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The Ballad of an Un-Deadpan Yankee
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
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This weekend, I downloaded some content for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Downloaded the new Jedi Temple level where the Secret Apprentice learns a bit more about his past. That's how they tease it, anyway. So, is the new level worth some of your hard-earned Microsoft points? Hit the jump to find out...

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It's a review of The Force Unleashed! WOOO! heh.

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Just finished reading A Salty Piece of Land by Jimmy Buffett. It's a very good book indeed, that rather feels like taking a nice long, meandering vacation in the Caribbean. The story is about Tully Mars, a cowboy from Wyoming who leaves under less than ideal circumstances and finds himself wandering all over the Caribbean, from being a flats fishing guide in Punta Margarita, to a wild spring break in Belize, to helping to restore an old lighthouse on fictional Cayo Loco at the behest of his friend and mentor, the 101 year-old Cleopatra Highbourne, captain of the sailing schooner, the Lucretia. There isn't a whole lot of plot to the book, most of it is ramblings about fishing and just spending time taking it easy in the Caribbean, but that really doesn't matter at all. It's a nice, breezy read, and gives me just one more reason to like Jimmy Buffett, as well as wanting to run away to the Caribbean. heh. If you're in a relaxed and laid-back frame of mind and just want to put your feet up and read a nice book, this one will fit the bill nicely. Plus, if you can find the hardcover edition of the book, it comes with a CD single of the same name as the book. And if you're a fan of Buffett, that's a good thing as well. Basically, I found it to be a very enjoyable, relaxing read. One thing I wasn't expecting though, was to find a passage in there that made me feel a bit better about the unfortunate passing away of my father. The quote is near the end of the book, and goes like this...

"Old friend," Ix-Nay said, "grief is like the wake behind a boat. It starts out as a huge wave that follows close behind you and is big enough to swamp and drown you if you suddenly stop moving forward. But if you do keep moving, the big wake will eventually dissipate. And after a long enough time, the waters of your life get calm again, and that is when the memories of those who have left begin to shine as bright and as enduring as the stars above."
Somewhere between the waves of grief and the heaven full of shining memories, my life suddenly made sense. I said farewell to my old friend and turned my pony toward the shore.


That just really hit me when I read it a little while ago. It did bring a couple of tears to my eyes, but also a sense of perspective. That's not to say that I'm over the whole thing yet. Far from it. But reading that, like I said, gave me at least a little bit of perspective. The wake is still pretty big, but I know that I just need to keep moving forward, and eventually, the waters will be calm. Wouldn't have thought I'd find that perspective in a novel like A Salty Piece of Land, but hey. Sometimes the best discoveries are ones that we make by accident.

Where was I? Oh yes, the book. It's a good one, and I recommend it. It's a fine piece of escapism, and we can all use that in our lives sometimes. That's the way it seems to me anyway. So yeah, give it a shot.

Now, on to Herman Wouk's Don't Stop the Carnival. Yeah, there's a definite Caribbean theme to my reading list as of late. heh.

Keeping my hands on the wheel, and moving forward.

Carry on Smartly.

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I've ranted before in this journal about my extreme distaste for video game-hating Florida lawyer Jack Thompson. For those that don't know, he believes that M-Rated games should not be sold to, or played by young kids. Okay, fair enough. I agree that I don't think that young kids should be playing games like the Grand Theft Auto series or some of your more extremely violent games such as the Manhunt series, Gears of War, etc. However, when I have kids someday, if they are into gaming it will be MY job, and Lesa's job to decide what games our kids do and don't play because we'll be the parents. Basically, I'll let my kids play M-Rated games when I think they're mature enough to handle them, regardless of their chronological age. Actual Chronological Age is no measure of maturity, as Thompson himself has proven, but more on that in a minute. I will say that I do agree with Thompson's core aim, keeping violent or inappropriate content from young kids. That's fine, but again, will be my job as a parent. Now, if you want to fine retailers for selling M-rated games to kids under 17? That's fine. I mean there are fines and penalties for selling cigarettes and alcohol to under age people, so I don't have a problem with there being a fine for underage sale of M-rated games. My feeling is that if a 13-year old kid is really mature enough to play GTA 4, then fine. His or her parents can buy the game for them. That's not the part of Thompson's views that I have a problem with. What I have a problem with is the way that the man chooses to conduct himself. You can't just blame Doom, Counter Strike or Gears of War for someone flipping out and killing people on a college campus. Bottom line, if someone is screwed up enough in the head, or dumb enough to go out and kill people because they did it in a game, or saw it in a movie, then I have news for you. They would have done it anyway and needed serious help a LONG time before they ever started playing.

