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Wheelman

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Wil Alambre
Wil Alambre Senior Programmer
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Combining spectacular Hollywood-style stunts with a gripping storyline, Wheelman provides an adrenaline- fueled, cinematic thrill ride guaranteed to leave you breathless. Vin Diesel stars as an undercover agent and highly skilled driver who must infiltrate the Barcelona underworld to gather intelligence surrounding a covert heist. Posing as a driver-for-hire, he ends up caught in a crossfire of corruption and chaos while trying to stay one step ahead of local law enforcement and rival gangs.

  • THE ULTIMATE THRILL RIDE: Designed to play like a Hollywood blockbuster, Wheelman delivers all the rubber-burning, asphalt-churning excitement of the most jaw-dropping high-speed car chases.
  • OPEN WORLD DRIVING: Go where you want, do what you want, however you want. Choose your own route through the living, breathing city of Barcelona as you complete more than 30 missions and 100 side-missions, or simply drive around and take in the breathtaking Spanish architecture as you seek out all the game’s hidden cinematic jumps and golden lion statues.
  • REVOLUTIONARY CAR COMBAT: Sideswipe pursuing enemies with Wheelman’s ground-breaking Vehicle Melee car combat. Execute devastating “slam-n-ram” maneuvers in all directions with a simple flick of the joystick. But be careful, because your enemies can do the same. Once you experience Wheelman’s Vehicle Melee, you’ll never want to play another driving game without it!
  • MAXIMUM MOBILITY: Escape down a narrow alleyway on the back of a tricked-out motorcycle. Drive through an office building to make your getaway. Hop behind the wheel of exclusively licensed vehicles like the Pontiac G8 and Saturn Astra and make your escape in style. Drive it. Trash it. Crash it. You’re the Wheelman, it’s all up to you.
  • CINEMATIC SIGNATURE STUNTS: Survive death-defying feats and perform pulse-pounding moves to trigger extreme over-the-top Hollywood-style mobile attack maneuvers including:
    • Aimed Shot: Drive and shoot at the same time while the rest of the world slows to an easy-to-target blur.
    • The Air Jack: Leap from moving car to moving car to take control of a brand new ride.
    • The 360° Cyclone Spin: Spin around 180° to take out anyone that’s behind you, and then spin back 180° again to resume your route.

Wanted, Weapons Of Fate

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Wil Alambre
Wil Alambre Senior Programmer
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Wil Alambre Whiteboard Ninja

Set directly after the events of the film, Wesley continues his transformation into a full-fledged assassin and heir to a legacy of a secret fraternity of assassins. He continues his quest with a new mission to seek out the French chapter of The Fraternity, hunt down The Immortal and finally discover the truth about his family. In Wanted: Weapons of Fate, become the uber-assassin Wesley Gibson as you control an arsenal of skills such as Assassin Time, which enables you to take down multiple enemies with sheer precision; use the Advanced Cover System to shield yourself and move through the environment with remarkable speed; and even bend the laws of physics by Curving Bullets. Your destiny awaits. Join us.

Quantum Of Solace

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Wil Alambre
Wil Alambre Senior Programmer
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Wil Alambre Whiteboard Ninja

Venture Bros, Season 3

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Wil Alambre
Wil Alambre Senior Programmer
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Wil Alambre Whiteboard Ninja


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The Venture Bros is one of the best cartoons on TV right now. Period. If you’ve never watched the show, then you’re doing yourself a huge disservice. 

So why am I talking about the show on a videogame blog? Well, the upcoming third season DVD and Blu-Ray Disc was announced this past week and the cover art for the box looks like an Atari 2600 game cartridge. Some of the shows major characters are on the cover, but it severally lacks Dr. Girlfriend in her Dr. Mrs. The Monarch outfit. Check out the box art in the gallery above.

No price was announced, but the DVDs will include deleted scenes, uncensored episodes, and multiple audio commentary tracks. Both versions will be released on March 24. If you’ve never seen the show, then visit your countries version of AdultSwim for some awesome.

GO TEAM VENTURE!

The Team at Visual Lizard for 2009

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Julian Moffatt
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Your 2009 Team at Visual Lizard

From left to right: Wil Alambre, Julian Moffatt, Max Chiriac, Dwayne Kristjanson, Doug Ross and Ross McDowall. More to come.

Too Awesome Not To Post

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Julian Moffatt CEO / Partner
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For your Friday enjoyment!

Powers, Vol 12

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Wil Alambre
Wil Alambre Senior Programmer
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The Story: Homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim investigate murders specific to super hero cases, and they both have a secret: They both have powers. This new story will blow the roof off of everything you know about crime comics and super hero comics! Walker vs. Pilgrim! And they both have powers! From the writer of some of your favorite Marvel comics (ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, NEW AVENGERS) comes a brand-new chapter from this award-winning book. Collecting POWERS #25-30. 

Resident Evil 5

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Wil Alambre
Wil Alambre Senior Programmer
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From the ashes of old conflicts, a new terror arises. The Umbrella Corporation and its crop of lethal viruses have been destroyed and contained. But a new, more dangerous threat has emerged. Years after surviving the events in Raccoon City, Chris Redfield has been fighting the scourge of bio-organic weapons all over the world. Now a member of the Bio-terrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA), Chris is sent to Africa to investigate a biological agent that is transforming the populace into aggressive and disturbing creatures. Joined by another local BSAA agent, Sheva Alomar, the two must work together to solve the truth behind the disturbing turn of events. Featuring a revolutionary new co-op mode of gameplay, Resident Evil 5 will let players experience fear together as terror moves out of the shadows and into the light of day.

Watchmen

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Wil Alambre
Wil Alambre Senior Programmer
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Wil Alambre Whiteboard Ninja

A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, "Watchmen" is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the "Doomsday Clock" - which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union - is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion - a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers - Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity...but who is watching the watchmen?

IE Hates it When You Move Things

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Dwayne Kristjanson
Dwayne Kristjanson Senior Programmer
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Dwayne Kristjanson Indifference Engine

Recently I needed to implement styled tooltips that would follow the user’s mouse. Being lazy, I googled for a while and found a nice little library for Prototype (tooltip.js) that did almost exactly what I wanted. With a little modification the tooltips would follow the mouse around instead of positioning only when they were first triggered. Nice.

But the site I was working on was extremely complex, with positioned elements all over the place. The tooltips lost track of where they were in the page and ended up positioning themselves somewhere else on the page. They still followed the mouse, though. It was actually rather amusing. But not what I wanted. If only the tooltip elements were under <body> instead of ... somewhere else.

So back to google. I found another library for Prototype (move and copy) that made it easy to reposition elements. Then it was just a matter of triggering the move when I wrote out each element and it would be in the right position on the page. Worked like a charm. Or so I thought.

Not long after, I decided to add these cool tooltips to another project. That one had IE as a high priority, so I did more testing in that browser than in the first project (which was mainly intended for FireFox and Safari users). That’s when I discovered that IE REALLY hates it when JavaScript tries to move an element into the body tag. So much so that if the JavaScript in question isn’t in <body> or <head> the entire page will fail to load. Ugh. The solution was simple, just put the JavaScript where IE wants it to be (which, to be honest is the proper place to put it in any case). Still annoying, though.

Fantastic Four: World's Greatest

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Wil Alambre
Wil Alambre Senior Programmer
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Wil Alambre Whiteboard Ninja

The Story: Marvel’s First Family meets Millar and Hitch! When one of the world’s greatest writers teams up with one of the world’s greatest artists, the result is the truly World’s Greatest Comic Magazine! Following their epic successes with ULTIMATES and ULTIMATES 2, Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch reunite to forge a new future for the Fantastic Four! Taking their cue from the wild-eyed, creative abandon of the classic Lee/Kirby years, Millar and Hitch make the book decisively their own! First up is the return of Reed Richards’ old flame, Alyssa Moy, with news of worldwide calamity that only Mister Fantastic can help divert — but what if the price is his marriage to Sue? Next, the Defenders are back and barraging New York with high-velocity attacks. This mysterious group of heavies has taken out Doctor Doom and Johnny Storm — and that’s not even their biggest surprise! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR #554-561. 

Halo Wars

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Wil Alambre
Wil Alambre Senior Programmer
Visual Lizard
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1 (204) 957-5520 ext:152
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Wil Alambre Whiteboard Ninja

 

Halo Wars is a real-time action strategy game for the Xbox 360 that allows the player to control large armies and to shrewdly direct them in realistic warfare. Set early in the iconic war between the Covenant and UNSC - made famous by the Halo FPS games - Halo Wars provides a new angle on the war while bringing new heroes to the battle.