Saturday, March 31, 2007

Tomb Raider Anniversary

Due May 29th and confined to PS2, PSP and PC, Latest screenshots and preview from IGN. Seems Crystal Dynamics have been listening to fans....

IGN Preview

Official Website

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Castlevania Symphony of the Night Walkthrough

Still waiting for an xbla version of the walkthrough, though apart from the button configuration there should be no difference from the Playstation walkthroughs below (given that the game remains faithful to the original). If you do happen to find an Xbox live Arcade version, please post the link in the comments section and i'll get right on it.

Playstation walkthroughs
Castlevania SOTN Walkthrough from Gamefaq
Casltevania Fan Gallery (artbooks, scans)
Castlevania Bestiary from 1up
Maps from rpg classics (spoilers)
Walkthrough list from Neoseeker
Walkthrough scans and secrets from gamespy

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Download Munkey and the Health of the Blogosphere

Technorati summed it up quite nicely,

"55 million Blogs some of them have to be good"

. . . . . . Well I found one, thanks to a quite eclectic Gnome

The Download monkey features an outstanding selection of Game Artwork, Wallpapers and Videos, Warhammer 40,000, Military paraphanelia, Software and quite simple anything that's looks classy cool and fun that can possibly be found on the Wubble U Wubble U Wubble U.

Recent posts include concept art from a stunning new minatures game, the latest instalment on counterstrike weapons, a selection of Warrior Knights, Ninja, Dark Horse, Capcom and Star wars Wallpapers.

The Download Munkey

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Castlevania Symphony of the Night on Xbox 360

Recreated and enhanced for Xbox 360, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on Xbox Live arcade, features enhanced graphics, new achievements, and Xbox Live leaderboards. Play the original version of the game or experience it in enhanced mode with improved graphics and modernized audio and sound effects.

Collect items, weapons and armor to defeat the powerful boss monsters that block access to key areas of the castle. Earn 12 achievements and 200 Gamerscore points, and check the top players with the online leaderboards.

Scoring 90% from 9 reviews on

Reviews Summary
The greatest game ever
Even after 10 years, it's still most definitely worth playing
A gaming masterpiece
Gameplay on the 360 is almost perfect, but for the mushy d-pad on the wireless controller
A momentous addition to the Xbox Live Arcade family, both because of its incredible depth and the fact that it is the first game allowed to break the 50 MB size restrictions
Easily one of the greatest games of all time, this is a pretty solid version minus a few oddities and a piss-poor d-pad
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is the epitome of the side-scrolling genre.

IGN Review
IGN Screenshots
Achievements list from Gamefaq

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Why do Games Cost so much ?

Your Typical $60 game

Art/Design: 25% (about $15)
Programming And Engineering: 20% (about $12)
Retail: 20% ($12)
Platform Fee: 11.5% (about $7) eg Sony Microsoft*
Marketing: 7% (about $4)
Market Development Fund: 5% (about $3)
Manufacturing Costs, Packaging: 5% (about $3)
Licensing: 5% (about $3)
Publisher profit: 1.5% (about $1)
Distributor: 1.5% (about $1)
Corporate Costs: 0.3% (about 20 cents)
Hardware development costs: 0.05% (less than 3 cents)

*Each game maker has to fork over a fee for each unit sold, which varies from console to console for example some publishers say creating games for the PlayStation 3 is more expensive because of fees Sony charges to use its Blu-Ray DVD standard.

"But that number can get smaller depending on the publisher's status," says Peer Schneider, vice president of content publishing at IGN, News Corp.'s gaming portal. "The fee can be waived for exclusivity to a platform--that will buy you a kickback."


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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Ps3 Compatibility Games List

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have launched a web site that will allow prospective PS3 3 owners to see which of their Ps2 and PS1 titles are playable on the new European PS 3 hardware model.

Owners of a European PS3 will need to install the latest firmware upgrade (1.60) to play the PS2 titles listed on the web site. The upgrade will be available at launch from midnight on 22nd March from or, for those unable to access the internet, on a disc obtained from their local Customer Services.

PS3 Compatibility list
user friendly with an user rating system

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Monday, March 19, 2007

God of War II Walkthrough

Testing not only your gaming skills but your endurance, with collosal bosses who have no intention of letting you survive to the next save point, through amazing Worlds and puzzles and the most gruesome kills ever seen, staying alive long enough to deliver that finishing move, is going to take some doing and the occasional peek at the link list below. If you find a unique walkthrough or hint site not included, please park the link in comments and I'll add it on.

Walkthrough from Gamefaq

Game details (spoilers) on wikipedia
Unlockable Costume on gamerhelp
Superguide from
Unlockables from
Gow2 Official Website

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Latest Lost Odyssey Screenshots

Due Q4 2007 for xbox 360, Lost Odyssey is a role-playing game featuring both the music composer and producer of the Final Fantasy series. The second of two epic RPG projects for Microsoft by Mistwalker. You play as Kaim, a man who's been sentenced to live for 1,000 years.

Gamespot's Q&A with Hironobu Sakaguchi
Mistwalker Teaser Site
Earlier Preview post

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Lineage II Scions of Destiny Cinematic Trailer

Seamus the Leprechaun here, in recovery mode

I've been meaning to post this for quite some time.. the trailer for Scions of Destiny released February 2006. Probably never see it on consoles.... sniff!! you may notice a pointy ear or two.

