Monday, March 17, 2008

Quick Question...

“Hey Richie, you know how you were bigging up Devil may cry 4, and even managed to get it early? How come you only have 3 Cheevements and are only at mission 8?”

Good question.

And to be honest it’s a culmination of many things:

Firstly my X-box was constantly Dirty Disking the game, I was getting 15 mins of playtime, and was reduced to saving after each red orb. This has now been rectified as I have upgraded to an X-box elite.

Secondly Katamari has been a big hit, don’t get me wrong I still <3 Dante, but that Katamari rolling game is stupidly fun to play as each level is timed, most of them being around 2 mins. As such I got 450 cheevements from some “casual” gaming.

And lastly*… and the main point of my post. I think I approached Devil may cry from completely the wrong angle, I found myself desperately struggling to work out the most efficient achievement based route through the game, trying to make my first playthrough as fruitful as possible… Gamerscore-whore. I’m far from an epic gamerscore partly because I haven’t really been bothered, I have been playing the games for playing’s sake. E.g. I cant be arsed going through Easy/Medium modes on Guitar hero if I can do the hard/expert modes (FYI Activision, you should sort that out, if you complete a career on Hard you should totally get the easy/medium cheevos!). Also I have only bought a few games, i.e. ones I want to play, I’m not sure I can condone playing King Kong just to get the 1000 gamerscore at the end. waste of time methinks. Anyways right now devil may cry is on hiatus, until I come to a point where I wanna play the game to play the game.
For fucks sake! Anyone else been afflicted with gamerscorewhoreitis?

*Oh yeah also I have a Lvl 70 troll hunter on EU Tarren Mill. My guild is actually now in the process of recruiting drop me a mail (richie[at] if you would like to join in…


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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Front Magazine's Steve Beech: An Interview

Hey all,

After getting really excited about Front Magazine's great work on the Devil May Cry Images, we decided to get some input from the great minds behind these genius works of art!

So we spoke with Front magazine's Art Director: Steve Beech

Where did the idea for replacing Dante and Nero with a female model come from?
Well, we were approached by the lovely people at Capcom after they saw a similar project we did for Call of Duty 4 and they just asked so nicely we couldn’t say no.

Are you a fan of the Devil May Cry series?
To be honest I am not a big gamer (although a lot of the staff here are) even though I have worked on a few gaming titles in the past, but I generally like the whole look of the game as I love Manga films and thought that I could get that energy across with the lovely Vikki Blows.

What do you think of Devil May Cry 4?
I think it looks like a really slick game, and the graphics and artwork kick ass.

Are you an Xbox 360 man or a PS3 man?
I play the 360 in the office when we have clocked out after gawping at women all day. I rock at Guitar Hero and suck at Pro Evo.

What is the next big title you are looking forward to?
Space Harrier 2? LOL

Are there any other games that you would consider doing something similar too?
Something like Metal Gear Solid would look pretty ace I reckon.

Could I persuade you to do something similar for the ladies of the Resident Evil series?
Yeah, they are dead sexy.

Do you reckon, since games have much nicer graphics, we can expect to see more of these types of images?
Yeah I reckon, the higher quality of the graphics gives much more to play with when it comes to dropping the real life girl over the top without the two looking too separate.

Games have gotten a lot of bad press recently with rating violence, sex and nudity. What's your standpoint on the recent government involvement in the censorship of violent or sexual games?
I have no problem with the violent content in games, it’s just the same as films and music at the end of the day, kids will always get their hands on it. But more sex in games can’t be too bad can it?

Who would win in a fight, Vikki Blows or Dante?
Vikki, coz she gave me a look on the shoot after a bad joke that said more than any lethal blow could do.

Will we ever see the Vikki Blows images as downloadable content for the 360?
I’m sure, just keep looking on the Capcom site or FRONT’s MySpace ( Once the mag is off the shelf we will release the naughtier images as wallpapers.

Can I have Vikki's number? You know… for work purposes…
She communicates only by smoke signals, sorry.

There you have it...

Steve, you are a God, thankyou for putting those images into the world.

We at are forever indebted to you.

Buy it!!! March 1st!

Love n Hugs,

Richie X.

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Devil May Cry 4: Bestest. Cosplay. Ever.

Wewt!! more Devil may cry 4 images, apparently the model is called Vikki Blows (Classy). The entire staff at Thatguys wish to cordially invite you to take our hand in marriage.

We take it back Kotaku... you provided us with this image, you aren't all bad. Except for the silly fish on the bewbs, what's going on there?

Luv n Hugs

Richie X

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Devil May Cry 4: Best. Cosplay. Ever.

Seth over at the Capcom blog has found some real gems! Front Magazine has done some rather original photo shoots involving the DMC characters but with (semi-naked) girls instead!

The magazine will be published on 1st March with all the pics, including some nudey ones!!! will be all over this, expect some NSFW post in the near future.

Kudos Front, Kudos...


Richie X

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

On the 1st day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us…

Today on this 1st day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us: Doing things in the wrong order.

Much like the order of these posts, is it a countdown? Like the twelve days of Xmas… is it and advent calendar? Who knows.

