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E3 2010 Kickoff-Project Natal renamed Kinect

If anything, Sony kicked things off days ago with trailers for some of their upcoming games. But on the official tip, Microsoft got down and dirty to promote their ‘camera that makes body a controller’ device, the then Project Natal, now officially called Kinect. Man, MS is promoting this as a family device, hard. Joystiq has all the inital details. What may be coming soon, that rumored 360 slim, it looks to be true, waiting on better pics and stuff though. Kinect on the other hand, should be out this November.

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June 14, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , | Comments Off on E3 2010 Kickoff-Project Natal renamed Kinect

HODE UP. ROCK BAND 3? OMG HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS

As reported everywhere in the planet, even KOTAKU, Rock Band 3 will be released. This time..IN SPACE. I’m kidding. Fuck that band. Even from a self proclaimed  90’s British Rock fan I’m saying fuck that band.

See for yourself.

Sorry to steal that 30 seconds of your life. Sorry, no refunds. I cannot give it back.

Hennyways Kotaku writes (because I’m quite frankly too lazy and you come because you don’t want to filter through all that ANIME RP BULLSHIT right?!).  “The keyboard is a “25-key, fully functioning MIDI” version of the real thing, and is one of two key improvements made to the game, the other being the introduction of a new “Rock Band Pro” mode for expert players, which replaces coloured tabs with real musical symbols in an effort to get players on the track to playing real instruments.”

Whatever, keyboards. That’s so early 90’s. Two things I gleaned from this article.

HUEY LEWIS AND THE MOTHER FUCKING NEWS

and..seemingly continued lack of Kinks is freaking odd. Steve Miller band over the kinks? Seriously? I bet by the time they do add kinks it will be something like Come Dancing, I just know it. Ugh. Whatever lets talk about fun things because we loves funs things?!

Here’s the tracklist for Rock Band 3. You have permission to go squee.

2000s
Combat Baby — Metric
Dead End Friends — Them Crooked Vultures
Get Free — The Vines
Lasso — Phoenix
Me Enamora — Juanes
Oh My God — Ida Maria
Portions of Foxes — Rilo Kiley
The Hardest Button to Button — The White Stripes

1990s
Been Caught Stealing — Jane’s Addiction
In the Meantime — Spacehog
Plush — Stone Temple Pilots
Walkin’ on the Sun — Smash Mouth

1980s
Crazy Train — Ozzy Osbourne
Here I Go Again — Whitesnake
I Love Rock and Roll — Joan Jett
Just Like Heaven — The Cure
Rainbow in the Dark — Dio
The Power of Love — Huey Lewis and the News
Sister Christian — Night Ranger

1960s-1970s
Bohemian Rhapsody — Queen
Break On Through — The Doors
Crosstown Traffic — Jimi Hendrix”

June 10, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gears Of War 3 screenshots, aka, The Boom

Hit this right here. This’ll head you on over to the boys at joystiq.com. There you have a ton of hi res screens. In-game and concept shots depict all kinds of coolness. From new guns, enemies, levels…even updated looks to our regular characters(bearded Dom!). It’s all lookin pretty dope and Gears 3 couldn’t get here soon enough.

"We ain't goin nowhere till I find my clippers..."

June 9, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , | Comments Off on Gears Of War 3 screenshots, aka, The Boom

Mortal Kombat Rebirth? *Update!* Jeri Ryan Explains

Ok….this just popped up online.  Warner Bros. bought the rights to another Mortal Kombat movie, and they’ve expressed interest in rebooting the franchise. The first Kombat flick is one of the better videogame movies out there, it’s cheesy, but it still is. The next MK game is supposed to be taking it back to their violent roots. The point of all this? Well, this 8 ish minute video shows up with no explanation. Some of the big boy blogs thinks it’s a cutscene to the next game. I say production value is too high and slick to be that…..and if this is the upcoming movie, then I’m ready to buy a ticket. This thing looks sick!

