Friday, December 28, 2007

Best And Worst of 2007

I've been formulating this post in my brain for a while now and I think I'm ready to put it out there. Basically, everyone has been choosing their Game of the Year. Personally, I don't think I want to choose just one game. There are a bunch of games that came out this year that I played, but there are also a bunch I didn't. In order to name a GOTY, it seems to me you have to have played them all. Well, I haven't played them all. Not even close.

Anyway, these are my favorite games of 2007. I'm also going to list a few that I really hated. Enjoy!

  1. Crackdown - This is the best superhero game ever released. The sad part is, there are no superheroes in it. Crackdown is my favorite game of the year and so far my favorite game on the console.
  2. Halo 3 - The beta, plus the final game, made this some of the most fun ever. New equipment, armor, vehicles, etc. I'm not a fan of the meta game, but I love the Forge. And being able to take videos and screenshots makes up for any shortcomings.
  3. Portal - I just finished Portal last night and I loved every minute of it. It may be short, but it's incredible. And the song at the end is just amazing. I can't get enough!
  4. Shadowrun - Despite all the criticism heaped on this game, I think it deserves to be listed among the best of 2007. It's supremely balanced. While there are only a limited number of maps, each feels different depending on the magic and weapons you choose. It's a shame we won't see any new content come out for it.
  5. Call of Duty 4 - I haven't finished the single player campaign yet, nor have I even started on the multiplayer. That being said, I can still say that this is the one game that can dethrone Halo 3 as the multiplayer game to beat on XBL. I played the beta and it was extremely addicting. My only worry is that when I do start leveling up in MP, I won't be able to stop.
  6. Stranglehold - I loved the demo. It made me buy the game. I loved the game. The only problem is that I don't think anybody else bought the game. And if they did, they sure aren't going online in the multiplayer. So sad.
  1. Bioshock - I really don't get all the hype and praise given to Bioshock. The demo was unimpressive. The game was just plain boring. The story (what I played of it) just doesn't make sense. I don't know why you would shove a needle in your arm 5 minutes after you survive a plane crash. I don't know why you have to hack things, only to make them cheaper. I don't know why you never have enough ammo or Eve. I don't know why there are Vita Chambers. I just don't get it.
  2. Space Giraffe - Is this really a game or a bad acid trip? I've played better screensavers.
  3. Fusion Frenzy 2 - Can you not record any extra dialog for the host? He's the only one talking. Book an extra day or two and bang out some extra phrases. Painful.
  4. Puzzle Quest - It's just fucking Bejeweled!!!
  5. The Darkness - What a joke. Biggest disappointment of the year. The cut scenes were atrocious, the story was filled with a bunch of mob stereotypes, and the Darkness powers were beyond lame.


I beat Portal last night. Awesome game. Just brilliant. And the song at the end is one of the best things ever!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas:The Aftermath

Yesterday was Christmas, obviously. We got some really good shit! My dad got me a bad ass Spiderman bust. I've always wanted something like that and this one rocks! He also got my sister one of the Dark Phoenix. Truly awesome!

I also got the Die Hard and Predator trilogy sets. I can't wait to watch them all! I also got a bunch of shirts and boxers. Alana got me a chatpad as well as The Orange Box.

I also got a Pylon 1 Gaming Station for my Xbox 360. It's a stand that holds my 360, controllers, and a bunch of games. Gonna be cool when I set it up.

There's a bunch more stuff that I don't want to list. It was a great day. Time to go play some Portal!

La Boite Orange

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve

It's Christmas eve. We went to look at Christmas lights. We took the girls. They had fun...or at least I think they did. It's hard to tell with dogs.

Anyway, I guess the best way to say Merry Christmas is through the majesty of song! Video time!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Comedy Gold

I downloaded Mike Birbiglia's album, My Secret Public Journal Live, the other day. I was crying when I listened to it! This guy is hilarious. And surprisingly, he's pretty clean. Especially considering what I normally listen to.

Also, the king of twitter, DaKing240, posted this video. It's one of the best videos ever!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Burnout Paradise Demo

I downloaded the new Burnout Paradise demo this evening and took some gameplay videos. I like it, but I'm a little concerned. The open world design is nice and all, but I really miss the menus from Revenge. I haven't looked to see if I can just jump to the events through the map, kind of like the Need For Speed series, so it might be a moot point. Anyway, watch my vids!


