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2009/07/25

Apocalypse Then: Max Payne

Developers: Remedy Entertainment (Win), Rockstar Toronto (PS2), Rockstar Vienna (Xbox), Rockstar Leeds (GBA), MacSoft (Mac) Producer: 3D Realms
Publishers: Gathering of Developers (WIN)
, Rockstar Games (PS2, Xbox, GBA), Feral (Mac), Tec Toy (BR), Capcom (JP) Valve Corporation (Steam), MacSoft (Mac)
Platforms:
Windows, Xbox, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, Mac OS
Original Release date: July 25, 2001 (PC)

Genre: Third-person shooter

On this day in gaming, in 2001, Max Payne was released.


It's a third person shooter which helped popularise the bullet-time or slow-mo effect in games, which was introduced in movies by The Matrix. This gimmick was later used in games like F.E.A.R.


The game tells the story of a man who once lived the American Dream, but lost nearly everything after junkies on a new drug wiped out his family. He then goes out seeking revenge and trying to find out why it all happened in the first place, and stumbling upon darker things in the process.


Interestingly, Max Payne's rather strange looking character was modeled on Sam Lake, the writer for the game.
The game was developed by a Finish developer, Remedy, and therefore a lot of the names in the games, whether it be people, places, or the drug Valkyr, are borrowed from Norse Mythology.

The game was followed up Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne and the yet to be released Max Payne 3.

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2009/07/24

Al Lowe's Birthday Today



Today is Al Lowe's Birthday. He turns 63.

Al Lowe is mainly known for his Leisure Suit Larry series, telling the tale of lovable loser, Larry Laffer, although he was involved with other games too. He is also a musician, having played the saxophone since he was young.


Al Lowe himself says he's glad he isn't involved with Leisure Suit Larry anymore, after the last two games, Magna Cum Laude and Box Office Bust were total bombs.

Al Lowe supposedly retired from the game industry back in the late 90s after several years, but tried to make a comeback by developing a game known as Sam Suede: Undercover Exposure, but iBase, the developer, couldn't find a publisher, and the company went under.


Nowadays, Al can be found at his site, allowe.com, still spreading hilarity and making people laugh.




Sources and Resources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Lowe
http://www.allowe.com/
http://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,3320/
http://www.ocremix.org/artist/573/al-lowe
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New Affiliate: Direct2Drive

I figured I'd let anyone and everyone who comes across the site know that AAA is now an affiliate of Direct2Drive! So that means there will now be links and banners that lead to D2D's site, and of course I will try to notify you of any deals on games or other stuff on there.

If you haven't heard of Direct2Drive, it's a digital distribution service, which means you can download stuff straight to your harddrive. I believe that digital distribution is the future of sales, and companies with a dependency on secondhand product sales won't last forever unless they change their ways.

Here's the official copy for more info:

Direct2Drive offers the largest selection of downloadable PC games and digital entertainment for the gamer lifestyle. You don’t have to drive to the store - just download the exact retail versions of the hottest new PC game titles as well as a huge catalog of classics you won’t find anywhere else! We also offer game strategy guides from PRIMA and BRADYGAMES, downloadable PDF
editions of Play Magazine’s Girls of Gaming and more!

There are a couple of new banners at the top and to the right of the page, so have a look.


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2009/07/23

Video Game Deals from Amazon: Street Fighter 4 and House of the Dead: Overkill




Street Fighter IV - $39.99 - Save $17.00 exclaim



House of the Dead: Overkill - $19.98 - Save $8.01(Amazon Gold Box)
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The Unknown Astronaut: A Video Game Character on the Moon




July 23 - Revolution Day (Egypt)


A few days ago, humanity (specifically the US) celebrated forty years since the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Back in 1996, a once well-known and loved, and still remembered, video game character went to the moon. His name- Duke Nukem.

In Duke Nukem 3D, in the second episode, "Lunar Apocalypse", Duke Nukem follows the Aliens onto their own turf- space. Here he explores and kills everything in space stations, before eventually making it to the moon, particularly the levels, "Tiberius Station" and "Lunar Reactor".


These space and moon levels had some cool music, especially Xplasma, and some nice views of space, the stars, and the earth. Among things spoiling the mood were flying droids which explode in your face and take away a sizeable chunk of your health. And then there was the end boss, the Overlord, an overgrown frog with two missile launchers on his back.


A secret of "Lunar Reactor" includes seeing the body of Luke Skywalker from Star Wars, and Duke upon seeing this says, "Now this is a force to be reckoned with!"

The level after this one is called "Dark Side".

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2009/07/22

Video Game Deals from Amazon

Trade in video games and get $30

NBA 2K9

Computer Accessories & Peripherals Store
Computers & Accessories Bestsellers
Computers & Accessories Outlet: Sort by "Computers and Accessories"
Today’s Deals: Computers



Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - $24.49 - Save $3.00
Fallout Collection - $15.49 - Save $14.90
Dungeon Lords Collector's Edition - $15.74 - Save 13.25
Everquest II The Shadow Odyssey - $19.99 - Save $8.00



Xbox 360 Elite Bundles with/$50 or $70 Gift Cards at Amazon
Gears of War 2 - $29.99 - Save $4.98



Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - $56.99 - Save $3.00
NBA 2K9 - $19.98 - Save $3.01
Dragon Age: Origins - $56.99 - Save $3.00
NBA 2K10 - $56.99 - Save $3.00
WWE Legends of WrestleMania - $36.99 - Save $3.00
FIFA Soccer 10 - $56.99 - Save $3.00



NBA 2K9 - $9.98 - Save $10.01



Avatar - $39.99 - Save $20.00



Bakugan Battle Brawlers - $29.99 - Save $20.00
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2009/07/21

Tony Scott's Birthday


On this day, in 1944, Anthony D. L. Scott, otherwise known as Tony Scott, Ridley Scott's younger brother, was born. He turns 65 today.

