Tuesday, December 30
Considering that Tecmo is clearly going for the old-school crowd, they'll certainly please them thanks to the fact that this game is nearly identical to its predecessors in many ways.
Monday, December 29
A retrospective in sound, pictures, and made-up words
What can be said about 2008 other than, "Please, God, make it stop!" We laughed, we cried, and we probably threw up on ourselves—and that was just during the New Kids on the Block concert.
I like Ed Hardy stuff, and straight-leg jeans.
It boggles my mind that this buggy, glitch-filled mess must have passed through the hands of dozens and dozens of QA testers, developers, and Eidos management, and they all said “Yep, this seems like a perfectly finished game to me!”
I'm obsessed with Vanilla Coke.
Friday, December 26
It shamelessly borrows from every zombie movie cliche in existence, but that's exactly why fans of the genre will love this game. You've got your ragtag group of diverse characters, hordes of bloodthirsty zombies, and plenty of "stand on top of this thing and shoot everything that moves with your shotgun" moments.
Thursday, December 25
A look back at the year in local music, including a podcast of the year's 10 best releases and downloads from many more...
Tuesday, December 23
Karaoke games might be huge across the pond, but they've yet to catch on much here. This game's party-compatible features could help, although it's single-player side is weak.
Booze and the Bible mingle at Theology on Tap
On Thursday nights, in a peculiar phenomenon which might inspire a spit take from ascetic fuddy duddies, Henry’s Upstairs transubstantiates from a secular saloon into a slightly sloshed seminary. Theology on Tap is serving up Bible study anointed with beer, and all are welcome.
Sunday, December 21
Kate von Achen, Founding Director of Awava
I pull out my eyebrows incessantly.
I got my belly button pierced when I was 18, and I just can't bring myself to take it out for some reason.
Drummer, dual citizen of Lawrence and New York
Friday, December 19
Two new Christmas albums FREE exclusively on lawrence.com
Sick of being hit over the head with Mannheim Steamroller and all the other crappy Christmas music out there? Download two new Christmas albums by Lawrence musicians Sam Billen and Josh Atkinson—and rediscover the true meaning of decent Christmas music.
Thursday, December 18
It's disappointing that it's so easy to love the game during the impressive platforming segments, then quickly hate it once an enemy pops up. With some more polish and a better combat engine, a sequel to this game could be stellar.
Adorable Lawrence couple crafts crushworthy indie pop
Lawrence's Transmittens traces its roots back to Cincinnati, where Jen Weidl and Danny Rowland met and started making lovely music together.
Tuesday, December 16
There may be some confusing elements to the overall presentation of this package, but what's really important are the games. Thankfully, there's a lot of them, and a good chunk of them are worth your time.
Monday, December 15
*...based on actual news
Highlights from the news that was new last week.
Troubadour Slick Rhodes is drunk on Christmas cheer, eggnog
You might know Slick Rhodes as the song-and-dance man from Galveston, TX with a taste for whiskey-soaked women, or you might know him as the protégé of Lawrence musical institution Arthur Dodge who looks uncannily a lot like Arthur Dodge.
The mother of all bad Christmas specials screens in Lawrence
Scandinavian Santa versus the Ice Cream Bunny. Santa the Ambassador, teaching African children about the great United States. That’s the stuff of “Holy Yule: Santa in a Strange Land,” a film of mashed-up arcane video that’s touring the Midwest.
Nuts & Bolts is simultaneously a great throwback to classic 3D platformers and a breath of fresh air in the genre. The level progression may seem straight out of Mario 64, but the new vehicle system makes it more than just nostalgia.
Server, student, enjoys Spanish and ambulating.
I like classic pieces that you can dress up or down
I like rocking the fedora
Growing up Hindu in the United States, did you ever feel like a Democrat at a Bass Pro Shop?
Sunday, December 14
It's been two years since the Nintendo Wii hit (and subsequently flew off of) the shelves, and there have been two major success stories: minigames and Wii Fit. It seems that Namco Bandai saw a couple of emerging fads and tried to capitalize on them, as Active Life Outdoor Challenge is an odd combination of both minigame and "fitness".
Wednesday, December 10
Resistance 2 doesn't quite keep up with the level of quality of today's AAA shooters, but it still delivers a campaign worth playing through and an impressive multiplayer component.
Tuesday, December 9
Leslie Kay, screen printer, rock show booker, junk refurbisher, cat whisperer
Sock monkeys fling holiday cheer at LOLA
Twas the weeks before Christmas, when all through the economy, Not a shopper was stirring, not even at Anthropologie.
The difference between Guitar Hero and On Tour Decades is that one is meant to be played in a living room with friends and some beers, and the other is meant to be played portably. Oh, and one is impossible to play without looking like a massive tool. If you doubt me, please watch the commercial for the game herein...
Monday, December 8
*...based on actual news
I actually subscribe to the stimulating-the-economy theory, where I just spend money to encourage a resurgence in the economy.
Recession-proof party plans
With the economy in a seemingly endless nosedive, many holiday parties are being scaled back or simply canceled. Even Vanity Fair is planning to tone down its standard-setting Oscar bash. In light of all the news, whatever is a humble holiday house party (and its broke hosts) to do?
Lawrence’s The Armory heralds “The New Depression”
Saturday, December 6
There are a few frustrating hiccups in the quality of the actual races, but fans of the genre shouldn't let that dissuade them from picking this up.
Friday, December 5
I'm pretty obsessed with Spongebob Squarepants. I try to watch it every day.
I think there should be a mall in Lawrence. I'd also like to have more clubs for younger people.
Monday, December 1
When the first Gears of War came out, I remember hearing many gamers say it was good for tiding the masses over until Halo 3 hit. Now, it can certainly be said that the Gears of War franchise is just as much of a heavy-hitter as Microsoft's other big exclusive.
KU wins! KU loses. Economy loses even worse. India, Batman, Planned Parenthood gift cards, Barack Hussein Obama ... all reviewed from the week that was.
Small business owner, minimalist, bliss lover, and friend
The cartoonish DC heroes and villains fit right into the ridiculous MK universe. It's jarring at first to see MK mainstay Scorpion plunge his spear into the Joker, but these DC characters really help to add a new element to Midway's franchise.
Art show ponders whether we’re on the cusp of utopia or Armageddon
A leaf blower doesn’t leap to mind as the likeliest harbinger of hell-on-earth, but that’s a matter of perspective. It was that unassuming power tool, being used to manicure a lawn behind Hobbs Taylor Lofts in a futile attempt to fend off natural decay, which inspired Dave Loewenstein and Heidi Zeller to curate a modern convenience vs. inevitable destruction art show.
How two artists use death to amplify life
What make some people more aware of their own mortality than others? What motivates people to take action in their lives? What values do we hold as a society? Artists Nicole Kenney and ks rives address these questions in their global survey of human attitudes toward death in a project called "Before I Die I Want To..."