More Mega Man Mashups

Many Many Mega Men by DeviantArtist captainslam

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It’s no secret that I can’t get enough Mega Man in my life.  So anytime someone like captainslam here is going to go to the effort of putting together a buttload of fan art, AAAAND throw a bunch of my favorite games of all-time into the mix, I’m going to take notice.  Well played, sir.

Gears of War 3 Delayed until Fall 2011

Originally slated for an April release, Microsoft announced last Friday that it planned to push Gears of War 3 to Fall of 2011.  Well, that just sucks.  Although I’m not trying to wait 10 years for a game like this, one does have to keep in mind that the “It’ll be ready when it’s ready” philosophy of say, Blizzard, certainly results in quality products.  Lead Gears Designer Cliffy B reminded us all via Twitter what happens if you take the bun out of the oven before it’s fully cooked.

That’s good advice, and Peter Moore of EA Sports definitely smells what you’re cooking.  Hopefully they just need 5 extra months to figure out an absurdly elaborate death for Clayton Carmine.

Except Microsoft basically said the delay has nothing to do with the game’s development, and everything to do with their sales strategy.

“Gears of War 3 promises to be the biggest entertainment launch of 2011,” the Microsoft statement reads. “The teams at Microsoft Game Studios and Epic Games have done great work thus far readying the title for release in the Spring of 2011. However, we’ve elected to move the launch of Gears of War 3 until Fall 2011 to make it the marquee title for the holiday season.”

If it is indeed purely about marketing, there are a couple of things that could be at play here. Epic’s other big game, Bulletstorm, is set to knock us off our feet on Feb. 22, 2011. Maybe they wanted to give that a bit more breathing room.

Kotaku

Definitely possible, especially when you consider what was in the next tweet after Cliff broke the news and promised a “silver lining”: Bulletstorm’s box art.

Follow Cliff Bleszinski, Design Director at Epic Games, on Twitter @therealcliffyb.

Park Spark Project: More Designs for the Brown Revolution

So after you’ve tooted your way around town for a while in your VW Dung-Beetle, how to kick back and relax? With a day at the park of course, where you can continue your new brown-energy lifestyle, and even get your best friend in on the action.  The Park Spark Project is a system that digests your little buddy’s little buddies and uses the methane to power gas a lamppost or other applications.

Anaerobic digestion (without oxygen) is a series of processes in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen.

Step 1 – Throw dog waste and biodegradable bag in Digester

Step 2 – Stir mixture to help Methane rise to the top

Step 3 – Burn Methane

Basically, any organic material (in this case dog waste) put in an “air-tight” container will start to produce methane. A methane digester is any system that is filled with biodegradable material and closed off from an oxygen supply. To make it a usable system, you must have some sort of control value (hose or pipe with cut-off value) to let out the methane produced to burn.

Park Spark Project

Well played, sir.  Dogshit is probably the last thing on the planet that we haven’t come up with some kind of use for, outside of pranking your neighbors.  This kind of thing is also nice because it gives people a minor incentive to actually bend down and pick up after their goddamn dogs.  No surprise that the project’s pilot light will not be burning in New York City – everyone here seems much more content to let me step in their dogs’ shit on the sidewalk.  I guess they get more utility from the lulz than from being a responsible human.  Anyway, seems like a solid idea – I mean we ought to use this shit for something, and electrical power for those streetlamps obviously costs tax dollars.  And I definitely like savings de money. Anytime you want to let me pay you for your services in dogshit, you let me know.

Also, holler at me when they come out with the home version and I can power my Xbox with farts; I’m pledging right now to be first in line.

Park Spark Project via obviouswinner

Mega Kombat

Not much needs to be said here, it’s another Mega-Mashup and it’s lookin pretty, pretty, pretty good.  These pixelated pugilists were assembled in bead form by Flickr user ShampooTeacher, and are the 10 karakters from the original Mortal Kombat with their updated looks from MK2.  Although if you’re wondering why Shang didn’t get the updated treatment, you must be minutiae-obsessed and/or me.  Keen eye, sir; but I presume it’s because his reverse-aging from the first game to the second was actually part of the story while the other guys just got more details as a result of a bigger budget.

Anyway, aside from Sonya lookin’ a little buff for my taste, these are really well done.

MK fans can follow Ed Boon on Twitter @noobde.  As far as I know, Dr. Light’s not on it.

ShampooTeacher via Kotaku

Delicious and Educational: Beer Poster

Someone whose sober enough to know a lot more about beer than I do went ahead and put together this handy-dandy infographic to make it clear for the rest of us.  If only he could get rid of the doubled blurriness…

What’s your favorite?

Check out the FULL SIZE at popchartlab.com, where you can order the poster if you have a dorm room to hang it in.

via obviouswinner

Ridiculous Stop Motion is Ridiculous

How the hell do people have time to do this shit?  I’m an unemployed blogger and I can’t even fathom committing the kind of time it takes to put together a 6 minute stop motion video made entirely out of LEGOs.

Ninja Moped via Kotaku

Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Laces: Nike Patents BttF II Kicks

You’re officially living in the future, folks.  Apparently, we’ve been one step closer to hoverboards since 2009.  Sometime last year, Nike filed for a patent application for shoes (with lights!) that automatically lace themselves up, like the ones Marty Mc-Super-Fly introduced to the world way back in 2015 1989.   Pic below [Engadget] links to another with more detail.

Not to put a damper on the good news, but in this crazy-mixed-up world of cross promotions, I have to wonder if this design isn’t a signal that a new movie might be looming over us (you know kind of how the Transformers movie is a $300 million commercial for action figures?).  Sadly, if it were, it would be yet another horseshit remake of a classic that really doesn’t need to be redone.  In fact it NEEDS to NOT be redone.  BttF gets a free pass on cheesiness at this point because “Ayyyy, it’s the freakin’ 80s”.  If you try and redo it, you’re just bringing that cheese to a party where everyone is lactose intolerant, and it’ll fit in about as well as Martin Lawrence does in King Arthur’s Court.  And the result is sure to be only slightly better than that catastrophe.

Look out for a barrage of concept car designs attempting to revive gullwing doors and we’ll raise the alert level to yellow, but for now I’m onboard (motherfuckin’ hoverboard!).

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