Archive for October, 2001

Let’s Have Lil’ Mac Instead

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Mike Tyson biting off Evander Holyfield's ear

The "ear bite" just HAS to be a special move in 'Mike Tyson's Heavyweight Boxing'...c'mon!

Ya know, I’ve never been a huge sports fan, but once upon a time I was quite a follower of professional boxing.  I never was totally crazy about the sport, but I did appreciate and enjoy it quite a bit.  However, as the years went by, it seemed as if boxing was steadily declining into a sea of stupidity and greediness, not much unlike professional wrestling.  Of course the difference is that professional wrestling claims to be nothing more than entertainment, while boxing likes to tout itself as being an “art” contained within a legitimate sport.

A Contest Worthy of the “Taco Trots”

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Until 10/28/01, Taco Bell will be running a contest in which you can win a Microsoft Xbox.  When you make a purchase at “The Bell”, you’ll receive a ticket which contains an alphanumerical registration code on it.  By entering the code at Xbox.com, you get a chance to win one of the new Xbox consoles.  And the cool thing about this contest is that EACH participating Taco Bell will be giving away an Xbox system (approximately 6,755 systems total), so that makes the odds a bit more favorable than the usual type of contest.

So get yer Pepto Bismol and toilet paper ready…and good luck!

Way of the Warrior

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According to the groovy talking skull in the opening FMV sequence, a group known as the “Kthundra monks” holds a fighting tournament once every century in their mountain fortress.  For the tournament, this strange group (who happen to be descendants of dragons) brings together the world’s greatest warriors to engage in a fighting competition, with the winner’s name being added to the mystic “Book of Warriors” (which looks a lot like the Evil Dead’s “Necronomicon“).

While that premise is vaguely interesting, when it comes to fighting games, who really cares about deep plotlines?  Everyone just wants to know if the ass-kicking factor is any good, right?  With Way of the Warrior it is, at least a little bit…

Playstation 2 in Trouble?

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Even though the PS2 has been out a year, I never had the urge to buy one until just recently.  There never seemed to be any must-have games available for the system, and I was absolutely unimpressed with its technical specifications. (Not that I would have bought one even if the specs were impressive.)  It always seemed like its main selling points were that it could play PSX games and DVD movies.  Well, I already have a PSX as well as a DVD player, so why in the hell would I want to fork out $300 for a copycat of those devices?

Dammit!

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Being a huge fan of Shenmue, I was REALLY looking forward to the sequel.

As I made my way around various gaming sites today, I came across this most pathetic bit of news from SegaWeb:

Shenmue 2 is no longer coming to Dreamcast outside Japan.  In the West, the spectacular game is headed exclusively for Xbox.

I don’t really know what to say other than I’m totally pissed.  As an old timer who has been burned by Sega several times in the past, it took a long time for me to be trustful of them again, yet I did with the Dreamcast.  It’s a marvelous system, and one that had some of the best games released for ANY system over the last couple of years.

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