I find the man's tactics absolutely reprehensible. Whenever something like the tragedy at NIU, he jumps right in there with both feet trying to make a link between the horrible events and video games. I mean, he is STILL claiming that the Virginia Tech shooter "trained" on Counter Strike before going on his rampage, despite the fact that it has been shown that he didn't actually play Counter Strike. And besides, you can't really train to shoot a gun by hitting buttons on a mouse/keyboard or a game pad. Doesn't prepare you for actually aiming, shooting, or the recoil. Doesn't work that way, at least I don't think it does, given my limited understanding of guns. I suppose I could be wrong, but I doubt that I am. Even leaving that sort of thing aside, and forgive my crassness here, but the bodies at NIU weren't even cold before Thompson was on Fox News trying to sell his book, and trying to forge a link between the shooter and gaming. Also, he's now apparently threatening to sue NIUOk, perhaps he did play CS. However, you can't hold every one of the millions of gamers that play it responsible for the actions of an extremely disturbed few. Many, MANY people play these, as Thompson calls them, "Murder simulators", and never harm a hair on another person's head. But that kind of thing won't generate the press attention he craves.

Now, this isn't just another example of me drop-kicking Thompson. There's really no need for me to do that. Years of being hated and mocked by thousands and thousands of gamers has apparently taken a toll, to the point where when Thompson sees a gamer, all he sees is the typical negative stereotype of a gamer. A stereotype that he spends much of his time helping to prop up. Now, I'll agree that there are a LOT of immature, uninformed jackasses out there that play games. They annoy me almost as much as Thompson does. However, anyone it needs to be noted that not all gamers are like that. I don't even think that MOST of them are like that. However, Thompson can't see that. What am I basing this on? Simple. I regularly read the gaming community blog Destructoid. I like it, it amuses me. However, recently, Thompson joined the community, and the guys that run the site were able to verify that it actually is the Real Jack Thompson. Now, instead of trying to get his point across in a mature and sensible way(you know, as you might expect from an adult, a father and a professional litigator), his first comment on a story on DToid made referrence to everyone on the site as e-tards. Then, one of the users of the site attempted to have a mature, and rational discussion with Thompson via email. It didn't work out that way, sadly. In response to one of the emails, where MechaMonkey pointed out the simple truth that Thompson has ruffled many feathers in his time Thompson had this to say...

Please don't lecture me about ruffling feathers. Gamers are ill-mannered and uninformed, and they prove it everyday. They couldn't care less about the people killed.

That statement made me very angry. It's an unfair generalization, and not true at all. He then went on to give MechaMonkey a hard time about wanting to set up a memorial for the NIU victims on his own college campus, saying that the only reason he was doing it was to make himself feel better. Yeah, that was it. It wasn't about respect to the victims and their families or anything like that, it was all for selfish reasons. Yeah. What else would you expect from an ill-mannered and uninformed gamer that doesn't care at all about those that were killed.

That statement at first made me extremely angry. There was no call for a statement like that. None at all. It's a disgusting and baseless lie. Yes, when I heard about both the NIU shootings and the V-Tech shootings a few months back, I said a prayer for the victims and their families. But obviously, only to make myself feel better. Not because, heaven forbid, I felt the need to call down some help and comfort for them from the Big Guy in the Sky.

Then, I sat there and thought about it for a little while, and instead of rushing and dashing off another, pointless "GRAAAH!!! THOMPSON'S A DICK!!!" post, I realized that it really is something of a sad story. I think that years of being despised and ridiculed, the possibility of being disbarred and losing his livelihood, and just the dishonest and reprehensible tactics he's used has had a very bad effect on the man. He may have had a worthwhile goal in the beginning, protecting kids, however the way he chose to go about it broke loose and turned into something else, and warped and twisted everything to the point where I don't think that even Thompson himself really remembers what he's fighting for anymore. He can't even see what his original goal was. As Nietzsche said, "And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." I think Thompson's gazed into the abyss for too long. Do I think he should be disbarred? Yes, I think he should. If he can't even respond civilly to someone who's showing him nothing but respect, but wigs out and uses the same old untrue arguments that he's parroted out again and again, then it may be time for him to hang it up. It's obvious the man can no longer be objective, and someone that can't be objective doesn't really have a place in a court of law. I don't say this with any kind of glee, either. I'm not sitting here, rubbing my hands and laughing at the prospect of him being put out of a job. Like I said, actually, I feel kind of bad for him, in a way. No, that doesn't excuse the reprehensible things he's done, and I'm sure will continue to do. Even though I know for a fact that he'll do something again that angers me, that anger will be tempered with at least a small measure of pity. Not enough to overcome my contempt for his behavior, but there it is.

