PlayTV To Hit UK & Aus. In Q4 by Anthony Barlow
April 30, 2008, 8:36 am
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It has come to light that Sony’s PlayTV, the TV service for the PS3, is to hit in the 4th quarter of 2008. Gizmondo AU were told that it would launch in Q4 around a month after it hits Europe. Gizmondo were also told it would retail for less than AUD 200. Due to the way TV is broadcast in the states PlayTV will not be released in the U.S.

God Of War III – Online Content ? by Anthony Barlow
April 30, 2008, 8:30 am
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A job listing has appeared on SCEA’s website asking for an “Online Gameplay Programmer”. Not only that but the description mentions working with the team behind ‘God Of War’ and ‘God Of War II’. That team is working on ‘God Of War III’ so is this a taste of what’s to come from the ‘GOW’ franchise from now on?

I personally played very little of the 1st game and have never played the 2nd but i’m definitely intrigued by this one.

Back To Real News(?) by Anthony Barlow
April 30, 2008, 8:20 am
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‘Real’ gaming news seems to have taken a backseat over the past few weeks but it is returning this week. Don’t worry there’ll be no ‘countdowns’ until a week or so before MGS4.

Thanks, Barmelo

P.S. I don’t know why that image has french text

It’s Alive! It’s Alive! by Anthony Barlow
April 30, 2008, 8:18 am
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Yeah I got my supposedly ‘refurbished’ PS3 from Sony yesterday and not only that my two copies of GTA IV turned up too. Double Whoot! It’s been a bore without a PS3 for a few days but now it’s back normal service is resumed.

Got home early yesterday only to be met with Sony’s last firmware update (2.30) waiting for me. Not good. Anyway, after the good hour long wait I set up my PSN accounts again and started the downloads of all my games and add-on’s again. I thought about waiting, for about three seconds, and then jumped on GTA IV and Skype.

The game is absolutely sweet definitely in my top two games list (number one being Metal Gear Solid on the PSone). Only had a few hours on it but it’s definitely living up to the hype. If I can actually stop playing it I might post some impressions, but I wouldn’t expect a review any time soon. What I will tell you is that the Special Edition of GTA is well worth it.

Got more stuff to download tonight (All my U.S. PS Store content). But i’ll get that done in the background whilst i’m playing GTA.

Like A Wild Goose Chase Whilst Jumping Through Hoops by Anthony Barlow
April 27, 2008, 8:45 pm
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That title explains today perfectly. Went round to my cousins full of hope and optimism about getting my save games back from my dead PS3’s hard drive. Alas, I failed in my quest. The damn PS3 wanted to re-format my HDD before it would recognise it in another PS3 (damn Sony and their stupid rules).

I have given up ever getting my good ol’ original game saves back. Well there’s always Gamefaqs.

Best Soundtracks Ever by Anthony Barlow
April 27, 2008, 1:24 pm
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Yeah, I got myself the soundtracks for GTA Vice City & San Andreas and have realized just how much my musical taste has grown in 6 years. Of course I knew of David Bowie and Lionel Ritchie but I didn’t know their music, if you know what I mean.

Just looking through the track lists for both games made me want to go and get these and I’m glad I did. I basically thought that using these soundtracks in GTA IV (If it has custom soundtracks on the PS3 – I haven’t succumbed to the spoilers). I thought it’d be cool listening to some of the older radio stations in the game and that was a big selling point on these soundtracks for me.

I really do hope the PS3 version of GTA IV supports custom soundtracks because these soundtracks will be even better then.

PS3 Countdown – Day 2 – 26th April 2008 – Little Better by Anthony Barlow
April 26, 2008, 9:39 pm
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‘A Little Better’ – Gnarls Barkley

I found today how bored an obsessive gamer can get. However there was light at the end of the tunnel, a bit of bad result, as well as a tiny chimp sitting in the corner laughing it’s head off at me…I will explain.

Well I started the day with a nice delivery. My new enclosure for my external HDD arrived today so i can go to my cousins and back up my PS3 tomorrow, which is sweet! After a little tweaking and messing about I got my HDD working and formatted so it’ll work on my PS3.

