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Goldeneye 007, IRL version

Everyone agrees* that Goldeneye 007 is one of the most important video games in history.  Everyone also agrees that it has aged exceptionally poorly.  There have been a few attempts to bring Goldeneye up to date with the latest and greatest in graphical technologies over the years.  (I wish that Goldeneye Source actually had some traction, or was finished).

I learned something new about the game today while reading Wikipedia:

At one time, developers planned to implement the reloading of the weapons by the player unplugging and re-inserting the Rumble Pack on the Nintendo 64 controller, though this idea was discarded at Nintendo’s behest.

Which cites this article on nowgamer.  And I have to say, with 111% honesty.  That might have been the single greatest idea in the history of video games.

Yes, that sentence needs to be bolded & highlighted.  If you didn’t catch it the first time through, read the idea again.  That’s right, reloading you’re weapon by taking the rumble pack out, and putting it back in.  This a full 9 years before the Wii, and 13 years before Kinect.  And it’s not a required gimmick (as the rumble pack wasn’t required for any games on the N64), and wouldn’t feel stupid to actually do.  I can say that I wish there were still devices like that on controllers where you could get that level of interaction with the game.

Anyway, that video above uses the latest and greatest graphics to provide a one of a kind experience, too bad you can’t download the ROM anywhere.


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Iron Sky

Remember Iron Sky?  It’s an independent film about Nazi’s from The Moon, who invade earth in the year 2018.  I’m particularly fond of the line “Man kind’s greatest enemy”  It has a certain ring to it.  If you didn’t pay attention to the giant swastika base you’d think they were actual aliens.

I was initially concerned about it. Well, mostly about the fact that it would never actually get made.  Or it would clearly look like a cheap low budget independent film.

No, this trailer has appeased all of my initial concerns, and I am eagerly awaiting it’s release.  I’ve Demanded it in my area, you should demand it in my area too (NY).  Then you can demand it in your area.

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Wooden Lampshade

Making of a Shade from Soren Berger on Vimeo.

That’s interesting.  When I think of wood, I don’t think of lamp shade.  I think of table, or chair, or lamp base.  I don’t think of translucent covering for a light emitting apparatus.  Clearly I don’t get out much.  At first I was alittle concerned, that seems like an awful waste of wood, but then I realized that it’s not really that big a piece, and all those shavings probably made really nice kindling for some wood burning stove.  It looks nice, but it’s not so nice that I would want something like that in my home.  I’m sharing because it’s the nice thing to do.


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More Book Art

There was much controversy over the last time I posted something like this.  And honestly, I think it was all silly.  But nonetheless, I’m sure there will be some more this time around.  And what kind of internet site would I be if I didn’t actively try and create controversy?  (A poor one).

Artist Guy Laramee uses books to create these masterpieces.  All different kinds of books, and alot of time I immagine.  Tons & tons of time.  More time then I can fathom working on something like this.  But then again, I spend alot of time doing things most normal people don’t.

I really like this take on The Grand Canyon:

It looks like it uses about 100 books, and probably took ages and ages to put together.  But when you look at this next one, you think, man, it would be easy to just carve a bunch of books in a straight line on 2 sides, try making a cave out of them, with a house inside, and a skylight.

This guy’s got some talent.

Although, his future alternate history skills are severely lacking.  I’m not one to judge people, but seriously, China invades the USA.  What world are you living in.  Granted, when it comes to America, and China, I am as biased as you can get, so maybe I just don’t subscribe to that kind of thing.  But it still makes me somewhat upset, oh well.

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