Lineage II on Wikipedia

Chaotic Chronicle (latest release)

posted by the Leprechaun

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Jean Butler

St. Paddy's day, wouldn't be complete without Jean Butler...and the way she might look at you...! debuing at aged 17 with the Chieftains, in 1994 she performed and choregraphed a 7 minute Eurovision interlude which exploded into a World Wide phenomenom.....

vids upped by annabananadana & Wandering Child

posted as a special request, for all the Leprechauns, everywhere

Jean Butler Official Website

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Happy St. Patrick's Day

Hello!! Seamus the Leprechaun here, guest blogger on the elderly gamer. Well it's that time of year again, and on this blog it falls to me to wish you, wherever you are the best Paddy's day ever. In the the words of the Leprechaun elders,

for every Storm let there be a rainbow
for every tear a smile
for every care, a promise
for every sigh, a sweet song
Nár laga Dia do lámh

Friday, March 16, 2007

Burnout Dominator Review (Ps2)

as IGN said, best thought of as a "Greatest Hits, but Not All of Them"

The next installment in the legendary Burnout series, loaded with intense racing action and dozens of retina-searing World Tour events, and with a score of 80% from 8 reviews on, they haven't upset the forumula.

Reviews Summary
So fun, that you'll find yourself addicted in no time.
A Burnout racing game that fails to achieve must buy status.
No Crash mode and no online play, but Burnout is a wise investment.
Jackson releasing a Best Of, without 'Beat It'
Dominator should satisfy you nicely if your a fan
Not for the weak-hearted because of the difficulty at later levels
When it shines, oh boy, it dazzles

Official Website
Screenshots (32) on 1up

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Half Life 2 Orange Box Portal (Xbox 360) Preview

So what's the Orange box you say... essentially a next-gen console version (as opposed to the PC Black Box), packed with bonuses in addition to the original Half-Life 2 game. Half-Life 2: Episode One and Episode Two add-on levels are also on the disc, as are the stunningly complex puzzle game Portal and the online phenomenon Team Fortress 2. Due US Fall 2007 and EU September 30th 2007.

Luckily IGN have released some more detail on Portal for your viewing pleasure. Or if your rushing off, it's a 5 hour puzzle game.

Portal Preview from IGN

R perhaps your looking for the Half-Life Orange Box Reviews

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Friday, March 09, 2007

Top Ten Dugg Flash Games

Hello tis Seamus again.. (the leprechaun), well seeing as my last Porn for Leprechauns post went down like a lead balloon, I've decided to diversify.

So there I was over on looking away at the most dug diggs and an idea surfaced, probably not original , but original for me... so without further tadooo, Seamus presents his Top Ten Dugg Flash games as voted by the Diggers on Avoid the red balls as long as possible
Tower Defence Stop the Creeps reaching the other side
Paper Pilot How far can you throw your paper airplane
Cost of Life Unicef supported, what does it take to survive
Raitendo Trippy Platform Puzzler
Flytron Flash version of Tron
Contra A Flash remake of the classic
Red Ball Bounce the ball and hit the numbered plates in order
Tabuto Touch as many of the falling blocks as you can
Sink your Drink 18+ drink as much as you can

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Genji Days of the Blade Walkthrough (ps3)

Stunning graphics, awkward camera angles, relatively straightforward gameplay until you get to the really really frustrating bits.. in which case.... the following guides stand out.

Walkthrough from Misfit119 on Gamefaq mini guide
G4tv podcast..
Genji 2 Official Website
Genji Reviews

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Super Swing Golf (Wii) Reviews

Taking advantage of the Wii controller, Super Swing Golf revolutionizes the way video game golf is played, and manages a score of 73% from 30 reviews on

Reviews Summary
Great characters, original courses, intuitive control system, what more could you ask for?
There's plenty of good here, but for every bit of it, there's a spoonful of frustration
Super Swing Golf is all about a deep, lengthy single player experience
Time consuming campaign and lackluster graphics will wear pretty thin for the serious gamer.
Swinging the Wii Remote through 18 holes of virtual golf can actually be a workout
A cute golf game , but adds nothing new to the genre aside from the Wii-mote gameplay.
Lots of courses, neat items and equipment to buy, a long “Story” mode, and solid multiplayer.
Anime characters and special shots may not be for everyone

Screenshots from IGN

Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

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Sunday, March 04, 2007

New Bioshock Trailer Hunting Big Daddies

Described by the developers as a "spiritual successor" to their previous PC title System Shock 2. The game has been in development since late 2004. The game will be an Xbox 360 and Windows XP/Vista title only. The announced release date is reported as August 21, 2007, if there's a god I'll live long enough to play this.......

Bioshock First Look
Bioshock Official Website

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Star Trek Phaser

Authentically licensed original series phaser pistol, featuring authentic action lights and sounds and adjustable power settings. Remember, always treat Phasers as if they were fully loaded with nadions-- It's fun until someone puts an eye out.
Available from Entertainment Earth

Read more about it's pedigree on
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Retro Gamers Auction Site

The Elderly Gamer is proud to announce, in conjunction with GnomesLair inc. the arrival of a new Star in the Retro Gaming Universe. Every day this unlikely duo, peer deeply into the bowels of Ebay to Snatch the rarest the most exotic the most sought after Retro bargains and present them for your delectation (after a little wash).

Awarded best new Retro blog by the Gnome Blogging foundation
Awarded most promising new blog by the Old Farts Nursing Home
Winner Uncategorised Category by the Categorising Federation

Retro Treasures is A joint Project from two of the heaviest (over 30stone) game bloggers on the internet, with a combined gaming experience of over 50 years between them.

Retro Treasures (the blog your father and your Gnome would love... slogan writers required.....)

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