If you play video games then you'll probably agree, that like J-E-L-L-O, there's always room for one more FPS out there.

The closed beta for Wolf Team (Aeria Games) is ready for signups, and my initial reaction is that this is gonna be good, especially based on Aeria Games past track record of support for other titles.

Details from their website:

* Fast-paced FPS action for up to 16 players
* Large assortment of different weapons
* Transform into werewolf for up-close combat
* 15 different maps in a variety of environments
* 7 game modes including Death Match, Destruction, and Conquest
* Free to Play

Our team will be in there for impressions and to get a better handle on just what to expect when this goes live!

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Tuesday, June 30, 2009 0 comments

Saw this shirt and thought it so appropriate to share.
The Gaming Revolution - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Monday, June 29, 2009 0 comments

We've got a lot of games here to take a look at, and we don't want to miss a single one of any genre or platform. Sometimes though, that's simply not possible, and among those we do review we've decided to "standardize" (which still means it's subject to change in the blink of an eye) our rating guide.

Criteria we examine:

Storyline (if applicable)
Graphics (Visual Appeal)
Modes of Play (Multiplayer / singleplayer / online, arcade,
Cross-Platform multiplayer, etc.)
Cost versus Value (Also known as the "If you can barely afford to buy it, then tack
on subscription, additional upgrade / addon costs don't bother"
Sound / Dialogue
Control Tuning
Miscellanious (Reserved for anything and everything else we forgot to put
Support (If you're Customer Support wouldn't pass a Turing Test, prepare
to get slammed)

Criteria we do not examine:

~ ESRB Rating : SPVG believes that the ESRB rating system is a guide only. We don't approve of retail outlets that refuse to carry certain games based on their rating alone and we don't intend to allow the ESRB rating to dissuade us from making and promoting our own opinion. In the spirit of using the ESRB system as a guide, we will publicize the assigned rating for a specific game when it's awarded.

~ Sponsored / Paid reviews : Per the SPVG Disclosure Policy, link in the Home menu, our reviews are the honest opinions of our reviewers based on their actual gameplay and experience with a product. If, coincidentally, an advertisement from our third party advertising source runs concurrently with our review of the same product or game, rest assured, that is beyond our control and does not nor will ever influence our opinions.

It's easy to see that there is leeway and subjectivity in our ranking system, and we don't apologize for that. If we think a game sucks, as far as we're concerned, it does. We openly encourage debate on this and of our reviews and may edit our reviewing system or criteria based on multiple factors, not least of which being available technology for video game consumers.

Each point we measure, will be awarded a visual value, the "Pew!" Cause in l33tsp3ak, m0r3 Pews is m0r3 g00d3r. We're gamers, we know this. Then, the average number of Pews for each game is tallied and an overall level of geeked-out gaming goodness is awarded.

Thus:Not so great.

And: Much better.

We want your feedback, ideas, suggestions, so drop us a comment and we'll consider your criteria in reviewing games / products!

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If you're an old fan of M.A.S.H. like I am, then you probably remember Corporal Klinger often sporting a mustache and a dress in his drive to get a "Section 8" and be sent home out of the Korean War. Section 8 referring to a US military reg that's a ticket home when a soldier is declared mentally unfit for duty. Based on that, this game and I should get along just fine.

Within the single-player campaign, you take on the role of Alex Corde, a member of the Section 8 space Marines that are sent out strike the enemy group ARM of Orion. This particular group of marines are deemed nuts for taking on missions of that sort, and if you're personally acquainted with any real Marines, you'll know that must be pretty insane.

The spawning process in the game, is a new twist on a concept older than video-games themselves, but visually it is very nice. Troops "burn in" from thousands of feet dropped from the belly of a landing craft that looks a little too similar, for my tastes, to the lander from Aliens.

If you're a FilePlanet subscriber, you can get in on the beta yourself, beta keys come out at random intervals and are first-come first-serve.

There's also a partnership tied in with GameStop pre-orders to pick up the Captain's Armor in-game item. Which, though I think pre-order rewards are overused and most often under-developed, looks pretty good.

Reportedly there will be dedicated servers for both the Xbox 360 and PC systems, although the game will not support cross-platform multiplayer. (one of these days, one of these days) Fans of the HALO franchise are going to love this, critics are going to pan it for reconstituting a lot of tried and true sci-fi fps maxims. That is a good strategy, pretty up what works, repackage and market. Multiplayer "ooo, you so pwnt" bragging rights and possible add-ons are going to be what ensures the longevity of any title of this genre and let's hope fans of Section 8 get that.

Available: Fall 2009
Developer: TimeGate Studios, Inc.
Genre: First Person Shooter
Players: 1+
Platform: PC, XBOX 360®
ESRB Rating: T

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Saturday, June 27, 2009 0 comments

I enjoy Funko's bobble heads, there's something nostalgic, simple and kind of ohhh, artsy about their little disproportionate bodies under the wobbling oversized heads. They don't just make head nodding wobbles of fun though, they've got some great flash drive designs now.

If you couldn't get your hands on one of MIMO's Limited Edition Boba Fett flash drives, rejoice, because the oh so much easier to come by (and better looking, in my opinion) Funko designed Fett USB flash drive is on it's way.

I swear, it's a conspiracy, everytime I think I'm catching up on my Fett-o-phile wishlist, something new comes along. While I'm on it, I'll remind everyone, I am an Entertainment Earth affiliate, so don't go getting your iPanties in a wad about me advertising their stuff. I'd probably recommend Pinhead the Cenobites toyshop if he was selling Boba Fett merchandise. EE has some Fett exclusives I have yet to get my hands on so click the link and feed my need for jetpacks :P

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I really admire the ingenuity and talent involved in creating these papercraft. The best source, with daily updates, that I've seen around is PaperKraft.net

Take a look around the site, check out their links to other interesting papercrafts, you'll be glad you did, especially if you have kids and want to get them involved in using their hands, not just their thumbs on a video-game conroller. :)


Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Friday, June 26, 2009 0 comments

There is a reason I, a lover of science-fiction in all it's vastness don't usually even visit Sci Fi Wire. You know what I'm talking about, that purported science fiction blog "powered" by the Sci-Fi Channel.

