and Video Games entertainment products, often times the two cultures are at a standoff and can’t vibe together. HipHopGamer noted this and talked as the panel spoke about games cashing in on Hip Hop culture with Random using examples such as Activision cashing in on the Hip Hop culture by networking with artists and making tons of money while doing it (both with some  positive and sometimes negative side effects).

MC Frontalot, the man many consider the founding father of Nerdcore, spoke on what the origins of the genre and himself / his history show about the two cultures merging paths and having an overlap. HipHopGamer solidifies the point by stating that many Hip Hop artists play video games and have become accepting of it whereas in the past artists or fans of Hip Hop would often front in order not to expose their so-called ‘geek cred’. HHG speaks about his songs and how we was inspired to speak his voice by going against the the corporate grain and launching his indie career as a journalist / hip hop artist instead of just waiting for it to happen on its own.

Challenges faced being Hip Hop artists discussed by the panel included HHG’s explanation of the ‘Shots Fired’ journalism series that he says is a balance to unfair gaming coverage. HHG clearly sees these opportunities of controversy to be a learning moment for all parties involved and encourages debate and unity in the gaming community and hip hop industry as well. HHG also recalled a story about Sony’s PR team giving him a hard time getting into the PlayStation 4 Reveal Event despite their status of working together on various projects. HHG shows humility in relating to those up and coming sites and alongside Random gives some key advice.

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Create First, Apologize Later – Advice On Using Popular Samples Or Gaming IPs In Indie Hip Hop Music

From Random sampling Mega Man which later led to appreciation and recognition from Capcom, even resulting in them granting a license for the music and having Ran come out to sign autographs at Comic Con, to HHG’s production of Get Twisted which plays at the end of the Twisted Metal (PS3) credits and was originally created by HHG on the strength that David Jaffey and his people would like it once they eventually heard it, the panel discusses a philosophy of “Create First, Apologize Later”.

Putting down a creative production that is thought provoking and pays tribute to a brand so large as Twisted Metal or Mega Man is encouraged. Once those parties involved see your work of art, and an audience has emerged to support that work, it’s likely they’ll favor allowing such art to thrive rather than trying to stomp it out. But of course, don’t try and make millions off of it before you get that blessing or you will probably get sued.

Random and HHG also tell aspiring artists thinking about attempting this method of music creation to keep their skills sharp, polish everything endlessly until it’s at an extremely high level of quality and as Ran put it “make sure it’s ready to go” in other words nearly flawless so DJs, music companies, and the game companies you sampled can be proud to show it off some day if they decide to recognize your work. Ran also mentions what HHG said about staying consistent. MC Frontalot adds in that it’s great to try this, but don’t just grab the stereotypical gaming instrumental and make standard, expectable raps. People want to see something creative and new and there’s no secret formula to what will stick when a person hears it. Truly, marrying verse to sound is something that should be done delicately and carefully with the best possible product as the target result.

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The Next Frontier – A Discussion And Hints About The Future Partnerships Between Hip Hop And Gaming

“The potential is limitless,” said Random in regard to The Next Frontier of Hip Hop & Gaming.

HipHopGamer has brought his unique Gaming Personality experience as part of the HOT 97 crew after starting indie webshows on HipHopGamerShow, YouTube, PlayStation Home, and other platforms and believes that it won’t be long before we see a Dr. Dre beats headphones line marketed next to a PlayStation 3 or other similar tech meets hip hop meets gaming matchups.

During the History lesson presented in the panel (which we will release coverage for separately soon, and can be seen / heard in the Video Recaps linked at the bottom of this article) Random, MC Frontalot, and HHG talk about the ups and downs of gaming cashing in on Hip Hop and vice verca. Activision’s DJ Hero is a highlight in addition to the Eminem song that was dropped exclusively to promote Call of Duty: Ghosts and MegaRan PAX Prime 2013 being host to Keiji Inafune in the front row.

MegaRan and HHG also speak of their Xbox and Twisted Metal concerts respectively with industry highlights like Def Jam Rapstar, Parappa The Rapper, 50 Cent’s Bulletproof (and its sequel Blood In The Sand), Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked Soundtrack produced by Nujabes and Fat Jon in 2006, Wu Tang: Shao Lin Style, Def Jam Vendetta, and much more. Stay tuned for forthcoming coverage, and be sure to watch and listen to the Video Recaps yourself as well to really get a feel for The Next Frontier as presented by these panelists.

