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The Pirate Bay… goes legit?

Posted in Actual News, Reviews & Previews with tags , on July 1, 2009 by Just Zach

Forget the recent smattering of celebrity deaths… (God rest ye, Billy Mays) … I read some news today that has completely thrown me for a loop.

Global Gaming Factory X AB, a “new media channel to reach visitors of Internet cafes and gaming venues” has shelled out 7.8 million dollars US to aquire the infamous torrent site as early as next month.  This comes on the heels of the announcement of The Video Bay, the original Pirate Bay crew’s take on YouTube, but without the necessity to be beholden to corporate interests.

We’re facing something unprecedented here, I think.  The single most popular site online for pirate content may very well be coming clean.  Is the end of torrent piracy?  PSH.  Hell no.  Someone will just step in to fill the black market shoes this ‘new’ Pirate Bay will be leaving behind.  Another site will step in to regain the lost popularity… and because these guys seem to be intent on turning this operation legal, I can guaran-damn-tee the popularity will be out there for grabs.

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Transformers, or “40 Foot Tall Robots Blowin’ Shit Up”

Posted in Reviews & Previews with tags on June 29, 2009 by Danny Methane

So, this weekend I saw Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Yeah, me and the rest of America.

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Weekend Game Review

Posted in Reviews & Previews with tags on June 22, 2009 by Danny Methane

It’s a little late, and this is going to be, admittedly, a tad rushed, but I figured that, since I beat the game within a week of buying it, I should review it.

Mass Effect is one of those games where once you start playing it, you’re not going to stop until it’s over. It was the first RPG in years that I have finished. In fact, I think it might be the ONLY one I have finished.

There are over 30 hours of gameplay, if you do all of the side missions and whatnot. I didn’t. It really only took me about 10 hours to finish the game.

The game itself wasn’t bad at all. The story was compelling, original (to my knowledge), and the gameplay was fun. The controls for PC were a tad wonky, but I suspect it was built for consoles, thus the PC gets the short end, as always.

The game took a lot of heat for having controversial sex scenes, which, having seen them, aren’t really controversial.

That’s about the extent of the first one.

The scene with the human one is a little more graphic, but then again, I can get more porn from a childrens website.

Overall, I thought the game was good, it was fairly long, had some great battles and kept me guessing.

I thought it was kind of cool that you could talk your way out of battles if you wished.

I did, however, find it odd that you could talk your way out of a boss battle.

When the scene was over, I said, “Easiest boss battle ever, I talked him into killing himself!”

So, if you’re a fan of RPG’s, go out and get Mass Effect. Worth every penny. Even if you’re not a fan of RPG’s, get it. It’s a fun game.

Also theres a characted with the moniker Ashley Williams. That’s right.

Can music games beat the sophmore slump?

Posted in Reviews & Previews on May 13, 2009 by Just Zach

You don’t need me to tell you that music games are a big deal.  You’re not blind.

It’s been, oh… almost 4 years since the first Guitar Hero released, and just how many imitators has it spawned?  There’s abot 12 or so released or coming soon between the big 2 franchises (GH and Rock Band) by themselves.  Even discounting the inevitable shovelware two-bit crap licensed knock-offs, we’ve got ourselves a modern hallmark of gaming.  But can this success sutain?  Are people willing to shell out 200 bucks every time for a new set of plastic fake guitars?

I don’t know if they’ll ever go away at this point (just like we can’t ever seem to be rid of Jerry Bruckheimer) but I don’t know where they can really go from here.  There’s no other ‘cool’ instrument to make a controller out of.  I really don’t see Euphonium Hero being the big holiday hit Activision is looking for, as much as I would rock at it.  Aside from the ‘band branded’ editions like Aerosmith or Metallica or the forthcoming Beatles Rock Band, I don’t see the same rampant success continuing onward for the genre.  Not that they’re stopping with Guitar Hero.

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It Would Be Illogical….

Posted in Reviews & Previews with tags on May 10, 2009 by Danny Methane

This is a review of the new Star Trek film. Please note, I had not watched an episode of Star Trek before seeing this film. It’ll be riddled with what Star Trek was to me for the years leading up to me seeing the film: cheesy, space-related one-liners.

So, without having any prior interest or knowledge of Star Trek (above the standard, Kirk says “beam me up Scottie’, Spock says “It would be illogical”, and Bones says, “I’m a doctor, not a _____”) I threw down $13.50 to see the new Star Trek film in IMAX (actually $27.00, since I bought my friend a ticket as well.)

Let me just say, it was damn well the best $30 I’ve ever spent.

After receiving a 96% Fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes (and a few A+++++++++ would watch again’s from eBay), I have to say, this film and it’s critiques are right on cue.

Slight spoilers to follow.

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