Category Archives: Announcements

Amazon Officially Buys Twitch!


After months of rumors swirling around which mega company would claim the titan that is Twitch from Google to Microsoft today Amazon has acquire all of Twitch’s outstanding shares “for approximately $970 million in cash” by the end of the year. More as this story develops.

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[Rumor] YouTube to Acquire Twitch for $1 Billion Dollars!


A report coming out of Variety Google’s YouTube plans on making a deal to purchase the videogame-streaming service Twitch rumored for $1 billion according to sources.

Both YouTube and Twitch representatives have declined to comment on the rumor.

The announcement have gone full insanity with no clear direction what this might do to the Twitch user base or the site entirely. #RIPTwitch as of this post (May 18, 2014) is the number one trending topic on Twitter. Arguably the idea of the acquisition could be to force anti-competitive in the online-video market. Hopefully in the coming days we’ll find out more so keep it here for news, reviews, and rants on *Bleep* -bloop- BOOM!

Xbox One $399 Kinect-Free System – Now With Service App Access!

Microsoft announced today that starting June 9th, the Xbox One will be sold without a Kinect for $399 as a direct result of consumer feedback. Earlier this year Microsoft had stated that it didn’t have any plans for a Kinect-less Xbox One.Xbox One_Console and Controller

“Kinect remains an important part of our vision,” head of Xbox Phil Spencer said. “We will continue to innovate on Kinect, I think it’s an important differentiator for us.”

More exciting news in today’s announcements is that Xbox Live Gold membership will no longer be required to access services such as Netflix, HBO Go and Twitch, along with Xbox One sports apps such as NFL, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time, etc. Lastly, the Games for Gold program is celebrating its one year anniversary with two free games for the month of June as well as offering Games for Gold on the Xbox One. The list of games are as follows:


Xbox 360

-Dark Souls

-Charlie Murder

-Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition


Xbox One

-Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

-Halo: Spartan Assault179794-08 Xbox Live Digital Poster-s16_FINAL


As someone who has lost a little faith in Xbox, this announcement shows that this E3 they are going to be coming out strong and holding nothing back to regain footing against the Playstation 4. Be sure to stay tuned for more news, reviews and rants here on -bleep- *bloop* BOOM!

We Can’t Start Again

“But you can’t start. Only a baby can start. You and me – why, we’re all that’s been. The anger of a moment, the thousand pictures, that’s us. This land, this red land, is us; and the flood years and the dust years and the drought years are us. We can’t start again.” – John Steinbeck

Hello again fans, friends, and fiends of the internet. I want to state right off the bat that this isn’t a review of a game or opinion on what’s going on with the video game industry. Ever since I got back from E3 my life has been in proverbial limbo. Many of you might not know this, but for the last two years I’ve worked in politics as a campaign organizer for various candidates from local to state representatives. The work I was doing was very critical, but it was thankfully flexible enough to allow me to attend events such as E3, PAX, and SDCC.  The job was very stressful at times, but in a good way because it pushed me to become a better communicator and articulate my thoughts in a constructive manner rather than spewing out whatever came to mind.

Leading up to my final campaign I polished my application to IGN, confident that things were finally in motion and that all the hard work I’d put in over the last four years would pay off.  I had a portfolio of articles I was proud of and was promoting myself on YouTube, Twitch and Twitter, along with a resume that was augmented with letters of recommendation from major government officials. For weeks after submitting my application I was constantly frustrated due to not knowing if I had made the cut for my dream job amid 1,500 other applicants. Ultimately we lost the campaign, but what scared me the most was the lack of response to my application.  After debating whether or not to call or visit the IGN office, I looked up Steve Butts (Editor-in-Chief of IGN) on Facebook and sent a half-hearted message, thinking I wouldn’t get a response; to my surprise, he responded within the hour with what was the hard truth.

It wasn’t harsh or vindictive in any way, but it was like a kid finding out that Santa Claus isn’t real. I won’t go into detail about what he said, but I’m thankful that he did. You see, for the last four years I’ve been going at this with no structure or guidance and for someone like him to point out those simple things destroyed my world. For days after I became an emotional wreck debating everything about myself, from my choice in friends, to my work, my joys and my life. It’s really scary at the age of twenty seven not knowing if you can accomplish anything in your life. In my mind it seemed that I’d run out of time and that everything was hopeless. If my life were a movie, this would be the part where someone or something would set me back on the right path and I would be hunky dory.  Life isn’t that cheesy, but something far better happened: I grew the fuck up which has never happened to me EVER!

So what does this all mean? Well, I have a better perspective on my goal and I no longer have any fantasies or delusions holding me back. I’m blessed to have the support of my friends and family to continue my journey.  This is why I’ve changed my Twitter handle from GameOverParra to ContinueParra (also I didn’t want to be confused with GameOverGreggy anymore). Not only that, but I’m determined to write at regular intervals and set deadlines for myself in order to get content out, as well as taking actual writing courses! You can still catch me Monday through Thursday on Twitch, streaming content and improving my on-screen personality. One major thing that I want to work on is posting vlogs on my neglected YouTube channel and collaborating again on funny skits. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to your comments.

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Xbox One DRM does a 180!

Xbox_Consle_Sensr_controllr_F_TransBG_RGB_2013Earlier this morning rumors coming out of Giant Bomb reported that Microsoft’s was drastically changing there DRM/Always-Online policy. Once the mass hysteria hit the twitterverse Microsoft confirmed that indeed fan feedback (or outrage however you see it) has prevail. With no 24 hour internet connection required just a one time set up and the ability to trade your disc base game plus no region lock what will Microsoft gain or lose?

