Tuesday, September 29, 2009

[REVIEW] Left 4 Dead Crash Course


Image via Destructoid

This review will be short, just like the campaign. And I have to say, I'm overall incredibly disappointed.

First and foremost, I downloaded the PC version, because I don't feel like paying $7 for the 360 version. I like paying nothing, just as I did on Steam. Oh wait, it comes as a title update. I wish I knew that before getting pissed off at Steam for advertising it and not allowing me to download. After a unintentional load of L4D, I thought to check the campaign option to see if it was there.

It was.

I boot the campaign up, after connecting my 360 wireless controller to my MacBook Pro (How's that for irony? Playing the Windows version of Left 4 Dead, with the free Crash Course DLC using my Xbox 360 controller) and load up Crash Course. Your greeted with your helicopter pilot from the - story wise - previous campaign, No Mercy (it's No Mercy, right? That was the only campaign that ended with a helicopter pilot rescuing you, so...) shot, laying on the side of a building with your helicopter in shambles because, according to Zoey, he turned into a zombie.

Begin Crash Course.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sony's Motion Controller Dated for Spring 2010, Resident Evil 5 Rerelease

Here is where Patricia Ja Lee leads us to. Sony's press conference at TGS revealed three big things:
  1. Motion Controller in Spring 2010 (my speculation: likely before end of March; enough space between it and God of War III)
  2. Resident Evil 5: Alternative Edition announced, includes motion controller capabilities. If this will come as paid DLC, I'm down. If not, I'm down.
  3. PSPgo's UMD-to-digital transfer program scrapped, completely negating my interest in this device. That, and they still aren't coming down from that "early adopter" $250 price tag (their words, not mine).
Also with the motion controller, 17 games that will work with it were announced, with a handful from the PSN (a title update will allow for the motion controller to work with it).

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

[RUMOR] Resident Evil 5: Director's Cut Unveiled By Jill Voice Actor?



You've gotta love this. Jill's voice actor, Patricia Ja Lee, has put out an interesting tid bit of info: Resident Evil 5: Director's Cut is on it's way, and with "the news already out," you can expect to hear about this very soon...


Uh, sorry, what? "...the news is already out?" Seriously? You're a paid voice actor for Resident-fucking-Evil and you can't keep quiet about a game that hasn't even been announced? Capcom needs to get their shit together on these NDAs real soon. Next thing you know, Resident Evil 6: Director's Cut Collector Edition w/ Serialized Leon Kennedy Bust will be unveiled by Wesker's voice actor.

::i pray to god you got the entirety of that joke::

With Capcom being at TGS this year, you can bet they'll make an announcement at TGS - which kicks off tonight at 9:30 PM, eastern time, with Sony's press conference - and there are two things you can bring from this. (1) This can either be Resident Evil 5, as it was when it released earlier this year, with the Mercenaries DLC and this Jill-based content, all packaged together or (2) can simply be Jill-based DLC (as VG247 has mentioned).

Here's some lines from the interview with the voice behind the master of unlocking:

"I guess the news is already out..." about "...the director's cut that's coming out for Resident Evil 5...it's gonna be, uhh, at least, somewhat involving Jill Valentine...It's some good scenes."

For being the face behind the face of a character with one of the worst nicknames in a video game franchise, who is a veteran of using terrible dialogue, you sure do keep to your roots, sweetheart...

Voice actress Patricia Ja Lee outs Resident Evil 5 “Director’s Cut” [VG247]

Monday, September 21, 2009

Midnight Launch: Halo 3: ODST

If you haven't heard, ODST comes out tonight at midnight. A TON of GameStop stores are doing midnight launches (as well as a handful of Best Buy stores), and include Warthog/Go-Kart races, cosplay, and other activities that seem farfetched.

I'll be attending the GameStop store next to Friday's in Woodbridge, VA. I specify because there is one - I shit you not - 4 minutes away at the adjacent shopping center. I say "4 minutes" and "adjacent shopping center" because the two lights you have to go through take forever to change.

I'm getting there around 10ish, snagging my copy, and heading home. Hopefully have some pictures of the night.

