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10:43 AM on 02.15.2010

(shortblog) Probe away! (Epic ME2 rap)

3:44 PM on 10.14.2008

Check out The Depreciation Guild! (VGR Music)

I found these guys while scouring 8bitpeoples for good chiptunes.

The Depreciation Guild are a Brooklyn based band made up of Kurt & Christoph. I guess you could call them shoegaze if you want to but here's what makes this VGR. They use the sound chip from the NES in their music and this makes for a really interesting mix of guitar-heavy shoegaze and crisp 8-bit melodies. Managing to do it without going totally overboard thus making it sound forced. To me the two styles blend together perfectly The result is amazing! I found their sound really unique and refreshing.

They've even put up their debut album for free on their website.
I read some reviews and people seem to think the 8-bit sound is frustrating or stressful but I don't agree. I'm guessing they're just not used to distinct character of chip-music   read

12:58 PM on 10.04.2008

First Deus Ex 3 info (Warning, nitpicking inside!)

So this is my third post about Deus Ex 3. Big whoop wanna fight about it? Seriously, I'm a huge fan of Deus Ex that's why. The first details are now released, and I'm worried. Head over to CVG to check it out. There are some things that sound good but others are just horrible. As the title says there will be nitpicking here. Nitpicking only a fanboy can justify. Fairly warned be ye!

"Augmentations have been bumped up and sound fantastic. 20 have been promised for the final game, ranging from 'bungee jump' tentacles that shoot from your back and anchor to a wall when you jump off a building, and the ability to punch through walls to grab enemies in neighboring rooms."

Seriously? Sprouting tentacles? Wouldn't it make sense for the older augmentations to be more primitive than the newer ones? This game is supposed to take place before Deus Ex you know. And not to mention it sounds totally insane. I have to admit it's a little bit awesome though but really out of place.

It seems like they want it be even more of an action game than Invisible War was. So I guess we'll just have to wait and see how it turns out

Thanks to everyone who commented on the Samus mural, I love you Destructoid!
Also, I was going to start my Castle Crashers mural this weekend but the damn bulb in the projector blew as I was about to draw it up on the wall. So that's on hold for a while :(.   read

7:19 AM on 09.17.2008

Samus is watching me sleep...

And it's done. I'm quite happy with it myself. Probably took me about 12-15 hours to finish. So here's how I did it: first of all I printed the image out on transparent plastic. I then used an overhead projector to project it onto the wall and penciled the outlines. The projector was a bit old and blurry so it made things a bit harder. Using a fine brush I traced the lines and filled in the rest with a bigger brush.

Thinking of doing another one with the knights from Castle Crashers. I'm going to the hobby shop on Friday to try and find the appropriate colors.   read

12:50 PM on 09.08.2008

Deus Ex 3 to be "revealed" next month

I was just thinking about how there hasn't been any news on Deus Ex 3 in a while. I thought of it as a good sign, that Eidos wasn't rushing to hype their game up. We'll have to see if I was right next month.

Picture proof.

In next month's PC Zone the "conspiracy is revealed", whatever that means. I'm cautiously optimistic about. Let's hope for some scans to surface soon   read

5:45 AM on 08.07.2008

New Deus Ex 3 artwork

Brand new artwork from Deus Ex 3. It's not much but it's something. I really loved the first Deus Ex. Probably the best PC game ever in my opinion. Can't help but look forward to this even though Invisible War wasn't that great. It was still a good game but nowhere near as good as the first one. I believe it would have done better on it's own without the name of Deus Ex holding it down

Not much to say about it. But still nice to see something apart from that cryptic teaser a few months ago.   read

7:37 AM on 07.30.2008

Making Battlefield 2 more enjoyable

I'm a huge Battlefield 2 fan and I've been playing it for about 3 years. Under the time I've racked up around 260 hours playtime. During these years I've picked up a couple of tweaks that make the game more enjoyable because honestly it's not perfect. It might be interesting for anyone still playing it.

Remove the intro movies
Since you will be starting the game up countless times these things get really annoying. Getting rid of them is really easy and will not set off Punkbuster either. Go into your install directory. In my case "C:\Program\EA GAMES\Battlefield 2\mods\bf2\Movies". The files you will be changing are:


Don't change any other files because might stop your game from starting properly. First you might want to check if you have "hide file extensions for known file types" turned off. Create a new folder, name it whatever your want and move the four files there. Go back to your "Movies" folder. Right click and create a new text document and name it "Dice.Bik" for example. Do this with all four files and their respective name.

Get rid of the music
This might only be me but I fucking hate the music in Battlefield 2 because I have heard it to death. You might think dragging the music volume slider to zero would help, but no. This only mutes the music in the menu but it will still play during the loading. Since you will spend a lot of time looking at the loading screen it gets annoying. The folder you will be fiddling about in this time is "C:\Program\EA GAMES\Battlefield 2\mods\bf2\Levels" In this folder you will find a folder for all ranked maps in the game.

