This week, as you may or may not know, is the launch of The Dark Knight, and like many others I have been counting down(2 days 18 hours), taken the day off work and will be seeing the first screening I could get tickets for. Now obviously, I have been asked by MANY people why it is so important to see that first screening, why can't I just wait to see it that night? And I thought to myself, I wanna see it now dammit! the soonest I can see it I will... But I'm not the only one thinking like this, I said, my friends are all going for the midnight launches in the states. And then it hit me... only my "nerd friends" as my girl friends from high school so lovingly call them, are as excited as I am.
Now many of you probably get the same thing but my family and friends are constantly telling me I need to grow out of all of this stuff, and that video games are for children. And the two things combined, an obsession with "toys" and a lack of patience, begs the question, has a part of us forgotten to "grow up"? At what point did other people start thinking, "oh I'll get that in a couple of weeks" or "oh yeh that movie looks pretty cool, I might try and see that", and we stayed in the frame of mind of "I must get that game as soon as it comes out" or as I like to call it the Veruca Salt syndrome.
I WANT IT AND I WANT IT NOW!..... sound familiar?
We've all done it, gone to a midnight launch or at 9am to be one of the first to get our hands on our game of choice, but why? Please dont think I'm criticising, but the question begs to be asked, why must everything be so childish about it. Think of it this way, how many times has a release date been pushed and the first thing that happens is a flood of angry blogs about how useless the game developers must be and so on and so forth. After babysitting for many years, I noticed that this is strangely familiar to another scenario, a child is told they can't have something and what do they do? They drop to the floor, kicking and screaming, bawling their eyes out until they get what they want or tire themselves out(or have the living shit beaten out of them if they have shitty parents). And how many times have we heard about violence at midnight launches, or people lining up for hours or even days on end to be the first people to get it? Are we all just children throwing tantrums but with the means of money, writing skills and a lack of a curfew? Is the video game industry just another excuse to stay a kid for some of us?
Now all this said, I am not going to change, I love the idea of getting games early and being the first to have something, but this had just been on my mind and wondered if anyone else had noticed the similarities. The next time someone asks you if you're going to a midnight launch or anything like that, ask yourself, if a 5 year old was in your situation, what things would he do differently?
Oh yeah, he might goto bed once he got home because he has school the next day.
Hello again my little koala bears, it is time to give you the schedule of the Tour De FooLiz or the Epic SufFoo West Coast Tour whatever you wanna call it, we haven't thought of a good name yet.
I will be flying in to Los Angeles, California @ lunchtime on August 18th where Charlie and Suff0cat (aka Andy) are picking me up from there airport. and from the 18th til the 22nd I'm staying at the Marriott. Chad has promised me a party on the night of the 22nd so I plan on not sleeping much that night.
Then on the 23rd of August, Andy and I fly to San Francisco and arrive mid afternoon, at which point in time we plan on finding our way to Husky's house or kicking a hobo out of his box(I'll give him my jacket so it's Bruce Wayne style though).
At some stage CTZ has promised me a trip to Six Flags which I am putting on record here so if it doesn't happen you guys can be pissed with me.
27th August we leave San Fran and fly to Seattle and arrive at 3:30pm where we will meet up with the rest of our Dtoid family.
At some stage I will be doing a Jimi Hendrix tour which will consist of visiting his grave, the Jimi Hendrix museum and also the statue. Any other suggestions would be wonderful.
We are staying at the Roosevelt in the best room ever which consists of Me, Andy, Riser, Keener, Blehman and Phist. Oh and Nintendoll for the first night.
The hotel is booked til the 1st September so that night we're going out and causing trouble with the stragglers left behind from PAX and flying out at 8am Sept 2nd.
10:45am September 2nd: Riser Glen, Suff0cat and FooLiz invade Las Vegas(oh dang!)
Party our asses off for 2 nights and then say goodbye to Riser Glen on the 4th September in the mid afternoon, and then fly back to Los Angeles.
I don't fly back to Australia until 9:30pm September 7th so I have a few more tourist/party days but where I'm staying is still being decided, and whether Andy sticks around for the last couple of days is dependant on if he is sick of me or not.
So if you wanna hang out at any of this tour, you are more than welcome.
You may also use this blog as a place to post prayers for Suff0cat considering his bravery of spending 3 weeks with me!
Oh and also here is a picture my friend shooped of me as The Joker
After reading Mxyzptlk's blog about games he's playing, I decided to follow his lead. Sooooo here is my list.
*****I am aware you may not care so here is a video to entertain you while I ramble that I feel is quite apt*****
I've been playing alot of 360 because it's the only console I havent let somebody borrow atm.
