Thursday, June 19, 2008
Until recently, Microsoft could brag about how Live was by far the most feature-complete online service on any platform, with a unified Friends list, the best online shop, voice and video chat as standard and a consistent and stable online experience. But in recent months there’s been a shift in the market, and even bigger changes are coming. Microsoft is the only player to charge for online play, and their policy has landed some of the best online games on the 360... but as PC and PlayStation developers offer comparable features at no extra cost, the Gold subscription starts to lose its shine. The launch of the PC’s Steam Community late last year and promises made by Sony at January’s Consumer Electronics Show have placed Microsoft on the back foot, and has all of us asking: what does your annual subscription pay for? continue..
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monty Oum - The Author
Director - Monty Oum
Animator - Monty Oum
Animator Guru - Rocky Vanoost
Marketing - Adam Coriglione
That's a nice dress - Peter Bennet
His Special Thanks
Thumbs up to you Monty Oum! Great work!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
In this video, made using the M.U.G.E.N. fighting game creation engine, some of gaming's best and brightest (and most cheetah/man hybrid-like) indulge in a little tourism, taking on the iconic first level of Super Mario Bros. As each of them (except for Arthur) learns, Mario's job isn't as easy as he makes it look!
Each character in turn, from the Spelunker to the Vic Viper, attempts the level, and fails due to the rules governing their own abilities. All the while, the streaming comments from Niconico (Japan's Youtube equivalent) users fill the top of the screen with "wwwwwwwwww" (equivalent to "lol"). It's hilarious until a bizarre Internet meme intrudes -- at which point it becomes hilarious and kind of baffling. ~Nintendo Wii Fanboy
Monday, February 11, 2008
BTW...thats what 6 million dollars will get you...now all breathe in deeply and drool.
Partial Equipment List for the Kipnis Studio Standard Beta CinE:
Sony SRX-S110 Professional Video Projector
Stewart 18-by-10-foot Snowmatte 1.0 Gain Laboratory-Grade Motion Picture Screen
Players and Sources:
Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray Player
Sony PlayStation 3 Gaming Console
Toshiba HD-XA1 HD DVD Player
JVC HMDH-5U D-VHS Recorder
SATA Drive (72 HDTV Hours Total)
Mark Levinson N° 51 DVD/CD Media Player
Pioneer HLD-X0 Hi-Vision HDTV MUSE Laserdisc Player
Surround Processing and Decoding:
Theta Digital Generation VIII 32-bit 8x Oversampling Dual Processors (13)
Mark Levinson N° 33h Amplifiers (2)
McIntosh MC-2102 Amplifiers (30)
Crown Macro Reference Gold Amplifiers (3)
Snell 1800 THX Music & Cinema Reference Subwoofers (16)
Snell THX Music & Cinema Reference Towers (8)
MuRata ES103A Super Tweeters (10)
Snell THX Music & Cinema Reference LCR-2800 Center-Channel Speakers (3)
Saturday, February 9, 2008
IBM has successfully miniaturized the Cell processor that you know from Sony's PlayStation 3. Formerly built upon the 65nm scale, the new version will be based on the 45nm high-k process. What's this mean? Money, power and heat savings for Sony. And maybe a smaller or cheaper PS3 for you.
Along with the higher processor yields, what's most attractive is the power/heat savings. These 45nm Cells use 40 percent less power than the current, 65nm Cell. Sure that's a power savings for customers, but it's also a major heat savings for designers. The PS3 may not have the red ring of death problem like we've seen in the Xbox 360, but a cooler, smaller Cell could fit in a cooler, smaller PS3 (requiring less fans, etc.).
And while Sony has already managed to nearly break even on their console production cost vs. retail prices, the impending redesign could help Sony cut a legit profit from hardware (or allow Sony to cut prices again, instead). We'll keep an eye out for the new chips, but unless they come bundled in a smaller or cheaper PS3, none of this will really matter to you anyway. ~care of gizmodo
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
We know that Final Fantasy games, much like fine wine and Radiohead albums, take some time to come together nicely -- still, it's hard for us to believe that Final Fantasy XIII (in all its shapes and forms) will be dropping by its latest release date of "this year". We've had our hearts broken so many times by delays for hotly anticipated titles that we've sadly come to expect them.
Fear not, says the comforting voice of long time series character designer Tetsuya Nomura, the long wait for the Fabula Nova Crystallis collection will be over soon enough. Not only does he swear by the game's 2008 release date, he teases at a playable demo for FFXIII on the PlayStation Network a while before the game is released, to show off the game's revamped battle system. So don your steepled hat and cuddle tight your cactaur plushie -- your chance to sit down with the unluckiest chapter in Square Enix's seminal RPG franchise could be just around the corner. ~Original Post
Monday, January 28, 2008
The Uchiha Clan's Secret has been revealed, Naruto Manga 386, and what good was Sasuke for Itachi, why did he even let him live, what was the purpose, much of the secrets which led to the the fighting between brothers of the Uchiha to gain more power, power that is permanent.
If you're updated on what's happening on Naruto, Itachi one's revealed that the Mangekyou Sharingan's use will lead to permanent blindness, so how do you make it permanent without taking your sight.
To gain control of the most powerful technique of the Uchiha clan, brothers must gain the power of either of them through directly plucking the eyes of their brother and placing them as his own light.
