The Animal Crossing New Leaf Update is Here!

A free update has just been released for Animal Crossing New Leaf! An update so big it changed the logo.

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Yes! amiibo support has been added. If you have purchased any of the 16 Animal Crossing amiibo you’ll now be able to use them in New Leaf. There is also a new Welcome amiibo line of cards being released on December 2nd which will contain 50 past villagers from previous games that weren’t in New Leaf.

To unlock amiibo functionality you’ll need to find a magic lamp named Wisp, then you can use this ability once a day to use respective amiibo to summon that character.

You’ll also be able to summon them in the new RV campground area and check out the characters RV’s!

I’ve got the update downloading and can’t wait to check it out. It’s worth noting this update also clears your town of weeds! Yes!!! No town overrun with weeds!

The update is available now, and a physical version of the game will release with the update included on December 2nd along with the new Welcome amiibo cards.

 

For more info check out the Nintendo Direct from earlier here.

Happy Halloween!

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Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Recommended Halloween Movie: Lights Out

Recommended Halloween Game: Until Dawn or Oxenfree

What are your spooky recommendations?

NES Classic Edition

 

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Okay, so I’m being a bit literal when I say I’ve got hands on impressions of the NES Classic …. While I did watch a few games be played on the system by other people, I more so wanted to get a close look at the actual device.

The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is small! That great kind of small.

I’ve got fairly small hands and it just fit right on top. Here’s a photo of it next to an iPhone 7 plus for a better size comparison.

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It’s also powered via USB! The demo unit was plugged in and powered by a Wii U. This is pretty great because you should be able to plug it into any TV with an available USB spot. img_8687

It really is a perfect miniature recreation of the classic console right down to the red power light. The one negative recreated aspect however, is the controllers short wire length.

The controller sadly feels too short, and having to sit on top of the television set is something I don’t think many miss.

Still, that’s not going to stop the NES Classic from being one of this Christmas’s most wanted items, and deservedly so.

It comes with 30 classic games built in, and costs a very reasonable $59.99.  It also helps that the games look absolutely beautiful!

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I got to see Mega Man 2, Punchout, and Bubble Bobble played in the 3 display modes. The very sharp 4:3, Pixel Perfect mode, and CRT mode with the old school TV scan lines. These games have never looked better.

Check out the full list of games here.

The NES Classic is set to release on November 11th. If you live in North America and have been trying to pre-order the system with no luck, that’s because there will be no pre-orders taken.

So get ready to act fast on November 11th!

I can’t wait to get one of my own. How about you? Planning on getting an NES Classic? Which games interest you the most?

Are the Resident Evil Bakers inspired by The Bloody Benders?

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is still a few months out from being released, but that doesn’t stop my mind from thinking about it way too much. Not wanting to spoil the games main story and experience too much I’ve decided to analyze the trailers and demos in a different way. Just on the new antagonist family, The Bakers.

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The Bakers are obviously an important element to the story of the upcoming Resident Evil, so where did they come from?

Are the Bakers inspired by America’s first serial killers the Benders?

Let’s start with the Benders a family of 4: Pa Bender, Ma (Alvira), John Bender Jr, and daughter Kate Bender. Whose recorded killings took place during 1870–1872.

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Since this took place so long ago it’s difficult to know exactly what happened so there are slight variations of their history. I’m going to start off with a summary of the parts of the story that sound most likely to be true. I’ll go into the other possibilities later in the post.copy-of-oldmrsbender

Pa and Ma didn’t to talk in public much, but were known to have a thick accent. John Bender Jr was around 25 years old, and Kate around 23. Kate was a self proclaimed psychic, and would occasionally hold seances at their cabin.

The Bender family ran a grocery story and inn in Labette County Kansas. The grocery store and inn were run on one half of a large one roomed cabin, a canvas separating their living space from their business.

