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It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for June 13th – E3 Edition!

It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for June 13th - E3 Edition!

I was hoping for a little more excitement for this week’s E3 freebie update but, well, we got Fallout Shelter right?

It’s old news now but Todd Howard and Bethesda announced near the end of their E3 presentation that the free-to-play vault builder, Fallout Shelter, was “available… right… now” on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. While the Switch may be the most desirable place to play the game, PlayStation Plus members at least get a free pack of goodies to give their adventure a kickstart. The only other major notable is a free demo of the upcoming Shining Resonance Refrain from Sege and a free theme to commemorate the launch of Unravel 2 from EA.

Beyond that we’ve got the regularly scheduled PS+ bonus for 3on3 FreeStyle and Fortnite is giving subscribers an exclusive new outfit in the PlayStation®Plus Celebration Pack 2. Surviving Mars also has a new add-on this week, the  Mysteries Resupply Pack, which actually looks to make the game harder by adding more unexpected events.

Smartphone Labs has released a free avatar icon celebrating themselves and NBC Sports now has an official PlayStation 4 app, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Grab ‘n go… back to watching E3 trailers!

It Came From The Collection 10: E3 2000 Trinkets, Stickers & More


EPISODE 10: E3 2000 Trinkets, Stickers & More
Let’s take a look at a whole bunch of E3 trinkets, stickers, pins, and doo-dads from 2000. Here’s the exciting rundown of tchotchkes in this video:

Lanyards (Midway Games, Konami, GameSpy, Atlus)
Persona 2 shot glass
Farscape button
Rockstar Games button and stickers
eJay enamel pin
Neo Geo Pocket Color foam logo
Dark Reign 2 button
Mission Incredible Special Agent Wave Systems Corp. button
Temporary Tattoos! (Jet Set Radio, American McGee’s Alice)
Draconus: Cult of the Wyrm MP3 soundtrack
E3 Media CD-ROMs
BLEEM! sticker
TechnoMage sticker
Shenmue notepad and mini-soundtrack

✨ About the Show 
In hopes of bringing something a little more unique to YouTube I started ‘It Came From The Collection‘ to chronicle the gaming ephemera I’ve amassed over the years: flyers and pamphlets, pre-order tchotchkes, toys, posters, and all kinds of marketing paperwork. Follow the series on my channel and check out more of my collection on Instagram.

E3 2001: Hands-on with Kameo on GameCube 📺

For the month of June, It Came From The Collection and ICFTC -TV- are going back in time to E3 2000 and 2001! Some of this has been shared on GameLuv in the past but it’s here again with new trimmings and higher resolution video.

After it moved from the Nintendo 64 and before Rare was bought out by Microsoft, Kameo existed on the GameCube and Nintendo had it playable at E3 2001! Check out six minutes of hands-on footage and some chit-chat with the PR rep on hand. I really liked that you could see Kameo inside the various creatures she could summon, it’s quite a change from the Xbox 360 game we ended up with four years later!

📺 About the Show 📺
It Came From The Collection -TV- is a supplemental series to my hands-on videos. These clips, commercials, and programs go live every Saturday morning to recapture the spirit of the legendary cartoon lineups and laser-focused marketing aimed at young minds. I’ve tried to clean up the picture and sound, and render them at 1080p for a more viewable presentation. ICFTC -TV- ! Part of a nutritious breakfast!

E3 2018: Could MARS bring classic lightgun games to modern screens?

E3 2018: Could MARS bring classic lightgun games to modern screens?

Peripheral maker PDP wants their new standalone lightgun system, MARS, to debut in 2019 as a modern and unique gaming platform. But all I can think is that it’d be a great place for Sega, Konami, Midway (via WB Games), Taito, and even American Laser Games (via Digital Leisure) to finally bring their arcade and console lightgun games to modern TVs without compromise.

LCD, Plasma, LED, and OLED screens sure are pretty but they just don’t work with the NES Zapper, the Justifier, the GunCon, or practically any other at-home lightgun to date. We got close with the Wii but I don’t think the fidelity was quite there, and besides, everyone just shoveled out meager carnival shooters instead of doing the work to update arcade classics. What I’d love to see MARS become is a Wii-like Virtual Console exclusively for lightgun games. Or if you prefer, MAME without having to resort to a mouse.

