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9:43 PM on 05.26.2008

This map is why I love Forge in Halo 3


I gotta say, a few weeks after Halo 3 came out I was thinking I would be seeing a lot more maps that really blew me away but it didn't really. People were still mainly focused on just playing the damn game so I got a little overboard on that part. But this video changes all that.

The map you see above is a forge map called "The Falcon" which is based in the Halo 3 map Avalanche. Now, you may be wondering, why "The Falcon?" Well I'll tell you why. There's a huge freaking ship made out of crates and huge boxes floating in the center of the map, and you guessed it, the ship is called "The Falcon."

The map is basically designated for Capture the Flag. The attacking team starts a little ways away from The Falcon with a huge arsenal of weapons to choose from. The defending team is tucked safely away in The Falcon in a somewhat average sized room where the flag stands. Now you may be thinking that the fact that they made a ship out of a bunch of crates and such in Forge is amazing, what's even better is the little things.

You enter the Falcon via teleporter on the roof (as well as another about halfway between the starting point and the ship) which connects to one in the room with the flag, but there are also three other teleporters on the corners of the room that lead to little passage ways with every gun in the game. Pretty snazzy, eh?

My personal favorite part, is that if by some means the attacking team grabs the flag and somehow gets it off the ship through the clusterfuck of rockets that must be going off, the defending team have multiple ways to chase after them. There are some Mongooses (Moongosi?) tucked safely away in the corner of the room, which have a small opening for you to easily drive out to the outdoors and make chase. On the backside, you can jump down a little opening to grab a warthog which also has an opening to easily go out and chase after the SOB that just took your flag. But if you're looking for some major firepower, there's a Scorpion tank on the bottom of the ship that you reach via Gravity Lift on the ground.

This map is unbelieveable and I really think we should try this out on FNF sometime.   read

9:25 PM on 05.24.2008

VIDEO: Liberty City Obituaries


As a follower of the GTA IV obsession over the past couple weeks, I find the above video to be a real knee-slapper. To be honest, it's just a montage of some great Niko deaths in Liberty City as well as a little bit of time dedicated to some great driving on sidewalks.

My policy is not to just post random videos without some solid reasoning behind it, but fuck it. This video is seven kinds of funny.   read

2:23 PM on 05.22.2008

NEW! 12 Minute Spore Creature Creator Demo


Well the release of GTA IV has come and gone and while I'm still playing the crap out of it, it's time to find a new game to drool over in the meantime. And what better game than Spore. As I posted with my last blog, the Creature Creator is being released June 17th, 3 months before the full retail game so you can start populating the world before you even get your hands on the final game.

The above video is a 12 minute demo walkthrough with Jason Ocampo (formerly of Gamespot) who is the Editor-In-Chief of IGN PC creating his very first creature on the near final build of the Creature Creator. He makes possibly one of the ugliest (while somehow adorable) creatures I have ever seen made in the game.

The game looks incredible and I can't wait to get my hands on it. A demo is also being released along side the Creature Creator on June 17th. The demo is completely free, while the Creature Creator is going to be $10 (or at least I'm 99% sure) via the Spore official website. And for those of you who are wondering, you CAN use the creatures you make in the creature creator when you pick up the retail version of the game which is supposed to hit shelves on September 7th.   read

6:43 PM on 04.26.2008

Spore Creature Creator and Demo coming June 17th

From the genius mind of Will Wright brings us to his next awesome fantastic awesome new project, Spore. We already know ALL about this game and how it will give you the power to take a tiny little spore and keep building and building until you have the power to conquer the galaxy. Yeah, it sounds hot.

We also are all aware that it's hitting shelves in September, but Wright has said in previous interviews that they will be releasing the Creature Creator a couple months before the release date so they can populate the servers with the user created species. It has recently been announced that not only will the Creature Creator be hitting the interwebs June 17th, but also a full fledged demo.

To crush some of your dreams, the Creature Creator will be available on the Spore website for the low low price of $9.99. But of course, the demo will be open to everyone who has a simple internet connection and will cost the very very low price of free.

[via The Feed]   read

4:40 PM on 04.14.2008

When did gamers get so “nerdy?”

