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1:22 AM on 07.15.2011

FALLOUT: Collection of Fan Films I Found Online

I was very inspired this week by the Half Life 2 Fan Film that was posted last week on DTOID, which caused me to look around for some fan films of my favorite game of all time FALLOUT. I found quite a few some better than others, but wanted to put them together in one spot for others to enjoy. So without further adieu... here they are I hope you enjoy. I've also included some pics of me in costume at the bottom.

Fallout: Nuka Break - Fan Film (THE BEST ONE IN MY OPINON, and the female lead is smokin hot!)

Nuclear Coleslaw:Episode 1 - Desert Story (Fallout Live Action Series)

Nuclear Coleslaw:Episode 2 - Dark Night (Fallout Live Action Series)

Nuclear Coleslaw: Episode 3 - Bad Deal (Fallout Live Action Series)

Nuclear Coleslaw: Episode 4 - Stranger Danger (Fallout Live Action Series)

Nuclear Coleslaw: Episode 5 - Perky Ninja (Fallout Live Action Series)

Nuclear Coleslaw: Episode 6 - Don't Fear The Reefer (Fallout Live Action Series)

Fallout 3 Short Film: Population 1

Fallout 3 Short Film: Deprivation

Pip-Boy 3000 & Vault Suit - Homemade - Finished!

Here are some pics of me at COMICON and other spots with my homemade Vault 101 costume.


11:35 AM on 06.09.2011

SONY's Sucker Punch @ Microsoft - inFAMOUS2

I'm sure people have seen this but I just noticed it today for the first time while playing through inFAMOUS2


2:59 PM on 06.07.2011


WHO WON? = IMO, nobody won, maybe Microsoft had a slight edge over SONY because of new things being announced/shown/media content Youtube/IFC.

WHO LOST? = IMO, there was no outright loser, but SONY everyone seemed super nervous and things didn't go too smooth on stage, but I think NINTENDO didn't outright lose now, but I think the coming months will be cloudy for NINTENDO, and the WiiU launch will not go well. Nintendo showed us some random CGI video, and gameplay from XBOX/PS3 games.


I think Nintendo was the lowest of the 3, I got a boatload of PROMISES, which lately NINTENDO has NOT come through on well. I think the NINTENDO piece about WiiU was basically thrown together in the last few weeks, and really didn't have much to it. I fully expect the Nintendo WiiU Launch to SUCK, and have no games to play JUST LIKE THE 3DS. I think Nintendo is getting too big for it\'s britches, and can\'t keep up with their ideas.

I would say Microsoft was slightly ahead of SONY, because SONY didn\'t really give us much of a surprise on anything.

Microsoft gave me actual things that are happening and dates around them.

NINTENDO DIDN\'T GIVE US A PRICE FOR THE CONSOLE OR THE CONTROLLER, again I really think they just tossed this thing together with no real idea of when, how much, or exact details of anything at this point. I'm extremely worried about how much the ipad wanna be controller is actually gonna cost, and how much the console is going to cost.

It makes me wonder CAUSE WE NEVER SAW THE ACTUAL CONSOLE, if it has even been finalized SPECS wise. I\'m starting to really doubt what the plan is, which leads me to believe that again NINTENDO will have a terrible launch as far as games go, I also see a alot of DELAYS/PUSHBACKS happening with the WiiU. I want to see hardwarde stats/specs, cause the image in the background of the console next to the TV was EXTREMELY VAUGE for a reason, there is a reason we never saw an actualy picture of the console and that worries me. Yes i understand the focus is on the controllers, but I need to see the console and the specs before I start believing or stop worrying. I've been let down way too much since the N64 and until I see otherwise that is what I will expect from Reggie's stupid face.   read

11:42 AM on 06.02.2011

E3 Approaches - Guessing at what's in the CAFE

Look the Wii sold a bunch of consoles (prizes at work/moms/old people) that's cute and all and we get that, but the console on the whole just collected dust and was a failure in the opinion of many when it comes to games. In order for CAFE to work/be accepted it HAS TO RETURN TO THE NES/SNES/N64 glory days. It has to have many of the games that made those years great, but in new HD stellar ways, but with awesome game play. It also is going to have to have a online system that is better than the PS3.

I'm really worried about this whole "touch screen" controller, yes I get that it's supposed to knock off the iphone app sales, but I'm still worried about the gimmicky possibility its going to be. I can see it being a stand alone hand held that can stream games from the console without the TV having to be on, so mom and dad can watch CSI, and the kid can still play via the screen on the controller. Because when I think of the word CAFE I think of people in a cafe sharing WiFi, so I'm sure that will be part of the functionality of the console; all controllers having one game being played at the same time each person seeing something different.

Here are the things I'm sure off...

100% - Not necissarily at E3, but they will happen
Zelda Skyward Sword (Duh)
Mario Game like Mario 64
Smash Brothers
Mega Man
Mario Golf
Final Fantasy
Punch Out
Ninja Gaiden
Donkey Kong
Street Fighter
Mario Party
TUROK!!!!! (a good one)

70% -
Something 007 to get people into the online play
Kid Icarus
Metal Gear

Would be really cool but totally a pipe dream -
Battle Toads
Pro Wrestling - New Version (STARMAN FTW!!!)
Legend of Kage
Ghosts N Goblins
Maniac Mansion
Earthworm Jim
Mario Paint

Other Multiplatform Stuff-
Assasins Creed
Resident Evil
Call of Duty (you have to if you want to compete online)
Skyrim??? Maybe not enough time to port it, but eventually.
The next Fallout game for sure though.


"Oh E3 how I wish I was inside you!"

***Ninja Vanish***   read

3:04 PM on 11.22.2010

'Twas The Night Before Black Friday Poem

'Twas the night before Black Friday and all through the land,
gamers were worrying, longs lists in hand,
For their stockings were soon to be hung up with care
and they knew without shopping, those socks would be bare

With turkey in their tummies and pumpkin ale flowing,
they turned in for the night, quite fully knowing
that noobs were nestled all snug in their beds
with gaming sale visions dancing in their heads.

When out like a light, a pixelated dream came into focus.
They never suspected any hocus-pocus.
Scratching their bums, they leapt out of bed
stumbling and sleepy, and rubbing their heads

They ran to the PC to check their bank account stash,
they looked in their wallets, and realized they were short on cash.
Then on the internet, what should appear,
But a list of all the gaming deals, so have no fear.

With too many games to be had,
they had to choose which games aren't a fad.
More rapid than broadband, Mr. Dtoid's reindeer came,
as he whistled and shouted and called them by name:

Now, Dance Central get on your grove!
On, Xbox! On Sony!
On, Nintendo Wii!
To the top of the porch!
To the chimney wall!
Now game away! Game away!
Game away all!

