Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Break The Walls Down

This is a short ad that ran during Monday Night Raw. Could Chris Jericho be returning to the WWE? Consider the following:

a) The video has a similar feel to Jericho's titantron videos.

b) Audio can be heard saying, "I'm back." On Jericho's MySpace page it says, "I'm coming back."

c) Compare the cities of the Raw and pay-per-view tapings with those found on Jericho's book tour on a date by date basis. Notice Jericho doesn't have signings on Mondays. Notice the relatively short distance between his appearance locations and where the WWE will be.

d) Jericho teased a possible return during his appearance on Larry King while sitting next to John Cena, the man that retired him storyline wise.

e) The WWE is in serious need of big name talent right now.

You decide.

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Bloggle Vision: Tokyo Popped

"Bloggle Vision" is a weekly, speculative column on topics as near as a day in the future up to as far away as a year. Remember to check back on each entry to see how close the predictions ended up being.

a) As can be seen at the Tokyo Game Show, Square-Enix continues to bleed its existing franchises dry. I predict a Kingdom Hearts movie will be made in the same vein as Advent Children. Only problem being that Disney will be a dick about the use of its characters, forcing Square-Enix to focus the story soley on the original characters like Sora, Riku, etc. It will come out on the 10th anniversary of the first Kingdom Hearts game.

b) Metal Gear Solid 4 is shaping up to be the end all game in the series. I predict the Chinese will finally have an in-game presence after being mentioned several times in previous titles. Check out the photos of some of the models used for Metal Gear Solid 4.

c) Smash Bros. Dojo has revealed all the characters that have to date been seen in screenshots and footage. I predict next week's character reveal to be Luigi.

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Super Mario Galaxy : Next-Gen Platformer Or Gay Conspiracy?

Earlier this year when the Wii was released, gamers around the world were disappointed when Nintendo was unable to follow through with their promise to launch with a title starring the ever-famous Mario. When you hear the word Nintendo, Mario is often the first thing you think of. Considering how revolutionary the Wii is supposed to be, it would have been appropriate for Mario to be there on launch. To everyone's dismay, everyone's favorite plumber was MIA.

Until now.

With the dry spell of new game releases coming to an end, the holiday season draws near and each next-gen console is ready to unleash the big guns. Nintendo made their head start with their holiday season trifecta already with Metroid Prime 3 : Corruption just a few weeks ago and the next in line to do some damage is Super Mario Galaxy. As its November release comes closer, we are finally treated to the box art... but, wait. What's this I see? I think I got a few sparkles in my eye. Literally.

There's word going around the forums that in the Japanese box art provided above, if you look closely to the words Super Mario Galaxy, there are sparkles placed under certain letters. If you put together all the letters that have a tiny sparkle under them, it spells out "U R MR GAY". It may very well be all coincidence to the Japanese box art, but it's also found here, which appears to be the American box art.

Is Super Mario Galaxy the next-gen platformer we've been waiting for? Or is it just a front for the next-gen gay agenda?

Reggie, the jig is up.

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Man Makes A Good Fraction Of My Yearly Income Playing WoW

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A man sold his WoW account on eBay for 7,000 euro, which is about $9,500 (and going up, thanks to exchange rates). Among his gear, besides 4 out of 5 pieces of his tier 6 armor (Best set in the game currently), he has both of the Twin Blades of Azzinoth (Best weapon a rogue can have). The best part, is that according to the story, there is a very good chance the man who bought this rogue was banned from WoW, making him about 10 grand in the hole with nothing to show for it.

To my knowledge, this is the most expensive character ever sold in a video game.

As an aside, I recall not too long ago, a European copy of Kizuna Encounter for the Neo Geo sold on eBay for 13 grand. A European copy of this game, in mint condition, is worth way too much, with only 4 known copies in existence (There were 3 known until about 2 months ago, when someone found another one).

It pays to game.

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

College Professor Caught Unaware With Colombian Import

The Associated Press has a story about how Shakira
attended a Western Civilization class over the summer
at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Lecturer Robert Cleve had no knowledge of Shakira's
pop star status during her entire time in his class.
Cleve said:

"She told me she was visiting from Colombia and that
she was just doing this for her own enlightenment and
enjoyment," Cleve said. "She looked like just an
ordinary student. She wasn't flamboyant ... she didn't
act like a big celebrity or anything."

