September 2005 Archives

September 1, 2005

Blogcritics and Hurricane Katrina

There's no point in writing something on this disaster. So many already have, not to mention it's almost impossible to find the words. Head over to BC for a master post to each piece and donation links. It's impossible to even turn on the TV without seeing something on this, and it gets even more brutal by the day. When people begin SHOOTING at the help coming in helicopters, it really does make you lose hope for humanity, but it's impossible not to feel sorry for the millions upon millions who have nothing right now.

September 2, 2005

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus DVD Review

As the hype from the first Godzilla film to hit US theaters in nearly 15 years had died down, Godzilla 2000 became a rather forgotten entry. It's lagging pace, dull final battle, and occasionally spotty special effects left it behind. With the follow up, Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, the series returned to fine form.

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Massive Xbox 360 information

Dashboard, menus, and features discussed. About the only thing there I didn't like was the feedback system on Live. What's there to prevent a 12-year old from dropping negatives because you beat him in a game? There will need to be extensive safeguards. Other than that, sounds great.

Bush lands in Katrina disaster area

I'm not one to comment on politics. I think I've made one or two posts on the topic, mostly for humor (excluding game violence rants). I find the process ridiculous, annoying, and aggravating. I have no idea about what the left, right, up, down, north, south, etc. believe. But Bush, let me ask you this:

What the fuck are you doing?

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Basically a fear of mine

I am just gonna come right out and say it: I better not hear anyone say something like, "If [such and such does/doesn't happen], the hurricane has already won."

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The view from up here

Ken asked me to talk about the Canadian angle on this whole thing [Katrina disaster] (I just moved to Montreal the other day). As soon as I walked in the door of my apartment, my roommate was watching the constant coverage on CNN.

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September 3, 2005

Bad Boys: Miami Takedown PS2 Review

Bad Boys: Miami Takedown features Will Smith and Martin Lawrence on its cover. It's obviously a shot from the action film sequel, and it gives fans of the movie false hope. There is nothing here that has anything to do with the movies, including the actors.

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September 4, 2005

Falcons Fall To Badgers, 56-42, In Season Opener

With eight new starters on defense, the Badgers had a tough time slowing Bowling Green's prolific passer, junior Omar Jacobs, who picked up right where he left off last year (4,002 yards passing with 41 touchdowns and just four interceptions) by racking up 305 yards passing and four touchdowns in the first half.
Source: BGSU Falcons

We all knew it was going to be a high scoring game. And most figured BG would lose. It was looking pretty good with a 35-35 tie at halftime though. For the past few years BG has had these huge games for the opener. I have no idea why. Who do we play next year, USC?

In other college football, it was nice to see Urban Meyer, Charlie Weis and Steve Spurrier win, especially with all the other upsets. Ah Urban Meyer, the Larry Brown of college football. Where would BGSU be today if Meyer would have stuck around...

Team USA makes World Cup

Qualifying for the World Cup is done.

The United States is headed to next year's soccer championship in Germany after beating Mexico 2-0 last night thanks to goals by Steve Ralston and DaMarcus Beasley five minutes apart in the second half.

Source: Winston-Salem Journal

I love that Nike commercial running right now that starts out something like "OK, lets talk about soccer for two seconds because that's two seconds more then it deserves..."

It's a shame how the US has never embraced soccer as a major sport on the same level of football, basketball and baseball. Especially as USA Soccer has been competing well in the world arena, something the NFL, NBA, and MLB don't do.

It was a great game, though I am sure you missed it. It was on ESPN 2 which I was happy to see. Sure was choppy. The US and Mexico like to get physical. Great to se USA qualify for the World Cup first of the Americas for the first time since 1934.

Hurricane Relief and Halo

It would probably make more sense to give $20 directly to the Red Cross, but this little Halo shirt is a pretty nice piece, and $15 makes it to the victims.

I am the prophet of irony

OK so maybe I'm not the only one who turned to his roommate days ago and sarcastically remarked, "Gosh, wouldn't it be kind of funny if all these third-world countries started sending us help?"

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Two new writers at Breaking Windows

In recent months Breaking Windows has added a couple writers, and I would like to formally welcome them to our growing family.You may have already read their bylines by now (this is a late introduction).

Jordan Fouts graduated BGSU and is now going to college in Canada for Russian. Makes as much sense as a screen door on a submarine I know. He has a passion for pirate games, and helps with the mod community and helps with the conversion of Russian games.

