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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Dammit, after trying my best not to read any news on the movie I stumbled across the trailer and now I’m looking forward to seeing it. Seeing as they’ve drawn the book out to 3 movies maybe Jackson will revisit the Lord of the Rings again after this to make it a trilogy per book as well…

Guardian Cross

Guardian Cross is a great new game for iPhone & iPad by Square Enix, well worth checking out for Final Fantasy and card game fans alike.
Quests, player vs player, monster hunting for rare cards, it’s got it all.
Hiroyuki Ito, the creator of the Final Fantasy ATB system, is the lead concept planner for Guardian Cross. Composer Naoshi Mizuta and character designer Akira Oguro round out the all-star development team.

For a limited time, players can receive rare limited edition cards including moogles, mandragoras, Ifrit and other classic monsters from Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV by inviting friends to play Guardian Cross.
If you do decide to check it out (it’s free so hell yeah) enter invitation ID SI57028 when you first start the game and we’ll both get a rare card!

Kavinsky – Roadgame

The Hunger Games

Finally got a chance to see the Hunger Games. Wow. What a pointless movie. It’s like the crappy writer of new Dr. Who got together with the people who made the Twilight movies and admitted they ran out of ideas so they decided to make an extremely poor rip-off only very loosely based on Battle Royale and tossed some vague 1984 stuff in there. Without the fun bits of Battle Royale.
It’s set in a sci-fi setting for some weird random reason that doesn’t add anything to the story. There’s a ‘love’ story that really stretches the definition. And a lot of time is wasted on showing how epically awesome the main heroine of the story, Katniss, can handle a bow and arrow only to have her botch up every single shot when the games actually start. Add implausible rescues in the knick of time at every random interval, some very well known actors who look like they too are struggling to get the point of the movie so they can get into their roles and the whole thing just ends up looking and feeling like something that should have gone straight to the bargain video/dvd/blu-ray/new-medium-of-choice bin. Why this was such a huge success is beyond me. Maybe the books are better, but I doubt it.

Wakate-dattebayo

Quite fun to watch it all again. Not having to wait for a new episode each week makes it more fun to blast through the arcs, and even the fillers are a lot more enjoyable this way.
We’re now in season 4 of Shippuden already (never saw more than the first half of season 1 back when it was released), and other than an in my opinion very weak season 2 it’s a good laugh. I do notice it’s starting to suffer more from some consistency problems here and there and Dragonball Z style glaring contests, but I suppose that’s inevitable after so many episodes.

HDTV settings

Some good pointers on how to disable all the settings that are on by default on most modern HDTV’s and that only make the image quality worse.

Ooooh yeah, here comes the Ouya

Well waddayaknow, someone managed to make something interesting with Android. A sub $100 open platform console to hook up to your hdtv that includes a yummy controller.
I loves me my iPad, but I’ve never gotten the hang of racers and first person shooters by waving the screen about or tapping frantically all over the iPad. Maybe it’s the old age, but I prefer a real controller for those kinds of games.
And by the looks of how their Kickstarter project is going it seems we will soon be able to get one of these.
Also if it’s really open it’ll be nice to see emulators coming to this. Mmmm, big screen SNES & TG-16.
After Nintendo recently announced they’re now embracing DLC (downloadable content) maybe this is what the market needs for a good wake up call. Either that or it’s the final nail in the coffin of old school high quality games and EA shall rule us all.
Let’s wait and see.

Wreck-It Ralph trailer

Coming in November, Wreck-It Ralph tells the story of said Ralph, a video game bad guy tired of being a bad guy. He ditches his game and goes off on an adventure to be the good guy. Judging from the trailer it looks fun, loads of video game references. Love Zangief being in there. :D
And who knows, this might be the first time I can actually stomach Sarah Silverman. Maybe.
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Drive

You give me a time and a place, I give you a five minute window. Anything happens in that five minutes and I’m yours. No matter what. Anything happens a minute either side of that and you’re on your own. Do you understand?

What a surprising movie. Not knowing anything about it other than having seen the trailer I was expecting the typical hollywood treatment, overkill effects, non-stop action and over the top dialogue.
Instead I saw a, for lack of better words, minimalistic and restrained movie focused on telling a story and conveying emotions and a mood. Right from the start it grabs you and doesn’t let go until the end titles start rolling.
Dialogue is kept to a minimum, no bold crap, no action sequences that don’t serve a purpose (although there’s plenty of action), it all just worked and shows that great movies can still be made.
If you haven’t seen it yet; go watch it.

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Trying to get all/most of the new code working before I start on the eyecandy.