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Tuesday, January 24, 2006Dear Grand Poobah:
Yep, you read right. Resident Evil is coming to the Nintendo DS. It is slated for release on Feb 7th of this year, about 2 weeks away. I, for one, am very excited about this release. I enjoyed the first Resident Evil on the PS1 years ago, and I think it will stand the test of time, at least for the handheld market. Let's be honest, we don't expect as much from handheld games as we do from console games.
Apparently, this will be true to the original, with a few minor enhancements. The touch screen will be used to some degree, although I suspect that those segments will be few and far between. You can read more at Gamespot.com's review, which can be found here: http://www.gamespot.com/ds/action/residentevilds/news.html?sid=6142714&mode=previews
As I write this, it occurs to me that the NDS is, apparently, capable of rendering graphics equal to those of the PS1. If that is true, there are A LOT of PS1 games that I would like to see ported over. Imagine the possibilities: FFVII, Chrono Cross, Brave Fencer Musashi, Street Fighter, and so many others would be great as portables. Although, there may be an issue with multiple-disc games fitting onto that little NDS cartridge....but I can hope.
Saturday, January 21, 2006How big is Earth?
Now you know. It's hard for me to believe there is no God when I see things like this. Of course, I am a tad biased.....;)
Thursday, January 19, 2006The Revolution is coming!!
*This article comes courtesy of Engadget.com*
"It wasn't much of a mystery, but Nintendo cleared it up anyways, with their prez Satoru Iwata confirming that their next-gen offering will grace our shores by Thanksgiving of this year. He managed to keep it vague, just saying that they didn't want to "miss out on the year-end sales battle," so the console will be released "prior to that period." Iwata also teased us on the price again, merely stating that it will be low, since "it's not going to sell if it's 50,000 yen ($434)." Real vote of confidence there, but since they've already stated the console will debut under $300, we'll let it slide."
I want this bad boy, as well as the PS3 when it comes out. The Xbox 360 just doesn't interest me as much as these other two. Of course, like with this generation, when all three are out, I will eventually buy them all. I am a collector like that, and I am a totally addicted gamer.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006Playstation 3 design merely conceptual???
We're still digging through gigs of CES photographs when we happened upon one rather juicy bit we thought we might share. We found this little number over at the Blu-ray booth -- which, given the circumstances, we can only assume was paid for and set up at least in large part by Sony. Yes, you're reading that placard right (we had to zoom in from another angle since the lighting made it hard to catch a decent shot). Is it true? Is the Sony PlayStation 3 that we've all now come to know and love (or not) merely a "conceptual design?" Because if it is they must be further behind than we originally anticipated.
P.S. -As our boy Vlad pointed out over at Joystiq, this is apparently the same sign posted on the PS3 at the Tokyo Game Show in September. Curiouser and curiouser.
This article comes courtesy of Engadget.com.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006Movie Review: The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
This review may contain possible spoilers. You have been warned!!!!
About a week ago, the wife and I went to see this movie. I had very high expectations and hopes for this one. I read the book series several times as a child, and prayed that they didn't butcher the story in this movie. Was I disappointed? Well, let's see....
The story is based around four children living in the Europe/Great Britain area during the World War II era. Their father is off at war, and their mother does not want them to live in a warzone. At that time, families in non-war affected areas were allowing children to come live with them to escape the battle. And so, the children's mother takes advantage of this, sending them off to live with an estranged professor.
When they arrive at the professor's house, they decide to play a rousing game of hide-n-seek. The youngest daughter decides to hide in a massive wardrobe. (BTW, the children are as follows: older brother, older sister, younger brother, younger sister.) As she moves towards the back of the wardrobe, she is no longer in a wooden, coat-filled box. Rather, she finds herself in a snowy forest, which of course is Narnia. She tells her siblings, they don't believe her, and then eventually they all enter Narnia.
In Narnia, it would seem that there is some internal turmoil. The White Witch is claiming ownership over Narnia, while the true King, "Aslan", is away. The White Witch "seduces" the younger brother, who tells her where the other three children can be found. Apparently, there is some prophecy involving the return of Aslan and the appearance of four humans. For some reason, this prophecy's fulfillment will spell the end for the Witch. After a rather hairy journey, the three children meet with Aslan, while the fourth is being held captive by the Witch.
To make a 2.5 hour long story short, the children eventually are reunited, and join Aslan and his army to take on the Witch and her forces. A great battle ensues, but not before Aslan chooses to lay down his life in return for the safety of the traitor brother. The battle is looking grim for the good guys, until Aslan returns from the dead to save the day. All the children survive, and Witch dies, and everyone is happy.
*WHEW* Ok, now that you have some background, let's dissect this baby. First off, the settings and characters were incredible. Totally immersive. You really get a feel for the urgency of the prophecy. However, there is not much background given about said prophecy. No explanation as to where it came from, why it exists, and how the situation got so grim in the first place. This really annoyed me. There were several unanswered questions, and not the kind that are left unanswered on purpose in lieu of a sequel.
Another odd part for me was the sacrifice of Aslan. This whole section of the movie was an obvious retelling of Jesus' crucifixtion and resurrection. Not that it is a bad thing; I am a Christian, and could appreciate the symbolism. However, it was so blatant that it became a tad annoying. Allow me to explain. (The movie parts will be in regular font, and it's Biblical counterpart in italics.)
The Witch (Satan) demands the blood of the traitor brother, because "all traitors' blood is hers". All sinners' blood belongs to Satan, by law, until that person is redeemed.
