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Unbelievable Fan-Made Trailer

Posted by James Davie On 2010-11-30 7 comments

Some dude "re-rezzed" the Tron trailer, and it's just awesome!! So awesome that even the producer of the movie was impressed.

Really looking forward to this film!

and now I'm a lot giddy...

Posted by pseudoRequiem On 2010-11-24 2 comments

This one is making me wonder how a movie will ever impress me in the future. I think this combined with the potential of the up and coming Hack(slash)Slash movie will fill my movie requirements for a long while.

And then there's Green Lantern, Captain America, SkyLine (maybe, Kyro say bad things and from the preview it looks like it's the acting), Battle:Los Angeles (which looks like SkyLine done right or maybe a killzone movie), and maybe Four Lions. It never ends, but at least it's goodness that never ends.

2 lvls away from 100%ing Halo:Reach. Better game that I had hoped.

I'm a little giddy...

Posted by pseudoRequiem On 3 comments

I think it's like Red Dead Redemption meets war of the worlds, starring Han Solo and James Bond.

I haven't figured out whether I'm excited about it being good or excited that I'm going to watch it anyways and either love it or have a great time laughing at it :)

The Symphony of Science

Posted by James Davie On 2 comments

Track entitled: "A Wave of Reason"

I believe in science. I also believe, in the words of the bard, "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are drempt of in your philosophy." But we can't start explaining the unexplained until we open our minds and look at the world in a new way, tempered with deductive reasoning and desire to simply understand.


Posted by pseudoRequiem On 2010-11-22 2 comments

So I hear that Microsoft is banning Xbox Live users who have customized their Black Ops logo to include a swastika. Now, I don't disagree first of all, I just have a point to make. Players can play multiplayer as nazis. This has been possible for a long time in the call of duty franchise. MS seal of approval. Bam. So why is customization of an in-game icon considered a ban worthy offense? I'm not trying to say that those who proudly sport the swastika should have smiles and joy rained upon them but what of ignorance. A younger person may not be as educated as they could be on the topics of wars in the past and they play this game and in multiplayer, they enjoy the weapons of the nazi side better. They always play the german side. He sees the armband and recognizes it as the symbol of his preferred class. He puts it on his logo. Banned.

Now, lets get the other side. I laughed my ass off thinking of all the entitled examples of the greater internet dickwad theory. Those people who think their online selves can do what they want without consequence. The douche who put a swastika on his logo because he thought it was funny. That's the kind of person I love thinking about getting the ban hammer. I agree it's offensive to most people and I don't think an informed and intelligent individual would do this but anonymity plays it's hand and wins.

I see good and bad in this but most of all I find myself wondering whether MS is using the hammer liberally but they aren't taking the time to make it so games containing these symbols and issues are not brought to their console. And consider for me what a more offensive thing to do is. Pretending to be a nazi and killing americans in a game or adding a swastika to your logo in the same game. Maybe it's hypocrisy and maybe I'm just crazy. Both are highly likely.

Spent the last 3 days 100%ing free... getting the shakes.

The McGurk Effect

Posted by James Davie On 2010-11-19 2 comments

Yes, I know what it sounds like, but there is nothing sexual about this post. At all.
Instead, watch this neat video about how what we see affects what we hear. Then feel free to draw your own conclusions about how this relates to your relationships...

Having the Star Wars talk with your kids

Posted by James Davie On 2010-11-18 7 comments

An important distinction...in some cases.

Posted by pseudoRequiem On 2010-11-17 4 comments

I'm on a fence. It's a fence that some didn't take the time to look at before they jumped over and I'm one of those people. I've since then slunk back to it and perched atop it hoping that no one has noticed that I was already on the other side. This particular fence is that oh so controversial topic of piracy. Most pointedly piracy in software, music and other digital media.

I've thought through some points for both sides that make a lot of sense when they deal with particular circumstances but I'd prefer some thoughts first. No need to divulge any info on whether you do or do not participate. I'm just looking for some solid arguments both for and against. Particularly with respect to consumer financial state, company profits, financial support for the medium, artistic appreciation, creator success, etc...

1 comment due by next week. Have a good week class.

Finished 100%ing Mass Effect on Insane. Easier than I thought it would be. And yes the picture is just to stir the pot a bit.

