Soul Calibur III: Arcade Edition


I’m sure by now many of you have heard the rumors from Japan and I’m
here to say most of them are correct. Granted, I can never keep up with
everything people say so it’s impossible to confirm everything.

Soul Calibur III: Arcade Edition is a re-tuned, re-vamped, and most
importantly, fixed version of Soul Calibur III. Naturally, all glitches
found in the console version have been fixed. In addition to that,
we’ve re-tuned the overall balance of many moves and re-vamped Amy,
Hwang and Li Long as official characters. All three have been revised
into more unique move sets and help to expand the already expansive
Soul Calibur III line-up.

We expect Soul Calibur III: Arcade Edition to release within six weeks. Stay tuned for more information.

Create your own version of a VGmix 3.0 Front page/Title design

VGmix may be down but our spirit is not :). I started up a thread over
at the temp forums
that encourages all to design thier own take on how
they’d create the new title page/ logo for VG mix 3.0 :)! To my
suprize, it’s getting some feedback and I just thought I’d spread the
news. I think it’s a cool way to show support for everyone working hard
on it. You know (keep the dream alive!) err somthing ;). If nothing
else, it’s a good time waster and it’s pretty fun :)!
Can’t wait to see what you all come up with :)! (Join us…(you know you want to :P! The link is in the title, have fun :).


”Spore” video

As seen on Google Video, Will Wright talks about the upcoming game ‘Spore’ at the Game Developer’s Conference. While a good amount of the narration is about the technical side of it (these “Procedural Verbs” sound interesting) it also gives a good look at the game itself, showing how you start from a microcellular organism and evolve into a species, and spread out across your continent, planet, solar system, and even galaxy. While an exact release date hasn’t been given, speculation puts it at around Fall 2006.

North Carolina Community Meetup

Hey, all, we’re having yet another meetup, this time in NC. We’re
meeting at the Time Out arcade at the Four Seasons mall in Greensboro,
NC, at 2:00 on Saturday, March 25. Anybody is welcome to come and chill
with a bunch of other OCR-goers (most of them unmodders, but don’t
worry — we’ll have some real people too ;))

OCR GenDisc thread:

Popular Track Substitution Competition #1

In an OCR thread, TCK writes:

The aim of this competition is to create an original track that could replace a given track from a popular game title. The track to be replaced could be one of the popular tracks of a soundtrack, or it could be a weak link in an otherwise great soundtrack. Think of it as being handed an almost completed soundtrack, and being asked to create a song that fits both the soundtrack and scene.

The best track is the one that is considered to fit the general theme of the soundtrack, as well as fit the setting the replaced track is used in. It’s not necessarily the best sounding piece.

The concept is similar to that of TOMC. However, the idea of PTSC is to create tracks that fit a specific game and situation.

PTSC #1 Details
Track: Terra’s Theme
Game: Final Fantasy VI
System: SNES

The SPC soundpack can be found here. You’ll need SNESamp to play this file. The track being replaced is track 29 in the linked soundpack.

This one’s the obligatory first choice suggested by Liontamer, due to its popularity. Most of you should be familiar with the original track and setting. However, if not, this track is used as a world map theme, as well as the theme of, arguably, the main character of the game.

Rules and basic guidelines:

  1. The song must be original, and not be a remix of any kind (though there are exceptions – see rule 4)
  2. The song should attempt to fit the style of the rest of the soundtrack. People who have played the game in question should have the advantage to know what to expect, but those who haven’t can still participate.
  3. There are no real limits to how good the track you submit should sound sonically, but tracks should attempt to sound as though they could be downgraded and still sound reputable on the relevant system.
  4. Cameos of other songs from the soundtrack are allowed, but ONLY if the cameo track in question precedes the replaced track, and if the use of the cameo can be justified by the artist.
  5. Collaborations will be allowed, but neither of the two collaborating may submit an additional song
  6. The song should be submitted with two loops, except when the original song doesn’t loop.
  7. Link to the final release of your entry must be private messaged to me before the deadline (keep it on the server until the voting process begins) Do not post your song in the thread. However, feel free to post it in the WIP:Other forum. I may be able to sort out hosting prior to the event, where artists may submit their songs. Until such hosting is sorted though, you’ll have to host it yourselves.
  8. Try to label your song as follows: Artist_-_Song_Title_PTSCnumber.mp3. For example: if TCK submits a song to replace One Winged Angel for PTSC3, the label should be TCK_-_One_Winged_Angel_PTSC3.mp3.
  9. Submit your song in the MP3 format. You’ll also be allowed to submit in an alternate format such as .mod, .spc, etc., but only in addition to the MP3 file.
  10. The deadline is Monday the 27th of March, at 12AM EST (GMT -5).
  11. The winner of the competition gets to choose the replaced track in the next PTSC.

April 1st Baltimore OCR Meetup (No, really)

From pixie’s post on OCR:

DrumUltimA and I have been discussing the possibility of hosting an OCR meet here in Baltimore, Maryland for a quite some time now. …Rejoice, for this dream has now become reality! Yes, it’s on April Fool’s Day, but no, it’s not a joke. ^_~
When: Saturday, April 1st @ 12:00pm (i.e. noon)
Where: Peabody Conservatory of Music. We’ll meet outside at the
Washington Monument, where North Charles St. intersects with Monument St.
What: Lunch and dinner at any of the local restaurants of our choice, gaming at the
ESPN Zone arcade, chilling in Baltimore’s lovely Harborplace, wreaking April Fool’s havoc in our dorm, and possibly even an evening show at the IMAX Theater!
Bring: Videogames, money for food, arcade (if you wish), and $8.00 for an IMAX show.

Parking is available in the Peabody garage if you can’t find a spot on the street. If you are coming from afar, there is also the option of Amtrak, which arrives at Baltimore’s Penn Station just a 15 minute’s walk from Peabody.

We’re gonna have fuuuuuuuuuun! ^_^


In addition, on Friday, March 10, there will be a meetup at Bowl America in Glen Burnie during the early afternoon, and possibly extending longer into the day if everyone can hang around long enough.

Here’s the address so you can punch it into google earth/mapquest/whatever to get directions:

7155 Ritchie Hwy
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Stay tuned for more details about this in the next few days as an exact time and schedule is worked out.