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11:03 AM on 09.15.2008  

Get Rock Band 2 Drums on the cheap @ DeepDiscount Today

Well, Rock Band 2 is finally upon us and is rocking faces clean off.

I'm sure some of you are waiting for a month for the bundle, but what if you are like me and really only want the new drums since you only have an SDTV?

Well if this sounds like you, then I have found a deal for you (wow that sound campy but w/e)



Deep Discount has the Rock Band 2 Drums for $68.99 and they should hit stores tommorow (or so amazon tells me)

The drums normally sell for $90, so I might even pick these up at this price even though my current drums still work pretty well.

Now keep the rock going!

Link:http://www.deepdiscount.com/viewproduct.htm?productId=48645663#

Found via CAG

EDIT: I realize $70 is still expensive but it's at least nice to have some sort of initial discount.

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12:45 PM on 08.03.2008  

Obligatory Son of a ***** post



Well it finally happened. I'm not suprised since my console started freezing/locking up this week.

My first console had overheating problems, and this one has now red ringed.
Time for console #3. Damnit. All I wanted to do was play Geometry Wars 2 but now I can't. :(

Oh well. It's been a while since I've played my Wii anyways. I think i'll be ok.

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8:56 AM on 04.18.2008  

Rock Band DLC 4/22- Full Album Edition

The first full album for Rock Band is finally coming out, but it's not what you might think it is.

No it's not Who's Next, instead we are getting this:


That's right. Judas Priest's Screaming for Vengeance.

"We're proud to unleash our first full album upon the masses- Judas Priest's 1982 classic Screaming For Vengeance! All tracks will be available separately for $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points), or as a whole album for $14.99 (1200 Microsoft Points)."

"We're also happy to announce two more albums that are in the pipeline and coming in the near future- The Cars album The Cars and the Pixies Doolittle."

I'm suprised by this announcement but I will get at least Electric Eye and You Got Another Thing Comin'. Not sure about paying $15 for an album though.

Track list:
All the following tracks are by Judas Priest and are masters:

The Hellion/Electric Eye
Riding on the Wind
Bloodstone
(Take These) Chains
Pain and Pleasure
Screaming for Vengeance
You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
Fever
Devil’s Child

Videos (I couldn't find videos for all of the songs but I think you get the idea):





What happened to The Who?

"We will have a specific announcement about that coming up soon regarding some work that we have coming down the pike with The Who in general that I think people are gonna be pretty happy about...and in general what you're gonna see sorta deep dives with particular artists, where with some artists...of the appropriate stature, you'll see us doing more than whole albums, potentially even entire catalogs."
All of the Who's Albums?...Wow

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8:03 PM on 03.12.2008  

The Rick Roll Turns 20.

20 Years ago (Today) Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up was #1 on Billboard.

Truly a wonderful milestone in music history.

Now go RickRoll yourself for the man.



Do it. You know you want to.







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2:19 PM on 02.09.2008  

So I got a Dreamcast.

I have to admit, it's been quite a while since I bought a new console which is understandable considering how much these consoles cost nowadays.

So what is this awesome decision I have made?
I have finally purchased a Dreamcast and I couldn't be happier.



I never bought a Dreamcast when it came out, but I guess it's better late than never.
Sega had so many good first party games (Jet Set Radio, Chu Chu Rocket) with this system. I'm sad that the system was abruptly crushed by it's competition, because after playing it this past week, I really feel like the system had a lot more potential, but to me it still lives on.





That aside, I have really been enjoying my purchase.
Lots of Chu Chu Rocket, some Jet Grind Radio here and there, and not lots of my not copy of Ikaruga. God damn Ikaruga is awesome.

Any other games you would suggest I seek out?

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12:49 PM on 02.08.2008  

Puzzle Quest Sequel This Year

I love Puzzle Quest. You love Puzzle Quest. It looks like a sequel is coming this year!

Via D3 Publisher's press release/Kotaku

The company will also be releasing video games based on Aardman's popular Shaun the Sheep character in 2008, alongside the eagerly-awaited follow-ups to the best-selling Ben 10 and Puzzle Quest.

Adam Roberts joins D3Publisher of Europe as Managing Director D3Publisher of Europe Ltd (D3PE), a publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software, has announced the appointment of Adam Roberts as Managing Director.

Adam joins D3PE having held roles as Vivendi's UK Managing Director and Vice President of Europe, and as Sales Director for Empire Interactive. As part of his new position, he will be responsible for the sales, marketing and operational functions across Europe and the PAL regions, and will be based in D3PE's Cambridge office.