Second on the ol’ delivery list was my recently posted about ‘I Am Legend’ blu-ray. This is the tiny chimp. I was happy I got this earlier than expected but upon remembering I can’t play it it began to slowly grind away at me and this could be an indicator as to what it’d be like if GTA IV arrives early.

After a bit of waiting I went downstairs to watch Manchester United Vs. Chelsea and hopefully see a Man. Utd win. That didn’t happen. Michael Ballack scored the 1st and even though Wayne Rooney scored, and injured himself, Ballack was back again to score a penalty in a poorly given decision.

Yeah so boredom really did set in quite a bit today. A PS3 only gamer without a PS3 is not a very happy one. Knowing I could be playing the MGS Online Beta amongst other things whilst waiting for my copy of GTA. Instead I was browsing various non-gaming forums laughing at “Insomniac” Milkmen and issues of “Dog Fouling” on Skpe with Adails.

My day was not going well at least I know I get can my saved stuff back tomorrow.

I’ll be back tomorrow to report on the day’s goings on but for now i’ll be off.

PS3 Countdown – Day 1 – 25th April 2008 – Misery Guts by Anthony Barlow
April 25, 2008, 9:15 pm
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The Smiths – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now

Yep this musical performance by one of Manchester’s finest, The Smiths, reflects the day i’ve had without any sort of home console to play. Not only that I can’t watch movies because I used my PS3 for that too. Yep so to sum up today, my first day in nearly a year, without my good ol’ PS3 i’ve chosen ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’. Something nice and cheery to kick off the weekend.

Good news is I can back up my data and the like with the help of my cousin, his PS3 and an external HDD so that helps. Still this musical performance really does set the mood.

This Is Me (I Love My PS3) by Anthony Barlow
April 25, 2008, 8:14 pm
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By the way i’m the equivalent to the dude with the brick. At the moment that is what my PS3 is a lumbering great brick with ‘Everybody’s Golf: World Tour’ stuck in it. I might take it out on a piece of string.

David Hayter Interview by Anthony Barlow
April 25, 2008, 8:04 pm
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Hey guys, Fans (and total fanboys like me) of the Metal Gear franchise will be happy to know that David Hayter, the magnificent voice of Solid Snake, was interviewed on IGN’s Playstation Podcast ‘Podcast Beyond’. Anyway I just thought i’d give you guys a heads up and let you check out the interview because it’s actually pretty cool, but I would say that.

Download it here

The GTA Countdown Reincarnated As The PS3 Countdown. by Anthony Barlow
April 25, 2008, 12:19 pm
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Yeah the GTA countdown has been reincarnated. It has taken the new form of the PS3 countdown which is, believe it or not, the countdown until I get my PS3 back from Sony. I’ll be documenting my ever mounting boredom without my PS3 for 4 whole days!

I will be posting my usual stuff like daily events but will be interjecting the posts with music to fit the mood.

I’m not currently at home and can’t access YouTube so there’ll be no music in the first post but it will appear later today.

GTA Countdown 24/25th April 2008 – 4 Days To Go! (R.I.P.) by Anthony Barlow


Here Lies Barmelo’s PS3

11.05.07 (approx.) – 25.04.08

Yeah folks, my PS3 is pushing up the daises (hey let’s get the guy from the show in) and it’s final curtain has finally fell. My beloved Playstation 3 has lasted less than a year before becoming one of the 1% of PS3’s to have failed. It’s a sad day, a truly sad day. I have contacted Sony and as it’s under warranty they WILL be sending me a ‘new’ console free of charge, which should arrive on TUESDAY!

Why Tuesday of all days? Why that day? Tuesday is GTA day and that’s not good especially if I don’t get it back whilst 6pm and/or my Special Edition of GTA arrives early (which is possible). I guess it could be worse I could’ve ended up with no console for ages (a la Microsoft & the 360). I tried all of my local GAME shops and they’ve no 60GB consoles as they’re discontinued so i have to rely on Sony not to mess it up.

