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9:41 AM on 12.23.2007

Tales From The Short Bus (random bitching)

There have been a lot of little grips swirling around in my brain for a while now and Iím going to puke them onto the page and see where it goes from there. Iíll apologize in advance if you get any on you.


First off I love the whining that has corresponded with the latest offering from Team Roomba. http://www.destructoid.com/the-team-fortress-2-griefers-are-back-in-town-and-still-cruelly-funny-60861.phtml Seems nothing ever changes in the FPS world as griefing is still popular and so it people bitching about it. Speaking of which why is fucking with people referred to as griefing? It has to be the gayest term for screwing with gamers ever. I for one think itís gay as hell and perhaps we need to hold a contest to come up with a better term. Why not just call it fucking with people and be done with it. I could see the abbreviation FWP catching on just like TK (team killing) or SW (spawn whore) did. Doing shit like this is also a way for server owners on the PC side to come up with something creative and funny to punish these guys if you need to. I recall playing on a server back during the original COD that had this skin of Cartman as he appeared in the Special Olympics episode. If you acted like a retard you got stuck with that skin for a certain amount of time. They also worked it so that you ran about as fast and had all the skill level that Cartman would. So for the length of your punishment you became cannon fodder. It was hilarious to watch and it cut down on the amount of dumb asses on the server.

My second issue is with fan boys and just straight out of the ass bias. My specific example would be the pile of steaming poo that is Sony Defense Force. http://www.sonydefenseforce.com/I really donít care that the site exists I just really donít understand the point. Sites proclaiming rapid almost psycho like love for a particular console or game is fine but the fact that they run down other companyís products is the confusing part. Personally I think the guys that run the site are so collectively butt hurt over the PS3 less than stellar debut and game catalogue that they just need to lash out. Lashing out at Sony would cause to much mental damage so they trash everyone elseís products. I know there are other sites like this out there this one just happens to have popped on to my radar lately. Maybe Iíll start a site called Fan Boy Defense Force that advocates birth control being placed in Mountain Dew and fast food.

The last one is more of a memorial than a bitch fest. Some time between Dec 26 and the first part of 2008 I will be purchasing an Xbox360. While this fact is quite trivial to 95% of the gaming world itís kind of a milestone for me. Since 1990 or so I have gamed on PCís and so making the transition has been a tough choice. I will always love the PC and never forget the hours and hours of fun itís provided but its time for a change. So if you see me crop up on XBL in the next few weeks be gentle as for the first time in years Iíll truly be a noob.   read


10:39 PM on 12.16.2007

My Two Cents (platforms Games)

Platform style games are normally last on the list of games I want to play. Anything from Mario to The Tomb Raider series fall into this genre in my mind. Part of the problem is no patience on the playerís part. Itís hard to say if itís the jumping insane chasms or having to collect 97 dingle berries before meeting a mind numbingly difficult boss that just drive my blood pressure through the roof. Iíd take a 12 hour run through an RPG or slaughtering idiots online in an FPS over platforms any day. Lately with the goodness that is Game Tap I have been venturing a little more into platform games and the rage that normally accompanies playing them has warped into some insane obsession with beating the damn things.


The rage usually starts when I have to run the same jumping sequence over and over and it appears that the game is quite picky about how itís done. If youíre not hanging just at the edge of the ledge youíre suspended from you miss the next ledge. If youíre sitting at 22.5 degrees on the vertical pole you just scaled like a monkey and the game expects you to be at 22.3 degrees then your fucked my friend. Itís probably going to take 5 attempts or a degree in geometry to figure this shit out. Most of the time after three or four of these ass raping sequences I throw a tantrum that would make a three year old blush and never play the game again. Which, sucks because I hate quitting anything and these games routinely make me tap out like a bitch. That wouldnít be so bad if my massive failure didnít ride around in my brain for weeks afterwards.


