06/25/2010

Time Again To See 17 Movies Starring Simon Yam

by Matthew Hawkins

In this post:
1. Highlights from the Sweet Rot book release party!
2. As well as Microsoft’s holiday preview party.
3. And my obligatory E3 rundown.
4. Hey, I’m selling stuff, check it out!
5. And it’s that time again…

Man, another crazy week, so much going on. Am way behind, so first thing’s first: highlights from Joe‘s book release party from this past Saturday, at the new Toy Tokyo gallery space…

The Sweet Rot

As you can see, the place was crazy packed…

Since it’s a Sweet Rot affair, there naturally had to be sweets! The dude (and his main lady June) sure knows how to make a mean red velvet cupcake, that’s for sure…

… Though the sugar coated (or in this case chocolate) highlight was the custom Sweet Rot candy bars that were free with every purchase of the book…

Speaking of, pretty much every illustration from the volume was adorning the gallery walls, along with a pair of massive (and quite gorgeous) paintings, also featuring the book’s cast of characters; I’ve witnessed the later develop in Joe’s studio over the months, so it was a real treat to see them complete at long last…

Here’s Joe signing a copy for myself and Katie

And here’s the gf with June…

Not surprisingly, the evening was a siren call for pretty much every member of the real life Sweet Rot posse. Here we have a blurry pic of Keith and Annie, with whom myself, Joe, and June shared Japanese hijinks with…

Kenny chatting it up with Jay. Not surprisingly, Rush did come up in the evening’s conversation (the former is a major fan of the band)…

Kenny’s Japanese friend (whose name I can never remember) and Russ…

Crazy Russian Alex and John (who, along with Russ and his twin brother Rod, makes up the original Sweet Rot gang)…

Richie Reingold from the Beer Drinking Fools and Skum City (who is stepping down as the lead signer of the latter, which means I have a chance to reclaim my spot as front man) and Ian…

Drew from DETHRACE and Mike Moosehead from BDF/Blackout Shoppers/Skum City (whom I’m seeing Faith No More with next weekend!)…

… Funniest part was Justin from World War IX and Joe discovering that I’ve known both guys for years! Come to think of it, never did hang with both dudes at the same time till that night. Also got to met Joe’s brothers and other members of his family, in that “wow, so that’s what they’re like!” kinda way. I’m assuming the feeling was mutual. Afterwards was the after-party…

… Which saw yet another original Simko confection, the Screamsicle: orange creamsicle soda mixed with vodka. Tasted like DayQuil, but got the job done, especially since it was my first drink in weeks (had to hold off while dealing with that nasty staph infection). Unfortunately, no highlights from the bar since I’m certain no one would take too kindly of me posting their drunken mugs (I don’t think I’ve ever seen Drew so faced, which is saying a lot), plus my camera ain’t so hot in low light situations (the pic above is borrowed from June and her brand new, fancy-schmancy image capturing device), so here’s the view from this new Korean joint that just opening up in East Village that Katie and I hit immediately beforehand…

… It’s where Love Saves The Day used to be, and the bulgogi is to die for. Highly recommended. Anyhow, Joe’s new book is simply phenomenal, and I’m proud as punch that it’s finally out. If you’re looking for a kids books that not run of the mill like most today, and has distinctly Vaughn Bode sensibilities, than look no further! To order your copy, simply hit this page.

No Ifs, Ands, or Buts; You HAVE To Jump

Now that the dust has finally settled, guess it’s time to finally address all the awesomeness and all the nonsense that E3 generally embodies. But first, even though I wasn’t able to attend, some hand’s on reporting! Of sorts; earlier this week was another summertime Microsoft holiday press event, which contained some of the goods from the big show, for those of us who couldn’t make it out to LA last week. Unfortunately not everything made the trip; as expected, Kinect was present, but Fable 3, Gears of War 3, and this summer’s crop of XBLA titles were all absent.

