Month: April 2011

Game Reviews

The PFI Tripe: Video Game Movie Awards

NOTHING however can top the ending. She reaches the top of Tony Robbins' pyramid first, grabs hold of Tinkerbell. All of a sudden, the ice cave stars to collapse. She finds SNOW DOGS, and she sleighs her way out of the collapsing ice cave, SMILING and laughing the entire time. At this point I too was smiling and laughing, that the movie was OVER and that I can go home and do something more constructive with my time, like watch the chia pet grow. I hear the sequel is actually worse, I might just see it only to put it in these awards. Hey Pac Man, you saw Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, what did you think?

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Game Reviews

The Runaways

And so began The Runaways. From their first rehearsal in a small trailer to their first tour to their first record deal… it’s all captured here in glorious period detail. Obviously their story is greatly condensed, and some liberties have been taken with the subject matter, as confirmed by the real Cherie Currie in a recent interview. The trio of Jett, Currie, and Fowley dominate the screentime with remaining band members Sandy West (Maeve), Lita Ford (Taylor-Compton), and Robin (Shawkat) relegated to the sidelines somewhat.

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Interviews

The Interview: Jace Hall

So I thought, here I am leaving the active game development industry to attempt to make movies and television shows in traditional Hollywood, while at the same time continuing to play games and hang out with my game industry friends… I was experiencing a unique culture clash between two industries and I thought it might be interesting to capture some of the moments with a video camera. And so The Jace Hall Show was born!

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Blog

MS DOS 5 Upgrade Song

I really want this video to speak for itself, but in a nutshell this is an promotional video that was sent to retailers to get them to purchase the MS Dos 5 upgrade to sell to their customers. This was done using a rap video, a horrible, horrible, rap video.

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The Music Hall

Alex Gaudino: Destination Unknown

Destination Unknown or “Destination Calabria” is a track produced by Alex Gaudino featuring a mash-up taking the instrumental from Rune’s “Calabria” and the vocals from Alex Gaudino’s and Crystal Waters. This track was the first single released from his debut album titled, My Destination. The music video features female dances in provocative (sexual) poses wearing green marching band costumes and playing instruments.

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Blog

The Obsolete Gamer Show: Girls, girls, girls

What happens when you have a bunch of gamers talk about girls, well you have this week’s Obsolete Gamer Show. Ignacio, Tom and J.A dive into the lovely subject of getting, retaining and dealing with girls as a gamer. I am sure once again, we offended a ton of people, especially Tom, but it is a good look into the mind of some games and their views on relationships.

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EditorialsIndie Games

Indie Game Reviews: x3

When Grid Runner first appeared on the VIC-20 it was nothing more than a great but a simple and quite unassuming little budget game. Now, over 20 years later, Jeff Minter, the game’s original creator, has evolved it into the absolute shmup extravaganza, complete with tons of levels, fluffy sheepies, amazing pyrotechnics, eye-melting visuals, an ear-melting soundtrack, many extras and that quirky Llamasoft humour. Oh, and some finely tuned shmup gameplay with some brilliant touches, that even manages to subtly innovate. Losing a life, for a example, can be mitigated by picking up a nice sheep, whereas each life is represented by a different ship (not sheep, mind) with unique features..

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Game Reviews

ZX Spectrum book: 1982 to 199x

Obviously, they didn’t, as they went on and released the whole book for free. Yes! Exactly as I tweeted (?) almost a month ago (did feel the subject needed a proper post of its own though), the ZX Spectrum Book – 1982 to 199x can now be downloaded for free over at the World of Spectrum in its complete 258 pages glory. And, yes, it’s as good as I imagined. Even better really, what with the introduction by Sir Clive himself, the excellent quality of the game presentations and the tons of info.

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Game Reviews

Never say no to Panda

In these commercials, the main theme is people choosing not to use Panda cheese for one reason or another and then having the Panda get pissed at them pretty much bullying them into buying the cheese. Talk about hardcore marketing, this guy is like the mafia.

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Game Reviews

Vantage Point

It’s a concept that’s been done before, but perhaps not in such a high profile film. Whether it works well or not is debatable. Both I and apparently a test audience soon grew tired of the film rewinding to the start despite the fresh perspective offered by each character. However, the story is intriguing enough after to hold your attention and the initial frustrations soon die down as you enjoy the mounting tension as more and more information is revealed.

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SNES

Final Fantasy II

The game starts you off on a mission with Cecil, the dark knight and Kain, the dragoon. These two friends will soon find out they were tricked by the king on destroying a peaceful town and then separated against their own will. Don’t worry though, they’ll eventually meet up again but I don’t want to give away any more spoilers, that would be just awful. Nevertheless, the game is packed with a long enchanting adventure and a wonderful music score.

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