segunda-feira, 30 de junho de 2008

Great Frollicking Llamas!

My dear friends, I've finally entered the HD era with this:

Excuse me for the horrible quality of the picture, but if you look beyond that you'll see a magnificent Samsung 37" 1080p HDTV, connected to a pair of nice Logitech speakers (the subwoofer is hidden under the table). Fucking awesome, isn't it? And it gets even better! If you look closely enough you'll see that the game in display is none other than MGS4! Fuck yeah! That's right, I also got this beauty:

(yes, that's a Dreamcast in the upper right corner, I'm planning on getting a VGA adaptor for it)

I'm playing Metal Gear Awesome 4 right now and so far it's being the damn best next-gen experience I had since, probably, Oblivion. So, pardon me for not writing more, but hey, I have a HDTV and a PS3 with MGS4 waiting, so I think you'll understand why I'm not really feeling like staying here staring at the monitor. Bye all!

And fredy, what did you tell me about not getting MGS4 anytime soon? Booya, in your face! Haha!
Joking man, you got to pass by my place sometime soon to check this out ;)

segunda-feira, 16 de junho de 2008

Go berserk!

One of my favourite hidden gems for the Dreamcast is Sword of the Berserk, an hack 'n' slash action game (probably one of my favourite genres) based on the manga Berserk. Unfortunately my copy of the game was in bad condition and it would always freeze near the end and I sort of just forgot about the game. Until recently, that is, when Father K enthusiastically wrote about it over at the DCJY, giving me just what I needed to track down a working copy and finally finish the game. Unfortunately the game is aimed primarily at fans of the manga, and while it's still enjoyable just by itself, you're missing a whole lot if you don't know the setting and the characters.

The creators of the game were kindly enough to give you a sort of in-game encyclopaedia about the background of the series, but it's still not enough. You know nothing about Guts' past, how he lost his left arm and his right eye, why he travels around with Caska and what the fuck happened to that girl to make her loose her mind. That's why I just recently started watching the anime, although I will eventually have to read the manga too since the anime doesn't cover the whole story. Anyway, for all the fans of the game (or just anime in general) this is a must see. It's action-packed, full of violence and it tells Guts' story in great detail, and it's indeed a story worth telling. Also, this might come as a shock to all those who've only played the Dreamcast game, but Caska originally was a fierce warrior just a little weaker than Guts himself and she hated him so much... What the fuck happened to her since that and how the two got together I still don't know, but that's enough to make me want to watch the anime to the end and read the manga after that.

Here's the first episode for your viewing pleasure. Shitty quality, but enough to get an idea.

So, fans of Sword of the Berserk, watch the anime (just entitled Berserk), because the game is only half as fun when you don't know the story behind it. Also, there's a rather obscure PS2 Berserk game that supposedly is even better than the Dreamcast one. Got to check that one out in the future...

sábado, 7 de junho de 2008

You know you're influential when...

I was just browsing the wonderful Racketboy forum when suddenly I saw this. Yup, that's exactly what it looks like, that guy is using a quote from one of my posts as his signature. OMFG! First I was given the rank of moderator over at the PTGamers forum and now this. I'm getting quite popular on the internets, ain't I? :D

Edit: guess I have a new fan :)

domingo, 1 de junho de 2008

Blasted Mechanism - I Believe

Yesterday I was browsing through some old backup cd's I burned whenever I formatted my pc's hard drive when I found some examples of the music I was listening to back then. It was somewhat of a shock to find much "lighter" music than what I listen to nowadays, but as a statement to my musical taste, every single one of those songs are still as good today as they were back then and I still like them the same. This one if from another Portuguese act, Blasted Mechanism. I don't really know how famous they are in the rest of the world, so in case you've never heard of them, they have a really unique style that it's rather hard to define, something like alternative rock with a very tribal theme. The song in question is from the 2003 album Namaste and features a pretty cool video with lots of gaming references. Hope you like it, and if you do, there should be plenty more videos on youtube.

"I believe in the power of people,
I believe in destiny,
I believe in evolution,
I believe in what I see"