Monthly Archives: August 2009

Setanta replaced by a worse entity

Apologies in advance for the inevitable spiral into rant mode that this blog post will no doubt turn in to, but when the sports broadcaster Setanta finally went belly up a couple of months ago after robbing sports fans of their viewing pleasures I must admit I was quite happy.  Amused as well in a lot of ways, there’s nothing like seeing blatant con artists get their comeuppance.

Setanta robbed a lot of people of football, as well as other sports

Setanta robbed a lot of people of international football matches, as well as other sports

Football fans in the United Kingdom will probably know where I’m going with this, but it really was an absolute farce that to watch the sport of football – our national game  – we have to pay a subscription to a company called Sky TV to watch practically anything.  That in itself is understandable because for that we get to watch about 90 games a season as well as other sports garnished with an overall high quality service, but then Setanta came along and charged us to watch a further 40 or so as well as things like high-profile boxing matches.  What annoyed me about that was it wasn’t even meaningless games like Hull vs Stoke being shown (no offence meant if there are any supporters reading) but games with the potential to be excellent like Chelsea vs Manchester City for example.  All this was just about forgiveable however because Sky Sports were already showing about as much as their schedule would allow, but even so only about 3 million people bothered to subscribe to Setanta and they paid a massive amount of money to rob the public of potentially excellent games that should at the very least be on Sky TV.

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Guild Wars 2 Trailer

A new Guild Wars 2 trailer was shown yesterday, which had several points of interest and looks pretty good.  Currently there is no scheduled release date for the game, but to wet your appetite a little the following was posted on the official website:

For generations, war and chaos raged across the land of Tyria. Five great races competed and warred against each other, struggling to tip the balance of power in their favor.

Then the dragons woke.

The all-powerful beasts stirred from their millennial sleep under earth and sea. With their magical breath the dragons spread destruction and created legions of twisted slaves. A deathless dragon named Zhaitan raised the sunken nation of Orr, triggering earthquakes and tidal waves that destroyed entire cities across the Sea of Sorrows.

Zhaitan’s undead armies surged from the sea, hungry for the destruction of the five races of Tyria: the charr, a ferocious race of feline warriors; the asura, magical inventors of small size and great intellect; the norn, towering shapeshifters from the frigid northern lands; the sylvari, a mysterious young race of visionary plant folk; and the humans, an embattled but resilient people.

Now heroes from the five races must set aside ancient rivalries and stand together against their common enemies.

Magic, technology, and cold steel will determine the ultimate fate of the world.

And now for the video:

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Spurs for the title?

It’s outrageous to assume the ‘Big 4’ clubs of the English Premier League could ever possibly finish outside the top 4 league positions by the end of the season, but if early performances are anything to go by it looks as though we might maybe have a slight reshuffle on our hands come the end of next May.  The title of this blog post is incredibly far-fetched and in a lot of ways wishful thinking on my part, I don’t support a Premiership club but I’ve always had something of a soft spot for Tottenham Hotspur and would therefore absolutely love them to break up the Big 4 again and maybe go one better and ultimately win the league.  Alan Hanson perhaps jokingly said “Spurs for the league title” after watching them totally annihilate Hull City on their home turf, and after putting a bit of thought into it I truly believe it could happen this year.  Their chances are slim but as long as there’s that element of hope I’ll continue to believe it can happen.

Can the Big 4 be broken up this season?

Can the Big 4 be broken up this season?

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I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1

The unusually titled ‘I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1’ looks set to cause a bit of a stir among the Xbox 360 community, mainly because it looks to be an indie game that might actually be worth paying for.  Here’s the press release for the game:

“I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!1 represents a culmination of years of intensive psychological research, bleeding edge engineering, and artistic collaboration by over two dozen internationally recognized art houses that may or may not exist, using such technologies as the HYPERMAGIC 3.0 engine to power never-before-seen eye candy and the MEGACORE X parallelization processor for smooth-as-glass presentation.

“You can make a game,” said Ska Studios Lead Engineer Gato Maria Hernando Rodriguez-Rodriguez in an exclusive interview with Chairman Meow Magazine, “but what happens when you put zombies in it? Nobody knows, but they’ll find out soon. We’ll all find out soon.” And, with Xbox Live Indie Games interest flagging under reports of poor sales, difficulty locating the section in the Dashboard while inebriated, and super-smart people saying super-smart things on web forums, the game couldn’t be released at a better time.

“We were following trends and noticed that most people were buying Xbox360s for the DVD player, the Xbox Live Vision Camera, and the Calculator app on XBLIG, but not for games,” Gato continues, “I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES!!1 will change that. You’ll be playing our game. It has zombies in it. Ok bye.”

While the press conference was as weird as the title of the game they were talking about they have actually produced an indie game of interest.  It plays almost like a classic arcade shoot-em-up in the sense that you simply grab powerups and continually shoot anything that moves, check out this gameplay video to see what I mean.

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Pay what you think Championship Manager 2010 is worth

Kotaku have picked up on the news that Championship Manager 2010 can be pre-ordered digitally for as little as one penny – you can name the price you think is fair. For some reason there is a transaction fee of some kind which will set you back £2.50 which would be understandable of you got the proper retail version of the game and it covered postage and packing, but I guess the reason for it is because a lot of people will only be buying the game for a single penny otherwise and they need to make some money on the product.

You can pre-order the game for as little as £2.51

You can pre-order the game for as little as £2.51

The idea is similar to what Radiohead did last year with an album release, and the promotion runs between now and September 10th before the game goes back to its full price for its full release the day after.  You can register and pre-purchase the game from the official Championship Manager web site if you’re interested, but there is one thing to note though – this is a pre-order offer and you will not get a download link until the games full release date on September 11th.

On the one hand, you get a full video game for as little as £2.51, which for some could be considered a bargain no matter how crap the game might be.  On the other hand this is Championship Manager, a series that has dramatically and spectacularly gone downhill since their main developers Sports Interactive left them and created the far superior Football Manager series in 2005. Also you can’t actually play the latest game until September 11th even if you buy it nearly a month earlier.

To be honest I don’t think the deal is worth it, unless you’re still loyal to the Championship Manager franchise or living in the dark ages of football management.  Considering you won’t be able to play the game until September 11th and Football Manager 2010 (which is light years ahead in every respect) is released just over a month later I think you’re better off waiting until October 30th and paying £25 – £30 for what will definitely be a vastly superior game.

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