Sunday, March 13, 2011

Dominique Young Unique

Another tumblr find. Dominique is a Hip Hop MC making waves in the industry. I find her music to be much more enjoyable compared to a lot of other female MC's in the game. Her beats are also produced by David Alexander, the same guy who makes Yo! Majesty's beats. She hail's from Tampa Bay and can be seen this next week at SXSW. A recent single of her's, War Talk, is being picked up by a large number of blogs & video sites. Give her a listen & if by chance you are in Texas for SXSW, go check her out.

SXSW Shows
  • Tuesday March 15, Spill, 212 East 6th Street, 12:30am - 3:30am
  • Wednesday March 16, Club 1808, 1808 East 12th Street, 12:30am-3:30am
  • Wednesday March 16, The Liberty, 1618 1/2 E 6th St, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • Thursday March 17, Cheer Up Charlies (Ms Bea’s), 1104 East 6th Street, 12:00am-3:00am
  • Friday March 18, Peckerhead's, 402 East 6th, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday March 19, 501 Studios, 501 HWY I-35, 9:00pm-12:00am
  • Sunday March 20, Beerland, 771 Red River Street, 4:30pm-7:30pm

Dominique Young Unique - Glamorous Touch Mixtape by Artjam Records
Dominique Young Unique Domination Mixtape by Artjam Records

Smokey Robotic

Discovered these guys via tumblr and have fallen in love with their music. You could probably stick them under the Indie Dance genre, but they also sound a little New Wave, Pop Rock, and even Hip Hop (to a point). Their single "Forever My Love" is currently making it's way through the internet, partially because Lindsay Lohan is promoting them due her brother being a band member. Give them listen, it's a fun ride.

Outside The Lines EP by Smokey Robotic
Smokey Robotic LP by Smokey Robotic

Bioware: No SecuROM on Dragon Age 2, Release Control instead

Dtoid is now reporting that Bioware has responded to complaints about SecuROM being "ninja'd" into copies of DA2. Instead they say the software is actually Sony's Release Control software which was placed to prevent early usage of the game. The two software's are very similar to a point that they share files that can easily raise concerns about SecuROM invading the machine. Bioware did go on to say that any RC files left over can be easily removed.

You can read Bioware's full statement here.

Square Enix Shuts Down Final Fantasty XI, XIV Servers to Conserve Energy

Japan's power company, TEPCO, has asked major businesses to try to conserve power in any way possible and Square Enix has decided to do that by shutting down their FFXI, FFXIV, & PlayOnline servers for at least a week, maybe even a month if need be. All current subscribers are being given the month of April free of charge as compensation. While the XI user base may survive if it does come down to having a month of no service, XIV may not. SE is still trying to build a stable following for XIV after its troubled launch and first few months there-after and any downtime will hurt their efforts. It will be interesting to see how this all pans out.

Press Release:

"Due to the continuous earthquakes occurring in the eastern regions of Japan since Mar. 11, 2011, the power companies in Japan have encouraged everyone to cooperate by conserving as much energy as possible as it is feared there will not be enough power supply. Based on the current situation, we have decided to shut down the game servers temporarily, and therefore to suspend services of FINAL FANTASY XIV, FINAL FANTASY XI, and PlayOnline temporarily.

The services will be temporarily suspended for at least a week starting on Mar. 13, 2011 3:00 (PDT). We will provide an update regarding the reinstatement of the service as additional information becomes available. In connection with the temporary suspension of services, players will not be billed for any PlayOnline service throughout the April billing cycle. Additional information regarding this matter will also be posted as it becomes available.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your understanding of this unusual situations."


Statement from TEPCO:

"A big earthquake occurred in the northern part of Japan at 2:46PM of March 11th 2011. Because TEPCO's facilities have been seriously damaged, power shortage may occur.
TEPCO appreciates customers' cooperation in reducing electricity usage by avoiding using unnecessary lighting and electrical equipment.
We are taking all measures to restore power, however, we expect extremely challenging situation in power supply for a while. We kindly ask our customers to cooperate with us in reducing usage of power"

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Disaster Dates Fuel Conspiracy Theory

9/11 - obv
1/11 - haiti
3/11 - japan

All the eleventh, the first three signs. 3+11=14, the number of months since Haiti. And the two that started it all: 9+11 1+11 = 2012.


