Still having trouble finding a Nintendo Wii 6 months after launch? Me too but the guys over at UNEASYsilence are giving away a Wii Sports-less Wii for free. What’s the catch you ask? Well for starters you need to be lucky as the winner will be picked at random and second all you need to do is spread the word about the contest. Blog about it, bookmark it on del.icio.us, digg it, twitter it, tumblr about it, they don’t care. After you you link to the giveaway, just post the link as a comment and just wait. I entered the last giveaway they won but walked away empty handled but who knows about this time.
Thanks from a last minute tip from a friend, I picked up tickets for Video Games Live here at Yale University for Saturday night. This was the first time VGL has been to a University and they packed in about 3000 people into Woolsey Hall. The concert lasted just over 3 hours and it was simply awesome. The song and arrangement selections were fun and inspiring. The pacing of the show was brilliant. They broke up the arrangements with interactive on stage contests, monologue, introduction from various video game composers and a 20 min intermission.
One part of the show was to bring up someone from the audience and have them win money from playing Space Invaders. The catch was the Orchestra would be playing the music in realtime and the person would have to play the game interactively. So you had to run around the stage to move your position on the screen. All they gave the kid was a firing button and a T-shirt to wear with the space invader ship on the back so it would like like the ship was moving on stage just like the screen. The kicker to this whole thing is the kid they brought up was about 350 lbs and the T-shirt they gave him was a medium at best, I don’t know who the hell he fit into this thing but it just added to the fun of the whole evening.
The highlight of the evening tho comes from the 104 year old pipe organ that the Video Game Pianist, Martin Leung, played different tracks from Castlevania on. Hearing Moonlight Nocturne was absolutely amazing.
I wish I got the Castlevania performance on video but i was so into it, I didn’t even stop to think until it was too late.
I’m taking the week off from the gym this week. I’m just exhausted and sore and need some time to rest. I’ll restart my 5K schedule this monday again but in the meantime I picked up Dance Dance Revolution Universe for the Xbox 360 to keep up on my exercise while I’m not at the gym.
The selling point for me is the Workout mode. When you turn of Workout mode, the game will calculate how much calories you are burning while playing any of the modes in the game. From the workout mode screen you can adjust your weight and get a graph of your calories burned by each day. This makes it easy to enter into Traineo for me and its a nice way to keep up with your progress.
My biggest problem seems to stem from the all hardwood floors in this house. Everything shakes while I’m playing because there is nothing to absorb the vibrations. I picked up some interlocking fitness mats from Walmart and they seem to help some, but when I have to jump on double arrows, I’m afraid I’m going to end up in the basement.
Dance Dance Revolution Universe was released this week for the Xbox 360. The soundtrack sports over 65 tracks with even more downloadable via Xbox Live. The game comes with a bunch of new modes, with new modes geared toward beginners and multiplayer.
I’ve been waiting for a new DDR game for awhile and I’d probably going to pick this up. I’d really like to see some reviews about the pad first tho. I don’t have the room for the pad without moving some stuff around but with Guitar Hero II coming out (hopefully) next week, I’m going to have to make some room anyways. I’ll wait a week and see what kinda reviews pop up about the pad itself but IGN gave DDRU a 8.7 and winning its Editors Choice award.
Ikaruga, the pseudo-sequel to Radiant Silvergun, is probably the last great shooter. Originally released on the Dreamcast in Japan and then in the US on the Gamecube, it now looks like it may be headed to Xbox Live Arcade. The game has been seen in an unplayable form on the Xbox debug machines.
For those who haven’t played it, its a vertical shooter where you change “polarity” so you can absorb that color bullets. Its hard to explain but it makes it for a new (and difficult) twist on the classic shooter. I would love to see Radiant Silvergun come to XBL too but thats just wishful thinking.
First Castlevania: SOTN and now this. XBL is quickly becoming the “killer app” for the Xbox 360.
I was playing Elite Beat Agents and got to Episode 11: NURSE! Gold Medal Hero or Zero!!. While playing the level I was really getting into the beat and the rhythm for the level. After I beat it, I went and played it again just because it was so fun to play. Then I got curious what the song was and who it was by. A quick google search later i got my answer.