It's because of crap like this.

Yo, geek wannabe's, Trek has been and always will be "cool". Get over yourselves and stop comparing Obama to Spock, you're making me wanna cry.

I don't like that site, and I don't want to promote it, BUT, some things just have to be said. Head over there, and tell them they're the worst kind of posers. The movie was good, but I do feel that it sought to make Star Trek into something chewed up and reconstituted as "American Idol Trek".

That's my rant :)

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Thursday, June 25, 2009 0 comments

Bulkypix and Motion Twin announce the release of My Brute Lite on iPhone and iPod Touch. Now you can not only jump in and beat the crap outta your opponent on your PC via browser, but you can do it on the go. :P

The My Brute Lite app is available here: Available HERE

My Brute Lite is easy to access and allows you to:
- Open your own dojo.
- Fight up to 3 opponents a day.
- Discover and master more than 70 skills and weapons.
- Have discussions with other players from around the world via Open Feint
- Challenge your friends on Facebook Connect

If you prefer to get involved with the original My Brute, you can always challenge me. I'm there, occasionally kicking butt, I never can resist a free flash-based game. That's a picture of you getting smacked around below, oh wait, that's not you, that's the last guy, hehe.

Click to Register and Battle

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If you're like us, 2GB isn't a lot these days, though I do still manage to keep my old laptop going that came with a whopping 20GB HDD, HUUUGEE storage there.

Anyway, it could probably be 2kb of storage and I'd still order one, just cause it's made in the likeness of the galaxy's most notorious bounty hunter.

***UPDATE*** The pictured Boba Fett flash drive is / was by MIMOBot. The edition was limited to only 5000 units and good luck getting your hands on one of these specifically.

It will be another "trophy" for the bounty hunter toy collection, that is certain, and EE states pre-order now for a ship date of approximately October '09.

©2008 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved.

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id Software, creators of world-renowned games such as DOOM, QUAKE, Wolfenstein, and its upcoming title, RAGE gas been acquired by ZeniMax Media Inc., parent company of noted game publisher Bethesda Softworks

id Software will continue to operate under the direction of its founder, John Carmack.

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Wednesday, June 24, 2009 0 comments

If you just said, "Who?", go administer to yourself a anesthetic free lobotomy. If you survive that, I'll let you in on the fact that Bonnie Ruberg is the awesomesauce. She has been publishing professionally for more than four years and sits on the steering committee of the Women in Games International.

I swear, I do not have a particular redhead-fetish, at least not that I'm not in denial about. It just seems, to me, that every time I check, the greatest, most amazing geeky hotties (of the female persuasion, personal preference) have a hint of red, at least, in their visible cephalic regions. *Applies for research grant to determine if the "geek gene" is actually on chromosome 16 beside red hair*

If, and this is feeling highly of myself for a moment, if there is an individual out there whom I would strive to be worthy of collaborating with on articles of pop-culture or any other, it would be Bonnie Ruberg.

Recently married to game designer Scott Jon Siegel, she needs no geek cred by association, (sorry Scott, YOU get geek cred for associating with your wife, so there:P) writing primarily for The Economist, Forbes.com, PC World, and SF Weekly. She's written before for Wired, Macworld, and Joystiq, and founded Heroine Sheik in '05. Do visit, be nice, and enjoy her venting her thoughts on sex in video games. Wish I'd have run into her when I was running an island in SL, I'd have "tried" to give her a run for her money.

According to Bonnie's "About Bonnie" she wants a unicorn, but would settle for a pony. Ok, no ponies here, or unicorns, however, care of Spippo, we present her with an image of an uber horsie.

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VR Game Gun: via JoshGeek @geeksix

Follow him on Twitter, you'll be glad ya did.

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Tuesday, June 23, 2009 0 comments

Coming out in Fall 2009 for the PS3, PSP, and XBox 360 is Tekken 6. New character reveals show us Alisa Bosconovich, a mystery girl found in the lower, heavily guarded levels of the Bosconovich Laboratory, from which she takes her last name.

Marshall Law, besieged by money troubles after being found illegally employed in Japan and subsequently deported back to the United States, seeks to end his finacial nightmares by winning the top prize in the tournament. (And apparently ripping off Alisa's head in the process.)

Eddy Gordo joins the The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6 as a member of the Tekken Force in order to eliminate those who would threaten Jin, who had become the new head of the Mishima Zaibatsu.

Another new "mystery person", Lars Alexandersson a former ranking member of the Tekken Force, and unknown to most, he is Heihachi's son. Known as "The one who betrayed his own in order to build a new era."

Yoshimitsu, a personal favorite character from when Tekken was still bound in the arcades, now carries Fumaken - a sword with the ability to contain the power of the evil sword from which comes his name - Yoshimitsu.

Images and data courtesy of Games Press, "The resource for games journalists."

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Monday, June 22, 2009 0 comments

Judging the success and quality of LEGO Star Wars, a personal favorite fun time that I play with my kid, anything dealing with the LEGO franchise is going to be a hit.

Our panel of experts, two eight year old boys and one eleven year old young lady, have reviewed the information we have on the Summer 2009 upcoming LEGO Battles from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Their expert opinions can be summed up in these statements, "What do you mean we can't play it now? I thought you were showing us something we could do now. When is it coming out, can we play together? Ooo, I gotta have that so I can build a castle and zap "insert child's name here".

