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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Stunt City



Imagine a world where everyone is an action hero and nobody gets hurt. Where everyone's popping a wheelie, lit on fire, jumping through windows and falling out of buildings without a scratch.

Oh yeah, and they're wearing deodorant. So that's how action heroes do it!

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You know that gag where...



You know that gag where you scan a picture of your ass on the photocopier? Well... This guy failed. Failed with his pants down. On camera. At work. Man he must have had an awful day.

Link (via I hate my cubicle)

Doug Lowenstein comparing the movie industry with the gaming industry



Doug Lowenstein gave an amazing speech at E3, talking about how the videogame industry is a long ways behind the movie industry, market growth, game funding and mainstream appeal. There are far too many good observations and statements to go over here, but there's one thing I want to mention. I do not think gaming needs to become like movies. Cinematics and emotional impact are important yes, but games are a different kind of medium, and as such should focus on what it does best. Provide interactive entertainment.

In any case, I recommend reading this article.



How many of you have written at any time that the video game industry is bigger than Hollywood, or have heard someone in the industry make such a claim?

Let’s set the record straight once and for all: it is simply not true -- yet.

It has never been true. Yes, when you add video game hardware sales and software sales together, you come up with a figure which exceeds the total box office take of the film industry. But including hardware sales in the figure skews the comparison. Why not include the sales of DVD players? And even if you think it is valid to include console, handheld and related hardware sales in the calculation, it fails to account for the streams of additional revenue produced by Hollywood, from DVD and VCR rental and sales to syndication of films for broadcast and cable TV. In truth, the worldwide film industry stands at about $45 billion and the worldwide video game industry checks in at around $28 billion.


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Inserting Half Life Models into real life



I'm "fairly" sure that I haven't posted about this yet, I was holding off on posting about it because the pictures were getting too much traffic. There isn't a website for this stuff, it's all on a forum so you have to wade through a lot of posts to get to the good stuff, but it's worth it.

Basically this guy is taking Half Life 2 models and using extremely detailed lighting to make them look real. You'll find surreal pictures of soldiers and aliens interacting with everyday objects looking out of place only because they look like they belong in a battlezone.

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What Men Want



The What Men Want Conference is an attempt by big marketing companies to figure out what the male 18-34 audience wants. Why do I get annoyed when everyone thinks that this age category is the most important audience for marketing dollars? Do they have any clue what they're doing? Maybe, maybe not, but they definitely do have a good logo.

Link (via Wonderland)

Monday, May 30, 2005

The Darth Side: Memoirs of a Monster



The Darth Side is a Blog done by Darth Vader himself. At first I thought it was going to be a humourous website, with someone attempting to impersonate Darth Vader, but it actually turned out to be a very serious, well written storyline of what is going on through Anakin's head inbetween the scenes of the movies. Vader dwells upon his past life and struggles with his future and the conflict that goes on within him.

Luke made his appeal again, stepping up to me and searching my lenses with his eyes. "I feel the conflict with you, let go of your hate!"

Poor fool, if only he knew. Innocent as a junior temple youngling, he parroted the dead preachings of an extinct order of loveless charlatans. If only the difference between dark and light were so simple as not being afraid. He cannot conceive of the fear he must know if he is to face the burden of the true Force.

It is too late for me. My hour has come and gone. Words would gain us nothing. And I could stand the torment of his gaze no longer. I ordered Skywalker be flown up to the Death Star without further delay. "...My father is truly dead," said my son as the lift closed.


Link (via GrumpyGamer)

Miss Dusty Suicide



Although I won't explain Suicide Girls to the uninitiated, I really want to point out Dusty's set. Dusty really stands out on Suicide Girls, mainly due to the attitude she gives off. Yeah and she's fucking hot too.

You'll need a subscription to view the pictures, and it's not safe for work.

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Capturing Brainfreeze



There's an interesting video about people getting brainfreeze and showing their reactions to it. I find the voyeur aspect of watching people undergo an uncomfortable experiment kind of... Satisfying. And do you know how you get brainfreeze? By freezing your palate, the cold sensation you get is transferred almost directly to your brain.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Why smart people defend bad ideas



I’m sure you have stories of your own follies dealing with smart people defending bad ideas, or where you, yourself, as a smart person, have spent time arguing for things you regretted later. Given the wondrous multitude of ways the universe has granted humans to be smart and dumb at the same time, there are many more reasons why smart people behave in stupid ways.


