What are you doing with your weekend? A group of six Dutch gamers are using their time to go for a new world record in endurance gaming. The group, or at least one member of the group, is planning to eclipse the current 40-hour world record for constant playing. Sure, you might think to yourself, “These guys have way too much time on their hands,” but what world record are you breaking this weekend? One of the very cool things about the event is that you can watch it live. You should too, because it’s bound to be entertaining.
Remember ‘Minority Report‘? After that movie came out, tech developers seemed to lose track of everything that wasn’t a fancy hands-on interface. This started out simply enough, with an increase in the amount of touchscreen phones hitting the market. But the new range of motion control products takes it too far.
Yeah, I’ll come right out and say it – I don’t watch sports. Okay, I dabbled in basketball for a while, but that’s it. I’ve never cared for football, I find baseball excruciating and I just plain don’t get the appeal of watching hockey. Even the World Cup tournament didn’t get me excited. Watching other people play sports has never been for me. And yet I love sports games. Or at least I used to. Back in the days of ‘Tecmo Super Bowl,’ I loved them all. ‘Blades of Steel’ was my favorite, and I don’t think I’d ever watched hockey in my life when I got that game. Those games were easy to understand and just plain fun to play. I’ve still got a group of four that gets together on occasion for some ‘Tecmo Super Bowl’ action. We start up a season and play it right through. But that’s about where it ends for me, because modern sports games are far too complex.
Under normal circumstances, I buy most of my Blu-ray discs from Amazon. The retailer usually has some of the best discounts on the web, and shipping is free with Prime membership. It’s a good deal. However, Blu-ray fans may have noticed that Amazon’s prices for titles from the Criterion Collection have been on the rise in recent months. It simply hasn’t been offering the deep discounts on Criterion discs that it used to, or still does for normal Blu-ray releases. Whether that’s a policy decision that Amazon has made itself, or a contractual issue with Criterion, I’m not sure. In any case, Criterion collectors and fans of quality cinema should take note: Barnes & Noble is currently running a 50% Off Sale on all Criterion Collection Blu-rays and DVDs. The sale ends August 2nd, and is good both online and in stores.
Auto-save functionality is something we’ve come to take for granted in videogames these days. It’s right up there with moving the analog stick to run rather than holding a button, or being able to move and shoot. But in the right circumstances, a lack of auto-save can ramp up the tension and make the game that much more exciting.
If you’re the kind of gamer who loves big-budget action titles, you’re out of luck this week. If you’re into role playing games, humor, or ‘Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,’ there are some great titles for you. Okay, the ‘Cats & Dogs’ game probably bites hard cheese, but the other two are way cool.
This is a pretty slow week on the Blu-ray front. The biggest day & date title is kind of terrible. Fortunately, there are a couple of more interesting art house pictures, and a decent catalog title or two to catch up with. Let’s take a look.
The problem with throwing a creative contest, rather than a random selection sweepstakes, is that I actually have to single out one winner. That’s especially difficult when there are a ton of great entries. For our ‘Halo’ haiku contest, I bounced back and forth between my favorites for a long time. In the end, much like ‘The Highlander,’ there can be only one. And yes, you’ll have to hit “Continue Reading” to find out the results after the break!
This November, the redheaded stepchild of late night comedy comes back on the air. It’s going to be a big event, but in order to succeed, Conan needs to keep his audience in mind. He’s not the only one making a big move this year. Hulu is starting to charge for service and they need something big to draw people in. The way I see it, Hulu and Conan need each other badly.
See that picture up there? That’s my system, and the worst has finally happened. The Yellow Light of Death has struck my PS3. This leaves me without a device to play PlayStation 3 games, and without a Blu-ray player. It’s a trying time, to say the least. Since my system’s not under warranty, I’m faced with a few options, none of which are particularly attractive. No matter what, I’m without a PS3 and Blu-ray player until pay day rolls around. My grieving during this difficult time has taken the form of poetry – inspired in part by all the ‘Halo’ haikus I’ve been reading. I’d like to share it with you.