CFP: The Legacy of Radiohead's 'The Bends' 20 Years On [Deadlines: 29 Jan / 12 Feb]

 
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Sunday, Jan 31, 2010

In my earlier post I highlighted what seemed to be a free online shooter that turned out to be less than a full game. Little did I know that there was such a game out there already that has been around since last year. If you weren’t already aware, video game developer DICE (in conjunction with EA Games) is out there with Battlefield Heroes, which is a cartoony version of their main franchise. Battlefield Heroes is played on your browser and you will not spend a dollar unless you end up falling for the silly things you can buy with real money in the BF Store. 


Why not cash in on the current sexy mythical monster craze that is going on at the moment and incorporate a new night-time Vampires Vs. Werewolves mode to three of the maps in the game.  Well, that is just what they did and it lasts for the next month, Check out the trailer below and play the game yourself at www.battlefieldheroes.com.



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Friday, Jan 29, 2010

I don’t know about you but the thought of a console quality first person shooter that is free to the public and played on any browser sounds too good to be true. Check out the trailer for new game by Zero Point Software for a game that boast just that. 


Turns out the trailer is just for the training portion of the game which is called Bullseye. It may be a little misleading as the only free part is this first portion as far as I can tell. Also, the game does not seem to have a solid release date yet and advertises the option to pre-order the game. I tried it and it went pretty smooth, all I had to do was download and install a plug-in called the Unity Web Player for my browser. Go to www.interstellarmarines.com to try the game.


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Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010
Lost fans still have a couple "Faradays" between them and the premiere of the show's final season, but there's no shortage of web goodies to appease those who can't help but froth at the mouth in anticipation.

Lost fans still have a couple “Faradays” between them and the premiere of the show’s final season, but there’s no shortage of web goodies to appease those who can’t help but froth at the mouth in anticipation.


First and foremost is the web series Mysteries of the Universe: The Dharma Initiative, a cleverly crafted faux doc filtered through a nostalgic 80’s motif in the vein of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. Within the Lost universe, the series had a short run in 1982 on ABC, and it sheds light on the enigmatic Dharma Initiative that figure prominently in the story’s overall mythology. Released in a five parts over the course of last year, what could have been a disposable bonus feature is both satisfying and more than a little creepy.



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Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010
New FFXIII edition revealed

A new edition of the forthcoming Final Fantasy XIII has been detailed in a press release from Square Enix. It’s going to cost £59.99 and will contain a soundtrack CD by Masashi Hamauzu, a hardcover art book and weirdly, a fake tattoo transfer of the game’s logo.


It’s a bit of a shame that the music isn’t series staple Nobuo Uematsu this time round—the Final Fantasy piano collections by him are excellent. Hopefully, we can expect a similar level of quality from the CD this time. Take a listen to the battle theme and tell us what you think. Is it worth the extra £20?



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Saturday, Jan 16, 2010
New Moon actress Ashley Greene sits down with PopMatters' Ian Chant for a discussion of soulsuckers, swimsuits, and Sundance ...

You probably recognize Ashley Greene as Alice, the psychic member of the sexy, undead Cullen clan in Twilight and New Moon, in theaters now. Yeah, you’ve seen the movies. Just admit it. Soon, you’ll see her in another guilty pleasure, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, due in just a few weeks. Greene sat down with PopMatters writer Ian Chant for a brief interview to talk about body paint, her upcoming film Skateland, and how to have a film career after being one of Hollywood’s most recognizable bloodsuckers for years.


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