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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

We're Embarrassed for Kim Cattrall

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(AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Hello friends. So we're back in New York, but we wanted to tell you about something totally weird we witnessed while shopping at a mall in Seattle last week. OK. So a flat-screen TV monitor outside an Express had a message about a celebrity birthday. Naturally, we stopped to see what famous face was celebrating their b-day that day. The flat-screen TV read: "Kim Cattrall is 51 today." Wow. She looks great for her age, we told ourselves. Then, the TV said: "Happy Birthday, Kim!"

Ummm. Seriously? Here's our problem. First, why wish Cattrall a happy birthday on a mall TV monitor? Does anybody really think she's stopping by Auntie Anne's for a pretzel? C'mon. Everyone knows she's been shooting the "Sex and the City" movie in New York and was at the MIPCOM convention in France last week. (That's where the photo above came from.) Second, how dare they blast her age across the mall like that. Not cool. Third, her birthday was actually on Aug. 21. That birthday wish was well over a month late!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Let the World Cyber Games Begin

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(AP Photo/Derrik J. Lang)

The World Cyber Games Grand Final — could that name be any longer? — kicked off here in Seattle last night with an Olympic-like ceremony. We've covered gaming competitions before, but we've never seen any video game contest as epic as the WCG Grand Final. Competitors from all over the world are battling each other  in multiplayer matches in games like "Gears of War," "Counter Strike" and "WarCraft III" throughout the huge Qwest Field Event Center. You can be a spectator online or in person. The action continues through Sunday.

Friday, September 28, 2007

It's a DigitalLife Afterall

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(AP Photo/Hillary Rhodes)

Yesterday, we attended the first-day festivities at the DigitalLife technology, gaming and entertainment event here in New York. As far as video games go, there wasn't anything new. "Lord of the Rings Online." "BioShock." "Gears of War." Been there. Played that. (Of course, that didn't stop us from playing them again in this week's installment of "Up Down Left Right.") What was new at DigitalLife was a barrage of robot products. Spy bots. Cleaning bots. There was even a robotic Elvis. No thanks, DigitalLife. Didn't we learn anything from the "Terminator" movies?!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Ring! Ring! It's "Heroes" Calling!

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While everyone else was waiting in line for "Halo 3" last night, The Slug attended a preview event for Gameloft's "Heroes: The Mobile Game" at the Nokia flagship store in New York. Granted, the game looks more like "Double Dragon" than "Bioshock," but it's kinda cool 'cause you can fly around the city as Peter, teleport through a museum as Hiro and kick butt in a casino as Jessica. Most partygoers were bogarting the phones, but we did get to play the Jessica levels, which were far less annoying than any of Ali Larter's scenes last season.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Favoritest Photo of the Week: TV of the Future

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(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

If you showed us our Favoritest Photo of the Week last year, we would've thought it was from the future. Oh wait. Then it would've been from the future, huh? Well, we would've thought it was from the distant future — or at least before December 21, 2012, which is the end of time according to the Mayans. We blame this line of thinking on that woman's ensemble.

A model holds a glass panel encasing a 29 millimeter (1.1 inches) thick prototype TV that Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. unveiled in Tokyo Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007. Sharp said the prototype TV is the thinnest, lightest and lowest energy-consuming liquid crystal display in the world. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

We're Good to Go ... Play Video Games

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(AP Photo/HO/Red Mile Entertainment)

A few weeks ago, we told you about our time with "Jackass: The Game." Well, we've had a preview copy of the PSP version for over a month now and have completely mastered such stunts as launching our bodies over suburban terrain, stopping a shopping cart before it rolls off the edge of a skyscraper and vomiting up eggs — all without any trips to the hospital. Does this make us a professional now? Can we try these stunts at home?

Check out this week's "Up Down Left Right," asap's weekly gaming video co-starring moi, as we preview "Jackass" and two other upcoming PSP games that harness the full power of the handheld gaming device. Don't have a PSP? Well, lucky you because Amazon started accepting pre-orders today for the new light-as-a-feather-or-at-least-an-iPhone PSP that was announced at E3. No, they didn't pay us to say that. We'll be sticking with our clunky fat PSP 'cause we appreciate its curves, baby.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Set Your Wii Remote to Stun

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(AP Photo/HO/Bethesda)

Here's some news that will surely please Trekkers and Wii geeks alike: Bethesda Softworks has announced that the first "Star Trek" game is coming to the Nintendo Wii (and Sony PlayStation 2) this fall. "Star Trek: Conquest" is set in "The Next Generation" era. The strategy space game will allow Wii captains to maneuver their starships throughout the galaxy with Wii remotes. What? No using your Wiimote as a phaser? 

Monday, July 16, 2007

Looking Back at E3

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(AP Photo/Stefano Paltera)

After spending a week in Los Angeles with Becks, Posh and gaming geeks, The Slug is back on the East Coast, baby. This year's E3 Media and Business Summit will probably be remembered for its controversial decision to downsize and focus on compelling new content. Nintendo introduced two innovative controllers. Sony paraded its social networking platform "Home" and continued to tease with "Killzone 2." And Microsoft is putting its money on more family-friendly fare and something called "Halo 3." Find out what The Slug thought about the swag, setup and more as we ask ourselves questions about E3, after the jump.

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Moment of E3 Reflection

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Now this is some social networking! During the first night of E3, The Slug attended five parties: Capcom and Sony's low-key cocktail hour, Nintendo's jumbo-shrimp-filled reception, Eidos' over-the-top "Age of Conan" celebration, Bethesda Software's Saddle Ranch Club rodeo and Electronic Arts' "Rock Band" concert featuring a super-secret performance by Queens of the Stone Age. You can see our exploits (in which we channel Brooke Burke from E's "Wild On") in this week's "Up Down Left Right."

Today, we've got meetings lined up with over a dozen game developers from  Midway to Microsoft to preview (and hopefully test drive) their upcoming games. It's strange. The mood seems to be somber at this year's downsized E3, despite the gaming industry's boom and game-play innovations. Perhaps that's just because of the hassle of getting from Point A to Point B since the expo isn't being held under one roof. Many are speculating it'll be the last E3 ever, but The Slug thinks this party is just getting started.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Back to School at E3

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E3 festivities officially kick off tonight with Microsoft's press conference at Santa Monica High School. Yes, they're holding their press conference at a local high school. Microsoft is gonna fill an auditorium with a few thousand video game geeks. How redonkulous is that? If a bunch of football players barge in and start handing out wedgies, we're totally telling Mr. Belding. However, most gaming blogs are speculating that they're unveiling a new version of the Xbox 360. Score! We hypothesize it'll have something to do with recording television.