You think it’s a game


First Gears of War 2 Footage Hits The Web
May 11, 2008, 3:41 pm
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Bring on the co-op!



Keep your grindie to yourself mate!
May 7, 2008, 2:59 pm
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Jeezsuus. This term grindie won’t die. It’s been a while but this has gotta be the strangest place i’ve seen it used. I’m happy to see original content on PSN (Sony’s Playstation Network) but this sounds quite wack. Check this regurgitation of a press release out.

Movement (PSN)

Seeking out the greatest unsigned bands from across Europe, Movement is an exclusive PSN music experience which will open your ears, your PS3 and PSP to the best in international music. From French electronica to London grindie via melody driven rock from Germany, you’ll hear it all courtesy of hosts Spencer and Martin who are tracking down the sweetest sounds across the continent in their VW Camper. With exclusive downloads on PSN and performances at PlayStation Day, movement will culminate with one band being selected by Spencer and Martin to have a professional promo video made. Look out for the entire madcap adventure on PSN soon.

Why Lout? invented “Grindie” when we sampled some indie for a Marvin track in 2005. The term is bullshit. I don’t wanna go off on a rant but people please stop using the term.

Anyway go holla at Marvin’s myspace for a listen of his new track Boyspot.

Anyone that uses the term “grindie” is in Westlife. Straight!



The Sewer Goblet – The Wu-Tang Clan and the Wu-Tang Baby
May 7, 2008, 2:11 pm
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Man oh man.

A few months back I discovered a game called Barkley Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden. A RPG set in 2041 in a post apocalyptic future where basketball is outlawed and ballers are outlaws. HA. Funny stuff! Check the all kinds of awesome trailer below.

Well the same dudes are back. Read this!

“It was an ordinary day at the Wu-Tang mansion. Ghostface and Raekwon tossed around a football in the backyard while Ol’ Dirty Bastard, RZA, and the rest of the gang watched the game inside. What nobody expected was the knock at the door that would forever change their lives. Much to their surprise, a tiny but majestic baby with a mysterious pendant was on their doorstep and with nowhere else to go and no sign of who the baby belonged to, the Wu-Tang Clan had no choice but to adopt the tot and nickname him the Wu-Tang Baby. Little did they know, this baby was much sought after by an eldritch wizard living in the sewers for his pendant, and when the baby was kidnapped by the Cheese Panda XD, a henchman of the wizard, the Wu-Tang Clan was tasked with finding the wizard’s lair in the sewers and rescuing the kidnapped baby from his evil clutches in…”

The Sewer Goblet – The Wu-Tang Clan and the Wu-Tang Baby

Click the name for the full download. Although it is disappointing to note that this isn’t a fully fledged game like BSUAJ:G (lol), it was made in two weeks for a competition and is ultra lo-fi. Trailer below.



The death of the word
May 5, 2008, 3:20 pm
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Philip

In a conversation I had a couple days back, someone stated that if writers like Philip K Dick and Hunter S Thompson were of a current generation they would just be bloggers. Realising the accuracy of that statement mad me a little sad. Not totally sure why either. What’s wrong with blogging??

Art holds strange power over human beings, many of us dedicate ourselves to it. Seeing art forms emerge and die is part of life.

Although the title of this entry is complete bullshit, words are not dead (far from it). Times have indeed changed. Games as art is a current debate. I myself see games as art, of course they are. Combining visuals with music, even the user interface can be art.

Although GTA4 is what i’m mainly playing at the moment. I did play a game called ‘Polcarstva‘ today. Russian for “There is no half kingdom”, I believe. It’s a point and click flash adventure. Really beautiful looking, sounding, and the interface is really organic. Really cool free bite-size web game. Try it out.

Speaking of beautiful, jeez it’s hot outside. very nice day indeed.



More Back Blogging (Wii hunting and Reebok pay me)
April 27, 2007, 10:52 am
Filed under: Gaming, Personal

We are slowly catching up to the present, please bear with me.

Saturday (21/4/07) morning hits and i’ve had almost no sleep after being awake for 23 hours of Friday. But I’m scheduled to do a focus group for Reebok and their’s is £40 in it for me so I jump on the tube in a zombie state and head for the West End. I reach my destination and press the door bell, the door opens and a receptionist asks for my name. I respond and am given a name badge with my name spelt wrong “Metim” instead of “Metin” but i’m so tired I don’t even care. I sign the guest book and am handed an envelope with the same wrongly spelled name. I open it and put my £40 in my wallet. I feel like i could just leave since they’ve already paid me, but I don’t. I go through to a room we free drinks so I get my free Redbull on.(Two days in a row, how crazy is that) I notice the two way mirror and the numerous video cameras. So the guy from Reebok shows us some of the new marketing campaigns and we yay or nay them. Then we get a chance to some new 2008 Reebok trainers. They looked a bit 2007 to me, no real shift in direction. An hour has gone past and our time is up. We leave and that was the easiest forty boof i’ve ever made.

