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Alternative Cuts – Danny Wiessner – The World is Saved.

10 Aug

The World is Saved is the new epic song and anthem for video game fans. This collaborative effort from IGN’s Podcast Beyond community came about when IGN’s own Ryan Clements pulled together a small team of volunteers to animate a video to go along with Danny Wiessner’s latest single for Podcast Beyond Episode 200 in which the video made it’s debut.

The song tells the journey of gaming and everything that goes along with it, that can be summed up with the awesome line:

At the end of it all
gamers play what we play
not for GAME OVER
but rather for what we take away!

The World is Saved single is available for purchase on iTunes.

BEYOND!

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The Downside of Downloadable Content

13 Jun

If you were to ask me what I think is the biggest leap, in terms of technology in the current generation of video games consoles, I would have to say “downloadable content.” The idea of being able to extend, refresh a game or even download a full game itself ten years ago would have had console developers dropping their light guns in shock before calling you a devil and having you exorcised.

And yet here we are, in a world where if a video game doesn’t have that little bit of DLC we declare the developers of being lazy and unsupportive. We as gamers are greedy; always wanting more until we become so sick of  over saturation we push it away and say “No more!” But are we being too harsh? Or are we actually playing into these companies’ clever little games? There is a far deeper side to downloadable content than getting that extra weapon skin for your favourite shooter, or adding a four/five hour quest to the latest action game than meets the eye.

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Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Game (XBox 360) Review

18 May

Travellers Tales are back, once again fusing magic, wonder and bricks into a much-loved family franchise. Much like Batman, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Indiana Jones before it, it is now Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean that gets the block treatment. Taking  you through all four movies with the exceptional charm and humour that is now expected of the franchise, Lego Pirates does well to stick out slightly more in a series that is starting to become pretty stagnant.

The first thing you are going to notice when you play Lego Pirates is the sheer production value of the games presentation, this game is pretty, charming and does everything to capture that ‘Disney Magic’ that the movie series is known for. The environments are pretty, with elements such as buildings, boats and creatures being built in Lego and other elements such as water having a more realistic visual effect. Hans Zimmer’s compositions for the movie franchise can be heard throughout and the voice acting for the characters themselves really adds a another level of detail.

The game has a weird obsession with fruit and veg, if something can be replaced with a carrot, bet your behind it will be replaced with a carrot.

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OK. I’ll Say It. I’m Glad the Playstation Network Broke

16 May

Much to the amusement of Xbox owners, us PS3 loyalists have been subject to a rather strange situation recently. The Playstation Network decided to break. I’m told this was because of some nasty men who stole lots of information and therefore meant that we couldn’t use any of the online services.

The reason I’m mentioning this is because I want to point out a couple of things. Firstly, who cared? There have been a lot of people who have been ranting and raving about what a disgrace it is that this has happened in the first place. Well, as they say, s*** happens. It could have happened to Microsoft, it could have happened to the British government. But it didn’t. It happened to Sony. But we could just as easily be laughing at all Xbox owners right now. And you know what, I’m glad we’re not, because it would actually have affected them…

I have always campaigned that the Xbox is a social console and that the Playstation is a solitary being. Everyone I know who owns an Xbox plays online. Most likely because they pay for their online use and so probably feel obliged to use it. Over on the Playstation’s side of the fence, our online usage comes as standard. A nice thing, but it does mean that a lot of people aren’t really that bothered about playing online. The last time I played online was when Uncharted 2 came out. Other than not being able to use the store and iPlayer, the downtime really didn’t affect me. In fact, I’m rather glad it did go down…

A terrible thing to say? Hear me out. For most PS3 owners, it gave them an excuse to play their single player games that they had been distracted from due to Call of Duty and… are there any other multi-player games that people online? Guess there aren’t… On top of that, we get a welcome back package! Free games people! Free games! In exchange for what? Not being able to play Call of Duty for a month? I’m cool with that…

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T-Shirt Spotlight – 08/05/11

8 May

I may not be the most fashionable cat around but I do know one thing, if a t-shirt rocks or not.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you today’s t-shirt spotlight…

Courtesy of Teefury.

Following back would break the entire internet. (TODAY ONLY!!!)

Cost: $10

Purchase: www.teefury.com

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T-Shirt Spotlight – 05/05/11

5 May

I may not be the most fashionable cat around but I do know one thing, if a t-shirt rocks or not.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you today’s t-shirt spotlight…

Courtesy of Retro GT.

Eat brekkie then pwn nubs.

Cost: £14.95

Purchase: Mens – http://www.retrogt.com/retro-t-shirts/Little-Chief-T-Shirt-260.cfm

Womens – http://www.retrogt.com/retro-t-shirts/Little-Chief-Girls-T-Shirt-261.cfm

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T-Shirt Spotlight -03/05/11

3 May

I may not be the most fashionable cat around but I do know one thing, if a t-shirt rocks or not.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you today’s t-shirt spotlight…

Courtesy of The Valve store.

You know what beats wolves? Turrets.

Cost: $19.99

Purchase: http://store.valvesoftware.com/product.php?i=CP201

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