What to Watch: You Tube

Top 5 YouTube video’s of the past week (with one blast from the past).

Each week, on Tuesday, I am going to post 5 videos I think are worth watching on YouTube.  I’d love to hear what you think about these too.

5: Neil Cicierega/Wallspin - This is a mashup of Wonderwall and You Spin Me Round and it’s amazing and funny.  It goes from a simple mashup to having Wonderwall in the rhythm of You Spin Me Round.

4: The Falklands/MiniWars #1 -This video is a funny explanation of The Falklands and has some really good animation.

3: Neil Cicierega/Wndrwll - This video is amazing, extremely funny and has a lot of effort put in it.  It uses Wonderwall and messes with the lyrics a lot.

2: The Break Down of the Yellow Wall/Powered by 442oons - This video is a really creative way to animate RB Leipzig’s Win over Dortmund.

1: Tactics Explained/Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle - This video is really informative as it explains Rafa’s Tactics and it also has some really good drawings.

Killer Bits Launches on YouTube! Check Out the First Episode

Today, we officially launched our YouTube channel with the release of the first Killer Bits episode. Killer Bits will be short videos that talk about some aspect of the board gaming space, covering everything from news, reviews, and previews, to opinions and recaps. There is much more planned for the YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe after you watch this video! Can you guess the card game before we tell you what it is?

Lighthouse To Launch ‘Ship Simulator 2006’

Haarlem, The Netherlands, April 25th 2006 - Leading publisher Lighthouse Interactive announced today that it has acquired the rights to the innovative PC game “Ship Simulator 2006”, in a deal with Dutch developer VSTEP.

Ship Simulator 2006 is a revolutionary new game that puts players at the helm of some of the most varied and detailed ships to be found at sea, where they will need to perform a multitude of tasks, all set within a stunning 3D environment. Players will take control of a wide array of ship types, from massive cargo ships to speedboats, yachts, water taxis and even the mighty Titanic. The waters you sail are also as varied as the ships, from the biggest harbours in the world, such as Rotterdam and Hamburg, to the calm aqua marine waters of the Thai Phi Phi Islands. Gamers will experience how challenging it is to steer the Titanic through shallow water, or just how it feels to navigate a cargo tanker or tug boat - including how diverse the controls are.

Ship Simulator 2006 features:

• Play with 8 different ship types, all with individual controls, in 700 km2 recreated harbours (Rotterdam and Hamburg) and tropical scenery (Phi Phi Islands).

• Gameplay includes 40 very different missions, from search and rescue missions, racing a speedboat, to towing a cargo boat through a narrow harbour entrance with your tugboat.

• Create your own missions using the mission editor and drag playable ships and tasks into one of the game environments and populate your harbour with cranes, cargo ships, docking areas, cars and cargo stacks (a total of 100 editable items).

• Exchange your own missions with other players on the special forum at the game’s website.

• Save and upload your mission time scores and compare to the rest of the world.

• Dynamic weather system including wind force and rain adds to the atmosphere.

• Earn credits by finishing missions or lose them by bumping your boat into other objects.

• Walk around on the Titanic. Experience the life of a passenger on board this famous ship. Enjoy the level of detail, modelled after the original design.

Treasures Are In Store For ‘Final Fantasy XI’ Fans

Los Angeles, Calif. (April 19, 2006) – Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that service is live for FINAL FANTASY XI on Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the all-new expansion pack, Treasures of Aht Urhgan, in North America, Europe and Japan. This is the first ever simultaneous service launch for the title. Available for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Windows and Xbox 360 for the first time, FINAL FANTASY XI provides gamers with an endless and ever-evolving gameplay experience set in the vaunted FINAL FANTASY universe.

