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Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
1:24 am
Duly Noted
<eshock> as of today, rdr is officially better than uncharted 2
<eshock> fuckign quote me on that shit
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
11:53 am
Sunday, April 12th, 2009
8:30 pm
I'm off to fight in the war
The Great War!

Wait, no, wrong war. I meant the Greater War. Where we went and kicked this guy's ass.

A few days ago in the #insertcredit IRC channel I asked about PSX FPS games, because I couldn't think of any off hand and it seemed off that what has been such a popular genre for a decade and a half now would be under-represented on the PSX. Even the SNES had Doom. A fair number of titles were brought up and the general concensus seemed to be that, on the whole, they all sucked, except for the Medal of Honor games, which were great. So I downloaded Medal of Honor Underground to see if it still held up.

Now considering how many games of its type have come out and how much the technology has improved over the years you'd think that the first MoH games would not have aged well. Well you'd be wrong. I know there's worlds of difference between the helecopter assault on rails levels of Call of Duty Modern Combat where you see an entire city spawling out before you and the cramped motorcycle escape on rails level of Medal of Honor Underground where they took every shortcut they could to actually get the thing to run on a Playstation, but honestly the feeling of playing both is just about the same. The game does have a few quirks owing to how the PSX didn't have analog control as a standard, but that's forgivable.

ANYWAYS after I finished up MoHU (on, I should mention, a SPECTACULAR high note. World at War's zombie mode can stuff itself; Secrets of the OSS is one of the best bonus levels I've ever played) I had a sort of crazy idea on how to follow it up. This is probably because it's been awhile since I've done something crazy related to video games (it's been MONTHS since I've bought any copies of JSRF/SEGAGT2002). I also atribute it to the melancholy related to not owning a modern console system and having a rapidly aging PC.

I'm going to play every previous-generation WWII FPS. Every Single One. This includes:

Brothers in Arms 1: Road to Hill 30
Brothers in Arms 2: Earned in Blood
Call of Duty 1: Finest Hour
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
Call of Duty 3
Medal of Honor: European Assault
Medal of Honor: Frontline
Medal of Honor: Rising Sun
World War II Combat: Road to Berlin
World War II Combat: Battle for Iwo Jima
Sniper Elite
Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory

If I go really crazy I might decide to include all military shooters, which would triple the length of the list and add six more games from the Combat series, which are supposed to be universally awful. I'm looking forward to that.
Monday, March 23rd, 2009
7:47 pm
So this past week a long running fantasy show ended



Honestly now if you can't kill named characters in the last episode OF A WAR EPIC then why even fucking bother? Fucking Seaquest had balls enough to do that in a season finale.
Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
9:34 pm
Sunday, March 2nd, 2008
12:38 am
Thursday, December 27th, 2007
2:34 pm
Year in Gaming 007: Still Alive
Another year is coming to a close, so it's time for another wrap up of my yearly gaming expenses. This year's budget came down to about half of last year's, so that will account for the lack of diversity. On top of that I don't own any current generation systems AND my supply of JSRF/SEGAGT2002 is starting to dry up. I think next year I'm finally going to get around to doing a short write up of all the games (445 and counting!) I own.
Doing science and I'm...Collapse )
Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
1:12 pm
Finally saw Ultraviolet last night
And boyo do I regret not seeing it in a theater.

I remember watching the trailers and telling myself this is exactly the sort of movie I want to see in a theater and yet I passed on it. I mistrusted my perfect intuition and I lost out. UV ended up being exactly what I was expecting, and did not recieve, from both RE3 and Aeon Flux.

The huge number of similarities between UV and Aeon Flux lead me to believe that there was a bidding war over the liscence which Sony lost and they decided to just go through with the movie anyways. UV's characters are closer analogues to the original Aeon Flux than the movie's were, and the style of a full length music video was precisely the way that Aeon Flux should have been presented. The whole vampire thing was a bit out of left field, but I'm always up for a vampire butt kicking film (come to think of it, UV also better delivered on the promise of butt kicking vampries than Underworld, so that's three movies now that UV makes up for.)

