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12:17 PM on 10.30.2008

Looks like Namco want to make Klonoa all edgy. *Awful design inside*

I've just had one of those survey things from Namco-Bandai about the new Klonoa game. It's just asking which of 2 character designs I preferred. ne is the classic Klonoa design that all the cool kids know and love.

The other was this

Looks like some horrible manga inspired saturday morning cartoon crap. Why do they feel the need to make classic characters looks all edgy? Happened to Sonic years back and he still hasn't recovered. Although at least with Sonic he was always the wisecracking cool sort. klonoas just a cuddley cartoony giant cat. He's about as edgy as a satsuma.

Comment away!   read

1:45 PM on 10.06.2008

Lets get The Touch in Rock Band

Stan Bush wants it to happen. he even wrote to Mike Fahey on Kotaku to say so himself. So me, being bored, decided to make one of them highly effective Facebook groups for it. Go ahead and join and spread The Touch to people all around the world. If you approve of this awesome piece of 80s greatness appearing in Rock Band (Or Guitar Hero) then join the group, tell your friends and lets get some folks from Harmonix and Activision to join. Or Stan Bush himself!!!!

The Touch for Rock Band

Lets speed this up a couple of Octaves!

An imaginary penny for telling me where that line came from and how it relates to The Touch.

Of course, how could I forget...

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7:13 PM on 06.06.2008

Tigger approves of Battlefield Bad Company

Bouncy Feline Tigger has recently played Battlefield Bad Company and is said to have enjoyed the game thoroughly. When asked what his thoughts were on the near release from videogame giants EA and DICE Tigger responded by saying "The wonderful thing about Battlefield Bad Company is that destructions a wonderful thing!". It is believed that he was slapped about the chops for failing to come up with a good variation on his classic song. Critics say he's losing his touch with the youth of today and needs to do something soon to help regain their support.

Tigger Knows Best will be airing on VH1 this fall.   read

8:30 PM on 04.13.2008

Where I belive Mario Kart Wii has gone wrong.

Number 1:

The new circuits are more rollercoaster than race track. The developers seem to have been scared of flat surfaces and felt the best thing to do is spen most of the tracks layout rolling all over the place and hitting "wicked air" off halfpipes. If nintendo wanted to make course like this why not just make a new 1080 Snowboarding game?

Numbah 2:

Not enough SNES tracks. Only 2 circuits and 1 battle level from the original Mario Kart makes me an unhappy monkey. There's quite a few Mario Kart games now so I'm sure picking out just 16 for the retro GPs is tough but why not just have 5 races per GP instead of four?.... Oh wait, it's a Nintendo game. No formula can be messed with.

Numba 3:

The weapon scaling system sucks. it sucked in Mario Kart Double Dash, It sucked in Mario Kart DS and it's worse than ever in Mario Kart Wii. I know they want the races to be close but there's better ways of doing this than giving the rubbish players a ton of first place shells and bullet bills. Hows about increasing the distance behind an opponent you can draft boost them from. Or if weapon scaling should be used make it so it only effects the boost mushrooms.

Numbeh D:

Friends codes suck. It makes no sense that you get a friend code for Mario Kart but it can check your Wii Console friends list. Why not just use the consoles friends list to begin with so you don't have to go adding everyone from you wii list to your Mario kart one.

Numero 5:

Online is good but poorly thought out. I've had about 20 races online and when searching for players I have no idea if it has found any until it brings up all the question mark bubbles. Why don't they appear as you join the race? Players shouldn't be able to vote for the same track 2 times in a row. I was in a group earlier that kept choosing Luigi Circuit and Wario Stadium. Also whats the use of seeing if my friends are playing online? They will likely be playing through the GPs for the extra characters. Surely with Wiiconnect 24 they could make it so you can see if your friends are playing single player too.

Other than all that this is a good Mario Kart. Just not the best. Better than Double Dash though.

/rant.   read

1:32 PM on 01.05.2008

The joys of NDAs.

Now a few months back I got a job at a place I can't tell you where, because of an NDA. You see they think folks will contact me for info pertaining to products, of which I can't and will not discuss. It's annoying because I cannot tell you stuff I may or may not have seen. Even if it was awesome. Really, really awesome.

