Thursday, November 30, 2006

Problems with Wii

Ahhh the Wii....... apart from providing an opportunity to write far more interesting headlines, it appears design difficulties with the strap attached to the Wii-mote is causing the most horrendous of injuries to electronic equipment, threatening the life-time of your brand new HD TV, plasm screen or Laptop and potentially endangering the bone structure of your favourite old person.

Luckily a brand new website entitled "Wii have a problem" is documenting such horrendous accidents. See the carnage first hand on

Wii have a Problem

And if that doesn't keep chill the very marrow in your bones take a look at,

the top ten Wii complaints from 1up

Still not flabbering a gaster, then perhaps you'll want to check out a graphics comparison between the xbox360 and the much lauded graphical superiority of the Ps3. It will leave you a bit puzzled as to what type of medication Ken Kutaragi was on when he said:

"With the PS3, our intentions have been to create a machine with supercomputer calculation capabilities for home entertainment...You can experience the 4D world."

1up What the Cell is Going on

The elderly gamer, bringing you the latest console news as it happens..... only a month later!!

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Superman Returns the DVD

For five years, Superman (Brandon Routh) has been away from Earth, coaxed into space by a belief that Krypton may still exist. Finding nothing, he comes back to a changed world, not only has terrorism become rampant, but Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has married, started a family, and won the Pulitzer for her piece "Why the World Doesn’t Need Superman." After a stop in Smallville to see his adopted mother (Eva Marie Saint), Superman is back in Metropolis, and Clark Kent has his old job back at the Daily Planet, with everyone still incredibly oblivious to his alter ego. But where there’s Superman, there's Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey), and he is likely to be planning something dastardly.

With the film scoring a favourable 72% on The two disc Special edition has just been released in the US featuring.
  • Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Requiem for Krypton: Making Superman Returns": a comprehensive 3-hour documentary including:
Secret Origins and First Issues: Crystallizing Superman
The Crystal Method: Designing Superman
An Affinity for Beachfront Property: Shooting Superman (Superman on the Farm, Superman in the City, Superman in Peril)
The Joy of Lex: Menacing Superman
He's Always Around: Wrapping Superman
Resurrecting Jor-El
  • Deleted scenes: The Date, Family Photos, Crash Landing/X-Ray Vision, Old Newspapers, Are You Two Dating?, Martinis and Wigs, I'm Always Right, Jimmy the Lush, Language Barrier, Crystal Feet, New Krypton
  • Easter egg: "Wrong!"
  • Theatrical and video game trailers
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Metal Slug Anthology (Wii, Psp) Preview

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Metal Slug, expected Europe March 30th 2007, and depending where you look, it's either just been released or due December 14th or the 19th in the US .

The shooting compilation, boasts "arcade perfect" ports of six tried an tested METAL SLUG titles, in addition to the new release Metal Slug 6.

METAL SLUG 6 was released in the arcades earlier this year and expands the cast of playable characters by two. In addition to the Metal Slug regulars – Marco Rossi, Tarma Roving, Eri Kasamoto, and Fio Germi, Metal Slug 6 includes Ralf Jones and Clark Steel of Ikari warriors. The Metal Slug 6 storyline returns to the Rebel-Martian alliance featured in Metal Slugs 2, X, and 3, but now players have to team up with the Rebels and Martians to defeat an even greater threat.

Wii screenshots from IGN
TGS2006 hands on from IGN

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Monday, November 27, 2006

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Walkthrough

From the Ordon Forest to the Faron Woods, from the Gale Boomerang to Diabola, from collecting poe souls to riding stolen boars, not all plain sailing as you have no doubt learned. When an evil darkness enshrouds the land of Hyrule and the way ahead is unclear..... use a Walkthrough, of which the mighty illustrious Gamefaq has no less than 5, at last count.