On the downside Wimmer didn't stray far from Equilibruim in UV, he just had a bigger budget to work with. Unforutantely it wasn't a big enough budget and it obviously ran out in a few scenes that ended up having to use somewhat archaic effects for today's technology. I'm still going to end up buying a copy of it eventually. It'll make a good movie to play in the background on mute, like Flash Gordon.
Monday, October 15th, 2007
2:57 pm
Pop Culture annoyance #49
The "Time of the Dinosaurs" was not 65 million years ago. That was when they DIED OUT. If you want a date for the heyday of dinosaurs something in the range of 200-150 million years ago would be more appropriate.
Wednesday, April 4th, 2007
2:19 am
Dream Diary
Last night's dream started out with me on a bus. I'm pretty confident that I was in europe, not because of any landmarks but just because the dream had that sort of europe-y feeling to it. Also I had a PS3 which I had just recently purchased. And, just as I often do in real life, I fell asleep on the bus. When I awoke I discovered that the PS3 had been stolen by some high-school wanksta punk and this other chubby high school kid had done nothing to stop it. I was pretty mad about the whole predicament since $500 had just up and vanished. Then I realised that no one sells the $500 model so I must have spent $600 on it (which is actually a sweet deal since I was in europe at the time and their PS3 is more in the range of $750-$900) and that just made me madder.

That then segued into a sort of 1050's PSA/1960's psychedelic cartoon about kids and ice cream. A girl in a school cafeteria said to the boy sitting next to her 'I want to share my cream with you.' The boy responded 'We can't share cream yet.' She pulled a handful of ice cream out of her lunch pail and gave him some anyways. After that it got really weird. I blame most of the imagery on this video. The only image I can remember was of a scene similar in Ghostbusters 2 with Vigo's disembodied head floating over a river of slime, only with the face of an eight year old girl and 'THE CREME MUST BE ONE' written on the bottom of the image.

I think the moral of the experience was that only in my wildest dreams would I spend $600 on a playstation.
Wednesday, March 14th, 2007
5:27 pm
And coming next month: Seaguy the Animated Series!

I'm fairly convinced that this is a hoax now, seeing as how all news on it linked to a youtube video and nothing official, but still. Fuck. Goddamn Fuck. Please Mr. Snyder. There's still time to turn back. You don't have to press the button.
Sunday, January 7th, 2007
1:40 pm
Saturday, January 6th, 2007
1:18 am
An open letter to Eiji Aonuma
cc: Shigeru Miyamoto

guys get galleon

Jaarik Abels-Smit
Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
6:59 pm
Year in gaming 2006: finish line
Well, here it is. Every video game I have purchased for myself in the year of 2006. One hundred and fifty one games total (not counting JSRF/SEGAGT2002s). Atleast I didn't pick up a new home console this holiday season. That's something. Kind of.

I could have cured cancer, but noooOOOOoooCollapse )
Saturday, November 18th, 2006
2:29 am
Wednesday, October 18th, 2006
12:26 am
How did Contact get pushed back to thursday? What game ever ships out on thursday? And, on top of that, where does EB get off with charging $35 for it? Walmart has it for $30. Target too. I imagine Best Buy will have it at $30 as well. Fuck EB/GS and their irrational price gouging. Red Star has an MSRP of $12 and they're charging $20, and they know they can get away with it because they have no dedicated competition.
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006
11:23 pm
Friday, September 22nd, 2006
2:23 am
The winter glut is here
And I am contributing to the problem. Current list of titles to buy this season/have bought this season:

[X] KoF Maximum Impact 2 9/19
[ ] Okami 9/19
[X] King's Quest Compilation 9/25
[ ] God Hand 10/10
[X] Contact 10/17
[ ] Red Star 10/17
[X] .hack G.U. 10/24
[ ] Elite Beat Agents 11/6
[ ] Guitar Hero 2 11/7
[ ] Final Fantasy III 11/14
[X] Super Robot Wars OG2 11/21
[X] Twilight Princess 12/11
12:54 am
Oh god I can't believe I ate all that cake
12:26 am
Oh god I can't believe I'm going to eat all this cake
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