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3:58 AM on 01.27.2009

Halo Warz!!

As Halo Wars prepares to launch, I can’t help but start to feel excited about a new Halo game. The Halo franchise has always stuck with me, if I had to choose one game to compete in, I would Choose Halo 2/3…I think of Halo as “my” game. I’ve never been as good at many games as I am good at Halo. (My mom tells me I’m good)

My worst fear for Halo Wars is that it falls flat on its face trying to be and feel like a Halo game. I think Ensemble have a major challenge on their hands in this sense.

My main concerns are;

1) I was a little bit sore for a while over the fact that a company other than Bungee would be dipping their fingers in the goodness of the Halo honey jar. Over time I’ve come to just accept that they want to make money out of an established franchise.
2) Also another of my main concerns are the units…I hope to god they don’t Pull a Star Wars prequel trilogy and have units that do not make sense or just don’t fit in the Halo universe. Or have units that seem more advance than what was around in the other Halo games.
3) Most importantly to me, is the fact that if it doesn’t feel like a Halo game then, in my eyes, Ensemble has effectively wasted 2-3years of development.

I still love the Halo franchise. Although I dont spend as much time playing Halo 3 latley as I would like to. Most of you probably don’t feel as closely tied to Halo as I’ve found myself over the last few years, I hope some of you are. Either way, I’m sure you don’t want to see the Halo name run into the ground by cash-ins and spin off’s. After having an awesome trilogy of games which pretty much innovated the way we find and play games online, and also ranking systems (Thank you, Halo 2)

I guess though even if Halo Wars sucks, us Halo fans can at least push it to the side and pretend it doesn’t exist, like a Muslim father disowning his recently deflowered daughter.



At the end of the day I want Halo 4...But not now…It’s too soon. So in a way I’m very glad that at least Halo games are still coming out. At least ODST is made by Bungee, so I feel I can rest easy knowing that the game is in capable hands, and I’m actually really looking forward to ODST, It’s not Halo 4, but at least it’s something that feel’s “official” until we get Halo 4.

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5:08 AM on 01.19.2009

MMORPG: Is that all there is?

Recently I left the world of Azeroth, seemingly for good. Part of the reason I choose to leave was I assumed there would be another MMO on-par with WoW in terms of content and overall experience that I could begin to play…

I was wrong….

Have you tried Final Fantasy XI recently? I downloaded the 14day trial thinking “how could a Final Fantasy game possibly be bad”. There were so many things I disliked about FF11, from that pointless piece of crap “play online viewer” to the pixelated 2003 graphics… I didn’t keep it for longer that an hour I admit, but it seemed so dated and bare and insignificant compared to the mighty mmo overlord, WoW.

Anyway, this isn’t about Final Fantasy XI in particular, but just about the sheer lack of great fantasy MMO’s compared to WoW… Sure, I’m sick of Azeroth, but I wouldn’t lower my standards or play a greatly inferior MMO for that simple fact.

I’ve tried Conan, Guild Wars, LOTR, EvE online, FFXI and countless pay2play Korean grind-fest’s, basically all the big hitters, with no joy. I blame Blizzard for making WoW so damn good.



I have yet to try Warhammer, But I’ve read a lot of reviews and it really doesn’t seem to stack up against WoW. I may still give it a try, but I’m not too optimistic.

The more MMO’s I try, the more I’m realizing the greatness of WoW. That Blizzard really did make a spectacular game, far ahead of anything else on the market (or anything that would come out in the next few years, it seems)

It’s becoming clear that there’s really not a title out there that could compete against WoW for “best MMO” without being completely out of its league and ends up running home to its mother crying, with its trousers soaked in urine.


I guess if you take all the MMO’s out at the moment, and compare them to Warcraft….You could consider WoW the perfect MMO, I mean, if every MMO you can compare fails against WoW….Doesn’t that kinda make WoW the perfect MMO by default? (for now, at least)

So as 2009 begins, so do my hopes of a game that could compete against WoW. The most promising so far seems to be The Old Republic.

What are some promising MMO’s scheduled for a 2009 release on PC? Do you have your eye on any inparticular?

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2:33 AM on 01.16.2009

Warner Bros and Fox settle Watchmen dispute

Given the recent circumstances surrounding the watchmen film, a lot of fans feared that the film they have been waiting so long to see will never reach the light of day.