Friday, September 18, 2009

360 802.11n Adapter Appears in GOW2 GOTY Edition


Image via Joystiq

More images! This time, this come from an insert for Gears of War 2's Game of the Year edition. Showing a better image the front of the adapter, you can see it's changed a bit. Indicator light is on the right, and the USB cable comes from the side rather than the bottom. The two antennas are still there, and you can see the feet curled up on the bottom.

Oh, and it's black, too. 

Still no word on price, but the picture does indicate something: Both the original and new router will co-exist with one another. Does that indicate price drop for the - still expensive as shit - white adapter? 

{Joystiq}

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

[REMINDER] TGS 09 Starts Next Week

Image via TGS Official Website
Don't forget, TGS 2009 kicks off next week, the 24th. Well, technically it's the 23rd, considering Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of us (East Coast, that is; 10 hours for West Coast).

So far, only Sony has outlined their conference time as 10:30 AM local time on the 24th, or 9:30 PM the night before for Eastern Time (12:30 AM for you West Coasters). Doors for TGS are 10 AM to 5 PM for the entire event, but entry is closed off at 4 PM.
 
Set those alarm clocks, people. We've got an interesting event coming up, as if PAX wasn't interesting enough as it was...

Advent Children-Style Cloud Cosplayer Shits On Your Halloween Costume

 
Image via dannychoo

Seriously, this guy is good. Kaname, who is a veteran to cosplaying, sports Cloud's style from Advent Children. He's got it down to the T. And the I. And anything else you can think of.

Cosplay
{DannyChoo}

Xbox 360's 802.11n Router At FCC

 
Image via Gizmodo

I've seen this around the web for a few days, but it hasn't dawned on me to blog about it. A black, footed, double-antennas wireless router for the 360 has been found in the FCC. It boasts 802.11n wireless capabilities, and is the only way to stream 1080p video content to the 360 itself from the Zune/video marketplace, unless you can wire an ethernet cable to your 360 (my router and 360 are on different levels of the house).

What the price is, I'm not sure, nor is anyone else. However, let's put this into perspective: 802.11n will allow for much faster downloads to the 360, quicker accessibility to the Marketplace, more reliable, stable connections to Xbox Live and multiplayer, and the new WNA has two antennas. How much did the original cost? Oh right, $100, about $50 too goddamned much. Double the antenna? Double the price.

Oh, and this pretty much confirms our deepest, darkest fears: the 360 will never have internal Wi-Fi.

Monday, September 14, 2009

"World First" Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Review Comes In, From PlayStation Magazine



I'm not the one to throw skepticism out there too quickly, but when the first review for a system-exclusive game comes out one full month prior to the games release in said system's official magazine and gives it a perfect score and the editor's choice award, well, one can't help himself to draw such brash, quick conclusions.

Enter The Official PlayStation Magazine (TOPM), formerly known, and subscribed to, PlayStation Magazine (the much easier on the tongue abbreviation, PSM). Their cover story for their November issue is a review of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. I'm not one to have such distaste for the review - I absolutely LOVE Uncharted and cannot wait for the sequel, which is preordered at Best Buy - but with the aforementioned criteria, I'm growing worried over here.

Claiming "WORLD FIRST REVIEW" on the cover, they go on to say in subtext "Forget game of the year. This is one of the best games of all time." Their bolded emphasis, not mine. Further into the magazine, they give the game a perfect 5/5 as well as the Editor's Choice monthly award.

They also have white-hot intel on Modern Warfare 2, Assassin's Creed II, GTA: Chinatown Wars (the PSP port of the kick-ass, formerly exclusive DS game), Max Payne 3 and Rage, id's hot new shit. I'll believe "new intel" on Rage and Max Payne 3 when I see it. When that is, I'm not sure, as the PlayStation Blog says this issue will hit in the "next couple of weeks.

First UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves Review - PlayStation: The Official Magazine
{PlayStation.blog}

My Copies Of Halo 3 And Modern Warfare Were Stolen

I just found out Modern Warfare was stolen, but I've known of Halo 3 since yesterday.