Also, I would say that writing stories, or even blog entries like this one about him doesn't serve a purpose. All it does is give him the attention that he craves for whatever reason. I would also ask that Fox News and other media outlets stop giving him airtime. Fox News has already learned that slamming on gamers can backfire. No need to add to it. Besides, there really is no reason to have Jack Thompson on your broadcasts. Yes, I know how the media works. I work for the media myself, and I'm well aware of the "If it bleeds, it leads" philosophy. However, when something like this happens, there is NO reason at all to bring on someone like Jack Thompson to spout his slanted lies about games and gamers. Especially when these terrible tragedies happen moments before the newscast and no real information is known. Yes, 24-hour networks need to fill time. However, instead of filling the airtime with loathsome and frequently baseless speculation, maybe just concentrate on the events themselves without trying to put a slant on it, if you must cover it at all. Perhaps just give us the straight facts without the opinions, at least at first. At least wait until some facts are known before starting to speculate on what happened.

Just my buck fifty.
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Ok, here we go with installment #2 of Gamer Savings Time. Today, I'll be talking a bit about an excellent game that you might have missed. If you have played this well, then you don't need to read this entry and my safely skim on to the next post on your auspicious F-list and we'll speak no more about it, shall we my son?

For those that are still with me, hi there! So, today's entry into Gamer Savings Time is a game from Ubisoft called Beyond Good and Evil. BGE is a fantasy sci/fi adventure game at its core. The story takes place on the world of Hillys, a planet that is under attack by the mysterious alien race called the Domz. A division of the military called the Alpha Section is meant to be protecting the citizens(a mix of humans and various forms of animal people) from the Domz, but it's becoming unclear as to how well they're actually doing their jobs. Enter two of the most important characters in the game, Jade and her pig-man friend, Uncle Pey'j. Jade and Pey'j run a lighthouse that doubles as a shelter for some of the children that have been orphaned by the war with the Domz, Jade also earns extra credits as a freelance photographer. Over the course of the game, Jade, Pey'j, Jade's AI buddy Segundo and others that they will meet along the way become more and more involved in a conflict between the suspect Alpha Sections, the Domz, and the rebel underground news organization, the IRIS Network.

One thing I like about BGE is that it starts you into the action right from the get go. While this is an adventure game, complete with a lot of sneaking around and puzzle solving, there are several times throughout the course of the story that Jade is going to have to, quite literally, get out her ass-kickin' stick and do some damage. The game throws you right into your first combat less than 2 minutes into the game, and it serves as a great way to kick off the game's excellent story. The story and voice acting in the game are top-notch. I was interested all the way through, and there weren't any moments where the game suffered from "Developers Doing the Voices Disease". The sounds and music are also great. I mean, the soundtrack doesn't really stand out most of the time, and can be a bit generic sci-fi, it works here. It doesn't distract from the game, and it's handled quite well.

The game also looks great. In many places it looks like an animated movie, and it's a lot of fun just cruising around, which you do have reason to do since in addition to completing the regular mission goals to advance the story, you can use your camera to take pictures of the wildlife on Hillys for a woman at the Science Institute to earn extra credits, and to earn more pearls. You will need several pearls in the course of the game, since while credits are useful to buy health packs, healthbar upgrades, vehicle repairs, and a few minor upgrades for your vehicle, the most important upgrades can only be purchased with pearls(large, sparkling spheres that are somewhat reminiscent of crystal balls, yes the double entendres could be FLYING here. hehe), from the Mamago Garage, run by a group of friendly Jamaican Rhino-men. Yes, that's right, Jamaican Rhino men. Look, if you're going to accept without question the scantily-clad rabbit-eared woman in Final Fantasy 12, you've got no right to raise a quizzical eyebrow at a group of Rasta Rhinos. Where was I? Ah yes.