Halo Reach was also in the house, as anticipated, hence why Dave came along for the ride. Joe was also invited, but… get this: the day before, while playing ukuleles in Brighton Beach, Kunal somehow lost Joe’s iPhone, so that day was spent acquiring a replacement. Yes, Joe got an iPhone 3G3, exactly two days before the new one came out. lol. Hey, dude needed a phone, and since he didn’t pre-order the iPhone 4, there was no way in hell he’s getting one before mid-July last I heard. On the bright side, since he’s been rocking the 2G since day one, so at least Joe can now play Espagulda 2!

Anyway, here’s Dave rocking the Halo Reach; I simply love telling folks if I want to play that game “no thanks, I brought someone in to play for me!”

… Hopefully he’ll be submitting his impressions in due time. And as crazy as it might sound, the new Xbox 360 doesn’t look nearly as retarded in the flesh as it does in pictures, though the “it looks like a Alienware case, circa 2002″ description still pretty apt unfortunately…

… Also, now that it’s been confirmed to be just as faulty as the model it’s replacing, not having an easily detachable hard drive is gonna be a real issue. Additionally, along with the PS3 redesign, we have further proof that Nintendo seems to be the only ones who can properly redesign video game hardware. And while I’ll be talking about this next time, as excited as I am for the Nintendo 3DS, the look of the system itself is kinda “meh” in my book, hence why I’ll wait for it’s redux as well!

The very first game I played, not because I wanted to get it out of the way due to sheer embarrassment, or cuz I was already drunk, was the new Kinect title from Harmonix, Dance Central…

… Not gonna lie, despite being a Harmonix fanboy, I didn’t give their new game much thought when it was revealed at E3 due to my overall disdain for Kinect, but after playing it, I’m a believer. The game is ungodly fun, period. The philosophy that a dance game should require any button presses or plastic to hold onto period, plus they simply know how to make a good music based game, also period. Oh, and they are the kings of making hot video game chicks, an opinion they either appreciate me repeating or are completely creeped by out at this point. It’s hard to pin-point why this particular title succeeds while all the others have failed; the aforementioned elimination of the traditional interface is quite brilliant in its implementation, on a level that the other Kinect games totally miss the mark on (more on that later). More importantly, the overall experience, much like Rock Band as well, is totally inviting and genuinely stylish, not at all douche-y like every other dancing game, if that makes any sense. The moves and routines themselves are also loads of fun; I actually played on the medium difficultly and not once was I frustrated or embarrassed (plus even managed to score four stars, which is rather impressive if I don’t say so myself, considering how poorly coordinated I am). Dance Central will be THE reason to own Kinect, without a doubt, though its overall success hinges on what price-point the device is at. The almost confirmed $150 cost of hardware alone is unfortunately not good at all.

Neither were the other Kinect games I’m afraid. First you had the Wii Sports rip-off. It’s bad when the interface alone is mind-blowingly complicated; to initiate activities, you had to grab onto the on-screen zipper and pull to the right, but for whatever reason, it refused to acknowledge Dave’s gestures and only read mine, despite the fact that we were both in the range of the camera, plus I was way in the back. And to navigate the menu, you had to hold your hand out in a spot for a certain amount of time, which was highly uncomfortable due to the awkward positioning of the aforementioned registration area. As for the games itself, let’s start with the good; bowling wasn’t bad…

… Though it’s no Wii Bowling, that’s for sure. Everything else simply wasn’t up to snuff; there was track and field, which required running in place. Unlike in Wii Fitness, where the key is to maintain a steady rhythm, here you have to move your legs as fast as possible, which is rather tricky when your trying not to go anywhere. The worst was the hurdles; you literally have to jump to clear them. When asked if there was a setting to make it so one would only have to gesture with the legs, sorta like the fake jumping in Wii Fitness and other Balance Board titles, was told no dice. The hardware/software tracks your feet, so getting off the ground is a necessity. When I explained that I have neighbors downstairs that I’d rather not disturb, the PR rep kinda just chuckled and rolled her eyes. “Come on, can’t you jump just a little?” No, I can’t, I don’t want to bother the two kindly old ladies below me. Another thing; I live in a tiny Manhattan apartment, so no matter how wide that lens is, there is no way it’s going to detect my feet and I just don’t have the room to Sorry, but I’m moving my couch to play games.