It makes me wish there was some company endorsed way that people they employ could discuss matters and future products from said non-disclosed corporation. Maybe if they had an official blog on their website that was written by a select group of folks in the industry. Obviously the big-wigs would have final say on what goes out but it would be cool if there was a place for people to get the odd tidbit of inside info.

Yes i said tidbit.

Capcom have a blog running that's been cataloging the development of Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix and it's been a great thing to read. The odd shot of a character sprite has generated a load of interest in their game. Maybe other companies should think about employing an approach like this. It would also help to displell rumours about certain jobs in the industry.

When I go on forums and see folks complaining about various aspects of a game be they online issues, an exploitable bug or maybe Chun Li's thighs not being fat enough it can kinda anger me. Well not anger cos I'm so laid back my head scrapes along the floor when I walk. It's the idea that fixing something in a game is simple and devs could do it easily. A lot of times when one bug is fixed it can cause knock on issues. When a slight change is made to a game it can tear another feature apart wholey by accident.

No game is made perfect. they will all have bugs whether you notice them or not. What folks need to realise is just how many bugs a game has from it's first build to it's last and just how much work that takes for the devs to work through. A lot of bugs.

The recent troubles with xbox live is what sparked me to write my first blog entry for 4 months. The reason I haven't been writing any is obvious to those that didn't skip the first paragraph. I basically just wanted to get across that fixing a piece of software like xbox live isn't a case of switching the server off for 30 seconds and rebooting. It isn't even a case of writing a quick bit of code. It's a case of a lot of bvery talented guys working ludicrous hours (and they really do work ludicrous hours) to try to identify, repair and test every issue. According to "e" over at MS there wasn't just one issue. there was a whole cataclysm of issues with most of them having knock on effects causing other issues.

Imagine that a fully working service is a number, any number, and in order to get the service working you have to work out the correct equation to reach that number. Trouble is there's about 5 million other numbers needed to make that answer and if one get's changed it can have a massive effect on the answer. Coding is math, math at it's most insanely complex.

I'm not saying you shouldn't be annoyed that the service is down but saying they aren't doing anything about it or calling for Majornelsons head on a pike isn't gonna help. Nothing you can do will help. Just sit back and let them do their very complicated and tiring job.

They cannot tell you what has gone wrong for much the same reason I cannot tell you what I do. It's all about the NDAs. Just accept that stuff hit the fan and MS are working like crazy to fix it.

Sorry for the long read and nag. Peace out yo!   read

7:07 PM on 10.19.2007

Street Fighter 4 was such an epic announcement it moved us forward a decade!!!

Just got an email from Capcom detailing their "megaton" announcements from this week and I couldn't help but notice that they seem to have pushed us 10 years into the future with the force of all these announcements.

This is what the E-mail said..

Street Fighter® IV Announced
Since its first arcade release in 1987, Street Fighter® has become one of the most popular fighting games of all time the world round. Now, 30 years later, fans regularly ask for an all new Street Fighter, which captures the complexity and detail of player vs. player strategy with jaw-dropping next-gen graphics. The wait is finally over. Visit Street Fighter World and, then discuss what you think about this long-awaited sequel on the Capcom Unity forums!

That makes me 35. Thanks a lot Capcom!   read

8:35 AM on 10.06.2007

Just got meself one o' dem gimped PSP slims.

Yeah I was that desperate and stiny to play the new Final Fantasy Tactics game. Got PSP slim plus Final Fantasy Tictacs for £135. I'm also pretty sure I only gave the cashier £125 so I think I may have just been illegal. Awesome.

So my gimped PSP has no memory card, no USB cable and noe tv cable. I can probably find a memory card and a USB lying around with little to no trouble. Is it possible to buy these tv connector cables seperate?

Also, is it possible to connect to TEH INterWEBz via USB to a mac or PC? I'm not too bright on these things plus the instruction book appears to be gimped too.

Just realised my blog has a habit of using the word Gimped.   read

3:38 PM on 09.19.2007

Vote Mudkipz!

SO, I herd U liek MUDkipZ??

A phrase many of you have heard over the years, and yet today it means more than ever.For on this day mainstream gaming forum and cheats site GameFAQs is holding round five (possibly) of it's yearly character battle. Today you have the choice of four "classic" videogame characters, although we all know there is only one true choice.

