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Tobiichi avatar 6:23 AM on 04.23.2012  (server time)
Angry Rant + Silent Hill Week + E3 2012

Angry Rant

I just need to rant off a bit, just to get it out of my system. If you don't feel like reading it I don't blame you.

So these last few days I've had a good five or six blisters in my mouth, placed very neatly on the tongue and/or the sides where the tongue would hit. This of course makes it practically impossible for me to talk without experiencing excruciating pain, something I'm not that fond of. Of course this hits in perfect timing to my Roleplaying Campaign in which I'm the Gamemaster (so talking is pretty damn necessary) as well as my first local 3DS meet-up which is tomorrow.

I'm also still not done with my application for my university which needs to be done by May 2nd, need to write a personal letter to detail a bunch of stuff and I just can't, I'm just staring onto that blank piece and can't even start properly. I also can't seem to get any work done on fucking anything. I had a special idea for a live-action promo I should make for Sup, Holmes? this week, but then my director ran off and I can't get in touch with him.

On top of that I'm almost out of money, I was suppose to get my next payment on Friday, but it's moved to Monday, might not seem like a big problem, until you realize that this weekend is a Swedish holiday and we intended on having another Roleplay session, so food and supplies need to be bought.

GAAAAAAH!!!... That feels better.

Silent Hill Week

Also, for some reason I can't seem to play videogames. I have my backlog ready (with all the Silent Hill games for that week that never seems to come) and I should be playing, but for some reason I just don't feel like playing, been that way since last week. I play a little Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six from time to time, but that's mostly because it's co-op with a friend I talk to much too rarely these days.

Seriously, at this point I can't promise Silent Hill week will even happen any more, not because I don't want to do it, but because I just can't bring myself to playing the games for some reason. So in case you wondered about my stance on them, I guess I could sum it up pretty quickly...

Silent Hill and Silent Hill 2 are very scary games with some really good plot despite having aged a little due to the clunky combat. Silent Hill 3 is a fine game, but I can't say I enjoyed the story much, I actually hated how the game linked to the original Silent Hill and I found it pretty annoying to play at times. Silent Hill 4: The Room was and still is shit, this game has gotten a lot of new defenders recently, I don't get it, it plays the worst out of the original games with even worse controls and combat along with a complete lack of scares, the story starts off interesting but immediately falls into explored territory that just feels uninspired and lacking.

Silent Hill: Origins was not very good, it felt like the mechanics had taken another step backwards in many ways and once again I did not like the idea of linking a game to the first Silent Hill. I want them to be separate stories so all the endings can work. The main character Travis was pretty one-dimensional and the game remained average at best but often sinking into really bad territory. Silent Hill: Homecoming is a fine game. Yeah, I said it. Homecoming didn't really do anything wrong except trying to recreate every good Silent Hill game at once, there's nothing 'new' in Homecoming aside from a pretty decent combat system, everything has been seen already. That way I can see how it could tick some people off, but it's certainly not bad, it's just more of the same, but I prefer more of the same over crap any day.

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is a beautiful game. It's my favourite Wii game to date and the main reason for that is the story that's told in the game. Some Silent Hill fans will be put off by the lack of combat or the half-spin-off + half-remake concept of the game, and that's fine, if you can get past that, it's amazing. The player interaction and the effects it have on the back-story is great and I wish more games would utilize a system like it. Silent Hill: Downpour I've not finished fully yet but I'm loving it. It has a chance to becoming my favourite in the franchise even, it's up there with the original two in terms of atmosphere and you need to play it, NOW. HD Collection is meh, get it if you don't have a PS2 or a PC to play Silent Hill 2 or 3, that's the only reason. It's the worst version of a great thing, but it's not bad.

Now those were some short thoughts on the games, but you kind of get my stance on it all. Sorry for not getting the Silent Hill week thing done, I still will if I can find the will to continue playing, but as of now this is the best I can do.

E3 2012

Now to some good news. Last year I did a daily podcast during E3, 4 days of me talking for an hour about the press conferences and stuff with my co-host Shade. However, this time I'm looking for a new co-host/various guests (not decided which yet). If I'm lucky I'll have Jonathan Holmes on for Day 4, it all depends on how internet works out at his hotel this year. I've also had a few people approaching me for a spot on it, so I kind of wanted to inform you people (since this community is one of the few I've found where people actually listen to people) that I'll be doing this and that if you want to, there might be a spot open one of the days to join in on the fun!

I record all my podcasts over Skype, so naturally you'd need to have that if you want to be a part of it, as for how the podcasts are released, I'll be releasing them at a (as of now unknown) set time each day and they will probably be between 1-2 hours long depending on how much time we decide to take on the subject. The episode structure is built like this as of now; Day 1 - Sony + Microsoft, Day 2 - Nintendo, Day 3 - Third Party Software, Day 4 - A Look Back at E3 2012. But as with everything that's prepared this early, that might all change.

Now if you excuse me, I'm off to take some more pain-killers.

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