There were other activities too, like one that combined dodge ball and squash, but the motion tracking was quite laggy. But hey, it’s pre-release software with pre-release hardware that had been on all day. Ubi Soft also had their Kinect title that stunk up their E3 presentation, which I actually wanted to check out, but their rep totally blew me off (man, they can’t stand me something fierce). Finally you had the title with the tiger cub, but because there was so much background noise (you had a DJ spinning records, among other things, one couldn’t interact with it via voice, which is a primary thrust of the game. Otherwise, it sorta detected my hand movements. The game looks okay I guess; not a big fan of the art, but then again, never been a fan of the warm and fuzzy, all ages look that many titles for the 360 stemming from UK devs employ. Overall, I want to like Kinect… I too am annoyed that MS is essentially aping Nintendo, but it’s not like this is new from them (cuz, you know they drew “inspiration” for Windows from Mac). At least they’re seeing the light, plus are doing their own spin on it (whereas the PlayStation Movie is indeed a shameless Wii knock-off, and Sony was the ones who mocked Nintendo the most if I’m not mistaken).

The very idea of just using your hands to move around in thin air to control the action on-screen is the stuff of science fiction, finally realized, so that alone is the cost of celebration, but there’s plenty of bugs to work out. Or more importantly, there needs to be more folks who know what they’re doing to contribute towards the platform, which will hopefully happen in time. Still, the need for lots of physical space, along with how one needs to be standing up to interact with the thing will be huge hurdles that will need to be worked on. Along with the $150 price tag, which is a total deal breaker, plain and simple.

Dave and I decided to take a brief brake from gaming and check out Windows Mobile 7, which makes its long-awaited debut at the end of the year (maybe, could be delayed yet again). Unfortunately there weren’t any handsets to play around with, so you just had two reps with their actual phones that everyone desperately tried to grope. Speaking of which, the antics of my fellow bloggers… primarily their prima-donna attitude… were especially out of control that evening. I could list several specific examples, but since it’s always the same, I’ll just repeat the following: A) as annoying as the whining and bitchiness from writers from big name blogs might be, the ones from the no name blogs are even worse, cuz it truly impresses NO ONE, B) it’s real classy to complain non-stop about whatever function and its hosts while drinking as much of their booze and eating as much of their free food as possible, and C) seriously, don’t be an asshole and tip the bartender. You’d think having free drinks made by folks whose job is to be especially attentive would translate to gratuity, but I’m apparently wrong. Best/worst part was when some guy tried to disassemble a Kinect unit and got indignant when he was (way too) politely asked to put the (prototype, meaning especially fragile and expensive) hardware down.

BUT ANYWAY, Windows Mobile 7…

… The OS is hella sexy, and definitely gives the iPhone and Android a run for its money in terms of looks and functionality, But there’s only one problem of course: it’s MS, which means little reason to support it since hardly anyone else (i.e games and app makers) will be doing so. Plus, again its MS, which means the final product will be gimped somehow, along with the fact that most Windows handset generally suck to being in. Such a shame too; I’m a BIG fan of competition and differing cell phone operation systems, provided they’re up to the task of actually competing.

Oh, hey, Office 2011…

… Anyone who really cares knows the deal: the interface is much better and more Mac like, yet tens years into OS X and it’s still not built upon Coca (which also means not 64-bit version). Why? They just haven’t had the time to do so. All righty then!

Here’s Dave playing the new Harry Potter Lego game, that’s out next week. The PR rep tried explaining to him that killing Professor Quirrell was not possible since it’s a kids game, especially at this point in the story, when he’s technically not a bad guy yet…

The PC version of Dead Rising 2 looked just as good as the upcoming 360 and PS3 version, though sadly, doesn’t look better, which it could. Which is a bit of a surprise, considering that the computer version of Street Fighter 4 had additional graphical modes…

Remainder of the night was spent with Dance Central. Here’s Dave cutting the rug with Harmonix’s John Drake…

“I think we’ve finally lost video gaming to the mainstream.”

