Echo Screen Live #53: Do Graphics Still Matter?

It’s been years since the console wars, when schoolyard fights around graphics reigned supreme – but with the rise of indie games and a retro-revival, do graphics matter anymore? The guys debate and discuss.

That, news tids and bits, and your questions on this episode of Echo Screen Live!

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Echo Screen Live #52: 2015... You mean we're in the future?

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Are we back? We’re back! It’s 2015, which means hoverboards and flying cars are right around the corner… or not. The guys explore the future tech shown in Back to the Future 2 and see just how plausible it really is today – or if we even really want it.

That, news tids and bits, and your questions on this episode of Echo Screen Live!

6th Annual CotGW Charity Gaming Marathon

Online fundraising for 6th Annual CotGW 16-Bit Gaming Marathon

It’s time for our 6th annual video game marathon for charity, and we’re making it bigger than ever with over 60 hours of 16-Bit gaming! Join us at noon EST on Friday, December 12, 2014.

St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility – discoveries made there have changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where gifted researchers are able to save the sick and needy. We are very excited to name them as the beneficiary of this year’s charity marathon.

The marathon itself will involve 60 hours of fun with the a variety of 16-bit game consoles – Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, even the Philips CD-i… and you tell us what to play! Beyond chatting with us live, you can donate to have us relive old favorites, or share in your childhood miseries. Of course, this is made possible by donating to the cause.

You will help us unlock achievements for reaching certain goals, including the preview of the next 16-Bit Gems!  (due to family emergency, the preview is not ready, but all who donate will get to see the full episode 2 days before the general public)  In addition, the perks for individual donations are:

– Any amount: Entry into daily drawings for video game art, Steam games, Jayne hats, baby Groot dolls, and more!

– $25: You’ll be entered into a drawing for our grand raffle prize – A piece of limited edition 16-bit artwork (see below) signed by the entire CotGW marathon team!

– $50: In addition to the above perk, you will receive an exclusive, high quality, limited edition, RPG-inspired Clan of the Gray Wolf bookmark! Works with both paperbacks AND hardcover! *Note: Special adapter may be needed in Canada*

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– $75: In addition to the above perks, you will be able to choose ANY Super Nintendo or Genesis game for us to play (if we don’t have it, we’ll get it!) *Note: Please request the game & what time we should play it during the marathon as a note in the “Dedication” section while donating*

– $100: In addition to the above perks, you will present us with a challenge for your selected game! The challenge must be time based, and no longer than 20 minutes – just try to best us! (For example: Beat Stage 1-1 in Super Mario World within 10 minutes) If we can’t beat your challenge, you get an extra entries into the raffle for the grand prize!

– $150: In addition to the above perks, you will receive a Super Nintendo game from Roo’s personal library. It may even be rare… -ish

– $200: In addition to the above perks, you will receive a limited edition CotGW t-shirt designed by the fine folks at conbravo.com

– $250: In addition to the above perks, you will receive your choice of limited edition 16-bit artwork created exclusively for the marathon by tcorstudio.com – measuring 11″ x 17″ and printed on metallic paper. Two examples are below, but there are more to come!

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Please mark your calendars and watch this page for more details. If you would like to donate Steam or other digital download games for us to raffle off during the marathon, please contact us at CotGW.Marathon@gmail.com – we’ll be happy to consider any physical raffle prizes you’d like to donate too!

We will be using Razoo to process all donations, and the fundraiser is open now – Feel free to click the widget below and use your credit card or Paypal to donate to this worthy cause and get your game requests in before the rush. See you on December 12th!

Echo Screen Live #51: Freemium Games... Amirite?

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So, freemium games… they’re popular to hate, yet also popular as ever. So what’s to be done – or should anything be done? The guys word vomit their thoughts on freemium games, and their future.

That, news tids and bits, and your questions on this episode of Echo Screen Live!