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The Cover Project + Universal Game Cases = OCD Geek Heaven!

I just found my new compulsive hobby!
I’m a bit of a freak and I hate to have games without boxes, manuals or covers. In fact I won’t buy an old game without these. That said even with the complete package you have to admit that the NES sleeves kinda suck, the SNES and GBA cardboard is a bit bland and so on and so forth…

In comes the Universal Game Case which, as the name applies, is a universal case for Genesis, NES, SNES… about the size of an old VHS… ($42 for 100 on this site).

But it gets even better is when you add The Cover Project to the mix which basically makes custom covers based on original NES, SNES and everything in between games made to fit Universal Game Cases.

And the result of that is this greatness:


Also you can do the same thing for you GBA collection by grabbing DS cases off of the Nintendo website ($7 for 10) which ends up looking like this:


The collection pics do not belong to me.

April 8, 2009 Posted by | Random Musings, Video Game Merchandise | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 30 Comments

2008 Video Game Awards Winners

vga_2008Another year, another VGA.
I started watching the show last year and wasn’t too impressed. This year, while better, is still disappointing (keep in mind this is all very subjective).
The intro with Jack Black was hilarious! and overall I thought Jack Black was a better host that Samuel L. Jackson last year.
The musical acts were pretty good. LL Cool J rocked and “don’t call it a comeback!”, Weezer was cool. On the other hand 50 Cent was O.K. musically but i had the distinct feeling he was lip-synching.
The in-between skits with Black were so-so, mostly overplayed and barely funny.

But all this is just added stuff because most of us watch the Video GAME Awards for…..*drum roll* the games! and in this I guess you could say it’s not too bad.
Several World Exclusives from highlights GTA IV – The Lost and Damned, God of War III and freaking Mafia II!! to disappointments (mostly one) in Watchmen: The End Is Nigh.
Another worthy discovery was Dante’s Inferno which you can check out on my news here.

Mostly the things that annoys me most with these awards is that they feel empty and over the top. The tone is half childish and half condescending at times. What I mean is that they have to show hot women who come up on stage and actually say “yes I’m here cause I’m hot and you’re lucky to look at me” and the first reaction i had was something between shame, annoyance at our portrayal and wanting to tell her to just “f*ck off”.
To add insult to injury these women pretend in a semi-convincing voice that they “loooooove” video games. I mean come on!
I guess the show is made for prepubescent teens ans it shows.

It is worth mentioning that the best speech of them all was Will Wright. Thank you!

Anyhow I could go on for a while and I’d be happy to discuss it with whomever feels like it but for now let’s move on the the list of winners. BTW while I may not agree with some of these I can respect most BUT how the hell can you have GTA IV as Game of the Year and Best Action Adventure Game but not Best Game on 360????

Game of the Year: Grand Theft Auto IV

Studio of the Year: Media Molecule

Best PC Game: Left 4 Dead

Best PS3 Game: LittleBigPlanet

Best Wii Game: Boom Blox

Best Xbox 360 Game: Gears of War 2

Best Handheld Game: Professor Layton and the Curious Village

Best RPG: Fallout 3

Best Shooter: Gears of War 2

Best Fighting Game: Soul Calibur IV

Best Action Adventure Game: Grand Theft Auto IV

Best Driving Game: Burnout Paradise

Best Team Sports Game: NHL 09

Best Individual Sports Game: Shaun White Snowboarding

Best Game Based on a Movie or TV Show: Lego Indiana Jones

Best Multiplayer Game: Left 4 Dead

Best Music Game: Rock Band 2

Best Independent Game Fueled By Dew: World of Goo

Best Graphics: Metal Gear Solid 4

Best Original Score: Metal Gear Solid 4

Best Soundtrack: Rock Band 2

Best Performance by a Human Male: Michael Hollick – Grand Theft Auto IV

Best Performance by a Human Female: Debbie Mae West – Metal Gear Solid 4

Big Name in the Game – Male: Kiefer Sutherland – Call of Duty: World at War

Big Name in the Game – Female: Jenny McCarthy – C&C: Red Alert 3

for more details and access to the world exclusive footage, head over to GameTrailers.

December 15, 2008 Posted by | Industry News, Random Musings, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

EA Unveals Dante’s Inferno

danteinfernoart678_screenThe world premiere of the trailer aired during the 2008 Video Game Awards which showed us that the game will be based on the famous first part of the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.

In the game the player will go through the 9 circles of Hell which are limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, wrath, heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. Not much else has been revealed by now but the game is being developed by EA Redwood Shores, the studio who created Dead Space.

This is a great period for Electronic Arts which reminds me of 2001 when the studio released a lot of great new IPs such as American McGee’s Alice and Clive Barker’s Undying.

Be sure to check out the creepy trailer here.

December 15, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, PS3 News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

GC 2008 Late Night Edition

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Since the Game Convention started in Leipzig today there’s a lot of stuff to cover so I’m going to summarize the most noteworthy announcements and link the best trailers only in HD.
Basically this is your one-stop Leipzig newsdesk.

Noteworthy Announcements:

  • New PSP 3000 will come out on October 15 and feature a better screen and built-in mic for $199
  • PS3 160G Hard Drive on October for $499, the 80G one will replace the current 40G
  • New 160G PS3 Uncharted Bundle featuring game, dualshock 3 and PAIN voucher for $499
  • EA is going to tackle Tennis games on Wii in 2009 taking advantage of the Wii Motion Plus
  • Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts will be released November 14 for $40
  • Fallout 3 will come out October 28 in North America and October 31 in Europe
  • Suikoden Tierkreis is a DS title
  • Chrono Trigger on the DS will come out November 25
  • The Sims 3 worldwide release February 20, 2009

Noteworthy Trailers and Footage:

August 21, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, DS News, Industry News, PC News, PS3 News, PSP News, Tech News, Video Game News, Wii News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment