Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Verbinski Bags Another Video Game Title

Gore Verbinski, best known as the director behind the Disney smash Pirates of the Caribbean has just landed himself another video game movie deal. It looks like he's purchased the rights to a New York Times story about a Second Life affair in which a real life marriage was broken up when the wife found out that the husband had a second life mistress. Here's the Kotaku article. This is the second video game movie that Verbinski has bagged this year (the first, of course, being Bioshock) which leads me to believe that we might have another Uwe Boll in our midst. Here's to hoping that he's not trying to steal the crowning champ of shitty video game movie's thunder because I hear that Boll is a scrapper.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Surprising But Not...

According to Kotaku's sorces job recruiters for various companies have been advised to stay away from those who play MMORPGs. A forum poster over at f13 forums said that a recruiter told him this after he admitted he spent to much time playing MMOs. Apparently it has to do with their "focus" and "sleeping patterns". Not surprising, really but what is surprising to me is that recruiters for major companies are taking wow so seriously. Just another way for the man to check in on your homelife. At any rate I'm sure most WOW players are keeping it to themselves anyway but if you're really proud of your undead warlock, you've been warned, lest you end up like the boys in the pic below.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Dude, what the fuck!?

I'm a proponent of the whole "video games don't kill people, people kill people" way of thought but this is crazy. Apparently a 17 year old in Ohio shot his parents, killing his mother and wounding his father because they didn't want him to play Halo 3 and they hid it from him. The father was a pastor and figured the game was too violent for his son. Apparently the kid came into the room claiming he had a surprise for his parents when he shot them both in the head as an... act of revenge I guess? Here's the story on a Northern Ohio news site. I'm just not sure what to say... 

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Know what Stermps are? You don't, but it's killing you huh? Scratch that itch by watching this aweserme SNL Digital Short from this past weekend. Make sure to notice Kristin Wigg's continued brilliance. With everything else she does so well, she can also knock intentionally bad, cheesy acting outta da park. After that, don't forget to peep "Jizz in my Pants", which I'm sure Lorne Michaels is just ecstatic over.

OMG DLC! Fallout 3 Extras Deliver Fresh Cream to my Jeans

So I'm a little late on this one, but given that I see the Capital wasteland everytime I close my eyes these days, I think it deserves a better-late-than-never effort. Fallout 3's DLC will go a little beyond the scope of most of the DLC I'm familar with by offering new missions, a new campaign, and an entirely new city. Said city is the second of three to drop (March-ish); it'll be Pittsburgh, a city that escaped nuclear annihilation but has been ravaged by time all the same. You know what I want to see? Department store. Come on guys, you've already got the mannequins. Let's put them somewhere that makes sense.

The first morsel is a recreation of the famous tussle with those dirty Chinese for Alaska that we keep hearing about. It'll have new weapons and armor that'll be available in the main game. This is all wonderful news, but with 44 hours logged already I'm concerned this is going to pass from mere fixation to obsession. Bethesda, you ask too much of me.

Hit up Joystiq and Kotaku for more details and pics.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Box-Art Art

Ok, while it isn't clear that nostalgia-tinged, clever photoshop is or is not actually art, one thing is for certain: it made me laugh and I'm posting it. The Atari box artist of yesteryear may have toiled in his efforts to bring semi-recognizable shapes and scenarios to life, but now we may ridicule their efforts with relative ease. Progress! I've posted a few of my favorites below, and to see all the orignals visit Might God King, HERE. Oh! I say!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

The Chronicles of Riddick game for the Xbox has the distinction, in many minds, of being the only great movie based game to ever come out - ever, ever, ever, ever. The White Elephant is returning in '09, in the form of a complete revamp of the first game, along with a completely new game on top of that. It almost sounds too good to be true, but after seeing this trailer, I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's going to seriously own. Vin Diesel - all debts from your life as a craptastic movie "star" have been wiped clean.

After you watch the trailer, get the pertinent, mouth watering details from Kotaku.

Animal Crossing drops the N-bomb

Here's a good one: Nintendo programmers apparently programmed a racial slur into 14 version of their Animal Crossing Wild World that was sent to gaming jouranlists according to Anyway here's an artical about it from that I wrote...:

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

New Ghostbusters Trailer!

Holy crap - this actually looks like it may be funny. My expectations are raised.

Portal Flash Game

Portal was definitely my favorite part of the Orange Box and it ended much to soon. The game continues however in 2D. A couple of guys from We Create Stuff decided they would make a flash version of the excellent Valve game back when it was first announced. Obviously the puzzles aren't as intense as the 3D version, but a lot of the same designs from the original version stay intact. Great way to waste the day.

Check it out, here:

Monday, December 1, 2008

Black Mesa Source Trailer

No time to talk about it, but this shit looks crazy.

The Wii Problem: Part 2

My bro and I just returned from visiting our parents in sunny Florida and I was excited because I'd be able to stay away from video games for a while, finally. Guess I was wrong, though. My parents recently bought a Wii and sure enough every night it was turned on and we were bowling or something stupid like that. I love the Wii, but I feel like it just added way too much video game into my life. I mean even our grandma played it. These were the same parents that told me that I needed to start spending less time inside playing video games like 4 years ago. Well the tables have turned. Maybe video games shouldn't be so excessable... for the sake of my sanity at least.

Friday, November 28, 2008

COD: World At War and the Wii Problem

Recently a friend and I sat down with Call Of Duty: World at War for the Wii, Wii Zappers in hand, we couldn’t wait to dive into the update we’ve all been waiting for to the series, the coop mode. But after a few minutes in, we realized that this wasn’t what we had been waiting for at all.

The coop mode we played was nothing short of a sham. As second player I felt a lot less like I was with a squad mate helping take out enemies in the jungles of the Pacific theater and more like I had been on some retarded version of Mr; Toad’s Wild Ride. There was no split screen, there was no freedom of movement, no health bar. In fact the only reason I knew I was there was the little red aim sight that popped up when I pointed my zapper at the screen. This compounded by my friend’s aimless firing and turning as he tried to get a handle of the controls made for a very aggravating experience and some grumblings about how we should have gotten the game on the 360. That probably would have been the smart thing to do because a game like COD: World at War was made for the 360. The Wii’s unique control scheme does not really lend itself to it.

The huge sales figures of the Wii have convinced gaming companies that they can simply convert their old go to franchises and open them up to a new audience. The problem is that these games can’t be converted to the Wii and continue to be fun. They need to come up with innovative ways work with the Wii experience. Some companies have and you’ll see games like De Blob, which actually uses the Wiimote as a Wiimote instead of as a 360 controller.

It’s fun to think that you and your friend can digitally hit the shores of the pacific together with little plastic guns in concept but when you actually experience it, it’s a bit of a failure. As a rule I would probably leave the games that were made for the Xbox 360 to the Xbox 360.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Feast, It's Ruint

This is one of my favorite commercials. So silly, so quick and so funny. That is all.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Black Dynamite

Ok, so this gag of intentionally bad, striaght up 70s movies is getting a bit played out by now, but this still looks pretty tight.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Gmail Themes

Google didn't need to do this. We ALL use Gmail. But then they go and sweeten the pot with customizable themes, including one bad-ass theme that makes your inbox look like an Apple II or something equally archaic. ROCK. Not everyone's got themes yet, so if you don't, Google hates you.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

EGMasaurus Rex May Be Extinct

Ziff-Davis has declared bankruptcy and, as we all know, print is dying a slow and very painful death. So good old Electronic Gaming Monthly is probably on the chopping block. Nothing's official, but it's looking that way...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bike Hero!

Guitar Hero, recreated with a bike, 5 flashing LEDs, tons of chalk and probably some whippets. Remember when you were young and had time enough to pull off crazy ass $hit like this? Ya, me neither.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

TeachStreet: Interweb street smarts, fo' real

Former JibJab mentor and all around awesome start up guy Dave Schappell has expanded his site, TeachStreet (camel casing FTW!) to the Bay area. TeachStreet, also available in Seattle, is like for continuing education. Meaning, they provide the means to hook up people looking to learn with people looking to teach. One big difference? TeachStreet's cool with jews.