This game is a heck of a value these days. It looks, sounds and plays great, has an interesting story, and is just an all around great gaming experience. It never sold that well, something I just can't quite figure out, but I think it had the misfortune to be released against a few other really big titles and probably got lost in the shuffle. Can't quite remember. Anyway, you can find the game now for 10 bucks or less, and for the quality of the game experience, that's a steal. It's available for the OGXBox, the PS2, and the Gamecube. I recomment the XBox version of you can. From what I hear the PS2 version has some issues, although the the Gamecube version should probably be fine. Probably just a little less pretty-looking.

So there you have it. A great game for stupid cheap. You can't beat that. If you're a fan of adventure games, head out and pick it up. Hopefully, it might encourage UbiSoft to do a sequel. Doubtful, but you never know. OK, probably not. Still, fans of the game can hope. Anyway, off you go. Take some pictures, kick some butt, save Hillys. GO NOW!! heh.

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An idea just occurred to me this morning. There are probably a good few gamers out there that are like me. So far, I don't own any of the Next-Gen consoles, well except for my Nintendo DS. Most of my gaming takes place on my good old workhorse last gen consoles, the PS2, The Gamecube, and the OGX-Box(That's Original Gangstah X-Box for those newer to Drewspeak. heh). It's not that I don't WANT the new consoles, I do. I just haven't had the money to go out and get them, and I'm sure that I'm not the only one like that. I refer to this condition as being on Gamer Savings Time. Meaning that for whatever reason, you just don't have the time or the cash to go out and plunk down many of your hard-earned simoleons for the latest and greatest in gaming. Have no fear. While for the most part, game development these focuses on the hot young turk-182 game consoles, there are still plenty of good games to be had for you last gen systems. What I intend to do periodically is to write up a little something about a good game that you may have missed first time out that you may enjoy if you're looking for something new to play. Most of what I have in mind probably won't be the big franchises, such as your Final Fantasies, Your Grand Theft Autos, what have you. What I'm probably going to focus on are games that were a bit off the beaten path, or had the misfortune to come out at the same time as one of the big ticket games and got lost in the shuffle. One drawback is that several of the games I'll talk about may be a bit tricky to find, since they weren't big sucesses, and/or are a few years old. But on the plus side, when you do find them, you'll probably be able to find them for 20 bucks or under, used, or maybe even in the bargain bin at your local gaming store. Hopefully, you'll find that bit of extra effort to be worth it.

So, what will the criteria be for the games I'll talk about? 3 simple rules...

1)The Game costs 20 bucks now or under.
2)It was a good game(at least in my opinion)
3)It was a game for the last generation of consoles.

Everything I'll be saying here will of course be my opinion, and you're free to agree or disagree with everything I say. No skin off my left ear. heh.

So, let's get to it. Today's Gamer Savings Time focus will be on Metal Arms: Glitch in the System.

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Your home is a

Philanthropic Time-Lord's Mansion

Your kitchen is someplace you never go, because you "have people for that." There's a Chocolatessin, a word you made up yourself, but that is beginning to catch on among your wealthy neighbors. Your master bedroom is the size of a small barn, with carpet thick enough to reach your ankles. Your study has hardback editions of every classic ever written, plus a special edition of Rich Dad, Poor Dad with the parts you ghost-authored highlighted. One of your garages holds your collection of ferraris, and is measured in acreage.

Your home also includes a guest wing and private quarters for your servants. Your guests enjoy your home theater with 37 different sports channels. Outside is your hedge maze and gardens, meticulously tended by a team of world-class botanists.

And, you have a pet -- a doberman pincer named "Warren".

Below is a snippet of the blueprints:


Find YOUR Dream Home!


Yeah, that sounds and looks about right. heh.

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I've felt the need to make another cut. Once again, it's not because I'm angry at anyone, or that I think anyone is a bad person. Simply something that I felt that I really needed to do for the sake of peace of mind. If your feelings are hurt by it, I'm sorry, it really wasn't something personal, or some kind of reflection on your character. Like I said, just something I felt that I needed to do.

Once again, this is also an amnesty day. If you've been wanting to take me off of your friends list, go right ahead. Once again, no questions asked, no hard feelings on my part.

