Thursday, May 15, 2008

Comic-Con Exclusive Gears of War Figure


"Going to Comic-Con in San Diego this year? May as well pick a couple of these up, make some cash money off some die-hard Gears fans unable to make the trip. This NECA Gears figure will only be available at this year's Comic-Con, and depicts Delta Squad's Anthony Carmine, presumably only moments before his untimely demise. A pic so big you can almost smell that newly-opened toy smell is after the jump."
I liked Carmine untill he got killed off too early on. I would have had a great time with him. I think this figure looks pretty cool as well. Expect high prices on Ebay for this one.
~Hotapplepie
Source: Kotaku

Halo Uprising Issue 4

Ok, so we don't even know when the hell the 3rd issue is coming out due to its massive amount of delays, but Marvel comics had officially revealed the 4th issue cover which hopefully means the last two issues are coming out.

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The series is suppose to wrap up this June and July....don't hold your breath.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Lost Planet + Bionic Commando comics coming soon.



"
DEVIL’S DUE PARTNERING WITH CAPCOM® ENTERTAINMENT ON NEW COMICS
New titles to include Bionic Commando® and Lost Planet™
Chicago, IL. (May 13, 2008) – This year, one of the biggest names in cutting-edge action comics will team with one of the most respected publishers and developers of video games, as Devil’s Due announces a new publishing deal with Capcom®. As part of an expansive package, Devil’s Due will launch four new titles based on Capcom game properties, including Bionic Commando® and Lost Planet™.
“DDP is very excited to be joining forces with Capcom,” said DDP President Josh Blaylock. “Not only are these awesome games, but they have great stories behind them ripe for comics, including a vintage classic with Bionic Commando that’s been revived along with the new sequel.”
Already a leader in comic books featuring prominent pop culture icons, Devil’s Due heads into Summer 2008 with a rapidly swelling library of new adapted and original titles.
“Devil’s Due is a very passionate and creative comic publisher,” said Germaine Gioia, senior vice president, licensing, Capcom Entertainment. “We are thrilled to be working with DDP to begin evolving some of our highest profile videogame properties in other media.”
More details about Devil’s Due’s plans for Bionic Commando, Lost Planet, and other new Capcom books will be announced at July’s San Diego Comic-Con."

Sounds cool. Lost Planet was a pretty cool, yet shallow beauty of a shooter. If done well, the comic book could be very cool looking.

~Hotapplepie

Source: Kotaku

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Why are 360 HDD's Expensive?



"Hands up who's bought a new HDD for their 360. Anyone? Anyone? No, didn't think so. $180 for a 120GB hard drive isn't pricey, it's taking the piss. So just why, exactly, do they cost so much money? MTV's Patrick Klepek contacted tech analysts iSuppli (who you may know from their console breakdowns) to find out.

As you can probably surmise, they found much of the cost is taken up by the needless packaging and design required by Microsoft in order to ensure the drive works only in your 360 console. Some the biggest contributors to its inflated price (ie prices beyond the HDD itself) include:

- The HDD ships not only with pre-installed software (demos and/or XBLA games), but part of the console's OS itself. This = increased costs.

- The HDD must be coloured and shaped to fit inside the specially-designed housing that ensures only your 360 can use the unit. That's more extra expenditure. This is done by a "Value Added Reseller", who also take care of the HDD's retail packaging.

- Microsoft have at this point paid an estimated $100 (iSuppli can only go estimates, though as specialists in this stuff their numbers won't be far off), and then split the remaining $80 profit with retailers and distributors (a 120GB HDD retails for $180).

Now you know why they're overpriced, feel free to keep on avoiding them."

Kotaku put together a good article here (but what Kotaku article isnt awesome) and while I do fine with my 20 gig HDD I see why the big one is freaking overpriced.

P.S. Sorry I have been gone so long, GTA 4 is a life-stealer.

~Hotapplepie

Source: Kotaku