As for the rest of E3 2010, since there’s been no lack of coverage elsewhere, talking about it is somewhat pointless, yet I’m contractually obligated to write out in some detail, hence the following rundown. WARNING: many of the news links I’ve included are from Sankaku Complex, and the animu that’s littered all over the place might be a bit much for some, especially for those at work. Sorry about that, but yes, I get much of my gaming news from that place these days. Perhaps that shows what I think of the major outlets these days I suppose…

- For starters, thank God for Twitter. I actually wasn’t able to watch all the press conferences as they broke, cuz I wasn’t by my desk, but was still able to keep abreast of what was going on thanks to messages like the one above, as well as this one.

As for the us vs. them argument, it’s something that these days I don’t touch with a ten foot pole. All I’ll say is that there are valid points on both sides. I’m just annoyed when there’s shameless copycatting on either end; a trite Wii Fit knock-off is just as bad as another lazy update to a 2D fighting game franchise in my book.

- So forget the petty complaints about the faithful losing ground to the casuals aside, what game got me excited the most? Why, Rez 2 of course!

… aka Children of Eden. Glad to know I’m not the only one whose been waiting after all these years. I’ve watched the trailer, no joke, maybe 200 times by now? Unfortunately, the harsh truth is, Miz’s output post Rez/UGA/Sega has been spotty at best, with Lumines and Genki Rockets being the only real highlights. And the fact that the latter is a band speaks volumes, so I’m hoping this game will see him back in proper form, cuz at long last, it’s the game he’s wanted to do, or so it seems.

At the very least, there’s a level of excitement and confidence from the house of Q that hasn’t been seen in a very long time. And thus far, according to Mike, it’s shaping up quite fine.

- Runner up would have to be the new Metal Gear game, which easily had one of the best teaser sites leading up to the show….

… The game itself looks insanely awesome. Much like for Children of Eden, I’ve watched this way too many times for such a short timeframe. Though I too must wonder if it’ll actually get released in Japan.

- As for the rest of the show proper, I must say, never before has a Penny Arcade sums up a show some eloquently before.

I’ve already gone over most of the MS stuff, though still bears re-posting. And back to the re-designed 360, I love how it’s the same old bullshit, but in a brand new package.

Though I have to wonder if that’s worse than this; the sound of the disc getting literally destroyed is ear piercing to say the least.

Moving on, and since Kinect has been covered already… and because I could honestly care less about the new Gears of War or Fable, sorry… there’s this year’s Summer of Arcade offerings. As previously noted, I’m pretty psyched for the Hard Corps “sequel”, Limbo looks to be a decent choice for the obligatory indie title, and call me nuts, but I’m actually very interested in the new Castlevania…

Back to the Kinect; it’s funny cuz it’s true…

- Then you had Nintendo. The fact that they went out to create a portable gaming machine that’s capable of displaying 3D visuals without the need for glasses, and were able to do so (by all accounts from those who have actually interacted with the thing), is simply mind-blowing. Not surprisingly, Tiny Cartridge has an excellent list that answers many right off the bat questions, but the bottom-line is that it is, there’s very good reason to get very excited over the 3DS!

Yet that being said, I’m won’t be rushing to the store on day one. Why? First off, the price point is rumored to around the $250-300, which to be honest, only makes sense given all the fancy hardware involved. Though I won’t be so much waiting or a price drop but a hardware re-design; the 3DS looks kinda “meh” in the same way the original DS did, and we all know how prettier it got not long afterwards. Then again, there’s a very good chance that, once I finally get my hands on the new Kid Icarus game, I’ll elbow folks on my way to the cash register! And don’t forget Metal Gear Solid 3D, if it does indeed become something more than just a tech demo…

… Plus tits. Can’t forget tits (definitely nsfw, btw).

- As for their non-3DS software, I’m interested in the new Zelda cuz it’s the new Zelda, period. Oh, and it also looks awesome, though not quite the wild departure that many were expecting; weren’t both Miyamoto and Aonuma quoted as saying “Oh shit, time for a change in gears” after they saw Shadow of the Colossus at a E3 years ago? New Kirby looks beautiful (though I’m glad to know I’m not the only who found it oddly familiar) and new Donkey Kong Country actually looks like something I’d like to play! Though naturally, I’d be fare more excited if Retro had revived Sonic & Knuckles.

There were also some omissions, a few of them glaring. Meanwhile, the highlight of their big presentation?

- Sony on the otherhand… To be completely honest, I barely paid any attention to what they had to say or show. All I know is that Last Guardian, the lone Sony game I give a shit about, was not on-hand. Meanwhile, I’ve long since stopped caring about Gran Turismo 5 and that one looks to finally be coming out.

Otherwise, I’m fairly clueless when it comes to what was revealed and the like. Though I did hear how Kojima did not like how Sony handled the wristbands for their presser. I also heard how Sony has decided to launch yet another ill-fitted, and excessively lame brain PSP advertising initiative. Hey, I guess a precocious, wise-ass little black boy is a tad bit less offense than a black woman being chocked out by a white woman. And kudos for Sony for refusing to give up on the platform? I honestly don’t think anyone would blame them for coming out with a PSP 2 at this point. And that marketing dude made an appearance on-stage, and caused quite the stir.

I also love their plan to start charging premium use of their PlayStation Network, especially since the bare bones version is barely tolerable. Case in point; this is what I saw when I tried to download a few very moderately sized games…

Oh, there was also the PlayStation Move. As previously noted, at least Kinect is a slightly different take on motion control. As if Sony could possibly makes them look any more douche-y… so moving on!

- Besides Metal Gear Rising and two new Castlevanias, Konami had this. Like Dave sez: be sure to watch the vid with transcription on for extra lols! Anyway, the Ninety-Nine Nights 2 producer guy either LOVES his job or HATES it. And a million new features? Okay… Meanwhile, Dance Masters, more than anything else, illustrates why Dance Central actually works; it’s drop dead simple, all you do is dance. Just imitate the dancer in front of you, period. Which is challenging enough as is, so why add all the completely unnecessary “game-y” elements? It honestly appears as if you don’t even need to follow the routine itself, just touch the glowing spots when you’re supposed to, which makes the whole “record yourself to use as footage in the background when you play with friends next time” all the more confusing.

Though the biggest surprise of the show, imho, was news that Otomedius is coming to the US! Does anyone know if it’s version G that’s headed our way, or the recently announced version X?

- Without the biggest disappointment in my book was the lack of a Persona 5 announcement. But at least there Rock of Ages looks mighty compelling.

- Ubi Soft managed to stink up the show even more so than their previous attempt, and without James Cameron’s help no less! Less said the better when it comes to that Michael Jackson game. At least they had the Scott Pilgrim game! Must also admit that the Rayman reboot looks beautiful, and something that I would actually not mind playing! Too bad it’s all French-y with it’s humor, though at least it’s not as bad what I hear they’re doing to Driver. Just look it up yourself.

- Get this: the new Need For Speed is being developed by those who created Burnout. That fact that such earth shattering news has been received with relatively little fanfare I guess speaks volumes about the state of franchises and the parties involved. And even I have to admit, I’m not nearly excited as I would be such news had broken out four or five years ago. Still, I am eager to see what the fruits of such union might be… though it’ll also have to compete with Split/Second 2 and Blur 2 more than likely.

- The trailer to Super Scribblenauts, while looking insanely fun and all, simply reminds me that my brain will be even less creative this time around when it comes to solving puzzles.

- I was super excited by that Mortal Kombat vid that appeared online shortly before the show, which offered a more realistic take on the franchise. But the new game that was revealed looked like the same old, same old. Oh well.

- Nice to know that Marvel vs Capcom 3 is looking better than ever. Appears to be the perfect blend of part 2 and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, which obviously is a good thing.

