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1:20 PM on 12.08.2008

Calling out to my fellow PS3 owners...

I need abit of help guys. I have to send in my PS3 because of the 2.40 update problem. Thing is, they want a receipt, and it was a gift, and my aunt didn't keep the receipt. Also, I kept using it to watch my HD rips for a while, and now the PS3 is at 2.52. I don't know how many of youse guys had to send in your PS3, but I just want to know if they're going to charge me out the ass.

Yeah yeah, I know DToid isn't my personal tech support and etc, but I'm just hoping somebody here could offer a helping hand.

Or we could just make fun of another failpost. Whatever.

SIDENOTE: Just so we all know what I'm dealing with exactly: It stopped reading discs, and sometimes hangs at the wavy intro. At first it wasn't going past the wavy intro at all, but i got around that hurdle. Now its just random freezing and no disc reading. Also appreciating help so far, thanks guys.   read

5:04 PM on 12.07.2008

Rock Band Wishlist: Cuca - Tetas Y Chelas

Okay, so I'm going to try something. Every Sunday, I've got the idea to attempt to discuss one song that should be on Rock Band. Now this of course is going to be biased based on my musical tastes, but hopefully since I listen to almost every genre (Minus Black Metal and Country), maybe I can keep an open opinion about this. Also I play guitar exclusively in Rock Band, so maybe I won't pick all guitar only songs. If you're not up to read what I've got, then go ahead and move on.

My criteria for songs is such: It has to be balanced for the whole band, or if it caters one instrument, that its somewhat fair to the other band members. For example: if I talk about a song all for the drummers, that at least there's a decent guitar part, not playing one or two notes the whole song.

So without further adieu, I've chosen Cuca's Tetas Y Chelas (Tits and Beer) as the first song. Just abit of background: Cuca is a Mexican hard rock (or Rock en Espanol) band that's known for a fairly aggressive sound and naughty lyrics. Also Cuca is slang for cockroach, just thought I'd throw that in there. Anyway, this song is fairly balanced for the band, focusing on drums and guitar. So let's break it down.

Vocals: Obviously in Spanish, so for all you English speakers, the language barrier is going to be the first hurdle. Also, Jose Fors doesn't slur his Spanish (I know many people that do), so all the syllables can be heard, maybe making it easier, but COULD lead to the whole "every syllable gets one of the note bars" thing. If you didn't understand that, think of how the vocal part on Dani California is, that's pretty much how this song goes. The song has a pretty steady tempo, so keeping up with Jose's singing shouldn't be too hard.

Difficulty: 4/10
Fun Factor: 5/10

Drums: The driving force of the song. Drums start the song along with vocals, and really set the energy for the song. I've played the drum part in real life, and the one thing about it is the intro gets you so pumped, chances are if you just get into it and jam, you'll just end up rushing it, throwing everyone off. During verses, the drummer kinda backs off, but the chorus, bridges, and to an extent the solo are drum-happy moments. I dunno, maybe its just something about hi-hats that get me going crazy.

Difficulty: 7/10
Fun Factor: 10/10

Guitar: Guitar parts during the verses are okay, but honestly the bass part sounds a lot more fun. Everything else is pretty much guitar parts that get bar-fights started. Actually the whole song could start a bar fight, but whatever. The solo is intense energy-wise, not really hard to play. Its not a cheesy wimpy one, but nowhere near anything in a Metallica track. Either way, the solo will leave you happy, or needing new pants.

Difficulty: 6/10
Fun Factor: 9/10
Solo: 7/10

Bass: Pretty much the guitar part, until you get to the verses. This is kinda give and take, depending on who you are. My girlfriend hates it when she's just playing a dumbed-down version of my part, but my friends kinda like it since they can't play expert guitar. Bass just kinda rides guitar's coat-tail during the solo, which is also a give/take affair. The verses are fun little jazzy riffs, but that only happens twice.

Difficulty: 3/10
Fun Factor: 6/10

I doubt this song will come to Rock Band, but one can dream. An overall fun song, with the best theme evar. Oh, and should you want to look up the song, its from their "Con Pelotas" album.

