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Thursday, January 28, 2010

And then The iPad was born

Apple has just release the iPad, a tablet with a touch screen panel that promises to became one of the best gaming platform that can rival a laptop or smartphone. The announcement was made during a special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, California.

The iPad's design is like a larger version of the iTouch and the iPhone, the screen dimension is almost the same as of a piece of paper. According to Steve Jobs, the iPad is somewhat between the iPhone and a laptop and even stating that "it is much more intimate than a laptop."

The iPad can perform tasks that of a laptop such as surfing the net, making emails and some featue of the iPhone watching movies, listening to musics, looking at pictures and even gaming (yep gaming)

WiFi only models:
$499 - 16GB
$599 - 32GB
$699 - 64 GB

3G models:
$629 - 16GB
$729 - 32GB
$829 - 64 GB

Height: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
Depth: 0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
Weight: 1.5 pounds (.68 kg) Wi-Fi model; 1.6 pounds (.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model

9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology with 178-degree viewing angle
Touch has been reengineered for the iPad to make it "extremely precise and responsive"
1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

16GB, 32GB, 64GB flash memory

1 Ghz Apple A4 chip

Ambient light sensor

Battery and Power
Built-in 25Whr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

Input and Output
Dock connector
3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
Built-in speakers
SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model only)

Buttons and controls
On off, sleep wake switch
Volume up and down
Home button

The iPad will run "almost all of the apps" designed for the iPhone. You can run any of them in normal size or your can expand them to fill your screen.



Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Event Aftemath: Otaku Expo 2010

Anime and game lovers are united once again for another major anime/gaming event in the metro, the Otaku Expo 2010. The event was held at the Megatrade Hall 2 in SM Megamall last January 23 and 24, this is the anime magazine Otakuzine's annual event showcasing the hottest to the latest trends in the world of gaming, hobby collection, animes, mangas and cosplay. (Warning: massive load of pictures is just ahead)

Banners around the mall

Event stage

Entrance area

Some notable gaming publishers are present on the event, including Level Up! Games, Run Up Games and E-Games showcasing some of their newest MMOs in the country and also holding mini contest for their ever loyal gamers.

Level Up! Games booth

E-Games booth

Run Up Games booth

Aside from gaming, there are also some booths of anime, manga, action figure merchandise where you can purchase some of them at a very low price (trust me, you'll save a lot of money when you buy at conventions)

Psicom comics booth

Comics and Figures booth


some apparels and other merchandise

And more gundams!!!

more figures too

The famous Pocky sticks with the ever loving merchant girl

Lotsa pins


And of course, any anime/gaming convention is not complete without..the cosplayers, cosplayer from different anime and games showcase their pure awesome costumes and of course their sheer beauty that can make any fanboys and girls drop their jaws.

cosplay group

Casvian Archer

A Casvian cosplayer being mobbed by the onlookers

The Spear Maiden umasked

Battle ready Spear Maiden

Cute Ragnarok Archer

another cosplay group

Dead Fantasy!!!

and another cosplay group

There were also contests being held on the event, from art contest, cosplay competition up to anime singing contest. All in all the event was a blast, it may be a bit crowded in the afternoon but it died down on the evening but still it was still fun. I'll be looking forward again for another event on February..

'till next time...

Friday, January 22, 2010

Lunar Silver Star Harmony Game Review

The Lunar series has another remake on the classic RPG, now titled Lunar Silver Star Harmony,
the game is ported to the PSP with newly improved graphics, gameplay and more secret stuffs.

The very first Lunar was created in the Sega CD on 1993, then a PlayStation remake of the game was ported on 1999, will the 2nd remake of Lunar bring the players back into the old school style of RPG?

*The Demo version of Lunar Silver Star Harmony was used for the review

The Story focuses on the role of Alex, a young boy from a small town who dreams of becoming an adventurer like his idol, Dyne. He is joined by a menagerie of playable and supporting characters who aid him on his quest, including Luna, his childhood friend and sweetheart; Nall, a winged, white, cat-like creature with an uncertain past; and Ramus, son of the town mayor with dreams of becoming a rich businessman.

The graphics of the game has dramatically changed, the character sprites and animation are now more fluid, the background design has also improved too. Although the anime cut-scene is still from the first remake from the PlayStation.

Voice acting is also good, but the original cast from the PlayStation remake was changed bringing new voices to the main characters, the music is still faithful to the original with some improvements.

The gameplay is still the same with some slight changes, one of them is the introduction of a limit break style of attack where a meter constantly increases every turn where you can unleash a powerful attack to your enemies. Another addition is the cut-scene on the character skill, giving them a dramatic presentation to any battle. One annoying problem here is whenever you move to a new location, the background music fades down and then goes back when you are in a new location, this can be annoying when moving to different areas, hope they change this in the retail version.

Sega CD version

PlayStation version

PlayStation Portable version

After finishing the demo version, you'll be able to save your clear data and you can import it to the retail (full) version of the game. What's inside the clear data is still unknown.

Overall the game is still worth to play despite having the simple turn-based gameplay. If you are a fan of turn based RPGs or you already played the original and the remake, this game is still worth your time.

Game Rating: 7 out of 10

Lunar Silver Star Harmony was developed by Game Arts and published by Xseed Games

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Tetris that makes you dizzy

Tired of the same old Tetris game? Well this for a new twist in gameplay, but be warned though as this can make you really dizzy.