Yeah, apparently, I am a glutton for punishment.

LEGO Castle, LEGO Pirates and LEGO Space will be combined into a seventy (plus?) level, six story-line epic where you get to put LEGO spacemen battling next to LEGO knights in multiplayer enabled by wireless DS multi-card. The comedy in any LEGO title is always worth the price of the software itself, and I don't have to worry about the content when it comes to turning on the electronic babysitter (aka game console). Ok, I'm lieing through my teeth, "maybe" the kids get to play, if I get out of their way long enough.

LEGO, BIONICLE and their respective logos are trademarks of The LEGO Group. ©2009 The LEGO Group.
Nintendo DS is a trademark of Nintendo. ©2006 Nintendo.

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Saturday, June 20, 2009 0 comments

Here we go again. When, in our country, I speak specifically of the US here, did "We the People" become "We the Corporation"?

As a young, aspiring classical musician, I was able to find work, though I can't and don't do that anymore and at the time, was terribly flattered to be considered semi-professional. It was great, I enjoyed it and seriously recommend anyone that can, take the chance and put yourself out there, it will change your life.

Stating that, I'm trying to defuse the usual arguments that crop up, that the authors of anything that criticizes the RIAA and MPAA are horrible artist hating morons that want something for nothing, before they begin here.

What I abhor, is the abuse by a very wealthy few (especially during our global recession, geesh) of frankly, anyone.

When the VCR first arrived on the scene, many, many attempts were made to block consumers from legally being able to record television broadcasts. Obviously, that didn't go over so well.

Last time I personally turned on the radio, I was still able to pop in a cassette tape and record broadcast. It becomes illegal to do so when you copy this to sell it, to make a profit off of someone else's hard work. That is a legitimate protection that artists need and are entitled to.

In the case of Jammie Thomas-Rasset, recently found guilty, by jury, of infringing the copyright of twenty-four songs over Kazaa (back when it wasn't a legal site) the RIAA apparently believes, and so does the jury, they are entitled to reparation to the tune of 80,000 US$ per song. I know commercial CD's have gotten a bit expensive, but I didn't realize they cost that much now.

A favorite phrase of indivuduals of an older generation, "What are they gonna do, they did away with debtor's prison?", comes to mind. The RIAA will never see that money, and don't tell me, or anyone else with half a brain, that this is to send a message to pirates that they can't get away with this kind of thing. What this decision, and in fact, all DRM legislation does, is encourage right-minded citizens to flaunt the law at every opportunity. I'm reminded of the period of "Prohibition" in the US, where eventually, a constitutional change came about, now you can drink all the alcohol your liver can stand.

Here is the RIAA reaction to the decision, and I get to copy it out of fair use, ain't it great.


“We appreciate the jury's service and that they take this as seriously as we do. We are pleased that the jury agreed with the evidence and found the defendant liable. Since day one, we have been willing to settle this case and we remain willing to do so.”

-- Cara Duckworth

Sorry, I don't believe that a jury of a single-Mom's peers found her liable. Seems to me that she was tried by twelve people that might need to re-evaluate how much material that violates copyright is in their own homes.

Back in 2007, when this case was first tried to be brought against the plaintiff, the RIAA also sought to bring charges against a deceased plaintiff. Took them a couple of years, but it seems they found a judge and jury that would let them get away with the invasion of privacy trying this case allowed. How do you send a letter to a deceased person, and a minor (under thirteen years of age) seeking damages for copyright violation?

Support the artists that make the music, the movies, and other entertainment you enjoy, please, purchase their products. Just remember, that with the advent of the DMCA, if you are able to find a way to copy, for personal use your legally purchased entertainment, you've become a pirate. You are allowed, by law, to make one copy of anything you purchase, for archival, but, if you break the digital rights management embedded in it to prevent copying, you've broken the law. Those two concepts negate each other, that seems simple enough, you can legally make a backup, but if you do, you're breaking the law by breaking the protection to do it. Huh?! Makes no sense to me either.

As a last here's the plaintiffs public statement outside the courtroom, Jammie stated the verdict was “kind of ridiculous” and vowed that “there’s no way they’re ever going to get [that money]”. She's right, they won't. I challenge them to prove me wrong, after all, isn't the punishment supposed to be in proportion to the crime?

MediaSentry investigated over NC RIAA Lawsuits

A very informative link, check it out, and let your legislator know that you don't want an unlicensed company invading your privacy.

MediaSentry canned by RIAA

Don't miss the excellent, and happy, followup.

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Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Thursday, June 18, 2009 0 comments

Time to start our everything Fett columns, I'm so far behind.

If you've got a submission for anything Fett, from licensed collectibles to that t-shirt that got printed in such low numbers you just had to have one, let us know and we'll add it to our collection!

 - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

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For fun, I headed over to innergeek: a Place for Geeks to take the geek test. Fairly certain I'd score well, well meaning I'm a geek like Pinnochio fears termites.

When I got to the questions about what you read / have read, I wondered who was looking over my shoulder, or hiding in my bathroom. When I saw the use of the term THACO, I laughed, couldn't be helped. Spellchecks shouldn't even throw THACO out, that's a legit word like "Dammit Jim!" is a catch-phrase.

i am an extreme geek

So yeah, I scored "extreme geek", I can live with that, as more geekiness shall come with age and wise delving into the arcane geek arts.

Check out the geek test, and see how you stack up.
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The LA Times don't seem to be "with" the times. GeekGirlDiva wrote an excellent article here about their inappropriate classifying of the wonderful geeky girls of our world. Take a read, you'll be glad you did.