As stressed-out shoppers that before the sale do fly,
when they meet with an obstacle and poke out an eye.
So up to the house-top the reindeer they flew
with a sleigh full of consoles and peripherals too.

And then, in a twinkling, was heard on the roof
the prancing of each little pixilated hoof.
As they watched from the top of the stairs, mouths agape,
St. Dtoid appeared on the hearth with nary a scrape.

He was dressed all in glory, from his shoes to his head
and his eyes were glowing, as though infrared.
A gaggle of games dropped into sight,
including the latest Call of Duty, with zombies to fight.

His eyes how they sparkled! They looked just like cherries!
His grin was enough to make anyone merry!
His discs were plentiful and easy to switch,
and his online play ran with nary a glitch.

His controller batteries were lithium and long-lasting to boot,
and his trigger fingers were ready to shoot.
His consoles streamed NETFLIX in the highest resolution,
And his Facebook integration was the perfect solution.

He spoke only two words, as he filled up the socks,
he snickered and smiled as he said, "also c*cks"
And laying his finger on a nearby present for a goof
he turned of the console and was gone in a poof.

He uploaded to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
and they all took off like a Black Ops Valkyrie missile.
A rhyme left behind put it all in perspective.
Go Black Friday shopping, this is your final directive.

And now some wonderful memories of Black Friday's past...

Becareful out there DTOID community! With the economy even worse this year, the frenzy will be even greater, we don't want you hurting your precious thumbs or any other appendages for that matter.


11:57 AM on 06.17.2010

That's a bummer man... that's a bummer. NVGR


2:25 PM on 04.27.2010

Want some Fallout 3 clothes?

1:13 PM on 03.25.2010

Wrapping Up LOST S6 E9 - “Ab Aeterno” NVGR

Wrapping Up LOST S6 E9 - “Ab Aeterno”

First let me start off by saying “WHAT THE HECK ABC!?” Not sure about you, but me and many other residents of Phoenix, AZ “watched” a garbled mess of digitized nonsense of what was supposed to be one of the best episodes of LOST ever. Thankfully I’m now watching the episode online for free instead of having to pay to download it on XBOX live. Ok now that I got that out of my system, let’s talk about the title. “Ab Aeterno” is a Latin phrase meaning, “Since the beginning of time”. I’m not quite sure if TPTB are trying to suggest that Jacob vs. MIB (man in black) has been going on to the extent of the Alpha and Omega or just that Richard Alpert/RA has been rocking the ‘guy liner’ for a few hundred years now. Me personally, I’ll choose both meanings.

Secondly, sorry for not writing a recap the last two weeks, but I’ve been getting up pretty dang early a couple days a week to go to the Autism therapy sessions for my son the past two weeks and it’s left me very tired when I get home. But none the less I will try my best to crank one of these out every week for the remaining 9 hours of LOST till the finale. (TITLE SPOILER) The finale was announced today to be called, “The End”, nothing fancy but very fitting. I’m sure it will all make sense after it’s over. Then we’ll all go back rewatch the show beginning to end, and then read all the books referenced in the show so that LOST will never really end for us. Anyway on to the episode “Ab Aeterno”

So Ricardus what do we do next?
Richard’s laugh when asked this question lets us know right off the bat that Richard is coo coo for coco puffs, and he’s not going to take it anymore. Ilana begrudgingly taking instructions from Mr. White, Jacob himself on what to do after she takes them to the Temple. Back on the beach we see Richard say an old familiar line, “You wanna know a secret Jack?” The very same line Locke says in season 1 about when he looked into the eye of the island and what he saw was beautiful. Except Richard’s secret is a bit different, Richard still believes after a couple hundred years that the island really is hell, and they’re all dead. At this point my stomach sank, “Whuuuuut?” I said to myself, “It better not be, that’s kinda lame”. For the first half of the episode I really thought that’s what the Island was, and I had the overwhelming feeling of “lame” clouding my mind, so I didn’t pay attention to most of the episode because I was scanning the episodes of the past and what the writers have said in the past (which really can’t be trusted anyway) and really hoped the island was not hell, because as a devout Catholic, hell is a bit different then eating mangos and time traveling.

Richard since finding out that Jacob is dead has LOST it, but we really don’t know why yet, but we will soon. So Richard goes traipsing through the jungle with one of the island’s many undying torches, and Ilana is going after him. But Ilana doesn’t understand Jacob’s plan, and still thinks force is how to get people to do things. Luckily Hurley’s Amiga shows up and has a little chat. Before my current job I was a Spanish teacher, so this was one of the few times I could understand what the heck the “Others” were saying in the episode. While Hurley is standing on the beach before Jack walks up to him he says to the mysterious dead person, “Yes I can help you, but I don’t know how to find him or where he went”

Canary Islands –
We see an even younger Richard in 1867 galloping on his steed through a green jungle but then told it’s the Canary Islands. A quick trip to Wikipedia will give you some interesting facts about the Canary Islands, and it has nothing to do with birds.

“The name Islas Canarias is likely derived from the Latin term Insula Canaria, meaning "Island of the Dogs", a name applied originally only to Gran Canaria. It is speculated that the so called dogs were actually a species of Monk Seals ("sea dog" in Latin) now extinct.[16] The dense population of seals may have been the characteristic that most struck the few ancient Romans who established contact with these islands by sea. The connection to dogs is retained in their depiction on the islands' coat-of-arms.

"The original inhabitants of the island, guanches used to worship dogs, mummified them and treat dogs generally as holy animals. In the ancient times the island was well known about its people who worshipped dogs there, and when the Romans first visited the island, they gave it the name: 'canaari', which means in Latin: "the ones who worship dogs", or "the ones with dogs". The ancient Greeks also knew about a people, living far in the west, who are the "dog-headed ones", who worship dogs on an island. Some theorize that the Canary Islands dog-worship and the ancient Egyptian cult of the dog-headed god, Anubis are in close connection, but there is no explanation as to which one was first, and how is it possible for those two far areas to be in contact with each other”

Maybe that’s why Nestor was chosen to play Richard since he looks like an Egyptian Pharaoh with is crazy eyes. Ok enough history lessons, back to the show. Where were we? Oh yeah, Richard is galloping on his steed through the jungle like Paul revere, much like is MTL (main time line) self but on foot.

Richard enters a small house and is greeted by the voice of a woman (no not Ilana like some of you thought) but his wife Isabella (which means My God is bountiful or Devoted to God.) We quickly learn that Isabella is quite ill, and Richard is off to find a doctor. But before he goes, Isabella gives him her cross, because she knows she will not make it through the night, and then reassures Ricardus that they will always be together, in what is an exact mirror of the final part of the episode. Then Richard makes a fatal error, he says, “I will save you”. Clearly not putting his trust in God, but in his own strength, something I highly advise against for any of you kiddos out there to ever do, because it will almost always end in disappointment or failure. So Ricardus rides off in the rain (WATER) and leaves Isabella on her death bed clutching her Bible.

