Wednesday, December 30, 2009

AVATAR IN 3D : SPOILER FREE REVIEW.


By Grandaiza

First off for all you bootleggers and Torrent movie downloaders - your days are numbered. Sure you'll be able to see the movie on a 24" screen, but to truly appreciate this film and hopefully other films like it, you'll have to go to the movies and see it as it was meant to be seen...in 3D.

Now I didn't see it in IMAX 3D ( just digital 3D ) and that's just fine cause the movie rocked!

The 3D effect didn't feel force, which surprised the hell out of me. No finger pointing at the screen for an uncomfortable amount of time. No bullets or arrows held out towards the audience for no real reason, just an organic effect of being there, well done James.

I won't go into the plot for those who've been living under a rock, I'll respect your right to go into the theater "fresh". I'll just say this, some themes are eternal and this like any other great Sci-Fi movie is about the heroes journey.

That's all your getting out of me, I think the trailers give away too much, avoid seeing anything on cable or online about this movie cause it just won't do it justice and see it in 3D NOW!

With your wife and kids!

in 3D!

Then go again with the fellas!

in IMAX 3D!

SWEET GAMING ROOM

This comes to us from Dannycoo.com - a reader of his blog ( Donkey*kong ) from the Netherlands sent in a pic of his game room.

speechless.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

STREET FIGHTING AT IT'S FINEST

Here's another clip, this time we're looking at A Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike clip from a tourney in Japan from this year.

Again another instance of someone playing with a " slow" character dominating in a pressure situation.

The kid playing with "Q" pulls off one of the best comebacks I've ever seen.

Enjoy.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

MY FAVORITE FIGHTING GAME MATCHES OF 2009

I love fights were people use unorthodox characters well in competitive pressure situations.

I've never really considered Mr. Edmond Honda threat, but after watching this match

I may start practicing more with him.

Our first entry comes to us from Japan.

SF4: Fujisawa (Guile) vs Akimo (Honda)

[at TRF Tournament @ Nakano - Tokyo 12-06-2009]


Awesome use of E. Honda vs Guile, with very interesting results.

enjoy:

RYU EVO 2k9 EXHIBITION COMBO VID ( HD )

I posted a standard def. version of this video a while back.

In case you missed it, here it is in HD.

enjoy


Saturday, December 26, 2009

LUNCHTIME MYSTERY THEATER : COBRA THE SERIES (ep 5)

Cobra and Catherine continue their escape until they come across a masked sniper.


enjoy.


Friday, December 25, 2009

ROBOT LOOT PART 2 : ZETA GUNDAM 1/100 MG MSN-00100 HYAKU-SHIKI

Sorry I'm no Ansel Adams.

I tried taking pics of the finished product with and without flash under several lighting conditions and that damn metallic gold finish reflects too much obscuring the figure.

oh well...

Considering the rush job I did I think it looks pretty good.
I didn't place any decals on the gold portions,
( except for the SHIKI character on the shoulders )
I wanted to keep as much of the nice finished metallic color as possible.


I'll try to sharpen my photog skills by the time I finish building the next kit.


ROBOT LOOT PART 1 : ZETA GUNDAM 1/100 MG MSN-00100 HYAKU-SHIKI

Have yourself a nerdy little Christmas....

Here's the pic from the box, I hope mine looks as good.


Got this Bad boy along with the Metallic finish Zeta Gundam ( more on that one when I get to it ) I started building the Shiki soon after I finished placing my 3 year olds gift under the Tree at around 10:00 PM last night.

Six hours later I learn Two things :

  1. They give Star Trek: The Next Generation on WPIX 11 at 03:00 AM
  2. And that I wasn't going to finish this model in one sitting.
For me it's time well spent since I'm a robot fiend. every section has panels and joints for a wide range of motion.

( the feet alone are comprised of over 20 parts a piece! )

The Shiki stands at about 10 Inches From Boosters to feet and although I no longer have the paint sets and putty kits from my modeling days, I think it's looking rather nice.

I'll post some pics and review the finished model in a few days.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS BOYOS.

Thank you Kay and Merry Christmas wherever you are....

PS3: DEMON SOUL - HINTS ON LEVELING UP.

PSN gamertag: Grandaiza


From now until the 28th World Tenancies are White in Demon soul. Now what does this mean exactly for you the player? New areas are open, enemies are slightly weaker and are less likely do dole out a special attack ( plague, Bleeding, etc...)

This is the perfect time to slowing pick apart a level that's been giving you a hard time and get those souls.

But be warned, don't get cocky this is still one of the most unforgiving RPG's to ever grace a gaming console. use this time wisely. If you've amassed a small fortune in souls and are faced with a fogged gateway after you've cleared a level, double back and cash in those souls for attributes, spells, weapon upgrades and repairs.

Once you go through the fog and the demon kills you your soul is stuck in the demons lair and with no improvement in your character, your likely to get killed again and again trying to recover those souls you should have cashed in at the nexus with that weird blind goth chick.

The Level "Lair of the Shadowmen" gives you about 600+ souls per enemy with a good weapon you should be able to cull about 10,000+ souls per run through. Get to the fogged archway and then double back and cash in.

I know it sounds cheesy but hey, the game is hard and it's not going to get any easier than it is right now ( until Dec. 28th ) take advantage and get your character up to par while you can.

One another note:

I encountered my first black Phantom ( another player who chose to manifest in my world and challenge me ) the guy way bright red and had a giant flaming Claymore that dealt an insane amount of damage. The only advantage that I had was that my characters burden was light and I was apparently much quicker than he was so I was able to side step his attacks and kill him for a whopping 3000 souls.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

IRONMAN 2 TRAILER : ARMOR OBSERVATIONS

Any possible spoilers are in white, highlight at your own risk.

I noticed a couple of things while watching the trailer that I thought I might share. First off The Idea of Whiplash as the sole villain in the movie was kind of putting me off, I was hoping for a an appearance of Titanium man or the Crimson Dynamo ( If my website didn't give you a clue I'm a Big metal robot junkie ) or anyone who could give Iron-man and War Machine a run for their money.

We'll color me giddy it looks like Mr. Favreau came through. Check the background in the image below you'll see "Tony" and "James" surrounded by at least Four armored antagonists. ( why would they flip up the visors when they're surrounded? )

Also I'm guesting that the Mark III armor from the first movie gets trashed somewhere through the second film cause that suit that "Tony" rocking is new. ( more on that below )




Just a gratuitous image of the boys handling their business.


Here's a closer look at the new armor, The first thing that strikes me is the triangular uni-beam / Arc reactor on Iron man in keeping with Adi Granov's extremis armor design.

I also like the subtle change on the legs, no more red chaps over gold legs. The new look keeps it closer to the source material.

War Machine looks bad ass!


Now back to our armored nemeses in the trailer, they look like Stark designed suits ( Looks liked black Widow boinks Stark and makes off with the suit plans....or is it Justin Hammer who steels the specs while modifying the Mark II for James Rhodes and then builds himself a little army? we'll have to wait and see.) A lot of speculation is going around online as to who these guys are, and if you read any IRONMAN or AVENGERS during the 80's we might be thinking along the same lines.

I think They're GUARDSMAN.



Here's a clearer look at the toy mock ups for the unnamed Villains.


In the comics, the Guardsman armor in the comics was developed by the US military using stolen Ironman technology to apprehend and then guard incarcerated superhumans.

Stark found out that the the was stolen and defeated then destroyed the whole lot of them during the First armor war ( he also did away with the plans )
That's it on the armors now let's check out some high beams shall we?

Exelsior!

THE OFFICIAL IRONMAN 2 TRAILER GOES LIVE

Here it is, You've probably seen the bootleg trailer from Comic con circulating
around for a while.

