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2:26 PM on 04.07.2009

Bionic Commando: Hands On

Note: If you think this looks tl:dr jump to the bottom for my conclusion and final thoughts.

Once again Capcom have been foolish enough to intentionally invite the chaos that is the Destructoid UK crew into their pretty Hammersmith offices and lets us wreck havoc with one of their major upcoming releases. This time we were lucky enough to be able to grab Bionic Commando with our fleshy non-bio-mechanical limbs and get hands on with both the singleplayer and multiplayer aspects.

For those of you who may be unaware of Bionic Commando's heritage let me quickly fill you in; it all begun in 1987 as an arcade title which would be ported to the NES later the next year, it also received a Game Boy port in 1992 and in 1999 there was even a poorly received GBC sequel. Capcom then released their remake of the 1987 original as a 3D side scrolling XBL Arcade title with the tag line 'Re-Armed' clearly wanting to whet our appetite for more bionic freudian action.

Pheonix, Anus McPhanus, Poetic Justice, myself and four other gentlemen all arrived at the Capcom offices at 11am this morning ready to munch down on that action. After the usual amount of obscenities and racial slurs had been screamed out of Pheonix's mouth we started adjusting to BC's quite complex control system through a trial and error tutorial.



Holding the left trigger fires your bionic arm to grab onto anything it aims at, as long as what it is aiming at is meant to be grabbed and also that you're in range and also that you have a lock on. Pushing the left analogue stick forwards and backwards will gather momentum and when you have built up enough releasing the left trigger will release your hold and depending on when you let go will either send you soaring off in the right direction or hurtling straight down to your imminent doom.



Singleplayer combat has the potential to allow you to be very creative, for instance you could grab someone, reel yourself in and kick them in the chest with two feet or you could pick up a crate, swing it above your head and release it in your foes direction or you could even run up to one of the identi-kit baddies punch him up into the air, jump up next to him and while you're both in mid air hit him again to send him flying miles off screen.

Sadly though due to sloppy controls and a very loose camera it becomes difficult and even tiresome to even attempt to do something so spectacular. I can see it becoming little more than a run and gun with swinging sections, though they do try to severely limit your ammo to encourage inventive ways of defeating your enemies.



Multiplayer then may be the shining light for Bionic Commando, during our play test we played all-out deathmatch, team deathmatch and capture the flag (which I was shocked that half the Dtoiders present didn't know how CTF worked!) and I found it the most enjoyable all out-action multiplayer in some time. Maybe its my distaste for how all multiplayer games seem to be turning into something so serious now but BC's multiplayer was just hectic, over the top fun.

It's up to eight players and with only a few different weapons per map and each with limited use it lead into some very close and honestly exciting matches. Victories were clawed back from defeat, deaths were avenged and swear words were yelled but in the end only one side remained standing and that of course could only be team Destructoid.


Not pictured: Anus consuming free pizza

In conclusion I don't see Bionic Commando getting many favourable reviews, such a large chunk of the game is so distinctly average it's hard to recommend as a purchase, it does have its moments, when you get into the rhythm of swinging from pylon to lamp-post to rooftop and you're gunning down the enemy as you go, it's a great feeling and the control system will seem fluid and finely tuned. It's a shame then that these moment come and go and that more often than not you'll miss your target, not be within grabbing distance and you'll lose momentum the result being a limp Bionic Commando hanging from the rooftop.

I hate to slate Capcom's game after they were so gracious to ask us back again but I'm nothing if not honest and no amount of free pizza and sugary drinks will change that. The highlight of today anyway was to be able to meet up with other Dtoiders Phoenix, Anus and Justice (And our resident stalker Jack) again and go for Sushi and discuss civilised matters in a civilised way. Totally without embarrassing or drawing attention to
ourselves.

Not.   read


2:41 PM on 02.01.2009

10 things you didn't care to know about McSnow

10. I have a speech impediment.
It’s nothing severe but I do stutter and it often means that when talking, especially on the phone, I can get words confused and end up saying one thing when I meant something completely different.

