March 31, 2010

EGM[i]- the [i] stands for interactive!

Actually, I have no idea what the [i] stands for. It's probably just tacked on there because of everyone's recent fetish with the letter i. But it might as well stand for interactive. Let me tell you, EGM[i] is only in the early stages at this point and it's already kicking GameInformer's ass. GI was recently redesigned with a brand new magazine layout and a brand new website dedicated to bringing readers more in-depth info and features as an extension of the magazine. That's nothing compared to EGM's new weekly, fully interactive, digital magazine. Seriously, this thing is cool. And I love the fact that the content will be fresh every week. One of the drawbacks of print is that sometimes the news you publish is old news. Problem no longer. EGM[i] is just one part of the triumvirate; Electronic Gaming Monthly, EGM[i], and the new EGMNOW website complete the set. Between the three, you get daily, weekly, and monthly EGM goodness. And no more stupid 1up involved! Steve Harris (the original owner of EGM) has gone to great lengths to bring his magazine back to greatness, and it seems to be paying off. Head on over to the website to check out a preview of EGM[i] in the form of the "lost" Feburary '09 issue (with some minor updates). You'll need an account, which is free. If you like what you see, you can upgrade by subscribing to the magazine for $24, which gives you 12 print issues and 52 digital issues. EGM is back in a big way! Woot! It should be on news stands... soon... ish...

Metroid: Other M, now I'm interested!

Surely you'll be much more excited for Other M after this trailer that shows, well, actual gameplay.

March 30, 2010

NNAVGI04OWC is here!

Out of left field, it's the Not Necessarily About Video Games Installation 04 Official Webcomic!
Enjoy the first strip:

March 29, 2010

Bad Games Everyone's Played: Glover

I see a lot of websites highlighting underrated games- games that nobody's played but are great. That's stupid. Instead, in this new feature I just thought up off the top of my head, I'll examine bad games everyone has played. Today's crappity crap: Glover.
Above: What the hell were they thinking!?

PAX: The Scoop

Yeah so some of you over on Fuzunga's site probably read the post that I would be submitting a PAX report. The report will be a new post on Installation 4, not on this site, later tonight. Hope you enjoy it!

March 26, 2010

Why so serious?

Problem: We've become too serious for my liking.
Solution: More silliness.

Installation 04 has always had a particular style to it. We report serious stuff (for the most part) without taking it too seriously, even when we do our crazy lists and features and such. But there's not enough unrelated nonsense, consarnit! You dig nonsense. I dig nonsense. We dig nonsense. Chicks dig nonsense. It's just downright more entertaining. So I'll throw some more of it in the mix. Make up some awesome nonsense. Also, I have nothing more to say.


KromeBear @ PAX

PAX East starts today (that's the new Spring version of the Penny Arcade Expo in Boston). Why simply report the latest recycled headlines from elsewhere when you can have a man on the field? KromeBear will be reporting on all the latest awesomeness from PAX this weekend, so be sure to check out his feed in the sidebar or just head on over to his corner of the site for the all the goodness.

March 25, 2010

A political post

Alright people let me just put down this disclaimer. The views of this video or any opinions held or shared by the actors in it are in no way representative of what we here at Fox Network believe. But seriously, I dont really have an opinion of the healthcare bill, I just thought that this video was pretty cool, and they seem pretty passionate about it.

And this post in no way is meant to start any form of heated debate or the continued postings of political blogs.

March 21, 2010


Picture this: you're sitting in your corner office, bored out of your mind as usual with your dead end job and your dead end life when your coffee mug starts to vibrate uncontrollably and fall off the edge of your desk. The lights flicker. Your fellow employees fall to the floor. Objects are being tossed about with immense force. The building shakes violently and you know you need to get out as quickly as possible. Screams fill the air as you search for an exit, but the roof has collapsed and blocked the stair case. You'll never survive if you don't get out soon, and frantically searching, you spot a building adjacent to your own out the window. It's just tall enough for you to land on the roof if you get a running start. You burst through the window and shards of glass fly everywhere. You land on the roof and keep running. You don't worry about the shards of glass in your flesh or the blood running down your arm. You don't look back. All you know is you must run. Run or die. And so you do, dodging falling debris and obstacles as you go, gaining speed from the adrenaline pumping through your veins. Military helicopters pass over head. You glance up at them and almost miss your next jump. You land on a construction crane and keep going, crashing through another window and dodging office supplies as you burst out of the other side of the building and on to a collapsing roof. You can see the next rooftop in sight but you make an error in judgement and jump too soon, only to hit the wall and fall to your death. Game over. You've run 1,056 feet.

