So, not too long ago we put up a Japanese trailer for the upcoming Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. Well, IGN has now provided us with a new English language trailer for the film. It should be noted that it is a different trailer than the previous Japanese version, but barring a few subtle editing differences, and the appearance of a previously unseen character, it is nearly identical. The primary revelation of note, is the appearance of the character Detective Maya Sunee played by Moon Bloodgood.
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Other cable television channels say they care what their viewers think, but they are not telling the truth. G4 is different, though; we care so deeply about what our viewers think that our president, Neal Tiles, personally answers watchers' questions. Go ahead, ask him anything. We call it "Open Source," but you'll call it "OMG! SWEET!"
This week, President Neal drops the insider's insider word on our new series The Chasers War on Everything, the future of Code Monkeys, whether G4 will air competitive gaming, and this oft-repeated query: “What happened to all the videogames shows?"
Check it out, and don't forget to leave a question for next month's Open Source!
A few years back, some kid in Lawrence, Kansas named Judson King, then 11, loved Sonic the Hedgehog sooooo much that he asked his mom for a real hedgehog. Sadly, as per city code, hedgehogs are not allowed as house pets. But not one to take “no hedgehogs” for an answer, the kid worked for three years to change that rule
And he did it.
Yes, after tons of research, lobbying, and interviews with the press, Judson got his "Hedgehog Primer" on the agenda for the city council and they legalized the dang beasts.
Of course, along the way, poor Judson admitted that he dreamed about hedgehogs every single day, and has 5,000 pictures of the rodent.
You know, being a hedgehog-obsessed youth is kinda cute when you are 8, but at 11…it’s...um….CREEPY!
In a press release promo, GameStop is offering its shoppers -- but more specifically, its female shoppers -- a free 12-month subscription to women's magazines ranging from the racy Cosmopolitan, to the mindnumbing Redbook, the dated and clipped Marie Claire, and lifestyle dictator, O Magazine. In other words, GS has left no glossy stone unturned.
Its purporting that popular games burn calories, while exercising the cerebral cortext, too. Listing games like Wii Fit with Balance Board; Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Ultimatum 2009; and My Japanese Coach from its inventory of 40-plus fitness related titles, moms all across kitchen sinks and dinner tables should hone in on their New Year's resolutions of better fitness and health, right?
GS even sites the prestigious research center, Mayo Clinic, saying that its studies found active gaming can help players lose weight.
While that's fine and totally acceptable, what's not is that they're trying to entice potential buyers with a crappy free trial subscription to crappy magazines.
Does GS really think a free subscription to a cheesy women's magazine is incentive enough to get any lazy butt off the couch and on to a Wii pad?
How stupid do they think women are?? Lazy doesn't mean stupid.
Since Christmas technically ends on January 6 and there's not a heck of a lot going on in the gaming world, I thought it would be a good time to compare our holiday loot. The first gaming/tech goodie I'll be sharing with you is Aliph's Jawbone 2 bluetooth headset. Before I talk about the product, I wanted to state that I think it's impossible for anyone to use a bluetooth headset without looking like a wanker. Since many states now require hands-free solutions for using mobile phones in cars, I understand the need for them. Gamers get a pass since they can use bluetooth headsets with the PlayStation 3 and, for the most, nobody really cares what they look like when playing games at home.
This isn't my first experience with Aliph -- I actually tried out the original Jawbone. I'm totally into Aliph's industrial design and the company's packaging is slick in that Apple way. I loved the sound quality and the noise cancellation of the Jawbone 1, but I just couldn't achieve a good fit. At the end of the day, I couldn't deal with constant adjusting the headset required; the same way a baseball player constantly adjusts his cup, I had to constantly touch the headset so that it felt comfortable in my ear. The Jawbone 2 offers several improvements over the original....
Oh NeoGaf, what would we do without you?
Thanks to a member of the internet forum NeoGaf, we have one of our favorite gaming fail stories EVAR. It all began when "HUELEN10's" neighbors decided to get a Wii for their family. Knowing their neighbor was a gamer, they asked for some recommendations on games they should purchase that the whole family could enjoy. Along with a few retail games, "HUELEN10" also recommended purchasing some Virtual Console games, as they had bought a Classic Controller to go with their new Wii.
Here's where it gets awesome.
You know, I feel really bad for the in-game customer service representatives in World of Warcraft. Not only do many of them have to work the graveyard shift all night, but they often have to deal with the most extreme cases of nerd rage found on this plane of reality.
Well, this story might take the cake for that, because after threatening suicide while talking to an in-game customer service rep, one nerd was ripped away from his World of Warcraft session and arrested. The 17-year-old boy in question lives in Fairfield Township, Ohio and was text-chatting with someone at Blizzard on Monday, and apparently the conversation wasn't going the way he wanted it to. After the young man typed that "he was suicidal and that the game is the only thing he has to live for," the Blizzard employee rightfuly called the kid's bluff and dialed 911.
The little nerd told police that it was a joke and he was trying "to get what he wanted for the game" as they handcuffed him and placed him in the patrol car, before releasing him into the custody of his father. The young man is going to court on January 6th to face a first degree misdemeanor charge, and some serious public embarassment. Kudos little guy, you've raised the bar of extreme nerddom for all of us. Let's hope no one tries to challenge you for your title.
According to fudzilla.com, after weeks of rumors, about 15,000 Microsoft employees are set to get their walking paper on January 15th, a week before Microsoft's Q2 earnings report.
Sadly, the computer giant appears to be cutting that many jobs from its worldwide operations, which currently employees around 90,000 people. That's almost 17 percent of Microsoft's total work force getting the boot.
No word on what departments will be hit yet, but fudzilla is reporting that “MSN might be carrying the brunt of the layoffs” with large staff cuts at Microsoft EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
Microsoft hasn't officially addressed this issue, by the way. So it's still all rumors...sad, sad rumors....
Remember when people were scared of the PlayStation 3 being used for nefarious purposes? You know, with it's uber powerful cell processor and all? It turns out they were right! A group of hackers used a farm of 200 PS3s to crack SSL (secure sockets layer) certificates. According to ZDNet's Zero Day blog:
The hackers recently presented their research at the 25C3 conference. This is pretty crazy stuff. People have already been using their PS3s as powerful distributed computing device (Folding@home), but this takes it to another level. Hopefully Dr. Evil never gets his hands on a PlayStation 3 cluster.