Shank – GDC Trailer

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Shank – GDC Trailer

Back at PAX 2009, we were introduced to and played many independent games that we knew where going to make a big splash the the video game pool.  Shank was one of these games.  A 2D side scroller with great animation.  Below is the newest trailer from GDC. Also, if you haven’t seen the first trailer, click here.

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Anime Expo: First Guest of Honor, Shinichi "Nabeshin" Watanabe

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Anaheim, CA February 18, 2010 — Anime Expo® 2010 is honored to announce anime director
and seiyu Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe as an official Guest of Honor for its July convention.
The United States’ largest anime and manga convention is scheduled for July 1 — 4, 2010 at the
Los Angeles Convention Center. The famed director will participate in guest panels, meet-and-
greets and autograph sessions at the 19th annual Anime Expo.

The charismatic director is among the most well-known anime directors in Japan. Mr. Watanabe
is a favorite among fans for his directorial work on Excel Saga, Puni Puni Poemy, The
Wallflower, Tenchi Muyo! GXP and Nerima Daikon Brothers along with many other titles. His
off-beat comedic take on anime has earned him a huge fan following.

“Anime Expo is thrilled to have Mr. Watanabe join our line-up,” said Convention Chair Joyce
Lim. “We are looking forward the excitement that he will bring to our convention!”

In addition to his work as a director, Mr. Watanabe also appears as the voice of Nabeshin. This
caricature and his likeness have appeared in such titles as Excel Saga, Puni Puni Poemy, Dotto
Koni-Chan, EyeShield, Hayate no Gotoku and Tayutama. Mr. Watanabe frequently appears in
public as Nabeshin, so keep a look out for his signature red blazer and afro at Anime Expo 2010!

Check out the promo video after the break…
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We're going to GDC2010

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We're going to GDC2010

Jamie and James will be heading out to this years Game Developers Conference to learn, play and “shmooze” with the gaming industry. The conference will be from March 9th to the 13th and I assure you all that Jamie and James will do their best to cover what needs to be covered.

Man, March is going to be one busy month.  GDC2010 in the west then PAX East in the, well, east. *phew*.  But it’s all fun and all good.

Set your phasers to Crusher: Wheaton to deliver keynote at PAX East in March

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This March, if you happen to be in the Boston area and are able to make it to PAX East, stop on by for the keynote address.  Why, do you ask?  Because Wil Wheaton will be giving it.  The man is a legend amongst Trek fans, of course, but has also become an icon for all gamers in general.  We hear of his regular table-top exploits and know the man can jam on consoles and PCs alike.

Gamers of the world unite.

Get your butts in the seats this March.  Though, I don’t think that will be a problem.  I’m fairly certain it’s already quite sold out.  Reports and photos to follow in March.  See you at PAX East!

We are going to PAX East

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Thanks to our new east coast staff writers, Bob, Justin and Rett, we now have this whole nation covered.  Our 3 east coast boys will be covering PAX East and almost everything around it.  Expect videos, photos, interviews, hands-on previews, and more from Penny Arcade’s first event in BAH-STOHN. If it’s funny, interesting or weird, our boys will capture it. Oh, and I hear there is going to be a party some where there. So, expect photos and videos of that as well.

Hey BAH-STOHNIANS! If you see Pleek, make sure to wave to the camera or do some weird pose. We’ll be sure to post you up here.

Good Sound Never Looked So Bad

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As a musician and recording engineer, I am always excited to see what sort of audio technology will be introduced at CES.  New headphones?  For sure.  New MP3 Players?  Of course.  Wireless speakers? Without a doubt.  Ridiculous looking egg chair with 5 speakers around your head and a 10-inch sub under your ass?  Definitely…….. wait… WHAT?!

Acousticom introduced the Sound Egg at CES this year, and if you haven’t caught on by now, it’s a retro-looking egg chair (think Mork & Mindy) with 5.1 surround-sound.  The inside is lined with acoustic foam, keeping most of the sound inside the egg (supposedly), and it works with almost any stereo or gaming system.

I’m sure this thing sounds pretty good, but what you gain in audio quality, you will most definitely be giving up in self-respect.  Overall the design is just a little too… geeky, for me.  But if you enjoy sitting alone, in the dark, listening to your Clay Aiken records all night… then yeah, this thing is definitely for you.  And it’s only $1450.00!

All that being said… Acousticom, please send me one and I’ll do a proper review upon its arrival. Thanks!

CES 2010: Lenovo

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One of the biggest surprises from CES 2010 came from the Lenovo Booth. We had some time to sit down and chat with Lenovo and go over their new product line. The ThinkPads are receiving a bit of a redesign while still staying true to the original. It was very interesting to see a ThinkPad in a color other then it’s classic matte black. During this we were all unprepared for the Notebook that awaited us. There sitting in the corner of the booth surrounded by a bunch of people rested the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Notebook. So what sets the Notebook apart from the rest. The Concept of the Notebook is that you can remove the screen from the Notebook and it become a Tablet. Though the Tablet does have limited computing power it’s still an amazing concept.

Check out the Video Above of the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Notebook

CES 2010: AMD

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With CES behind us now it’s time to remember some of the cooler things we saw at the Convention. AMD was certainly one of the companies that had a lot to show. What was  especially neat was the new graphic card technology. Most companies were sporting the 3D. While I’m quite enamored with 3D I’m not necessarily sold on it. AMD had it’s 3D demos but it also had something I was far more interested in. It was the ability to stretch the visuals on games to a much wider view. We got to see a demo with Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X and it’s looked great.

Check out the Video above for our hands on time with Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.