My little brother, Logan, has been playing Halo 3 for a while now, and my family went on vacation at the end of July. He played it the night before they left. He comes back and there's no Halo 3 disc to be found. I blame it on one of his friends, as does my brother.

After checking through all of my game cases, I find that Modern Warfare is stolen. No disc in the case. Nothing. I have an idea of who it could be, but he's moved away since he was at my house last (the last time it was played - according to my Xbox - was 1.1.09).

I threw the notice out as a facebook status update, so let's hope someone comes clean, which I highly doubt.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Endangered '09 Game Releases Documentary



It's only a few minutes long, but this video, created by LoadingReadyRun, shows just what can happen when the market hits over-saturation and collapses on itself.

That's the only punch line you're hearing from me without ruining it. Watch.

Save Our Games
{LoadingReadyRun}

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

[NOTE] Countdown To 50,000 [UPDATED]



I'm nearing 40,000 on my GamerCard (320 points away as of this writing), and either Sonic's Ultimate Game Collection or Halo 3: ODST will be the game to take me over the edge. Or if Gears of War wouldn't stop crashing on my damn computer (Boot Camp with Vista), that would do it. Or if Bionic Commando: Rearmed didn't suck ass.

I hit 30k earlier this year, so 7-9 months for 10k worth of GamerPoints seems about right for me. April-June seems too far out there (plus the holiday rush that is Modern Warfare 2, Assassin's Creed II and Left 4 Dead 2 all within a week of each other will help tremendously), so I'm bringing it back down to February-April (Bayonetta, Dante's Inferno, Bad Company 2 and Bioshock 2).

And no random Friend Requests, please.

[UPDATE] So I just hit 40,000, with Sonic's UGC's "Tower Up" achievement. On my way to 50k.

Xbox 1080 Handheld Device Is Not Heckendorn's Lovechild

Cruising thru Destructoid, I found this post for an 'Xbox 1080,' which is a non-working prototype. I cannot put enough emphasis on that. 

Carl Archambeault, the creator behind this, crammed an LCD screen into this monster, with the joysticks and face buttons of a 360 controller into it, with extra buttons for media control. There's nothing on triggers/bumpers, but I wouldn't doubt it if they're on the back. Quoting his coroflot page:

Project was to design a hand held gaming device that would combine the gaming power of an Xbox 360 and the music and video power of the Microsoft Zune

This make me think back to the Zune HD rumor that came out about the Live Anywhere software that would be built into the Zune, allowing access to a portable version of Xbox Live, with access to your XBLA games to play. I'm down for that.
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[NOTE] I Won A Bioshock 2 Wine Bottle From eBay

It's about damned time, too. I finally scored one of those wine bottles from the Bioshock 2 beach event a few weeks ago. Being on the East Coast, and the only US event was the West Coast, I wasn't able to attend.

Let me introduce you to a friend of mine. His name is eBay. Little 'e', big 'b'.

Paid about $150 for it. I went halvsies with myself and my savings account. Does it help that I bought the Bioshock collector's edition off of an Amazon seller for $105 yesterday?

Now THIS Is An Okamiden Trailer



More of a snippet of Capcom's TGS website, this shows how Okamiden runs, and I'll be damned, it's looking pretty good. Can't wait for TGS to see more of this game, considering I never finished Okami...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sonic's Back In A Shadow Complex Way

Holy shit balls. It looks as if Sega actually listens to its fans, because come 2010, we're getting treated to a brand new HD Sonic, in, wait for it...

2D.

Did you head explode? I hope it did, because I'm surprised I can even type, considering I'm still drooling a little bit over here. Under the moniker "Project Needlemouse," Sega is hard at work on an old school Sonic running left to right. No gimmicks. No bullshit. No werehog.

GameSpot got an interview with Ken Ballough, the associate brand manager for Sega, and I find this part the damned best:

GS: Why did Sega decide to bring Sonic back to 2D? Did the success of Sonic Rush and Sonic Rush Adventure play a part? 