T-Scott is famous for having directed such classics as Top Gun and Crimson Tide.

Ridley Scott is famed for having directed the first Alien film, and Tony Scott will be the producer on the next Alien film, a prequel to the first.

Filmography Feature films

Unstoppable (TBA)
Alien Prequel (producer) (TBA)
The Warriors (TBA)
Emma's War (TBA)
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
Déjà Vu (2006)
Domino (2005)
Man on Fire (2004)
Spy Game (2001)
Enemy of the State (1998)
The Fan (1996)
Crimson Tide (1995)
True Romance (1993)
The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Days of Thunder (1990)
Revenge (1990)
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
Top Gun (1986)
The Hunger (1983)

Short films

Agent Orange (2004)
The Hire: Beat the Devil (2002)
One of the Missing (1971)
Loving Memory (1969)

Music videos

One More Try, George Michael (1988)
Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins (1986)

Commercials

One Man, One Land for Marlboro (2003)
Ice Soldier for US Army (2002)
Player, Achievements and Big Bang for Barclays Bank (2000)
Telecom Italia (2000) (Starring Marlon Brando and Woody Allen)
DIM Underwear (1979)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Scott

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Gabe Newell Wants Your Money, and More Money

Gabe Newell - 2002Maybe I took this the wrong way, but when I saw this headline over at several sites (I think it was GamePro first, as well Kotaku- originally Kotaku AU), I thought, "What the hell?"

Gabe Newell of Valve Corporation says he's interested in fan-funded games. He says that instead of going to fickle publishers for approval when it comes to games, he wants fans to give their money over to fund development.

One person over at Kotaku said that it wouldn't be practical with AAA games that cost tens of millions.

It's not usually how things work, but then again, Valve has brought new things to the table before. Think of Half-Life, and Half-Life 2, and how they both changed the way we looked at games. They became games that people aspired to- almost like measuring sticks of their respective eras, if you will.

Then there's Steam, the digital distribution platform, also by Valve, and DD is set to be the future of games.

But this...now fans have to fork out money for a game to be developed, and might even have to pay for the finished product as well.

I think this is going to be a controversial topic, and might even further alienate former and current Valve fans- the ones he's considering reaching out to. Remember L4D2, and how it was announced about five years too early?

All I want to know is, how did Gabe become so greedy, in addition to all ready being a fat b@stard?

He probably learned it from spending time working at Microsoft.razz

Sources:
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Kotaku AU
Gabe Newell - Valve Software
Valve: Let Fans Fund Games Development [Valve]
Valve interested in fan funded projects
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2009/07/20

New All-Time Low Prices for Video Games

PC

Lego Indiana Jones 2. The Adventure Continues - $29.99 - Save $20.00
Halo 2 - $14.97 - Save $13.02
Pariah - $6.19 - Save $43.80
Enter the Matrix (DVD-ROM) - $8.99 - Save $21.00
Enter the Matrix (DVD/Jewel Case) - $4.69

PS2

Tekken 5 - $14.99 - Save $5.00

PS3

Lego Indiana Jones 2. The Adventure Continues - $49.99 - Save $10.00
Infamous - $44.99 - Save $5.00

Xbox 360

Lego Indiana Jones 2. The Adventure Continues - $49.99 - Save $10.00
Halo 3 Legendary Edition - $67.99 - Save $6.50
Halo Wars Limited - $63.99 - Save $6.00
Bioshock & The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion Bundle - $29.99 - Save $10.00
UFC Undisputed - $39.99 - Save $13.00

Wii

Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings - $29.79 - Save $16.20

PSP

Lego Indiana Jones 2. The Adventure Continues - $29.99 - Save $10.00

DS

Lego Indiana Jones 2. The Adventure Continues - $29.99 - Save $10.00
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings - $18.79 - Save $11.00
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Apocalypse Then: Apollo 11 Moon Landing

On this day, in 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. The shuttle contained the now three famous astronauts- Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins.

It's been 40 years since this great day, and now there are plans to go back to the moon and make a more established presence there.

It's time to resurrect space travel. Well, maybe after we've sorted out the recession problems.

Just as I predicted in a daydream, without reading it anywhere first, a game is in the making to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the moon landings. It's called Shattered Horizon, by Futuremark Game Studios.

After all this time, my dad still doesn't believe that they landed on the moon. He subscribes to the conspiracy theory that they were faked and filmed in a studio that mimics the moon's environment with zero gravity- possibly Area 51.

He also says that it was just a publicity or propaganda stunt so that the US would be recognised as a superior world power to the USSR.

Sources:
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Shattered Horizon Commemorates Moon Landing Anniversary with Moon Destruction Screenshots
http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/
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2009/07/19

Games Coming out This Week in July 2009: 7/19 - 7/25



G-Force
:


PC - PS2 - PS3 - 360 - Wii - DS- PSP

Rock Band Country Track Pack
:


PS2 - PS3 - 360 - Wii

Watchmen: The End is Nigh - The Complete Experience:


PS3

Watchmen: The End is Nigh - Parts 1 and 2:

360

Little King's Story:


Wii
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