Scottberkun has written a great article about why smart people sometimes have really bad ideas, and persistantly defend them. Growing up, the majority of my friends were very much like this, and I think that in some ways I too am guilty of the same thing.

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My Favorite Words That're Not in the Dictionary



cognitive displaysia (n): the feeling you have before you even leave the house that you are going to forget something and not remember it until you're on the highway

polkadodge (n): the pseudo dance when two people attempt to pass each other, each moving in the same direction

stealth-geek (n): one that hides nerdy interests while maintaining a normal outward appearance

asphinxiation (n): when you are sick to death of unanswerable riddles

pregreening (v): the tendency to creep forward while waiting for a red light to change

nudenda (n): a nudist's unhidden agenda

vidiot (n): one inept at programming a VCR

wurfing (v): the act of surfing the Internet at work and rationalizing that it is for work purposes

Link (via Slashdot)

Crazy Clouds



The local news station in Joplin, MO snapped a bunch of pictures showing some very rare cloud formations. People seem to be confused about what these clouds are called, but they're still fascinating to look at.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Friday, May 27, 2005

Belgian Blues



When I saw this picture of an extremely muscled and genetically modified cow it led me to an article describing exactly what it was. The cow is called a Belgian Blue, and it's modified so that it's body does not produce myostatin, which inhibits muscle growth. Which in effect causes the cow to grow as much muscle as possible without actually working for it.

This is significant because scientists are working on doing the same thing to humans, and I'm sure you can imagine what would happen once they do. Athletes would pick this up immediately, and it's scary because it can't be traced like normal drugs can.

Perhaps the most important and complex decision in the history of our species is approaching: in what ways should we improve our genetic endowment? Yet we are neither focused on this question nor adequately schooled to resolve it.


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20 things gamers want from the seventh generation of game consoles


Boink. Wait a second! I'm a virgin!

Immersion means soothing to sleep the part of our brain that remembers we're not intergalactic bounty hunters or world-class athletes. And that part of us is rudely jostled awake when our snowboarder bounces off an invisible wall in midair...


Pointless Waste of Time has an awesome article outlining all the things in games that need to be fixed and whether it's likely that they will with the next generation. I think as gamers a lot of people put up with the things that frustrate them, and this article is filled with a healthy amount of bitterness and humour that allows us to realize that we're putting up with a lot of unnecessary crap.

For example, I totally agree that jumping puzzles are the worst feature ever created. I never want to see another jumping puzzle again. Or save points. Or generic boxes. Or bad AI. Or invisible walls.

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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Half Life 2, the Rube Goldberg Project



What is the most effective way to kill a zombie? Why stacking hundreds of steel doors like dominoes, add tires, pulleys, draw strings and other assorted mechanisms to squash an oblivious passerby.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Science Fiction Writer Stencils



And the nerdiness continues. AstoundMe has created a number of printable stencils of famous Science Fiction writers that can be used to spraypaint your favorite author onto the wall of your choice. Wow. I want to put that Asimov one somewhere. Maybe I can turn my car into an Asimov-mobile.

Link (via BoingBoing)

The Smoke and Mirrors of E3



There's an interesting article about all the big promises of the Xbox 360 and the PS3, most of which (interestingly enough) were promised back when the Xbox and the PS2 were coming out. Microsoft and Sony really love talking about how powerful their consoles will be, but I think it's really distracting everyone from what's really important. Good games.

Link (via Slashdot)

VI Coffee Mug



This is sweet, I want one! Cafepress has a mug that contains a table of useful VI commands printed on it. I can't really say anymore because it will reveal a level of geekiness that may make most people uncomfortable.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Old school: 1, New School: 0



On the Jay Leno Show they did a little competition between the fastest cell phone instant messenger in the country, and a morse code operator to see who could relay a message faster. Man, the new kid totally got his ass handed to him.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Leroy is a fucktard



If you're a World of Warcraft fan then you're going to enjoy this one. I'm sure everyone's experienced a Leroy before. Leroooooooooooooooooooy!

