European GBers: TNT and Happy Hour starts at 23:00, not midnight

As you know the clocks went back an hour last week, meaning that when Ryan and Jeff say that TNT and Happy Hour starts at 4PM PDT, that means we have to be at at 11PM, or we'll miss the first hour like I just did with this week's Screened's Screening Room this evening.
According to the internet, the USA's own clock change happens this Sunday, so we'll be back to midnight next week.

  You've been warned! 

The UK is getting a dedicated gaming channel - My thoughts


  • It's called Ginx (I don't know what this means)
  • It's by the people who did/still do the UK gaming programme "Gameface" on the Bravo channel which wasn't unwatchable
  • It launches this November
  • It's being billed to do for games what MTV did for music (presumably when it was actually about music and not reality TV) which the guy in charge would know about as he's the former head of MTV Europe


Gaming ads are on TV more than ever so they should be able to make a bit of money, music albums, film trailers, even sports, all fine. Hopefully it won't drift into Disney channel adverts, but I wouldn't be surprised if it did. I don't know what sort of subscription services they could implement, it seems a lot easier to do that sort of thing for websites. On the other hand you could go the porn route late night. I really hope they don't do that. 


 Anything that doesn't follow awful gaming shows of the past I'm happy with. Yes I'm talking to you Gamezville, with your tournaments starring kids who don't know how to play the games they're on and the apparently constantly high Game's Guru who would answer emails on cheats and gaming history.
 Gamezvile's "Games Guru"
There was only one good UK gaming show and that was Gamesmaster. Reruns of that show would be great, but I would like show good original content. The problem lies in the fact that even with their studios and producers and money I don't believe for a second that they could do anything on Giant Bomb's level. But Gameface gives me hope that they can repeat that level of success and intregrity. I remember once seeing a decent five-minute seqment comparing the pros and cons of Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2. It was pretty obvious stuff, DA:O's story and characters and more developed but Mass Effect 2's gameplay and overall experience is superior (in their opinion, not mine, I love all things Dragon Age and haven't gotten around to trying Mass Effect 1 and 2) but they were far from ignorant.

Will the UK mainstreamers "get it"?

And by mainstreamers I mean people who don't visit this site or any IGNs and Kotakus, people who walk around swearing in public as much as they do on Modern Warfare 2. I wouldn't want them to have any influence on a starting gaming TV channel, but you know that it won't survive without them. So put some FPS content in there and they should be satisfied. If they can give me some RPG time in HD I can make the compromise.

Turn your Twitter Feeds into Newspapers ("Whiskey Media Daily")

  You can create 10 Newspapers per user and can create them based on a user, a # tag or a list. It displays all links posted by those included in the feeds (which explains the Engadget link, tweeted by Jeff) and features youtube videos and Live Streams. I think it's a pretty cool little app, thanks to Stephen Fry for drawing my attention to it.

I've bought more PSN than bought PS3 this year

Let's see, Street Fighter IV, Valkyria Chronicles, Persona 4 and those were ages a go. Recently on the PSN I've bought Worms, Zuma, Fat Princess, Final Fantasy VII.
They're cheaper, proven quality and I don't have to leave the house to get them. But I can see myself getting Arkham Asylum, Tekken 6, FIFA 10, Dragon Age: Origins on disc whereas the only downloadable left that I really want is Trine so maybe it's just a case of timing.


Go Manchester United!

Hell yeah I'm ready for Football, the new season starts next week and I couldn't be more excited. My Fantasy Football team is already done and ready to go.
PS. Handegg sucks.


Question for (former) FFVII players (Sticking with 3 characters)

Because of the Materia system I feel no need to change my characters just for Limit Breaks. Also, the changing of Materia has been a tough task. If there's some way of changing without the PHS I haven't found it.

I'm almost set on sticking with Cloud, Barret and Red XIII for the entire game. Any problems with this? Are either Barret or Red XIII killed off before the end of the game (without spoiling how and when)? I'm already staying away from one certain character because I know what happens to her eventually through videos on the net over the years.

Currently I'm one disc one, at Red XIII's home.

Moaning and the Internet Police that follow. Don't fall for it.

I noticed that there was quite a backlash to the Endurance Run today, but there was an equal amount of people moaning about the moaning. So I did a moan of my own to see if I'd get a reaction and I was amused at the results.

My point? If someone rage-posts the best thing you can do is ignore them. The worst? Directly reply to them therefore giving them the attention they're craving.


Oh SFIV Online, you frustrate me so

You've just had a close match after 10 mins of searching, then it won't connect you to any yellow or green bars, but never hestitates to connect to red bars where you're either kicked or have a lag-tastic match. I've never going to be able to compete with my fellow G2ers if I get slaughtered once every 20 minutes of trying to find a match.

Speaking of which, where did all these G2-E people come from who I never fought in G3 who are twice as good as me? Talk about a jump in difficulty. Then I almost beat a G2-A Guile who seemed a slightly above average Guile player to what I'm used to ... what the hell is going on.

Integral Podcasts (Do you want ZOE3?)

I gave up on the MGS4 Integral podcasts since Ryan Payton left, but apparently there's now 10 episodes up on MGS4 for download.

Two Questions:
  1. Who knew about this?
  2. Why didn't you tell me?
In the latest podcast Ken, Aki and someone called Sean who to my knowledge never appeared in any of the Kojima Productions Report podcast with Ryan basically said "Do you want Zone of the Enders?" to which my answer is a big yes.

Upon deciding on this big yes you're supposed to message their page here and tell them how much you want ZOE3, so you know, go do it. If you'll excuse me I'll going to break into my friend's house and take back my copies of MGS4 and Valkyria Chronicles, there's a lot of podcasts and DLC I'm missing out on right now.