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Killer 7 Gets Killer Interview On Killer Comic

February 9, 2006 6:21 PM |

killer7.jpg Capcom and Grasshopper Manufacture's exceptionally weird, exceptionally cultish action title Killer 7 is a 'love it or hate it' experience for the critics, but even twisted slayers may be intrigued by a new Comic Book Resources interview reveals info about the tie-in U.S. comic, a "twelve-issue mini-series from Devil's Due Publishing and Kinetic Underground."

It seems that comic book writer Arvid Nelson has is building on established ideas for the comic's eponymous heroes "In their quest to find and destroy Heaven's Smile."

Nelson explains of the [EDIT: Existing Killer 7 plot, thanks ShaperMC!]: "They will encounter everything from zombie terrorists to an Evangelical cult leader with a Messiah complex to a black market organ smuggler to a group of five Power Ranger type children's television heroes who moonlight as assassins. It's going to be a wild ride!" Sounds like it!

The Dark Side of Animal Crossing

January 18, 2006 4:27 PM |

joeForeversDarkAC.gifIn 2002, JoeForever was on the run, having left the big city for the town of Adamsvil in Animal Crossing. Joe's diary dug deep into the darker side of Adamsvil, and while it revealed little of his shady past, it uncovered a wholly unflattering angle of of Animal Crossing few players got to see.

Joe writes:
"On the train to Adamsvil, I met a simple cat named Rover. Already I am suspicious... a cat with a dog's name? When I reveal that I have no place to live, he slips to the back of the car and calls a "friend" of his named Tom Nook. Sounds like a scam, and when I meet Tom, I figure out why. My new crib costs 18,000 Bells, and Nook expects me to work for him to pay it off."

"Dred Island has yielded an unexpected bonus. The sole inhabitant, June, has taken a shine to me. She's wearing my clothes and has agreed to enter into a money-laundering scheme. I bring her my bootlegged fruits, and she turns them into bags of clean money. Even out here in the country, there are those who want to turn an easy trick."

Read the entire sordid original 2002-era Animal Crossing saga here.

[UPDATE - Even better, since Animal Crossing Wild World for the DS debuted, JoeForever has started a DS-specific Animal Crossing diary, which includes such seditious gems as 'Dover School Board Targets Museum Exhibit'.

This shocking expose reveals: "Intelligent Design proponents in Pennsylvania have launched a new campaign to get the controversial theory "equal time" in the county's education system, this time targeting the Adamsvil Museum's fossil exhibit... The Museum became a target shortly after Joe, a relatively new resident in the community, unearthed and donated a fossil of the prehistoric human known colloquially as 'Peking Man'." - Simon.]

Res Evil, Ninja Turtles Get Speedy

December 31, 2005 6:01 AM |

TMNT4.jpg For all those not keeping up with the Speed Demos Archive, dedicated to "videos of a player striving to complete a video game in as fast a time as they can manage", the latest speed runs include a multitude of fun movies.

In particular, a new Resident Evil 4 run by Tomi Salo blasts through the game in 1:51:03, and includes such possibly crazy talk as: "I believe that Leon runs faster with a grenade, special/normal rocket launcher or without a weapon."

Another neat one: a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles In Time run, with Nicholas 'Sir VG' Hoppe completing it with Donatello in 0:21:33. Unfortunately: "The one problem with Don (well shown in this run) is because he's slow, fast bosses can lay a hurting, especially when they come in pairs. Bebop and Rocksteady certainly don't make things easy." But nothing that pizza can't fix.

The Return Of Hideo Kojima's Luigi Snake

December 4, 2005 9:30 AM |

snake-luigi.jpg Bneely sends over this amusing letter to the editors of Game Informer magazine from the perceptive, albeit somewhat confused 'giant_moose', who writes: "It was a nice surprise to see Luigi on the cover of the December issue, stepping out of the shadow of his elder brother. The new art style is certainly very different, but I'm sure I'll get used to it in time just as I did with Link." He continues, however: "The graphics are breathtaking (especially for the DS!) but the two plumbers should be leaping through candy-colored fantasy worlds, not skulking in the shadows of ruined buildings. And the huge guns!"

giant_moose then frets: "I know Nintendo needs to innovate and reach out to teen gamers -- and I applaud their lending the Donkey Kong franchise to Michel Ancel, whose new game looks excellent -- but in this case they've gone too far." But seriously, which auteurs would you like to see take control of Nintendo franchises, even if a 'misunderstanding' has led to this particular letter?