- Square is releasing Secret of Mana on the iPhone. That’s neat. Chrono Trigger next please!

- For those who wish to hear more about the 3DS from the man himself, here’s a nice sit down chat with Shiggy. But for those wished they could have been there to actually experience the 3D for themselves, I’ve heard this is just as good as the real thing.

- Lost In Shadow, for those who actually know about that game, was at the show and is apparently just as good as everyone hoped it would be.

- On a semi-related note, I must admit, the new Echochrome might make me get a PlayStation Move after-all

To be honest, I was going to get it regardless when I thought Children of Eden used Sony’s motion control method exclusively solely, but it’s since been revealed that it’ll utilize a standard control scheme as well (it’s also coming out for the 360 and Kinect, and I suppose I could control the action like the guy in the trailer, but I think anyone’s arms would get tired like that after a while).

- One last mention of both Miz and Shiggy, together at long last…

- Did you know Sword and Sworcery was also in attendance? Such a shame that absolutely no one paid any mind, except for GameSetWatch of course!

- It happened last time, and once again, there’s a bunch of missed connections from the show.

- I was wrong, there was at least one title from Sony that got me and most everyone hot and bothered (at least those with actual taste), and it was the latest from the folks behind Flow and Flower…

… BTW, did you guys know about the Attract Mode X Nobuooo video series? How about checking out this interview with Jenova Chen, about Journey, and working backwards from there?

- Finally we have the real deal game of the show. Don’t shake the baby!

Organization/Liquidation

So the new iPhone came out yesterday. And… I don’t have it, nor will I for a very good while; despite AT&T being so lax when it comes to upgrade eligibility, the absolute soonest I can get one without paying full price is next April. And that’s all good, cuz then I can simply wait for iPhone 5, or just get the Verizon version! Hopefully, whatever the case might be, that stupid problem in which it loses signal cuz you hold it at the bottom with your left hand will be fixed by then (or as the rest of the blogosphere calls it, the “Death Grip”). I’m not even a lefty yet even I’m incensed, mostly due to the arrogant reaction by Steve Jobs himself. Yet at least it’s resulted in some comedy gold of sorts.

Also, at least I’ve been enjoying the new iOS 4. At least I’ve been trying to; been buggy as hell, and fixing the problem has been an absolute headache; tried to do a wipe and re-install, but something happened just as iTunes was talking with Apple HS… no doubt the lines were clogged due to folks trying to activate their new devices… and my phone got bricked. Couldn’t do a damn thing (plugging it back into my Mac, let alone a hard reset, did absolutely nothing) and had to wait for the battery to drain. lulz.

But when it works, it works. Why am I getting into such minutia btw? To introduce the following, which was quite the hit on Twitter when I posted it; as you can see, I’m a big fan of the new folders feature. That and I have a fuckton of apps, mostly games…

… I still remember Adam‘s eyes bugging out when he first saw my (unorganized) games collection on my device! And speaking of Twitter…

As those who follow my feed might recall, I’m in the process of getting rid of some unnecessary goods and trying to earn some extra cash. Thus far I’ve been able to sell a Sony studio-styled iPhone/iPod Touch compatible headset (specifically the remote and speakers) to Anthony and will be soon bequeath a copy of Pop’N Twin Bee for the Super Famicom to Jason.

But I still have a couple of things left to rid off, and perhaps a few of my fine readers out there might be interested in some not too shabby video game related goods? Up for grabs is the following:

1. A modded PlayStation 1. This is the original model we’re talking about, with the expansion port in the back, but not the very first generation, since this one has the now standard PS A/V connection, and not raw composite ports like in the very first ones. Got it modded in Chinatown many years ago, when I needed to play work in progress software while I was at Ubi Soft at home, and has served me valiantly ever since. Aside from a tiny scratch at the top of the lid, the condition of the machine could be best described as pristine, especially considering how old it is, and runs flawlessly to boot. Well, maybe one out of twenty times when you turn on the power, you just get a blank screen, but simply hit reset and you’re good to go (which was like that before I a mod chip installed… just one of those hardware quirks I guess). Comes with the original controller, matching (and genuine Sony) memory card, plus AC & AV cable. Ass a bonus, I’m throwing in one of those plug in the back mod carts, which I didn’t use to play non commercial/import software like advertised (since I had the mod chip for all that) but to listen to non-redbook music and watch FMVs. And yes, to reiterate, this machine does it all: plays domestic and foreign games, as well as back-ups you filthy pirates.

