My name is Kel, but I am known online as PraiseChaos. The name PraiseChaos comes from a belief that no matter how much crap you think you have to deal with, there's someone somewhere who is dealing with something much worse than your problems. It also keeps life interesting.
I'm an 360, Wii, and PC gamer. I'm hoping to get a PS3 eventually. I don't stick to any certain genre of game. My favorites are rhythm games and FPS's.
In real life, I'm a student at WVU Institute of Technology studying Computer Science. I also do programming and IT work part time to make some extra cash, which I promptly blow on video games. I was also the founder and chairman of a local gaming community for two years.
I'm currently playing:
All those games I received for Christmas.
I think the gaming world has been lit ablaze by Assassian's Creed. Reviewers don't seem to want to tell me if it's any good or not. Hell, my friends can't even agree on if it's worth my time and hard earned money.
One thing I've heard multiple places is that the PS3 and the Xbox 360 versions look and perform differently. So, when I found this PS3 Vs. Xbox Comparison Video, I was more than a little curious.
I'm not going to bother analyzing the video, because I'm not interested in starting a console religion war on my community blog... eh, screw it... War is fun.
In this video, the 360 version clearly wins. I noticed the PS3 version seemed somewhat jerky at times, where the 360 version didn't slow down as much. The textures were much more crisp on the 360 version. It may have just been me, but the video made the PS3 version just look washed out.
Notice how I prefixed the paragraph above with "in this video." I don't think the video was entirely fair to the PS3 version (lowering the contrast would have been a lovely start.) Perhaps this was a demo using settings out of the box? I don't know, the video information doesn't say.
My own personal opinion is that the video is a little bit biased, but there are some things that are not affected by contrast that were presented in this video (i.e. the comparison of the eyes, frame rate issues). I believe the 360 version is probably the superior version.
So, I was one of the winners of the Jericho contest. That particular picture of me pretty much went all over my college campus. All of my friends KNEW I had won something because of that crazy picture. People I'd never met talked to me about it. Even a few school administrators were like "Holy crap. I've seen you... Didn't a bear eat your face or something? You healed up quickly!"
This is the story of the day I received my prize, and Destructoid gained a room full of fans.
Normally, I'll check my mail on my way to my 12 O'clock Calculus class and read it after class. However, there was a very strange package in my mailbox today. I grabbed it and went to class. Instead of waiting until after my class to investigate the mail, I pulled it out while the instructor was waiting to start the class.
I immediately start laughing when I discover this:
"OMG!" I think to myself, "Mail from the Destructoid Fortress! Perhaps it is time to mobilize the Destructoid Army!? TALLY-HO!"
My friends sitting next to me hear me laughing, and obviously want to investigate what I think is so damned funny. My friend grabs the package and asked "Dtoid Fortress? WTF? Is that for real?"
"Of course it's real... It's a castle in downtown Miami!" I say. "I bet there's something awesome in this package too!"
At that moment, some girl notices this on the package:
"Oh my gosh! That's a cute little robot!"
Obviously, none of the guys really care (about the robot...) They're interested in what's inside the package. I open it up and, to my own surprise, I find Jericho for the 360. I recall winning the PC version, but my first choice was the 360 version. Needless to say, I'm freaking excited...
... and the rest of the nerds in the room are in awe...
"Wow, that's freaking awesome!" "I love how they labeled the address... I want a fortress too!" "Isn't that robot cute?" "I heard that game sucks." "What website is this again?"
So, I wrote this ridiculously pointless post just to say one thing. Destructoid, through no fault of it's own, gained a room full of converts for just being awesome, laid-back, amusing, and giving me free stuff. Keep doing what you're doing, Destructoid, and, if you're not doing anything Saturday, maybe you'd like to go to the formal with me? You know... If you're not busy... As friends...
So, my 360 died. No red ring of happiness and funny fart cakes or anything like that... It just started locking up when I tried to play games. After calling Microsoft Tech Support and getting disconnected twice, I finally get Microsoft to honor the warranty repair. I receive their box and ship the console to the repair shop, and, hence, the loneliness begins.
So, I call about a week later after my Xbox has been received at the shop, to ask about my Xbox because the warranty website "has problems." The lady misunderstands me and tries to get me off the phone by telling me that my warranty is in fact still valid.
Me: "No! You already have my Xbox! I'm calling to ask about it!"
Lady: "Oh! I see that now, sir. Please hold."
