Friday, May 22, 2009

FusionFall Face-Off

Go to the FusionFall website now to vote for the Ben 10 Alien that YOU want to see made into our next Nano! Yes, this is real, and no, it's not rigged. We don't know who it's gonna be! (Although I don't have very high hopes for Upchuck.) So make with the voting, people. This voiceover dialogue ain't gonna just write itself!

EDIT: Holy crap, Alien X is kicking Diamonhead's crystalline butt!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sweet New Review has posted a thoughtful review of FusionFall from writer (and parent) Ophelea.

In case you can't get to the last paragraph:
It was designed with kids in mind by a company (Cartoon Network) that had the resources and experience to consider their audience. This shouldn't be underestimated. It is a luxury most companies will never have. And, quite frankly, it's fun. Where else can you zip from place to place or hang from the arms of your own personal monkey?
Very nice, indeed!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

FusionFall Cosplay

Well, we have officially MADE IT. Some enterprising young lass has done herself some FF Blossom cosplay, and damn if it ain't half-bad! (The photo dates back to January, so maybe there is even more out on the interwebs that I missed.) Big ups to cosplay Blossom!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Casual, My Ass

Sure, I play a little Bejeweled Twist. I get me some sweet combos and match gems like a real pro. What's that, you say? Some people can beat my high score in one move? Surely, you jest...

Okay, seriously. WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?!?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Envelope, Please

Well, the Webby Awards site is currently choking at the moment, but I hear we lost to Club Penguin. Disneeeeeeeeeeeeeeey!

A Life Well Wasted

You owe it to yourself to check out the relatively new gamer podcast, A Life Well Wasted, from host/editor Robert Ashley. Upon first listen it becomes immediately apparent that this is not the standard "three nerds and a microphone" format. Ashley makes no bones about his love for the radio as a medium on the site, and it shines through with careful application of editing, music and scripted segues. (Not to mention the affected "NPR" I-just-got-out-of-bed college radio voice. Please stop!!) His choice of topics is also excellent, with the first episode focusing on the demise of EGM magazine and the second highlighting game fans and their crazy collections. I haven't listened to the third (and latest) episode yet.

Unfortunately, all this quality comes with a price, as it appears that Ashley is only able to produce one of these a month. But to be fair, he is also writing the thing and composing all the music (courtesy of his own band). So cut him some slack! Very nice, indeed.

Side note: there does not appear to be any way to provide feedback for the show. I would love to tell him about the annual video cabinet sale that occurs each summer at the Lakeside Ampitheater...

Red Steel 2

Forgive me, but the new Red Steel 2 teaser goes a long way towards convincing me that this game is going to be pretty damn cool. I am still of the (minority) opinion that the much-maligned Wii launch title original was not nearly as bad as everyone seemed to think. Yes, there were some wonky controls (particularly with regard to the sniper rifle), and yes the swordplay could be a bit frustrating, and NO I didn't finish it, but mostly because of that annoying sniper rifle. I still contend there were some great ideas at play, and some of the gun mechanics were totally awesome. I'm sure the developers were up against it, since this title was promised to ship with the console at launch. They probably had to do some nipping and tucking to hit their date. But with a more flexible schedule, and a new art style, and a new "motion plus" peripheral, I have a feeling that Red Steel 2 might be a happy surprise for a whole bunch of people.

And if you don't believe me about the original game, just go buy it. It's like $5 right now, and you'll get your money's worth.

Friday, May 1, 2009

How'd We Do?

What are the results of the Webby Awards? Honestly, I haven't a clue. But thanks to Massively for the props, and congrats to Chris for his amazing headshot! Happy weekend, everyone.

EDIT: Webby winners will be announced Tuesday, May 5!