What can I say? Basically, I've been playing video games almost my entire life, currently 25 years old, starting all the way back with the Atari and moving on up over the years. I loved playing with the Atari, but my "hardcoreness", I suppose you could say, didn't really set in until I got a Nintendo Entertainment System.
Super Mario Bros. was great and all, but Mega Man is what solidified my love of gaming, at least that's what stands out the most reminiscing of my childhood of gaming. Also games like Super Mario Bros. 3.
My next console leap was to the Sega Genesis and sometime later I got the Super Nintendo. Super Nintendo was hands down the better of the two consoles in my eyes. The Genesis became an abomination toward the end of it's life cycle. I'd like to claim it was pure hardcoreness that led me to purchase a 32X and such, but honestly it was stupidity, heh.
I skipped the Saturn, wasn't a big fan of Sega at this point and honestly I didn't have any interest in anything on the system. I got a Playstation and eventually a Nintendo 64.
Playstation 2 was next and then eventually a Sega Dreamcast. The Dreamcast was a great system but still ended up failing, which sucks since it ultimately set Sega packing in the console making business. Playstation 2 was great. I got an XBox later and followed much later by a Game Cube.
This generation of consoles I have an XBox 360 and a Nintendo Wii. Both great consoles in their own ways. Don't yet have a PS3, I refused to purchase one until Yakuza 3 was announced for release in the US. It hasn't been officially announced yet, but it's not looking too bad. I may have a PS3 not long from now, but one positive thing about waiting so long is that I'll be able to pick up many great games for low prices if they came out a while ago.
I enjoy a lot of different games and genres. I play a lot of FPS, action/adventure, horror, etc. Love the Resident Evil series, Legacy of Kain series, early Mega Man titles, various wrestling titles, etc.
I am a frequenter of the 4PlayerPodcast blog, forums, and broadcasts. Hell, they even have a YouTube account where they upload some of their most memorable moments captured by viewers on the Jtv site. So check them out!
I enjoy their opinions, information and it's fun to watch them play games, crack jokes, and generally just be goofy for the sake of entertaining people along with themselves. Also, to see them scream like little girls when playing horror based games (i.e. Fatal Frame, Siren, etc.), lol. It's all in good fun.
Anyway, they're great fun, and on a more serious note, as of yesterday, they've started a campaign to raise funds to donate to a Children's Hospital. So if you're feeling charitable, feel free to check them out and donate. Every little bit helps. Even if you don't donate, it'd nice if you could pass this message along and help them out. Also, gaining newer viewers would help them out as well, so you can stick around if you like them and become a member of the community as well. Help them out any way that you can; donate, spread the word, join the community, or all of the above!
Well, enough of my jabbering. Below if the actual blog entry made by one of the members of the 4PlayerPodcast, Brad, and there you can read about it straight from the horses mouth, so to speak. However, I suggest still visiting their blog to see what they're all about.
On October 18th, 4player Podcast will be joining countless other sites and teams in an effort to raise money for Texas Children's Hospital. They will receive 100% of the proceeds raised from this event. We usually just play games to entertain you and ourselves, but this time we are playing for the kids.
Starting at 12 am on October 18th all members of 4player Podcast will be playing games. I will play live on the feed, as will other members. We will be posting polls to help decide which games you want to see us play on that day. Just a note, Silent Hill 5 and Dead Space will be in our possession if we see the support we are hoping for. I was possibly passing on Dead Space, but if we get enough sponsors, I will gladly pick up the game for this event.
The games might not be for the kids, we can raise enough money to meet our goal and then some! There are some big names participating in this event, including the entire Gamercast Network and Rooster Teeth, so let's show them just how large and dedicated the 4pp community is!
Check out our fundraiser page for more information on Texas Children's Hospital and how you can donate. You don't have to wait for the event for to sponsor us, just make sure you tune in on the feed that day to make sure we don't fall asleep!
I will be posting more detailed information on our gaming schedule for that date, and other possible festivities for October 18th.
After checking GamePolitics.com as I usual do in the mornings, I was treated to a story of a Conservative blogger named Kevin McCullough spouting off some of the most amusing and, yet, at the same time infuriating fabrications, or to put it more bluntly, lies, about BioWare's newest RPG Mass Effect.
Kevin McCullough proves that he's never played the game before or even has the vaguest idea of what he's talking about. Here are some of his more amusing quotes:
"[Presidential candidates] all probably assume they have better, much more important, urgent, timely, things to campaign on, but I sure would like to get their individual takes on the new video game that one company is marketing to fifteen year old boys."