Introducing the First-Person Tetris, the Tetris game with the first-person view style of gameplay, it will make you feel like you are the brick falling down the screen, and if that wasn't enough, try playing it on night mode for a more challenging and yet dizzy experience.

Friday, January 15, 2010

A Gallery of Consoles

Do you know your Console gaming history? so have you ever heard of old gaming consoles like Tele-Spiel Las Vegas, Blackpoint and Spectrum 6? did you know that the very first video game console was the Magnavox Odyssey that was released on 1972? (I remember my dad had one when I was a little kid but didn't able to play it) and Microvision was the very first handheld console.

Talk about geek trivia huh? but if are interested in checking the different gaming consoles, and I mean all of the known gaming consoles, there is one site that will give you all the things you want to know

Consollection, a german site (it also has english language) which was created by Patrick Molnar features nearly 150 gaming consoles in a simple gallery, which features over 20 years of gaming goodness up to the current gen consoles, and not to mention the gallery is really impressive

When you click on a console image, it will open a console profile page where it gives you a short description about the selected console complete with release date, manufacturer and screenshot of the console as well as its box package.

To get an idea on what the galley looks like, I've posted a screenshot of it below and be mesmerize on the massive number of consoles, good luck on collecting each of these consoles if you want to be that die-hard. (click on the image to enlarge it)

Now that's a gallery!

So don't forget to check out this cool site

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Movies as Reto Games

So what if...
Our movies today are as they were today but they time traveled where video gaming are still played on wooden boxes and they are all pixelated and very retro

Yep, you heard that right, imagine some of your new movies and TV series had their own game version but for the retro console like the Atari 2600 (they changed it to CVS 2600 to avoid any copyright infringement), the folks at Penny Design made some cool box arts of retro goodness and they look so real, you can see smudges and stains on the box art .

The New Final Fantasy XIII English Trailer

Yes it's here, the long awaited Final fantasy XIII will be released on March 9 for the PlayStation 3 and also for the Xbox 360.

And to keep the hype going, Square-Enix finally released today the latest trailer for the international (English) version. The trailer also features Leona Lewis latest single "My Hands" as the official theme song for the Final Fantasy XIII international version.

So feast your eyes on this epic trailer...enjoy

You can also view and download the HD version of the trailer from Gametrailers
Final Fantasy XIII International trailer HD

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Punch-Out!! Toys

You probably love the classic Punch-Out!! game on the NES, you know a game where you play as Little Mac as he journey to become the best boxer and challenge the best boxers alongside with his trainer Jerom "Doc" Luise.

The game was popular it has several sequels, remakes and spin-offs
If you can't remember the game, here are some screenshots to refresh you mind:

And one guy decided to create an action figure series to pay homage to this great classic game.
Fugazi ceated the whole cast of Punch-Out!! from various WWE and Marvel figures.

Here's the picture of the whole cast all immortalized into action figures:

You can check out the solo shots of the figures on thefwoosh.com

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Recreating the Joran vs. Jordan Commercial

Anyone remembered Michael Jordan? well every basketball lover should know him, if you don't know him and you love basketball then you're a noob and you should go back to grade school and study your history in basketball lessons (lol as if they teach that in school)

But anyway, if you know Jordan then you probably remembered one of his cool Gatorade commercials (which debuted on January, 2003) during his season with the Washington Wizards, yeah the one with him pitting against his younger self, which is ironic because the title of the commercial was 23 vs. 39, 23 was the age of the younger Jordan (during the rookie years with the Chicago Bulls) and 39 was his age at that time.

Why am I talking about this? well some guy by the name of MassenjahMatt re-create the famous video by using Machinima on NBA2k10. Although there were some minor changes on the Machinima (like the addition of a BGM, outfit and court changes), the recreation was almost the same as the original.

Okay here are the videos and see for yourself, enjoy!!

Original Video

NBA2K10 Remake Video

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Game of The Year Awards 2009

2009 is over and it's time to reign the biggest winners and losers in the world of gaming.

Gametrailers has it's annual awards at the end of the year to showcase the best of the best in different consoles

So let's see who made it in each gaming consoles

Best PSP Game

Best Nintendo DS Game

Best Wii Game

Best PC Game

Best PS3 Game

Best Xbox 360 Game

And of course, to know who's the best of the best in all gaming platforms, there can be only one game of the year

Game of The Year

To know more on the other categories, check out Gametrailer's game of the year awards 2009 page

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Great Intro Mashup

Welcome back!, now 2009's gone and we are welcoming 2010 with a bang, it's time for some cool stuff from the bottomless pit of uber coolness info: the internet

Everyone loves watching cool intros from popular TV series and also animes, since hearing their immortal theme songs makes us feel nostalgic especially if the series is now a classic, but what if two popular series got mashed up, meaning you are watching series A's footage but with series B's intro music. Kind of confusing huh? but the result was spectacular and also funny

So here are some TV series (and movies) that got mashed up with some popular theme songs:

Star Trek (original) / A-Team mashup

Star Trek (new movie) / A-Team mash up

Star Wars / A-Team mashup

*Okay, for those who weren't born the time A-Team became popular (same goes for me), here's a video of their intro:

Star Wars / Macgyver mashup

Battlestar Galactica (classic) / Macgyver mashup

*Again, for those who haven't seen the Macgyver series as well as it's intro (well this time, I've watched the series when I was a little kid lol), here's the intro: