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Thursday, July 26, 2007

If you haven't been keeping up-to-date you've missed some drama! The future of the podcast was looking in doubt, because my hosting company don't allow the hosting of podcasts. This lead to the account being locked out until I removed the files. This was awful timing, because the podcast has been an unexpectedly humongous success- this is already the biggest month in MPZ history. Fortunately I have been able to find a new home for the files, meaning it no longer is on my web space, but it is still accessible through the same place. So now I'm back on track and can get back to creating. Huzzah!

In other news, I have taken my first tentative steps into the world of Facebook. If you're on there why not add me as a friend? Maybe we can start a MPZ group too...

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The downtime over the past couple of days was due to my inadvertently breaking my web-hosts terms and conditions, with the publication of the video podcast. Apparently hosting such files on their servers is not allowed and so much data had been downloaded it was overloading the server. So, to get back online I've had to remove the episodes. So I need to find an alternative place to host the episodes. I may need to change hosting company but this will be a lot of hassle and I had been happy with them up until now. So I am working on finding a solution that will avoid this. Please bear with me in the meantime. New episodes may be released via Veoh until I find a satisfactory outcome.

If I am forced to change hosts it might see upkeep on the site increasing, so if you were ever planning on doing so, now might be a good time to support the site by buying our merchandise.

Thanks to you all for supporting monkeypiratezombie!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Mainstream UK audiences finally get the chance to see latest US smash Heroes when in premiers on BBC 2 at 9 pm Wednesday. It's a long old time since there was a big Cult US show on the Beeb, (since they lost 24 to Sky) so the times about right. In fact so confident are the BBC in their new acquisition that they've already got the first-look rights to series 2- poaching it from the Sci-Fi Channel. The good thing is that they seem determined to treat it right and are showing it in a high-profile and appropriate slot, and are giving it a big push. Fans of US TV might not have been too keen on the way BBC2 have treated such shows in the past (Buffy put in a 6pm slot, cut to ribbons because it's y'know..for kids) but hopefully they've learnt their lesson. And of course, cause it's on the BBC it's showing without ads. Personally it gives me the chance to finally see how it turns out- my DVD recorder broke with about 5 episodes on it, scuppering my chance to catch the whole run on Sci-fi. Anyway check it out, it started off pretty well (and by all account gets even better) and it's certainly worth a look-see!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

It's about a week now until the Simpsons Movie finally hits cinemas. I'm so keen to see it, that it just about edges out Transformers as my most eargerly awaited film of the moment. It's really cool the way they've managed to keep plot points secret and I can't wait to see what they have in store. I'm not one of those people who insist the Simpsons has lost it. It's still the funniest and smartest adult animation to come out of the US, and anyone who 's thinking 'Family Guy' should be ashamed of themselves... Homer's still the Daddy! I have faith that the team won't let me down, in fact don't be surprised if this turns out to be the family's finest hour!

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Friday, July 13, 2007

This week is a busy one for me so I made the tough decision to not rush to get my latest animation finished for entry into the competition. I'm really pleased with how it's going so I want to make it the best I can. I have other plans to bring it to a wider audience too. Your first chance to see it will most likely be as part of the new-look podcast... Incedentally the podcast subscriber numbers have shot up in the past couple of days. If you are one of the new subscribers and you heard about it from somewhere then please drop me an e-mail or comment! I'm keen to know what's caused this sudden boom!


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The E3 games show has been on in the US today, the day when all the games developers show off the games they will be releasing. Naturally I don't give a toss what Sony or Microsoft said, but Nintendo have also had their conference. You can check out the games they've announced here. As suspected, Mario Kart Wii was officially confirmed (and it'll come with a natty steering wheel add-on). But the surprises were a couple of hardware add ons- the wii zapper and the balance mat
. The zapper turns your remote and nunchuck into a gun (not a real one obviously, that would be highly irresponsible) that should turn playing first person shooters on Wii from a bit of a pain in the arse to a more pleasurable experience. The Balance Mat will allow you to control games with full body movements and will be packaged with Wii Fitness a Wii Sports style package that aims to get you fit. Sound like fun. It seems the remote's motion sensing is only the beginning...


Friday, July 06, 2007

The TV screening has not necessarily lead to a massive uptake in visitors to the site (seeing as the address wasn't published or broadcast anywhere) but it's certainly had other impacts. Not least the effect it's had on me. I'm now diving headlong into my animation and I have so many ideas cropping up all the time, I just can't stop. I'm working on an animation as an entry to a competition- if I were to win it would be great exposure. In the more realistic event that it doesn't get chosen (or finished in time) then obviously it will show up online sooner rather than later. I'm really pleased with how it's looking so far- probably my best looking animation to date so I can't wait to finish and show you guys the result. But you and I both are going to have to wait a while. I'm sure we'll cope though, there will be plenty of stuff to entertain us in the meantime.


Tuesday, July 03, 2007

One of the criticisms of the line-up of games so far released for the Nintendo Wii is the number of lazy 'ports' from PS2 and Xbox, only with half-arsed motion control tacked on. However nobody complained when it was announced Resident Evil 4 would be getting a special Wii edition. On the contrary- the idea of playing through this modern classic with added Wii-enhancements was very enticing. It's here and it's fantastic. One of the most exciting (and pant-wettingly scary) experiences on any console just got better. Using the wiimote adds a whole extra dimension, and it was excellent to begin with! Monkey Pirate Zombie whole-heatedly recommends this to all Wii owners, and we give it five zombies* (out of five).

*even though this one doesn't have Zombies in it per se...