Here we have another dumb fuck lying about a Mature rated video game being marketed to under aged adolescents despite them all very clearly marked "17 and up" or "17+". Not to mention on the back there is a hand dandy little table that describes what may be in the game. So if mommy or daddy can't figure out that little Timmy shouldn't be playing games with Mature ratings, well, then those are the sort of people who shouldn't have children because they don't even bother to get to know them anyway. These are the parents who blindly give their kids these games to shut them the fuck up and get them away from them, as simple as that.
Anyway, Kevin 'Fuck Head' McCullough continues with this beauty of a lie:
"It’s called “Mass Effect” and it allows its players… to engage in the most realistic sex acts ever conceived. One can custom design the shape, form, bodies, race, hair style, breast size of the images they wish to “engage” and then watch in crystal clear, LCD, 54 inch screen, HD clarity as the video game “persons” hump in every form, format, multiple, gender-oriented possibility they can think of…"
Anyone who's played the game will read that and immediately know the guy is full of shit. The problem I have though is that this paints a completely inaccurate picture of the game for those who are not familiar with it and makes it out to be some sort of sci-fi sex simulator.
First lies in this quote? "It’s called “Mass Effect” and it allows its players… to engage in the most realistic sex acts ever conceived." Considering it show ZERO actual sex in the game and nudity on the level of PG-13 film, possibly even tamer, I'd like to see where the "most realistic sex acts ever conceived" comes in at. All I get is this tame ass kissing and cuddling, where the fuck is my hardcore alien porn this guy basically promises? Nowhere to be fucking found, that's where. Lying sack of shit.
Also, just take a look at all of those wonderful options we don't have in the game. I don't remember being able to alter my character's body shape or size, also outside of skin tone, inaccurately confused with race sometimes, we cannot change the race of our character since the story is dependant of our characters being human.
Also, breast size? Seriously? Where? I'd love that option. I'd make a woman with tits so big she'd have to crawl around because she couldn't stand from the "Mass Effect" of her rack. Now that would be an interesting sight to behold.
On to more of the dumb fuck's comments:
"Here’s a question [for the candidates]… “How much moral judgement should the President push into legislative issues that are likely to severely damage our children’s innocence, function, and capability?…”
If a pre-teen, teen, young adult, or adult male plays such a game in which the women DO submit without choice, are made to appear as Barbie streetwalkers, and perform whatever act can be imagined, what’s to stop that same male from assuming that the women in his “other world” shouldn’t be forced to do the same.
…And because of the digital chip age in which we live - “Mass Effect” can be customized to sodomize whatever, whoever, however, the game player wishes.
With it’s “over the net” capabilities virtual orgasmic rape is just the push of a button away."
Again with the bullshit "save the children!" speech. Fuck you! If you don't want to parent your child yourself, give them the fuck up. Don't try and force other parent's to submit to government controlled content just because you're a lousy parent. Besides, as I said, this game is far from being what this cock monger is claiming.
Another thing, when the fuck do you force the women in the game to have sex with you? It takes forever to get one of them in the sack and they carry so much emotional baggage that it's hardly even worth the lay. Aside from that he makes it sound like you just go around picking up 'hot alien bitches' off the galactic roads, so to speak, and just to bump uglies with them and toss them back out into space with a tissue to clean up as payment. You get to choose from two women in you crew if you're playing as a male, and two women and one male if you're playing as a female. Aside from that you can also bang the Consort on the Citadel while playing either gender. Yay! More non-sex sex scenes! You can see the Consort's hand on the window when they're screwing off screen!!! This game it too graphic!
Apparently, we're going to sodomize everyone too, because you know we're all genius hackers who can alter the code of the game to do things it was never programmed to do. You mean I'll get to have hot monkey sex with Wrex eventually?! Awesome! Hey, we can butt fuck the Geth because we all know how to hack games!
Then we have his "With it’s 'over the net' capabilities virtual orgasmic rape is just the push of a button away" comment. This just completely stunned the fuck out of me. I don't even know what he's hinting at, but one giant mistake with this comment is that fact that other than possible downloadable content in the future there are no "over the net" capabilities.
"How refreshing would it be for a President to… put his pen and signature to a bill that dealt with such simulated sex excess in a way that was punitive to its creators to such a degree that they would never recover from it?"
How refreshing would it be for a game critic to... do some research and no talk out of his ass? Seriously, this guy completely created an entirely new version of Mass Effect in his head and think that we should have a President worrying about video game sex and violence more than actual sex and violence. Fuck that!
