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Be warned, I do not excel with the words, but I'll do my best. I have favorites, but I try and keep an open, unbiased mind. Just because I love my XBox, doesn't mean I hate my PS3. Also just because I love my shiny new current-gen games, doesn't mean I can't appreciate old games with technically inferior graphics.

About me
Name: Mike
Residence: Burlington, Ontario

Cry Liquor and Bleed Pixels

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Current Console: XBox 360
Old Console: Nintendo NES
Games: Chrono Trigger
Gears of War
Amplitude
Guitar Hero
Contra
Mega Man
Drink: Wiser's Rye Whisky
Rye + Coke
Cranberry Vodka + 7up
Jose Cuervo
Cherry Bomb (1 part fireball, 1 part cherry brandy)
Book: JPod
Music I Am Ghost
Himsa
Bleed The Dream
Cursive
Creatures of Habit
Mocheeba
Jay-Z
The Matches

I love current-gen, but I will never abandon my roots.
8-bit for life, baby!

Here is my rating scale:
5: Must Try
4: Delicious
3: Mediocre to the Max
2: Kind of Shitty
1: Why does this exist?

To see what games I own, what I'm currently playing, or what I've recently completed:
Check out my MobyGames profile


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Hey guys, just wanted to give a heads up to all the GTA DToiders (Not THAT GTA... the Greater Toronto Area!)

Tomorrow (Saturday, June 21st), FutureShop is holding a gaming event at Dundas Square. From the sounds of it, it's just an all-day Guitar Hero competition with a FREE Video Games Live show at 8:30pm.

If you like game music, and don't know what VGL is, check it out!!! You don't know what you're missing!

Quick and dirty:
What: All-day gaming event hosted by FutureShop
Where: Dundas Square in Toronto
When: All day, VGL show at 8:30
Who: The VGL guys, FutureShop gaming exerts (I lol'd), Microsoft, Nintendo,

Full details from the VGL website here.
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dgenerate
12:31 PM on 11.23.2007

I want to start this post off by saying that I'm not the biggest Sony fan. They were arrogant, banking on the strength of their brand. They never seem to speak the truth, and jerk the consumer around with all their press releases and SKUs. Don't get me wrong, the Playstation 3 is a great machine. Not only is it arguably the most powerful current-gen system, but it also has a memory card reader, Blu-Ray player and 1080p video. It works well as a media player when it's connected to the network, you can easily install your own OS on it, easily swap hard drives, and to top it all off, it has a great library of games! Wait.. what?

Ok let me put this a different way... The Playstation 3 finally has a few quality games!

I'm guessing you're either sitting there thinking one of two things:
A) PS3 is teh best system EVAR! It has the best gfx and is sooooo much better than XBox.
B) OMG PS3 doesn't have games. Ur so stoopid, what a shitty system man. PS3 has Resistance and that's it. XBOX 4 LIFE!

Or maybe I'm overestimating your stupidity ;) (iJoke)

What I truly mean though, is that at this point, I think the PS3 is finally worth buying. There's enough quality games out, and the price is lower than ever (if you're ok with a feature-stripped PS3)

With all that aside, let's just get to the games...

Exclusives

Title: Resistance: Fall of Man
Release Date: Nov 14, 2006
Developer: Insomiac Games
Publisher: SCEA
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

Synopsis: The game takes place in a WWII era (in an alternate reality when WWII never happened). A race of weird-looking humanoids appears to destroy the planet. Asia and Europe are a write-off already, and the race of creatures, called the Chimaera, have the UK in their sights. You play as Nathan Hale, an American soldier sent over to help with UK’s reinforcements.

+Great weapons
+Good graphics
+Solid gameplay

-Fight same monsters 95% of the time



Title: Warhawk
Release Date: August 28, 2007
Developer: Incognito Entertainment
Publisher: SCEA
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)

About the game: Warhawk, a remake of the game PSX launch title of the same name, is a multiplayer-only futuristic combat game, in the style of the Battlefield or Tribes series. Combat focuses on up to 32 players piloting Warhawks (the game's Harrier-jet-like aircraft) in large-scale acrobatic dogfights using the motion-sensing features of the SIXAXIS controller. However, at any time, players can park their aircraft and continue the fight on foot (using firearms, grenades, knives and surface-to-air missile launchers) or in a ground-based vehicle (jeeps, tanks and a variety of turrets).

