Zimbabwe’s 100-billion-dollar note

20 07 2008
A Zimbabwean man holds new 500-million-dollar notes

A Zimbabwean man holds new 500-million-dollar notes

Zimbabwe, dealing with a record 2.2 MILLION percent inflation, has introduced a new 100-billion-dollar note that will go into circulation July 21 joining about a half dozen high denomination notes including 100 million, 5 billion, and 25-billion-dollar notes. The south African country has been undergoing hyperinflation whcih has shot up from 165,000 percent in February to 2.2 million in May. Independent economists say that this percentage is grossly understated, saying that it is estimated more around 10 to 15 million percent, either way, that’s still bad. Zimbabwe’s accustomed economic crisis has left at least 80 percent of the population living below the poverty threshold and mass shortages of basic goods in shops. 

-Shadow





Batman: The Dark Knight

20 07 2008

Batman: The Dark Knight came to theaters yesterday (opening night), i luckily managed to grab a few seats for me and some buddies (my parents). We arrived at the theater around 8:30, we ended up buying tickets to the 10:45 show though. The 8:30, 9:15, and 10:00 movie were all sold out. With most new releases at our theater, they put out a line where you wait in to enter the movie from, so, we waited in this line for about an hour, but, we were some of the first ones in. About 15 minutes before the movie started, a little man walked into the front and center of the theater and said that this movie was 100% sold out and that all available seats must be filled. The Dark Knight‘s run time is about 2 and a half hr+, so we got home around 2 in the morning. But oh was it worth it. This movie was incredible, i mean, it’s no doubt the best of the series ever. Heath Ledger (Joker) as you all know, died after filming had ended, but his acting was phenomenal, he played this crazy little man like he really was him, putting no less than all his effort into every scene, he is probably going to be up for the Best Actor Academy Award and should win it. All the acting in this movie was crazy amazing. This film features Two-Face, as well, but you will have to see the movie yourself. I will not give you a plot summary, or any other kind of review, because this movie is worth every cent you are paying for at your over-priced movie theater, and does not deserve to be written down on virtual paper. You are now required to go and see this movie, even if your like me and have’nt seen the other Batman‘s, because this movie is going to be sitting in the #1 spot for quite awhile and should win plenty of awards.

In memory of Heath Ledger,

-Shadow





Gears of War Movie??? Leaked Plot

19 07 2008

possibly coming to a theater near you...
possibly coming to a theater near you…

while searching the net, and watching G4tv, a Gears of War movie could be shooting as we speak, but we wont know about it due to its secretcy. BUT, someone managed to get a possible leaked version of the movies plot, if the movie is real. they claim that the movie is about the battle at aspeo fields, which if youve played Gears of War youve heard carmine ask marcus fenix about the battle.
aspo fields appearently was a battle that happened before gears 1 and got marcus fenix into prison.
the SUPPOSED plot goes as followed:
theres a massive battle on the planet sera, COG soldiers are scared, Marcus and Dom get a rag-tag squad, as they come near the enemy’s leader, the leader commits suicide, the COG destroys the planet thinking theyve killed general RAMM but they didnt.
well, thats just a rumor about the movie and i hope no one takes this TOO seriously. i guess we just have to wait and see because i would LOVE to see a gears movie.

-tokagowa





Gears of War 2: Limited Edition

19 07 2008
Gears of War 2 is also coming out with a Limited Edition Gears of War 2 just like they did for the first GoW. The game will feature alternate cover art, a metal game case with a bonus content disc, a book entitled: “Beneath the Surface: An Inside Look at Gears of War 2,” a keepsake photo of Dom and Maria, and an exclusive Xbox Live code to unlock a gold-plated Lancer for online play, which i assume that most of you will enjoy.
Limited Edition Set

Limited Edition Set

 Here’s a look at the graphical enhancement for the new game on the map Gridlock.

Gears of War 2 is set to be released on November 7, 2008.

-Shadow





T-Pain’s Angry Return

18 07 2008

http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2008/07/17/in-the-studio-t-pains-angry-return/

This is the article on the Rolling Stone website (link above) about T-pain’s defensiveness against other rappers using the Auto-Tune effect.

T-Pain is feeling fiercely territorial over his signature sexy robot sound, or more precisely, the Auto-Tune software that turns his voice into a cyborg croon — as heard on hits he’s produced or sung on, such as Kanye West’s “Good Life,” Flo Rida’s “Low” and his own “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’).”