But yeah doing things in the wrong order. All of the missions in Devil May cry can be played completely out of order… I don’t know how many of you out there have actually done this, but I always forget what order the missions occur in and find that I just try my best choose the missions with bosses.

This is the last in the series of the Days of Dante-mas. Next Devil May Cry you hear from us will be a review or rantings.

Check out all the posts here.

Anyways, I’m cutting this post short as I have better things to do… i.e. play DMC4, I got it early… One of the perks of being in the games industry. YAAAS


Richie X

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

On the 2nd day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us…

Dante's first day at a new school
Richie: Today on this 2nd day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us: NOT THIS FUCKING IMAGE!!!

Cunzy: It's wrong. Just wrong.

Richie: Someone clearly wasn't paying attention to Devil May Cry 3.

Cunzy: Someone clearly never played Devil May Cry 3.

Richie: Shit man, maybe this is the super secret ending on hard.

Cunzy: You're right. Sorry, SPOILERS everyone.

Richie: Why would someone do this?

Cunzy: Imagine getting up in the morning with the intent of creating that image.

Richie: I love Deviant Art though. It's like a mind reading website.

Cunzy: I'm all like, you know what I haven't seen but would like to see? Two half demon brothers from that game series I played about to get it on.

Richie: I want them to be looking into each others eyes longingly.

Cunzy: BINGO! Deviant art delivers every time.

Richie: Art galleries would be filled with shit like this if it wasn't for any kind of quality control.

Cunzy: Thank the lord for those art QC guys.

Richie: I bet Belial has never played a Devil May Cry game.

Cunzy: I bet Belial had to try really hard to not put a heart above the "i" in her name instead of a dot or period as they say in America.

Richie: Are the ones above i's called periods too?

Cunzy: No one knows for sure.

Richie: There's probably a fan fiction to go with this image on

Cunzy: Yeah, with those disclaimers at the top. "These characters are not created by me or anything to do with me"

Richie: "I've never played Devil May Cry but I love the chars"

Cunzy: As if Capcom browse looking for copyright infringement.

Richie: Hey guys! Someone is using our characters without our permission!

Cunzy: Lets sue the fuckers!

Richie: The fanfiction is probably titled Dante's first day at a new school.

Cunzy: Yeah, he gets bullied and hates his parents.

Richie: Fortunately, though the popular boy Vergil takes Dante under his wing.

Cunzy: And up the shitter.

Richie: Then they both came in all three positions

Cunzy: "Part two will be posted any day soon" reads the thread dated March 2007.

Richie: I bet Belial is a man.

Cunzy: I bet Belial has the bottom half of this image but couldn't get the hands right so scrapped it.

Richie: I bet Belial thinks Linkin Park rocks.

Cunzy: I bet Belial wishes she had a sister.

Richie: Or a friend.

Cunzy: I'm going to blow this image up and paste it on billboards everywhere.

Richie: Games make young women gay!

Cunzy: But gay strictly in the man sense.

Richie: It's hard to stress that without some kind of qualifying statement.

Cunzy: I hate homosexual men trapped in the bodies of straight women.

Richie: It's a hard knock life.


Richie and Cunzy X X

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

On the 3rd day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us…

Today on this 3rd day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us: Bosses!

One of the most appealing parts of the game is the boss characters. Huge and amazingly detailed enemies with the usual patterns to interpret and counter.

In the DMC series most of the boss characters take the form of huge mythical beasts such as Cerberus, Beowulf (a Behemoth of some sort, not Ray Winstone) or a Griffon. Though I have always found that humanoid bosses are always the scariest. Neo Angelo, Vergil, Lady etc.

For those of you who downloaded the demo, you have seen that you can play against one of the boss characters, a big horsey fire demon with a big sword. And the fight is so fucking pretty, I'm glad to see that the bosses haven't changed that much.


Richie X

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Monday, February 04, 2008

On the 4th day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us…

Today on this 4th day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us: Cameos

This has been touched upon in another post from Cunzy.

Dante has appeared in:

Viewtiful Joe:

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne:

He also, showed up in Capcom Fighting Jam, and has a card in SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighter.

But the biggest kick to the crotch is… and get this… he was supposed to turn up in Soul Calibur 3!!! Well fingers crossed for Soul Calibur IV… Can you imagine it Darth Vader Vs Dante… I would pay good money to see ol’ silver hair kick the crap out of faggy Annie Skywalker and his pod-racing, virgin-birth, Portman-loving ways.


Richie X

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Friday, February 01, 2008

On the 5th day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us…

Today on this 5th day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us: Shooting guns in mid-air and thus defying gravity.

Fucking brilliant hovering whilst firing off "Ebony and Ivory" so, so cool.


