Friday, September 25, 2009

AIM Grabs: Hey Lucien, how do you feel about Halo 3: ODST?

Friends of mine expressed interest. What could I say?


ExpertPenguin (1:46:26 AM): lol
ExpertPenguin (1:46:34 AM): you are all alone on that one
ExpertPenguin (1:46:40 AM): the adverts always work
ExpertPenguin (1:46:48 AM): amazing universe built around an average FPS
ExpertPenguin (1:47:08 AM): I can guarantee you that the commercials carry more emotional and narrative depth than that entire game
ExpertPenguin (1:47:30 AM): I don't want to [play it], it's Halo
ExpertPenguin (1:47:41 AM): and if Halo 2 was a slap in my face
ExpertPenguin (1:47:47 AM): 3 was every single nail in the coffin
ExpertPenguin (1:47:58 AM): and ODST is the dirt being put on the casket
ExpertPenguin (1:48:06 AM): I wish I didn't [Own Halo 3.]
ExpertPenguin (1:48:18 AM): that was another Bungie trainwreck
ExpertPenguin (1:48:30 AM): but that Believe campaign they had swirling around it was something else, wasn't it?
ExpertPenguin (1:48:55 AM): stop watching the commercials
ExpertPenguin (1:49:15 AM): I guarantee you if you watched every Halo 3 commercial, ANd the short movie, AND the mockumentaries
ExpertPenguin (1:49:21 AM): you'd want to play Halo 3
ExpertPenguin (1:49:36 AM): Because it's a compelling and rich universe
ExpertPenguin (1:49:45 AM): with some average games at the center of it
ExpertPenguin (1:50:01 AM): I saw ODST in action
ExpertPenguin (1:50:11 AM): it looks like halo 3 graphically
ExpertPenguin (1:50:43 AM): and has the same overall look to it
ExpertPenguin (1:51:34 AM): like it's strange
ExpertPenguin (1:52:00 AM): I am so turned off to Halo as a game by this point in time, it's insane
ExpertPenguin (1:52:19 AM): and I want to see the story somewhat, but I'd have to play the game, or watch the game being played to do so'
ExpertPenguin (1:52:30 AM): I don't know if I'm willing to make that sacrifice
ExpertPenguin (1:53:03 AM): barf
ExpertPenguin (1:53:11 AM): it looks like a Halo 3 mod
ExpertPenguin (1:53:22 AM): and Bungie STILL doesn't know how to simulate full scale war
ExpertPenguin (1:53:41 AM): all of their attempts at war setpieces look like multiplayer matches
ExpertPenguin (1:55:51 AM): people awkwardly bouncing and running around pristine locales, laden with random scorch mark textures


Yeah. I think I'm good on the 60 dollar 6 hour campaign packaged with the cesspool of the internet's favorite multiplayer console FPS.


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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Da funk back to the punk, come on..


My return is heralded with the sound of house music.

It's no secret that I'm excited about DJ Hero, but it seems Activision is speaking to me--and by extension, everyone else slightly burned by the direction they've taken Guitar Hero--by letting everyone know just how much effort they're putting into making this game phenomenal for house/dance/techno music lovers.

The picture above speaks for itself with Daft Punk signing on, lending not only their likeness and inimitable style, but a number of exclusive remixes just for the game to pad out an already mindblowing catalog of mixes reaching past the hundred mark.

Tim Riley, Activision's VP of Music Affairs had much to say to Rolling Stone during their interview but these quotes stood out for me:

“They are known to be selective about the projects they get involved with and being able to partner with them in this way is a rare opportunity we are honored to have,” Riley added. “From the mixes featuring their music, to their character models and the amazing Daft Punk inspired venue, the guys have been meticulously involved every step of the way.”


“It’s the next best thing to being at a Daft Punk concert.”

Amazing. Now that I've thought of it, what IS a DJ themed game without Daft Punk? This is love. Those of us who are dying to see the duo on stage again, you know, before 2017, I think we've been blessed. Their tracks after the jump.

Now, I really can't wait.


• Daft Punk “Around the World” vs. Young MC “Bust A Move”
• Daft Punk “Da Funk” vs. NASA “Strange Enough ft. Karen O, ODB and Fatlip”
• Daft Punk “Da Funk” vs. Queen “Another One Bites the Dust”
• Daft Punk “Robot Rock” vs. Hashim “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)”
• Daft Punk “Robot Rock” vs. Queen “We Will Rock You”
• Daft Punk “Short Circuit” vs. Boogie Down Productions “Jack Of Spades”
• Daft Punk “Technologic” vs. Gary Numan “Cars”
• Daft Punk “Television Rules The Nation” vs. No Doubt “Hella Good”

Ah...October 27th..

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