Tyler Willis is the first at Breaking Windows to not have dropped out or graduated from BGSU. Tyler graduated from Baylor. I learned about Tyler from Matt. Other then that, I just know he likes video games, but that's enough for me.

Its always nice adding friends to the site. Its a shame not all of them write. So far Jordan and Tyler have been contributing reviews and commentary. I hope they continue. They make this site more diverse, and Breaking Windows is better for it.

Thanks fellas.

* Plug: If you want to write for Breaking Windows, you can contact me, ken (at) meancode (dot) com.

Still playing Wipeout Pure

How many video games can you say you have played consistently for a full six months - and still intend to play for many more months to come.

That is the best compliment you can give a game. Not a Game of the Year award. Not a review with high praise. No, the best thing you can say is that you are still playing the game months after the shine has worn off.

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September 5, 2005

Review: PSP 2.0 software

Now that I have a memory card that holds more then Wipeout Pure downloads and save files, I actually have had the chance to use and abuse all the capabilities the PSP has to offer. The 2.0 gives me even more reason to have a large Memory Stick.

With 2.0, Sony released the web browser. It is pretty complete too. It has javascript support, and you can use three tabs. There is no Flash support, but I wasn't expecting it. There are a couple screen viewing modes to adjust the web pages to the PSP screen. The controls are pretty good too. The only thing I would like to see in the future is ad blocking.

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Sony: 9M games, 8.2M UMD movies sold

Hollywood (CA) - At the Entertainment Media Expo in Hollywood California, Sony executives touted the success of their Universial Media Disc (UMD), specifically movie UMDs. Millions of these 2.3 inch-diameter discs that hold either movies or games have been sold to PlayStation Portable (PSP) owners. Sony believes that movies will make more than 60 percent of UMD sales in the near future.
Source: Tom's Hardware

It may well hit 60% sooner then Sony predicts if they don't start releasing some games. Thankfully we will start to see releases starting at the end of September, and continuing on through the holiday season. This slump in PSP games has forced us to become aware of the multimedia capabilities the PSP has to offer.

I am very surprised that UMD movies have been a huge splash (as is everyone else). And I mean huge. Selling a near 1:1 ratio of games to movies is more then anyone expected, probably more then even Sony predicted.

It amazes me that a format that is so closed has become so popular with PSP owners. It is pretty impressive for a DRM'd format that can only be viewed on a PSP.

I get the feeling that the lack of video games have fueled this crazy UMD buying frenzy. But it is obviously more then that, as sales figures have shown.

I am now waiting to see a UMD Audio disc that have not only a full album on it, but a bunch of music videos too. That would sell. Even if it costs more then a CD in the store. At least by the logic of the UMD movie blitz, sure, they would sell like hotcakes too.

September 6, 2005

Clinton: Government 'failed' people

HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) -- Former President Bill Clinton on Monday said the government "failed" the thousands of people who lived in coastal communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and said a federal investigation was warranted in due time.
Source: CNN

You can read the interview, or watch it - only on Windows though. I think it is sad that the Bush Administration and the State Government of Louisiana is playing the blame game over this. I think the logical way to look at this is that it started out as a Louisiana problem, and escalated into a very quickly into a national problem. It's just FUBAR all around, and instead of blaming people, action needs to be taken. This is because things are getting to the unhealthy state, E. coli etc, etc.

CNN's free video was a good call, but they need to realize we have Windows Media Player 9 on the Mac too.[/rant]

Louisiana Demoted to Federal Territory Status

Today during a special session of Congress legislation was passed and immediately signed by President Bush that demotes the former State of Louisiana to federal territory status.
Source: Blogcritics

I just had to post this. I thought it was well written, and pretty funny.

Advance Wars: Dual Strike DS Review

Strategy gamers are arguably some of the most hardcore amongst us. They spend hours managing the slightest of details, manipulating troops, and delving into hundreds of pages of an instruction book. Advance Wars however, is for the rest of us. Critically praised awarded, and recognized, the series (in just two installments) has become one of the most memorable of this entire generation.

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Hilarious fanboy review of the DS

You can read it here, but I've pasted it for easy reading:

"No, the PSP can't download DS games on the PSP. That would be considered stealing, since Sony doesn't own Nintendo games or it's characters. And, if Nintendo employees joined Microsoft or Sony, Nintendo characters will go on to PS2 and XBox and make them kiddy systems, which you all PSP fanjerks hate so much. Then, they would both be as much of a "failure" as Nintendo (no offense, Big N). So, if Nintendo gets bankrupt, you can kiss Sony and Microsoft goodbye as well. (A big cookie to the first person who can any sense out of that)

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September 7, 2005

Crash DVD Review

If Crash affects you the way it's intended, you'll never want to see it again. That's the best possible compliment the movie could receive. It runs the gauntlet of emotion, from anger, sadness, frustration, to aggravation, fun, and melodrama. There's nothing missing, and it's a large enough emotional drain that you'll never try to sit through it twice.

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Department of Chemistry Web site

For a short time only, you can see the old site, and here is the new site. We have been talking about going live since Friday, but there is still some content to add to the new site.

This is a two step process, and the first step is all but complete. First I am putting the site in the University's Dreamweaver templates. This has taken little time at all. Step two will be putting the site into the Content Management System that the university owns. This on the other hand is gonna take a lot longer.

I have used their CMS, Rythmix Percussion, for the Student Publications site. Student Publications is a small site, less then 10 pages, and it took me an unexpedify long time to put into the CMS. I can only guess as to how long it will take to get the Department of Chemistry site into the CMS.

We shall see.

Basecamp now offers time tracking

My favorite web application, Basecamp, just got a huge upgrade. Plus and Premium users now have the ability to use time tracking. I was looking at another web based solution, Blinksale, but having time tracking within Basecamp is so much better than using a separate application.

Basecamp is a web based project management application. It has an elegant design that is easy to understand by my clients, and extends beyond the web with support for RSS, iCal and FTP.

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Lumines and Meteos go mobile

The PlayStation Portable puzzler Lumines and the Nintendo DS sensation Meteos are coming to mobile, courtesy of Gameloft. The mobile maker has signed a long-term exclusivity agreement with Q Entertainment, developer of the original titles. Both games were ushered on to their respective portables by famed producer Tetsuya Mizuguchi.
Source: IGN PSP

Great news to mobile phone users everywhere!

Apple unveils nano, ROKR and iTunes 5

On Wednesday, at a special event in San Francisco, Apple took the wraps off the long-awaited iTunes phone from Motorola, the ROKR. Apple also updated iTunes to version 5.0 and introduced its replacement for the iPod mini: the iPod nano.
Source: MacCentral

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September 8, 2005

PSP shatters sales records

In Europe at least. This is probably from the delay, and people going crazy for this as American gamers talk about the emulation and such. The test is time. Let's see if it keeps up since they actually have "new" games to play. You know, like the opposite of America.

Nostrodamus couldn't have done better

Briefly, I just saw this at A National Geographic article from a year ago basically predicted the entire Katrina/New Orleans scenario.

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Remember, remember the fifth of November

I feel a little late noticing this, but I was shocked and pleasantly surprised to find out a movie based on Alan Moore's 1980s dystopian-anarchy short series "V for Vendetta" is soon to be released, directed by the Wachikowskis no less.

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Why I'm losing my interest in becoming a game journalist

Why have video game magazines become painful to read? It's because my peers write things like this (from this months Official Xbox Magazine):

From the Delta Force: Black Hawk Down Review:

"The Somalian rebels are so indistinguished and repetitious that gameplay can become reminiscent of bad SNES platformers like Double Dragon"

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September 9, 2005

Hootie's Looking for Lucky not the success it should be

Ok people. You know you have a copy of Cracked Rear View. It sold 16 million copies, so just admit it. Now, their new album, Looking for Lucky, it's not doing so well. In a month, less than 40,000 copies have been sold. That's bad, and this is their best since their major debut. The lyrics are powerful and timely, and it's still that classic Hootie sound. This isn't a popularity contest, it's about music. In case you need some refreshing and want to buy it (and you do), here's some links:

Interview with Mark Bryan
Totally biased album review
Totally biased concert review
Their website
Amazon link
Best Buy link
Hootie Store link

Today's anniversary: Sega Dreamcast

You were there. You rushed into the store and snapped up the subtle box. You knew what you held in your hands was "thinking." You knew Sega finally pulled through with a winner.

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Featured on Eternal Collector

Had some issues with them a LONG time ago and communication broke down. But, here I am, featured as they wanted my collection. It's a great site outside of this too.

California (almost) passes video game bill

Come on Arnold... you're smarter than this. Don't sign this one. It's too vague, and Leeland Yee would win. We don't want that.

Nintendogs DS Review

This shouldn't be fun. It's obvious to anyone playing it that this should not work. It's going to be a guilty pleasure to some and unforgettable classic for others. That's the Nintendo hook with Nintendogs, an impossibly good title that uses everything the DS has to offer, with at times mixed results.

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September 10, 2005

FEMA Dumps Brown As Katrina Relief Chief

The decision to order Brown back to Washington from Louisiana — he remains as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency — marked the administration's latest attempt to assert leadership in the wake of the devastating storm and its aftermath, including the weakest public opinion polls of Bush's time in office.
Source: SFGate

Michael Brown is going back to Washington and will get a slap on the wrist. Hell, he might end up with a shiny medal out of this. He should get fired. With inaction by FEMA and reports of discrepancies in Brown's resume, the Bush administration finally seems to be taking the action it needed to in the aftermath of this Katrina catastrophe.

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Top FEMA Officials Lack Experience In Disaster Management

The top three officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency share at least one trait: they had little or no experience in disaster management before landing top FEMA posts.

According to a Sept. 7 Chicago Tribune story, FEMA Director Michael Brown was commissioner of the International Arabian Horse Association and had virtually no experience in disaster management.

Source: Blogcritics

David asks a great question: Why isn't the Bush Administration getting any heat for putting together a FEMA team so lacking in experience?

Another film anomoly: A Scanner Darkly

Also just learned of an impending film version of Philip K Dick's "A Scanner Darkly." Not my favorite of his stories but the diaspora of talent (it may be that I use the term loosely) working on it may make for an interesting combination.

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Man with the Screaming Brain Sci-Fi Channel Original Review

The premise is here. Man with the Screaming Brain puts Bruce Campbell into the role of a rich pharmaceutical company owner who ends up with only half of his brain after being killed. The other half comes from a Russian cab driver.

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September 11, 2005

Death Jr. PSP Review

If Death Jr. is fortunate enough to receive a sequel, especially on a home console, it will be worth playing. It features a great sense of humor, lots of destruction, and energetic gameplay. The restrictive nature of the PSP doesn't allow this portable original any room to breathe. It's stuck without any camera controls, crammed corridors, and far too many enemies to handle (of course made even worse by the camera).

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Best Buy major game sale, starts Monday, 9-12

Credit as always goes to Cheapassgamer. Full list below.

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Bush/political joke

George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld are flying on Air Force One.

The President looks at the Vice President, chuckles, and says, "You know, I could throw a $1,000 bill out the window right now and make somebody very happy."

The Vice President shrugs and says, "Well, I could throw 10 $100 bills out the window and make 10 people very happy."

Not to be outdone, the Secretary of Defense says, "Of course, then, I could throw 100 $10 bills out the window and make a hundred people very happy."

The pilot rolls his eyes and says to his co-pilot, "Such arrogant asses back there. Hell, I could throw the three of them out the window and make 56 million people really happy."

September 12, 2005

$39.99 UMD movie coming soon

Theatrical bomb Stealth will be $39.99 on UMD, but... it will have exclusive Wipeout Pure playable items, including the jet from the movie as a playable ship and an exclusive track (not to mention all the features of the regular game).

The College Degree for Working Adults

Have you heard or seen the advertisements for these accelerated college degree programs? They are everywhere. I kept hearing them and getting all these emails. They looked too good to be true, but I thought I would look into it.

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BGSU Chemistry Department site is live

Just a quick note, BGSU's Department of Chemistry site is now live. It is not in the CMS yet, but it is now in the BGSU site style. It is a huge improvement, and so far I have heard nothing but rave reviews. You can also still look at the old site to compare.

September 13, 2005

Playstation 2 power cord recall

If you have one of the slim models, you need this new cable apparently. They seem to enjoy following Microsoft a little too closely, given that companies recall earlier this year.

Michigan governor signs gaming bill into law, sort of

Granholm prematurely announces signing of violent-game laws, signs laws prohibiting display of sexually explicit games instead.

Democratic Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that she signed into law legislation that prohibits the "sale or rental of mature or adult-rated video games to children."

Source: GameSpot

None of these yahoos can get this done right. I also saw on the news that this does not go into effect until Dec 1, so it could get overturned by... you guessed, the 1st amendment - just as so many of these types of video game bills have fizzled in the past.

Shaman King: Master of Spirits GBA Review

Taking the exact engine from the Game Boy Advance entries of the Castlevania series, Shaman King: Master of Spirits brings with it fantastic platform gameplay and then ruins it all with a ridiculous stage progressions system. The great feel of the action, intriguing magic system, and beautiful graphics almost make it for it. They're enough to keep you going in the start, but not enough to keep moving to the end.

