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Wingardium Leviosa!

Then

Lego + computer games = love

Star Wars? Check.

Indiana Jones? Check.

Batman? Check.

Now

LEGO HARRY POTTER!


Yes, Harry Potter has been replicated into Lego! This game sees you through the first four books (Philosiphers Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire), from the dastardly Dursleys in Pivot Lane, to the crush-worthy Cedric in the Triwizard Tournament! Unlock spells like Lumos and Wingardium Leviosa to move objects and get through puzzles! Collect all the Lego coins! Play as not only Harry, Ron and Hermione, but as more than 170 of your favourite characters!

I’m a massive Harry Potter fan. Anyone who knows me, knows that I’ve read the books for over a decade now, before the hype, the movies and when Daniel Radcliffe was 7. I tried to get all of my friends to read the series and all they would say is ‘Who cares about a boy who’s a Wizard?’. Shame. On. Them.

Knowing this, I had my fingers crossed going in to play this game. I was not disappointed. The cut scenes are so funny, that if you’ve read the books you’re laughing out loud – but if you haven’t you still find it hilarious (but please go and read the books).

***SPOILER!*** I love how Ron can use his pet rat Scabbers to help him out in tricky situations! If onl he knew that his ‘pet’ was actually….

ANYWAY! Enjoy!

The best part?

IT COMES OUT TOMORROW!

If you have a console, then this game is available on it.

Lumos your way to the store, and Expectro Patronus yourself a copy. That easy!


Sim-ply consoled

The SIMS is hitting consoles!

I’ve been playing the Sims since the first days of its release. I’ve played every Sims sequel and many add ons since! Hello Hot Date!

If that hasn’t gotten you excited enough, they’ve released very funny trailers to announce this.

Watch below!

‘Confessions’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsmuKmZywbA

Sex and the City Spoof

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=rWNfcb7dUzI&feature=channel

Super Heroes (my fav)

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=aC5-dKVip8E&feature=channel

They’ve even done a Glee spoof!

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=2dkEDgdyFBg&feature=related

WARNING! May need a change of undies nearby incase you SYL (S**t yourself laughing)


We all scream for E3!

WOW.

woah.

WOW..

ZOMG.

Yes, this was my reaction once I’d watched the E3 conferences for Xbox, Sony and Nintendo, read every tweet posted from the convention and viewed every trailer.

UERGHHHHHK.

SO MUCH STUFF!! Now that I’ve finally managed to shut my gaping jaw I’m going to give you the run down of the future releases I’m getting the cold sweats over.

1. Xbox Slim

Well hello there, Xbox. I see what you’ve done here, and I like it.

It now boasts the following:

-       Sleek black new design, as well as white

-       250G hard drive

-       BUILT-IN WIFI

-       Whisper quiet

-       Comes with Kinect

I’m so glad Xbox realised they needed a built-in wifi. I absolutely loathe this mega long horrendous cord that wraps around my room in order to connect my console online. I’m paying for my subscription to be online… yet having to connect it so makes me rather go without.

I’m also stoked about the larger space on the hard drive. It just means saving money on buying an external hard drive separately. I’m fast running out of room on my Xbox at the moment and need that extra 250G right now!

I’m not too impressed with the new ‘sleek black’ design, the original Xbox was black so it’s not really moving forward. Besides, Wii, known for having an all-white design, have already taken the move to the dark side.

My Xbox roars when loading and running, so much so that I have to turn the volume up to cover it up. So the promise of ‘whisper quiet’ excites me. It is also rumoured that you will never, ever see the dreaded RING OF DEATH (the red ring that should be green), so it won’t freeze and shut off on you. Mid-game. Pre-save. Game fail. Phewf!

Let’s talk Kinect. Formerly Project Natal, Kinect is the new revolution in gaming that we’ve been waiting for since the introduction of the motion-sensor by Nintendo’s Wii. There are already 15 titles that have already been announced, and there are even more than will be Kinect compatible – like Fable III.

What?

Yeah, I said it. FABLE EFFING THREE. I’m THAT excited for this! I remember buying my first boyfriend a copy of Fable for Xbox back in ’05, thinking I was the most tops gf ever. Turns out I would kick him off so I could play my character, so maybe not so girlfriend-of-the-year after all. Fable II was my game of the year pick for ’09. I would spend countless hours playing it and never getting sick of what I was doing, whether it was medial runs to kill thieves or exploring a new mansion and altering the story-line completely. Or sacrificing my own children (am I right, Danny?). All in all, I’m so super excited for Fable III, and I want you to be too. Here’s the trailer for you to froth on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpR2Uy2VLMc

2. Nintendo 3DS

I’ve got Nintendo DS, Dsi and Dsi XL, so naturally I NEED the new Nintendo 3DS.

I’d heard about Nintendo 3DS with not much knowledge behind it, bar the fact that you don’t need glasses. I couldn’t really comprehend that notion. 3D = dodgy glasses! How did they get around this? To tell the truth, I still don’t know that answer. But I DO know that after seeing the conference, I was so psyched. They’re also going to bring out Nintendo classics on the 3DS in – you guessed it – 3D! Titles like Zelda: Ocarina of Time (my most favourite game ever) will be remade and reworked for the 3DS. Kill me now, I’ve peaked with happiness.

Watch the video to get a complete understanding of the new handheld console including the 2 cameras that can take pictures in 3D and other new functions!

GET EXCITED!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXDlE8YdYZ0

3. New games

The games that have been announced that I am losing it over it, of course, Fable III, but also the new Zelda (duh) and Final Fantasy XIV.