TeachStreet's not in LA yet, but as soon as they are I'm going to try to sign up for some coding classes or video game design classes, you can bet yo ass. Here's that URL, for those that missed it:

Dues Ex 3: Those French Bastards May Be Onto Something

First few morsels of concept art from Dues Ex 3 have hit the inter-tubez thanks to Game Reactor. Not much to say, except that the second shot is looking like Tyrell's office from Blade Runner, at least in terms of color and composition.

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Oozinator

Goyuken - Reason Alone to Get SF IV

Some of us old timers may remember Sheng Long, whom EGM cruelly teased as being a secret playable character in SF II as an April Fool's joke in 1992. Disillusionment with the magazine, and the world as a whole, served to crush the fragile souls of many children when they learned the truth. But Capcom has offered us salvation! I'm already psyched as all hell for Street Fighter 4, but the fact that you can finally play as Ryu and Ken's master, Gouken, is amping this my anticipation for SF 4 from "Hard on" to "Ultra Stiffy" on the boner index. Watch!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The JibJab Fanbase

We just released our ElfYourself content this past week ( and it's had quite an effect on one fan. Wait, does he count as a fan of JIbJab if he thinks we're actually a cadre of wizards who project movies onto the back of his eyeballs? Just watch.

Jibjab should be a Facebook app

Friday, November 14, 2008

Street Fighter Four release date announced

Capcom has finally announced a release date for the long awaited fourth (or is that four hundredth?) Street Fighter game. It will reach US shores on February the 17th (hitting the UK a little after Feb 20th). If you have not seen or heard about the next installment of the series you'll be surprised to hear that the usually hand drawn esthetic is being replaced with 3D modeling. The action is still pretty linear though. Don't know about the rest of you, but I'll be tearing shit up with Ken Masters come February.

Eat, drink and play multiplayer with the touch of a button!

... or maybe not. Uwink is Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell's new interactive restaurant that all you Hollywood socialites can visit at the Highland center. The premise is pretty straight forward: with uwink you are able to order your food and drinks with the touch of a button on the flat panel monitors that adorn every table (This takes away all that awkward waitress talk). As an added bonus, each person can play multiplayer games with the other patrons on those screens. The games look fairly simple, almost like those trashy trivia/gambling games you see in your local dive, but the prospect of playing with other players is tantalizing. Unfortunately (according to correspondents of the MTV multiplayer blog) it doesn't exactly work. The service buttons don't exactly get you served and the games suck. Below is a link to the restaurants home page and a link to the blog all about it. I know a blog linking to another blog, it's lame. But what do you want for free?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Actual Iron Man Suits

Those nutty Japanese have done it again. Apparently robotic help with picking up items is already available for Japanese consumers, but the tech is getting better. Below is a link to an article about a Japanese company, Cyberdyne(!!!), which has created robotic suit-ish things to help the elderly with all of those pesky stairs. The suit is called HAL (Hybrid Assisted Limb [hard to shake those 2001 vibes]) and it is an exoskeleton that supports its own weight and some of yours. Good news everyone. You can rent two legs for a cheap $2,200 a month (if you live in Japan)! So quit bitchin' about how 2008 eight isn't the future of flying cars and robots, and remember when you're watching most sci-fi movies from the 70s-80s that suggested our ultra future by 2005 (or 1997 in the case of escape from NY) that it's just around the corner. Pick one up today. I mean if this can help old people up stairs, imagine what it will be ale to do with young, vibrant people...

