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6:50 PM on 08.21.2007

INside STevie, LIttle HEnry LUrks- a silent hill origins review...of the demo

so, we know that the demo for Silent Hill 0rigins was leaked. i've been a silent hill fan since thanks to pizza hut i got a demo to the first one and it's been a beautiful love affair with deformed monster nurses and the like ever since. once i heard it was official they were making a psp silent hill game i was glad for once i bought the damn thing. it is nearing time to release and i got my hands on the demo and i couldn't be moar excited, will it live up to expectations or be just another psp release no one cares about? we won't know for sure till it's release but here's my impressions after playing the demo.

i will start off with game play, control wise it mostly lives up to normal expectations with silent hill, with some added nuggets of joy. you move your character with the analog nub as is expected, this game really made me wish sony would flip the d-pad and nub on all their consules it's almost standard to use analog sticks as the main movement so why not flip em to make game play more comfortable (see xbox controller) so what does that leave the d-pad for you ask? a new feature to seamlessly switch weapons, because you WILL be changing weapons frequently but i'll touch on that later.


visuals are amazing, probably not the best psp can put out but with whats out now it looks pretty damn good. the switching between light world/ dark world are awesome, the freak you out freaky videos that come up to creep you out are pretty awesome and unexpected, and the screen getting grainy at points is pretty cool too, my only disappointment comes from not being as creepy visually than the others but with how the story seems to play out that gives more of a creepy factor than just walking through an evil looking hospital. lighting (most specifically from the flash light) is some of the best i've seen in a silent hill, while i've never played the room so it COULD be just as good i don't consider it a member of the silent hill family, it's the ugly red headed step child of the bunch. the cameras are mostly what you can expect from silent hill, but with a bit of a feel they were trying to copy the formula of resident evil 4.

now more about actual game play, one new thing i'm liking is the new combat system. remember earlier when i said you'll be changing weapons alot? well new to the series is weapons don't last forever. i was fighting a nurse with a sledge hammer and the hammer just broke! i was attacking one with a scalpal and i assume it got stuck in the nurse as it disappeared in an explosion of puss. then there are the new weapons, such as an iv drip stand, portable tv, huge glass alcohol bottle, to name a few, that escape the traditional weaponry but is something that if put into that situation in real life you might think to use. i guess they stole a chapter from dead rising. all the crazy puzzle solving that leaves you scratching your head for hours during a silent hill game is still alive and well.

over all i'm very impressed by this game, they took the traditional game play with some added features that in my opinion are very welcome and i hope they keep as they venture back to consules for the silent hill experience. i will be getting this for sure when it comes out, and for silent hill fans you should too, silent hill is back baby and possibly better than ever.   read


3:29 PM on 07.30.2007

get ready for Game Fuel, and other halo promotions

have you heard of some game called Halo 3? well in the next month or so everyone in the us will if microsoft has anything to do with it. starting in august a wave of promotion for halo 3 will hit you like lindsay hitting a curb while coked and boozed up. halo 3 will have be so heavily promoted i wouldnt be surprised if bush held a press conference about it.

item a. Game Fuel- a new mountain dew flavor inspired by halo 3, with 30percent moar caffine and a citrusy cherry flavor. sure to keep you up all night pwning noobs. 7-11 will carry special aluminum bottles of game fuel.


item 2- 7=11 will also carry 3 collector edition linticular slurpee cups. as well they will have special halo 3 packaged doritos with a sweepstakes to be a voice actor in halo wars.

item 3- pontiac will whore out halo 3 as well and among other things will do a promotion do coincide with the high performance g6 coming out soon.

item 4- burger king is on it's knees as well to the halos and will have halo 3 survival kits during september and october as well as halo 3 food packaging and sweepstakes and other such goodies.


item 5- projet revolution will whore out teh halos as well including sweepstakes to play halo 3 with such distinguished musical acts such as my chemical romance and linkin park.

item 6- xbox live will have launch week activities for all.

item 7- the game will come out at some point too,

more info and such can be found at http://www.xboxfamily.com/news%20stories/Halo_3/H3_360.htm   read


