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7:24 AM on 04.24.2009

My Gaming Setup

So Im probably the last person to do this, but I finally managed to clean up my room, so here we go.

Starting of with my bed. Its where I do my late night surfing on my mac, playing DS and some other things. Also sleeping.

Right next to my desk, over my dresser is my awesome Portal poster.

On my shelf are some of my bought and not not bought dvds and music

My couch and coffee table plus some remotes and other stuff on it

Now the games:

Xbox/Xbox360 games + my old xbox

Wii/Gamecube/DS/GBA games plus unused controllers and cables

PS1/PS2/PSP games

My TV, its a 40" Toshiba 40zf355d which is cappable of 1080p, but I run 720p on it most times since that way the text in windows is still readable :)

This is what it looks like when Im playing on the TV

Thats all :)   read

7:59 PM on 10.28.2008

[NVGR] Dead Set episode 1 review


British Tv channel E4 has recently aired the first of 5 episodes of a Zombie Series called "Dead Set" Now for the people who havenīt heard about it already: The main idea of Dead Set is to put Zombies and Big Brother together.

And theres already where my problems with this series start. The people in the bigbrother house are over the top stupid. I mean I never watched Big Brother out of principle so it could be that Im wrong, but the acting of the residents for me felt almost sarcastically which makes dead set feel like comedy at some points, which I guess wasnt the directors intension. Fortunately once they get aware that theres something wrong they actually start using 1 or 2 brain cells, which felt like someone used them for a brain activity increasement experiment while they werenīt shown, but I found myself not caring a lot about this.

Saying it looks like the cameraman was drunk when he recorded the Zombie scenes is a understatement. Which brings me to the next problem, running Zombies.
Yes, there are running Zombies in Dead Set.
If any director whoīs planning to make a Zombie movie is reading this review, PLEASE stop the running undead shit. This is what seems to be the last nail in the coffin of the are of good Zombie flicks.
Making Zombies run isnīt making them any more scary. In fact it makes them less scary and somehow even funny. Remember the good old days of Dawn of the Dead? Did you see any running Zombies in that movie? No, you didnīt, because there were millions of them everywhere. This is what makes them scary, they donīt need to run! Seriously, the guy who came up with the running Zombie shit needs to get a bullet to his head himself.
Another minor discomfort I had with the first episode was the obvious product placement. For example: guy gets out what I think were patches for stopping smoking and the product box is literally everything you see for a good 2 seconds.

By now you must think, wow sounds pretty bad, right?
No. There are good things about Dead Set.
The acting is mostly solid (except what you read above) especially Kelly (Jaime Winstone) the production runner who seems to be the main character makes you hope that she doesnt get killed.

There is just enough gore. Seriously, seeing a Zombie getting its head crushed with a fire-extinguisher was fucking cool.

And last but not least, there really hasnīt been anything like it been done before and I really like the concept.

If you are a Zombie fan go watch it!

Dead Set can be watched here if you are located in Britain. If not use a proxy or get it somewhere else :)   read

6:47 PM on 08.11.2008

Downtime recap, also dont ever do this to me again


11:48 AM on 05.30.2008

Love the look of the dtoid flv player, but...

This probably isnt very helpful if someone watches the video embedded on a different webpage and wants to find the post.   read

7:11 PM on 05.29.2008

Skribble Mindteaser #1 *needs better name*

I pretty much fell in love with Colors, a Homebrew application for the Nintendo DS that lets you draw awesome things. So I thought why shouldnÂīt I post more of the stuff I made here and make a little game out of it.

What I want to do is almost the same as monday mind teasers, expect that you will only get 1 picture (yes drawing these takes a while). All the pictures will be black n white, for two reasons. 1st I like how it looks, 2nd it gets harder to guess which game is meant.
The pictures also wont be covers of games all the time, I will also draw pictures of screenshots or even draw something of which no picture exists.
As an extra I will always include a video of the picture getting drawn.

Oh and btw: If you want me to keep this thing going, please suggest me a better title for these posts.

So letÂīs start with Round 1:

(check the gallery for a larger version)

The video:
[embed]88190:11694[/embed]   read

2:57 PM on 05.29.2008

Come closer & tell me how much my Colors skills suck


Yeah Conker, nothing more, because I was just thinking about this awesome game.
Sorry for the shitty quality, youtubeÂīs a bitch. I wouldÂīve encoded the flv myself and then hosted it somewhere, but I dont know filehosters which let you directlink to flvs and keep them online for longer then a month.   read

8:43 AM on 05.23.2008

Destructoid has a group

I posted about our group some time ago in the forums, but so far weÂīve only 10 members, which is by far not enough. So feel free to join and start some discussions about music, videogame related stuff or just random things.