Still this one has some new footage:

  • Cool scene with Tony Stark dropping in on the Stark Expo.
  • And nice little scene with Iron-man and War Machine taking on some armored enemies.


Looks hot! Makes me forget about Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow.


enjoy...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

STAR WARS THE FORCE UNLEASHED 2 TEASER

The announcement of a equal to the best star wars action-adventure game ever made gets me all coco with anticipation.

Here's a wish list of things I hope to see in the force unleashed 2:

  • Dual Lightsaber use ( I think that's a given considering it's in the trailer )
  • A Degobah level with Yoda as an adversary and then a mentor.
  • Mara Jade,Vaders apprentice vs. the Emperors apprentice.
  • fighting Scout troopers on Speeder bikes.
  • A Cloud City level with Lando Calrissian!
  • Jedi Mind Tricks!!
As long as they don't eff up the gameplay I'll be more than eager to get Force Unleashed 2.

Here's the trailer

LUNCHTIME MYSTERY THEATER : COBRA THE SERIES (ep 4)

Cobra, Lady and his new gal pal Dominique go in search of Catherine....

The second sister with a a treasure map on her back.

A warden named Schultz, big burly women, an evil army and a prison break in

this exciting episode of COBRA!

enjoy

Monday, December 14, 2009

NETFLIX INSTANT REVIEWS: STAR TREK SEASON 1

With Netflix now streaming on 2 out of 3 major consoles, I wanted to share some of my favorite movies, anime series and TV shows available for instant steaming on the service right now.


Star Trek Season 1 in HD is worth checking out. The episodes have never looked better, updated special effects that blend in seamlessly to the original footage and Ricardo Montalban as Khan in Space Seed!

KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!

Even if you've been in a cave for the last 40 years or are to young to remember the original series and enjoyed the J.J. Abrams movie, give the original that inspired it all a shot.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

BATMAN IFFY DESIGN.

I'm normally a fan of Gary Franks art (especially his work on Superman) but for some reason I'm not feeling his Batman costume design.

It just "meh". It looks like he took all the elements I hate from the live action batman costumes and incorporated it into this suit.

But that's just my opinion, any thoughts?



(click to enlarge)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

LOW BROW HUMOR

I'll never outgrow Poop jokes ( thank you Akira Toriyama ) just wanted to share an image of my ESPN fantasy football team.

BAYONETTA DEMO (PS3) IMPRESSION

By GRANDAIZA


Bayonetta is a stylized multi-platform action game from Sega and the creators of the original Devil may cry that has gotten a lot of fan fair since it's initial announcement about a year ago.

I've been reading a lot of articles regarding Sega's decision to sub contract the PS3 version to a 3rd party developer and the negative effect that the choice had on the final product, so I eagerly downloaded the demo (1.4gb!) to see what to expect. ( as I write this, i've learned that Sony is working with Sega to correct some of these issues by the time the game is released )

Character and level designs are top notch, Beyonetta is able to dispatch enemies with a multitude of combos and weapons that are intuitive, pleasant to look at and fun. The enemies that I faced look like demons disguised as angels, if you evade their attacks at the last minute your rewarded with her patented "witchtime" that speeds you up and slows your enemies down.

I thankfully didn't experience any gameplay slow down at any time. The only issue that I had and mind you this is a demo of a work in progress so I hope that they're working on this problem is the camera, it focuses on your character rather than where the enemies are, which can be very frustrating when your in the heat of battle. To their defense the developers did include a camera reset on the R3 button but it's a nagging little problem that I hope is fixed before lauch.

Overall, A fun sampling that merits a download if you have the HD space.

here's a video of the demo for you.

enjoy.


Monday, December 7, 2009

LUNCHTIME MYSTERY THEATER : COBRA THE SERIES (ep 3)

We start off with a little Star Wars Cantina tribute.

Enter Dominique, A hot blonde bounty hunter with a treasure map tattooed to her back. (slut)

Broads, guns and Glitterboy oh my.

enjoy...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

LUNCHTIME MYSTERY THEATER : COBRA THE SERIES (ep 2)

Here's episode 2, complete.

Cobra misses, obsesses over it and saves a hot broad from some thugs.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

LUNCHTIME MYSTERY THEATER : COBRA THE SERIES (ep1-3)

Episode 1 ( part 3of 3 )

Cobra come to terms with his past, finds his lady and kicks some ass.

enjoy


Thursday, November 19, 2009

REVOLTECH TRANSFORMING MACROSS VALKYRIES

Release info, including the transformation process of the much anticipated Revoltech Yamaguchi Triple Mode Transformation Valkyrie series is now out:

No. 082 VF-1A Valkyrie from "Macross Do You Remember Love"









No. 083 VF-1S Valkyrie from "Macross Do You Remember Love"











130mm tall (Battroid Mode), 135 mm in length (Fighter Mode). 17 points of articulation, 17 joints incorporated.

Transformation of certain parts like the canopy, hand unit and part of the Gunpod are via part-swapping.

Content: canopy part x1, Gunpod part x1, option hand unit x6, display stand x1, RevolContainer x1, RevolChip worth 10 points x1.

January 15th release, 2,900 Yen each.

All images are from Revoltech Yamaguchi Catalog: VF-1A, VF-1S.



Sunday, November 15, 2009

NEW ROBOTS! ( SOUL OF CHOGOKIN )

Various images of a few upcoming and future non-Gundam releases from Tamashii Nation

Soul of Chogokin GX-50 Combattler V



December release, 18,690 Yen . Comes with special ticket to purchase the base.

Soul of Chogokin Daitarn 3



Release date and price TBA.

Soul of Chogokin Others


* Getter Dragon from Shin Getter Robo - November 28th release, 7,875 Yen (inclusive of tax).

* Getter-1 from Shin Getter Robo - January 2010 release, 8,190 Yen (inclusive of tax).

* GX-49G Shin Mazinger Z Gold Ver. - Tamashii Web Shop limited item. Pre-order started since October 30th. Mid February 2010 release, 9,800 Yen (inclusive of tax).

* Proto Energer Z - Magazine limited release.

DX Chogokin VF-27γ Lucifer Valkyrie Brera's Unit


February 2010 release, 16,800 Yen (inclusive of tax).

Also shown are:

* VF-25F Super Messiah Valkyrie Alto's Unit - Already released (November 14th), 16,800 Yen (inclusive of tax).

* VF-25 Tornado Messiah Valkyrie (Alto's Unit) - Late March 2010 release, price TBA.

Chogokin Super Evangelion


Saturday, November 7, 2009

AVOID GAMESTOP THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Avoid the headaches of dealing with the idiots in Gamestop stores and do your shopping online.

B&N.com, AMAZON.com, BESTBUY.com all offer pre-order goodies for you games.

but if you still insist on going into these hives of scum and villainy, here's a little survival

guide to help you out.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

ADVENTURES IN DEMON SOUL: ARMORED SPIDER

For those of you who are out of the gaming loop, Demon Soul is a D&D style dungeon crawler

exclusive to the PS3.



It's brutally unforgiving but oh so rewarding.

I'm fighting my 3 boss, a giant fire breathing, web slinging, pain in the ass armored spider that

will flatten you like a pancake if you slip up once.




Here's a visual of what I'm talking about.

JAPANS STREET FIGHTER 4 CHAMP PLAYS WITH DHALSIM

Here's proof that it doesn't matter what character you use in Street Fighter.

Fighting gamers like taking smack about character tiers, SAGAT they rate an "A+" character based

on the damage he deals and his arsenal of moves, while a "slow" character like Dhalsim is rated a

"C" due to his lack of speed. But what these douche chills don't take into consideration is that you

can't play Dhalsim like a Ryu or Sagat, Dhalsim is about the set up, patience and execution as

this video proves.