Ricardus Q –
“Get some blankets” says the man at the table chowing down on a renfest style drumstick. The jackweed doctor says he’s not riding in the rain all the way to Socorro (which means help/rescue), but he does have a drug that will save her, despite not knowing a thing about her condition. But this medicine is VERY expensive, and all of Richard’s money isn’t enough to cover the cost. So he begrudgingly throws in the cross he wife gave him to cover the final remainder of the cost. But the doctor tosses the cross to the other side of the room and says, “This is worthless”. The double meaning here is that Smokey is trying to tell Richard that his faith in Jacob is worthless too, and thus causing Richard’s crisis of faith in the MTL. Richard then pleads with the doctor to give him the medicine and that he can pay off the debt. But doctor jerkface isn’t having it, and tells Richard to get his ‘dang hands off him’. But Richard is a desperate man much like Denzel in John Q, and is going to get the medicine no matter what. And in the tussle Richard pulls a Desmond and cracks the dude’s skull open on a table. I guess the doctor was right; those towels weren’t for Richard, but for the floor after all. Richard looks down at his bottle like Jack did in the Pilot and Alice when she goes down the rabbit hole and then books it back to his own hatch in Socorro.

The Spanish Prisoner –
Upon returning to his casa Ricardus finds his Isabella has already gone to meet God. Moments after the federal’ies arrive and take Ricardus to jail. Next we see Richard being visited by the worst Priest ever. This scene is just another piece of evidence in the case that all these flashes are just tampered memories by Smokey. In this flash the fake priest is basically trying to destroy any pieces of Richard’s faith, so that in the MTL he will lose his faith in Jacob as well. We learn Richard and Sun have a lot in common, both were learning English in their spare time.

Richard gives his confession but the fake priest says he cannot grant him absolution for a murderer. Well Ricardus, if you would have been going to Mass regularly you would know “that wasn’t a real priest”, but Richard’s lack of actually knowing God causes him to despair. Much like the way he viewed Jacob his whole time on the Island, just a bunch of jumbled ideas, not really ‘knowing’ him.

Dead Man Walking –
The next morning we see Richard being blindfolded and walked to his death, but turns out the fake priest is running a slave trade business on the side. Then we hear something we already knew back in season 4, that Alvar Hanso’s great great Grandfather was the captain of the Black Rock. Probably much of the reason that Alvar was so interested in funding the DHARMA initiative back in the 70’s, to find out what really happened to his ancestor.

Finally we see what happened to the Taweret statue, it was hit by the Black Rock while riding a gigantic tidal wave during Jacob’s Perfect Storm. This destruction of the Taweret statue was the reason women could not carry to full term after this incident. If you haven’t read up on Taweret before here are some pretty crucial pieces of info about her.

“The Great Female - was the ancient Egyptian goddess of maternity and childbirth, protector of women and children. Like Bes, she was both a fierce demonic fighter as well as a popular deity who guarded the mother and her newborn child.”

[i]“In the Book of the Dead Taweret, the 'Lady of Magical Protection', was seen as a goddess who guided the dead into the afterlife. As with her double nature of protector and guardian, she was also a guard to the mountains of the west where the deceased entered the land of the dead. Many of the deities relating to birth also appear in the underworld to help with the rebirth of the souls into their life after death. ”
The question still remains, why the heck was this giant Egyptian goddess statue on the island in the first place and when did it get there. This mystery remains to be solved, hopefully that gets answered in these final hours of LOST.[/i]

Alive – The Alpert Party
After the Black Rock smashes into Taweret’s face, the writers are still really trying to sell the idea that the island is hell. This has me reeling, wondering, and hoping it’s not true. All of a sudden it’s day time, much like the many other times people come to the island it switches from day to night and night to day. “God spared us”, says Richard’s fellow slave buddy. But like a bad horror film, those words will only come back to prove wrong. After the crewmen above realize Captain Hanso is dead, and that they’re in the middle of the bloody jungle, the Darwinist 2nd in command starts heartlessly murdering the slaves out of fear that they will turn on him and kill him if he frees them, plus they’d eat all his canned sardines. Oh, only if he knew the plenty of mangos and papaya’s that litter the island. I guess the Losties are glad they had Jack or Lapidus as their leader/captain instead. Just before the crazed man runs Richard through with the blade, Richard reaches for the cross on his chest, but it’s gone. Just as this happens Smokey seizes the opportunity to present himself as the good guy, and save Richard so he can then talk Richard into killing the ‘devil’. Smokey sounded so much like a giant fishing reel in this scene, not sure if there is anything to that, but it sounded so clear compared to past encounters. Just as the Captain asks, “What happened up there?” he realizes he has some great grandfather Arntz on him, and before he can react Smokey breaks through the ship’s deck ‘Evil Dead’ style and takes the crazed 2nd in command away. Smokey then comes back for a final pass, sounding very dog like here (Cerberus). He goes and scans Richard’s memories, but Richard begins praying the Our Father, Smokey starts to sound like he’s having a short circuit and vanishes, most likely because Smokey realizes he can use Richard just like he used Locke to get to Jacob. Then we hear the horn of Smokey blowing in the distance.

Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high
We see a blue butterfly flapping along in the jungle, and then swoops down into the Black Rock and right past Richard. To me this was a pretty clear sign that what we just saw or are about to see will have a butterfly effect on the island’s timeline. What is a butterfly effect you ask?

Well here you go…
[i]“The phrase refers to the idea that a butterfly's wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado or delay, accelerate or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in a certain location. The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale alterations of events (compare: domino effect). Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different. While the butterfly does not "cause" the tornado in the sense of providing the energy for the tornado, it does "cause" it in the sense that the flap of its wings is an essential part of the initial conditions resulting in a tornado, and without that flap that particular tornado would not have existed.”
Considering Richard’s eventual role on the island and interacting with so many of the future islanders and candidates, this seems to make a lot of sense. And to top it off with a cherry it even rains instantly after the butterfly floats by. This may be a big clue into the meaning of the rain we’ve always seen on the island, that something just changed, and albeit seemingly small, it will actually end up being very important in the grand scheme of things.[/i]

The Usual Suspects - Girls in white dresses, black wild boars eating people, these are a few of MIB’s favorite things … To trick you better with my dear.
MIB send’s his black boar scout to see if Richard is still alive. Once he does, he goes in for the hard sale. He shows up as Isabella, and because he scanned Richard’s memories he even tells Richard that they’re in hell and they’re both dead. Man, DARLTON almost had me here, but I still held out hope that was not the reality of the show. Just as Isabella disappears out of sight, she screams and Smokey takes his normal form.

