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Ubisoft slip up.

Recently, via NeoGAF (an internet gaming community), a 2GB RAR of unreleased Ubisoft goodies has been leaked onto the net. This package includes videos, screenshots, artwork, and general information on a number of Ubisofts upcoming hot titles.

Ubisoft had this to say – “We are clearly displeased that confidential information from Ubisoft has been distributed on the internet. The publication of this type of information can only be harmful to the game development process and we will take all steps necessary to prevent this from happening in the future. We are still investigating the events that lead to this information leak and at this time have no further comment.”

They’re most certainly not happy. Somehow the .rar wandered onto their ubi.com FTP server, which was then uploaded onto a NeoGAF thread by a user. Ubisoft killed off this source as soon as they could, but once it’s already out there, there’s not much they can do. So the thread doesn’t link to the 2GB file, but alot has been uploaded throughout it, including new Prince Of Persia artwork, some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles screenshots and art, and some FarCry stuff they certainly wouldn’t want out.

The pack included titles –

Assassins Creed
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Farcry PSP
Farcry Wii
Lost
Naruto
OpenSeason
Prince of Persia
RB6: Vegas
Rocky PSP
Splinter Cell 4
Splinter Cell 5
Surf’s Up
Star Wars PSP
Shaun White (Snowboarding game)
TMNT
TMNT GBA

I think Ubisoft will be checking what goes on their FTP server a bit more thoroughly now.

Gameswizards no more.

Gameswizards

Popular game store franchise Gameswizards have been bought up by one of Europe’s biggest game store companies, GAME.

With one of Australias key gaming stores now being internationally owned and managed, will this be a change for the best or worst? It’s a shame that funds are now going overseas, but this change may substantially increase the quality and quantity of stores around the nation.

We’ll have to wait and see what these stores now become, but a portion of regular patrons are already disappointed in this deal. There is currently no information on whether the stores will be renamed, or any more details.

Prestige TV Spot

As long-time readers will know I’m utterly stoked about Christopher Nolan’s (Batman Begins, Memento) upcoming movie The Prestige; about a battle of the ages between Wolverine and Batman. OK so its not Wolverine and Batman but it is Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale and that’s just as good isn’t it? No your right its not; but what if they were magicians? Starting to sound pretty cool isn’t it?

Well then you will be pleased to know they just released a brand new TV spot for the movie; it doesn’t show much more then the original trailer (which is actually a good thing) but it’s still pretty cool. Check out the TV spot below and the poster below that.

Prestige TV Spot:
Low Med High

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Eragon; same trailer different qualities.

For those of you who missed out on the Eragon trailer I posted up a little while ago, Apple have finally got it up on there site in three shiny QuickTime qualities. So if the previous download was a bit big for you, you can check them out here.

Justin and Maggie set to Die Hard.

There is one movie that is my favourite Christmas movie, my favourite action movie and is in my top 5 favourite movies of all time; Die Hard. So when I heard that they are making a fourth Die Hard film I nearly died, and I did get hard.

Originally titled Die Hard 4.0 but thankfully renamed to Live Free or Die Hard, it is set to start filming near the end of the year, is being directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld) and of course stars Bruce Willis.

This is all semi-old news though, what is new is the supporting cast. Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers; Dodgeball) has been confirmed to be co-starring in the film as “a computer-savvy accomplice” who helps McClane take down some computer terrorists during the 4th of July holiday. It is also rumoured that Justin Long’s character is McClane’s son but this has yet to be confirmed and Fox is keeping tight lipped on the subject.

Also joining the cast is relatively unknown Hawaiian hottie Maggie Q (Mission Impossible III), who will be playing one of the main hacker terrorists.

You can see Justin Long in the reportedly hilarious Accepted, currently in cinemas in the U.S and premiering on November 9th in Australia. You can check out the trailer for Accepted here.

Tokyo Games Show 2006 has kicked off!

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Originally starting in 1996, one of the greatest gaming conventions in the world, second only to E3, has just kicked off for another year on this 19th of September. The Tokyo Game Show, featuring all the latest in gaming goodness, features all the greats such as the obvious Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all against each other showing off their new shiny wares.It’s pretty similar to E3, but with one key difference.

