I remember many moons ago visiting my favorite local video game store and entering into a discussion with one of the sales people about what he was currently playing. He answered that his life was filled with so many things at the moment that he found that he was spending less and less time playing with video games and when he did find the time, the only thing he could play was anything related to Street Fighter II in short thirty minute playing sessions. I pitied the guy back then thinking it would never happen to me. Of course, I was wrong.
So you’ve taken my advice and downloaded the NXE patch for your Xbox 360, made your avatar, fiddled around with some of the new features and…have no idea what to do next. Sure, your spanking new avatar looks pretty spiffy but they just kinda stand there on your My Xbox page. Is that all they do?
Well, basically yes, for now. At this early stage we can’t really expect too much from them as developers still have to figure out how to better utilize them in their upcoming games. About the only game that showcases avatars is A Kingdom For Keflings which gives you the option to fully control your avatar during the game. Other games such as Uno and Hardware Spades just use avatars in place of your Xbox live vision camera feeds which, while cute, don’t exactly show the avatars as nothing more than window dressing.
Happy Holidays from everyone here at The Galactic Pillow! Wishing everyone a safe and joyous holiday season. Hopefully, Santa (or whoever you believe in) brought you what you wanted. If not, make sure you get the gift receipt! In the meantime drop us a comment on what loot you received.
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Chocolate Shop Frenzy by developer Digital Chocolate Inc is a time management simulation which puts the player in newfound chocolatier Emma’s shoes. As the story goes she’s quit her job and opened her dream chocolate store. It’s up to you to make sure she either succeeds or goes bankrupt. You wouldn’t want to her to end up on the street do you?
I have a confession to make. Even though I grew up mainly in the 80s I had never really heard of ABBA until much later in my life when my wife sung karaoke. It was only then that I realized who these Swedish pop stars were. Sure, I had heard their songs before but I had no idea who sung them and never really gave it more than a passing thought. When Mamma Mia! the musical rolled into town I ignored it, not because I hated ABBA but because I was overwhelmed with apathy. In short, like anyone else, you are drawn to the music that influenced you when you were growing up. To me, it was Duran Duran, Bryan Adams and teenie boppers like Debbie Gibson and Tiffany. Oh God, it’s all coming back to me now. Sometimes nostalgia is embarrassing.
A funny thing happened during the transition from last generation consoles to the current. Companies that appeared dead in the water have suddenly taken the world by storm while the console king apparently decided to abdicate without much of a struggle. Now, unlike the current rigueur de jour of Sony bashing I’m not even going to go much into detail about how the mighty have fallen. There are enough fanboys out there assailing the former console champion and just as many diehard supporters. What I will point out however, is that Sony’s Playstation Home Beta that was finally released on Dec 11 after almost three years of development is a true indication at how dyslexic the company has become.
Legendary Assassin is Wu Jing’s newest attempt to break into the big leagues in a staring role but the end result is a rather tame and listless actioner that is ridiculously short of plot, filled with uninventive martial arts sequences and suspect performances. As these types of movies go it’s not exactly bad but it won’t convince audiences that its star is ready for prime time.
Who would have thought any filmmaker would follow their title so precisely? High production values, nifty special effects and two mostly likable leads aren’t enough to save this ill-advised attempt to remake one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time. Instead of gripping the audience and spinning a tale rife with moral subtext this new edition by director Scott Derrickson is remarkably lacking in both pace and simple logic with an unyielding propensity to highlight humanity’s inherent flaws. Considering that the fate of the human race is at stake this languid, almost slovenly tempo does nothing but send audiences snoring away as they quickly lose interest in the proceedings.