Archive for July, 2010

Next month is my birthday, and I have been toying with the idea of getting myself a present. Not something like a game, or a toaster, I am referring to a kick-ass kind of present! The kind of present nobody else would think to get me, and one that will keep on giving to the day that I die! So, what kind of present am I going on about already? The answer is simple: A new me.

Well, maybe not a full-blown “New Me”, but perhaps a Name Change. I think it would be interesting to have my name legally changed. It’s not overly expensive, in fact I think it’s only like a hundred and fifty bucks. However, I don’t know what kind of rules they have for legal name changes, so That’s something I would have to look into. The reason I am curious about rules is because I obviously wouldn’t want to change my name to something normal like “John Smith”. If I am going to plop down $150.00 then I want something unique, something that will make others go “Whaaat?”, Something like JACK ZOMBIEKILLER!

How kick-ass would that be? Phone rings, a woman calls me, asks “Is Debra there?” “Nope, you must have the wrong number.” “Oh, who is this?” “This? This is none other than Jack Zombiekiller!” Oh yea! Now that’s a name that would never get old, and that I would never get tired of. I would anxiously be waiting for someone to ask to see some form of ID so I can whip it out and be like; “The name’s Jack. Jack Zombiekiller!”

I just recently had the honor of playing the PS3 exclusive game “Uncharted: Drakes Fortune“. The game is fairly old, however you wouldn’t guess that by looking at the jaw dropping graphics. You might be wondering if it is so old, why did it take so long to play it? Well, to begin with I didn’t have any interest. I saw videos, and screen shots and to be honest, I thought it was going to be Tomb Raider with a male leading character, and I despised the TOmb Raider games, even more than I despised the Tomb Raider movies!

When I finally played it, I learned quickly that the ame is NOTHING like Tomb Raider, which is a good thing. In fact, the game is really unlike anything I have ever played. Sure, the story might not be original, and some of the dialog might be a bit cliché, but the gameplay it’s self is truly unique and entertaining!

Basically, the story follows Nathan Drake, who happens to be a treasure hunter. Kind of like a modern-day Indiana Jones, except not quite as cool. As you start playing, one of the things you will notice is the tutorial guides. They are extremely helpful and informative, and teach you how to manuever around the world of Uncharted. It is highly advised that you do not ignore these.

The controls are simple enough so that anyone can pretty much pick up a gamepad and begin playing, and if you are having trouble, the game guides you into the action. You aren’t tossed head first into life and death situations. So, by the time you are in the heat of it all, you will be quite comfortable with the controls and play style of the game.

Everything about this game is great, the Story, though not original is entertaining, and the voice acting os probably some of the best that I have heard in video games to date! There’s not a thing about this game anyone can complain about. Well, at least not til toward the end.

You see, as you begin nearing the end of the game, Uncharted decides to introduce a new enemy type to the game. This Enemy is a melee enemy which just so happens to pack quite a punch. This means all of a sudden you are forced to break away from the controls you are used to. The method of combat that you have lovingly been introduced to is pretty much tossed out on its ear. Gone are the days of taking cover and aiming down the barrel for accurate shots. In order to survive you simply have to run like a maniac and shoot from the hip. Yea, suddenly, the game becomes a standard Run’N’Gun type game. To make matters worse, the game doesn’t give you any indication that, now might be a good time to change your entire play style.

This sudden change made the game frustrating, however After I played it and finished it, and looked back at the game. I think it was a nice touch. Sure it was a pain in the ass, but it gave the game a sense of confusion and panic. It made the game seem to come alive.

Over-all I would say the game is top-notch and is a must own, and am throughly impressed with this game title. Never before have I been this pleasantly surprised with a video game title.

Looking forward to trying Uncharted 2 now!

Have you heard of a game titled “Alpha Protocol“? If the answer is no, it’s not surprising. You see, this game was one of many that glided in under the radar almost completely unnoticed, thanks in large part to the releases of highly anticipated heavy hitters Red Dead Redemption and Alan Wake.

Although you wouldn’t guess it by the title, Alpha Protocol is actually a Role-Playing game. Imagine if you will Splinter Cell remade as an RPG. Not just any RPG, but an RPG using the Unreal 3 game engine, just like Mass Effect. In fact, go one step further and picture what might come out if you stuffed Mass Effect and Splinter Cell into a blender and mixed them together on the highest setting. If you picture that, you might get a decent idea of what exactly Alpha Protocol is like.

