Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Nintendo Download -- 'Do it Yourself' edition

The biggest drop of the week is Warioware: DIY hands down. The whole thing is explained after the break but it's pretty cool.

Other than that, we've got Ogre Battle 64 from the N64 on the Virtual Console. Which is also pretty cool.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The brand new NVIDIA GTX 480 and GTX 470 make their way into some beastly PC's

Origin systems, I haven't heard of them but their stuff looks really nice, is first to the table with some badass new PC's that flaunt the newest tech from NVIDIA. Pricing is actually pretty down to Earth too with a single card offering starting at a little over 3 G's.

The ORIGIN Genesis desktop will offer NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 graphics cards, in single, dual, and 3-way SLI configurations. The NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 480 has 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory, and offers two SLI™ connectors for the possibility of three-way SLI. With over 3 billion transistors and featuring 480 CUDA™ cores, the GeForce GTX 480 delivers unprecedented DirectX 11 performance, and support for cutting-edge gaming features including real-time raytracing, 3D Vision Surround, and NVIDIA PhysX™ technology.

ORIGIN is also offering the latest Intel® Core™ i7 980x Extreme Edition processor overclocked on their Genesis desktop. This six-core processor will run at a stock speed of 3.33GHz, offer triple-channel DDR3 memory controller and the12MB cache supports both Hyper-Threading and Turbo boost technology, which will give gamers the ability to play in a next generation environment. The ORIGIN will not only offer the 3.33GHZ processor as an option but will also offer up an guaranteed overclclocked Core i7 980x up to 4.4GHz.

Not bad guys, not bad at all- more after the break

Friday, March 26, 2010

Playstation Network Update - 'Blue Toad what?' edition

What the hell is a Blue Toad Murder file? Nice deals on some shmups at any rate...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The PSP is 5 years old today!


There really hasn't been much to celebrate in PSP land for a while actually. The console is strong in Japan but relatively weak here in the US, running a perennial second to the Nintendo DS. Games (that are any good) have been a rarity as well. If you walk into your local Best Buy, you'll find a bunch of titles that are quite old- Toys R Us barely even carries anything.

And to top all of that off, we have the massive flop that is the PSPGo. A nice little system that didn't get any backing and had nothing going for it in the pricing department either since most games on the PSN can be had a lot cheaper at your local Gamestop.

Not really something I'd brag about- and I love my PSP by the way. Some of the older games are great- we just need some new ones... thanks God for Metal Gear.

250 gig Xbox 360 HD now available seperately

Now you can buy a jumbo HD without a new console or hacking anything! I guess this is good news if you buy a lot of movies, install a lot of games, or stick a ton of music on your Hard Drive. I don't do any of those things so I'll just stick with my 120 that came with the Elite.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Xbox LIVE update -- 'Perfect Dark' edition

That's really all you have to say about this weeks LIVE releases.

Tomorrow, Best Buy will have Modern Warfare branded 1600 points cards available for $17.99. I will be getting one. Then I will be getting this.

When PD first came out on the N64 I played it for about five minutes. I was still so wrapped up on Goldeneye that I bought and sold this gem of a game in what must have been about a week and a half. Ever since, I've been kicking myself over never having experienced it in all it's glory. Tomorrow, that will change.

I should also mention that Splinter Cell Conviction has a mighty fine demo up for download as well. That's gonna be a good one- there's some nice deals of the week too on original Xbox titles too.

Playstation Network Update - 'Pile 'O' DLC' edition

Lot of it.

There's pretty cool stuff for Dragon Age, Aliens vs Predator, and Need for Speed Shift if anyone's still playing that last one.

Also, I might add that there are actual PSOne games in this weeks update! Huzzah!! And it's good stuff too!!! Double Huzzah!!!! Alright, well it might not be good stuff to you. There's a game in this update called 'One'- it's a fairly generic action beat/shoot-em-up that came out a while back. The hook to the game is that there's a 'Rage' meter that fills up and allows for all sorts of nasty attacks.

If I remember correctly, One didn't review all that well- but it's a game that I really enjoyed back, as they say, in the day. Give it a shot if you've got some extra cash taking up space in your virtual wallet.

