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6:10 PM on 08.13.2008

Geometry Wars...

So while I'm in between gigs at the moment, I've decided to catch up on all of the games that I missed in the midst of all the insanity that has been my life the past five months.

Over the weekend I picked up Geometry Wars 2 on XBL. My buddy Steve came over and we played it, non-stop, for around five hours. Our eyes were literally bleeding by the end of the night. The 1/2 a handle of Captains that we drank in the process didn't help things either.

After Steve left I decided to give the game a whirl on single player, despite constant pleas from my girlfriend to "go to fucking sleep you retard."

Probably one of the coolest features of XBL is the fact that you've got that whole "friends leader board" thing, which for me functions as one of those constant you've-got-friends-that-are-better-at-a-game-than-you-are reminders, which REALLY pisses me off. My buddy Jim, a programmer over at Midway, had a score of over 8.5 million in a single player game. I looked at his score, thought of Jim, and then thought "Fuck that guy I know I can beat his score" and started playing...

As we all do when were in that gaming "zone", I started creating my own personal goals that, in my mind, would lead to the perfect game that would kick Jim's scores ass...

* No dieing in the first minute.
* Must use at least one bomb per minute.
* Must have at least 200x multiplier by the 1.3 minute mark

My thumbs were sore, I hadn't had any exercise all day and I was sweating while I was playing the game. Loser? Abso-fuckin'lutely - Going to beat Jim's score? Hells yes.

Three hours past and the best score I had registered was around 3.5 million. I started blaming my inability to get a decent score on the fact that I was totally shit-canned at the time... And even though life seemingly sucked at this point, at least I could be happy that out of my entire leader board of friends, I was ranked 2nd. It kinda felt like the Olympics, y'know? I was like, "well I didn't get the Gold, but at least I'm Silver..."

And then complete and total disaster struck.

Oh look who just logged online, I say to myself, If it isn't Mr. fucking Destructoid himself, Nick Chester...

Rather than harass Nick for completely blowing off my party last week to hang with his wifey (Despite reminders of free booze, lose women, Just Blaze DJing the party, sports celebs hangin' around plus games a-go-go) I decide to let him escape from harassment unscathed as I'm sweating my ass off trying to top Jimbo's high score.

I wrap up the game (With another shitty 1.5 million score) and what do I see?

Oh isn't that fucking nice - Ole' Nicky's got a 12.6-fucking-million score.

Can someone please tell me what fucking drug Nick was on when he got that high score?

I ended up settling with a bronze for the evening.

The next day on XBL I harassed Nick and we played a few games of GTAIV online together. More on that in my next post...   read

2:08 PM on 04.21.2008

Obama on haters...

This is too funny not to share with the DToid community. If Surfer Girl can post blogs about NVGR political shit then so should I - Especially when it's this funny...

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11:24 AM on 04.21.2008

New Music Monday

So I ran into the infamous Mr. Nick Chester this past weekend, who told me to get my shit together and start blogging again.

99% of the time you are going to find something Hip-Hop related here, so my apologies if that isn't your thing:

The Game F. Keyshia Cole - Pain

Madonna F. Kanye West - The Beat Goes On

Estelle F. Cee-Lo - Pretty Please Love Me

Enjoy!   read

10:17 AM on 04.01.2008

ECA: Join Gamers for Net Neutrality

So I joined the Entertainment Consumers Association through LinkedIn and recieved this E-mail from president Hal Halpin about the fight for net neutrality and what gamers can do to help out...

"Without Net Neutrality, your Internet Service Provider is free to charge you extra for playing World of Warcraft, to interfere with Xbox Live, or to completely shut off your ability to access your favorite Web sites. Net Neutrality affects your entire online experience.

Please stand with your fellow gamers and make sure Net Neutrality is guaranteed."

Holy shit - So you mean to tell me that Comcast could charge me even more than the already overpriced $100 I have to pay for cable/internet, plus the extra $50 bucks in "equipment rental fees" and taxes and crap just because I play video games online?!

Fuck that. Take a stand by clicking here and sending the automated letter to your member of congress.

Sorry for the spam, but I think that is crazy. The gaming community needs to band together and take a stand against this kind of crap.   read

11:20 AM on 03.27.2008

I'm back!! Sorta...

So I've been out of the C-Blogging scene for the past few weeks becasue (a) crunch mode sucks and (b) I came down with a wicked case of the flu last week that had me bed ridden until about a day ago.

Anyway, I'll be updating my blog more regularly again with some cool new game stories, so be on the lookout for that.

Random stuff since I've been sick:
I met some members of the ESA yesterday that swung through our studio for whatever-the-reason. I told them that they need to get on the latest presedential candidates and find out where they stand on the whole ESRB and video game violence issue. I think we know where Hillary stands, but I'm curious to see if Barak has changed his whole "put down your gameboys and go outside" attitude and what McCain's stance is. Our "little" community has a very powerful voice, it'll be interesting to see if the ESA could convince these guys take a minute to talk to us...

