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1:48 AM on 02.20.2008

Imagine my disappointment...

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.

But it does.

-Topher   read

3:43 AM on 02.04.2008

Railgun in RL? Respawn points in development?

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.


-Topher   read

5:49 PM on 02.02.2008

My thumbs have been annihilated.

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.


-Topher   read

4:43 PM on 12.15.2007

Back in the Day...

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?

-Topher   read

11:38 AM on 12.11.2007

Props to those who work retail

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 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.

-Topher   read

9:22 AM on 12.07.2007

It was so big!

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?

-Topher   read

8:51 AM on 10.22.2007

Wii's collecting dust?

Is anyone else's wii collecting dust?

I read a Joystiq article recently that claimed that %67 of Wii owners haven't been using their console on a regular basis.

I confess that I'm guilty of this. As to why I can only speculate. I still play video games on a regular basis. I spend a great deal of time on the virtual console and playing gamecube games. However, as far as Wii games go I seldom play them when compared to everything else the Wii has to offer. Perhaps it's hard to break one's self from the traditional controls of typical consoles or maybe I'm just lazy.

My friend lent me his PS3 recently. In the course of 2 days we completed Heavenly Sword and while I am a proud Wii owner I'm no fanboy by any means. In my experience with the PS3 I've been left wide-eyed by the graphics and textures presented in the game cinematics.The Aftertouch controls alone provide hours of entertainment. Granted, the most fun of that is derived from how close you can get an arrow to your target's scrotum. I've found myself drawn to that more so than my Wii. Maybe I'm clinging to the familiarity of the controls?

-Topher   read

10:03 AM on 08.22.2007

Diddy Kong! Sorry for the repost.

I'm excited about the inclusion of Diddy Kong in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Looking at the current roster though I can't help but feel that they're saving the bombshell announcements for closer to the game's release date. By bombshell announcements I mean of course Sonic. However, there are a number of other characters I'd like to see in Smash that'll probably never happen.

1.) Duke Nukem
The problems are obvious here. In a fighting game that'll be rated T for teen at the most Duke has no place. You gotta admit though it'd be pretty badass for him to tear off Bowser's head and shit down his neck.

2.) Pac-Man
I don't even know how this one would work. He's a little yellow man with an eating disorder. He feasts on a steady diet of yellow dots, undead, and an occasional piece of fruit when he feels guilty. Would smash turn this pixelated legend into a cannibal?

3.) Winnie the Pooh
If Kingdom Hearts could do it so can Smash. Personally, I'd put Pooh in full Mech Assault battle armor with a laser sword for good measure. He'd have a wrist flamethrower similar to Boba Fett's except for one minor difference. It shoots honey! Ha! Betcha didn't see that one coming. Anyway, this Pooh would be similar to PA's concept of Winnie being partially fused with Genova.

-Topher   read

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