Being that i’m in the Westend and i’m still “Wii-less” I take the opportunity to try find one. First I try all the big retailers Game, HMV, Virgin, but i have no luck and most employees just laugh at me. Computer Exchange is next my next stop but they are selling second hand consoles with no Wii Sports for £235. Errr no thanks. So I decide to go the indy route, I walk to Game Focus around the corner. They tell me they sell them at £180 but don’t have any, then he pcryingroceeds to tease me with the American import version of Super Paper Mario. Bastard. Next is Tottenham Court Road, home to load shops that just seem to sell nothing but phones, keyboards and monitors. I’m not having much luck as most people don’t even know what a Nintendo Wii is. One retailer even tells me they don’t sell games consoles, so I stay silent and point to the PS3’s on the shelf. He says that it’s “above” games. I walk out. I am greeted with numerous more shakes of the head but then as I go to leave one shop a different employee says they have one left. I say ok i’ll take it, he says £300 please. I say nothing. Then moonwalk out the shop. I go on to find another two machines both priced at £250. I refuse to pay above the RRP. So I go home empty handed.

/cry



To Wii or not to Wii…
April 12, 2007, 10:42 pm
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Crappy title I know.

Earlier on in the week I ventured into a Game store in Bank to see if they had some Wii’s in stock. They didn’t. Which is annoying, and what is more annoying is that they will not let me preorder one. First come first served for the loss. I refuse to buy a bundle because all I really want is Zelda at the moment, and Game is one of tWii he only retailers that wont restrict you to a bundle. They also won’t tell me when they will next get some stock. What is wrong with these people?! So i’m confined to phoning the shop every morning to ask them if they have new stock. I feel like a flipping crackhead. Just let me buy one so I can sit it next to my 360 and go back to work. Seems i’m not the only one having problems getting hold of one either. I haven’t turned on my xbox for like four days. I blame a combination of Champions League and tiredness. I’ve also been reading Jennifer Government by Max Barry, which is pretty damn hilarious. So with my gaming almost non-existent this week i’m looking forward to trying the update for Gears of War over the weekend.

I wanted to play Story of Thor with rose tinted glasses. Guess i’ll have to wait.



Back to work or The Case of the Throbbing Feet
April 3, 2007, 9:48 pm
Filed under: Gaming, Music, Personal

Ok, so my government sponsored gaming marathon is over. I’ve traded in the good life for a 40+ hour week of hard work and 6am starts. Expect posts from me complaining and saying how tired I am from now on (give me sympathy). Here’s a tip for all, buy comfortable shoes!! Can’t stress this enough. I think 24 years of wearing trainers has given me sissy feet. My feet are actually trying to kill me, throbbing from the cheap-ass shoes I chose to buy because they look nice. This weekend i’ll be in the market for some cushioned foot garments.

My gaming time has been hit hard, I actually fell asleep while playing some two player Earth Defence Force: 2017 with my brother yesterday. Right before I started work last Thursday I picked up Need for Speed: Carbon CE, which I actually ended up enjoying quite a bit. I tend to lean on the arcadier side of racing games, and this was quite a nice solution. I played Most Wanted on PC and it’s more of the same really. Police chases can be a shed load of fun, the NFS series still have the best police car chase available I believe. Other than that, I played through the World Tour mode on Virtua Tennis 3. Again pleasantly surprising, it hasn’t changed much since the first outing on the Dreamcast or even the arcade version. Still, it’s a tight little package and I managed to waste hours playing it’s mix of Tennis and minigames (gimme achievements!). Yesterday I played some Earth Defence Force: 2017, it was a blast. Literally. What other game has you start with a rocket launcher and infinite ammo?! I played it two player, which was weird. Having a person sit next to me playing is so2017 mething that is rarer and rarer these days. Played through about 16 missions and we was only like 6% through the game. Watching rockets bounce off dino-mechs is entertaining. What can I say?

ps.. The rapper A+ has some new material out, you can hear it at Hiphopgame.com‘s audio section. Back in ’96 I was over feeling this dude’s music. New ish is a bit too mixtapy for my liking but i hope to hear some full tracks soon. His Latch Key Child album is serious. If you have that, pull it off the shelf and listen to Gusto ft Prodigy from Mobb Deep. One of my favourite tracks of all time.

Ah well, back to work…