Their cabin was located off a path between two towns, so travelers would stop at the cabin for food, supplies, or a nights stay. After several travelers were noticed to have gone missing, the town held a meeting to discuss searching around. By the time the police and townsfolk had reached the Benders cabin during their search all of their personal possessions were gone, and their animals were noticeably unfed.
The cabin was empty, but a horrible stench behind the rooms canvas divider helped them to find a hidden floor door. The floor door led to a six feet deep dug out hole that contained large traces of coagulated blood. The search party checked under the house but found nothing.

There was a garden near the cabin with freshly turned dirt, and that’s where they found the bodies of 11 missing people and the body parts and remains of other unidentified people.pleetz-grave-pic-3-sfw

A majority of the victims were killed in the same fashion. They had all had their skulls crushed and throats slashed, all but one child victim who showed signs of having been buried alive.The crushed skull and throat slash pattern also matched a few bodies that were found along the near by paths.
The Benders would lure their victims in by having them stay for food, shelter, or to seek spiritual guidance from Kate. The person would be sat in a chair with their backs to the canvas divider. While distracted with food or by a member of the Bender family, usually Ma or Kate, while another Bender would be on the other side of the canvas to bash them in the back of the head with a hammer. The victim was then tossed into the hole in the floor where Kate would slit their throat.

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Some variations to the story include spotting members of the Bender family carrying lanterns while burying a victim in their orchard. Even though Ma Bender wasn’t known to speak English in public much, she was said to be very mean, and become enraged if a person would not sit in their special seat. The brother of one of the victims stopping to stay a night at the cabin, and in his search for his brother there he found a locket suggesting that was the last place his sibling had been. He escaped in the middle of the night, returning the next morning with police, but the Benders had noticed he was gone and left over night never to be seen again.
The Benders weren’t actually blood family, well, not all of them. Only Ma and Kate Bender were related. Ma Bender (born Almira Hill Mark) was married a few times before, having had several children in her previous marriages. Those previous husbands were all killed by a blow to the back of the head. It was rumored that Ma Bender had also killed some of her children to keep them from reporting her crimes. Bender was just used as their family cover name.

The story of the Benders is so long and warped I could probably go on for hours, but it’s about time I get to comparing the two families.

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Besides having similar names, the Bakers share a lot of similarities to the Benders.

There are 4 active Bakers shown via the trailers and demos: Jack, Marguerite, and Lucas Baker. The 4th is currently unnamed female prominently featured in the Kitchen demo. (There’s a 5th elderly person in a wheelchair also seen in some of the promotional trailers, but they don’t appear antagonistic (yet?), nor are they in the family photos.

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This is obviously not Marguerite Baker. She’s much younger, is wearing different clothes, but is infected by the same or similar virus as the other members of the Baker family.

The Beginning Hour demo contains a VHS video titled “Derelict House Footage”, that leads into the Kitchen demo. The combined information of the demos suggest that Jack and or Lucas Baker were responsible for killing Andre Stickland, and knocking out Peter Walken and Clancy Javis.

Even though Peter and Clancy are seen getting killed by the unknown female in the Kitchen demo it’s unlikely that she had placed them there. She’s closer to zombie than person growling and really focused on killing. Though she is using a knife in the kitchen demo similarly to Kate, and not just teeth.

Jack and Lucas Baker appear more in control of their behavior.

While Marguerite was seen talking in the trailer, she’s becomes enraged when Ethan wouldn’t eat the special meal that was prepared for him.

Marguerite most likely wouldn’t have the temper to be able to handle sneaking around. Heck, she’s talking through out the Lantern demo as she stalks that demo’s protagonist, Mia.  She also mentions another female during her pursuit of Mia.

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Jack’s the one able to sneak up on people for a nice welcoming them to the family with his fists.  Peter and Clancy were bound and left in a room for the mystery woman, not by her.

There’s also this photo from the Twilight demo update which a swapped out photo of a more recent Jack and Marguerite, to an older one showcasing a family of 4.

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Much like the Benders, all Baker family members are involved with the atrocities but their actions are in the interests of the ladies of the family. Marguerite’s temper matches that of Ma Bender, and Kate was thought to be responsible for slicing the throats of the victims. The Kitchen demo was entirely about the mystery woman stabbing Peter and Clancy.