Also, 9 + 1 + 3 = 13, the supposed day in December that the world will end!


Evangelion 2.0 Now Playing in Minneapolis, MN

The Eva remake/reboot is now playing on the big screen at the St. Anthony Main theater in Minneapolis. Been looking forward to watching this and will probably buy the blu-ray anyways, but there is something special about seeing a movie in the theater. Eva will be in town for 1 week then move along on it's "tour" of the U.S.

St. Anthony Main
115 Main Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 612-331-4723
4:25 9:45pm


"In the earliest battles against the monstrous Angels, young Eva pilots Shinji and Rei were forced to carry humanity’s hopes on their shoulders. Now, with the deadly onslaught of the Angels escalating and the apocalyptic Third Impact looming, Shinji and Rei find their burden shared by two new Eva pilots, the fiery Asuka and the mysterious Mari. Maneuvering their enormous Eva machines into combat, the four young souls fight desperately to save mankind from the heavens — but will they be able to save themselves?"

Friday, March 11, 2011

SecuROM DRM Found in PC Version of Dragon Age 2

Dtoid, via Vivid Gamer, is reporting that EA has snuck it's dreaded DRM program into the PC version even though it has said previously that it would not. EA could also see itself in some legal trouble as a court order said that they would have to disclose ahead of time if they would be enclosing a DRM into their product.

The "gamer's rights consumer advocate group," Reclaim Your Game, is currently in the process of informing their subscribers of this action. It has also raised the following concerns;

* Inconsistent information about DRM
* No EULA for SecuROM
* SecuROM files hidden from user
* SecuROM files not removed after online activation
* DRM removal tool not included; SecuROM remains even after user uninstalls game

You can read the full document of complaints & concerns here (.pdf) or here (site).

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Mass Effect 2 DLC "Arrival" Advertised in PS3 Version of Dragon Age 2

Kudos to Attack of the Fanboy for reporting this. It appears the ME2 DLC "Arrival" is only being advertised in the PS3 version of Dragon Age 2. And honestly, searching around the web I've seen no mention of the DLC coming to XBox 360 or PC. Watch the DA2 un-boxing video below to see the promo.

Skip ahead to 1:38 if you don't want to see the DA2 fluff.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Mind Blown by Adam Garcia

"I drew you a mind-blowing optical illusion. I hope you enjoy the shit out of it."

Old classmate of mine, Adam Garcia, dropped this little gem last night on Twitter.

Dragon Age 2 & MLB `11 The Show to Require 3.56

So following the leak of Dragon Age 2, it has now been found that in order to play the game upon release, for PS3, you will need to have your PS3 updated to version 3.56. It also turns out that some stores broke the street date for MLB `11 The Show and subsequently it was discovered that that too requires the most current version.

Sources: PS3 News, PS3 Hax

Dragon Age 2 Hits the Web Early

EA is having some bad luck this winter. Today the XBox 360 & PS3 versions of Dragon Age 2 were leaked to the internet. This is the second major EA release to be leaked in under a month, the first being Crysis 2. The 2nd Quarter report for EA shareholders is going to look hellish.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Konami Trolls Suikoden Fans via Facebook

"Dear Suikoden Fans,

Thank you all for being such dedicated, wonderful fans. Your collective passion for Suikoden is amazing, and is deeply appreciated. And we certainly understand your desire for new information regarding Suikoden.

The simple truth is we have no news of any further development of the series at this time. While we realize this might not be the answer you’re looking for, we wanted to directly acknowledge your dedication."


Oh, thanks Konami. So you've now officially killed off one of the best RPG lores to exist in video game history. Thanks a ton!