So I downloaded Game Tap and the first title snagged was Blood Rayne. This one annoyed me and yet the obsession of beating the bastard was too much to make me quit. Yet it didnít dawn on me until I started playing Tomb Raider Legend just how warped my view on these games was becoming. Playing it would cause a stroke inducing blood rage and yet 30 minutes later I would be right back at it until I finally beat the bastard on hard tonight. Medically getting this worked up over a video game probably isnít healthy and yet I feel rather proud to be able to finish them instead of quitting like usual. No matter how much I grow to love them though, I still wonít play anything with the word Hitman in the title.   read


12:28 AM on 12.11.2007

My Two Cents (Wii)

It seems that some hardcore gamers arenít too happy with Nintendoís latest offering the Wii. Some of this is due to the system being less powerful than its two competitors systems. The fact that it requires 12 digit friend codes to connect with other players online has been another common complaint. The systems lack of horse power has kept game makers away from it to a certain extent so this leads to their being less block buster titles for the system. All of this is well known and has been debated all over the internet and yet hardcore gamers miss one simple fact time and time again. The Wii wasnít designed solely for the snarky cynical gamer crowd.


This is also a well known fact as Nintendo stated from pretty much day one that they wanted to broaden their demographic with this system. You need look no further than the advertising for the Wii. Most of the T.V. ads show whole families playing the damn thing, from Mom and Dad to the kids and even grandma gets in on the act. It was a smart move on Nintendoís part as there was no way they could compete with the monster systems that Sony and Microsoft had produced and they saw ruin in that route so they marketed more towards kids and families. It seems to be working as their keeping just ahead of the Xbox360 in sales and their just slaughtering Sony. In purely scientific terms this means their selling an ass load of Wiiís. If the internet griping is any indication there arenít as many of them going to hardcore gamers as say the 360 or PS3.


All of this has seemed to leave some of Nintendoís most ardent defenders feeling betrayed. You know them, the ones who have owned and loved every previous Nintendo system. Now they spend their time alternating between shitting on the Wii every chance they get and professing as much virtual love as possible to the system they bought instead. Makes you wonder how much of this hate is drawn from these gamerís childhood memories of days they shared with their SNES or GBís while hidden in a fort made out of couch cushions. Itís more probable than most people think. A good chunk of the current generation of gamers cut their teeth on the big Nís consoles and itís hard to come to terms with the realization that theyíve out grown their childhood friendís idea of fun. Sure the goodness of titles like Mario Galaxy have kept some of this very jaded group on board but itís a safe bet that many more jumped ship even if they wont admit it. Even more wonít admit to their Nintendo hate being based on the age old itís cool to hate them theory.


Some people are voicing the opinion that Wii fad will soon end and the sales numbers will lag. More than likely if sales do see a decline a price drop on the system will pick them right back up again as Nintendo isnít run by stupid people. Even if Wii numbers drop off Nintendo has done exactly what they set out to do. By broadening their demographic beyond the 15 to 30 year old range they have ensured that each console after the Wii will survive and flourish no matter how much anti fan boyís slag them. They have found a niche market that so many companies strive for. There isnít a damn thing wrong with that. Itís ruffled some feathers on the Hardcore gamer front but in the end Nintendo has hit one out of the park with the Wii no matter what the haters may say.   read


2:19 PM on 12.08.2007

My Two Cents (PC For Life?)

You know itís kind of sickening to be a PC gamer these days. Many of my Brethren have become screaming assholes when it comes to people choosing consoles over the PC. I am actually shocked that some dumb shits still consider consoles nothing more than kidís toys as that just ridiculous. What most of these fools fail to realize is they more than likely started on a console. I know I did as my first actually gaming device that I owned was an Atari2600 console. It was when I got a commodore 64 that I became a PC gamer.


From there I went to an Amiga and then to Microsoft based PCís. As I progressed I slowly taught myself how to build and maintain the bastards from soup to nuts and I just stayed with them. Thing is consoles have made huge leaps since the original Nintendo systems came out and I am to the point I want one and yet I still hesitate at the prospect of plunking down 400-600 bucks for one of the current systems. Part of it has to due with I canít work on them like I can my PC. I also donít really like the idea of paying to play on the internet. Itís why I refuse to play games like WOW, its bad enough I have to give 50-60 bucks per title let alone more money to play the stupid things.


