Friday, January 30, 2009

Daily Scribbles: Games To Be Aware Of

Resident Evil 5 (Japan knows it as Biohazard 5)
(RELEASES-March 13)(PS3/XB360)

When this comes out, expect a full review...The videos explain why you should own it. ^_^

Part 1 Dev Interview

Part 2

TGS08 Theatrical Trailer

Killzone 2 (PS3 EXCLUSIVE)
(IGN Review)(RELEASES-Febuary 27th)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

An Indroduction + Video Kickoff. (hyper slo-mo Ed.)

Hello dear friends!! My name is Neo and I will be assisting Zero and the blog from now on. I will be adding my own views of the technological world we live in and all it's oddities and hilarity. I will try my hardest to keep you entertained and informed so no worries ^_^

To kickoff my coming I declare my own personal video of the week (at least for this week)

Heres to the future! w00t

Monday, January 26, 2009

What I See: Church's Chicken Hypes up Afro Samurai

Spotted on Kotaku.

...Words fail me right now. Maybe it's because I'm still coming up with ways you can laugh at this. Check the Exerpt:

Church's Chicken, home of quite possibly the best fast-food fried chicken on the planet, has teamed up with Namco Bandai's Surge label to promote the release of Afro Samurai.

The famed fried chicken franchise will be plastering stores, radios, and televisions with advertisement's promoting the video game, which is based off of an animated cartoon featuring the voice of Samuel L. Jackson.

The laughs just write themselves. Or at least the commentors write them.

"I see what they did there."

"How did these motherf@#king games get in my motherf%$king chicken?"

"Fried Chicken and a Black Samurai

I have to admit even I didn't see that comming... "

"Something about this partnership seems wrong to me. Ergh, think...Afro Samurai...Church's Fried Chicken...what's the problem here? There's just something that doesn't sit quite right, and yet it's just subtle enough that I can't put my finger on it...Hmmmm..."

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Daily Scribbles: Blarg.

I must have caught something...I feel like my head's full of concrete, and my throat's doing no better. All before my first week of school. God, that sucks.

In lighter news, I may have a bit of a surprise coming up about the blog soon, so stay tuned.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Video of the Week: What Would You Do?

Here comes a blast from the past...In more ways than one.

PWND. Why can't they do shows like this anymore?

An Otaku's Interests: Lupin III vs. Detective Conan!?

Spotted on the Anime News Network.

WOW. I really hope this comes out ok. Apparently, there is going to be a TV special in Japan, with an original story line pitting master thief Lupin III against famous Detective Conan soon. If you don't know these characters, slap yourself and then check out the links.

Now, I highly doubt this will be coming to the US, but I will be sorely dissapointed if this isn't subbed by somebody within 2 weeks after it comes out.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

New Tech: "Real" Portal Gun

Spotted on Kotaku.

Ok, so it can't make you a path from your bed to your bar, but this is a very impressive creation. Apparently, it was created by Flickr user emilyskeith's boyfriend, and he knows how to make the goods. LED lights capable of switching colors, realistic weight...all this for a cosplay.

I would love to have this gun. Huge Success. Check out more pictures of the prop here.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Still Frame: VGCats

Ok, who doesn't have this webcomic bookmarked? Go ahead, there's no shame in it...

Alright, those who said yes, SLAP YOURSELF. Then bookmark it.

Ok, generic summary: VGCats, created by Scott Ramsoomair, parodies videogames in many hilarious ways, more often than not staring two of his own characters, Aeris & Leo. There's almost never any plot inbetween comics, so just pick-up and read them. Of course, since they're based on videogames, sometimes you just may not get the whole joke the first time, but simply the way he sets them up is oftentimes funny in its own right.

While his updates aren't as fluent as before, his drawing style has improved vastly since his first 4-panel about Counter-Strike. Even as the style has updated, though, his characters have never really changed...and they never should. Ok, I may note that Leo is sometimes just too retarded in one or two of them, but we'll just call it inoperable, but non-lethal brain cancer and leave it at that.