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Madden 2006 Xbox Review

Obviously tired of passing in video game football, EA's Madden team introduces cone vision passing in 2006. This new feature stands out as the biggest tweak to the game, and it's one that adds an unnecessary, yet realistic, twist. It's going to be a love it/hate it feature.

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Hootie on Letterman

I've heard their new single One Love performed live at least 15 times now, and this was their best. Real Player required.

September 14, 2005

Belated book review: Max Barry's "Jennifer Government"

Until I picked up a copy of the paperback the other day, my familiarity with Max Barry's ubercorporate dystopian Jennifer Goverment came only through its corresponding web site, Nation States. The site, where you can design your own little government and shape its fate, was meant to generate interest in the young Australian novelist's 2003 book, which was much applauded by critics, named a notable book by New York Times and a Campbell Award finalist for best sci-fi of the year. And even before publication, Soderbergh and Clooney's Section 8 films optioned the rights, which they and Warner Bros. recently renewed.

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September 15, 2005

Massive update to the Digital Press review page

If you're only reading my game reviews here on BW, you're missing 90% of what I write. All of my reviews for non-current consoles appear on Digital Press. There's a reason I normally don't post this information here (I'd be doing it every week), but this update is a special one.

We broke the record.

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Hands-on with Toast 7

When it's time to burn music, photos, or movies to CDs and DVDs, many Mac users turn to Toast, which has just undergone a major overhaul from Roxio. Sure, this latest version bears some resemblance to Toast 6, but Toast 7 Titanium features some of the most substantial changes to the program in years.
Source: MacCentral

Why write a review when someone else has done it already? But Peter is right. One of the other most substantial changes is that it has a manual. Make that a printed manual. I don't remember seeing such a well put together manual (read: more then 5 pages) since Toast 3.

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Geist Gamecube Review

Exclusive to the Gamecube, Geist becomes one of the last highly anticipated games for the fledgling console, and it was hyped because of its concept. A basic first-person shooter, Geist doesn't stay very long in the shooting gallery phase. It spends most of its time in the supernatural realm, and the idea behind it is the best in years.

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Guacamole costs extra

I think this is as good a time as any for a rant about BGSU's insanely outrageous pricing in their dining centers. Their grocery store pricing is equally outrageous as well, but that is another post all together.

I try and brown bag my lunch as much as possible, because of BGSU's need to ream their students over everything they buy on campus.

Today was not a brown bag day - I have no food in my fridge at the moment. So I got a burrito at the Student Union. This is my usual lunch when I do not bring my own lunch.

Its setup like Subway, you tell them what you want on it. When I get down the bin of guacamole, the preparer of the burrito kindly informs me that the guacamole will cost me 50¢ extra. To which I asked "Have I always been paying 50¢ extra?" Her reply was "No" thankfully. This new condiment charge was just added, today.

I can't flipping believe it! This burrito is overpriced as it is, and now they want me to pay more just to have guacamole on it?

They are out of their minds. Yes, indeed they are.

Xbox 360: November 22nd

That title is all you really need, but here's a link anyway.

Nintendo Revolution controller revealed

This has got to be a joke, right? Nope, its real, and IGN has a hands-on article.

September 17, 2005

Mr. T donates outpouring of pity to Katrina victims

Half of this is sad, but I guess mostly it's good news.

Then again, we really have to balance our short-term interests with what's best in the long-term. Those gold chains will be missed.

War of the Worlds cell phone game review

Taking the concept from a short lived Godzilla series on the Game Boy Color, War of the Worlds is a fun shooter, even without the full control players would want. It's extended to say the least, and for a cell phone game, possibly too long. There's plenty to play with here, though that initial shock over the gorgeous graphics wears off about half way through.

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Rogue Ops Xbox Review

Rogue Ops is one of those games that blatantly steals from far better software. It doesn't offer a single idea that's original, and it doesn't perform as well as the games it's trying to emulate. It's a lost budget title, and Splinter Cell has nothing to worry about.

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September 18, 2005

Holy Toledo Batman: New PSP Games

It has been almost six months before we had a wave of PSP titles to talk about. It was barely a trickle between March and September. But the middle of September is finally here, and now starts the second wave of games for Sony's portable Playstation.

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Man breaks record for watching TV

Suresh Joachim broke the Guinness world record for the longest time spent watching TV. He finished Friday with 69 hours and 48 minutes.

After passing the previous record of 50 hours and 7 minutes Thursday, Joachim continued until shortly after 7 a.m. Friday morning (EDT).

