Batman: Arkham Asylum's final release date has been set to August 28. Hopefully it won't be pushed back any further. So it's time to check out what bonus goodies you can get for this game.
First off, the game has a collector's edition that includes a 14" Batarang along with:
* Arkham Doctor’s Journal
* 48 pages of notes on Arkham’s inmates
* Embossed leather dust jacket
* 2 Sleeve Digi-pack, including:
* Game disc
* Behind-the-scenes DVD
But the extras don't end there. Depending on where you buy the game, you can get some bonus material.
On Amazon (only in America) you can get a limited edition comic book that serves as a prequel to the game.
The Road to Arkham is a 16-page comic written by Alan Burnett, illustrated by Carlos D'Anda and produced by DC Comics specifically for the launch of Batman: Arkham Asylum.
The Road to Arkham Story:
Batman has captured his greatest foe, The Joker, and is escorting him to Arkham Asylum, Gotham City's home for the criminally insane. But a series of anonymous tips has put Batman on alert; still, he does not realize that he is speeding toward the darkest journey of his life, one that will test all of his abilities in the chaotic depths of Arkham Island.
If you're going to go to your local Gamestop, or buying it online from them, you can get an bonus in-game challenge map involving the Scarecrow called "Dem Bones." You'll also get a "Time Alley" challenge map that can be unlocked using an exclusive code.
Also, as mentioned before, if you have any trouble deciding what console to get the game for (360 or PS3), remember that in the Playstation 3 version, you will be able to play as the joker. That makes the decision quite simple.
And there it is. The one we've pretty much been waiting for and pretty much have expected. According to the New York Times, Big Papi and Manny are both on the list of 104 MLB players who tested positive for steroids in 2003. Add them to Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Alex Rodriguez, all of whom have already been linked to the list over the past year.
Well, this is quite the non-surprise. And to reiterate, it does not change how I feel about Manny or Papi. It is what it is: fucking everybody has been taking steroids since Brady Anderson hit fucking 50 home runs in the mid-90s, not to mention the Bash Brothers doing it even before that. Let's get over it, and adjust the curve accordingly please. It wasn't even illegal (in MLB rules), so who the fuck cares. Let's just accept that people were using *legal* shit to make them better, faster, stronger, and now that we've banned it, let's move on. Like swimming.
[New York Times]
Okay, so as you can see, I've fallen in love with "strikethrough". But whatever.
For those of you unfamiliar with Glenn Beck:
Yesterday on the "Fox & Friends" morning show (i.e. exactly the forum where you'd expect this type of thing to happen), Glenn Beck finally went over the deep end, and called President Obama a straight-up racist. More specifically, he thinks Obama has shown himself to have "a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture." Well that's nice.
Now if you'll allow me, a little commentary:
Not only is what he said inaccurate and completely unfounded (i.e. fucking outrageous), for a television personality whose job it is to inform people and "tell it like it is" (i.e. the difference between him and Kanye, an entertainer and self-publicist) to say that our fucking president hates white people is irresponsible and incredibly dangerous - life and death dangerous. Clearly, Beck (despite being an asshole) is smart enough to know that, and that's the most evil thing about this - it's as if he wants someone to listen to him and take Obama out. And not out of office. Ugh... I can't go on.
Don't believe a word of what you've heard about "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (assuming what you've heard is that it's awful). It's pretty funny.
Admittedly, it did suck for the first month, but I think Jimmy is finding his bearings. I actually watched a whole episode last week and laughed pretty much all the way through.
Anyway, Diddy was a guest yesterday and helped out with a regular segment called "Slow Jam the News". The clip will say it all.
Everyday starting with Messed up Monday, Trashed Tuesday, Wasted Wednesday, Thirsty thursday, F**ked up Friday, Sh*t faced Saturday and ending with sober Sunday, nobody does it better than
1. PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY!
heres the rest of the list from
2009 Top Party Schools List Released by Princeton Review
2. University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
3. University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss.
4. University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
5. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
7. University of Texas, Austin, Texas
8. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
9. Florida State University, Tallahassee,
10. University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif.
11. University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo.
12. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
13. Union College, Schenectady, N.Y.
14. Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.
15. DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.
16. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
17. Sewanee: The University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn.
18. University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.
19. Tulane University, New Orleans, La.
20. Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.
Persons familiar with the deal say the Charlotte Bobcats are finalizing a trade that would send Emeka Okafor to the New Orleans Hornets for Tyson Chandler. [si.com]
Yes, those are grown Republican Congressmen and Congresswomen, running away from the question of whether they believe the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, is actually an American-born citizen. They rather believe a bum on the street with a cardboard home/sign.