*Update*

Coming from Kotaku, Jeri Ryan expained what this was from some tweets. I wish this gets MADE. Here’s the ol copy/paste.

“Okay, so… Mortal Kombat,” she tweets. “It’s not a game trailer. Actually was made for the director to sell WB on his vision for a reimagined MK film.”

Ryan said she did her role as a favor to a friend. “No idea yet what WB’s reaction to it was,” she adds. I can tell you what my reaction was: stoked.”

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , | Comments Off on Mortal Kombat Rebirth? *Update!* Jeri Ryan Explains

The Horror Corner – Nightmare on Elm St. – 2010 Remake

I’m not one to poo-poo hollyweird’s trend of the past decade. Unnecessarily remaking classic horror films. Sure, it shows a lack of creativity, but you know what? I don’t have to go see them….I can just ignore them. Won’t tarnish my love of some of these flix. But they’re here to stay, and surprise….I actually like some of these remakes. Not more than their original counterparts of course, but some of them are a chill way to kill 90 minutes. Except for this one.

I found this reboot of my beloved Elm St. to be bland, soulless, and just didn’t have a good flow to it. Don’t get it messed up, I really wanted to like this one. I thought the trailer looked tight, Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy looked good, there looked to be some cool callbacks of the original. I mean, Freddy looked like he was gonna be scary again, hell yeah I was excited. What I got was a bunch of cheap jump scares, most of which you’ll see coming a mile away. A slow, meandering story, and acting that needed Red Bull to jolt some interest in the thing.

And the callbacks…..wow, lame. The infamous wall scene, where Freddy’s form pushes out of a wall as he watches a girl sleep. Totally convincing effect, even now, was done as cheap as possible, with spandex(!). They CG that bad boy here, and boy does it look bad. The glove in the bathtub? Why did they even bother. The Tina death scene where she’s dragged up a wall, was so tame here. They would’ve been better off just doing there own thing. And changes to Freddy’s backstory….ok, they’re trying to do their own thing there. But it didn’t make alot of sense. They try to elicit some false sympathy for a little while, you know, maybe Freddy didn’t molest and kill those kids. Oh wait, Freddy just molested the kids in this one. Such a weird change, like, what’s the point of the glove then?

Things get a little interesting in the 3rd act, but at this point I really didn’t care. About the only thing that maybe saw some improvement on the original, was the very last scene with the mother. It was pretty cool here. So, it’s not the worst horror movie I’ve seen….just one of the more boring ones. I’m giving it a generous 4 outta 10.

June 5, 2010 Posted by | The Horror Corner | , , , | Comments Off on The Horror Corner – Nightmare on Elm St. – 2010 Remake

The Horror Corner – Thoughts on the Nightmare on Elm St. series

I hope atomic zombie doesn’t mind me sharing this space with him a little bit. We’re both horror movie fans of epic proportions. I just wanna get some thoughts out there once in awhile….plus I’ve been a bad parent, neglecting our child, our chill little blog here 😦

Full disclosure…..I was the Freddy fanboy growing up. The original Elm St. is the first horror flick I remember seeing, it scared the shit outta me, and I still love it to this day. My first halloween getup was a Freddy mask and glove, I’d wear the thing anytime throughout the year. Yeah I know, weird and it explains alot 🙂

How do I feel about the rest of the franchise? Part 2 is very unpopular in alot of horror circles, personally, I think it’s great, as it still brings the creeps and doesn’t just redo the first flick, it does something different. Freddy possession, he gets into the kid as he sleeps and takes over. Think ‘Avatar’, but you’re an ugly burned up child killer, not a cute blue person.  Part 3, The Dream Warriors, kinda creepy, much higher on the excitement scale. It introduced the cool themed dream worlds that the kiddies would get killed in. But…..it also introduced wise cracking Freddy. The guy that people reference when they diss the Elm St. flix as stupid and not scary.

