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MOVING OUT!!!

In Features, Movies, Music, Myself, Questions, Reviews, The Grinder on August 5, 2013 at 2:32 am

This blog has surely been in neglect for a while now, I have moved… please check out the new sites, there may be something you like…

VideoGameGeezer – random computer game information

SOSICKOFTHISLIFE – opinion on living site

MegaMovieMan – random movie posts

GODSPEED Also, I have removed and/or reposted elsewhere certain posts, so some may be missing, apologies…

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Exactly what Nintendo should do next generation

In Features, Games on October 23, 2011 at 6:55 pm


Nintendo are due to unveil the final specifications of their next home console, the Wii U, at E3 in June next year. A lot of people are worried about the company’s future, their success in introducing millions of new gamers to the industry has been offset by the decrease in respect from the more dedicated gamer due to a lack of software releases and networking innovations. The Last Story could earn them a little respect and a few million dollars if released and marketed as it should be.

In order for the best case scenario (the console being the most used next-gen):
1. Wii U must be at least 3 times as powerful as the ps3
2. We need at least 2 new first party IP’s debuting in the next 4 years
3. Wii U must have simplified “friend connection” online support
4. Wii U needs movie, television and modern web browsing services
5. Wii U needs a new HD-HQ first-person Metroid

It’s safe to say that most multi-platform games will be released on the Wii U and the absence of multi-touch on the tab-pad’s screen isn’t that big of a deal and will not be a source of upset for anyone. The proposed control scheme is straight-up exciting and needs no additions. Most of us are unable to fathom the ideas developers must have waiting to be realised so its best to just be optimistic. A microphone on the tablet controller must be there be used for voice recognition, allowing for new levels of immersion, you should be able to speak to your console ala Kinect and blow out flames like with a DS. Personally, I wouldn’t mind spending another generation still using the MotionPlus Wii-mote and Nunchuck, I had so much fun with MW:Reflex and Red Steel 2 (to name only two) that, for first-person games, I’d say I prefer this control scheme over a pad or even a mouse and keyboard.

I expect there to be a Skyward Sword Wii U edition out shortly after the consoles launch, it would be possible to convert the game to dx11 with tessellation, extra displacement mapping, a hi-res texture package and special effects (post processing and motion blur etc). The upgrade wouldn’t require too many new properties, could probably be done by download using an original Wii disc and cost less than £15. This digital product would sell consoles, peripherals and game discs, act as a milestone for Nintendo’s online framework effort, make them a whole lot more money and be really, really sweet for gamers, the game already looks spectacular, its maxing out the old Wii’s hardware. I can imagine after the overhaul with the game in 1920×1080+ with a slightly zoomed out perspective (in free-cam) and all sorts of graphical additions the game would look more than fabulous.

Previously, I had ideas of Nintendo using a dual-gpu system by way of an expansion slot that allows the casual users to run games with barely noticeably scaled back graphics without buying the extra “graphics pack” and hardcore users to spend an extra £100 for the second graphics unit allowing for higher anti-aliasing, tessellation support, sharper texturing and advanced physics. The very best of current-gen visuals are already pretty close to photorealistic, they can be pushed that bit further just by using sharper texturing, more realistic lighting, complex physics and smoother models all attainable at a relatively small performance increase with todays technology.

In PC graphics cards, an ATi 6870 (now £140 and ninty could get it cheaper) would be pretty pleasing as the Wii U’s standard graphics chip. This card coupled with another similarly powerful expansion gpu would provide for photorealism and all below, securing the console its position seven or so years from now.

The rumours tell me a 3-core cpu is in order, I don’t think that a tri-core setup will be good enough unless their clock speeds are over 3.5ghz. (The ultra basic and old-Unreal engine based) Mirrors edge, possibly due to the PC port not being very optimised, required at least a multicore central processor at 3ghz and that’s without PhysX enabled so Ninty need at least 4 units at 3ghz to stay with the future times and not get murdered by Sony and Microsoft’s hibernating beasts.

I know it is in Nintendo’s tradition to handle sub par graphics tech and they do it well but that is the only thing that has ever gone against them (business and image-wise), if they are smart, they will address that issue.

It’s not too late for some changes, especially if they are needed….

What do you think of Nintendo’s behaviour last generation?

Who do you think will win the next console war?

The most underrated disturbing and creepy horror movies to really scare you

In Features, Movies on March 9, 2011 at 9:38 am

For every person in pursuit of film induced fear and disgust, here are 10 horror movies to make you sick. LOOK HERE TOO

I have excluded many revered films such as Salo, Last House on the Left, Exorcist, Jacobs Ladder, Dead Silence, Hostel, Eraserhead and Cannibal Holocaust (everyone reading this should have seen those, except maybe Dead Silence). All the films on the list below are there for three reasons; they are undeservingly little known, nightmarishly accomplished in their production and have made me go “Naaaaah!”

Unfortunately some mild spoilers await so, if you are worried, just check the titles and get to seeking them out…

Grotesque (2009)

This crazy ass film is about two people who, at the moment of experiencing something close to love at first sight, get abducted by a sadistic but well-mannered bastard. The movie is shot in a slightly artistic b-movie style and is excessively gruesome, with lots of torture, blood and scenarios you can wince at. There is an upsetting twist around the halfway mark that makes the torturer and his acts even more affecting.