9. The 1st console I owned by myself was a PS1.
My sister had been bought a Master System and a Mega Drive by my mum but I was only ever allowed to play them when she let me. Which wasn't often.
When I did get my PS1 I wasn’t even allowed to play it when my mum wasn’t home, she would lock it in her room when she went out, so when I came home from school I would have to wait until she finished work before I could get to it. Bitch.

8. I’m a massive LOTR fan.
And I mean massive. I've read the trilogy and the Silmarillion at least twice a year for the last 6 years. I also read the books about the books.
If there were books about the books about the books I would probably read them too.

7. I didn’t own an N64 until just over two years ago.
I’ve also never completed Ocarina of Time, in fact the only N64 game I’ve ever completed is Goldeneye.

6. One of my favourite bands is Maroon 5.
Yes I know I'll get stick for admitting it but It's just something that stuck with me from an ex-girlfriend, like some nasty rash.

5. I was Atheistium's boss.
I worked with Atheistium for about a month before she moved from London to Portsmouth, I was her manager at GAME in Kingston, she was the one to introduced me to Destructoid. I owe her much thanks.

4. I have more close female friends than I do male.
Last year I got pissed off with unreliable friendships so I decided to only stay in touch with the friends who made an effort to stay in touch with me and coincidentally most of them turned out to be female. I ain't complaining, I'm so much happier now.

3. I fucked up my A-Levels because of MMOs.
I spent most of my two years 'at' college actually at home playing Star Wars Galaxies, Ragnarok Online, Lineage 2, WoW, Planetside and anything that had a social multiplayer.
I did 5 courses and should have landed B or better but finished with 2 fails, 1 D and 2 Es.
I still ended up with a decent job that I enjoy anyway so that goes to show that studying hard doesn't always get you everything.

2. I was adopted at birth.
Unfortunately I wasn’t lucky enough to be raised by wolves to be some half-human/half-beast flesh eating killing machine but I was adopted by a very loving family. I hate it when someone refers to biological parents as my 'real parents', to me my real parents are the ones who have brought me up and watched me grow over the last 22 years.
I have no urge to ever go seeking my biological family.

1. I've always dreamed of running my own Dtoid style website.
Ever since I discovered the innernets when I was 12 I have wanted to design and create my own online gaming culture community, I gave up the dream about a year ago when I realised how tedious I found web design and coding.
Now I’m just happy to be a part of something as special as Destructoid and to help make it bigger and better in any way I can.

Much love. <3   read


2:37 PM on 02.01.2009

10 things you dind't care to know about McSnow

10. I have a speech impediment.
It’s nothing severe but I do stutter and it often means that when talking, especially on the phone, I can get
words confused and end up saying one thing when I meant something completely different.

9. The 1st console I owned by myself was a PS1.
My sister had been bought a Master System and a Mega Drive by my mum but I was only ever allowed to
play them when she let me. Which wasn't often.
When I did get my PS1 I wasn’t even allowed to play it when my mum wasn’t home, she would lock it in her
room when she went out, so when I came home from school I would have to wait until she finished work
before I could get to it. Bitch.

8. I’m a massive LOTR fan.
And I mean massive. I've read the trilogy and the Silmarillion at least twice a year for the last 6 years. I also
read the books about the books.
If there were books about the books about the books I would probably read them too.

7. I didn’t own an N64 until just over two years ago.
I’ve also never completed Ocarina of Time, in fact the only N64 game I’ve ever completed is Goldeneye.

6. One of my favourite bands is Maroon 5.
Yes I know I'll get stick for admitting it but It's just something that stuck with me from an ex-girlfriend, like some
nasty rash.

5. I was Atheistium's boss.
I worked with Atheistium for about a month before she moved from London to Portsmouth, I was her
manager at GAME in Kingston, she was the one to introduced me to Destructoid. I owe her much thanks.

