Friday, October 31, 2008
First let me start by saying the Invasion of the Body Snatchers is better than Invasion. Now I don't want to spoil anything for anyone that hasn't seen it yet. It stars Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams, playing two Public Health Officials in San Francisco. Basically, alien pods link up to people then "hatch" replicas. The movie also features Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, The Fly), Veronica Cartwright (Alien) and Leonard Nimoy. Overall it was creepy and a pretty satisfying movie.
Rated 14-A (ONT) PG (USA)
P.S. Have a happy Halloween!
Although short the Mirrors Edge leaves you wanting more. The combat and some of the more specific moves can be a bit hard to master, you can see that there's a ton of room for the game to let you move around a bit. I think 10-20 years from now Mirrors Edge will be referred to as a Concept Game for First Person Shooters, sort of like Dark Side of The Moon for Rock, in line with Portal and Doom. The basic idea is that you can jump from rooftop to rooftop, trying to escape police in a big brother dystopia. The game has a sort of Matrix feel to it. Think about it, your trying to escape police by jumping long distances in a dystopian world, disarming enemies with martial arts-like moves, with gun play, in a city, and heck there's even "bullet-time". If you were a fan of the matrix you will like this game. Hell I wouldn't mind if this game were called the Matrix.
Anyway like I said at the start I can't really get into the plot because the demo was pretty short and also like I said it left me wanting more. Eventually I will buy this game (After Fable 2, Fallout 3, Rock Band 2 and Gears of War 2), or at least rent it.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
So I was playing as my team in 2k8, the Hamilton Stingrays. Our rivals biggest rivals are the New Jersey Devils. Who we've played before. Twice actually, both wins.
First was a 4-1 slaughter and then a 5-1 whipping.
This time they came to play...
So they start by scoring the first goal about five minutes in. I repeatedly ram the puck at the net but come up empty thanks to Brodeur, who, for those who don't know hockey is one of the greatest goalies of all time.
We go into the second period and I tie it up 5 minutes in thanks to Lupul (who is f**king amazing, I had him scratched for some reason but finally added him to defense because we had an injured player then added him to our offensive first line and he got our teams first hat trick in his first game, go figure) .
New Jersey gets an interference penalty shortly after this but I'm unable to capitalize. New Jersey gets a goal. But I answer back immediately with Lupul, adding his second to the night. Unfortunately New Jersey gets another goal with only 30 seconds left in the period. And I'm unable to respond before the 2nd intermission.
The 3rd Period (and yes I changed my format here because its that damned important)
I'm trying my damnedest to get the puck past Brodeur but nothing works.
Finally a chance! The Devils hook Prospal and get a two minute penalty. I'm trying extra hard to no avail, "last minute of play in the third period"...did I mention I'm playing at home too?
Finally with about 40 seconds left I call in the goalie and get a 6th man out, the Devils get the puck and send it down the ice (Still a penalty) and I get Prospal to pass it to Kaberle, 25 seconds on the clock, who skates to the left of the Jersey goal, and then he fires the puck to the center where Hemsky, my defencemen unloads a rocket at the net, Brodeur just misses with his glove, GOAL! WITH ONLY 13 SECONDS LEFT! We go... into overtime...
Overtime, being 5 minutes, always go by quickly and this is not an exception, but wow were there some close calls, Toskala worked his magic and my players would barely escape with the puck. We're going to a shoot-out baby.
well if you have to go into a shoot-out against anyone it shouldn't be Brodeur. And remember, it's just me here, so I'm doing the goaltending and just trying to score.
- Crosby goes first and I try to shoot from farther away but I get too close, I make an easy save
- Kovalev tries a midrange shot and goes off the post!, I make a glove save
- Zubov and try some of the games Superstar Moves, first up the Through The Legs which I do too late and crash into the goalie, I make a blocker save
- Hemsky goes for a Sweden '95 shot but misses the net completely, glove save
- Kopitar tries a Calling the Shot, which involved me pointing at the boards then shooting at them.
- Fuck the Superstar Moves, I take Kaberle and shoot it into Brodeurs blocker pads,
- I take Lupul, hoping he'll work his magic but Brodeur gloves it
- I finally like some sort of infant child learning to speak use my right control stick to move the puck around. Prospal goes up moving from side to side, he bounces the puck off his skate, deeks Brodeur and SCORES! Thank god now all I have to do is stop this last guy. He comes straight at me, moves to the right, launches the puck at the bottom left corner, my pad comes in... and knocks the puck away! I WIN! Go! Stingrays Go!
