Darius Burst Bring Back Classic Shooter on PSP

It has been 11 years since Taito’s fantastic shooter series last lefts it mark on the industry. Now a reboot is in the works for the PSP entitled Darius Burst. The premiere trailer doesn’t seem to change much, with the giant robotic fish still tormenting the player at the end of each stage. The seizure-inducing boss announcement remains intact as well.

Darius began back in 1986 in the arcades, and came home in a variety of forms. The Genesis had a game titled Sagaia, although it was a Darius game in disguise. Why the name was changed considering Darius II had hit arcade a year earlier (in 1989) is anyone’s guess.

The same thing happened again with Super Nova, this time on the Super NES. Stranger yet, the console had an actual Darius title called Darius Twin in 1991, yet they renamed it to Super Nova in 1993.

A variety of obscure entries, including an insanely rare edition on the obscure Supergrafx called Darius Alpha, make a complete series collection nearly impossible to anyone not overloaded in cash. Thankfully, few games in the series are lackluster, with most maintaining the smooth, frantic pacing that makes the series memorable.

A personal favorite was the previously final game, G Darius on the PlayStation. Great visuals, for the first time at home in 3-D, have aged well (although that is nothing against some of the superb art in the 2-D installments). Darius Burst looks to maintain that same appeal. Hopefully someone picks it up for a US release.

How one man took back the streets; The work of community activist Chris Hoare is well known in the highest circles of Government. But, as he tells Jane Tyler, it’s the results on the streets of Edgbaston that really matters.(News)

The Birmingham Post (England) September 9, 2010 Byline: Jane Tyler Stuffed in Chris Hoare’s drawers are Christmas cards from Gordon Brown and David Cameron and fighting for space on his shelves and walls are photographs of him shaking hands with the politicians.

His address book contains confidential telephone numbers for No 10 and the Home Office.

Who is Mr Hoare? A chief constable? Diplomat? Hot-shot business guru? No, he is just an ordinary resident who got off his sofa and did something about the problems plaguing the Birmingham estate where he lives.

Such is his reputation, David Cameron picked his brain about how the Big Society campaign would work.

Mr Hoare, aged 66, formed his Birmingham South West community group 12 years ago to fight crime on the Waterworks estate, near Hagley Road, in Edgbaston.

When they started, burglaries, car thefts and anti social behaviour were rife. There were 2,400 prostitutes working out of the estate and 40 crackhouses.

Today the number of working girls is down to single figures, all the crackhouses have gone and the crime rate is virtually zero.

And much of it thanks to Mr Hoare and his group. As a reward for their efforts they have been showered with awards.

“I’ve lost track of the awards we’ve won,” Mr Hoare said. “I’ve had to stuff most of them in drawers because I don’t want people to think I’m big headed.

“I do have a direct line phone number to No 10 and the Home Office, but that’s only so I can get advice straight away if anything flares up.” Such is the group’s success that a steady stream of politicians, including Jack Straw, Ann Widdicombe and William Hague, have visited the estate. They have also had delegations from Strathclyde Police, Lyon in France and Mexico City. Mr Hoare was asked by Gordon Brown to become the first Home Office-approved Community Crimefighter and was sent on a law course to learn how the community could empower itself. hotshotbusinessnow.net hot shot business

Through a mixture of careful applications, badgering and “just making a nuisance out of myself”, he secured funding for everything from CCTV cameras, street lighting, gates and community gardens from sources including the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, Calthorpe Estates and Home Office grants. The group tackled prostitution by working with the police to offer the girls a package of health and social security advice whenever they were caught, instead of the traditional court appearance.

Mr Hoare, who has two grandchildren, said: “I got fed up with my two daughters having to walk over syringes and condoms every time they left the house and seeing prostitutes with their clients. site hot shot business

“Things had got so bad that Barrow House – a sheltered housing complex – had been taken over by the prostitutes who had put mattresses everywhere and went with men in the flats next to where an old person was living.

“The shops were paying protection money and if you parked your car for a length of time you could come back and find a prostitute inside with a punter.

“It was complete and utter lawlessness – the pimps and drug lords were running the estate.

“I’ve lived here for 30 years and thought enough is enough and was fed up with no-one doing anything about it.” Together with two other residents, Trevor Handford and Tim Hudson, he called a public meeting which was packed out. They agreed to form a group and over the years secured funding and tackled the problems one by one.

Mr Hoare contacted environmental charity Groundwork and worked with them to create a series of gardens.

The majority of homes have now been bought by the residents under the council’s right-to-buy scheme, alleyways were blocked off, gates put up and 10,000 bulbs were planted.

The latest success has been a youth club the Safe Haven held at the Church of the Redeemer which regularly attracts 70 youngsters and is run by the police.

Mr Hoare persuaded a graffiti artist to come in and teach the teenagers his art, which has led to a complete stop on graffiti on the estate.

The Crescent Theatre was brought on board and ran drama workshops which resulted in the group’s first public performance at the end of August.

“This is now the best estate in England as regards crime,” said Mr Hoare.

He now runs the group single-handedly but is training younger members and insists he gets plenty of help from others within the group. His next project is with Groundwork and it is a “growzone” with a community vegetable patch.


Chris Hoare, who played a major part in ridding his estate in Edgbaston of crime, drugs and prostitution