Being a zombie is hard, I might as well throw down some personal thoughts. 

Did I tell you guys I’m making a game with some fellow classmates? It’s a spin off of the popular college club activity Humans vs Zombies (in I am taking part in this week), aptly titled Humans vs Zombies.

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Well, it seems that I’ve finished my first ten week section of college. In that time, I’ve managed to meet the real life persona of someone I follow on Tumblr, seen that being the Snitch in a Muggle Quidditch game isn’t very fun, and thanked the Flying Spaghetti Monster I took two years of Computer Science prior to college. 

I will hug my highschool CS teacher the moment I get the chance. 

But that’s some shit. Video games, how bout them?

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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. 

I graduate in a week. It’s hard to believe that I actually graduate the public schooling system of the state of Texas, in a week. Damn, I’m good.

Naw, but really, it still hasn’t hit me with full force that I’m going to college, in a different state no less, in a couple of months. I’ve damn near completed all my financial aid, I’ve gotten and accessed my school email, hell I’m close to deciding on whether or not to leave the PS3 at home or not, but the fact that I’m leaving home?

Nothing. I’ll give it a week though before I start bawling. And then another couple of days when I realize the religious freedom I’ll gain. Feels good to be a gangsta.

E3 is coming up, and I’ve drafted a list of things I wish would be announced but probably won’t be announced at all during gaming’s biggest week. It’ll also be my first E3 as a member of the enthusiast press, and although I won’t be there in person, (my EiC and Boss get those perks, lucky!), I’ll be covering anything I can get to that they can’t or pass down to me. I hope it’s a lot of Atlus stuff. 

Anyways, on to the list;

  • Oni 2 is announced to be in development.
  • SMT: Persona HD Collection is announced for the PS3.
  • Super Smash Brothers for the Project Cafe is announced.
  • Super Smash Brothers 3DS is announced, features compatibility with Project Cafe.
  • TallTale announces games for Android release, such as Puzzle Agent.
  • Half Life 2: Episode 3 is teased.
  • DOTA 2 gets a release date.
  • Portal 2 DLC is shown off, given a release date.
  • Guild Wars 2 is given a release date.
  • Xbox 360 + Kinect bundle price drop.
  • Next Year’s E3 will be open to the public.

Yes, I know Valve won’t be at E3 in full force. Doesn’t mean they won’t be there checking out the show, susceptible to surprise interviews. Get on it on-sight games jorunos. 

Finally, I got Netflix on my PS3. I wish the anime selection was more robust, but time tells with these things. I think I’ll start with Baccano!! since I never finished it, and then I’ll move on to finally watching Oldboy, Yojimbo, and any other samurai movies I can find. Also, props to having Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. Also also, you need more motion comics. 

That is all.

I’m mulling around some more ideas for The Magnificent Mind of Daxel. If you haven’t you should check the resounding 7 posts I have, and maybe, you know, if you want to, but maybe you should submit an idea of your own.

It’d be totally cool or something.

I got Super Street Fighter IV. I’m current in the process of gaining my barings and learning to love the fuck out of El Fuerte. Seriously, he’s the best luchador, in the history of ridiculous luchador’s. And he’s quick as fuck, so I might learn how to finally mix up properly. Yay!

I got paid. It’s pressured me into working even harder. God damnit, I want my contacts with Valve. I want to know Robin Walker damnit. I WANT A GOLDEN WRENCH. -sobs-

If yall didn’t believe me from Twitter, I’m so hot for DiRT 3. If I get to drive like Ken Block does, then they’ve sold me on a game, as well as 4 more gigs of ram and a Nivida GTX 5XX so I can play it in ridiculously high settings on my PC.

I started and Xmas/Winter Season GETLIST, where I plan to buy things this Winter. Rock Band 3 is on there, as well as some Kindle books. I’m really tempted to buy At The Mountains Of Madness for 99 cents, but I’ll hold off for now. I also put the Inception Blu-Ray on there, as well as the Tron Legacy Soundtrack, Sly Collection, and the next Guild Wars book in paperback. Funny, I’ve never wanted books for Christmas, I always opted for them as summer things. I might just buy a Kindle, if I have the money. Which I won’t.

And finally, I’ve gotten into Arcade Fire. Neon Bible is really good.

Also, I’m hitched. <3!

 

Got me wondering why we can have nice video game based movies? That live action trailer, the live action Halo stuff, it’s all really good, but we can never have that level of polish in a full fleged movie title. 

Maybe it’s because they only have make it 15 minutes long at tops, versus a full 1hr 30 minute epic.

I dunno.

Probably going to see if I can get my PS3 back Christmas time.

By then, everything I want should have some sort of sale attached too it. Plus, with all the BlazBlue I’ll be doing around that time (hopefully), I’ll be Distracted long enough from the Steam Holiday Sale to only buy Kane And Lynch 2: Dog Days, Civ V, and and maybe nab a Pre-Order for Brink or Portal 2 is Portal 2 gets a pre-order option in that time.

