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Papercraft Friday #30: The Bates House

February 27, 2009

On a forgotten stretch of Old Highway 10, perched ominously on a hill behind a dreary motel, looms the intimidating edifice of the Bates House.

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See poor Mrs. Bates sitting at her window? It’s a good thing that Norman is still there to take care of her! A boy’s best friend is his MOTHER!

Haunted Dimensions does awesome “3D tributes to Disney’s Haunted Mansions.”  The latest by Ray Keim is The Bates House from the movie Psycho.  Complete with “mother” in the window.  Maybe Ray will break from the “house” tradition and make an accompanying Bates Motel, with optional shower curtain.

Download everything you need at Haunted Dimensions.

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Nuke It!

February 26, 2009

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Ever wonder what would happen to your town if someone dropped a nuclear bomb on it?  How about your country with an asteroid strike?  A morbidly fascinating combination of Google Maps and javascript called Ground Zero now lets you do just that.  Just select your desired location and weapon of choice, be it a “Fat Man” or a “DF-31” or a host of others, and let the destruction commence.

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C64 lands on the U.S. Wii Virtual Console

February 23, 2009

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Seems like only a year ago when I was lamenting the fact that the European Virtual Console was getting Commodore 64 games… wait, it WAS a year ago, almost ot the day.  Well, it’s time for the U.S. to get in on that sweet C64 action.  According to Nintendo today:

The other big news this week is the hotly anticipated launch of Commodore 64 game titles on Virtual Console. Starting with two classic martial arts games and an awesome car racing title, we’re thrilled to add yet another old-school gaming platform to the mix. Virtual Console already offers classic games that originally appeared on a variety of platforms, and with the addition of Commodore 64, Wii owners can expect even more vintage games to rediscover and enjoy. 

The titles added this week are The Last Ninja, International Karate and Pitstop II, and they are $5 each.  Can’t say as those are among my list of favorites, but this news makes me a happy, happy camper.

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Child’s Play, Xbox 360 Elite, Microsoft Hoops, and Netflix

February 21, 2009

Just wanted to give an quick update for the Child’s Play Charity fundraising efforts I promoted several times on my blog towards the end of last year.  Their grand total this year was $1,434,377!  A new high!  Thank you to everyone who donated.  Children in hospitals around the country (and the world) greatly appreciate it.

On a more personal note… I won a prize in the CAG Fund for Child’s Play 2008 Charity Raffle Extravaganza!

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Odd Sale at GOG.com

February 20, 2009

oddI love GOG.com.  I know, I’ve mentioned it before.  They should PAY ME for the publicity!  But I love old skool gaming, and I like the concept of developers being able to offer their classic games to gamers for a reasonable price.  You know the game will work on your current system, and you get all kinds of extras like soundtracks and wallpaper.  It’s a win-win situation.

I was browsing feeds in my Google Reader and saw one of the things I’ve been waiting for: an Oddworld weekend sale!  For the next 4 days, you can get Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee and Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus in a bundle for only $16.98.  Or, if you already bought one of them from GOG.com, you can get the other for $1.50 off.

Since I have several titles in the hopper waiting to be played, I figured I didn’t need to immediately spring for the Oddworld games, and could wait until I either catch up or there was a sale.  Guess what’s downloading right now!

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Papercraft Friday #29: Mario Automata

February 20, 2009

marioautomataPaper automata are pretty cool, but quite often the subject matter doesn’t interest me enough to want to bother.  If you are both a modeler and a gamer, though, this one’s a must.

It looks complicated, but it’s only a 2 page model, including instructions.  I might have to make an extra one for the kids to destr… err, play with.

Thanks to nintendopapercraft.com for the post and link to the model, and ddi7i4d for its creation.  I hope there will be more to come.

 

 

 

 

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Game Impressions: House of the Dead: Overkill

February 19, 2009

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Mother****er!  This ain’t your daddy’s Mario game.  The princess is definitely in another mother****ing castle, replaced by a big breasted stripper named Varla Guns.  House of the Dead: Overkill does everything in a big, over-the-top way.  Does the “Grindhouse” look and arcade lightgun style work for this made-for-Wii Sega reboot of the HOTD franchise?  

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