That's all for now.
Yes, there has been a big cut on my LJ. No, this is not done to cause drama or to be taken as an insult. My priorities in life have changed radically, and I felt the need. That's all.

Also, if you've been wanting to defriend me for awhile but haven't because you thought it would cause problems or something like that, no it won't, so feel free. No questions asked, no hard feelings.
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That's right kids, once again it's time for me to put on my reviewer hat and talk about something! Duck your head, OPINIONS ARE COMING YOUR WAY!!!

This past weekend, I finished up reading Clones to the Left of Me, book one of Seven Worlds Will Collide by me good buddy Leonie Smith. I started laughing at the first page, and didn't stop too often as I read through the other 309 pages of Leonie's book.

I've always felt that there was a definite skill to doing sci-fi in a funny way and making it GENUINELY funny. Leonie deftly manages to do just that in this book, and mad props to her for that. It's been awhile since I read a sci-fi book that had me guffawing, and to be honest, I'd missed the experience.

The story centers on a girl that calls herself Stormbringer. She's pretty ordinary, apart from the agoraphobia, but aside from that, she does many of the usual things that everyone does. Hangs out, surfs the net, reads, eats, etc. You know, a pretty normal person. Until, that is, one day for no apparent reason, her little finger drops off and proceeds to grow into a double of her. That's right, a clone grew from her little finger. Now THAT'S a neat trick. There are times where I wish I could do that myself and have someone else to go to work for me. Heh. And that's just the first couple of chapters. The resulting book turns into a grand adventure across the galaxy, providing thrills, chills, spills, and many laughs. Stormbringer eventually finds herself in space, where not too many humans have gone before, and if you thought the pinky clones were weird, you ain't seen nothin' yet bub. Just you wait until the l33t hacker guinea p1gz show up.

I didn't really read this book so much as I devoured it. I found it very hard to put down, largely as a result of the writing style, which is excellent. Leonie is definitely a fellow worshipper at the shrine of Douglas Adams. That's not to say that she's pinching his style, because it's definitely written in a style that's all hers. Actually, I think she's a bit more twisted than Adams was, and that's definitely a compliment. She takes a lot of elements from many classic sci-fi sagas and blends them all together in an extremely enjoyable soup. Wait, would that be right? I don't know. Maybe it's more of a sci-fi fruit salad? No, that's not right either, because that conjures up images of sentient strawberries begging for thier lives as you reach for the spoon and the whipped cream. Perhaps a casserole full of varied sci-fi goodness? I don't know. However you want to describe it, Clones to the Left of Me is a damn fine read. Of course, I'm now left waiting impatiently for Leonie to write the next volume. I'm really hoping she doesn't pull any Stephen King/Dark Tower shennanigans and keep us waiting for 5 years. heh. =)

Another thing that's impressive is the fact that Leonie decided to publish it herself through LuLu.com. Rawk on, I say!

So, if you're not an intractible stick in the mud, and you like a good funny sci-fi read, head on over HERE and pick yourself up a copy. You won't regret it.

Now, if I could only figure out where the hell my left big toe went. Wait a minute...AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! *DRAMATIC MUSIC STING*

Hehe.

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So, it's not really related to the game I spent a good deal of time with this weekend, but spending time gaming occasionally gets me to thinking about games that I'd like to see. This weekend was one of those times. heh.

First off, as cool as the Battlefield 1942, Call of Duty and Medal of Honor are, they all focus exclusively on World War 2. It seems to be the default setting. Going to make a World War video game? Better make it WW2! You do get the occasional Vietnam game, but I have to wonder, why are there almost no games taking place during WW1? I'm not talking about alternate history games where WW1 never ended, I'm talking about a straightforward Call of Duty, Medal of Honor type game set during WW1. It's just odd to me. You can't swing a stick in a game store without hitting at least 5 games set during WW2, but you'd be hard pressed to send a WW1 game flying with your stick. Doubly so, because they'd probably kick you out, since they don't like people swinging sticks in public stores. But you see my point. WW1 just seems to be overlooked for whatever reason. It was just as huge a conflict, just as significant, but apparently not a good setting for games. Now, I'm going to see if I can get past the combat boot-shelving level in Call of Duty: Supply Clerks in Arms.