When you start playing, one of the first things you will notice is the graphics. They are fairly impressive, though there is room for improvement. You will also notice the film grain which should be extremely familiar to fans of the Mass Effect series, in fact much of the game, in terms of graphics should be quite familiar to those fans.

The next thing you might notice is the lack of character customisation, in fact it’s nearly non-existant. When it becomes time to personalise your character, you will notice that there aren’t very many options at all to choose from. What you are given, is the option to change the characters eye color, choose between 5 or 6 different hair styles, pick between 4 or 5 different facial hair styles and decide if you want your character wearing a hat or shades. Fans of current RPGs might be heavily disappointed since in recent years we have been spoiled with character customisation. In fact, we have grown to accept it, and take it for granted.

However, all that aside, the game has good controls, in fact, very familiar controls that shouldn’t take any time at all to get used. The story is mediocre, it’s not Fantastic, but it’s definitely not the worst you could imagine. In fact, I would go so far as to say it was semi-enjoyable.

The only real flaw that I noticed was the games difficulty. See, they attempted to give the game an open exploration feel, similar to mass effect, however the game was clearly designed to be played in a particular order, and I firmly believe that the game would have been immensely better if it was a forced order. Sure, it would have been more linear, but it would have been more enjoyable and less confusing. The game was obviously designed to be linear, and them offering a “Free exploration” style of gameplay only served to make it frustrating instead of a fun experience.

Over all though, when the games finished and fully experienced, most RPG fans will have found it an overall enjoyable game title. Yes, it had its flaws but I firmly believe the game was enjoyable enough to look past those flaws.

You’ve no doubt heard all the gossip about Mel Gibson, and if you watch Nancy Grace, Jane Velez-Mitchell or Joy Behar, then you might actually think he’s been sentenced and prosecuted. Well, he hasn’t! Fact of the matter is many people in the media tend to express their opinions, and then label them as facts.

They go on and on, they rant and are like “Oh yea! Mel smacked around his ex-girlfriend, knocked a tooth out of her head! Why isn’t this maniac in jail?!? He’s even threatened to kill her!” then they have the nerve to be all like “Gee! I wonder why Mels camp hasn’t contacted us?!” Good question! Let’s pause and think here for a moment. Hmm. Oh, I know! Maybe it’s because you already have him prosecuted in your head! Not only that, you have also started gathering the lynch mob.

So, everyone else has stated their opinions on the matter, so I figure I might as well toss in my two cents. Now, please keep in mind, everything being said in this post, from beginning to end is MY opinion. My opinion might even change at a later date, but as of this writing, this is how I feel and think.

First, I want to clearly state IF Mel did smack Oksana Grigorieva around, then that’s clearly beyond fucked up. However, that being said, from my understanding the smack took place MONTHS ago. Why is she just now letting it become public knowledge? That’s what I want to know. If I was a woman and someone I was with smacked me around? I would have their ass reported faster than greased lightning! You know, unless I wanted to blackmail the person.

Anyway, in case you haven’t heard, there is a series of audio tapes that are supposedly of Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva arguing. The tapes are being released little by little by some place I have never heard of called Radaronline. No doubt you have probably heard some of these explosions. Most likely made your own conclusions, unless of course you are one of those people who are incapable of making up their own minds, and instead let the media make up your mind for you.

Now, here’s something I want to know. Where did these supposed recordings come from? Did Oksana Grigorieva record them? If so, is that even legal? I could be wrong of course, but I thought you had to notify someone that you were recording them, otherwise the recordings couldn’t be used as evidence against the person? If all that’s the case, then the only point of making the recordings is to try to destroy his career.

Anyway, after listening to the recordings, I noticed something. She was provoking him, and baiting him. Yes, he was blowing up and ranting and raving, however she was also pushing all his buttons. It was as if he was a wildebeest and she was standing in front of him with a pointy stick and poking at him. She’s going on about every other sentence “You’re insane” or “You need medication” and yea, that’s going to piss someone off even more! It’s certainly not going to defuse the situation.