My sister, Phoenix8424, is featured in the LiveSpace section of OXM this month! And, she mentions me, which means I'm in OXM, too!!
phoenix oxm

Also, Yahtzee reviewed Guitar Hero 3 and hilarity ensued! See for yourself.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


We've been so busy it's not even funny. Between work, the girls, Christmas, and everything else there's just been no time for any blogging.

I'm trying to compete in the Old Spice Experience Challenge on DaKing240 created a challenge and I'm in it to win it! I've put all the 2k6 games in my Gamefly queue. I'm not sure how that strategy is going to work since they're sending me Stuntman Ignition. We did get to rent the new Avatar TBA: TBE game and get the easy 1000 points out of it. Then I bought the new Asteroids game and Galaga from the XBLA. I got 25 points from Galaga.

We got Mrs. Claus outfits for the girls on Monday so they can be festive and have their pictures taken. We got Christmas cards made. They're so adorable!

The Christmas tree is put up, as well as the stockings. Now we just need to finish buying a few presents and we're done. I can't believe it's only 2 weeks away.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Ethan Rane

ethan rane
Originally uploaded by Gemini Ace
Today was the two year anniversary of Ethan passing away. We took the day off from work and went to the cemetery. We love you Ethan and we miss you.

Saturday, December 01, 2007


It's Saturday. I'm spending my time cleaning up the apartment. Since we are getting rid of our old entertainment center, we have a ton of pictures frames and misc other stuff that needs a home now. The new tv stand just doesn't have the room, plus I don't want to clutter it up too much.

I'm almost done with the easy tour on Guitar Hero 2. The Anthrax song Madhouse is the only song that's giving me trouble. And by trouble I mean fits of rage and screaming. And lots of "motherfucker!"

The big story in the gaming community is that a guy got fired from for giving a game a bad review. Or giving it in a bad tone. Either way, he's gone and they are denying everything. I really like the review of Kane & Lynch, tho.

Then I noticed people canceling their Gamespot memberships and stuff. Calling for people to return or trade in the game. Personally, I'm all for sticking it to the man, and I don't think that this guy should have been fired for giving a game a bad review, but lets get to the real question. Why are you paying for a membership at in the first place? Are there not enough free sites giving out reviews, videos, previews, and forums? I have memberships on more sites than I can count on both hands, all of which are free. And the great majority of these sites offer some type of reviews, forums, and any number of other services. Why are we, as gamers, paying a corporate entity for anything like this?

I also know that most of these community sites are run by individuals that pay for hosting and other services out of their own pocket. How about donate to them to help pay for all the free stuff we enjoy. Why give it to a big corporation? I say redirect that cash flow into PayPal donations. Help out your favorite community site or blog. Hint hint.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

101 Friends?!

Ok, so I watched some of the Cowboys/Packers game tonight. There's weird thing number 1. I don't usually watch football, but the hype sucked Rhea and I in, so we watched the first half. Then she fell asleep and I lost interest. :-p

Then I decided I wanted to play some Guitar Hero. I played a few songs, including Monkey Wrench by the Foo Fighters. Then I decided that I wanted to check out Time Shift. I got it in the mail from Gamefly, and it was staring at me like a dog wanting my ham sandwich.

Damn this game is a suckfest so far. The aiming feels weird. I have yet to use any time powers, even though I'm at least 5 minutes into the game.

Honestly, when you know you're game is going to be teh suck, just go ahead and throw in all the good shit into the first 5 minutes. Hook me in so I'll at least want to finish the single player mode. If you can't at least do that, then what's the point?

The other night, I thought I had a dream that I had 101 friends on Xbox Live. Of course, the cap is 100 so I figured it was just a fluke and moved on. Well, when I looked at my friends list tonight, it showed me 1 of 101 friends. WTF?! So, I took a picture of it (which is so easy thanks to my new tv). I wonder if anyone else has experienced this.

101 friends!?

Edit: Cory informed me that "add friend" is counted in your friend list. I guess this isn't news after all. Oh well.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Guitar Hero 2

I currently have enough gaming to last me at least 6 to 8 months. Probably more. I'm not going to buy a new game for quite a while, which should work out well. All of the games coming out for this Christmas should be cheaper by the time I'm in need of something new.

I started an easy career on Guitar Hero 2 last night. I like it a lot. I am really not good, but hopefully I will improve with time. Three buttons is hard, so I can't imagine when they add the 4th and 5th one.

My band name rules. I took a picture of the screen. I think it does it more justice than just me typing it.


Monday, November 26, 2007

Friends of Friends

Major Nelson revealed one of the new features that will come with the fall dash update next week. It's a pretty underwhelming feature, to be honest. I can see where it would be cool to see who your friends are friends with, and then add anyone that looks cool, but that's about it. And all the most interesting people will probably set it to block this feature, so what's the point?

And what about those of use that are at the 100 friend cap? How does this help us out at all? If there's one feature that's on the top of everyone's list, it's to raise the friend limit. Maybe that will be one of the features that gets revealed before December 4th, but I really doubt it.

This also begs the question, who asked for this feature? Especially when you look at the Xbox Originals being implemented on the same update, it really makes you wonder where the hell these ideas came from. Personally, I'm not going to pay $15 for a game I can get on disc at Gamestop or eBay for under $10. The only game I would even consider is Psychonauts, but when you consider that Microsoft has already come out and said that these games have issues and bugs, it really doesn't give me the confidence to buy.

Of course, this could all be a strategy by Microsoft to get the bad shit out of the way. In a couple days they may roll out clan support or mulitperson chat and we'll forget all about this. Reminds me of what Nintendo did when they announced the name of the Wii. Get the bad news out of the way first.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

New TV!

I call her...Olevia.


Friday, November 23, 2007

Black Friday

black friday
We were out with the masses this morning for Black Friday. We decided to hit Target around 4 a.m. since they had some pretty good deals. We were 7 or 8 in line, which assured us one of the 37" HDTV's they had on sale for $550. 6 a.m. hit and we had to literally run into the store and grab one. I've never been a part of the actual mad dash that occurs during one of these sales, so I wasn't really expecting it. All the sudden it was just happening and it was pandemonium!

The other things we grabbed were the first 2 seasons of House, Knocked Up, and a few 360 games that were on sale. We also decided to grab a memory foam pillow and digital Christmas ornament just for giggles. We saved a ton of money, which rocks.

Thanksgiving was good. I didn't eat as much as I could have, but that doesn't mean it wasn't delicious. We have a shit load of leftovers in the fridge for the weekend. Good times...good times...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Zune Social and The Stupidest List Ever

I've been trying to figure out why my Zune card isn't showing all the music I've been listening to on my Zune, and I think I've found the answer.

"Songs will then appear in your recently played list if they meet the following criteria:
  • The song was played on your Zune device or from your collection within the Zune software
  • The song is from an album listed in the All Media Guide (AMG). Visit and ensure that the song is listed in AMG.

The following actions will not result in a song play being uploaded to your recently played list:

  • The song was streamed directly from the Zune Marketplace without first being downloaded to your collection
  • The song was a clip played either from the Zune Marketplace or
  • The song is from an album that is not listed in the All Media Guide

Playing most songs within your collection will result in a play being uploaded to your recently played list, but there will be some songs that do not. We have worked hard to extend coverage beyond what is currently available in the Zune Marketplace and are committed to expanding the coverage further in the future."

Apparently, it won't appear on your list unless the meta data matches an entry in the All Media Guide. I really have to question the wisdom in this decision. doesn't have any kind of restriction like this, and it works great. I was really hoping for more from the Social.

Also, this means that the podcasts you listen to don't show up at all. Wouldn't you want the shows you listen to on your card so that others can subscribe? Makes sense to me, but then again my name isn't J Allard.

Speaking of Microsoft, they posted a list of the 406 reasons to love the Xbox 360. At first glance, you'll notice it's filled with games. Upon closer inspection, you'll see it has multiple entries, pointless tech specs, and omissions galore.

Granted, there are several community sites listed, including (thanks to those of you who pointed that out), but sites like Podtacular and XBL Radio are conspicuously absent. Meanwhile, the list is filled with launch titles and Tom Clancy games.

Honestly, some of the items on the list make sense. They are legitimate reasons to love the console. But, since when is Sonic The Hedgehog a reason to love the 360? Or Fusion Frenzy 2? And is anybody really giving thanks for Cars here at the 2 year anniversary?

I don't know who came up with this list, but it's really obvious that they put absolutely zero effort into it. Also, putting it in alphabetical order is just lazy. Put it in order of importance and then we'll talk. At least that will show somebody other than an intern looked at it before it was posted.

By the way, the Burnout Paradise boxart was released today and it's gorgeous!
burnout paradise boxart

Monday, November 19, 2007

Halo 3 Is Hard!

KBB7769 and I played some team doubles again tonight and had our asses handed to us in each match we played. Granted, we should probably choose social games if we just want to have fun, but still.

