Well, friends, it's that time of year again...
No, not Christmas; the time when they announce the next installment of the Saw franchise, also known as the franchise that wouldn't die. I mean seriously, we should re-classify it a vampire movie- each time we think it's dead, it just keeps coming back!
And now that that's out of the way, onto yet another rant!
So if you've been paying attention lately (or even if you haven't) most likely you'll have heard about Microsoft's newest gaming "revolution," the X-Box Kinect. Fairly cool premise; you move, your avatar on the screen moves. You jump, it jumps; you run, it runs, etc, etc.
'But Nathan,' I hear you saying, 'didn't Nintendo already do that with the Wii?'
Well, yes and no. Y'see, the Wii came out with its revolutionary motion sensors and its new style of gaming and its get-fit-while-you-play thing, and it had the whole market cornered there for a while. Now Microsoft comes out with this, and suddenly there's two of this style of thing out there, and everyone is in uproar about how it's pretty much the same thing. This is hilarious, and it will continue to happen until people stop, think about this, and then realize that the gaming industry is very similar to the fast food industry. First one big company (*COUGH*McDonalds*COUGH*) comes out with a new idea, and then another big company (*COUGH*HungryJacks/BurgerKing*COUGH*) will think 'Hey, that's a great idea,' and will then procede to release what is essentially the same burger sorry, Gaming System. So yes, the Wii did, in effect, have the idea before the Kinect.
Now I see all you people out there are a little puzzled. You're thinking "Nathan, you've told us the yes, but what about the No you promised us?" Well calm down, I'm getting to that. Y'see, back in 2002, a little company named Sony was going pretty well with their current system, the Playstation 2. Maybe you've heard of it? No? Well anyway, they released what was essentially a webcam for this system. The name of this webcam-esque system? The_Eyetoy. Now what the Eyetoy would do, was allow the user to set up said camera, which would then put you up on the screen, into the game.
- Because I can
So I finally got around to watching the Tekken movie (some of you may remember I mentioned I was excited about seeing it a while back) and I'm happy to say it surpassed my (albeit low) expectations. So that adds another movie to the very short list of movies based on computer games that haven't attempted to utterly destroy my childhood. That makes two, maybe three of them... seriously, the movie industry hates gamers.
- Because I can...
Anyway, I realize that this space has been unattended for quite some time now, which is a fact which I intend to remedy (Actual results may vary). This has been mainly because I've been finishing off my TAFE course, so have been really busy, and (as you may have noticed) I've been struggling to even get the comics up on time. Now I'll be looking to get a job pretty soon, but hopefully this shouldn't affect posting too much. We shall see...
- Because I Can...
Because I'm just the techie, people probably haven't noticed that I've been shamelessly neglecting this website. Regardless, the reason I have is that I've been focused on end of year exams for VCE year 12 (last year of schooling before going on to University). Anyway, now that that's all finished, I now have more time than I know what to do with. If anybody has any ideas or suggestions - features that they'd like to see, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
I'd like to note two things here:
If it's a storyline suggestion or feedback about the comics, you're talking to the wrong guy - I just keep this thing running smoothly.
No, I can't add comments to the blogs. That's in the hands of the folks over at comicfury (they host this thing), and the only thing I can do about that is ask, beg or throw a tantrum. There's been people asking for it, but nothing's happened yet.
So, get thinking. If I can do it, I will. Regardless, I'll reply to any requests for features and see what I can to to make them a reality.
They're releasing Duke Nukem Forever (!) soon (!!!).
Now personally, I can still remember the old, classic 2D side scroller game from ages ago (ah, nostalgia), but seriously, this game was first announced in 1997! (Don't hold me to this, I was, like, 6 or 7 at the time, so it may have been earlier or later, but the time frame's there) To put this in perspective, it's taken longer to come out that Toy Story 3 has (10 years)!
It got pushed back and then re-announced, and then pushed back again... hell, I'm surprised it's even survived long enough for someone to realise they still haven't released the damn thing. Actually, now that I think about it, I've lost any interest whatsoever in that game franchise, so I'm not going to bother even looking at this game during my fortnightly rambles through the gaming sections of my local stores.
Anywho, in other news, I finally wound up getting my license today (excitement)! So if you're out on the streets around my area of town, let me know and i'll give you a head start fair warning If I'm out on the roads...
-Because I Can