A Super Mario Bros. mural

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One of the writers over at Australian Gamer had an outstanding idea for a kids room – A Super Mario Bros.- themed mural, complete with the rolling green hills and cute clouds. I would have loved to have woken up to this every day growing up, but the game wasn’t in my parents’ consciousness at the time. Plus, it would have been awkward spending any time in that room if I needed to move back after college — I’m not sure ladies (unless they were gamers) would be down with the Mushroom Kingdom motif.

But I digress … mad props to you, sir. Here’s the epic tale of the painting process. The above photo comes from AJ of Australian Gamer.

Afro Samurai comes out soon

The game based on the anime action series starring Samuel L. Jackson should be in stores in the early part of next week. I’m usually frightened of games based on shows, movies or books (years of crap can do that), but I’m actually curious. At the very least, I’ll get to hear some beats from the RZA, so maybe the game can function as a Wu-Tang album of sorts. The game is coming out for the 360 and PS3.

Have a trailer for your trouble. Note the art style and M rating, parents. This is probably one of the bloodier games you’re going to witness all year.

THE Obama action figure

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A co-worker forwarded this along from Gizmodo. It qualifies as one of the greatest things I have ever seen. I not only need to get this figure, but place it next to my extremely posable Optimus Prime to create the ultimate tag team of anti-evil. Yes, I have an Optimus Prime at home. Transformed him the other night. What of it?

Anyway, here’s the Gizmodo entry, complete with more action poses for the figure. Leave it to the Japanese to make an anime-style action version of our 44th president. I’m surprised he doesn’t have a presidential mech that launches out of the White House.

Capcom signs Monumental Games

Monumental Games, from what I see from the press release, is a gamemaker based in the UK. The terms of the agreement include an unannounced multi-platform title which is supposed to come out later this year and will be published by Capcom.

Um … that’s all I can really tell you, unless you’d like to know that Monumental games also has operations in India and employs 100 people. That’s it. We are officially out of information.

Here’s the Monumental Games Web site.

Review: Mirror’s Edge

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I know what Mirror’s Edge is trying to do. It’s different. It’s special. One could even dare to utter one of the most overused words in the industry: innovative.

However, that doesn’t always mean it’s great.

Like the free-running it tries so hard to emulate, this latest work from Electronic Arts can be exhilirating — if you’re willing to put up with a lot of pain.

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Preview: Ion Drum Rocker

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By Norman Major III
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I got a chance to sit down with the new Ion Drum Rocker at CES. Boasting the fact that it doubles as a percussion kit, Ion had a few setups available, but without Rock Band. It has a small module which controls the function of the kit that can be swapped out. One of the modules allowed me to play Rock Band 2 on the PS3.
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The new Street Fighter IV trailer

Feel the power, fanboys. If you haven’t seen this yet, be prepared for a some anime-action guitar, plenty of glory shots and a cascade of cheeseball dialogue playing throughout the whole trailer. I love it. It almost helps me get over the fact that I’m awful at this game. On a side note, good to see Rose … I made good use of what I call her “Jordan” move when I was in my Alpha-playing prime. Some of you might know what I’m talking about.

From the mailbox: Mirror’s Edge (PC) and Skate 2

Mirror’s Edge came out for the consoles back in November, but the PC version came out this week, including a CD of the breezy, trippy music featured in the game, plus some remixes. I haven’t heard the CD yet, but I imagine some of the music will make me think of trips to Sephora with the wife.

The game earned points with critics and players because of the premise — a first-person game about free-running. People loved it, hated it, got sick because of it, and examined it. I’ve got a review of my own coming pretty soon.

As for Skate 2, it’s something I’ve got on my playlist, though I’m probably going to set suckage records when I try to pull off my first few tricks.

To catch some of you up, I’ve posted trailers for both games below. Eat ‘em up.

Here’s Mirror’s Edge:

And, Skate 2:

Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes medical leave

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple Inc.’s CEO Steve Jobs says he is taking a medical leave of absence until the end of June.

Jobs told employees in an e-mail that his health issues are more complex than he thought.
Last week, Jobs announced he had a hormone deficiency that had caused him to dramatically lose weight.

Apple’s chief operating officer, Tim Cook, will take over Jobs’ responsibilities while he is on leave.