KB: Old-school Sonic fans have long asked to see Sonic return to a more 2D style of gameplay. Many liked the daytime stages in Unleashed, but wanted to see a game that plays purely similar to the early games of the Genesis. Project Needlemouse is that critical first step that brings Sonic back to his 2D roots

What I find remarkable is they use clever PR shenanigans to admit the werehog/nighttime segments were pure, unadulterated crap. The absolute best part about this 26 second teaser they released? In the first 3 seconds, you hear the classic "SEGA!" as the logo appears, pretty much reaffirming that they aren't fucking around.


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[VIDEO] Metroid Prime Trilogy Comparisons



Caught this video on YouTube (albeit incredibly long for the topic) about my exact qualm with Prime's treatment by Retro on it's port to the Wii. Gone are special animations, water effects and certain textures. The video starts with GameCube Prime, showing water effects with the Morph Ball and Bomb, how the Beam fire affects the water, and shows each Beam's shot and charge effect, and goes and duplicates the same in the Wii Prime.

I'm glad that I'm not the only one who's pissed about this. If anything, the Trilogy should add to the game, not strip it down. The missing animations (Ice Beam freezing the arm cannon with a full charged shot) was pure immersion into the world of Tallon IV.

Confirmed Swine Flu Case at PAX

If you haven't heard yet, there is a "confirmed" Swine Flu case coming out of PAX. According to Kotaku, the person in question is a "Boston-based developer" and no name has been released.

With 60,000 plus attendees for PAX this year, this could become a - pardon the understatement - clusterfuck.

Monday, September 7, 2009

[RUMOR] Final Fantasy XIII For Japan: December 17 [UPDATED]


Hidden within the depths of a flash site, there lurks the release date for Final Fantasy XIII. That date? Well, if you didn't catch the headline, it's December 17. According to Kotaku, there is a Twittering method to unlock this image:

The flash site's URL had "_Before_" in it, and typing "_After" seems to bring up this image, which clearly states that the game goes on sale December 17, 2009.

There has only been a previously know release window as "this winter." The only problem with this date? It's Japan only.

Square Enix will be holding a press conference later today to unveil the release date for Japan, so it's safe to say this is a cached image on the aforementioned site, waiting to be unveiled to the public.

My only problem? I'm still debating between 360 or PS3. I always buy multiplatform games on a 360 simply because of Achievements (Trophies seem like the red-headed step child of PS3 system functionality), but I'm debating on FFXIII because of the multiple disc issue, and I can foresee an issue with the 360 coding.

[UPDATE] It's set in stone. Japanese gamers will get their Final Fantasy fix on December 17. Everyone else has been given the window of "Spring 2010;" when I say "everyone else," the press release from their conference at 4-fucking-AM local time said they are aiming for an international release with the game. They poked at the fact they really don't like Europe when it comes to Final Fantasy releases, and said they are trying to get "everyone" (probably just North America and Europe; paraphrasing of course) to have FFXIII around the same time.

Japan will also be getting a PS3 Slim/FFXIII bundle. So far, just the system and game have been confirmed; no special art style to the system or goodies.

Let's just hope that we'll have XIII before Japan gets XIV. Which I have no intentions on buying, purely standing by the fact that I hate MMOs.
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Saturday, September 5, 2009

IGN's Top 25 Consoles Of All Time

I was looking for Section 8's review from IGN, and I saw a link for a countdown for IGN's Top 25 consoles. Firstly, they lose points for making you go through a page for every system, rather than a simplified list with, I dunno, 5 per page? Maybe all?

Anyways, here's a breakdown of the top 10:

10. Nintendo Wii
9. Nintendo 64
8. Dreamcast
7. PSOne
6. Xbox 360
5. Genesis
4. SNES
3. PS2
2. Atari 2600
1. NES

All but one of the current generation of systems is in the top 10. Where's the PS3 at? Down at number 15. How about the last generation? Asides from the PS2, Xbox is holding strong at number 11, and the GameCube is right below the PS3 at number 16.