Or this:   read

12:23 AM on 12.04.2008

Atomic Runner is the Tito Jackson of Video Games

Dear God in heaven maybe.

I just finished playing Atomic Runner (and doing a bunch of useless crap on the internet), or Chelnov for everyone else in the world. I somehow get the feeling that I should've played this when I was younger, but of course I always miss out on the awesomely obscure games.

I don't care what any of you say, for its age it was awesome. Tito Jackson awesome. Allow me to break this down nicely: Data East makes the best mediocre games. And for being terrible controls, it plays so much better than, oh I don't know THE DRIVING PARTS ON ALONE IN THE DARK.

Let's look at it like this. Atomic Runner kinda counts as a scrolling shooter, aka the same genre like R-Type, the Micheal Jackson of shooters. Its like, you know its going to come out with Thriller, and there's no way Thriller can go wrong. Atomic Runner (Chelnov from here on out, because I'm tired of type two words for one game) is going to do... well nothing. But its in the same family of shoot 'em ups, you know? So, it can totally ride on the coattails of R-Type.

And it did. For me at least. I tried Chelnov because my girlfriend saw me playing R-Type Leo, and somehow was reminded of her dad playing Chelnov. So, I hunted (downloaded) the game. I didn't get the chance to play it until a few minutes ago. And it was worth it.

R-Type? Like I said, Thriller. It was awesome, fast-paced, addicting, everything a shump needed to be. Chelnov? Um... I can jump! I couldn't do that with R-Type. Not that it helps any, but still pretty cool.

Okay but seriously this guy can't run back. For being a runner with atomic... atomic-ness, its kinda pitiful he can't take a few steps back. But I'm not here to bash the game, no no no. I honestly recommend it.

Its one of those games that's so bad that its oddness makes it wonderful. The story (at least on Genesis) is so ridiculously terrible it makes the game ten times more entertaining. I don't want to ruin it, but it involves people getting their shit rocked while the hero is out jogging late one night. And now he's pissed, and out to STRIKE BACK. If only I was that cool. Damn.

Gameplay-wise, Chelnov reminds me of Mega Man: for being so "powerful," its kinda stupid that he can't accomplish simple tasks. Mega can't shoot up, Chelnov can't backtrack. Sure, he can moonwalk/walk backwards, but for some reason he's always got to move forward. And the shooting mechanic, well... it involves shooting sometimes. Killing anything behind you sucks, since you have to press TURN AROUND and then start blasting away. Jumping makes him somersault and then suddenly LASER BEAMS COME SHOOTING OUT OF EVERYWHERE. Only then though, otherwise they're coming out of his arm.

If you're used to smooth gameplay, Chelnov is going to take some adjusting. But I recommend taking the time to waste some of your life seeing this game. And if you have, feel free to call me stupid for being wildly entertained by this game. Or for even taking the time to type a whole bunch of letters about it and calling it Tito Jackson. Bonus points if you take the time to point out the fact that 80% of this post made no sense.   read

12:36 AM on 12.03.2008

Mega Man is pretty Awesome...

...Eh kills robot masters, and doesn't afraid of anything.

You kids are still here? Either way, I have news. I have started making a Mega Man belt clippy-thingie/buckle.

That's right. Mega Man. On my crotch.

My crotch.


UPDATE: There. I still have to clean the cuts, sand it, file edges, and put a patina on it. I don't know. Whatever its called.

But this has to come after the giant Lite-Brite.   read

7:25 PM on 03.06.2008

We meet again, internets...

[I say again due to my arty blog elsewhere]

Anyhow... hello everyone. I guess I'll get the basics out of the way, I'm a printmaking major, and a total nerd. I grew up on video games, Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Transformers, and the 80's/90's themselves. More than likely this blog will be full of my ramblings on Rock Band, "old" games, and various other sci-fi/video game related nonsense. Though my blogs may get neglected (due to photo being life), I'll be sure to have something enjoyable up every once and awhile.

Stay tuned ladies and gents.   read

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