Richard passes out again, and we see a hand touch his shoulder much like Jacob would do, but instead it’s MIB offering water and declaring himself as always as “a friend”. Richard asks him if they’re in hell, and MIB says he’s afraid they are. Alpert asks about his wife, to which Smokey sets up his con, saying “HE” has her. Then tells Richard, that “HE” means the devil. Here it became clear to me that this episode is a big nod to the literary piece “Dante’s Inferno”, where Dante who murdered in his life is lead through the 9 circles of hell to reach the woman he loves, where the Devil is in bondage at the center of hell. Here is a bit of info about the end of ‘Dante’s Inferno’ concerning the Devil.

“In the very centre of Hell, condemned for committing the ultimate sin (personal treachery against God), is Satan (Lucifer). Satan is described as a giant, terrifying beast with three faces, one red, one black, and one a pale yellow: Satan is waist deep in ice, weeping tears from his six eyes, and beating his six wings as if trying to escape, although the icy wind that emanates only further ensures his imprisonment (as well as that of the others in the ring). Each face has a mouth that chews on a prominent traitor, with Brutus and Cassius feet-first in the left and right mouths respectively. These men were involved in the assassination of Julius Caesar—an act which, to Dante, represented the destruction of a unified Italy and the killing of the man who was divinely appointed to govern the world. In the central, most vicious mouth is Judas Iscariot—the namesake of Judecca and the betrayer of Jesus. Judas is being administered the most horrifying torture of the three traitors, his head gnawed by Satan's mouth, and his back being forever skinned by Satan's claws. What is seen here is a perverted trinity: Satan is impotent, ignorant, and full of hate, in contrast to the all-powerful, all-knowing, and loving nature of God. The two poets escape Hell by climbing down Satan's ragged fur, passing through the centre of the earth (with a consequent change in the direction of gravity), and emerge in the other hemisphere (described in the Purgatorio) just before dawn on Easter Sunday, beneath a sky studded with stars”

This last part makes a lot of sense in the light of the wine bottle analogy by Jacob later in the episode.

Back on the Black Rock, as luck would have it a key to Richard’s handcuffs just happened to come into MIB’s possession. Take the word luck out of that sentence and replace it with MIB/SMOKEY and it still works, but takes on a whole new meaning for what the term luck really means. In life most of us go through every day with one of two perspectives. A.) luck occurs sometimes and things just kind of work out in a quirky way. Or B.) God is making things happen, and they’re happening for a reason (but not in a predestination sense). System ‘A’ would be Smokey’s way of getting people to view things. Just like the old saying goes, “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulls is convincing people he doesn’t exist”. And that is precisely what MIB is doing here, getting Richard to think that MIB is not the real enemy, and that God is not working things out in a plan for you. MIB tricks Richard into agreeing to do anything he asks as long as MIB frees him, and Richard agrees. Then says the same line that he said to Richard right after killing Jacob, “It’s good to see you out of those chains.” Then MIB tells Richard that he’s going to need his strength if he’s going to escape. Escape? Yeah, you have to kill the devil if you want to escape from hell. Hmmm…Richard murdered someone off the island, and MIB says that he’ll have to commit the same sin of murder again to get out of hell. Sounds like MIB and the fake priest got their theological ideals from the same seminary.

Egypt Connection –
So there are a lot of Egyptian symbols on the show. I’m just going to throw this out there quickly and you can read up on it. I don’t think Egyptian religion is the only factor here, but this is my guess for the Egyptian thread they are weaving in the tapestry of LOST. Here are my two ideas.
MIB = Set
Jacob = Osiris
Go look it up.

Nice trick Liar –
MIB has prepared a wild boar feast for Richard as he prepares him to go kill ‘the devil’ that lives at the foot of the statue. MIB gives Richard the very same knife that Dogen gave to Sayid to kill Flocke, it’s kind of like a Christmas Fruit Cake if you will that gets passed back and forth every year as a gag gift where MIB and Jacob say, oh ha ha nice one you got me, you ol’ rascal you. In this scene MIB is the same as before never denying what he did, only changing the subject. Then as usual promising something the person wants if they do something for him.

Creeping Alpert, Hidden Jacob –
I didn’t know Jacob had it in him; he opens up a can on the tired Spanish slave like he was Jules Winnfield, “Say what again!” My first reaction was why didn’t he do this the last time with Linus trying to kill him? But then I realize that Ben killing Jacob was the only way to redeem Ben in the long run, plus it will provide Jacob the loophole to trap MIB forever in Locke’s paralyzed body when the Island sinks at the end of the show (just guessing).

Jacob figures out who Alpert talked to, and why he sent him. Then Jacob takes Richard on a surfing safari to prove to him that he’s not dead, and this is NOT HELL. Man I was so glad when Jacob said that, because even as a diehard LOST fan that would be a hard pill to swallow.

The Dying and Rising-
We next learn how Richard came to be ageless, which we all pretty much knew already, but just needed a little closure on the how. In this conversation we get some very symbolic language. Jacob says, “no one comes inside unless I invite them”, which is almost identical to the phrase “No one comes to the father except through me”, said by Jesus, whom Jacob is obviously meant to resemble. Jacob is also pouring wine, which Jesus did while having an intimate talk with his disciples. This talk puts the idea that Jacob let Ben (Judas) betray him, because in the end the answer to the question “What lies in the shadow of the statue?” will prove to be true.

Jacob tells Richard that the island is just a cork keeping evil inside the bottle, so it doesn’t destroy the world. I think ‘that’ evil is the same dark matter that Radzinsky wanted to drill into. It currently looks like Smoke on land, but in reality it could be Leviathan. After all in Satanism Leviathan is known to be the element of water, which would put a different spin on the rain on the island. So if the island became ‘uncorked’ what exactly would happen? I guess we’ll learn more soon enough. But my question is what exactly happened then when Locke moved the island over a season ago? Didn’t the island become uncorked then? Or what about when Desmond turned the key? My gut tells me that Smokey will most closely represent Leviathan or to go the Alice in Wonderland route the Jabberwocky.

Freewill vs. Fate –
This discussion in itself is enough to surmise the whole meaning of LOST. Do we choose our path, or does the path choose us. In the end of LOST I think it will end up the same either way, sort of. Jacob goes on a long dissertation about how he brings people to the island to prove that man is good and they will choose good, whereas MIB believes all men are evil and will always follow their concupiscence and flesh to do evil. Jacob then asks Richard if he wants a job. Here Jacob makes Richard his St. Peter and intermediary between him and his people. When asked what Richard wants in return, the one thing Jacob can give him is eternal life, and then Jacob touches him. Again really pushing the Jesus motif with Jacob. Jacob sends a white rock with Richard symbolizing that Richard will be the first disciple of sorts. When Richard goes to give the rock to MIB, MIB says you understand you’ll never be able to see your wife again, because he chose to go do Jacob’s work. MIB’s response is to play the victim as always, I’m the one who is trapped; I’m the one who was wronged. He even gives Richard the cross back in an effort to confuse Richard into believing he’s the one who is good.