Sega alone could supply a ton of games I’ve had on my mind lately: Brave Firefighters, Virtua Cop, L.A. Machineguns, Let’s Go Jungle, and of course our beloved Ocean Hunter. Midway’s T2: The Arcade Game, Taito’s Operation Wolf, Exidy’s outrageous Chiller, and Konami’s Lethal Enforcers are just a few others that come to mind. All of the home versions of these games were hobbled by the hardware of their time and then locked away once we moved off of CRT screens.

Mobile processors are more than powerful enough to authentically render these games today and with MARS we could finally have the peripheral to make them feel equally authentic to play. Yes, the guns look a little wimpy but they appear to have enough buttons to accommodate any classic shooter I can think of. They may even have force feedback or motion sensors hiding inside but all that is still a mystery.

E3 2018: Could MARS bring classic lightgun games to modern screens?

I can’t even think of a 4-player arcade lightgun game.

What’s powering MARS, how does it feel, how much will it cost, and which developers are on board will all hopefully be revealed next week at E3. If even one classic lightgun game is in the roster I’ll start grandstanding for other publishers to join in. It’s been far too long since I’ve been able to play so many lightgun shooters and MARS seems like it could have that specific niche locked down.

What about you? What lightgun games would you like to be able to play on a modern TV?

It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for June 6th

It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for June 6th

What a week of free stuff! You can now play a free demo of my favorite game of 2018, Metal Gear Survive, there’s an awesome PlayStation 4 PRIDE theme from Sony Europe, and there are at least 8 free Avatar icons from Fortnite. What’s more, there are a bunch of free offerings for a handful of Japanese titles this week:

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle: Blake
Download and play as Blake Belladonna, member of Team RWBY and wielder of the powerful Gambol Shroud. Blake’s unique skills and powerful attacks make her an ideal tag partner in combat!

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle: Platinum, Kanji, Orie
Download Cross Tag Character Pack 1 to add three new fighters to your roster! Character Pack 1 contains Platinum the Trinity from BlazBlue, Kanji Tatsumi from Persona 4 Arena, and Orie Ballardiae from Under Night In-Birth.

FINAL FANTASY® XV – Party Pack (COMRADES Exclusive)
This bonus pack includes a set of masks featuring the likenesses of Noctis, Gladiolus, Prompto, and Ignis, as well as a pair of festive Birthday Glasses. For use exclusively with MULTIPLAYER EXPANSION: COMRADES.

NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION: Taishi: ‘Megohime’ Officer Facial Graphic
A special bonus for NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION: TAISHI. The facial graphic of Megohime, wife of Masamune Date, who staunchly supported her husband even after she was taken as a hostage to Kyoto.

‘Additional BGM that can be used in ”NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION: Taishi” 10 pieces of BGM available for free. Allows BGM such as Fragrant Wind (Sengoku Daimyo theme), The Indefatigable (Yukimura Sanada’s theme), and Beautiful Expedition (The Siege of Osaka theme) to be used in this title. By changing the BGM, you enjoy gameplay with a different atmosphere.

NOBUNAGA’S AMBITION: Taishi: Sokyu Imai Officer Data
Officer data that allows ‘Sokyu Imai,’ who was held in high regard by Oda Nobunaga and Hideyoshi Toyotomi as one of three masters of the tea ceremony, to appear in the game.

Knights of Valour: Magic Power Gift Pack
Available for PS Plus members. Receive beginner’s top-class weapon and more free items!


– Silver Wings: Diao Chan’s exclusive purple class weapon.

– Sickle Hook: Guan Yu’s exclusive purple class weapon.

– Scale Armor: Rare armor of Green class.

– Jade Ring: Rare ring of Green class.

– Strategist’s Bag ×2: Randomly performs a magical skill.

– 100,000 Silvers.

Haaaaaaaaave fun! Cya next week with what will hopefully be a jam-packed assortment of freebies direct from E3.