Walkthrough from Gamefaq
Cheats and unlockables from
Lavish pictorial Walkthrough from
Twilight Princess Official Website (wallpaper)

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Dark Sector Trailer

Dark Sector is a third-person shooter where players assume the role of the protagonist, Hayden Tenno who gains the ability to morph into dramatically different combat forms. Set in the crumbling infrastructure of a fictional Soviet-bloc country in the near future, the game features both single and multi-player action, with players working their way through a world where bio-weapons are no longer science experiments, but a hellish nightmare let loose on an unsuspecting populace. Due Fall 2007 for xbox360 and Ps3.

Official Website
Official Blog
Screenshots from xboxyde

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The Atari 2600 Graveyard Fact or Fiction?

The video game crash of 1983 saw the near complete crash of the video game industry and the bankruptcy of a number of companies producing home computers and video game consoles in North America in late 1983 and early 1984. It brought an end to what is considered the second generation of console video gaming.

The Rumour:
1983 Atari Inc. send a reported 10 to 20 Truck loads of unsold/returned Atari game carts, unsold Atari consoles, and countless other related hardware from it's El Paso warehouse to landfill iin Alamogordo, New Mexico, and had concrete poured on top of the lot.

Truth or Fiction?
Update! May 2012: the original link I had to a pretty comprehensive piece on the mystery on is now defunct!!!

But you gotta love Wikipedia!, who've kept the important bits, well the bits we really need to know!  Atari video game burial on Wikipedia

And a big thank you for existing!!! to the Wayback machine, who have kept the original webpage referencing the original reporter!!! :) Way back!

Latest Super Smash Bros. Brawl Images

Scanned from Famitsu and Nintendo Dream magazines. Due Japan December 31st , with a release date to be announced elsewhere.

Latest scans (7) from

96 screenshots on IGN

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Genji: Days of the Blade Review

Based on the PS2 game "Genji," and set three years after the last chapter of Genkuro Yoshitsune's life, this sequel continues to expand on the historical accounts of feudal Japan.
Scoring just 58% from 14 reviews on

Ps3 Reviews summary
Gameplay in Genji isn’t will have fun for the 10 hours or so that the game lasts.
Flexes the Ps3's graphical muscle derivative gameplay makes it difficult to recommend.
A beautiful but deeply flawed game, the camera in this game hates you and wants you to die
Stunning visuals, a lush soundtrack, riddled with annoying camera angles, repetitive hack-and-slash action, confusing missions and load times that should never be seen on a next-generation gaming system.
May have passed for a launch-title on the Playstation 2, but on the Playstation 3 it is bland, repetitive and asinine.
No reason to put down $59.99 for this clunker, The lack of camera control is a travesty
All the beautiful graphics in the world can’t save a game as badly designed as Genji

Interestingly the official website features an SCEA warning in relation to downloads, if you want to download some wallpaper you automatically grant SCEA permission to use any information they collect about you as they see fit, hence no nice pictures of Genji in this post.... pity!!!

Screens on IGN
Genji Official Website

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Music Video Charts

Not content with blogging till my fingers bleed, it gives me great pleasure to introduce yet another blog to the elderly stable. Featuring the top five videos from the US, Japanese, European, UK, Canadian and Australian music charts. The blog will be updated weekly to reflect the fickle nature of the music buying public and as part testament to the horde of youtubers, whose dedicated uploading has made Youtube number 7 on Alexa's top ten most visited websites.

So Excuse the wet paint, the initally lack of reading content and take a little trip around the World's music tastes only on. . . .

Music Video Charts

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Best Games for Wii

With Amazon selling out of Wii consoles within 2 minutes of offer, accusations of the media ignoring the Wii launch (not enough violence), to Wii-mote and nun-chuk shortages, and the unlucky gamer who didn't use the handy strap provided and shot his remote through his TV screen, one thing remains constant. Wii games are now amongst us. So if your confused by the hype? can't tell your "Happy Feet" or "Avatar Airbender" from your "Grim adventures of Billy and Mandy" and is Red steel really any good at all? Dpad have compiled the ultimate Wii launch guide, with their pick of the Top Twenty games for your beautiful console.

