My internet connection has been faulty since last week and it’s too unpredictable to upload the next update. It randomly blinks out and causes me to be disconnected for seconds, minutes or even hours. The Graphic Generators upgrade is something that will completely screw things up if my connection decides to stop working in the middle of uploading it. The new features aren’t that major but I need to be sure they’ll all get on site or they won’t work until I’m back online. I apologize for the delay and I’ll keep working on things to make the update even bigger to make up for lost time.

I’m still building up enough content to have a decent update. Beside that preview I posted in the weblog last week, I have some other things done for the generator including minor adjustments to the engine itself. I also have two new GroupShot themes nearly done. Here’s the one I’m 100% done with:

Super Powers by Kenner

This was something I wanted to do for the big Superhero update last year but I decided to go with the Mego package since it could work for both Marvel and DC. The other is ready to go now but I want to add some more optional graphics before I show you. I’ll have this and more ready in the next update.

Breakin’ News

LittleBigPlanet 2 is out now and word on the street is that it’s amazing. It’ll be a while before I can get it but I will get it. Here’s something that a lot of people are missing: the Spacesuit costume is back. It’s only available in special instances so get it now. Go to the PSN store and it’s add-ons section but go to the LittleBigPlanet2 add-ons instead of the regular LBP section. The completely free Spacesuit is in there and works with both LBP 1 and 2.

Wizzy has been on an unstoppable rampage of fine, fine CPS2-style music and this one is just filled with magic:

That cool-looking X sprite is by Camo. Great job on that, too! Check out Wizzy’s YouTube page and subscribe if you like what you hear.

The image generators on this site work but the interface looks uglier than a wet food stamp on a bowling shoe. I know this and I’m working on that. Here’s a preview:

Gfx Generator redesign

Both generators share the same engine to make pictures but the layouts were unique to each one. That meant I had to fix one then copy and paste the new code from one to the other. This didn’t always work. This new version uses a template so I can improve all the generator designs at once. There will be more generators added this year so this will save me a lot of time. There’s still a bit of work to do to make the size more adaptable to different resolutions but it’s mostly done now. This new version will hit the site some time this later month.

Here is a quick update with a cool sprite donation and some news.

Sprite Rips – Makron’s giant pack of Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon (arcade) sprites has been updated. This pack includes things that don’t even appear when you play the game so it’s worth the download if you plan to make a fan game or are just a fan of the Sailor Scouts.

Game Index – Streets of Rage 3 was added. Minor adjustments were made to the Sega company page. One minor goal I have for early 2011 is to have Game Index pages for certain series that I really like (Final Fight, SoR, Golden Axe) and those that don’t get much attention on English-speaking sites (Rushing Beat, Crime Fighters) before I start the Series Index (a new version of the old Saga section) later in the year. I’ll try to get at add at least one game to the index in every mini-update.

Breakin’ News

Item 1: Bionic Commando: Re-Armed is on sale for only $4.99 on Playstation Network. I gladly paid that much at K-Mart for my replacement copy of the NES cart over ten years ago so I’d say that getting an incredibly solid remake on a current-gen system is a steal. It’s more than a remake… it’s an adventure. If you’re even thinking about getting it, just get it now.

It was also announced that Hudson’s Turbografx-16 games will finally start hitting North American Playstation store. Check out the Destructoid story right here. New Adventure Island, Bonk’s Adventure and Bomberman ’94 will be in the first batch. It’s good to see some more old-school games hitting the network.

Item 2: Just in case you haven’t heard the good news…

… Mike Haggar is back.

Item 3: I just found out about the following man thanks to the creative double-threat known as Dynamowolf. I’m only learning about him now because I’m a shut-in even on the internet. Most of you will know his work already:

YouTube: WizzyWhipitWonderful

Yes, that’s a remix in the glorious style of a mid-90’s CPS-2 arcade game and it’s the work of Wizzy. He’s back on YouTube with new material that’s specifically designed to give eargasms to anyone who misses that raw sound you miss from X-Men:CotA and Marvel Super Heroes before Capcom’s BGM’s started getting all lounge-jazzy on us. Nothing against that but it doesn’t mix with fighting for most of us. He has a ton of work posted already so go through the catalog to hear some great remixes of various Capcom tracks including a few surprises. Be sure to subscribe and drop a note to let him know that you like what he’s layin’ down.

That’s enough for today. Have a good weekend!