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#1 Posted by dchispirtle (8 posts) -

After having problems with Gamespot's video player, I was able to turn to G4 to see live, commercial-free coverage of the Microsoft press conference and let me just say I was on the edge of my seat for many of the announcements.

Leading off with Beatles Rock Band completely took me by surprise. I have been psyched for this game since it was announced and the cinematic and live demonstration of gameplay made my anticipation greater. Unfortunately, it seemed to me that Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the widows of Lennon and Harrison were simply present to provide un-needed authenticity to the game show-off. The two surviving members just seemed SO THRILLED to be there. (sarcasm)

I fast forwarded through many of the trailers for games I just wasnt interested in...Forza 3, Tony Hawk RIDE, and a few others. I really liked what I saw of Halo 3: ODST. The best trailer, by far, was the seemingly red herring Alan Wake. Years and years of delays, no news, and no footage led me to believe that this was never coming out. IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT! Spring 2010 can't come fast enough!

Facebook and Twitter on Xbox Live were cool to see, as well as Last FM. Not too impressed with the new video service, something I never use.

MGS on the 360, all previous games in the series and a new entry.....SWEET!

The star of the show, by far, was project Natal....all the speculation and rumors of Microsoft's new motion-sensing peripheral could not have prepared me for what was shown today. One of my thoughts while watching this was that the technology, if it is as interactive as the press conference made it out to be, was the movie Minority Report. The free-range motion and level of motion regognition is eerily similar to Stephen Spielberg's vision of the future in Philip K Dick's story.

Well, I don't have too much more to say about the press conference, except that Sony and Nintendo need to have a lot up their sleeves to top Microsoft.

What were your favorite moments of the press conference, if you watched it? Please comment.

#2 Posted by dchispirtle (8 posts) -

Hi friends, this blog entry is the first in which I hope to be a bi-weekly series of blogs to share with you what my current conquests are in the gaming world.  For this inaugural edition, I'm taking it back a generation ago.

Curse of Darkness; Front & Back; PS2
I'm playing through this one, Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, the last 3D game in the classic series to be released.  While its certainly not the best Castlevania game that's been released the past 5 years, it is the best of the home console ones that have been released.  With a new protagonist not affiliated with any other games or the Belmont clan, the story does take place shortly after the events of Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse which was released for the NES many years ago.  Interesting game mechanics and a thin revenge plotline don't add up to a great game, but its not half bad either. 

As of today, I'm about 1/4 of the way through the linear progression of the levels, unable to complete every map 100% of the way because I don't have the necessary skills or Innocent Devils to meet full completion.

Front cover of Kingdom Hearts II Greatest Hits (US) for PlayStation 2
Yeah, I've had this game for quite some time now, and I'm just now getting around to playing it.  I really loved the first game and really look forward to see where the story in this one picks up.  The first several scenes are very slow moving and have more FMV than gameplay, but I know it will pick up quickly in a little while.  I'm still playing as Rikko, which I am pretty certain is Sora.

#3 Posted by dchispirtle (8 posts) -

According to Yahoo, Warner Brothers is apparently planning a relaunch and overhaul of the Tomb Raider film franchise.

Angelina Jolie's loss may just be Megan Fox's gain.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the third film will completely reboot the video game-based character, including changing her origin story (most likely shying away from her English aristocracy roots) and introduce new kinds of missions, love interests and villains.

And, most notably, a new leading lady.

While producers say an actress likely won't be cast until a writer and director have signed on, Fox has emerged as the frontrunner replacement, at least as far as the blogosphere is concerned.

While Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and its inconsistently punctuated sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life were produced by Paramount, the rights to the series have since reverted back to video game purveyor Eidos. In December, Time Warner increased its stake in the multimedia company, ensuring in-house studio Warner Bros. first dibs to what has been a lucrative, abeit critically panned, franchise.

The first installment, released in 2001, grossed $275 million worldwide, while the 2003 sequel earned $157 million. All told, the video game series, which launched in 1996, has accounted for more than $1 billion.