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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Steve Jobs health fading?
I seriously hope he's going to be okay. Jobs is a true visionary in my mind and pretty much singlehandedly saved Apple from the scrap heap in the last decade. The loss would hurt Apple badly, I don't want to say cripple, but it wouldn't be good. I've also known people with Panc and to say it's bad is a massive understatement. I'm definitely going to keep Mr.Jobs in my prayers-
Get well soon man.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Dropping like flies...
This is going to snowball. Trust me.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Ahhh, the first snowfall of the season-
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Gears of War 3 tidbits-
XBOX 360 Fanboy is reporting that Gears 3 will have FIVE PLAYER CO-OP play. That's frikkin' awesome by anyone's count. Bring it on.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Home for the Holiday's?
It looks like the Playstation 3's long awaited and not very well described (I'm still not sure exactly what it is) social interfacing tool, Home, will be available in beta form on December 17th. Yep, it's not your imagination- there was no hype at all for it. No press to speak of for a piece of software that hasn't really been well promoted up till this time and yet is supposed to be a keystone for the console.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Sunday, it's my happy-go-funday
Now the only problem is that I've still got to finish Spider-Man and I still haven't really gotten into Fallout 3. I know they came out a while ago but I chose to plunge into Gears of War 2 and Fable 2 first and I'm dying to move on.
Right now though, it's NY Giants football (please destroy the Eagles) and pizza, then I'll move on to some work that's left over from the week. Later? Maybe out to Ikea with the gal for some good old fashioned Swedish boredom.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Who ya gonna call?
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Hey, how's it going?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
An iPhone battery extender that doesn't suck
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The blades are actually still around for all those that love them. they exist in the new guide that pops up when you hit the '360' button. This I'm not so crazy about. It seems like like there wasn't much thought put into the look of it. The functionality is there all right, it works perfectly well, but the look just seems a bit... off. The plain blue toned screen looks out of place surrounded by the slick flow of the NXE.
In the end it's a very small complaint but still.
Oh and Avatars are super happy fun time. Avatars > Miis. Better looking and more of a presence on the dash. Kudos to MS for this.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
In Progress Review : Spiderman:Web of Shadows
It has a few issues, don't get me wrong, (and chief among them are the inconsistent graphics and cringe-inducing voice work) but it's a fun game that pretty much any Spidey fan will enjoy. This is a solid action title and has probably my faveorite web-swinging mechanic from all of the Spidey games- once you get the hang of it. There is a bit of a learning curve. There's a pretty good story here too, involving a symbiote invasion of NYC. But that's just the main plotline, it's not all that you'll find here- there are plenty of other cool bits that include Black Cat, Moon Knight, the Kingpin, Wolverine, and quite a few others.
Definately worth a rental, worth a buy if you're a comic junkie.
Spider-man: Web of Shadows is out now for all consoles, next week for the PC
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Castlevania returns with a bang!
Al was the hero of 'Symphony of the Night'- arguably the best Castlevania in the series, and my all time fave. Sign me up on this one if Alucard is in it and, of course, it actually looks enjoyable. Which is not something that any other 3D 'Vania can boast.
As more comes in, I'll report on it right here-
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I want you all to get up...
Maybe that's too strong. I've been playing Batman and I haven't been enjoying it to much. I don't know what happened either, I used to love LEGO games so I had no problem buying Batman, but... And it's not because it's Batman either- my favorite super-hero of all time.
It just seems like the magic is gone. Two Star Wars games, an Indy game... I think they maybe just pushed it too far too soon.
Turn those boring car trips into a never-ending shooter!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Vista is not quite such a beast
Most of this stuff really is bunk. Read the article, compare it with your own experiences.
Check out the (mostly) laughable comment string when you finish the article. People, stop being biased towards multi-national companies. It's just silly.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Whoa, under the radar Haloz
If Yu has really taken Gearbox over and set it up as the heir apparent to the Halo franchise, that's monster news!
