Monday, July 31, 2006

E3 downsized, no dead downsized!

Earlier reports on a downsizing of the annual games industry event, were dramatically squashed by an article on , which suggested the show was dead and buried. However it took ars technica, to make a few phone calls and definitively post the final result, that the annual trade show will be downsized.

The cost of the event to exhibitors, including the demands on companies to assign large numbers of staff to focus on the show, expenses associated with travel to the show, and the added expense to polish game builds and demos to be shown to attendees, have all it appears contributed in part to the shows demise.

Fully Story from Ars technica

From what little i've read, im getting a distinct impression that outside the game executives and the media, the rabble are no longer required, which is a pity as i clean up rather well. And while your at it, spare a thought for

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Download Gears of War 100mb Fankit

The kit contains concept art, forum avatars, screenshots, desktop wallpaper (a 23mb monster), available from

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Official Halo faceplate October

Or if you couldn't be bothered waiting you could enter a competition to win one of two prototypes, details on bungie blog. They've even got a neat downloadable faceplate template to make things even easier.

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Angelina Jolie as Superman, Wolverine, Spiderman

Replacing our regular cosplay feature, this photomontage page was too good to bypass.

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Oneechanbara X - The Devil Evolution Human

Due Japan 4th Quarter 2006 for Xbox360, likelihood of a Western release, slim. A reincarnation of a ps2 title called Zombie Zone. Devil Evolution sees the principle character, dressed in a bikini and ten gallon hat, slash her way through hordes of rotting Zombies with her trusty samurai. Of course there is an adequately good reason for such an implausible combination, and methinks more likely rooted in the 360's poor Japanese sales, than the game plot.

Devil Evolution Human Official Website
Screenshots from xbox360 France
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Friday, July 28, 2006

David Gough Fantasy Art

Born Liverpool England in 1967, David Gough has over 20 years experience as a commercial artist and designer, David's work has been featured in RPG's, books, comics magazine covers,ad campaign's ,and music cd's and more recently in the 'Art Wanted' coffee table book. Later this year, his work is to be featured in his first solo art book called 'Gods and Monsters'.

David Gough Official Website
David Gough Blog

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Mika Nakashima Legend

Jazz-pop diva Mika Nakashima has been one the Japanese music industry's most successful artists appealing as both a pop singer and a "serious artist", Nakashima's smoky, emotive voice and sophisticated style are a treasure to behold. Thanks to dodolaje for the upload

Official Website (japanese)
Profile (english) from Nippop

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Army of Two First Look

Available for Ps3 and Xbox360 sometime in 2007, from EA's new Montreal studio. The game is set in the near future, where you take control of, as the name suggests, a two-man mercenary team doing high-risk paramilitary operations. The game is a third-person shooter allowing you to either play through the campaign with a friend, or issue orders to an intelligent computer-controlled teammate who may or may not obey the orders you give him.

Billed as the first game ever to put players inside tactical warfare involving Private Military Corporations. Reid Schneider, Senior Producer at EA Montreal noted, "This is the game we've always wanted to create. Until now, the hardware would not allow us to deliver truly intelligent AI characters."

Hands on from gamespot
Eurogamer first look
EA press release

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Visit the Retro Blogging Carnival 2nd edition

Witness the joyousness, the intoxicating celebration, the literary fireworks and the ill fitting carnival hats as the blogging universe get down and party retro style. Forget the neighbours, boost up the volume on your winamp and head over to Urban Retro Lifestyle for your taste of the exotic and saccharin free

REeettttttroooo Carnivalllllllll

Be there or be Quadrilateral

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Miss Universe 2006

Because it's important that gamers keep up with events in the outside world.
Cough!........(Elderly opens the envelope)
and the winner of Miss Universe 2006 is....................
brown eyed, 5' 9", Miss Puerto Rico, Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza.

Miss Universe 2006 Official website
Pre-show interview video
Unofficial Zuleyka Rivera photo page

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Price Check: Commodore 64

The Commodore 64 personal computer, released in August 1982, became the best selling (17 million units) single computer model of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The Commodore 64 is commonly referred to as the C64; other less common names include CBM 64/CBM64, C= 64.

Introduced by Commodore Business Machines in August 1982 at the low price of US$595, it offered 64 kilobytes of RAM with sound and graphics performance that compared favourably with later IBM compatible computers of that time.

Unlike computers that were distributed only through authorized dealers, Commodore took the lead and also targeted department stores and toy stores and unlike computers the unit could be plugged directly into a television set to play games. A quick google search will uncover a wealth of emulator sites and programs, allowing you to experience the gameplay from the comfort of your own desktop.

To enjoy the whole hands on brown keypad experience for yourself, you can pick up a good deal on ebay from anything between $30 to $75, or you have the option of visiting a decent retro site like retrotrader. Original games (we hope) are going at anything from between $3 and $7, and if you look really really hard this seller on ebay is offering an complete light fantastic package for just $73, including 3d glasses light gun and original games. And remember be cautious out there, you could end up with a retro piece of plastic unless you look for some guarantees.