What offer dude?
Richard is still angry about feeling led on, but luckily Virgil… I mean Hugo was there to translate for his deceased wife. The irony here is that Richard wanted to see his wife again and be forgiven for his sins, but he was always with Isabella even though he could not see her, that is why his eyes had to be closed when they spoke. This in turn restores his unseen faith with Jacob’s plan as well, and Isabella says he’s suffered enough which is the forgiveness/penance he was searching for as well. Because just like God, Jacob gives us what we want but usually in a way that we didn’t think it would happen.

Oh and if you don’t we’re all going to hell –
Dude, what? I thought we put that idea to rest already. Ahhh...enough already. Hurley tells Alpert that he has to stop the MIB from leaving the Island or they’re all going to hell. I guess that would only happen if the Losties hadn’t redeemed themselves yet by the time MIB left in Locke’s body. Again I don’t like this idea at all, it’s kind of lame, but I still have hope it will all work out in The End. Oh and that pull back to FLOCKE in the foreground and then looking past the camera, kind of cheesy for me, but whatever it’s not that big a deal, it just felt kind of ‘unlost’ like.

The episode ends with Jacob having his daily brunch meeting with MIB who if you look closely looks like he’s tethered to that tree stump via a vine of sorts, which goes back to the whole idea that MIB is trapped on the island. Forget half empty or half full, MIB just shatters the bottle of wine.

Next week is called "The Package" and i'm going to say it's about what or WHO is in that locked room on the sub. I have two guesses. a.) it's Aaron so Claire will work against Flocke and for Widmore. 2.) It's Desmond. I'm going to pick Desmond of those two. Have you noticed his name in the credits for every episode this season, but he's only been in one episode? Hmmm... that's so we won't see it coming from a mile away.

Enjoy the final 9 hours till the finale, thank you for reading, and Namaste.   read

9:17 PM on 03.06.2010

PSN Code Giveaway

This week I had a bit of trouble with my MLB 10 pre-order code from Gamestop downloading on PSN. So I called customer service and then were going to email me a new one, and they did. Well I checked today and my first code works now, so I already have the stadiums. So I'm going to GIVE AWAY the extra code that Gamestop sent me. These stadiums are selling for $9.99 on PSN.

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do is comment below why you love baseball, or why you deserve the code.

Contest ends Sunday night at Midnight, winner will be PM'd the code on Monday.

Here are the details on the stadiums you get if you win.

Shibe Park – Opened April 12, 1909 in Philadelphia, it became the first steel-and-concrete stadium in baseball.

Forbes Field – Opened in 1909, was home to the Pittsburgh Pirates and was witness to a World Series-winning 9th inning homerun in 1960.

Polo Grounds – Opened in 1890, was known for its extremely deep center field (483 ft) and unique bathtub shape.

Crosley Field – Was the home field of the National League™ Cincinnati Reds™from 1912 through June 24, 1970.

Sportsman’s Park – Was built in St. Louis in 1902. Left-handed power hitters loved hitting here.

Griffith Stadium – Stood in Washington, D.C. from 1911 to 1965, measuring over 400 feet down the left field line.

NOTE: I highly recommend doing HR Derby at the Polo Grounds, and TRY to hit one out of straight away center.   read

10:52 AM on 03.04.2010

Wrapping Up LOST – S6E6 – “Sundown” - NVGR

Wrapping Up LOST – S6E6 – “Sundown”

Before we get into the episode I’m going to run a theory by you about what LOST is REALLY all about. I’ll start by asking you a question. How many stitches are on a baseball? If you don’t know, go Google it and come back. Back to my theory, LOST is really all about the Boston Redsox. Humor me here…all the pieces are there.

- The Green Monster, the Smoke monster.
- In the premiere Rose first hears the smoke monster she says it sounds familiar, Shannon asks her where she is from and she says, “The Bronx”. That’s where the evil Yankees are from.
- Curse of the Big Bambino, Hurley is cursed
- The eternal struggle between light and dark, the Redsox vs. Yankees each side thinking the other is the dark side.
- The gods of LOST move the game pieces around, Theo (which means god) the GM of the Redsox moves the players around on his team.
- Baseballs have 108 stitches; Dogen has a baseball which just happens to have 108 stitches.
- Ben tells Jack the Sox won the series, and if that changed in the ATL then Jack must do everything he can to make sure they still win in 2004 and 2007. Ya see it’s all there.

Ok so I’m totally kidding here, but that’s what’s great about LOST we can find all kinds of symbols and connections. So let’s get on to the episode. I think this episode should have been called “Kicking’ ass and taking names.” Because that is pretty much what happened the whole episode. This episode felt weird to me, and I think I know why. It’s because it wasn’t full of mysteries, as a usual episode, but that’s ok, we’re getting close to the end now (only 10 till the finale) and things gotta pick up. It’s almost as if there is too much story to tell, but not enough time so their whizzing through stuff.

What did you bring me today Sayid?
Sayid is sitting in the back of a cab, holding flowers, but alas they are yellow and only for a friend. DARLTON fake us out again with Nadia opening the door, only to find she’s married to Sayid’s bro. “What did you bring us from Australia?” I wish Sayid would have brought those kids some acting lessons, gheez. But Sayid does bring them a boomerang, which when you throw it comes back, hmmm…sounds a lot like a certain TV show I knew in another life. They kiddies also find a stalker like survevelance photo of mommy in Sayid’s bag too. Real subtle buddy, real subtle.

Crouching Dogen Hidden Baseball
Holy crap, this scene made me feel like I was watching an episode of 24 or something. Sayid barges in on Dogen’s assigned reading time, and starts demanding answers like what’s that machine? Dogen goes into some deep stuff, mentioning every man has a scale inside them one side light, one side dark. The hand he uses to demonstrate dark, just so happens to have a dark glove on. Dogen then says, “I think it would be best if you were dead”. Then for the first time in a long time Sayid tries to convince someone that he is good, and should live and even says, “I’m a good man”. Before he can get another word out Dogen busts out his Aikido and drops Sayid faster than Hurley could throw a hot pocket against a wall. Dogen tells us later in the episode that he was a business man in Osaka. I work in the business world, and I’m going to bet 95% of them can’t dish out ninja moves like Dogen can, thus perpetuating the myth that all Asian males know martial arts, and are good at it. Dogen is about to do his best Shang Tsung impression and “finish him”. But then the ball drops, and Dogen remembers something, that he once got a second chance, and so he gives Sayid one as well. Oh did mention that baseballs have 108 stitches? I did? Ok just checking.