Born as a result of enormous fan demand, the Treasures of Aht Urhgan is the third expansion to the award-winning, cross-platform massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG). Players will explore the all-new land of Aht Urhgan and embark on daring adventures against new hordes of beastmen. Exciting new modes, such as “Besieged,” an all-out battle for survival, and “Assault,” a deadly excursion behind enemy lines, bring new suspense and excitement to one of gaming’s most exhilarating universes. As an added bonus, the Xbox 360 version comes packaged with the Rise of the Zilart, Chains of Promathia and Treasures of Aht Urhgan expansion packs.

FINAL FANTASY XI is the first MMORPG capable of simultaneous multiplayer action across three different platforms, allowing players to take up arms together on PlayStation 2, Windows or Xbox 360 whether they are in North America, Europe or Japan.


An all-new storyline arc awaits adventurers who venture to the land of Aht Urhgan. A mysterious influx of monsters has made travel through the regions difficult, separating inhabitants among the regions. Unrelenting beastmen attacks endanger the safety of the Astral Candescence and all brave adventurers in Al Zahbi must take up arms in an all-out effort to protect the Candescence. Adventure, excitement and challenge await those who seek fame, prosperity and acclaim in the land of Vana’diel.


* Traverse treacherous mountain peaks, underground volcanoes and sweeping lush environments en route to discovering the mysteries surrounding this completely new area of Vana’diel

* Experience the land of Aht Urhgan through the eyes of the all-new Blue Mage, Corsair and Puppetmaster jobs

* Take up arms and fight alongside fellow players and NPCs in the all-new Besieged element – fight valiantly in an all-out battle to save Al Zahbi from ruin

* Form an elite party and infiltrate enemy territory in Assault, a new feature where players must depend upon one another for survival

* High level foes such as Cerberus, Trolls and the Undead will test the mettle of veteran and advanced players


* The first multi-platform MMO continues to break new ground with triple-platform integration – play alongside gamers on the PlayStation 2 and Windows versions for seamless cross-platform gameplay

* Xbox Live Gold subscription not required. Players with Xbox Live Silver accounts have full access to the game world and additional updates and content

* Experience the world of Vana’diel like never before through crystal clear high-definition video on Xbox 360

* Open-ended game world gives players the ability to create multi-job adventurers who develop and grow based on playing style

* Join a community of more than 500,000 players and 1.7 million characters from around the world and on several different platforms

Service Fees

North American service fees remain the same and are as follows: FINAL FANTASY XI subscribers will receive their first 30 days of access without charge. Aside from Internet service provider access charges, the free trial period will begin on the date players create their first “Content ID” or character. Any additional Content IDs purchased are also available without charge until the end of the free trial period. After 30 days, players can continue to play FINAL FANTASY XI by paying a monthly fee of $12.95 (USD) for one FINAL FANTASY XI character, and can create up to 15 additional characters for an additional charge of $1.00 (USD) per character, per month. Payment for monthly access charges must be made by credit card only (restrictions apply).

System Requirements


Requirements for Xbox 360 version are as listed: Xbox Live account, Broadband connection (Xbox 360 does not support 56K connection) and Xbox 360 Hard Drive.

FINAL FANTASY XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan for Windows

The minimum system requirements for FINAL FANTASY XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan are as follows: Windows 2000/XP, Intel Pentium III 800Mhz or faster processor, 128MB RAM, DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card, DVD-ROM drive, 2GB (6GB of free hard disk space for stand alone product) free hard disk space, 56K or faster Internet connection, and GeForce series or Radeon 9000 series video card with 32MB of RAM. A DVD ROM drive is required to install Treasures of Aht Urhgan and the Vana’diel Collection.

FINAL FANTASY XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan for the PlayStation 2

Published by Sony Computer Entertainment America, FINAL FANTASY XI for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is pre-installed on internal Hard Disk Drive (40GB)(for PlayStation 2). Available for a suggested retail price of $99.00 (USD), the internal Hard Disk Drive attaches to the Network Adaptor (Ethernet/modem) (for PlayStation 2), which connects to both broadband or dial-up networks, and rests in the expansion bay of the PlayStation 2 console.

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