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B-Radicate avatar 9:09 PM on 09.07.2008  (server time)
Keeping Up with the B Rads

I just wanted to throw some random thoughts out there for anyone who is at all interested in what I have been up to for the past month or so. Some people may have noticed I’m a bit dormant and I apologize for that fact. Starting a real job in corporate America has that effect on people. I apologize.

As I stated, I started a new job at the end of July. It had me traveling nonstop for four weeks and I only just got back to my home office two weeks ago. Nine hour days and setting up my new apartment have kept me off of Dtoid much more than I anticipated/wanted it to, so I’m sorry for that fact. I comment when I can but have not had time to do any real blogging.

Speaking of setting things up and blogging, I am currently in the middle of building my grandiose set up, which will eventually entitle itself to a requisite “My Setup” blog, likely later this week when I finish it. For those keeping track, it will include my Wii, a 360, my surround sound, my seven foot screen, and my HD projector in all of its glory. Look forward to it. I am (as well as my office’s weekly Rock Band nights which will soon take place at my place once RB2 releases).

I’ve also attained my very first (lol)cat. Her name is Miss Cleo(patra). Her photo can be viewed below. True lulz soon to follow.

Pretty lady.

I’ve also been doing much less gaming than I wanted to be doing over the past number of weeks but I have found time to download Castle Crashers and play through most of Army of Two. CC is pretty fun, imo. It hearkens back to the beat ‘em up days of old that I grew up on but adds obsessive RPG leveling elements that make me want every animal, character, and weapon. I haven’t played any online co-op so I can’t speak about any of the bugs people have mentioned in prior articles, but I don’t care. I think it was $15 well spent.

Army of Two is pretty damn fun. I didn’t expect much out of it, but it’s surprising how much I enjoy it. For a first foray into third person action shooters (for EA) it’s not bad at all. I actually enjoy the political overtones and appreciate the “heavy” story. Sure, the dialog is laughable at times but at least it seems to have tried to have a point beyond mindless shooting (although there is certainly tons of that to be had), which is more than most videogames can say nowadays. The weapon customization is also a blast. I kind of like it better than Rainbow Six Vegas’ system, which is considered by many (myself included) to be some of the best around. I think they missed an opportunity for character/armor customization, though, that should certainly be explored in a sequel (come on, it’s EA, there’s bound to be a sequel).

In other news, I’ve seen Tropic Thunder (“I will call you Half Squat.”) which was hilarious, Hamlet 2 (“Rock me, rock me, rock me sexy Jesus!”) which was humorous, but a better rental than anything else, as well as The Dark Knight (“Would you like to see a magic trick?”) in IMAX, which was orgasmic.

That’s pretty much it. Rock on, Dtoid. I’ll try and keep up with the activity. I can’t promise anything, though, unfortunately.

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