Dienstag, 19. Mai 2009
Donnerstag, 14. Mai 2009
So here we are for the next episode of All about the Brains. Todays Topic will be: What is a Zombie ?
To describe a zombie, or better, to define a zombie is quite a hard thing to do, because there are so many things that are defined as a zombie. Nearly every culture or zombie movie has one or invents a new zombie type. The zombie has it's roots deep in the history of mankind and goes back to the beginnings of mankind. The real reason for the zombie's origin was that the medicine of the early days, like that of the Egyptians, couldn't explain a seemingly death, so when they buried their family members and they came back to life, they thought they where posessed and wanted to harm the living. The most records of this happening are in Germany dating back to the Dark Ages. They called their zombies "Wiedergänger". Its German and means something like "those who come back/walk again". The actual word "zombie" has it's roots in central Africa, and stems from the word nzumbe, and the origin of their zombies is a totally different one than ours. Their zombies were made by Voodoo, then raised and controlled by a Voodoo priest. You can say that our image of the zombie is a little bit of the European Wiedergänger and the nzumbe. The nzumbe had a purpose, and that was to do very heavy work. Mostly it was a punishment for criminals. The new mindeset of the zombie during the 70s and 80s was a commercial one. The film makers described the zombie as the representative of the mainstream. Mindless people who will believe anything and ask no questions. In newer movies, the zombie usually isn't the enemy anymore, instead it is a condition and the other living people are the enemies. The origin of this fear is no goverment, no police, and no rules. The greatest fear is to be on your own, with no one to help you. These days, you see more and more cases of zombism via a virus, or because of biological weapons. This originates from todays fear of goverment, terroroist groups and medical corporations. For example, take the movie or the game Resident Evil, where the Umbrella Corporation is testing it's virus on a whole city. The interpretation of zombies depends on in which culture you live and which fears you have. You can get really deep about zombies. And thats the secret to the horror in zombie movies, to say, "Yes, this could happen", or ,"Look its just like that right now without zombies".
In movies, there are differences in how one becomes a zombie. We have the Virus Zombie, Bio Hazard Zombie, Atomic Zombie, Zombies that get raised by the Devil, a Wizard called the Magic Zombie or Vodoo Zombie, the fast rage Zombies from 28 Days Later and the good old shamblers that just shuffle around. Then there are also the ghouls, but a ghoul raises himself. He is like a Poltergeist. A lost soul that cannot rest until he has finished what he thinks he has to do. You see where im getting with this, I could go on and on with the zombie types.
A big point of discussion is also what makes a zombie, how they act and what their abilities are... I don't want to explain to you every zombie type because then this post would be 10 pages long, but in the end there are 3 main rules about what defines a zombie:
#1) It has to be a reanimated corpse. Therefore, the person has to have died and then turned into a zombie.
#2) It has to feed on flesh.
#3) Destroying the brain is the only way to kill it.
I will explain to you my version or my understanding of a zombie, because in my opinion, its the most logical and realistic one. I've always loved the Virus Zombie, because it is the most realistic one. Also, I like the idea that it's blood is contaminated with a virus and that you can get infected from it. It makes killing the zombie much more dangerous. Another thing is the speed: running, or shambling. At first, I really liked the Romero zombies. They are slow and its like death is slowly coming for you and you can't do shit about it, but I reconsidered this in 2004, when fast zombies were used in the remake of Dawn Of the Dead and 28 Days Later. That really portrayed a whole new version of the zombie. I wrapped my mind around that. I think the speed of a zombie should be relative to what injuries it has and how decomposed it is. If it has ripped out part of it's leg muscle, then it is logical that he can't move very fast, right? Also, what I liked about the Zombie Diaries was that they talked about the fact that zombies don't bleed like humans. They kinda like spray when you put a bullet into their head. I thought cool, but why?
And this is the idea that I've come up with: because of the virus, the blood gets thinner and because of the decomposition, the pressure gets higher in the body. Its like piercing a water balloon. Thats why I've added it to my zombie thoery; its very nice and logical. It makes the killing even more dangerous.
I hope you liked this excursion through the origins of the zombie, and I hope I've shown you a more in-depth view of the whole zombie genre, and shown you that its not just a stupid monster. It represents our fears. Maybe I made a zombie fan out of you, I hope so. If you want to add something please comment on it. And yes, I already knew everything I wrote and didn't have to look it up on Wikipedia. I'm a big zombie fan.
