Monthly Archives: January 2009

Nancy Cartwright Joins the Axis of Evil

Last night i finally saw Indy 4. Sweet Merciful Crud, i thought no film could destroy a franchise (and my childhood memories) as much as Star Wars had, but i was wrong. Lucas and Speilberg kept twisting the knife with every scene. As i tweeted last night, “i had heard about nuke the fridge, i had steeled myself for nuke the fridge, and yet i still wasn’t prepared for the nuking of the fridge”. This morning Justin linked me to an auto-call voicemail of Nancy Cartwright using Bart Simpson’s voice to promote Scien-fucking-tology. I knew she was a Scientologist, but like Beck, she normally has the good grace to shut the fuck up about it. So i accepted it. Not anymore. Congratulations Nancy, you’ve joined Lucas and Speilberg in the Axis of Evil. I wonder what tomorrow will bring. Will Uwe Boll announce a remake of The Princess Bride? Will Stephen Malkmus eat kittens? Will GTA become an EA franchise? If any of these things happen, please, don’t tell me.

“Payback” GTA Clone Now Available


Ever since i read about Payback, a GTA clone for the iPhone, i’ve been pretty bloody excited. Well, my twenty day wait its finally over!Payback is $8.99 Australian, and available now. (iTunes Link)This should tied you over until the February 17th release of the GTA IV Downloadable content – The Lost and the Damned. Now its time for me to delete some choons to fit this 221mb badboy on my Jebus.



Last night i stayed up watching the Obama inauguration with the rest of the world. I even bought a six pack of Bud as a sign of good faith in my American brothers, but only drank one. That shit ain’t beer. As a TV/Film site, i guess i should mention the coverage. In Australia, the coverage was OK, but a little frustrating. CNN was blocking Australia on its own site, yet CNN via Ustream worked. Al Jazeera and BBC World via Livestation had fantastic coverage, but the images were too choppy. CSPAN had hilarious Redneck talkback, but that kind of took away from the event. Channel 9 had Karl Stefanovic. After much jumping back and forth, I eventually stuck with Channel 7’s direct feed from NBC. Anyhoo, the speech ‘Bama gave was a great as you’d expect from the man, but this little nugget amused me as much as it amused Ken Levine:

“Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.” I can just imagine George Bush hearing that, processing it, and fifteen minutes later saying, “Hey!”

In fact, there were quite a few indirect digs at Bush and the last 8 years throughout Obama’s speech, and each time NBC would cut to a close up of W for a reaction shot. They got nothing. W kept the same “i wanna go home” look on his face the entire speech. Either way, it was a great night. Congratulations America, you done good. On a side note, Oliver Stone’s W will finally be released in Australian Cinemas on February 12th. Two days ago DVD Rips of the film hit the tubes. I’ll leave that one up to you..

Understanding “Sometimes A Great Notion”



Still trying to get your head around the first new Battlestar Galactica episode in over a year? Is Ellen really a Cylon? What the hell is going on with Starbuck? Its Monday and you’d rather spend your first few hours at work reading about BSG than working?Well here’s three great articles to get you started:Ron Moore (creator of BSG) and co-writers Bradley Thompson and David Weddle explain the episode to the Chicago Tribune. A fantastic read.The LA Times has an interview with “The Final Cylon”Scifi Wire Has an Interview with “Dualla”

Guy’s Who Get It, Part 3 – Valve

Valve, as makers of Portal, probably the best new game since GTA 3, get automatic access to “the guys who get it” club


. Rather than resting on their laurels, they wen’t ahead and proved they are ten times awesome. Speaking at the Games Business Law Summit in Dallas, Valve’s Jason Holtman addressed game piracy;

The final sacred cow that Holtman took a stab at was the issue of piracy. “There’s a big business feeling that there’s piracy,” he says. But the truth is: “Pirates are underserved customers.”“When you think about it that way, you think, ‘Oh my gosh, I can do some interesting things and make some interesting money off of it.'”“We take all of our games day-and-date to Russia,” Holtman says of Valve. “The reason people pirated things in Russia,” he explains, “is because Russians are reading magazines and watching television — they say ‘Man, I want to play that game so bad,’ but the publishers respond ‘you can play that game in six months…maybe.’ ““We found that our piracy rates dropped off significantly,” Holtman says, explaining that Valve makes sure their games are on the shelves in Moscow and St. Petersberg, in Russian, when they release it to North America and Western Europe.There are, concludes Holtman, “tons of undiscovered customers,” because publishers look very narrowly at the Western market.

While I can’t see Russia from my house, I am used to waiting months for a legitimate copy of a film/tv show/game to reach Australia while the pirated version is available immediately..Via Game Daily