Ring around the Temple, pocket full of Zombies, ashes ashes the Others fall down -
Zombie Claire and her ‘Friend’ are standing outside the ring of ash, staring at the Temple. “If I could do it myself I wouldn’t be asking you Claire” Just like before Flocke has to have other people do his bidding for him because of the rules of the game. MIB and Jacob are just moving the pawns around the board so that they will win. Every move calculated, trying to be many steps ahead of the other, until it will finally end. Flocke reminds me of Satan talking to Jesus in the desert, promising power, wealth, and popularity, whatever you desire if only you’ll follow me. There are theories that Flocke is the embodiment of all the evil figures that have existed throughout history; Satan, Cerberus, Leviathan. The word “Leviathan” comes from the Hebrew word meaning “one who twists and coils,” or “the winding one”. Seems pretty fitting, but Leviathan was underwater. Hmmm…wasn’t the island underwater in the ATL? Maybe that’s what MIB wants to happen? But he said he was a man once, so not sure that theory ‘holds any water’. “You going to hurt them?” “Only the ones who won’t listen”. So even if Jacob and MIB are equally bad/good, they’re methods are quite different. MIB always asks people to do something or he will kill THEM. Jacob on the other hand asks people to do things that will save OTHERS. Big difference there, one is a selfish act, one is a sacrificial act.

It’s 2:30 in the morning –
Wow, Sayid came out of a deep sleep and knew exactly what time it was? That was a bit much for me. He did have a watch on, but honestly had to time to look at it in the dark. Omar pleads with Sayid to help him with some mafia types, to convince them to leave him alone. Sayid refuses, and says “I’m not that man anymore”. We then flash to the temple where Miles walks up to Sayid like he knows something, and is up to some shenanigans and asks him, “What are you doing?” Sayid says he’s leaving, and Miles breaks the news that the temple others didn’t save him, and he was actually dead for 2 hours. During which I think Miles tried to communicate with Sayid, but got no readings on his spidey sense.

Sclaire Skywalker -
Claire then just walks in the front door of the temple like Luke Skywalker into Jabba’s Palace. Lennon channeling the acting powers of Sayid’s niece and nephew says, “Stop, don’t shoot her.” Sclaire walks right up to her former torturer Dogen and delivers the message that “He” wants to see you. Sclaire and Dogen then exchange words like they’re a couple of high school girls, “Oh yeah, then maybe you should send someone he won’t kill”. Dogen has Sclaire detained in the glee pit so she can practice her creepy solo for the big concert at sundown. Dogen tells Lennon to bring Reyes and Shepard to his room immediately, but since they took a field trip to the light house, they are nowhere to be found.

With this knife I thee stab –
Dogen brings Sayid back to his dojo to give him a gift. Sayid asks about Claire, and Dogen then explains that she is under the power of an angry MAN. A man who has been trapped on the island for a long time. But now that Jacob is gone, this angry man is free. This man will not stop until he has destroyed every living thing on this island. He is evil incarnate, hmmm sounds like the anti-Christ to me. Dogen says plunge the knife into his chest before he can speak, or it will be too late. I am going to take Dogen at his word here; I think that is Sayid had stabbed Flocke before he said a word then he would have died. Here is why, MIB is all about ‘do this task or die’, Jacob is all about giving people choice. Heck he even gave Ben a choice before he stabbed him, and he still died. So it’s only fitting that MIB should be treated the way he treats others, no choice, just do it. We’ll probably never know the real answer to this but that is why we love LOST, and why you will not be shocked when the end is a big open ended ‘WHAT IF’. A chicken and egg scenario, if you will, where nothing will be definite except for millions of people screaming at their TV’s “WHAT!!??”

Now that the kids are off to school let’s get back to the action –
A second after Ray Charles drives the school bus away, Nadia rushes out of the house and in her usual whiny voice cries out, “Sayid”. Next thing we know we’re in a hospital and Dr. Shepard is walking past Nadia and Sayid as the ER nurse says Omar, “Suffered a punctured lung and some internal bleeding”. Hmmm… sounds a lot like Claire’s friend’s wound. As you can see the two realities are once again bleeding over into each other. I suppose if Omar ends up dying then Flocke’s promise of giving Sayid the one thing he wants. Only it will be in the ATL, more on that later.

The longest con of all –
After Kate crosses paths with Sayid and is told to head back to the temple and ask Miles what she missed, she just waltzes in the front door and walks over to Miles who is playing Solitaire. Miles says, “Welcome back to the circus”, and then tells Kate that the weird zombie Sclaire is back, and still hot. This scene and other later on tell me that Miles knows WAY MORE than he’s ever let on. Remember Widmore sent him there, so he probably has a lot of background info on what the island may really be. For all we know Jacob found Miles way before Widmore did, and he’s been in on it the whole time. I’m not sure what Miles is doing, but he’s up to something.

Water, Water, Water
As soon as Sayid stops to get a drink of WATER, and put some on his neck, we hear the sounds of Smokey and the wind blows like crazy. You may or may not have heard that in a recent interview DARLTON were asked, “What one word would you use to describe the final three episodes?” Their response was, “Water”. This past week I’ve been thinking about water. Here are some ideas about water…
- Water is the part of Christian baptism that brings death to the old self, and then from it rises new life.
- Water is fluid and always changing/moving.
- Water conforms to the vessel it’s in, much like MIB is conformed to the vessel of Locke right now.
- Water was what was used to plug the hole in Ben’s secret Smokey calling room.
- Water is what covered the island in the ATL
- Water is where Sayid was put to be healed, but died for 2 hours.
- Water washes away things.
- Water is where Leviathan lives.
- Water is what was used to give Locke the false confidence that he was becoming ‘In Tune’ with the island.

So start thinking about water and what role it may play in the final 3 episodes of LOST.

You stab me in the chest and don’t even say hello –
Sayid stabs Flocke right in the heart, then the polite monster that he his Flocke gives the knife back to Sayid handle side out of course. Sayid then asks him what he is. I just noticed that every time Flocke is questioned about what he is, he dodges the question. This time he says, “I feel sorry for you” after being called evil incarnate. Flocke then spins he web of lies, and says Dogen set Sayid up to fail, and was just being manipulated and used. Flocke accused Jacob of coming to people when they were broken and then tricked them into doing something, but that is exactly what Flocke is and has done. Only Flocke’s motives are selfish, rather than offering someone redemption. Sayid even catches him, and he says “and what are you trying to talk me into?” Once again Flocke dodges by saying, “Sorry?” as if he didn’t hear him or is totally ignorant. Flocke says he simply wants Sayid to deliver a message, and in return Flocke will give him anything he wants. Even the one thing he ever wanted that died in his arms. This is where the game and the ATL come into play.
I read a theory earlier today which suggests that the players of the game can leave by choice and get the thing they wanted in the ATL, or they can stay and play and possibly redeem themselves and win the game, and get something even better. This could be a metaphor for enlightenment, peace, heaven, a free ticket into Shambala, the mythical Tibetan Buddhist kingdom where they could live forever like Mr. Alpert.