I’m here to explore as to why and when gamers got the stereotype that if they play video games everyday, they are nerdy. Why were gamers stuck with such a label? Why not intelligent, artistic, or even dead sexy?

It’s safe to say when the NES came out in 1985 in the US and you got it for Christmas, you were easily the coolest kid on the block. Hundreds…no, thousands of kids would come across the land to see top of the line technology. Imagine, no longer do you have to take your lazy ass out of your home to a nearby arcade because now you can just walk into your family room and play some Bible Adventures.

Some of the features were things people had never seen before in such a small “box.” Not only could you have regular games like Donkey Kong or Super Mario Bros. but you could play some Duck Hunt with a badass light gun. Unbelievable.

This attitude continued onto Nintendo’s other successful platforms such as the SNES, Virtual Boy (besides the fact it burned out people’s retinas), and the N64.

In my opinion, I believe this whole “nerd” phase began right around the releases of the PS2, Gamecube, and Xbox. These platforms offered an uncanny amount of realism to your home television and many people who had grown up on the NES and SNES now had jobs and didn’t quite have time for these new consoles. Additionally, people who loved the simple arcade like games such as Space Invaders or Missile Command on some of the older consoles found these new 3D games like Metal Gear Solid and Halo a little too technical and lost interest.

Around this shift in generation of gamers is right about where the nerds started playing video games.

Games were no longer mindless and easy to play (some were, but few). Many required some serious thought on how to maneuver through the world with a more complicated control style and difference in HUD and interface. With realism, comes a lot more things that you must look out for. Whether it’s where your enemies are flanking you from, or other cars on the race track trying to pass you, some games required serious focus and attention.

So doesn’t it make sense? Smart kids, AKA nerds, are good at video games because they are able to take everything in that is going on and able to make quick decisions on what to do next. Well, yes and no. Sure many “nerdy” kids played video games, but wasn’t that a way to escape school from kids who constantly made fun of them? In some ways yes it was.

What people seem to forget is that video games are just damn fun. What’s so hard to understand about that? If you enjoy doing something, aren’t you going to do it again? Especially if it offers something new and fresh every time you try it.

I’m not saying being nerdy is a bad thing. Hell, I usually consider myself a nerd for the exact reasons I’m listing here, but I think it’s wrong that if someone were to tell another person that they play video games, that person is instantly typecast as a nerd.

Let’s say for instance, you enjoy reading books. Books seem nerdy, right? So why don’t people who read get typecast as a nerd? Oh I get it, if you read, you’re intellectual, not a nerd. Makes sense. Not really. In some ways, video games can offer a serious amount of reading (have you heard of a game called Final Fantasy?) and other kinds of mind strengthening exercise. Hell, there’s a game out now that is solely based on making you smarter, and you wouldn’t imagine it, but it’s fun. (Thank you Dr. Ryuta Kawashima)

It’s wrong to stereotype gamers as nerds (or if your Jack Thompson, cold-blooded killers) because games offer one of the best forms of entertainment in history, not to mention a multimillion dollar industry. Gaming is not a lifestyle, it’s a damn hobby. And that’s all it will ever be. Sure we hear about the World Series of Games and people getting paid to play games, but honestly, I would be surprised to see someone start playing in the World Series of Games because it pays the bills. They start because they think it’s fun.

As I stated earlier, I’m not implying being nerdy is bad, I’m merely bringing up the fact that gamers are not all nerds. This isn’t a write-up to bring about a change. My voice just needs to be heard.   read

5:04 PM on 03.31.2008

Why don’t consoles come with two controllers?

I got the idea for this after listening to last weeks RetroforceGO! and Dyson brought up for maybe one second, “Remember when consoles came with two controllers?” And you know what? Yes, I do remember. What happened to that? Why can’t we play with our friends?

Please, have a seat and keep reading. No, not there. Yes, there.

I don’t remember when I last didn’t have to buy an additional controller with the system I was purchasing. Back in the day, it was always me and my brother going out to buy an N64, PS1, Gamecube, etc. and since it was the two of us, we ALWAYS had to buy a second controller.