Not surprised they are doing a sequel to the 50 Cent game considering it sold four fucking million units.. Once again proves that sometimes game reviews don't mean shit. Note to fellow game snobs: There are more vidiots out there than you can possibly imagine (ask a GameStop employee). For everyone one of you that says something sucks, there are 1000 people out there that went and bought it... And most of the time when we think something is really cool, there are 1000s of other gamers that don't give a shit. Shit, look at the sales #'s for Turok...

I'm in the process of pitching... Anyone got a cool ideas?

Here is a video of me looking fat on ESPN's new video game show, Game Up. Fast forward to 17:55 to hear jabba talking about the new game... And yes, Game Up's Molly K. has officially become the hottest video game journo out there.

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12:49 PM on 03.17.2008

Totally game related...

This funny little video is getting passed around the office right now. Video Game Pitch Meeting 1979 is a hyterical take on what the early game industry concept pitch meetings must have been like... Right?

I'm lucky enough to have worked with a number of guys that were actually in the game industry during the time frame depicted in this video. Their take?

The video is a lot closer to representing types of meetings the guys in marketing had. Ha!

While I find the video to be quite funny, I think anyone worth their salt in the industry or otherwise should read up on the history of our favorite little past time. You'll realize that while there certainly was some crazy shit going on in the world, not everyone making these games was a total drug addict...

I've personally read The Ultimate History of Video Games, Phoenix: The Fall & Rise of Video Games and Game Over and reccomend all of them. The first one of the bunch is really the best IMO. I ended up fact checking a lot of the stories in there and found them all to be surprisingly accurate.

Those of you who prefer pictures should pick up High Score! which has a lot of great photos and details about our little industry, and (if you can find it) Supercade is probably my favorite "ohhh pictures!" of the bunch, as it has over 400 pages of glossy photos and interviews with a lot of the arcade greats.

I'm not sure why this has turned into a rant about game history, but I think it's super important that people know it. I meet so many people that consider themselves "hardcore gamers" yet they don't know shit about the history of the industry. You can't be "hardcore" if you can't answer these questions, y'know?

One of my favorite 2-part interview questions has always been "What's your favorite game of all time and what is the greatest game of all time?" You can tell a lot about someone by their response. If it's anything within the past year I always tell them to GTFO.   read

12:23 PM on 03.17.2008

Totally non-game related...

...And aren't you happy, as you can has a ceiling cat for your office now.

Tubbypaws has posted an fun little DIY Oragami ceiling cat project. Just print it out and posts it.

You fucking bet this is going up in the corner of my office today.   read

7:23 PM on 03.12.2008

Ahhhh... E-Love

A member of the World of Warcraft guild Death and Taxes has started an awesome thread about a sex scandal involving some members of their guild. A few of us have been keeping an eager eye on the thread over the past few hours...

Good evening. The following story is one that needs to be told, and told through pictures is a post about love, sex and scandal. You've gotta check it out - The pics are worth it. :-)

...The thread has grown from 11 pages to 19 since I started this blog. Go check it out for yourself. NSFW.   read

10:47 AM on 03.11.2008

iPhone SDK presentation...

Fast forward about 20 minutes in for the games stuff.

iPhone SDK Presentation

I haven't seen this posted anywhere yet, so my apologies if this is old news...   read

5:35 PM on 03.10.2008

Prisoners do the Soulja Boy...

A few months back a video surfaced on the Internets that featured about 500 inmates doing the dance from Thriller.

Well due to 'numerous requests' the CPDRC prison facility has created a new video. This video features the same guys that did the Thriller video doing the Souljah Boy and Can't Touch This...


Something about this is just soo wrong... I'm having trouble imagining being thrown in jail for whatever reason, only to have a convicted felon come up to me and go "Hey man - You want to join our dance team?"   read

4:17 PM on 03.10.2008

New Music Monday

Here are what the cool kids are listening to this week:

The Roots ft. Patrick Stump - Birthday Girl.

^ The first official single off of the Roots new album, Rising Down. Features the dude from Fall Out Boy...

Kidz in the Hall - The Blackout.

^ This is the latest single off of The In Crowd LP.

I'd write more but I've had a shit day... Hope you are enjoying yours.   read

6:56 PM on 03.07.2008

Signs of the apocalypse

I found this interesting little website that ranks the top searches in Wikipedia. Once you sort through some of the bullshit (like "Main Page" and the "Search" pages) you can find some pretty interesting info.

So what are the top searched items Americans during the month of February?

Valentines Day, Barack Obama, the Chinese New Year and... Canine reproduction?

Over a million fucking people requested information on Canine reproduction from Wikipedia between February 1st and the 23rd? Glad we American's have got our priorities straight.

Also on the list of note - "Super Smash Brothers Brawl" and "List of songs in Rock Band" which just barely edged out "Penis" for a spot in the top 45. Playstation 3, "List of songs in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" also made the top 100.

My favorite though - There were more searches for the phrase "Anal Sex" then there were for Hillary Clinton. Horray. Take that you game hating beyotch.

The complete list of the top searches for Feb can be found here and the main page for the Wikipedia traffic statistics can be found here.

Enjoy.   read

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