His fan-base is quite large, and he's made friends with many artists in several communities, including other major and minor webcomic artists I'll be sure to go over soon. He also puts out 2 mini-series, Adventure Log (I think that may have ended), and Super Effective, both of which are featured on the main site and have the same puns and jokes we'd expect from this artist. Now if only we could magically get him to keep updating every Monday, life would be perfect...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Daily Scribbles: History is Made

I don't think Obama could have spoken that speech better if he wanted to.

Big day, isn't it? I'm still watching the parade on NBC.

Game to Buy: The World Ends With You (DS)

This DS RPG, developed by Square-Enix, is set in Shibuya. The plot: Live 7 days, while completing missions each day, in order to get your life back. The time limit is only story-wise, though (there's no Dead Rising complex here), but it's a game made by Squeenix, so it's never that simple. The story caught me by surprise several times, and the characters actually have a bit of a unique quality to them...besides our main character, though, who suffers amnesia and acts like a douche for the first couple of days. I guess I'd be a bit emo too, if I were named Neku, but whatever.

The graphics and atmosphere of the game is outstanding. The design matches the art styles of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, but with an obvious pop-culture flair about it. Character sprites are vivid and quite enjoyable, and proves that 2D can still kick ass. The music of the game is difinitive, and is the most unique soundtrack I have ever heard in a DS game. Pop, Rock, Rap, Hip-Hop, Techno, it's all there, and it sounds beautiful. I only wish I could give a sample to you all. Oh wait, I can.

The World Ends With You

Gameplay...surprisingly, this nearly turned me away from finishing the game, but that's because I almost didn't give myself enough time to adjust. Essentially, your playing on two screens, with two characters, using two different control schemes. You control Neku with the touch screen, using different gestures to move around and act on the field depending on your "pins" you have equipped, which is basically your weapons in combat. Dozens of possible pins, almost all of which can be leveled up over time in several ways, and even possibly evolve into different, more powerful pins. Your partner is shown on the top screen, with which you use the control pad or face buttons to input attacking and defensive manuvers. The difficulty is controlling both characters at the same time; while you have the option to have your character act automatically, the command inputs really call for a manual touch in order to achieve Fusion Techniques, which hurt all enemies and heal your characters. Oh, and I forgot to mention that HP is shared between both you and your partner, meaning that you can't just sacrifice your top character and fight on your own. It's a bit difficult your first time through, but give it time, adjust the difficulty if you have to, and I swear you will learn to enjoy it. Then again, I played this game after months of putting down my DS, so those with more experience should fair better.

The extras plugged into the game can be just as enjoyable as the main game, once you delve deep enough into it. Once you beat the game, you still have plenty of work to do to get 100% completion, so replay value is definetly there...hard to pull off in an RPG, in my opinion. There's also "Tin Pin Slam," basically a game of Marbles with the pins you've collected, which is multiplayer. You can also set up shop, and other players with TWEWY can buy items you've gained from your game, and visa-versa. Mingle Mode allows you to gain Pin Points, used to level up your pins, by picking up nearby DS Wi-Fi signals from any game. There's even a "Shutdown" mode, which gives you Pin Points between saves while you have the power off. It actually encourages you to turn off the game for a don't see that very often, and while you don't have to use it, some of your pins can only level up by getting Shutdown Points.

I would love to have some of these...

If you like RPGs, and you have a DS, you most likely already have this game. If you haven't pick this up yet, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. 5 out of 5, easily. I'LL ADD IT TO THE PILE. (You'll get that one later.)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Daily Scribbles: Need to do an OS Reinstall

Well, new semester starts in less than a week for me, and my computer is bogged down again. Doesn't matter how new the computer is, I always load it up with so much junk that it slows to a crawl. I've done it before, no problem…on my old computer, that is. Too bad this thing's a Tablet PC and my reinstall disks are in my dorm.

I apologize for the apparent lack of posts lately. I've been traveling a lot, seeing family, and generally being way too lazy. And then there's classes next week, along with the Inaguration&#8230

Saturday, January 10, 2009