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Hail to the King Baby: 3DRealms sends Duke Nukem Forever to retirement.

May 12th, 2009 No comments

By now you’ve probably heard that 3D Realms has unfortunately decided to shut its doors. Duke was getting ready to Kick Ass & chew bubble gum, but it seems he’s all outta gum 🙁

If you grew up with Secret Agent, Commander Keen, Wolf3D, Doom, Duke and moved onto Duke 3D (and quite possible Dark Forces) you’ll know why Duke Nukem had a huge fanbase. It was an epic engine that blew away the Doom’ers that was powered by The Build engine (written by Ken Silverman – who’s also born on 1st November – w00!).

So heres some images and videos from what would have been – as you will be able to see, one kick-ass games to come out (12 years in the making). Beats waiting for DrDre’s Detox comeback album.

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The casino scene which looks insane.

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All are from Duke4.net a fan site. For the full plot and concept art – including high resolution images of in-game footage, checkout IGN’s coverage. Duke mate, RIP. We will miss you.

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Xbox 360: The new xbox 360 experience FTW!!!

November 22nd, 2008 1 comment

I have to admit, I haven’t actually played my 360 (oh crap!) for months, I just cant find the time these days – which is strange, considering I’m only working these days with no uni. After hearing about The New Xbox Experience I knew I had to update the Xbox 360 to check it out.

So what exactly is this new experience? Its a whole revamp of the 360 dashboard plugging in a more “social” entertainment focus. Gone are the old dashboard “Blade” look replaced by a sleeker user-interface:

You also create a more unique avatar, I spent a good 10 minutes just flicking through them and eventually settled one one, customised it to the way I look.

So if you’ve never seen what I look like, heres a rough guide – but no-where near as cool  as this looks like.

Ofcourse I dont wear Timberlands everywhere but I definately where my shades and a jeans + polo shirt type of guy. Whats impressive is that the avatar is heavily customisable unlike the Wii, from face, skin color, eye-brows, smile, nose, hair, watches, jewelery, shoes, clothes heck even the ears.

Another classy feature is the preloading of games to the HDD, this means your loading times are significantly reduced (like Halo). You still need to verify the game media by inserting it everytime to avoid piracy, but thereafter its loaded from the HDD.

Unfortunately NetFlix isnt available in Australia so I wasn’t able to try it out, but if you _do_ have a 360, get the update… You’ll be tripping. An update will include (maybe?) a browser much like the Opera extension for the Wii dubbed IE360.

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