Category: Media

Pixels & Ink Episode 280: Nintendo Strong

This week Brendan Frye, Phil Brown, Jordan Biordi, and Lisa Mior take a look at some of the newest information to come out of Nintendo, Quantic Dream, and Hollywood. First up, the team explores Nintendo’s Switch Sales in December. Having outsold both the PlayStation 4 and XBox One in terms of units moved, it appears that the success Nintendo’s newest console is continuing to rise as we move forward into 2018. On Wednesday, Nintendo announced it’s newest peripheral for the Switch, the Nintendo Labo. The Labo combines cardboard kits with the Nintendo Switch to create a unique new type of interactive gameplay. The ... Read more

First Fifteen: Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition

CGMagazine brings the fight to the streets once again in the newest version of Street Fighter V, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. We take you through the new User Interface and Arcade mode. Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition includes an updated version of the latest game in the popular fighting series, as well as the addition of an Arcade Mode, and Extra Battle Mode. Also included in this edition are new V-Trigger moves, a Gallery, an overhaul of the User Interface, and the inclusion of Season 1 and Season 2 DLC characters. According to Capcom, current players of Street Fighter V will receive a free update that ... Read more

First Fifteen: Dissidia Final Fantasy NT

CGMagazine brings you the continuing battle between the Warriors of Light and the Cruel Villians of the Final Fantasy word in Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Join The Warrior of Light, Squall, Firion, Cloud, Terra, Lightning, Y’shtola, The Onion Knight, and Cecil as they battle in a thrilling 3 on 3 fight set in familiar worlds found throughout the Final Fantasy franchise. Watch as they call for help from powerful summons including Alexander and Ifrit. And, in true Final Fantasy form, it’s all set to a soundtrack of fan favourites from many of the Final Fantasy titles.  This new offering to the Dissidia franchise of fighting games ... Read more

Pixels & Ink Podcast: Episode 279 – CGMagazine’s 1st Annual Movie of the Year Cast!

As the new year is well on the way, it’s time to look back at some of the best genre movies that came out of 2017. The team takes a look at the best action, horror, fantasy, and all-around blockbusters to grace the big (and small) screen this year. Join Brendan Frye, Phil Brown, Brendan Quinn, Jordan Biordi, and Lisa Mior as they dive in head first to bring you CGMagazines top 5 genre movies of 2017, as well as their personal best movies of 2017. Don’t forget to tune in every Friday the Pixels & Ink Podcast to hear the latest news, ... Read more

Pixles & Ink: Episode 278 – CGMagazine’s 7th Annual GOTY-Cast!

It’s that time of year again! CGMagazine has gone through painstaking surveys, endless debates, and several spiritual journeys to figure out the best of the best games of 2017 – an extremely difficult feat to achieve in a blockbuster year in gaming. Join Brendan Frye, Phil Brown, Brendan Quinn, Jordan Biordi, and Lisa Mior as they dive in head first to bring you CGMagazines top 5 games of 2017, as well as their personal best games of 2017. Don’t forget to tune in every Friday the Pixels & Ink Podcast to hear the latest news, previews, and in-depth game discussions! Want ... Read more

Pixels & Ink Podcast: Episode 277 – Most Anticipated Games of 2018

As the year winds down, CGMagazine has taken some time to reflect on the amazing year we’ve had in gaming – even if 2017 itself was a little less than fantastic. Before we get into our games of the year, however, the team decides to look ahead to 2018, and explore some of the eagerly awaited titles that are set to come out in the new year. Brendan Frye and Lisa are joined by Bryan Calhoun and Derek Heemsbergen this week. The team looks back at some of the announcements made during E3, Gamescom, the Game Awards and PSX. From Monster Hunter World, God of War, ... Read more

Pixels & Ink Episode 276: Monster Hunting the Last Jedi

This week, Phil, Brendan, and Lisa are joined by Preston Dozsa. The team takes a look at PUBG on Xbox One, the 2017 Game Award winners, Net Neutrality, MIGS, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Monster Hunter World. This week, sales figures were released for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One. Within 48 hours, over 1 million copies were sold. Day-one bugs, however, made many players question their purchase. Join the team as they explore the capabilities versus the execution of the popular survival shooter as it makes its way from PC to console. The 2017 Game Awards happened last week. As with ... Read more

Pixels & Ink Podcast #275: The Shape of Bitcoin

This week, Brendan, Phil, and Lisa are joined by CGMagazine’s Senior PC Hardware Editor, Cole Watson to get some first impressions on the iPhone X and AMD’s latest contribution to pro gaming rigs, the Radeon Vega 56. With the Game Awards happening this week, the CGM crew talks about potential winners and their impressions of the nominees. After news that Steam will discontinue accepting Bitcoin as currency on their platform, the group discusses the economic impact this may have if the trend continues. Phil Brown talks about The Disaster Artist and The Shape of Water. First, he takes us down the unbelievable look at the ... Read more

First Fifteen: Dissidia Final Fantasy NT – “A Princely Welcome” + Opening Cinematic

Square Enix gives us a sneak peek into the world of Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, with new footage of the opening cinematic and cutscene. The cutscene, titled A Princely Welcome, features a rather disoriented Noctus, of Final Fantasy XV fame, as he is suddenly dropped into the world of Dissidia from his own. He is greeted by Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII) and later, the Warrior of Light (Final Fantasy). The opening cinematic features characters from across the Final Fantasy franchise, including newly added characters to this console installation of Dissidia Final Fantasy, from Final Fantasy XV, and Final Fantasy XIV.   Dissidia Final Fantasy NT makes it’s North American debut January 30, 2018 ... Read more

Pixels & Ink Episode 274: Campfire Dragons

Join the CGM crew as they revisit the Battlefront II microtransactions fallout and net neutrality, take a look at Pixar’s Coco, and give reviews of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. In the ever-evolving drama surrounding unfair microtransactions in EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront II, people are seeking government action in regulating the gambling associated with loot boxes. But will this type of action help or hurt gaming? Brendan Frye leads the discussion as the team reflects on the actions taken by French Senator Jérôme Durain, Belgium Minister of Justice, Koen Geens, and Hawaiian State Representative, Chris Lee. ... Read more

First 15: Secret of Mana Remaster

CGM presents the first 15 minutes of Secret of Mana: Remaster! Join a familiar cast of heroes brought to life with enhanced animations, cutscenes and soundtrack. As part of a series of remasters of classic Square-Enix games, the team has completely revamped Secret of Mana for current-gen consoles. The story is brought to life with enhances, 3D graphics and new voice acting, and enhanced score that takes players back to the nostalgia of this golden-age JRPG. For those who haven’t played, Secret of Mana follows the adventures of Randi, a young boy who is tasked with reviving the magical power of Mana in order to defeat the ... Read more

First Fifteen: Battle Chef Brigade – Chapter 1

Join CGM’s Cole Watson as he takes you through the first chapter of the epic culinary adventure, Battle Chef Brigade! “In the fantasy realm of Victusia, the members of the elite Battle Chef Brigade are revered for their ability to skillfully take down monsters and transform their kills into delicious cuisine! But joining the brigade isn’t easy; chefs from across Victusia must vie for their spot in a high stakes competition. Play as two unique contestants, Mina and Thrash, as their journeys through the tournament unfold. Battle Chef Brigade is equal parts old-school brawler and combo puzzler with light RPG elements. The game features completely hand-drawn characters and enemies, two ... Read more