4. I have more close female friends than I do male.
Last year I got pissed off with unreliable friendships so I decided to only stay in touch with the friends who
made an effort to stay in touch with me and coincidentally most of them turned out to be female. I ain't
complaining, I'm so much happier now.

3. I fucked up my A-Levels because of MMOs.
I spent most of my two years 'at' college actually at home playing Star Wars Galaxies, Ragnarok Online,
Lineage 2, WoW, Planetside and anything that had a social multiplayer.
I did 5 courses and should have landed B or better but finished with 2 fails, 1 D and 2 Es.
I still ended up with a decent job that I enjoy anyway so that goes to show that studying hard doesn't always
get you everything.

2. I was adopted at birth.
Unfortunately I wasn’t lucky enough to be raised by wolves to be some half-human/half-beast flesh eating
killing machine but I was adopted by a very loving family. I hate it when someone refers to biological parents
as my 'real parents', to me my real parents are the ones who have brought me up and watched me grow
over the last 22 years.
I have no urge to ever go seeking my biological family.

1. I've always dreamed of running my own Dtoid style website.
Ever since I discovered the innernets when I was 12 I have wanted to design and create my own online
gaming culture community, I gave up the dream about a year ago when I realised how tedious I found web
design and coding.
Now I’m just happy to be a part of something as special as Destructoid and to help make it bigger and better in
any way I can.

Much love. <3   read


4:12 PM on 09.02.2008

PAX: The Innernets Were There


I <3 you all. [Pic stolen from Tactix - Thanks!]

As you may have guessed from all the other CBlogs PAX was aaaaaawwwwweesome but surprisingly that’s not what I expected at all.

On the days leading up to PAX I cannot describe how nervous I was. I was more terrified than excited about going to PAX. I had spent all my savings on flights, hotel and entry, I felt like I was taking the biggest gamble of my life. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, what was going to happen or my biggest fear; would I get on with anyone?

I can accept that I’m not the most confident, out-going, extrovert person around and I was, as Niero put it, shitting bricks all the way though my flight right up until I got to the restaurant on the first night. All I could concentrate on was that I knew 80+ Dtoiders were going to PAX and that there was no way I could expect to get on with everyone.

Oh how wrong I was, I had completely under-estimated how friendly, warm and inviting everyone was going to be. There was no hand left un-shaken, no body left un-hugged and no ass left un-raped.

I may have only had the honour of spending a few days with everyone but in that short period of time you all made me feel like part of a close-knit family.

It sucks that I have to live here in the UK so far away from where all the fun shit happens.

I miss you all already.

The GHost – You flew all the way from Zambia to queue up with me on the first day to not get into PAX when it opened. <3
FooLiz – You make Australia cool. Thanks for the endless stream of hugs.
Riser Glen – You should totally get drunk and marry Liz in Vegas. Also if I find your spine I’ll make sure to post it to you 1st class.
Macca – You are the most fun, crazy son of a bitch I’ve met. I still have your name written across my chest.
Necros – You may have hair like the unshaven groin of a 600 pound woman but I love you anyway. <3
LostCrichton – Short-shorts + Helmet = Win. You’re just too much fun for this man to handle.
Nademagnet – You made the DToid stripper happen. I bow to you. Also you have to make that photo album.
Coonskin05 – Not only are you awesome but you are doubly awesome when drunk. Great chest hair.
Blehman – You are honestly the nicest most relaxed guy I have ever met, just being around you was great.
Wardrox – It was good to see at least one familiar face. UK NARP at mine before the end of the year.
Pheonix-Blood – Thanks for not remembering who I was even though we had met before, but you have boobs so all is forgiven.
Tazar – For being pleasantly surprised that I wasn’t a chav.
Conrad – For hanging out chatting. I want your hat.
ImpossiblePlant – For telling me I need to get a girlfriend. Thanks. Pip-pip.

I can’t stay awake any longer, the jet lag is killing me so sorry if I didn’t mention you, you are all full of win and kittens.
I guess all that’s left is to say thanks to Niero for making all this possible.

See you at PAX 09. (Hopefully sooner)

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11:08 AM on 05.11.2008

Force Choke +5 of Cuteness

Since the start of the year I’ve become gradually more interested in collectable figures, I may not go out and buy anything that breaks the bank (I’m looking at you Lara Croft) but I do have a ‘problem’ with impulse buying and the latest addition to honour my gaming rig is no different.

I saw these while working in a different GAME store for the day and I had to have them:

Darth Vader nested dolls:



They only cost me Ł7.50 but I think they’re amongst my favourite figures so far. Too cute!



“You WILL buy more.”

*Force choke*   read


12:44 PM on 05.06.2008

Wii Theft Auto – GTA Fun for the Whole Family

GTA4 is the biggest release of the year for Xbox 360 and PS3, but thanks to much matlockery on my part I have discovered that it will soon™ be available on Wii in the family friendly form of Wii Theft Auto.

GTA has always been about climbing your way up the criminal ladder; you start with a few car thefts for some wannabe gangster, maybe become a gun for hire but you will eventually work your way up the food chain until you’re the big enchilada giving out the orders to every mobster in town.

But does GTA have to be that way?
Wii Theft Auto with reign in a new era for GTA games; less controversy, more party games and better family values!



No longer will you be a cold killer devoid of any morality but now you get to play a much more unique and meaningful character; Nicoló Bellico, an optimistic Italian plumber who has come to Liberty City in search of his missing wife Peggy Peach.



No longer do you have to purchase a gun and participate in illegal activities to survive, instead you will embark on a fascinating journey using only your superior plumbing skills and you astonishing acrobatic abilities to achieve your goals.



You will still meet many interesting and outlandish characters on your journey; however the language may not be as crude and vulgar as previous titles.



Multiplayer has also been revamped, now offering over 50 pick-up-and-play mini games which include such classics as:

Nicoló Golf


Super Nicoló Bellico Melee


Nicoló Kart


All this and more coming to your Nintendo Wii soon™.

Warning: The above post may contain unprecedented amounts of bullshit.   read


5:52 AM on 04.06.2008

Not My Turning Point Rig & Vegas 2 Winners

Much like in my days of college, where I would spend far too much time playing games only to rush all my homework into the last few hours before the deadline, I now present to you my Frankenstein of a computer for my entry into Not My Turning Point Rig Competition the day before the deadline.



2.4Ghz Athlon 64
GeForce 7600 GT AGP
2 GB Crucial RAM
500W PSU
60GB HDD - Still surviving from my original E-Machine PC over 5 years ago. I'm a cheap bastard.

Theres also 2 years of untouched dust, I'm sure it makes it run faster.
I mainly use my PC now for Graphic and Web Design and of course trolling DTOID. My plan was to upgrade this summer but with two holidays consuming all my monies and my dwindling interest in PC gaming I've decided to let the fucker rot until Fallout 3 comes out.

My 360 is the only thing I touch for games anymore. That and small boys.

Which conveniently leads me into announcing the winners (or best losers) of my Vegas 2 Competition! Thanks to everyone who entered and made me lul at your fail.

Winner: Justice

1st Loser: Kryptinite

2nd Loser: Wardrox

Well done. I'll make sure to put some anthrax in with all your swag.   read


2:38 PM on 03.31.2008

Top 10 Worst Things About Gaming



Gaming; it’s the greatest past time in the world, for some of us, the lucky ones, it even pays the bills. We all love gaming, I know you do because if you didn’t then you wouldn’t be here reading this but for all that there is to love there is also much to hate. We hate these things all the more because we love gaming so.

It’s because I love gaming I feel the need to let off some steam, in the ever abused form of a Top Ten, here are some of the things I hate most about gaming.

If you’re lazy you can read breakdown at the end of this post.