When we get matched up with a team with matching symbols, we know we're going to get owned. And it's not like we don't have good teamwork. It's just they seem to be able to kill us with so much more efficiency.

And then the trashtalk afterward is always just the most vile thing you can think to say to another human being. It's always about their mother or their asshole or something violating their mother's asshole. And that's just what I say!

Bungie did announce that there will be 3 new maps available in December for the price of 800 Microsoft points. Now considering I paid 800 points for the Gears of War maps and only played them once, I'm probably going to buy these. That being said, it seems like their pulling an EA here. The maps weren't ready for the launch? Even if they were going to be a little late, why are we being charged? And where are the remakes of the classics?

I'm just not a fan of paying for stuff that should have been on the disc. But, I am guilty of paying for said items in the past, so am I not part of the problem?

Sunday, November 18, 2007!

Tonight I finally pulled the trigger on getting my own domain name. I've been thinking about it forever, but never got around to it. I love google and their $10 domain name service! Now if I just knew how to make graphics and stuff, I would really be cooking. I hate using the blogger template.

I'm currently playing Viva Pinata Party Animals. Got it from Gamefly and it's pretty fun. The achievements fall from the sky like candy in this game. The music is annoying as hell, but once you plug in your Zune and turn on some Sick Puppies, it's all good.

Speaking of my Zune, I really don't know what's going on with the Zune cards. I've listened to a shit load of music on my Zune, but when I plug it in and sync, it doesn't show on my card. I even played some Blue October through the Zune player on my (temporary) desktop and it didn't even show up. But, the Incubus I listened to on the first say is still on my card. WTF?! I guess I'm just spoiled by XBox Live and the instant-ness of it all (except in Halo 3 with the screenshots).

By the way, if anybody wants to help me change the look of my blog and make it more personalized, I would really appreciate it.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Carcass Own!

I downloaded Carcassonne for free the other day. I played the bejesus out of it last night. I think I have it all figured out. It's really good and I'm honestly shocked. The music is really bad, tho.

After that, me and KBB7769 played some team doubles last night. We did some major pwning. Noice!

Alana and I will probably be recording episode 49 of ACFriends today. I would really like to make a best of episode for episode 50, but that's a whole lot of work. Oh well.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Zune Card

The new Zune software released yesterday. I downloaded it and updated my firmware. I like the new Zune cards. I think this will replace for me. Unless they create a plug in so I can do both.

I'm still waiting to see if a service is launched so I can put my Zune card anywhere. As it stands right now, I don't see a way to embed it anywhere. Hopefully soon.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I noticed today that has added some new themes. I like new themes for my gamercard!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Skate Tricks Into a Car


I got DiRT from Gamefly this week. This game is awesome! I think this is going to be my racing fix for a while. Especially considering I went ahead and bought it from GF for $25. I wasn't too thrilled with the direction the Need for Speed franchise is going anyway.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Bioshock, Halo 3, and skate.

I got a couple achievements in Bioshock tonight. I restarted the game at the medium difficulty level. I made some progress, although I didn't have much more fun doing it. The game really feels like a chore to play. I'm not sure I will continue on much farther, especially considering I am trying to play skate.

I actually did harvest a couple of little sisters tonight and kill a big daddy. The first one was pretty creepy. They say you get more adam by harvesting, but I didn't notice anything. I want eve, not adam. I notice more and more things about the game that just don't make sense to me. It better not get Game of the Year.

What sucks is that my gamerscore is 12999. Couldn't quite get over that 13k hump, now could I? This is all Luxor's fault!

Speaking of skate, I really like it so far. It's such a refreshing change from the Tony Hawk games. I really feel like my skill (or lack thereof) is what is driving the game forward. The challenges are hard, but not too hard. I really feel a sense of accomplishment when I finally complete a challenge.

Anyway, I played some Halo 3 tonight. It's been like 2 weeks since I last played. I noticed that a bunch of my screenshots finally showed up on my service record. Not all of them, but some of them. Hopefully Bungie is listening to the problems people are having.


Saturday, November 03, 2007

Blue October FTW!

The Blue October concert last night was awesome! Unfortunately, the other bands in the line up were not equally as awesome and I will tell you why.

First, I'm pissed because The Edge came in and messed up what was supposed to be a Blue October show and turned it into the "Hulabaloo". When we bought our tickets, the only bands on the bill were Shiny Toy Guns, Yellowcard, and Blue October. Well, in the Edge's great wisdom, they decided that there needed to be 3 more bands on the bill and that the whole thing needed to start at 5 o'clock. Who can get there at 5 on a Friday?!

