Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Virtua Fighter (Megadrive) On The Virtual Console!

Wow! This is the first time I've ever seen any gameplay from the Megadrive/Genesis version of Virtua Fighter... In fact I've never even understood how a Saturn launch title, and one that is so inextricably linked to that console, could have appeared on it's predecessor...

But now it all makes sense... cashing in on the enthusiasm for the new Saturn franchise, Sega planned to make a quick buck off those Megadrive owning gamers, without the resources to buy a brand new console, by presenting them with a 2D version of it's brand new 3D fighter.

But do you know what, as well as looking rather like it's 3D contemporary, it sems to play like a nice little 2D beat 'em up in the style of Street Fighter. I'm massively impressed and if I don't find it on my Megadrive emulator for the Dreamcast, I'll bite the bullet and download this on the VC! Happy days!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Most Important Movie I Have Ever Seen

Having watched the movie 'V For Vendetta' for at least the fifth time, I have come to the conclusion that it is the most important film I have ever seen. Not the most entertaining, not the most enjoyable, not the one with the most artistic expression or stunning visuals, but the most important nevertheless.

For the film itself is an allegory, loaded to the hilt with truth. Truth about government and it's potential tyranny. Truth about the all pervasive fascism that encroaches upon our very existence. The global domination of the Bush administration and its supporters in the Coalition. The support given by the UK government to the "War against terror", when they themselves are the biggest terrorists in the world right now.

The lies spouted by them, and the way in which the media the BBC, Sky, Fox and CNN slavishly replicate them. The manipulation of the "sheeple", lead towards a fascist global domination, one government , one currency, one religion. A microchipped and monitored population, with freedom of expression and the voice of dissent extinguished.

Think very carefully about what you have been told is the truth. Question authority. Look for the truth behind official statements and tabloid lies. Stand tall, walk without fear and speak out against injustice.

If all this seems a bit out of place and out of character with the musings on this particular blog, then all I ask is that you watch the movie (or read the graphic novel if you prefer) and think carefully about it's messages. You might also want to check out the links. Or you may not. It's entirely up to you...

V For Vendetta: Wikipedia

David Icke.com

Loose Change: The Truth about 911

Friday, January 18, 2008

World Of Warcraft Dance Off!

The pioneer of online gaming in the Krishna household, littlest Ginger, Ted has been strangely influenced by his Greek Uncle, erm... Gnome...

He is currently obsessed by World Of Warcraft, Guild Wars and even Warhammer! None of this has come from my influence, and the only other being I know who is into all that Orc-ish stuff is Mr. Gnome... Go figure! One of the more endearing features of this online odyssey, is those fun-filled developers at Blizzard thought it would be cute to have their orcs, elves, gnomes etc, emote, gesture and even dance...

Anyway, whilst browsing for WOW stuff on Youtube, little Ted uncovered this absolute classic! Watch and enjoy!!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Rhianna Loves XBox Live!

And I love Rhianna! Perhaps she'll add me to her friends list, we'll play Sega Rally Revo online, then through our voice chat over the headset, she'll fall in love with me. Then, she'll demand to know where I live, and one night I'll be sitting there playing Shenmue 2 and there'll be a knock at the door...

It'll be Rhianna, with a six pack of Strongbow Super. She'll get me tipsy, then play Call Of Duty 4 whilst singing "Shut Up And Drive". It could happen... LOL! ;) (Pics courtesy of the very excellent and very funny UK-Resistance)

Next instalment: These two young ladies come round for a cup of tea, a game of Bioshock, and a read of my Games TM magazine!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Father K's January "Wii Related Round Up..."

First of all, an apology to those of you who occasionally stop by the place... There's been very little to read of late... There are a number of reasons for this, however. Firstly, the old Wii has been somewhat eclipsed by the arrival of the 360 here in Krishna Towers, with Bioshock totally consuming all my gaming time of late... I've completed it now, and I have to say it has been one of the bestgaming experiences I have ever had... For a nice video review of this lovely game, look here...

The Wii has made a triumphant return of late however, with my first taste of playing Umbrella Chronicles co-op with a friend and two Wii zappers, and I have to say it's great fun! The only irksome thing about the experience would have to be that playing with the Zapper actually makes the game harder! How so? Two reasons really! Firstly is having to curl your finger around the Zapper to get to the 'A' button, vital for picking up herbs, first aid sprays, Umbrella memos and weapon upgrades... It feels awkward and uncomfortable while your other finger is on the trigger.

Secondly, shaking the Wiimote to fend off zombies that have you in their clutches, and also as a means of avoiding boss attacks and getting through QTE's is vital to progression in the game. But plug that Wiimote into the Zapper and it becomes impossible. The whole thing becomes very frustrating and led yesterday to me and my friend abandoning the game before we even reached the Spencer Mansion. Disappointing really...

Still, Link's Crossbow Training has shown how perfectly the Zapper can work as a Light Gun, and as this genre is one of my favourite in gaming, I'm not giving up on it just yet... With that thought in mind, it is wih some excitement that I look forward to the Wii's next two Light Gun offerings, Ghost Squad and House Of The Dead 2&3 Return (Please click on the titles to go to Sega's Official Sites for each game...)

Ghost Squad is a Confidential Mission style anti-terrorist shoot 'em up. Your mission is to save the world by blasting as many of the pesky so and so's as possible. And they rather obligingly throw themselves into your path, so you can blast away to your heart's content. The arcade perfect port looks very promising indeed!

House Of The Dead 2 & 3 Return is something of a lazy port, combining as it does HOTD2 (first seen on The Dreamcast) and HOTD3 (first appearing on the original Xbox.) No extra features, no graphically polished original HOTD (one of the Saturn's finest games, and the title which kicked off the franchise...) Is it worth your money then? Well yes and no... I won't be parting with any money for a full price purchase, I'll wait till the price comes down... And I won't allow myself to buy it until Umbrella Chronicles is well and truly completed. But as it's perhaps the greatest Light Gun game ever, I'll definitely be buying it at some point...

In fact it looks like 2008 is going to be a bit of a stellar year for the Wii with Street Fighter 4, No More Heroes, NiGHTs and even a sequel to the marvellous, (though much maligned) Red Steel. Watch this space!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Bioshock Trailer...

I'm literally stunned by this game... So much so that it's consuming me right now! It's putting my entire gaming life into a very 360 perspective!

And that's all I can say right now! I waited half of 2007 to procure the Wii and it's been massively eclipsed this week!

I even loaded up Shenmue II today and I'm just feeling so much Xbox love...