Splitters 2

PS2 IGN has posted a first look at TimeSplitters 2. The first game was a little thin in the single player, but the multiplayer more than filled the Goldeneye void. Things are getting better for part 2 and I can hardly wait. Can you say flamethrower? There is even a heat effect, making the air above the flame ‘wavy’.

The players have been overhauled as well. Still kooky as ever, but sporting a few more polys. Check ’em out. 8 player via the i.Link is also supported.

Very cool…

Custom GBA Light

Tired of squinting at your GBA because of it’s highly reflective screen? Well, hopefully Adam Curtis of PortableMonopoly.com can do something about that. He’s created a GBA forelight that looks really nice. Problem is, the thing is custom built. He’s working on finalizing some plans for the general public, but he’s pushing to have a major manufacturing company pick things up.

Be cure to sign his petition if you think this is something you are either intrested in or if you think the GBA is faulty since it’s hard to see with direct light..

Jackie Chan Saved By A Delay

I heard about this on the radio this morning…

Jackie Chan has indicated that he had been scheduled to shoot scenes for his film Nosebleed at the World Trade Center on the morning of last week’s attacks but that filming was canceled because of a late script. Chan told the Hong Kong newspaper Oriental Daily News, “Filming was scheduled to have taken place at 7:00 a.m. last Tuesday morning, and as I had to be at the top of one of the towers for one of the scenes, I would probably have died if the shooting had gone ahead as planned.” He added: “Well, I guess my time is not up yet.” The film concerns a WTC window washer (played by Chan) who becomes involved in a terrorist plot to blow up the statue of liberty. An MGM spokeswoman said last week that it was “too premature” to discuss how the script might be changed.

I heard that he was crying like a baby when he saw what was happening on the news that day. I can only imagine how many ‘close calls’ there were with people supposed to be either in the WTC or on a plane that crashed…

Remote Control ER

Talk about “reach out and touch someone”. You’ve heard stories about future surgeries being done by doctors that are located elsewhere? We’ll it’s been done.

The procedure consisted of removing the gall bladder of a patient in Strasbourg, France. From New York, the surgeons controlled a robotic system manufactured by Computer Motion, Inc, to operate on the patient. The link between the surgeons and the robotic system was an end-to-end high-speed fiberoptic service provided by the France Telecom Group. Members of the media are invited to view excerpts from the procedure and statements from the principals.

Doctor on one end. Robot on the other. The future doesn’t seem so far fetched anymore does it…

Spiderman Trailer Pulled And Movie Possibly Delayed

From Infobeat:
SPIDER-MAN TWIN TOWER TRAILERS SCRAPPED
World Entertainment News Network##Next year’s must-see movie SPIDER-MAN has been forced to withdraw its trailer – which includes the tragic TWIN TOWERS.

Due to the terrorist events on Tuesday the scene featuring TOBEY MAGUIRE as the webbed hero, climbing a web between the two skyscrapers has been scrapped, after the WORLD TRADE CENTER’s gigantic centrepieces were completely destroyed.

SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT and MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT will meet to discuss the movie, currently in post-production, as the now-past Manhattan skyline features prominently in the live action film.

The flick is set to be released in May 2002, but alterations to the new strangely empty Big Apple skyline could take months.

Wolfy Test Out Friday

From GameSpot:

Activision and id Software have announced to GameSpot that they will release a multiplayer compatibility test for their upcoming World War II-era horror action game, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, this Friday. The test will include a single multiplayer map that will be featured in the first-person shooter, and it will be available for download at the official Return to Castle Wolfenstein Web site and here at GameSpot.

Wolfenstein Chat

Achtung Wolfenstein! has posted a chat log from a recent Gamespy Arcade chat featuring the crew from Gray Matter Studios, currently working on Return to Castle Wolfenstein.

A few of the key points mentioned include:

  • There will be no Nazi Ninjas
  • The game should be out this year (assuming they meant this Christmas)
  • Storytelling is handled through cinematics, in-game cinematics, eavesdropping on conversations, and mission objectives screens.
  • You’ll travel to France, Germany, and Norway.
  • There will be no damage decals/skins on enemies.
  • Models in the game can be varied by swapping out different parts ##heads, hats, accessories, etc.

This one is high on my list as well. I might even have to push up that PC upgrade I have scheduled to check this one out.

YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

PAWTUCKET, R.I.##(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)##Sept. 5, 2001## There are robots and then there are ROBOTS IN DISGUISE! Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is bringing back the original theme that launched TRANSFORMERS in the early 1980s through television programming on Fox Kids, which will debut this Saturday (8:00 AM/ET), and an exciting product line now available on store shelves that has resulted in strong sales.

“TRANSFORMERS captivated the imaginations of millions of kids from its very beginning nearly 20 years ago,” said Brian Goldner, President of Hasbro’s U.S. toy group. “Through fresh, innovative product and programming, we are confident that a whole new generation of kids will embrace the excitement of TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE.”

“Hasbro has done an excellent job of relaunching TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE,” said Jim Meyer, Senior Buyer of boys toys for KB Toys. “Sales of the new TRANSFORMERS line have been very strong since their debut in our stores last month.”

“TRANSFORMERS pioneered the ‘vehicle transformation’ category in the U.S. and kids continue to be endlessly fascinated with this kind of play experience,” said Chris Byrne, children’s lifestyle expert and independent toy analyst. “ROBOTS IN DISGUISE is a great story and early indications are that major retailers would also agree.”

GC Bundled At Toys ‘R’ Us

FGN reports that Toys ‘R’ Us is selling the Gamecube in bundles only.

Has everyone decided that bundles are the way to go? They say we pay less tax, but considereing taxes are based on the total anyhow, what does that effect? Shipping is based on pounds so nothing is there? I understand that this is what the retailers want, but what about the consumer? I’m now forced to buy things I might not want for the sake of a good deal? Did you happen to notice how many copies of Fantavision were on eBay after the PS2 launch? If you make is something that the consumer can customize that’s one thing, but considering most bundles force you to buy games you don’t want, you are forced to buy something in order to get something else. It would be like someone making you buy a sunroof and leather seats to buy any car. It’s no longer an option, it’s a requirement. Thumbs down in my book. $200+ for a console with a controller, wires, and a single controller is enough in my book. Don’t make me buy crap on top of it. Let me buy what I want. It’s called consumer freedom for a reason…

Shenmue II Subtitled

Looks like I’ll be translating Shenmue 2.

FGN is reporting that Sega has decided that Shenmue 2 will not have English dialog, opting for Japanese dialog with English subtitles.

Sega explained, ?The dialog in the US version of Shenmue II will be entirely in Japanese with English subtitles. The decision comes in an effort to maintain the overall theme and authenticity of the title, and is in response to numerous consumer requests following the release of Shenmue, which was in English for the U.S. market. Shenmue II.?