10 - Region Locking
I understand the need for region locking; to maintain a fair market place, quality control and all that bull shit, but from a gamers perspective it’s incredibly frustrating to see so many games in Japan and even America that never make it to many of gaming’s 3rd world countries; UK and Europe, Central Asia and Australia all have to sit and watch while many games are announced and then released only in one or two regions.
There may be Freeloader but it doesn’t making it any less annoying.

Sinners: Xbox 360
Saints: Nintendo DS


9 – Patches
Finishing making the game after release has become standard practise for a lot of developers, it may seem like a good idea financially; get the testers to continue during the release of the game and then a month of two after launch the game can be patched and fixed and that way it will still make it in time for the Christmas release window.
However, not only is it frustrating and annoying for us gamers, it doesn’t always work as intended in the developers favour, if people hear a game is ridden with bugs and glitches they won’t buy it and its very hard to convince people that the game runs fine now even if they have released a major patch.

Sinners: Vanguard, Assassins Creed (PS3), Team Fortress 2 (Xbox 360)
Saints: Pretty much everything else.


8 - Multiple Endings
It seems that multiple endings have become the ‘in’ thing for developers to create. Sure it sounds great, adds to the hype and makes for great blurb on the back of the box but why would we bother with 200 varieties of a mediocre ending when we should be rewarded with one highly polished grand finale.
I can accept that some games, such as Bioshock, have to have multiple endings but even 2K managed to screw that up somehow.

Sinners: Fallout 3
Saints: Fallout 1


7 - Bad Voice Acting
Do it good or don’t do it at all. Developers, you may squander thousands on hiring actors to fill your fantasy worlds with authentic vocal characterisation but at the end of the project, if it still sounds shit take it out. Removing it and ‘wasting’ that money spent on actors will be worth it when your game doesn’t sound like Two Worlds and therefore will sell all the more copies.
Sometimes you simply have to trust in the gamer’s imagination.

Sinners: Two Worlds, Undertow
Saints: Half Life 2, Oblivion


6 - Choppy Console Gameplay
How developers can fuck this one up is a mystery even the Scooby Doo gang can’t solve; Developers know the exact specifications of what everyone is using to run the game, how powerful it is, what its limits are, etc. So how the fuck can some games still be released with anything less than a perfectly smooth frame rate? Did they not bother to even play the game before they shipped it?
There are no excuses only swift redemption.

Sinners: Skate (PS3), Universe at War
Saints: Crackdown


5 - Quick Time Events (QTEs)
Quick Time Events are for game designers who are too lazy to figure out how to incorporate an action scene using the basic control system. QTEs take true control away from the gamer and stoop the game down to a level at which even a _ monkey could complete it.
QTEs stopped being a good idea around the time of Shenmue, why they still linger on, like a bad fart after curry night, is mind boggling.

Sinners: God of War, Resi 4, Fahrenheit
Saints: Almost everything?


4 - Cinematic Sequences
Everyone loves a great film, epic wide shots, emotional close ups and hectic camera angles in fight scenes. But as hard as they try games are not films. Films are meant to be watched, games are meant to be interacted with; when games try to combine the two all that is achieved is a sense of disconnection between the character and the player.
Many games in the current generation show that graphics have now reached a point at which story driven sequences don’t require the cut scene to be separated from the game play. FMVs, cut scenes, cinematic sequences, whatever you wish to call them, don’t belong in the majority of games anymore.

Sinners: Army of Two
Saints: Half Life 2


3 - The Cult of the Online Cunts
If you’ve played any online game with open speech or text communication than you will know of those pricks who have taken it upon themselves to make sure everyone else’s online experience is a urine filled bucket of frustration; whether they’re team killing, HAXing or just being a loud mouthed donkey fucker it only takes one person to ruin a whole nights gaming.
I thank the gaming gods that I was born a man (somewhat) and not female, for not only do girl gamers have to put up with all the usual bullshit, they also have to put up with all the testosterone filled, sexually deprived, pathetic excuse for a man, bastards who try and flirt with women while playing CoD4 online.
The worst part? In most instances there is very little anyone can do about it.

