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AICN Games: Monki's Weekly Wrap Up!! Civil War: The Game?!? Pimp My Ride: The Game?!?

Greetings humans, Monki here yet again with your weekly dose of all that is video games.

So, today is the day. The PLAYSTATION 3 will have streeted by the time this article hits. While I write this there are thousands of eBayers sitting in front of Best Buys, Targets, Wal-Marts and various other establishments just waiting to get their greedy hands on their ticket to a good Winter. Let me repeat that. Thousands of EBAYERS. I can't stress how much that bugs the shit out of me. But this is just the intro, there will be plenty of ranting space further down.

I need something to calm me before I go nuts and can't complete the article. Ahh, my Mean Girls DVD! MMMmmmm...Lacey Chabert in her Mrs. Claus outfit. Much better.


Press Releases of the Week!

So, one of my questions I asked the Call of Duty 3 guy was about trying out different settings in future historic shooter titles. (Future historic?) It looks like someone may have beaten me to the punch.

Minneapolis, MN - November 10, 2006 - Get ready to experience the intensity and chaos of the war that divided a nation in THE HISTORY CHANNELR Civil War from Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision, Inc. Gamers can relive history through the eyes of a Confederate or Union soldier and experience such famous battles as Gettysburg, Bull Run and Antietam. THE HISTORY CHANNEL Civil War has been rated "T" (Teen) by the ESRB and is currently available for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for $49.99, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for a suggested retail price of $39.99 and the PC for $29.99.

"THE HISTORY CHANNEL Civil War gives gamers the chance to experience the defining moment in our nation's history," said David Oxford, Activision Publishing, Inc. "We utilized reference materials from THE HISTORY CHANNEL like topographical maps and photographs, and did extensive research on combat methods, weaponry and more to ensure that players would have a unique and authentic Civil War experience."

"THE HISTORY CHANNEL is always looking for ways to make history experiential for our viewers, and gaming is a fantastic way to do that," said Carrie Trimmer, Director of Licensing, A&E Television Networks. "Activision has taken great care in recreating the wartime conditions that both Confederate and Union soldiers faced, and I think the game will deliver the type of authentic experience viewers expect from THE HISTORY CHANNEL brand."

THE HISTORY CHANNEL Civil War casts players in the role of a Confederate or Union soldier battling through 12 of the most famous battles in U.S. history. Each mission is introduced with a documentary video describing the historic moments in a battle, movements of armies, local fights, historical photos and battle statistics. Gamers will experience the intense conflicts of the Civil War in famous locations like Little Round Top and Lookout Mountain to the diverse landscapes of train yards, saw mills and military forts while using bayonets, sabers, the butt of a gun and even their fists to take down the enemy. A wide arsenal of rifles, multiple types of grenades, exploding artillery, revolvers, muskets and more are at the soldier's disposal to set charges, place explosives, sabotage enemy lines, destroy buildings and more to complete mission objectives.

Hmmmm...I'm not to sure on this one. Are we looking for a title that will pit us against other American soldiers? Will this sell well overseas? (Better than U.S. and A.) Is there a bonus level where you get to assassinate Lincoln if you are playing as the South? Oh, I'm sorry. Too soon?

So, if you aren't in the mood to kill some God-Damn Yankees, maybe you can work your brain a bit more. It seems that everyone is jumping on the Brain Age bandwagon and here are two more examples:

EDISON, N.J., Nov. 15 -- Majesco Entertainment Company, an innovative provider of digital entertainment products and content, today announced that Brain Boost: Beta Wave and Brain Boost: Gamma Wave for the Nintendo DS have shipped to retailers nationwide. Both games were developed under the consultation of renowned author and creator of the Right Brain Development Theory, Dr. Makoto Shichida.

"Each Brain Boost game is specifically designed to improve a player's cognitive thinking skills in a fun yet challenging way," said Ken Gold, vice president of Marketing, Majesco Entertainment. "We believe this type of game will appeal to the growing Nintendo DS audience looking for edutainment experiences that can develop mental perception."

Both games focus on improving memory, concentration and judgment through progressively difficult brain training games where speed and accuracy count. Brain Boost: Beta Wave stimulates parts of the right brain that are often associated with active concentration and busy thinking. Brain Boost: Beta Wave includes Find a Match, Shape Recognition, Addition, Remember Sequence and Moving Dots training games.