Elm St. 4, The Dream Master went full tilt boogie on the jokey Freddy. It still had the cool dream worlds, and upon reflection, is quite entertaining. But creepy it’s not, not even a little bit. Except for the cockroach scene….man I hate those things. I can’t even watch the last story in Creepshow cuz it freaks me the fugg out*shivers*.  Part 4 plays like a music video kinda. Freddy meets the MTV generation, yay.  Part 5, The Dream Child….hmmm. I’m entertained by it, keeps the trend, but also has a gothic vibe to it. A little more serious, but not very scary either. Pretty weird too, Freddy resurrects himself though an unborn child’s dreams. What the flux??

Part 6, Freddy’s Dead-The Final Nightmare….ahhh….the one where they kill Freddy. Honestly, this one is hard to watch, it’s more comedic than 4, without the music video charm….it’s downright bad. They didn’t even try to be spooky, they just ran with the slapstick. Freddy’s glove become’s a Nintendo style power glove? O….K….*backs away slowly*.  Then there was New Nightmare, which was a mindblowing concept at the time, Freddy is so popular, he steps out of fiction land and into reality. With some of the original’s actors playing themselves, being tortured by a new style Freddy. And get this, he’s actually creepy again. I love this one, it’s not without it’s flaws though. I feel it’s a bit slow at times and a little more drama than horror as well in some bits.

Which will bring me to my upcoming review of the Elm St. remake…what does this Freddy Krueger fanboy think? Stay tuned.

June 5, 2010 Posted by | The Horror Corner | , , | Comments Off on The Horror Corner – Thoughts on the Nightmare on Elm St. series

Lessons on how now to Design Websites…

Let me introduce you to this fucking monstrosity of a site. Now, I realize that I am merely a simpleton who is so fucking lazy that I don’t actually design my own site anymore (hello 5 years ago)..but also cheap (fuck paying for it)..but..come on Lucasarts. What the hell is this shit. It’s like they read the manual for poor design.

Stupidly long load times – check
audio playing from start – check
All dark text – check
small and the most fucking confusing button menus you will ever see ever – check
pray the user “understands” your site  – check.

I present to you Star Wars Force Unleashed…2.

June 5, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , | Comments Off on Lessons on how now to Design Websites…

Grand Theft Auto – Old West?

Of course I mean Red Dead Redemption. It’s basically GTA set in the old west. Currently sitting pretty with a 95 on the ol metacritic. I ain’t ready for a review, but some thoughts? Sure. Is it that good? Depends. Personally, I love it….if you’re a GTA diehard, you’ll probably love it too(it comes from the GTA creators). Some of the big time critics actually like it better than GTA, the whole western theme talks to them.

Rockstar Games had a previous game known as Red Dead Revolver, it was more of a linear game, it’s claim to fame was something called ‘Dead Eye’. When you’re out and about shootin bad dudes, with the click of a button, everything slows down bullet time style, so you can have time to choose where you wanna shoot. Let go, BANG! BANG! BANG!, giving you the feeling of the fastest draw around. ‘Redemption’ doesn’t really have a connection to ‘Revolver’, but ‘Dead Eye’ is in there. And it’s open world vs. linear of course.

When you get in there, it’s a living breathing world, walk around the town and you get to see all the stuff that used to go down back in those days. From the cool, to the mundane. It follows the typical mission structure, instead of cars, you ride horses though(durr). And a ton of mini games that just drapes you in it’s atmosphere. You wanna break in horses? Check. Herd cattle? Yup. Hunt and sell the animal pelts? Get out the knife. Have a drink and/or gamble at the saloon? Why not. There is a TON of things to do. And the game looks damn good doing it. Who would’ve thought desert, tumbleweed, and the like could look so detailed in a game. It’s fun to just ride around and enjoy the scenery….until you get shot at of course.