If I could reference RetroforceGO! again, I have to agree with Chad when he was happy that the Wii continued the box-in game with Wii Sports. Yes, that was awesome. Sure later versions of the 360 had Need for Speed Most Wanted, Forza 2, whatever in them, but nothing came with it on its initial release date. And I totally agree that all companies should continue to do that but that’s never actually gone away like the dual controllers in the box have. I’m already trailing off, but my blog post is not about in-games, it’s obvious we should include a game with the system.

I know there must be a lot of people who don’t buy a second controller when buying a game system but all the friends I have that’s the first thing they buy with the system (and of course a game). When you get a next-gen console, or any new console, the first thing I do (and I would think a lot of other people) is call up some friends and invite them over to play it. What the hell am I going to do? “Hey guys, watch me play my awesome system and be super jealous!” No, I want my friends in on the action killing some bitches.

Same goes with online. If you got a friend over and you see another one of your friends is on Xbox Live or Playstation Network, you’re going to be like “hey we should totally join his game and play with him.” But none of that will happen if you don’t have a second controller.

Yes, it may be a bit costly for the companies to include two controllers with the system, but it would be an incredible business move. “Well we can get the Xbox 360, but the PS3 comes with two controllers which is a pretty good deal.” Or vice versa. It’s simple, all companies want to be as customer friendly as humanly possible so there’s NO reason for them not to start packaging two controllers in the box.

C’mon M$, Sony, and Nintendo, it’s not so hard.   read

4:55 PM on 03.08.2008

My "Bank Job" Movie Review [NVGR]

Jason Statham, the star of “The Transporter” and “Crank,” stars in a new film, “The Bank Job,” which is based on a true story of a 1971 East London bank heist, and as you would assume, everything goes wrong. People are double-crossed, killed, and Statham and his crew are stealing from the wrong people.

Statham plays Terry Leather, a car dealer owner that has a history of less than legal activities. He was out of the crime-life until he gets a visit from an old friend, Martine Love. Love has a proposition for him which involves robbing a bank’s vault while the alarms are currently out of commission.

Leather assemble a crew and all goes well until they find out that there are some extremely important documents in some safe deposit boxes they stole, and everyone except the Queen herself tries to get their hands on the thieves.

“The Bank Job’s” story involves the tale of Michael X, real life drug pusher, extortionist, and pimp. Michael X supposedly had taken incriminating photographs of Princess Margaret in the 70s and threatened to release them if he were faced with criminal charges. Those photographs are one of the documents that Michael X himself and other crime lords are trying to get back from Terry Leather and the rest of his team.

“The Bank Job” is an incredible joy ride that is at straightforward as it gets; which isn’t a bad thing in the least. It does take a few turns that you have to pay attention closely in order to figure out what really just happened, but other than that, the movie’s plot is quite interesting and you just want to keep watching.

The characters in “The Bank Job” are one of the best aspects of the movie. Most of them have all known each other their entire lives so you can expect what a bank heist would look like if a bunch of childhood friends decided to rob a bank in London.

Underneath it all, “The Bank Job” is a comedy, a good one at that. The character relationships are just so smooth and seamless is that it provides for a very funny experience. Most of the comedy is usually under the table and you have to listen closely in order to catch the really funny bits throughout the film.

The best part about “The Bank Job” is by far the ending. While I don’t want to spoil anything for you, expect to see a lot of twists and turns that almost make you second guess of whether or not the movie is actually a true story.

The film is filled with comedy, romance, and it’s an absolute thrill ride that everyone really should be running to go see. “The Bank Job” is in theaters now.   read

4:14 PM on 03.08.2008

Not my Turning Point Gaming Rig

You may be wondering, is this just another crappy blog filled with pictures of a PC? You're damn right it is. Shall we begin?

My oh my, would you just LOOK at all that dust!

Hey look, you can see the interworkings of my PC! Neat-o!

Lulz, those wires could start a fire! Oh boy!

Hey look, theres USB ports and the bottom that don't even work! Buzzkill!

Unforunately, pictures don't have sound. By far the worst part of my PC is that the fans, or the harddrive, SOMETHING, is making an incredible buzzing sound. Honestly, it sounds like that glass window (or plastic, whatever) is just gonna burst off of the PC at any second. For the first time in months, the side of the PC is actually ATTACHED to the rest of the PC, usually it's just lying against my dresser.

