Sunday, 28 February 2010
Completely sold out. Everywhere. In modern times, this is amazing. Going off personal experience, most retailers and game companies see a game selling out as a bad thing. There is no real positively good press gained from this, and I'm pretty sure that developer Quantic Dream would much rather give up that notoriety and place the game in the sweaty hands of the waiting masses.
Modern Warfare 2. The most successful game of all time. Not even sold out in the slightest, on any format. The demand was met in spades, with all retailers pushing it hard. Not even relatively niche titles such as Darksiders sold out, with limited stocks. In fact, in the past six months, the only game I can really recall selling out is Just Dance for the Wii. At Christmas time, with the demand of obnoxious mothers and snivelling kids reaching fever pitch, it is to be expected that such tripe shovelware can shift a few units.
But this is different. Sony is pushing the entire console onto the masses with this. 'A revolution in gaming' and 'unlike anything you've ever played before', Sony is playing straight hard-ball with this game, and has made sure that this game absolutely blasts into the stratosphere as far as hype and media attention are concerned. So then, it makes logical sense they would provide more than enough stocks for stores, confident in it's ability to sell well?
If all this is true, then the game is truly selling out, and that is exciting.
My copy is waiting for me at home, and I can't wait. I ended up getting it from Toys R Us. Figured not that many kids are into their hard-boiled, detective quick-time adventures.
Friday, 26 February 2010
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Monday, 22 February 2010
Damn, i missed blogging for retro monday (great addition by the Brapscallion.) So instead of hitting you with some 8 or 16bit goodness this week im going to attempt to bring one of THE BEST T.V SHOWS ever created to your attention.
Lets look at the evidence shall we -
It starred the single best ensemble cast brought together for a sit-com, winner of 6 emmys, a golden globe, a place in time magazine's top 100 shows of all time, it launched Micheal Cera's career and introduced the word 'Analrapist' into the english language.
I'm of course talking about the now legendary (and very angrily cancelled) Arrested development
Now a lot has been written about this show, im not reviewing it or taking a look at its troubled history, (well ok; I'am) I'am infact highlighting this lost beacon to all and sundry who have never watched it.
ARE YOU F%$&^*G MAD, seriously, get it, rent it, buy it, download it. . . whatever just make sure this is something that you invest in. I promise your life will have meaning after all 3 seasons have passed by. It won a massive cult following that is still alive today (Save.our.Bluths.com) make sure your one of those nerds.
ok, so a little about the show
The storyline centre's on the Bluth family, a dysfunctional, formally wealthy unit, at constant battle with each other. But at its base is a show about twisted family love and mad one-up-manship. A riches to rags tale. The warmth that each character brings is mirrored by their contempt for each other. Its Marvellous !
They Present it in a pseudo documentry style format incorporating quick cut aways, narration, hand-held camera work, family photo's and historical snaps.
Sometimes you watch something and think 'ok, that wasn't bad, written well etc but i didnt feel the characters.' This is were AD (cult fan slang) comes into its own, EVERY episode feels like it has 50 different layers to it. I still watch it now years after its dimise and spot something i haven't seen before. A wry smile here, a quick off camera one-liner there. Its incredible how a piece of television can be written so well.
It's been referred to as 'the closest thing to watching a real life simpsons', a must for all comedy fans.
It's blend of insanely good dialogue mixes so well with it's characters. You've got the full spectrum here -
The Central role features Micheal Bluth played to perfection by Jason Bateman, the genuine decent member of the family, the one person who has to keep his troupe together despite materialism, selfishness and good old fashion manipulation.
His son George Micheal (Micheal Cera) is the typical awkward teen, has the same qualities as his dad but feels the constant pressure of everyday life as he tries so desperately to live up to his father's expectations.
Next up is Micheal's father, George Bluth snr the family patriarch (Jeffrey Tambour's finest role.) Who dictatorship still has him controlling every movement of the family from jail.
His wife and micheal's mother Lucille (Jessica Walter) is equally manipulative and just as hyper critical of her special family. Oh yeah, shes a drunk.
Her youngest son, Michael's brother Byron "Buster" Bluth still lives at home with his over protective and crazed mother, despite being in his mid 30's. He is extremely socially inept and is prone to many random panic attacks. Love you Buster.
There's the daughter and sister to Micheal and Buster, Lindsay Funke (the super hot Portia De Rossi, yes i know shes gay) an ultra materialistic, over the top, flamboyant character. Whose constant crave for attention is only outmatched by her idea of wanting to be objectified. Which she hates! Crazy.
Maebe Funke ( the excellent Alia Shawkat) is Lindseys daughter and the complete polar opposite of her cousin George Micheal. School skipper, daily rebel, money stealer. Although a sweet yet attention starved teen, she acts this way because of one very important character i haven't mentioned yet. Kids sometimes become a product of their environment, they can step out of line if their parental unit is dysfunctional or in the Funke tradition - Catastrophic. This leads me neatly to one of two KEY ROLES in the show.