The Squees of A Geek Girl Diva: An Open Letter to the L.A. Times from a Geek Girl

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Two "r"'s in that name folks..makes me just want to roll it off my tongue, with a "rrrrrrr" sound effect.

Latest word is, Alison Carroll, the latest human incarnation of everyones favorite Tomb Raider, Lara Croft is still single! Oh wait, that does me no good, I'm still overly geeky and not single, c'est la vie.

"Tomb Raider: Underworld" or Tomb Raider 8, for those keeping track, is the eighth, (good guess!) game in the 'Tomb Raider' series, released in November 2008.

No one says that Alison is "only" Lara Croft, far from it. (Yes, that is a jab at the editors of AskMen for their snotty little low rating, total objectification of this lovely and well-rounded professional, and dismissal with a paltry numeric "rating") A gymnast from the age of seven, she's spending six days a week in the gym, when she can. I need that dedication.

Life Is An Art, directed by Jayant Harnam will show us more of Alison, since it's now officially in post-production, where she is in the role of Clare Jones. Now out, as of 6 Jun, is Doghouse, zombies AND Alison Carroll. Oh yeah, there are some other guys in it. Whovians can never get enough of everyones new-favorite tin dog, "It's always about Him, isn't it?" Mickey Smith, aka Noel Clarke. Actually Noel, this time, it's all about her, Alison Carroll. Poor guy, he just can't win.

Alison is also in, The Kid, by director Nick Moran, which recently headed into post-production as well.

For your Alison Carroll fix, check out her official page at alisoncarroll.org.uk, and thank you Alison for keeping Lara Croft fresh, energetic and vibrant!

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Wednesday, June 17, 2009 0 comments

Mid-Month State of the Game review time here, and some notables released this month so far; Sims 3 (PC), Prototype, Red Faction, Virtua Tennis, Ghostbusters, Transformers and Tiger Woods.

With the US Open and Tiger Woods picking up a lot of broadcast time, it's a good bet there's a point to releasing a title built up around his name in June.

Top ten titles by sales volume so far for 06/15*:

~ Sims 3 (PC) > 1,500,000
# UFC 2009 Undisputed (X360) 500,000 < 600,000
# Wii Fit (Wii) 400,000 < 500,000
# EA Sports Active (Wii) 300,000 < 400,000
# UFC 2009 Undisputed (PS3) 300,000 < 400,000
# inFamous (PS3) 300,000 < 400,000
# Pokemon Platinum (NDS) 100,000 < 200,000
# Mario Kart Wii 100,000 < 200,000
# Punch-Out!! (Wii) 100,000 < 200,000
# X-Men Origins: Wolverine (X360) 100,000 < 200,000

Combined platform sales of UFC 2009 Undisputed are above 800,000 units which is a really great start and most likely due to a substantial advertising campaign pre-release.

But the King, coming out on June 2, and setting the best release in the companies history, is EA's Sims 3. The ten dollar app for the iPhone even took the #1 spot. Sims 3 is dominating the month of June, though solid sales figures will be available for all of June at July's beginning.

*Sales figures are mean values based on industry reporting and analysis of previous month's sales. As such, they are approximate and ain't gospel, but if we really screw up, we'll own up :)

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Monday, June 15, 2009 0 comments

TheSmokingGun.com is funny, and we're geeks and sometimes we come across things on sites, blogs, and other journalistic endeavors that we are compelled to share with you. The fellow who made the Orange Barrel Monster, was arrested, charged with a misdemeanor for destroying the orange construction barrels that belonged to a private company. Hell, the publicity they have gotten and are going to get, is probably going to be worth the aggravation.

Rodney Carrington, great comedian, really, wrote a song, works a little too well with the photo. Enjoy!

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Sunday, June 14, 2009 0 comments

Anyone who's read this for information besides a "Hottie of the Week" knows that the editor and occasional staff of SPVG are absolutely nutty about a lot of internet related policies that are trying to be pushed into the faces of consumers.

Chief among these is probably the issue of the consumers privacy, really, no other system in place within the United States can reveal so much about you as an individual, what you do in your home, etc. than a look at your IP address, your browsing records, the material cached on your laptop.

EFF, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has launched a website to help those who do care about what happens to a companies Terms of Service after you digitally sign it - TOSBack.org.

Terms-Of-Service and other website policies form the foundation of your relationship with social networking sites, online businesses, and other Internet communities. But most people become aware of these terms only when there's a problem. TOSBack was created to help you monitor the policies for the websites you use everyday, and show how they change over time.

A summary from their own, "About TOSBack", tells it all, and if you really read deeply enough into some TOS's that you've already agreed to, you might be surprised at what you find. Protect your rights as a consumer, first by knowing what you agree to. You wouldn't just sign "OK" when purchasing a new automobile, and thankfully, TOSBack.org and the EFF are making our lives a little easier.

Truthfully, the last new car our family purchased, the dealer requested, among the huge stacks of papers we needed to sign, one document that actually indicated we were waving our rights to arbitration if the car blow up on the way off the lot and injured or killed one or all of us. We didn't sign it, and I still remember how high my blood pressure felt at the affront they'd even ask us to look at such impropriety.

Check out the EFF's direct link to their new free service, you'll probably be glad you did.

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Saturday, June 13, 2009 0 comments

Bless La Quadrature du Net who posted this picture in response to the recent decision.

We reported on the Creation and Internet Bill being pushed into law by French legislators. The Creation and Internet Bill was being touted as the "Internet Three Strikes" Bill, and entertainment industry gestapo, like the RIAA were reportedly very happy and excitedly pushing this Bill forward as a victory for Digital Rights Management, copyright protection, and a failure for torrent sites, providers of torrents and other varieties of bootleg material available on Peer to Peer networks. Nevermind that there are legitimate, legal and honest uses for such sharing of files.