+Solid Gameplay
+Sixaxis support optional
+Best multiplayer support seen on PS3

-Multilpayer only



Title: Heavenly Sword
Release Date: September 12, 2007
Developer: Ninja Theory
Publisher: SCEA
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)

Synopsis: Nariko is the main character of the game, a young warrior who belongs to a clan headed by her father, Shen. A prophecy once foretold that a son would be born who would act as a saviour to the clan; with the birth of Nariko, a daughter, the clan have come to shun her, and even go so far as to blame their misfortunes on her. After King Bohan launches his destructive tirade to find the Heavenly Sword that the clan protect, Nariko decides to wield it herself as a final act to avenge the people who sacrificed themselves fighting to defend it.

+Solid Gameplay
+Great graphics, facial animations, voice acting and motion capture
+Interesting Sixaxis implementation
+Amazing Cinematic experience

-Particularly short



Title: Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
Release Date: October 23, 2007
Developer: Insomiac Games
Publisher: SCEA
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older)

Synopsis: It's no coincidence that Insomniac Games has both of their games for PS3 on this list. They are great developers, and consistently deliver high-quality titles. Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction is no exception. It's the best in the series to date, and one of the best PS3 titles available, AND has some of the best graphical capabilities seen in a video game to date.

+Solid Gameplay
+Amazing Graphics
+Interesting Sixaxis implementation
+Lots of fun weapons

-Taking advantage of pickups and upgrades makes the title a little easy



Title: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Release Date: November 19, 2007
Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: SCEA
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)

Synopsis: A 400-year-old clue in the coffin of Sir Francis Drake sets a modern-day fortune hunter on an exploration for the fabled treasure of El Dorado, leading to the discovery of a forgotten island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The search turns deadly when Nathan Drake becomes stranded on the island and hunted by mercenaries. Outnumbered and outgunned, Drake and his companions must fight to survive as they begin to unravel the terrible secrets hidden on the Island.

Uncharted is a mix between a 3rd person shooter, adventure, and 3D platformer. Some people say the controls don't feel right, but I disagree. They are tighter than your 13-year-old sister. The only problem I had was switching from Gears of War to this, very similar (yet completely different) control scheme. The graphics are great, and the AI is the best I have seen to date. The voice acting, once again, is superb. This is the first game in a long long time that had me playing in anticipation of the next cutscene.

+Solid gameplay
+Great graphics
+Interesting Sixaxis implementation (this seems to come up a lot)
+Amazing cinematic experience
+Great AI
+Exciting, engaging story

Keep in mind that these are just exlcusives for PS3. If PS3 is your only system, there is still plenty of cross-platform goodness to try out.

Well that about wraps up my list. It may not rival the XBox 360 library yet, but there's already a great variety in the titles on the PS3. From cartoon platformer, to realistic adventure, to shooter and back. Sure, I may have left a couple games off, and maybe you don't think a game deserves to be up there, but it's up to you to deal with that :P

Some (not all) of the synopsis' were copied directly from either Moby Games or Wikipedia










Bad news for all of us Canadian wanna-be rock stars. Rock Band is going to be delayed in Canada until December 17th.

"MTV Games, which owns Rock Band developer Harmonix, has confirmed to Shacknews that Canadian stores will not receive any version of the musical supergroup simulator until December 17."

There's a little speculation over the reasons for the delay. While speaking with a PR Rep from Harmonix, The BBPS uncovered that the Canadian version may take a little longer, because of special packaging regulations.

Americans need not worry but Canadian gamers might want to look out for this one. Currently the dollar value in Canada is nearly equal to the penny as the American dollar, but the Canadian price point is still in the air for Rock Band. While we’re hoping it will be around the $170 mark, Canadians may need to pony up more– but we couldn’t get a definite answer to support that. However, because of packaging regulations in Canada the release of Rock Band may see some small delays to go north of the border. Canadian standards force all packaging to come in both English and French-Canadian, and this issue- coupled with shipping quantities to Canada- may delay the release in the Great White North. Our advice? Drive south until you see a sign that says GameStop.