At TGS (Tokyo Game Show), general punters are allowed to attend, therefore bringing much larger numbers, while straying off the more exclusive, intimate press conferences and announcements we see at E3. With two new consoles just around the corner this TGS is looking to be a barrel of fun. Still underway, all eyes are on Nintendo and Sony, the pioneers of next-gen with the up-coming Wii and Playstation 3. Getting alot of attention are the big titles such as Devil May Cry 4, Metal Gear Solid 4, and the recently announced Ninja Gaiden for PS3 (a port of the XBOX Ninja Gaiden, with some new goodies).

There’s heaps to be discovered this year. Unfortunately my budget doesn’t support a trip to Tokyo right now, but fortunately I provide you with delicious links to the many gaming sites who all have some nifty coverage going on.

I’ll write up a summary of the hot announcements once TGS is over, as it is still pouring out far too much for me to keep up with.

Until then, I suggest:

Gamespot

1up

IGN

For up to the date coverage.

Something looks different… New drapes?

Well the new site is done and with the new look comes many great new features including a fully working comments system, a better posting system (which means more articles) and of course Jordan who didn’t actually come with the site but more of just showed up around the same time. You can read up a little on Jordan and me on the about us page.

We have some great stuff comming up on the site including more reviews of both movies and games, coverage of the Australian International Film Festival next month, and the Game1 Electronics and Gaming Expo and eGames & Entertainment Expo in November.

I hope you guys like the change; feel free to comment on it below.

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Old site; Ah memories…

First Look: Frank Miller’s 300

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Sin City was easily one of the best movies of 2005 and that was because of two people, Director Robert Rodriguez and Writer/Director/Creator Frank Miller. Well with Sin City being such a big success we all knew it wouldn’t be long until Frank got to work on his next comic book adaptation; enter 300.

300 is the movie adaptation of Miller’s graphic novel; set in 480BC it follows the story of the Spartan King Leonidas and his 300 Royal Guards as they go into battle against the entire Persian army who are on a mission to conquer all of Greece. The Spartan’s were out numbered one hundred thousand to one but they had no choice if they wanted to save their country.

300 in a similar way to Sin City has a sort of CG filter on it giving the movie a dark, surreal, and gritty look. You can check out the mind-blowingly cool trailer for the 300 here (thanks to the Movies for the Masses guys). Also you can check out the cool posters for the movie below; click to enlarge.

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Tenacious D presents…

Tenacious D

The greatest website ever made!

Or at least that?s what they’re calling it, and personally with a hilarious intro staring J.B and K.G themselves, it’s a fair call.

The site is actually the new site for the Jack Black and Kyle Gass staring movie Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny; which premiers November 17th in the U.S and January 11th in Australia. Being a massive fan of the D all I can say is “January! You got to be frickin’ kidding me!?

For those of you who missed it you can check out the previously released trailer here.

Nintendo Wii Australian release confirmed.

Nintendo have confirmed the Australian release date and price for the upcoming Wii.
$399.95 RRP, December 7th.

This is a great move for Nintendo. With Sony recently pushing their release date well into next year, Nintendo will have a market to dominate come christmas time. At a price that low, I think Nintendo expect to see some solid figures, and good on them.

This release date sees us a few weeks behind America, who are getting their hands on Wii on the 19th of November. Japan get their Wii 5 days before on December 7th, while we’re one day before Europes 8th December launch.

The $399.95 package will include a Wii remote controller, a Nunchuck controller (the left hand attachment) and Wii sports, a 5 sport game collection. Impressions predict this disc will be similar to a pack of 5 mini games, designed to show off the funky stuff Wii can do. Phonetic pun intentional.

Nintendo Wii

December 7th, $399.95 RRP

For those of you who purchased Super Mario 64 DS can imagine what the disc will be like, so i’m not expecting anything groundbreaking there, other than tech demos. It’s nice that they include something with the console though, if you can’t pick up a launch title straight away but still want to be in on the console launch. Wii sports still has the potential to impress though. This is one of those titles that are hard to predict until you have it in your hand.

There’s a hefty line up ready to ship all over the world too. Nintendo Wii will burst out with roughly 50 launch titles, listed here. Included in this line up is Metroid Prime 3 : Corruption, The Legend Of Zelda – Twilight Princess, Super Mario Galaxy and many more possible blockbusters.

Should be smooth rolling for Nintendo from here. Unless Microsoft pull an ace card out of their sleeve (Halo 3), or some $999 competition rolls along…

Legend Of Zelda Twilight Princess
See you at launch!