The second thing that randomly popped into my head this weekend while I was thinking about games is something that I've thought about before. It's another instance of "Why haven't we seen this game yet?" I'm a big fan of Star Wars games. Mainly, the Jedi Knight series. However, one thing that's bothered me about those games, is the lack of ability to really play as a Dark Jedi. While it is true that in most of the Jedi Knight games, you can fall to the Dark Side for the end of the game, it would be really cool to be able to play as a Dark Jedi from the very beginning. If there's one thing that the game TIE Fighter showed us, it's that it can be a lot of fun to be the bad guy. So, what I'm hoping to see someday is Jedi Knight: Dark Jedi. I see it as you playing as the apprentice/errand boy of a more powerful Dark Jedi, perhaps even a Sith Lord. You spend the game hunting down the Rebel scum and advancing the agenda of the Galactic Empire. Maybe there could be an option where you could be redeemed and return to the light for the last chunk of the game, the reverse of the way that the Jedi Knight games usually run, or the other option is that you kill your master and take over as the new top Bastard, taking on an apprentice at the same time, maybe one of the Light-Side Jedi Knights that you've slowly and subtly corrupted over the course of the game. I think it could be really cool. Cutting down Rebel or New Repubic troops, being the underdog against the numerically superior forces of Light, perhaps borrowing from TIE Fighter and running special secret missions for the Emperor. The geek in me really wants to see a game like that.

So there you have it. Some geeky musings for a Monday morning. =)

TTFN, Dear Friends. =)

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As I mentioned earlier, I picked up a used copy of the Doom 3 Collector's Edition for the OGXBox for about 20 bucks this weekend. I was always a fan of the original Doom and Doom 2, sacrificing a good amount of my time to both games. And once I discovered the cheat codes, oh yeah, I PWNED them both!! heh. Yes, I know that Doom 3's been out for a couple of years now, but I'm on Gaming Savings Time for a lot of things. I didn't have a powerful enough machine when it came out, and I never really felt the need to upgrade just for a couple of games. Anyway.

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Clear the soapbox, it's the Attack of the Revenge of Mouthy Asshole Theater! On today's edition, PS3-tardedness...

So, I still haven't bought a PS3. Haven't even thought about it. Aparently, a lot of people in England and France feel the same way. Last night was the midnight launch of the PS3 over there, and only about a tenth of the expected crowds turned up.

However, this is not so much an excercise in schadenfreude over Sony's continual bungling of the PS3. Well, it sort of is, but it's more directed at the rabid PS3 fans that clog the internetz these days, the ones that declare jihads on XBox 360 owners and keep insisting that the PS3 is The One Console to Rule Them All. One of the main things that's been making it tough for the PS3 zealots of late is the fact that the PS3 seems to be losing exclusive titles like rats deserting a sinking ship. Resident Evil 5, Grand Theft Auto 4, Virtua Fighter 5, all titles that were originally planned to be PS3 exclusives have announced that there will be XBox ports of these games. Granted, that's not too terribly surprising to me. When you have third party developers working on next gen games which get more and more staggeringly expensive to produce as time goes on, it's only good business to want to grab as much of that fat money buffet as you can. Businesses want to make money, and it's a very simple equation to realize that you can make more money selling games to both XBox 360 AND PS3 owners. However, the exclusivity ship-jumping is starting to get serious. THere are rumors that the next Final Fantasy, one of the Granddaddy PS titles may not be a PS3 exclusive. That's unconfirmed, and no one really seems to know the truth, but again, it wouldn't be surprising. MOre consoles = More bucks.

Well, it seems that Capcom has just gone too far. They've finally done it, and spit in the eyes of PS3 owners one too many times with their announcement that Devil May Cry 4 will not be PS3-exclusive. It pissed people off enough that there's a PETITION to boycott Capcom games because they're bringing DMC4 to more than one console...



Seriously, guys. WHAT?! You're saying you're going to boycott a game because 360 owners will be able to play it too? To me, this seems an awful lot like cutting off your nose to spite your face. Seriously, let's get a little perspective. There's a game coming out that you're DYING to play. But now, becuase it's not ONLY for the PS3 Club, you're going to take your ball and go home?! Sorry, but that's the dumbest thing I've heard in... the last 10 minutes at least. WHO CARES if 360 owners can play the game too? Just shut up, go back to your parents' basement(Or The Dragon's Keep, as I'm sure you call it), turn on your PS3 and just PLAY! I know that life's a little empty for you, but really. I've mentioned this before and I'll say it again just Shut The Fuck Up And Play the Game!! Do you really think that Capcom is going to read your petition, have their small corporate hearts grow three sizes and bow to your will? Don't hold your breath. Or at least, don't do it when you're standing near your carefully arranged display of mint in box Star Wars figures. Seriously, just STFUAJPG. Is that too tough to understand? Try this helpful graphic I got from the Destructoid site...