Well Watchmen fans can now rejoice, because according to the Hollywood reporter a settlement has been made between Fox and Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. and Fox have resolved their dispute over Watchmen, with the studios scheduled to present the settlement to Judge Gary Feess on Friday morning and request that the case be dismissed. Terms of the agreement will not be disclosed, but it is said to involve a sizable cash payment to Fox and a percentage of the film’s box office.


Being a huge fan of the original graphic novel this is great news. I am aware that not really many people have actually read Watchmen, but never the less, even if you haven’t read the graphic novel you can’t deny that Watchmen looks set to be one of the most stylish, ass kicking films of 2009.

How does this news sit with Dtoiders? Are you as relieved as I am? Do you even care?

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4:04 AM on 01.12.2009

Crayon Physics Deluxe fills my heart with joy

I’d had my eye on Crayon Physics deluxe for a long while. After playing Crayon Physics, I enjoyed the game but it was in no way of “ZOMFG” calibre.

Then I got the E-mail from Kloonigames stating “ýCrayon Physics Deluxe is here”. “Delightful” I thought as I stumbled over to the official site and paid my $20.

Wow, what a game. I've barley turned it off since getting it, Just playing this gem makes me happy. If you’re ever annoyed at real life stuff, go play crayon physics deluxe and after 30 seconds of staring at the screen you will be totally oblivious to what was going on and thinking only of magical lands where midgets in tuxedos await your every command (no matter how filthy)

For example, As usual, my girlfriend is nagging me to “show her some attention” and “get off the computer” so, stay with me on this one, instead of just hitting her in the face and telling her to STFU, I actually listened to her and simply told her to STFU without hitting her. I now realise I don’t need to beat her ALL the time! Just the threat is enough to shut her up. Our relationship is doing so much better since.

(Yes, I am completely disgusting and depraved)

And for this, I thank Crayon Physics Deluxe for shining a ray of happiness into my cold, black heart, with it’s delightful graphics and ever soothing music…

Crayon Physics Deluxe: Most charming game ever?   read


5:38 AM on 01.09.2009

Fake? Ghostbusters 3 site sets me up for a fall



Oh how I’ve dreamt of a Ghostbusters 3… I’ll be picking up the new Ghostbusters game for sure. But the movie is what I'm really waiting for.

So, First we got word some writers from “The Office” were penning Ghostbusters 3, then Bill Murray revealed his renewed love for the Peter Venkman character after recording dialogue for the Ghostbusters game. (as long As GB3 has Bill Murray I’m happy)

So finally it may actually be happening.

Then I see this; apparently the site “Ghostspy” claims to have footage from the set of Ghostbusters 3, and also a CGI video of a huge garbage monster, which I’m pretty sure I remember from The Real Ghostbusters animated series.

Also they claim to have pictures of the new proton packs…Which, if real, I am NOT happy with. (They look like they've been designed by Apple) iPacks?

There seems to be an awful lot of pictures and information for a fake site and the videos do show a large production crew in New York...but I remain highly sceptical on the legitimacy of Ghostspy.

Anyhow, check out the site here HERE

What are your thoughts? This site must be fake, right? If those are the new proton packs, how do you feel about them?   read


4:50 AM on 01.08.2009

Fun for free - Cube 2: instaCTF

I don’t know whether the fact I’m advertising a single mode is worth calling this a review, so I won’t. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about the game, as I tend to only play instaCTF mode, I’m simply writing this to make people aware of the game, for those who have never played it.

Head over to http://sauerbraten.org/ to download the latest CTF Edition of the game. It’s a hyper fast-paced, instant-kill CTF game using crossbows!

I haven’t dabbled too much in the other, less psycho game modes and I don’t need to. InstaCTF is what got me hooked to this game and is what keeps me coming back. It also has level editing capabilities, where you can join a multiplayer game and you can all edit maps together. You can create underground tunnels and other pretty nifty stuff.

From the site:
“Much like the original Cube, the aim of this game is not necessarily to produce the most features & eye candy possible, but rather to allow map/geometry editing to be done dynamically in-game, to create fun gameplay and an elegant engine.”

I first downloaded this game around July last year, since then I’ve spent many an hour impaling little blue cat people to walls. If little cat people are not your thing the game allows you to change the skins of character models from the options menu. For me, there’s something strangely alluring about pinning cat-men to walls with crossbows…



Obviously the fact instaCTF is 1 hit kill really creates a lot of amazing moment’s in-game. Too many times have I found myself chasing the opposing team’s flag carrier frantically trying to nail him with a well placed arrow before he can reach his team’s score point. And due to the fact the maps are small/medium in size; catching up to a flag carrier is usually an easy task. Some of the maps have shortcuts and other little tricks to try and allow you to loose you pursuer.

