Thursday, June 30, 2011

New Silent Hill Movie to Bring Iconic Nurses Back

Silent Hill: Revelation, which is slated for a 2012 release.

Anyone who has played the Silent Hill games will remember the super creepy nurses, well they coming to the sequel, and I can't wait. While the first movie wasn't 100% in cannon with the games; it was however told well enough to have me excited to see another flick based on the cursed land of Silent Hill.

Friday, June 24, 2011

1983 Cult Movie War Games to get "Reboot"

The director of King of Kong is rumored to be heading up the reboot of one of my favorite childhood films. I sincerely  hope if and when this movie gets made it will have a much more evolved AI Joshua.
The world has changed so much since 1983, the games played in War Games were very simplistic games by today's standards, so the idea of a reboot confounds me a little, I just can't wrap my head around what kinds of games Joshua will be playing. In 1983 the games were all text and ASCII art on PC, The difference between games then and now is like comparing an amoeba to a human. It makes me wonder if Joshua will have robotic parts to use controllers/mouse/keyboard or will be directly interfacing in games electronically. And well, lets face it, if Joshua plays an FPS everyone will be crying "AIM BOT" :)

I think the unsung greatness of the origonal WarGames was the great chemistry on screen between Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy. Lets just pray that the movie has a great casting director and they will make sure to have readings of actors together to ensure that great chemistry that made the first film amazing is represented in the reboot.

Robin to make an appearance in Batman Arkham City

Game retailer Best Buy announced that Robin, the Boy Wonder will be available as  an exclusive pre-order character for the upcoming Batman: Arkham City. 
The retailer published a single image of the character. 

Additionally, the pre-order will come with two additional challenge maps: Black Mask Hideout and Freight Train Escape. 
We don't know whether Robin will be offered as a downloadable character later on, but it wouldn't be too much of a stretch. 
While supplies last, pre-order the game for an exclusive downloadable Robin character. Robin is a fully playable character in the new and improved challenge mode in Batman: Arkham City. The Tim Drake Robin pack is available exclusively to fans who pre-order the game from Best Buy on Xbox 360, PC and PS3. 
Robin comes complete with his own unique gadgets and special moves, and will be playable in all challenge maps in the game, as well as two additional challenge maps that are included with the pack: Black Mask Hideout and Freight Train Escape. 
The pack will also contain a bonus Red Robin character skin.

Bioshock Infinite: Characters Backstory

More great backstory on character's and what's going on in Bioshock Infinite. I don't know about you, but the more I see the more and more I get excited about this game. It's going to be so awesome to  have an interactive partner.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Duke Nukem Forever

Many things have been written about Duke Nukem Forever. There seems no end to the tyrades of people who love to point out every flaw, or to over exagerate the slightest of issues. The one thing few people have said, is that it's fun. I enjoyed Duke Nukem Forever just as much as Duke Nukem 3d back in 1995, when I was 20 years old.

Now, I don't mean to say there isn't room for improvement.  I think overall today people expect too much from every aspect of life. It seems reasonable expectations have gone the way of the dodo and if a thing isn't flawless then it is to be shunned. I know many people have steered away from Duke's latest game due to the 12+ years of development and because reviews for it have been brutal.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Game of Thrones

My media intake is constantly through the roof, I watch movies and tv pretty much every moment I'm not playing video games. While I do watch so much, there is still much that falls below my radar. Game of Thrones has been on the edge of my radar since it was announced, although there was never such great talk among my circles as to draw me to it. That is until my friend Renda, from Line Zero and Pink Fish Press asked me about it; the tipping point had been reached and I needed to watch it.

Armed with nothing better to do with my day and a vague interest in the contents of the show, I began watching Game of Thrones. The setting is a fictional land with well thought out and diverse civilizations. For the most part the primary characters are Noblemen, so there is alot of politics and backstabbing.  The casting for the showing is absolutely top notch, my favorite characters being, Eddard Stark(Sean Bean) and Tyrion Lannister(Peter Dinklage). Game of Thrones has a very large ensemble cast and picking out the best performances would be a very difficult task as all of the characters are so well played that they are believable and enjoyable.   It's hard to concieve that it was spawned from a series of books and games, since translation to the home screen rarely carries over well.

Monday, June 13, 2011

LA Noire

I had the pleasure of borrowing this game from a friend recently. While a very enjoyable game, I would almost classify it as interactive entertainment. It seems to be a game that is impossible to fail at the few minor failures I faced in cases were easily fixed; with no repercussions. While the face reading does have a bit of a learning curve to it it becomes easy and repetitive after awhile.  I unintentionally screwed a few cases up simply by playing too tired and driving myself; as it turns out I am terrible at driving 40's style cars dead tired. So I managed to  bang up quite a few cars and public property landing me several cases completed with 2 or 3 stars. Rather than the 5 stars I was acquiring under more ideal circumstances; Luckily for me the game allows you to replay cases without playing the entire game again.  I was after all tearing through town like the devil was on my coat tails most of the time.

Spoilers after the jump.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bioshock Infinite: A Little Backstory about Skylines

It impresses me that they took a moment to consider what these skylines were
intended to be used for. Giving thought to the background of characters and
plot devices in games gives them much more depth and in my opinion makes
them a lot more enjoyable.  I would much rather play something thought out
than half imagined.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

World of Minecraft

I have never found myself attracted to the idea of paying monthly to play a game such as Warcraft.  Fundamentally I just cannot justify the total expenditure these kinds of games entail; both in time and in cold hard cash.  The quests and story lines always seemed too paper thin to bridge the gap between my love of gaming, and my love of role-playing. I played Dungeons and Dragon's 2nd and 3rd editions every weekend for 10 years, I also had the privileged of playing with some of the best while under the best Dungeon Master's one could hope to play. The stories were imaginative, well thought out and considered, the characters were unique, and the adventures were in a word; Epic.  So the "thinness" of Wow has always kind of disgusted me, and made me wonder; What on earth is making them so profitable, what is it that brings people paying hard earned cash monthly?

Minecraft seems to be the latest craze in games that offer no story, and manages to entertain with sheer busy work.  Digging, crafting, defending from creepers.  While customization, and creating things is most definitely an enjoyable part of a games I just cannot find myself entertained by that alone, they are great features to add to  a game, but in themselves. I'd rather not try to be entertained by droll busy work of what is to be a game. The obsession among it's fans borders on rabid fandom. It has become nearly impossible to view any kind of gaming news online without seeing 15 articles about Minecraft.

Humor image boards as well as Twitter, and Facebook, all abound with conversation of Minecraft. A Game I have Zero interest in. Perhaps it's time I find a game no one else is interested in and talk about it non stop in as much detail as I possibly can muster. Topspin perhaps?  Or maybe I could go into  great detail of a game of Mahjong, or there was that time I was surrounded by Ghosts in Pacman, and barely managed to escape their evil clutches.

Some games just seem to have an "it" factor, some ineffable quality that makes them popular beyond reason.  Perhaps their success lies within their vast communities and the kinship therein; or maybe the players of these games use a lot of imagination to see them as far more than they are, but rather what they wish them to be.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Car Woes

Ugh, I don't know what to do, my car has been broken down for about a year, and I can't afford to get it fixed, I hate to have to sell it as a junk car, but my apartments are going to have it towed soon if I don't do something. I need help :(

It doesn't start, just makes noise when I turn the key, someone told me they thought it might be the fuel pump.
I bought this car brand new 10 years ago, I paid thousands for it in it's life and I really hate to get rid of it,
especially since I can't afford a new one, living on a very low fixed income.

Doctor Who Spoiler Alert: A Good Man Goes to War

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Having a little fun at Fast Food joints

1. Ask if they want fries with the money

2. Order an item from another place (i.e. the 8pc. original bucket)

3. Ask for extra meat

4. Order a Big Mac in a Crispy Chicken box (or something similar)

5. Order an apple pie box

6. Order a sundae without the container

7. Ask them to make sure the cow is dead this time

8. Ask for change for a penny; when they say they can't, ask if they really want your business or not

9. Say no when they ask if they can take your order

10. Ask if you can talk to Ronald

11. Repeat everything they say

12. When they repeat the order, say that's not right, then repeat it exactly as they did

13. Ask how much the sign outside cost

14. Tell them Ray Kroc is outside

15. If they say that he's dead, respond "Not anymore!"

16. Recite Hamlet's entire soliloquy, adding "cheeseburger" at various places

17. Specify the order is to go

18. Order a roll of toilet paper

19. Order a Big Mac without the Mac

20. Ask if they have Small Mac's because you're not very hungry

21. Question them as to how to say "French Fries" in Italian

22. Hand them your garbage sack, and ask if they can recycle it

23. Ask for 45 mints and 1 French Fry, no salt

24. Order a box of napkins

25. Ask what kind of ketchup they use, then order 40 of the little paper containers for it

26. Order a semicolon

27. Try to work the words "downloading" and "FTP" into the conversation

28. Tell them you came to "get a few"

29. Order a value meal one higher than what they have, or maybe just ... "Yeah, I'll take a #27, super-sized" (then ... "Well you had it YESTERDAY!)