Granted, the bands they added weren't all bad. I like the Sick Puppies and Evans Blue. I haven't heard of Love Drug and I'm guessing there's a reason for that. Anyway, we got there as soon as we could, but still didn't get to see the Sick Puppies. Thanks, KDGE! Way to put a band on at fucking 6:45!

The first band we did get to see was Evans Blue. Now, I like their first CD a lot, but I haven't been able to listen to the new one much. Having said that, their set sucked. Either the sound was messed up or something, but it just didn't sound good at all.

Then Yellowcard came on. The whole time I'm thinking "when did turning up the volume for the sake of volume equal rocking?" I felt kinda old during their set because I stayed seated while a bunch of the people around us stood up. Anyway, if you've ever heard Yellowcard on the radio, you know they're not a metal band, but they tried to play like they were. Even the guy with the violin was running around like he was playing speed metal. Kids these days!

Then, out came Blue October. I'm guessing all the equipment was mainly set up for their stuff, because they sounded amazing. We screamed along to each song and loved every minute of it. And, they played Somebody, which is my favorite Blue October song and one of my favorite songs EVAR. Fucking rocked my face off!

Friday, November 02, 2007


I'm at the end of my 53 hour work week. This doesn't mean that I will not be working this weekend, but it just means I have been working my arse off this week.

We are going to see Blue October tonight at Nokia. It's going to be pretty awesome. Sick Puppies and Evan's Blue should also be good.

I heard a really awesome song on the latest Gamers With Jobs conference call. It's called Re: Your Brains. I bought it from the site. Best dollar I ever spent!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

NFS ProStreet Video

As promised, I played the ProStreet demo and recorded it. I'm not too impressed by this NFS entry. I'll rent it before I drop the cash on it.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Super Mega Blog Post Go!

Tuesday we took the girls to PetSmart to get their pictures taken for Halloween...or should I say Howl-o-ween. They were good and posed like little ladies are supposed to.

Buffy Buttercup Halloween 2

I haven't had time to post much lately because of work. Hell, I haven't had time to do much anything except work. They've given us a blank check on overtime, so I'm doing 50+ hours a week to try to keep up with the workload. It's pretty ridiculous, but if they would rather throw all this money at me instead of hire someone to help, more power to them.

Ethan's birthday was Monday as you can see from my previous post. He would be 2 years old. It's amazing and depressing to think that it has already been 2 years. The time really flies by and I miss him so much.

My Gamebridge is working like a dream. I can't believe it's so easy to use. I posted some new videos on my YouTube channel tonight. I want to download the new Need For Speed ProStreet demo and take some video of that. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, enjoy the Rocket Beats Sword video posted below.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Happy Birthday, Ethan

Today is Ethan's 2nd birthday. We put balloons out and bought him a Spider-Man Mr. Potato head.


Sunday, October 14, 2007


Andy Samberg is the man!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Saved Films

I bought an Adaptec Gamebridge off of eBay the other day and got it in the mail today. I tried it out and it's pretty awesome. I uploaded several of my saved films to my youtube account. Below is my favorite.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Achievement Boosting

I got into a Lone Wolves game tonight. Before the match, we all decided to meet in the middle of Snowbound to get the overkill achievement. Well, me being the smart guy that I am, I grabbed the spartan laser and brought it to the party. So, we all ended up getting the Overkill, Triple Kill, Two for One and Maybe Next Time Buddy achievements!

The screenshot I took of the Two for one is below. I really like it, even though it's the product of boosting. Like I would ever get that achievement any other way. Friggin' stupid.


Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Project Gemini

I've been kicking around the idea of starting up my own solo podcast lately. I'm not sure I have the time or motivation to start a weekly show. Gaming is my hobby and that's how I would like to keep it. Of course, I will continue to do ACFriends, so that should scratch my itch.

Anyway, I'm not sure what else is going on. Just playin' teh haloz.


Sunday, September 30, 2007

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Halo 3

We just finished the campaign on legendary today and...well...I'm not sure what to think. I enjoyed the campaign, although there are sections that I really have no desire to play through again, even though there are achievements associated with doing so.

In a lot of ways it felt like playing through the original Halo C.E., except not as original or fresh. I understand making references to the previous games in the dialog, but the missions were just like the first game. Get in and grab something. Oh shit, the place is gonna blow! Get in, turn that off. Oh shit, run like hell! Get in and kill so and so. Oh shit, the flood is on our asses! Get out! Oh, and these guys are on our side now. No wait, no they're not! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!

