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The name's Crystal and I'm 21.
I love video games and will play anything that is remotely entertaining. I'm also the C.E.O. of the newly created Crash Test Games, a project dedicated to inspire normal gamers to become developers.

I own a N64, PSP, a broken Xbox, PS2, and best of all a PS3.

Here's my blog: http://www.heyckm.wordpress.com

Here's my Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/crystalkm

Crash Test Games: http://www.facebook.com/CrashTestGames


My Favorite Games

In no particular order:

Mass Effect 1, 2, 3

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Modern Warfare 2

Metal Gear Solid 4

Grand Theft Auto 4

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

...Any Zelda games really.

Dragon Age 1 & 2

LA Noire

Infamous 1 & 2




Outside of video games I enjoy writing, reading, watching Television (Xena FTW), movies, singing and music, and being online.


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Here's a random short rant. Just to start out, in Call of Duty 4, earning your prestige was just worthless (at least to me). The only reward you obtained was the new little emblem every time you did and the annoyance of having to start over on all of the challenges and weapons. It was more of a frustration to me than a fun challenge.

Sure, maybe you get bragging rights for having a higher rank, but it doesn't necessarily mean that you possess any skill. Just lots and lots of time to rank up and that has to mean that you don't have a life. Right? At least that was my argument when some little kid started some trash talk about being boss.

But in Modern Warfare 2 you gain some actual rewarding things for finally reaching the prestige point:


* Extra Custom Class
* New Group of Prestige Challenges
* Each gun gains two new challenges called Veteran and Master
* Callsign "The Prestige" and new Emblem



A lot more appetizing than CoD4, but is it still worth it?
At this point I'm not really convinced. I set my custom classes to what I'm comfortable with and what I'm skilled at using. That's just how I am. Feel free to tell me that I'm not experiencing what all the game presents, blah blah, but I enjoy playing to win. So sue me.

No I haven't 'prestiged' yet, and unless I hear a convincing argument about why I should, I'm not sure that I'm going to.

What do you think?








Original post at http://www.heyckm.blogspot.com


Violent Penetration and Grape Jelly: Modern Warfare 2



Everyone loves knifing! In Call of Duty 4, slashing some poor dude in the face online was one of the most satisfying things to do, and it is definitely no less satisfying in Modern Warfare 2. With advantages like the Commando Perk and the throwing knife, you can transform yourself from a rampaging bullet blaster to a ninja with a super katana (without the actual katana).

Everyone also hates being ďRam-bonedĒ by these rampant Rambos (alliteration anyone?). At least I know I do, especially when I spent so much time unloading an entire clip into their skull, but thatís just how amazing the tactical knife is.

Knifing can be the most bad ass way to kill and humiliate someone. So it doesnít surprise me that I see more and more people simply knifing than using their other weapons. I know I do.

Iíll just slap marathon pro, lightweight pro, commando pro on, equip a handgun for emergencies, and go for it. Being the maniac slashing the faces off of people is always entertaining no matter what scenario. And hearing them complain about it is a reward in itself.

For the ones who might not know what these perks do, here are the details:

Slot 1

* Marathon/Marathon Pro
o Ability: Unlimited sprint.
o Pro Ability: Get over obstacles faster

Slot 2

* Lightweight/Lightweight Pro
o Ability: Move faster.
o Pro Ability: Allows you to do a quick aim after sprinting.

Slot 3

* Commando/Commando Pro
o Ability: Increased melee distance.
o Pro Ability: You don't take any damage from falling.





What do you think about the tactical knife? And while you think about thatÖ hereís a video I've embedded from YouTube. This is not me playing! All credit goes to NextGenTactics.



Here is also the direct link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqGhgSjHoNs

Grape Jelly



Try to guess what Iím talking about. Go onÖ Yes Iím talking about blood splatter! Okay so maybe it doesnít necessarily look like grape jelly, and maybe youíre cringing at the comparison, but itís something Iím going to focus on.

I love the fact that the graphics are more realistic. Greater looking maps, guns, characters, and grape jelly. Mmm grape jellyÖ

Thereís only one problem I have with it: It distracts me.

On the story mode, not so much, but when youíre online playing with multiple people trying to blast your head off, being able to see what youíre doing is a must. Truthfully, the more I play, the more I start to get used to it as is probably the case with everyone else.

Here is what I keep discovering on numerous other blogs. It may not necessarily apply to multiplayer, but itís here nonetheless:

ďOne of the larger visual changes to the game's heads-up display this time around is the blood splatter system. In previous Call of Duty offerings you'd get damaged, the screen would start to shade red, and you'd be required to seek cover before your vision returned to normal. Modern Warfare 2 employs a new system, actually having a thicker blood layer added to up the realism. There's been some discussion on whether the splatter is too distracting, and in my experience with the game it's far from an issue. You'll be able to take more hits on easier difficulty settings, so while a few well-placed shots will drop players on hardened or veteran modes the added splatter is an acceptable trade-off for more overall health.Ē


But what do you think? Does grape jelly distract you? Let me know!