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3:02 PM on 05.30.2009

Natural Selection 2 Coming Soon

After ditching the source engine for it's long in development RTS/FPS title, creator Unknown Worlds have finally announced that it will be releasing the sequel to it's original Half-Life mod Naturals selection. The game will be released on Steam in the second part of this year according to the promo site. If the teaser is anything to go on, this game is sure to make some waves.   read

9:31 AM on 04.14.2009

School shootings and game violence. An open letter to video game journalists.

After reading '10 years later, The Real Story Behind Columbine', I want to bring to the attention of game journalists, that covering a story where game violence gets blamed for the behaviour of criminals (even in a defensive manner), tends to fan the flames. Now that conclusive evidence has been brought forward that clears the name for video game violence, this is the time to take up the torch and make people aware of the fact. In time, I'm sure many of the perpetrators these school shootings and other violent acts will be exposed for what their real state of mind and motivation was. By that time the sensationalism in the coverage of the events have died down, but this should not go by unnoticed. You are in a position to raise awareness. You are the ones are heard. Instead of a whiny or sarcastic and unsubstantiated post in the defence of video games and the violence therein, take some time and and bring the real story to the attention of your readers so they can be armed against the accusations that go wildly flying whenever an event such as this occurs.
I have only read this one article and I don't claim that I know the real story behind these events. If you want to call yourself a journalist as opposed to a blogger, do some digging and bring us the truth.

I'll get off my soap box now.   read

5:43 PM on 06.10.2008

↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A: Google Reader does Konami code

Blatant steal from Boing-Boing: Google reader does Konami code
Apparently it gives you 30 unread items.
There are retro gamers everywhere.   read

11:40 AM on 04.24.2008

Wii game based on bubble wrap.

Trends in Japan is reporting on a soon to be released (in Japan) Wii game called
Ouchi de Mugen PuchiPuchi Wii (Infinite Bubble wrap at Home Wii)
It's a game based on Mugen Puti Puti (Endless Bubble wrap) that has grown in popularity in Japan.   read

5:35 AM on 04.14.2008

Is Nintendo getting more liberal?

Famitsu is reporting on a Wii game coming out on the 24th of May in Japan.
A rough translation of the title reads: "Sweeping, Cleaning Squadron, Oh I Come!"
Judging from Google's translation and the pictures, this will be a Echi (or erotic) game. There's also talk about "CG Rewards" (translation FMV sequences) for completing certain tasks. As far as I know, there aren't many of these games released by Nintendo.
Nintendo seems to be letting this one slip through. Or is it just because it's being released in Japan?
Will the west also be seeing this kind of game in the future? If yes, I hope they change the supposed "High school girls" that feature in all these games, to the Japanese equivalent of collage girls.

The official website has some teaser videos, if you are willing to click around the moon speak, flash site.   read

5:18 AM on 04.06.2008

Burn the rope!

With games being so complicated these days, here's a very simple straight forward game:
Burn The Rope
Enjoy!   read

3:08 PM on 02.27.2008

Audiosurf Demo Unlocked

For those who downloaded and played the demo version of Audiosurf, here's a bit of info.

After I downloaded it, I fired it up and was disappointed to see it not working. Firstly, some of the buttons were missing. After randomly clicking around a bit, I was able find the button that starts the level. Just to find that all the blocks were black.
As you can imagine, this is a problem. I tried different settings, restarting the game, editing the config files, etc. Nothing fixed it.
Finally on the forum I was able to find a bit of helpful info: Restart Steam.
After doing that the game was fixed, but when I tried to play a level, all my remaining demo songs were used up. This made me a bit upset so I developed a way to get past the demo counter.

To re-enable an expired demo, read further:

What you will need:

1. Downloaded and played Audiosurf at least once.
2. A Hexeditor. I prefer XVI32.
3. Locate the following file: $SteamFolder$\SteamApps\common\audiosurf\engine\Support\SavedConstants.cgr
4. Make a backup just in case.
5. Open the file with the hex editor.
6. Find the following address: $A398 (to make sure you have the right one (since some files might differ), it should have the text "FLVA" in front of it and a bit further up there should be a tag: "CHNA" containing a value of "NumNonRadioSongsExperienced". If the demo already expired, Address $A398 will have the hex value of 80 and the one after, $A399, 40.
7. Change both adresses to the Hex value of "FF".
8. Save.
9. Enjoy.

I was able to unlock some other characters by editing the file but they did not work correctly, so I won't include those here.   read

5:28 AM on 09.12.2007

Adventure Island the anime.

I was listening to Retroforce GO! And they reported on the VC release of Adventure Island. Of course the version I had on my Golden China II console (Chinese knockoff of NES) when I was a kid was called Islander (Apparently bootleg). But all the talk about the game brought back memories of a TV series based on the game starring master higgins.

I remember getting so much more enjoyment out of the game after watching the show.

Back in 1991 (I was like 10 years old), I remember enjoying a show called Bikki in speelgoed land or something like that.
This title might seem strange, unless you live in South Africa an get your anime dubbed into Afrikaans.
A search for this name on Google returned no results and I started digging deeper trying to find any TV show that might be based on Wonderboy, Adventure Island or Islander.
Initially Wikipedia was of no help and just listed the games and the platforms they came out on. Finally I found and obscure text file on an FAQ site that listed games made into TV shows and picked up the name Bugtte Honey.

After some more searching on this, the internets revealed a 51 episode show that ran from the 3rd of Oktober 1986 to the 25 of September 1987 and a movie which premiered on the 21 of July 1987.

A few English names turned up Honey the bug and the movie called "Honey the Bug: Mai the Megarom Girl" or "Honey the Bug Dance Megarom Girl 4622." and the japanese name Bug[+tsu][te]Honey.

The Japanese version of Wikipedia has a full listing of the episodes , original voice actors, time slots and a link to the official site.

I was hoping to find the episodes somewhere to bask in a bit of nostalgia, but alas the only place I can find it is on in VHS format. They probably won't even have stock, and my Japanese is not that good anyway.

Does anyone remember watching this show in English over there in the states?   read

9:10 AM on 06.12.2007

M$ is in ur Flickr looking at ur pics

This TED video from shows a new Microsoft acquired technology for viewing photos.

Remember the post on NextLust about Photosynth? This seems to be the backbone that Photosynth runs on.

Imagine hooking Google's Street View onto this.   read

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