SHOCKING! Dinosaur Invades School!

What was the neatest thing you had ever seen in grade school? For the kids at Bondi Public School in Australia, this will probably be something they’ll tell their own kids about someday.

A baby T-rex visited as part of a publicity tour for “Walking With Dinosaurs”, growling and racing with a few kids before letting them pet it on its tooth filled snout. Fortunately for everyone there, it’s only a robot with a very human person inside doing all of the driving!

The show, which features 20 different robotic dinos as part of an educational tour through history, is a huge international hit which actually started out in the Land Down Under. As it winds back home, the show is setting up special visits – like the one in the video below – to help promote it.

Rumor: Nintendo to unveil new console at E3

Game Informer reports that Nintendo will debut a new console during or even prior to E3, the industry convention to be held in June in Los Angeles.

From their report:

We have confirmed with multiple sources that this new home system is
capable of running games at HD resolutions. There are conflicting
reports, however, as to whether its graphics will be comparable to those
on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 – meaning it could surpass or fall
short of those systems. Either way it will offer competitive
specifications. Moving to HD should greatly help Nintendo and its new
console in getting more multi-platform triple-A titles like Portal 2 or
Mortal Kombat. This, in turn, will strengthen Nintendo’s historically
poor relationship with third-party publishers/developers.

Interesting stuff. It’s pretty much accepted as a truism among gaming writers that much of the Wii’s success

Item: Agent 007 to report for duty in 2012

Intelligence reports from the A.V. Club have it that MGM and Sony Pictures will have the next installment of the James Bond franchise in theaters by Nov. 9, 2012.

The good news here is another outing for Daniel Craig as James Bond, a role the actor played very well in “Casino Royale.” Its follow-up “Quantum of Solace,” was OK, but I share the opinion of many that it suffered a bit from the filmmakers apparent attempts to ape “The Bourne Identity” franchise’s shaky-cam aesthetic.

(For whatever it’s worth, my Top Five movies in the Bond franchise are “From Russia With Love,” “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” “Casino Royale,” “Goldfinger” and “For Your Eyes Only.” “Eyes” was my first Bond flick, and “Tomorrow Never Dies” gets an honorable mention for featuring a newspaper magnate as its supervillain.)

The weird (?) news is that “American Beauty” and “Away We Go” director Sam Mendes is still attached to direct the next Bond movie, which will be the series’ 23rd installment. Mendes’ closest venture to somewhere near Bond territory was probably “Road to Perdition,” which starred Tom Hanks as an old-time gangster raising his son while on the run.

This is on the Internet, so I am obligated to make a snarky comment about Mendes – who has made his ideas on suburban ennui a major part of his oeuvre – directing a Bond film. Here it goes. Instead of a typical Bond story about spies and sexy women with funny names, Bond 23 will tell the story of a conflicted Bond, who while spending a break from duty in his lovely Notting Hill home, realizes that Moneypenny is the only woman who he has ever truly loved and wrestles with his inability to commit to her and live a quiet suburban life with a desk job for MI-6.

 

Death on the Sunset Strip: An Early Look at Resistance 3

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – “Resistance 3″ lets players imagine humanity’s last stand as a lonely boat ride along a river swarming with murderous aliens.

Game developers Insomniac Games and Sony Computer Entertainment showed a preview of Resistance 3 to reporters who gathered Tuesday at Andaz West Hollywood. The new material included a level that puts new series protagonist Joseph Capellion a boat with scientist Dr. Fyodor Malikov navigating a murky river in an alternate 1957 in which the alien Chimera have taken over the United States.

The boat’s route takes the player past the hulking corpse of a Chimera kraken. A host of leapers feast upon the monster’s body. Malikov advises the player not to shoot. This isn’t a war, the characters just want to survive.

“We’re telling a different story than we did in Resistance 1 and 2,” lead developer Drew Murray said. “It’s about having lost, and (Capellion) having to slip through America to carry out his plan.”

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Quick Review: Battlefield Play4Free Beta (PC)

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So what’s not to like about EA’s free FPS? It’s cheap, disposable 32-player fun that’s good for a quick bite of action, though it won’t replace your copy of Bad Company or Modern Warfare 2.

It’ll be supported through microtransactions which means that you’ll need to pony up real-time cash to buy things like extra soldier slots (you start out with only two freebies) and permanent weapons outside of the generic stock that classes start with. It’s also still a Beta which means glitches like the one where I had lost an entire level’s worth of experience after being dumped from the game. I hope they fix that.

If you want to live free, that’s okay, too – experience for levels and training points for skills are still  earned. Vehicles cost nothing, other than having the skill to actually use them – especially in the air – and the maps offer plenty of places to use for cover, snipe, or face to face time with heavy armor. All in all, a fun fix for FPS junkies that doesn’t require anything more than a browser and a decent internet connection.

New DLC for Bulletstorm – Gun Sonata

EA Games today released “Gun Sonata,” a pack of downloadable mutliplayer maps for “Bulletstorm,” the ultraviolent and irreverent that has been in stores since Feb. 22

Epic Games and People Can Fly developed Bulletstorm. The DLC is available via XBox Live or PlayStation Network, and EA Games reports a PC release is forthcoming.

From the announcement:

Players
will have access to three new maps for the game’s Anarchy multiplayer
mode, including the calamitous Sewers of Stygia, the abandoned Hotel
Elysium and the open spaces of Villa. In Anarchy multiplayer mode, teams
of up to four players fight together to survive waves of blood-thirsty
mutants while scoring skillpoints in order to advance. These new areas
provide a playground for gamers to work together to pull off
heart-stomping team skillshots as they decimate their foes with creative
mayhem mixed with an arsenal of the most gut-wrenching and unique
weapons to appear in a first-person shooter game.

 

Gun Sonata
Pack also includes two new Echo mode maps, including Crash Site and
Guns of Stygia, offering completely new challenges for those competing
to top personal high scores and global leaderboard rankings. In Echo
mode, Bulletstorm tracks and compares players’ scores through locations typically found in the campaign. 

The DLC pack retails for 800 Microsoft Points for XBox 360 players or $9.99 American for PlayStation 3 aficionados.

Our review of Bulletstorm is in the archives.

Brinksmanship: FPS gets earlier release date

Brink, an upcoming FPS under development by Splash Damage, is set to be released one week earlier than previously scheduled, the game’s publisher announced today.

The title is now scheduled for a May 10 release in North America for PC, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.

“Production wrapped on Brink earlier
than we planned and we didn’t see any reason to keep gamers from
getting their hands on this highly anticipated game as soon as it was
ready,” said Pete Hines, marketing vice president for Bethesda Softworks, the game’s publisher.
“It’s apparent from the tremendous reaction so far that people are eager
to jump online and play, and if we can make that happen earlier – we’re
going to.”