So I just recently bought Ninja Fagden 2 like many others and I really like it, it's hard as fuck but good. I love hack and slash games so I knew this would be right up my alley. When I started it I chose to do it on warrior because I think doing hack and slash on an easy level is a cop out and I'd rather die a thousand times on the hard one than do it on easy and be like well now I'll do it on hard. At the moment I'm up to Chapter 8 I think(I'm at the rocket launching ninjas bit after you kill the werewolves) and apparently there's another two difficulty levels after this(oh god no). Don't get me wrong, it's alot of fun, and I swear like a sailor when I'm playing it(that's a good thing, it means I like it), in fact the only thing this game has going against it is the shitty camera angles. I'm glad they took out the insult when you die thing, in fact my horrible abilities at the game actually made me end up with an achievement for dying so much.
I've also decided to get back into some of the games I've had for ages and forgotten to play.
One of which is Stuntman: Ignition which I got given as a promo, it's alright, I mean it's fun and all but you know... I can't beat somebody up with a guitar... which leads me to my next old school 360 game...
Dead Rising... Oh how much fun, shoving a shower head into a zombie's head so it showers blood. Or beating zombies up with a piece of shelving and a kitana. Oh and fucking Otis, I dont have time for your shit Otis, I know you're stuck beside the air vent and living vicariously through me but fuck you Otis, you've gotten me killed too many fucking times you piece of shit whore! (once again if I swear like a sailor I like it)
And finally I recently downloaded Catan at Keener's request, which led to his 360 getting rrod during our first game(I'm so sorry Keener <3 <3 <3) but it's alot of fun when you need a break from button mashing in Ninja Fagden or constant aggression at Otis in Dead Rising.
And as Mxyzptlk says I love to invite people to UNO so I can call them a whore for giving me a draw four. It's another game I play to be social other than Bomberman.
I don't play FPS's often.
Oooh and I think I'm gonna get Devil May Cry on Wednesday too....
Anyway's that's it
Also if you wanna be my internet guru to help me fix my nat settings let me know.
*****The following is a message from the Bale Appreciation and Love Establishment*****
*****Thanks go to my faithful co-founder Riser Glen for the above picture*****
I have been asked to give you exact details of the screening I'm attending so we can make another DtoidAustralia event, but because it's during work hours etc and not booked at a place near many people I didn't think it would warrant a DtoidAustralia post.
For all of those wanting to attend The Dark Knight's first set of screenings I shall be attending the 10:30am session on Wednesday July 16th 2008 at Hornsby with my brother and FurySevenSix.
My tickets are for seats M13, M14, M15 if you wanna book to come with us, there are plenty of seats still available for booking on the website.
I am excited, Bale is excited, you should be excited too.
So the offer is there for those wishing to attend with us.
I'm also seeing it again on the Friday night at the Gold Class 9:30pm session at Macquarie which unfortunately is sold out now.
If anyone would like to do an IMAX session the week after or the Saturday let me know. I HIGHLY doubt I will get sick of seeing this film.
And before you ask, yes I am trying to get tickets to the Black Curtain screening on the 14th at 6pm. If someone gets a ticket to this let me know:
Also I am having trouble logging in and out of the the forums to check my messages so please contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org
*****The following is a message from the Bale Appreciation and Love Establishment*****
I will be seeing The Dark Knight on the 17th July at 11:30am at Hornsby(my local Greater Union) and call upon all of the other Australians to take advantage of our being in the future and Australian movies launching on Thursday's and go and see the first possible session of our Lord Bale's next installation of the Batman series.
I also call upon you to wear thy Bale or Heath Ledger merchandise(who had he not died could have possibly been Australian Bale before Eric Bana). This shall be a public holiday for myself and fellow members of B.A.L.E and so therefore I have taken the day off from work as a religious holiday.
Anyone wishing to join me on this pilgrimage is welcome. I will be wearing my I <3 Bale tshirt.
And for those of our congregation who are somewhere other than Australia, B.A.L.E gives you permission to take the day off work as a religious holiday to see the first session available to you, for this truly shall be a blessed day.
Now let us join in Our Lord's Prayer
Our Bale, which art in Los Angeles
hallowed be thy name;
thy chainsaw come;
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in Gotham.
Give us this day our daily Batman.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that don't watch your movies.
And lead us not into Arkham;
but deliver us from injustice.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the Equilibrium,
For ever and ever.
With the upcoming release of The Dark Knight, I was searching for when tickets went on sale and discovered that not only were tickets going on sale today but that it is launched in Australia on July 17th 2008, one day prior to its US release(more if you consider time differences).
So I have my tickets booked for Gold Class but realised that I had devastated one of my fellow members of B.A.L.E, Riser Glen. So as a peace and love offering I had this shirt made for him to wear to the midnight release of our beloved Bale's second Batman movie:
Before he knew anything about this shirt he also made a shirt design for me to wear to the Australian release(which I am trying to find a midnight one for DtoidAustralia). The top below is what I will be wearing when I see it.