Elsewhere a c64 fridge magnet will set you back $6, unique joysticks with 30 programmed c64 games will cost you from $10 to $25. If you want to read more about the troubled history of the c64, On the edge the rise and fall of the C64 will cost $30, while a commodore logo tshirt on 8ball will set you back $20.

C64 a potted history from pchistory
C64 on

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Jean Grey

Prompted by comments by the illustrious Gnome and GamerC on a earlier post previewing Marvel Ultimate Alliance, I've taken the liberty of previewing a couple of the promised 140 characters from the games teaser website and so what better way to start than with Jean Grey. Her videogame pedigree is in no doubt

Jean Grey appears as "Marvel Girl", a playable character in 1990's X-Men II: The Fall of the Mutants for the PC. Jean is a supporting character in X-Men for the Sega Genesis.

She appears as "Phoenix" in her blue-and-gold uniform in X-Men: Gamemaster's Legacy for the Sega Game Gear.

Jean also appears as "Phoenix" in the X-Men: Mutant Academy games for the Sony PlayStation and as "Phoenix" and the powerful "Dark Phoenix" in X-Men: Next Dimension for the PS2, Xbox and the Nintendo Gamecube.

She appears as "Ultimate Jean Grey" (a playable character) in X-Men Legends and its sequel X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, where also she appears as the powerful "Dark Phoenix" an exclusive for the PSP.

Extensive details and images from the following websites

Marvel Character page
Marvel Ultimate Alliance
X-Men stills

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Rumble Roses XX Secrets

Costume unlocking guide, body modifications, character unlocking, killer moves

from gamefaq

Rumble Roses XX Wallpaper from gamersgallery
Official japanese website (give it a minute to load)
club page on 1up (scroll to end for images)
achievements and cheats from gamefaq

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance Trailer

Confirmed as launch titles for Wii and Ps3, create the ultimate dream team, starting with 20 playable Marvel Super Heroes, and unlocking even more as you progress. Experience the full scale of the Marvel universe with a combined cast of over 140 characters.

1up preview
Official teaser site
Screenshots from gamespot

Trailer from

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Abominable Snowman Interactive DVD game/movie

Benjamin, Crista and Marco North go on an adventure to the Himalayas to find their Uncle Rudy who has gone missing in his quest to find a mythical Yeti creature. At every crossroads a decision has to be made. Will they survive avalanches, keep away from evil poachers, and escape hungry tigers?

Okay so the concept is not new, but the opportunity for little varmints/children to interact with their very own movie adventure should keep the pests/darlings really really happy for the 80 minute runtime. And you know what those tiny monsters are like, they'll want to watch the whole thing all over again ad infinitum. Finally a way to keep those small humans away from your favourite games console.

The Abominable Snowman is the first in an exciting series of interactive DVDs based on the best-selling book series of the same name. This groundbreaking interactive DVD features 11 exciting stories in one DVD movie, and the celebrity voices of
William H. Macy (Seabiscuit, Fargo),
Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle, Agent Cody Banks),
Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives, TransAmerica),
Lacey Chabert (Party of Five, Mean Girls), and Daryl Sabara (Spy Kids, Polar Express).

(i've just been asked to point out that children can sometimes be adorable............ okay you can undo the thumbscrews now!)

On sale 25th July trailer from youtube

Official webpage

Product info from Goldhil Entertainment

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Frogger xboxlive arcade review

The controls at my local arcade where mucked up, or maybe i really was crap, but it still didn't stop me donating large amounts of cash to the frogger cause. Now it's all yours for 400 Microsoft points (£3.40 €4.65 USD$5). Eurogamer and gamespot have dusted off their happy memories too and reviewed the latest addition to xboxlive arcade.

Frogger Eurogamer review
Gamespot review

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Need for speed Carbon latest screenshots

simply that, 14 new images from 3d gamers

Trailer from

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Culdcept Saga mag scans, 80 card images

Card based strategy game, expected Summer release in Japan only. An Xbox Live enabled game that will be the next instalment in the "Magic-meets-Monopoly" game franchise that had previous outings on the Ps2, PlayStation and Dreamcast. Rulliweb have upped over 80 images of the promised 470 cards. Click image for larger version

Culdcept Official Website
Rulliweb magscans
rulliweb screenshots

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New Bullet Witch Screens

With a Famitsu score of just 27/40 (67%) hanging over the games release, the developers have pushed back the Japanese release until 27th July, presumably to improve gameplay. The website has been updated to include their apology for the delay and a link to the developers blog and some new screenshots.

Official website
Screenshots from Xboxyde
high res screens (7) from rulliweb (japanese)

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Virtua Fighter 5 Trailer (Ps3)

Currently in an "advanced state of development" on PS3 hardware. Character customisation featured in the Japanese arcade version will be available in full on the PS3 port, giving players the ability to adjust the appearance of their characters.
source: wikipedia

Trailer from Eurogamer TV
Screenshots from Eurogamer

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