Crayon Physics

Crazy busy and don't have much time left on my lunch, so i'll just say that this game is incredibly ground breaking. To put it simply - it lets you draw gameplay elements (platforms and such) in order to get a ball from one side of the screen to the other. Only this video can do this amazing game justice:

Crayon Physics Deluxe from Petri Purho on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Fallout Warrior

The Fallout series kicks ass. Since the first one hit shelves in 1997 it's style made it an instant classic, inspiring the creation of great games like Bioshock. But we can't forget what inspired its look, mainly Australia's Mad Max movies. Bellow is a clip of one of my favorite Road Warrior moments. I guess you could say a group of "raiders" confronts a "Megaton" type settlement. Oh and notice the leather jacket on Mel which Black Isle took outright for the first Fallout.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Show me your Persona

So recently I've been living under a rock and I completely missed this little announcement from Atlus. Another Persona's on the way and if you basked in the presence of Persona 3 this should give you a straight up boner. For the uninitiated, the Persona (shin megemi tensie [totally spelled wrong] in Japan) series spans back to the snes and is a classic amongst Japanese console RPGs. The most recent installment, Persona 3, was an insanely expansive game which was basically like Pokemon, the Sims, Diablo and FF rolled into one. You create relationships with people in a strange life simulation mode but after each day it's straight into the RPG in which you can persuade the monsters you fight to be on your side. It's an insanely fun experience, if you're ready to deal with the Japanese-ness of it all. However, I'm informed that the forth installment will becoming to the PS2? The third one was released on the PS2 march of this year. Really? I think it's about time to change platforms. Anyways below is the trailer video for it which is actually pretty lame because it's just a little anime thing... but at least you can laugh at it... or I don't know maybe you're into that sort of thing... Uh, enjoy!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Snuggie - The Blanket That Snuggles!

Christmas is only weeks away, and if you're anything like me - your present prayers have been answered by the Snuggie. Besides looking like an awesome druidic robe, the Snuggie also grants the wearer +5 to Snugicity.

Find more info at Find the Snuggler HERE.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Just a friendly reminder. The title screen below is all that exists of an election video game I wanted to make. I never got past this point. Why? I was playing games.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Thanksgiving with the Boys from Brazil

I gave my standard treatment to our newest Thanksgiving Starring You video that I do for most of them: cast Hitler in every role. It makes for a surreal and oftentimes awesome video. We've got tons of awesome, funny Thanksgiving eCards at JibJab, many of them written by me! Click here to check 'em out. Enjoy!

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Making Movie Magic, with a Game Boy

I don't have much time to post this, but here's an amazing little thing I saw this morning. Both the animation and music were created with Game Boy. Not sure how the animation works exactly, I don't think it looks nearly pixel-y enough, but the music is 8bit all the way. Check out Kotaku's post for more info.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Hasselhoff Flogs Self for C&C: Red Alert 3

Ironic humor and retro kitsch are damn near reaching critical mass, and are in danger of imploding completely if this recent campaign for Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 is any indication. Featuring an obviously soused David Hasselhoff, this fake infomercial features plenty of self effacing comedy, irreverent explosions and dolphins. Try as he may, Hasselhoff will top this. These do have some funny stuff and are worth it to see if you're tracking the gaming industry:

Here's irony and nostalgia done right. It's from a pilot by Ben Stiller, Rob Schrab, Jack Black and Owen Wilson about a super intelligent astronaut (Black) and his only friend - a talking motorcycle (Wilson). Enjoy.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Video Games and Pumpkins: Together at Last!

Happy Halloween! Here's pumpkins from some people who nerdliness makes me look like George Clooney:

Mario, Mega Man, Portal, the Red Ring of Death and more

Bowser, Castle Crashers, Final Fantasy's black mage and even more/

Obama vs. Palin: The Game

Mercenaries 2 just released some new DLC, and it seems that even gaming isn't safe from election fever. For a small sum, you can make Sarah Palin and Barack Obama playable characters in Mercenaries 2. It's a little late in the game to introduce this, but you gotta admit that the idea of shooting a terrorist with a bazooka point blank as the future leader of the free world is pretty damn tits. I best be hitting the sack, so here's a link to Kotaku since I can't get G4's vid to embed:

Thursday, October 30, 2008

ALF Fuckin' Rocks

There is nothing else to say.