The other side of the coin is although the initial cost of most consoles systems is pretty high, their still cheaper than decent PCís and donít require upgrading. I figure most of the current systems are good to go for the next 5 or 6 years before they develop new ones. My PC on the other hand will probably need a small up grade at the end of next year. So that would be some savings if I bought a console although not near as much as some of the anti PC crowd would love for you to think. My current rig cost me 900 bucks shipped to me from Dell. While it isnít a top of the line gaming monster, it is more than capable of handling games like Bioshock, COD4 and the Orange Box. You can probably add another 300 bucks to that cost to upgrade my rig slightly and have a damn good system for the next couple of years. The consoleís still are a better value, but this myth that it requires 2500 or more to have a competent PC rig is just stupid.


What it comes down to is games and people to play them with. Most of my buddies have consoles and they canít afford even the minimum cost to maintain a PC like I do. Enough of the titles I want to play on PC are also on consoles so I wouldnít lose anything there. Combine that with plenty of friends to blow up shit with and I think I will finally submit to the console world and get an Xbox360 in early 08. Hey I may be starting a new chapter in my gaming history but that doesnít mean I canít still be Microsoftís bitch.   read


9:53 PM on 12.05.2007

My Two Cents (gamespot mess)

some links if you have been living under a rock for the last week.

http://www.destructoid.com/rumor-gamespot-fires-editor-to-appease-eidos-w-r-hearst-rolls-in-grave-56683.phtml

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6183666.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=multimodule&tag=multimodule;picks;title;4


http://www.gamespot.com/pages/features/hotspot/index.php


http://www.gamespot.com/news/6183603.html


So now that Cnet/Gamespot has come out with their side of the story on why they fired Jeff Gerstmann I thought I would pick apart the bones of the whole issue and see if I as a humble gamer can make any sense of the mess.


First thing we as gamers heard was Jeff had been fired for giving Kane&Lynch a less than stellar review. This made some sense as the whole site was skinned with the games advertising. Couple that with the immediate yanking of both the text and video review of the game. This caused the gaming community to explode with rage over what was seen as Gamespot caving to advertiser pressure.


Fast forward to Monday and we had a very pathetic excuse post from the Cnet that didnít appease anyone. The community was still on fire and people where bailing on Gamespot in hordes. Yesterday some of the senior Editors for the spot posted a pod cast that attempted to explain what happened to Jeff and why we as gamers should still trust them for honest reviews. The overall rage of gamers was cooled by the audio but it still was just a band aid being applied to a pumping artery.


Today the Editorial crew made a post with more detail on why Jeff was fired and while parts of it made sense there was still the feeling that they could have explained themselves even better. Itís understood that theyíre working within the constraints of NDAís, California state laws and possible a man with a pistol say ďjust post what we wrote and maybe your family wont be shotĒ. Ok so I made that last part up but listening to the audio yesterday that thought crossed my mind once or twice.


All of this paraphrasing leads us to my personal opinion as a simple gamer thatís followed the debacle. It appears Cnet corporate didnít realize the type of audience they where dealing with. Gamers as a group are one of the most vocal consumer groups around. If Cnet had been smart they would have figured out a way to explain this mess late day one or day two at the latest. I believe the other editors at the spot that they didnít have clue about this decision. Corporations make decisions like this constantly without warning the part of the company itís going to effect.


The Skinning of the site with Kane&Lynch adverts are a coincidence that as Gamespot has said they where bought weeks in advance and I believe them. The reviews I could personally go either way on. The video review wasnít the quality of other video reviews I have seen on the site so its yanking is just another coincidence. The part I donít buy is on the Text review. If the games score, achievements and demerits werenít altered why screw with the text. It doesnít make sense to me and alas smells a bit fishy.


