Bright Shiny Things: Desktop Tower Defense

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Between all of us here, there’s very little that stirs in the gaming universe that doesn’t pop up on somebody’s radar. Whether it’s the simple genius of Peggle or some random freeware project somebody stumbles across, we go to great lengths to entertain and amuse ourselves. Simple, hopefully free (or at least very close to it), and entirely worth looking into. Freeware, shareware, cool demo,thing you have to try out. Bright, Shiny Things.

I thought perhaps we could start sharing some of these nuggets that folks may or may not be aware of. These are not going to be earth-shattering new things, but I often find that what one person has been playing for two years, someone else just found out about yesterday.

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For you iPhone addicts…

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…yeah you, the one that caresses your fancy Apple gadget as if it’s the cure for all the world’s problems, we’ve got another reason for you to keep your head rubbernecked in the direction of your beloved iPhone. Last week, Ash, a member of your obsessive tribe, put together something to feed your never-ending addiction to the iPhone.

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Cthulhu: The Movie

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As some of you might recall, back in 2005, we published Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, a 1st-person/survival-horror title is based on the works by horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. Today, while checking out Quiet Earth, a good site “dedicated to genre film and everything post apocalyptic,” I came across a trailer for a new film based on Lovecraft’s work, appropriately titled “Cthulhu.”

Investigating on IMDb, it doesn’t look like this movie is expected to get a wide-release, and from what I can tell, it wass only shown on the film festival circuit last year. I considered sharing the trailer on the blog, but I thought it was a little much. I mean, it’s pretty disturbing…not to mention there’s a little too much Tori Spelling action going on in it.

If you’re interested in learning more, here’s a link to the official site for the film, as well a 5 star review I found on Dead Central. If anyone wants to share their thoughts on the movie, you can find me hiding under my bed.

Precioussss Armor

When checking personal messages from within our forums, I know I’m in for a treat when one of our members, Gizmo, sends me a link to a video, article, etc. This week was no exception as he sent me a link to a pretty cool armor mod in Oblivion that recreates of the look of Sauron — the famed Dark Lord from Lord of the Rings. The armor mod appears to have been created by You Tube member cultbrain. If you ask me, I think he nailed the look. Maybe he’s the same guy that created this armor for a fantasy festival.

Impressive…most impressive (oops, wrong trilogy).

Around the Web – Frozen Edition

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I’m not sure what we’ve been experiencing up until now, but it wasn’t really winter. NOW it’s winter. I realize a wind chill in the single digits is pretty paltry compared to what folks are experiencing in other places (like those people freezing their tails off in -24 degree weather in Green Bay last night…the three girls at the game in bikini tops need to seek professional help…it was TWENTY FOUR DEGREES BELOW ZERO), but up until this point it was pretty mild weather here. Now it’s just freezing out there.

Worthplaying put together their list of the most anticipated games of 2008, placing Fallout 3 at #1. You can head over to read comments from lots of folks at WP as to their level of expectation, how they see things shaping up, and so on.

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Mod Interview: Korana

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Yarrrr, for this week’s mod interview, we’re chatting with Korana of the BGS forums. Korana, whose real name is Cheryl, lives a pretty exciting life. She recently got engaged, sells booze for a living, and as a resident of Idaho has somehow never seen potatoes grow. Oh yeah, and she’s got a birthday coming up in a few weeks. Congrats on a quarter century of excellence!

As for modding, Korana had done a wide variety of stuff for the Elder Scrolls…just take a gander at her website.

On with the show…

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What we’re playing: Friday Night Fight vs. EA Mythic

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As many have noticed, we definitely have plenty of folks that take Team Fortress 2 very seriously. In matches against developers from other companies, the Vault 101 Dwellers have amassed a record of 3-0 — beating the likes of Breakaway, Retro and Bioware. Tonight, the boys from Bethesda are aiming their sites on another win, this time against EA Mythic (makers of Dark Age of Camelot). Rumor has it a match against Blizzard…err…Activision Blizzard is being negotiated by Don King…keep an eye out for that.

So will the office team move to 4-0, or will this blog post serve as a jinx? Stay tuned!

Here’s what the Vault 101 Dwellers and everyone else are playing this weekend…

Cory Dornbusch, An Unwashed Villager… err QA Tester: The Witcher, and TF2 – Bethsoft vs. Mythic Friday night…place your bets!

Nate Purkeypile, Uber Pyro: TF2 match against Mythic to hopefully maintain our undefeated streak, Mario Galaxy and sending back my busted Rock Band drums and guitar.

Mike Lattanzia, QA: Hellgate: London (testing out new Blademaster builds), Rock Band, Team Fortress 2, Call of Duty 4 (I finally gave in), Savage 2, Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness (getting close to finishing the main story!), Super Mario Galaxy; way too many games right now, I’m almost glad that Smash Bros was delayed.

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Oblivion Tabbed ‘Best Game of 2007′ in Japan

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I got a note from my colleague in Japan on this and thought it was worth sharing. A group of 12 editorial staff from Enterbrain (the folks that put out Famitsu in all it’s various iterations) sat down and voted on the game they felt was the best title of the year in Japan without regard for sales figures, fame of the franchise, etc. Only one vote per person, game with the most votes wins. In the end, Oblivion took home the honor as the best game of 2007 with 5 votes. The tally was:

#1 – Oblivion (5 votes)
#2 – God of War 2 (2 votes)
#3 – Super Mario Galaxy (1 vote)
#4 – Legend of Zelda DS (1 vote)
#5 – Monster Hunter Portable (1 vote)

I emailed him twice to say “are you SURE we won?” Needless to say we were all surprised, and thrilled, that the game is that well thought of in Japan given that it’s completely different than the RPGs one usually finds in Japan. So thanks for the nod, we do appreciate it.

Around the web…

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Thought I’d point out a couple of interesting tidbits I’ve noticed across the web this week…

Over on Voodoo Extreme, there’s a fan poll titled, “Most Wanted 2008 PC Games.” There’s a lot of good choices to vote for. Currently, Fallout 3 is receiving the second most votes behind Blizzard’s hugely-anticipated Starcraft 2.

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