I think Monopoly at McDonald's is probably the greatest restaurant contest of all time, and 2nd goes to Roll up the Rim from Tim Horton's. But what I hate about Monopoly now is their go online crap, not Monopoly in particular because it's actually kind of fun. But I'm talking about pop bottles which advertise a fucking contest and I buy it and look under the cap and it tells me to enter a code at their fucking website. No thanks, I have no interest in a contest on your fucking website, I DID have interest in a contest on your fucking pop. A reliable pop though has always been Crush brand pop because they DO have whether you win or not under the cap. The thing that pisses me off about that is one time I won and tried to get another pop at the place I bought it but they wouldn't except them. WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS? NEW LAW! YOU CAN'T SELL SHIT WITH CONTESTS ON IT IF YOU DON'T ACTUALLY GIVE WINNERS THEIR SHIT!
Well I'm done with my little rant, see you in November unless I have more important shit to say tomorrow. Bye.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I've had enough with Internet Explorers bullshit. Every time I go to the CBSSports website the fucker closes and restarts and I'm fed up. I've downloaded Mozilla's Firefox and I'm not going back because Firefox is better. In the status bar you can control Itunes and get weather reports. It's 100% faster than IE anyway. If your thinking of switching do so.
Well this week was a mixed bag full of candy and shit. First I remember to check my College Football teams...on FRIDAY! I then realize my 8-0 winning streak is at risk because most of my players are on BYE! AH!
So I make some emergency trades and have everything sorted before any damage can be done. But guess what, I forgot to change my NFL teams on Friday, and Saturday and finally remember Sunday at 6:31 PM. All the games were at 1PM. Tony Romo is still my QB from last week. Tons of players are on BYE. Yeah. So here we go:
College Football Week 9
Actual: Niagara Maulers 147 to 55 Past Masters
Trades: Everyone did superb but I'm gonna have to trade someone for someone not on BYE
Stingers vs B3AST- Projected: Stingers by 21
Analysis: Again everyone did their job and performed amazingly
Trades: None of my team is on BYE so none. This week I go for a 10 game winning streak!
Hamilton Maulers vs Jumpin- Projected: Jumpin by 42
Analysis: Brees made up for last week and the Giants D and Smith did excellent
Trades: Steve Smith, Brees and I'm missing two WRs because of BYE. So we'll see what happens tomorrow morning.
Maulers vs Cables Crew- Projected: Cables Crew by 22 (This is one time I wish they were right)
Analysis: Romo was gone and everyone but Lynch and Johnson played like crap
Trades: Don't know yet
NHL Period 3
Stingers- My team finished tied for 5th this time, much better, it got us to third in standings
Analysis: The game is much different from football, but Crosby and others are starting to perform better.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
crashed into the mainland and is now sinking, buildings are collapsing
and everything. A news reporter sees a gun going off, and a detective
believes it to be a gun used in a recent murder. So I'm sent in, I did
this before with a speeding car I guess. Under the cover of a black
smoke grenade I grab the gun and get off the island before anyone sees
me. I'm like a Splinter Cell.
Next I'm in some sort of Italian town where terrorists have attacked. I'm just running through the streets kicking ass, COD4 style with a knife and pistol. Finally I shoot at one
guy but I miss (bad angle) and he runs. I follow him but then I hear on
the radio "You will all perish when the z-somthing bomb goes off.
Suddenly like in COD4 I see a star on my radar right next to me. I see a
small wooden box which I hear beeping coming from, I run up to it and
rip it apart. Within the box is a small wooden chest. The beeping is
increasing. I flip over the chest and open it, and see the bomb!
the phone rings.
Weird thing, all the terrorists wore white and had red eyes (some robotic).
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
There was one thing that really annoyed me. In the last fight of the game (that you get achievements for at least) For some reason it's pretty much impossible to win. I tried 5-10 times. But then, months later, I read on Gamefaqs.com to use buttons instead of the stick for punching. I do that and get 4 knockdowns and a knockout in my first try! What the hell is up with that discrepancy?
In conclusion the game is limited by itself. It's boxing, a two person sport. There's two guys, they duke it out and that's it. It's great for a while but it's not going to hold you over like other games will.
Programming: 9/10 : Very fluid and I found no bugs
Graphics: 9/10 : Nicely detailed espicially as a launch title
Story: 5/10 : None except some reappearing opponents
Atmosphere: 8/10 : There's a couple of arenas to choose from and the commentary is good.
Control: 7/10 : Like I said, why the huge difference between Buttons and Stick?
Overall: 8/10 : I got this game for one reason achievements. You can probably get it used or rent it to get some achvs. but the game isn't going to over throw Halo 3 or COD4 anytime soon.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
For demo reviews I'll be using a simple system GOOD good bad BAD(C) pretty self explanatory. And yeah I'm copyrightin' that biatch
Why? Because it's was just a horrible demo. It probably COULD have been a good demo. But some where along the line someone forgot one thing... THE GAMES A BASTARD TO CONTROL! Basically you control with your microphone headset. And it honestly works well and was pretty cool. But guess what, no f**king tutorial. Who's idea of a joke is this? I've seen tutorial for NORMAL GAMES THAT USE NORMAL CONTROLLERS?
So I start the offline demo and I have a command vehicle with some men. So I try to deploy the command vehicle thinking it's sort of like C&C, nope, it just sits there. Then why have it at all? Useless piece of shit. The game doesn't even tell me what I'm doing! I see the CPU is taking over control points, so I some how manage to take over one. But after that things went downhill. I accidentally said something wrong and the Command vehicle starts attacking my control point! "STOP! HALT!" I yell into the microphone, "RETREAT! GO TO BASE ALPHA! GO TO BASE DELTA!" And they just keep shooting at my base! During this time I had sent my tanks to go capture an enemy control point, and when I switch to them I see they are getting ass raped. I said "fu** this shit!" And immediately exited the demo. That's an insult to my intelligence. I f**king play games all my god damned life and they suddenly expect you to know what voice commands do what or how to even play the game! WHAT WERE THEY THINKING!? IT's insulting because they make it seem like drowning is a natural part of swimming. I'm sorry but how is getting my ass handed to me going to make me pay $60+ for your game. It's not. Terrible demo.
Duke Nukem 3D
Duke Nukem is from the Doom/Wolfenstein era of games. I had never play Duke before but it's humour and unique gameplay elements were impressive. If I had the money to afford more MSP then this would be downloaded right after Braid.
Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway
Good but short demo, basically the it's a tutorial (SOMETHING ENDWAR COULD HAVE USED) that teaches you the basic controls. The demo was quite solid and fun. Only complaint- Throwing grenades in doorways is a pain in the ass. Definantly a must buy/rent.
I'm surprised. I enjoyed this game. Alot. Dispite everything bad I've heard about it.It astounds me that the game is so beautiful. And then there's the story. Which seems pretty cool, basically about Vikings in the Space age. And really, what part of that isn't bad ass. Finally it's a long demo too, about an hour. I'd be crazy to buy it because of all the bad press but I'll likely buy it when it becomes a bit cheaper.
Call Of Duty 5: World at War Beta*
Well my experience so far has been positive. (EXCEPT FOR GETTING SCREWED OVER ON MY KNIFE KILLS SO MANY TIMES!) Basically it's COD4 but WWII, and I love it, the Japanese weapons are great as well as the Russian ones. There's three maps, Malkin which is a dark beach with buildings map, which is alright. There's Roundabout (I think that's what it's called) which is Russian, and features Tanks! Gods be praised! The final map is a Japanese or Chinese palace like area which has some good sniping opportunities. Other upgrades include dogs instead of helicopters, which surprisingly are far more effective than the helicopters ever were. I also enjoy Molotov Cocktails. The only other issue I've been having is spawning, which about 10% of the time has you being shot seconds after. But the game is tons of fun.
*I hope I'm not breaking some sort of agreement with this
Monday, October 20, 2008
Well I got my computer running... AFTER REINSTALLING FUCKING VISTA! Oh and Then I had to reinstall Microsoft Office, Visio, Visual Studio, SQL Server, and Civilization and Itunes and MSN. PAIN IN MY FUCKING ASS!
College Football Week 8
Niagara Maulers vs Goldy's Gophers- Projected: Maulers by 34
Actual: Niagara Maulers 159 to 83 Goldy's Gophers
Analysis: Wow that is what an ass whipping looks like my friends
Trades: Meier didn't do well but who cares
Stingers vs Stephen Goodson- Projected: Stingers by 33
Actual: Stingers 118 to 83 SG
Analysis: Wow the guys at CBS were right for once
Trades: Nothing except change my TE for my reserved TE
NFL Football Week 7
God help me.
Hamilton Maulers: Brees played like shit. Right now its 96-83 for the WMDs, so it basically comes down to Denver (Pittman-WR)(Me) vs. New England (Welker-WR)(WMD) tonight. Pray for me.
Maulers: FUCK I'M AN IDIOT! DAMN YOU DALLAS COWBOYS FOR NOT PLAYING ROMO!
Yeah Romo didn't play so I got 0 points for him, and had I'd played my Reserved QB I'd be sitting pretty right now but instead it's 78-72 for Tedca123 (my reserve QB got 21 pts!) Hell even if I played my Titans D instead of Vikings I'd be in a good position.