Now I figure people just aren't aware of the vote today, possibly due to some sort of cover-up carried out by the emo Final Fantasy fanboys that litter gameFAQs, but today you have the chance to vote for Mudkip. And yet, alas, he is second on the poll behind.... that green dungaree wearing guy.... the tall one with the moustache.. whatever his name is.

Anyway, long story short, if you guys don't flood mudkipz with votes on gameFAQs and basically attempt to fix mudkipz victory in the character battle I may have to kill you all, eat you, poop you out, and then kill you again.

Or I'll just lose faith in humanity... again... I mean, I know it's been 8 years but the Phantom menace was a betrayal of my childhood and I don't wanna have to tell my grandkids how Sephiroth or some other equally FF emo fanboy baiting character won the 2007 GameFAQs character battle. I just can't do it.

Do the right thing. A vote for Mudkipz is a vote for world peace. Vote against him and you're a racist.

Vote here GameFAQs, and don't forget to say Hi to me on the GameFAQs forums when you see me there!

Lots of luv wrapped in hugs 'n' kisses
Lvl54Spacemonkey xxx   read

12:26 PM on 09.07.2007

Vagrant Story video I spent 2 days trying to get to upload to Gametrailers

I made a blog earlier about my video posting woes with Gametrailers. To follow from that, and after much persaverance, the video finally uploaded. It is the opening sequence and first 12 minutes of gameplay from PSOne classic Vagrant Story.

There was only ever one thing that disappointed me with this game. The blatant false advertising. I mean, where are all the vagrants? When a game makes a promise of a tramp based story I want it to deliver!

Other than that it was one of the best PSone games ever made and I reckon it deserves a sequel.


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7:25 AM on 09.07.2007

Why does annoy me so?

They have a lovely video uploading service along with that cool GTD thing to get free shizzle. I'd really love it if there wasn't one minor niggle........... i said niggle not, never mind.

My issue with Gametrailers.


Here's a list of issues I have had with videos I have uploaded.

1. Failure to even start uploading

2. Upon finishing uploading instead of going to the next screen where it should tll you you've been sucessful it goes to a white screen with the word "error" in the corner. Video has failed on the user movies tab.

3. Upon uploading I go to the user movies tab and where it should say "video compressing" it instead says "a non-fatal error has occoured, the video may compress though". which leads me to number four...

4. above message did appear and video spent 24 hours compressing before it gave up, or...

5. video compressed in record time but when viewed it freezes a few seconds in.

6. video sucessfully uploads but freezes half way through

7. video freezes up but clicking after the progress marker will make it play without sound.

8. Upon completion of upload my browser (firefox) quits rather than moving to the next page.

Now with that potential minefield of errors it's a wonder I've gotten any videos up. i think only 2 videos of mine have uploaded without an issue. I'm currently on attempt number 4 for a video I'm uploading now. I have experimented with all sorts of file types from wmv and .mov to MP4 and DivX but nothing seems to change. I've never had a single issue with youtube but that place is a cesspool of racism and homophobia so I try to avoid it. Thing is I'm begining to wish Youtube would just buy up gametrailers so the video uploading would bloody work.

Until then, fingers crossed eh?

Well the video uploaded but I got fault number 6. It froze up at 5:52. Time to try again.

added fault number 8 which I just got.

Actually managed to get it uploaded and you can see it here.   read

12:56 PM on 09.04.2007

This weeks edition of Gamer tv.

Thought I'd do a service to all the Yankee-doodle-dandies out there but I didn't have a good leader figure I could send to run your country so instead I'm gonna post this weeks episode of the UK No.1/only video games show Gamer tv. Hopefully this'll give you an Idea of the sort of gaming tv we have over here.

Not great is it? It'll do.

I miss Gamesmaster.

Anyway, this edition features WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2008, They, Tiger Woods 08 (Wii version), Medal of Hono(u)r Airborne and some random stuffs from the Leipzig Games Convention, including Booth Babes!

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6:50 PM on 08.31.2007

Two Worlds NO.1 on!!! SRSLY!!!

I took a pic before the haters at the games magazines got to it and started giving it bad reviews on purpose!!

Also the game got 3 5 star reviews right here!!!

Id say this proves that Two Worlds is the most game ever..... next to Drake of the 99 Dragons of course.

In fact here's a fecking amazing video I made about Drake. Enjoi!

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