Sinners: XBL, Counterstrike, MMORPGs
Saints: Mario Kart…


2- The Downfall of Local Multiplayer/Co-Op
I know the wonders of the innernetz has allowed us to connect with anyone anywhere in the world but what the fuck has happened to good old fashioned local multiplayer, you know; getting your friends round and having a laugh like the good old time. I have a friend who refuses to play anything that hasn’t got local multiplayer or co-op, he’s a social gamer that owns every console but rarely plays them now because games such as CoD4, Crackdown, Team Fortress 2 all lack what makes Halo 3 the most played game at any party.

Sinners: CoD4, CoD4, CoD4
Saints: Halo 3, Halo 3, Halo 3


1 - HYPE!
This Top Ten is going to be amazing; it’s going to have a billion times more Top Ten than all other Top Tens. It’s got 50km of Top tens. This Top Ten is going to be a Halo killer. This Top Ten is going to have 200 endings.

We’ve heard it all before, so why do we all still fall for it every time, hook, line and sinker?

Hype can achieve three things pre-release:
It either fails, for example Mr. Molyneux’s ‘Billion’ AI claim.
It pisses people off, (50km)for (50km)example (50km)Farcry 2’s (50km)50km (50km)of (50km)game (50km)world.
It works and people turn into drooling fan boys, for example Halo 3’s I Love Bees.

However what makes hype the worst thing for gamers since some EA suit thought “You know, we should purchase and integrate Bullfrog and Westwood Studios into ours” is that it destroys games, it may not literally reach in and mess about with the mechanics of a game but it still achieves the same effect. It gets gamers to expect too much from a game before the first trailer is even released. In the end there is nothing but disappointment.

The worst thing of all is that Hype will never change, it will never go away, it sells games, it grabs people’s attention and with the constant and rapid improvement in technology it will only get worse and worse.


The breakdown:
10 - Region Locking
9 – Patches
8 - Multiple Endings
7 - Bad Voice Acting
6 - Choppy Console Gameplay
5 - Quick Time Events (QTEs)
4 - Cinematic Sequences
3 - The Cult of the Online Cunts
2- The Downfall of Local Multiplayer/Co-Op
1 - HYPE!


Thank you for reading. You rock.
Also shameless contest plug.   read


4:54 PM on 03.27.2008

Vegas 2 Competition extended!



Want to play Vegas 2 while wearing a Vegas 2 T-Shirt and decorating your 360 with a Vegas 2 faceplate?

You do? Well then you had better enter into my awesome, yet pathetically easy, Vegas 2 competition!

Read what you have to do to win here.

Due to the UK NARP that I will be attending in Wolverhampton this weekend you lucky guys and gals now have until Friday 4th to enter and considering the current entries anyone could have a chance of winning!   read


5:13 PM on 03.20.2008

Win Vegas 2 and Other Swag!

I’ve been at work all day and want to go to sleep so I’ll keep this short and sweet.

Want some free Vegas swag? Want to win a copy of the game?

The swag:


It’s quite simple; to win the stuffs all you have to do is make me laugh with an amusing gambling/Vegas related image. It doesn’t even require artistic skill as long as you can make me lul!

Lulz = Prizes!

The best image will win:
1 x Rainbow Six: Las Vegas 2 (Xbox 360)
1 x Vegas 2 Faceplates
2 x Vegas 2 T-Shirts

Second place will win:
1 x Vegas 2 Faceplates
2 x Vegas 2 T-Shirts

Third place will win:
2 x Vegas 2 T-Shirt

Everyone’s welcome to enter, no matter what part of the world you’re stuck in, however the game is PAL so only Eurofags can win first place.
You can enter as many times as you like and the contest ends Friday 4th April, so get your entry in quick!

Post your entries in the comments. No fail please. <3   read


3:57 PM on 03.16.2008

Play.com Live Review or How I Wasted My Sunday



The great British weather reared its ugly head for Play.com’s first ever gaming convention, ingeniously called Play.com Live. Based in Wembley Stadium over the last two days and with the promise of a great line up of games available to play, the hopes of a gaming nation rested on its shoulders; not since Game Stars Live have we had a good public convention.