Aslan (Jesus) slips away in the night, to meet the Witch and her army. Jesus, in the garden of Gethsemane, meeting the soldiers of his own will to lay down his life.
Aslan is bound, and his beard is shorn off. He is then tied to very ceremonial stone slab. Jesus was bound to the cross, but not before the Roman soldiers plucked out his beard.
The Witch then gives a speech about how the world will now be hers, since Aslan will be dead. Then she stabs him in the heart, and the evil forces celebrate. While not entirely Biblical, many people believe that Satan did not know what the consequences would be when he killed Jesus. Otherwise, why would he have participated? Satan must have thought that he would be gaining a great victory by killing the Son of God. Man, did that backfire or what?
After Aslan expires, the stone that he laid upon split in two. When Jesus died, the curtain that obscured the Holy of Holies split in two, signifying our ability to now approach the Father freely.
After the celebration, the two daughters come upon Aslan's corpse, and stay with it, mourning. The next morning, Aslan is gone. Mary and Martha, two women, were the ones who first found Jesus' empty tomb when they came to mourn Him.
Aslan reappears in time for the final battle, and he defeats the Witch. During the three days that Jesus was dead, the Bible says he went down to hell and defeated Satan. As a result, we can now be born again and free from Satan's power if we so choose.
Summary: This was a very good movie! The final battle was absolutely INCREDIBLE. Seeing humans fighting alongside cheetahs, rhinos, centaurs, minotaurs, lions, griffons, and one amazing Phoenix was awesome. Some of the parts of the movie annoyed me, but they were overlookable in the scope of the entire movie. Highly recommended.
Saturday, January 07, 2006National Anthem update
Well, I attended the audition today. #72. I got up there, and absolutely killed that song. In the good way, of course. I really felt good about it, and thought I had a good chance of getting chosen.
2 hours later, the moment had come. My wife had shown up, with video camera in hand, ready to video this joyous occasion. The man walked to center-stage, with a list in his hand. He begins to read....
No me. :( At this point, a myriad of emotions assail my mind, to include anger, disappointment, and embarrassment. As we left, I was tempted to let my head hang. But inside, I knew that I had done a really great job, and had nothing to be ashamed of. So I sucked it up, and tried my best to take it stoically. Only Mrs. Ender can tell you if I was successful in that attempt. ;)
Better luck next time!!!! :D
Friday, January 06, 2006*Drool*
Holy crap. I want this.
Thursday, January 05, 2006Gamer Mouse News
Check this crap out. This mouse is named after the most famous gamer in the world, known as "Fata1ity". Unbelievable.
Can anyone tell me if the moniker "Most Famous Gamer in the World" is a pro or con? I mean, on one hand, the guy is skilled and obviously committed. On the other hand, could he be any dorkier???
Not video game time. Sorry. Rather, its time for me to get into competitive mode, as I am going to be competing in a singing competition to sing the National Anthem at this year's Senior Bowl. Am I nervous, you ask? Well yes, yes I am.
The schedule is as follows:
This Saturday, Jan. 9th, I and 99 other contestants will meet at the Mobile Civic Center, and take turns singing the national anthem in front of judges. I am lucky #72. From those 100, 10 semi-finalists will be picked, then those 10 will sing a song of their own choosing before the same judges. From those 10, 3 finalists will be chosen.
Those 3 finalists will sing the national anthem on the local daily news, one a day, from Jan. 10-12. On the 13th, all three will sing on air. Then, the local public will vote online at www.seniorbowl.com for their favorite. The winner will sing at the Senior Bowl, in front of thousands, and again on television.
This is, by far, the biggest singing ordeal I have ever been apart of. I am uber-nervous, but also confident. I will keep you updated!!
Tuesday, January 03, 2006JOKE-TIME!
An old man and his wife have gone to bed.
After laying there a few minutes the old man farts and says,"Seven Points."
His wife rolls over and says, "What in the world was that?"
The old man replied, "It's fart football!"
A few minutes later the wife lets one go and says - "Touchdown, tie score!"
After about five minutes the old man farts again and says - "Touchdown, I'm ahead 14 to 7!"
Not to be outdone the wife rips another one and says, - "Touchdown, tie score!"
Five seconds go by and she lets out a squeaker and says - "Field goal, I lead 17 to 14!"
Now the pressures on and the old man refuses to get beat by a woman so he strains real hard but to no avail. Realizing a defeat is totally unacceptable he gives it everything he has but instead of farting he poops the bed.
The wife looks and says, "What the heck was that?"The old man replied, "Half-time, switch sides!"
- Courtesy of Ebaumsworld.com
I've played this game now for several hours, each more exciting than the last. I can truly say that this game lives up to the hype, in every way. The two pictures above may give you an idea of the scope of this game. Brutal and unforgiving, this game forces you to become a master of the chain-blades. However, it's easier than it sounds, and before long you'll be swinging the blades like a pro. And that is the reason I love this game so much: the fighting is so much fun that I never want it to end. When my enemies die, I get a small pang of sadness that I can't keep maiming them! It is a blast to kill and smash and destroy everything in sight.
The game is, as you may have guessed, set in Greek mythology, and includes all the relevant creatures, characters, and locales. Ares, Poseidon, Hades, minotaurs, centaurs, Medusa, and sirens all make frequent appearances in the game, but with a new twist realized by the game designers. You inherit some of the powers of the gods, which makes the murdering all the more interesting.
I'll give a full review when I am done with the game. Until then, suffice it to say that you really MUST play this game if you have a PS2. You'll thank me, possibly in the form of paypal funds......;)