If you boil all the down you get the most pertinent piece of information I have heard all week. Jeff was fired due to an internal review by management. In most cases if youíre under an internal review you have managed to piss someone off big time. Who he pissed off and why we will never know. If the timing of this firing is any indication I would have to guess it was game makers. They have admitted Edios wasnít pleased with the review and maybe that was the final straw. Cnet couldnít tolerate having him around anymore due to his review style and the accompanied complaintís from game companies. I know this much, there is no way Edios alone caused this firing by itself. If the company involved was EA or Actiblizzard maybe but freaking Edios isnít even capable of making a decent game let alone a decent threat. This of course now leads gamers to wonder if they can trust the reviews they read on Gamespot or anywhere else for that matter. My advice would be to continue reading applying a pinch or a pound of salt as needed.   read


8:19 PM on 12.02.2007

My Two Cents (FPS Bitching)

I love playing FPS games online they can be an absolute blast if you find a good group to play with. Problem is I have a disease that precludes me from become part of a good group. Iíve had this dreaded affliction since MOHAA and my gaming life has never been the same since. My malady is known as Ilovesnipingdumbasses or in laymanís terms I prefer to play as a sniper. No matter what I do I canít seem to make people understand its not my fault that I get such glee from blowing peoples heads apart at long distances, Iím just wired that way.


Problem is most of my fellow gamers really hate snipers. They hate it almost as much as the dreaded shotgun and it makes my life miserable. Typically I can last a night maybe two on most servers before I am asked to leave and the fucked up part is I donít spawn camp. Right there is part of the reason people like me have gotten such a horrid rep, some jack off just has to get that .50 cal and sit looking right down on the enemies spawn point. Now even I have to admit if I could only get 2 maybe 3 steps before getting fragged it would piss me off too.


Thing is I donít play like that and I prefer my prey to be unaware and paying attention to something else. My tactic is to find an out of the way corner where I can view the path between teams spawns. That way my target gets complacent after having made it quite a ways from his base and only then will I make his melon into a canoe. I had people so frustrated one night in Desert Combat that I had 4 tanks and a chopper surrounding the building I was using. I mean come now fucking tanks and choppers just for one poor little sniper? Christ I really must have made them mad. Best part was I made a mad dash out the door and managed to give the fucking tank goons the slip.


As always happens that's when the whining started on vent. Ban that fucker heís cheating or quit being a sniper you dick. I less than politely told them either they needed to get better at beating me or just mod the damn sniper guns off the server. Sadly they didnít do either, the next night when I showed up one of the servers owner politely asked me to leave or he was going to ban me. I understood his dilemma, as I had slaughtered two of his spray and pray golden boys repeatedly the night before. So once again like a desert Bedouin I searched for a new home.

Actually that was just before I cut back on gaming and I havenít played a FPS online since. My love of sniping had nothing to do with that, life just got in the way for a while and I havenít felt like dealing with it lately. Thing is I will be getting a 360 soon and then I will return and sniping once more. For those who hate people like me I would like you to remember two things. First, the guns are in the games so Iím going to use them until enough whining takes place to get them removed. Second, would you kindly stick your head out a wee bit more, thanks that will do nicely.   read


10:55 AM on 12.02.2007

My Two Cents (reviews)

Number scores seem to be the hot topic around here this week. Why did you give this game a 7 and not an 8.99999? The battles rage over a simple number and yet I often times wonder if the people mad about the ďscoreĒ even read the review. Itís seems that they skip to straight to the score and if it doesnít match what they thought it should then they get pissed and bitch.


Now while I donít have a single problem with readers disagreeing with a reviewer I do think that reading the review carefully is important. When I actually take the time to read a review I look at it kind of like a gaming version of a book report. You have an intro then the pros and cons of the game all finished off with a nice conclusion. Now inside that package somewhere it should tell you if the game is worth a shit or not. I generally donít even read the scores as the review told me what I needed to know.

For those of you that just need numbers to validate your existence and yet hate the way current numbers system is I have an idea on that subject as well. Set up some kind of grade like we had in school. Assign a point or two for each good thing and then total them up and divide by total possible and voila you have a score. Sure the scale and what gets points is going to be subjective but itís an idea.