The Beatles: The Game: The Horror

It all started with The Wall Street Journal reporting the MTV and Harmonix have struck a deal with Apple Corps (the company that handles Beatles IP, not the people who make iPhones, dumass) to include Beatles songs in a future edition of Rock Band. It then turned that MTV, Harmonix and Apple Corps are actually developing a stand alone Beatles game outside of the franchise. WOW. Considering that Beatles tracks aren't even available on iTunes, this is a big, big coup for the gaming industry. Suck it, Steve Jobs!

Here's Kotaku's post:
And here's the WSJ story:

I love the Beatles, and I love video games. So it stands to reason that I should love this too, but I just get a bad feeling from this. Kinda like when I heard that The Who were going to jump on the Guitar Hero/Rock Band bandwagon. With half of both these bands dead, it just kind of seems like they're digging up the dearly departeds' corpses and giving them all a good humping. To quote John Lennon: "Imagine all the people...raping my rotting corpse."

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Big Daddies, Samus and more - Awesome Game Costumes for H-ween

That's right, H-ween. I'm a busy man. Check out the video below first for an awesome father-daughter Bioshock costume, and then hit this link for some more inspiring masterpieces.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Louie Armstrong Sings 'Super Mario World'

Big thanks to fellow JibJabber Dan Milano for this one. If you're tracking Ghostbusters III, Dan's got just the blog for you.

Happy Fallout 3 day!!!

I just picked mine up just before work now I just have to wait 9 hours. Expect a post around 2AM eastern after I've gotten some play time in.

I've just received mine at the JibJab offices and am considering faking AIDS so I can go home and play right now. But I've got more class than that - I'll just wait until shortly after 7 to race home, boot my girlfriend off the TV, hook up the 360 and just wail on irradiated zombies for hours on end. In the meantime, here's some tasty Fallout 3 links.

Fallout 3 Collector's Edition (Kotaku):

Fallout 3 Reviews:
IGN: 9.3 A

Sweedish PC Gamer mag: 81%
PC Jeux Magazine (French): 93% 9.4
Wired: No score, but seems like an 8 out of 10.
GameSpot: 9.0

I refuse to count that 10/10 OXM review. The smell of dirty money's all over that thing. Fallout 3's not gonna win game of the year, but shit - it's good enough for me to feel excited for tonight. Strangely, GameSpot's not featuring their review...maybe because it's plastered with Fallout 3 ads right now? Review to come!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Bejeweled is Gay, But This is Cool

I think that game Bejeweled, which is on work computers everywhere, is game (gay AND lame) but this is an interesting article. If you're at all interested in game design, this is important information. After all, if you really want to understand the combustion engine, then you need to understand fire. Plus, the picture with the article was cool. And ya, a little gay.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Norm Mcdonald mocks roasts

The recent Bob Saget roast on Comedy Central was typical for the event. Everybody tried to be as crude and 'edgy' as cable would allow. But then Norm McDonald took the stage and made a mockery of the whole thing. This is hilarious, no matter what your frat brother tells you.  

Saturday, October 25, 2008


If it wasn't official already, it is now: gaming is main-fuckin'-stream. Grace Kim, a former Activision employee and certified boner goddess, is going to be none other than (drumroll please) . . . Miss November. Now, I haven't bought a playboy for YEARS, but I just may buy this one. Eh, who am I kidding? No I won't. That magazine's an f'in rip off anyway and with so much porn on the web...I can't believe anyone buys it anyway.

Here's her page on Playboy's site:

Here's Kotaku's post:

COD: World At War Gets Zombies

It seems that the world of gaming is experiencing quite an outbreak these days. First WoW's new expansion is overrun, then GTA 4 gets brain fever, Saints Row 2 has a hidden zombie mini-game, and now COD 5 has officially succumbed to the plague. Here's the deets, taken directly from Kotaku, because it's Saturday, Ann's parents are in town, and I have clean the damn house:

"It's a four-player co-op mode pitting you against endless waves of Nazi undead. Man, that sounds cool just saying it. The mode features its own economy economy in which things like buying weapons as well as making barricades and moving obstacles cost money. Yes, flamethrowers are involved."

