Nov
26th

Farewell Star Trek..

Recently i watched Star Trek 2009 movie.
Is it possible to destroy a saga, simply with one movie? Yes, that’s what they did.
I like Star Trek Universe, i liked this movie and probably many enjoyed it, but among other little things this movie has a big problem: THE STORY. As director J.J.Abrams said he wanted to do a Star Trek movie in the style of Star Wars, well he did a pretty good job, actually the film plays and feels exactly like a Star Wars Movie, the problem is he erased completely Star Trek. Re-invented, Reboot, starting from zero, this was made pretty good in BattleStar Galactica (except for the finale), but in my opinion with Star Trek they went too far.
Now let’s go in order to explain this ‘masterpiece’:
STOP reading here if you haven’t watched this movie yet, the following text contains spoilers!

-The EnterPrise Bridge looks like a giant I-Pod (white)
-Why Romulus can’t be evacuated?
-How the hell a miner-ship is close to the super nova?
-Once Nero jumps, why he don’t go to Romulus warning them that the star will die in 130 years?
-If the Star goes SuperNova, or it’s transformed in a black hole, Romulus is doomed.. so why the Hell is Spock ‘s fault?
-Vulcan is destoryed and with it, hundreds of stories and great moments in movies 2 and 3.
-Where is the Vulcan Fleet?
-When Nero attacks Earth, where are the Planetary defense? Not even a catapult?
-When Vulcan and entire race is destroyed there is no epic, i mean Enterprise crew feels emotionless, probably they are thinking what to eat at dinner?
-The Enterprise engine rooms looks like a 20th century power plant…
-The StarFleet Accademy looks like a high-school assembly…
-If they can transport (beam) people on unthinkable distances (thanks to Scotty’s future formula) why they just don’t use it to kill Nero and his crew?
-Where are the ‘Time Cops’? If you watched the series you know they prevent timeline to alter.
-In the movie they say the star (going supernova) could destroy the galaxy.. well ok they don’t give details, the Q Race can’t do that cause The Guardians wouldn’t allow and scientifically we can’t deny (nor prove) something like this exist, but man this sounds like a bad lazy joke.
-At the end of the movie there is no reset. This alternative timeline is the new timeline.

Ok as a movie if you don’t think too much it’s a nice movie, the battles, the visuals, the action, and some good actors too, i think one of the mistakes was to call this Star Trek 2009, just call it Star Trek Re-invented or Star Trek New Universe. This could have been a great movie and in many parts it is, but it feels more like a half-finished commercial product. I will watch the second movie (2011?) but from now i know the old Star Trek is no more.. I am not an ‘integralist’ trekkie anyway, just a fan.
They will never do, but one can hope they will do a proper finale for the old saga, The Nemesis finale wasn’t good at all.. it was too much ‘burocratic’.
Thanks for reading my rants.

Farewell Star Trek..

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Nov
25th

Avalon Heroes Closed Beta


CB starts 25th November 2009

Avalon Heroes is an MMORPG mixing the real-time strategy and role-playing elements. Its strategy mode is based on Blizzard’s hit title Warcraft 3, while its scenario and adventure content has been greatly extended. There are two factions in Avalon Heroes, Aeonia and Oriens. Players not only can receive decent rewards from completing quests, but also they can obtain special equipment or items through forming a party and adventuring in instances.

AVALON HEROES offers more than 100 unique heroes, exciting single-player scenario campaigns, breathtaking battles and a high focus on strategy, well-known from the successful game modification DoTA for WarCraft III.

LINK TO AVALON HEROES

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Nov
25th

Hannibal: Rome and Carthage in the second Punic War

A strategy game themed during the first age of Rome, during the Punic Wars. As you can see the graphic style reminds how (probably) the general’s map of that age looked.

Download Hannibal Demo

Bonus Video:

Watch Hannibal: True Story (all parts)

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Nov
25th

UDK Games of the future..


(UT40K The Chosen)

Well i am pretty sure that most of you already know UT3 Engine sdk (UDK) are available for everyone, that’s right, theorically everyone now has the power to make games like Gears of War 2..

This means modders can publish (free or commercial) their mods, or startin from scratch create a brand new game! I browsed the net and found this interesting projects.. and you? Do you plan on making a game with UDK?

Here a short list:
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Nov
24th

Tiger’s Bane

Tiger’s Bane is a hybrid of the shoot-em-up and simulation genres, combining side scrolling action with realistic elements such as limited ammunition, accurate modelling of weapons and their effects, flight dynamics that take inertia and wind into consideration, and a wide array of real battlefield machinery to fly, destroy, and protect.