People mention how throughout the tapes How she remains calm, despite being yelled at. Yea, of course she is! Especially if she’s recording the call and plans to release it to the public in an attempt to ruin his career. If she stays calm, he looks Really bad, she looks really good and appears more innocent. Hell, it’s easy as hell to stay calm, especially when you know a conversation is being recorded! To top it off, many times, when someone is pissed and they get talked to, the way that she is talking to him? They do tend to get more pissed off than they were. It goes right back around to the whole button pressing thing.

Now, in regards to the whole bit about him threatening to kill her, and all that garbage? Well, the man in the recording does make that suggestion. Keep in mind however that many people in a pissed off state have threatened to kill someone. I know several people who have said in the middle of a fight “I am so going to kill you!” Does that make them a psychotic mass murderer? I don’t think so! A lot of things get said in the heat of an argument. Tempers flare, and people say things they didn’t mean and end up regretting.

So, bottom line, If that man in the recording is Mel Gibson, Do I think he was out of line? I think to a degree he was. I think his temper flared and he let it get the better of him, however it’s not all his fault. I think Oksana Grigorieva should also be shouldering a lot of the blame. Instead people label her strictly as a victim. They don’t acknowledge that she was pushing all his buttons and fanning his flames. They don’t acknowledge that she wanted a boatload of money, and then wanted to keep him from his child. Honestly, if I had a child and the mother didn’t want me to see the kid? I would be pissed as hell too.

I think Oksana Grigorieva is a gold digger, a user, a manipulator and possibly even a blackmailer.

This post has nothing to do with Mels supposed racist comments. Is he racist? Well, probably. However that has nothing to do with him being “Insane” or whatever.

Reason for my hatred

Posted: July 12, 2010 in General
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It’s come to my attention, that I tend to constantly slam and belittle the Summer season, and some people might feel I do so unfairly. Afterall, many people love Summer. They think it’s one of the best seasons. So, what right do I have to ridicule it as much as I do? What reasons do I have to dislike this season? Is there a reason at all? The answer is yes! I have many reasons to dislike the season! To be fair, I will break the season down into Pros and Cons. Maybe then, you will see the summer through my eyes!

Reasons Why Summer sucks:
You sweat more.
Ice cream melts faster.
The friggin doorknob can burn your hand!
You enter the house, and it’s so hot, you cant help but wonder if there’s a fire.
The heat is so intense, it often times overpowers the coolness of the AC.
You burn your bum on a toilet seat.
Your feet get stuck in melted asphalt.
Sunburns.
High electric bills due to A/C usage.
wild fires.
Heat strokes.
Thighs sticking to leather seats.
Things overheat more often.
It sucks to eat hot stuff when it’s hot when it’s warm out. which means lots of salads/sandwiches.

Reasons why summer is good:
Women tend to wear shorter skirts/dresses.

hmmmm, come to think of it. Maybe I was too hard on the seasons! Maybe, just maybe Summer isn’t so bad after all!

Tomorrow is Independence day here in America. It’s a day of hope, freedom, unity or something like that! I don’t know, I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to have some kind of deep meaning. To me, it’s always just meant watching fireworks blow up in the sky.

That’s pretty much it!

To be honest, I’m not much of a July 4th fan! Sure, when I was a wee tyke, I used to look forward to it. In fact, I used to go around singing a made-up song about the coming holiday! It was such an exciting holiday, that the only holiday cooler than it, was Christmas. As a child though, how can you not love independence day? Going to the beach, sitting around on blankets in the sand, watching fireworks explode into a multitude of colored sparks. That was great!

However, time passed and I grew up. Now its lost spiffiness and I look at the holiday from a different view. I see it as a holiday with increased traffic accidents, increased fires and increased injuries. When looking at the “Holiday” from that perspective, it tends to lose its magic.

On top of all that, this year Independence day falls on a Sunday, a day when the U.S. mail doesn’t run. However, due to the fact that banks and the post office don’t get a day off on July 5th, they will be observing independence day on the 5th, so they can still get an extra day off. This doesn’t really make sense. They can’t celebrate it on the 5th! They aren’t going to go out and light fireworks yelling “Happy belated independence day!”, whatever! I just want my mail!