Thursday, October 30, 2008

Another promise of broadband

In this Blog
|Broadband| - Another hope to ditch dialup

|Halloween| - Thoughts, movies etc
|Gamez| - What I'm playing, Thoughts

| Broadband |

Ahh, ha! It seems like some company likes to dangle a string above my head with the promise of a broadband connection being made available in my immediate area... oh at least a few times a year and so far it's been one disappointment after another. This time I have my finger's crossed! :D Our government (for the province I live in) has said that "broadband will be available to EVERYONE by 2009. Now, some time has gone by and I began to wonder if the statement made meant by the begining of 2009 or the end of said year... but with recent news - it may be sooner than later. A wireless broadband company who's working with the government to provide the service to rural areas has erected a tower a few miles from my place of residence and have even replied to an email sent to them in question of when the service will be available. If all things go right, 2-3 months at the latest is the word. So, here I am again - pondering, waiting, anticipating for when I'll be able to ditch this disease known as "Dialup". Who knows, by christmas, I may be blogging with speed yo :P (again fingers crossed eh?).

Ha, with that out of the way, how ya doin? It's been a while since my last blog, heck it's been a while (it seems) since I've been very active on the net at all.

|Halloween|
Ahh, one of my fav times of the year, for differing reasons as I get older. The alure of free candy by the bag load for just dressing up in some whacked out costume is what did it for me while I was younger, but as I get older I find it's the movies that get me excited for this time of year. Got to see Psycho (the '98 remake) a number of Halloween titles, some Friday the 13th here and there and other random oddities - which tottally rock. Why can't TV show stuff like this all year round? Work tomorow night and have to "dress up" but still havn't got a clue what I'm going to muster up... I mean.. I've got some wacky wigs in the closet... those might work? lol. Mmm, now I'm thinking about candy corn :P Haha.
Happy Halloween all!

|Gamez|
One of the reason I've been absent from the ol internetage... is cuz there's so many awesome games coming out and I've been playing a lot. Rockband2 hit the PS3 last week (or something like that) so I got that. It's pretty good, the improvements glare to me, it's a much smoother experience IMO... still having problems getting my guitar syncing to the point that it's pin point on... which is disapointing... but I can handle it for now. This tuesday was a doozy as MotorStorm: Pacifc Rift, Fallout 3 and Little Big Planet all came out... and of course I need em right? :P LBP is sic, so unique - I smile when I play it. Pacific Rift is interesting, think I did the original more... but will spend more time with it before I say that for sure. Fallout3 (for some reason) surprised me with how awesome it is. I played it for 8hrs straight the day I got it, I can tell it's going to suck me in just as bad as Oblivion did, sigh.

Lastly, I'm looking for a name for my blog. It started off with a simple "Stand Alone Project" in a ode to Ghost in the Shell and then I named it "Black Rabbit" (tho, it was in german) which pointed to an old "logo" I use to use with the ol hush404 name... but now I'm looking for something a bit more different. Something simple, yet catchy. Any thoughts? THanks :P

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Behold: Master Carpentry!

I have been searching for a good solution to my space problem for quite a while now. I always seem to have dvds, games, cds kicking around and never enough space in any shelving unit I buy or container I happen to have. After looking at encasement and professional shelving cases I've finially decided on a much cheaper alternative. Building my own wall shelf!

With professional cases (that hold the number of dvds -and dvd like- cases I'm looking for) going anywhere from $300-$1500 I was shocked that I was able to build a spacious shelf for about $40. Yeah.... $40... that's less than a new video game costs these days!

7 lengths of 10' - 6"x1" spruce boards, 6 right angles and a bag of various screws make up it's entire parts. A couple hours spent between my bro, mom and I with a table saw, power drill/screwdriver - some grunting, "WTFs" and some elbow grease and; VOLA!



We have a shelf that should last me quite a while! Doesn't look to shabby either :D Managed to fit all of my dvd movies, anime and games and still have room left over for other crap I put on.