Open one, "Strike_at_Karkand" for example. In here open the folder "info" and the open "Strike_at_Karkand.desc" in a texteditor. Look for the line:
<music> common/sound/menu/music/load_MEC_music.ogg </music>
change it to:
<music> common/sound/menu/music1/load_MEC_music.ogg </music>
So what you will be doing is adding a "1" after music in every .desc file. You have to do this for all the maps or you will still hear it.

Get Xfire!
The browser in BF2 is horrible, period. Get an account for Xfire and download it at It's so much easier to find the servers you want using Xfire. A bonus is you can jump into a server where your friends are playing without any hassle.

Check out for all your stats and diagram needs.   read

4:36 PM on 06.16.2008

Immersing peripherals?

After seeing an announcment that the upcomming Ubisoft game HAWX will have support for Philips's AmBX it got me thinking about peripherals that try to immerse the player further into the game. The AmBX provides rumble, lights, fans and sound for your PC to get the player more "in" the game. I have no idea if it's any good since it's way pricey but I see what they are going for. There's been a load of these thing throughout gaming history and usually they aren't that great, Power Glove anyone? As a kid I wanted one of those so bad.. ly(see what I did thar?) but I couldn't get a hold of one. I'm not even sure they were sold over here.

During the prime of the Playstation these kind of things where still around and I obviously fell for it. In this case it was also a glove. It's not the exact thing as the AmBX but I'd like to think they are aiming at the same thing: immersion. It didn't incorporate any kind of fancy motion sensing controls. It was just a hunk of plastic you strapped to your hand with buttons on top. The only remarkable thing was the d-pad replacement. The thing had one axis for horizontal movements and one for vertical located a bit further up on your arm. To use them you hade to move your wrist up/down and left/right to hit the different directions. It was really, really awkward and made my wrist sore. To no surprise I quickly went back to the Dual Shock.
I even saw an ad for some kind of shoe-controller(!) later on aimed at soccer games.

What I'm getting at here is: do we need things like the AmBX? Sure, it just something optional but will there be more of this kind thing in the future and will affect the console and PC market alike? We already have rumble in our controllers for the most part but it's not that common in PC gaming. Audio and visual effects are handled by the TV/monitor and sometimes surround. And a fan? I really think I think I would be quite annoyed with that thing in my face after playing PGR4 or something for an extended amount of time. I could see how PC games could benefit from some of the features as the keyboard/mouse combo doesn't allow for the same kind interaction as a gamepad.
So that's what I was thinking a little about and now I never want to hear the words "immersive" and "peripheral" again .   read

4:20 PM on 05.31.2008

World in Conflict Soviet Assault trailer

I really enjoyed World In Conflict and the fact that Massive Entertainment is a swedish developer only makes things better.
Here is a new gameplay trailer for the new game Soviet Assault which is the same game as the one released for PC last year but with an extra Soviet campaign for the consoles.


By the way the song is Death To My Hometown by Logh (swedish band yay).   read

2:12 PM on 05.21.2008

More custom covers

I like playing around in GIMP and making covers and stuff, it's awesome. Sadly I haven't had the time for it lately. Hopefully I'll be able to get back to doing some new stuff this summer.

Since a couple of you seemed to like my Castlevania cover I decided to upload it so you can print and use it if you want to. If you do please send me a pic of the result because I'm currently out of glossy paper and I'd love to see how it turns out.

I did some other covers for some XBLA covers too but I'm not half as happy with these because of the Nintendo seal of approval ruins it all :(. So I never quite finished them thats why some things look a little wierd.

Rush 'N Attack!!!!


12:20 PM on 05.19.2008

Custom Castlevania: Symphony of the Night cover

Just though I'd post a custom cover I made for the XBLA-version of Symphony Of The Night a while back. I just felt this great game deserved a case of it's own despite that fact that there is no disc for it :P. A bit bummed that I couldn't get a decent version of the original title though.

1:21 PM on 05.05.2008


Since my SNES stopped working a while back this is awesome: The Retro Duo!!!

# Has enhanced S-video output
# Plays Original Nintendo 8-Bit Games
# Plays Original Super Nintendo Games
# Plays Original Japanese Super Famicom Games
# Plays Original European (PAL) Super Nintendo Games
# Includes 2 SNES Style Controllers
# Includes All TV Hookups

Basically it's an NES/SNES clone in one machine. Since used SNES consoles are really overpriced here and in poor quality at that. And this little baby also works with games from all regions. The downside is that it looks kinda ugly but I could get used to that. Can't wait to play Mario Kart on the real deal again. Gotta replace the controllers though. If I end up buying it I'll be sure to write a review with lots of pics.

Videos with a bit of info.   read

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