Thatís really the issue here, all reviews are subjective and in the end someoneís opinion. Whether itís the numerical score or the review itself not everybodyís going to agree with it. My suggestion would be if you love certain titles that much, donít spend your time reading negative reviews of it. It takes away from the time you could be playing the game itself and thatís why where all here in the first place.   read


3:52 PM on 11.30.2007

Game Reviews For Sale, Inquire Within

The recent developments over at Gamespot witch has sent shock waves through the gaming world Donít take my word for it, read Nexís original post right here. http://www.destructoid.com/rumor-gamespot-fires-editor-to-appease-eidos-w-r-hearst-rolls-in-grave-56683.phtml. Since it appears at least with some leaping to conclusions that game companies are straight out attempting to buy game reviews and all the goodness that goes along with them I have decided to fill the need by offering a brand new service brought to you by myself and the 100 midget laborers I keep chained in the back yard.

This service will be simple and straight forward. I will be more than willing to offer 10/10 game reviews for the one time price of $200,000 dollars. Wait you want a game of the year to go with that 10 for 10, well why didnít you say so. For an extra $350,000 Iíll give you one of those as well. So when the later additions of your game comes out you can slap a neat little logo stating such on the box to attract even the most cynical gamer. If youíre a little strapped for cash or one of the smaller studios I have even more services that will be right up your alley. For a measly $50,000 I will skin my entire site in your games logos and graphicís for a complete 24 hour period. For $25,000 I will make a small blurb on my site stating that this game may have potential but I just donít have time to review it yet. If thatís still to pricey, then for a mere $10,000 Iíll personally tell you to fuck off and quit wasting my time, I can do that either through e-mail, IM and even over the phone so you can here my utter contempt for your cheap ass in real time. If I get enough pre orders for reviews I can have a damn spiffy site up in less than 24 hours

This service is really going to revolutionize the gaming industry as we know it. First it will give honest reviewers the ability to give games the brutal scores they deserve without fearing for their jobs. Second the game producers will get to slap 10/10 and game of the year stickers all over the boxes even if the game suckís donkey wieners and we all know thatís all their really after. Finally I will be able to realize my life long dream of rolling around naked in a dump truck load of money and who the hell could be sad doing that.

Really the only group getting the shaft in this deal is the consumers buying the games Iím getting paid insane amounts of cash to rubber stamp. I mean in the grand scheme of things their really not all that important to the process anyways.   read


9:12 AM on 11.28.2007

Why am I here?

I generally hate gaming websiteís and all that they contain. Most of them are filled with hack writers and slobbering fan boys just waiting for the chance to use their newest clever insult on the internet. These sites donít really mesh well with my overall attitude about games and I would rather spend my time blowing up shit, sleeping with the princess I just rescued and seeing if that armor I killed half my part for was really as cool as I thought it was. The fan boy fights and ridiculous hype that seem to go with most gaming sites arenít very conductive to that.

So when I found out that Jim had become a writer for Destructoid during my hiatus from the internet and gaming I had very mixed feelings. On one hand I will always support things that my friends are doing and I was glad to see him doing well. On the other hand he was writing for a gaming site for fucks sake. I was fully prepared to make one or two visits here to read Jimís work and then disappear muttering into the night. I really was that sure that Dtoid was just going to be like all the rest and in the end not a place for me.


For the first month or so I just lurked and kind of slipped around getting use to the layout here. I actually heartily endorse the blog format as it gives the readers an immediate chance to give a writer feedback thatís much harder to ignore than an e-mail or a forum post. Strangely while you still see the occasional Xbox vs. Playstation dust up or the highly amusing arrogant PC gamer and the ever popular Nintendo sucks rant this place is amazingly calm for a gaming site. I think it has to do with giving the members their own little blogs to write in. It keeps them off the streets and if you donít want to read the hundred different ways Nintendo has blown it again then you donít have to. Overall this has more of a home or community feel then just being a typical gaming site which is nice. As much as I hate admitting when Iím wrong I have to when it comes to Dtoid but, I was and now you poor bastards are stuck with me.   read


7:23 PM on 11.26.2007

Bio Shocking

Everybody and their great grandmother twice removed has talked, reviewed and argued over Bioshock and yet here Iím still going to add my two centís to the collective noise.
This game has been one of many first for me. Itís the first game I actually bought into some of the hype and Jim pretty much shoved me over the edge with his genuine enthusiasm for the game. Itís also the first game that I can remember that I played through on all three difficulties without touching another game. Iím betting I played nothing but Bioshock for a month and a half solid.