Lindsay's 'husband' and Maebe's father Tobias Funke (played to an astonishing degree by the very very funny Mr David Cross.) He is a blacklisted Psychiatrist 'Anal-Rapist' and along with being a 'never-nude' (seriously you HAVE to watch the show) he has the most tongue in cheek Homosexual overtones ive ever seen. Although the real genius is the fact that Tobias is 100% oblivious to it.
The character that has me torn down the middle to say who is the best in the show, Gob Bluth, pronounced Jobe, the acronym for George Oscar Bluth the 2nd. (Mind blowingly played by Will Arnett.) Failed Magician, first born to Lucille and George snr, Eldest sibling, biggest loser.
BEST PART OF THE SHOW - the segway, Gob (always mispronounced by the other secondary characters) uses this as his mode of transport throughout the entire series, talking to people on it while it's stationary. Gob is always climbing for his parents affection often coming under fire for making the most ridiclous ideas a reality.
The rest of the cast are made up of amazing faces, Henry winkler as the family's always in the wrong lawyer - Barry Zuckerkorn. Scott Baio, Justine Bateman, Liza Minnelli, Carl Weathers (YES!!), Charlize Theron, Parks and Recreation's own Amy Poehler (Will Arnetts real life wife)and Judy Greer combine to create a superb secondary set of characters.
Its Tragic that this show along with A F$%£^&G tonne of other televisual treats have been cut short in their prime. FOX are T$%TS, fact!! They axe this, they axed Family guy, Futurama, Firefly, Tru calling, The Tick, and Terminator : Sarah Connor Chronicles. BUNCH OF ARSEHOLES !!
Arrested Development was all to aware of its inpending culling as during the last couple of episodes of its last series, the writers and the cast began poking fun and taking jabs at FOX. I'll tell you, its weird to see, a Show literally begging for its life. Its very cleverly done however, as its woven into the writing of each scene.
GODDAMN YOU FOX TV !!!!!
Please, please seek out this superb show, but don't do it for me, do it for everyone else who has never watched it or maybe never even heard of it. Feel amazingly superior after watching it, spread the word of Bluth. Besides there is a film of it in production . . . .THATS RIGHT!!!
A movie of all this, to quote tobias 'BOOOYAA!!'
So rant over, rest up now dr sanchez and ease yourself into watching it all again on DVD from Season 1. AAAAHHHH (deep sigh)
Click on these for instant Bluth satisfaction all of these are a must see
Sunday, 21 February 2010
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Friday, 12 February 2010
2nd Blog in, lets see how it goes.
Now this is a rant about the general public still Wii bashing in regards to amount of poop that's been released for it.
Now i can call a spade a spade and yes there has been a fair 'ol amount of poopins that has grace Nintendo white cash machine but I'm here today to point out the sweet chunky nuggets of gold!!
"God the Wii's shit, theirs nothing out for it" Ive heard Johnny Joe public cry, like any console 90% of titles released onto any platform are indeed shit. The good stuff finds itself cast aside to make room for e.g little land pet shop snuggle-bumfarm 2, the REALLY good stuff never gets a) released in this country and b) if it does you've gotta hunt to find it. NOT GOOD ENOUGH !!!
Wheres the marketing for these gems Nintendo, you say you're old school, true to the fans and yes i know that companies have got to make profit and everyone bows to the mighty dollar but COME ON!.
Check these =
- Okami - Amazing Delicious Japanese style, nobody bought it.
- A Boy and his Blob - brilliant re imagining of the NES classic, didn't sell
- Madworld - gory, grizzly, nasty, bloody aahhh nope
- Murimasa : The Demon Blade - wow! gorgeous amazing graphics, mmm nothing
- Tatsunoko vs. Capcom - We needed this shot in the beat'em up arm, they didn't !!
- Dead space extraction - great on rails title, scary game, an even scarier amount sold
- House of the Dead : Overkill - like a superb tarantino movie, that no-one watched
- Little king's story : intriguing attractive RPG that dropped off the earth
- Deadly Creatures - This creative but odd title had promise but disappeared.
I do love deep and challenging games which the Wii has offered with mainstream success, the likes of New Super Mario Bros and Super Mario Galaxy have kept me going, but i do like to take bites out of niche titles now and then. My small list of gems mentioned above are the types are things that we need to encourage Wii owners to seek out.
These unique Wii only titles are becoming a double edged sword for the platform. 3rd parties are releasing these ditties onto a console which people are only buying for plastic boards and generic sports games. At the same time losing money hand over fist as they don't sell as well as their flashy 1st party brothers.
In summary we now know which direction Nintendo has chosen - how long have we got until these hidden treats are no longer available to us in shiny white boxes. Just a matter of time. So i ask you - find the games that matter, buy them, enjoy them make the Wii a console that counts for something.
At least No More Heroes 2 is out soon ( ahh poo, Q3 but still)
Long live the Wii in 2010 !!!