I have to admit that the whole economy part might have sold me on it. Here's Kotaku's original post on the subject:

Friday, October 24, 2008

Chrono Trigger on the DS!

If you're an avid game player than you probably have already heard about this. Chrono Trigger is making its way to nintendo's hand held system! That means sweet 3D graphics and kick-ass stylus game play right?! .... Right? Nope. Too bad this one is just a straight up port. It kind of pisses me off that Square Enix would put all there efforts into making average FF games all new and cool and not do the same for one of the best games they've ever come out with. Hey I'm a huge fan of the game, don't get me wrong, and I understand not messing with the something that's awesome but it's been a good 12 years or so. I've played the game so many times, I don't need to play the same thing again. I'd rather shell out $30-$40 if they had at least attempted to change it around a little more. Well the guys at IGN got their hands on in and here's what they have to say:

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Epic Games Going Hollywood?

Variety reports that Epic Games may be gobbled up by Legendary pictures. In case you don't know whoLegendary s, they're one of the companies behind the Dark Knight so, you know, they've got some catch right about now. Dude Huge is gonna be able to buy all of North Carolina. Here's Kotaku post on the original article. How many degrees of laziness is that? Jeez.

Grand Theft Auto of the Dead

Zombies in GTA 4? I have to admit that this probably the coolest DLC I've seen yet.

Looks like Grand Theft Auto 4 owners may get a chance to put eratic driving and spontaneous acts of homicide to work for the Lord. Now if they can just release a patch that lets you kill Michele. And then wait until a zombie epidemic - and then kill her again.

Wanna Start a Diablo 3 Fansite?

Sure ya do. C'mon, man - do Blizzard a favor and help them canvas the internet with Diablo 3 news/advertising/newsvertising. Just take the materials you find at the link below and whip something up - you know you want to.

Snark aside, this is a pretty great idea. I'm sure it's been done before, but this is the first time I've seen it in the world of gaming. Very clever, Blizzard. VERY clever.


Here's a little diddy Dan Milano, my cohort here at JibJab, wrote about the current financial crisis - I provide guitar and madness.

Sorry PS3 Owners, Pt.2 - Fallout 3

So...apparently Fallout 3 looks pretty inferior to it's 360 and PC counterparts. Bummer - glad I waited to buy it though. Now I can go ahead and buy the 360 version. To put it in terms we all can understand, the 360 version is Alec Baldwin, while the PS3 version is Danny Baldwin - same-same but different. Click here for Koatku's article on the subject.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sorry PS3 owners

Came across this article on MGS 4 on 360? Oh my! 

It's a little speculative but I'm sure it boils your blood if you're a PS3 owner. Right bro?

Lost Season 5 Trailer!

Couldn't find the embed code, so click below to bust on through:

Nostalgia Supreme!

With all the mention of Megaman and Castlevania SOTN and other classics on this blog I became a little nostalgic for the games of the past. If you ask me, game play has definitely gotten better but what's really suffered with the next generation of gaming is the music. Orchestrated music composed by Danny Elfmen? I don't want to say that games like Fable over played the value of music, but I think they missed the point. So here's a link to a site that explains exactly what I mean: 

It's filled with classic video game music that you're guaranteed  to spend hours upon hours sorting through. The best thing about it is that it's pretty much all old midi sounds that duplicate the old vg music you're used to hearing. God bless Nintendo for keeping the midi game strong. So here are 5 songs that will rock your socks: classic, midi, retro style. 

They are:

And (of course)

Bioshock 2: Bioshockier Trailer - HI RES

So I gave y'all the Bioshock 2 teaser in crappy handcam during this weekend, but IGN's gone and posted a high res version. (Shakes fist) IGN!!!! Enjoy, and let the speculation begin!


And here's the other links I posted on Saturday:

Trailer speculation:

Bioshock 2 is both sequel AND prequel:

Totally unnofficial but completely awesome Bioshock 2 art from artist Ben Mauro:

And, since the sequel is rumored to tie in with the film adaption Gore Verbinski is readying, here's an article on that:

Dead Space and the Mechanics of Fear

Dead Space is supposed to be the scariest thing since Steve Balmer, and apparently for good reason. Popular Mechanic's got a great story on their site about some of the particular design and gameplay decisions that EA Redwood Shores made in the interest of spookifying this thing to the max:

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Star Wars MMORPG!!!!