Granted Shakira may have disguised herself with one
of those glasses with the fake nose and mustache, but
shouldn't certain other things raise some flags? Like
only going by one name or being a Colombian that's
taking the class "for her own enlightenment and
enjoyment?" If the professor didn't even notice that
gigantic ass attached to her body, we can at least
agree that Shakira certainly wasn't the
flamboyant one.

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Bloggle Vision: Undead Edition

"Bloggle Vision" is a weekly, speculative column on topics as near as a day in the future up to as far away as a year. Remember to check back on each entry to see how close the predictions ended up being.

a) This Sunday is WWE's Unforgiven. It's a given that Undertaker will win in his return match against Mark Henry. But will it end there? I say this feud goes on a bit longer and caps off at Survivor Series in some type of stipulation match. I predict a Buried Alive match. I'm also thinking John Cena will lose the belt again Randy Orton in what should be a bloody match.

b) Kotaku reports that Capcom will be making three huge announcements at next week's Tokyo Game Show. One of them will be multiplayer on Resident Evil 5. Another will be a sequel to Dead Rising. The third will be the lifting of exlusivity for various PS3 and Xbox 360 titles.

c) Bloody-Disgusting.com reveals possible sequel news from an interview with George A. Romero. Romero said that if "Diary of the Dead" is successful, then the Weinsteins will want him to write another movie. This will in fact happen because I will do what it takes to bring up the box office sales.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Bionic Woman Needs Work

The Daily Mail writes that Demi Moore is unhappy with her career opportunities as a result of her age. Moore said:

"It's been a challenging few years, being the age I am. Almost to the point where I felt like, well, they don't know what to do with me. I am not 20. Not 30.

There aren't that many good roles for women over 40. A lot of them don't have much substance, other than being someone's mother or wife."

That's probably because women over 40 are usually mothers or wives. What type of role is she interested in that doesn't involve being a mother or a wife? Is it a cheerleader? A grad student? It's funny that Demi Moore isn't interested in playing that type of role because along comes a young starlet like Jessica Alba who's interested in playing a mother AND a wife. In an interview about continuing the Fantastic Four franchise, Alba said:
“I think the next thing we have to go through is having a baby. That’s what happens next,” Alba reiterated to MTV News last week. “Franklin comes along and the Fantastic Four have to deal with this powerful new child.”

I understand Moore's complaint about ageism but I can't recall ever lauding her acting skills in films like "Striptease" or "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." She's a woman that's spent thousands of dollars on procedures like liposuction, breast implants, and collagen injections. I have a feeling it has less to do with age than it does her thinking she's entitled to roles strictly due to her sex appeal.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Bale Snakes Toward Metal Gear

The latest issue of the U.K. Magazine, Nuts, has an interview with Christian Bale. Bale mentions that he is vying for the role of Solid Snake in the upcoming film version of "Metal Gear Solid."

Seems like a good sign if the goddamned Batman is one of the possible choices for the lead character. Makes you wonder who else is eager to become the tank busting, stealth sneaking, ninja beating, chain smoking and cardboard box wearing Snake. And yes, I do realize that the posted image is of Bale in a Snake Eater type environment. I'd rather put him in a picture with Eva than with someone like Otacon or Raiden.

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Dick In A Box Results In Golden Shower

Just when I think that I've had enough of award shows, thanks in no small part to this year's craptastic MTV Video Music Awards, the Emmy Awards manage to grab my attention. USA Today reports that the SNL Digital Short, Dick in a Box, was awarded an Emmy. Andy Samberg, Dick in a Box co-creator, said:

"I think it's safe to say that when we first set out to make this song, we were all thinking 'Emmy!'" Samberg said in accepting the award Saturday for best original music and lyrics.

"The other thing we were thinking was, 'Hey! Here's this young up and comer, Justin Timberlake, who is clearly very talented and could clearly use a break,'" Samberg said. "So, Justin, if you're out there, congrats to you, kid.'"

