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11:53 PM on 05.08.2008

Bioshock movie CONFIRMED...good talent actually involved

A BIOSHOCK movie has been confirmed in Variety.

The film will be directed and produced by Gore Verbinski (the three Pirates of the Caribbean movies and The Ring).

It will be written by John Logan (Gladiator and The Aviator).

Ken Levine has heavy involvement in the movie.

Look! Story!

Look! Interview about the movie with director Verbinski!

I dunno about you but if they're set on making a movie, I think this is the way to do it.


**Quotes for the direcotr for those who don't like extensive reading**

"It's a much more intimate story than 'Pirates.' Although its an adventure, itís a dramatic adventure. I see it more along the lines of 'Blade Runner.'"

"I think we'll go right up to the edge with the Little Sisters. I donít want to soften it to the point where the core audience feels betrayed."

"We're prepared to make it an R-rated movie. I donít intuitively see it as PG-13. The content and the graphic nature of the story itself is smarter than that. It's not for young kids."   read


4:02 PM on 02.21.2008

Did Burnout: Paradise disappoint anyone?

So I've been finally playing Burnout: Paradise the past couple days and, while I'm somewhat enjoying myself, I'm also very disappointed. I'm disappointed mainly because I miss stuff from the previous games:

* Crash mode. Obvious complaint. That stupid flippy mode doesn't even come close to being a satisfying replacement. And, before you say it'll be DLC, I don't want to pay for it. If it's free, maybe I'll be slightly happier.

* No retry. I've already bitched about this on a previous post, but it still sucks when I crash right at the end of a race and have some zip by me, leaving me with second or third. I want to immediately retry, but I can't.

* Online mode. I'm sorry, but I personally don't want to be in some free zone before a race actually gets under way, only to have the host decide to leave...I just wanna fucking race. Don't make me jump through hoops to race in a racing game.

* Open city / courses. This is what almost made me lose my shit. I was way way way ahead of all those other fools in a race and drifted into a turn right towards the end. As I drifted I ended up in one of those gated shortcuts. Ok, that's fine, I'll just take this. Bad idea. Because of the open world shortcuts aren't tailored for that specific race, so this "shortcut" took me clear past the finish line and much more. By the time I got back onto the street and backtracked I got third. Fucking A.

Now before people disagree, I'm not saying it's a bad game. I realize having an open seamless online experience is new and cool, and having a huge open city that you can learn like the back of your hand to destroy on any race is great. But I'm just disappointed compared to what the previous games have been.

The best way to sum this up is to say that while I was playing Burnout: Paradise, I instead got the itch to play Burnout 3 or even, *shudder*, Burnout Revenge.

What are your thoughts?   read


2:08 PM on 02.16.2008

Horrid CNN Headlines Strike Again! [pic]



Um...yeah. It does.   read


1:06 AM on 01.08.2008

Problem with Xbox 360 DLC...does it happen to you? Can you help me?

I've been having this issue with some Xbox 360 downloadable content and it's really bugging me. I've yet to call the unhelpful Xbox support, though I did sent the support an email several months ago (never got a response, btw.)

It seems that with some of the downloadable content I have on my 360, I can only access it when I'm connected to Xbox Live. Problem is, I'm not always connected to Xbox Live. For me it depends on which of my roommates my hard drive is on, whether or not I need the internet connection on my laptop, etc.

This seems, um, wrong. It happens even with paid content. For example, it would not recognize my Shivering Isles expansion on Oblivion unless I was actually signed in to Xbox Live, nevermind the fact that Shivering Isles has nothing to do with being online. It has also happened in both Guitar Hero II and III. But it doesn't always happen, and it's not with everything. Last time I played GHIII I had the most recent stuff showing up but not the earlier songs. WTF?

Has anyone else had this problem or heard of something similar? At least I can know I'm not alone. I doubt anyone knows how to fix it but that would be appreciated too if you know.

And, to clarify, this was happening before Xbox Live imploded.

Thanks for any responses...   read


1:31 PM on 01.07.2008

Introducing the new Bond girl w/ pics (HINT: she's hot)







That's Olga Kurylenko who has been cast as the lead Bond girl in "Bond 22." With a thin gaming connection, she most recently was in "Hitman". I didn't see it but heard she was naked a lot. Maybe I should see it... She was also in Elijah Wood's segment in "Paris Je T'Aime," a good movie in its own right.