Following on the heels of the recent decision by Swedish courts against The Pirate Bay, things were looking pretty glum. Now, no one here, at SPVG is gonna be heard promoting, aggrandizing, or otherwise playing sides with people who illegally share files, so quit gearing up to take us on.

What you will hear us expound upon, sometimes at great length, is what the French government finally got into their heads: The Creation and Internet Bill was found un-Constitutional. WHOOHOOO!! Yay, so, there you have it folks. They tossed it out like yesterdays garbage, and it IS just that, garbage.

Today, the French Constitutional Council has ruled that the law, dubbed the The Creation and Internet bill is unconstitutional and violates the Declaration of 1789. The declaration says that all parties are innocent until proven guilty. The three strikes law would force customers to prove their own innocence.

Supporters of the Bill, are presumably squelching the devil out of this news while they played up it's passage on network television, news broadcasts and press conferences. Funny, the reversal of the Bill has been not heard much, yet. Pushes to use the Bill's passage as precedent in other EU countries were openly made, even brash mention of it gaining respectability in the US was heard. Innocent until proven guilty, a good French start. Perhaps now this decision, it's reversal, will be used as a precedent in other EU countries against similarly contrived anti-consumer measures.

Only one thing to say to all that:

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We can never leave anything well enough alone at SPVG, we're compelled to tinker.

So, if you visit us after this announcement, and things are ugly, confused, and generally make your eyes bleed. Don't Panic!! We'll have it back together in no time. :)

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Friday, June 12, 2009 0 comments

Dr Seuss explains computers:

If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port,
And the bus is interrupted as a very last resort,
And the address of the memory makes your floppy disk abort,
Then the socket packet pocket has an error to report.

If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash,
And the double clicking icon puts your window in the trash,
And your data is corrupted 'cause the index doesn't hash,
Then your situation's hopeless and your system's gonna crash.

If the label on the cable on the table at your house,
Says the network is connected to the button on your mouse,
But your packets want to tunnel on another protocol,
That's repeatedly rejected by the printer down the hall,

And your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss,
So your icons in the window are as wavy as a souse,
Then you may as well reboot it,
and let it go out with a bang,
'Cause as sure as I'm a poet, the sucker's gonna hang.

When the copy of your floppy's getting sloppy on the disk,
And the micro-code instructions cause unnecessary risk,
Then you have to flash your memory and you'll want to ram your ROM,
So quickly turn off your computer and go and tell your mum!

**Note - If anyone knows who this may be attributed to correctly, please let SPVG know, we'd love to give them due credit. Until then, enjoy this fun Seuss-like rhyme, it's fun to torture your kids with.

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World of Warcraft Series 5 Night Elf Hunter Action Figure

World of Warcraft Series 4 Murloc Action Figure 2-Pack

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today confirmed details for the upcoming Warcraft® Regional Finals that will be held between the 26th and 28th of June at the KOMED MediaPark, Cologne. Over recent months, World of Warcraft® 3v3 Arena teams and Warcraft III players across Europe and North America have been climbing their respective qualifying ladders, battling each other for a spot at the Regional Finals.

PWNED (Owned) Pennant

World of Warcraft Lady Vashj Action Figure

At the Regional Finals tournament, the top competitors from both North America and Europe will come together in a clash to determine who will advance to the Global Finals. In the end two North American Arena teams, two European Arena teams, two Warcraft III players from North America, and three Warcraft III players from Europe will advance to the Global Finals, which will be held at BlizzCon 2009 this August 21 and 22 in Anaheim, California.

World of Warcraft Series 5 Alliance Hero Action Figure
Gamers who are not competing in the contest are welcome to attend, witness the fast-paced action live on stage, and cheer their favorite players on to victory.

For more information or to check out the event videos and galleries from last year’s finals, head to the official Warcraft Regional Finals 2009 website.

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Thursday, June 11, 2009 0 comments

No one, ever, will mess with our Hottie of the Week for this week, not while she's swinging that battle-axe! It's our benevolent ruler Pansy Warrior Princess!

In case you live under a rock, Pansy Warrior Princess is a comedy/video game review series. Pansy, from her throne room, discusses her peeves, pleasures, thoughts on recent video games, and answers viewer questions. In addition to creating videos filled with comedy, special effects, and animation, she hosts a live show on stickam every Wed-Sun at 7PM PST.

Really, how many of us have wanted to split the skull of a moron in front of us holding up the line at the local Quickie Mart? Yup, all of us, come on admit it. Play the video again, you know you want to.

Oh, and apparently, I have some fascination with redheads. I admit it, redheads are the awesome-sauce and Pansy Warrior Princess is right at the top of our Hotties of the Week (add reverb sound effects while you say that, it's cooler that way).

***Due to the editor and purveyor (hah, I said purveyor) of all things geek, I totally screwed up Pansy's cast, it's at...PansyWarriorPrincess.com

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Wednesday, June 10, 2009 7 comments

Readers that have been with us awhile, will have noticed a new ad off to the right, highlighting your chance to join the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA).

You'll also notice in our Disclosure Policy that we list them as a member organization. The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit membership organization established to serve the needs of those who play computer and video games.

Formed in 2006, the ECA is an advocacy organization for consumers of interactive entertainment. Gamers represent nearly fifty percent of the US population and spend $10 billion annually on gaming, yet as a group are continually overlooked by both politicians and the mainstream press. The mission of the ECA is to give game consumers a voice and to ensure that elected officials hear their concerns and appreciate the growing influence of the gamer demographic.