And is there any other way to blow something up than to make a ship reactor explode? Anybody ever hear of a bomb with a remote detonator?

I don't mean to hate on the game. It's a great game. I put it up as the second best in the series, with Halo 2 being on the bottom. I guess I have a more critical eye on it since it's THE game for the Xbox 360.

I'm also not a big fan of the interface. It's not very intuitive at all. Finding a certain menu item is like looking for Waldo half the time. I'm still not sure if you can play 4-player local co-op. The game says you can, but when we tried it it didn't let us.

The saved film feature is cool, until you realize that you can't take screenshots or videos while in game. You have to finish what you're doing, go into the theater, then watch your film. And if the really cool thing you did is at the end of an hour of footage, you are stuck "fast forwarding" to it. And it's not that fast. How about a feature that at least lets you put a marker where the cool shit is that you just did. I threw an awesome grenade into one of those floating sniper tower things, but I'll never be able to find it. I think I'll utilize the screenshot function more than the movie making.

I do love the way you can customize your character. And the achievements look pretty easy. Of course, we'll have to do another play through to find all the skulls and then again to play the meta game.


Monday, September 24, 2007

Vacation: Day One

I'm on vacation this week. I'm sure you can guess why. Halo 3 is coming out tomorrow. I'll be waiting till Wednesday to get my copy in the mail. is sending it out today, so I should have it by then. Once I have it in hand, Alana and I will be tackling the campaign in co-op mode. It's gonna be teh awesome!

As for today, I had to do some work (yes, work) since they asked me to do 2 hours a day even on my vacation. I'll have to remember to thank them for that gift whenever I quit. After that I played a bunch of the Fantastic Four game, Rise of the Silver Surfer. It's just a smidgen above suck, which would probably equate to about a 6 on a scale of 1 to 10.

I really should start my own grading scale. Suck would be 5 and anything above or below that would be above or below suck. I think I may be on to something here.

Anyway, the Halo 3 frenzy is being whipped into a...well...frenzy. The big party is going on in Seattle. Some of my friends (and an enemy) are attending. It's all getting to be a bit much. I'm as excited about the game as anyone, but I don't know how many podcasts and websites can say the same thing. It's an incredible game. Duh!

I actually turned to the Sony Defense Force site just for a change of pace. Whoever runs that site is an absolute genius. If it's real it's fascinating, and if it's fake it's brilliant.

I've also been entering every day to try to win The Ultimate Halo 3 Setup from X3F. I'm sure I won't win, but dammit I'm trying. It would be nice to win something bad ass like that. And shoving it in the losers faces would be even better! lol!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The King of Kong

Friend, listener, and all around great guy Africansk8er has written a review for the documentary The King of Kong. It's a great write up. I really want to see this flick.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Reality TV For The...Win?

I'm running the risk of outing myself as a fag, but I don't care!

The wife and I started watching Beauty and the Geek last night and the new season of America's Next Top Model starts tonight and I'm so watching them this season.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Good Times With Stranglehold

I finished the single player story in Stranglehold last night. I played through on normal. The story is great! It felt like I was playing through a movie. The action is really freaking cool and everything is destructible. It's also extremely satisfying to use Precision Aim to hit a bad guy in the crotch, just like Penny Arcade said.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

FASA No More

Yesterday we found out that FASA Interactive has closed its doors. The developer behind such games as Crimson Skies and Shadowrun has ceased to exist. No big fanfare or hoopla. Just a post on their community forums. Seems a little sad and a little strange. I'm sure this happens more often then we know in the industry, but it almost feels the same as when a radio station goes off the air. There's little to no warnings (although the rumors were there), and then it's just gone. All the sudden your station is playing ranchero music and called The Sombrero.

This, of course, puts one more nail in the coffin of Shadowrun. I was holding out hope for some new maps or gametypes that would appear as DLC, but that won't happen now.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Tomb Raider

Funny thing is, I still want to play it.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Zero Punctuation

The guys at the Gamer Andy forums have been posting these videos by Yahtzee. This guy is a fucking genius. The Escapist is posting the videos now, but he has a few still on YouTube.

Zero Punctuation on The Escapist

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The Darkness

I was really excited to dig into The Darkness this weekend. Little did I realize that lurking on that game disc was not a game, but an exercise in frustration.