Oh yeah, and people who are Disciples of the Wii? Yeah, don't think I don't see you guys over there snickering. This applies to you too.

Do you have it now? Good. Now, if you will excuse me, I'm going to follow my own advice and head back home, where I will play some God of War 2 on my PS2, followed by some MK: Armageddon on my OGXBox, rounding out the day with some Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess on my Gamecube.

Slainte.

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First things first, I suggest a slight modification to the cover of Life is Ridiculous by Valerie Fausone. It needs to come with a "Don't be Drinking A Beverage While Reading This Book" advisory. Trust me, if you pick up a copy of this book, which you really should, don't be drinking anything while you read it. Or at least pause your reading, take a sip, swallow, and then go back to reading. Trust me on this, things will be less messy if you follow those simple steps. Ignore this warning at your own peril, and don't come crying to me when Mr. Pibb comes rocketing out of your nose, hosing down your favorite reading spot. I warned you.

This is a damn funny book. It made me laugh out loud several times while reading it, causing a few strangers to nervously edge closer to the laundromat's exit, and more than one co-worker to peek into my work area, checking to see if I'd finally gone completely daffy. No, I was just reading an excellent book that entertained me greatly.

The book is a series of short essays on various, fairly every-day topics. However, the way that Valerie writes about them in such an entertaining way, that you really can't help but laugh like crazy. The section that probably made me laugh out loud the most was a section about stupid laws in various states around the country. I really wish that I had known that it was illegal in NJ to get drunk and annoy others in your home, because if I'd known that a few years ago, I can tell you that there a couple of exes of mine that would now have disturbingly long arrest records. Of course, I probably would too, so perhaps it's just as well.

The essays in this book are all fairly short, so if you have the attention span of a goldfish, you'll still get plenty of enjoyment out of this book. Of course, I also found that because of that, it was extremely tempting to polish this book off in one sitting like a box of Thin Mints, but even if you do sucumb to that temptation, Life is Ridiculous is far less fattening. But it is still great with a cold glass of milk.

Other reviewers have compared Valerie Fausone to Dave Barry, Erma Bombeck, and Sarah Vowell, and deservedly so. However, she's got a voice of her own that is just as entertaining and fun to read. Plus, she's tried to get her kids into listening to Led Zepplin, and anyone that does that is cool in my book.

So order this book, put down that beverage, read and enjoy. You won't be sorry that you did. The only problem is that after reading it, you'll be impatient for the next installment of Life is Ridiculous. I know I am. However, at the same time, my nostrils are greatful that she hasn't finished the second installment yet, because that means that it will be a little while before they have to have Cherry Coke shooting through them at high velocity.

I told you this book should come with a warning.

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Because I'm a geek, I read several gaming news sites. Yeah, big shocker there, I know. However, and this is nothing new, there's things going on that just makes my eye twitch a bit when I see it. Like I said, it's nothing new, but I feel like spouting off about it, so I will. NYAH!!

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Yes, I think we shall. Hehe.

Anyway, I know that many gamers out there are distracted this season by the Herculean quest of getting their hands on a PS3 or a Wii. However, if you're not into selling your first born child or entering Thunderdome(Two gamers enter, one gamer leaves...with a next-gen console), there are a couple of games for the OGX-Box and the PS2 that you might well have missed over the last year, that are worth your time and the bonus is that they've been out for awhile, so either one will probably cost you about 20 bucks at the most. DIG! Heh. I'm speaking of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath for the OGX-Box, and Shadow Hearts: From the New World on the PS2. I haven't finished either of these games yet, but I've played enough to get an impression, so I will now share it with you.

Both of these games, by the way, were purchased by me with my own cash.

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I stumbled across a bit of news that at first glance seems very cool, but could potentially end in a disaster. Seems that there are plans in the works for a Firefly MMO (Massively Multilayer Online for those not in the know) game. My first gut reaction was, "Oooh, SHINY!" but then I thought about it for a few minutes after the coffee started taking hold and realized that it could be bad.