(In pics -1- finished shelf, bare -2- mom in front of shelf -3- shelf filled up)

I'm so please with it :D

Sadly it will be coming down within a few months cuz we're tearing out/replacing the ceiling and walls - but it's going straight back up once that stuff is finished.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Spotlight: Canadian Game Developers

While watching a fairly recent episode of Electric Playground, I got the news tidbit that Canada is a very fast growing area for video game development and this spring will get it's very first BIG game-centric convention in the form of "GDC Canada". Building off of the success of the Vancouver International Game Summit - it will be held in Vancouver in May 2009. Various other smaller conventions including games (but usually not focused on) take place all around the country, but this is the first big - games only - show that I know of. So it got me thinking. How many big Canadian developers are out there? I did a similar, but much smaller scale list on gamespot forums in the past and have decided it's about time I revamp the idea. So, without further pausing, here's are a good number of the larger developers I could dig up and games they have developed. Enjoy.

Notes:
*If any of my info is incorrect, Please let me know and I will look into it further.
* Note the system each game is for, some games by some devs are separate versions depending on consoles.
*Haha, I went half blind compiling this list for a good 5-6 hours straight! lol.
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Company: Ubisoft Canada
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Games:

* Tonic Trouble (1999) (PC/N64)
* Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (2002) (XB/PC)
* Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 (2003) (XB)
* Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield (2003) (PC)
* Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu (2003) (GC/PS2/XB)
* Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2003) (GC/PC/PS2/XB)
* Myst IV: Revelation (2004) (PC/XB)
* Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (2004) (GC/PC/PS2/XB)
* Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow (2004) (XB)
* Far Cry: Instincts (2005) (XB)
* Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones (2005) (GC/PC/PS2/XB)
* Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (2005) (GC/PC/PS2/XB)
* Far Cry: Instincts - Evolution (2006) (360)
* Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent (2006) (GC/PS2/XB/Wii)
* Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas (2006) (PC/PS3/360/PSP)
* Assassin's Creed (2007) (PC/PS3/360)
* Naruto: Rise Of A Ninja (2007) (360)
* Lost: Via Domus (2008) (PC/PS3/360)
* Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 (2008) (PC/PS3/360)
* Far Cry 2 (2008) (PC/PS3/360)
* Shaun White Snowboarding (2008) (PC/PS3/PSP/360)
* Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction (2008) (PC/360)
* Harvest Moon Online (2008) (PC/PS3/360)
* Prince of Persia (2008) (PC/PS3/360)
* Naruto: The Broken Bond (2008) (360)


Company: Bioware
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Games:

* Shattered Steel (1996) (PC)
* Baldur's Gate (1998) (PC)
- Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast (1999)
* MDK2 (2000) (PC)
* Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn (2000) (PC)
- Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal (2001)
* Neverwinter Nights (2002) (PC)
- Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide (2003)
- Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark (2003)
- Neverwinter Nights: Kingmaker (2005)
* Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic ("KotOR") (2003) (XB/PC)
* Jade Empire (2005) (XB/PC)
* Mass Effect (2007) (XB360/PC)
* Mass Effect 2 (in-development) (TBA)
* Mass Effect 3 (pre-development) (TBA)
* Dragon Age: Origins (2009) (PC)
* Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (2008) (TBA)


Company: Slant Six Games
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Games:

* SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Tactical Strike (2007) (PSP)
* SOCOM: Confrontation (2008) (PS3)
* Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror (2006) (PSP)


Company: Next Level Games
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Games:

* Ticket to Ride - (XBLA) (360)
* Spider-Man: Friend or Foe - (Wii/360/PS2)
* Mario Strikers Charged - (Wii)
* Super Mario Strikers - (GC)
* NHL Hitz Pro - (GC/XB/PS2)


Company: Radical Entertainment
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Games:

* Crash of the Titans (2007) (PS2/PSP/Wii/DS/GBA/XB360)
* Scarface: The World is Yours (2006) (Wii/PC/PS2/XB)
* The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (2005) (PS2/XB/GC)
* Crash Tag Team Racing (2005) (PS2/CG/XB/PSP)
* The Simpsons Hit & Run (2003) (PS2/GC/XB/PC)
* Hulk (2003) (GC/PS2/XB/PC)
* James Cameron's Dark Angel (2002) (PS2/XB)
* The Simpsons Road Rage (2001) (PS2/XB/GC/GBA)
* Tetris Worlds (2001/2002/2003)
* Dark Summit (2001) (XB PS2/GC)
* Jackie Chan Stuntmaster (2000) (PS1)
* NHL Championship 2000 (1999) (PS1)
* ESPN X Games Pro Boarder (1998) (PS1)
* - loads of other pre-PS1 games here.