Source: CNN

I wonder what the record for playing video games is? Probably would not want anyone in South Korea to try for that record, those people seem to be dropping dead left and right from playing video games non stop.

New Hummer 3 commercial

Maybe it's just because I'm tired, but I've missed an entire quarter of the Chiefs/Raiders game because of this commerical. I can't stop watching it, and I've been on the floor in tears because of laughter twice. If anyone has a link to it in another format other than Quicktime (which the one I supplied is), let me know. I would pay to have this on DVD. No really, I would.

Just to note, if you've only seen it on TV, you're missing half of it. The 60-second version is MUCH better. When he hands her the tree I lose it every time, both because it's funny and next because this has better special effects than all of King Kong Lives which tried the same stunt.

September 19, 2005

Namco Museum Battle Collection PSP Review

Released in five different editions on the Playstation, the Namco Museum set was a decent collection, though the price was hard to swallow ($20 a disc). That collection was remixed onto a single set with the most popular titles. That has been making the rounds for some time on the current generation of consoles. On the PSP, that set has been broken down, revamped, and added to. The games are as follows:

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My iPod Shuffle fell apart

My iPod shuffle is broke. One day, out of the blue, when I pulled the shuffle from my G5 the case came unattached from the metal USB port. There is a ribbon that attaches these two pieces. It has gotten progressively worse, it just falls out. I need to find/buy some super glue to put the thing back together. But I bet when I do that the warranty (if any) will be null and void.

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September 20, 2005

Burnout Legends PSP Review

At the mercy of the game's physics engine, Burnout's now trademark crash mode succeeds on a rare level. It's almost entirely out of the player's hands once contact is made, and the jaw-dropping wrecks are enough to sell the game. That's on a home console though, and watered down on the PSP (with familiar territory for fans of the series), it's not the classic it could be. It's just another one in a line of unforgettable and brutal racing games, and it barely falls short of the previous entries.

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PSP Video Export in Toast 7

Toast 7 is really great. It is a big improvement over Toast 6. There seems to be a bug with the PSP Video export feature in Toast 7.0.1 however. Toast crashes every time you try and export to PSP Video. I have been in contact with the Roxio technical support lead after posting and receiving feedback on the Roxio forums.

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September 21, 2005

Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks Xbox Review

Wisely borrowing gameplay elements from the fan favorite Mortal Kombat II, Shaolin Monks shakes the curse of the first two action titles set in the series universe. Bringing with it almost necessary co-op (err, ko-op as the game of course calls it), this new addition to the line brings new life to the franchise. This is Mortal Kombat II, just with a wild new move set, and the familiar gameplay classic gaming fans have become attached to.

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Free PSP demo... on your PC

Yes, it makes sense. It's Tetsuya Mizuguchi's new one, Every Extend Extra. Goofy name, great game. Here's a direct shot to the download.

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne Playstation 2 Review

In most RPGs, you must gather a dewy-eyed group of heroes to save the world from impending doom, an evil corporation, nasty demons, or the wicked witch of the west. In Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, the world blows up after twenty minutes of gameplay, and you promptly get turned into a demon.

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Game Boy Micro now 200% worthless, SP upgraded

Yep, it's possible. The SP is being released with a new, backlit screen. Here's where the rumors started, and multiple stores have begun getting them in, but only with the two new colors. The comments say it's a hoax, but it's confirmed. They'll be leaking out this week.

New DS colors ship with Nintendogs in the box

This will be hot for Christmas.

September 22, 2005

A Few Good Men DVD Review

Though it presents itself like one, A Few Good Men is not a mystery. The answers are obvious from the start, and its predictability is the film's only real downfall. What's left, oddly enough, is tension. The military court case that makes the film is intense, and it's because of the performances by everyone involved.

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Airliner fakes emergency so passengers can watch soccer game

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- A chartered jet carrying 289 Gambian soccer fans pretended it needed to make an emergency landing so they could watch their team compete in the FIFA Under 17 World Championships, officials said Wednesday.

The plane, claiming to be low on fuel, landed Tuesday near the stadium in Peru's northern coast city of Piura.

Source: CNN

Now those are soccer fans!

September 23, 2005

.Mac's best new feature

...individual .Mac accounts now offer 10GB of data transfer—up from 3GB previously. And for those who purchase an additional 1GB of storage space from Apple for $50 a year, the total bandwidth is 25GB. With these greater limits, I think few .Mac users will have problems with bandwidth from now on. And for that, I say good job.
Source: MacCentral

As if the 1 GB of combined iDisk and email storage was not enough, you now get 10 GB of bandwidth a month for your $100, not to mention all the other features you get. A lot of Mac shareware developers use .Mac to host their downloads, and it is really annoying when they have no more bandwidth left for that month.

I personally pay for .Mac for seamless sync of my PowerBook and my G5. The upgrade to 1 GB of file storage was enough of a reason for me to renew my membership this year.

September 24, 2005

Sci-Fi Channel Original: Path of Destruction Review

Unabashedly taking the concept of Michael Crichton's novel Prey, Sci-Fi Channel original Path of Destruction is a bland little $2 million movie. It has moments, but the biggest problem is the catalyst. The nano-bots are hardly a significant threat, and they're never shown to as brutal as the movie makes them out to be.

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September 25, 2005

WWE Day of Reckoning 2 Gamecube Review

Picking up where things left off, Day of Reckoning 2 is the closest we've come yet to receiving an updated version of the truly great N64 wrestling titles. It's similar grappling style is so close, it's a shame the rest of the engine has frustrating problems. The story mode is aggravating too, and that's the core of the game, enough to bring it down almost entirely.

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Double clicking/drag and drop Photoshop files opens application but not file

This is most commonly due to installing Photoshop CS before doing an archive and install of Mac OS10.3.

The easiest solution is to reinstall Photoshop CS after you have installed Mac OS10.3 or OS 10.4 Easiest way to reinstall Photoshop without disturbing the original install is to install to your desktop. after the install is done just trash the Photoshop folder on the desktop.

Source: Adobe Forums

Another mystery solved! This is such an annoying problem that I now know how to fix at work.

Rockstar re-releases San Andreas with extras

Well, Rockstar does need to recoup its losses after all. The PS2 version will include 'The Introduction' and 'Sunday Driver' included as extra DVDs. The Introduction is a short movie setting up the events that unfold in San Andreas, and was previously available to those who bought the single CD soundtrack (but not the mammoth 8 disc boxed set - bastards).

Sunday Driver is a behind-the-scenes look at California's low rider car club, The Majestics. Directed by Carol Strong, Sunday Driver chronicles the work and dedication of The Majestics car club as they attempt to create the ultimate in custom vehicles while attempting to legitimize their lifestyle under the scrutiny of the authorities.
Sources: IGN PS2, Xbox

There is a Xbox special package too: the GTA Trilogy. You get GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas for $60. Not bad if you don't have them. A shame the Xbox version does not have the PS2 extras.

And remember kiddies, these will be the 'M' for Mature versions of San Andreas, so no Hot Coffee for you!

September 27, 2005

Motorola CEO: 'Screw the nano'

Apple Computer's newest MP3 player, the iPod nano, is receiving rave reviews and analysts believe the device will solidify Apple's dominance in the competitive MP3 player market for at least another year. However, not everyone praises the device -- Motorola CEO Ed Zander had some harsh words for the nano in a recent interview.
Source: MacCentral

I think there is a rather large portion of the world that "listens to 1,000 songs," and is glad to have only 1,000 songs in their pocket. I don't see how politicly sound this is for Mr. Zander as the reviews of the new MOTO ROKR have been luke warm at best. Lets face it, the ROKR is a dud. I don't think Apple should have gone with MOTO in the first place (they have absolute crap phones in my opinion).

You usually do not get such a juicy sound bite from such a high profile CEO.

So why is the MOTO CEO blasting the iPod nano? Especially as MOTO now has a business relationship with Apple. This just makes the MOTO ROKR an even bigger eye soar in the media. Good job Mr. Zander. You can take your crappy attempt at an iTunes phone and shove it.

I do have one question though: Who listens to 100 songs, (the ROKR limit) to paraphrase your quote. Not many, as the mediocre reviews of your new phone show. Yet the nano is flying off shelves. Imagine that!

Sounds like stable ground between MOTO and Apple (sarcasm).

Screenshot settings in Mac OS

I get so tired of people asking, and I have to explain the keyboard shortcuts in OS X to take screenshots. Even though they could (gasp!) look it up in Mac Help or even Google.

Here is a nice article by Dan Frakes that talks about everything you would want to know, from 1st party to 3rd party, freeware to shareware.

Now please, stop asking.

For the quick and dirty methods:

Command+Shift+3: Full-screen screenshot

Command+Shift+4: Crosshair to allow selection of screenshot area

Command+Shift+4, then spacebar: “Camera” to capture a specific screen object

And for those who are still using OS 9, you don't get the fancy 3rd option. Upgrade to OS X and you can actually save those screenshots in a real file format to boot.