I really don't think that this game was play tested at all during development. I think the designers put it together and knew exactly where to go and what to do, therefore they did not need anyone on the outside to test it for playability. That's the only way I can figure a game this flawed got out into stores.

Each level I went through was worse than the one before it. I wandered aimlessly through one area for no less than a half hour before I backtracked through a tunnel (and a loading screen) and found where I was really supposed to be. There are areas like that one that have no reason to even exist other than to frustrate and annoy.

Then there's the multiplayer, which isn't as bad as some of the reviews have let on. Being able to shapeshift is fun. Of course, if any of the weapons besides the dual pistols were at all usefull, the multiplayer would be even better. As it stands, you run around, pick up a weapon and it auto switches to that weapon, so you switch it back to the pistols. Rinse, repeat. Great design, Starbreeze!

A yin to the Darkness' yang, I really expected War Tech Senko Ronde to be really bad, but after playing it a while, I realized it is bad it's good!

When you start up this game, it tells you a story about a little girl that was never stopped crying. She cried 24/7 and eventually caused all sorts of bad stuff to happen to the world like famine and pissed off Japanese people with guns.

So, I guess they get tired of all her crying and decide (here comes the comedy) to shoot her into space. I'm not sure if this was decided by a committee or what, but that seems a little extreme. How about just give her a zoloft or something?

After that, you're thrust into one-on-one mech battles. The dialog between these people swings from making no sense to being absolutely hilarious! Honestly, you never get tired of hearing "Mew mew mew". I don't know what it means, but I like it!

The actual gameplay is fun once you get into it. You can change into huge things like swords and staplers. The funny thing is, you never find out what happened to the little girl. She's just out there in space crying her eyes out. Way to go, Japan!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

skate n' stuff

I played the skate demo last night. I liked it a lot. It's a great change from the Tony Hawk series. I personally have never liked any of the Tony Hawk games. The best part of the demo is the ability to record movies and edit them. Once edited, you can even upload them to the EA site. This is where the problems begin.

When I was playing NFS Carbon, you could take pictures at any time and upload them to EA. You could view them, but only once you logged in to There's no such thing as being able to look them up by your gamertag, and don't dare think about sharing them with your friends by sending them a link. I could actually save the pics, which was cool, but why all the hoops to jump through?

This brings me back to the skate demo. I uploaded a cool video to EA's servers, and then rushed to the computer to watch my video. Apparently my old "classic" EA login was no longer working, and I need to create a new ID. I created it, then was told I had to link it to my gamertag. Surprisingly, that was unsuccessful. In the end, I gave up out of frustration.

We're on the cusp of something really cool with the ability to capture our gameplay footage and upload it to the web. When Halo 3 drops, the floodgates will open. The only problem is, you will have to have a capture card to get the videos onto the internet. Is there a problem with giving us the freedom of uploading a video, then posting it wherever we want, ala' YouTube?

I have this same issue with the pictures you take with your Vision camera on Xbox Live. You can't view them on, you can't save them to your hard drive, you can't do anything with them. You can send a pic to a friend and create your own gamerpic. Neither of these can be saved for future use. Why is that? It just doesn't make sense.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Stuff Is Stupid

I had the idea to start a podcast called Stuff Is Stupid and just talk about things that are stupid. There's so much stuff that is stupid, I would never run out of content. I could literally spend the first several episodes on Nickelback's music, people at Wal-Mart, and my co-workers.

In a related story, I had a Skype chat with the wife of a former friend last night. Apparently she takes offense to me calling him a bitch. It's unfortunate that she feels that way, but I guess she shouldn't have married a bitch. That really should have been the first thing she checked. Flip him over, see if he has balls, then go about your business.

In all honesty, I'm not a difficult person to get a hold of. I have a myriad of contact info here on my blog, not to mention on XBL. I almost decided to post the entire conversation, but thought better of it.

I really don't know why people fuck with me, but if you fuck me around, I'm not going to take it lying down. That's the moral of this story.

Monday, August 27, 2007

It's Working!

OMG, my Zune is actually working! I was late to work because I was installing the software and tossing some songs on it. I can't wait to put some Ask A Ninja on it and watch them.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Coming Zune

Ok, so I got my Zune on Saturday. I immediately plugged it in to let it charge and got this picture on the screen. I assumed the battery was charging and let it sit there for a couple hours. When I finally sat down to install the software, the Zune wasn't detected. I tried 3 usb ports on my pc and one on my work laptop to no avail. I left it plugged in overnight and still the same icon was on the screen.