Adding insult to injury, there's a trio of old, old, incredibly old school systems right above the PS3. Apparently 8-bit (and less) graphics offer a better enjoyment than free online play. And a purple lunch box.
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Friday, September 4, 2009

PS3 Boxart Redesigns Are Go

If you remember me posting the new Ratchet & Clank Future and God of War Collection box arts, you'll remember the new logo banner, removed from the side and moved to the top, ala every other home console. It appears this is the new mandate for every game that has yet to be released to have this new logo banner. So who's up to bat? It's Sony's own Uncharted 2, as seen above, original on the left, new and improved on the right.

What's the verdict? Better. Much better.
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New Releases : September : Halo ODST Edition

Another new segment, which is a feature not new to many, categorizes many of the new releases in games this month. Of course, this isn't all, just the many releases I've kept tagged in my iCal for the longest time.

This month, we see additions to both musical instrument franchises, Sonic & Knuckles getting ported as DLC, and Wii fans can finally take hold of strategic dismemberment with their on-rails Dead Space prequel.

Sadly, Namco-Bandai forgot to look at the calendar when pegging a release date, as Forever is day-and-date with ODST. Seriously, who does this crap? Can't wait for the clusterfuck that is November 17.

1 - Guitar Hero 5 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2)
     Section 8 (360, PC)
     Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny (PSP)
8 - Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Wii)
9 - The Beatles: Rock Band (360, PS3, Wii)
     Sonic & Knuckles (XBLA, PSN, Virtual Console)
15 - Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (DS)
       Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (360, PS3, PS2, Wii, DS, PSP)
       WET (360, PS3)
22 - Halo 3: ODST (360)
       Katamari Forever (PS3)
29 - Dead Space: Extraction (Wii)
       Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS)
       Ninja Gaiden Σ II (PS3)

I've been waiting for a time to use the sigma character.

Halo 3: ODST Live Action TV Spot, Induces Halo Movie Craze All Over Again

Here's the first TV spot for ODST. If this doesn't scream "Halo movie is go" for many of you, then I have lost all hope:

Thursday, September 3, 2009

God of War Collection Now With Box Art


It's here. A little too much on the God of War logos, and they could probably have stuck with a piece of artwork that resembles both games. But you have the initial logo - with the "Remastered in High Definition" above it - plus each game's logo on the respective box art for each game, and another, completely unnecessary logo at the bottom.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the very definition of "overkill."

A quick side note: I'm starting to see more and more of the new PS3 logo branding, specifically with the old school PSOne-era sidebar logo, and gone back with the now de facto top bar that has been utilized since - wait for it - the PS2's release.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

[REVIEW] Metroid Prime Trilogy


I have been waiting for this for a long time. Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes are finally on the Wii with Corruption's controls, plus the added benefits like the Token system (ala Achievements/Trophies) without the "New Play Control" moniker that other GameCube-to-Wii ports share (Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat and Pikmin in the US).

What makes this so brilliant is it's all three of the Prime games (Prime, Echoes and Corruption) all on the same disk, all for $50. Both Prime and Echoes are in 16x9 widescreen format, both of which didn't have, which is a welcomed addition. There's no new content added to any of the games (asides from the Token system in Prime and Echoes), but the games themselves should be enough for you to drop a Grant on them.

Metroid Prime has really stood the test of time, as it's been 7 years since it's debut on the GameCube. I picked up playing it after I finished with Batman: Arkham Asylum, and I have to say, I'm having just as much fun with it as I did with it when it first came out.

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, well, I'm not necessarily eager to play that installment, as I feel Retro really skimped out by falling back on the dual worlds scenario. I didn't enjoy the story too much, but fighting Dark Samus was a treat. The beam weapons I did not enjoy, as they are simply rehashes of old beams: Dark Beam is the Ice Beam, Light Beam is the Plasma Beam, and the Annihilator Beam is nothing more than a combination of the Dark and Light Beams, sharing each beam's ammo (which, after all this time, I'm still wondering why they ultimately used an ammo system for them). However, I guess every major franchise has to go through this phase sometime in their longevity.

Seeing as Corruption came out last year, I can't really say I'm down for playing it again, as nothing has really changed.

There are a few problems I have with Prime's transition to the Wii, which I've detailed out below, in a fashion similar to Kotaku's Love/Hate.

Head past the break to read the review.