So again I'm in the same position as before, Denver (Matt Prater - K)(Me) vs. New England (Welker-WR)(Tedca123). GO BRONCOS!
My team is overcoming it's debacle last week and we are now mid-range: 7th in standings
Analysis: Still working out how the league works, how the stats work etc.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Second my computer is f**king bricked. Black screen of death. I'm typing this on my home computer but have no idea what I'm gonna do when I get to college.
Here we go:
NFL Football Week 6
Maulers vs T-Town Wildcats : Projected- Wildcats by 41
Actual: Maulers 73 to 61 Wildcats
Analysis: What a disasterous success. Romo is out for 5 weeks! And he got 28pts! Not good. My other standout Johnson-WR (12pts) had to leave the game. My Vikings defence really pulled it off this week for me though.
Trades: God! Possibly my RBs, WRs and TEs, hopefully some of my guys that were on BYE are going to do well now.
Hamilton Maulers vs Maineacs: Projected- Maineacs by 20
Actual: Hamilton Maulers 93 to 86 Maineacs
Analysis: Brees completely destroyed Oakland, everyone else did great except Fasano-TE who's been bad for two weeks now.
Trades: I'll consider trading Fasano but I think the rest of my team is pretty good.
College Football Week 7
Niagara Maulers vs There Will Be Bud- Projected: Maulers by 10
Actual: Niagara Maulers 130 to 141 There Will Be Bud
Analysis: Just didn't do good enough.
Trades: Possibly a new TE.
Stingers vs Penguins of Troy- Projected: Stingers by 15
Actual: Stingers 117 to 82 POT
Analysis: Whipped ass again. My QB was on BYE and we still won.
Trades: Nothing team is goin' great
My team is dead last.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I have no idea what happened to us since then but now she treats me like less then dirt. It hurts so much because I love her so much.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Maulers vs BackbayBashers: Projected- Maulers by 16
Actual: Maulers 65 to 77 BBB
Analysis: My team completely collapsed. QB (Romo) did amazing as usual and my Titans defence did good as well. But other than those two my highest scoring player was my kicker (Prater). You know there's a problem when.
Hamilton Maulers vs Warriors: Projected- Maulers by 31
Actual: Hamilton Maulers 73 to 78 Warriors
Analysis: My players were pretty good. Just not good enough. Lynch (RB) really let me down this week with only 6 pts and Brees (QB) did too with 13 pts to the Warriors QBs 26pts.
Trades: I have alot of players on BYE so I'm going to have to do some trades to keep going.
College Football Week 6
Niagara Maulers vs There Will Be Bud- Projected: Maulers by 1
Actual: Niagara Maulers 123 to 113 There Will Be Bud
Analysis: Although two of my team (Blount-RB Norwood-WR) got 0 pts, Daniel-QB (28pts), Royster-RB (25pts) and Robinson-WR (27pts) more than made up for it. My South Carolina Df and Decker-WR both did well too.
Trades: Norwood is dead weight (Three weeks in a row he's gotten 1 or 0). But Blount is surprising, he's gotten in the 20s for a couple weeks now and to have him get 0 is scary. I hope he's not injured.
Stingers vs Monstars- Projected: Stingers by 6
Actual: Stingers 134 to 48.5 Monstars
Analysis: Wow we wooped assage here. Everyone did good except Greg Orton-WR (4pts) and again Norwood.
Trades: Getting rid of Norwood, lots of guys on BYE this week.
Tony Stewart = I CALLED IT! TONY WON THE RACE BABY! FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR FOR HIM! I AM MAGIC
Elliot Sadler = 10th and led for laps
Juan Montoya = Was doing good till taken out in the Big One, led a couple, finished 25th
Mike Waltrip= Did good but got into the Big One too, led 1 lap and finished 19th
Hockey and Basketball starting very soon!
Friday, October 3, 2008
First there was a large stage with a band playing some Beatles music. After a short walk I get to the food, lord the food, there are about 30-40 tents in the main area, each tent had 3-5 things you can buy, each thing you can buy is $5 or less! THIS IS MY KIND OF PLACE!
I take out $20 from an ATM as quickly as possible and get started.
First is the Rex Hotel, which I saw when I came in and saw they had tortellini. Thank god. I buy some for $2 and chomp that down, great start.
On a side note I think they went a little overboard with the recycling. Seriously they had plastic, compost, etc. They actually had people there to take your garbage and put it in the cans. Pretty crazy, but convienent. Can I have these people follow me?