So next episode on All about the Brains will be a big review about 8 or 10 zombie movies. So stay tuned!
So here we are, the series All about the Brains is starting today. So first, I will post my Zombie apocalypse plan and how I would survive if it comes to that. If you have any ideas to add to the plan or you have your own plan, feel free to leave a comment. Okay my criteria on which my plan is based are the movies of George A. Romero and the book World War Z, because I think they are the most realistic ones.
Now to my masterplan: First of all, I live in a suburb outside a big city. That could be a bonus for me becauseas we all know cities are a big attraction for zombies which means that I would have some time before the shit hits me. I already have a bunch of canned food because I am lazy about cooking. So I would grab that and throw it into my car along with some filled water bottles and my girlfriend. During my job training I learned some useful skills, for example welding (and I do have a welder)So I would weld both passenger doors and the trunk shut, so that no zombie could accidentally open them. Then I would weld metal plates in front of the passenger door and both back passenger windows. I have quite a surplus of metal because I work with it. Oh damn, I nearly forgot the condoms! Huge amount of condoms. Because whats best against stress? Right, sex. And the last thing you want in a zombie apolcalypse is a pregnant girl at your side eating all the canned food.So where was I? Okay right protection.. I have a lot of stuff left over from Halloween, for example gas masks, ear protectors.. a bulletproof vest and a nice army outfit.I need the army outfit and gas mask for when I kill the zombies. I don't want any viruses or other shit getting on my face when I dismember them. The vest is for my girlfriend because women tend to freak out when they see a zombie and it just calms them down and makes them feel secure.The ear protection is also for her so she doesn't hear the moans.
So a calm girl, a car full of food and water, and protection.. lets see what else we need.Weapons!Okay I won't even think about guns because they run out of ammo, and since the lobo hasn't been invented yet *wink wink*, I'd take a metal plate, sharpen it and screw it to my ice hockey stick to make something like a sickle. Kitchen knives are also good for close hand to hand combat. Guns for show, knives for a pro, right? I don't know if you noticed, but my plan has one weakness, and that is the car. I'd need gas for it, which is rare in a zombie apocalypse (also the metal welded onto my car would make it use more gas becouse of the waight, but it doesnt use much in the first place, so I don't care). But moving on.My town is located in a pretty flat area (no hills or mountains), which enables me to have a good overview.I'd also have my bicycle with me to ride around and access the situation to avoid having to use my car. Also, we all know that zombies travel for prey, so after my town got pillaged and they'd moved on to the next one, I would wait fot that and come back and turn my house into a fortress.So that is my zombie apolcalypse plan.
Today i will post the next episode of All about the Brains is called What is a Zombie ? So stay tuned for that.
In the last two days i watched 2 new Zombie movies. Okey the are not new but i saw them the first time. Diary of The Dead by George A. Romero from 2009 and The Zombie Diaries from 2007. I think you think what i think wuhaaaa. YES you are right, i will give you a complete Zombie fan kit like: What is a Zombie? The Zombiemovies you must have! a review of 3 awsome books about Zombies and a review of The Zombiegames you must have! After that you will be a Zombie fan like me. So stay tuned. I WILL GIVE YOUUUU BRAIIIIIINNNNSSS!
Sonntag, 10. Mai 2009
Germany strikes again! Now to show all the other people how fucked up Germany is, read this article. It's ridiculus. Germany has got so paranoid that they want to ban Paintball. Its so fucking retarded, I don't get it anymore and I'm not going to talk about it anymore because I've given up on that topic. It is time for the generation thats got the power to die and pass the torch to the younger generation. I don't think they are able to make decisions anymore. First they started to pick on video games. Okey well thats fucked up but okay, fuck that, I get my games from Austria anyway. But now they are starting to censor the intertnet. WTF?! Are we in China or something like that? Yesterday on the website garrysmod.de, a big red Stopsign showed up that said: STOP! You are going to enter a website with illigal material. WTF. That sign is suppost to block child porn, but on the garrysmod site? With this goverment, Germany is really fucked. It would be so easy to just delete any childporn content on the internet, but that would just make too much fucking sense. And from what I understand, everyone that has that sign show up is going to be registerd by the police, that means name, address, provider... The mind fuck thats going on here is unbelievable. Now, to pick on Paintball as well is so idiotic. WHY THE FUCK WHY!? There is no reason for this. Again, I don't play paintball, but that grinds my gears to hear that painball makes you an mass-murderer. We've had Paintball here for 6 years, we have leagues, teams and everything. It's like saying, "Oh well we should ban football in the U.S. because it's making you aggressive". Thats the fucking reason why I wouldn't want to vote. Every single political party in Germany is like a bunch of clowns. But you know what, if anyone wants to start a political discusion with me about voting just forget it I DON'T GIVE A FUCK. If I were to go vote, I'd vote for the Beer Drinker Party.