Being a massive Zelda fan, It’s obvious that I am in complete and utter anticipation over the new Zelda game for Wii. Named Zelda: Skyward Sword, the game is using the Wii motion sensor to put the player into the character of Link but using the wii-mote as your sword, and the nunchuck as your shield. The rumour is that there is no longer and arm-thrashing combat, but the need for specific actions to achieve the desired movement. Hey, I might even grow new muscles playing this. That can’t be such a bad thing, right? Check out the trailer (and enjoy the mini-montage of previous Zelda instalments)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5JkV5o_k5A

After playing 62 hours of Final Fantasy XII (and counting) and spending around the same trying to figure out FFXIII (what a difference between the games! I was suss on FFXIII at first but now am falling in love with Snow, -I mean – the game) I’m now really looking forward to where the direction of this next FF will go. It seems that it is going back to the ‘fantasy’ roots instead of continuing down the biotech sci-fi theme that FFXIII underwent (phewf!). It also looks like this game is going to be one huge MMO – since ‘Online’ is written under the title. This is a good thing, especially since the Xbox Slim has wifi and the FF series is extended to Xbox. YIPPEEEE!

Trailer here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8_Y6vlDm14

What were your thoughts on the E3 announcements? What are you changing your pants over?

Would love to know! Comment below or ask me on Formspring – http://www.formspring.me/maudegarrett


Get that Halo Glow

If you find yourself screaming through your headset at your TV while playing HALO 3 “I’M THE BEST AT THIS – I CANNOT BE BEATEN!”   – then I dare you to prove it.

By this, I mean join a tournament and show Australia just how good you are.

Online Australian Cyber League site aclpro.com.au decided that there just weren’t enough available tournaments to play around Aus, so created a site that run specific tournaments over Australia and New Zealand, with placing teams walking away with cash.

The site claims:

Australian Cyber League is a rapidly growing tournament organisation for Australian and New Zealand gamers. ACL first began in 2006 (Previously known as Australian Console League) when a group of like minded individuals were frustrated with the lack of tournaments for Halo 2. They took it upon themselves to run the greatest Halo tournament ever held in Australia, with a qualifier held in each state and finally a grand final held in Sydney with the most talented players finally able to prove their skills to each other at a LAN event.

Australian Cyber League is looking to become bigger and better as we hold more frequent tournaments as well as branch out into other competitive games to give players a chance to prove their skills.

E-Sports is a fantastic hobby that brings together people from all cultures, race, sex and walks of life in a fun, safe and competitive environment. We’re excited to watch e-Sports evolve and become mainstream and we would love to be a part of it.

The great news – there is a tournament hitting Sydney July 3&4. As well as Halo 3, you can also compete in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – 4v4 Objective and Super Street Fighter IV. So what can you win? Well, glad you asked.

  • Halo 3: $1500 Prize Pool
  • Modern Warfare 2: $800 Prize Pool
  • Streetfighter IV: $200 Prize Pool

* Please note these amounts depend on a minimum turnout of 15 teams for Halo, 10 teams for MW2 and 24 people for Streetfighter

To Enter, a player can expect to pay:

  • Halo 3: $50 per person covers BOTH days.
  • Modern Warfare 2: $30
  • Streetfighter IV: TBC

Where is this all happening? Another great question. It is taking place at The Atrium – Macquarie University, North Ryde,
Sydney. Maps and more details can be found on the website, including a list of the things you will need to bring and the registration forms.

Why am I writing this on my website? The best question so far. My Brother Darcy (Dorizo) is the Tournament Runner. He looks like an overgrown viking. Make sure you say hi.


It’s-a me! Mario!





I recently had the pleasure of hosting the launch of the New Super Mario Galaxy 2 game. Nearly 200 guests boarded themselves onto the most epic boat with floor to ceiling glass walls allowing a near 360 view of the entire harbour. This boat was appropriately named the ‘Starship’, so fitting with the LAUNCH of Mario GALAXY. So after a countdown, we rocketed into ‘orbit’ (puns aplenty!) to kick off the event. There were several Wii’s set up on large TV’s for the guests to have an exclusive go on the game nearly a month before its release.

I had committed a solid amount of hours to the first Mario Galaxy, collecting 92 of the 120 stars. It gets so freaking hard near the end! Springy Mario was the reason behind my demise, I would endlessly spring myself into oblivion. So imagine how excited I was to find out the sequel had new Mario suits and EXTRA CHARACTERS to help out! This time round you can ride Yoshi who has his own delicious treats to help you locate and collect the many more stars around the many more galaxies.  Also, the second player option has a much larger role! As well as collecting star bits and holding off enemies, they can now destroy enemies, collect coins and 1ups! This means better game play for the second player since they have a more crucial role.

While testing out the games, Ministry of Sounds DJ Goodwill was able to exclusively mix Mario tracks and sound effects into a live set. This was definitely a high-light for me. He managed to mix Empire of the Suns ‘Walking on a Dream’ fluidly with Super Mario Bros soundtrack, all the while throwing in warp pipe, 1up, Yoshi and coin sound effects.  Heaven to geek ears.

Mario himself worked the crowd, getting his photo taken and even jumping into the DJ booth with DJ Goodwill to have a boogie. That princess rescuing plumber sure learnt some moves!

Overall it was a fantastic night, with 3 of the guests taking home a copy of the game to play it before it hits the shelves.

I scored a game too – and have taken advantage of the awful weather to put away around 15 hours on it. 47 stars and counting.

“Im-a Mario! I’m-a gonna win!”


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