2. A modded PlayStation 2. Again, we’re talking about the original design, the monolith. Again, got it modded in Chinatown so I could review pre-release software. Sorry, I have no idea which chip is inside, but since it was installed quite a few years ago, I’d imagine its an earlier version of whatever is currently popular; can’t play region 2 movies like my recently modded PStwo for example. Runs domestic games, imports, and copied software (not that I advocate piracy, but honestly, some of the best stuff that was never released here can easily be found online, and without the aide of some greedy eBay goon) flawlessly… at least the PlayStation 2 variety. For whatever reason, have never been able to run PSone software; because I’ve always had the PSX handy, it never really bothered me. As before, I’ve got a scratch on the top and a few on the bottom, but absolutely nothing major and it’s all hardly noticeable, especially if you have the system horizontally (for the record, I am IMMACULATE with my shit; the system itself was actually used, cuz it was the only model that was compatible with the mod chips being sold and installed at Chinatown at the time). As above, a controller is included, though where the wire and the housing meets is a bit damaged, but still works quite fine, plus Dual Shock 2s are still easy to track down these days. AC & AV cable included, and the bonus this time is a genuine Sony vertical stand!

Just name me a price for both items, I’m fairly negotiable, as well as desperate. Been trying to sell them on Craigslist, and I’ll save the stories for another time person, but basically, there’s a LOT of con artists out there. I’d toss them up on eBay, but there’s a strict policy against modded consoles, due to the piracy connections. But there is one other item up for grabs…

… And because in this instance there’s no reason why it can’t be on eBay, it is. Please make me money and help me buy stuff! To be honest, I’m mostly trying to save money towards this…

Once Again, Summertime Means Asian Films Are Go!

One last thing, a reminder: the >New York Asian Film Fest 2010 finally kicks off tonight! For those who might be interested, my hit list was recently posted over at the forums, and as noted at the end, recently attended a press screening of Confessions, which absolutely blew both myself and Hilary away. Highest recommendation possible.

Be sure to buy your tickets now before they run out; the festival’s homepage will take you to where you need to go. And my coverage officially begins later this weekend!

  • http://spikepit.wordpress.com spikepit

    AAAaah I tried to get that toploader, but failed. Drat. Maybe for the better since I’m strapped for cash as it is.

    I like that we seem to be anticipating the same games, such as the one from the Flower people and Children of Eden. Always nice to hear yer impressions.

    The only other game that I’m also looking forward is that Dust something from the guy who made Populus and Another World. Oh and also Fist of the Northstar game. I want that too.

  • http://www.fort90.com fort90

    I also was hoping my buddy Mathew Kumar would have won, but I’m glad to have gotten as much as I did. Ultimately, I would have been too shy/embarrassed to ask friends for what I honestly believe the package to be worth, so its better this way cuz I kinda need the money bad. One of my freelance checks is taking its sweet time getting here, if you catch my drift.

    And yeah, Project Dust does look awesome thus far, but since I’m not much of a Populus player, it might not be my cup of tea in the end. At the very least I’m impressed that someone actually took the time to come up with a story for a God game, which there really hasn’t been one before… right? Shows what little I know of the genre.

    Also, that Fist of the Northstar game does look insanely awesome. Was it announced for a domestic release at the show? Can’t recall…

  • http://spikepit.wordpress.com spikepit

    Yep I don’t know if its official but I think its coming.

    http://elder-geek.com/2010/05/fist-of-the-north-star-confirmed-for-us-release/

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