Link (via Kotaku)

The New Laws Of Television



Mark Pesce, writer of Piracy is Good?, which I posted about before has written a second part to that article entitled Part Two: The New Laws Of Television. The article touches upon many of the problems that TV producers face within the next couple of years as viewers realize their own empowerment over what they watch and many of these problems are also found within the music and the movie industry. One of the the issues I found most interesting is how do shows get promoted without the advertising of Television? It's quite simple actually; good shows get great word-of-mouth. I found out about the TV show Lost, even though I never watch Television, I found out about it over the net because people were talking about it. And now I've been talking about it here on my Blog.

If you ignore the coming era of hyperdistribution, we can write you off right now. You're in the same boat as a producer of radio plays in the 1950s; the most successful of those individuals established careers in television, but others ended up bitter and unemployed. We have to deal with the world as it is, not as we'd like it to be. The clock can't be turned back on BitTorrent. In the new, "flat world," where any program produced anywhere in the world is immediately available everywhere in the world, the only sustainable edge comes from entrepreneurship and innovation. Yet broadcast television has become a self-contained world, inside a comfy plastic bubble, breathing its own air, which - after half a century - has gone noticeably stale. It's ready to be shaken up.

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The forces that cry "Piracy!" today will be congratulating themselves on their "sound business practices" tomorrow. There's money to be made; there is a viable economic model. All we need do is connect the wires, and watch the sparks fly.


Link (via BoingBoing)

Lost



I'm really not big on American Television, I watch very little of it actually. I would say that besides Battlestar Galactica and Firefly, I've barley watched any TV in almost two years. But then I discovered Lost.

I've heard a lot of talk about Lost, and I decided to go check it out. Lost is about an airplane that crash landed on an unknown island with little hope of rescue. There are about 47 passengers that survived and they're all coming to grips with their situation in different ways.

The characters and the story lines are complex and well done. The cinematography feels like a movie and the scenery is beautiful. Lost is good Television, and I don't say that lightly.

The links provided in this post are Torrents.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Cure for Smoking



Appartly, a vaccine is in the works for a cure against nicotine. Although the vaccine is still undergoing tests, it looks like it might be possible to reduce a person's craving for cigarettes.

Is it Ironic that a cure needs to be made for a legal drug? They're also working on a vaccine for a cure for Cocaine. Although I can feel for the people who are addicted to these drugs, doesn't it just provide another excuse for substance abuse when you know you can take another drug/vaccine to cancel out the original drug?

In otherwords, just like liposuction this does not fix the actual problem.

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Banana Phone



I've posted about Banana phone in my diary before but it really deserves a second mention on here. Banana Phone is probably one of the funniest videos on Newgrounds. But to be honest, the video would be nothing without the song, Banana Phone. Seriously, best video ever.

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Gamecube Cake



Mmmmmm, tasty.

via Wonderland

Light Sabre duels and stupidity don't mix



Two Star Wars fans are in a critical condition in hospital after apparently trying to make light sabres by filling fluorescent light tubes with petrol.


Good God... Even if the tubes didn't explode, were they going to hit eachother with them?

Link (via BoingBoing)

Monday, May 23, 2005

Was G4's Tina Wood Unethical at E3 2005?



Brian of Kotaku has been talking about Tina Wood, of G4, presenting Nintendogs at the Nintendo press conference:

G4 is a total shill for Nintendo. About halfway through the Nintendo press conference this morning, the company called Tina Wood, a G4 host, to the stage. For the next 10 minutes, Wood stood on stage pitching Nintendogs to her fellow journalists. She told us how fun the game was and how much she liked it, and got her dorky little dog to do tricks. It was very embarrassing, but more importantly, it was unethical.


I am unsure how I feel about the issue, so I emailed Brian and we had an interesting discussion about it.

Read The EmailHey Brian
I've been a little confused about your reactions to Tina Wood's Nintendogs performance at E3. Maybe you could clarify it a bit. What exactly is it that is wrong about demoing a product for Nintendo? Is it that you feel that when she does so, she is losing her objective credibility when reviewing certain products? Why does doing it out of her own free will, not erase your feelings about the issue?

Do you think that if you were given the opportunity to demo a product for a game you thought was awesome, you would turn it down? When reviewers or reporters get advanced or free copies of a product, say a Nintendo DS or PSP, does that make them less credible? Should reporters/reviewers decline free or advanced copies?

Jesse Morrison (I'm a Human Inbox)

Brian Crecente
to me
May 22 (1 day ago)
It isn't that she demoed the game, it's that she did so as part of Nintendo's official press conference. During that time on stage she was speaking for Nintendo.

