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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Posted by Dean Andrews On 6:41 PM 0 comments

Kojima Station #5 shows the magic behind the 3D capture studio for The Phantom Pain

As games have become more and more realistic over the years, it has also sparked a bit of wonder and question as to what kind of technology and effort goes into making the graphics and characters look so real. The latest Kojima Station #5 manages to put some spot light on that issue, by revealing to you and me, the magic behind the 3D capture studio being used in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. The studio reveals 37 cameras, and 8 strobe lights being readied for just the facial capture alone. That's a lot of equipment for a single face!

In the video, it's also explained that the cameras can be adjusted for body capture as well, and the reasoning behind why all of the walls are white, (to prevent shadows). The lady asking questions (Stefanie Joosten who plays Quiet) also gets to step into the camera circle to get her own likeness captured, showing in part how the process works. Gee I wonder how my ugly face would look during the process.

Even Metal Gear director Hideo Kojima was involved in the capture process, by using his own face in front of the 37 camera set up. (Did you also notice the rocks and package looking item?) Oh, and let's go over the list of names of characters you see in the conference room shall we?

From Right to Left, Kazuhira Miller, Brian Robinson, Hideo Kojima, Dean Newcombe, (no not me, I'm Dean Andrews :) ) Mike Fudge, Quiet, and finally Ludvig Forssell. Interesting to see staff members thrown into the mix. Isn't Stefanie a lovely thing? Of course she is, now take a look at the video below and lay your comments in the comment section of what you think.

via Kojima Station

Posted by Dean Andrews On 5:51 PM 0 comments

The merry merry month of May will see Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 for PSN subscribers

The US Instant Game Collection is fixing to see six game titles hit the Playstation Network soon (PSN). Most notably as far as this blog is concerned is Konami's latest Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 game. The Fox Engine face lift that PES received last year breathed some new life into the series, as many a footy fan thought it could use a change or two here and there.

PES 2014 is scheduled to release in the month of May for PSN subscribers via the Playstation 3. Even though the PS4 has been out a few months, it's nice to see the PS3 still harvesting some attention, at least in the PSN market. Europe just recently saw a reduction in price for a download of the latest PES game, but only for a limited time until April 30th.

Go Cristiano Ronaldo go!

Posted by Dean Andrews On 5:29 PM 0 comments

Criss Cross your Raiden - Big Boss content, as DEJA VU & JAMAIS VU are soon multi platform

Your Ground Zeroes game might be over somewhat faster than you had hoped for, but a second wind is about to take place with your current version. For starters, if you own the PS3 or PS4 version of GZ, you have access to the "Déjà Vu" mission, which stars Big Boss from the original Metal Gear Solid making a return to those missions once adored on the Playstation 1. That mission will soon be available for both Xbox One and 360 users, as it is no longer locked to Sony's platforms.

Secondly, if you own the Xbox One, or Xbox 360 version of GZ, your "Jamais Vu" mission starring the return of the cyborg ninja Raiden will soon be available to both PS3 and PS4 owners. So when will this "criss cross" across consoles take place? May the 1st, according to director Hideo Kojima's assistant recently. The price tag?, of charge! This is a welcome treat for the fans since many of them complained that Ground Zeroes was over a bit too quickly, as far as the main mission in concerned.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Posted by Dean Andrews On 9:49 PM 0 comments

Kitty Witchy is too cute for your iOS and Android, and an excellent shooter to take on the road

Konami is no stranger to shooter games. Long time hits like Parodius, Gradius, Nemesis, and even Twinbee have long since graced our living rooms. A new shooter on the horizon called Wind of Witches is ready to take hold of your iOS device. It's called "Wind of Witches", and features fast paced shooter action, and yet is easy for anyone to learn in a heartbeat. Kitty Witchy is the main character, and her friends each have their own unique and magical abilities as you move through the game and discover new Lwa formations.

Raise your score as you unlock new witches, and discover new powers while you get into Fever mode! Have some Facebook friends? Sure, invite them to compete with you to see who is the best of the best. Wind of Witches is now available from the iTunes store using the link below. Android users will want to check back at the other link below for updates, as a version for their device will be headed there soon as well. Meanwhile, check out the official video for this cool new shooter.

via iTunes
via Konami

Posted by Dean Andrews On 9:35 PM 0 comments

Classic Konami games make their way to the bottom of the price barrel for Easter

This Easter has seen a drastic price reduction for some great classic Konami games lately. Sony's Playstation Network has reduced the cost of some cool titles, which also include hot items like Silent Hill Book of Memories, Simpsons Arcade, Zone of the Enders, New Little King's Story, and even the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection! Here is the complete list for European subscribers.

  • The Simpsons Arcade – £3.99
  • Zone of the Enders: the 2nd Runner HD Edition – £3.99
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty – HD Edition – £5.49
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – HD Edition – £5.49
  • Silent Hill Book of Memories – £6.49
  • Zone of the Enders – HD Collection – £7.99
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (PS Vita) – £7.99
  • New Little Kings Story – £7.99
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (PS3) – £7.99
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance – £11.99
  • PES 2014 – £11.99
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – £19.99
For those of you planning on getting any of the above mentioned titles, bare in mind that this sale ends on April 30th! Spread the word to your friends.

via PSN


Posted by Dean Andrews On 9:25 PM 0 comments

The City of Brotherly Love gets a spoonful of the YuGiOh! Championship series in May

It's been called the "City of Brotherly Love", and love for YuGiOh! is exactly what the Pennsylvania Convention Center will be seeing, as the Championship series makes its way there on May 17th-18th. While the North American World Championship Qualifier is right around the corner, and duelists doing their best to get there, many from miles around will be attending the Convention center in hopes of winning the ultimate prize.

Those who want to attend and duel with other should pre-register on May 16th for the YCS Philadelphia Main Event between the hours of 3p.m. and 7p.m. Submit your deck and also receive an event-exclusive YCS Token Card. Registration starts at 8p.m. on Saturday May 17th, and participants should receive 5 Primal Origin booster packs to add on. The first round begins about 10a.m.

Young duelists born on or after 2001 will be attending the Dragon Duels challenge, and will want to be there to win some cool prizes, such as a Regional Game Mat, a cool T-Shirt, and an invitation to the Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier. Konami will also be hosting a number of side events for duelists, such as the Cyber Dragon Revolution Structure Deck Tournaments, and Sealed Pack tournaments for "War of the Giants". Event information location is below.

Event Address:
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibit Hall B
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Prizes include a super rare Number 106: Giant Hand card, while other prizes include items such as Game Mats, game consoles, and invitations to the World Championship Qualifier. As always, more information for prizes and events can be found at the official page here.

Posted by Dean Andrews On 5:59 PM 0 comments

Camille & Kennerly perform their Silent Hill medley on twin electric harps

The creepy game music from Silent Hill has always been one to get some serious attention. That attention has poured over into the realm of electric harps, as these two lovely twins turn up the heat from two famous Silent Hill soundtracks. The first being "Not Tomorrow" from the first Silent Hill, and the other "Promise" from Silent Hill 2, which has been hailed by some as the best Silent Hill game in the series.

Camille & Kennerly are their names, and while they have been somewhat known for other releases from hits like "Game of Thrones", you can sure bet that this new release of theirs is likely to get some heads turning, and some ears listening. They are using twin harps to do their fantastic Silent Hill Medley, in a setting not too unlike that which you've come to experience in the world of Silent Hill games. If you want to purchase these two singles from iTunes, you can do so using the link below. I'm convinced it's well worth it.

While your at it, can you tell the difference between the two? It's almost like they are looking into a mirror don't you think?

via iTunes