By the time this is posted it will most likely have already been talked about, but I don't want to get rid of this post because I actually started it a while ago but got side tracked. Anyway, just my own comments I wanted to share about another dumb as shit game critic.
Ubisoft Attorneys Target Graphic Parody of Assassin’s Creed Spokeswoman
Several readers have alerted us to a developing legal situation involving Ubisoft and the Something Awful website.
Apparently an SA forum user posted a link to a pornographic parody cartoon based on game designer Jade Raymond (left), who has been Ubi’s point person for the highly anticipated new Xbox 360 title, Assassin’s Creed.
Ubisoft’s attorney demanded that the offending image be removed and the identity of the person posting it be turned over. Something Awful owner Richard “Lowtax” Kyanka posted a response indicating that the image was only linked to, not hosted on, his site.
It is unclear where the case will proceed from here.
GP: We’ve checked out the cartoon; it’s quite vile. Can’t blame Ubi or Ms. Raymond for reacting strongly… On the other hand it may enjoy fair use protection as a parody.
I was over at GamePolitics.com as usual getting my daily game related news, and there it was. I don't live in the UK so their decisions don't directly effect me, but it still pisses me off because it's really hypocritical. According to GamePolitics they turn Manhunt 2 away in both it's uncut and edited forms, but okays an uncut version of a film featuring graphic scenes of throatslitting, child prostitution and a man having an eye gouged out. That's not even the best part, their excuses for allowing the movie just insults gamers intelligence.
The BBFC said: "The BBFC provides clear consumer advice. If the board went about cutting out every scene liable to offend then we would be leaving adults without any choice. Who’s to decide what adults can or can’t watch?"
Yes, who are they to decide what adults can or can't watch? But it's just fine to tell those same adults what they can and can't play. Forget for a moment that a child can also get their hands on films such as these as easily, if not more so, as an "inappropriate" video game, why can't we have the same choice in what we play? The Wii version can't even be used as part of the excuse because then why wasn't the PS2 version okay'd then? It's like they're just slapping gamers in the face and telling us we are too stupid to make that decision.
Like I said, it doesn't directly effect me because I don't live in the UK. But in the US we're still putting up with the same kind of treatment since console developers (Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo) won't allow Adults Only games on their consoles and retailers refuse to carry them, so it's basically the equivalent of a ban. It's like we, as adults, are being told from all sides that we cannot handle the game as it was meant to be, but we can sit and watch torture flicks such as Saw, Hostel, Touristas, and The Passion of The Christ. But can't see a much less graphic video game in all it's uncut glory.
Manhunt was pretty brutal, but it never went into such detail that we actually could see eyes being riped out or necks slashed wide open, etc. The double standards are just mind numbingly ridiculous, and these people don't seem to care that there is no real logic behind decisions like these.
Alright, basically, this is an old story now. I've seen some one else already blog about, so I wasn't going to really.
However, I decided to do it anyway just to show off the picture I made. It's not great, but it gets the job done. I don't really have too much else to say about JT right now, he's really just gotten to the point that it's hard to really say anything about the guy that hasn't already been said. He's a nut job.
But, yeah, comment if you like anyway. You can tell me how shitty of a job I did with the pic, heh.
Over at GamePolitics.com, a place I visit every day, I have found some news that is both amusing beyond belief and I find myself appalled at this mans increasing stupidity. In a document he filed with the court last week he included images depicting hardcore gay sex. Some how this genius thought he was being smart because the opposing attorney, Norm Kent, a gay activist attorney from Miami, has a website called National Gay News which Thompson claims anyone can go there and get those pictures. Well, obviously just a cheap ploy in trying to get Norm Kent in to some trouble, instead gets himself in trouble. The judge demands that he show just cause why he should not face sanctions and possible contempt charges.
But, anyway, what we have here is a grown man who's compared himself to Batman in the past and sits around all day looking through video game sites, Googling his own name to see who's talking about him, and searching for and printing out gay porn. Oh, and he called Dennis, owner of GamePolitics.com, "sweetie". Jack Thompson, are you trying to come out of the closet or something? Perhaps the reason you seem so obsessed with GamePolitics.com is that you're actually finding yourself attracted to Dennis or something. I mean, it would seem that way to me. Maybe you just need to come out of the closet Jack.
You know what? Stay there actually. I wouldn't want to plague the gay community with your stupid crazy ass.