30. Ask if they take American Express

31. Order the source code to a cheeseburger

32. Make modem-like noises

33. Ask for a Quarter with a large side order of

34. Refer to ordering as "uploading".

35. Ask if this is really McDonald's, or just another JFK cover-up

36. Say "Testing, testing 1 2 3 ..."

37. Drive in backwards

38. If the restaurant has two windows, ask where the third is

39. Say, "I'm sorry, I must have the wrong number." Then pull away normally.

40. Make sure they know that you want "pepperoni and extra cheese" on that

41. Recite your order in poem form

42. ... and begin it with "A poem - by Henry Gibson"

43. Use large words, such as "condiments" and "intermingled." For example, "Please do not intermingle the condiments on the quarter pound of beef that is going to be specially made for my possession."

44. Ask if its the party to whom you are speaking.

45. If they sound irritated or are laughing, tell them "please treat the order box with respect"

46. Ask for a cheeseburger with a view.

47. Repeat everything they say.

47.5 Repeat everything they say.

48. Ask if they can give you the fries without putting them through "that horrible torture of cooking."

49. Scream "Call 911!" and speed away

variation: scream "Call 912!" and speed away

50. Say your favorite lines from movies. i.e., I canna do it Captain! She's gonna blow!, Show me the MONEY!, or Do ya feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?.... Fries? I don't need no stinking fries!

Cave Johnson's Combustible Lemons

"When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don't want your damn lemons, what am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I'm gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!"
―Cave Johnson

Sony, Hackers, and Fail Oh MY!

My gaming history with Sony has always been a rocky one. The original PS1
constantly overheated and needed to be turned upside down to play after only
a few hours. Within 3 months of owning the PS2 it was scratching game discs
to unreadability. Calling Sony's support line yielded nothing but frustration as
they wanted me to pay 150 dollars to repair my 300 dollar console. I gave up on
Sony then; I had always been a supporter of their electronics, but a problem
that was clearly theirs wasn't addressed to my(the customer's) satisfaction and
I turned away from them.

So when the news of Sony being attacked by hacker groups hit, it didn't really
phase me. From my experience with the giant corporation I can understand how
you put enough people with bad experience with them together, something bad
was bound to happen. God knows that Laws these days favor corporations far
more than they do the user, or consumer/individual.  Unfortunately I don't think
hacking the Playstation Network is going to cause Sony Corp to be repentant of
their business practices. It was irresponsible of them to host credit card data
and passwords unsecured, and I really can't see the Gaming Division of Sony
having a long and fruitful life.

The hard drive on my Xbox 360 died last month.  In stark contrast to Sony,
Microsoft has always handled my console issues right, until now. Offering
repairs well beyond warranty dates free of charge. Unfortunately, there has
been a series of mistakes on their part, which has kept me from receiving my
replacement hard drive. The customer service person I first spoke to selected
on the computer to send me a "Hard Drive DOOR" instead of the 250 GB
hard drive. I am now told that I cannot receive a hard drive until they locate
the broken one I sent them, I taped the reference number to the hard drive
and wrote it on both sides of the package I sent it in, and tracking the package
it has been listed as received at their service center.

Every time I have called I am told that an escalation specialist will call me in
24-48 hours. I have yet to receive a single call from them regarding this issue.
For the first 3 weeks I called them every 50 hours (giving them a fair chance
to call me as promised). At one point a supervisor jumped on the line and made
promises to give me free Microsoft Points and a Year of Xbox Live to make
up for the constant blundering on their part during this issue. I am now currently
waiting as patiently as I can, it has been over a week since I called about the
hard drive as it's been costing me a lot in pre-paid minutes on my phone.
In the end, I do believe Microsoft will make good, a faith I never had with

Friday, June 3, 2011

I Was Born, I Grew Up

I am going to be blogging, I literally have nothing going on in my life. I have been
unemployed for over a year, and I have pretty bad arthritis. I have been an avid 
gamer most of my life, now I can hardly game for a couple of hours before the 
pain in my hands gets to be too much. I do wonder if as the average gamer age
goes up, if there will be some kind of gamer accessories that help with arthritis.  
Anyways, I am not sure where I am going to go with this, but I hope the ride
is a good one at least.