Oh well, while the Republicans run away, maybe the Democrats can pass health care reform...oh, oh, they aren't running away so much anymore.
Apparently Huffington Post Reporters actually do chase stories.
Oh and big up Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks for not being a total douche. [Wonkette]
Admirable mom Patti Deni wanted the 98-inch StarGlas60 screen to be aligned straight with the ceiling of her kid's bedroom. Above the bedroom, Stereo Advantage—an audio/video specialty company in Williamsville, NY—had to place a NEC video projector and projection mirrors. In total, the whole solution weighted more than 300 pounds, so they had to make a new reinforced ceiling frame to support it.
Although her son spends plenty of time gaming, Patty says that viewing and editing his own videos is probably her son’s favorite big-screen application—about the only thing that’s typical in this totally unconventional viewing environment.
[Gizmodo] via [Electronic House]
This ad is just ridiculous. I got an alternative solution, take a shower and wear deodorant.
ASpray your butt! You can even ASpray your privates in case your junk smells funky or your couch smells like a fish market.
I still have a couple of questions. Can it be used as binaca in your mouth? What about the eyes and ears? And can it be used on pets?
The BedBunker safe is a heavy-duty fire-resistant safe. It was made to store all your ammunition and can hold up to 32 rifles and 70 hand guns. Perfect for Neo. But it can also be used to store your important/private information. It costs between $2,200 and $4,000. A steep price, but I'm guessing if you can afford 32 rifles and 70 guns, you'll be able pony up the 4 Gs. [BedBunker] via [Uncrate]
iTablet Rumors blew up in the past few days. AppleInsider has the most updated scoop.
- 10″, 3G networked device similar to “a jumbo iPod touch”
- Guided by Steve Jobs from hospital, home, and work
- Culmination of at least 6 previous prototypes Jobs vetoed
- Will launch in first quarter of 2010
- Verizon may be the carrier
- Delays caused by lack of satisfaction over Intel Atom power consumption
- Hence Apple bought PA Semi to build in-house, custom chipset based on ARM
NOTE: The above image is only an artist rendering.
Mets VP for player development Tony Bernazard [right in picture above] has been fired, multiple sources with ties to the organization confirmed to the Daily News. The move is expected to be made official at a press conference at Citi Field this afternoon.
Augmented Reality is an iPhone app that uses your current location and your camera to display the things and people around you. No word yet as to when 3.1 will come out, but when it does, expect this app to hit the iTunes App Store.
RIM has introduced the new Blackberry Curve 8520 on their website showing off the brand spanking new out of the box Mac compatibility. We already know that Blackberry Desktop Manager is coming to Macs in September, but the 8520 is slated to come out on August 5. Not sure if that means that the release date is off by a month or if the new Mac software will be released early. The software will allow Mac users to sync contacts, calendars and notes to their favorite Blackberrys.
This is all from the National Enquirer, so who knows how accurate it is, but here it is.
“Tony Romo was looking for just the right moment to finally kick Jessica Simpson out of his life - and he found it an International House of Pancakes in the middle of Texas!
[During a three-hour car ride]… tensions between the two reached a boiling point.
“They’d argued a lot over the past several months. This time, Tony barely said a word,” said an insider.
“He suddenly pulled into the parking lot of an IHOP and growled ‘get out.’ Jess got out and slammed the door. Before she could say anything, Tony peeled off. She ended crying her eyes out for the next two hours while she waited for someone to come pick her up.”
“If she didn’t realize it before, she finally got the message that Tony had reached his limit.”
[Tony] had fet obligated for months to keep the floundering romance going because Jessica had given him a $100,000 speedboat for his birthday.
But the night before her birthday, Tony checked her cell phone a found secret text messages from John Mayer. She and Mayer had reconnected at a June birthday party for Pete Wentz.
Tony was upset, “but relieved that he’d finally found the reason to be rid of her,” said the source.
“Now he’s writing a check for $100,000 to cover the cost of the speedboat gift and washing his hands of the whole mess.”
New iPod Nano and iPod Touch cases are popping up everywhere and they have holes on the back section for the reported camera that will be on the next-gen iPods. Check out Cult of Mac for a whole slew of case pictures.
So it looks like Venom will be a playable character. Look, 52 Card Pickup!!!!!
Great news for MLB.tv and MLB.tv Premium users holding iPhones. They can now stream live video for every remaining game through the rest of this MLB season, subject to blackout restrictions, of course. Download the update for MLB at Bat now in the iTunes App Store.
A 25-year-old man reportedly committed suicide after an iPhone prototype he was responsible for went missing, leading to alleged "unbearable interrogation techniques" in the ensuing investigation, according to a Chinese publication. [AppleInsider]
NOTE: The image above is a concept design.
