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The VideoGames

#occupyNFLBlitz Tuesday October 25, 2011

Alright, that could be one of the lamest jokes ever to infect the internet, but after a couple of serious posts and a record for comments on the c.t.overdrive, it’s time to get back to something a bit more fun. So, how about we all just take a look at the trailer for the new NFLBlitz 2011. Which after a 10 year hiatus, is the latest installment of the NFL’s version of NBA Jam.

This is easily one of my all time favourite video games, so I look forward to seeing the latest rendition of it… Especially if you can play as a team of the undead.

Categories: The-VideoGames, The-Past,

Random Thoughts For FIFA 2012 vs. Steve Nash vs. BTTLS Friday October 7, 2011

If you’re unfamiliar with Steve Nash’s background, you probably don’t know that Mr. Nash is a pretty accomplished soccer player. Turns out that back in the day he had a few offers to play soccer with the Canadian National team, but instead decided to turn them down to go to Santa Clare University. Because of which, he’s become the defacto poster child for the EA’s FIFA Soccer franchise in North America.

So with that tid bit, I present to you the latest FIFA 2012 commercial. Yes, a FIFA soundtrack featuring Steve Nash and a track from BTTLS (my favourite prog rock band) equals pure ctoverdrive delight.

You can also enjoy this one-on-one uber nerd battle between current soccer it girl Hope Solo and Steve Nash.

First – The United Pixel workers are back at it again. This time hand crafting a series of United Pixel Worker T-Shirts for all 50 States

Not gonna lie, I’ve got my eye on the Virginia one… because as everyone knows Virginia is for Hustlers.

Second – It’s not often that I get even remotely excited about Marching bands, but this University band from the university of Ohio in Ohio and then right outside of Ohio (or something like that) is pretty impressive. Especially, since it’s a cover of LMFAO’s guilt-free hit Party Rock. (Pssst. It starts slow but gets better)

Third – Michael Lewis, of a little book called Moneyball fame, has a new book out called Boomerang: Travels In The New Third World and it looks amazing.

FourthPoploser (aka. Tyler Herald) has started a Grantland-esque sports blog called Fifty Mission Cap. It has a great Canadian tinge to it and it is easily RSS Feed worthy.

Have I mentioned that I’m loving this renaissance in sports writing? No? Well, it’s amazing.

Fifth – Speaking of Grantland… did you know that the NBA basketball season should have started next week? Well, you know, if it wasn’t for that pesky little players strike.

It’s okay. Don’t be ashamed. I completely forgot about professional basketball and I live in a basketball market. But it looks like the only guys that haven’t really forgotten are Bill Simmons and Jay Kang from Grantland.

(BTW, if you make it through that entire renegade league rambling you deserve a special status on the Internet. I thought the article was really funny and even I couldn’t get through the reasoning behind the naming of the Kansas City Klondike Bars)

Sixth – Techland (which appears to be a Time’s bush league version of Wired) has a great article on the world’s greatest 404 page.

It comes from and it’s worth the watch.

Seventh – If it wasn’t a) 220 dollars and b) completely sold out, the new Deftones 15 year Vinyl collection would be number one with a bullet on my Christmas list.

Eighth – You can probably place this tidbit in the you know you are old when series of posts, but if anyone is looking for an amazing spice company (for slow cooking, BBQ, or making a 2 dollar piece of chicken taste like something), check out Calgary’s The Silk Road.

It’s a fairly new company, but they’ve been making some amazing headway locally and nationally. And I know talking about spices is about as lame as discussing baby formula or the latest children’s toy that is covered in arsenic , but hear me out.

These spices are amazing! just check out their Sea Salt Chili & Lime Seasoning and St. Laurent Steak Seasoning…. ummm salivating.

Ninth – Hey, I’m as guilty as anyone for lovin’ me some Daft Punk. That being said, does the world really need a limited edition Daft Punk collectable Coca-Cola bottle series?

Tenth – last and not least, one of the forefathers of the Hacker movement gives some quick opinions on the resent surge in hactivism.

Categories: The-Random, The-VideoGames,

Random Thoughts For The Top 15 Wii Ware Games Friday July 30, 2010

First off, in my dark video game addicted years (Grade 5-9) I was addicted to GamePro magazine. Who needs girls when you could read about the latest Genesis and Gamegear games? Right… Alright, well luckily I grew out of that phase and grew-up a bit.

So you can see my nostalgic surprise to find the magazine still kicking around some 15 years later. But even better is a recent article on the main page, which is a compilation of 15 killer wii ware games.

The reason why I’ve posted this little article, is because my wife and myself have truly enjoyed our Wii for the past three years.

