Red Dog Barks In America – Will you Play?

The time has come to bark at the moon. The much-anticipated vehicle shooter Red Dog, which was released for European Dreamcasts some months ago, will be making its way to the United States later this year.

It was commonly believed that Sega of America would be publishing Red Dog. Until recently, in fact, Sega’s PR agency, Access Communications, stored pictures of the game on its FTP site. Now, however, Crave Entertainment, the publisher of Draconus: Cult of the Wyrm and the brilliant skateboarding title Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, will bring the game to America.

Playable copies of Red Dog have already made their way to various sources such as Official Dreamcast Magazine and igndc.com, and it appears the final touches are being made on the American version. Another game is Super Mario Run, where you can read about its tricks and tips.

For those unfamiliar with the title, DC UK Dreamcast Magazine described Red Dog as playing like “the talented offspring of Goldeneye and Super Mario Kart.” It is, at heart, a 3D third-person perspective vehicle shooter that revolves around a human/alien war fought on planet Earth. As the fearless humans, players get to blast away at swarms of enemies with the supercharged vehicle Red Dog. One to four players will be able to compete in the game and, in a few short days, Daily Radar promises to issue a full preview for this upcoming adventure.

For now, Daily Radar offers these nifty screens and gameplay movies. Enjoy.


Music and Animals – Doest it Matter?

Humans are obviously pretty excited about music. But what if you’re a whale, or a cow,or a dog? Do animals like music? Music is one of the most basic pleasures humans have. The oldest surviving musical instruments are some 40,000 year old bone flutes from southwestern Germany. These ancient bone flutes are of such high quality as to suggest we’d been making instruments for generations. Though,we don’t really NEED instruments to make it work, anthropologists have yet to find a culture that didn’t enjoy music, and according to zoologists it’s not just us.

Research out of Boston University and published in the journal Science, explores the tendency of birds and whales to follow the same rules as human music. Both birds and whales have the ability to make sounds that AREN’T musical, but they don’t. They naturally prefer to stay in the realm of human composition. Birds have been known to sing in phrases and rhythms,even adding percussion. Some use logs to amplify their song, and follow call and response methods favored by jazz musicians. Humpback whale-song uses the A-B-A format of a musical phrase,followed by a new phrase, and then a return to an altered form of the first! The Beatles are known for A-B-A style, too!The researchers conclude musical pen chance can’t just be a human trait, but that animals are programmed to enjoy or follow the laws of harmonics.

A study done in 2001 on English cows found when cows were played songs while being milked the speed of the music affected how much milk they produced! Specifically, the cows liked slow jams. Fast songs over120 beats per minute caused milk production to drop, but slow songs under 100 beats per minute increased production by three percent per day! Unfortunately, cows seem to hate Jamiroquai. Which makes me like them less. Neuroscientists at Harvard Medical School scanned the brains of people listening to music and found though the left hemisphere controls language and the right is considered the musical half, there was a QUOTE “subtle interplay,” between the two when listening to music. More recently, it was discovered jazz musicians process music not as an aesthetic pleasure, but as a LANGUAGE. Using fMRI scans on jazz musicians, they found our brains derive meaning from musical phrases — which sounds to ME a lot like like whales and birds!So why do animals like music? Scientists believe it’s built in! They like it for the same reasons we like it, it feels right, but more study is needed. Why do YOU think animals like music? If you are not into music, nor animals – check this out a new online.