If you happen to own a PS3, Xbox 360 or even a Nintendo Wii you might have noticed an unfamiliar addition to your dashboard, the Netflix streaming app, which allows you to watch movies instantly through your games console or PC.
Basically Netflix is like Lovefilm except for the fact that they don’t let you rent DVDs by post, instead you can watch them instantly through their streaming service on your TV or PC for as little as £5.99 a month. Like most new company start ups in this country your first month’s subscription is free so we jumped at the chance to try out their service. We could write an article reviewing exactly what kind of game changing elements Netflix are bringing to the table and that the days of renting DVDs may well and truly be a thing of the past, but our good friend Grahame Gallacher has already penned an in-depth article.
If you want to know exactly what Netflix are offering and how their service holds up against other established UK movie rental services then head over to Past The Pixels and read Grahame’s excellent online article.
E3 is currently underway over in Los Angeles where the latest games and software for consoles and PCs are showcased to
a throbbing crowd of sweaty virgins gaming enthusiasts.
Our good friend Grahame over at Past The Pixels gave us the heads up on this trailer for Electronic Arts latest game Overstrike, a first person shooter from developer Insomniac Games, (Ratchet & Clank, Resistance), which, as Grahame as already hinted, looks like a Quentin Tarantinoesque version of Pixar’s The Incredibles.
Following the monumental breakdown Sony has suffered in recent days with their Playstation Network, every news website, paper and channel have been featuring special reports on this story as legions of people, who are incapable of amusing themselves without the use of electronic gadgetry, are throwing party bags of Doritos around their living rooms in fits of rage.
But Channel 4 News have to be applauded for their coverage of the story, simply due to a moment of genius which you can watch at the 3.00 minute mark in the video above.
Taking toilet humour to a whole new level first person shooter Duke Nukem Forever, which will be released in June of this year, now has playable feces.
As you’ll see from the footage above players can get the Duke to fish out some dookies from toilet bowls and throw them at walls, characters, enemies and possibly even fans, much like a grand version of a dirty protest.
This latest addition to the game’s proceedings will no doubt garner more outrage from tabloid journalists as last month it was revealed that the game would also feature a ‘Capture the Babe‘ mode where players have to slap women on the buttocks while abducting them.
The marketing people behind promoting Epic Game’s new first person action/fantasy shooter Bulletstorm are very clever and exceptionally witty. As you will see from the video above instead of advertising their own game and showing you how amazing it’s graphics and gameplay are in an exclusive demo of their wares, they’ve instead put together a parody video which rips the utter piss out of their biggest rival Call Of Duty. No doubt this will cause a major war between gamers where instead of grenades, insults will be thrown concerning sexuality and the general welfare of their mothers.
Holy Schnikes Batman! Here’s the trailer for the sequel to Warner Bros Interactive Entertainament’s highly popular console game Batman: Arkham Asylum, which proved itself a smash hit with gamers across different platforms. This new game, Batman: Arkham City, promises to expand on all the elements that made it predecessor so successful, while at the same time expanding on Batman’s story and adding in a new villain Prof Hugo Strange.
Did I lock the front door?
The crew here at HMS Friday have been religiously putting in the hours playing Call Of Duty: Black Ops and haven’t so far been disappointed in the latest addition of the first person shooter franchise. But one thing which has soured our experience is the noticeable rise in the number of online players with swastika flags for their clan tags and gaming cards which show up etched onto their weapons during play.
The two pictures above clearly illustrate how some players have hand designed the Nazi flags using the customisable options Treyarch have built into the multi-player section of the game. Yes, you could argue the swastika is everywhere on the Zombie Maps and has popped up on numerous occasions during single player campaigns in previous Call Of Duty games, but for a player to actually spend time and effort creating a replica Nazi flag, either to be deliberately controversial or worse, is offensive for gamers like us who see it as a representation of Nazism. Should developers Treyarch enforce a ban on those responsible? What do you think?
UPDATE: You Tube has some videos where players have uploaded instructions on how to make and design swastika flags for Call Of Duty: Black Ops. Here’s two examples: