Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto

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The first theatrical trailer for Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto has been released. It looks extremely well done, but this movie still does nothing for me and all I could think of during the trailer was those gross skull island natives from King Kong. Personally I can’t wait until Mel goes back to making movies that are fun to watch; it’s kind of sad that the last thing I saw him in that I enjoyed was when he made a couple of surprising cameos in the short lived sitcom Complete Savages.

You can check out the new trailer and the original teaser in QuickTime goodness here.


Mod chips soon to be illegal in Australia

New laws starting on 1st of January 2007 will make it illegal to sell or own a modded videogame console. Owners are susceptible to a $6600 fine, and those that distribute, sell or install mod chips or modded consoles can be hit with a $60,500 fine and/or up to five years in jail.

Minter Ellison law firm released the following statement.

AUSFTA requires Australia to prohibit the use of devices and services to circumvent technological protection measures (TPM)”.

“The exposure draft prohibits the use of devices and services to circumvent access control TPMs. It is an offence to circumvent access control TPMs punishable by a fine of up to AU$6,600.”

“The exposure draft also prohibits dealings with devices and services to circumvent all types of TPMs (including access control TPMs). Dealing in circumvention devices and services will be punishable by up to five years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to AU$60,500. The concept of ‘dealings’ has been expanded and will include distribution, offering, provision and communication. There will no longer be a requirement for a dealing to be ‘in the course of trade’.”

There will be exemptions to the law for people doing computer security testing, law enforcement and library use.

Well this plain sucks because as it has been pointed out many times that mod chips have other uses apart for piracy; including by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission who support mod chips due to there ability to get around region coding which is widely seen as a method of constricting the competitive market.

Sam & Max gameplay trailers.

“Well, it all started the day before today. I remember it just like it was yesturday.”

Five new trailers for the Sam & Max Episode 1: Culture Shock has been released and this time they show direct game play. Wisely they don’t give away too much of the story but they do show that Telltale games have made a brand new classic point and click adventure game, and they seem to have replicated the strange humor behind the original Sam & Max game very well. The trailers aren’t laugh out loud funny but they do present some giggles and they seem to have picked sections of the game play that don’t ruin any of the big jokes in the game.

Telltale Games recently announced the released date for the first episode; October 17th on GameTap (USA only) and November 1st as a download from the Telltale Games site.

Sam & Max Episode 1: Culture Shock trailers:

Gamespot (Gameplay Trailers 1 & 2)

GameArena gameplay trailer 1

GameArena gameplay trailer 2

GameArena gameplay trailer 3

GameArena gameplay trailer 4

GameArena gameplay trailer 5

Xbox 360 Laptop.

The net famous and talented modder Ben Heckendorn has released pictures and video of his latest masterpiece, The Xbox 360 Laptop (If his site is still down here is a mirror).

Ben has made many a great mod in his time but this has got to be up near the top, I would (if I had the cash) buy one of these and I can’t understand why this guy isn’t on Microsoft?s payroll yet.

Check out the video: YouTube mp4 (5.2MB)

Go here or here for Hi-Res versions of the below pictures.

Flags of the fathers & Letters from Iwo Jima trailers.

Trailers for the two highly anticipated (at least by me) new movies by director Clint Eastwood, Flags of the Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima have been released.

Both films tell the story of the battle of Iwo Jima during World War II except that Flags of the Fathers tells it from the perspective of the United States soldiers and Letters from Iwo Jima tells it from the perspective of the Japanese soldiers.

This has got to be one of the coolest ideas I have ever heard of for a war movie and I can only assume that they will be highly entertaining and touching movies, especially if the trailers are any indication.

Flags of the Fathers trailer (Windows Media)

Letters from Iwo Jima (Japanese)

First Playstation 3 Commercial.

The first commercial for the Playstation 3 has been released and like most of Sony’s commercials it’s incredibly stupid. Most of the ad is video of some guy working out (live-action footage) while some English chick talks about video game artificial intelligence; then there’s a few seconds of the game “Resistance – Fall of men” which looks pretty cool but nothing that special.

Overall the ad fails to impress and at this critical moment impress is exactly what Sony need to do, especially with the Europe and Australian release of the PS3 delayed until March 2007.

You can download or stream the commercial here or on YouTube.

New Casino Royale trailer.

A new trailer for James Bond’s next big adventure, Casino Royale, has been released and frankly it looks like its going to kick the arse of every bond movie back to the Connery days.

Check out the trailer here in AOL (Crap Quality) and two higher quality quicktime versions.

Direct Quicktime links: High (47MB) HD (170MB)

Casino Royale premiers on the 17th November in the U.S and on the 7th of December in Australia.

RIP: Steve Irwin.

Steve Irwin, otherwise known as the Crocodile hunter, was killed today in an animal attack while filming a documentary in Cairns, Australia. Irwin was killed by a sting ray barb through the heart, he died instantly.

I was never a fan of Steven Irwin’s over the top documentaries but that doesn’t stop me from recognising his great contributions to charities, environmental conservation, and Australian tourism.

He leaves behind his wife Terri, and two children, Bindi, 8, and Bob, 3.

Rest in Piece Steve Irwin.

Miami Vice (PSP) Review.

  • What type of movies do you hate?
  • What type of games do you hate?

Ask a bunch of people these two questions and a lot of them will give you the same two answers:

  • Remakes.
  • Games based on Movies.

That doesn’t promote well for Miami Vice and it’s not a great game by any stretch of the imagination, but shocking as it may be it is a fairly decent game.

Continue reading Miami Vice (PSP) Review.