Some things I've learned....

(1) An Engineer can do with 10 cent what a fool can do with a Euro.

(2) "Puff" - unimportant; insignificant; unworthy of study by engineering students; waste of time

(3) It's better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you're stupid than to open it and prove them right!

(4) Blockwork people and concrete people can never work on the same site... Apparently they don't like each other....

(5) It's official; I'm fantastic!

Monday 28 July 2008

...And E3 For All

So this years' E3 has past, and what have we learned? Well, surprisingly not much. I'm not going to waste too much time bitching about the overall crappiness of E3 as the industries (allegedly) biggest expo. It just isn't as good as it used to be. Nevertheless there would some good points.

Since I own a PS3 and Wii I can't comment too much on Microsoft's performance completely, but the surprise of the show definitely goes to them over the Final Fantasy XIII on Xbox reveal. I can't say I was overly impressed by anything else they had to offer. The avatars are a Wii rip-off, Lips is a Singstar rip-off and all these "camera orientated" games feels a lot like Playstation Eye. Nevertheless, Gears of War 2 and Fable 2 were excellent, but still didn't show us anything we didn't already know. Nintendo was pitiful, seriously. It was so bad than an offical apology was released. If ever there was a sign that the novelty of the Wii has worn off it was E3. Not one memorable game was shown, and right now the only games I would consider playing on the Wii are Super Mario Galaxy, Mario Kart Wii and Super Smash Bros Brawl.

Anyway, where it's at for me is Sony, which most analysts seem to consider the best press conference overall. I'll be doing a blog later (maybe next week) going into more detail about the PS3's current successes but for now I'm going to focus on FOUR main things.

First of all is two videos regarding LittleBigPlanet. I'll be writing more about LBP as its release approaches but for now I'll say this: LBP could well be Game of the Year.

If this isn't the cutest and best video for a video game ever I don't know what is. What's important to remember about LBP is that ANYTHING you see in the videos you can make yourself in the building tools. It should also be noted that given the set-up of the video (with the Playstation 3 gliding across at the start and the "This Is Living" logo at the end suggests this will be a TV ad.)

E3 is now better known for talking about Facts & Figures than games, and Sony definitely put together the most interesting piece to talk about all that boring crap. Like I said before - you could make this level in game yourself!

Secondly was the Resistance 2 footage. Like LBP I will be making a more concise blog about R2 as time goes on. All that needs to be said is that this is the sequel to one of my favourite PS3 games - Resistance: Fall of Man and everytime I see it I'm more and more impressed....

Gotta love this trailer, the 50's narration and everything....

And the 300ft Boss Battle....*drools*

Sony also showed off Killzone 2, which many are touting as currently the best looking console game available, and this video should illustrate that.....

AND FINALLY...the one trailer we ALL wanted to see. Ladies and Gentlemen, God of War 3.....

More on all these in a few blogs time.

~The Damo

Death Magnetic It Is.....

Finally...after months of waiting Metallica's newest album is almost here!!!!

Death Magnetic. For a few days a while back they slowly revealed the album title in a series of image extensions. Personally I thought when the letters spelt out "Deagnetic" I thought that was pretty good but hey. Hetfield recently gave an interview explaining the album title:

"Death Magnetic, at least the title, to me [...] started out as kind of a tribute to people that have fallen in our business, like Layne Staley and a lot of the people that have died, basically — rock and roll martyrs of sorts. And then it kind of grew from there. Thinking about death… some people are drawn towards it, and just like a magnet, [and] other people are afraid of it and push away. And the concept that we're all gonna die sometimes is over-talked about and then a lot of times never talked about — no one wants to bring it up; it's the big white elephant in the living room. But we all have to deal with it at some point."

Also, the track list - in order - was posted on shortly after the cover art was revealed:

That Was Just Your Life

The End Of The Line Broken,

Beat & Scarred

The Day That Never Comes

All Nightmare Long


The Unforgiven III

The Judas Kiss

Suicide & Redemption

My Apocalypse

That looks grand and all till WOAH...... The Unforgiven III???????? Like The Unforgiven on the Black Album was awesome, then The Unforgiven II on Reload was awesome-er so does that mean by default that Part 3 will awesome-est?? That track title alone has be buzzin' over the new album. Below is a piece I got off Youtube which is like a short medley of all the samples currently available on the album.

Can't wait for August 20th, Marlay Park baby!!!

~The Damo

Wednesday 23 July 2008

Where Have All the Damien's Gone????

Apologies, apologies. I've just noticed it's nearly a whole freakin' month since I wrote a blog. I've been away for a bit doin loadsa stuff and just haven't had the time to write anything, but fear ye not, starting next monday I've a whole heap of stuff to post:

Whole Lotta Camp
Death Magnetic It Is....
The Butter Debate
...And E3 For All
News and Reviews
PS3 Momentum

And more.....

Stay tuned....

~The Damo