Kansas. (10/10)

Reason #3 why the 90s was a horrible, horrible time.

Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days; I’m a big fan of found footage and documentary style things, so I saw the visual aspect of the game and came buckets. It’s too bad they couldn’t deliver on content. Probably because they where too busy making sure you could aim and shoot in the game.

Max Payne (Movie): I love Marky Mark.

Velvet Assassin: You were supposed to be the female Splinter Cell. Why? Why were you so bad?

Brink: Why can’t others like you the way I do? Man, playing Brink is a lonely affair…

Far Cry 2: Classic case of releasing PC games that don’t work, and not following up to fix them up. I can understand the initial release problems because different hardware, but I can’t boot the game without it crashing when I press the A button on my Xbox 360 controller. Problems.

Final Fantasy XIII: Just fix the battle system so it doesn’t take a ridiculous amount of time to beat up some cannon fodder in a real time battle system.

Jolly Rover: On second thought, I don’t even know why I bought that game.

Doom (movie): Because the world needs more Doom Guy.

Duke Nukem Forever: My childhood…

Single greatest film Guy Ritchie has done.

Go see it a million times.

Brilliant samurai flick. Watch it now on Netflix.

Didn’t really need the ending part. Not at all actually, should have just ended with aliens winning. 

Watch it on Netflix if you feel like it.

I’ve been bugging around video game/tv show/anime ideas in my head lately, and it dawned on me how few animated television shows, eastern and western, employ a smooth animation style. You know, animation that doesn’t feel so static and actually flows more naturally than otherwise. It’s used a lot while conveying important fight scenes in anime (Naruto vs Sasuke, Ichigo vs Grimmjaw, every other fight in Fullmetal Alchemist/Brotherhood, every fight in Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ga-Rei-Zero, most OP’s of anime), but rarely used as the animation standard.

I’d like to see more natural flow in animation. I realize it would be much more expensive, but fuck it if elbows should move like fucking elbows. 

It doesn’t seem like I’ll finish Final Fantasy XIII. The game is doing absolutely nothing to make me want to play. Before hand, the promise of actually using the Paradigm Shift system to it’s full potential was something that kept me going, but now that I’ve reached the pinnacle of having more than two sorry Cocoon loving motherfuckers on my team, boss battles still take upwards of 25-35 minuets.

I would have no damn problem with this is the battle system wasn’t primed on being action oriented. I don’t know what makes this game so slow, but battles have lost all tactical merit and basically breakdown to “Press X to Jayson  Lighting, switch to ‘War and Peace’ when HP is low.” 

I can see the Paradigm System having huge potential, and battles actually look nice when in motion, but something needs to speed this shit up seriously. Either enemies need to be nerf’d or actions need to be completed even quicker or hell, just allow me to re-position myself while I’m on the battlefield; that way my Medic is not getting raped to hell and back.

So yeah, casually optimistic about Final Fantasy XIII-2, because it doesn’t feature dancing, and features more ways to deal damage to your opponents. Also because sans Hope and Vanillie, every character has a decent voice actor, and the story, while nonsense, does have it’s high points. 

So that that’s done, what other JRPG’s are there for me to play? Practically none that look interesting. I am leaning forward towards Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland, but that’s because I’m desperate at this point, and I’m kind of interested in visual novels now. I will say this; I really want to fucking play Lost Odyssey. Fuck MS for publishing that one. Fuck Sony more for not jumping on it.

Persona HD needs to happen like 16 weeks ago. Which reminds me, I should jump on Catherine when I get the chance. 

Here’s my Netflix hit-list:

  • Summer Wars when it hits instant watch
  • Oldboy
  • Yojimbo
  • Hot Tub Time Machine
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Revolver
  • OngBak
  • They Live
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Bladerunner

Any suggestions would be great. 

11/5. Best movie ever. Will watch when drunk, high, and suffering from a bout of epilepsy.

Seriously, this movie is ridiculous. You should watch it. 

Wonder Woman is hot, Super Girl is a ditz, Superman is angry, Batman is funny.

Watch it if any of those make you happy.

Been chugging along in Mass Effect 2. I think I’m using either an Engineer or an Infiltrator, not really sure. All I know is that I haven’t come across a single assault rifle, and I miss that from my first play through of Mass Effect 2.

Other than my lack of assault rifles, I’m really enjoying the game. It’s definitely a marked improvement over Mass Effect, and it really makes me look forward to Mass Effect 3. I’ve probably already said the above more than once, but I’m going to say it again, since Mass Effect 2 is so damn good.

In other games I must complete, I’m at my end with Grand Theft Auto IV. I actually do love the game, the presentation, Liberty City, even the story has me somewhat interested, and Niko Belic is a certified badass. But the shooting and the driving in the game are still batshit horrid. It’s much better than previous GTA games, and Rockstar is on the track of getting it right, but goddamn, it’s still painful.

I don’t know how they’ll fix the shooting, but the driving can be fixed by just screwing real world physics all together. I mean, we’re using control sticks here (or in some cases, keyboards, for all you hardcore PC enthusiasts), although games like DiRT 2 feel just fine using a controller.

Just don’t even get me started on shooting while driving.

Next on my list of games to finish has to be Torchlight. I made some significant progress back in January, and I’m hoping I won’t have much left to go through so I can finish it. Torchlight is great and all, but I really need to complete that game so I can be prepared for Torchlight 2, and I’ve been putting off completing Torchlight for way to long now.

After that I’ll see about Final Fantasy VII or Final Fantasy Tactics off of PSN. I downloaded those games, and then never played them. What the fuck Mclean? The hell if fucking wrong with you?

Other news, slowly starting to get back into the groove of Java. In the next few months or show, I should be un-paranoid enough to try Flash and Flixel again. I didn’t know the languages were so similar, but I’ve got the suspicion that that there are some major differences that’ll fuck me up seriously. So I’ll just keep reading the FAQ.

Got one more College App to send out. Also need to do that FAFSA thing. I was planning on getting some help with it at school, but since Texas don’t fuck around when it’s canceling school, I’m on my own. Damnit weather. Why you no work?

Back to video games, my buying schedule is starting to look like this;

Pokemon Black (Nintendo DS)

Brink (PlayStation 3 or PC)

Portal 2 (PlayStation 3)

Used Nintendo DSi (if job/significant momentary increase is achieved)

Maybe throw in a little Killzone 3 if I feel like I’m done with Black Ops. I really wanted to get Portal 2 on my PC because it would have been cheaper, but I guess I can just get the free version that comes with a copy of Portal 2 on the PS3.

Good on Valve for doing that, and good on Valve for trying not to leave the 360 completely out in the cold, in terms of mods and stuff. If they can find a away to hit them with updates, it would be cool.

Battle: Los Angeles looks fucking sick. I’m going to see that in March. Now I don’t have to play Crysis 2. Speaking of graphics, I’ll be getting an HD 6850 soon. I’m so fucking pumped.

Finally, I got a Kindle, and it makes reading books a lot more enjoyable for me, because I don’t feel like a total asshat lugging around 700+ page modern fantasy books. Plus, the complete collection of H.P. Lovercraft for 99 cents? You crazy Amazon, you crazy. 

(P.S.: Yall should ask me questions. Because I’m an attention whore. There I said it.)

This movie is so fucking brutal.

Story sucks, Acting sucks, pacing is meh, and the blood is really fucking bright.

But damn, those action scenes? Fucking spot on. Limbs and blood, EVERYWHERE.

It’s a mindless action flick, you’ll love it.

I really should get on applying for college, but I’m starting to get less and less scared. Taking the SAT again is starting to scare me more, but if I just hang around a math teacher enough, I should be good. I think I’ll do some SAT Prep in the math sections only. That should be good.

On Thursday, my Editor in Chief wrote this. Needless to say, reception was wild on both ends. 

Me personally? I don’t really agree with my editor (don’t fire me), but I can understand where he’s coming from. That’s not the big thing though. The big thing is that it opened me up to the idea that we should get as many video games bloggers as possible in one location. All of them, from the big hits to the small time starters, and have them discuss their opinions on what they think about Video Games Journalism. I think we’d get a lot more done than just having each of us write our respective rants. Plus, I’d get the chance to beat Johnathan Holmes with a bunch of Wubboffet. Win Win Situation.

Also, I’ll have a review of Trine coming to GameGavel, as well as me starting to pick up the news stuff Tuesday again. This weekend was preparation for Choir Concert weekend, plus TF2 updating, so I didn’t get much time to write things. As always, if by some horribly odd chance you want me to write for you, I’m here, just tell me.

Speaking of writing, I need to find this guy named Nobuyuki Tsujii. He’s a piano champ and the local online newspaper my Newspaper Teacher (who’s not my teacher…yet) hooked me up with wants me to do a general article on him. Real Journalims is happening guys. Also, if by some horribly odd chance I actually get to talk to the guy, I might just do a right up for Stereotoid as well. I mean, he is Japanese, he’s got to know Guile’s Theme, right?

Finally, I saw Monsters yesterday. It was a good movie up until they decided to end it with no real explanation of anything you thought the movie would really be about. Thankfully, I didn’t realize that they didn’t explain any of the things I’d normally be interested in until after the movie ended. Unfortunately, that put me really sour on the movie itself. It’s still a good movie, but if you’re going to have giant monsters, EXPLAIN THEM A LITTLE PLEASE.

Oh, and back on Pokemon, as I said a while ago on Facebook; if you’re not hype for the game now, you’re just not hype then.

And know, I must cry myself to sleep, for I have so many Force Of Nature’s, but no reclaimed metal of which to craft them into Shortstop’s with. My Scout is incomplete.

I’m starting to go though that “this is my last year in highschool” phase. It actually started last week, on the last day of choir camp (yeah fuck you, I go to choir camp), when I realized this would be the last time I’d be doing something like this. It would be the last time I’d be preparing a selection of music to audition for the chance of being a part of the Texas All State Choir, and it might be last time I do an audition of this caliber.

This year is going to be my last in public schooling, it might be the last time I spend full time with my family, friends, it might be the last time I see any of my teachers, might be the last time I drive around the Gaylord Texan. It’ll be the last time I see my Irish Doctor, the last time me and my mom go to the doctor, and it maybe good bye to good ol’ Euless, Texas for a really long time.

I guess I could look at the positives; I may be going off to a new state (hopefully New York), I can start on the next level of my life, I’ll find out if video game design is really for me, Stereotoid might make it big on Modern Method, I can go to PAX, I can go (back too) ComiCon, I might be even able to go to GDC or (ohgodyes) E3. There’s a whole bunch of possible things that can happen once I’m done with highschool and start college. I could be the big man on campus, or I could be the guy who just does his studies and nothing else.

Or I could be the guy who attended college, wants to major in Computer Science/Software Engineering/Physics, loves the fuck out of video games and music, and still plays Pokemon. Who knows?

As for not sappy thoughs, I’m probably the only one who wants Games For Windows Live not to fail. Besides the online component of actually playing online, I still love getting achievements. I love that my 360 controller works with the overlay, I love the little noises, I love that I can communicate with people on the 360, and last off, I love having a gamerscore again. 

If they could make the overlay much more like Steam’s (ala a browser), and then make the act of playing people online not suck, and then let me launch games from it, or better yet, just have it always on, I can tab out/guide button to the blades in anything from the desktop to Grand Theft Auto 4, and then build on the game selection. You know, all they need to do is put more of the Xbox Live Arcade, or even the Xbox Live Indie Games on GFWL, and it would be a contender to the mighty hammer that is Steam. It might not win, but it would carve out a sizable piece of the pie, and MS does like pie.

Cross-platform play would be nice too, but that would be a little hard. Maybe require that you are using a 360 pad? I dunno, it is the most comfortable controller I’ve ever held in my hands, and I would like to play GTA with the 360 crowd.

Finally, a list of movies I want to see and why:

  • The Social Network: Jesse is an awesome actor, but Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross teaming up on the soundtrack? OHSHI-
  • Due Date: As long as that little dog does funny things to Robert Downey Jr, I’ll be happier than a kid with a box of chocolate pancakes.
  • Super 8: The same reason I wanted to see Cloverfield. I’m waiting for the surprise
  • Gears Of War: Now, I know video games that get turned into movies usually suck, but this is Epic Games we’re talking about here. More specifically, this is Cliffy B we’re talking about here. I don’t think he’d let his baby grow in the hands of people who can’t make movies, and I think he would have sizable input on who ever is going to be doing the movie. So yeah, I have hopes this won’t suck.
  • Kane & Lynch: I’m already sorely disappointed that Jamie Foxx is playing Lynch. Not that I think Jaime Foxx is a bad actor or anything, it’s just that Lynch is a white guy, and Jaime Foxx isn’t. Now matter how good his performance is, to people who have played the game, it’s going to feel a little weird. Still though, Bruce Willis playing Kane is a good choice. And admittedly, I can’t want to see them do crazy.

And that’s all she wrote yo.