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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Lil Bow Wow bets on Madden

Yes, it's true. Child rapper-turned young adult rapper/actor extraordinaire Lil Bow Wow, sorry I suppose he's dropped the "lil", has challenged fellow rapper "The Game" to a game of Madden football.

This comes after The Game claimed publicly to be the best Madden player in the world.

Bow Wow has challenged him to a match of Madden with $100,000 as the prize. The money will be given to a charity of the loser's choice.

The game will be broadcast live on

The game should be happening this week, the website currently has a slew of smack talk videos between the two.

While the whole thing is fun and the money is going to charity, after watching some of the "smack videos" from the two I'm saddened as these guys have more money than me.


Monday, August 25, 2008

Mortal Kombat vs DC is hardcore

Yes, that's right. The game is rated Teen as opposed to Mature like most titles of MK lineage but it still manages to maintain a level of violence that would make the M-rating fan proud.

In a recent play test by the guys at Ripten they show off one of the fatalities from the Joker. Not only will the DC characters have some pretty serious fatalities but they will also add character.

This fatality is awesome.


Friday, August 22, 2008

Guitar Hero DS meets full sized guitars

Leave it to those crazy internet modders to turn the hand-held portable version of Guitar Hero into a less portable version with more perks.

Pumping the sound through your home speakers is a nice addition however.


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The TF2 Spy as the Joker?

I'm not sure if I'll buy into the Spy being up to snuff with one of the most feared and diabolically twisted super villains of all time, but hey, I'm a sucker for machinima.

I will say overall this was done well, though the actually "disappearing" of the pencil leaves something to be desired.


Monday, August 18, 2008

Chou Aniki, Most Eclectic SNES Game?

In this "classic" Japanese SNES title the player chooses a fighter and then proceeds to work out their inhibitions on their opponent as they can't in the real world. That alone is the plot to every arcade fighting game, but Chou Aniki goes a bit above and beyond that standard rigmarole and lets you choose fighters ranging from the Man on the Moon to a gray version of Hard Gay.

I mean... wow this game looks high quality. Seriously high quality.


Monday, August 11, 2008

Miyamoto on a short leash

According to an article from The Times Online, Nintendo concepting mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto has been "banned" by Nintendo from speaking publicly about his hobbies.

When speaking on his hobbies the site says,
"It's not that they are naughty, illegal or even nerdish, it's just that any glimpse inside his head could be worth billions. Particularly so now: the Wii still sells strongly around the world, but its successor is the talking point. Unfortunately, the only place where the discussion has any grounding is inside Mr Miyamoto's head."

Furthermore, "In short, the gaming and investment communities are wondering which of his current pastimes will be translated into a virtual rendition that will attract millions of sales five years from now."

So Miyamoto's long talks on playing with his dogs have been deemed dangerous. My question from all of this? With his hobbies black listed, what is he going to talk about at E3 next year?


Friday, August 08, 2008

Mario meets Duck Hunt

In this clever mix of old school gaming and video editing we get to see what would have happened if the two classic games managed to hop bits on their shared cart and invade each other's games.

Duck Hunt has the clear advantage as there is nothing for them to evade as Mario lacks the basic ability to "Fly Away" patented by the fowl of his cart cousin.

If only Luigi could hop in and take out that dog.


Thursday, August 07, 2008

Embarassing Moments in HL2

You know, it's really hard being the daughter of a mastermind of science. You have so much to live up to. And now, you're face to face with the man the myth the legend Gordon Freeman and your dad further practices his one-ups-manship.

Man, Dr. Kleiner is pretty hardcore. I mean, I once drank an entire container of maple syrup to impress someone, but that pales in comparison to this.


Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Fury sets itself up to close its servers.

Auran Games, the Australia based video game studio has stated that it will be shutting down their servers for the game Fury as they have failed to find a viable business model to earn massive amounts of bling (see: any money whatsoever).

Their much hyped yet poorly received MMO Fury has been slowly slipping into decrepity ever since the release. Auran Games has had to layoff much of their staff and the title went from a monthly subscription business model to a free to play with additional features available for purchase similar to many Korean MMO's.

Company CEO Tony Hilliam states, "We have reached our time limit to find a solution that would help us keep the Fury servers open, sadly, no solution has been found and so we have no alternative than to shut the servers down in 48 hours."

Then while referencing the team Hilliam said, "To the Auran team, who put their heart and soul into making Fury, thanks for your efforts. As I said many times before, we need to be much better than the competition to have a chance of succeeding. We gave it everything we had and history now judges that it still wasn't good enough."

It's always tough to see a company crumble. Currently I question any developer with aspirations of toppling the WoW figure-head of the MMO genre. It is a lofty task and without differentiating yourself early with solid differences and possibly striving to appeal to a different audience the likelihood of success is fairly low.


Monday, August 04, 2008

The Last Guy Everywhere... Web!

To promote the upcoming Sony release The Last Guy for the Playstation Network (as of this article the title has already seen it's Japan release) the company has launched a web-based version of the game.

Here's the setting. You're a hillbilly err... mountain man in the Himalayas. Life is good as you hide from society. But oh noes! A space laser has come down and turned everyone who was in the daylight into zombies! I hate zombies!

Conveniently enough you, being the intrepid mountain man you are, decide to wander down your mountain and begin saving survivors by bringing them to safety while you are slowly changed into a zombie yourself.

It's the kind of story that makes you understand why Evangelion's original ending made little to no sense, but hey, it's a pulp science fiction plot with zombies. I'll bite.

So the website game allows the denizens of the internet to put in damn near any existing site and then the Sony site creates a level based around the empty space.

You control your hillbilly *cough* I mean mountain man and then wander around the website finding civilians while evading zombies and other forms of sordid evil.

The controls are fairly simple. Move by moving the mouse cursor. Dash by holding the left mouse button. Press C to crowd your civilians together. Hold the space bar to make the zombies disappear revealing only the humans. And you can zoom with the mouse wheel.

The game is quick and simple but pretty fun. I suggest checking it out.

The Last Guy


Friday, August 01, 2008

Fun with Grenades

I found this nice compilation of quality Halo 3 grenade kills this morning. Now while I'm not a huge fan of Halo 3's multiplayer, man do I love me some good old fashioned 'nading.

Sure the number of deaths gets bigger and the amazing luck of the bounce pads increases as the numbers approach #1, but I'm a traditionalist and #9 involves momentum and one hell of a throwing arm.

There's nothing more gratifying than sniping someone with a plasma grenade.