—– Speaking To The People – MC Frontalot, Random, and HipHopGamer Respond To Audience Questions + More

There were two ppl who mentioned their raps. HipHopGamer made them spit on the spot; AND THEY WERE GREAT! It was awesome. Stay Tuned to RealGamerNewz for the Video Recap Part #2 to see the full audience questions, audience freestyles, and more including HipHopGamer spitting an entire Infamous: Second Son rap.

Video Recap : Part #2

See Video Here

Stay Tuned For Video Recap #2

#2 Includes Audience Freestyles and Hip Hop Gamer performing Infamous: Second Son rap song

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Hip-Hop & Gaming: The Next Frontier : Pax East 2014 – Video Recap : Part #2

Watch part two of  the Hip-Hop & Gaming: The Next Frontier : Pax East 2014  panel featuring Random aka Mega Ran, Hip-Hop Gamer, and MC FrontaLot. The trio continues the discussion from part one as they then detail the history of Hip-Hop and Video Games,  as well as hold a Q&A for the fans. Make sure you follow  all of these artist on Twitter   @hiphopgamer, @MegaRan , @mc_frontalot and check back soon to RGN for more Pax East 2014 footage.

Video Recap : Part #1

Written Panel WrapUp Here

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Jungle Rumble – Pax East 2014 Developer Interview + Gameplay Demo [HD 1080P]

DJ Killzown Jones interviewed Trevor Stricker; the president of Disco Pixel to talk about his studio’s newest title “Jungle Rumble” last week during Pax East 2014 . Check out the interview below and make sure you check out the trailer for “Jungle Rumble” right here on RGN then visit the game’s website for more information on this title.

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Secret Ponchos : Switchblade Monkeys : Pax East 2014 Interview

Last week during Pax East, DJ Killzown Jones sat down with Chris Gillrie; the Lead Audio Designer at Switchblade Monkeys to talk about their teams’ upcoming PC/PS4 title “Secret Ponchos”. Check out the interview below and for more info on the game visit secretponchos.com.

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Hip-Hop & Gaming: The Next Frontier : Pax East 2014 – Video Recap : Part #1

Watch as Random aka Mega Ran, Hip-Hop Gamer, and MC FrontaLot discuss their stories as Video Game Music Artist,  the history of Hip-Hop and Gaming, and much more. Make sure you follow  all of these artist on Twitter @hiphopgamer@MegaRan , @mc_frontalot and check back soon to RGN for part 2 of our video recap of Hip-Hop & Gaming: The Next Frontier  Panel from Pax East 2014.

Video Recap : Part #2

Written Panel WrapUp Here

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New Titanfall Maps Titled “Expedition” Announced for May Along With New Modes

Respawn Entertainment has announced a new map pack for their hit game Titanfall. The map pack entitled “Expedition” drops some time next month according to the announcement made at PAX East yesterday.

The new maps will enable use to wall run off trees, use vines as zip lines and the team is supposedly looking into Titan customization as well. Along with the new maps new modes will also debut as well such as 2v2 Last Titan Standing matches, along with new Burn Cards, and Titan abilities. Another feature talked about was the ability to use hashtags in game to find other players. How this will work remains to be seen but it sounds interesting.

Are you all still playing Titanfall or are you burned out on it? How many of you want to see customization for Titans? How do you feel about the announcement of the new maps and modes? Let us know in the comments below.

[Some Info Sourced from Gamefly]

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PAX East 2014: Hack N Slash – Steam Early Access Trailer [HD 1080P]

The Early Access Trailer for Hack N Slash by Double Fine is presented below in Full 1080P High Definition. This game is expected to release in the next few weeks according to Double Fine who develop both indie and high-level productions.

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PAX East 2014: Alpha Muse – v0.3.a Build Trailer [HD 1080P]

The PAX East 2014 Trailer for Alpha Muse (version 0.3.a build) from Current Circus is presented below in Full 1080P High Definition. For more info / videos from PAX East 2014 check out our dedicated section for the industry trade event, RGN is in attendance. If you’re at the event, Alpha Muse is playable at the following location: “behind Team Meat and in front of Sony Playstation Community” according to a media announcement received today from development studio Current Circus.

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