It wouldn’t be a Rockstar game if gritty violence didn’t play a role. You’ll face masked gunmen, stagecoach robbers, and other unsavory types that come from that setting. So far, my only real beef is the same as the GTA games. The onfoot action can, for lack of a better phrase, blow chunks. But it’s easily dealt with and the good greatly outweighs the bad. It’s definitely worth trying out, but you gotta spend some serious time with it, you’ll need more than a half hour to decide if you wanna stick with it or not. Review coming as soon as I finish the story, which is awesome and compelling BTW. YEE HAW!…..sorry, I shouldn’t have done that :-p

*the trailer above describes the game better than I can, but I found it after I wrote this up :-/*

June 4, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Grand Theft Auto – Old West?

Red Dead Redemption OMGOMGOMGOMOGMG

5/5/5/5/5/5/5/5/5/5/5/5/5/5/5/5/5/5/5/5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t actually have any clue about this game.

*crikets*

rich? care to nerd out?

June 4, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , | 1 Comment

Killzone 3 Trailer Afterthoughts – is a new combat system neccessary?

Should I give a damn about this game? You’re changing the mechanic’s already? Now I don’t always ascribe to the hype going on, I was told about the game being touted as a “halo killer” about 3 years post release (not really that long just sayin’), but sometimes the haters are right.While Killzone 2 was an enjoyable experience in that it was intense, graphically pleasing, a lot of engaging storyline stuff, I ultimately put it down due to tear out my eyes boredom. This is not to say the game is not a 90, or a 100, but that I grew tired fast.  To put this all together I actually enjoyed the first Killzone more than kz2. Shocking as that may seem to “double r”.

Video HERE: http://www.viddler.com/simple_on_site/7deb36f

Maybe I totally am taking ALL of this the wrong way but…the question I am going to raise after watching this is, did you really need to add that change to the combat system. A slow moving melee (shudder) attack? Are they somehow blurring the world of Fallout 3 with the VATS system and the Call of Duty Series. I’m going to toss out an insult, be in one of those friendly I love you but I’m still a little pissed at you insults but…Killzone 2 = A Call of Duty Expansion. INNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE.

June 3, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , | 4 Comments

E3 2010 – What do you want to see? Double R’s Thoughts

Hey kiddo’s, it’s that time of year again. The time where our geeky selves get a taste of what’s on the way in the gaming world. The time where we get all giddy and squeal over cool trailers and the possibility of good games and stuff that should hopefully come out soon. Or get disappointed by it….Wii Music anyone? Ok, sorry Nintendo, that was cheap of me….but seriously….Wii Music?!? WTF were yall thinkin?!? You guys made up for it with Mario Galaxy 2 though, I’m lovin it 🙂 And on the honest side, it’s rare that I get disappointed by something I was blown away by at an E3. Now let’s see, what do I hope is gonna make a showing? Or not. I’m gonna stick to the big 3 on this. Off the domepiece 🙂

Microsoft
+ Halo Reach baby! Sure, multiplayer is cool for cats that are into it, but I wanna see some of that campaign. Since it’s supposed to be out in the fall, I don’t think an awesome trailer is outta the question.
+ Gears of War 3. This ain’t due till April of next year, but give us a taste MS. For realz.
+ Fable III. Yeah, I know I gotta get on part 2 and finish that jawn. But the possibilities of being a king and affecting the world around you, depending on your rule style? Should be interesting.
– Project Natal. Yeah, we’ve went over the cool possibilities of this, so far, unnamed, contraption. But I’m really not interested. After being burned by the Wii, I just don’t give a damn about motion control stuff too much. Besides, I don’t have the space to jump around my room just to do something a button press can accomplish…..Make me eat my words MS.

