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…had a severe sense of d?j? vu after first playing Snowboard Riot on Wii. Shushing through this downloadable title, it dawned on me: this is just a clone of Snowboard Kids, but with hipster characters instead of the oversized anime boarders that were used in Atlus’ previous designs. You don’t get much in this ten dollar purchase: four uncreative slopes with absolutely no single player progression. Its focus is more on the pick-up-and-play racing, but with very little at stake (and with some of the most obnoxious rubberband AI routines ever), there’s not much draw in Hudson’s competitive design.

Snowboard Riot isn’t so much a snowboarding game as it is a racing game on snow…  More info…


aston-martin-v12The Aston Martin V12 Vantage has arrived and yes, you want one. Evolving the styling and engineering exercise Aston unveiled in 2007 and set for a Geneva Motor Show debut, the blokes Gaydon claim the V12 Vantage is the most driver-focused sports car the automaker has ever produced.

Power is provided by a 6.0-liter V12 putting out 510 hp at 6,500 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,750 rpm. The Vantage’s new-found grunt is sent through a carbon fiber driveshaft to a rear-mounted six-speed manual gearbox. The transmission benefits from an oil cooler and a new rear diffuser helps cool the standard limited slip differential. Aston claims a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds and top speed of 190 mph…  More Info…


Two giants of the Winter Olympic world were speaking out about the Michael Phelps bong-smoking hoo-haw today, both coming at it from different sides.

Seattle speedskater Apolo Ohno, a five-time Olympic medalist, said his own behavior in public has changed markedly in the modern world of cell-phone cameras and real-time uploading. Since entering that very public world of media and sponsorship morals clauses, “My behavior has changed dramatically,” Ohno said…  More info


On the slopes these days, most skiers and snowboarders give little thought to what is strapped to whose feet. They go about their similar goals of riding powder, catching air or just reaching the bottom of the slope.

Skiers and snowboarders even ride together as friends. The image of snowboarders as young, rebellious outcasts is long gone.

“The turf war is over,” says Bob Matthews, owner of Rogue Ski Shop in Medford….  More info

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