11.25.2008

terminator 4 motion poster


video


at least the poster looks cool. I'm keeping an open mind about this film, for now.

11.20.2008

congo sucks


Soldiers of the Congolese army pass by a helmet and rest of used munition at Rumangabo base which was overrun by Forces loyal to renegade Laurent Nkunda, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the provincial capital of Goma after an intense battle, on October 11, 2008. The rebel forces withdrew from the army base. Democratic Republic of Congo officials this week alleged that Rwandan troops had aided Nkunda's forces to capture Rumangabo, and accused Kigali of planning to attack the provincial capital of Goma. Rwandan officials denied the charges. Renewed fighting broke out August 28 with government troops and Nkunda's CNDP violating a ceasefire reached under the Goma peace accord in January. (WALTER ASTRADA/AFP/Getty Images)

GTA IV DLC: 'The Lost and the Damned'

'Grand Theft Auto' yields road to the 'Lost and Damned'

The upcoming episode of the video game Grand Theft Auto IV looks to be a wild one.

GTA IV, which was released in April for the Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3, focused on former Eastern European soldier Niko Bellic and his escalating life of crime in the boroughs of Liberty City. This new episode, available Feb. 17 via download exclusively for those who own the Xbox 360 version (no price yet), stars Johnny Klebitz, a member of Liberty City biker gang The Lost.

"Johnny is a very different character than Niko, with a very different background," says Dan Houser, vice president of creative development for Rockstar Games. "I can't go into too much detail on the story, because we try not to give away too much plot before the game is released. But I can say that the story will show you a different side of Liberty City."

The episode, titled The Lost and Damned, requires players to have the full version of the Mature-rated GTA IV (ages 17 and older) and an Xbox Live membership to download. It's likely to carry an M rating, too. (Parents can use the Xbox 360's parental controls to prevent children from accessing inappropriate content.)

GTA IV is the top video game this year; nearly two-thirds of the 5 million copies sold have been for Xbox 360, according to The NPD Group.

In the original game, Niko crossed paths with The Lost several times. This time, Niko has only a bit part, Houser says. "The story is not directly impacted by decisions you took in the main game," he says. But "tons of details and mysteries from the main story get explained, so it will add a lot of color to the main story."

Rockstar Games has been fine-tuning its explorable 3-D virtual worlds since launching its first "sandbox" game with Grand Theft Auto III in 2001.

The new game will let you download more sandbox time. "We feel like we've only scratched the surface in terms of the depth and detail in" GTA IV's mythical Liberty City, says Houser.

Previous games have used downloads to add "new stages, weapons and costumes," says GamePro Media features editor Dave Rudden, "but GTA IV's content will reportedly add hours of gameplay."

Rudden hopes the episode costs $15 or less, but Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter expects a $20 price and says Rockstar could sell 2 million to 3 million downloads. "I see episodic content as a natural progression of the quality of downloadable content."

11.19.2008

break the Detroit Unions

Either let GM go bankrupt or break the unions.

One way or the other, it has to be done. Otherwise the D is going keep digging down instead of out.

11.18.2008

Tucson police radar van locations for Tuesday 11/18

Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 11.18.2008

The city's police radar van is scheduled to snap photos of speeders at these locations today, according to the Tucson Police Department's Web site:

• 7 to 10:30 a.m. near Davidson Elementary School on North Alvernon Way near East Kleindale Road.
• 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on East Tanque Verde near East Grant roads.
• 2 to 5 p.m. near Robison Elementary School on South Tucson Boulevard near East 18th Street.
• 5:30 to 9 p.m. on West Starr Pass Boulevard near South Mission Road.

don't get a ticket. fuck the police.

11.15.2008

the new Bond girl & thoughts on Quantum

Olga Kurylenko is attractive but kind of a one note player in the new bond film. I was rather disappointed with Quantum of Solace. It was a very underwhelming movie, especially when compared to Casino Royale. It seemed to me that the director (Marc Forster) was more focused on picking out unique fonts for each location transition. Some fun parts but overall a mish mash of past Bond gimmicks and Jason Bourne-esqe shaky-cam action.


11.13.2008

16 Bits of Funk: Streets of Rage style


Streets of Rage 2 had funky ass 16-bit block bumping beats

And yes I fully admit posting youtube videos is lame but one can't ignore the genius that is SOR2. And for some reason I've thinking of this classic game.

the tunes in the game.

11.11.2008

i got a Blogger DMCA takedown notification

for this picture of obama. what?

I don't know how that happened but fuck it I'm putting it up again, only bigger. Here's the email I got, doesn't really make any sense.
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