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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.

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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…

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See you at launch!

Eragon Trailer.

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Eragon the movie promoted as the epic fantasy successor to The Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia has a trailer out. I can see it sucking less or equally as much as Narnia but really thinking that this movie could live up to The Lord of the Rings is just stupid. It actually reminds me a lot of the Dungeons and Dragons movie which sucked except that it gave the Asian guy (Justin Whalin) who played Jimmy in Lois and Clark his first staring role; I don’t why that?s a good thing.

Most sites with this news would give you a link to AOL (where the trailer is hosted) but because I want to save you of that indecency here is the direct link to the high quality QuickTime version. (60Mb – Save As…)

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.

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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.

Trackmania Nations ESWC (PC) Review.

Trackmania Nations brings new spark to the loved TM series.

Following the underground success of Trackmania Original, Nadeo released Trackmania Sunrise into a decent sized audience worldwide. While a minor success, copies were hard to find for a while, and it wasn’t exactly a blockbuster. Most people purchased it online here in Australia due to its lack of presence on store shelves. Now comes Nations, the free to download little brother of past titles. Nations packs the same lovable gameplay of the previous titles, though much more confined, set around a Formula 1 circuit. This means that the game only includes one arena and one car model, but that’s enough for this free title.

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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.