Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Game to Buy: Beats (PSP)

This music game is as unique as you are. Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment's London Studio, this rhythm-based music game actually uses songs you have saved on your memory card, along with a couple built into the game itself. There's honestly not much to this game: you pick a song, the game scans it, and creates the beats you need to follow using the 4 face buttons and the D-Pad.
For $5, this is quite the decent game. I just wish the scanning process was more accurate, though. I often see off-tempo beats on slower songs, or songs that aren't techno. It's not as difficult as DJ Max Portable, which is basically DDR for the PSP (difficulty and all), and there's no way to actually "fail" a song. Your high scores are saved, based on the number of notes you hit throughout the entire song and your combos you score as you hit notes without missing one. Great and all, but I haven't found a way to share those scores online in any way, which I feel was a missed opportunity, but I can understand due to the infinite songs and file names that can be played as well as the randomly generated song stages that are made by the game.
Despite the flaws, the game is definetly worth the price point. If you've beaten DJ Max and you're looking for some originality, give the game a shot. What's $5 to a guy, anyway?

Monday, December 29, 2008

An Otaku's Interests: Penguin Girl

This is one of those extremely random, makes-fun-of-itself-and-others anime that I am, for some reason, attracted to. This anime, based on a just-as-crazy manga, is almost ecchi, but in a very comedic way. Just bare with me for a minute, this won't hurt a bit.

The main character, nicknamed "Penguin" for several reasons, is insanily rich, ditzy, and a huge otaku. Her best friends are a teenage priest and, even more crazily, a karate tomboy who was literally raised as a boy until she got boobs. The episodes are short, and there isn't a long-running plot. It's often maybe a couple of episodes before cutting to a new storyline, and that was before the initial couple of episodes. The series literally started with a "work-in-progress" intro; the intro you see in the latest episodes first showed up during the first "chapter," a couple of episodes after the show had aired initially.

The animation style is pretty dynamic, but definetly not realistic. There's also plenty of gravity-defying feats and stuff that just plain can't happen in real life, but that's half the fun of the show.

It takes a certain kind of preference for this show, but the episodes are about 15 minutes each, so I'd say watch a couple before you say yae or nay on this one.

Friday, December 26, 2008

What I See: Post-Christmas Sale on Steam

Spotted at Kotaku.

I hope all PC gamers see this. If you've ever purchased a game from Steam, there's a huge sale going on throughout the entire site. Just about everything is discounted; I just bought 6-7 games for less than $30. For those who haven't yet, Steam is a PC game sale & Distribution site; it's been around for quite a while. Used to be just for Valve games like Half-Life, Counter-Strike, and the like, but they expanded to pretty much be a PC game store. I'm loving it right now, catch this sale before it ends on January 2nd.

New Tech: Digitally Assisted Billards

Spotted at Engadget.

My dad's a bit of a pool shark, so when I spotted this, I gave him a little nudge. Justin Needham and Matthew Straub of Georgia Tech some seemingly common computer accessories and a mirror, and created an expected trajectory of possible shots based on where the balls' locations on the pool table. Kind of like what you would see in a video game, all honestly. Hey, maybe if I can use this thing to practice, I can actually beat him in a match for once. Here's a video demoing the project at work.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Daily Scribbles: Merry Christmas~

Let's celebrate by starting a new tag, why don't we? I can finally post stuff not relatively newsworthy without major guilt.

So, the honest question: What'd you get?
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion GOTY Edition (PC)
  • The World Ends With You (DS)
  • Mario Kart DS (DS, duh)
  • Call of Duty 4 GOTY Edition (PS3)
  • Final Fantasy Tactics - The War of the Lions (PSP)
  • New PSP-3000 system
  • Fallout 3 (360)
Now, that last one is a bit of a problem. No 360. Gonna exchange it tomorrow for the PS3 version, so it should be updated soon. I've never had so many RPGs at one time in my life, I swear. Beyond the next semester of school, I will have no life whatsoever. Oblivion in its install mode is taking forever right now. I never expected the new PSP, though. Good, because as I've been complaining to my friends, the nub, the D-Pad, and the R-Trigger are practically dead at this point, and I've never seen so much dust inside the screen of anything before in my life. It had a good run, I bought it upon its release, and decked it out in homebrew about 3 months afterwards. Considering that the PSP-3000 hasn't been cracked just yet, I'm stuck with official, but I'm ok with it.

Our house also just got an HDTV. Yosh! I can't wait to set that baby up on 1080p with COD4 going on it. It's going to be beautiful. Now, I'll get back to work oun actually posting some items. Promise.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Forgive The Delay...

Sorry, people. I know I haven't posted in a while besides my Video of the Week, and it's way beyond Thanksgiving Break. It's called Finals, and I'm sure my college viewers are going through the same thing. My last final is on Wednesday, however, So expect a post once I'm done that...If I don't collapse on my bed by then.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Video of the Week: The 4-Player Podcast

I recently came across a live podcast, known as "The 4-Player Podcast" on These guys are a trip, I swear. They say the most random things while they're playing any video game, and while it's often just one person you see playing a game on-screen, they have a couple of events that feature all of them. I think it's best if I just give you some examples of the craziness.

The Prime Example: