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It’s All Happening Tonight: A Quick Note from Prison

Thursday, October 8th, 2009
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Good afternoon, my loyal followers. I am currently at work, meaning I can’t write anything meaty, but I figured I’d say hi and give you a taste of things to come later on.

First, and as you likely know, a brand-new Hey! Look! Listen! will be posted tonight. Judging by the headlines I saw in a brief fly-by of my favorite sites, it seems like we’ll have some interesting things to discuss.

But that’s not all! I finished a certain Dead Space: Extraction yesterday, and I intend to post my closing thoughts on the game later tonight. Here’s a little preview: IT WAS AWESOME.

Sadly, I’ve yet to touch Modern Warfare this week, but I plan to… touch it very soon. Hopefully, Ethos will follow suit and give Assassin’s Creed all the loving it deserves. It IS backlog week after all; the big banner at the top says so!

I leave you with this very well-written article from Ctrl+Alt+Del. Sums up my thoughts on the Left 4 Dead 2 “boycott” perfectly. Preach it, Tim!

News Roundup #006 – September 20, 2009

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

In contrast to last week’s low-point in News Roundups, Riddles and Ethos blast through mostly ridiculous news stories until Ethos’ grammar implodes and Riddles backs away in fear.

But seriously, we don’t talk about anything that important, but at least we entertain in the process!

Click here to laugh along!

Listen to the man...

Listen to the man...

Hey! Look! Listen!

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Is it time for yet another one of these things already? My goodness, how the time flies. Sure, it’s only been like two days, but it seems SHORTER STILL.

Still trying to get the sleep schedule back on… uh… schedule. Not working out well so far. I blame Mike Babasick.

I know none of you know who that is, I just wanted to say his last name because it’s a source of eternal amusement to me.

Ahem. We must move on.

It IS pretty...

It IS pretty...

PS3 Slim Sells a Shit Ton
I know I had a similar story in my last HLL, but this time Sony has actually commented on the spike in PS3 sales since the release of the Slim. In a statement from Sony:

“Our top retailers have reported a 300% lift in PS3 hardware sales and an increase of 140% in total hardware revenue across the PlayStation portfolio when comparing the first week of September to the week before the $299 price adjustment”

Who knows what the actual figures are, but a 300% increase can only be a good thing. We attempted to comment PS3FTW for comment, but uh… we were unsuccessful. (Kotaku.)

Batman: Arkham Asylum Sells a Shit Ton
This honestly came as a surprise to me. According to the publisher DC, Eidos’ Batman: Arkham Asylum has sold almost two million units. (Kotaku again.)

Good news, because it’s well-deserved. Hopefully, Arkham Asylum’s success will set an example for future publishers of licensed titles; it’s literally a bar-setting title.

We'll catch those damn piraters, Gordon

We'll catch those damn piraters, Gordon

Batman Hates Piracy
It’s true. The PC version of Batman: Arkham Asylum proves it. Evidently, a glitch has been deliberately placed into the game’s code to ensnare those who download the game illegally before its release on September 15. Cheshirec_the_cat, resident of the Eidos forums, wrote:

“I’ve got a problem when it’s time to use Batman’s glide in the game. When I hold “,” like it’s said to jump from one platform to another, Batman tries to open his wings again and again instead of gliding. So he fels down in a poisoning gas. If somebody could tel me, what should I do there.”

Instead of some helpful advice, Mr. Cheshirec_the_cat instead received a verbal bitchslap from forum administrator Keir:

“The problem you have encountered is a hook in the copy protection, to catch out people who try and download cracked versions of the game for free. It’s not a bug in the game’s code, it’s a bug in your moral code.”

Shyit. I can feel the burn from here. Still, it’s difficult not to chuckle at Mr. Keir’s “holier-than-thou” stance on piracy. In fact, it’s often difficult not to chuckle at the industry in general for the exact same thing. 1UP

omg this is so offensive

omg this is so offensive

Courtney Love Apparently Still Does a Lot of Drugs
My apologies, I couldn’t resist. Anyway. Um. By now I’m sure you’ve heard that Kurt Cobain of Nirvana will be appearing in Activision’s upcoming Guitar Hero 5. Apparently there’s been some slight controversy as to the “appropriateness” of such a thing, seeing as how the dude’s dead. I never quite bought into that personally, but Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, has… and she’s PISSED. Just read what she wrote on her Twitter:

“For the record this Guitar Hero shit is breach of contract on a Bullys part and there will be a proper addressing of this and retraction.”

Later, she added:

“WE are going to sue the shit out of ACtivision we being the Trust the Estate the LLC the various LLCs Cobain Enterprises.”

Bitch obviously means business. However, her story doesn’t quite line up with what Activision told Kotaku:

“Guitar Hero secured the necessary licensing rights from the Cobain estate in a written agreement signed by Courtney Love to use Kurt Cobain’s likeness as a fully playable character in Guitar Hero 5.”

Who to believe? Who to believe? Personally I’m hoping this turns into a huge, hairy, newsworthy ordeal. Sadly, I think this entire ordeal can likely be attributed to what I titled this post. (Kotaku. Again.)

This is a screen of the game, not the boycotters.

This is a screen of the game, not the boycotters.

Left 4 Dead 2 Boycotters Sell Out
Familiar with the (rather large, loud, and annoyingly prominent) Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Community? You know, all the people who somehow think Valve is stabbing them in the back by releasing a sequel so soon? (As they place their reservations at GameStop for Modern Warfare 2?) Well, apparently they were such a pain in Valve’s ass that they actually INVITED two of these fuckers to their offices to try the game out for themselves. No joke. Users Walking_target and Agent of Chaos got to play L4D2 for an entire day, and report back to their community about it. And guess what? They actually liked it.

That’s not the interesting part, actually. The interesting part is that, upon reporting to their community, they were instantaneously branded as sellouts, traitors, faggots, and the like. I’ll just let Steam community user “N1MM duz it” do the talking:

“valve has turn the leaders of this group into there puppets .. they got them to change their minds and trying to influence us. open your eyes !!!”

Yes. Indeed. Open your eyes, N1MM duz it. Perhaps you’ll realize what a moron you actually are.

Oh Hey, Little FFXIII Tidbits from Kotaku
Sheesh, I’d love to know how many references Kotaku gets from us these days. That aside, if you’re the type just dying to whet your appetite for Final Fantasy XIII even further, these two articles might interest you. First, PS3 controls for the game have been revealed, so if you wanna know exactly how you’ll control the game, check out this article. And if you’re REALLY desperate, check out these little snippets from the new trailer that premiered at TGS.

Yikes. That one got long. Hope it kept you entertained throughout. But if it didn’t, I don’t really care. I had a blast writing it all.

Oh, and my count is still at zero, and I’d be surprised if it got any higher.