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10:35 AM on 07.14.2008

EA has done it again...




Some how I thought this year would be different, why was I so foolish. It seemed like EA had listened to every request the fans have made about NCAA Football 09, me and my friends have been playing dynasties together for years now, and this was the year EA gave us on-line dynasties. We spend a week every year naming every player on the 100+ teams, well EA finally let us share rosters online. Correct stats for simulation, better pass rushing, less cheesy play online, all of it was promised.

You know what, they delivered, on all of these ideas. Just one problem, the game freezes before you have any time to enjoy it. Editing the roster is impossible. even backing up save after save on 2 separate usb sticks wont stop the game from freezing on random players, and having to start all over again. Dynasty ending corrupt saves, missing teams and players that are really in the game, teams ratings dropped to 0 (which is impossible even when creating teams!!!)

For those that think it is just more EA bashing, watch this

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Me and my friends cant just use these new features, we can't even do what we have done in years past!!!! What has become just as much a part of July for us as Independence Day, probably wont happen until August, and what happens to people that arent online and cant download a patch?

Im sure Tiburon tries as hard as they can to make this game as great as we all want it to be. I feel bad they dont have the time and resources to fix these problems, but ea publishing can suck a fat one. All the stuff they talk about making changes and this happens.

Sure this is just another sucky football game to most of you but for me and my friends that I played football with from elementary all the way through High School, this was the way we were gonna get our football fix in even though we went to different colleges, and without cumbersome trade swaps through emails.

God I hate EA   read


2:01 PM on 07.01.2008

Half Man Half ... Dolphin?

This young man right here had to have both of his eyes removed when he was a toddler, yet he can probably do things our unbalanced, take everything for granted, asses cant.

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While Im still not quite sure how he plays video games (I guess he matches the sounds to button presses), it is just crazy to see what humans can do when they are forced away from normal behavior. There should be a echo location class in any school for the blind.   read


5:31 PM on 05.16.2008

Biggest WTF Moment in Years... (NVGR)

My cousin turned 6 a couple of days ago. His favorite cartoon the last couple of years has been Camp Lazlo.



The cartoon is created by Joe Murray (the creator of Rocko's Modern Life, but it doesnt have the same hidden jokes and stuff that made Rocko so great) and is about a group of animal kids in summer camp. The scout master, Lumpus, is an egomaniac, whos plans are always thwarted by the campers.

Anyway I told my cousin that the last episode was coming on soon and he wasnt very sad about it. For his birthday I gave him just about the whole series on DVD. He was just happy that he could watch it whenever he wanted to.

As we were watching the last episode things just started getting weird. The cartoon started with Lumpus refusing to do laundry. Instead of wearing clothes he just painted them on. He slowly convinced all the campers to throw away their clothes and just use paint.(?) The cartoon made it look like they started a nudist colony.

If this isnt weird enough the final moments of the cartoon show that Lumpus was never the counselor after all. He is a crazed madman that kidnapped the real counselor and locked him in a closet the whole summer (series). Lumpus is wrapped in a stray jacket and taken back to jail.

My cousin didnt know what to say. The guy thats been there the whole series ends up being a crazed escaped kidnapper with pedophile innuendo.(!?!) My aunt says he hasnt watched the DVDs or the show since.

The real camp counselor is an awsome easter egg though

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3:26 PM on 05.13.2008

Quit being so down on the new Banjo



I think the idea for the vehicles is awsome. They're completley customizable and although they will probablly replace Mumbo transformations (no more washing machine) this is the kind of change that can bring platformers back. Ratchet and Clank attached themselves to shooting, Jak attached to sandbox, Mario is created by a crazy man no one else can think like, and now banjo is attached to custom vehicular combat.

Mario taught me one thing with galaxy, the only time I enjoyed it was when I was doing something new. Collecting the coins at the end just to get Luigi felt like video game boot camp. Just returning to spiral mountain in fancy HD would have been boring for the new Banjo. We would have got all excited for it, and then realized it was a let down (Twilight Princess style)

If this was announced as a new IP everyone would have instantly fell in love with it. As long as the same humor and great characters from the old games are there this will not be a dissapointment but it will remind us why we liked Rare and Banjo in the first place.

How many new Kazooie abilities, Egg types, and animal powers can there really be? This series needs this change and give us an infinite amount of creative input in the main mechanic will make this a (the?) 2008 standout.   read


8:16 AM on 04.21.2008

Slowpoke.jpg: Orange Box Edition



Yesterday I righted a wrong by buying Orange Box for the 360 from a friend for $15. He went and got it for PC because of the lack of team fortress play on the 360. I am still gonna by it for PC too whenever all my parts arrive and I throw them together but for now I finally get to experience HL2, Portal, and TF2.

HL2 is indded every bit as good as people say. the story telling is top notch and gameplay doesnt lag behind. Loading times happen at weird spots but I guess thats my punishment for playing the 360 version.

