Doing Good In The Hood: RZA and The Hip Hop Chess Federation

April 13, 2008 at 7:19 pm (Doing good in the hood, Hip Hop, Music, Video Games) (, , , , , , , )

Rapping, producing, film scoring, acting, and now chess? Is there anything Bobby Digital CAN’T do? Wu Tang clan founder and producer Robert Diggs, a.k.a. “The RZA” was one of several hosts at this past Saturday’s “Martial Arts as a Path to Nonviolence” panel, which was one of the many activities that took place during the Hip Hop Chess Federation’s “Mind over Matter Chess and Grappling Exhibition”, which was held in Menlo Park, CA. He was joined by chess icon Josh Waitzkin and Mixed Martial Arts Champion Ralex Gracie as they discussed how practitioners of chess and the martial arts are trained in ways to avoid violence.

The Hip Hop Chess Federation was founded in 2007 by author and lecturer Adisa Banjoko and Leo Librian. Its purpose is to make use of martial arts, chess, and hip hop as a means to steer inner city youth away from nonviolence. Past events have included hip hop figures such as Immortal Technique, DJ QBert, and Bay area rapper San Quinn.

On a side note, Xbox Live players (well at least those who own the Xbox Live Arcade Game Chessmaster) can join the action and download new chess boards and even compete for various prizes.

Source: Allhiphop.com
Hip Hop Chess Federation

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Random Thoughts on Race, Women, Bush, and Other Random Shit

November 27, 2007 at 2:45 pm (Anti-Bush, conservative bitchslapping, My muthafuckin self, My personal opinion, Police Brutality, Politics, Racism, Republicans being stupid, Shits and giggles, Video Games)

I know it’s been a while since I blogged, well before last week anyhow, but I’ve been busy with work and school, especially sine I’ll hopefully be graduating in 2 and a half weeks. Nevertheless, I got some new material for ya’ll, and it’s a doozy. This is gonna be a long post, so read it after the jump.

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Hustlin Saga demo is now online!

July 13, 2007 at 11:29 am (Hustlin Saga, information, Video Games)

I actually had it up since Wednesday, but I didn’t get around to making the post announcing such.  Here it is folks, download it, play it, tell me what you think.  The new demo takes you through most of the first chapter.  It has some issues to be worked out, but this is the direction the game is heading, and if you don’t mind the offensive content, you’ll enjoy it.  I’m trying to steer as far away from the normal RPG clihes as possible, and you’ll see that in the game.

Download it from this link:

http://www.personal.kent.edu/~wtalley/hustlinsagademo.htm 

WARNING:  THIS GAME CONTAINS GRAPHIC VIOLENCE, PROFANITY, DRUG USE, NUDITY, AND A WHOLE BUNCH OF OTHER OFFENSIVE STUFF.  BY DOWNLOADING THIS GAME, YOU FORFEIT ANY RIGHT TO COMPLAIN ABOUT BEING OFFENDED.  ALSO, THIS IS A BETA, SO I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE DONE TO YOUR COMP BY THIS GAME.

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My Directorial Debut

May 25, 2007 at 9:15 pm (information, Shits and giggles, Video Games)

Aiight, I know I haven’t updated in a while, but I got some more stuff on the way. Not the least of which is a new “good in the hood” article. I’ll have that up later this weekend. In the meantime, check out my director’s debut, made using the movies.

http://movies.lionhead.com/movie/132699

Check it out, I’m finna be bigger than Jerry Bruckheimer, Peter Jackson, Spike Lee, John Singleton, Michael Bay, and Steven Spielburg all put together!

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Fanboy Bitchfest Volume 1: The Devil May Cry 4 Fiasco

April 17, 2007 at 2:39 pm (Shits and giggles, Video Games)

As many of you who are gamers may have already known, Capcom announced that “Devil May Cry 4”, a game once slated to be a Playstation 3 exclusive, is now headed for the Xbox 360. This game joins Assassin’s Creed, Mercenaries 2, and Virtua Fighter 5 as the latest in a long string of former PS3 exclusives now being turned into multiplatform releases. Enough about that, the real issue here is that several fanboys got up in arms, and have started a petition boycotting Capcom. Now keep in mind here that the game is still coming out to Playstation 3, but it’s also coming out to Xbox 360 as well.  Now on the one hand, I can see what the outrage is about.  There are people who have spent $600 on a machine just to play this game.  But starting up a protest becuase it’s also on Xbox 360?  Come on now.  There are plenty of other PS3 exclusives worth creaming your pants over.

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$20 GOTW and Lost Classics at Powet

November 26, 2006 at 4:44 pm ($20 GOTW, information, Lost Classics, Video Games)

Becuase it makes more sense than posting the same thing to 2 different sites and becuase my homie Zac Shipley needs a lot of exposure, my $20 GOTY and Lost Classics features will be posted over at Powet.tv exclusively.  Check it out, becuase it’s a dope ass site.  Check there each Thursday afternoon.  I’ll also add a link to the blogroll list so you won’t forget.

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Lost Classics: Xexyz (NES)

November 2, 2006 at 12:37 pm (Lost Classics, Video Games)

Lets head back to 1989.  Hudson soft released this often overlooked but high quality action game on the NES.  You play as Apollo and your goal is to rescue the princess.  Okay, so the plot isn’t all that original, but the levels offer up a mix of side scrolling shooter levels and platforming.  It’s linear, but there are hidden areas to discover, as well as new upgrades and abilities.  It’s kinda like Gradius meets Mega Man and Metroid.  There is a small chance that this could come to the virtual console, so check out the rom until then.

BTW, sorry about last week’s Lost Classic.  I was too busy with training to post it here.  You can read it vover at Powet however.

