Silent Hill movie debuts!

April 21st, 2006 may not be as memorable as the date which preceeds it,
but I will certainly remember it as the day on which I spent the best
six dollars on a matinee, ever. Thats right, I’m talking Silent Hill
baby. While I feel the marketing was a little too aggressive, and many
of the scenes used in the commercials were out of context, I have to
say that it was well worth my time and money to have gone and seen it.
While Konami wasn’t in direct control of the film, Akira Yamaoka composed the score and was one of the executive producers.
While the film does not directly derive from any specific game, it is
an exceptional expansion upon the existing Silent Hill framework,
supplying a new interpretation of what Silent Hill is to its fans. As
many may know, the Silent Hill series tends not to have much as far as
a contiguous storyline, but is more of a compilation of stories with
the haunting ville as a backdrop for horror. While a few of the latter
games try to ease away from this trend, I don’t see that it takes away
from the fun factor in any way, and this film was definately fun,
although I would suggest you take a friend if you’re a bit squeamish.
Check it out, yo!

source: www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Hill_(film) www.sonypictures.com/movies/silenthill

USA Network to show Pro-VG program

Major League Gaming and the television network USA
have inked a deal allowing USA to air 7 one hour episodes this fall,
featuring MLG’s professional circuit and its players, as well as
play-by-play commentary that one would normally associate with live
sports.
“This is the sign that pro
gaming has finally arrived to the mass market,” said Matthew Bromberg,
MLG’s president and chief operating officer. “It’s like poker was two
years ago, or NASCAR 15 years ago.”

This is the first time professional video gaming is getting a spotlight
on a medium which will be broadcast into the homes of millions, instead
of simply being available through the internet. While there have
been a few spotlights on games on various newscasts/children’s
networks, there wasn’t much of an acceptance for gaming as anything
more than sheer entertainment.

While I’m skeptical, especially as this seems to be a ploy to lure in
more corporate sponsership, this could be a good thing for
gaming. It may show the mass of American people that gaming is
more than just entertainment, that it is a viable career option in some
circles, as the X-Games did for pro-BMXing and skateboarding before.

source: FOXNews

Video Games, The New Commercial?

According to an article on the CBC’s website, the creators of the MMORPG Project Entropia have released a program similar to PowerPoint that allows players to create their own commercials to be used on billboards in the video game.
So far the adverts are for events and stores in game (Entropia Online, it must be noted, is one of those rare games in which you can transfer real money to and from your account — provided you want to deal with Swedish banking.), but I speculate that soon enough, You will be seeing live Coca-Cola ads in more than just Anarchy Online.

Source PE Wiki

Soul Calibur III: Arcade Edition

From SoulCalibur.com:

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.

”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.

Uwe Boll interview @ Eurogamer + Postal Movie infoz

There’s an interview with Uwe Boll over at Eurogamer. I can honestly
say I agree with some of the things he says, like how people should SEE
his movies before JUDGING them, but that doesn’t change the fact that
he makes complete crap 90% of the time. He talks about his movies
before before House of the Dead
, how “video game movies are
hard to sell to production companies”, and probably most interesting:
about his upcoming POSTAL movie…

“”I’m in the movie – Uwe Boll will play a minor part. I get killed by my
‘Boll haters’,” he explains. So will he be getting real, er, Boll
haters to play themselves?”

Can you say selling point?
All in all it’s an interesting read, to say the least. Sue me, but I from what I read this Postal movie even sounds somewhat worth watching. Granted, it’s still gonna be an Uwe Boll movie, and it’ll still likely be LAUGHABLY BAD, it DOES have a few things going for it:

A) Gary Coleman
B) Uwe Boll Dying
C) Osama Bin Laden

I’m willing to see it based on those 3 things alone. Granted,
I’m not gonna pay for it, but to be fair I haven’t payed for a movie in
over 2 years because I have friends at movie theaters. Oh well, that’s
just my take on the whole thing.

PS: Thanks for Ace-Of-War, and his thread on OCR, for pointing this one out.

FFVII Cast and Release Date Announced

Holy mackerel ! Finally what alot of us have been waiting for..

From 1up.com:

Hot on the heels of the Kingdom Hearts II voice cast, which was announced just last week, comes the first peek at the English-language voice cast of Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, which has been delayed repeatedly due to some last minute signings, most notably that of American Beauty jailbait, Mena Suvari, who was brought on to perform the voice of Aerith Gainsborough in not only Kingdom Hearts II, but also to reprise the role in Advent Children.

While Sony’s DVD head of marketing, Mike Stratford, was quoted talking all kinds of crap to The Digital Bits, claiming that we’d see the release of Advent Children in North America by “end of 2006” (causing much consternation among Final Fantasy fans nationwide), 1UP is glad to inform you that the DVD and UMD will ship in the U.S. on April 25, 2006. So in case you haven’t already downloaded the movie from the Internet (bad, pirates, bad!) and are looking forward to seeing this hour-and-a-half slice of CG Final Fantasy fan-service for yourself, you’ve roughly two months to go. Here’s the mostly anonymous voice cast, with the exception of Rachel Leigh Cook (Tifa), and Mena Suvari (Aerith), with Steve Burton playing the role of Cloud Strife (he was the voice of Cloud in Kingdom Hearts 1). But who cares about that when it can finally be revealed that “Girl” will be played by Andrea Bowen?

Final Fantasy VII Advent Children voice cast:
Cloud Strife: Steve Burton
Tifa Lockhart: Rachael Leigh Cook
Kadaj: Steve Staley
Rufus Shinra: Wally Wingert
Reno: Quinton Flynn
Rude: Crispin Freeman
Yazoo: Dave Wittenberg
Loz: Fred Tatasciore
Vincent Valentine: Steve Blum
Barett Wallace: Beau Billingslea
Cid Highwind: Chris Edgerly
Yuffie Kisaragi: Christy Romano
Cait Sith: Gregg Ellis
Red XIII: Liam O’Brien
Reeve: Jamieson Price
Tseng: Ryun Yu
Elena: Bettina Bush
Marlene: Wallace Grace Rolek
Denzel: Benjamin Bryan
Girl: Andrea Bowen
Zack: Rick Gomez
Aerith Gainsborough: Mena Suvari
Sephiroth: George Newbern

Other features unique to the U.S. release of the DVD are: * Story digest * Deleted scenes * Featurette: “Making Of Final Fantasy VII” * Footage of Final Fantasy VII at the Venice Film Festival * A sneak peek of the games in the upcoming “Compliation of Final Fantasy VII” series (i.e. Dirge of Cerberus)