Jack Nicholson is filming a movie in Philadelphia and was at Citizen's Bank Park last night for the Phillies game against the Cubs. The Phanatic took notice, hilarity ensued.
A woman claims Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger lured her into a hotel room, then sexually assaulted her, according to a new lawsuit. Andrea McNulty claims in her civil lawsuit filed in Washoe County, Nevada, this year's Super Bowl winner asked her to come to his hotel room in July, 2008 -- and then forced her to have sex with him. McNulty -- an employee at the Harrah's Hotel in Lake Tahoe -- is suing for sexual assault and battery, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress.
Ben denies all of McNulty's allegations. Roethlisberger's lawyer told ProFootballTalk.com, "The timing of the lawsuit and the absence of a criminal complaint and a criminal investigation are the most compelling evidence of the absence of any criminal conduct." Roethlisberger was in Nevada at the time of the alleged incident for a celebrity golf tournament. [TMZ]
UPDATE: Sources connected to the Ben Roethlisberger sexual assault case claim the psychiatric care the accuser says she's under has nothing to do with Ben .... it has to do with a relationship she had with a man who never existed.
Great, superduper, awesome, amazing news for Blackberry/Mac users. According to RIM, the Blackberry Desktop Manager will finally be coming to Macs this September. Go to blackberry.com/mac to sign up for updates on this including notification during it's release.
The Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition will sell for $150. Not bad considering it comes with night-vision goggles that let you see up to 50 feet in the dark. It also comes with a hard-cover game art book, a steel book case for the artwork and an engraved stand for the goggles to sit on. And if you get bored with all that stuff, you can also play the game on PS3 and 360.
Above is a screen shot of what triple clicking the home button will do in the upcoming iPhone 3.1 firmware. The three features page will pop up giving users the option to use Voiceover, turn on zoom, or turn on white on black. Pretty good idea for a small upgrade. [The iPhone Blog]
According to the NY Post, Richard Jefferson, who was recently traded to the San Antonio Spurs, bailed out of his wedding plans just two hours before the ceremony.
The former Nets/Bucks star had been dating former Nets Dancer Kesha Ni'Cole Nichols and the two had planned out a $2 million wedding at the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle on Saturday.
Kesha managed to tell her friends and family about the cancellation, Jefferson, not so much.
One friend tells the NY Post that RJ never showed up, but plenty of his friends did.
Don't worry, Jefferson did "the right thing" and gave his friends his black AMEX card for the night. [NY Post]
A recent German tourist visiting New York, Axel Sanz-Claus, found a surprise in his steak from the Bull and Bear Restaurant at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. The surprise is about as disgusting as you can get...
Sanz-Claus spoke exclusively to Eyewitness News claiming that hidden in his food was a tampon, a blood soaked tampon.
By Lucy Yang
NEW YORK (WABC) -- A tourist from Germany says when he bit into his steak at the Waldorf-Astoria, there was a used tampon in it.
Axel Sanz-Claus, a tourist from Germany was enjoying a perfect visit to New York City until his dinner Friday night.
He ordered steak and spinach from the Bull and Bear Steak House at the Waldorf Astoria.
Sanz-Claus spoke exclusively to Eyewitness News claiming that hidden in his food was a tampon, a blood soaked tampon.
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"I had it in my mouth, chewed it and nearly swallowed it," said Sanz-Claus. He adds, "This is so disgusting, I've felt sick ever since."
This diner says he rinsed his mouth with brandy then went to the bathroom to vomit. He says the hotel then called an ambulance. Sanz-Claus claims the doctor in the emergency room cut the object in half and confirmed it was a used tampon. New York Presbyterian today confirming he was treated at the hospital
Sanz-Claus says he has not been able to sleep or eat since the episode.
Repulsive enough, just the thought of putting such an object in one's mouth and trying to eat it but this tourist says he now fears he has made himself vulnerable to disease.
He was tested for hepatitis at the hospital and was told to be tested for AIDS in two months.
The Waldorf-Astoria which owns and manages the restaurant, released the following statement. ""We are conducting an internal investigation, but have reason to believe that the circumstances surrounding this incident are highly suspicious. At this time we are not at liberty to provide any additional details."
Microsoft Office 2010 is coming out soonish. It'll do basically the same thing that your current version of Office does. Except it'll be new. This movie trailer is actually cooler than the product.
Apparently 3 p.m. is how long it takes to get Artie Lang drunk. According to TMZ, the former Howard Stern sidekick was arrested for suspicion of DUI after a minor car accident in Toms River, NJ. [TMZ]
Considering they are over $100 bucks, they're not really worth it, but are probably a good collector's item. They are really just normal Nike's with a color remix. [Kix in the City]
The sole looks pretty cool too.