History says that this was how Uchiha Madara was able to acquire the most powerful technique of the Uchiha Clan, gaining the permanent and more powerful sharingan.
By killing his brother, or rather out of madness and despair because of the damage he is enduring while in use of the Mangekyou Sharingan.
Leading him to be able to acquire the permanent Mangekyou Sharingan, and becoming the most powerful Shinobi in the world, thus, the birth of the Hidden Leaf Ninja Konoha where he paired with the Senju Clan of the Forest.
More Information found on the actual Manga -> Naruto Manga 386
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
What is a Manga?
Manga is the Japanese word for comics (sometimes called komikku) and print cartoons. In their modern form, manga date from shortly after World War II but have a long, complex history in earlier Japanese art.
How did it start?
In Japan, manga are widely read by people of all ages, so that a broad range of subjects and topics occur in manga, including action-adventure, romance, sports and games, historical drama, comedy, science fiction and fantasy, mystery, horror, sexuality, and business and commerce, among others. Since the 1950s, manga have steadily become a major part of the Japanese publishing industry, representing a 481 billion yen market in Japan in 2006 (approximately $4.4 billion dollars). Manga have also become increasingly popular worldwide. In 2006, the United States manga market was $175–200 million.
Manga are typically printed in black-and-white, although some full-color manga exist (e.g. Colorful). In Japan, manga are usually serialized in telephone book-size manga magazines, often containing many stories each presented in a single episode to be continued in the next issue. If the series is successful, collected chapters may be republished in paperback books called tankōbon. A manga artist (mangaka in Japanese) typically works with a few assistants in a small studio and is associated with a creative editor from a commercial publishing company. If a manga series is popular enough, it may be animated after or even during its run. Although sometimes manga are drawn centering on previously existing live-action or animated films. (e.g. Star Wars).
Manga as a term outside of Japan refers specifically to comics originally published in Japan. However, manga and manga-influenced comics, among original works, exist in other parts of the world, particularly in Korea ("manhwa") and in the People's Republic of China, including Hong Kong ("manhua"). In France, "la nouvelle manga" is a form of bande dessinée drawn in styles influenced by Japanese manga. In the U.S., manga-like comics are called Amerimanga, world manga, or original English-language manga (OEL manga).
The Kyoto International Manga Museum maintains a very large website listing manga published in Japanese. (source:wikipedia)
Well, if you do, here are some sites for you! :)
OneManga - "the HOME of Manga"
"Welcome to One Manga, where manga scans are made delicious! Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Claymore, Hana Kimi, Vampire Knight... it's all here and more!" ~onemanga.com
"Here at Manga Fox we are dedicated to bring all of you the best that manga has to offer. Best of all, we are powered by a high speed server and an online viewer, so no need to download a bunch of files to view the manga you want to read.
And if you like this site so much, why not become a helpful member of the community? In the near future this site will be an open and self-sustaining community, meaning that anyone can help upload manga. Sounds great doesn't it?" ~mangafox.comEnjoy Reading! :)
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Sony reveals new details for BD-Live Interactivity.
The first feature previewed was one that would allow viewers to send ringtones to their personal mobile phones, including content from the movie itself. Viewers could extract lines of dialogue from the movie or other audio clips.
More excitingly revealed was that Sony is planning select Blu-ray titles that will include a version of the film encoded for the PSP, thus making the film portable. However, Sony didn't announce a planned release date or titles that will include this new feature.
Stay tuned for more details on this hot new development. ~advancedmn, engadget
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Ragnarok Online 2: The Gate of the World (Korean:라그나로크 온라인 2: The Gate Of The World; alternatively subtitled Epic of the Light) is an MMORPG created by Gravity Corp. of South Korea and is the sequel to the popular MMORPG, Ragnarok Online. Most of the game's universe is based on Norse mythology. The soundtrack will be produced by Yoko Kanno, well known for her work in Cowboy Bebop and other anime series. - wikipedia.org
Ragnarok Online 2 improves on many of the original's features as well as adding quite a few of its own. Below are notable new features or changes that will be seen in RO2. Larger features are described in detail. Not all game features have been announced yet.
- Full 3D graphics, while retaining the "original anime style" of Ragnarok Online.
- Real Emotion Expression, allowing player avatars to show and express realistic emotions. This will replace the "bubble emotes" from the original.
- Anti-Theft Mob System, which gives benefits to a victim of kill-stealing instead of penalizing the offender.
- Safe Trade System, which enables two ways of trade. The first option requires an item from both parties (or Zeny) and the second option allows the trade of an item or amount of Zeny without having to receive something in return.
- Killing one strong creature has been redesigned to be far more effective than killing multiple weaker enemies. Grouping has also been made far more beneficial to those in the group.
- Loot collection has been changed to a "loot the body" system. Instead of making dropped items fall onto the ground, the player must select the fallen enemy's corpse and retrieve the items.
- Jumping and swimming have been implemented.
- There will be a day and night cycle.
Game Client and Language Patch - Ragnarok World Community
Ragnarok 2 Portal - Official Ragnarok 2 Website (Korean)
Gravity Corp. Website (Korean)
South East Asian Ragnarok 2 site - Official South East Asian Ragnarok 2 Website
Japan Ragnarok 2 site - Official Japan Ragnarok 2 Website