“People I look up to, legends who don’t have to be using Auto-Tune, they using it!” says T-Pain, 22, sounding genuinely pissed off. The rapper takes out his frustration on copycats throughout his third album, Thr33 Ringz, due this fall. “F.U.” features brutal rock guitars and a scream-along chorus (”Fuck Yooooooou!“); on “Karaoke,” he asks for forgiveness from God before dissing what he calls “karaoke niggas”: “Your daughter told you to get off daddy’s dick!”

After passing on an invite to join Kanye’s tour, Pain recorded 36 songs in two months. “I go in the booth and whatever happens, happens,” he says. Other new cuts include “Chopped & Screwed,” Pain’s take on the slowed-down Houston sound, and the Lil Wayne-featuring “Can’t Believe It,” Thr33 Ringz‘ likely first single. Both songs, of course, feature his man-meets-machine vocals. “Auto-Tune’s stuck with me,” Pain says, grinning at last. “People told me to stop using it, but I would not stop. It works!”

That’s the latest i’ve heard about those 2 songs off his new album,

-Shadow





Jimi Hendrix Heading To ‘Guitar Hero 4’

18 07 2008

That’s right, for all you Jimi Hendrix fans out there, including tokagowa, he’s heading for Guitar Hero: World Tour. The Seattle company, Experience Hendrix, which controls Jimi’s rock music legacy, is providing Hendrix’s music, including masters such as “Purple Haze,” “Foxy Lady,” and “Little Wing,” and likeness in the new Guitar Hero game. Aaron Grant, spokesman for Activision and RedOctane told the Press:

“It’s the first time Hendrix’s likeness will be showcased in the game.”

A playable avatar of Hendrix, as well as the song “The Wind Cries Mary” and a LIVE version of “Purple Haze” recorded in 1969 at the San Diego Sports Arena, will be included in GH 4. Besides these in-game songs and what not, Experience Hendrix provided Activision and RedOctane with songs that will be released in the future as downloadable content, Grant said.

-Shadow





E3 Day 2: Sony vs. Nintendo

16 07 2008

today is a special day because two of video gaming’s head-honchos square off today in what is a do or die battle royal. sony’s PS3 hasnt been doing well while the big n’s wii has been selling faster than anything thats autographed by Chuck Norris.

 

sick jj rider

sick jj rider

First off, Nintendo.
Going into this press confrence, people were expecting Nintendo to announce somthing gigantic, but they seemed to rely on that “games for everone” crap. they did, however, announce a new Animal Crossing game as well as a Grand Theft Auto game, yes GRAND THEFT AUTO, for the DS.
what can turn out to be a giant sleeper in the video game world is Animal Crossing: City Folk. i got the first Animal Crossing for the gamecube and i, and the rest of the world, fell in love with the game. the fact that they have made a new game for the wii shows that Nintendo remembers what made them what they are today, and that is fun, innovation, and originality. lately, there has been speculation of the new Animal Crossing game and now that Nintendo has confirmed it millions of people will get this game, as well as a new microphone that connects to the wiimote and allows you to talk to your friends on this game, as well as other smash hits like Super Smash Brothers: Brawl and Mario Kart Wii.
besides Animal Crossing, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown -something- (i hate subtitles). this is the first time GTA will hit the DS and i hope for Rock Star’s sake that it isnt a crappy game.

 

besides those games, nintendo kept on talking about how they would make (crappy) games for every gamer and that the games would be (crappy) easy to play. the only way nintendo has a chance at beating microsoft is by getting great games with super graphics. 

Sony, on the other hand, just got crapped upon by Bill Gates himself. the main objectives for sony was to have a mega-hype/go to game (like the 360’s gears or halo franchises) and to find a way to redeem themselves for making people buy a second refridarator AND for copying nintendos motion sensitve controls. 

they did sorta accomplish one of those objectives, and that was announcing God of War 3. this game may be the only thing to save the ps3 if it finds a way to take a crap on gears 2 (which i bet it wont). this game is the only game that i would by from sony’s press confrence, that is until they make Kingdom Hearts 3 since i am a HUMUNGOUS Kingdom Hearts fan. so if you dont have a ps3, dont rush to get one, wait for the reviews of God of War 3 and maybe a helluav a lot more great games to hit the ps3. 

so, here are what i think the scores of the big threes preformance at E3’08:

1. Microsoft (5 locus things getting curbed stomped out of 5)

2. Nintendo (3.5 fariyes circling around Link’s head out of 5)

3. Sony (for getting crapped on by nintendo. since when does nintendo take craps on companies? they get 1.5 out of 5)

-tokagowa