Let’s go back to Marguerite and the Lantern demo and some of the things she says while pursuing Mia.

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“I’ll feed you to my babies and fertilize the garden with what was left”  There was an assortment of body parts found in the orchard along with the 11 confirmed victims. None of the found body parts formed a complete person. If you consider how gruesome the family already was, it’s plausible that those missing parts were used by the Bakers, or served to one of their many unfortunate guests.

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“What have I done to deserve this except open my home and feed you?” What are you running, Marguerite? A MURDER inn?

I’m kidding. The Bakers residence is hardly inviting enough for anyone to want to spend the night. The line just sounds like what an angry murderous innkeeper would say when a person refuses to sit into a guest of honor chair with a canvas behind them. However, a promotional image suggests that the Bakers have made murder a habit. It mentions that over 20 people have gone missing in 2 years. The time frame and number is also similar, The Benders murders took place from 1870-1872. With the 11 bodies found buried in their orchard, and the parts that were also found but didn’t make up a full person, it’s believed the Benders killed over 20 people.

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That’s all for now. I’ll continue to add as new trailers are released, or if there are any demo updates.

I do think there’s a virus at play with the Bakers, this post is only to show why I think they may have been inspired by the Benders.

 

Share your thoughts in the comments!

Sources:

I’ve played the Kitchen and Beginning Hour demos, watched the trailers, read the wiki’s and other various sites:

http://www.leatherockhotel.com/BloodyBenders.htm#Thumbnails

http://residentevil.wikia.com/wiki/Resident_Evil_7_Teaser_Demo:_Beginning_Hour

Bloody Benders – Wikipedia

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/ks-benders.html

http://mentalfloss.com/article/53672/bloody-benders-americas-first-serial-killers

Images from the Kitchen and Lantern demo were taken from SHN Survival Horror Network and TheRPGMinx videos.

 

 

Get Extra Candy During Pokemon Go In-Game Event!

A Pokemon Go Halloween in-game event is starting up this Wednesday, and there’s going to be an increase in spooky Pokemon encounters.

Increased Zubats and extra candy!? Ok Pokemon Go I’m coming back.

Well, maybe not for the Zubats but definitely for all that extra candy. Check out all of the details below.

via a press release from the Pokémon Company’s website:

This Halloween, players of the popular Pokémon GO mobile game will experience exciting treats from Niantic Labs, Inc.and The Pokémon Company International. Beginning Wednesday, October 26, through Tuesday, November 1, Pokémon GO Trainers will have the chance to catch some of the spookiest Pokémon available in the game with increased global encounters of DrowzeeGastlyGengarGolbatHaunterHypno, and, yes, Zubat. And, since it wouldn’t be Halloween without candy, Trainers will have the opportunity to earn more Pokémon Candy during this event as they explore the world around them in search of Pokémon.

“It’s been incredible watching people explore their neighborhoods and catch wild Pokémon all summer,” said Tatsuo Nomura, senior product manager at Niantic, Inc. “We would like to trick-or-treat in our own special way by giving Trainers the chance to catch more Pokémon and earn extra Candy this Halloween.”

During this period, every Pokémon caught will earn Trainers six Candies—twice the normal amount. The professor will also give Trainers two Candies instead of one for every Pokémon transferred to him. In addition, Buddy Pokémon will award four candies instead of the usual one. Pokémon Candies enable Trainers to evolve or strengthen their Pokémon, so players will want to walk and catch all the Pokémon they can to get their fill of Candy during this special event.

 

The Nintendo Switch Revealed!

Nintendo has finally revealed details on the NX and it now has a new official name: Switch!

I’m super excited about the portability of it, and impressed that they managed to turn one controller into 2.

Reminded a bit of the GameCube after watching the Switch trailer. In the sense that it was small, and came with a handle with the notion of being a console you could easily take to your friends house.

I can’t wait to check out more Switch!