Archive for September, 2013

GTA V: 6 Things We Learned From The ESRB Rating Breakdown

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It’s come as a surprise to literally no one on the planet that Grand Theft Auto V was handed an ESRB rating of Mature (the equivalent to an R rated film) but more tantalising are the details behind these vague words; intense violence, blood and gore, strong language, mature humor, strong sexual content, nudity, and use of drugs and alcohol.

Recently the ESRB also published a breakdown (free of spoilers) salivating us with a taste of what we can expect. In addition to that, some of the news is unexpected and shocking showcasing that Rockstar still lovers pushing the content boundaries of gaming forward. You just know multiple news outlets will have a field day with some of the circumstances mentioned below but for us gamers, well we just can’t wait.

So let’s begin the countdown, complete with quoted passages from the ESRB themselves regarding each intriguing bullet point…

6. There Are Boobies

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“The game includes depictions of sexual material/activity: implied fellatio and masturbation; various sex acts that the player’s character procures from a prostitute-while no nudity is depicted in these sequences, various sexual moaning sounds can be heard. Nudity is present, however, primarily in two settings: a topless lap dance in a strip club.”

Okay, so this one really isn’t too surprising considering L.A Noire, Red Dead Redemption, and Max Payne 3 all had a few instances of brief nudity too, as well as other games not even developed by Rockstar. I think the industry has reached a point where this is simply acceptable now when you factor in the narrative advances gaming has trail-blazed lately.

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Arsenal Transfer News: Karim Benzema Won’t Leave Real Madrid For Gunners

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Karim Benzema’s agent has moved to quell rumours of an impending move to Arsenal in a major French Sunday newspaper, reports the Guardian.

Le Journal du Dimanche featured an interview with the player’s agent Karim Djaziri, who was adamant the player will be staying put at the Bernabau.

We can not fight against the rumours, but I assure you Karim will not go to Arsenal. There has never been any discussions and no contact has been established.

He went on to say;

We are working on a contract extension for three years,” he said. “Discussions are taking place quietly, without deadline. Karim could well end his career at Real, the club of his dreams.

If true, this is yet another major setback for Ars ne Wenger in the transfer market. The 25-year-old French international striker became a target after it became clear that Luis Suarez was staying put at Liverpool, for the time being at least.

With a week to go in the transfer market, and literally no signings of any major significance made at Arsenal despite a reputed 70 million war chest, it seems that the Wenger frugality approach is to the fore once more. Whether this is by choice or design is another question, but the lack of new faces has worried the Arsenal faithful, and the bad news seems to be coming thick and fast.

Who should Arsenal sign? Let us know in the comments below.

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Man City: Why Javi Garcia Isn’t Suitable At Centre Back

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Manuel Pellegrini deployed Javi Garcia at centre back for the majority of Manchester City’s pre-season, and it’s safe to say the Spaniard was rather underwhelming in his new found defensive role. Despite the early warnings, Pellegrini opted to play Garcia along side Joleon Lescott away at Cardiff on Sunday, despite having a bright, up and coming centre back in Dedryck Boyata available.

Having watch the majority of City’s pre-season fixtures, I feared the worst for the Blues when I saw the Lescott and Garcia pairing in the starting line up. Ever since Garcia signed for City from Benfica, he has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League in his preferred central midfield position. So placing him at centre-back, somewhere he has very rarely played in the past, in a league where he has struggled to adapt in the first place was tactical suicide from Manuel Pellegrini.

So why isn’t Garcia suitable? For me, a strong central defensive partnership in the Premier League consists of strength, pace, and experience. That’s why, in my view, Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott complement each other perfectly. Kompany has all three attributes that I feel are necessary in a central defensive partnership; strength, pace, and experience. Lescott lacks pace, but is very strong and has years of Premier League experience under his belt.

Garcia has come into a new league with a completely different style of football, and has struggled to make an impact. He lacks Premier League experience, with just a handful of starts to his name. He’s also extremely slow both on the ball and off it, and for a man of his size, he’s weak when challenging for the ball. Alongside Lescott, City’s defence has no pace, and during their enounter with Cardiff you could see the pair struggling to keep up with the likes of Fraser Campbell and Craig Bellamy.

At set pieces during that game, City’s defensive organisation was shambolic and it ended up costing them the game. Javi Garcia isn’t used to playing at centre-back and isn’t used to having such a predominant defensive role during set pieces. It’s impossible to say whether City would’ve been more organised at the back if Boyata or even Nastasic (who was among the subs) would’ve been paired with Lescott, but I definitely feel an out-and-out centre back would have been more suitable for the Citizens on Sunday.

It will be interesting to see whether Pellegrini sticks with Lescott & Garcia at centre-back next weekend as they host Hull. The fact Matija Nastasic was among the subs indicates he may be returning to full fitness, and could start next week. If that is the case, I’m sure Nastasic’s return will be greeted with relief by City fans!

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Doctor Who At The Proms 2013 – Review

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

In what is fast becoming a regular fixture in the BBC’s schedule of events (well, every couple of years at least), the Royal Albert Hall was filled with fezes, Sonic Screwdrivers, and more aliens than you could shake a stick at for the third Doctor Who Prom, which was recorded in early July and broadcast yesterday on BBC1.