Company: Silicon Knights
Location: St.Catherines, Ontario
Games:

* Cyber Empires (1992) (PC/Atari)
* Fantasy Empires (1993) (PC)
* Dark Legions (1994) (PC)
* Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (1996) (PS1/PC)
* Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (2002) (GC)
* Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (2004) (GC)
* Too Human (2008) (360)
* Untitled Game /w SEGA (TBA) (360/PS3)
* Too Human Sequel (360)
* Too Human Threequel (360)


Company: Digital Extremes
Location: London & Toronto/Ontario
Games: **Note, some of these games are co-developed with other studios.

* Epic Pinball - (1993) (PC)
* Silverball - (1993) (PC)
* Extreme Pinball - (1995) (PC)
* Unreal - (1998) (PC)
* Unreal Tournament - (1999) (PC/PS2/DC)
* Adventure Pinball: Forgotten Island - (2001) (PC)
* Unreal Tournament 2003 - (2002) (PC)
* Unreal Tournament 2004 - (2004) (PC)
* Pariah - (2005) (PC/XB)
* Warpath - (2006) (PC/XB)
* Unreal Championship - (2002) XB
* Dark Sector - (2008) 360/PS3


Company: EA Canada /EA BlackBox
Location: Vancouver & Burnaby, British Columbia
Games: **Note, they released games under the titles "EA Games"/"EA Sports" and "EA Sports Big". Also, some sports games dates and systems not given for list.

* EA Replay (2006) (PSP)
* EA Playground (2007) (DS/Wii)
* Def Jam: Fight for NY (2004) (PS2/GC/XBox)
* James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2004) (PS2/XBox/GC/GBA)
* Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects (2005) (GC/PS2/PSP/XBox/DS)
* Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 (2007) (Wii)
* Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (2002) (PS2)
* Need for Speed: Underground (2003) (Arc/PC/PS2/XBox/GC/GBA)
* Need for Speed: Underground 2 (2004) (PC/PS2/XBox/GC/GBA/DS)
* Need for Speed: Underground: Rivals (2005) (PSP)
* Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005)(PC/XBox360/Mac/PS2/XBox/GC/PSP/GBA/DS)
* Need for Speed: Most Wanted: 5-1-0 (PSP)
* Need for Speed: Carbon (2006) (PC/Mac/PS3/360/Wii/PS2/XBox/GC)
* Need for Speed: Carbon: Own the City (2005) (PSP)
* Need for Speed: ProStreet (2007) (PS2/PS3/PSP/Wii/DS/360/PC)
* Need for Speed: Undercover (2008) (PC/PS2/PS3/PSP/DS/360/PC)
* Skate (2007) (PS3/360)
* Skate 2 (2009) (PS3/360)
* Def Jam Vendetta (2003) (PS2/GC/XB)
* FIFA Street (2005) (GC/PS2/XB)
* FIFA Street 2 (2006) (GC/PS2/XB/DS/PSP)
* FIFA Street 3 (2008) (PS3/360/DS)
* NBA Street (2001) (PS2/GC)
* NBA Street Vol. 2 (2003) (PS2/GC/XB)
* NBA Street V3 (2005) (PS2/GC/XB)
* NBA Street Showdown (2005) (PSP)
* NBA Street Homecourt (2007) (PS3/360)
* NFL Street (2004) (GC/PS2/XB)
* NFL Street 2 (2004) (GC/PS2/XB)
* NFL Street 3 (2006) (PS2/PSP)
* NFL Tour (2008) (PS3/360)
* SSX (2000) (PS2)
* SSX Tricky (2001) (PS2/GC/XB/GBA)
* SSX 3 (2003) (PS2/GC/XB/GBA/Giz)
* SSX On Tour (2005) (PS2/XB/GC)
* 2006 FIFA World Cup (2006) (GBA/GC/DS/PC/PS2/PSP/XB/360)
* FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup (2006)
* FIFA Manager 06
* FIFA 07
* FIFA 08
* FIFA 09
* Facebreaker
* Celebrity Sports Showdown
* Cricket 07
* Knockout Kings
* Madden NFL 2007 (Wii)
* MVP 06 NCAA Baseball
* NBA Live 2003
* NBA Live 2004
* NBA Live 2005
* NBA Live 06
* NBA Live 07
* NBA Live 08
* NCAA March Madness
* NHL 06
* NHL 07
* NHL 08
* Rugby 06
* Rugby 08
* Total Club Manager 2005
* UEFA Euro 2004
* UEFA Euro 2008
* EA Sports Tennis 2010


Company: EA Montreal
Location: Montreal/Quebec
Games:

* SSX On Tour (2005) (PSP)
* NHL 07 (2006) (PS2/XB/PC/PSP)
* NHL 09 (2008) (PS2)
* SSX Blur (2007) (Wii)
* Boogie (2007) (Wii/DS)
* Army of Two (2008) (PS3/360)
* Skate It (2008) (Wii)
* Boogie Superstar (2008)


Company: Relic Entertainment
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Games:

* Homeworld (1999) (PC/Mac/Linux)
* Impossible Creatures (2002) (PC)
* Homeworld 2 (2003) (PC/Mac)
* Warhammer 40/000: Dawn of War (2004) (PC)
- Warhammer 40/000: Dawn of War: Winter Assault (2005) (PC)
- Warhammer 40/000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade (2006) (PC)
* The Outfit (2006) (360)
* Company of Heroes (2006) (PC)
- Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts (2007) (PC)
* Company of Heroes Online (2008-unreleased) (PC)
* Warhammer 40/000: Dawn of War 2 (2009) (PC)


Company: Rockstar Toronto
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Games:

* Bully: Scholarship Edition (2008) (Wii)
* Manhunt 2 (2007) (Wii)
* The Warriors — (2005) (PS2/PSP)
* Max Payne (2001) (PS2)
* Oni (2001) (PS2)
* Grand Theft Auto: London/1969 (1999) (PC)
* Max Payne 3 (TBA) (**Rumored**)


Company: Rockstar Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Games: **Note, formally Barking Dog Studios.

* Homeworld: Cataclysm (2000) (PC) *As BDS
* Bully (PS2) (2006)


Company: Pseudo Interactive
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Games:

* Cel Damage (2001) (GC/PS2/XB)
* Full Auto (2006) (360)
* Full Auto 2: Battlelines (2006) (PS3/PSP)


Company: Propaganda Games
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Games:

*Turok (2008) (PS3/360)


Company: Blue Castle Games
Location: Burnaby, British Columbia
Games:

* The Bigs (2008) (PS3/360/Wii/PS2/PSP)


Company: Silver Birch Studios
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Games: Notes, did unique versions of "N+" (XBLA). Rest of work mostly cell phone games.

* N+ (2008) (PSP/DS)
* Various Cell Phone games/more here.


Company: HB Studios
Location: Luneburg & Halifax, Nova Scotia
Games: **Note - Seems the studio does PS2/PC/Wii and DS versions of some of EA's sports titles.

* EA Sports Cricket 2002 - (PS2/PC)
* EA Sports Cricket 2004 - (PS2/PC)
* EA Sports Rugby 2004 - (PS2/PC)
* EA Sports Cricket 2005 - (XBOX/PS2/PC)
* EA Sports Rugby 2005 - (XBOX/PS2/PC)
* FIFA Street2 - (PSP)
* EA Sports Rugby 06 - (XBOX/PS2/PC)
* EA Sports Cricket 07 - (PS2/PC)
* EA Sports Madden 07 - (Wii co-developed with EA Canada)
* UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 - (PS2/PSP/PC)
* EA Sports Rugby 08 - (PS2/PC)
* EA Sports NBA Live 08 - (PS2/PC)
* EA Sports NHL 08 - (PS2/PC)
* UEFA Euro 2008 - (PS2/PSP/PC)
* Big Beach Sports - (Wii)
* Rock Revolution - (Wii/DS)
* EA Sports NBA Live 09 - (Wii/PS2/PSP)
* EA Sports NHL 09 - (PS2/PC)


Company: Eidos Momtreal
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Games: **Note - Brand new studio

* Deus Ex 3 (TBA)


Company: Koei Canada
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Games: **Notes/newly formed studio

* Fatal Inertia (2007) (360)
* Fatal Inertia (2008) (PS3)
* Un-named portable game (TBA)


Company: IronClad Games
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Games:

* Sins of a Solar Empire (2008) (PC)


Company: Piranha Games
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Games:

* Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza (2002) (PC)


Company: A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. Games
Location: Burnaby, British Columbia
Games: **Notes, Brand new company.