One of the first questions that has to be asked is, "Will Joss Whedon be involved at all?" if he's not, there's your first potential pitfall right from the get go. Some things, you can get by with monkeying with them without the creator. I don't see Firefly as being one. We shall see.

Second, I'm really hoping that in addition to the MMO part, there's a single-player campaign that's enjoyable with a good story, not just tacked on, letting you play against a bunch of bots. The reason I say this is because as cool as it could potentially be to flit around the 'Verse, that brings with it the problems that all online games seem to suffer from...other gamers. Specifically, the jackasses. A lot of people will probably be okay to play with; fans of the show and of online gaming. The problem will be the l33t asshats that pop up in every single online game like some horrible, poisonous fungus. No doubt, smuggler will be one of the playable character classes. What Browncoat wouldn't want to craft their very own Serenity? Now, if the option is also there to play as a Reaver (and I can't imagine that it wouldn't be), this little scenario gives you a glimpse of the problems with playing something like this online. To set the scene, we've got the Firefly-class transport ship "The Righteous Indignation", flown by Capt. Gideon Caine and his loveable crew of misfits. IRL, the crew are all Firefly fans that like gaming and are into a little escapist, roleplaying game fun. Suddenly, Chester, the ships pilot sees something on the scopes...

Chester: "Hey Cap! We've got a blip. There's something out there.
Capt.: "Any idea what it is?"
Chester: "Looks to be an old Trans U flying without containment.
Capt.: "Without containment? But that means..."
Chester & Capt.: "REAVERS!"
Capt.(on the intercom): "Chloe! Get everyone ready! We've got Reavers incoming!"
Chester: "Cap, we're getting a 'wave."
Capt.: What? Well, put it on."
Reaver1(L3FtNUTZ): "HAHAHAHA N00BZ!! WERE GONNA FUXX0RZ YOU UP T3H AZZH0L3Z!!!@!!21!!!11! GONA BE IN UR FUKIN SHIPZ!! ST34LN UR SK1NZ!!!!"
Reaver2(R1GHTNUTZ): "YA WH33D-F4GZ!!! FUK TH1Z SHITZ, WOW PWNZ J000!!"
Capt.: "Gorram it."

You see the problem? And while we're on the subject, yes, I'm sure that most fans of the show(myself included) want to be a smuggler, and put together their own ship of whacky, eccentric and loveable characters. But here's hoping that the game will be played on multiple servers, and they'll have some kind of limit to how many of each character class there can be on any one server at any one time. Otherwise, you've got the potential for servers populated by nothing but Firefly-class ships flying around trying to smuggle stuff.

ANd that's all assuming that the game is any good at all. Of course, no developer has been announced for it yet. Here's hoping that they get a good one, and we get a really cool game. If done right, this game could realistically become The Matrix version 1.0 for Browncoats. heh.

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I know that I was already skating on thin ice, geek-wise when I had no desire to buy the original Star Wars Trilogy on DVD. Now, I'm probably in even more danger of having my Geek Card revoked and being slapped across the face with a Nintendo Power Glove, because I have no plans to even attempt to buy a next-gen console this weekend. I'm not going to try for two reasons. I'm not trying to get a PS3 today because I have to work and I don't have a spare 800 or so bucks lying around. I'm not going to be trying to get a Wii on Sunday, because I'll be visiting my girlfriend, and yeah, hanging out with the girlfriend trumps gaming. At least for me. After this weekend, the Big Three will all be theoretically available, and while the XBox 360 has been around for a year or so and is a significant console, for the purposes of this post, I'm going to focus on the two that are launching this weekend, the Sony Playstation 3 and the Nintendo Wii.

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So, time enough I think, for a piece of wood! Or rather, a big damn post about some vid-ya games.

Yes, I think that will fit the bill nicely at the moment.

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A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by the woman I did the Spartan: Total Warrior review for several months back, asking me if I'd be interested in reviewing Micro Machines V4, a racing game. Now, while racing games aren't really my thing, I figured what the heck? Free game, plus the opportunity to ramble about something, which is an opportunity that I never pass up. Hehe. So anyway, got the PS2 version of the game in the mail a couple of weeks back, and proceeded to play it. And now, without further ado, here is my take on Micro Machines V4.



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