"These are very exciting times for D3PE with Dark Sector shaping up to be one of the key action titles of 2008," said Roberts. "A wealth of exciting new titles on both current and next gen over the coming months and a talented team will cement D3PE's position as one of the fastest growing game publishers in Europe. D3PE will become a force to be reckoned, and I am delighted to be part of it."

Adam brings over 17 years of industry experience to D3PE, and joins as the company looks to build on the success of its Flushed Away, Ben 10, Puzzle Quest and Earth Defence Force 2017 titles with the launch of Dark Sector: a stunning action title for PLAYSTATION®3 and Xbox 360 due for release in April. The company will also be releasing video games based on Aardman's popular Shaun the Sheep character in 2008, alongside the eagerly-awaited follow-ups to the best-selling Ben 10 and Puzzle Quest.

I can't fucking wait. I'm always up for more Puzzle Quest. The first was so damn addicting.

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1:31 PM on 02.06.2008  

Good Idea/Bad Idea: Using Cover/Cover Systems

More and more in recent action games, developers have wanted/tried to implement cover systems to help the player avoid enemy fire. When it works, it can work very well and make the gameplay experience much more enjoyable. When it fails, it can completely break a game and not make it fun at all, frustrate the player and make the game much more difficult than it needs to be.

Let's look at two different games. One that works, and one that tires to, but fails in the process.

Good Idea: Gears of War

Gears is a prime example of a cover system used right. It doesn't hurt that the game is basically built around it either. The player has to rely on cover to survive, and the controls are fixed to a one button system, which work pretty damn well for the most part. You run up to a piece of cover, duck and pop-up to shoot the enemy. It's simple yet effective. I really feel like this game has set a standard for how cover systems should work in games.

Bad Idea: Kayne & Lynch: Dead Men

This game is a prime example (for me a least) of when bad cover controls make a game more frustrating than it should be. The premise is interesting, the characters have interesting traits, but the cover system simply does not work well. Now while this game isn't built around cover, you do need to take cover in parts of the game to survive. Trying to use cover in this game is like playing rock, paper, scissors. Sometimes it works, sometimes seems to work and sometimes it flat out fails. The controls are frustrating as well. Your character won't always hide behind something, causing you to get shot alot. It doesn't help that the aim is floaty either.

To summarize, utilizing cover can either make or break a game. When implemented well, it can be incredibly satisfying and fun. When it's broken, it can be very frustrating and can take you out of the game. Now I know there are other recent games (Uncharted) that have used similar cover systems, but I haven't played those games and I just wanted to focus on something I had played to give a perspective.

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10:12 AM on 01.30.2008  

Neo Geo Stick 2 Coming to Wii

Via NintendoWiiFanboy

Both Amazon.jp and Japanese retailer Rakuten have posted product pages for a Wii version of the Neo Geo Stick 2, an arcade-style, ball-top controller previously put together by SNK-Playmore and Sega Logistics for the PS2.

If it's anything like the PS2 remake of the original Neo Geo Stick (see bottom image), this new edition will also have non-analog L and R buttons hugging its four primary convex buttons like a set of parentheses. Hopefully, the Wii version will keep that classy black color; it would be a travesty if it didn't!

The Neo Geo Stick 2 is scheduled to arrive in Japan this April 10th, selling for ¥5,040 (approximately $47). According to Rakuten, the controller will support both Wii games and Virtual Console titles.

Fuck Yes. Maybe they will give us SNK Arcade games on VC.

That would be sweet

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6:20 PM on 01.22.2008  

Chocobo: Rubber Ducky Edition

Yes, you read that right.

To celebrate the upcoming Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon games, Square Enix has put out this Chocobo Rubber Duck. They are available for pre-order for the "low" price of 13.50, but I'm sure many of you will pick this up anyways given how awesome Chocobos are.



YOU WANTS ONE?!
Go here: http://mgrsti3030s.seamlesstech.biz/templates/frmTemplateR.asp?CatalogID=14764&SearchYN=N&subFolderID=165

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1:34 PM on 01.10.2008  

Super Mario World in Lego Bricks

The Super Mario World Mario sprite in Lego form.


Lego Mario Pixel Art - More free videos are here

Simply AMAZING!

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7:33 PM on 01.07.2008  

Mail Call!

Collection Get!

My fairly boring day just got a whole lot better.

This is what I received in the mail from Play-Asia today:

2 Zelda Gashpon Figures (Link & Guard)


Ouendan 2 and Rhythm Tengoku (Yay!!!)


The figurines are really awesome and Rhythm Tengoku is much crazier than I thought being that it is from the people that made Warioware. Ouendan 2 is more Ouendan with different songs and thats very much a good thing. Much fun to be had. Yay.

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3:29 PM on 12.18.2007  

Super Smash Bros Main Theme on Piano

This is pretty damn sweet if u ask me.


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