2:59 AM on 07.27.2007

simpsons movie is.....good?!?!?!




i'll admit, when i first heard of a simpsons movie i was very skeptical. when they can't even make a good episode anymore why would they be able to make a good movie? was i right, was i wrong? i got to see the movie at midnight and here's my post movie thoughts.

i went into the movie skeptical and figuring all the good parts of the movie were all seen in the previews. so it will take alot for this movie to win my heart over. the previews start to roaring applause, the new batman movie preview was pretty cool i dunno if it's new or not but full of win. the movie starts out and for the first chunk of the movie you don't stop laughing, hell i thourghly enjoyed watching green day die in a titanic-esque scene, worth the money right there. the beginning sets up one main part of the story and still laugh every two seconds material hurls its way at you. homer gets his pig which we all know and love as spider pig, or harry plotter, flanders works his way to barts heart, lisa meets a boy, and the movie continues to entertain scene to scene. homer soon after makes a horrible choice in hopes of free doughnuts and the main plot begins. if you think bush is a bad president wait till you see schwartenager as president. as always due to homers stupidity they are forced to escape the springfield mess and run away to alaska, where each citizen gets a thousand dollars to not care the government is destroying it's natural beauty. more filler happens and it's decided springfield must be saved from its upcoming doomy fate. character development is formed, and a big brested crazy medicine woman is met. then it's up to saving springfield before it becomes the new grand canyon.

i don't want to spoil it but the movie is sheer hilariousness and packed to the brim with win. if you like the simpsons at all this is a must see movie. it's regained some of it's campy, we'll do what eva we want, wether it be make fun of fox OR religion. or killing babies. i was truly skeptical of this movie but loved every minute of it. anyone who doubts wether it will be good or not should just go see it, it's totally worth it. i give it 4.5 stars.   read


7:59 PM on 07.18.2007

the revolution will not be happening on the psp

civilization revolution is not coming to psp. if anyone care. don't get me wrong i own a psp, i wasn't always a sony hater but they made me the way i am. does anyone even play psp games? it seems most of the psp community is into mostly homebrew and until reacently when homebrew was enabled for ALL psp users mine almost never got touched now it gets used for emulators and psONE games once i get a new CFW that doesn't wipe out the configuration menu so i can switch kernels. so my main question here is, does it matter much when games get delayed or production gets dropped for the psp?

there are 2 main reasons why it's not coming to the psp. 1 there aren't enough people to make it. they are working on the ps3, 360, DS(spring/summer 2008), and the wii version (which is pushed back to autumn 2008). understandable, that is alot of work going on to fill 4 different systems with it's own strengths and weaknesses. but here is the real kicker, reason number 2 is.....they would need to "farm it out" whatever this means and lack of resources. now if it can out it on the ds, which is a lower powered machine than what the psp is why is it so difficult to do on the psp platform as well? or does the lack of resources translate to lack of people that will play it. i would figure a psp version would be more a priority than a ds unless they want to look at the market stand point which is DS has a larger user base.

source: http://www.pspfanboy.com/2007/07/18/civilization-revolution-not-coming-to-psp-due-to-lack-of-resour/#comments   read


10:59 AM on 07.18.2007

gamestop wants to see your pokemans.


come on, preorder from bulbasaur he needs to keep this job. he hasn't had a good one since fire red/leaf green.

do you want to be the very best, like no one ever was? is catching them your real test, and training them is your cause? do you think your the poke master? well on july 21st gamestop wants you to see the amazingness of the wii by holding a pokemon battle revolution, Pokemon Tournament. just show up with your DS and copy of Diamond or Pearl and you can wipe the floor with all the lil 10 year olds and become a true pokemon master.

first place gets Pokemon Battle Revolutions and a Poketopia t-shirt.
second place gets the t-shirt
and since no one is a real loser in the game of life you get a free special gift just for showing up.

click the link for more basically the same information plus to find out which of your local gamestops are participating, then talk to your "friendly" gamestop employee for the time
http://www.gamestop.com/gs/pokemonbr/default.asp

is anyone else thinking about doing this? i was thinking we should form a team destructoid and sweep the nation in this pokemon tournament. plus if we find neat ways to advertise our team thats good advertisment for the dTOID   read