If Thornn get's to win a gaming PC, why the fuck shouldn't I?   read

4:38 PM on 02.25.2008

A Daily Dose of CollegeHumor™ David Blaine Strikes Back Edition

Well, I just went on a non-stop hour of Collegehumor and found a few videos that I know people here are going to like.

I know most of you have seen this one, but here it is again just in case, a song made up completely of Micrsoft Windows sounds.


Well here's a pretty new video of a song made completely out of Apple sounds. See what I did there?


Here's a video I know you'll love. This is the fourth installment of the awesome David Blaine parodies. But I'll be honest, this one is pretty lame and I was really dissapointed, number three was the best.


Before I go, this is why girls don't fart. Note: This is a documentary.

[embed]72182:8460[/embed]   read

4:18 PM on 02.21.2008

Two new Grand Theft Auto IV videos, neither of which are gameplay :(



These above vids are new additions to Rockstar's newly launched Grand Theft Auto 4 official website. One of which is about a new character in the game, Jim Bell, while the other is a sort of satirical commercial about the Dilettante Hybrid.

This is a good opportunity for me to start yelling, screaming, and whining about how I wanna see some goddamn gameplay! But I guess this will have to do considering these are all in-engine and probably a few seconds of gameplay.   read

5:23 PM on 02.14.2008

Flash game "N+" almost definitely coming to XBLA next week

The popular flash game, N+, is apparently headed towards Xbox Live Arcade this coming Wednesday. I have to say, this has been one helluva great day for XBLA.

Spotted on the MetaSoftware Blog, two developers by the name of Mare Sheppard and Raigan Burns stated that their flash game ported to XBLA will be hitting the Marketplace on Feb. 20. Apparently the developer, Slick Entertainment, has apparently had certification since Jan. 10, and almost released on the 30th but it was pushed back cause of all you Rez HD lovers.

All this chatter is not a confirmation in the least, they plan to make a formal announcement of their updated progress in the coming days, as soon as they hear more from Microsoft.

I don't know about you guys, but this is one of my favorite flash games EVER and it's awesome they're bringing it to the marketplace.

Source: Xbox360Fanboy   read

1:36 PM on 02.09.2008


I’m not an expert in the least bit, but I’m sure we can all agree that the gaming market is growing, there’s no doubt about it. Sure, 10 years ago it was all about the casual gamer and revolutionizing the industry. Today, the gaming industry is a big money business, and people should be prepared to see some changes that they’re not going to like. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been quite upset about certain industry decisions as well as many more, but frankly, money can change a lot of people’s minds very quickly, and unfortunately there’s little we can do.

Yes, I know, money has obviously been in the gaming industry since the beginning, but I believe only at the turn of the century did we start seeing a rise of coverage detailing about certain deals between developers and publishers that ultimately come down to money.

Gamers are going to see disappointments and surprises. No one knows what to expect in the coming years for gaming. It’s a growing industry, and frankly, we’ve seen a lot of recent incredible announcements that are surely going to change the future of some of your favorite games.

I don’t like to think about it, but there’s a lot of money flying around from developer to publisher to developer while all I want is my fucking game to come out. It’s made the entire process seem much more technical. I really think that this entire “money side of the gaming industry” really started when Microsoft made the original Xbox.

Microsoft has money. A lot of money. And money can buy hardware to revolutionize how a system should be made. They have technological advantages that other companies like Sony and Nintendo didn’t have at that time, which starts to go into the whole debate of “Which was better the PS2 or the Xbox?” And I don’t mention the Gamecube because…well…never mind.

While I lack the sources, I remember Rockstar stating how they would never bring San Andreas to the original Xbox due to a large money deal that Rockstar and Sony had set up. Obviously, it seems that Microsoft was able to pony up plenty of money to change that and now we have San Andreas on the original Xbox. This is just a small (yet important) example of how money can easily change a respectable company like Rockstar’s mind.

You don’t have to be a video game analyst to understand how money has seriously changed this industry. Has it changed it for the better or for worse? It’s hard to say. It’s opened up more technology for video games, given the industry more attention, but then again, some developers would take more money over quality gaming in a second.

Don't take this as me bad mouthing the gaming industry of today. I just felt like talking about money and how it can seriously influence people.   read

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