The Real Richard Alpert -
Side note, not sure if you are aware that there does exist a real Richard Alpert that exists in the world. He is known as Ram Dass now, a Hindu religious figure in the West. He was buddies with Tim Leary and you can see an old video of him talking about existence and self image here.

He says a lot of key LOST words in this video; Jungle, Game, Cease to exist. It’s interesting to watch in the context of LOST. I don’t agree with some of the things he is saying, but none the less, interesting to see as another piece of how LOST grabs everything from history, pop culture, literature, religion and throws it all together, in the greatest and most thought provoking TV show to ever air.

What’s really real anyway, no really?-
Back in the ATL Sayid had an unfortunate incident with a vase/vessel. Much like the one his just had with the MIB’s vessel of John Locke involving a boomerang. With stuff like this I don’t get how the writers keep it all straight in their heads. What causes what? The MTL or the ATL? I have been reading another recapper’s thoughts for a few years now, and on many things I’ve always agreed. But one I never understood, until now. He (Vozzek) suggested a long time ago that the flashbacks, flash forwards, and now flashes sideways are not real, but rather memories that have been tampered with. Like in Harry Potter or Minority Report.

Every flash we see is really the result of the action that we just saw or are about to see. So in this scene when Sayid says ‘Sorry’ to Nadia about the vase, he’s really saying sorry to MIB in the tampered memory. And because Smokey knows what Sayid wants more than anything, that’s who Sayid now sees in this tampered memory. This made my head hurt for the longest time, but this episode, and the Substitute really made me consider and now begin to possibly accept the idea that this IS what is happening and always has been. So for example Nadia is really MIB in this flash, and Helen was really MIB in the Substitute, that’s why she had black finger nails. I’m not saying I’m totally on board with this idea, but it’s really starting to gain some ground with me. Go back and watch these two episodes, and just consider that when Nadia talks it’s really MIB, or when Helen was talking to Locke it was really MIB.

Why would MIB do this? Well it’s simple, to make the players of the game not want to be in the game anymore. If there is something that they love and will leave the game to be a part of, then MIB is all for it. He never wanted them to come to the island in the first place based on his season 5 finale talk with Jacob on the beach. I’m also saying that Jacob could be affecting these memories as well. I don’t have examples as of now, but you get the idea. And since we know that Smokey scans people’s memories it seems to fit better on Smokey as the culprit. Ok so that was some heavy theory, that most everyone will think is nuts, but that’s ok I don’t blame you, I didn’t like either for the past year or two.

There is a man in the jungle –
As Sayid returns from his knife regifting party with Flocke we see Dogen standing next to some WATER, and it’s raining WATER too. Sayid comes back and much like Flocke did tells the others what he wants regardless of Dogen or Alpert’s wishes or role of leadership. Sayid tells them that Jacob is dead, and because of that none of them have to stay here any longer, and they’re now free. Well that’s the lie, they never had to stay there in the first place, but they chose to. Sayid says this man is leaving the island forever and they can all go with him if they want. Sounds like Jack’s sat phone plan in season 4, that didn’t end up so well, and I’m guessing this wont either. Stewardess Cindy asks what happens if they stay, to which Sayid tells them they’ll die.

Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, save it for a RAINY day -
Kate is wondering the temple halls trying to find Claire, when Lennon (whose acting got really bad in this episode) asks when Kate got back. But all Kate wants is to find Claire. So Lennon takes her to Claire’s glee pit, where Claire is creepily singing children’s songs. Claire is straight crazy…Sclaire is the creepiest character to ever be on LOST in my opinion. And with only 12 episodes left, I think it may stay that way. She makes Rousseau look like sweet Mother Teresa.
Kate then says the dumbest thing possible to Claire, by saying, “I took him” Are you kidding me Kate, did you just hear her singing? Oh well I can’t stand Kate anyway, so I’m hoping this leads to her demise, but I’m sure Sawyer will stop her, or maybe even Flocke will so he can use Kate as motivation to get Jack to do what he wants and leave team Jacob. Lastly Claire gives Kate an ominous message that, “I’m not the one who needs saving”and“he’s coming” and then smiles with her psycho Sclaire zombie smile. Man I get the heebie-jeebies just thinking about her.

Everything is, was, or will be the same –
I’ve been saying it all season, and we get another example of it here. The events and roles are always the same, just different people filling them. Lennon tells Cindy that there is no need to leave the temple, because it’s safe there. But Cindy quotes Sayid and says that because Jacob is dead it can’t be safe they need to leave and not risk it. This is the exact same thing that happened in the Season 1 finale where everyone left the caves because they weren’t safe, and the Others were going to come get them. And the big black pillar of smoke in the distance was a sign that it was going to happen again.
Sayid says he has to “return this” about the knife, this has a dual meaning. In the MTL he has to return the knife/favor to Dogen. But in the ATL he has to return the knife/favor to Keamy who was going to kill Sayid back in season 4 before Ricardus Alpert killed Keamy. So the universe course corrects itself and Sayid crosses paths with Keamy in the ATL. Despite Keamy’s joker like offer to make Sayid eggs, Sayid isn’t interested. Keamy threatens Sayid in classic Mafioso style, but Sayid is Sayid and kills all three dudes. Then he hears and banging coming from the walk-in fridge. And instead of Ben being locked in the food pantry in season 2, this time it’s Jin. Who I think is the good person in this ATL, and Sun is the bad person.

Dogen’s story –
While Dogen’s character was a bit short lived for me, I’m glad we actually got to know his back story. We learned that Jacob went to him and offered him his boys life to be spared, but could never see them again. This is in direct opposition to how MIB works, who only offers you want you want and can’t have. Then Sayid kills Dogen. Lennon comes in and scolds Sayid for killing the only thing keeping IT out, and that Sayid just let it in. Thus Sayid becoming the Trojan horse in the temple. Zombie infected Sayid cuts Lennon’s throat, and then looks proud as a boy scout.

Bring some ribs, cause it’s about to get real Smokey in here -
Then the trumpet like sound of Smokey is heard, and BOOM the ground explodes and Smokey goes on a rampage. Killing more others than a blindfolded Michael with a gun yelling “Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalt”, ever could. Again we see Miles here seemingly knowing more than we thought, knowing exactly where to go and what to do in the temple, but how? Kate says she has to go get Claire. Miles happens to go exactly where Ilana, Lapidus, Sun, and Linus go? This was strange for me, it almost seemed forced. But it’s ok LOST allowed few minor ‘lapses’ once a season or so. Kate finds Claire and is able to jump down the ladder a split second before the Smokey train comes rolling above carrying others off to their demise.

