Monthly Archives: June 2012

How to win an election? BUILD A GUNDAM!

At least, that seems to be the view held by Japan’s (where else?) Liberal Democratic party. Their ploy to regain leadership after losing it to the current leaders the Democratic Party of Japan is to seriously consider building bi-pedal mecha. They’re due to discuss the idea in an upcoming broadcast on Japanese video platform Nico Nico – I shall be watching YouTube awaiting the translation!

Vote for me! Er, I mean LDP!

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Dance Central 3!

I have just found out that there will be a Dance Central 3. I do apologise if this is old news as I am not very up to date with game releases at the moment. As a massive fan of the Dance Central games this is very exciting for me.

With Dance Central and Dance Central 2 the majority of dances featured were for songs that had been very popular around that time. But Dance Central 3 seems to be focusing on learning popular moves from the 70s and through the decades to now with songs from Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and Usher’s “Scream”.

There is also the new Crew Throwdown mode which allows two teams of four to go head to head in dance battles. There will also be other new mini games and new characters.

Miss Aubrey will be making a return along with Emilia but was hoping that Oblio would be back, I’m still not over the fact that he’s not in Dance Central 2.

I’m so excited!


This video has made my day.

It’s uncanny how well the moves match up with the music. And this new song is far less irritating than the original!

Made by a chap named TheBaglee on YouTube, and pointed out to me by Martin.

Awesome Japanese Cyber Attack Thing!

As the title so…. bluntly puts it, this is NICT’s Daedalus system, which monitors networks at organisations for cyber attacks, be they viruses, malware, or whatever other nasty tricks the hackers come up with. This in itself is pretty damned cool, but then you see the 3D interface they’ve given it, and it wouldn’t look out of place on Home One or S.H.I.E.L.D’s Helicarrier!

And here we have a very nice chap explaining a little bit more about the system and how it works.

Having something like this would make monitoring the network at work so much more interesting! Plus, when people came to pester me in my office and saw that monster running on a massive flat-screen TV, they’d be suitably in awe of me.

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Explosive Alan Productions: Project Possum

So, with the sad (and rather abrupt end) of Inside Xbox, there was a team of skilled individuals thrust unceremoniously into the cold world of unemployment in one of the worst depressions this country’s ever seen. But rather than curl into the foetal position and sob/drink themselves into oblivion, some of those individuals have banded together to form Explosive Alan Productions; Namely Dan Maher (former editor of Xbox Live and presenter of SentUAMessage) and Xbox video producers Ash Denton and Gareth Wild.

And yesterday they unveiled their big phoenix-from-the-flames-esque plan; Project Possum! You can read all about it on their Indiegogo (basically a different Kickstarter) page here, but I’ll summarise it for you. They want to make a pilot for a video games show, a little like SentUAMessage/NeXuS/the other shows that made up Inside Xbox, but free from the restraints of Microsoft. The premise looks good, since they obviously know what they’re talking about, and are all consummate gamers themselves, and have some very interesting ideas (particularly including community-generated content). But rather than following the usual route of pitching an idea to production studio/TV channel/whatever, they want to make a pilot themselves and take that to the studios. And the best part? Since it’ll be community funded (that is, paid for by us, the fans) they’ll already have ample proof that there is an audience out there for the show. What’s more, it’s an audience that’s ready and willing to part with their own hard-earned cash to support it!


They’re asking for a fairly paltry amount – £6,461 –  and in fact, since I’ve been writing this, they’ve reached and exceeded that amount! But if you’re so inclined, feel free to donate what you can, as they’ve promised that every penny they receive will be poured into the project – the initial amount was the bare minimum, so anything over that can only improve the quality of the end product.

I’ll be monitoring this whole thing closely (I’m financially invested now after all!), and I’ll keep you all updated on how this goes. We’ve all got our fingers crossed for the boys in this endeavour, and there’s even some dark mutterings about sacrificing a chicken….

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