The brain's gamma waves appear to be involved in higher mental activity, including perception and problem solving. As such, Brain Boost: Gamma Wave includes training games for remembering Circumstances, Faces, Images, Numbers and Colors.

Developed by Interchannel-Holon Inc, both Brain Boost: Beta Wave and Brain Boost: Gamma Wave are now available for a suggested retail price of $19.99. For more information, please visit

Don't for a moment think that I'm going to let the fact that this press release came from EDISON, NJ slip past. Get it? Edison! Hah! You think Bruce Banner played Brain Boost: Gamma Wave? Hah! Another one! I'll be here all night folks.

Pretty Images of the Week!

What I am about to bestow upon you lucky readers are the most beautiful images you will see of a game based on a TV show this week!

Mtv and Activision are releasing PIMP MY RIDE for the XBox 360. Totally rad. Check out excerpt from the fact sheet I found.

Enter Pimp City, where bling is king and speed is everything. On these streets, if your car isn't fully pimped out, you'd be better off walking. You and Xzibit will take on the challenge of hooking up your homies and transforming their hoopties, buckets and beaters into the hottest whips on the street, while redlining through the streets and alleyways of Pimp City. You choose the mods, you choose the route, but pimpin' ain't easy. It will take speed and style to hook them up. Do you have what it takes to Pimp their Ride?

True dat. Pimpin' sure as hell ain't easy. The game includes you driving around in the vehicle you are pimping, getting it pimped, and also competing against a rival "pimper" (would that be the correct term?) you have to woo your client over to ultimately win. That's totally pimpin'. Oh, and there is a "ghost ride the whip" mini-game. I have no idea what the hell that means. Pimp. Pimp. Pimp.

Damn dogg, homey, G-Money. Who wants to pimp my Monki-Mobile?

Totally Insane Ebaying PS3 Nutjob Douchebags of the Week!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I hate the fact that 99% of PS3s going out tonight at Midnight are going to be put on Ebay. The damn thing costs enough as it is without having to shell out an extra $600 to $14,000 on top of the $599 you are going to drop on it in the first place.

There are lines of idiots all over the country freezing their asses off all planning on putting this $600 Elmo Doll up on eBay immediately. Fuck that.

I personally hope that there are so many damn PS3s up on eBay that the price gets driven down somewhere around $900. Was it worth freezing your balls off for $300? Did taking a day or two off from work and sitting in a Wal-Mart justify your 50% profit?

Because Sony has decided to launch with so few consoles, they are responsible for the riots that will ensue when person #11 doesn't get his hands on Best Buy's shipment of only 10.

As much as it pains me to say it, Sony should have pushed back launch until the Spring when they could have a respectable amount of consoles on the shelves. Even pushing it back a month may have helped ease some of the pain. Instead reports are coming from all over the country of fights breaking out over line positioning.

In Kindergarten one of the first things you learn is how to stand in a line. Wait your turn. Way to go humanity.

The Wii is hitting this weekend too. Expect it to sell out as well, but don't bother going crazy trying to get to Circuit City before anyone else. Nintendo will be shipping out more consoles quickly. By Christmas you'll most likely be able to walk into a store and find one on a shelf without much hassle. At least, there will be less punching and BB gun attacks.

Begun this console war has.

I'm Getting the Hell Out of Dodge Wrap-Up of the Week!

Another week, another trip for my furry ass. As I mentioned last time, I'll be heading to New York City searching for bananas in the concrete jungle. I'll also be making a stop in Philadelphia to visit a friend and see Vince Young in person (Titans vs. Eagles) since I saw him at his last home game at The University of Texas.

I just wanted to say, if you haven't yet, check out Gears of War. That game is so insanely good that it will make you forget the fact that your hands won't touch a PS3 until April. Also, Project 8 is the absolute perfect eightquel of a series you could ever hope for. Sick graphics and a challenge for long time players.

I'll have my trusty DS Lite with me for the journey into the city of apples and I'll be keeping on the look out for other handhelds in the airport and on the plane.

Nostalgia is what I have for you to end this wrap-up. Remember May? Remember E3? Remember when everything started spiraling downward? Good times.

So, remember, when killing someone to take their PS3, flip them over on their back and attack their weak point for MASSIVE DAMAGE.

Beware of giant enemy crabs, I'll do my best to avoid crabs in NYC. Ahem. Until then, back up the tree I go!


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  • Nov. 17, 2006, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Pimp My First!

    by knightrider

    The Knight Rider!

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 3:49 a.m. CST


    by Cheif Brody


  • Nov. 17, 2006, 4:10 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    Hooper drives the boat, Chief.

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Oooooh the ORIGINAL Civil War

    by DOGSOUP

    I thought they meant Iron Man vs Captain America.

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 5:39 a.m. CST


    by Drworm2002

    I was thinking the same thing. But I think they would have to wait till they finish it.

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 6:15 a.m. CST

    I played the PS3 on display... and I was not impressed.

    by JDanielP

    Believe the marketing hype if you want. --Anyone else here played "GEARS OF WAR" and the "LOST PLANET" demo at 1080i??? The XBOX 360 is one smooth, efficient machine... and I love it, baby! I'll be skipping PS3... unless it gains my interest in about five or six years.

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 7:08 a.m. CST


    by Leopold Scotch

    I'd never seen the Sony E3 presentation before. That was some funny shit. Almost as funny as Miyamoto coming out and dancing without even saying a word. "So, how does it feel" (Sony's marketting department is a beast: they shouldn't have to lift from QV-fuckin-C. And it gives context to all that giant crab stuff everyone goes on about. I heard that one of the first things they said before unveiling the controller was "we're not interested in gimmicks," which was an obvious dig at the Wii, before they held up a controller that has borrowed every successful "gimmick" since the days of the NES. As for the Brain Boosters DS or whatever the fuck: do these people have no shame? It's way too blatant for a subtle rip-off. Sometimes I wonder "Is it because they have always had these ideas and they just need a ballsier company to test the water before they dive in, or do they simply steal like a bunch of self-interested businessmen who aren't bothered about really contributing?" So what will it be? No balls, or no brains?

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Zelda Wii gets 10/10!!!!

    by pandamaster83

    On Go now! What other games have they given 10/10? I haven't been visiting for that long.

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 9:22 a.m. CST

    The PS3 is not worth all this trouble

    by godzillasushi

    Its launching with one of the worst lineups ive ever seen. And ive seen a lot. Theres nothing on it you cant get anywhere else. Gears of War came out just in time. And Sony cares this much about their customers? I mean people are getting robbed and they shipped enough for 12 people to get one. Its crazy!

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Who the f**k would pay $10,000 for a PS3?!

    by Mr Incredible

    A complete dumb ass, that's who. Morons are asking thousands of dollars for a piece of plastic on Ebay. They can't possibly be serious. I wouldn't touch the damn thing for a year or three, not until they get the price down and the bugs out of it. Until then, Sony can find somebody else to be their bitch.

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 9:26 a.m. CST

    RE: godzillasushi

    by Mr Incredible

    You're damn right is not worth the trouble. A store will only have 20, yet people will still pitch their tents or stand in line for a week, then rush right home to sell the thing on Ebay. There's nothing wrong with capitalism, but come on. That shit is ridiculous. Six words, people: They will make more of them.

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Who gives a shit?

    by MattCG

    Anyone who overpays for this buggy shit is a first class asshole all the way.

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 10:17 a.m. CST

    I wouldn't, but I don't have a beef with those who do

    by Acappellaman

    My PS2 is from the first line that came out, and the only problem I had with it was when my nephew dropped it and the tray wouldn't close properly. Once I opened it up and realigned things, it's working fine again. I don't know why some people had problems with their 1.0 PS2 consoles, but I didn't. I see no reason why PS3 will be any different. In any event, I'm not insane enough to camp out for two days in order to buy one. All in good time...

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 10:22 a.m. CST


    by Shermdawg

    1up, or should I say Robert A. gave Bully a 10, which is off by two from most reviews. Hell, even I think that was a bit high.<br><br>The thing is, it's only one guys opinion, not the entire site. To get an accurate grasp of how good a game may be without actually playing it, go to ign and under their review score for any given title, will list a option whrere you can check out all of the up to date press reviews. Don't depend on just one guys opinions.<br><br>I wouldn't doubt Zelda for wii would get a 10, but still, I'm holding out for the GC (non-gimmicky) edition.

