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The NL issue 883 - Reeltime, Wii production, Christmas titles and more...

Author: Geoff Larsen
Monday, 5 November 2007
With the recent announcement of Street Fighter IV, a plethora of blockbuster titles on the verge of release and the promise of Christmas break just around the corner it is a good time to be a nerd. At times like this though, you need someone in tune with the force to show you the way. The Nerd Abides.


Why bother scouring through video stores for a hard-to-find title when you can just sign up as a member of and download it directly to your computer- Offering easily accessible catalogues of DVDs, music and games, is the central hub for your entertainment needs.
Video games and DVDs are available for download as long as they are compatible with your Mac or PC. The titles are available either to rent or you can ‘Download To Own’, allowing you to keep the copy of your DVD on your computer. The range offered in downloadable DVDs and games was impressive – but the real bulk of the site’s stock is available from their online store.
I was particularly impressed by the sheer amount of music on offer. Everything seemed to be in attendance – popular artists such as The Cure to relatively obscure bands like the Voodoo Glow Skulls and everything in between. Estimated delivery is next day within metro areas and two-to-four days if you are out in the sticks.
Sign up is free and members gain access to a monthly newsletter, reviews of recent releases, bonus extras on selected titles and various member specials. Head on down to


Ever since the Nintendo Wii was released the console has been in short supply. Even a resourceful whippersnapper like myself had to search for several months before finding a console in-store. Nintendo have recently announced that they plan to ship another 10 million units before March 2008 in order to meet consumer demands. With big budget titles like Super Mario Galaxy and Metroid Prime: Corruption on the verge of release it would seem that this console flood is upon us just in time.


For some unknown reason all the big releases of the year are released around November/December – hmmm, I wonder why- In order to provide support for all these game releases, Microsoft has decided to release two new Xbox 360 bundles just in time for the festive season. The Xbox 360 Pro Bundle, apart from the console itself, will contain a wireless controller, 20GB hard drive, a DVD remote and the non-violent games: Forza 2 and Viva Pinata packed in all for the price of $579. The other bundle is sporting the title of the Xbox 360 Arcade Console will pack in a 256MB memory card, a wireless controller and five arcade titles for $399. The two packages do serve as good Christmas presents… however, seeing how I managed to pick up what was essential the Pro Bundle last January for a little under $500, you might want to wait if it is a gift to yourself.


The ‘Biggest Entertainment Release In History’ had its first week sales record beaten by an additional 63,000 sales of Half Life 2: Orange Box. Featuring everyone’s favourite ass-kicking MIT graduate, Gordon Freeman, the new chart topper is a compilation of five games for the Xbox 360 and PC formats. The box includes the three-year-old Half Life 2, two additional episodes/expansion packs, the long awaited sequel to 1996’s Team Fortress and Portal, a first-person puzzle game based on bizarre physics. Reviews of the package so far have claimed that this is THE entertainment release of 2007, so head on down and snap up a copy to save the world again and again… and again.


If you are truly a geek – and, let’s face it, you are (bless you) – you most likely have a special place in your heart for anime and video game music. Popularity of this kind of music is on the rise and Eminence plan to exacerbate this craze at this year’s A Night in Fantasia. Returning from a sell out performance in Japan, Eminence will be rocking out in Sydney on Sunday 18 November. Performing music from anime such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Noir, Dot Hack and Elfen Lied the evening is sure to fulfill all your musical desires. A Night in Fantasia will also feature a special guest appearance from Yuki Kajiura, composer for shows such as Tsubasa Chronicle and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED as well as composer for the 2005 video game Xenosaga II as well as its yet-to-be-released here sequel. This Sydney-only event will be held at the Sir John Clancy Auditorium at the University of NSW. Tickets are available at


Anime is more than just cute big-eyed characters and transforming robots – it’s a lifestyle. For your last chance this year to geek it up with the biggest anime fans on our fair continent head on up to The Red Room on the first of December for AnimeSydney’s 2007 Christmas party. With lots of games to be played and festive cheer to be spread, the Christmas party is bound to make your season jolly. Head on over to for details. Be there and be square.