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12:41 AM on 10.20.2008  

OMG. TMNT/Power Rangers Crossover. For real. [NVGR]

OK, think back to 1991. Best things ever? TMNT and Power Rangers. What could be better than mixing the two? Nothing. And with that, I give you a link to the TMNT/ Power Rangers in Space crossover, episode 04-Shell Shocked. Link is for the full episode (which I would post, but "embedding has been disabled by request"), but here, found by Technophile on IRC is this quicky video. But do yourself a favor and watch at least the one provided in the link, as your mind will be blown.

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First part of episode

Thanks IRC pals, I couldn't have done it without you. Also, notice the inclusion of female turtle, Venus. She's retarded.   read


6:52 PM on 09.05.2008  

Freezepop concert Monday for NorCal/Bay Area. Whose gonna meet me there? Anybody?



So here's the deal: I'm not really the biggest fan of Freezepop, but I know that they are a lot of fun, at least in Guitar Hero/ Rock Band. So when I found out that they were going to be playing this Monday night at 9 for a 21 and over show in San Francisco, I got pretty stoked. Hella stoked, even.

I'm wondering if there's anybody in "the internets," specifically Destructoid, who is in the bay area, and would like to go to the concert. It's only ten bucks, and even if the other bands blow, we know we'll be able to sing along to such classics as "Brainpower," "Less Talk More Rokk, and "Sprode."

And if you need a place to crash, we can work things out, as long as you're not a dirty clepto-pedo who will be a naughty little boy or girl. And I know a lot of you saw them play at PAX, so I hope they are decent live! Anyway, send me a message or drop a comment if you are interested. And if nobody is interested, I'll sit in a corner cause...

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9:24 AM on 07.30.2008  

How I spent my 21 birthday or: Soul Calibur IV online tourney this Friday?



That's right! I'm now 21 years old! July 29, 1987 was a day that will go down in infamy as I popped out of my mommy along with my twin sister, forever making the world a better place!

Fast forward 21 years, and here I am, getting presents and drinks. Last night, in celebration, I drank a bit much having:
-A microbrewery beer sampler
-An Irish Carbomb
-2 Surfers on Acid
-and a Three Wiseman

I'm somewhat a lightweight so all this alcohol was a bit much. I wasn't feeling too hot this morning, but after a hearty puking session, I feel great! Great enough to survey the loot I got yesterday:
-New Death Cab cd
-80GB Silver iPod Classic
-Drinking game set
-Couple of t-shirts
-Money
-Soul Calibur IV for the 360
-And the creme de la creme, a George Foreman Grill! Hooray!

So after all of this, I'm getting to the point of my blog: who wants to do an online tourney for Soul Calibur IV this Friday? Who even has a clear idea on how this might work? I think getting a group chatting over IRC might work, but what go you think?

Oh, and Neiro wished my happy birthday on Facebook, so I win a cookie with lots of sprinks.   read


1:47 PM on 07.21.2008  

Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop



I know all of the new details about Dead Rising for the wii has been coming out, so there isn't really any surprises gameplay wise, but I really must interject. Dead Rising for the Wii has a subtitle, and it's not the Japanese Zombie Sacrifice. It's now known as the rather pundorable Chop Till You Drop.

Is it just me, or are game son Nintendo systems notorious for having really long titles? Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop is rather cumbersome. Oh well.

Is anybody going to get this game when it comes out this winter?

Oh. Here's the presser:

CAPCOM® ANNOUNCES DEAD RISINGTM: CHOP TIL YOU DROP
Wii Gamers Prepare For a Zombie Invasion

SAN MATEO, Calif. — July 21, 2008 — Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced that Dead Rising™: Chop Till You Drop is in development for the Wii™ home video game system. Based on the critically acclaimed Dead Rising™, which has sold in excess of one million units since its release in 2006, Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop is scheduled to hit store shelves this Winter.

Taking advantage of the same proven technology that brought Resident Evil® 4 so successfully to Wii, Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop delivers a more immersive, intuitive and interactive experience as players use the Wii Remote to shoot, slash and bludgeon their way through a zombie infested shopping mall, fighting for survival.

Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop follows the harrowing tale of Frank West, an overly zealous freelance journalist on a hunt for the scoop of a lifetime. In pursuit of a juicy lead, he makes his way to the small suburban town of Willamette only to find that it has become overrun by zombies. Frank escapes to the local shopping mall, thinking it will be a bastion of safety but it turns out to be anything but. It will be a true struggle to survive the endless stream of enemies, but players will have full reign of a realistic shopping centre and its varied stores offering an endless supply of real and makeshift weapons to fight off the flesh-hungry mob. If Frank is running low on health he can pay a visit to one of the many restaurants or cafes for a meal in order to restore his energy and continue the fight.

The game is split into a series of individual cases, all of which Frank must complete in order to gain vital information that will allow him to piece together the truth behind the horrendous epidemic. In addition to the cases, players will be faced with the dilemma of deciding the rescue priority of the residents of Wilamette who also sought sanctuary in the mall. Depending on the player’s skill, some may not be so fortunate as each rescue needs to be undertaken in a set time period, therefore players may need to delay completion of a case in order to save a fellow human.

Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop’s infectious humor delivers some welcome relief from the incessant tide of zombies with players able to dress Frank up in a variety of comedic costumes and take on the undead hordes with a selection of improvised and sometimes highly ineffective weapons such as a toy sword or a football.

Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop includes the following features:
• Utilizes the same engine as Resident Evil 4 Wii edition.
• New level of interaction – aim and fire guns, swing and throw weapons and shake off zombie attacks with added Wii Remote functionality
• Huge environment – expansive indoor and outdoor areas of the mall provide a variety of different locations to explore
• Improved save functionality allows for more seamless gameplay
• Hoards of enemies on screen at once resulting in non-stop, pulse-pounding action
• Anything in the mall is at Frank’s disposal
• Grab environmental objects like umbrellas and benches to use as improvised weapons
• Snatch items from different stores to use as weapons including golf clubs, lawnmowers, frying pans and more
• Consume food and drink to revive health

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11:19 PM on 07.10.2008  

Capcom to Rock You Effin' Socks of @ Comicon



So I just got this Capcom Presser from, well, Capcom, and it looks like they are planning to rock people's fucking socks off this year at....Comicon. Yeah, I know, it's weird, but whatever. There's some kick ass-shit going down, including tournys for Street Fighter IV and cosplay contests, videos of Resident Evil 5 and the new Resident Evil CG movie, panels on making games as well as breaking into the industry. And a whole lot more. There will be exclusive figures and chances to play a ton of Capcom game, including those that might be announced at E3. If you are going to Comicon, I am so fucking jealous of you. Seriously, Capcom is tearing it up.

Oh, and apparently Megaman is going to be there. As a guest Celebrity. Go figure.

As for game demos besides the Street Fighter IV arcade set-ups, here you go:

Bionic Commando

Bionic Commando: Rearmed

Dark Void

MotoGP 08

Mega Man 9

Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

Neopets

Flock!

Plunder

Capcom Mobile games

For the press release, click here:

Ubergames
(Ok, so that's a link to the blog I write for. I know it's shameless, but I'm cramped for time to write a bunch and could do with some hits. Click it to see the full presser, trust me, you'll be surprised.)   read


8:38 PM on 07.07.2008  

Square-Enix game for iPod up now! Sounds kick a**!

Let's cut the crap, iPod games are kinda blah, but here is a game I'm am going to be downloading as soon as I get a chance: Square-Enix's Song Summoner: The Unsung Heroes. It's like a Monster Rancher game for you iPod, where you create "Tune Troopers" from your music. From pretentious indie/folk to hip-hop to classical to "Smell Yo' Dick", they can all make fighters from it. Plus, your music can power up characters too. This sounds AMAZING! Kotaku has a pretty good posting on it, and since I don't really care to write much about you can read it there. Or, even better, go to my videogame blog I write for here, then check Kotaku's link:
Ubergames. And here's a youtube!

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This game is availiable now, and only 5 bucks. Hellz Yeahz!   read


3:57 PM on 06.05.2008  

Live from France!

Ok I have to be fast, as this laptop is French, and has a weird keyboard. Also, I dont want
to
be rude!

So Im in France! This whole trip has been very cool, and Im going to be posting a large
post
when I get to the states about French gaming culture and more. And since Im going to be
in
London on Sunday till friday, I might post then if something really cool about games
happens.
Are there anybody who want to split a pint while Im in London? let me know!

Ok, Ive had some crazy stuff happen while here: Look and listen!

- In the French town of Arles, I saw a man who looks just like fireflower Luigi, but in real
life.
Pics on the 17.

- Think American or French gaming mags are cool? Check out Amusement, a French
magazine like GQ for gamers. I ll post scans if I can find a copy, but this thing is hardcore
classy, like VOGUE quality. Can somebody find its website?

- Has anybody else realized the comminity blogs have just had a one year anniversary? I
just did!

And finally, this is the best:
-On my way in the airport in San Fran, I ran into this guy I recognized but didnt know
where. So I asked, and he immediately recognized me! It was Seth from Capcom, one of
the PR people I met when I went to the Capcom Digital Days earlier this year courtisy CTZ.
Good news for me? Seth is going to set me up with PR lists and network. Hes hella chill,
and this only means good news for me as a gaming journalist!

-Bad news? Seth told me that the new Capcom VS is 99% not coming to the States, due to
ownership rights. Better get importing, as he said the roster is really good.

Alright! Im done! Au revoir, Ill check in on Sunday like regular, but in London! Then back
to Paris, where Im buying my sister a Japanese sweet Lolita dress for 400 dollars for her
21 birthday from Baby the Stars Shine Bright. I might have to kill myself, but she might do
it for me if I dont return with a dress. Google that company; youll see what I mean.

-TGG   read


8:29 PM on 05.25.2008  

Peace out, Dtoid, for now

So I'm heading out for a trip to France next week. It's three weeks of camping and river rafting in France. I'm pretty stoked about it, for it is a nice way to go back to Europe. The only other time I was in "the old country" was last year when I lived in London for six months, so this is my experience France trip.

Anyway, I'm leaving Dtoid for the three weeks, which will be pretty killer. I know y0jimb0 is gone now on vacation, so there seems to be a minor short term exodus of community members going on. Go figure.

As for games, pretty much the only thing to get me going through the flight (all 20 hours or so) is my DS with Puzzle Quest and maybe some Ouendan! Jeeze, international flights with layovers blow so hard. I'm leaving San Fran at 2 p.m and getting into Paris at 3:10 pm their time. Fuck.

Really, I'm writing blog this because I'm really curious about the gaming community in Europe. I know all about how games are appreciated in England (pretty much the same as in the States), but France will be a bit different.

Ubisoft is there, as is Luc Bernard, and the five days I spent in Paris last year was a whole lot of comicbook stands and nerds. Games seem to be appreciated, and anything that might warrant a blog posting will be photographed. However, does know what I'm talking about?

As for what I do in France, is there anything I should keep an eye out for, gaming wise? Is there some secluded Akihabara District in some far off corner of Paris that I should know about? Are there any "European only" games I should keep an eye out for? Let me know, as the best souvenirs are the ones you actually use.

Also, are there any Dtoiders in London who would want to meet up and chill? The Trocadero for some crazy arcade business? Namco arcade by the Thames for drinks and bowling? A NARP? Let me know!

Anyway, peace out, Dtoid! See you in three weeks!   read


11:57 PM on 05.04.2008  

Topgear's games to look out for this summer

Let's get down to business. I'm working on my last feature for my college paper, The Oak Leaf. This is a very sad thing for me, as it is the very last: videogame column I will write for the publication; the last article I will write for The Oak Leaf; and the last article I will be writing as Co-Editor in Chief. I've had a good run, but I'm tired and I need to get ready for my transfer of schools this fall.

Anyway, this feature is pretty simple; a lot like the very first games column I ever wrote. It's a piece on what games to look out for this summer. Other than MGS4, the current pickings for mega games are kinda lean, at least right now. There will probably be more announced soon, but we'll have to wait and see, now don't we?

So here we are! Hooray!

Wii: Wii Fit- I've chosen Wii Fit as the Wii game of choice this summer, and by the looks of things, it might be the only thing worth getting. Hardcore gamers might hate it, but the thing will sell. Oddly, the Wii game of choice was the hardest to choose from, as since the standards are so low; Boom Blox and de Blob might be better options to write about. Get those apathetic community college students interested in something different?

PS3: Metal Gear Solid 4- Easiest game to highlight. You know it; I know it. Let's move on.

360: Ninja Gaiden II- Seems to be the biggest 360 exclusive this summer. Actually, the 360 seems to have a lot of good, but not outstanding games coming out, and everything seems somewhat mediocre. Should I cover something else? Should I mention Soulcaliber IV, even though it's going to be on PS3? Hm...

DS: Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2-This was really hard. I haven't made a decision between these two. Both are hardcore. Both appeal to niches. Neither are friendly to people unfamiliar to games. Is there something else I should write about? I'm really leaning to Apollo.....

PSP: Secret Agent Clank- Don't know much about this yet. I'll research more. PSP is really sad for the summer.