I broke down and called Zune support and they had me plug it into a usb port in the back of my pc, stating that the ones on the front sometimes have a sleep mode. I did this and waited an hour (and killed the time fragging in the COD4 mp beta). Nothing changed, so I actually plugged it into my 360 to see if that would help. Nothing.

I called Zune support back and was told to unplug it and let the battery completely die. It's been about 8 hours since I did that and the screen still shows the battery icon. I'm hoping that it will finally die tomorrow. Otherwise, I will have to send it in and have it fixed or replaced. The timeframe on a replacement will probably be 3 weeks or more. Awesome!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Community Gamerpics

It was just announced that there is a new picture pack on XBL filled with pics from community sites and podcasts. This is great news for all the hard working guys at Podtacular and even Gamertag Radio. Apparently it's all the shows in the Gamercast Network, which is awfully convenient. I find it interesting that shows like XBL Radio, 360Style or GamerAndy didn't make it in. The Gamerscore Blog guys could have given their slot to somebody else who's actually in the community. Of course, I'm thrilled that Podtacular now have their own gamerpic. Foo Mo Jive and JVB really deserve that. Of course, there are others that aren't as deserving, but whatever. And yes, I'm talking about the bitches over at Uncle Gamer.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Call of Duty 4 MP Beta

Thanks to a twitter friend of mine, I got the code to download the Call of Duty 4 multiplayer beta tonight. I've been playing it and it is completely awesome! You can level up and earn new things like weapons and "perks". Personally, I have my guy outfitted with an assault rifle, smoke grenade, better aim, and a RPG launcher. There's other stuff, but that's the stuff I care about. Hehe. The beta is opening to everyone else on Monday, the 27th, so I'll have all weekend to hone my skills before the noobs arrive.

In other news, Stranglehold got delayed by about a week for some reason. Now it's not hitting till Sept 5th. Dammit! I guess that will give me more time with the COD4 beta, but I need to be getting achievements since my sister has a higher gamerscore than I do. Oh the pain!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Welcome to the Social

I bought a white Zune today from I'm now a part of the social, whatever that means. Hehe. I'm upgrading from my 4gig iPod Mini. It has served me well, but I couldn't pass up the deal.

Installing the Zune Marketplace took forever. It's not near as pretty as iTunes, and I didn't realize you couldn't buy videos. I'm going to try to stream music and pictures to my 360 later.

Saturday, August 18, 2007


We went to see Superbad last night. It was fucking funny as hell! I highly recommend it. McLovin is my new hero.

Also, I played some NBA Street Homecourt last night and earned 5 achievements totaling 240 points which means I finally broke 10k gamerscore!!! Hell yea!


Friday, August 17, 2007

Stranglehold Faceplate

I reserved Stranglehold at my local Gamestop yesterday. I got a faceplate skin for reserving it, not to mention a CD of "Players Traks". It features Lil John & the East Side Boyz, Ying Yang Twins, and Pitbull among others. Anyway, I took some pictures of the skin so people can see what they're getting if they reserve the game. It's like a skin you get from Decent quality, although kind of a pain to put on straight.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Teh Internets

Either I'm just bored with the web or the internet has gotten boring here lately. Maybe I just need a few new sites to visit, but I don't think that's it. I'm bored with the forums and blogs. Facebook does nothing for me. Pownce sucks. Purrrnce is dull. MySpace is ok. The various forums I visit are just the same thing over and over. Twitter is the only thing that keeps me interested.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Bioshock Demo

I downloaded and started to play the Bioshock demo last night. It froze about 10 minutes in, so I quit. I'm not sure I really give a shit about this game. It looks great, but I'm not convinced it's a must play yet. I would much rather play Stranglehold.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Wolverine Ultimatum

We saw The Bourne Ultimatum last night. It was excellent. One of the few trilogies where all three movies are equal in their quality and actually maintain a cohesive story throughout. Most sequels and three-quels are merely cash grabs with no real motivation other than to make the character jump through some hoops for sake of jumping.

What I did notice during the movie is how similar the origins of Wolverine and Jason Bourne are. Obviously Jason is not a mutant with claws, but if you replace Treadstone with Weapon X some real parallels start to emerge.

Wolverine was already a successful operative with the CIA when he was brought into the Weapon X program. In the movies it's revealed that Wolverine actually volunteered for the program. **Spoiler Alert** We find out at the end of Ultimatum that Jason (or David) actually volunteered for the Treadstone program. Each becomes the best at what they do (and what they do is not nice).