While for me that was astounding enough as I almost never finish a game that quick or without getting frustrated to the point of playing something else the true shock came in the last couple of days when I went through the game again. Generally once I have beaten a game everyway possible I wonít touch it again until I have nothing else to play and am rotating through my vast collection for something to keep me off the streets at night. This time around I was still fascinated by the entire game from graphics to story to just beating the hell out of a splicer with a wrench. I am fully willing to say this is the best game Iíve personally played in at least five years. I haven't been this willing to just wander around and interact with the in game world since Planescape Torment.


Itís nice to see something like Bioshock being able to blow the doors off a cynical gamer such as myself. I was starting to lose interest in hardcore gaming to a certain extent and this has renewed my interest once more. I really donít care if it wins game of the universe or whatever other coveted title that can be bestowed upon it. The multiple hours of fully immersed gaming itís given me are something that will stick with me long after I cross paths with a game better than Bioshock.   read


9:35 AM on 11.25.2007

Random Stuff

Bioshock has been an awesome game for me and my current gaming rig and yet the addition of one simple piece of equipment has made the whole game creepier. Head phones have brought the sound aspect of the game right to the fore front and made it that much more pulse quikening than before. I'm sure that others have discovered this fact and to a certain extent I knew it as I play FPS game's with headphones most of the time. Still when you can hear the splicers chattering at you and you don't know where they are it can scare the crap out of you even worse than it does over speakers.


I Love RPG's and due to extreme cheapness my only gaming rig is the PC, still I have been very fortunate over the years to play an ass load of good ones. Now it seem's that studio's and publishers have begun spreading the goodness the console systems and the PC seems to be lacking in quality games of this type. While I have no problem with consoles or game companies making games for them it seems to have brought me to a cross roads where I may be forced to buy a console. Part of the problem is I have been out of the gaming loop for the last 18 months and may not be aware of good titles I missed for the PC. It's either that or it's finally time for me to cough up the extra cash and pay one of the consoles.

Finally can someone explain to my stupid ass how to make text bigger? I have tried multiple different methods and still fail. Maybe I have finally lost at the internet.   read


2:21 PM on 11.19.2007

Damn Serial Number B.S.

So a few months ago I moved from Alabama to California. In the process of moving I lost a few things here and there as often happens when you move. Nothing I lost was all that valuable until I went to install a game I wanted to replay for the sheer amusement of it yesterday morning. It wanted me to input the stupid serial number so it would install itself. The problem is the number was located in the manual and after tearing my house apart for an hour I realized that somewhere along the way I had lost this all important scroll.


So being smart like I am I contacted the company responsible for making the game and explaining my sad state with the hope that they would service my needs and I could happily return to gaming nirvana. Sadly that wasnít to be as said company informed me that either I had to access my account for my registered games or I had to send them 10 bucks and one of the game discís to prove ownership and they would be happy to mail me a new serial numbers.


First off I never register games as I hate the whole concept for personal reasons so thatís out. Second if these fucking morons think Iím giving them more money for a blasted serial number their badly mistaken. Now granted itís my own fault for not registering the game and for losing the manual but at the current outrageous price of games you would think these bastards could give me one serial number for free. That doesnít even begin to cover the stupidity that is being forced to do this through snail mail in a time when the net is taking over everything.


So now Iím left with two options. The first involves using the game discs as coaster and the second requires getting on the net and find a keygen or a pirated serial number. The first option may be the one I pursue as I generally play by the rules and would feel slightly seedy using net shit for a game I legitimately bought. Still if game publisher have any doubt as to why people pirate shit this should clear up some things for them. I realize that a lot of people do it because their just thieves but some gamers like me who try and play by the rules but finally get driven to using the pirates methods because gaming companies refuse to give me Vaseline before committing sodomy on me. Oh well much like a cat Iíll probably get distracted by porn in the next few hours and forget all about it.   read


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