What is wrong with gaming forums?

Why do people have to be utter ass holes on forums? This happens most commonly on gaming related forums, but it surely does not stop there. You could account this to a large amount of teenage boys, but it is simply not the case. There is a very large contingent of gamers over the age of 18. These people ruin the point of having a forum.

Everyone is out to "serve" everyone else. They need to make you look bad so they can look good. Pathetic.

Rant over.

September 28, 2005

Metal Arms: Glitch in the System Gamecube Review

Metal Arms is one of those overlooked titles, stuck in the glut of holiday releases in 2003, and it's depressing to be forced to call it a failure on any level. It's funny, fast, and it couldn't feel better. This wild third person action title is one of the best games to come out of this generation, and it should have never went unnoticed.

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My favorite new phrase

"Reading is such an under used skill these days."

Georgia governor asks state's schools to close to save gas

Georgia's Governor Perdue asked the state's schools to take two "early snow days" and cancel classes Monday and Tuesday to help conserve gasoline as Hurricane Rita threatens the nation's fuel supply line.

OK, OK, have you heard this one.... wait for it, wait for it...

Governor Perdue also has a new initiative for Georgia's schools: "Every child left behind."

September 29, 2005

JAVOedge Anti-Glare PSP Screen Protector

When the PSP came out, I bought a package from Mad Catz. It has screen protectors with it. It surely is not anti-glare, and it took me 3 scrapped protectors (it comes with 4 or 6 protectors) to get one on, and I still had an ugly air bubble in the middle of the screen. Not the best.

JAVOedge just started shipping their products, so I gave the JAVO Screen Anti-Glare a try.

While I do not care for the part that wraps around the D-pad, Analog Stick, and face buttons, It does go on a lot easier then the Mad Catz screen protector. I got it on the first try, and got all major air bubbles out. I only have some small air bubbles that really have no air trapped in them (not noticeable when the PSP is turned on). Not the case with the Mad Catz protector, where it was very obvious where the air bubble lived - right in the middle of the screen.

I chose to cut off the excess on the left and right of the screen protector, because it does not lay on the face of the PSP that well. The face of the PSP curves on the ends, where the D-pad and face buttons are, and the plastic does not stay stuck in these areas.

After two days of use, this JAVOedge Anti-Glare screen protector is the best I have seen. And it is really anti-glare. It does a great job. The company also has an Ultra Clear protector, but I have not tried that one. I am quite happy with the Anti-Glare protector for now.

September 30, 2005

Burnout Revenge Xbox Review

One tweak is all it took to radically changed the Burnout series. The latest addition in Burnout Revenge, same direction traffic checking, is the wildest transition into new territory for the series since the Crash mode was created in Burnout 2. It's something that may not sit well for those accustomed to dodging every piece of extra traffic, but it becomes a new experience, a completely new game.

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Check your hotel rates...

A husband and wife are traveling by car from Key West to Boston. After almost twenty-four hours on the road, they're too tired to continue, and they decide to stop for a rest.They stop at a nice hotel and take a room, but they only plan to sleep for four hours and then get back on the road.

When they check out four hours later, the desk clerk hands them a bill for $350.The man explodes and demands to know why the charge is so high. He tells the clerk although it's a nice hotel, the rooms certainly aren't worth $350. The clerk stands firm, and the man insists on speaking to the Manager.

The Manager appears and then explains that the hotel has an Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference center that were available for the couple to use. "But we didn't use them," the man complains. "Well, they are here, and you could have," explains the Manager.

He goes on to explain they could have taken in one of the shows for which the hotel is famous. "The best entertainers from New York, Hollywood and Las Vegas perform here," the Manager says. "But we didn't go to any of those shows." complains the man again."Well, we have them, and you could have," the Manager replies.

No matter what facility the Manager mentions, the man replies, "But we didn't use it!" The Manager is unmoved, and eventually the man gives up and agrees to pay. He writes a check and gives it to the Manager. But sir," he says, "this check is only made out for $50."

"That's correct," says the man. "I charged you $300 for sleeping with my wife." "But I didn't!" exclaims the Manager. "Well, too bad," the man replies. "She was here and you could have."

The Death of the Porn Star

This was all over the news when I got here at the end of August, two male models (porn stars some say) who got lost under mysterious circumstances somewhere on the tiny mountain in the middle of the island. I bring it up now because their mother is suing.

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