The organization, which is headquartered in Connecticut, focuses its advocacy efforts on consumer rights, anti-games legislation, and a host of other public policy concerns as well as providing substantial community, educational, and affinity benefits to its members—from discounts on subscriptions and game rentals and purchases to education, employment assistance, and insider access to industry news and events.

With our past articles on how legislation at home and abroad is influencing the games that you are able to play, how your privacy is tossed to the side by the DMCA, and how DRM can negatively effect the legitimate end-user, we're proud to promote the ECA and applaud it's efforts on the gamers behalf.

Check them out, show your support, and garner the benefits of being a member!

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Tuesday, June 9, 2009 2 comments

German politicians are pushing forward with an all-out ban on what they consider, "Violent VideoGames". Sixteen Interior Ministers have proposed legislation via a petition to the German parliament to ban both the production and distribution of violent games.

Moves to ban paintball, airsoft guns, restrict the memberships of marksman clubs, require gunowners to deposit their ammunition at local police stations all follow in the wake of the tragedy in Winnenden, Germany.

*The Albertville-Realschule massacre occurred on the morning of 11 March 2009 at a secondary school in Winnenden, Baden-W├╝rttemberg, in southwestern Germany, followed by a shootout at a car dealership in nearby Wendlingen. The shooting spree resulted in 16 deaths, including the suicide of the perpetrator, 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer, who had graduated from the school one year earlier. Several people were also injured during the incident.

What happened in Winnenden is a tragedy, and there is no one more concerned than I when I hear of violence (from hair-pulling to gunfire) at schools. To bring more focus upon what I refer to as "knee-jerk" reactions whenever violence of such a magnitude occurs, look at the big picture and what it may eventually mean globally for gamers and the non-gaming public.

Already, you have to really dig to find a decent broadcast of an Olympic Event that involves marksmanship. This is because shooting at inanimate targets has received criticism as promoting violence and eventually, marksman type events will be removed from the Olympics. Greco-Roman wrestling, in my opinion, so much higher in legitimacy than whatever tripe is being broadcast on Pay-Per-View, obviously promotes violent actions against your opponent. Get rid of that quickly, one of the original sports of the Olympics, axe it, now, before it infects the world with it's terrible violence.

Fencing, Tae Kwon Do, and heaven's forbid some chess player actually move one step forward right or left when he decides to go off the deep end and "Castle" his College Adviser, all these things are violent.

The typical move, of a knight chesspiece forward and right or left, to capture your opponent's piece, for all the non-chessy pansies out there is brought up for good reason. During another violent tragedy, reports were circulated that the shooter used techniques he learned from playing a videogame, in how he walked, stalked down his victim, and corraled them into a corner, with his partner. So let's be sure and blame chess the next time someone shoots someone else and steps "knight-like". Chess is so violent it makes my eyes bleed.

The act of typing out on this keyboard, is violent. Not in the way that the keys will be scarred and require hours of counseling when I am done, but the act of using "Free Speech" is force, and a violent act.

Now, politicians being what they are, politicians, and German elections coming up in September, we've not heard the last of making video games out to be the albatross around societies neck. I'm surprised that someone hasn't blamed Parker Brothers for the global recession, after all they make the boardgame Monopoly, and are therefore responsible for this games detrimental effects upon the stock exchanges and real estate markets.

Crysis developers Crytek, happen to be based in Germany. If I were them, I'd be worried, especially since the proposed bans are against developer's of violent videogames. If CryTek picks up it's studio and hauls ass to LA, good for them, and for LA. German politicians obviously don't need the revenue from the games industry to fuel their agendas, so let's see how they do without it.

*This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Albertville Realschule massacre and is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Monday, June 8, 2009 2 comments

These are in no particular order, just a monkey typing on a keyboard here, but, they are some of the best of the #robotpickuplines that I saw trending on Twitter. See any more good ones out there, or just want to say hi, Twit us one, or drop us a line here :)

1.~ @JoAnneJoyM #robotpickuplines If I said you had a bootable body would you bolt it against me

2.~ @travelfox #robotpickuplines "My name's Vista. Can I crash at your place tonight?"

3.~ @BambiBlue #robotpickuplines roses are #FF0000, violets are #0000FF, all my base are belong to you

4.~ @joeadamfry #robotpickuplines PLEASE EXECUTE THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE: 010110 [OOOH YEA THATS IT] 0111001 [OH YEA DONT STOP] 01010[OOOOH!]

5.~ @stephHARSH #robotpickuplines the morning after: are you gonna ESC or do I have to CTRL+ALT+DLT?

6.~ @mariancall #robotpickuplines Sure, I can get you access to the central defense mainframe of the 12 Colonies.

7. ~@PatriceLarue #robotpickuplines In Z80012, using hex rather than binary and converting to a basic ASC-2 code, I think I E5 A9 08 B7 you.

8. ~@TruePseudo #robotpickuplines Nice shoes, wanna connect via TCP/IP?

9. ~@InMyPANTS (@Kimli) #robotpickuplines There are humans in my pants - wanna enslave them?

And 10. ~@Ninjaseesbeyond #robotpickuplines Are your servos worn out? Because you've been persistently present in my logic processor between 4pm and 12am.

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Friday, June 5, 2009 1 comments

FUEL is going to blow your mind when it launches Friday June 5th for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft® with a Games For Windows® edition to follow. Grab a FUEL injection by downloading gameplay videos at www.fuel-game.com.

If you're a racing game fan, want real time day/night, and weather effects that would make Dorothy run screaming to her Auntie 'Em - then FUEL is going to be right up your alley.

Seventy, count'em, seventy different vehicles to race and unlock spread out across buggies, dragsters, off-road bikes, cars, trucks, on-road bikes and quads. Toto never stood a chance. Just take a look-see at IceBreaker, "Ice Road" truckers eat your hearts out.