I was having a rather good day up until that point too. I was off college so I decided that in my time of boredom that i’d visit the ol’ cinema and watch a film. Well I rushed into the Odeon @ The Trafford Centre just in time to catch the beginning of the movie, that movie being the new Judd Apatow produced comedy, ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ starring Russell Brand (Various), Kristin Bell (Heroes/Veronica Mars) & Jason Segel (Knocked Up/How I Met Your Mother).

Yeah it was a pretty good movie. Russell Brand portrays, well, himself (with a different name o’ course) and because of that, and the fact I like Mr. Brand’s stand-up comedy, I thought it was a damn good movie and it pretty much had me laughing throughout.

God i sounded like a reviewer there. Well I guess that’s my mini review on ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ and my verdict is that if you like Russell Brand and movies like ‘Knocked Up’ & ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’ then this movie is for you.

Other than that i’ve been sat waiting for nothing as my PS3’s dead and i’ve absolutely nothing planned i’m pretty much gonna be bored until it turns up or something rather eventful happens.

N.B. As a mark of respect for my PS3 (lol) I will stop posting the GTA countdown as of today, thank you.

I would also like to dedicate this to my fallen comrade.

Joy Division – ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’

GTA Countdown – 21st & 22nd April 2008 (One Week Left!) by Anthony Barlow
April 22, 2008, 12:39 pm
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Yeah so it’s only seven little days until I, like many others, get my hands on GTA. I’m back in college in college now so postings will be a little less frequent but as the week ticks down i’ll try and post daily. So let me recap the last two days.

21st April 2008

Back in college today after a very nice break. After spending a few meager hours doing work in college I was off back home ready to chill out and as per usual play some games. Was more than looking forward to playing the MGSO Beta but as it was postponed I played some Euro 2008 online. Which, although it was a little laggy, was really good even if I did get beat in every game. Didn’t do much as I was really knackered I did watch some of the 1st season of ‘Lost’ but that was about it.

22nd April 2008

Now for today. Well at this precise moment i’m sat in college and meant to be working and listening to Lupe Fiasco (one of the few rappers I like). Started to read books because I’m so bored of the wait between now and next Tuesday. Currently reading ‘I Am Legend’ by Richard Matheson. Reading seems to pass the time quite well. Feeling I should have brought my PSP and used remote play to play some Pixel Junk Monsters. I’ll probably play some Euro 2008 and finish off the 1st disc of ‘Lost’ season 1 tonight.

That’s it for now. I really can’t wait for GTA now. I should have my two copies on Tuesday and will be sending someone out on an errand to take one to be traded in. Got to pay for my special edition tomorrow (£69.99) and my standard one on Sunday (£36.99). I’m paying a lot of money but it’s worth it really as I’ll probably get about £30 back when I trade a copy in anyway.

COD4 Map Pack For PS3 On Thursday! by Anthony Barlow
April 22, 2008, 12:20 pm
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The highly anticipated map pack for Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is to be released on the European and U.S. stores on Thursday which will be followed by a double XP weekend. Looks like Infinity Ward will be raking in the dosh once again. Shame I can’t buy it because, like i seem to be repeating a lot, i’ve got no money until next month. Oh well i’ll have to leave it. Might give COD4 another good go over the double XP weekend though.

I Am…Waiting by Anthony Barlow
April 22, 2008, 12:11 pm
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A bit of a personal post here but it has got a point. I ordered ‘I Am Legend’ on blu-ray from Amazon.com the other day and it was posted on 16th April. What I want to know is. Why does it take Amazon so bloody long to get me a blu-ray? I could’ve ordered it the other day for about £2 more from HMV than I paid for it but no I have to wait until the end of May, which really is crap. The other thing is i’ve paid for it already so I can’t even go and get it then sell the other one when it turns up.

Oh well I guess it’s sods law really. I wanted something cheaper and it turned out only marginally cheaper and i’ve got to wait an age. Another thing I can’t do before GTA comes out now :(.