Whether or not this is the real reason for the delay, I'm sure Harmonix would love to split up the releases a bit, supplying this demand might be a tough one.

The game is still scheduled for release on November 20th in the United States.

Shacknews










The Nintendo DS is a sweet little machine. It can handle 2D and 3D graphics, has 2 screens; one which is touch-sensitive. The Lite version of the handheld fits easily into your pockets (unless you're emo, in which case your pants are probably too tight to even fit your hands in your pockets). All this potential, and what do 95% of us do? Play commercial games on the bus, and then put it away. What if you could use the sexy little funbox as a video player, audio player, SNES and NES emulator, and play commercial ROMs on it, as well as much, much more? What if you could do all this without ever opening, flashing, soldering etc. . . your DS? It's as simple as inserting a special cartrige into the Slot-1 cartrige slot! Read on to find out all about how to go about turning your Nintendo DS into a very versatile tool! I'll list some information about what it is, how it works, and what my favorite programs are for it!

So what is this IT we're talking about?
The R4DS is a special cartrige that will allow you to load files off of a microSD memory card. It comes with a popular media player called Moonshell which will allow you to watch videos, view images, and play music files. (There are several other similar cartriges out there, the R4 is simply the one I picked up, and so it is the one I will mention here)

R4DS Homepage | DS Flash Cart Reviews
- Runs clean ROMs from the MicroSD directly, so there's no need to patch any ROMs first
- Supports trimmed ROMs to save space on the MicroSD card
- Supports multiple ROMs
- Uses MicroSD cards which allows up to 4gb of storage
- Exactly the same size as an original DS cart
- The R4 doesn't require the DS to be flashed
- R4 operating system and firmware are easily updateable via files on the MicroSD card
- Built in moonshell to play music
- Supports homebrew support without any patching
- Allows booting to slot 2


Moonshell: Homepage | Tutorial



Moonshell is a simple OS-like application that handles several forms of media. When you first boot into moonshell, you will see a directory listing, showing the contents of the memory card that is currently inserted in the R4 cartridge. You can open text files, view images, watch videos, and play audio files. Here are the supported file types:

Video: DPG video files.
Audio: MP3 / OGG / MOD / SPC / MDX(no PCM)/ GBS / HES / NSF / XM / MIDI / low bit rate AAC
Images: non-progressive JPEG / BMP / GIF / PNG images

To view videos, you're going to have to convert the video file you want to watch into a DPG (DS MPEG). It's kind of a pain in the ass, but if you want to watch videos on your DS, this is how you have to do it. Moonshell comes with a set of tools that will allow you to convert your files into DPG. Once that is done, just drop 'em on your memory card. The moonshell tutorial contains a section on how to convert and watch videos.

ROMS
Once your R4 is set up, not only can you launch Moonshell to do all that neat stuff with your media files, you can also load Nintendo DS ROMs. The R4 has an impressive compatibility with commercial ROMs, and will even run WiFi multiplayer. It can play almost any game perfectly, but there is an issue in certain games with download play (Mario Kart DS, Super Mario 64, New Super Mario Bros.)
I think I need to add a little note here: Don't pirate DS games! Although if you do pirate DS games, all Nintendo will say is: "Oh, that's ok, we don't need your money anymore, WE'RE RICH BITCH!"

With that aside, you might be thinking: "Why have an R4 if you're not going to pirate games for it?" There are tons of other features I will list that the R4 can handle, but in terms of playing commercial ROMs, there is the benefit of not having to bring multiple game cartriges with you when you go out with your DS. Just load up the flash cart with the games you want to bring! You can download imports, or games you simply cannot seem to find at retail (or at an online store). Another great thing we can do is play homebrew software!

What's Homebrew? Wikipedia: Homebrew (video games)
Homebrew is basically user-created software. All homebrew for the DS will come with a .nds file. This is the file that you need to launch from the R4DS(kind of like a .exe file on a PC) There is plenty of homebrew software for the DS out there. Everything from games, to email clients, to emulators. Read on to find out about the stuff I am currently running, or am planning on checking out very soon.