Generally speaking, I'm not much for racing, I am pretty sure that NASCAR is a funny acronym for something with four left turns. ( I feel the love now, thanks) The arcade type competition though in FUEL is enough to get any couch-bound double clutching geek excited. Sometimes you just have to tear crap apart under wheels. That cow-catcher on the front of IceBreaker, well, the entire look is gritty and sweet. Exactly what we want in an post-Apocalyptic, top of the mountain to bottom of the canyon race game. Oh, and yeah, the FUELgirls, did I forget to mention them, well, turn up the sound (NSFW) and hit the link.

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Yes, you read that correctly, in Abylight's new release "Fish'em All!™" for WiiWare arriving in America next Monday, 8 th June there is a mode that allows you to fill up a tube with fish, match the colors the fish go poof, fill the tube...and "Game Over".

The WiiWare title is for one or two players, has three different game modes - Challenge, Arcade, and, you guessed it, Fishtris!

Playing in Challenge mode allows you to unlock new stages, that you can then play in two-player mode. Arcade mode is a competitive race against the clock, old school coin-op flavored, beat the high score fun fest. Don't forget to put that strap around your wrists folks, broken windows are a pain to replace and explain to insurance adjusters.

I foresee an awful lot of time being used to find new and interesting ways of feeding the characters to the shark, dragon, a few spiders. Call me unstable, but though feeding your character to the enemy is not the goal of the game, that looks like a very fun part of the visuals.

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Thursday, June 4, 2009 1 comments

~There is no problem that cannot be overcome by force.

~If it moves, DESTROY it.

~Piloting any vehicle is simple and requires no training.

~One lone "good guy" can defeat an infinite number of "badguys".

~Make sure you eat all food found lying on the ground.

~You can break things...and get away with it.

~You can push other vehicles off the road....and get away with it.

~If someone dies, they dissappear.

~If you get mad enough, you can fight even better.

~You can overcome most adversaries simply by having enough quarters.

~You can operate all weapons without training.

~No matter how long you fight, you can always fight again.

~Death is reversible (only for you!)

~Ninjas are commonplace and often fight in public.

~Whenever big, fat mean guys are about to croak, the flash red and yellow.

~You never run out of ammo, just grenades.

~All women have great bodies and wear clothes to show this off.

~Shoot everything, if it blows up or dies, it was bad.

~Don't worry if your vehicle crashes and explodes, your rates will not go up.

~A thousand to one odds against you, no problem.

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Hey, it's ALL about E3 this week (and probably next week too, yawn). So, when the lovely Felicia popped up live at E3 with G4, we all went, "Whoohoo".

Also, I might be trending, what is it about redheads?

Enough of my mindless meanderings, SPVG's CyberGeek Hottie of the Week is, Felicia Day!

She blogs, she sings, she dances, she's stunningly gorgeous, she's geeky, she writes a show about gaming geeks, she twitters, she "might" be able to perform enough miracles to be canonized, the Vatican has not gotten back to us yet.

Saint Day, yeah, I'm good with that. Anyway, watch The Guild, it's well worth it, better, go buy the DVD's (Season 1 and 2 are out). Favorite line, "Codex is a fine prize of a woman." Priceless.

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Wednesday, June 3, 2009 0 comments

Billy Mitchell, the current Donkey Kong World Record holder at 1,050,200 points will have his score challenged, at the Los Angeles Convention Center during E3.

The man at the console is once again, Steve Wiebe, who originally took the world record from Tim Sczerby. The takeover of the top slot drew Billy Mitchell's attention and the teeter-totter battle between Mitchell and Wiebe led to the release of the 2007 film The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.

The trailer says a lot about the movie, the absolute nightmare that the classic Donkey Kong game really is, and the rivalry that grew between Mitchell and Wiebe.

Check out other scores, player rankings, gaming statistics, and championship tournaments at Twin Galaxies. The attempt to break the record will be broadcast on G4, today, live.

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Tuesday, June 2, 2009 3 comments

We are deeply saddened by the loss of life attributed to the AF 447 disaster. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, loved ones, and friends of the passengers and crew. Please, take a moment today, to consider our lives and loves, as you pass by a stranger, grant them a smile.
What follows is a transcript of the official Air France press release and the contact numbers published for family members to use for information.

Air France regrets to confirm the disappearance of flight AF 447 flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, scheduled to arrive at 11:10am local time today, as announced to the press by Air France CEO, Pierre-Henri Gourgeon.

The Airbus A330-200, registration F-GZCP, left Rio on 31 May at 7:03pm local time (12:03am in Paris).

The aircraft hit a zone of stormy weather with strong turbulence at 2am this morning (universal time), i.e. 4am in Paris. An automatic message was received from the aircraft at 2:14am (4 :14am in Paris) indicating a failure in the electric circuit a long way from the coast.

The Brazilian, African, Spanish and French air traffic control centres all tried to make contact with flight AF 447 but to no avail. The French military air traffic control centre tried to detect the aircraft but did not succeed.

216 passengers were on board: 126 men, 82 women, 7 children and one infant.

There were 12 flight crew members: 3 pilots and 9 flight attendants.

The flight captain had a record of 11,000 flight hours and had already flown 1,700 hours on Airbus A330/A340s.

Of the two first officers, one had flown 3,000 flight hours (800 of which on the Airbus A330/A340) and the other 6,600 (2,600 on the Airbus A330/A340).

The aircraft was powered by General Electric CF6-80E engines.

The aircraft had totalled 18,870 flight hours and went into service on 18 April 2005.

Its last maintenance check in the hangar took place on 16 April 2009.

Air France fully shares the anxiety and distress of the families concerned. The families are being taken care of in a specially reserved area of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2.