Top 20 Wii Launch Games from


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Sunday, November 19, 2006

"Renai Shashin" Ai Otsuka

Ai Otsuka (born September 9, 1982) is a Japanese pop female singer-songwriter and pianist from Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. She is best-known for her 2003/2004 hit Sakuranbo, Ai Otsuka is signed to record label avex trax, one of the biggest record labels in Japan which also manages other high-profile artists like Ayumi Hamasaki, Kumi Koda, BoA, Namie Amuro, and Every Little Thing. Otsuka has also appeared in television commercials and acted in the drama Tokyo Friends, released on DVD. Her promotional videos are filmed as mini-dramas. She is qualified to teach kindergarten, and has said she will become a kindergarten teacher if her singing career collapses. With singles like this (no 4 in Japanese charts), that's a slim chance.

Ai Otsuka Official Website
Wikipedia bio

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Death Note

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects - and bored out of his mind! But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, and notebook dropped by a rougue shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal... or his life?

Death Note first began as a manga series first serialized by Shueisha in Weekly Shonen Jump from the first issue in December 2003 to May 2006, with 108 chapters in total. The series has been published in its entirety in 12 graphic novels in Japan. An anime series based on the manga commenced airing in Japan on October 3, 2006. A set of live-action movies based on the series were planned for production, with the first part released on June 17, 2006, and the second part due out on November 3, 2006.

Official Manga site (Japanese)Official Anime site (Japanese)

First Rainbow six Vegas Reviews emerge

Spotted by Deitrix, the first reviews are out . . . . . . . . . read and weep!! the xbox 360 version is due November 20th with a Ps3 release due December 19th

Teamxbox 95%
"It's the game's multiplayer mode that will keep us playing Vegas for years to come. This isn't just the multiplayer game of the year, it may actually be the best multiplayer game in the whole Xbox 360 library."

IGN 93%
"The sprawling levels like the glowing Fremont Street or the Hoover Dam open up Rainbow like it's never been before, and the result is a balanced shooter that is as much close-quarter combat as long-range head shots...The best first-person shooter on the Xbox 360."

Official Website
Xbox 360 screens and trailers from IGN
Ps3 screens and trailers from IGN

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Colin McRae Dirt and the Neon engine (xbox 360, Ps3)

Codemasters have announced the 2007 next gen release of a perennial favourite Colin McRae Dirt . The new Colin McRae title will go beyond the series’ point-to-point rallying to deliver the most diverse selection of extreme off-road competitions. "Sensational" (their words not mine) gravel, mud and dirt racing events from the world over will include perilous Hill Climb and collision-packed Rally Cross events.

International rallying competitions will also feature, with official cars on tracks based on real roads and locations around the globe. The title will also expand on beat-the-clock racing and include events with multiple cars on track to satisfy anyone who wants to push their on-the-edge driving just that bit further.

With official cars and official events across a wide variety of off-road and rally disciplines, "the most authentic and thrilling tracks ever in a McRae game", modes that make the most of online multiplayer and the series’ trademark intuitive car handling system tuned to perfection, Colin McRae Rally is evolving.

Colin McRae: DIRT is the first game being created using Codemasters Studios’ proprietary engine, Neon. Neon is a game engine thats been in production for over 18 months with over 30 tech experts on the team. Neon is being used to build Colin McRae: DIRT from the ground up with technology developed exclusively for next-generation formats.

Says Gavin Cheshire, Vice President of Codemasters Studios:
“Neon delivers an engine that provides us with so much more scope and possibilities than an update of existing tech would have ever allowed. The most obvious result is in the visual detail and physics that produce incredible particle effects. Neon makes it possible to go into seemingly minute detail but will create the most realistic and involving environments in the racing genre.”

The detail Neon provides enables the team to model locations and environments as accurately as possible, providing each with a unique look and feel, right down to the effects of the wind. Using real-time physics to model air movements, everything will be affected by the wind: exhaust smoke, trees, foliage, trackside flags, rainfall and the vehicles themselves. A car will create an air rush wake that will have an effect on everything it passes and also generate a real-time slipstream.

