So I've anxiously been awaiting the March 2008 issue of GameInformer.
I arrived home tonight at 2:00am and reached into the mailbox hoping to find my GameInformer nestled snugly under a stack of bills. A surge of triumph swept through my body as my hand gripped something thick with a glossy cover.
I waited until I was inside before I realized what I was clutching in my hands.
Up until this point I had no idea that Arthritis had a monthly publication.
So on Yahoo this morning I was greeted with an article that detailed the U.S. Navy's development of an electro magnetic cannon. Unlike the railgun present in Quake or any other fps this railgun is several meters in length and fires rounds the size of trash cans.
It makes me wonder what pieces of video game weaponry will be brought to life by modern science next. Shrink rays would be pretty sweet.
Anyways, YouTube clip of the test fire is below. Watch it and imagine taking one of those to the chest.
Geometry Wars brings gaming addiction to new levels. It's also a good reason to invest in some kind of Nerf accessory to wrap your controller in because when you come a mere 10,000 points from your goal and you're wiped out by a rhombus you tend to get kind of frustrated.
Anyways, I felt the need for a blog post to inform everyone that this is a great game. It's like Asteroids if Asteroids ingested a massive dosage of PCP. Aside from the typical arcade scoring system Geometry Wars implements a system of medals to denote scoring accomplishments by the player. Not only are their medals but the game also supports Wi-Fi connectivity to see how you stack up against other players' scores.
After achieving my first gold medal I eagerly connected to the Wi-fi to see how many people I was better than. Sadly I ranked something like 944th. And I think that's out of a thousand. Well, I'm still better than 56 people out there and there's probably a good chance that those 56 people below me average an age of 3 and enjoy blowing spit bubbles when they're not gaming.
If you have the means I highly recommend picking it up.
Anybody remember what a crowded arcade was like? I remember waiting in line to play someone in Soul Calibur our huddling around some kid who was creepily awesome at Silent Scope. Sadly, few people frequent the arcades in my area anymore. I, like many others, view gaming as a social activity so when I heard the news of GameStop opening up tournament centers I was ecstatic. I hope they open up one in the DC or Northern Virginia area. That'd be sweet. We've had a couple of places like that. They used to have an xbox setup at a local skatepark. That didn't last long because the skatepark wasn't a huge fan of loitering youth. We also had something similar at a Wizards of the Coast store in Springfield. People could pay by the hour and play Counterstrike or Everquest across their networks in the store. It was a great way to meet other gamers in an environment where it was difficult to be an asshole. With luck this GameStop tournament center in San Jose will be hugely successful and maybe they'll open up a couple more. Who knows?
I gained a whole new respect for those who work retail. Sunday night I made the mistake of venturing into a Wal-Mart to finish up some Christmas shopping. Needless to say it was pretty fucking ridiculous. Wall to wall people with minimal amount of breathing space. Basically I was reminded why Amazon.com is my friend. Anyways, that respect comes from the fact that the people there put up with that shit for a solid month and you don't hear anything about Wal-Mart shooting rampages. What I saw there would immediately qualify is rampage material.
Keep up the good work people.
While I was making my way through the crowded aisles I spotted a Wii knock off I thought was pretty interesting. I apologize for the picture quality as it was taken from a phone. The game in the picture is a motion sensitive plug and play football game. They also had one for racing and maybe croquet too. This was the only one I could get a decent pic of without getting mowed down by some lady and her shopping cart.
It's amazing how in the absence of the Wii there's been so many niches created for different imitation products. I mean I guess it could be considered a good thing. At least a lot of little kids will get to flail there arms playing something on Christmas day.
On Monday night I was granted the opportunity to play ps3 on a larger than life movie theatre screen. The experience was phenomenal. Sadly, the only titles I had avaliable to play were Def Jam Icon and Dark Kingdom. My Resistance disc had a blemish and wouldn't read and I think I might have actually made it worse by attempting to use refinishing spray and one of those hand crank disc scratch fixers. Who would have thought there was a science to it?
We didn't use the actual projector that runs the movies. We used a smaller Viewsonic model that's typically used in business presentations. Due to network protections that monitor the activity of the theatre projectors we can seldom use them for other purposes besides that they were originally designated for.
The only downside of operating on the presentation projector was that we didn't get to experience the theatre's sound system. We ended up using a set of logitech desktop speakers for audio output and suprisingly it still sounded amazing.
If I can get my hands on a copy of the Orange Box then we'll probably be playing some Team Fortress next week. I can only hope.
Anyone else out there had the pleasure of playing in a theatre?