Ratched & Clank Future: A Crack In Time Box-Art Revealed [UPDATED]

Finally, here it is, the boxart for the abbreviated R&CF:ACIT. I, for one, was under the impression that ACIT was going to be purely DLC, like Quest for Booty was last year. But, all the better, as it can share a spot on the shelf next to Ratchet & Clank Future, the first R&C game I have ever bought, the reason why I'm buying it.

Also, the release date is set in stone at October 27. However, all the news outlets are screaming "release date revealed!" Sorry, but the date was revealed not too long ago. Try a few weeks ago.

Anyways, the big deal about this is more than just the box art and release date. Take a closer look at the top of the back. The first bullet point reads "Multiplayer." Ratchet fans will be quick to point out that the series has never had multiplayer. Sony posted an entry on their PlayStation Blog with the details, and was quick to remove the back of the box art from their blog, as well as their Flickr account. Remember, box art is pretty in "pending" until the game ships.

UPDATED: Insomniac Games has released a statement in regards to the multiplayer:

"As we've said before, [Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time] is a single-player game, and has been planned as such from the very beginning. We're totally focused on wrapping up the Ratchet & Clank Future story arc that we started in Tools of Destruction, and continued with Quest for Booty."

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Disney Buys Marvel

I'm just as surprised as the next person, but it happened, and for $4 billion dollars.

$4,000,000,000

That's 9 zeroes.

I guess we'll see Wolverine slashing his way through crowds at Disney World, and Pixar throwing in an Avengers reference here and there.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Black Wiimote With MotionPlus Combo Announced for US, New DSi Colors

A step in the right direction, Nintendo today announced that North American gamers (whether this is US, Canada, or both) will be able to get their grubby little hands on the black controllers Japan gamers have already had.

The black Wii Remote and MotionPlus bundle is exactly that, a combo package with both accessories. Since Nintendo is not one to skimp on price, expect to pay the full $59.99 when it hits this holiday.

To go along with this, they have also announced the black Nunchuck with the Wii Remote combo. You didn't think they'd leave you hanging with a white nunchuck and black Wii Remote, now did you? Same deal, no price (expect the normal $19.99) or date.

And finally, in the same presser, Nintendo has announced the first two colors for the DSi since the systems launch: Pink and White. No fancy names yet, just pink and white.

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GTA IV's The Ballad Of Gay Tony Trailer, Release Date Is For All To Enjoy

Here it is, it's finally here. The trailer for the second Liberty City Episode, The Ballad of Gay Tony, is upon us.

The other good part is the release date. October 29. The same day you can score Episodes from Liberty City (TBOGT and TLAD) for $40. If you download, you don't need GTA IV. If you buy the collection of episodes, you do. Go figure.

Trailer at Kotaku. Sorry. I'm not as privileged as some.
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Opera Browser For Wii Set Free

Finally! Wii gamers who didn't hop on Opera's free browser band wagon when the system launched can finally get up on the sweetness that is free web browsers, because that's how the world should be, not having to pay for a web browser, right?

Oh...

As compensation for the $5 loss, Nintendo is offering a program for it's dedicated gamers. If you had to pony up for the web browser, they will allow you to purchase any NES game for free. Whether they just give you the 500 Wii Points back or not is still a mystery. The offer begins in October. The worst part? It's only for Japan.


The part that's even worse? It took them nearly three long years to make this web browser free.

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While I Was Out

Another new segment, this called "While I Was Out." This is a recap of all the minute stories that I missed while I was at work. Well, more of the stories that I read at work that caught my attention, just nothing that phenomenal or that I couldn't get enough good stuff to think of to write about (think of this as my version of Kotaku's Notebook Dump):

Fantastic Four Reboot Gets Pushed By Fox
Basically, Fox wants in on this superhero movie bomb that has exploded recently, and they think their original Fantastic Four movies (self-titled and Rise of the Silver Surfer) weren't all that hot. So, Fox went after a guy who knows his stuff about super powered people to work on it. Michael Green (co-exec producer on Heroes, and co-writer of the Green Lantern movie) will pen the script.
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Gears of War Bottles Up Imulsion For You To Drink
That nasty shit that turned the Brumak into that big ass blob of something at the end of Gears 2? The same shit that turned Wretches into Screaming-Meemies? You'll soon be drinking that same crap, but bottled up and not nearly as harmful for $4 a pop.