*wait music and happy sunshiney thoughts...*
Lady: "Sir, your Xbox has been received."
Me: "... Awesome... (No shit you received it... UPS told me that....) So, will I receive a phone call or an e-mail or smoke signals when my Xbox is shipped back to me?"
Lady: "No. I can't promise you that. Sometimes, customers receive e-mails. Sometimes they don't. I don't think we do phone calls or smoke signals at all. I recommend you keep in touch with the Max IVR to keep an eye on your repair status."
Me: "Okay... One more question..."
Lady: "Okay, go ahead sir."
Me: "Is there an address I can use to send a "Get Well" card to my Xbox?"
Lady: "... What?"
Me: "Seriously, is there an address I can use to send a "Get Well" card to my Xbox? I miss it, and I want it to know that I'm at home thinking about pushing it's buttons."
In case you've been living under a rock, Destructoid has a contest running that requires you to post in the comment section using the word "BETRAYAL" in a sentence.
Well, it's getting ridiculously difficult to think up new uses for the word BETRAYAL. What's even more ridiculous is the load time that page requires... It's to the point that my copy of Firefox tends to just stop working while it loads all of the avatars and ridiculous ways the Destructoid army can butcher the word "BETRAYAL."
Well, I had a few to drink tonight and started thinking thoughts that change the world. Tonight was the night that I dared to ask the question that would change the course of my life from now until, at the very least, the time I finally stumble to bed.
That question is "How much memory is this page using when I view it?" Yeah, what a waste... I know...
The results made me giggle. Mozilla Firefox 220.127.116.11 with the BETRAYAL post loaded used approximately 155 megabytes (MB) of my machine's memory. Firefox with no pages loaded used approximately 41 MB. Using some math skills that I learned after purchasing Donkey Kong Jr. Math on the Virtual Console this week, I found that the post itself uses approximately 155 MB while in memory. That number isn't exact, but it should be close.
The semester has started, and that realization upsets me. Papers are being written. Projects are being developed. That's all fine and dandy, but all I really want to do is earn achievements, earn Pro status on Wii Sports, or shoot those annoying kids on Counter-Strike:Source who won't stop crying into the mic. I want to play video games. GPA's are for n00bs.
I thought I'd take a moment and reflect on a few of the upcoming games that will serve as wonderful distractions for the upcoming semester.
Rock Band (Xbox 360,PS3)
It doesn't take a self-proclaimed master of the 5 button guitar to tell you this will be a great time with friends who have had a few too many to drink. People who say fever than 10 words a day will suddenly get the idea that they are the greatest vocalist to ever walk the Earth and demand the chance to prove it. Nothing quite beats a drunken, off-key sing-a-long!
...What? No... I'm not recording you singing with my video camera here... No... I'm not putting it on YouTube... >.>
Super Smash Bros: Brawl (Wii)
Super Smash Bros: Melee (SSB:M) was a game that holds a lot of meaning for my group of friends. That game was so overplayed in our Student Union that the game was eventually banned because students would actually start skipping classes to finish matches. So, what happens when you introduce online play into the Smash Bros world? Well, for starters, I don't have to drive 40 minutes to my friend's house to destroy his dreams of being a Smash Bros. master. The other positive note is that this game hasn't been banned from the Student Union yet... They only banned Melee... Technicalities for the win!
Left 4 Dead (PC, Xbox 360)
This game screams Saturday night LAN party. I can see it now. The room is completely dark. We know the zombies are coming. Only our bravery can save us now. We prep ourselves for the battle of our lives. I prepare myself to defend myself... I hear my friends ready their mice to fire. Suddenly... *BANG*
"Sorry!" my friend behind me says. "My finger slipped!" I fall to the ground as a victim of a TK. What a load of crap...
Seriously though... Survival is a must, because the loser has to scrape the burnt nacho cheese out of the bottom of the Crockpot.
Well, I hope you all enjoyed my list and a little bit of my sarcasm. I might do this again soon if I can find the time.
Obviously, I'm not very good with The GIMP. I threw this header together while I had time this weekend, so that I can get 30 more ballets in the PS3 drawing.
I'm pretty ashamed of it, but I decided to go ahead and post the banner just in case I get distracted by school and won't have time to work on a better banner. I'm seriously hoping to upload a better banner later this weekend, but if that doesn't happen at least I've got my crappy attempt to score with.