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 10:26 a.m. CST

    XBOX 360 and PS3 each have advantages over the other...

    by JDanielP

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 10:42 a.m. CST

    "END ALL ARGUMENTS: PS3 VS. XBOX 360" article

    by JDanielP

    At the link I gave above (previous posting)... just scroll down to the bottom and click on "END ALL ARGUMENTS: PS3 VS. XBOX 360" (The link now takes you to the opening page, so just scroll down for the article.) Get the REAL FACTS, without all the marketing hype! -- /story/35372/?spage=1

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 10:42 a.m. CST

    There's only one decisive factor

    by Leopold Scotch

    The very fact that there are equal "fors" and "againsts" for each system makes there only one decisive factor, and that's games. Next year, for 360, I want Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed, Bioshock, Half Life 2, Lost Planet, Halo 3, GTA 4, on top of games I haven't got yet like Gears of War and Oblivion. A lot of those games will be for the ps3 as well, so devout Sony fans shouldn't be left with crappy titles all year if they insist on getting the more expensive system. I just think next year 360 has the best exclusives coming out. But the fact that some of the best games are coming out on both systems makes 360 and PS3 very similar, and very very few people will own both. So maybe Nintendo will do better because the Wii will be a lot of people's secondary console, as well as the Nintendo fan's primary choice. Kind of like the way Lincooln became president because the opposition had two contenders. Or something.

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 10:52 a.m. CST

    If the previous link didn't work for you, try this one.

    by JDanielP

    Don't forget to scroll down to the bottom left article, if you want to discover the facts. --

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 10:54 a.m. CST

    To play devil's advocate

    by Leopold Scotch

    I shudder to think about what Nintendo's lineup would be like without Zelda. If they never intended Zelda as a launch title all along, how could they have been confident with those other games? I'm excited about Metroid and Mario next year, but they need to show more. And they need to stop relying on their "big three" or whatever, and get some serious support from Capcom, Konami and the rest. What happens when Mario, Metroid and Zelda are all finished by July? THe only other game I can think of is the Resident Evil exclusive. They need to show the distant goods. It's funny when you think about it, PS3 launching with nothing special, but an attractive horizon vs Wii with what could be the system's best games being launch window titles. That said... fuckin' Zelda!

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Zelda Wii gets 10/10 again

    by pandamaster83

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by pandamaster83

    To each his own I suppose, but in every review and hands-on I've read, the first thing addressed is always the controls and they've all said they wouldn't go back to GCN (including the previews and reviews at the site you mentioned as having the strongest reservations). The aiming seems to be what sets it apart. I suppose I can't argue in favour of the Wii controls, having never played the game, but I get the impression that you've not played it yet either, and I'm jsut going on the word of trusted sources (like you have been doing too).

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 2:23 p.m. CST

    In Responce to Leopold Scotch "To play devil's advocat"

    by satman83

    Am sorry but what are you talking about, to say that Nintendo only has 3 games is s joke. I mean look at Sony, apart from MGS, GT and FF...Can you name any other game coming out on the PS3 that is going to be that much of a big hit? (And I don’t count GTA because the Xbox360 has it now) Oh and for your information due to the Wii controller even a game like "Red Steel" which would normally be a sub-par FPS shooter is now a hotly anticipated game. Also if you did some research then you would now that the Wii has a large number of games coming from third-parties. Oh and what about Resident Evil 4, Killer 7 and Eternal Darkness to name a few…oh and the last 5 Metroid games were not made by Nintendo, they licensed it out to Texan based game developers “Retro”. As far as I can see. It’s Sony who has only a "big three" MGS, GT, FF.

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 3:02 p.m. CST

    PS3 won't support some HD-televisions! -- No 1080i!!!

    by JDanielP

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Dang it! Just go to GamePro for the story!

    by JDanielP

    Just the thought of this expensive PS3 machine down-grading the picture just because you don't have a BRAND NEW (or later generation) HD-TV is something that warrants attention! There are going to be a lot of pissed off people!

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Not gonna buy a PS3 for a least!

    by Zardoz

    Stupid "early adopters". I'll wait until they work the bugs out of the system and the price inevitably drops. Plus, I'm not gonna get trampled in a stampede or pay an exhorbitant price for one of these machines. (And anyway, my PS2 and the hundreds of games it plays still works just fine, thank you very much!)

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 4:25 p.m. CST


    by Shermdawg

    I'm not buying it for Wii, because I'm not buying a Wii. :P

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 4:41 p.m. CST

    PS3 not working on older HDTVs...

    by Johnno

    Is a launch hardware issue... not that Sony purposely made it so it won't run on older HDTVs that don't have 720p and only 480p and 1080i... How this is to be resolved, serious hardware fix of practical software update... remains to be seen...

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Gears of War for PC?

    by Johnno

    Well seems like Microsoft could do it sooner or later to get users on Vista...

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 11:40 p.m. CST

    I pimped out my Gamecube!!!

    by Orionsangels

  • Nov. 17, 2006, 11:49 p.m. CST

    It's incredible how outta touch Sony became.

    by Orionsangels

    They've really been winging it all this time huh? Third party supporters really helped them. But the industry is changing fast now with consoles going online. They've reached a point now where they don't really know what the consumer wants anymore. They're scared and they're yelling things like Riiidge Racer!!! (God help us!) Riiidge Racer!!!!Enemy crabs and massive damage. yay! Is this what they want? Help us please? We have this powerful machine but we don't know how to market it. We had this boomarang controller right, but no one liked it and then we saw this wiimote thing and panicked! So we told our designers. Quick, make some controller with motion. Quick grab that PS2 controller. pimp it out! does it have motion? ah! yes! lets rush everything. Sony will rule once again, muahahaha!!!Meanwhile Nintendo has always been out of touch. That's no surprise. No voice acting. midi music. no HD. Gamecube graphics being passed off as next gen. There big annoucement this week. DVD is coming to the Wii next year. Wow!!!!! LoL. Nintendo will discover hi-def DVD in about 6 years. It's sad really. The only one getting it right is Xbox! Xbox Live is the greatest thing ever! If you wanna be my Xbox Live friend. My handle is 'Orionsangel'

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 5:21 a.m. CST


    by Leopold Scotch

    I'm as much a Nintendo fan as you are, but I'm being realistic: Red Steel won't be that great, and you can check all the reviews you want. I wasn't talking about exclusivity, I was referring to all the games on each system: if for some reason you want a PS3 rather than an Xbox 360 (and although I personally wouldn't, I know a lot of people who do) then PS3 will have a lot of the games I just listed above. In many of the game talkbacks, I've criticised Sony a lot so I was trying to be a bit diplomatic against my own rants. For the forseeable future, Wii's third party games will be totally overshadowed by their first part titles (Retro are pretty much owned by Nintendo), and I was just affirming my hope that it doesn't go the way of the gamecube and that the only reason to buy it isn't just because of Nintendo's own games. They can't churn out enough full, deep games by themselves to sustain a console, third party ports from PS3 and 360 probably won't work well, so they'd better get a lot of exclusive third party support or the prospects are bleak. I can't think of enough just now, and I hope they're just holding their cards close to their chest and will soon reveal a Lucasarts lightsaber game etc.

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 12:41 p.m. CST


    by pandamaster83

    Didn't mean to assume or suggest you were getting a Wii, so I'm sure Gamecube Zelda will be absolutely excellent. I still don't think it will be better than the wii version but the difference probably won't justify buying a console if you weren't going to in the first place. As for voice acting in Zelda, it would be about as appropriate as guns and blood. I can't imagine much worse than the terribly acted b-movie dialogue of most videogames spoiling zelda. Resident Evil 4 is hilarious in that way ("Insects lives don't COMPARE with human lives!") but it's too risky ruining zelda's long-established style by adding shitty actors.

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 4:50 p.m. CST

    paulh, read the article, it's like MAD MAX out there

    by Exeter

    holy shit!!! someone used a chain and a tire iron? dam. what about guys who made their own saw hand-blades or shit and cut their hair in molhawks died it red and meditated at night before strapping on their S&M outfit and getting on their chopper to steal ps3s. "so you want to take the ps3 out of the store and into your home? what a puny plan."