Outside France: + 33 1 57 02 10 55
0800 800 812 in France
0800 881 20 20 in Brazil

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I really, truly hoped, for some gameplay footage of Star Wars: The Old Republic at E3. We didn't get that, but what we got was an absolutely amazing cinematic trailer that blew commenters away. Twitter #e3 was, and probably still is, alive with buzz about the effect the trailer had on Star Wars fans and non-fans (do those actually exist?) alike.

Star Wars: The Old Republic, being developed and published by BioWare and LucasArts, represents an innovative approach to interactive entertainment, featuring immersive storytelling, dynamic combat and intelligent companion characters.

Intelligent companion characters has me sincerely interested, responsive and intelligent decision making, even when I make boneheaded mistakes would be nice to see in an MMO.

From the official Q&A:
Star Wars: The Old Republic takes place more than 3,500 years before the rise of Darth Vader. The most powerful Sith Empire in history has emerged from deep space to attack the Republic and its legendary Jedi guardians. After decades of war, a tenuous truce has been established between the Sith Empire and the Republic, but events occurring in the game are leading the galaxy back to an all-out war.

That's a good indication that EA and LucasArts can finally break the tether between the Star Wars Galaxies - Sony Online Entertainment nightmare and the Star Wars franchise. That much time between the two settings gives me hope that like the Matrix: Online, SWG is going to go offline and forgotten. Originally, SWG was an absolute dream, one could, if they chose, sit in the infamous cantina of Mos Eisley and listen to the band forever and true entertainment could be had just from players walking in and out. The variety of players, their singular reactions to the environment were really what being a fan is all about. Unfortunately, then came the re-vamps of the game, total wipes of entire classes of character, and the "New Gaming Experience" that SOE pushed so hard when all they had to do was stick to their original theme.

I am still reeling, from @louiethecat (of G4) who, and I must paraphrase him, sorry, when he referred to SWG as a debacle of a game. He is so incredibly right, thank God gamers actually say what they think.

I've always loved the Bounty Hunters of Star Wars, they are a class all to themselves and no Star Wars vehicle is complete without one, in my opinion. So, I am very excited to see the treatment of them in TOR. What we wanted for BH in SWG, "Dual Wield", and access to story elements and characters associated with the notorious Extended Universe - Bounty Hunters Guild.

I personally played out the Bounty Hunter class, through good and bad, in SOE's SWG. Cries of nerf this and nerf that, eventually left the class crippled, when they were intially designed to be able to handle the "uber-class" Jedi in the game, to actually hunt them. So yes, if anyone was on Tarquinas and actually remembers when the first BH jetpack was made, well *toot toot*, that's my horn.

Thank you George Lucas, for giving another chance on your universe being an enjoyable MMO experience. Best of luck to EA and BioWare, an insanely critical group of fans are watching and waiting with baited breath. If the actual game is anything like the E3 trailer, you've succeeded.

LucasArts, the LucasArts logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks in the United States and/or in other countries of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. (C) 2008 Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. or Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.BioWare and the BioWare logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of EA International (Studio and Publishing) Ltd.

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Monday, June 1, 2009 0 comments

Being unable to resist picking up something new, even "if" it has a cartoon show to go along with it, I picked up a couple of Chaotic packs and tried it out.

I've one really serious question for the designers of the game: "What age group again are you looking at as your majority player-base?" This is a complicated set of rules, sub-rules and twisty thingamabobs (purely technical term there). I've enjoyed collectible card games for years, let alone the occasional good hand or so of Texas Hold'em, but this one is befuddling. My eight year old, who is trying to learn how to play chess and well is basically smart as a whip (all parents kids are genius's, just ask one), makes up his own set of rules with the cards I brought home, deigning not to get involved with the organic ruleset.

Considering I often have my fingers in too many pies, I put Chaotic aside and moved on, hoping to return with a clearer schedule and mood to delve into it to give it a fair shake. During my time away, the website was entirely re-designed, significantly enhanced, and secondary market prices for some of the cards exploded, similiar to Magic the Gathering in it's heyday. As complex as MtG is though, it's still an easier pick-up game than Chaotic.

Maybe my personal tastes are changing with time, but I prefer to spread my focus over many smaller games than make a huge investment of mental effort into one, simply to remain marginally competitive. If an in-depth ruleset, lots of expansion, detailed play and background are your bag, jump into Chaotic, you'll probably not regret it.

To keep you abreast of some news in regards the game itself, I've added some notes on what will soon be released, so you can be prepared to pick up your collectible fun.

# Join the Forged Unity Pre-Release June 13th & 14th, 2009 and receive a Super Rare Tangath Toborn, OverWorld General just for playing!
# Compete in one of the 11 Battledrome Championships being held in late June. The winner will walk away with a brand new Laptop!
# The first Perim Championship will be held in Toronto on July 18th, 2009 at the Perim Tour: Toronto. Compete for your chance to win a High End Computer Gaming Bundle, Gaming Laptop, Nintendo Wii™, Nintendo DS™, and many other great prizes!
# Visit the Chaotic Organized Play website at TCDOP.com for full details.

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Ahead of E3, a video was leaked to YouTube of Sony’s senior product manager John Koller, discussing the Go, it's features, and the planned release of a Metal Gear Solid title for the handheld.

The device itself really takes a new step up from the 3000, this is sleek and the internal memory at 16GB is really what makes that possible.

The planned release of PSP Go information is Tuesday, the first "official" day of E3, but like the entire video and all information about it, all of this could be a really, really elaborate hoax. There's the disclaimer, you read it, but for my money the video is on the up and up.

Keep an eye open Tuesday, and we'll know for certain the details that Sony releases.

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