In Tiger’s Bane you take on the role of air cavalry commander against a growing world terrorist threat. You have full control over which helicopters you and your wingmen (up to 2) will fly, including the Apache, Comanche, and Super Cobra Gunships, and the Blackhawk transport helicopter. You can also call on support from F-16 and A-10 attack planes from the fighter squadron.

The more than 80 missions take place in various locales, including large cities, island chains, and blistering deserts. Random weather effects such as rain, wind, fog, and thunderstorms are modelled, in addition to variable time of day. For night missions your helicopters are equipped with infra-red night vision systems.

Download Tiger’s Bane

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Nov
23rd

Another Round of flashgames at the Village

Wow Winter is not yet here.. but it is starting some minor cold already, while at your hot coffee or tea why not spend some couple of minutes with some flashgames at the village?

Here is a short selection list:

Super Sloth Bomber (the moving character)
Captain Forever
Spectro Destroyer
BC Bow Contest
Classic PacMan
Cargo Bridge: Xmas level pack
Wake Up the Box
RunWay Telly
The Last Village
Power PinBall
Click PLAY 2

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Nov
22nd

Assault Tech 1: Battletech

Assault Tech 1: Battletech, or AT1:BT for short and as better known, is an independent, non commercial Activision’s MechWarrior 2 series remake using a more advanced DirectX 7 graphics engine, BlitzBasic’s Blitz3D ( Blitzbasic.com )

Not only it includes aspects from the classic game, but combines the best gameplay details from the three most popular MechWarrior games (Mechwarrior 2/3/4) as well as it implements new Classic Battletech rules that were long awaited by most die-hard Battletech fans, and looks forward to include even more control over other types of units aside from the well known ‘Mechs.

Like in the classic game, the storyline-timeline is based around the refusal war between the Clan Jade Falcon and Clan Wolf and also currently including its post-war expansion: Ghost Bear’s Legacy.

LINK to AT1 – BattleTech

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Nov
22nd

Grand Fantasia

Grand Fantasia is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set in an expansive and carefully crafted fantasy world. Grand Fantasia offers players a variety of innovative and engaging features, including: character and sprite customization, a branching class system, sprite crafting, an incredible menagerie of mounts, player-versus-player (PvP) combat, team-based battlefields, challenging dungeons, epic region and world bosses, a player statue feature, in-game bulletin boards, auction houses, a player romance system, robust guild management and communication tools, and a host of quests (solo, party, and guild) that will entertain gamers of all play styles.

LINK to Grand Fantasia

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Nov
21st

Modern WarFare 2 breaks Record

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DETAILS ARE EVERYTHING.

Biggest selling video game in history? So It seems..
Let’s make things clear, this game is identical in all three version (PC,X360,PS3) which means on PC no dedicated servers, and online matchmaking restricted to 9 vs 9.
This is not the best game ever made, but if you like FPS it is one of the most enjoyable, i think details are amazing, as you can see in the screenshot, there is the c-130 chaff and flare ‘Angel’ (a real class touch in my opinion) or in the screenshot of the gunfight you can see so many details one doesn’t even notice during the fury of the fight, but they are still there.. The single-player is short, multiplayer is identical to console (limited from a pc-gamer point of view), the russian version of the game does not include a controversial scene that allowed the player to shoot at innocent civilians in a Moscow airport.
Did i buy this game? no, but just beacouse i feel it is overpriced and the way is made now multiplayer part of the game is not attracting me. In my opinion this game started and was designed for console (xbox,ps3) and pc version is just a straight port, obviously the PC Gaming is not dead but outside the World of WarCraft i don’t see a lot of freshness..

Some of you remeber the name of one of CoD 4 characters? Coz i can’t.. While i am pretty sure most of you knows who is Snake.

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Nov
21st

Hit the Bitch

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A Danish advocacy group made this web campaign, to raise awareness about the violence over women.
Basically a flashgame where you must ‘smash’ a woman, noble intentions but in my opinion it fails.

LINK to the ‘Game’

With all the respect to DenMark, they should take attention to what happens every year in the Fær Øer Islands, where hundreds of Dolphins-Whales (which are in extreme danger of extiction) are massacrated for a (stupid) tradition, the dolphins are killed in a brutal way, some got eaten after but most are left still alive to face an horrible and painful death.

LINK to Whale Massacre Video
WARNING THE VIDEO CONTAINS SHOCKING IMAGES,
DON’T WATCH IF YOU ARE NOT ADULT.

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