Armed with a single key, you alone can survive the apocalypse. Good luck.

March 13, 2010

Impressions: Blur

I can sum up Blur in a sentence: It's pretty damn fun. For those of you unaware, Blur is the next big game from Bizarre Creations, developers of Project Gotham Racing and Geometry Wars. It can best be described as a more mature Mario Kart. The parallels are uncanny, in fact. You pick a car and race around on a track filled with power-ups used to deter the other cars from passing the finish line before you. At it's current beta stage, it's quite a fun, though slightly flawed, title.

March 12, 2010

The Human Revolution is coming

I've never played any games in the Deus Ex series, but I hear they're quite good. If this trailer is any indication, this third installment will be amazing as well. It's been a long time coming, apparently, and fans have been very eager.

Much more information, including some answers to questions you might have after watching the trailer, can be found at IGN.

Playstation Move: Deja Vu

Sony's motion controller finally got a name. It's called the Move. But only because the name Arc was giving them legal trouble. Also it now has a "don't call it a nun-chuck" sub-controller. Admit it, it looks just like a Wii controller. If it didn't have a bizarre glowing orb stuck to the top of it, you probably wouldn't have known the difference. Oh, also it says "Sony." I'm certain that this thing, which I would think is meant to provide simple and elegant motion control, has more buttons than a standard PlayStation controller. When it releases later this year, it'll apparently come in a bundle "under $100." Meaning $99.99. You can read more about the thing and get a close up look at all the buttons here if you care that much. By the way, one of the features of this thing is that the orb dynamically changes color. I hope sony realizes that people will refer to this thing as a "wand."

Finally, may I turn your attention to this image?

March 9, 2010

Other Lost Planet 2 Trailers

I had heard of this game and seen some of these trailers. I just want to post some more for people to enjoy.

More after the break

March 8, 2010

This is how you make a trailer

Were you hyped for this game before? Did you even know it existed? Well, chances are you're going to buy it now!

Steaming hot apple, anybody?

Does Gordon Freeman look a bit different to you? He's wearing a suit that's sleek, shiny, and white. And what's that on his chest? Almost obscured by the crowbar but just visible enough to make out is an... apple? Yes folks, this is a monuments day indeed. Valve has announced support for both Steam and the Source engine on Mac. Included is a new feature called Steam Play in which you may purchase either the Mac or PC version of a game and be able to play the other version for free. Essentially, you get a free copy of the game. Valve's Jason Holtman elaborates, "For example, Steam Play, in combination with the Steam Cloud, allows a gamer playing on their work PC to go home and pick up playing the same game at the same point on their home Mac. We expect most developers and publishers to take advantage of Steam Play." And if Valve expects most developers to take advantage of Steam Play, that means they also expect most developers to, well, develop a Mac version of their game. This April, Valve is bringing their catalogue of games to the Mac including L4D2, Team Fortress 2, Counter Strike, Portal, and the Half-Life series. It has also been announced that Portal 2 will be the first new multiplatform game of Valve's that will release simultaneously on the Mac and PC. From there on out, it'll be the norm. With Valve and it's Steam platform leading the way, it would be surprising if other developers didn't follow suit. This is only the beginning, people. It looks like Mac gaming might be making a comeback in a big way. More details here. In other news, Valve still refuses to acknowledge the existence of the PS3.

March 7, 2010

Portal franchise is still alive

Did you enjoy Portal when it released back in 2007 but think, "Gee wizz, that game was crackerjack! If only it was lengthier and more fully featured! Gosh darn it that would be nifty keen!" Well then do I have news for you! The April issue of Gameinformer has blown the lid off of Portal 2. Scans are floating around in cyberspace but I refuse to read them until I get my copy of the magazine and can look at everything in real life clarity. That being said, I really can't tell you anything about the game except that it takes place quite a while after the first, is a full retail game with a full retail price and full retail length, and it has co-op. If you don't get Gameinformer, or don't want to shell out the money for the latest issue, you can find the links to the magazine scans right here!

*NOTE* I just noticed this after I linked all the images. They may be slightly out of order. I'm too lazy to fix it, but I'm sure you can figure it out. After all, if you played Portal, you must be some kind of intelligent.


March 4, 2010

Get into the Blur beta NOW!

If I were you, I'd hurry before all these glorious beta codes are gone. Joystiq has acquired quite a few of them, but I'm sure they'll go fast. If you do get one, you won't have long to wait either, as the beta starts next monday. 

March 2, 2010

Seasteading Institute

I stumbled across this today and thought it was quite impressive. David Friedman, son of famous economist Milton Friedman has proposed the creation of the Seasteading Institute.

This ocean platform pictured in the model above will become the new frontier in political theory research. The sole purpose of the Seasteading Institute is to test various types of governments and see how humans cope under the conditions placed. It's an ambitious project that is already undergoing construction, and perhaps it will pave the way for the creation of future pseudo nations.

Fallout New Vegas

Alright people, I know I don't post much but this trailer is epic. I've never done a game review and I usually just rant about what I'm thinking right then, but this is different. I was a HUGE Fallout 3 fan, and they are now making a new Fallout game "Fallout New Vegas", and I am excited. From the few flash screen shots and such that are floating around the interwebs and other mystical sources, I have been able to gather the fact that the gameplay and graphics are VERY similar to fallout 3, VATS included. But, let's not talk about that. Never mind that my grades will die a painful and slow death, this game is gonna rock. Instead of posting stuff that you can all read yourself and would require an extensive amount of typeing on my part, I'm gonna post the trailer and some links to informative pages.

So my goshparpen computer wont let me post the images, but these are scans from a magazine that are very helpfull....READ THEM!!

Review: Plastic Beach by Gorillaz

It's been five years since the masterpiece that was Demon Days. If you're looking for more of that, keep looking. Plastic Beach cannot be compared. It's not that it's better or worse, it's just so completely different, both from Demon Days and Gorillaz's self titled debut. The first Gorillaz album without a producer, this one is handled by Damon Albarn himself. That's probably one of the reasons that Gorillaz has an ever changing sound, with Dan the Automator at the helm of the first, Dangermouse at the helm of the second, and Albarn at the helm of the the third. Whatever your expectations, throw them out the window. If there's one thing you should expect about Gorillaz, it's the unexpected.

March 1, 2010

March Band of the Month: Radiohead

So in an attempt to redeem myself, I'm going to attempt to do my first band of the month post in a LONG time. For this month I'm going to look at a band which many of you people might be familiar with already. However for those of you who don't know let me introduce you to my favorite band of all time: Radiohead.



Gorillaz music videos are notoriously awesome. This one is no exception. It uses CGI this time instead of good 'ol flat animation, but it's surprisingly badass. And it's got a surprise cameo appearance.

I can't write/Radiohead Video

Seriously, I can't believe I wrote this:

"I personally loved this Dragonball Z game. Out of all the Dragonball games ever created, Tenkaichi three had the largest rooster of playable characters. The combat was fast paced, DBZ authentic, and rewarding. It also offered a wide variety of unlockable content, which further increased the games already high replayability. Only the Wii version had online play, which unfortunately was often hindered by lag. Overall I personally consider Tenkaichi 3 the best Dragonball game to have ever been created."

Horrible...I'm so ashamed I don't think I'll write for a while

Instead as a tribute to music month, here is an awesome video of Radiohead. They're a great band if you haven't heard of them yet. Perhaps later on I'll do a review of them, when I don't suck.