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4:16 PM on 04.21.2008

Clinton vs. Obama 'Smackdown' Video makes me throw up a little in my mouth.

With the Pennsylvania primary set for tomorrow, WWE and THQ have paired up in order to show what Clinton's and Obama's "wrasslin'" ring entrances would look like using Smackdown vs. Raw '08.

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While it does not show any actual in-ring action, it does drive one to the point of tears after watching the abominable Hilary Clinton entrance. What's even more depressing is that WWE has actually sent out invitations to both Obama and Clinton for them to appear on their Monday Night Raw show in order to "settle the Democratic nomination process in the ring".

Sen. Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain will each deliver a taped message to the WWE audience on tonight's episode of Raw.

Yeah, um.. brb crying.

Source: FileFront & WWE.com   read


12:54 PM on 03.27.2008

New DLC Available For Unreal Tournament III.

After last week's surprise release for the Unreal Tournament III patch, it seems Epic has outdone themselves once again this week.



As of today, new DLC for Unreal Tournament III is out for both the PC and Playstation 3. Did I mention that it is free?

For further details on this awesome news, check out the press release:

Epic and Midway Announce Unreal Tournament 3 PC Has Gone Gold

PlayStation 3 and PC Gamers Can Get Their Frag On With Three New Maps for Unreal Tournament 3

Today, Midway and Epic Games announce that downloadable content for the award-winning first-person shooter, Unreal Tournament 3, is now available for PlayStation 3 and PC. The downloadable content consists of three deadly arenas: Morbias, Facing Worlds and Searchlight. PC users can find the new content at www.unrealtournament3.com, while PS3 users can download it directly from the PlayStation Network.

These downloads, which are free to all owners of Unreal Tournament 3, mark the latest achievement in providing the gaming community with unrivaled mods and superior experiences through the most recent installment in the Unreal Tournament franchise. While Unreal Tournament 3 shipped with 40 maps, and hundreds of user-created mods have been published since the game’s release, Midway and Epic are committed to providing fans with even more official content to further extend enjoyment of the game.

Morbias is the deathmatch arena that started it all, perfectly suited for anything from small intense duels to chaotic free-for-all matches. The Unreal Tournament classic, Facing Worlds was one of the most played maps in gaming history. This beloved sniper map makes its return alongside an intricate new capture the flag map, Searchlight, designed for both z-axis rooftop runs and strategic indoor gameplay. Returning classics and fresh new designs let you experience Unreal gaming like never before.

Unreal Tournament 3 is rated “M” for mature by the ESRB.



A remake of Facing Worlds? Oh fuck yes!

I'm interested in the new Capture The Flag map, Searchlight. From the way they explain it, it sounds pretty spiffy. It's been a long time since I've played Morbias. I just hope it's a faithful translation, along with the epic map that is Facing Worlds.

If you cannot find the new maps on PSN right now just remember that the maps will most likely be live when the Playstation Store is updated later tonight.   read


3:48 PM on 03.24.2008

New Trailer for the Warhawk 1.3 Update; the word "pimp" comes to mind.

With the FREE update of Warhawk set to hit next week, Sony has released a trailer showing off the new additions to the game.

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As you can see, the Bio-Reactor Field Generator & Mechanic's Field Wrench are shown off in the trailer. The Bio-Reactive Field Generator acts like a sort of "Halo 3 field generator", but it actually heals your allies and is able to kill your enemies. The field wrench is reminiscent of the Engineer's wrench in Team Fortress 2, in that it is able to not only repair your vehicle but is also able to harm an enemy's vehicle as well. Also mentioned in the trailer are the various fan-made custom paint jobs and insignias that will be incorporated into the patch.

While the idea of finally being able to repair vehicles during mid-fight has finally come true, I guess we'll have to see if it's a Godsend or just another stab in the face (from shipero... bastard)... and just in time for "Wednesday Night Warcawks" to boot.

