Hey, still-not-sure-if-loyal readers! Today is Entertainment. Mark that on your calenders, Wednesday is Entertainment. So, in this issue we've got some game news (delivered by myself) and a manga review by our new Ent. columnist, SilenceIsGolden, who shall henceforth be referred to as Silence. She's written a review of "Jojo's Bizarre Adventure." So, let's move on to the news! -------------------------------------------------- GAMING COLUMN, WEEK 2 Probably the most impressive gaming related news right now, the United States Air Force has combined 1,760 Playstation 3s into a single super-computer. If this sounds familiar, that's because it is. This was announced as early as February, and has just now been made real. The Air Force has placed this makeshift super-computer in the Air Force Research Laboratory. It's also been named the Condor Cluster, and is estimated to have only cost 5-10% of building a super-computer from an individual components to create the same amount of power. The Condor Cluster is going to be used for creating artificial intelligence programs as well as sonar. If you're anticipating Bioware's new MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic, then you're going to have to wait a few more months. Originally shooting for Q1 2011 release, the game has been pushed back into fiscal 2012. Now before you freak out and start screaming about waiting a whole additional year, know that fiscal years begin in April. So, fiscal 2012 actually begins in April 2011. This means April is the absolute earliest we will see this game, though my own personal speculation rests with a summer release. Christopher Nolan began talking about an Inception game back in September, and with the film's DVD and Blu-ray release next week, the director has spoken more on the game. He says that games are "something I've wanted to explore," and that he's currently working with an unnamed team building the Inception video game. The director says that he's always imagined Inception as a world where many stories could take place. Simple logic concludes it's possible we won't be seeing Cobb and his gang in the game. Remember that talk about a Playstation Phone? It's allegedly been seen in public. Really all there is is a fuzzy video with a pretty phone, and it's difficult to see any features apart from a touch-screen. Reports say it's being called the Sony Ericsson Z1, and sports a 4 inch touch screen, while running Android 3.0. When questioned about authenticity, Engadget backs their sources, calling the video 100% legit. Later, Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg made the statement, "There's a lot of smoke, and I tell you there must be a fire somewhere." Obviously, not a confirmation, but far from a denial. -Lord Twitchy, of whom is currently unequipped with smart, witty remarks about his audience. --------------------------------------------------- Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Manga Review: Story: 10/10 Art: 9/10 Characters: 7/10 Designs: 8/10 Settings: 9/10 Originality: 9.6/10 The title says alot of what it is; The main characters are named Jojo The manga is Bizarre And he/she goes on an Adventure But there's pleanty more to the story than just that (as expected), the story follows every other member of the Joestar Bloodline starting with Jonathan Joestar (JoJo). Each Jojo has their own venture for some important reason (rather it be calling, mistake, or destiny) although no story in this chain of tales ends too well. It's a Seinen manga (and a very graphic one at that) and is not intended for the kiddies; there are large ammounts of language and gore (examples are a cat being mutilated and a mother eating her own child); it is also lacking in the 'ever-so-expected sexual jokes/fanservice' department that we've grown so accustomed (and resistant) to but the story is overall original in context. The story is never just something that is scribbled down and then sold; there is no filler, no useless part of the story and you know that everything is carefully thought out and drawn before it hits your eyes. Each person is designed differently and each landscape isn't half-assed printings (everything is hand-drawn) although the art is considered hideous by most people (although I find it beautifully detailed) It doesn't look like most anime: they do have noses, they don't have huge eyes, they actually have bone structure, and look closer to actual people than almost any manga you've ever seen. They have very unique characters met by a handful of knockoffs (such as a character whose backstory is an exsact copy as the main character from the book, 'Holes'). Nonetheless, Araki has a bad way of murdering off an unbelievably large portion of his character leading to some tear-jerking and fist-pounding moments towards how horrific each character's deaths are (by the end of an Arc, only about 3 or 4 out of 40+ characters will be alive). Araki has done more bookwork and traveling than most people have in their lives to be able to pull all this off but; in all of the lands in which a Jojo travels in any timezone (it being England in the 1880's or America in the 1920's), everything is very correct in terms of mood, thought, action, and reaction for that time and place. This is not a very simple "Let's fight!" or a giggly "I love you" manga; It is full of content that doesn't hold as strong to the whole "Love and Peace will rule all" and "Everything will turn out alright" Motto of your average everyday shonen/shojo manga. There are times where you will laugh (it's not an incredibly serious manga) but you will also think and understand the realworld concepts it holds such as how people really work mentally, emotionally, and phisically. This is a truely beautiful work of art filled with mixed emotions that I hope you can enjoy. No matter how old it is, it never fails to entertain me in any way. -SilenceIsGolden ----------------------------------------------------- Issue 4, everybody!