Monthly Archives: January 2010

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I am chillin as I type on the iphone’s touchscreen; it’s not quite as convenient as I had imagined. Either way, it is fun for quick updates. I also picked up a neat stock trading game called Learn Stocks. You are given money to start with and you must watch real world stocks and buy or sell when the time is right.

Since I don’t know a damn thing about the stockmarlet I went to Jim Cramer’s website and just decided to follow his advice. It’s not real money anyway. Unless this turns out to be some sort of Ender’s Game situation and I am really screwing some investor somewhere.

I am actually growing quite fond of typing on this thing.

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Pach-Attack! And Other Awesome Links of the Day

Everyone’s favorite (or not) neighborhood friendly analyst Michael Pachter is getting the spotlight in a new video segment on GameTrailers called Pach-Attack!

And indeed that is what you will get in these short bits staring the Wedbush Morgan Securities forecaster; who has also guest stared in other GameTrailers’ programs like the Bonus Round.

So if you are like me, and enjoy Pachter’s insightful and funny outlook on the game’s industry, check out the first episode below where he lists his biggest winners and losers of 2009. And if you’re one of those people who don’t… well there’s a NeoGaf forum thread for you somewhere to vent your nerdy disgust.

Pach-Attack! Episode 1 [GameTrailers]

In other video game related awesome links of the day: an airport in Hong Kong have partnered up with Sony to install PlayStation 3 kiosks, Microsoft of Japan is launching a bunch of new commercials, and a Bitmob contributer argues for the use of Quick Time Events (which will make someone here angry and comment below.)

Plus you can also check out the discussion of the challenge of blending both game play and narrative with Rainbow Studios senior game designer Ara Shirinian on Gamasutra, and lastly, coming to Japanese theaters later this year (and a DVD rack at a Best Buy near you) is a live action movie based on Capcom’s Dead Rising series.

While this might not be Burger King, these awesome links are still flamed broiled hot – hot – hot!

Hong Kong International Airport Gets PS3 Kiosks [Joystiq]

New Xbox Japan Ads Are Reminiscent of Old Dreamcast Ads [Kotaku]

Quick Time Events When And When Not To Use Them [Bitmob]

The Uneasy Merging of Narrative and Gameplay [Gamasutra]

Capcom Making a Dead Rising Movie [GoNintendo]

A Video Game Legend Joins The Cast Of Jersey Shore

I’ll be honest when I tell you that I have no passing interest in this “Jersey Shore” all these cool kids are raving about. Most of these MTV reality shows are just showcases for some of the worst human behavior of our generation. That is the common wisdom of these things.

But I can understand why it brings in the viewers like cartoon bears to picnic baskets; these TV train wrecks can be pretty amusing to watch. And as with anything that is popular, sooner or later more people want on the bandwagon. Including a certain Italian plummer as he surprisingly (but if you think about it — appropriately) stars in Jersey Shore: The Movie.

Check out the exclusive world premier trailer below to find out which famous video game star is trading in his classic red cap and overalls for a glop of hair gel and rock hard abs.

Warning – Video Contains Foul Language And Adult Content

Strangely enough, I feel like watching a Marx Brothers movie and eating a pint of tootsy fruitsy ice cream right about now.

Super Mario Bros. 3 In An Awesomely Creative Animation

When I was a little kid I loved anything that required cutting paper, gluing pieces, shaking on glitter, and coloring crafts with crayons and markers. I remember once drawing this cute picture of a lighthouse and then making a frame decorated by seashells to go with it. That beautiful picture hanged on the fridge for quite some time until it unfortunately disappeared. Putting that aside, I just love seeing anything that attempts such a cool direction of art — including when it’s applied to video games.

Let me introduce smartkid82504, a Youtube user that made a fantastic video clip of Super Mario Brothers 3 out of cardboard, paper, glue, and colored pencils. It would be kinda great to see this type of animation used for a real game, but I highly doubt that the expense (creatively and financially) would be worth it.

I still think my lighthouse drawing with the seashells is better though. (Well not that much better.)

smartkid82504’s Youtube Channel [Youtube]

Help Haiti And Other Awesome Links of the Day

For those of us who have been glued to their TVs over the past few days, should know full well that the recent disaster in Haiti is a horrible situation. No amount of hyperbole in any manner of fashion can sum up the dire straights the people there are in. They desperately need our help; the world’s collective help.

Over at Bungie.net you can “Be a Hero!” by purchasing special shirts that will help raise support for the current crisis in Haiti. Not only will each t-shirt purchase go towards the Red Cross, but till the end of the month anything purchased from the Bungie store will go towards relief efforts.

And even if you’re strapped for cash you can still help out by simply picking up your Xbox 360 controller and playing Halo 3 or Halo ODST.

From Bungie.net:

So, you want to help but don’t have a way to get one of our shirts or make a monetary donation? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered with the easiest possible way to be a hero – playing Halo!

We are rallying our fan community to show their support by playing Halo 3 or ODST online next Wednesday or Thursday while wearing a special emblem signifying your commitment to the cause. For every thousand heroes that participate, we will make a $100 donation on behalf of Bungie and our fan community to the Red Cross for Haiti relief efforts, up to a maximum of $77,000. All you have to do is don a special emblem and play a game online and know that you’ve done a small part to help those in need.

Hit the following link and you will find a list detailing the specifics on how you and your gaming buddies can join in on this great cause. It’s a pretty easy way to help out, so please call up all your friends to help Bungie reach it’s goal!

Be a Hero! [Bungie.net]

These other awesome links of the day way below will point you to other gaming related places where you can lend your support too.

Lastly I ask for you to check out the American Red Cross website. There you will find information about the relief effort or how to contact family members you have residing in Haiti. The website is just a good resource for what is happening, with a steady flow of press statements about the current general state of things.

Not to mention that you can also donate money online or if you’re too impatient, easily text “HAITI” to “90999” to automatically donate ten dollars. (A one time donation will be billed to your monthly cell phone statement.)

And remember any money that you can spare, whether it be a ten dollars, five dollars – heck even one dollar. Whatever. Please do. The people of Haiti need as much help as possible while the situation there grows ever worse by the minute.

*Today (Saturday 16) Only* PopCap Games – Haiti Relief [PopCap Games]

Gamer Levi Buchanan’s 180 plus video games auction [Ebay]

Haiti Disaster Relief – How You Can Help [Gaia Online]

Gamers4Haiti Charity Drive [GamingAngels]

Gaming for Haiti – 48 Hour Marathon [Gamers Gaming For Good]