"I was offered and recruited to the position of Principle (Lead) Engine Architect of Halo Franchise Team at Microsoft. I accepted the offer to lead the team to build the engines and games for future Halo's on Xbox'es and PC's at Microsoft." -Corrinne Yu
I think that pretty much says it all right there. And personally, I think Gearbox is a pretty good choice if MS feels that Bungie can't (or doesn't want to) handle their flagship anymore.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Live free or... play all by yourself.
Several months ago I had stated that the Live service would become free to all for PC AND Xbox. This was what I was hearing at the time. It turned out that only the former was the case- for now. I still firmly believe that the Live service will switch over to a free to all part of the Xbox experience. The reasons are well stated in Mr. Reisinger's work and are as valid today as they were a few months ago. Look for this to happen either by the holidays or fall of '09.
Yes, I'm sticking to it.
Friday, August 22, 2008
I was just talking, in 'random thought', about the economic condition in this country and the world in general. There's only so long that the electronic industry in general can go before it starts to suffer. Is this the beginning? I hope not...
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Celebrity is out - NOW!
This issue, take a look at the launch of the iPhone 3G and I wrap up E3 with a glance at how the big three performed (with grades and everything! WOW!)
How soon do you think it will be before we get an interior view of somebody's ass?
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Anybody seen an iPhone anywhere around here?
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Personally, I'm very excited. I know this probably has very little chance of being good, but I likes me some Batman. Actually, I'll pretty much buy any superhero game that comes out. I have a problem.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
E3 '08 Impressions
MS comes out on top so far with not only the games they've shown off for this coming holiday, (great lineup, impressive amout of AA-AAA titles) but also for the completely unexpected re-do for the Xbox Dashboard. It looks absolutely phenominal! The new sliding, "Vista-like" window design in place of the blades was an excellent choice to give the system a whole new look- it's on par with the PS3's dash and just as pretty. It'll be out in the fall update.
The only thing that leaves me scratching my head is the decision to leave the new Halo branded games off of the table. Makes no sense. Why not go for the knockout punch?
On the other side, while there's nothing really earthshaking coming out of Sony's camp except to say that the games coming down the pike look good, they still impress over the complete debacle that was Nintendo.
What was in their conference? I can't even remember off hand. That motion plus thing looks like a laughable little gimmick from Mad-Catz or something. Although that might be a little rough on Mad-Catz. I'm so disappointed by them this year. No new Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Kid Icarus, Punch out=CRAP. Thanks Reggie.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Xbox 360 price cut is official
Finally... Killzone 2
Okay, impressions time.
The AI seems disturbingly stupid and it's very easy to tell what's scripted/pre-animated and what's gameplay. Other than that, it looks great. I'm not too sure if it'll be one of the all-time greats (I'm still kind of meh on it), but it shows promise. I just hope that the AI is still a work in progress thing, which it probably is. Hopefully.
Friday, July 11, 2008
ATT line war stories...
That's almost what the line outside the ATT store on Continental felt like. Very close. But without any weapons. I think.
All I was doing was heading to pay a bill and the furor that rose up to greet me was blinding. Cursing, shouting, and nose picking in my general direction. I was there to pay a bill ya jackasses! Do you think they would have let me in ahead of everybody if I just asked nicely?!? And besides, I'm just going to wait out the nutso's and get one next week : ) Nyah :P
Thursday, July 10, 2008
What the hell am I so happy about? I have no idea!
It's almost the same iPhone that launched a year ago! But I'm so freakin excited for it! Why!?!
NO IDEA. (but I'll be on line getting one at some point this weekend.)
Thursday, June 5, 2008
New celebrity now available
The new Spark features a more in-depth look at the GTA4 saga.
Enjoy. But not too much... you know who I'm talking to.
Friendly Neighborhood Reminder
I'm just hoping that the thing goes on sale the same day since I'm off on Monday's.
Update: The new iPhone will drop on July 11 along with a huge software update for iPhone 1 users. Check it out at Apple.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Windows 7 debuts
Anyway, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer debuted the new OS last night. The hook? Multitouch, on a touchscreen. It wasn't running on surface, by the way, but on a Dell laptop.