Do you think they would have allowed her to say anything negative about the game? Do you think they gave her any sort of script?

I would never do something like that, not that my personal choices should dictate ethics.

What Tina Wood did crossed the already very hazy line that is drawn between acting on behalf of your readers and acting on behalf of a company.

I think that this industry already has a lot of issues with credibility, we don't need to add this to the list.

What do you think? Do you really see this the same as her reviewing a game on her show?

Jesse Morrison
to editor
May 22 (1 day ago)
I'm not really sure what my opinion is yet, I'm still trying to figure out where the line she crossed, is.

That is a good point. Did she have a script? Was she allowed to say whatever she wanted? If she had concerns about the game, would she have been allowed to voice them? I'm thinking that she definately did have a script, and that if she wanted to speak about concerns about the game they would have just chosen someone else to do it.

I guess part of my problem is that I'm not a fan of Tina Wood anyway. I'm not really a fan of G4, I find some of the things that G4 does questionable. I don't think that G4 is a good representative for gamers in the first place, so I'm not really finding what Tina Wood did, shocking. It almost feels expected.

Perhaps I need to put some of this into perspective. I personally am a fan of most of the Gamespot staff, so if Greg Kasavin got up on stage to demo Nintendogs for Nintendo, I'd probably be like "Whoa, wait a minute". So I guess I'd have to say that G4 never had much credibility for me to begin with. But if a respected game journalist got up on stage at a Nintendo press conference I might start to question their objectivity on future Nintendo reviews and reports.

Jesse

Brian Crecente
to me
May 22 (1 day ago)
It's funny I've had two sorts of responses to this, among the people who don't see this as an issu.

One group just thinks it's fine and doesn't think what she did is a problem at all, journalist or not.

The other group says, well what else did you expect form G4.

That second one annoys me the most because I don't think that just because you are lacking in credibility you get a pass when it comes to ethics. I didn't really have an opinion about Tina Wood either way, but if she is a bad journalist it doesn't mean that she shouldn't still be held up to the same standards as the rest of us.

Jesse Morrison
to editor
May 22 (1 day ago)
:) I agree that she shouldn't be getting a free pass out of this, but I think it stems more from past infringements rather than the fact that people don't care. I would say that, in some ways, G4 is guilty of a lot well before Tina Wood's Nintendo conference.

I wouldn't say I'm very knowledgeable about G4, but I started watching most of G4's E3 movies once E3 started up. G4 seems to suffer from many of the problems that plague gaming television, and this is probably why I didn't give them much credit to begin with. Half of G4's crew are overly attractive women who claim to be gamers. Now I'm sure most of those girls are gamers, and it can be argued that the black haired girl (I forget her name) on the E3 Live coverage knew more about games than the rest of the guys, it does feel forced sometimes. The female hosts tend to have sexual innuendo laden scripts, but the men can sometimes be guilty of the same thing. The ads for the show talk about "finding the G-Spot every night". It's that sort of immature reporting style, which has little gaming information and discussion, that I'm totally sick of.

It's for those reasons that I almost don't care about what Tina Wood did, because I don't respect her show in the first place. But you're right, just because Tina or her show isn't the quality that I'm wishing for, doesn't mean that they shouldn't be held responsible for bad journalism. Although to use a different example, most people wouldn't get totally steamed up about "Entertainment Tonight" mainly because most people wouldn't consider ET to be a good example of "news". Because ET isn't respected, it's harder to criticise them because they're not held at a very high level in the first place.

That's not to say that people who like G4 are wrong, I'm just saying it's not for me.

In any case, I'm glad you brought this issue up, I wouldn't have really paid attention to it otherwise and I think the discussion is important.


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That A/S/L Shit



I was having a discussion with one of my friends about online games and whether people you play with bring up the "That A/S/L Shit". "That should be a shirt!", we said. Unfortunately that line does not exist in shirt form, but rest assured you can definitely purchase an A/S/L shirt if it really strikes your fancy.

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MPAA upset about Star Wars on the Net



When Star Wars Episode III came out so did an illegal copy of it on the Internet. What's interesting though is that this time it wasn't some guy bootlegging a copy in the theatre. The movie was released from within the publishing company, which means one of their employees did it. The MPAA was quick to then blame pirating and bittorrent for their loss of money.