The Split-Ring-Key is a key and keyring in one. You can simply just add all your keys onto this one. It's not that expensive ($7/pair) and seems like something that everyone can use. It's got me wondering why that stub at the end of the key exists anyway. [Split-Ring-Key]
Microsoft has come out with another Laptop Hunters Ad. This time featuring a family of 3. They are looking for a cheap laptop ($700) and once again *yawwn* Apple doesn't quite cut the budget. So they opt for a PC.
This family though, seems to have very little knowledge about computers. All they really want is something to organize pictures. The pretty much narrows down their choices to every laptop in the world. They seem relatively ignorant to what they are really getting in a PC vs a Mac. Hey, that's just like most PC owners!
Oh, and last time I checked a baby doesn't like something he cries. Take a hint (from the baby), get a Mac.
The Brando Mini Capsule claims to give you 10x better audio reception. I don't think it sounds 10x better, but it definitely sounds better. Click the link to buy or to listen to an audio sample of the gadget. It sells for $14, which isn't that bad if the improvement works as shown/described. [Brando]
The NYC Exit Strategy App for the iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Kindle makes finding the correct route to your destination very easy. All you have to do is choose your destination or what line you want to use and it will give you all the possible entrances and exits. It even has notices for handicap-accessible stations. Never have to look at a crappy, confusing, crowded subway map again! Not to mention, it tells you which subway car to sit in, so that you can get out at the stairs closest to your destination. It sells for $2, totally a fair price to pay for the time you'll save. [Gizmodo]
Hulu Video Downloader (what a name!) lets you download Hulu videos for later viewing. This is good for trips where you might have wifi before you head out on that summer road trip or get on board that airplane. You can use the site to download your favorite NBC and Fox Shows (ABC coming soon!) and watch them whenever you want.
I'm guessing this is going to be blocked very soon, so enjoy it while it's here. [Lifehacker]
I think it's pretty hard to forget or lose your gmail password. But if you do, you can now recover it via SMS. Simply head over to your account settings and add your cell phone number. Then, the next time you lose your password, you can send it to yourself via text.
To say it's about time, is an understatement. Regardless, ABC shows will finally be available for online viewing as soon as next week. ABC and Hulu came to an agreement earlier this year and it looks like we'll finally see/watch the results. The first show will be Grey's Anatomy followed by Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty and Lost over the next few weeks. [Hulu Blog]
The Trace of Time Clock lets people write onto the clock using a marker. When the clock passes the time of the event, the writings are erased. Very neat for people on a schedule. Not so much for people who are late all the time. [Engadget]
Draw a portrait of yourself using this gadget. It basically takes a picture of you and then (with your hands strapped to the gadget) it draws your portrait using the pens in your two hands. [We Make Money, Not Art]
Shaq was introduced today as a official member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He admitted that when he initially got the call from Cleveland GM Danny Ferry, that he didn't know who he was (even though they played against each other) and had to Google him.
Shaq brought along the above picture to show the media how he found out who Danny Ferry was.
So now that he's in Cleveland, what are his plans?
"I'm now in the security business. I'm now here to protect the King." And the "King" talk didn't stop there, as O'Neal told the assembled press that his new motto while in Cleveland is "to win a ring for the King."
Awesomest iPhone case ever. If there was a time to use the word awesomest, this would be it! And it comes with a PS Controller as an add-on! It sells for $20 bucks and the PS controller is another $7 (totally worth it). Too bad its sold out right now! [Etsy]
These are the Thriller headphones. They are obviously for display only and dedicated to Michael Jackson's most famous single "Thriller." But now it has a duel meaning with the whole death and grave thing. I'm guessing it's going to be sold (if it gets sold) for a lot of money now that he's gone. Click the link for more detailed pictures. In case you were wondering, they were made months before his death. [Thriller Headphones]
I'm guessing that since Gambit and Venom are on the cover of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, that at least one of them will be playable (Gamit more than likely) and that Venom might be a villian to fight! Looking forward to that. The first game was pretty cool and the second one looks even better.
Among the goodies to come in the new 3.1 firmware are:
- Voice Control now works over Bluetooth
- Updated AT&T profile to 4.2 (MMS is now enabled)
- Improvements to OpenGL and Quartz.
- iPhone vibrates when moving icons
- Non-destructive video editing means trimming a clip no longer saves over the original video but gives you the option to "Save as copy..."
- APIs to allow third party apps to access videos and edit them.
- Updated modem firmware to 5.08.01
UPDATE: More than likely this won't destroy the tethering "hack" that already works on iPhone 3.0, but we'll have to wait to find out.