All in all, I have to say Sauerbraten instaCTF is quite addictive, I’ve found myself playing it at least a couple of hours each week since downloading. Which is good considering this is a free game and is trying to compete for my time with bigger titles like Left4Dead and GoW2.

So again, head over to http://sauerbraten.org/ to download. Anyone played before? What are your thoughts on instaCTF or the game in general?..

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8:15 AM on 01.06.2009

Goodbye Azeroth...

This is it; I’ve finally had enough of WoW. I quit.

After playing for around 6 months and spending way too much money, I have decided to give WoW the boot. It’s not that I’m tired of MMO’s, I love them. They can provide an immersive experience most games could ever hope for. But I see what other people have been saying now; WoW is one of the most repetitive games ever.

For a time, things were good, perfect even. There were a lot of nice people to quest with and just hang out with, you would look up at the level 70’s and hope one day you too could look that awesome.



But after maxing out the level cap (before WOTLK) things started getting really boring, doing raids constantly and always sitting in the “looking for group” channel got really old, really fast.

But I ploughed on, thinking that this was just a phase and I would soon get passed it and start enjoying the game again.

I was wrong.

After WOTLK was released I managed to get to level 75 without spooning my eyes out in sheer repetitive boredom.

These days, every time I turn on the game, I cringe. I don’t know exactly why, But the thought of playing wow for even 5mins more sends a cold shiver down my spine.

Maybe it’s the constant lack of tank’s and healers, maybe it’s the constant sitting in LFG waiting for more party members to join, maybe its just male blood elves. Either way, I quit. I’m done. I’ve paid for the last 2 months thinking I would play it again soon, which never happened.

So goodbye, old friend. We had fun while it lasted, you showed so much promise, I thought I had found THE mmo for me…

But there’s someone new in my life, someone younger and prettier, I call her Star Wars: The Old Republic…
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6:58 AM on 12.05.2008

Where is the PS3 advertising?

Just a quick post on an observation a friend of mine made a few days back; Has anyone noticed the complete lack of any PS3 advertising on TV?.. (where I live at least, in Wales, UK)

Granted, I dont watch a hell of alot of T.V. but when I do I see a shit-load of Wii adverts for all of their products.

I even see my fair share of xbox 360 advertisments.

But where are all the PS3 adverts? Did they kinda just decide to pull back on the UK advertising on TV or somthing? I haven't exactley been a close follower of console sales numbers and the like, but I am aware that the PS3 is lacking in sales pretty much golbally?

Even though I'm not a fan of the PS3 (PS2 kicked ass) It just kinda strikes me as strange, the complete lack of advertising for PS3.   read


9:38 AM on 12.04.2008

I heart L4D - My Imaginary Boss

Been playing left4Dead pretty damn hardcore lately. I've made up this boss i think would genuinley add alot of new gameplay elements and elements of suspence to L4D, to all who play; read on...

Name:
The Daddy/Puppet Master (undecided)

Special Ability:
An infected that can raise any corpse with impaired movement and half HP (tank, witch, normal infected etc.)

Description:
The Daddy/Puppet master is not much different to a regular looking infected, although they’re stomach must be very oversized. His stomach is huge in proportion to the rest of his body.

He is very fat for a reason. When killed, the puppet master explodes only to release dozens of infectious “worms” that were lying dormant in his “womb” in his massive oversized stomach.

The worms have little HP, maybe as much as a normal infected or less, But the worms have the unique ability to enter the corpse of ANY dead infected and re-animate them with about half the HP as usual, also the re-animated do not move as usual, they move a lot slower than when they were “alive” almost limping or crawling towards the survivors.

I chose the name “Puppet master” not just because of his ability to revive undead corpses, but also because he could have some of the worms protruding out of his back and shoulders kind of like Puppet Strings. The name “The Daddy” comes from him giving “birth” to these worm-like parasites from his big oversized stomach.

I think this can lead to some really awesome in-game moments. E.g. you’ve just been confronted by the horde and a tank, let’s say the horde also alerted a witch. Now, after you’ve killed all the infected you think your safe only to realize that The Daddy/Puppet Master has just walked around the corner… You need to take him down before he gets close enough to infected corpses so that his worms can bring them back to life.

If you notice and kill him before he is close enough to corpses, you will also have enough time to kill the “worms” before they can reach any corpses.

Let’s say when he’s killed he releases around 15 worms from his gut or “womb”. These worms could enter the corpse of a dead tank and revive him with half hp but he can only limp (maybe just movement speed reduced by 50% or something) and is also not as strong as before, as his body has already been destroyed by the survivors but the parasitic worm is just controlling his corpse like a puppet.

So you’ve killed the witch, tank and the horde, only to notice the daddy/puppet master walking around the corner, you kill him but his worms manage to re-animate the witch, tank and a few of the horde. I think this could work very well and add a new element to boss infected.

Please comment on whether you think this’ll be a good idea or not!   read


7:47 AM on 11.07.2008

WoW, they weren't joking.

Yes I realize I’m kind of late to the Warcraft party, but they really weren’t joking about WoW. I’m hooked. With just over 21 days played, I got to level 70 about 2 days ago. It's all i do lately.

I feel my social life fading away….

Heed my warning, I fear it may already be to late for me. Be wary of the WoW shaped mmo...

Pray for me, friends. May Blizz have mercy on my soul….

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4:28 AM on 11.07.2008

I never finish anythi

Games. We all play em’, we all spend our hard earned cash on em’ ….but how many of the games that you buy/play do you actually complete?

Personally I’d say I complete about 5-10% of games I play. (much to my own disappointment) The last 2 weeks I’ve picked up Dead Space, Fallout 3 and Spiderman Web of shadows and haven’t completed any of them, I’ve hardly even got Ľ of the way into these games.

Not to mention I still want to complete Fable 2, Gears2 and I wanna get Left4Dead . . . . .

I don’t consider this a waste of money as such, because I guess in my mind I am going to finish them off, but whether I will is another story. The last few games I’ve completed were Halo3, Gears, Bio shock (this is going back last year). I will complete smaller games such as DS titles and XBLA games ( Omega 5 <3 )

This happens a lot with me, for whatever reason I just keep telling myself I’ll play this game or that game soon but I’ll never actually get around to it…Also the last 3 months it doesn’t help at ALL that I’ve started playing WoW and recently dinged 70.

Ultimately, I guess it’s all down to time at the end of the day. I’m 22 and work a full time job, I just wish I had more time to play the games I want to play…

How about you guys? Does anyone here splash out on games only to find you rarely get around to finishing them? And of all the games you play, how regularly would you say you complete games you intend to.

If you find yourself never getting around to finishing the games you want, why do you think that is?

Opinions, give them to me :D   read


4:44 AM on 05.21.2008

The Games Before Time: Sanitarium

One game I will always remember is a little PC game called “Sanitarium”. Originally released in 1998, The game uses a 3rd person point and click system for exploration.

The game features some of the freakiest levels I've seen in my life. Basically you follow this dude called Max, who one day wakes up in an insane asylum with no recollection of who he is or where he's from. There has just been a riot and all the alarms are sounding and the inmates are running around freely.

Every level is unique and each one has this atmosphere about it that is really freaky....I can't say I've played another game that had the feel Sanitarium has. That's why it holds such a dear place in my heart. This game is a rare gem that everyone should play.

Every level of the 9 total chapters carries a distinct atmosphere that takes place in either the real or imaginary world of Max. The fact you can never really tell what's going on or if what's happening is real, really adds to the psychological horror of the game. The music perfectly compliments each level which only helps in making the game more freaky.

All I can say about the levels is they are awesome...REALLY twisted and macabre. The characters are some of the most twisted you will ever come across...from the deformed monstrous children of “The Innocent Abandoned” to “The Circus of Fools” where the employees of a circus located on a little island are being picked off and devoured one by one by a giant squid. Every level is awesome in this game though, each one is so different.

I cant say enough good things about this game and its design. I CAN say that this is honestly one of the best games I've played in my life. And to be honest it's shocking to me that this game isn't as well known as it should be. If you'd ask me to write a list of 3 games I feel should have sequels, this would be on of them.

If your into horror games (Hell, even if your not) GRAB THIS GAME !!! Actually, if you into GAMES then pick this game up. If you have learned to harness the awesome powers of the internet then acquiring a copy of this game should not be a problem at all.

I hope this has sparked an interest in this game for anyone who hasn't played it, because if you haven't then you missed out, kids.

If you have played it....What did you think of it?? Do you have good memories of playing?

Thoughts?
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