But you know what? George Lucas isn't going to lose any money, he's making boat loads of it. Lucas recovered the production costs of the movie before the movie came out, strictly due to advertising contracts. And people aren't going to download the movie and then not see it in theatre, they want to see it on the big screen. The only people who download and then don't go see it in theatre are the ones that wouldn't have gone to see it anyway.

You can watch NBC's report on the subject. George Lucas is even quoted saying:
"Because of [piracy] I'm glad I'm through with Star Wars."

Really Mr. Lucas? You're glad you're getting out of making all your piles of Scrooge money? And you're glad you're through with Star Wars? Hmmmm... What about that TV show you've been working on?

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Bellyfull



Bellyfull is a music animation for the band "Boy in Static". The animation style is sublime and subtle, much like the music that is playing. As the song progresses, lines are slowly drawn in constellation-like patterns, which stars eventually fill in with pale colours.

I like how, at the end of the song the boy that has been drawn is quietly breathing in his sleep.

Link (via Web Zen)

Pink Five Strikes Back



Pink Five is a character spoofing Luke's call name "Red Five".

The "totally awesome" saga of Stacey, the Pink Five fighter pilot continues as she treks to Dagobah, where Master Yoda trains her to be a Jedi. Kinda.


Link (via AtomFilms)

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Radiohead: I'm a creep



"I'm a creep" isn't (as far as I know) an official music video for Radiohead, but it sure looks like it should be. The animation style is fantastic, and definitely worth a watch.

Link (via Web Zen)

No More Pie



Bee-Bop dee dee dee buh-duh, Squirl in a Handbag.

Link (via Web Zen)

Sandstorm in Iraq



Watching this sandstorm move in is an incredible sight. It looks as if a mountain is moving towards the camera. And when the camera man is finally engulfed in sand, it turns from night to day. Very bizarre and awe inspiring.

Link (via Sublime Times)

Friday, May 20, 2005

Jesus Dress Up!



Whoo-boy, I'm going straight to hell, but I do like the hat I picked out for him.

Link (via GrumpyGamer)

Star Wars Episode III Impressions



I went to see Star Wars Episode III last night, and although I enjoyed it more than the first two movies there were a lot of problems with it overall. The problems weren't even with the special effects or anything like that, but rather the writing and the acting.

Here's a list of things that were wrong with the movie
-When the Jedi were betrayed, they all died very easily. Why is it that a single Jedi could defeat half a droid army, but be unable to defend himself from a couple of clone troopers?

-Jedi are the best fighters in the universe, but when they fought Darth Sideous, three Jedi were killed with one stroke each.

-Anakin could detect his mother in danger across the galaxy, but he couldn't detect that his wife was pregnant, let alone with twins.

-For that matter, the Jedi couldn't detect that anything wrong was going to happen to them... Most of the time. Yoda seemed to know what was going on the whole time, but did nothing

-Anakin and Padmé are the most awkard lovers ever.

-Anakin has the strangest sense of logic I've ever seen. He believed that the Jedi were going to betray the Senator, but he had no problem betraying the Jedi first. He also sees nothing wrong with slaughtering hundreds of defenseless men, women and children in order to keep his wife alive. He believes in democracy, but supports the idea of an Emperor. He wants peace to come to the republic in the name of the senator, but has no problem with the fact that the senator started the war in the first place.

-A lot of the scenes came off extremely cheesy, like that Vader/Franekstein scene.

-Making the robots cute and amusing isn't necessarily a good thing. That goes for Yoda as well

-Why did the emperor's face change after he fought the Jedi? That was never explained

-The clones turned on the Jedi; why? It was never explained why they did it. Were they programmed that way? Did they have loyalty to the senator instead of the Jedi? Do they just do whatever they're told?

But despite all the criticism, I really did enjoy the movie. I just wished it made more sense, I could even ignore the bad acting if I had to.

Poker Room



Poker Room is an advertisement using Russian Roulette as a metaphor for gambling. In the video a man is playing Russian Roulette and each time he pulls the trigger a lady takes off a piece of clothing. If he wishes to continue playing, he puts another bullet in the gun and repeats the process.

Although the video is safe for work, it's still a little disturbing.

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Case Mod Contest



Some of these case mods are works of art and creativity. I decided to post two examples. The dragon one is the coolest looking design, while the picture with Garfeild is more of a trick. Can you spot the computer in that picture? I'll give you a hint, Garfeild is sitting on it.