Gemma Arterton was previously cast as MI6 Agent Fields. She's also hot, though that's not too surprising:



Bond 22 is out in November and will be better than Dark Knight, Iron Man and Indy 4 combined. Link here.   read


3:36 PM on 12.26.2007

Why does playing underwater always suck?

So I'm playing some Tomb Raider: Anniversary, and have to start doing stuff underwater like I was expecting. And, of course, it sucked. It's not fun at all and the controls are near terrible.

This made me think...are there any games that do underwater well and make them fun? I'm not talking about games that are all underwater, but mainly 3D games that have underwater portions. They always suck. Tomb Raider, God of War, Super Mario 64 (Galaxy was better but not great)...

Can anyone think of a good example?   read


10:04 PM on 12.24.2007

This is why Burnout: Paradise will not be a perfect game...

Sorry if this has been discussed, but after playing the demo extensively this one thing I've noticed will without a doubt make Burnout: Paradise a little bit worse than it should be.

There is no retry button.

Imagine this: you partake in a huge race nearly covering the entire playmap (surely you've noticed the entire city is HUGE). You're comfortably in first-place for the majority of the game. You drift around a corner and SMASH, careen into a car you didn't see. Second place zips by you to take the lead and win the race.

Well, time to try this race over, so just hit pause and go to retry...wait. It's not there. You mean I gotta drive that entire distance back to just try this race again, perhaps to fail again and repeat the whole process?

Shane of 1UP, while beaming about the game on 1UP Yours podcast, brushed by this point by saying there's always a race or event at any intersection, so you don't have to go far to play again. Well...what if you've played most of the game and you need to finish this particular event? Or you just want to do a race, not a new stunt event that's nearby?

I love Burnout, and Paradise is awesome. But it's not gonna surpass Burnout 3 for this very reason. It's quite unfortunate. Alex Ward, in response to similar criticism, said that it would have required a load screen, and the Criterion team "hates loading with a passion."

Yeah, loading can suck, but I think I'd put up with one for the ability to instantly retry an event. Wouldn't you?   read


12:31 AM on 10.31.2007

Signs of life for "Max Payne" movie from Variety - real news! I promise!

Hey guys...apparently the possibility of a "Max Payne" movie is more realistic than at least I thought. According to an article in Variety, Fox is trying to get a film version of Max Payne rolling before/during the dreaded screenwriter strike that could hit Hollywood as soon as Thursday.

The strike would mean, you know, no one is writing new movies for awhile. Maybe there's a script for a Max Payne movie floating around that they are thinking about trying to get into production? All I know for sure is this:

1) I love Max Payne

2) I love good movies

3) I would absolutely adore a good Max Payne movie. Make it happen!

What do you think?

PS: Dear Management: Is this front page material?   read


8:05 PM on 08.23.2007

July NPD Numbers (I don't think this has been done yet...)

(If an NPD post has been done already, I apologize. I didn't see one, so...)

The July NPD numbers are in. Let's take a look:

Wii: 425,000
Nintendo DS: 405,000
PlayStation 2: 222,000
PlayStation Portable: 214,000
Xbox 360: 170,000
PlayStation 3: 159,000
Game Boy Advance: 87,000

Two fairly amazing things.

1) Even with the price cut, PS3 was still outsold by 360, though barely. I was sure that PS3 at least for this month would have jumped ahead of 360. Maybe it's just me, but this seems like nothing but more bad news for Sony. This was their price cut for now, and they still didn't beat Xbox. Then, in August, we'll see the effects of the 360 price cut, where I assume 360 will sell more than PS3 again, and by a much greater number than this month. Poor Sony...

2) News Flash: The Wii is popular. It outsells the DS. 425,000...that's a fucking lot of systems compared to PS3 and 360. I know it's been said before, but just wait until the Wii get's some big games out (Metroid, etc.) and more systems on shelves.   read


6:07 PM on 08.22.2007

CNN Reveals An Incredible Fact About Dinosaurs (pic)

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2:52 AM on 07.25.2007

Unleash Your Inner Fanboy



That is all.   read


2:23 AM on 07.22.2007

Call of Duty 4: Memory (Hard Drive?!) Required

Now this is interesting. As I'm sure you've seen on the Destructoid front page, Infinity Ward is asking for comments regarding possible box art for Call of Duty 4. The examples they give are for the 360 version. Take a look:



See anything interesting?

Yeah.

That box at the bottom? "Storage Required"? Shows a memory unit and a hard drive? What's that about?

It seems obvious the 360 won't require a hard drive, per se, but "storage required?" Correct me if I'm wrong, but this seems to be a first. What do you guys think?   read


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