8:46 PM on 07.17.2007

more Resident Evil: Extinction pics. desire to see fading..fading....gone


translates to: i are be international poster to craptastic movie


I've always been a huge fan of resident evil since back in the day. i borrowed my friends second disk to RE2 the day it came out while he played the first, since then it's been a beautiful orgy of zombies , blood guts, and late night swearing as i figure out WTF is going on. hell i saw the movies right as they came out; saw the first one the day after it came out since the theatre closed the day it came out cuz someone got stabbed and got a job while i was there. saw the second movie the day it came out, while not stellar movies or the best movies ever they were still ok, and in some cases added good filler to the resident evil franchise, while other parts made you wanna punch the creators. now we move on the the third installment of the series, extinction, how ironic that the title of the movie is where we all want the movie series to go to.


"do you know who i am? yeah, neither do i"

i don't know what the creators were smoking when they thought "lets put this in the desert" but i want some. there more pictures that are released make me less likely to see it, it doesn't make sense. now i know resident evil 4 wasn't raccoon city and it was awesome, but i never considered it a true resident evil game no zombies little to no umbrella it just doesn't feel right. now back to the movie, roaming through the desert to escape the oncoming zombie infestation menace... yeah... cuz theres so much water and food to keep you alive in the desert, makes sense. at least dying by the teeth of a zombie is quick and depending on where they get you seemingly painless.


yes mayne, carlos and hilarious token black guy are still alive.

but this movie looks more and more like it makes no sense, the fabled chewbaca defense of johnny cochran is more thought provoking than what this movie is heading twords.


srrrr-sly guys, WTF is wit the leather jacket and gloves in the desert? srsly

but yeah, after the disappointmenets of 1,2, and what is known of 3 is anyone thinking of seeing this? knowing my geek side i imagine i'll break down and see it but not happily. other than being happy knowing it's the last one.   read


4:41 PM on 07.07.2007

target cuts ps3 price. most places have it at 499 already. UPDATED

target is jumping the price slash on bs3 band wagon, and with sony swearing price cut is not on the way i'm left assuming something. with the talks of the ps3 with bigger hard drives maybe at E3 they are announcing that they are switching back to the two teired model system they once had and they are bumping the 60 gig down and entering another one at the 599 price point. makes sease since sony swears there is no price cut and there have been rumors of bigger hard drives in ps3. whadda you guys think?

heres a link with more info on it and updates that stores are doing it. i like the circuit city manager that called to make sure it wasn't a computer error
http://www.ps3fanboy.com/2007/07/06/ps3-sold-at-target-for-499-99/

theres also gonna be a bunch of psn downloads from e3 avaliable like most videos and other fun stuffs.   read


9:05 AM on 06.29.2007

EXCLUSIVE GOD OF WAR CHAINS PICS and delay (update)

i got an e-mail from the sony today kindly reminding me that i have to wait till september to get my hands on my demo to god of war for the psp but i was treated to a lovely "exclusive artwork" piece i thought i would share with you all. the first is a piece of concept art for an evil looking tree, looks pretty bad ass. the second is screen shot of kratos standing in a field, with the tree rendered in its awe inspiring psp graphical amazingness.



and an exclusive screen shot :D



*UPDATE*

i just currently read that Chains of Olymus has been delayed until some time in 2008. as if it comes as a shock to anyone, the developers needed "more time to work on it" so we will have to wait till some time next year to hop back into the world of kratos in this anticipated prequel. i don't know about anyone else but i'm shocked to hear a sony game is being delayed, who'da thunk it?   read


8:19 AM on 06.27.2007

welcome to a new age of computer boxes.


grrr baby, verrry grrrr.....

as of yesterday i switched to the dark side, or switched from the dark side to the light? after many a years of toiling with microsoft, reinstalling os's due to fatal crashes, the drivers the drivers the drivers, etc. as of yesterday i entered the world of computing that "just works" by getting me a mac, and i must say as of now i'm not going to miss windows all to much.

having been used to computers that were the cheapest base models back in 02-03 when xp was but a mere baby in the computer market the jump in hardware impresses me almost as much as software. the difference between usb 1.1 and 2 is mind blowing, pulling all the music off my ipod went from almost a full days work was merely a few hours. a nice bright wide screen lcd 13.3" as compared to my "technology advanced" gateway2000 15" moniter scraped from the trash at my dads old job is quite nice, while i lost screen size i gained much happiness. the most advanced computer i've had in the past 5 years or so is a 1800+ amd processer 60 gig hard drive with 256 megs of ram and a 40x cd rw via eMachines, so a 2.16gz intel core2duo processer with 1 gig of ram and 120 gig hard drive with super drive is enough to make me cream my pant. yep there it goes, pant changin time. plus having webcam and mic now works out nicely too.

the software i'm impressed with as much as the hardware. even had i not spent hours on end learning mac at compusa before they closed it would have been a smooth transition. initial set up was a breeze, just a few minor lil questions and good to go i'd say not even half an hour and i was operational, as opposed to microsoft who takes close to an hour and needs to know everything short of your family tree, then you gotta register it to make sure its a legit copy. another amazing thing was not having to spend the next few hours removing wothless software, adding all sorts of software to stop virsus and popups and spyware, then updating windows so you lose some threat of hackers etc. the only worthless software i had to get rid of was the microsoft office trial, other than that it was install firefox and good to go. installing software is also a breeze on the mac you don't even need to install if you don't want, just mount the image and either install it by dragging it where you want it or run it. thats it. the dock is quite a nice feature as well, having all the programs your most likely to use right at the bottom of the screen waiting for you to click it is much nicer than going through start screens or minimizing everything to get to that desktop shortcut.

all in all, after spending 24 hours with my new mac, i am just left to wonder why windows is the more popular other than its sometimes cheaper and the whole gaming thing. before buying it i went to dell and built a laptop with a slightly bigger screen and slightly smaller system specs for afew hundred more than the macbook. i'm glad i made the switch, no moar sucking on bill gates teet for me.   read


9:29 AM on 06.25.2007

old news? i dunno but my psp is getting happy.

i don't know how many people know this already, but there is finally homebrew enabler for ALL psp firmwares. NO gta needed, just the game that any self respecting (or regretful if your like myself) owner should already have, LUMINES! this should hopefully soon lead to downgraders that don't require Liberty City Stories, which will make me and possibly many other psp users tingly in the pant region. i've wanted to play the homebrews since i found out about the huge backing of it and by then i was doomed to 2.8 i want to say. hopefully this can make my psp worth owning again till my God of War demo comes in august or whenever.

link with download and instructions for those interested:
http://dl.qj.net/Illuminati-Exploit-Homebrew-on-all-PSP-Firmware-PSP/pg/12/fid/13962/catid/114   read


6:19 PM on 06.21.2007

take two suspending sale of Manhunt 2

is this a sign that they are buckling and going to edit the game?

they suspended it temporarialy to "review their options" which at the moment are
1. edit
2. release on pc

they said "We believe in freedom of creative expression, as well as responsible marketing, both of which are essential to our business of making great entertainment," if they edit it they are buckling their freedom of creative expression for the almighty dollar. also to release it on pc would be losing alot of people who were going to get it in the first place.

at the moment this is the best news source i've found about it:
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/06/21/ap3846783.html

i'll update till it's covered else where as i learn more about it.   read


4:44 PM on 06.16.2007

remember alliwantforchristmasisapsp?

remember the good old marketing blunder via sony, http://alliwantforxmasisapsp.com/? you also remember how it died about as quickly as it fell out of sonys evil blu-ray lined loins? well you should give the link a lil clickety-click and check out what resides at that url now. i wonder if this is a hint at what will come with the future of psp, firmware 4.0 with free wireless ice cream? free ice cream with purchase of psp? or just some company choosing the wrong domain to advertise their milky wonder? either way, haagen-dazs, do not want. give me moar steven colbert americone dream.   read


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