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Sunday, November 19, 2006

I was wrong when I said I thought I'd have to wait extra long to see Lost series 3- It starts tonight Sky One, 10pm (annoyingly clashing with Torchwood's first screening!). In other news I recommend this website which features literally hours of quality stand-up comedy from some of the best acts in the World. While you're here why not enter the Mopizo christmas compo?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The new trailer for the Simpsons Movie is now online. That is all.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Anyone who's paid much attention to anime and manga (Japanese animation and comics) recently will probably be aware of Hellsing (not to be confused with the dire Hollywood film Van Helsing). A vampire who hunts his own kind is one of the most overused of plotlines, but this uniquely Japanese take on such a plot has a flavour all of it's own. By which I of course mean.. it's totally, fantastically, and utterly mental. Why I am I writing about it today? I'll get to that in a minute.

Set in England (a rarity in itself in a Japanese series) it centers on the top-secret government backed vampire busting Hellsing institute (which for copyright purposes was absolutely not founded by Van Helsing of Bram Stoker's original Dracula novel) who among others have not one but two vampires on the payroll (one of whom, the incomparable Alucard, is for copyright purposes absolutely not Dracula in a cunning disguise). During the course of the original comics they face such enemies as Vampires, werewolves and Catholics. Most crazy of all though, they come to face with a load of Vampire Nazis trying to finish off what Hitler could never manage and invade Britain. In Zepplins. With Vampires. The original anime TV series never got as far as this story arc and finished after 13 episodes. However there is now a new DVD series coming out, that is going back to the start of the story and this time Hopefully doing it more faithfully, complete with Vampire Nazis. This new series is hitting (region 1 only, unfortunately) DVD in December and the website is now up and you can check out the trailer here. The UK release can't come soon enough!

Friday, November 03, 2006

It's now just over a month until the UK release of the Wii, and less than that until The US and Japan get their mitts on the PS3, but it's anyone's guess who will rule the next videogame 'generation'. Microsoft's 360 has a year's headstart, but the pull of the Playstation brand shouldn't be underestimated. Sony's previous home consoles (lets ignore the PSP) success was phenomenal, and no other competitors sales came anywhere close in terms of sales. Lets not forget either that Sony practically invented the current games audience by attracting casual gamers. If it wasn't for PS would we even see so many 20 and 30 somethings playing games? However it does look like Sony won't have such an easy ride this time. The pricepoint is a big problem for the average gamer, and Sony have made a series of high-profile gaffes in their promotions. Meanwhile the 360 is a big improvement on the original Xbox, is considerably cheaper, and the gap in power between PS3 and 360 is much less than Sony have lead you to believe (if it's there at all). It's no secret though that I am personally going to be putting all my eggs in the basket marked Nintendo. If they succeed in their task to attract new audiences to gaming with their innovative controller (much as they have with the DS handheld) then they will be onto a winner. Factor in the fact that a lot of hardcore gamers will get a Wii in addition to the Ps3 or 360, then they might become the dominant force in gaming again. Not that any of this matters. I'm getting a Wii because it looks like the most fun, and as long as it's successful enough for new games to come out then I'll be happy.