Posts Tagged ‘Video’

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PlayStation Home Beta Video Tour

December 6, 2008

Part 1

Part 2

I’ve taken the liberty to record some footage with my digital camera straight from my TV screen to give all of you out there a better idea of what to expect once the public beta launches. The video has been split into two parts and I’ll update this post once the second half has been finished and uploaded for your viewing pleasure. Alright, enough talk. I hope you enjoy this brief look into the PlayStation Home Beta!

UPDATE: Part 2 of the beta tour has been uploaded and posted for your viewing pleasure!

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Biting the Bullet – The Tale of my Second Broken Xbox 360

October 6, 2008

As I posted on my blog on my GameSpot profile, my Xbox 360 has once again taken a one way trip to the afterlife. I knew the end was near once I saw a mosaic of green dots covering the screen during games, as seen in the quick video I captured below.

Here’s a small portion of what I had to say on my GameSpot blog.

As you can see, my Xbox 360 has decided to die once again. Great. This time, a fried graphics card seems to be the culprit and when I tried to turn the system on yesterday, I got an error message, message E 74 to be exact, inviting me to contact Xbox Customer Support.

I called Customer Support only to find out that Microsoft seems intent on screwing me over. Since this is not a “three red lights” issue (only one was blinking on my system) it’s not covered by the three year warranty. To make matters worse, my Xbox 360 is just outside of the one year warranty extension I received from them when my 360 broke down before (I swear they’re planning it like this) so it’s going to cost me $100 to get it fixed. Well, that’s just peachy.

The rest of this post can be viewed here.

Earlier today, after mulling it over for hours, I went up to GameStop and traded in my Xbox 360 for $110 in store credit which I used to buy a new Arcade system, much like the one you see above. This was a very tough decision to make but I’m happy with the choice I’ve made. Somehow forcing the three red lights of death would have allowed me to get my Xbox 360 repaired for free but there were four main reasons why I decided not to do this.

First, as I mentioned before, there’s the risk of Microsoft sending me another defective system. I’ve heard of numerous cases of this happening and I didn’t want to take that risk.

Second, I wanted a system with one of the newer, Jasper motherboards, which runs much cooler than previous models due to the 65nm CPU and GPU. Although Jasper shipments haven’t yet been confirmed, there are many sites that are reporting that Jasper systems have indeed shipped so I’m confident that I have one.

In addition, I was an early adopter and, as you possibly already know, the HDMI port was added retroactively to all Xbox 360 models a little over a year ago so this was something that I wanted, considering my upcoming HDTV purchase.

Third, well, I’m impatient. Time is money and I’ve already committed to doing a few reviews for Talk Xbox which require me to having a working Xbox 360. I tried playing a bit of Mega Man 9 earlier today, but when I turned off the system to go have lunch and came back, the system was once again outputting those telltale dots that blanketed the screen in a sickening green hue (sickening, despite the fact that green is my favorite color). My editors are expecting a fast turnaround and I aim not to disappoint.

Fourth, I don’t want to have to go through this decision process again so, I decided to also buy a one year Product Replacement Plan through GameStop for $20. Given my work experience, I know that when a customer brings back a system with a PRP, there are no questions asked. I plan to use this to my advantage to switch out my system for a new one a year from now, regardless of whether or not it has a problem. Hopefully, Microsoft will have found out what causes Xbox 360’s to break down and fixed the problem once and for all.

So, considering all of these things and that the Arcade system has everything I need, this was a no-brainer. Sure, it does leave a $100 dent in my wallet but I’ll eventually get over it. I purchased Duke Nukem 3D earlier and I’ve been playing that for a few hours since I got home. Being able to relive one of the classics I loved playing on my dad’s computer all those years ago was almost worth the $100 in itself. Almost.

Well, here’s hoping I don’t have any problems out of Xbox 360 #3…at least until October 5, 2009 that is.

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Video Blog #5

May 20, 2008

Yep, I’m finally back on the video blogging scene with my fifth Video Blog. I’ve got a new digital camera with a built in microphone (I picked it up for my trip to EA) so the quality is a lot better this time around than it ever has been when I was using the Xbox Live Vision camera.

In this short new video, I discuss my impressions of GTA IV, some Gran Turismo 5: Prologue commentary, throw in an outtake and overuse of the phrase “without further ado…”. So, check it out and tell me what you think.

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Dead Fantasy II

March 26, 2008

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Dead Fantasy II, published by Monty Oum is the second in the Dead Fantasy series (and judging from the video, not the last) which began last October with Dead Fantasy I. For those of you who haven’t yet seen this amazingly well choreographed and animated short film, check it out here. I’m astounded at how well done it was, easily surpassing many of the over the top and stylish fight scenes in games and movies I’ve seen. As can be easily ascertained I’m thoroughly impressed with this video and highly anticipating his next work which, if the trend continues, will be even better than this.

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Rumored First Video and Screenshots of Sonic Unleashed

March 24, 2008
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 A short while ago, news broke across the internet that Sega had just trademarked the name Sonic Unleashed, thus setting off a firestorm of rumors as to a “revival” of the Sonic the Hedgehog series, one that has fallen on hard times as of recent years. Fairly recently, a few screenshots, rumored to be from the upcoming Sonic Unleashed were leaked on the internet through various internet blogs. Now, a new video has surfaced (yes, still rumored) showcasing Sonic Unleashed gameplay. 

I must say, I’m impressed. It looks like Sega has actually learned from their previous mistakes with recent Sonic games and gone back to Sonic’s roots with some very exciting looking 2D gameplay with a few interspersed bits of 3D as well. In the end, it looks a bit like the Nintendo DS Sonic game, Sonic Rush, which was praised because it stuck primarily to what Sonic is known for, 2D platforming and ludicrous speedI’m excited to see where things go from here. Hopefully, Sega has thrown Sonic’s dopey friends to the wind and continues to focus on the Blue Streak himself doing what he does best, running as fast as he possibly can.  

UPDATE: Video Removed due to it no longer being up on YouTube

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