Sony
+ The Last Guardian. We’ve put up trailers and all that good stuff….just don’t know when it’s due. I’m praying for a fall release, c’mon Sony. Make it happen!…Or take your time till it’s right, I don’t want a broken game LOL.
+ Killzone 3. This just got announced. Won’t drop till next year, but I loved 2. It has it’s flaws though. Hopefully 3 is a smoother experience.
+ A new Jak & Daxter. This is just outta thin air, not even a hint if it’s being made, but those games were awesome on the PS2. The guys behind the awesome Uncharted games made them, so c’mon. Take what you learned there, and apply it here, should be good.
– Playstation Move. Like the Wii, but supposed to be better. See above. I know you guys want some of that soccer mom/senior citizen money that Nintendo gets, but stick to what you’re good at. Motion controls?…..zzzzzzz

Nintendo
+ New Zelda. Show me something that’s gonna excite me. I know I’m in the minority here, but the 3d Zelda’s just don’t do it for me….and Twilight Princess? Puts me to sleep man. I’m hoping for something awesome.
+ New console. No I don’t want a new Microsoft or Sony system yet. But Nintendo? Just gimme something that smooths out jaggies and displays in HD. Mario Galaxy 2 looks great, but it can look AMAZING. And make sure it’s cheap too!
– Vitality sensor? Add that to the list of peripherals I don’t care about. Who knows. Maybe they’ll do something cool with it *snicker*

3rd Party Stuff
+ Dead Space 2. I loved the first game. It looked gorgeous, sounded incredible, and really brought the creeps.
+ New Silent Hill. Konami announced a part 2 reboot. I guess sort of like they did with the last game. Which I thought kinda sucked…but this one’s in another developer’s hands. I’m hoping for the best.
+ Rock Band 3. I used to be nuts about the music genre. But the endless Guitar Heros and band specific games just made it boring. Maybe Harmonix will give us something to be excited about again….and I can dust off my plastic guitars 🙂

June 1, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

When is Hard Mode too Hard?

I could insert some silly peen joke here –  this is a gamer blog afterall it goes with the “I don’t get laid ever I live in a basement who are people what is a social life who has conversations lord of the rings star trek O M G” way of things – but I won’t. I’m just not capable of that kind of humor this morning.

So my fellow nerdlings there’s a couple of things in my life, much as I’m sure you realize in your own, that do not change but suck and sucks in a big way. Like this!!!

They are as follows..

1. Most Family is fucking insane.
2. Family are really fucking insane.
3. Especially in-laws. Ones that contribute to the ruin and demise of all that was once good in me.
4. That I’m not moving to Austin in the foreseeable future.  Fuck in-laws.
5. Everyone hates their jobs.
6. People who smack their gum and then pop it fucking suck.
7. Mario and Zelda Water boards are like going on a waterboarding holiday in Cuba
8. Some Hard Modes are too damn hard.

Lets take for example WARCRAFT…3. Anyone who knows me would shake their head right now at my … because they would be expecting that I’m playing World of Warcraft. And they should because CATA IS ON THE HORIZON AND THE GOBLINS AND WORGEN ARE SO OMG. But i’m not! See! Progress! Hennyways I re-installed Warcraft 3 yesterday, looked up cheat codes and I was a-w-a-y right?

WRONG.

Say hello to my little friend called HARD MODE. Hello hard mode. Fuck you. See that list up there? I hate you almost as much as I hate my soon to be in-laws who contribute not only to my continual ever increasing pile of smeg but, they are by and large the reason for #4, and hell I’ll just blame them for #5 too even though I don’t truly hate my job.  So..there’s a lot of hate going round and Mr. Hard Mode you’re up there. I got completely pummeled.  It was almost just like my fun times in Starcraft multiplayer where I give up one hour of my life so, some 12 year old neckbeard can actually feel like he’s superior at something instead of the nothingness that is their life.
I wont explain why I lost, mostly because I don’t have an answer and if I did wouldn’t I have done it right?  There is one simple solution. Switch to normal. Problem is…see…I’m not normal. In fact quite abnormal. And you’re nodding. I can see it through the computer screen.  See. This is me.

Anyhow, this was my weekend: Staring down hard modes that I normally never do because I wanted to be extra sadistic to myself this weekend. How about you? Are you normal, or hard mode?

June 1, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , | Comments Off on When is Hard Mode too Hard?