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Mike S

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  1. Quite, it's a little more promising than 'it'll be done when it's done'. Roll on Summer.
  2. They are described as new shots fom E3 (2004!).
  3. OK, It WILL be shit. Is that better?
  4. This really does not look very inspiring at all. There is nothing other than cliche in these shots and, grtaphically at least, it looks well behind the bleeding edge but maybe it'll play like a dream. http://www.gcadvanced.com/media.php?gameid=256
  5. I think they mean before 'Fall' or 'The Holidays' i.e. before late autumn/winter..
  6. Mike S

    Xbox Live Arcade

    Yes, there is at least one mod that will allow online MAMEing IIRC. Edit: and you can find it here: http://www.emulator-zone.com/doc.php/arcade/mame.html
  7. Looks like we'll be playing at least one long-awaited and much hyped FPS before the winter. The PR company do give themselves the longest get-out clause I've ever read though. I want this game more than any other right now, even after the new Halo2 images/vids... Today's News Activision and id Software Confirm Summer 2004 Ship Date for Doom 3 SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) confirmed today that id Software's highly anticipated DOOM 3, will be released this summer for the PC. The latest installment in one of the most successful franchises in gaming history, DOOM 3 utilizes id's revolutionary new 3D graphics engine to draw players into the most frightening and gripping gaming experience ever created. "DOOM 3 is the most anticipated PC game of the year and fans around the world are eagerly awaiting its release," Ron Doonink, CEO, Activision Publishing. "Id is delivering the most compelling horror gaming experience to date, so get ready for DOOM." "This summer we're sending game fans on a first-class trip to Mars -- with a layover in Hell," said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software. "DOOM 3 is coming to the PC and delivering the most atmospheric, terrifying and visually mind-blowing gaming experience ever conceived." The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements". These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a number of important factors could cause Activision's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation, product delays, retail acceptance of our products, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers, international economic and political conditions, integration of recently acquired subsidiaries and identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities. These important factors and other factors that potentially could affect the Company's financial results are described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's most recent Annual report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Readers of this press release are referred to such filings. The Company may change its intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. DOOM 3 © 2004 Id Software, Inc. All rights reserved. Distributed by Activision Publishing, Inc. under license. DOOM and ID are registered trademarks of Id Software, Inc. in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and/or some other countries. SOURCE Activision, Inc. Web Site: http://www.activision.com Company News On Call: Company News On-Call: http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/007396.html
  8. I'll be looking out for the Halo2 tin if it isn't much more than a tenner on top of the regular price. More for the making of DVD though, rather than the, pretty tin. A mere change of packaging doesn't influence me one iota. I am a bit of a sucker for limited edition DVD's though.
  9. I think there is some useful info in there but it's too buried by idiotic US slang for me to bother with. Not Awesome at all! Dude!
  10. Here's a little more on the EA Live news. http://www.xboxrules.com/newscomments.php?newsid=689 Personally, the prospect of a Live enabled Burnout 3 excites me more than Halo 2. I've overdosed on Halo 2 rumours and gossip for the last 2 years and the constant delays are causing me to lose interest rapidly, same with Half-Life 2. Obviously I'll still be first in the queue for both games and will probably love them both but the excitement and BTW, Halo 2 will also be released in a special edition metal tin with a second DVD featuring developer commentaries, making of videos, gallereries and all that usual stuff.
  11. I'll second that. Painkiller is the most enjoyable game I've played in a very long time, I'm certainly getting a lot more FUN out of it than the rather boring Far Cry. It's old school gameplay is, ironically, refreshingly novel these days. It's a little more tactical than the utterly braindead Serious Sam too. I'll be extremely interested in reading Edge's justification for the score.
  12. I bet he'll throw your purchases at you next time , whilst giving you a filthy look, and you won't slide them up his arse sideways. I bet ya. You'll just take thema and leave as usual. Prove me wrong. Please. Fucking Muse are on the telly now. I absolutely detest muse, they represent all that is wrong with 'indie' music. Talentless, morose, old skool idiots. I'll give them fucking absolution the earnest twats.
  13. Mike S

    GTR Demo (PC)

    I spin out on STRAIGHTS never mind corners! I'll experiment with the driving aids later...
  14. I feel like I'm missing out. I don't even know where Bromley is, let alone the CEX shop. Some things are better left in the dark though and I feel the location of Brom,ley and its CEX may be one of those things. That said, I often get a masochistic pleasure out of idiotic/offensive/ignorant or aloof shop assistants. That's why I always buy my clothes from small pokey 'boutiques' with stupid names such as swerve or ikon. Same with records. As noted, it's even more exciting when you need to exchange something (which is often as I never try clothes on in shops).
  15. Mike S

    GTR Demo (PC)

    I hope the arcade mode in the full release is a LOT easier as I got nowhere with this. It's way too hard for me, even Grand Prix Legends was easier than this (probably due to the relatively poxy cars it simulated). I never even managed to complete a lap In fact, I'm off for another stab at F-Zero at that will seem like a piece of the proverbial compared to GTR.
  16. movietyme have it for £17.99 including shipping.
  17. You can get a VCD of Postman Blues from Poker Industries here: http://www.pokerindustries.com/poker.store...postman%20blues They also have a DVD release of Unlucky Monkey on the usually excellent Dutch label Japan Shock, see: http://www.pokerindustries.com/poker.store...u=UNLUCKYML-DVD Alternatively, you could risk www.sazuma.com who have dvd releases of both the films you want plus half a dozen other films directed by subu. Sazuma have a bit of a dodgy rep in my experience, you'll either get the discs quickly or you'll be fucked about royally for months and months. They do have one of the best potential stock ranges in the world though but rarely have anything actually in stock. ANd they are pretty expensive too but used to make their shipments customs friendly ( at least they did four years ago when I last used them). Good Luck..
  18. While we're on the subject, I got my Japanese Kill Bill Vol 1 last week and it's excellent. The picture quality is, as is so often the cases with Japanese versus US/European releases, noticably superior to my R1 disc and the restoration of the House of The Blue Leaves scene to full colour and the addition of a lot more OTT violence gives the movie even more chop-socky punch. It's not too expensive at amazon jp either, for once...
  19. No, that version is at least as good as the bfi version, the only difference is a different audio commentary to the bfi release. Other than that the transfers are from the same source so there's little to choose between them except the bfi disc will be a little cheaper if you shop around. But, as I said, the bfi commentary track for seven samurai is a little dull, no idea of the quality of the Criterion so I'd get the Criterion edition if I were you. The cover's nicer and the commentary can't be much worse than on the bfi disc. And yes, I was referring to Musa. Excellent isn't it?
  20. That was a mint, sealed but used copy from movietyme who sell it new for £30 including shipping. Haven't seen it anywhere cheaper than that.
  21. I became a convert to Alias a few months ago when I picked up the Season 1 box for a decent price. It's a nonsensical and often ridiculous, modern day Bond but with characters that a) have a history and all the associated baggage and b ) you actually give a damn about. I like it a lot. Got the second season for a bairgainous £22 last week so will get stuck into that in the next few weeks. Not the best TV drama at the moment though as that is still, by a long stretch, The Sopranos.
  22. Criterion Editions of any film tend to have more of a quality feel running through them, from the packaging to the transfer, they are always a labour of love. The downside is that they cost far more than they should which was fine in the laserdisc days when no-one was presenting movies in this depth but now every man and his dog is doing two-disc 'special' editions they seem a bit of a rip-off. You'll never see a HBO making of special on a Criterion disc though I have a couple of the Criterion Kurosawa discs, Throne of Blood and Ran, and both are excellent quality. Some of the Crierion discs are a bit feature-lite though and you'd probably be better sticking to the cheaper, bfi discs, in those cases i.e. Seven Samurai. The transfer quality of this is comparable with the Criterion, the commentary bored my tits off (this is not the same commentary track as on the Criterion disc), but the film is, of course, magnificent. If you only want the movies get the bfi discs or if you want to know as much about the man and his movies as is available on dvd at the mo' then bend your credit card for the more special criterion editions eg. Ran, Throne of Blood, Rashomon, Ikuru . BTW, the Criterion 4-pack box set containing Seven Samurai/Hidden Fortress/Yojimbo/Sanjuro is pretty good value at about £50 but is as sparse on extra material as their UK releases. For completionists sake, I'd go for the Criterion discs. On a related note, have you seen Kim Sung-Soo's swords and horses epic, The Warrior? It's very kurosawa-esque and also happens to be one of the best films I've seen in quite a while. It's available on a definitive 2-disc set from Premier Asia with a selection of high quality extras and is well recommended. Most expensive Korean movie ever too..
  23. But not huge lapses. Prefab Sprout FFS! What next? Deacon Blue? Sade? Dido? Grrrr.
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