Oh, and why is Lady GaGa DLC in Rock Band? Not really a good fit is it? Maybe it's just me...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bioshock 2 monsters arise from the Irrational vault

Irrational Games has released a few artist renderings of enemies that never made it into either of the Bioshock games. They're pretty grusome looking and really don't scream Bioshock to be honest, so I can easily see why they were cut.

Still, I could definitely imagine a specific section of Rapture that these could fit into. Maybe some kind of experimental Fontaine Futuristics lab for new plasmids or someplace testing overexposure to Adam- after all, we did see a little of the latter alluded to in B2. Could be cool if they were used in an extremely limited way...

Check out the story on Kotaku.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Crackdown 2 beats you senseless on July 6th

Crackdown was written off as a way to play Halo 3 early since it included the multiplayer demo codes in the launch copies. Something interesting happened though- the game actually turned out to be good. Some (me) would even say... great.

And that's why it makes me all fizzy with happiness to announce the release date to the amazing looking sequel- Crackdown 2 will be on store shelves on July 6th.

Video and official scuttle after el breako...

Nintendo Download - 'Rondo of CarJacking' edition

First off, we get the excellent Castlevania: Rondo of Blood for the Virtual Console. It's been a while since we got a top shelf title on the VC so I like this very much indeed. I won't be buying the game since I own it on a bajillion (<----- estimate) consoles already, but if you don't have it or have never played it- go get it. If you like old school Castlevania, you'll love this one.

The second notable this week is a port of an iPhone game- it's not the first to show up on the DSiWare service, but in my opinion- it might be the most interesting. It's Car Jack Streets.

CJS is a GTA-like game in which... Okay, forget that. It basically is GTA. The game was released back before the iPhone had Chinatown wars to some acclaim and with good reason- it's pretty damn fun.

If you're pining away for another Grand Theft for the DSi, you could certainly do worse than this little guy.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Xbox LIVE update - 'nada' edition

Wow, crappy week for the online services.

LIVE had a bunch of lousy old Games on Demand, cartooney racer Scrap Metal, and the Sinclair Solutions pack for Bioshock. Weak week.

iPad is go: part Deux

So first of all, just to remind... The iPad is available for preorder at the Apple store or online @

I was told today by an Apple rep that if you got your order in today, then you have an excellent chance of getting a unit on launch day or within a three day window right after. That should make everyone : ), right? Right.

I picked up a 16gig. What'd you get?

Playstation Network Update - 'notaMegamuch' edition

Quiet week this week for the ol' PSN.

There is a bundle of Resident Evil DLC (in case you missed any) and Mega Man 10 if you're jonsin' for some old school 8-bit action, and... no PSOne classics. Again.

Harumph, harumph.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sony's new motion controller dubbed 'Move'- out this fall

*Here's the link for the press conference. Not embedding for some reason- sorry everybody.

The Move just seems like a re-tread of the Wiimote, complete with a nunchuck like 'sub-controller'. On the plus side, the Move seems to be a bit more advanced than the Wiimote but otherwise is very, very, similar.

There will be a stand alone unit offered as well as a bundle pack that includes the PS Eye and a game. The Eye is necessary to use the Move. If you have one already, you're set to go- if you don't, this is the pack for you. There will also be a system pack offered that includes everything mentioned above and, I imagine, will take the place of the sku's on the shelves now. Why sell PS3's without the Move? Makes no sense.

The bundle is going to retail for $99, which a little high since I doubt that a lot of PS3 owners have a PS eye to begin with and this will probably be the most popular of the offerings. I think the Move needed to come in at $50 max. It's just not interesting enough to clock in at that hundred buck price point with the first games looking as incredibly generic as they do- although it should be mentioned that Little Big Planet will incorporate Move controls as well

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Playstation Home update incoming

Home is getting a couple of new things tomorrow, first and foremost of which is a streamlined interface and speedier loading times.

Should make some people happy while we await Kratos' return- deets after the break...

Spring into a new Xbox 360 bundle!

This is a pretty awesome deal actually- the new bundle deal from Microsoft contains a 360 Elite (120 gig HD) plus Halo 3: ODST AND Forza 3. I'm really not tryig to sound like a commercial here but that's freakin amazing. Two of the best games from last year and the best 360 on the market for the regular Elite price of $299. Excellent.

If you don't have a 360, or if you were thinking about a second one and don't have either of these two games- you might want to consider getting one of these. I have three of the damn things (and both of those games) and I'm still trying to come up with a reason to get it.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Nintendo Download - 'Final Fantasy -11' edition

This week, the Virtual Console takes the stage away from the usual assortment of WiiWare titles as the classic NES title, Final Fantasy II, makes it's debut on the service.

Now it should be mentioned that this is not the redux that the iPhone offered but is the original release from lo these many years ago. So if you're looking for a little old time fantasy instead of the gorgeous new game, Final Fantasy XIII, that releases today.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Xbox LIVE update -- 'Like Toy Soldiers' edition

When you hear 'Toy Soldiers', do you think of Martika or Sean Astin and Wil Wheaton?

Either answer is acceptable by the way. I had a friend who freakin loved the Toy Soldiers movie. Didn't care much for it myself- did like the song though. Hrm. That's slightly embarrassing isn't it?

But I digress, all that is neither here nor there as this post is about Toy Soldiers the Xbox LIVE downloadable title. The one that's getting better reviews than either of the above media ever got. Might want to check it out.

Playstation Network Update - 'Disco Escape' edition

Not too much to get excited about this week on the PSN.

Standouts are the 'Desperate Escape' mission for Resident Evil 5 and the prequel stage for Dante's Inferno. There's also the usual assortment of demo's and add-on's for Little Big Planet.

Friday, March 5, 2010

iPad release date and preorder date set in stone

And that will be April 3rd and March 12th respectively. If you're interested in the iPad, I would take next Friday quite seriously and get my preorder registered. There's been an awful lot of rumor about the initial supply being a little short...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Buy some new cars for Forza 3 and help a good cause.

There are almost too many earthquakes to keep track of right now so it might be easy to forget that Haiti is still reeling from the devastating quake from a few weeks back.

Forza developer Turn 10 and Microsoft are trying to bring a little help to the people still suffering on the beleagured island nation by offering to donate $10.00 for every VIP car pack that you all buy on LIVE. They'll go up to $100,000- so get crackin'.

Now witness the power of this fully armed *and operational* Playstation... Network

That's right, she's up and running again. So all you phat owners can boot up and enjoy some Heavy Rain uncomfortable stripping again- or whatever else you might be into.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Playstation Network Status Update

As you may be aware, some customers have been unable to connect to the PlayStation Network today. This problem affects the models other than the new slim PS3.
We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system.
Errors include:
  • The date of the PS3 system may be re-set to Jan 1, 2000.
  • When the user tries to sign in to the PlayStation Network, the following
    message appears on the screen; “An error has occurred. You have been
    signed out of PlayStation Network (8001050F)”.
  • When the user tries to launch a game, the following error message appears
    on the screen and the trophy data may disappear; “Failed to install
    trophies. Please exit your game.”
  • When the user tries to set the time and date of the system via the
    Internet, the following message appears on the screen; “The current date
    and time could not be obtained. (8001050F)”
  • Users are not able to play back certain rental video downloaded from the
    PlayStation Store before the expiration date.
We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, if you have a model other than the new slim PS3, we advise that you do not use your PS3 system, as doing so may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data.
As mentioned above, please be advised that the new slim PS3 is not affected with this error. We are doing our best to resolve the issue and do apologize for any inconvenience caused.
For the latest status on this situation please continue to check either the PlayStation.Blog or

Nintendo Download - Well, here comes Mega Man 10

Although this time you actually might win at it considering that it has an 'easy' setting. Not sure how easy that might actually be though.

PSN is having... trouble

For some folks, that would be those who own PS3 'Phats', the PSN is having a lot of trouble and gaming online is an impossibility. And that's not all. Phat owners are reporting that trophies are disappearing and that some games are even not playable offline as an error message appears. The long and the short of it is that the whole thing might be linked to extensive work being done on the PSN website over the weekend.

Which is disturbing on a whole 'nother level. Offline games being affected by online work?

Sony is well aware of the issue and is "looking into it". Ugh.