Impact from damage will see metal crumple, glass smash and everything that you collide with in the environment will be destroyed in a realistic way. Small trees snap and bend, grass can be flattened, wood will splinter and stone will be smashed, it’ll even wrap a car around a tree if the crash is serious enough.

Colin McRae Dirt xbox 360 Screenshots from teamxbox

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Retro Games Metroid

The first game in the Metroid series, released initially for the Famicom Disk System on August 6, 1986, and later for the Nintendo Entertainment System in August, 1987.

Pirates have stolen a new life-form, recently discovered on the planet SR388. The life-form, called 'Metroid', is in a state of suspended animation, and according to analysis, was the cause of the complete destruction of SR388. Let loose, the alien could destroy countless other systems. You play as an androgynous figure called Samus Aran who must destroy the pirates and save the World.

Metroid provided one of the first nonlinear game experiences on a home console, five different endings ensured replayability. The endings vary depending on how much time the player takes to finish the game. Strangely the gender of the character is not revealed until the end of the game and only then if you finished within time. The two fastest endings feature Samus Aran in various stages of undress, with the fastest ending featuring Samus in a bikini.

The hidden worlds of Metroid (also called secret worlds or hidden zones) are part of gaming legend. These "secret" Worlds arose unintentionally from the way the game uses level data. As a result hidden room data is essentially random. This causes the hidden worlds to have certain strange properties. Notable amongst these are erratic scrolling and doors that lead into walls or worse still doors which lead nowhere, thereby freezing the map scrolling and trapping Samus.

The normal area of the game is 511 rooms. The total area of the hidden worlds is 1720 rooms, making a grand total of 2231 rooms. This means if you play the game without any knowledge of the hidden worlds the player will only explore about 23% of the total area of the game.

In the late 1990s, the Metroid Database's message board served as a forum for the largest known expedition to these glitch areas. Known as "The Great Secret World Hunt," hardcore Metroid fans used Door Jumps, Game Genies, and emulators to access more hidden areas than had ever been revealed before.

The most complete overview of the game including maps, posters, box art, walkthrough, music, folklore, fanart ad infinitum can be found on mdb (metroid database.)

Metroid on MDB

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Devil May Cry 4

Coming to a Japanese Ps3 in December 2006, with a Western release date unannounced. Released exclusively for the Ps3 Director Hideaki Itsuno has warned that the game will be hard (nothing new there), he further stated that Devil May Cry 4 will feature more weapons, maneuvers, enemies, locations, music, and cutscenes than all the previous releases combined. DMC4 is also being billed as having the longest game play time in the entire series.

In Devil May Cry 4, players will principally control Nero, who must comes to grips with newly found powers, as his beliefs and allegiance are tested. A multiplayer element has been mentioned and Dante has also been confirmed as a playable character.

Hands on impressions from IGN
Screenshots from
Official Website (Japanese)
Trailers from

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Gears of War Dashboard Backgrounds

In other words Xbox360 wallpaper or the bit what goes behind your 360's blades, and you pay microsoft points for. Only drawback is with this method your stuck with the same image on every page, still a small sacrifice for a freebie.

I also hear what your saying "why the blocky black bit?" beleive me I understand your pain, it's been added to ensure those with widescreen format get the image properly displayed, if its causing a problem on your TV format just lop it off in any image program.

Click images for dashboard size,

So how do you get them on your 360 then? well there's the long way
see the following
Setting your xbox 360 wallpaper
Themes? where the heck are they?

or simply plug in a USB flash memory stick into your PC and you can copy files from it to your Xbox hard drive and set them as the background of your dashboard. Unfortunately you'll have the same image across each blade, unlike the official xbox360 themes.