Link (via Wonderland)

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Recycled TV



Recycled TV scratches clips from various TV shows and movies to create something new. A hand comes into the screen from time to time to turn knobs labelled BALANCE, COPYRIGHT, FAIR USE and CREATIVE COMMONS which change the video.

Microsoft is attempting to get the public interested in creating movies about Thought Thieves, which are people who steal intellectual property. Unfortunately I think people are more interested in creating short films like this one.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Oh Snake, you're so silly



A demo movie for Metal Gear Solid 4 has been released, which is more of a comedy than actual footage of gameplay. Have you ever seen Snake play musical chairs? If you know about the Metal Gear franchise I recommend you check this video out. It's really really funny.

Link (via IGN)

NY Times Shuts out the Internet



I've never understood why the NY Times has snubbed their nose at the Internet. Of course I can understand the desire to make money off of their articles but I've always felt that they'd prefer if the Internet never existed and since they can't have their way it's just easier to inconvenience everyone using it.

Their article archive has been a pay-per-view escapade, which I feel is unnecessary, but it has now become a $50 subscription fee. Also, you need to be registered before anything "free" is allowed to be viewed. What concerns me is that the Internet will just move on. If the NY Times is going to make reading their stuff difficult, people just won't.

Link (via Slashdot)

Real ID passes in the US



The Real ID card is a National ID Card, which poses a lot of problems for privacy in the United States. It contains information about pretty much everything about a person and it will restrict movement within the US if someone does not have one. Unfortunately the Real ID card just got passed in the senate because nobody knew about it.

The legislation is raising questions not only about privacy and costs but about the ways in which critical legislation gets passed in Congress. That's because lawmakers slipped the bill into a larger piece of legislation -- an $82 billion spending bill -- that authorizes funds for the Iraq war and tsunami relief, among other things, and is considered a must-pass piece of legislation.


Link (via BoingBoing)

Star Wars Fan Film Awards



The annual Star Wars Fan Film Awards website has chosen its winners for 2005. You can find a bunch of great Star Wars spoofs here in different categories. The audience's choice is alright, it's a spoof on the reality-TV show "The Apprentice", but it does have Darth Vader doing a riverdance with a line of Storm Troopers.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Xbox Backwards Compatibility... Buh-leted!!!



Well it seems that Microsoft is a big fat, pants-on-fire, liar. Microsoft claimed that the Xbox 360 will support backwards compatibility with Xbox games. This is not exactly true because new Xbox games will have to be recompiled to handle the Xbox 360 hardware. This means that only certain Xbox games will be backwards compatible.

So if you liked Halo 2 and want to play it on the Xbox 360, you might have to buy it again before it works on the new Xbox.

Link (via Gameindustry.biz)

Believe It Or Not It's E3



This has got to be the best music video about E3 ever. Then again, it probably is the only E3 music video ever... In any case you got to love the wind blowing through the lead singer's hair. Luckily everyone seems to know how ridiculous they look.

Link (via G4)

Taking pictures of Tourists



Tourist Photos is a website featuring photos taken of tourists. It's a pretty interesting gallery because you start to realize how odd most tourists look in their brightly coloured and bulging apparel. They wander around in curious confusion documenting the world and standing out like sore thumbs.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Game Boy Micro



Nintendo Executive Vice-President of Sales and Marketing Reggie Fils-Aime surprised an engaged audience by slipping his hand into his jacket pocket and revealing...a tiny device he calls the Game Boy Micro.


The Gameboy Micro is a small version of the Gameboy line. Its screen is smaller than the normal GBAs and is backlit. It has a built in headphone jack and it's about the size of an IPod mini. The Gameboy Micro will be released this fall, and the price is currently unknown.

I wonder if this will bring down the price of the other units, or if the Micro will be less expensive than the other GBAs.

Link (via IGN)

Who makes movies? Zombies, fluffers and writers



Have you ever seen those anti-piracy ads that the movies show you after you've paid for your ticket? Well here are three ads that are going to be shown very soon. They will put a tear in your eye, and convince you that you should never pirate movies again. The passing of fluffers in the movie industry would be a terrible thing in this world, don't let piracy happen.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Do they all look the same?



Can you tell the difference between Chinese, Japanese or Koreans? It's really embarrassing, but I cannot and it's something that I need to work on. In any case, www.alllookthesame.com is a test to see whether you really do know the difference; it's an interesting question.

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