SNEmulDS Homepage
SNES Emulator for the DS. The emulator isn't perfect, but the newest release fixed my major problem: the option to scale the SNES image to fit the DS screen. (it uised to clip the top & bottom) All there is to it is dropping SNEmulDS.nds and your SNES ROMs onto the memory card and launch SNEmulDS. I have had limited problems with my game freezing, but I have just upgraded to the new 0.6a version, so we will see if that continues.

nesDS Homepage
This is a port of the PocketNES emulator for the GBA. It seems to work perfectly for me. Not much else to say: it's a NES emulator that runs on your DS. Simply drop the nesDS.nds file and some ROMs onto your memory card and launch nesDS.

ScummVM DS: Homepage
So you like those old school point-and-clicks eh? Well you are going to LOVE this.



"ScummVM is an interpreter that allows you to play many point and click adventure games from the 80s and 90s on modern computers. I didn't write ScummVM, that honour goes to the ScummVM team. ScummVM runs games from Lucasarts that were created using the SCUMM system (hence the name) but it has also been expanded to run games from many other developers too. ScummVM is written in portable C++ and has been ported to many differnet platforms, and I have made a port of it to the DS. This means that you can play all these classic games on the DS with full sound."

AmplituDS Homepage



If you have never played Amplitude for PS2, then just go do it. Harmonix made it, it had sweet music, and took the rhythm game to a whole new level. (Harmonix: creators of Guitar Hero and now Rock Band). AmplituDS is a project that is currently in it's third release, and still being developped. It is basically a recreation of the original Amplitude, but for the DS! It has completely original graphics and music, but everything in the game is based off Amplitude. If it was a commercial game I would criticise it more, but for a homebrew game it is pretty damn sweet. Check it out!

Stuff I have yet to try out:
Here is a list of stuff that I have either not tried, or haven't used enough to make a good judgement on. Everything on this list comes from "Best of DS Homebrew" lists around the web, so it is very likely good software.

DSOrganize Homepage
An organizer for your DS! Create to-do lists, set events in your calendar, use the file browser to launch other apps, use the calculator, day planner, address book, IRC and web browser!

NDSMail Homepage



This is an eMail client for your DS. It supports the following features:
POP3/SMTP mail server support
RSS/ATOM feed support
simple HTML viewer
multiple account support
SSL support
Settings and Mails are saved to XML files

So do you have an R4? Well you should! There is just so much cool stuff out there for it! This isn't even a complete list, just a few things that I found that were interesting. How do you get one? Order online, find one on Craigslist, or find a "guy who knows a guy". I got mine for $40 CAD, and a 2GB microSD card for $35 CAD. Great investment for what I got. If you have any favorite homebrew apps, leave a note in the comments!








Baby, I love you so. Why did you have to do this to me.

I remember the day we met. It wasn't long ago actually, September 25th to be exact. I remember because of all the hype surrounding that fateful day. I went in and there you were. It was as if you were just waiting for me to walk through that door. I got you home and unwrapped you, and ran my hands along your spartan green outer shell, such fine detail, such beauty. It actually sent shivers down my spine. I bought you nice things like Geometery Wars and Bomberman Live. I even got you your very own copy of Halo 3. Yesterday, I came home, and was so excited to see you. I could not wait to turn you on and get into some heavy action. Of course you're always up for some foreplay with the Live Arcade, but every time I try to get you into the mood for some real action, you simply moan and groan and make wierd noises, rejecting anything I try and put inside you. It's reminiscent of my ex-girlfriend's 'headaches' she would always have at the most inopportune of times. I can't really be upset at this point, because I knew the risks of getting involved with a console like you. I've heard countless stories from your past, going through life, breaking hearts at every turn. I just wonder, why me? I treated you so good, baby. Why me?







dgenerate
10:13 AM on 10.03.2007

Yeah, I guess this isn't the most game-related thing I could post, but I absolutely love Explosm.net's 'Cyanide and Happiness' webcomic. Today I checked and there was a tiny video game reference, so I'm gonna post it for you!



Here's some of my favorites from the past couple months.
http://www.explosm.net/comics/1018/
http://www.explosm.net/comics/995/
http://www.explosm.net/comics/993/
http://www.explosm.net/comics/984/

And the best ever:
http://www.explosm.net/comics/982/