Oppa Gangnam Style

You might not have heard of Korean pop artist, Psy, but his video on Youtube has gone mega-viral with over 40+ million views in the past month and a half alone prompting quite a few people to sit up and take notice such as CNN.

Even though this isn’t the first time he’s performed, his comeback after a short hiatus has been nothing short of incredible. Thanks to the social buzz chasing after his catchy tune, and the total wackiness of the video, he’s reached members of an audience that might never have bothered to know who he was. It’s par for the course for an increasingly digital world used to minting stars like Justin Bieber in the same way.

So in in this latest hit from the ‘net, Psy demonstrates his horse-like dance moves while singing on about “Gangnam Style” from parking lot decks to the inside of a bus. Surreal comedy? Certified music video genius? Or just something that only K-pop can deliver? You decide. In the meantime, I’m going to hit it up again.

Gamescom 2012: Remember Me game footage

Over in Germany, Europe’s own version of E3 is being held in Cologne where a number of announcements have revealed a slew of new titles. Capcom was up with their reveal of Remember Me by Dontnod Entertainment, a game that takes place in the future where memories can be traded, sold, stolen, and even remixed. According to the backstory, in exchange for the loss of privacy, people have accepted the security that this kind of social society has given them in exchange.

Neo-Paris is the setting and you play as Niln, a “memory hunter” who casually pockets stolen memories as easily as we do loose change. It’s slated for May 2013, but no word yet on what platforms. Still, it looks like it could be another great title for cyberpunk fans.

The trailer below takes you through a typical job for Niln as she’s asked to “remix” someone’s memory. There’s some language, definitely some violence, but it’s slick sci-fi for the eyes. Could be good.

Bethesda gets a stellar cast for “Dishonored”

“Dishonored,” the upcoming steampunk-esque revenge-themed title from Bethesda Softworks and Arkane Studios, will have a cast of voice actors including Oscar winner Susan Sarandon.

Sarandon won her Academy Award for her role in 1995′s “Dead Man Walking.” In the movie, Sarandon played Sister Helen Prejean, an nun who while opposing capital punishment, tries to prevent the execution of a murderer played by Sean Penn. In Dishonored, Sarandon will play Granny Rags, who Bethesda describes as a “an intriguing old blind woman now deranged after years of street life.”

From Bethesda’s announcement:

Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe-winner Brad Dourif takes
on the role of the inventor Piero, creator of the iconic mask worn by
Corvo as well as a wealth of gadgets Corvo can use. Emmy winner and
Hollywood-icon Carrie Fisher can be heard broadcasting government propaganda over loudspeakers throughout the city of Dunwall, where the game is set.

The all-star cast continues with John Slattery (“Mad
Men,” “The Adjustment Bureau”) who takes on the role of Admiral
Havelock, a Loyalist who helps Corvo on his quest, as well as Michael Madsen who brings his videogame voiceover experience to the role of Daud, a mysterious assassin. Chlo Grace Moretz (“Kick-Ass,” “Hugo”) portrays Young Lady Emily, the Empress’ daughter who is kidnapped after her mother’s death while Lena Headey joins the cast as Calista, Emily’s caretaker. In addition to the star-studded voice cast, Composer Daniel Licht (“Dexter”) lends his musical talents to create the game’s original score. 

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Review: NCAA 13

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Texas State receiver demonstrating one
of the newly added catch animations against my Teambuilder squad…
still not sure how he got that open.

By Jahmal Peters

Contributor

Summer is a great time of year for
college football fans.

It’s a time of year when every fan
believes that their team is poised to achieve greatness no matter how
outlandish the expectations may be and it’s only after the season
begins that the cold hard reality sets in and they are once again
reminded of their team’s place near the bottom of the food chain.

While college football fans can enjoy a
few more months of unwavering optimism, their gaming playing
brethren won’t be as lucky.

EA Sports’ NCAA Football 13
is the latest iteration of the company’s annual college
football game, and with minimal updates and an overemphasis on DLC,
the game is more UCLA than USC – promising but a long way from
dominant.

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You might want to read this before Monday…

If you depend on the Internet, you might want to visit this site from your computer ASAP: www.dns-ok.us

What that site will tell you is if your computer is infected with DNS Changer malware, and how to fix the problem.

What that nasty bit of software does is change your computer’s domain name server (DNS) addresses — the Internet’s “address book,” to simplify — to ones that were once under the control of some Estonian scammers.

The servers are now under the control of the FBI, which plans to shut them down on Monday.

Hence the urgent warning.

Software checkers on Facebook and Google warned most people that their computers had been compromised, and the number of infected computers dwindled from about four million to about 277,000 worldwide, with an estimated 64,000 here in the U.S.

Is your computer one of those still infected? You might not know until you visit that website above.

Or until Monday comes and you realize you can’t get on the Internet.

To read more, click here.

Review: Inversion

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“Inversion,” with a little
more imagination, could have been one of the nicer surprises of 2012.
Instead, the game is a basic third-person shooter that never fully
lives up to its promise of offering players a chance to “command
gravity.”

Maybe I’m guilty of expecting too much
from this game, but I wanted Inversion’s gravity-control mechanics to
be something that would result in a fresh re-imagining of the TPS
experience. I imagined a game in which my character would be able to
leap from floor to ceiling at will, run upside down with guns
a-blazing and create havoc at any point along the X, Y and Z axes.

That, unfortunately, is not what
Inversion delivers. The game has its moments, but Inversion is
largely a linear experience that builds enough goodwill with its
gravity-control conceit to make things interesting for a while before
bringing things down with repetitive gameplay.

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Review: Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut (Spoiler free)

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Angry and even not-so-angry gaming enthusiasts can now download new ending sequences for “Mass Effect 3,” a very good game marred by a conclusion that, to many, put the “anti” in “anti-climactic.”

EA Games and BioWare released “Mass Effect 3″ in March, but the role-playing game’s real ending did not come out until Tuesday when the producers released an “Extended Cut” to appease fans who hated the science fiction trilogy’s original conclusion.

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Review: LEGO Batman 2 (PS3)

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Lego Batman 2 is Traveller’s Tales’ sequel to 2008′s Lego Batman. This time, Traveller’s has opted for an open-world approach while maintaining the mission-oriented focus of the previous title. And it even features spoken dialogue. But while it does a number of new things for the franchise, it also arrives with a host of annoying bugs that drag the experience down.
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Review: Lollipop Chainsaw (X360)

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Suda 51 doesn’t just design games. He and his crew at Grasshopper Manufacture lovingly drip the paint from their imaginations onto a digital drop cloth to create some of the most unusual settings, characters, and storylines to be pressed onto plastic. In as much as their ideas ooze crazy atmospherics, the gameplay has also lived up to the technicolor rain around it.

Lollipop Chainsaw is the latest from the eclectic designer and features everything that you might expect from a high school cheerleader ripping through hordes of zombies with the decapititated head of her boyfriend talking occasional smack. Most everything, anyway, but I’ll get to that later.
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