Tuesday, January 29, 2013

DBZ Stop Motion Animated Short

This super sweet stop motion animated short was brought to us by a guy from Taiwan who is in the machine exportation business who also teaches part time at a University. He uploads videos to YouTube as a hobby under the username counter656, check out some of his other videos too!!!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Most Anticipated Movies of 2013

I'm going to try and make a quick post of films coming out this year that I'm really looking forward to. I'll try my best to go at them chronologically, so this can be sort of a checklist for me too when I decide to do movie reviews later.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

CES: Qualcomm Pacific Rim Trailer

If you're a Kaiju and Mecha fan like I am, then you've probably been ALL over the Pacific Rim news as of late. The moment I heard that Guillermo Del Toro was directing a Hollywood budget movie about giant robots fighting giant monsters, I started drooling on myself a little bit and got the weirdest boner.

Anyway, CES 2013 began with a keynote speaker from Qualcomm. For those of you who don't know, CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is the world's largest electronics tradeshow where companies gather to debut their latest tech, devices, and announce upcoming products. Qualcomm announced a new Snapdragon processor that will be able to process "Ultra HD", which is supposed to be 4x the quality of regular high definition. In fact, Qualcomm makes chips for most Android devices and other smartphones. Why is this important for my readers? Well, if you're a gamer, they're promising "This is console quality gaming on a mobile device," says keynote speaker Paul Jacobs.

During the whole presentation, they Guillermo Del Toro was invited on stage to debut a new trailer for his upcoming Mechas vs Kaiju Sci-Fi epic, Pacific Rim. Some new scenes cut in with old stuff from the other trailer, check it out here in HD:

On a semi-related note, I recently picked up a Sony Xperia Play 4G which uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255 processor (one of their second generation processors) and it is one of the best things I've ever spent my money on! I'm using it as a dedicated retro gaming device and seriously couldn't be happier! (I will write another post on the device separately)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

R.I.P. PlayStation 2 (2000-2012)

Sony recently announced that production has officially ceased on all PlayStation 2 consoles worldwide. I'm sure many gamers and nerds the world over have mourned the loss of the console in their own way. Definitely one of my favorite systems, I have many fond (...and some not so fond) memories of the console myself. When I lived in San Francisco, I slept outside of the Metreon one night hoping to get one but they didn't have "enough stock" for everyone in line.

[For those of you who don't know, the Metreon was originally a mall owned by Sony that was designed to display Sony products as well as provide entertainment such as movie, music, and dining. They sold to Westfield in 2006 and has since become more like a traditional mall.]

Needless to say, I was severely disappointed and had to wait weeks before I finally got one. Another reason this console is very special to me is because I lined up outside of Metreon with my sister, who passed away from lung cancer about 2 years ago. Whenever I think about this console, I'll always remember how much this console meant to the both of us. Of course, the PlayStation 3 has been out for awhile now and it even plays Blu-ray movies. I have plans to get a PS3 in the future because it plays Blu-ray but for now, I'm still playing my PS2 and lovin' it! 

In honor of the PS2, below is a random list of some of my favorite PS2 games in no particular order:

SSX (one of the first 3 games I owned!)
WWE Smackdown! Here Comes the Pain
WWE Smackdown! Shut Your Mouth
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
Grand Theft Auto 3
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare
Maximo vs The Army of Zin
Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick
Evil Dead: Regeneration
X-Men Legends
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
Kingdom Hearts
Rampage: Total Destruction
Burnout 3: Takedown 
Rumble Racing
Twisted Metal: Black

Honorable Mentions:

Megaman X Collection
Metal Slug Anthology
Activision Anthology

I'm sure I'm missing a ton of them but if I named every game that I liked, this list would be way too long!!! What are some of your favorite PlayStation 2 games? Leave your Top 10 list in the comments section.