Not to knock on the award winners, because they deserve it, but they were clearly pandering to judges. One of the other nominees for the award was the "Scrubs" song, Guy Love. Just including a banana hammock in your footage results in an automatic Emmy consideration. Seeing Justin Timberlake in a goatee made it a no-brainer for the judging panel.

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Tila For The Fn' Win

See what I did for the headline? Everyone reporting on this story tried to do a play off of "Tequila." Not me, though. I went old school since she used to go by her last name of "Nguyen." Anyways, have you ever watched "Flavor of Love" and "I Love New York" and wondered why they don't just combine the hijinks done by the male and female participants into a single super show? Wonder no more. Tila Tequila (in case you can't tell the difference between Asians, she's the one on the right) will be debuting a new reality dating show on MTV later this fall. Tila writes:

These guys and girls won't know that I am bisexual until I reveal to them both later on the show....and from then on....it's all Craziness and drama and sexy times all on my new journey to find true love as a bisexual! WHEW! Is this crazy or what????? May the better sex win my love! My new tv show is called "A SHOT AT LOVE WITH TILA TEQUILA" there will be 10 episodes and each show is 1 full hour each!!!!

Kudos to Ms. Tequila for promoting diversity on television of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The world needs to be more tolerant of hawt bisexuals looking for a good time. Hopefully Tila will also prove how kewl azns are. Just looking at Tila makes me want to spike and dye my hair, drive a rice rocket, go to import shows, own a xanga page, grow my pinky nail out, and play "Starcraft" and "Counter-Strike" at a Korean-run Internet cafe. I shudder to think what kind of society we'd be without people like her.

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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Bloggle Vision: Round 1

"Bloggle Vision" is a weekly, speculative column on topics as near as a day in the future up to as far away as a year. Remember to check back on each entry to see how close the predictions ended up being.

a) The season finale of "Who Wants to Be a Superhero?" airs tonight on Sci-Fi. The final two competitors will be The Defuser and Hyper-Strike. Stan Lee will choose The Defuser because he conforms better to Lee's writing style.

b) WWE Monday Night Raw revealed that Mr. Kennedy is not Mr. McMahon's illegitimate son. His son will be revealed next Monday night. It will still end up being Mr. Kennedy despite the attempt at a swerve. This is based on the clue, "things are looking up." Mr. Kennedy's microphone drops down from the ceiling.

c) "Grand Theft Auto IV" is still set to be released around Quarter 2 of next year (it ends on April 30, 2008). The game's more realistic tone will probably rule out the appearance of a jet pack device. In order to allow the player to explore as much of the massive urban environment as possible, Nico will be skilled at parkour.

d) Production for the live action "Street Fighter" movie is to begin in early 2008. Since the plot centers around Chun-Li and is directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak ("Cradle 2 the Grave"), it will pretty much be a rip-off of female revenge films like "Kill Bill" and "The Brave One."

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Hot Cops On The Case

Engadget has an article about a Chicago policeman that caught a criminal while using a Segway. Engadget said:

Whilst patrolling the streets and enjoying the summer breeze, the officer heard shots fired and decided to wheel over and see what the commotion was all about. Sure enough, the baddies were found scurrying away from the scene of a crime, and while one suspect managed to escape, the other wasn't so fortunate.

The apprehended suspect better be prepared for the imminent "pounding" that awaits in jail. There are some humuliating reasons to find yourself in the slammer. Getting arrested by an officer on a Segway will put you on the bitch list considerably faster than the 12.5 mph top speed of the vehicle itself.

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Sunday, September 2, 2007

The Driver Of Japanese Industry

Anime is a big business right? We go to anime conventions where people buy truckloads of stuff. Isn't it as popular in Japan?

In Japan, anime makes 2 trillion yen a year in profit. However, also in Japan, love hotels (hotels that charge by an hourly rate, and tend to contain sexual aids and enhancements in the rooms), clear 4 trillion yen a year in profit.

Some other factoids to consider:

1% of the entire Japanese propulation checks into a love hotel each day. With a population of around 130 million, that would be 1.3 million.

Half of all sex in Japan is had in love hotels. Seriously, people pay for the privilege of having sex. Well, not so much different here, I suppose. I guess the vast majority of Japanese are having affairs, which necessitates the need to get out of the house.

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