Universal Seen With Best Buy Over The Weekend, Lets Retailer Sell Blu Ray Movies Early
If you didn't catch this, Best Buy has scored an exclusive deal with Universal to sell select Blu Ray titles early (by a whole month!), starting with "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz"; these titles aren't expected to hit stores until September 22, but Best Buy has had them on shelves since August 25. Yours truly broke the news to High-Def Digest just last Tuesday, snatching up both titles at a local Best Buy and sending in a quick snapshot. Universal will also be using "Grace" as a entry into this exclusive deal, but it appears this will be a Blu Ray exclusive deal, seeing as the DVD of the same movie can be found elsewhere.

Giant Virtual Keyboard Spotted In Snow Leopard


Guess minor visual cleanups and Exchange support wasn't the only thing Apple snuck in. According to Leander Kahney at Cult of Mac, (s)he discovered an obsessively - almost Jesus-size - huge, on-screen, virtual keyboard in Snow Leopard's System Preferences. Evidently, it serves the same function as the one that was in Leopard, but much larger.

Todd McFarlane Loves Shirtless Jake Gyllenhaal, Promises Not To Stare Too Long
Todd McFarlane has scored the rights to make his own figurines of a shirtless Jake Gyllenhaal pretending he is The Prince from the 2010 Prince of Persia: Sands of Time movie. According to Kotaku: "Fans will be able to choose between 4 inch shirtless Jakes, 6 inch deluxe shirtless Jakes, deluxe shirtless horse box sets, a movie play set, or a replica plastic Dagger of Time, perfect for rewinding your more heinous mistakes, such as when you use the word shirtless so much it becomes uncomfortable." Enjoy your shirtless Jake.

Modern Warfare 2 Has Throwing Daggers And Will Not Drop Your Multiplayer Games

Yay! I honestly expected Bungie to be the first on this, but Infinity Ward stepped up. First and foremost, when playing online, if the host drops out, the game will automatically throw the hosting responsibilities to another player, keeping the game active and won't throw you back into the lobby. Also, thrown knife kills as well. Are they purely disposable as in an ammo count, or can you retrieve the knife from their body, we don't know, but I'm hoping praying we can do the later.
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USB 3.0 On The Horizon
Purely FYI, but USB 3.0 is almost here. The USB-IF (Implementers Forum) have announced the Compliance and Certification Program. What does that mean to you? Soon, you'll be able to stare at that blue piece of plastic looking back at you through your new USB 3.0 port.
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WiiFit Plus For US Dated, Priced
You'll love Nintendo if you love WiiFit. October 4 at $20. Easy.
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First DSi-Exclusive Announced, Actually Uses Camera
Warning: Bad Joke Ahead! You have been warned!

Remember that ghetto commercial with the kids running around with a light gun scanning bar codes at grocery stores, training themselves to be the next Employee of the Month? Sorry, I told you it was going to be bad.

Anyways, that was called Scannerz, or something like that, with a 'z' somewhere to make it look cool. Well, this game isn't named something as bad as that. Called 'Monster Finder,' nothing is known beyond the fact that it has over 100 monsters that are found with the DSi's camera. Make of that what you will.
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Okami Sequel Announced: Okamiden
Yep, that's right. Okami is getting it's first sequel! They grow up so fast!

A DS exclusive, Okamiden was revealed in a Famitsu scan (found through the link), and summarized by 1UP. It's produced by Ace Attorney Investigations' Motohide Eshiro and directed by Dino Crisis series guy Kuniomi Matsushita, so you know it's in good hands. You won't play as Amaterasu, but you play as Chibiterasu (if your Japanese is rusty, the prefix "Chibi" is often used for describing something small in nature, or in this case, younger). Chibiterasu is a "younger, less all-powerful" version of Amaterasu, and you have a partner character, named Kuninushi, the offspring of Susano from the original. Think of it as Link of Midna...without the furries getting their hands around it.
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