Look for the patch to hit next week, April 2nd.   read


6:09 PM on 03.17.2008

Europeans Are Chumps; GT 5 Prologue nets nearly 1 mil. pre-orders.

With the release of Gran Turismo 5: Prologue set to drop next week in PAL territories, Eurogamer is reporting that pre-orders of the latest game in the series are pushing nearly 1 million in Europe.



According to the article, it is the first time that a PS3 title has racked up more than 1 million sales, all but certifying that the game will reach "platinum" status before it is even released. Eurogamer also has a review posted for Prologue giving the game a respectable "8 out of 10".

As much as I am a fan of the series, I am not looking forward to Prologue as it's basically just an extended demo which you have to pay for. Knowing that the game has already reached 1 million pre-orders is both staggering and disappointing.

Lets see if SCEA can pull of those numbers before the game hits the states April 17th.

Via: Eurogamer.net   read


1:27 AM on 01.11.2008

Kane & Lynch sells 1 million copies; hilarity ensues.

According to an article over at Next Gen, K&L has sold more than a million copies worldwide since its release back in November, all but assuring a sequel will be made.



Even though the controversy surrounding K&L was immense, SCi Entertainment (along with subsidiary Edios) went on to tout that the sales of the game have exceeded those of Hitman: Blood Money, released in 2006. They anticipate sales of K&L to continue to grow, and expect the game to become another "key franchise" of the group.

A key franchise to Edios must mean a game with an ass load of controversy, great story, and mediocre gameplay.



Via:NextGen   read


9:53 AM on 01.06.2008

Dad shoots son over Xbox 360: douche baggery at its finest.

<p>Over the weekend, in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, an argument over an Xbox 360 is believed to have led to a son to ask his father to shoot him in which the father, being the total dick that he is, complied to do so.</p>
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<p>James Stanley Niedosik, 60, got into a heated argument with his 17 year old son when the young man wanted to show his father the 360 and the father declined to take a gander. During the dispute, the son pulled a Darwinian move and handed his father a rifle and asked to shoot him. Being the father of the year that he is, Niedosik pulled the trigger and fired a .22 caliber bullet into his son's head. The bullet was lodged in the boy's skull (behind the ear), but is expected to survive. He is now being treated at a near-by hospital. Niedosik was later arrested on numerous charges including: aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, and endangering the welfare of a child. He is now in Monroe County Prison on $250,000 bail. While games may not be the general cause of this crime, I do believe that the father was pretty pissed off at his son for constantly cooking his grenades during their Call of Duty 4 matches. Source: http://gamerush.zoomshare.com/files/news/002489_Dad_shoots_son_after_refusing_to_look_at_his_Xbox_360.htm</p>   read


2:48 PM on 01.05.2008

Another MMOG announced.... wait it's horror themed?!

Gravity Interactive (Ragnarok Online) announced that they are bringing an MMOG, titled Requiem: Bloodymare, stateside in early 2008.



From the press release:

"Using the Havok engine, Requiem: Bloodymare brings to life a visually stunning realm where fallout from generations of scientific and mystical warfare has polluted the natural world and given birth to horribly mutated monsters. The battles between players and these grotesque creatures are rendered with intense sequences of bloody and gory graphics."

Requiem: Bloodymare also brings several game mechanics that set it apart from the rest of the MMO market. The time of day will be an extremely important factor for players under the Nightmare System with incredibly powerful creatures awakening to terrorize the world at night. To defeat these challenges players will be able to draw upon the DNA System and the Beast Possession System. Players will use genetic engineering to modify their DNA to obtain characteristics and abilities nature never intended. The mystic arts will enable players to possess and transform into different bestial beings with extraordinary abilities.

A web site is also available which shows a teaser video for the upcoming horror MMOG, which can be found here.



While it does sound like the usual standard MMORPG fair, this game has peaked my interest as the background is pretty dark and disturbing. Here's hoping that it comes together to make a great game.


