We Review: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle

Hardcore anime and manga fans will most likely have heard of Hirohiko Araki’s Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, a story set across several generations of the Joestar family, the main character of which is always nicknamed Jojo. The rest of you non-otaku will in likelihood have never heard of it. It obviously doesn’t have the western popularity of, say, Naruto. So it seems odd that Namco Bandai managed to localize All Star Battle and bring it to an audience that, frankly, isn’t too aware of it. Let’s delve in a bit and see if we can solve this mystery.
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Mouth-Watering Food Photos

Dr. Nathan Myhrvold may be lacking vowels in his last name but is certainly not short in cooking skills. The good doctor’s book Modernist Cuisine borrows techniques from the science laboratory and applies them to food preparation.

The photos from the 2438-page book have been extracted and presented centre stage in the coffee table stunner, The Photography of Modernist Cuisine. The dishes were photographed against minimal backgrounds, with cutaways and macro shots providing a fascinating view into the realm of cooking. Have a look at some of the mouth-watering images after the jump.

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We Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Video Game

Movie tie-in games are a dime a dozen, aren’t they? Very seldom are there good ones, and those that are usually aren’t tied to a specific movie release, but have had time to be polished and scrubbed (such as the brilliant Batman: Arkham series). This time around, and tied to the film release of Spider-Man 2, we have the video game. Does it fall into the same traps that so many tie-ins do, or will it be able to web-sling its way out of the mire of tie-in hell? Let’s find out. Continue Reading →

We Review: Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart has, since 1996, been one of the best casual racing games around, not just on Nintendo, but possibly across the gamut of consoles. It’s also the greatest example of rubberband racing you’ll ever come across. Now in its eighth iteration, it’s time once again to hit the tracks and see whether the latest in kart racing is a slow start, or a mad dash for the finish. (Ed: You enjoy coming up with these ridiculous puns, don’t you?)
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The Prettiest Cattle You Ever Did See

To simple people like me, cattle are just another delicious source of food. To others, cattle are considered sacred and held as symbols of strength and wealth. Shaka, king of the Zulus, would often breed his Nguni cattle to create different patterned skins for the various regiments in his army.

South African photographer Daniel Naudé has been interested in the role cattle play in societies and over the past few years has photographed the most majectic cows and bulls that you ever did see. Naudé focussed his attention on the Ankole, Zebu, and Brahman breeds native to the countries of respective countries of Uganda, India, and Madagascar. Have a look at some of his photos after the jump.

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We Review: Warlock 2: The Exiled

Hands up anyone who remembers playing Microprose’s Master of Magic way back in the mid-1980s. That few of you, huh? Ok, hands up those of you who regularly enjoy games such as Civilization. Ah, much better! Who would enjoy playing Civilization, but with magical spells, and set across a number of realms instead of a single map? Sceptical? Read on and let me tell you about Warlock 2, a new 4X game and the sequel to the original Warlock: Master of the Arcane. Continue Reading →

Plush Wars: Who has the Stuffing to Survive?

The stuffing hits the fan big time in Matt Burniston’s action series, The Mega Plush. The animated shorts tell the story of good versus evil, bear versus sock monkey as the SOC (Society of Chimps) army launch a manhunt for a group of four plush toy vigilantes. Check out the first two episodes after the jump, be warned the second episode does contain exotic dancing of a stuffed nature and could be NSFW.

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