Whether it’s a night in rocking out with our friends to journey or late nights finishing (and now refinishing) Super Mario Bros Wii, we love this machine. But like many people I know, there aren’t that many games that get me excited for the Wii. Being a dude and an ex-gamer some of the titles aren’t really for the hardcore gamers, but the Wii Wares titles do get me excited. Especially the old school Mega Man releases, Contra games and even Kid Icarus games. I think it’s an unexplored avenue of gaming that not many people take a chance on with the Wii and like you I’ve never been able to find the time to explore the vast majority of these games.

So happy gaming kids.

First – While I do enjoy a public stoning shaming over high priced millionaires at the hands of national media after a woeful world cup performance (ex. France and unfortunately England this year). The recent broadcast of a 6-hour public deconstruction of the ‘poor performance’ placed upon the N. Korean soccer team by their own government is a bit much.

Plus, I’m sure banishing your coach to the rock quarries is going to do great for foreign recruitment… On second though that does sound a bit better than dealing with the British Tabloids.

SecondFrom comic-con it looks like the graphic novel the Walking Dead is getting a 6 episode mini-series that looks set to blow the roof off the Zombie Genre.

Third – Remember last week, I suggested you download the Class of 2010 Retreat sampler from GerryLovesRecords. Well if you did you would have discovered a hauntingly amazing frightened rabbit-esque track called Crank Resolutions by Meursault.

Well, in case you didn’t download the sampler, here’s a little look at the song live.

Fourth – My lord is there anything William Shatner can’t do?

From fighting for cheap flights, to covering the latest records on a splendid CD to appearing as one of the greatest Canadians at the Olympics to interviewing the D.C. Snipers.

This man truly is a King among men.

Fifth – A new study from ESPN has rated all of the Health Violations of all 150 or so major league sports stadiums in North America. Of the relevant information released, The Verzion Centre – home to the Capitals, Mystics and Wizards – is one of the top culprits with a 100% violation rate. The other major violators were all found in Florida… I subsequently blame Miami for all of this.

But an interesting enough tid-bit of information, was that Edmonton had the most violations out all the Canadian stadiums with a 25% rating. Although nothing was specifically mentioned, I would venture to say that errant Mullet Hair and outdated Beef Jerky were the most sited violations.

Sixth – Well now that the second worst kept secret in the Calgary Mayoral race has been revealed, I really have to side with Avenue Magazine and their article that Barb Higgins was actually going to announce she is pursuing a career as a professional Tango dancer. Because frankly that would have been far more interesting.

Seventh – And in other Social Media related news, Kanye West has jumped on the twitter bandwaggon, which in my opinion is the best thing to happen to the service since… Well everyone said Jeff Goldblum was dead.

EigththCould this be the single greatest painting of all time?

umm… Without Question.

Ninth – Destiny’s Child vs. Justice… Dark and dirty track for the long weekend.

The Hood Internet – Lose My Waters Of Naza(b)reath (Destiny’s Child x Justice) by hoodinternet

Categories: The-Random, The-VideoGames, The Blogosphere, The Calgary Vibe, The D.C. vibe, The Flames, The Humourous, The Inane, The Music, The Pop-Culture

Date My Avatar? Wednesday August 26, 2009

This is viral marketing at it’s best.

Some of you may have seen this, but others may not. It’s a new video called Date My Avatar and it’s garnishing a tonne of watches on youtube… Who’s watching I’m not sure, but I’m sure they have either a) An account with Blizzard’s Battlenet or b) Custom Ten sided die that decides what sort of dinner they have or if they should ask out a girl.

Anyways, it’s a pretty good idea and a great buzz. I know for damn sure that I want to figure out what this Guild show is all about.

But oddly enough, it looks like the brains behind the show (Well I think it’s a show anyways) and accompanying video are the unlikely of marketing gurus at … Microsoft.

Either way this just goes to show, if you combine MMORPG content with a bad 90’s rap/techno template and an attractive red-Headed girl that drives half-Japanese men crazy, you’re going to get a hit on your hands.

Update: After some simple research on the internet, it turns out that The Guild is the brainchild of this Felicia Day lady, who seems to be all over the internet. It’s series of Web-episode’s detailing the ‘real-life’ trials and tribulations of a guild of MMORPG players.

I have now lost all street cred.

Categories: The-Blogosphere, The-VideoGames,

Super Tecmo Santonio Holmes Tuesday February 3, 2009

Yes we all watched the Superbowl. And yes while I do like the Steelers, far less than my Seahawks or Buccaneers, but who wasn’t cheering for the underdog Cardinals in the big game.

Really, How could you not? With Kurt I used to pack groceries Warner and Larry Fitzgerald’s Jerry McGuire/Show Me the Money performance in the NFC Championships, they were the warm and fuzzy underdogs. To bad that Santonio Holmes had to go and ruin it with a miraculous catch.

Well, now you can feel that frustration over and over again, with this Tecmo Super Bowl rendition of the catch … and like Tecmo Super Bowl, the catch still doesn’t make sense. (via

Categories: The-Blogosphere, The-VideoGames,

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