Like the two previous Doctor Who Proms, this is a very Murray Gold-centric concert given that he has been Doctor Who’s composer since 2005 with a specific focus on the Eleventh Doctor and music from Series 7 episodes including I Am The Doctor, The Impossible Girl, and a beautiful rendition of the climactic song from recent episode The Rings Of Akhaten performed by child actress Kerry Ingram and tenor Allan Clayton. But, as this year’s Prom is also celebrating Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary, it gives a few minutes over to paying tribute to the Classic Series’ incidental music as well.

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Radiophonic Workshop composers Mark Ayres and Peter Howell head up the prom’s Classic Series music, leading the BBC orchestra in performing a medley of scores by various Doctor Who composers including the Cybermen Theme from the late 1960s and the music from the Fourth Doctor’s Regeneration in the 1981 story Logopolis. It’s a great selection of music from all three decades of Classic Who and is a fitting recognition of the earlier seasons’ incidental music, which is largely overlooked.

The Prom also features brief appearances from Fifth Doctor Peter Davison and Carole Anne Ford, who played the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan Foreman at the series’ beginning in 1963, introducing different performances. Which is another good way of incorporating the wider history of Doctor Who into the Prom.

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In addition to the music, the Prom also features a pre-recorded specially written scene featuring the Doctor and Clara that syncs up with Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman appearing live and in character at the Prom itself, which is an amusing breather from the music. Neve McIntosh and Dan Starkey also appear as Madame Vastra and Commander Strax, introducing some of the performances and as themselves in some behind the scenes footage showing the process of their prosthetics being applied. And of course, as is traditional for the Doctor Who Prom, during some of the music we get aliens from the programme ‘invading’ the Royal Albert Hall and interacting with the audience including Cybermen, Silents, and Skaldak the Ice Warrior.

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Despite the “Aliens invade the Albert Hall” thing being the same as always but with slightly different aliens, this now staple of the Doctor Who Prom still managed to feature some more original moments including conductor Ben Foster sparring with Dalek using a sonic conductor’s baton and being accused of overacting. Which was a fun little moment that stopped the Dalek invasion of the Albert Hall being an uninspired rehash of the last time we saw it.

This year’s Doctor Who Prom is nothing spectacular or revolutionary and it’s a shame that the broadcast version was shortened considerably (including the removal of the specially written piece Song For 50) but it’s still a fun watch. Murray Gold’s music is as stirring as ever and the specially written moments are mildly entertaining if a little forced at times. Excellent Bank Holiday entertainment.

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Killer Instinct: New Character Revealed

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A 14 second YouTube video released on Tuesday shows a brand new character has been added to the Killer Instinct roster.

Double Helix have claimed the female fighter is named Sadira, though some fans of the franchise believe it is established KI favourite B. Orchid in disguise. However, there seems to be little evidence for this fanboy theory, given there is no resemblance between the two characters and it would not make sense for the marketers to pretend a wanted character was not in the game.

With an appearance very similar in style to something one might find in Mortal Kombat, Sadira is surprisingly sinister looking in comparison to the other characters in the franchise (.e.g. the giant blue were-wolf). Her movements combat system seem to be based on the behaviour of arachnids, with the trailer showing use of numerous web based attacks to batter her opponents into submission and fluid, majestically creepy movements that make every step look like part of some teratoid dance of death.

Killer Instinct is a ‘free-to-play’ game that will be exclusively available on the Xbox One. Only one playable character is available upon first getting the game and if you want any more it will either cost you $5 per fighter or $20 for all eight. A further option is also available, where you can pay $40 and get all eight characters, accessory packs, costumes, and the original KI game in arcade form. No characters can be unlocked simply by playing the game and completing levels.

Are you excited about Killer Instinct, or are you put off by its less than admirable ‘free-to-play’ system? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Dianna Agron Continues To Have An “Epic Fashion Moment” In New York!

Earlier this month, Dianna Agron was pretty in pink for her “Epic Fashion Moment” spread in Glamour magazine’s September issue.

And it looks like she can relive that moment over and over again because she was spotted out and about in New York on Monday wearing the same Louis Vuitton dress!

Instead of wearing the chunky heels from the photo shoot, however, Di opted for more comfortable looking Tory Burch sandals to navigate the concrete jungle.

She also carried her favorite black Helmut Lang purse, and shaded her eyes with some fabby sunglasses.

What a great recycled look, not to mention an awesome fashion score!

[Image via Alberto Reyes/WENN.]

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Rita Ora Floats Her Way Through Manhattan

This Brit is walking down the aisle walking on air!

Okay, so maybe Rita Ora isn’t actually floating, but her white ensemble is totally giving the illusion!

The 22-year-old singer was spotted on the streets of NYC last night looking totally angelic in a sheer white skirt and bodysuit.

Rita finished off her look with a stack of blingy bracelets, a statement necklace from Cartier, and a Chanel clutch.

If this look isn’t white hot (with a hint of fiery red lips), we don’t know what is!

[Image via Ramey Pix/SMNYC/SAUL MARTINEZ.]

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