Here's the link: Haven't gotten to check out the site much yet, but take a gander - woo hoo!

Samuel L. Jackson Confirmed for Iron Man 2

Apparently he'll have a bigger role in it. Here's AintItCool's post on it:

But the real reason I made this post is to show the video below. It's from the mid/late 90s TV movie adaptation of Nick Fury, starring none other than David Hasselhoff! David Hasselhoff in an eye patch is even better than you're imagining:

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Other Greats

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is one of my favorite games of all time (I'm playing it for the third time now, in fact). Racket Boy's done an interesting post on the subject of PS1 games that defined the history of Playstation and guess what? Castlevania: SotN made the list. It's an interesting retrospective, fo sho. A little too heavy on RPGs, if you ask me, which you didn't. Oh, and they only gave "honorable mention" to the GTA series. Questionable. Check it out here:

Monday, October 20, 2008

More Mega Man 9 DLC - Fake Man

Mega Man fans must be very happy lately, what with the release of Mega Man 9 and all the sweet DLC they've been throwing their way lately.  

DLC like this guy: Fake Man.  "But wait," you're thinking "That's obviously a cop, Andy.  Shouldn't he be called Cop Man, or Police Man, or Localized Law Enforcement Individual Man?"  Ya, I guess, but that would have Mega Man shooting up the Po-po, which is a serious no-no here in the states.  Mega Man as a cop killer?  Sounds like an assload of litigation for Capcom.  Now I understand why they rejected my ideas: Junkie Man, Pimp Man and Stereotypical Italian Gangster Man.  See a bunch of Mega Man robots over the course of original 7 games HERE

Fake man's only available on Time Attack mode and Time Attack mode's only available if you no job, and no desire to play the other dozens of great games that came out this year. Capcom's also releasing two harder difficulties, in case you like to torture yourself.  They release today, tomorrow and wednesday, for the Wii, 360 and PS3, respectively.  More updates on Mega Man 9 DLC as they happen. 

Thanks to Kotaku for posting this news.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

50 Cent and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

I read about this game in EGM a few months ago, and could hardly believe it was being made. Here's the scenario:

"50 and his buddies fly to some vague Middle Eastern country to play a benefit concert, get stiffed for their payment (a diamond-encrusted skull, no less), and end up embroiled in a massive firefight with several warring factions over the aforementioned bling."

HA! I'll finish the rest of the story for you: 50 kills a bunch of Arabs, personally firebombs the cave of Osama bin Laden, takes a dump on the Koran and releases a new line of sneakers. This makes me wonder why we ever sent troops into Iraq in the first place when we could have just told 50 that Saddam owed him 20 large.

The game fell off the map for awhile, and then came back with a new publisher: THQ. Not that I've ever held THQ to any standards of excellence, but this is just hacky, irresponsible publishing. Do we really need another game about making the Middle East a smoldering crater? One with 50 no less? God save us all.

Here's Joystiq's post on the subject:

Here's 1up's preview:

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Bioshock 2: Bioshockier

A little game named Bioshock made quite a splash last year (pardon the pun) and it's Big Daddies are set to make Playstation 3 owners everywhere their bitches on Cocktober 21st. They also had another treat for the PS3 owners patient enough to wait - an exclusive preview of Bioshock 2's trailer.

Guess what? Someone on the internet went and blew 2k's load. All over YouTube. And now it's here too, along with dozens of other blogs I'm sure. Enjoy...

This is a mildly hopeful teaser. I could debate the meaning of it, but I gotta get a start on my day so here's another bunch of people doing it for me:

Totally unnofficial but completely awesome Bioshock 2 art from artist Ben Mauro:

And, since the sequel is rumored to tie in with the film adaption Gore Verbinski is readying, here's an article on that:

And, lastly, a conversation between Puff Daddy and Bjork: