Avast! Rockstar’s LA Noire Trailer.

Following on from their highly successful Western themed sand box game Red Dead Redemption, gaming giants Rockstar have proudly unveiled the first official trailer to their highly anticipated new title LA Noire. Set in the city of Los Angeles in the 1940s , drawing obvious inspiration from the likes of LA Confidential, Chinatown and other film noir from the same era, the game is centred around a young detective and his efforts to crack a series of mysterious murders. The game was announced over six years ago and fans have been in a state of anxious anticipation since then. Obviously, with all of their titles, it will be a well researched game giving players that specific feel of authenticity Rockstar are known for.

One thing we did notice was how the lead character looks uncannily like actor Aaron Staton, whose most famous role to date is that of Ken Cosgrove in the excellent 50s drama series Mad Men. What do you think?


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Move Technology Will End Civilisation.

Everyone here aboard HMS Friday has so far refused to relinquish to the temptation of using so-called move technology for gaming. Whether it’s the Nintendo Wii, Playstation Move or Xbox Kinect we all feel that it’s a little…well a little shit. Now with Microsoft and Sony in direct competition with Nintendo, (ie, now that they’ve shamelessly stolen Nintendo’s original idea to capitalise on a market they initially poured scorn upon), there has been a steady rise in the number of  motion detection related injuries. You know years ago when people jumped up and down in their front rooms, waving their arms about and pulling weird contorted positions it was called a party. Here’s three of our favourite videos demonstrating just how f**king stupid you will look when using these devices and how we really all are rapidly hurtling towards a future filled with obesity, social exclusion and general idiocy.

N.B. Watch the man who clearly hasn’t done anything remotely athletic for a long time announce that he is going to pull off some ‘neat tricks’ for you and yet still have no clue as to the dangers of such a proposition.


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Avast! Possibly The Best Workplace In The World.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that these pictures were taken at the palatial mansion of a  South American drug lord, but you’d be very wrong. They are in fact snaps of the offices and headquarters of Level 5, a Japanese gaming company. They are responsible for many titles but their most famous is Prof Layton and the Curious Village for the Nintendo DS. If you want to see more of their lavish workplace, (after you’ve wiped away those salty tears of jealousy), chart a course for their main website HERE. Overtime must be such a drag.

Now With Added Zombie Action

Gaming giants Rockstar released, what has to be in our own humble opinion, the greatest single western themed game there has ever been. We’ve been addicted to it since it’s release earlier this year and yes we have also been sucked into paying a little extra for the down loadable content, but boy has it been worth it. Hours upon hours spent riding through sun parched landscapes, rounding up cattle, shooting our way out of stand-offs and hunting grizzlies. But now it seems Rockstar have taken a gamble with their third and final piece of DLC for the game, a departure from their previous content which stayed true to giving the player an authentic taste of the wild west. Undead Nightmare, which will be released on Oct 26th, is an expansion on the single player campaign of the game and features zombies. Although this sounds initially like a sell out and pandering to the on going pop culture obsession with the undead, judging by the official trailer above, (zombie bears, anyone?) it looks like Rockstar know what they are doing. Was there ever any doubt?