* Rocketmen Axis of Evil (2008) (PSN/XBLA)


Company: BattleGoat Studios
Location: Ancaster, Ontario
Games:

* Supreme Ruler 2010 (2005) (PC)
* Supreme Ruler 2020 (2008) (PC)


Company: A2M (Artificial Mind & Movement)
Location: Quebec City, Quebec
Games:

* Transformers: Animated - (2008) (DS)
* Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings - (PSP/DS/Wii/PS2)
* High School Musical: Makin' the Cut! (2007) (DS)
* Jersey Devil (1998) (PC/PS1)
* Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time (1999) (PC/PS1)
* Scooby-Doo! Mystery Mayhem (2003) (GBA/PS2/GC/XB)
* Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums (2004) (PS2/XB/GC)
* Scaler (2004) (XB/GC/PS2)
* Scooby-Doo! Unmasked (2005) (PS2/DS/GBA/XB/GC)
* Ed, Edd and Eddy: The Mis'Edventures (2005) (GBA/PC/XB/GC/PS2)
* Happy Feet (2006) (Wii/DS/GBA/GC/PC/PS2)
* The Ant Bully (2006) (GC/PC/PS2/Wii/GBA)
* Kim Possible: Global Gemini (2006) (DS)
* Kim Possible: What's the Switch? (2006) (PS2)
* Kim Possible: Team Possible (2005) (GBA)
* That's so Raven 2: Supernatural Style (2005) (GBA)
* Teen Titans (2005) (XB/GC/PS2/GBA)
* Monster House (2006) (PS2/CG/GBA/DS)
* Kim Possible: Kimmunicator (2005) (DS)
* Spider-Man: Friend or Foe (PSP/DS)
* WET (TBA) (PS3/360)
* Power Rangers: Super Legends (PS2/PC/DS)
* Flow: Urban Dance Uprising (2005) (PS2)
* Chicken Little (2005) (GBA)
* Lizzie McGuire 2 (2004) (GBA)
* Get On Da Mic (2004) (PS2)
* Ever Girl (2005) (GBA)
* Kim Possible 2: Drakken's Demise (2004) (GBA)
* Home on the Range (2004) (GBA)
* Ice Age (2002) (GBA)
* Monsters Inc. (2001) (PS1/PC)
* Bugs & Taz: Time Busters! (2000) (PC/PS1)
* Smurf Racer (2000) (PS1/PC)
* The Grinch (2000) (DC/PS1/PC)


Company: Strategy First
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Games:

* Brigade E5: New Jagged Union (2006) (PC)
* Culpa Innata (2007) (PC)
* Dangerous Waters (2005) PC
* Disciples: Sacred Lands (1999) (PC)
* Disciples II: Dark Prophecy (2002) (PC)
* Europa Universalis (2000) (PC)
* Galactic Civilizations (2003) (PC)
* Hearts of Iron (2002) (PC/Mac)
* O.R.B: Off-World Resource Base (2002) (PC)
* Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood (2002 - with spellbound studios) (PC)


Company: Beenox (owned by Activision)
Location: Quebec City, Quebec
Games: **Notes, 3 original games, most other work is ports.

* Bee Movie Game (360/PS2/PC)
* Coldstone game engine (Mac)
* Pillars of Garendall (PC/Mac)

Ports:

* Cars (PC/Mac)
* Evil Dead Regeneration (PC)
* Fantastic 4 (PC)
* GUN (PC)
* Homeworld 2 (Mac)
* Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer (PC/Mac)
* Kung Fu Panda (PC)
* Madagascar (PC)
* Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (PC)
* MTX: Mototrax (PC/Mac)
* MX vs. ATV Unleashed (PC)
* Myst V: End of Ages (Mac)
* Over the Hedge (PC)
* Pitfall: The Lost Expedition (PC)
* Railroad Tycoon 3 (Mac)
* Shrek 2: Team Action (PC)
* Spider-Man 3 (PC)
* Spider-Man: Friend or Foe (PC)
* Star Wars: Battlefront (Mac)
* The Incredibles (PC)
* The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer (PC/Mac)
* The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Mac)
* Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (Mac)
* Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (PC/Mac)
* Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 (PC/Mac)
* Tony Hawk's Underground 2 (PC)
* Ultimate Spider-Man (PC)
* Wakeboarding Unleashed featuring Shaun Murray (PC/Mac)
* X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (PC)
* X-Men: The Official Game (PC)