1Mad moment: The man (Kazuo) is untied and is finally allowed to set the girl free on the other side of the room, in as long as he can last with his intestines out.
Reminded of: Haze

Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)

Helmed by the sick minds of the Dowdle bros, this documentary tells of the “Water street butcher” serial killer and his ugly acts of brutal torture and murder in a small american town. He filmed all of them and left a selection of the tapes for the police to find. Why this film is so disturbing is its realism. The cast is pretty large for a low-budget production and they all act extremely convincingly, a few scenes made me upset, forcing me to think about those who really have endured such abhorrent abuse. His prized slave’s last interview is stunningly composed.

1Mad moment: A woman is in the foreground, tied up, as the killer crawls up to her from behind, on all fours, with a mask on and a black leotard. He then kills her candidly in one of the most unsettling scenes I have ever witnessed.
Reminded of: Feed

Martyrs (2008)

From the (old)new-wave of french horror. The film starts explosively with a family at home being shot to bits, then a grotesque monster/girl comes into the house and wreaks havoc on the two female shooters and then one is locked downstairs and uwatchably, unflinchingly, systematically tortured. All this mad nastiness has to have a reason and I won’t spoil it for you, it wont disappoint. If you have a sister or at least a heart in your body, you will remember this film for years to come.

1Mad moment: The resolution and the realisation that there are people who really would agree with the absurd reasoning behind the poor woman’s trials.
Reminded of: Salo

Noroi: the curse (2005)

A japanese documentary that follows a paranormal investigator on the days leading to his disappearance. Although well advertised in east Asia, not many people in the west have heard of this film despite the popularity of Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity. Very raw in its composition, this had me engrossed in its complicated plot and its memory has refused to let go of me. This film is a very strange experience, watch on your own and in one go.

1Mad moment: Honestly, with this one, there’s just too many to choose from, the ending is masterfully done.
Reminded of: Shutter

Inside (2007)

‘The’ other film from the new-wave of french horror. Frontiers, a film usually said in the same breath as this and Martyrs, is highly overrated. This film is truly disturbing for expecting couples; a woman is chased around her home by another, a psychopath who is after the baby she holds. Though not a great film, it serves its purpose well, its claustrophobic scenario and execution keeps things simple, focused and harrowing with a very strong performance from the lead actress.

1Mad moment: The pregnant lady peacefully sleeping is suddenly awoken by the mad woman puncturing her naval with scissors.
Reminded of: Panic Room

Niku Daruma (1998)

A faux-snuff movie from the land of bizarre, rocking almost flawless make up and effects and delivering pure shocking nastiness. Two mentally unwell wretches find a girl willing to participate in what she thinks is an amateur porn shoot, they mess around with her a little bit and then knock her out to slowly mutilate and chop her up. This is a truly abhorrent piece of work and I won’t watch this again, ever! (Like most flicks on this list!)

1Mad moment: A, real enough, potato peeler to the tongue.
Reminded of: Koroshia Ichi

Creep (2005)

This one affected me primarily because I am from London and it is set in the Underground train network and secondarily because the monster is very realistic and has animalistic mannerisms (kind of like that scene from PK tapes). The film doesn’t do anything new with the creature-feature scheme but what’s done is done to perfection. For me, this was one of the creepiest movies ever and a classic.

1Mad moment: A lady lays beaten and in tears as the creature partly puts on dirty surgical gloves and brandishes a huge rusty knife. We see him/it doing, what I must name, a “slit to tit rip”.
Reminded of: Tony

Mordum (2003)

A bad b-movie to make you barf, I need not speak of it. Looks like shit, has zero story but has a few absolutely real-looking scenes and no fear, skill or decency on show from its creators.

1Mad moment: Bathtub, Deadchild, Sickman
Reminded of: Nekromantic

Seed (2007)

Videogame license murderer Uwe Boll redeems himself with a less than terrible film. Serial killer breaks out of captivity and continues his reign of terror after surviving the electric chair. The gruesome special effects are the highlight here and there’s nasty footage of actual animal death at the beginning. A deeply unpleasant watch that some should take notes from.

1Mad moment: In a single shot that must last over 5 minutes, a woman is tied up in a chair and, chunk by chunk, has her head bashed away.
Reminded of: Jason X

Serbian Film (2010)

This one should be the least little-known film on this list now, I saw it early. Its got to be the most angry film ever, in its conception and production. It’s about a male pornstar who gets an offer for a groundbreaking film role. Full of surreal imagery, this one is especially disturbing because of what the protagonist goes through of his own accord. It seems like the film could be a long and varying sexual fantasy for some until the final act. There is lots of deranged sex, high energy and strong character development.

1Mad moment: The main man is shagging a small person, face down, presumably anal. It is revealed to him, that it is his……
Reminded of: Belladonna’s Dark Meat 🙂

Enjoy, you nasty bastard!! Do you know of any other harrowers that only a few people know about? Top 5’s?

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