Here comes the Apple did it first fanboys, I'm sure. The truth is, yes they did- BUT -multitouch and touch surfaces are the way of the future. That's about as plain and simple as I can put it. I guarantee that you'll start to see a switch from keyboard and monitor to pure touch surfaces in the next five years.
Evolution isn't just for nature anymore. Kudos to Apple for the innovation, kudos to everybody else for keeping the train rolling.
Read the whole sorted tale here.
Friday, May 23, 2008
iPhone note for the 3Gers out there
The time frame seems wrong to me but I guess we'll see. (not for the announcement, but for the release date.)
Wanna go really fast? And it's dangerous too!
It's a motorcycle you can wear.This may be the coolest thing ever. Better than the exo-suit. These renders look phenomenal, I don't know how big the chance is that it'll ever get made but it's freakin awesome!
Read the whole thing right here.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Mr. Niko goes to San Andreas
There was a discovery made on the GTA forums that may shed some light on the DLC that soon (this fall) will be available over Xbox Live (exclusively).
What do you think of that?
It could be just another cool little easter egg for fans of the series- or it could be a whole state full of DLC! Joystiq had mentioned that you'd need a bigger hard drive for all that GTA goodness, but not so, says I.
If the DLC was spaced out to include one major city at a time, (were there three in SA?) that would make a pretty cool little series. maybe with one major overall story arch linking the three city destinations of San Andreas into one big west coast adventure for Niko.
Then again, how about this- The DLC is three completely seperate adventures. One leading Niko to San Andreas (one location there), one leading him to a modern day Vice City, and the final one taking him across the pond to London! That may be reaching a bit but you have to admit it'd be pretty slick.
I've heard it said that this is the first Grand Theft Auto with a heart. It really is. The protagonist, Niko Bellic, is the first main character in a GTA that you can actually root for. Yes, he's a bad guy- but he's got his reasons. There's also a story here that's second to none in the series as well as a living breathing world that it's all wrapped up in that's going to be very hard for any other game to top.
The 'Godfather' of gaming? Yeah, I think so.
iPhone is, like, totally 3g
I'm hearing as early as the last week of June. That might be a little soon- there's not even been an announcement yet. Little to no hype, I don't know- it just seems wrong. Unless this is really going to be a non-event kind of thing. I really can't see that happening but that's what it's looking like if the launch is, in fact, that close.
Friday, April 25, 2008
iPhone part deux
My one wish for Apple though is to include a digi-zoom for the camera (and a higher mp count wouldn't hurt either).
Monday, April 7, 2008
Nonetheless, Pacter believes the only reason Take Two would drop GTA 4 in April would be because the company needs money so badly that they can't wait any longer. I personally don't see it that way (even if it rings true). With a fall release, GTA would be going up against, among others, Gears of War 2 and Resistance 2- both mega-blockbusters for their respective platforms. Not really the best idea.
But I don't understand why this is even being discussed at all. There's no deal in place yet to combine the companies! Bottom line? Hopefully the game will release on time and we'll all have our GTA fix for the spring/summer. That and EA doesn't need to absorb any more companies. Really. They don't need to be no richer.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
These things we need more of. Well, I need one anyway.
This thing is beyond cool. At least the mock up is- although the thing looks like it's on it's way to real world coolness.
Major props for showing Warcraft on that freakin' awesome screen. (Well, the mock up screen.)
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Apple knocks one out of the park
The games look really, really good. I'm very surprised. There's a bunch of other good stuff coming too, I'm sure. I'm just really caught up on Touch Fighter and Spore right now.
Now of course come the rumors again of a 3G phone in June. I think it's a lock. (um, can I have 32gigs too? Please Steve?)
Microsoft to offer Blu Ray?
MS might very well be looking Blu after the death of HD-DVD. They've said in the past that they wouldn't be against offering a Blu Ray player if HD failed. Taking that into account, this very well might have a kernel of truth to it.
If it is true, Microsoft needs to make this puppy cheap. Very cheap. Why? They need to make the possibility of a Blu 360 more enticing than a PS3 (which plays Blu Ray natively) if they want to spike sales. It may seem odd to think movie playback would drive 360 sales, but consider the fact that the majority of PS3 owners have said that Blu Ray movies played a big part in their purchase. Some have sighted it as the sole reason for owning a PS3.
Make it cheap MS-
Friday, February 29, 2008
Considering that Sony has had the market wrapped up over there since the PS1 launched, this really is something to see. Maybe they're just happy that the king is back in town.
You look a little old for Solid Snake
Here's to hoping that this is a good one. I'm overly pessimistic about anything that launches with this much fanfare. (oh lord, not another special edition console) Sony needs it, Konami knows it- MGS 4 should be just fine, but there's always that nagging worry. Part of that, I think, is that the graphics aren't really mind blowing. Snake looks good, but not that good...
Thursday, February 28, 2008
On the Edge of 3G
32gigs would certainly do it for me. Thank you.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
More good news from Stereophonic Of NY
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Also in the pipeline is a frickin' sweet red 'God of War' themed PSP. Now here's a cool setup- included in the box will be GOW: Chains of Olympus, Superbad on UMD, and a voucher for a free game download from the Playstation Network. Nice. Really nice. If they left Superbad out it would have been even better.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sony's BIG Plans
The other bit about the big 'S' is that there's an apparent super secret title in development for a 2009 release. What are the deets? Who knows, the whole thing's shrouded in in mystery. The only outlet to see some of the project was the BBC. Which may tell us a bit about the validity of the project. (Why would you pick the BBC for an exclusive sneak? Because chances are they wouldn't be too critical.)
In any event, the news outlet has been spurting out all manner of hyperbole such as stating that the unannounced title will be a "shifting point in what game consoles are capable of in terms of story telling and immersion." That's quite a statement. Doubtful too. But I'll reserve judgement till I see it in action. After all, Sony did do right by all of us with Killzone 2 right?
Wow, it's strange to see that name in print after the game itself has apparently passed into the realm of Oblivion. Seriously though... where the hell is Killzone 2?!?
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Gears of War 2 will pop out of the forges over in Xbox land this November. Fantastico!
Friday, February 15, 2008
Gears of War 2- Confirmed for 2008?
Action Figure.com was checking out some of the new Gears figures at the NY toy show when the reporter asked one of the booth workers if Gears was still viable as a property since the game came out two years ago.
The answer? Well of course it's still viable. After all, the sequal comes out later this year. Oops. Pretty sure that's a pretty big oops.
Original story below.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
HD rocks Queens
Of course, if you don't have an HDTV- well -this really doesn't mean much does it?
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Celebrity & Entertainment
Pick it up for some Valentines Day suggestions and my quick takes on Mac World and giving a little techie love for greeting card day (get your mind out of the gutter, this is a family blog!)
Friday, January 18, 2008
Get yer free Live Game here
Here's the link for the press release http://http//gamerscoreblog.com/team/archive/2008/01/18/UndertowFreeofCharge.aspx
Even if you don't care to sit through the boring PR, hit the link for the comments to marvel at how people can complain about anything. Good gravy, call the wahhhhmbulance.
Mac World re-cap
Not much new in the iPod realm. Pretty disappointing actually, the only updating was done to the Touch and the iPhone. (With a much beefier one for the iPhone)
One really cool addition was made to iTunes in the form of movie rentals. After download you can load up the flick onto your portable or watch it on your Mac or PC. After you start it up, you've got 24hrs before the file terminates. So that's kind of un-cool but still, not bad overall.
The Mac Book Air is another story altogether. It's a super-light 'n' thin notebook Mac that has no disc drives and no ports of any kind other than USB (to attach all the peripherals you'll have to buy). It also has a 'gesture sensitive' touchpad which recognises basic finger signs. It's also nice looking since it's encased in an aluminum shell. Yes, encased. In other words- you can't open it. You have to take it to Apple to change the battery. Some people are loving it and that's the thing I don't get. There are so many negatives to this thing that in no way could I recommend it to anyone. I would say that if you want to get a Mac just to try it out, then pick this up but really it's just too expensive for that at an $1800 price point.
