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We Review: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Every once in a while, there comes a game that brings back my faith in a given genre of video games where all else makes that genre look tired, clichéd, and overtroped. If you’re not aware by now, Ni No Kuni is the first non-Pokémon JRPG to top the UK game charts in ten years. I’m going to tell you why. And why—even if you don’t generally enjoy RPGs—you should play this game.

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Secret Lives of Superheroes

Given that saving the world is pretty high up on their agenda, it’s no surprise that superheroes don’t sweat the small stuff. However, in his latest series of pop art style illustrations, French graphic designer Grégoire Guillemin takes a look at some of the mundane things that superheroes aren’t likely to be shown doing: scratching their bums, taking a dump, stuffing their Wonderbras, that kind of thing.

Have a look at Guillemin’ Secret Hero Life after the jump. Beware though, some secrets may be a tad scandalous.

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Necrofantastic: The Dead Space Art Show

Isaac Clarke and his trusty plasma cutter return in the third instalment of Dead Space come February 8th (in EU territories, that is). While some consider it an evolution of a winning formula, others have voiced their concerns about the inclusion of micro-transactions and how the game may have moved away from its horror roots to become one of the best action games in recent years.

Despite the polarizing effect the game has had on reviewers, there’s no denying that the game’s content makes for wonderful fan art. Arty French site Geek-Art has teamed up with EA to host a Dead Space 3 art exhibition in Paris. From the teaser images posted by Geek-Art, it seems to be a colourful, comical, creepy, and weird look into universe of Dead Space. Have a look at some of the art after the jump.

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Skateboarder Triggers Kloof Nek Speed Camera

The 60 KM/h speeding camera on Cape Town’s bendy Kloof Nek Road has snapped many an over-zealous driver. Wanting to catch its attention, skateboarder Decio Lourenco began his wild ride from the top of Kloof Nek Road. The derring-do resulted in a flash of brilliance.

YouTube user André Roux records Decio as winds his way down the hill, his nerves of steel and supreme board control the only things preventing him from becoming road kill. He glides down Kloof Nek to the sounds of AWOLNATION’s Sail. Check out the uber-ballsy Spoofing the Cam.

It has been reported that the speed camera clocked Decio hurtling down the road at a staggering 100 km/h! With over 205,8555 views on the video, Decio might have gained some unwanted attention. The City of Cape Town wants to have a few stern words with him, “prosecution” being the operative one.

[via @davegreenway]

We Review: Skulls of the Shogun

While the Lord High Prawn doesn’t exactly enjoy strategy, and turn-based strategy even less (his preferred method of doing things is to get in there, kill, and dance over his enemies’ corpses), I do enjoy these types of game, however. So today we’re reviewing an Xbox 360 strategy game called Skulls of the Shogun by developer 17-BIT. I head for the strategic battlefields to dance over the corpses of my own enemies. And also to eat their skulls. Intrigued?

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Lego Pop Culture Riddles

The humble Lego brick is 55 years old. In 1958, Godtfred K. Christiansen bought the patent to the Lego brick and in the five decades that the company has been in operation, it has produced an estimated 400 billion blocks! To celebrate the anniversary, Lego teamed up with Canadian advertising agency Brad to create 55 minimalist posters that incorporate the Lego brick. The “Imagine a …” tagline gives a clue to the book, movie, or song that the poster refers to.

See if you can construct the answers to 10 of the Lego pop culture riddles. If you hit a brick wall, the answers can be found at the bottom of the post.

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Feeling Gruff? Listen to This Beatboxing Goat

Feeling a little gruff today? This beatboxing goat would like to cheer you up.

[via ANDPOP]

“Better Man Than He” Music Video Shot in MRI Scanner

Artist Sivu needed to think up a music video to his song, “Better Man Than He”. He had a brain wave.

Sivu lay in an MRI scanner for several hours and as the machine subjected him to loud noises, he made music of his own. Director Adam Powell collected and edited the real-time footage that shows the workings of Sivu’s mind as he sang his single.

Check out the resulting anatomical music video to “Better Man Than He”.

[via Ufunk]

The Turret Anthem

Machinimist Zachariah Scott brings music to our ears in his latest video.

Using Valve’s Source Filmmaker software over the course of six months, Scott created a wonderful piece of Portal machinima. GLaDOS sees them as nothing more than spherical things that are full of bullets, so the Aperture Science sentry turrets decide to show their dislike for the monster. The turrets put on quite a show with a veritable orchestra of sounds. Check out The Turret Anthem below.

The tune was composed by Lars Erik Fjøsne. You can download it for free, here.

[via Vamers]

We Review: Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

Back in 2011, I did the one and only hardware review for this blog. It was for Parrot SA’s high-flying AR.Drone. I crashed it a couple of times, once into a light fitting at work. Mercifully no one was injured, except for my pride. Another time, an extremely high fence stopped what would have been a suicidal plunge into a ravine. It was the wind’s fault, honest.

Operator error aside, I lamented the AR.Drone’s terrible battery and even worse camera. And I said the price was too damn high. That’s just a quick summary though. You’re more than welcome to read my review of the original AR.Drone here.

Now, Parrot SA’s new AR.Drone 2.0 is not exactly new. It was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show of last year but was only available for purchase in South Africa several months later, in October. The new AR.Drone has been bumped up to version 2.0 and that would indicate some major improvements over its predecessor. What are they you ask? To find out, I decided to take it for a spin. See my flight log after the jump.

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