“Sayid, c’mon I know a way out of here, there’s still time.” Ben says as if he was talking to his little boy. To which zombie Sayid replies, “Not for me”. Ben slowly backs away in terror. Miles again is asking weird questions to the other Losties, he asks Sun, “Where’s your husband?” Like she’s supposed to know. Why is he asking this? Again something seems out of place with Miles, something is up. Sun exclaims, “He’s alive!?” Again strangely Miles says, “Yeah last I saw of him.” What the heck is going on Miles, is Jacob talking to you or something?

Ilana, Sun, Lapidus, and Miles get in the passage to the secret club house just a second before the camera and audience get enveloped by Smokey. This was a cool affect; it was like being Dr. Venkman and getting slimed. We never see what Ben did after walking away from Sayid.

What a beautiful singing voice you have –
Next we see zombie Sayid walk through the courtyard full of dead others, like he’s Rambo, while we listen to Claire’s creepy “Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket it, save it for a RAINY day.” The lyric here reminds me of the scripture (Luke 10:18) that talks about Satan falling from the sky. Then zombie Claire strolls out through the flaming massacre like she’s walking to her car after shopping at the mall. Next we see Kate walk out kind of scared but kind of ok. She picks up the nearest rifle and walks out in true Kate fashion, not giving a crap.

Sayid and Claire walk up to Flocke who appears to have a RAIN cloud just above him, and give him the knowing smile and top it off with a “sup homie” head nod. Finally Kate looks at Flocke with a face of ‘what the heck?’. I then realized this is the first time Kate has seen Flocke, because her, Jack, and Hurley were sent back to 1977 and have no idea what’s going on with Flocke. Flocke waits to see what her reaction is, and then simply turns and walks away, and his zombie other clan follows him. So in a really weird way Locke eventually has become the leader of the Others.

So let’s look at teams at this point –

Team Flocke = Claire, Sayid, Kate for now, Sawyer for now, Jin is in the hut still, and a bunch of gun toting Others.
Team Jacob = Hurley, Jack, Sun, Lapidus, Ilana, Miles, and probably Ben.

Based on the trailer for next week’s episode it appears Ben will die. It seems way to obvious for it to happen, but we’ll see. If I had to guess I will say that he digs up Locke’s body and somehow the real Locke will come back or be inhabited by Jacob now. So we’ll have 2 Lockes eventually in the same place trying to tell everyone who is the real Jacob/Locke. Also something of note, is that next week’s episode ‘Dr Linus’ will take place 3 days after the death of Jacob in the show’s time. And if Jacob is meant to be seen as the Christ like figure of the show then he will probably Resurrect on that third day somehow.

I would love to hear your thoughts, responses, questions. Until next time, thank you for reading and NAMASTE.   read

7:21 PM on 03.02.2010

FAIL: MLB 10 The Show: Where are my stadiums?

So after Gamestop didn't have my code when I went to pick up the game today. I had to call back once I got home and they had found the codes for the 6 Classic Stadiums to unlock. I enter the code, then hit continue, then download. THEN NOTHING. So I go to the game to check if the stadiums are there. So I choose quick game, then get to the screen where you choose a stadium. AND THEY'RE ALL LOCKED.


After waiting 15 minutes on the phone, the SONY rep 'GUESSES' that it will be released on Thursday. I'm calling BS.

SONY, this is strike two this week.


10:15 AM on 02.26.2010

More FALLOUT: New Vegas Details today

Here is the link and the article below

What happens in 'Fallout: New Vegas'
Glittering wasteland is latest locale
By Mike Snider

Las Vegas survived Crime Scene Investigation and Wayne Newton, but it will never look the same after it gets the Fallout treatment.

In the alternate-history video game Fallout: New Vegas, coming to Xbox 360, PS3 and Windows PCs this fall (no price and not yet rated), the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding area in 2280 bear the effects of a nuclear holocaust more than 200 years earlier during a great war between the United States and China.

The mystery is, who are you in this nuclear wasteland?

At the outset of the game, your character is shot and left in a shallow grave in the desert, lifted of the package you were entrusted with delivering. A robot digs you out and takes you to a local caregiver, Doc Mitchell, who nurses you back to health.

"Unlike the previous Fallouts, where you start in a vault and you are a vault dweller, this one starts with a curveball," says Pete Hines of Bethesda Softworks.

The Maryland game publisher's release of Fallout 3 in October 2008 (rated M for ages 17-up, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360) resurrected one of the most popular franchises ever. The original Fallout, released in 1997 by Interplay, is consistently listed among the all-time top-rated computer games.

In those games, as well as in 1998's Fallout 2, the main character leaves a fallout shelter and roams an irradiated environment to perform missions. Fallout 3 let players explore a bombed-out Washington, D.C., populated with mutated humans and creatures.

Its mix of role-playing and first-person shooting game elements, as well as its elaborate and expansive story, earned Fallout 3 critical praise and several game-of-the-year awards. The game has sold about 4 million copies.

This time around, Bethesda Softworks will publish the sequel with development by Obsidian Entertainment. The staff of the Irvine, Calif., studio (Neverwinter Nights 2) includes several veterans of Fallout and Fallout 2.

"There is practically no one more qualified to make Fallout games," says Dan Stapleton of PC Gamer, which will feature the game on the cover of its April issue (in stores March 2). "Few people know the look and feel of the Fallout universe better."

The move to Las Vegas provides "a brand new, fresh experience that has a familiar feel of Fallout, but otherwise it's an entirely new game and a new look, with Joshua trees and tumbleweeds and blue skies," Hines says. "Vegas is up and running. It is not a ghost town. It still exists and thrives. There are casinos, and you can go down onto the Strip. It will have a very different feel from that standpoint."

Events in the game happen a few years after Fallout 3. No characters from that game appear, Hines says, "but you will eventually hear a little bit about the events" of that game. New Vegas is "a self-contained story. You don't have to have played the previous games to have any clue what's going on here."

At the game's outset, you get to customize your character by choosing gender, age, race, other attributes and skills. "You were a courier, and you were obviously carrying something that somebody wanted," Hines says. "Part of the story is finding out what you had and what they took."

As you explore, you must be savvy enough to play off the various factions seeking to control turf while you evade hazards such as gun-wielding super-mutants and giant bloodthirsty lizards. New Vegas' territory is similar in size to the area of the nation's capital in Fallout 3.

Says Hines, "It is a massive game world that will take you hundreds of hours to explore every nook and cranny."   read

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