Source: http://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewthread&threadid=83860   read


11:19 AM on 01.03.2008

Universal Combat for the PC goes free; cheap bastards rejoice.

3000AD is reporting that Universal Combat, the brain child of Derek Smart, is now officially freeware as of January 2nd, 2008.




From 3000AD:

"As announced late last year, Dreamcatcher's five year rights to two of our legacy games, Battlecruiser Millennium Gold (2003) and Universal Combat (2003) expired on 12/18/07. As such, we had advised the publisher to initiate a DIF (Destroy In Field) order to its various retailers so that the games can no longer be sold. The new Dreamcatcher management (under the new Jowood owners) have complied accordingly as best we can tell.

In case you were wondering; yes, the games were still selling and generating royalty income as per the [unpaid] quarterly royalty statements from the publisher. Those [two year] accumulated and unpaid income earnings will be written off as a bad debt loss in our 2007 tax filings once we receive the Q4/07 statements which are due around the end of January '08.

That said, in keeping with the tradition of releasing my legacy games for free, I have repackaged the single player Universal Combat game and released it into the wild as freeware. Once again, our freeware game is released with no advertising, no nag screens, no expiration date, nothing. Just the full (and patched) single player game as was commercially released in Feb 2004, but with fewer music tracks (the game FAQ shows how players can add their own MP3 tracks) and no multiplayer.

The only condition under which our freeware games are released is that they not be sold under any circumstances, nor bundled as part of any commercial media (e.g. magazine cover discs) without my expressed written permission."



For those who don't remember (or never even heard of) UC, it is a hybrid space shooter and flight simulator. Basically, think Colony Wars meets Microsoft Flight Simulator. Those of us fond of the game also remember the phone book of a manual and how much of a pain in the ass it took to travel from one place to another.

The download page can be found here.

Source: http://www.3000ad.com/site/news/   read


7:44 PM on 01.02.2008

4-year-old "wees" on brother's Wii; general public tired of Wii puns.

Ellis Emsley may look like your typical innocent 4-year-old boy, but underneath the cuteness lies the black heart of a true video gamer. Tired of his older brother, 6-year-old Danny, constantly hogging the family's Wii console, Ellis did what every video gamer did when denied his precious video games: he got revenge, and pissed all over the Wii console. Yes, he dropped trou' and unleashed the yellow fury all over his Wii.



From the story:

Their mother Kerry, 25, said: 'It seems Ellis got fed up with Danny being obsessed with the Wii and refusing to play with him."'Danny was speechless with rage, Ellis knew he had done something wrong and went and hid under his bed.' The £250 console was bought for Christmas following months of searching by the boys' father, Darren, 33.

The family from Fleetwood, Lancashire, are now keeping their fingers crossed that the 'accident' will be covered by their home insurance.

'It must surely be counted as a leak,' Mr Emsley said."

Horrible puns aside, what Ellis did has to be the greatest video game related revenge story ever. I mean if I was pushed around and was constantly held back from playing my favorite console, I know the best course of action would be to pee all over it.

Source: http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?in_article_id=82117&in_page_id=34   read


11:39 PM on 12.19.2007

Killer Instinct 3 In The Works?

I'm not sure if this has been posted or not, but the good folks at CVG have an interesting article up concerning the possibility of a sequel for one of the greatest arcade fighting games. In a nutshell, the article mentions how Rare, the company behind the Perfect Dark and Killer Instinct franchises, sent out a Christmas card featuring characters from their Viva Pinta and Banjo Kazooie franchises. Not only does this card give us a glimpse of the art direction in the 'Banjo' sequel, but a keen observer can spot a subtle hint of what's to come:



Notice anything a little "sequelly" on the stockings near the fireplace? Could this actually be hinting at things to come or is this just a cruel, Godless prank that Rare has setup for us? I guess only time will tell.


Source:http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=178032   read


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