Kinect for not games...

Posted by pseudoRequiem On 2010-11-16 2 comments

Now I'm starting to see potential in use of Kinect hardware in the development of future tech like 3d holograms. Quite a cool video. Not earth shattering but the potential is what is getting me interested. Too bad it's not potential in gaming... :( I'd still love to see a program handle and process a multi-angle case of this situation and consolidate into an actual true to life 3d video with moving camera. Imagine the movie tech you could make with that 8-) Just geekgasmed a little.

Geek Birth Control

Posted by James Davie On 2010-11-10 1 comments

Let the safe Light Saber jokes begin!

Obsessed with Data

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2010-11-09 0 comments

data chart

Despite the obsession with data, 61% of respondents believe that the data deluge creates fundamental problems in the way their businesses operate and only 46% believe that it creates a " strategic differentiator" for their businesses. This seems to indicate a disconnect between the desire to acquire data and the ability to manage and apply it.

Does Death wear blue?

Posted by pseudoRequiem On 2 comments

And on a lighter note. This is for all you Mega Man 2 fans. I heart Overclocked Remix!

The Redshore Area

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2 comments

So, after some muddling in photoshop...

This is just a small zoomed in area where I intend to do some detailing.  My approach here is going to be to detail as far as story calls for, and leave most of the wilderness uncharted until it matters.

Opinion vs Fact - Opinion wins!

Posted by pseudoRequiem On 4 comments

Yesterday was a frustrating day for me. Work was not going as planned and once things got straightened out enough for me to take my lunch break, I was disappointed further during my downtime. It began when I watched this last weeks Extra Credit on the Escapist and realized how right he is. And how spineless everyone in our the gaming industry is when it comes to facing adversity and worse, controversy.

Since I have difficulty just letting things go when they bother me, I did some more research on the topic. Around 7pm last night I was well into searching for videos on how the media deals with video games and the surrounding issues with violence, sexuality, mature situations and the desensitization of all these. Now, you've likely all played Mass Effect and remember the sideboob, ass, ok it's over sex scene from it. This video is pretty much how the media handles video games. Watch it first then read on.

Let's set the stage. You're a video game reporter named Jeff Keely. You're sitting there waiting to be introduced and you realize that not only have they chosen the ditzy blonde anchor to do the interview but they've also brought in a female psychologist. Then the intros start. The blonde introduces the psychologist first, names her full formal title, her accomplishments and her new book (with 'Perfection' in the title). She then introduces you second as a game expert on Spike TV. You say to yourself "at least she said expert". (pause the video at 1:22 and you can see he knows he's about to lose face).

Now you wish you could see the title of the story below your face as you say hello. Because the title reading " Se-Xbox - New Video Game Shows Full Digital Nudity and Sex" would never be there if you had been consulted before being brought on the show. And it only gets worse from there. The anchor and psychologist start tearing things apart instantly. You immediately think to yourself "well, these two never bothered to play the game or even watch the sex scene at all. You just sensationalized the story and are now ACTUALLY PICKING SIDES." And you still haven't spoken yet.

The psychologist ignores the fact that the games are rated by a board completely separate from the video game creators. Her primary arguments are that the games rated for 18+ will still be played by younger ones as if parents aren't responsible for their own kids. She quotes from research papers and studies that say generic things about desensitization and objectification.

And you're so unfocused about everything that's said that you lose composure for an instant. But you say it. "Well, that's completely incorrect". You say it again. You explain using facts and reason and most importantly experience Actually Playing The Game. And as this occurs to you, you decide to ask the psychologist if she's ever played the game. She laughs. That fucking bitch laughs as if you're a retarded monkey and you actually watch as your credibility with non-gamers is thrown off a building by a tiny pink shirted demon. "Right well, ...." and you continue to point out facts.

After cutting you off, the anchor tries to recover some professional credibility lost by her other guest while laughing in your face by stating how much research she put into this story by looking at videos, on the website. And her big point she hits on is that there is nothing graphic online and that the site is easy to access..... "WTF? Is there a question in there I have to answer.... No. Ok, back to my original line of thought. Thanks for the useless interruption bimbo" More facts and reasoning... Openly mocked by the pink demon. Factual arguments. "She called me darlin' ". Shut down by the anchor. Go to panel of useless twats.

"Luke Skywalker meets Debbie Does Dallas"
Fuck you!

"Play my Dad's Video Game!!!"
Fuck you, that's the parents fault. Hide your mature games or better, play them WITH your kid

"Bad stuff coming through the internet and video games. Can't be censored by the government. So it's up to the parents to deal with this."
Only intelligent thing said in the entire interview.

Jeff mentions many times during the interview that for those who have "played the game" the experience is not so dramatic or incredible. I respect the Jeff Keely. He is one to honor and to follow. Stand up for our favorite pastime and better yet, stand up for the factual representation of our media. Anyways, I could write about this one for hours so I hope this was enough therapy for now.

Will I travel space, yes. Will I meet new and interesting life, yes. Will I kill them, yes. Will I see sideboob and ass one more time, probably. So suck it blonde Fox News anchor and pink psycho demon. Objectification is up to the objectifier.

In honor of this video I started Mass Effect again and am currently 100%ing it on INSANE!


Posted by Kyro Sk On 2010-11-07 4 comments

I submit to you that there is a living doppelganger running around hollywood.  While watching The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension this morning, I noticed one of Banzai's lieutenants... white hair... helter skelter expression... yep, definitely Guy Pearce.

Now, Guy Pearce is one of my favorite actors of all time.  There is a serious shortage of feature films staring him in the main role.  So, seeing him here in Banzai was really no surprise.  He shows up in tons of my absolute top sleeper movies (Memento, Count of Monte Cristo, Ravenous, The Hurt Locker, need I go on?).  But I was fishing on IMDB.com for the rest of the cast, trying to confirm the identity of the actress playing the floozie, when I noticed that his name was missing.

Must be an honest mistake yeah?
NO!  It's a godam doppelgänger!  EVIDENCE?

In each of these photos - which are Guy Pearce and which are NOT?

Okay, this last one is pretty obviously the double since it's right in the photograph.  It's a man who uses the alias "Lewis Smith".  My point?  None.  The evidence speaks for itself, you'll have to draw your own conclusions.

Buckaroo Banzai IS fucking awesome though.

5 Minutes Wasted Wisely!

Posted by James Davie On 2010-11-05 3 comments

Enjoy my friends, I did!

You Tell 'Em Bill... with a F*&#ing song?

Posted by James Davie On 3 comments

Guerilla Advertising with a BIG budget

Posted by James Davie On 2010-11-03 7 comments

This a brilliant little piece of PR. Expensive to plan and produce, but since they're leveraging YouTube the broadcast cost can be folded into the rest of the budget.

I hate to admit it, but I may have got a wee bit emotional at the end. Nice stuff.

must... nuke... soup......

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2010-11-02 6 comments

The music link is irrelevant, the real meat of this post has to do with the meat.  Or more specifically lack of it.  This week I'm eating mostly according to The Game On Diet or "#tgodi" for short.  Small frequent meals with a reduction in portion sizes is the plan.

Day 1 - Meals 1 & 2
* half a turkey dog, thick slice of fresh pineapple, laughing cow cheese

Day 1 - Meals 3 & 4 (each)
* hot pot veggies with thinly sliced pork

Day 1 - Meals 5
* 4 meatballs, fresh spinach salad and olives

Day 2 - Meal 1
* 3 strips of Bacon, a whole banana and some nuts

Day 2 - Meal 2
* 2 chicken drumsticks, pineapple and some more nuts

Day 2 - Meals 3 & 4 (each)
* 4 meatballs, fresh spinach and mushrooms, olives / avocado

Day 2 - Meal 5
* I'm breaking down and microwaving some Clam Chowder here, definitely off the diet... but as you can see these tiny frequent meals are enough to kill a normal man.

I'm definitely eating some pizza on Thursday night and plan to go out for sushi at lunch on Friday.  As for the weekend, not sure if I'll make it.  The true game, and point scoring, starts on Monday.  Some stats:


  • 229 lbs
  • 0 -> 5 minutes of activity per day
  • around 9 hours of sleep per night

  • 191 lbs
  • 25 minutes of activity per day
  • exactly 8 hours of sleep per night

With a little support from those around me I hope to make a go of this thing, so if you're so inclined you could wish me luck (or pray for my soul and survival) and we'll get through this thing.