Archive for January, 2011

EQOA: Frontiers (cover)

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Sony Online Entertainment recently released DC Universe Online. The game was released on both PC and PS3, and though they are on both platforms, they aren’t cross-platform. Meaning, PS3 users will only be playing with PS3 subscribers, and PC players will only be playing with PC subscribers.

Before the game was even released, PC gamers were whining and complaining about it. Mainly they were bitching and moaning about the game being released on the Playstation 3. They believe that MMORPGs don’t belong on consoles. They feel that MMORPGs should remain on computers. Personally, I disagree. I believe that MMORPGs can work very well on consoles if done right. I believe people who whine about MMORPGs being on consoles simply want the game genre they prefer to be on their gaming platform of choice. Basically, they want to hold the MMORPG genre over the head of consoles gamers and brag about what they have that the console gamers don’t. They basically just want to feel superior.

In all actuality, MMORPGs play quite well on consoles. EverQuest Online Adventures proved that 7 years ago. It’s still running with a healthy community even today. Granted, EQOA was a console exclusive MMORPG, so it was designed for Console controls, but it still showed that an MMORPG could work on a console, even a subscription based one.

Granted, Final Fantasy 11 on consoles didn’t turn out that well, but in all fairness, the game wasn’t even that great on the PC! So, it’s not overly surprising tha the console release turned out abysmal. In fact, it pretty much killed MMORPGs on consoles. After that, nobody really had the balls to do it again.

Until recently, with the release of DCUO of course. The end result? Smooth as silk! A perfect console MMORPG. I have bought it on both the PS3 as well as the PC and am pleased completely with both releases, although to be fair, I prefer the console version over the PC release, and spend more time playing it.

Granted, I am not saying EVERY game would work on a console. However some games would play just fine on a consoles! Games like Star Trek Online and Champions online. Even Dungeons and Dragons online with a little fiddling would play well on a console.

in fact Champions online, even allows use of the Xbox 360 PC gamepad, and when I play CO, I rarely ever use the keyboard or mouse. It just plays so much better with a gamepad!

Games like EverQuest or World of Warcraft though? I don’t believe they would play well on a console. However, I have heard of people who play WOW using an XBOX 360 PC controller, and a third-party program called Xpadder that allows you to play any game with a gamepad. In fact, there are some vids on youtube of people doing this. However, it looks complicated to set up, and even more complicated to play.

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It’s a new year, and already game companies are hard at work, planning that next epic video game blockbuster. A few will succeed, many will become abysmal failures. Which is why I think game designers should borrow a page from the movie industry, and remake some already loved titles.

A few game companies have already done this. Both Turtles in Time and a Boy and his Blob have been remade, and in both cases, I honestly feel the remakes are superior to the originals. So, why not continue down this path, and introduce classic outdated games, to a new generation of gamers on a new generation of consoles!

Here is my top 10 games that I would love to see remade on the PS3 or the Xbox 360.

1. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – Grand Theft Auto set in the 80’s! It doesn’t get much cooler than that! When the game came out however, I wasn’t into Grand Theft Auto that much. Sure, the idea was appealing, but the controls were clunky and everything just seemed so awkward. In fact, when GTA IV came out, I almost didn’t try it out. I am glad that I did though, since the controls were much smoother and everything just seemed “Right”. So, I would love to see the Grand Theft Auto III Trilogy, remade for todays consoles with richer graphics and smoother controls.  If not the whole trilogy, definitely Vice City!

2. Final Fantasy 7 – Fans of this game and of Final Fantasy in general have been screaming for a remake of this game for as long as I can remember. To be honest, I haven’t a clue why one hasn’t made it out yet?

3. Y’s Books 1 & 2 – Y’s originally got me into RPGs, so it should come as no surprise that I would love to see a remake of these 2 games. Now, to be fair there is a remake on the Nintendo DS from what I hear, and it’s pretty kick ass. I also heard the remake is making its way to the PSP as well, but that doesn’t really do me any good! Bring it on over as a PS3 title as a PSN  Market purchase, or on the Xbox 360 via Xbox Live Arcade! Do it!

4. Deja Vu – Deja Vu is an inventory based point and click adventure game. The basic premise is that you are a private investigator who wakes up in a bathroom stall with no memory. You need to investigate yourself, and find out what the hell is going on.

Now, point and click adventure titles haven’t been a huge hit on consoles, but recently with titles like Sam & Max and Monkey Island that has started to change. I think in todays market, a remake of Deja Vu would go over quite well.

5. Jazz Jackrabbit – I’m not sure how many of you are familiar with Jazz Jack Rabbit. This wasn’t a game available on console, it was a PC platformer game, and to be honest was much more enjoyable than the sonic and Mario games that were available at the same time.

I would love to play Jazz Jackrabbit again, with newer enhanced graphics and best of all on a console!

6. Knights of the Old Republic – This is the first Star Wars game that I actually enjoyed. More than enjoyed; Loved! This was one of the first free-form RPGs that I ever played as well. To me, choosing if I wanted to be good or evil in an RPG was totally unfamiliar, but highly enjoyable. It increased the replay value, because it could be played with multiple outcomes.

Why does this game need a console remake? Well, the graphics are highly outdated, plus while you can play the Xbox version of KOTOR on your 360, it is very jerky and damn near unplayable.

7. Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind – Let’s face it Morrowind is about a million times better in story and complexity than the sequel Oblivion. Sure, Oblivion has better graphics, but in the end, I would still prefer playing Morrowind. What would be even better than playing Morrowind though, is Playing Morrowind remade! Imagine, the story and complexity of Morrowind, played on the same engine that Oblivion uses? Pure heaven!

8. Freedom Fighters – The storyline was great although the graphics, while excellent at the time, are highly outdated. This would be an excellent game to be remade into todays gaming market. With titles like S.T.A.L.K.E.R., HomeFront and Metro 2033 making the scene, Freedom Fighters would fit right in.

9. Parasite Eve – When you say SquareSoft, you no doubt think about Final Fantasy. However Final Fantasy isn’t their only epic adventure. In fact, the Parasite Eve series was in my opinion their best game series, though it didn’t pick up as much steam as Final Fantasy.

Basically, Parasite Eve Take place in a modern-day setting, and blends survival Horror game elements with classic RPG elements, and creates something extraordinary. A unique gaming experience, that may very well have been ahead of its time. Re-introduce it to todays horror loving gamers, and you have a surefire hit on your hands.

10. The Realm Online – The only game on this list, that I wouldn’t want to see on a console. Mainly because it’s an MMORPG that wouldn’t port to console play very well. However, it is in desperate need of a make-over. Why? Well, because The Realm Online is special, that’s why! It’s the first Internet-based MMORPG, and it still exists and is still running today! The graphics are severely outdated however, and looks exactly as it did the day it was released.

The game is basically the Grand-daddy of Everquest and Ultima Online, and even World of Warcraft. Many of the elements you find in your favorite MMORPG, began in The Realm! Everything from Trade Windows to PVP.

Hall of Justice (comics)

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The other night I found myself channel surfing, and flipping through pointless channel after channel. After awhile, I paused on QVC as I occasionally do when all the infomercials are lame, and there’s absolutely nothing on TV.

I watched it for a little bit, and the host, whose name I obviously don’t know, was talking about New Years, and she mentioned that “Everyone makes New Years Resolutions, even if they are unwilling to admit it”.

As far as I am concerned, that’s a load of zebra manure! I can’t speak for everyone, though apparently she can. However, I can speak for myself, and fact of the matter is; I do not make new years resolutions, in fact! I don’t celebrate New Years at all. I don’t watch the ball drop, I don’t run out at the stroke of midnight whooping and hollering like a madman. I don’t do anything like that.

Seriously though, what’s the point in celebrating? All a new year signifies is you are a little older, and that much closer to the grave. It also means a brand new year of increased taxes and price hikes and several disasters somewhere in the world.

So depressing.

Anyway, enough about me ranting, the point of this post was that I don’t make resolutions. Now, if the QVC host had said that everyone has made a resolution at some point in their life, then maybe! I did, when I was younger, make resolutions. Of course, to be fair, this was when I was 6 or 7. I am not even sure if they could really even be considered resolutions, since at that age, I didn’t fully grasp the point of resolutions. I used to think that a New Years resolution, was basically just a wish, that would come true. Kind of like when you blow the candle out on your birthday cake.

So, I ended up with resolutions of joining the Hall of Justice, and earning 100 dollars so I could be a millionaire, and of course the most important resolution of all: To join G.I. Joe. In fact, I even had a code name picked out for me. It was a truly kick-ass Codename that would rival even “Snake-Eyes“. My Codename; The Kid.

Clever huh? It suited me too, because at the time I was a kid. I don’t know what my specialty would have been, since clearly I didn’t think that far ahead.

So, yesterday to celebrate the “dawning of a new year”, I went out and picked up some chinese food. Nothing in particular, it was just a variety of things really. I got some Lo Mein and sweet and sour chicken. However, the main reason I got chinese was for some Cream Cheese Wontons! I fucking love those! Seriously, I think I could live exclusively on those little things.  I wonder if they sell frozen ones, and if so, I wonder if they are any good.

Anyway, that’s not really the point of the post! The point is, that like most Chinese Restaurant, they included some Fortune Cookies with the meal. So, after I finished up the dinner, I cracked open my fortune cookie to see what was in store for me this year. The fortune Cookie read, and I quote:

Good luck will fall into your lap, three months from this date.

Now, it sounds like a pretty kick-ass fortune right? That’s what I thought too! Turns out, it’s not as kick-ass as it seems! After a few minutes, it dawned on me, that three months from that date was April Fools day! What kind of ass-hattery/Tom Foolery/shenanigans were they doing there? What kind of mean joke was that? Early april fools gag. Pfft! For Shame Chinese Restaurant, for shame!!

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 29,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 136 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 332 posts. There were 66 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 6mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 20th with 381 views. The most popular post that day was out with the old, in with the new!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were videosurf.com, en.wordpress.com, mahalo.com, google.com, and gamesprite.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for lil wayne, giant spider, karen gillan, “lil wayne”, and ira flag.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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out with the old, in with the new! January 2010
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Giant Spider! October 2007

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Hip-Hop Fashion December 2007
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2 girls 1 cup: Grossest video ever? November 2007
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All about the IRA November 2007
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