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"...AND I BEAT KING HIPPO!!!" May. 22nd, 2009 @ 10:51 pm
Jenn got me Wii Punch-Out for our anniversary. Great game so far.
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: TMBG - When it Rains, it Snows

Haven't had this happen in a while. Apr. 21st, 2009 @ 11:18 am
We went to go see Crank 2 last night, but the projector broke halfway through the trailers, so we went home with our money back and free tickets for next time. I think the last movie I went to where that happened was Schindler's List.

I hadn't bought any games for myself since sometime before New Year's, so I went and picked up three games at a discount price this past weekend: Baroque, Spectral Force 3, and Operation Darkness. None of them reviewed very well, but they all looked interesting, and that to me was worth the twenty bucks for each.

So far, I've tried about the first seven missions of Operation Darkness. It's not as bad as I'd been led to believe, although it's annoying how I keep getting killed by landmines. Supposedly, there's a way to detect them. I'll have to try it out tonight.
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: TMBG - Metal Detector

I donated blood again today. Apr. 11th, 2009 @ 08:29 pm
This time, they had a little trouble finding the vein, and had to stick me three times before they got it. Eh, small price to pay for helping out people who need it.

Still, I've got a hell of a bruise now. I just hope no one thinks I've been shooting up or anything; I haven't got enough long-sleeved shirts to last all week...
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: They Might Be Giants - The Cap'm

In the grim year 2009... Apr. 9th, 2009 @ 07:26 am
You know those cyberpunk novels where these huge cities are all glitz and glamor, and the rich people live in luxury while their slaves do all the work?

Welcome to Dubai.

Societies in that situation do one of two things: They either reform, or they collapse.

Which is it going to be?

I've been playing some XNA games lately. Apr. 2nd, 2009 @ 12:46 am
I used to be part of the homebrew game scene. Most of my projects never got past the initial proof of concept, but I put together a couple of modest hits back in the day. Never did learn much coding; my work was all done with make-your-own-game utilities like Klik-n-Play or RPG Maker 95.

When Microsoft announced it'd be opening the door for homebrew games on the 360, I was intrigued, but didn't look into it much. By then, I already had a day job in the game industry, and my old laptop was too slow to be much help in building a homebrew from scratch on my own. I still don't know much coding, although that's starting to change. (I seem to have a bit of a knack for it, if I can just take the time to sit down and learn the language.)

Anyway, this past week, I've checked out a few of the available community games. Some of them, of course, are junk; there's a Pong clone, a three-sentence "text adventure," and a couple that just rumble the controller.

But there are others that explore interesting concepts and presentation styles, the kinds of games you can only really find in the indie scene. Weapon of Choice has some cool twists on the standard shoot-em-up, A Fading Melody has a nice, moody feel to it, and my favorite so far, on account of its gameplay, music, tons of content, and professional-quality presentation, is Blow.

Since not many other people seem to be doing it, I'd like to review some of these games in the coming weeks, and help bring attention to the ones that deserve it — maybe along with some mini-reviews for some of the community's...lesser titles, let's say.

Anyway, bedtime for now.

But check out Blow. Seriously, you'll like it. A lot.
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Blow - Lullaby #2

A good start to the weekend. Mar. 6th, 2009 @ 10:17 pm
First Watchmen, now Battlestar.

Watchmen was fucking badass.
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin'

Finally done moving. Mar. 2nd, 2009 @ 10:50 am
Phew. Tired.
Current Mood: tiredtired

We're almost done moving. Feb. 26th, 2009 @ 05:24 pm
Just a few more long nights of meticulous scrubbing and heavy lifting, and it'll all be behind us.

The new place is nice so far, though. I think we'll enjoy it there once all this work's finished.
Current Mood: tiredtired

Board Games and Stuff Feb. 15th, 2009 @ 11:47 pm
Yesterday, we all went to a friend's house for a party, and played a long game of Apples to Apples with a little Rock Band thrown in.

Today, our friend Brandon introduced us to Arkham Horror, a long cooperative game where the object is to seal enough otherworldly gates before the Ancient One pops up.

A long time ago, I once joked that a good character concept for a Call of Cthulu game would be "a big guy with a machine gun," and sure enough, one of the playable characters in Arkham Horror is a tommy-gun toting gangster. So that's who I played, with Jenn as the nun, Brandon as the photographer, and Elysia as the researcher girl who can give other people rerolls once a round. (We got a lot of mileage out of that one.)

It took us about half the game to get organized, but once we were, we started pulling ahead in the race against time. We even managed to work a bit of role playing in, with me being the quasi-reformed gangster courting Jenn's nun character. It ended with my gangster, who'd by then become a deputy (thanks to his monster-killing credentials), handing Jenn's nun the keys to his paddy wagon, letting her rush headlong into one of the last gates while he kept the streets clean behind her. She and Brandon took out the last two gates simultaneously, winning the game two short turns before the Ancient One would have showed up.

So, yeah, fun stuff. We'll have to play again sometime.
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California

The Awesomest Day Feb. 12th, 2009 @ 11:04 pm
Work went pretty well today, and I got some housework done. What made today awesome is what came in the mail.

Remember that school trip for foster kids I volunteered with last week? Where I talked with the kids about the game industry, and they wrote their dreams on those felt leaves and hung them from a tree?

They sent me one of those leaves. The one that said, "When I grow up I want to be a game designer."
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Jonathan Coulton - Code Monkey
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