Also, I’m really freaking out about these new Pokemon. These are some of the most awesome designs of anything I have ever seen. Plus, have you seen some of the type mixups? Electric/Ground? Dark/Dragon? Dang man, we even have a pure Flying type, for the first time. All that coupled with these new Pokemon are all that we’re going to see for the main game, and add that it would come out sometime close to the release of the 3DS, and I’m finally getting back into the online Pokemon scene.

I recently discovered the usefulness of feeds. They are so freaking awesome. They cut down my search time for new news to report on so fast. I only wish I could actually post news while at school. That would require a netbook from Sprint, which would require money, which I do not have and, besides this little thing, I got no income, what so ever. I need a job. I write things sometimes, hire me please.

Speaking of writing, I think I might have landed another “gig” with a local online newspaper. I just got off with one of the editors, and they want to see if I can write about live entertainment in the local area. That means that I’ll have a good excuse to actually go out and see some live local talent certain followers of this little blog have been continually pressuring me to see. Plus, I can be more social out of the house, and writing for a newspaper looks good on a college application.

Right?

So I’m putting together a list of things I want to buy for to build a PC next year, around the time Brink comes out. Yeah, I know that’s a long ways off, and yeah, I know that buy the time Brink does come out, some of the stuff I put on the list will be obsolete or not even avaiable then, but still, I like looking at new parts.

I think I’ve gotten to the point where I like building or thinking of building gaming PCs more than I like playing PC games. I mean, about a month after I built my first PC, I was already anchoring for something more powerful. Ok, so I can attribute that to my horrible choice in graphics card (ATI/AMD, YOU LIKED TO ME!), but still, the fact that I was ready to break into my PC and replace parts in it before the dust had even begun to settle is amazing. Now, I’m looking to build a completely different beast, this time with liquid cooling and proper wire management.

Maybe this is the true high of PC gaming. With console gaming, it’s just one, and you’re pretty much done for awhile until shit like Natal and Move and WiiMotion+ comes out, but with PC gaming, at least with me, I’m always looking at the next thing. I’m always checking prices of graphics cards on newegg, I’m always reading up on custom mod cases. I spend more time on FrozenCPU then I do playing TF2.

Then again, Valve said the Polycount pack would be coming soon, and look at us now….

Other news, college applications are starting to scare the crap out of me. It’s not the thought of going to college, being in a totally new enviroment, with no help from parents and all that junk. I’m actually looking forward to that. It’s the thought of applying to college. That’s what scares me. The essay part is going to be the death of me. What do I say? How do I convey it in a way that makes me stand out from the rest of the people who are very much smarter than I am? SAT scores are not going to get me anywhere, as I’m just average in that aspect. How am I going to do all of this? 

That’s not even factoring in whether or not I can handle being rejected or not. Hell, I don’t even have 5 colleges to apply too.

Finally, in lighter news, for those that don’t actively stalk me on the internet, I’ve begun writing video games news posts for GameGavel. That’s me, Mclean Oshiokpekhai, the black kid with the confusing last name. GameGavel is mostly a video games auction site, kinda like eBay. This is my first thing doing anything for something that was somewhat big, and I’m hoping I can expand on it. If anything, I just want cool press packs with trailers and stuff. I love loading Portal 2 stuff into my Zune.

Oh yeah, school started. That was fun.

So, it looks like Nintendo’s next “IT PRINTS MONEY!” machine, the 3DS, will get it’s release date and price point announced on September 29th. A lot of speculation (not WILD) points to the price being around the $250 dollar point, like Sony’s previous venture, the PSPGo. 

Now, I see 250 dollars being an acceptable price point for a bundle with something like Nintendogs + Cats or Picross 3DS  (Not announced, but you know it’s going to happen) or something, with the actual 3DS itself just being 199.99 or something a little higher than that. I also Expect all the previous DS offerings to drop in price, and I have a little thought that the Wii might drop in price too.

Then again, I was wrong about Kinect, so I probably suck.

In any case, I already put $5 dollars down to start saving for the 3DS. I’ll leave my PSP/P3P purchase to my debit card expenses, and I’ll probably be begging for a graphics card somewhere near or at Christmas Time. Maybe one of those nifty 6 Core Processors as well. There needs to be nothing wrong with my PC when Brink comes out.

A small word of warning: Apparently, Blizzard’s newest money maker, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty is frying some people’s graphics card. The problem likens to when the game is least extensive on your PC, it’ll then try to run your rig to it’s limits. It’s already superheated a Twitter Friend of mine’s GeForce 8800 GT card, so player beware. It’s probably not widespread like the RROD, but just to be safe, don’t push it, guys, you might regret it.

If you do already regret it, and Blizzard does not plan to give you a Starcraft II themed Fermi 480 GTX, the ATI Radeon 5670 is a cheap solution. It also won’t melt your PC!

And finally, if you don’t already know, Adventure Time spoofed he whole double rainbow meme, and it’s pretty fucking intense. Just as intense as the time Phineas And Ferb spoofed CSI Miami. 

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.