Germany May Seek Ban on Paintball
In response to the Winnenden school shooting in March, the German government is moving ahead with a plan to ban paintball, which politicians describe as a game that glorifies murder and teaches people to kill.
According to reports in the Berliner Zeitung and Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspapers on Friday, games like paint ball and laser tag are to be banned in Germany in the future, and people who violate the law could be fined up to €5,000.
"These games simulate murder," Wolfgang Bosbach, who heads the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) in the German parliament, told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. He said a deal had also been reached with German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble.
The German Paintball League claims about 1,000 people in the country are active in the sport and there are more than 200 facilities where it is played. The organization has sought for years to portray the sport as a safe one. At tournaments, players even eschew red paint because of its optical similarities to blood and the guns used in the sport are referred to as "markers."
The head of the league said he was surprised by the plan to ban what he called a "tactical team sport." But "during an election campaign," he said, "politicians are always looking for a fall guy."
The government has been under pressure to act since the mass killings two months ago. A German Interior Ministry spokesman said Thursday that the government hoped to pass new weapons control legislation before the end of the current term. A political agreement is expected next week and legislation would have to be introduced by the end of May in order for it to be voted on in both of Germany's federal legislative chambers before the summer break in July.
"Teaching People to Kill"
The interior minister of the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt, Holger Hölvelmann, welcomed the government's plans. He argued that the game was tantamount to "teaching people to kill" or "playing war." "Our society," he said, "should outlaw such cynical games that glorify violence."
Meanwhile, Claudia Roth, the chairwoman of the Green Party, described the proposed tightening of weapons laws as a "courage-less concession to the gun lobby." Instead of banning large calibre guns in general, the coalition government has only managed to agree on a token ban on paintball." By doing so, she said, "the coalition is tightening weapons laws in areas that are the least painful to the gun lobby."
Her party's legal affairs expert, Jerzy Montag, said that while he is no fan of such games ("Do you really need to shoot paint at other people?"), he didn't see any advantage in banning them. "The real issue is the millions of guns kept in peoples homes and at sporting clubs," he told SPIEGEL ONLINE.
During the debate over Tim K., his passion for paintball was much-discussed. But it was soft-air guns that were found in his bedroom. They can also be used to shoot paint-filled pellets, but they are far more similar to actual weapons than paint guns.
The debate over paintball is not new. The German company "Mydays.de," markets paintball as the "ultimate nerve game and the latest sporting trend." But again and again, paintball makes the headlines because it is played at events in Europe held by right-wing extremists or military freaks. In 2007, photos circulated of the head of Austria's right-wing FPÖ party, Heinz-Christian Strache, playing paintball in uniform with a group of right-wing extremists. Press reports spoke of Wehrmacht-like exercises, a reference to Hitler's military, but Strache played the event down, saying he had just been playing paintball.
Here is the original News:
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I really had fun from the beginnig to the end. I loved each character; they were well written. To see all the characters fall into their roll on the Enterprise was very fun to watch. If you saw the trailer, there is a scene with the young Kirk in a Corvette being chased by the police. That whole scene was in the beginning of the movie and it felt totally out of place, because after that scene they jump 10 years forward. It totally didn't have any purpose at all. The plot involves Supernovas, red Matter, Black Holes and an old Spock traveling back in time. It is just as weird as any Star Trek and if you think too much about it, it gets really confusing. A good thing about it was that people who've never watched Star Trek can easily get into that universe and get to know the characters. I watched it with my girlfriend, and she doesn't like Sci-fi at all, but she liked this movie so I think that says a lot. As i said, the movie has the purpose to get new people to watch Star Trek. I can understand if some hardcore Trekkies didn't like it but for the rest, it was totally worth watching it.
Freitag, 8. Mai 2009
I made a little video about it so enjoy, its stupid and bad made not my usual quality but well its funny.
Donnerstag, 7. Mai 2009
So there we are my first Game Collection Review. For this I chose my first PC game that i bought with my own money.
Aaaand it iiisssss TATATATAAAAAA Top Gun Fire At Will.
Come with me on a journey back in time. We are in the year 1996, Fools Garden with Lemon Tree is playing in the radio. In Germany, the girl rap group Tic Tac Toe was at the top of the charts with Verpiss eich. Bill Clinton was elected president in the U.S.A. Germany won the European Championsship against the Czech Republic with 2:1. and little Stefan spend the whole year in his room with just one game. Top Gun Fire At Will.
Top Gun was a flight simulator programmed by Spectrum Holobyte and produced by Microprose. It was loosly based on the movie and had some nice cutscenes that were filmed with some of the original actors. It was run on DOS and had realy good 3D graphics for the time. You played Maverick, who runs through the Top Gun shool and had to complete missions like escorting, dogfights, destroying ships and air bases. The conroles where nice too. You played with a joystick and all the other stuff like selecting missiles conroling the engine... were controled by the keybord. I played it a lot with a friend together. I flew most of the time and he was like my co-pilot who selected the missiles, selected targets and helped me with the landing. That game was alot of fun. It got a sequel in 1999 called Top Gun: Hornet's Nest. It was a really bad game and not worth talking about.
I can't really tell you much more about that game. The game didn't have a lot of content but it was good for the time. Unfortunately, it doesn't run on my PC anymore and i didn't find a emulator. I also didn't find much about that game on the internet, just a few videos and some screenshots, im so sorry about that. My next Game Collection Review will be a newer game with more content, this review is just to warm up so stay tuned. The next one will be better.
Some ingame shots
OMG A NAZI UFO !
Here is Lars playing with a head.
Lars did a little scene with the Day of Defeat models.
Im honest we didn't do anything great we just played around but we will ! Our first big project will be a rocket so stay tuned !
Mittwoch, 6. Mai 2009
Screw Attack Video Game Vault - Kirby 65
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The Young Turks - Guess The Camel Toe ?
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The Onion - Liechtenstein Successfully Tests Teeny Tiny Nuclear Bomb
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Xbox Customer Support Service Request ID#: 1100------
Ihre Xbox ist in unserem Service-enter angekommen.
Wir setzen alles daran, sie Ihnen so schnell wie möglich zurückzuschicken.
Sobald die Reparatur abgeschlossen ist, benachrichtigen wir Sie so können Sie sich schon auf neue Gaming-benteuer einstellen!
So for all english readers it says that my xbox has arrived and they working on it. OH my beauty i hope they are good to you. Microsoft you better give me the new Motherboard with the HDMI ! But WTF is Gaming-benteuer i think they ment something like Gaming Abenteuer what means gaming adventures and they wrote gaming-dventures, where is the A ? What ever, a tipo in a Customer Service email ? Well they better train the monkeys some spelling.
So a while back I heard one of my favorite Podcasts its called The Audiorant. Its made by a Colombian Comic artist. So his topic of one of his Shows was its all Yoda's fault. I'm going to explain that to you because i think when you step back and overview all movies of the Star Wars saga he is totally right.
So first of all who is Yoda ? Yoda is an Jedi master who trained Jedi's over 800 years. He trained Luke Skywalker, Count Dooku.... He is one of the leaders of the Jedi Council. He is an Master of the Force and Lightsabers.
So what are the Star Wars movies about ? They are about Yoda screwing up all the time ! When you think about it you will see its totally correct. Everything that you get from Yoda all the time is that the dark side doesn't let him see stuff. "Clouded by the dark side everything is". That's stretches through all movies. He cant do that or this because of the dark side. The dark side doesnt let him see things. So isn't he supposed to fight the dark side ? Isn't that the purpose of a Jedi ?
