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Please help!

Hello, fellow GameSpotters. I'm looking for donations to help me fulfill a dream. As you can see, my cause has fallen flat so far, so I'm looking for help from my fellow gamers. Any donation, no matter how small, will be massively appreciated. If you'd like to help, you can donate here:

I'm not expecting much (or any) help, but I have to try :) I understand why people are reluctant to donate.

Thank you,


So, the new Sylosis album is out...

...and it's good. REALLY f****** good. Wasn't really sure what to expect after Jamie (vocalist) left, but Josh (lead guitar) has done a really good job as the new singer. His vocals are more raw, and he doesn't seem to do cleans, but when you consider he has to do it while playing those awesome leads, it's pretty damn impressive. Musically they've stepped it up a notch from their debut (which I thought was a superb album itself), and gone even more technical with the guitar work (my god, the guitars *drool*). Anyway, I know one or two of you out there are into metal, and I think there might be a Sylosis fan out there (?) somewhere. Here's a few tracks from the new album (can't make them clickable, sorry). This band deserves to be bigger, so I hope this record gets them some recognition. Empyreal (Official video) A Serpent's Tongue Altered States of Consciousness

TGS + GT5 = Me being one extremely happy gamer

Well, it's not long after 9am and I haven't been to bed yet. Sony's TGS conference finished just over two hours ago, and after a pretty slow start, I finally got what I stayed up for. Apart from new trailers for The Last Guardian and the Ico/Shadow of the Colossus Collection, what I was really interested in was seeing what Polyphony Digital had left to reveal about GT5, which is my most anticipated game for years. Did they disappoint? Did they ****.

The biggest new feature is the dynamic weather system. It's been semi-confirmed before, but now it's official, and even in the low quality video, it looks absolutely stunning. Check out those rain effects!

We also saw some more of GT5's online features, more specifically the 'My Home' section. Here you'll be able to do things like check messages, view your profile, view saved photos, etc. There's even a Twitter-****message system, complete with a 140 character limit.

My Home:

Twitter-****messages + other options:

After the conference was over, there was a GT5 breakout session which revealed even more information, with all the key stuff kindly summarised over at GTPlanet (my favourites in bold):

  • Laguna Seca has been completely rebuilt and will return for GT5.Trial Mountain has also been confirmed.
  • "Gran Turismo Anywhere" will allow you to manage B-Spec races, right from your computer. You'll be able to hold B-Spec races with your friends from anywhere in what are called "Remote Races".
  • GT5 will feature a series of special events such as the Karting Experience, the AMG driving school, The Stig Challenge, Jeff Gordon NASCAR School, Sebastien Loeb Rally Challenge, and Gran Turismo Rally.
  • Point-to-point rally stages will be automatically and randomly generated – you'll have to depend on your co-driver to give you the best instructions about the road ahead.
  • Rally mode can be played either on or offline.
  • Weather changes include temperature differences, air pressure changes, and humidity, affecting the surface conditions of the track dynamically.
  • Weather conditions are randomized. Forecasts for your race will be available but may not be entirely accurate, just like the real world.
  • Polyphony Digital has helped Red Bull Racing's Adrian Newey design the X1 Concept – an "ultimate" racing car, free of any technical regulations.
  • Polyphony Digital has worked to improve engine sounds.
  • Yamauchi admits that, in certain situations – such as standing race starts in the rain with 15 other cars on the screen kicking up spray in front of you – the game may not be able to hold 60FPS. Otherwise, it will strive to hold 60FPS as often as possible.
  • The Volkswagen Kubelwagen, which has a drive system like the first beetle, and the amphibious Volkswagen Schwimmwagen will be in the game.
  • Many things didn't make the cut in Gran Turismo 5, and work on Gran Turismo 6 has already begun.


All in all it's been a pretty good day to be a GT fan.





Not long to go now :)

Level 50!

And two crap blogs in a row! Or 47, depending on where you stand.

A Musical Trip Down Memory Lane

Like a lot of people, my taste in music today has changed from what it was in my mid-late teens. From the years of around 1998-2001 I was quite heavily into hard house, and although I've moved on to other music, it's always a time in my life that I've held dear. Back then a lot of my weekends consisted of meeting up with a bunch of mates, taking things we really shouldn't have, and either partying at someone's house or going off to a club to get wasted. Good times.

This last couple of weeks I've been reminiscing about those glorious days and rediscovering the soundtrack to many a filthy weekend, so I thought I'd share some of my most memorable hard house tunes with you to enjoy (or probably not :lol:)


BK - Let the Rhythm Move You

Andy Farley - Out of Control (Avis Van Rental Remix)

200 Degrees - Hellfire (BK Remix)

Lisa Lashes - Lookin' Good

Rachel Auburn - Screwdriver

Stimulant DJs - Hoovertime

Ian M - Dreamer

John Whitemann - Can't Beat the System (Ingo Remix)


These are just a few out of god knows how many cIassics I remember.

Has your taste changed at all in the last decade?

The Circle Pit Union is open for business (again)

Like music of the heavier kind? Well, I've just restarted my old union, which is for people just like you :) There are two Officer positions available, should you be interested, and we really need someone versed in the art of Photoshop to make an avatar for the union (we already have a banner) and some sig images.

If you want to join, then feel free to do so here.