More Dashboard backgrounds

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Ps3 Queing, Unboxing, and User interface

With only 100,000 units of the PlayStation3 available to consumers at the Japanese launch, stocks were bound to sell out within hours. And within minutes the console was already fetching ridiculous prices on auction sites. The 60GB model, which sold for an average price of 59,800 yen ($508) at retail is selling now for around 90,000 yen ($765) on Yahoo Japan's Auction site. The 20GB model, which retails for 49,980 yen ($425), is going for 70,000 yen ($595). The following videos give a sampling of what all the fuss is about.

Ps3 Launch
From berlintrax on youtube

Unboxing the Ps3
From CheapyD on youtube

Ps3 User Interface
From WiShApOnAsTaR88 on Youtube

Ps3 Official Website

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Resistance: Fall of Man Ps3 has it's Killer App

Released on November 11, 2006 in Japan with US launch on the Ps3's November 17, 2006 launch date. Set in a frightening, alternate 20th century reality, Resistance: Fall Of Man delivers a unique blend of harrowing military action and unnerving horror. In mere decades, the Chimera -- a species of unknown origin propagating a virus that converts other life forms into more Chimera -- has overrun Russia and all of Europe. Humanity's hope for survival is slim, and the tide of the battle rests on the shoulders of U.S. Army Ranger, Sgt. Nathan Hale. Taking advantage of the PlayStation 3's processing power, Resistance has you experiencing a wide variety of horrifying creatures, physics-based weaponry, playable vehicles, smart enemies, and highly detailed and diverse environments. Players are challenged online and offline as Resistance: Fall of Man in a single player campaign, a co-operative mode and a full online onslaught. Multiplayer features 40 player support, more than a half-dozen game types, and the ability to play as humans or Chimera.

IGN Review 91%
"Fall of Man is one hell of an outstanding roller coaster ride that every last PS3 owner needs for day one. It's the multiplayer elements that truly ascend this one to the next level."

Gamebrink Review 91%

"The single player is a lot of fun but does have a few flaws, the multiplayer is to die for, and the audiovisual experience is definitely the best of all the PS3’s launch titles."

Gamespot's Ultimate Faq
Official Website

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

300 the movie latest

The Movie
300 is a 2007 epic film adapted from the graphic novel 300 by Frank Miller about the Battle of Thermopylae. The historical fantasy is directed by Zack Snyder with Frank Miller attached as an executive producer and consultant. 300 stars Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro and David Wenham. The film is set for a March 9, 2007 release.

Zack Snyder and Frank Miller interview IGN
Preview from IGN
Official Website (icons wallpaper)
Trailer plot synopsis
Movie Posters from moviesonline

The Psp Game
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced 300: March to Glory, a PSP game based on the film 300, which itself is based on a Frank Miller graphic novel. The movie features a highly stylized production design, similar to Sin City, and the game, in development at Collision Studios, will conform to the style of the film. more from IGN

The Graphic Novel
written and illustrated by Frank Miller with painted colors by Lynn Varley. It depicts the Battle of Thermopylae and the events leading up to it from the perspective of Leonidas I, king of Sparta. The comic, however, takes great liberties in its narrative, for example depicting Xerxes I of Persia as a bald black man with piercings and the traitor Ephialtes of Trachis as a hunchback. The comic was particularly inspired by the 1962 film, The 300 Spartans, a movie that Miller watched as a young boy.

Every page of the comic was illustrated as a double-page spread. When the series was gathered into hardcover form, the individual pages were twice as wide as a normal comic. Miller's art style for this project was similar to his Sin City work, although the addition of color is an obvious difference.

300 was initially published as a monthly five issue comic book series by Dark Horse Comics, the first issue published in May 1998. the issues were titled Honor, Duty, Glory, Combat and Victory. The series won three Eisner Awards in 1999; 'Best Limited Series', 'Best Writer/Artist' for Frank Miller and 'Best Colorist' for Lynn Varley. The work was collected as a hardcover graphic novel in 1999.

Frank Miller
Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957 in Olney, Maryland) is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. He is acclaimed as one of the most influential and popular creators in comics today. more from wikipedia.

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