Dropping in


Friday, July 14, 2006 | 05:54 PM | by
Going to see A Scanner Darkly tonight, and I'm psyched. There's a 24 minute preview (ie, the first 24 minutes of the film) available at IGN, which was outstanding. I'm not going to link it directly, because it contains nudity, and while I don't run a site for children, the last thing I feel like dealing with this weekend is some loud-mouthed mother giving me an earful because I directed her child to "porn". But you are all resourceful beings, and I am sure if you desire, you can find it without my help.

But I caught Dead Man's Chest earlier this week, and I loved it. It frustrated me a little bit in a couple of parts... I'll mention them in a seperate post so that in case it contains minor spoilers, it will be easier for people who haven't seen the film to avoid. But overall I really enjoyed it.

One of my favorite parts of the night, though, was the trailer for Rocky 6. I love Rocky. We probably don't need a sixth Rocky... hell, we probably didn't need five. But I don't care. I'll take as many as they want to make. Rocky 5 sucked, but it was still Rocky. Give me geriatric Rocky. Wheelchair boxing Rocky. I'll go see it. Gonna Fly Now (the Rocky theme) gets my blood charged. I love it.

The guys over at Panogames have posted some Prey panoramic screens. If you haven't checked out Panogames, you really should. Their screenshots are awesome. These guys are great. A while back they took one of my comics and made it a panoramic experience. I don't think I ever linked it, because I'm a forgetful jerk like that. They were using the low-res comics from the site, but it still turned out great. Though if you were trying to read the whole archives this way, you might get dizzy, it's still a really cool way to view the comic! Let me know what you think.

Also, the sixth (holy crap, six already?!) episode of the Ctrl+Alt+Del animated series was posted a couple of weeks ago. It's the first half of a two-parter, something we haven't tried before, and the reception was outstanding across the boards.

And to answer a frequently asked question, yes, the animated series will be coming to DVD by "season". However, we'll be offering the DVD at a discount to yearly subscribers. But if you don't have access to subscribe, rest assured that they will be made available in high definition DVD format eventually.


Friday, July 14, 2006 | 06:08 PM | by
I loved Dead Man's Chest. A couple of things bothered me though.

Ending on a cliffhanger of sorts-

Ugh. Why go The Matrix route? They get a smash first film, and when they decide to go "trilogy", they say "Hey! I know! We can make the last two films one long film!". At least the Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions were filmed to come out only a few (six?) months apart from eachother. I don't believe they did this with the Pirates films. Which means we're waiting a year for the next one. Correct me if I'm wrong. (I stand corrected. They did film both movies simultaenously, but it will still be a year between release.)

Reusing old jokes-

I liked the bit when Elizabeth shows up and Jack says "Hide the rum!". That was a cute throwback to the first film. But all the other rehashed jokes were completely unecessary. George Lucas sort of did the same thing with his prequels, throwing in all this shit from the original movies. It's like "Ok, the audience are all fucking morons, so we have to put in all this stuff from the original films, or they're going to forget that they're watching the same series of movies". Gimme a break.

Other than that, the movie was outstanding. The last bit with Jack gave me goosebumps, and I loved the very end, even if I'm fustrated to be left hanging like that.

Just my $0.02.

Scanner and Teamfortress 2

Saturday, July 15, 2006 | 01:14 AM | by
A Scanner Darkly was awesome. If it's playing near you, I highly recommend it.

And have you seen the graphical style that Teamfortress 2 will be using? I love it.

Everyone is so focused on making games realistic nowadays, it's nice to see we can still use our ever-increasing processing power to create something with some style. The cartoony characters will fit the game perfectly. I'm really excited about this title now.