The stage, Japan's Street fighter 4 Semi Finals 2 games best 3 out of 4.

RF (Playing with Sagat) vs Iyo ( Dhalsim ) both players world ranked street fighters

all things being equal, the Sagat player should have the definite advantage.

think again...



Tuesday, November 3, 2009

GUNDAM MODEL : MSM-07E ZUGOCK-E

Image courtesy of Figure FM.

The Z'Gock, a Zion federation amphibious mobile suit from Mobile Suit Gundam

has always been one of my favorite designs, and with this awesome paint job even more so.

The painted on shadows give it an ominous look like he's sneaking up on something underwater.

My hat goes off to the modeler.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

LUNCHTIME MYSTERY THEATER : COBRA THE SERIES part 1.2

In case you missed it, I'm sharing one of my favorite shows from my youth with you degenerates.

I'm talking COBRA, the original 80's TV series by Buichi Terasawa featuring a Space adventurer

with a bounty on his head who can't stay away from the hot broads.

In part episode 1 part 2, we find our hero still not aware of whats going on, he gambles, wins a

lot of money, gets "flipped" by the casino and an old "friend" makes his entrance.

enjoy:


Friday, October 30, 2009

GRANDAIZA'S POP QUIZ

This Resident Evil character was the first agent of S.T.A.R.S. to square off against Albert Wesker and his zombies.

Her name also has some special significance to the proprietor of this little blog.

what is the name?

See the video below for a clue.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

LUNCHTIME MYSTERY THEATER : COBRA THE SERIES (ep1-1)

I'm a huge fan of Buichi Teresawa's work, all his work rocks, but the one creation of his that stands out and introduced me to his work was Space adventurer Cobra the Television series.

I originally saw it in the 80's on spanish television and later bought the VCD's (in Japanese with no subtitles) and eventually found the original Japanese DVD's with (thank God) english subtitles.

This post may be up only for a limited time due to the fact that I respect and admire Mr. Terasawa's work and I am posting this movie with the intent of sharing his creations with others.

If this offends or upsets Mr. Terasawa or if any one intends on releasing it to the US market, just shoot me an email and I'll take it down.

Now without further ado, enjoy episode 1 (Part 1 of 3) of the original series.

Monday, October 26, 2009

LIVE ACTION GIGANTOR

This one is for a PC commercial in Japan, but it looks oh so good.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

LIVE ACTION MACROSS

Or as close as we're getting right now, thanks to the new Sankyo Macross fever pachenko game.

The commercial does a great job bringing the VF-1A to life.

enjoy



Friday, October 16, 2009

WHY GOD......WHY!?!

One of the sweetest "vs" fighting games to come out in years with an awesome roster of old school anime license characters, 3D kick ass graphics and a sick as s#!t combo system...and it's exclusive to the wii?

Someone at CAPCOM is sucking on a crack pipe.



Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I WANT IT TO BE SLOW AND PAINFUL

THE DOWNFALL OF GAMESTOP BEGINS HERE.

(My apologies to Malformed )

As reported by Gamerlimit.com

GameStop director Leonard Riggio has sold 2.3 million shares in the US retailer, worth $60.2 million, which has lead to some analysts to predict that some tough times are ahead for the company, as the last time Riggio sold shares in 2007 he avoided making a 62% loss.

A spokeperson for GameStop told Barrons, that the shares were sold for tax planning reasons. However Alex Romayev from Form4Oracle noted that it looked as if Riggio lacked confidence in the company’s stock. He is also the founder and chairman of Barnes & Noble and holds a 31 per cent stake in the firm valued at around $369.1 million. Alex commented that “unless he desperately needs USD 60 million, he’s got a lot bigger stake in Barnes & Noble. Clearly he thinks selling GameStop is better than selling Barnes & Noble.”