WORLD FIRST – New Star Trek character

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Well. You might not have thought it but at time of writing not one person has put this news up yet. We even thought it was a joke when the press release came through earlier today.

Below is text from a press release sent by a PR company in Ireland for Paramount. As far as we know it is not a joke and have even asked for confirmation of this.

“With all the buzz around the latest Star Trek movie, another star is rumoured to be making a cameo in the JJ Abrams film, due out in 2008. Joining the long list of big name stars who will be making an appearance in what looks set to be the biggest feature film of next year, is everyone’s favourites ogre, Shrek! The giant ogre has become so popular that the makers of the film felt they just couldn’t leave him out. With his slightly odd looks, Shrek will certainly fit into the ‘alien’ environment and will be heading off to a galaxy far, far away on his greatest adventure yet.

Shrek is no stranger to appearing in hit movies with 3 films already under his belt, including ‘Shrek The Third’ which is out now on DVD.

Pictured: John Cho (Sulu) and the newest Star Trek character – Shrek.”

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CSI Season 5 Part 1 (Region 2) DVD Review

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The beginning of the 5th season is somewhat of a hit and miss. CSI (Las Vegas) is the original CSI show with William Petersen as Gil Grissom the lead character. While a number of loner storylines progress there are two very interesting episodes. Down the Drain shows how a set of bones found in a storm drain results in the team finding a house filled with explosives. 

Then there is Mea Culpa where after evidence changes in a murder case resulting in the team becoming under investigation. 5.1 provides a lot of entertainment value and is worth a look to solid fans of the show. It can also act as a starting point for new ones. There are the usual few episodes that are not worthwhile though so a word of warning should be given. DVD extras include the standard commentary tracks minus key cast members. 

Verdict: +

CSI Miami Season 4 Part 1 (Region 2) DVD Review

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The DVD of the first half of the fourth season provides more questions than answers. CSI Miami stars David Caruso as the lead of a group of crime scene investigators. Season 4 Part 1 entertains using a large number of insulated storylines such as Urban Hellraisers about a group of university students who after playing a GTA style game decide to try scenes from the game for real. Even though anyone who has played a game will feel like shouting at the screen at some of the holes in the games design it’s a good episode.

There are also a few elements that develop into later stories and a few big ones on the three discs that are very interesting. What is a surprise is that there are no real bad episodes in this set. You should expect one or two but in this case it’s hard to find one that could really be considered a bad episode. One storyline has one of the CSI’s receive a nail in the head from nail gun and is about figuring out how it happened from the viewer’s perspective. It’s an episode shown from finish to start so you are just waiting for it to happen in a sort of perverse pleasure. DVD extras include a number of episode commentaries but none by David Caruso which is a shame. 

Verdict: +

Activision Blizzard Press Details (Update)

As an update to the current Activision Blizzard merger story we can announce
that for the foreseeable future all press announcements from Activision or Vivendi
will be kept separate apart from details on the merger. We can also report that
it is expected to be complete mid next year.

Dont like your own game? You’re fired!

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Following on with the Gamespot firing story there have been a number of firings of key people in the gaming industry. Next in line has been a head honcho at Midway games who insulted in no uncertain terms their product Blacksite: Area 51. While the firing season appears to have now passed we can be sure that this will not be the last we will hear about this topic.