Destructoids Group   read

7:29 AM on 05.23.2008


Failblog fails, I know, just wanted to share this   read

7:08 AM on 02.28.2008

Rez clone for the psp


I quit the psp homebrew scene a long time ago. So finding out about Resonate while randomly checking out a psp page out of boredom was pure luck.

Resonate is as mentioned in the title a clone of the psychadelic shooter Rez which was first released on the dreamcast and only lately got ported to the xbox 360, where it is downlaodable via xbla in hd graphics.

Just like in Rez your character moves on a predefined path and you only have to aim and shoot. Eventhough Resonate looks gamplaywise pretty much like Rez the programer didnīt copy everything. For instance you arenīt controlling a hacker who is trying break into a totally top secret server, but a fish making its way through an underwater world.

Of course your character evolves while shooting down enemys, and will eventually become a shark (dick sucking not included) or take on a lower form, untill you are a plankton, if you suck.

As if this wasnīt already awesome enough, there will also be a level-editor, available for download.

Both, the game itself and the level editor havenīt got a release date by now, but when Resonate will be released Iīll finally have a reason to get that dust of my psp and turn it on again.

Let's face it. Resonate will never deliver the same intense atmosphere as Rez, not only because of the lack of a vibrating controller. Nevertheless itīs an interesting approach and I applaud the programer for coding one of the few 3d homebrew games.   read

5:30 PM on 12.11.2007

German Silent Hill preview with translation


Colette posted a video of Silent Hill 5. Hereīs the tranlation:

An old saying says every road leads to rome. For friends of ambitious videogames every road leads somewhere else, to silent hill.

Here you can see scenes of Silent Hill 5, which is developed for the Xbox 360 and the PS3.

New is that the game isnīt developed in Japan by Konami but in America by a studio called the collective.

For the story of Silent hill 5 the of fans and critics equally liked 2nd Silent Hill is used as a main inspiration.

You slip into the parka of the former soldier Alex Shepard, who recovers in hospital of a bad war injury.

Traumatised Alex has to fight with psychic problems because of his experiences an just lives tragically for the moment.

This changes abruptly when Alex is afflicted with dark forebodings. From the disturbing visions he gets to know that his little brother is in danger. So Alex heads for his hometown Shepards Glenn to check if everythingīs alright. Sadly too late.

When he arrives there, he finds his twitching mother and his father and little brother are nowhere to be found.

Although the beginning of the game is set in Shepards Glenn, the main part of the game of course takes place in Silent Hill, where you will meet some familiar or in the case of the nurses, none faces.

To get more dynamic into the game the developers overworked the slightly plump fightingsystem completely. Instead of just beating with a metal pole there will be countless combos in the game which depend of your current weapon. Grabs with which you can push enemies out of windows and alike will alos be included.

Instead of the last Silent hill (4: The Room) the 5th Silent Hill will oriantate its structure on the classic parts of the series. That means you follow a liniar storyline and explore the secrets of the mysterious small town, which is populated by old and new monsters, bit by bit.

Of course tha classical parallel dimension is central part of the game again. The change from the normal world to the bloody dimension has been adopted directly from the movie.
In front of your eyes the reality slowly dissolves into a nice graphic effect and lets you take a look at the horror behind the curtain.

With the havok physik engine finally realistic conditions are being created, which means if you run against a chair it will fall over.
The sound of falling objects can be used to set monsters. on the wrong track.   read

1:21 PM on 11.27.2007

Velocity Micro gaming PC!

-Are you one of those guys that stopped keeping up with PC gaming because you've spent a fortune on consoles recently and can't afford to?


-Are you dreading that upgrade down the line needed to play hardware-intensive games like Giant Robots Blow Sh*t Up and Sims 2: Can I SYD?


-Are you a retard?

Che..... Hey wait what? No Iīm not.

Iīd really like to have a new pc because my old one hasnīt been used for gaming in like 6 months because itīs just to slow for new games.

I only hope itīs ok entering the contest from outside of the us (Germany) But Niero should have no problem delivering it to me with his Robot Powers, right?   read

5:45 PM on 09.24.2007

The fun I had with Drawn to life so far

Playing Drawn to life was rather disappointing for me. The platforming is really boring and the game is to childish for me. But the thing that made it actually fun for me to play was the drawing. You probably never wouldīve figured that out.

It felt natural to draw Mr Dtoid as my first creation.

Here is a closeup (maby someone actually wants to put the time into it and rebuild it. It took me about 20 minuits.)

Didnīt know how to name their city so I just went with STFUAJPG.

Also lasers

Drawn to life is definitely a game for children, but itīs fun to draw stupid stuff.
The platforming is no fun at all and the game becomes boring after a while.
Good idea but bad realization.
Either borrow it from a friend or pirate it.   read

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