Richie X

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On the 6th day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us…

Today on this 6th day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us: Vergil

Vergil is an odd one… Dante’s twin brother. He’s one of the main antagonists of Devil May Cry 3, he also gets to be a playable character in the special edition. But crazily enough this dude is also a sub-boss in the first Devil May Cry. This doesn’t sit that well with me: Vergil Starts off in DMC with a Katana then gets ubered-out and starts using a big-ass two handed sword… I suppose it shouldn’t vex me that much, Dante does use a guitar…


Richie X

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On the 7th day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us…

Today on this 7th day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us: Nevan

Nevan? Nevan is the name of one of the weapons you can get in Devil May Cry 3. And it’s a guitar, and honest to god guitar! The guitar changes into a scythe, it has lightning and shoots fucking bats… I mean seriously that is fucking amazing…

Nuff said.


Richie X

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

On the 8th day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us…

Today on this 8th day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us: DMC2 -.-

Hmmm, the game isn’t that bad in fact the “game” is good but all of the trimmings were just wrong.

Reasons this game was bad:
1. Lucia disk. Exactly the same as Dante’s playthrough no variety no… substance. Certainly no RE2 Claire and Leon situation.
2. Sponsored by Diesel. Nice idea, worst costumes.
3. Dante was not cool. He said nothing and was just “Emo may Cry” all the way through it.
4. Harder modes were not harder. Just longer. It took ages to kill enemies as they all had Devil Triggers too.
5. Camera angles. The DMC camera system is almost as identifiable as Dante nowadays but it was a little flawed in DMC2 as Dante could get further and further away until he was a tiny spec on the screen. Flawed.

But very few of these things actually took away from the game, all of the required, power-ups, level-ups and slashy-shooty great fighty-ness was in there.

Game if they had sorted out the above points – 9/10
Game as it is – 7/10


Richie X

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

On the 9th day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us…

Today on this 9th day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us: Laydeez

In each of the devil may cry titles there has always been a key female character, more often than not jonesing for Dante…

We have seen, Trish, Lucia and Lady ( See above for DMC4 Trish and Lady!) in the past games.

In DMC4 there is certainly a new female…

Fingers X-ed it’s a female… otherwise I might have been a but self-ghey :S


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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

On the 10th day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us…

Today on this 10th day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us: Heroes or Villains with premature greying.

I dunno what it is that causes antagonists and protagonists to go grey so early in their lives, I suppose in Dante’s case you can blame it on his demon heritage, and well Vergil (his brother) and Nero both have this silver hair. And of course we have all seen Sephiroth and his long flowing locks of silver hair.

So… Where does this come from it clearly is something of Japanese origin perhaps based on Japanese history along side those Giant enemy Crabs?

Let’s look at what could possible cause this:

1. What is the scientific reason for people to go grey?

The change in hair colour is caused by the gradual decrease of pigmentation that occurs when melanin ceases to be produced in the hair root and new hairs grow in without pigment. The stem cells at the base of hair follicles are responsible for producing melanocytes, the cells that produce and store pigment in hair and skin. The death of the melanocyte stem cells causes the onset of greying.

Ok, so we can assume that Dante et al are so bad-ass that they killed their own melanocytes?

2. What sort of medical conditions could cause this?

Albinism is a genetic abnormality in which no pigment is found in human hair, eyes or skin. This results in gray, blue, or red eyes. The skin is pale and the hair is white or pale blond.

This could be possible, Dante is frequently out at night rather than the day. Sephiroth just spent all his time in the Library in Nibelheim. Though he was able to summon a meteor that caused the sun to go supernova, and well, that’s not the best idea if you are suffering from Albinism (need a lot of sunblock).

Malnutrition is also known to cause hair to become lighter, thinner, and more brittle. Dark hair may thus turn reddish or blondish due to the decreased production of melanin. The condition is reversible with proper nutrition.

This is a good call, on the rare occasions that we have seen these guys eat it has always been Pizza or something greasy, I believe in DMC3 Dante wasn’t even allowed to finish his Pizza as he was attacked. Who has time to eat when you are saving humanity?

Werner syndrome is a very rare, autosomal recessive disorder; its most recognizable characteristic is premature aging. Werner's syndrome more closely resembles "accelerated aging" than any other "segmental progeria." The defect is on a gene that codes DNA helicase and it is located on the short arm of the 8th chromosome. As a result DNA replication is impaired. This condition is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern.

Doubtful, though they have grey hair they don’t look old, though you could argue that they are all immortal and age effects may not be as visible.

3. Other Reasons?

Smokers were found to be four times more likely to begin greying prematurely, compared to non-smokers in the study.

Dante doesn’t smoke, and Dante’s creator did not want him to be a smoker…


Nah… These guys spend far too much time saving/destroying the world to care about their roots showing, plus their hair would be a yellowy/white if it was bleached.

In conclusion…

Umm, number one… They are so badass that they killed their own melanocytes.



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Monday, January 28, 2008

On the 11th day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us…

In honour of DMC4 coming out in 11 days I have decided that I shall be posting every day with something Devil May Cry or Capcom related.

Today on this 11th day of Dante-mas, Capcom gave to us: Guns and Swords. It doesn’t happen nearly as much as it should in video games a main character with guns and swords. Yeah you have Squall/Leon from Final Fantasy VIII and Kingdom Hearts (1 and 2) respectively, but that was an RPG you didn’t really get the freedom to shoot and slash everything in site. And most 3rd person games usually just supplement swords with magic.



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