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12:35 PM on 11.26.2008

Most Expensive Add-On, Ever

While browsing through the live store I seem to have happened upon either a glitch or a hilarious fuck up.

No, your eyes do not deceive you. Ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine Microsoft points. At roughly £750 or $1500 you can get a fantastic two in one package providing a new ability and a new dream to watch. I'm buying, are you?   read

3:09 AM on 11.12.2008

Adult Screenings of non-Adult Films. (NVGR)

In a moment of pure genius VUE, a chain of premier cinemas in the UK, has decided to give selected 18+ showings of PG, 12A and 15 rated films. This comes after their research discovered: "a significant number of cinema goers wanted to see PG, 12A and 15-rated films in screenings that could avoid unwanted disruptions that can sometimes be caused by audiences under the age of 18." In other words us elderly folk can now watch mainstream movies without loud, annoying, ADHD children who just can't shut the fuck up.

Selected screenings include, James Bond, Australia, Yes Man, Harry Potter and The Day the Earth Stood Still.

I think this is grand idea that should be followed by other Cinemas around the world. Except Australia, they already have it...   read

5:26 AM on 11.01.2008

Xbox Live Buyable Unlocks, The New Cheats?

There is a disturbing new trend in the world of the Xbox Store, if you have the money to kill you can now unlock portions of some games before you even start playing. All you need is 400 Microsoft points here and 500 there and the world will be your oyster. Still something is wrong with the world for something like this to come to be, If you pay £40 for a brand new game why spend more money so you donít have to play it as much? But more so what dose this mean for the industry and the legacy of the cheat?

As a gamer just to enter his 20ís I remember back in my Megadrive days, being stuck on a certain part of the Electric Brain Zone in Sonic (fucking flamethrowers) for over half a year until I was handed a piece of arcane information to rival The Grand Grimoire. It was my first encounter with a cheat, I still remember the elation as I finally got the input right and the words STAGE SELECT flashed up on the screen.

Those were good times, but sadly with the advent of the 360 and subsequently achivements. Cheats became less of a work around so you can continue to enjoy a game and are now nothing more then an unfair advantage. And thatís exactly what these buyable unlocks are; theyíre the those cheats that we remember from our pre-pubecent times. Only this time theyíll make you pay through the teeth to if you want to use them. Are people okay with this?

Its only unlockable weapons now but how long will it be before its items, superweapons or even money/gold?   read

10:24 AM on 10.29.2008

Gaming Radio, Not All Talk?

Games and music have always had a symbiotic relationship, where would games like Final Fantasy and Shadow of the Colossus be without their epic, universally appealing orchestral soundtracks. The soundtrack reached a new level and was brought to life in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City when you actually tuned into radio stations broadcasting in the game world. It was a revolution to be given the option to choose music to fit your mood.

But what to do when these soundtracks get old and you want something new? Introducing SpiltInfinity Radio.

A radio created to provide a great soundtrack thatís perfect to play games along to. They have over 30 DJís playing music to suit every taste all with game enhancement firmly in mind. They even have theme nights like, HFM for your Halo and Macabre, perfect for a night of Silent Hill.

I've always been a fan of customising my music especially with my emulated games and this radio has really thrown out some amazing stuff while I've been playing. Soulfly with Guilty Gear, King Crimson with Valkyrie Profile and Manes with Soul Reaver. Epic.

SplitInfinity Radio is available for live streaming at 128 kbps through your Itunes, Windows Media Player and Straight from their homepage   read

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