MAN vs Chat

I’ve recently become more involved with the live streaming community and especially with I’ve always been a lurker on early sites like Ustream and Livestream as well as YouTube’s Let’s Play; I tried to broadcast (which failed miserably), but ultimately it’s always been a great source of entertainment because of the relationship that live streaming offers. Unlike YouTube or watching normal TV, live streaming allows the caster and audience to engage together in a direct and meaningful way.  As someone who has grown up alongside internet culture I understand that the anonymity the internet offers allows some individuals to embrace every misogynistic, bigoted, racist, hateful idea that pops into their heads but it also has the capacity to foster creativity, collaboration and challenge existing viewpoints.  I’ve shared experiences and joy with those I’ve “met” on the internet from my early days of playing World of Warcraft and using Ventrillo to speak with my guild or uploading my silly YouTube videos. Every comment, whether negative or positive, strengthens my resolve to put myself out there because I know firsthand that people can be inspired by the creative efforts of others.

This isn’t  however, the celebration of community that I wish I could be writing.  Rather there has been a growing trend among Twitch broadcasters toward cutting off the public from engaging in their chat by going sub only and requiring a monthly subscription fee. Sure, you could utilize other means of  connectivity and dialog – most of these casters have a large enough web of Twitter and Facebook fan pages or random other means to keep the conversation going during downtime, but the simple chat which has always been an instant means of conveying your message can now be yours for a $4.99 fee!  I wasn’t around during the conception of so this isn’t about how that price point is jacked; this is about a simple utility that is being abused in order keep out a certain demographic. I’m not saying that subscription only chat doesn’t have its benefits; I respect the intentions of those casters arguing that they are doing it to protect their loyal viewers from trolls, spoilers and the vitriol of the internet.  That being said, at some point you need to understand that for some successful casters you’re trying to run a business, which means you have to let your audience expand.  Narrowing the gap of potential viewers by only allowing subscribers to engage might seem beneficial both financially and mentally, but ultimately you’re creating an insular community which will lead viewers to find other means of entertainment.  I hate to be the asshole to point it out, but the whole idea of sub-only chat is a huge contradiction for those casters who preach about how much they love their communities or say how humble and fortunate they are to be playing video games for a living; shouldn’t that be enough?

Granted, most of these casters have worked hard to achieve their success and at some point you deserve some form of entitlement – but that’s already in place! With ad revenue, sponsorship’s, events and front page promotion, merchandise and THE FUCKING SUBSCRIPTION option, what else do you want?!  I personally love tons of casters and before going Turbo I would do everything I could with what little I had to support their channel, but still I am being ostracized from engaging a community simply because I don’t commit to a channel. I tallied up how much I would have to devote each month to get the full “quality” of my viewing pleasure and it would cost me $35 dollars each month. That’s simply bogus and insane!  I mean, other online entertainment offers so much more for so little, hell, that’s almost reaching premium channels on TV that have real production value.

I’m not trying to attack any one particular caster with this article, I’m just a fan offering a perspective. During the first few days of this trend I did what any good organizer would do – I protested on Twitter each time a caster opted for sub-only chat. To my surprise, Man vs. Game tweeted back asking what solutions I could come up with.  I thought about it and laid out some of the key flaws inherent to sub-only chat, but as far as a solution, my first instinct was to tough it out.  That seems like a lame solution, but count how many times going sub-only is really necessary.  Some casters have complained of the ending of a game being spoiled, a rabid fan-base crushing their enjoyment and criticizing choices made in games.  This is the price you pay to be an entertainer and if that wasn’t what you signed up for then play offline.  That was a bit too harsh so I spoke with unbiased sources, among which were government officials, campaign managers, and business owners and asked if given this sort of problem, what they would do? The majority agreed that the people, whether fan or customer should be your priority.  Making any decision without the consent of your audience or constituents is bad form unless it’s a dire emergency.  Also, you have systems in place for your chat to be filtered as well as moderators to oversee chat discussion, which can be overwhelming at times, but like Spider-Man’s lament, with popularity comes responsibility.

The $4.99 subscription price point is determined by Twitch, so lowering the fee to filter out immature 12 year olds without credit cards can’t be argued.  If a caster really feels that they have no alternative but go sub-only, what can make the service more valuable or beneficial to the consumer?  An ad-free viewing experience, dumb little emoticons, and the privilege to type a message in chat can’t be all you’re offering.  Instead, consider subscriber-only monthly drawings, promotions and giveaways, along with the ability to vote on what games are played next and interactive fan engagement such as playing with subscribers, the possibilities go on and on. Set aside one day a week to allow non-subscribers to engage in chat. Again this falls on the individual caster and I haven’t felt the pressure of internet fame, but these are just my thoughts. I will continue to protest until compromise is made, but I don’t do it out of hate.  I’m simply a fan who wishes to be part of a once small but ever growing community that I can be proud of.

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Out of Order Podcast with Fignuts and Leo Pirate!

So I made this podcast about a week and a half ago with my two good buddies Fignuts and Leo Pirate, but it took forever to upload it and I still haven’t been able to connect it to iTunes so with that just listen here!

We talked about EA’s f@$k up with Sim City and the women that shall not be named Anita Sarkeesian plus Derek drops his SPOILERS for Assassin’s Creed III.

Out of Order with Fignuts and LeoPirate!

Also if you want to check out the live version of the podcast check it out every Sunday at 7:30 p.m. PST at