And it's really just a laptop when the day is through. A really under featured laptop. Not good enough from a company I expect so much from.
Monday, January 7, 2008
On 'Live' Support
I've heard everything from hacker assaults to overloads from all the new members. The latter being the official word on the subject. It's easy to believe that from the glut of new games released over the fall/winter/holiday buying period. But if that's the case, why hasn't this happened before?
There were lots of games released last year too. What changed? Did Live get too big too fast? As long as it's working now, I suppose no one really cares but still...
Edit: forgot to mention the free game. MS is giving away a free Arcade title to all Live members who got caught up in the outage. Pretty cool move, at least it softens the blow of not being able to play online during one of the only times when everybody gets a chance too. When they announce the details, (should be in the next few weeks) I'll post 'em up.
Friday, January 4, 2008
It is now time for the first annual Sparky awards. These awards are for the greatest and the worst of 2007. They'll be given away over the next two weeks and will be divided into two sub-categories- The 'best in games' and the 'best in tech'. Then one champion of champions will be promoted overall as the biggest waste of*ahem*best thing ever(of 2k7) First up-
I'll bet you're surprised. After all, it seems to be all the rage to sling mud at H3. But, then again, that's always the case when something reaches the heights of popularity that the Halo universe has. It is, unarguably, a force in the gaming world. Halo 3 is polished to a chrome-like shine. So much so that it almost blinds. It's cool, it's a perfected experience (both single and multiplayer), and most of all- it's fun. Thank you, Bungie. I can't wait for the Chief's next Marathon.
Bioshock and Assassin's Creed are both exceptional experiences and deserve to be on this list. Certainly an argument could be made for both to have won. But not in my mind.
Universe at War
Command and Conquer 3
There were a lot of good RTS's this year- and a lot of them were surprisingly good. I'm not usually the kind to get enamored with them but this really was a banner year. Both C&C3 and Universe were gems -as were a bunch of others- but none had the grandeur of SupCom. Truly the awesome blaster was aimed at this one. And it caught one right in the temple. The sheer scope of the battles and the varied unit types and the number of them- phenomenal. The weakest point of the title is the story, weak at best. But for some reason, I don't care. And I'm a huge proponent of having a solid story behind the experience. The game is just so much to handle though, I barely noticed. Action packed+fun+beautiful= RTS GOTY
THE BEST IN RHYTHM 2007
Winner: Rock Band
Guitar Hero 3
No other music game even comes close to Rock Band. Not just settling for guitar, RB gives you bass, drums, and lead vocals to play with too. I can't imagine anywhere else the genre could possibly go- all the bases are covered right here. The song list is impressive to boot. The Mtv backing was used well here, RB got a kickin song list without having the Mtv logo plastered all over the place. Not only is this puppy fun all by your lonesome, but it's better than ANYTHING ELSE at a party. Well done to all involved.
THE BEST IN RPG 2007
Winner: Mass Effect
Super Paper Mario
Mass Effect is an engrossing, beautiful, and cinematic experience. Simply awesome. It's been a while since an RPG has sucked me in as much as this one did. Right from the opening, you just know this is going to be a special game. The conversational scripting is very well done and the action sequences are great. I even just enjoyed wandering around the Citadel- again, awesome. Even if you just have a passing interest in RPG's, I think you'll thoroughly enjoy this.
and THE SPARKY GAME OF THE YEAR IS -
HALO 3The end cap of one of the most popular series in gaming history comes to a close and it's successor begins. (you did watch the whole ending right?) What didn't I say in talking about H3's action game win? The single player is very well done, the multiplayer rocks and I love everything about the universe Bungie has created here. That probably makes me biased but I really think this is a hat trick here for MS and Bungie. Well done all around.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
But, anyway, I hope everybody had a safe and happy season and lets all get ready for another awesome year in tech!