PC: Spore-This is hard, as Spore is technically coming out multiplatform, and in September, so it might not count as a game of summer. However, we all know the true experience is on the PC, and the creature creater is coming out rather soon. I think it counts.

So there you have it! My choices for summer! As I get this article written, I'll be doing plenty research into each game, and for the ones in question I think I'll have winners by tomorrow.

Yay for summer!   read


7:40 PM on 04.24.2008  

Where in the World is Osama bin Laden Videogame sequence

This last Tuesday, I had a chance to see a movie at the local art house. Usually, I'm driven nuts by pretentious films by arrogant jerks who make messages based on ideals that don't understand or haven't even thought about clearly themselves.


However, I saw "Where in the World is Osama bin Laden" by Morgan Spurlock. You know, the dude from "Supersize Me." Anyway, I have to say I really enjoyed the film; Spurlock does a really good job of showing a side of Middle Easterners that many Americans have never seen. Spurlock has an agenda, but it's not an asshattery agenda like Micheal Moore, where people become outright pissed off. Spurlock just wants to convey the message that Arab people are just like you and me; even many angry people are just misguided.

So sure, if you aren't used to left-leaning politics, this movie might piss you off. However, Spurlock isn't entirely aggressive with the message, and he keeps the movie really funny.

I bring all this up because there is this bizarre videogame segue set-up. Between visiting cities, a fighting game style arena selection menu shows, and even more bizarrely, Spurlock battles bin Laden in a fighting game manner. Mustache throws and robot ninja attacks abound. It's really......weird. At the moment, I thought it was funny, but many of the reviews for the film hated this aspect. If I can find a video clip of the respective scenes, but we'll see.....

Besides, even the title is a reference to "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego."

Has anybody seen this film? Did you like the videogame sequence?

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(Oh, and I got accepted into UCLA today on an English major. Anybody go there? I'm still waiting for UC Berkeley, and I know Tactix goes there. Hmm....)   read


10:46 PM on 04.07.2008  

I want to have Mila Kunis' Baby

Sorry I haven't been around in a few days; I had a journalism convention to go to in Los Angeles. It was cool, but I'm glad to be back in Nor Cal.

Anyway, I was looking at my sister's magazine (Nylon, ok, fine. The ladies are sexy in it, ok?), and there was an article about Mila Kunis, star of That 70's Show and Family Guy and Robot Chicken.

The angle the writer was going for was how Mila is nerdy and down to earth. And the girl just might be that:
"Listen ok-- people bust out with 'Oh tee hee, I'm so nerdy.' right? I don't openly call myself a nerd because its become cliche, but I really do have the interests of a 12 year-old boy. I have every game console--the Wii, Playstation, Xbox, even Sega. I play World of Warcraft. And board games. It seems to occupy a lot of my time. You play Rock Band for four hours. It's so much more fun than getting wasted in a bar."



Oh my God. Listen, Mila, ditch that bitch Macaulay Culkin, move north, and we'll play Rock Band for more than four hours. I'm mean, seriously. This girl is the shit!   read


3:58 PM on 03.21.2008  

Topgear is the best at Bionic Commando Rearmed in Destructoid

So a couple of weeks ago, I went with CTZ and Azereki to Capcom for Digital Day 08. You've all heard the news now (yet nothing on RE5, Viewtiful Joe 3, a real new MegaMan) but it was a bunch of fun.

One of the neater things they had was a friendly competition between all of the gaming press to see who could get through a level of Bionic Commando Rearmed fastest. It was one of these new extra hard level things or something, with computery vectory graphics and stuff.

Anyway, we had ten tries, and most people couldn't actually get through the level in ten tries. I gave it a run, and in about 7 or so tries I finally got through it. It had a lot of swinging over pits and spikes and shit, so it was hard. I got what I thought was like 10,000 points or something.

well it turned out those ten thousand points were really seconds. CTZ sent me an email a couple of minutes ago with the times listed, and I got seventh place out of the bunch, the highest Dtoider there.

I'm surprised, because even though I like videogames a lot, I'm not actually terribly very good at them, especially compared to people who play them for a living.

Here's a link for the scores. Azereki is Chris Morris, Hamza is near the bottom, and I'll let you figure out who I am ;)

Oh, and I was technically not invited with Destructoid. I was really invited with the Capcom community blog, but there was some confusion when I got my name tag, so they put me under Destructoid, though I would never equate myself with the staff [Insert standard glorification of Dtoid editors].   read







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