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$20 GOTW: Street Fighter EX 3 (PS2)

November 2, 2006 at 12:35 pm ($20 GOTW, capcom, Video Games)

This week’s $20 GOTY and lost classics are gonna take you waaaaaay back.  First, lets take a trip back to the PS2 launch.  Although there weren’t many titles worth grabbing at the time, (except Timesplitters and Tekken Tag Tournament) Capcom gave us fighting game fans something to tide us over. You either love the EX series or you hate it.  Those who like it, (me for instance) like the cool music, intresting new characters (although some are somewhat dull), and the fact that our favorite 2-d series translated so well to 3-d.  Those who hate it harp on it’s static backgrounds, dull characters, and consider it blasphemy to take a 2-d stalwart and take it into 3-d.  Capcom’s 3-d fighters have been more of a test run than anything, and the fact that they still continue to produce 2-d games speaks volumes of thier apprehension to make the jump to 3-d.  Be that as it may, beside Rival Schools and Tech Romancer, this is probably thier best 3-d effort.

Although the only new character introduced here is Ace (a robot who you can set special attacks for in an all new mission mode), many of your favorites from the EX series have arrived.  A new Tag Team mode, similar to the Marvel vs Capcom games is also included.  You can’t change in and out as rapidly here as you did in MVC though, so it adds a layer of strategy and timing.  A new single player mode tries to do things differently by having you fight more than one opponent at once, and giving you the option to recruit defeated opponents to your team.  Finally, beating the aforementioned single player mode treats you to the wildest credit sequence ever; a free-for all brawl where the goal is to take out as many enemies as you can.

As I mentioned before, not everyone will like SFEX3, particularly series purists.  I kinda miss the remixed barrel breaking game from the original EX.  For those who don’t mind a little change now and then however, you can’t go wrong with this PS2 blast from the past.

By the way, sorry about last week’s $20 GOTW.  I was busy with training and forgot to post it here.  You can still read it over at Powet though.

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$20 GOTW & Lost Classics: Geometry Wars (Xbox 360) and Silent Bomber (PS1)

October 21, 2006 at 6:19 pm ($20 GOTW, Lost Classics, Video Games)

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$20 GOTW:  Geometry Wars

This week, I’m gonna do a little something different.  Remember all those games like Robotron, Space Invaders, and Galaga where you didn’t play to see some 45 minute ending or unlock a whole bunch of stuff?  All you played them was to beat the highest score.  Well, Bizzare Creations’ Geometry Wars is just that.  You play it for the challenge, and it’s addictive.  It began life as a hidden feature of Project Gotham racing, but evolved into something more.  This update adds in flashier graphics and music, while keeping the gameplay simple.  As a ship, you try to survive as long as you can against an onslaught of enemy polygons.  The left analog stick is used for moving, while the right is used for shooting, a’l’a smash TV.  You can even play your own soundtracks while playing it.  Check it out, it’s available on the marketplace for only $5.  (400 points to be exact.)

Lost Classics:  Silent Bomber (PS1)

In the late years of the PS1, Bandai released a game that, while it captures the essence of what we love about classic gaming, it also updates it with a clever twist.  You play as Jutah, a man running from the demons of his past while by attempting to save the world from a rogue warship.  It’s a top-down shooter, but instead of blasting at enemies, you plant bombs on them and detonate them.  This game play turns what would have been an average shooter into something totally different from the norm.  The setting and detonation of bombs allows for a new layer of strategy.  Also, it’s pretty fun and sadistic to plant bombs on moving targets, even if they are just robots.  When you get tired of the vs mode, there is a 2-player vs mode you can play.  This game is pretty rare, so if you manage to find a copy, do yourself a big favor and pick it up.

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Why video games are better than women (for shits and giggles)

October 17, 2006 at 2:27 am (Shits and giggles, Video Games, women) (, )

Inspired by ihatewomen.com’s “Why beer is better than women”, as well as similar posts by women made against men, here is something I came up with. I’m not dissing all women or any one female, but ladies, if the shoe fits, WEAR IT.

Lets look at the comparisons

Video Games: Always within arms reach when I want them.
Women: Seldom return calls and emails, gotta wait a month for their schedule to clear up in order to spend a few hours with them, and then hope they don’t back out at the last minute or stand you up

Video Games: Don’t mind if I want to have sometime alone to myself.
Women: Accuse me of cheating whenever I want time alone, but then demand that I give them the same. (gotta love double standards)

Video Games: Don’t tell me I’m not their type because I’m too _________ or I’m not ________ enough
Women: That’s all I ever hear from them.

Video Games: The only time you have to compete with other guys is on Xbox Live, Wii Connect, or PSNr.
Women: Constantly flirt around with other dudes, and you have to worry about them running off to be with some other guy or cheating on you.
Video Games: Don’t care about what kind of car you drive, how much money you have, weather or not you’re some ultra muscular athletic bodybuilder, what skin color/ethnicity you are, or any other materialistic, shallow B.S.
Women: That’s pretty much all they look for. Goldiggers.

Video Games: They only time you have to spend money on them is when you buy new games or accessories.
Women: You gotta pay for dinner, movie, hotel room, gas, condoms, cigarettes, and everything else without expecting anything in return.

Video Games: Are relaxing and provide hours of stimulation and entertainment
Women: Provide nothing but drama, heartbreak, and bullshit.

Now I know Videogames can’t have sex with you (At least you don’t have to worry about STDS, pregnancy, or child support), buy you gifts, take care of you when you are sick, or make you dinner, but when you have no one to do it for you right now, It doesn’t make a difference.

They can’t tell you they love you either, while I’ve had several women say that to me. Obviously they didn’t mean it that much though, so that doesn’t make much of a difference either.

Okay, now don’t get mad, this is just for fun. Besides, you could switch it around and say the same things about men too.

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