In the podcast he compares Yoda with Captain Planet. He is supposed to fight pollution but his weakness is pollution. WTF yea that's what Yoda is ! I mean Anakin, Obiwan and Qui Gon spend 3 whole movies trying to convince Yoda and Mace Windu that the Sith have returned, and both of them spend 3 whole movies not believe them ! Until the Sith return and mess everything up. Why does no one in the whole movies turn around and blame Yoda for that ? He knew about it 20 years before that ! AND HE DOES NOTHING ! Until everything is too late. Don't you think you would start to wonder where all this cloudy dark side shit is coming from ? He spends 3 movies denying that the dark side is back but he doesn't see shit because of the dark side, so what the hell Yoda you are 900 years old is he suffering from dementia ore something like that ? All That he does after finally discovering that the Sith are back is get his ass kicked, flee to a remote planet and go crazy. So Yoda i love you but you are totally worthless. Believe me rewatch the star wars movies and you will see. I did it and it opened my eyes. The Dark side deserves to conquer the whole universe because of the stupidity within the Jedi Council.
But the Jedi Council reminds me of banks. You got the manager that says all the time "everything is alright" but it isn't. The whole economy is falling apart BUT ! Everything is alright. Yea so Yoda YOU ARE FIRED !
Dienstag, 5. Mai 2009
Come with me on a journey through my gaming wonderland. We will travel through the time, bits, pixel debris and polygons. Im going to start a series of game reviews about my game collection. It will stretch from my first consol the NES to my PC and all the way up to the PS3. I will review everything with packshots, screenshots and maybe sometimes a little movie. So stay tuned !
Imaging this: You are sitting with a friend on your sofa a nice German beer in your hand. You decided to fire up the Xbox 360 to play some games, AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THE FUCKER REDRINGS ON YOU ! What are the first word that come out of your mouth ? Oh maybe its not correctly plugged in ! Yea right as if you don't know how to plug something in, you know your Xbox is dead. You just feel it. So you start the whole process over and over again. Plug it in pull it out plug it in pull it out. Nothing, i never thought that this will happen to me. It was shocking, it was like my child died ore something like that. I have had this Xbox 360 since release so it is 4 years old maybe a bit older. After the 3rd year i though i was save because all the other Xbox 360s that broke before that. So yea cut the crap.
So first of all i got on the website xbox.com. Found the repair side entered all my stuff, serial number, name, bla bla all that stuff. I clicked next and than BOOOM Credit card entry. WTF Credit card ? I have the red ring isn't that getting repaired for free ? So i called the service line and i asked: i have the red ring but the side says i have to pay for that there is something wrong. No there is nothing wrong sir Microsoft just extended the warranty for 1 year because of that problem. DAMN YOUUU MICROSOFT ! But just wait a second i check your warranty. Guess what comes next. Sorry sir your warranty ended last week. DAMN YOUUU MICROSOFT ! And the repair costs 87€. DAMN YOUUUU MICROSOFT ! Okay but i have another problem i don't own a Credit card so how can i pay the money ? Sorry you need to have a Credit card to repair it otherwise we cant do anything for you. DAMNN YOUU.. OK yea you got my point.
Okay i need a Credit card so i live in Germany it is not usual to have a Credit card. So i got to my bank ordered the Credit card and guess what 1 week till i got it. DAAAMN YOUUU DEUTSCHEVOLKSBANK E.G. RÜSSELSHEIM ! What is going wrong in the world that you need no not just you need YOU NEEEEED a Credit card to repair something. What the heck, in Germany we don't need Credit cards we have bank accounts with EC cards uuuhhh yea high tech, and the EC card works just like a credit card. ITS THE SAME ! so whats the point ? Yea that's some really fucked up bullshit over there. So i packed my Xbox in her coffin. Then i wrote down the address on the package and guess what the freaking repair service is 20 minutes away from me. DAMMNN YOU whatever.... So i gave it the UPS Guy and now I'm waiting, no news from my little beauty. I hope she is fine. So yea i will keep you informed what the status of my Xbox is. I'm very sad its so cold without her. I miss her loud noise, her scorching heat, her broken led. She never will be the same after that.
Montag, 4. Mai 2009
After a whole year of thinking about it yesterday i did it ! I bought Garry's Mod over Steam ! All because of a youtube link that a friend gave me. It is a really great sandboxeditor i totally recommend it. It cost 10 bucks and you get alot for that.