Unfortunately what Play.com failed to mention about their exhibitor list was that it was all pure unrestrained bullshit lying and what was available to see was utter mediocrity compounded into a liquid form and injected directly into my eyeballs.

Thanks to our unfortunate Wardrox, who had to suffer two days of staring at posters of games he will never be allowed to play before release, we learnt last night what a disappointment Play.com Live was going to be but even then, with my expectations set to Zero, I was still shocked at how poor it really was.

The majority of games listed on their exhibitor site didn’t even bring anything new, just empty stands with old trailers or in the most severe case of Force Unleashed just a poster. I did not travel all round fucking London in shitty weather on my day off for a fucking poster.

The VIP section was a joke, most of the time they weren’t even checking people as they went in and when they did they could be Solid Snake’d by walking 5 meters to your left and using the lift instead of the escalator. Of course I seemed to be the only person in the world who hadn’t received a VIP pass so I shouldn’t really complain too much that their security wasn’t top notch. Thanks for being shit Play.com.

When we did finally get round to seeing something I was vaguely interested in; Farcry 2, which we had queued up just to watch someone else play, it crashed to desktop less than half way through the demonstration and we were promptly told to GTFO because other people were waiting.

Even at only Ł6 entry I feel ripped off, in truth the highlight of the games I played was Co-op Halo 3 with Phoenix Blood, which clearly I couldn’t have done at home, at anytime, on a comfortable sofa.

At least some of us had fun getting hands on with Rock Band.

All in all the whole day was a big let down, had it not been for a good turn out of DTOIDers it would have been a complete waste of time, so thanks to everyone who came; Wardrox, Sterling, Anus McPhanus, Dan Gale, Demios, Pheonix-blood, Justice & Silverhertz.
It was awesome to meet you all, and I would like to thank Jim for not beating me to a pulp the moment I met him, even if I had called him a big fat ball of pus…

Also to remind you Brits that BunnyRabbit is apparently still holding a NARP on the 28-30th of this march, you should come. It will be rad.

Also cocks.   read


6:01 PM on 03.09.2008

Rumourtoid: Arcade & Premium Prices Drop in Europe, But Not the Elite?



The current price of the 360 Arcade SKU stands at €280 and the Premium SKU at €349 in Europe. However the German Financial Times uncovered plans two days ago, that Microsoft may be dropping prices for both systems from as early as next week in mainland Europe.

The new prices would knock the Arcade down to 199 (~Ł150) and the Premium to €299 (~Ł230). That would potentially make the Arcade cheaper than a Wii!

Possible price drops were also mentioned by MCVuk last week.

Microsoft is yet to make an official statement but this would not be the first time they drastically dropped their prices on multiple SKUs at once.

However, the most interesting thing is that nothing has been mentioned for the Elite.
Previously they had dropped prices for all three systems at once, it would not be wise to drop two SKUs and leave the Elite still sitting there at the same price as a PS3. Not unless they were giving the Elite something extra.

It does seem that, sooner or later, Microsoft will come round to Blu-Ray, I just don’t believe that it should be in this generation of consoles. The 360 has almost peaked, lord knows it has enough different systems already, the last thing we need is another SKU and if you want my opinion (Which you probably don’t but I’m gonna give it anyway) all the rumours of Microsoft eyeing up Blu-Ray will lead to only one thing: The next generation of Xbox will come sooner than expected, and it will bring Blu-Ray along with it.


Also on other news, I’ll be attending Play.com Live @ Wembley next Sunday; a close friend of mine has a cousin in one of the bands performing on stage and has managed to get us a few tickets. I don’t expect it to be a mind blowing day of awesomeness but it should be a good laugh at the very least.

If anyone else is attending send me a PM and maybe we can go raid the Lego Indiana Jones exhibit.   read


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