Anyway, next is a hunting game place. I buy a Bison Burger and eat it and it was pretty good. Tomorrow I'm getting a Kangaroo Burger (seriously).
I decide to look around some more. I go out and find there's a little band playing, and then go down main street. I see a little cooking area where someone is cooking. Just as I arrive it ends. (Boo) and then he gives out what he just cooked (WOO-HOO!).
So I have some salmon and I hate fish but this was fucking amazing!
So then I head back, it's getting cold out and I still have 14 dollars!
I stop and get a poutine and it was great. I considered stopping to get a lemonade but then saw the dammed price! $5! Are you kidding me? I almost coughed up poutine!
I decide to get some desert. I stop at a French School and decide on Pear & Cream, and holy f***ing crap was it amazing! They use a flame to carmelize the brown sugar and the pear and cream were AMAZING!
Next I decide to get a some goat cheese and mushroom cristini, and it was heavenly too.
Last but not least, actually one of the best, I got some portobello mushroom tortolini.
After that I left and waited for 15 minutes for the Community Bus, the band they have now played some Eric Clapton. Right now I'm eating an apple pie.
All the things I stated above (except apple pie, although there was apple pie there for cheep) were $19! That's right I didn't even spend my whole $20.
Can you guess where I'm eating tomorrow?
P.S. I wanted to get pics and vids but my camera is a piece of ass crap.
First I'll start with politics. I hate them. First there was the fact that the Vice-Presidential debate was on and therefore The Office and Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares weren't. Who the hell cares about vice-presidents?Second I can't even watch the Prime Minister debates. Why? Because it's bullshit. It's basically you have to pick the lesser of two evils:
- Conservative- Great choice if you don't want any art in our society. Also if that recent "plagerism scandal" proved anything it was that we have the same Conservatives that the Americans have. Seriously he didn't copy the speech from the Austrailian guy. They were both given the speeches. The question you need to ask yourself is WHO gave them the speeches?
- Liberals- Great choice if you want a Carbon Tax. Such bullshit. There's a new buzz word that I can't stand and it's "Carbon Footprint". The carbon tax is basically a tax on everything. And don't believe that bullshit that gasoline won't be taxed. Have you even thought how a tax like this would work? You think you can just send a list of shit you have in? No they are going to come to your house and look through your shit. They are going to see how much you travel in your car and everything. And the whole enviromental crisis is bullshit too.
- Green Party- They are more insane than the liberals. I don't even want to imagine what would happen if they somehow got in.
- NDP- god they are really the only choice but they pretty much support the war now too. And there is almost no chance of getting them in anyway.
- CAP- this is who I'd vote for, but I doubt our area even has one. So I guess I'm going to vote for Gary McHale.
Yeah I got lazy this week. Sue me.
Hamilton Maulers vs PSU: Projected- Maulers by 64
Actual: Maulers 71 to 51 PSU
Analysis: My QB (Brees) did great. RB's did well, my WR really let me down except Steve Smith, who I had kept for 2 weeks while he was suspended. My kicker did poorly to, but he's injured now. My TE did came up empty and my Minneapolis D did horridly. Thank god the other team had most of his players on BYE week.
Trades: I traded Ike Hillard (RB) for Josh Reed (RB) which could really bite me in the ass. I traded Brown (K) for Lindell (K) since Brown did terrible, is injured and on BYE week. I traded Baker (TE) for Gage (WR) because I have another TE who's off BYE now and Gage is injured but is one of the best WRs right now, and could even play this week.
Maulers vs Roachclips420: Projected- Maulers by 45
Actual: Maulers 92 to 30 Roadclips420
Analysis: My players were pretty good. My TE did badly and Stuckey (WR) did badly too. My kicker is the same for both my teams and he did bad too.
Trades: I traded Brown(K) for Prater of the Denver Broncos which should be fine. I traded Brandon Lloyd for Eddie Royal because Lloyds injured. This is funny because I had trade Eddie for Lloyd last week.
Niagara Maulers vs NDFightingIrish10- Projected: Maulers by 3
Actual: Niagara Maulers 92 to 123 NDFFightingIrish10
Analysis: Basically my whole team was good by not good enough. My QB had 15 points but that's 15 points less than NDF's QB. My RB's were awesome, WRs meh to bad (My best 16 his best 35) K TE and Defence were all meh
Trades: None, just put some of my Actives off because of BYE and reserves on.
Stingers vs The Okalahoma City- Projected: Stingers by 2
Actual: Stingers 100 to 62.25 TOC
Analysis: My QB RB and Defence did awesome. Everyone else did ok to bad.
Golf is over now, I believe I am much better than before.
I did good for Nascar as well.