Portal is the best puzzle game Ive played in years. The experience is kind of short but every last second of it is mind teasingly enjoyable. I wish there was a co-op version. 4 portals, 2 people, and a Weighted Companion Cube would make for a heck of a lot of fun.

TF2 is great but unfortunatley its pretty dead. It kind of reminds me of the Metal Gear Solid Online days on the ps2 where only 40 people were online. My connection seems to be to weak to host so most of the time Im stuck pressing the join quick match button over and over again. The lack of user creations makes the 4 map choice even less desirable. Im sure this is a million times better on PC. If any of you still play send me a friend request. GT= jwhit28

The Orange box is without a doubt the best deal in gaming and even though Ill be buying it again in a few weeks, $15 was just too low to pass up. I wish online had the staying power of a game like CoD4 but besides that this is a flawless package. (which Im sure many of you know because its been out forever)   read


6:49 AM on 04.13.2008

Why a Metroid movie could never fail...

Metroid is one of those franchises with a sort of blank canvas for a background story. We know Samus is a bounty hunter, pirates are evil, and Samus kills a lot of stuff while powering up to advance progress.

The very little stroy that Metroid has is GREATLY influenced by one of the greatest films ever made



If you take the human interaction out of Alien and have the Metroids reproduce/morph with the pirates and planets animals instead of the Xenomorphs with humans, you have a grade A movie. All you need to add is a flashback with Samus being raised by Chozu, a final fight with Mother brain where Samus should use her mega beam, after she should turn into Zero Suit Samus for an exciting escape from a self destruct sequence while also avoiding/fighting Ridley, and some powerups introduced periodically to help samus advance.

Make the colorschange in Samus suit as she upgrades for hardcore fans, peiodically show us a visor view when she scans monsters, Nintendo produced music because no one could do it better, and creepy isolation to make the film as game/Alien-like as possible and you got a 100% crowd pleaser.

Find a way to work in the baby metroid saving your life while you escape from Ridley/self-destruction sequence and the computer that has a thing for you from Metroid Fusion (maybe make it her ships computer that communicates with her) and you might get academy awards. If someone finds a way to mess this up they should be made into a ball like samus and thrown in a bucket with jellyfish.

Also my vote for the lead

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11:26 AM on 03.27.2008

How NOT to Design a Game: Sonic 3

I have a confession. I never beat Sonic 3 all the wasy through. I have beaten Sonic and Knuckles and just about every other Sonic game ever released, but in Sonic 3 there is this one part in Carnival Night Zone: Act 2...



When you get to the barrel thing in the picture, you are suppost to push up and down rythmically. It only took me 13 YEARS TO FIGURE IT OUT!!!! Instead of making it look like an elevator or putting an up and down sign on it, it looks like a drum and (like everything else in the game) you should just jump or spin dash it.

Well yesterday I finally decided to play Sonic 3 all the way through. When I got to Carnival Night Zone I made it pass the stupid barrel BUT then I got stuck in the wall. I thought maybe it was a glitch from the NOT emulator so I reset and stzarted again. The same thing happened in a diffrent spot. Twice in a row I got stuck in a wall and after 13 years I still havent played Icecap Zone. I thought maybe the fault was on my end. Maybe I was going the wrong way or something so I looked online for a scan of the manual.

I found out that the GLITCH is actually a FEATURE:



look at that last little part. Instead of actually fixing the glitch they just warned you that it might happen.

Im never playing Sonic 3 again.   read


5:09 PM on 03.25.2008

Could an EA Console be Succesful?



As much as many of you hate EA, they are without a doubt a dominant force in the videogame industry and the quality of their products seems to be on the upswing. Their yearly franchises like Need For Speed, Madden, Live, Tiger Woods, and now probably Skate, consistently sell millions of copies and their casual gaming service Pogo was unrivaled until the Wii started moving into their market space.

We all know about the attempts to buyout Ubisoft and Take-Two. Ubisoft seems to be safe with how well Assains Creed did and the success of every Tom Clancy game, but Take-Two seems to only be worried about bolstering their worth and squeezing as much money out of Ea as possible. Eventually Im sure that EA will own Take-Two and with that they will have a great foundation to build a console for the future generation of likely to hit shortly after 2010.

In 2007 Ea was only second to Nintendo in number of units sold. Although this was across just about every platform, that is a huge number of titles when you realize that Nintendo used its big three (Mario, Metroid, and Zelda) along with all of the casual gamers sucked up by the Wii and DS. After Gta IV is released and Take-Two joins EA, They will indeed be the biggest developer and maybe one of the most talented.

EA as a software company turning into a hardware company could make development for a new console cost effective through their own proprietary middleware and could possibly drop the cost of development for big time titles. The ps3 complicated hardware and Microsoftís strict policies for online and development of hardware like rock band accessories could both be avoided by having a little bit of input from their code devs. EAís console could potentially be more dev friendly than Wii without giving up cutting edge technology.

If you add up the sales from EA and Take-Two and assume that They keep the NFL and NBA license to themselves (with the only baseball competition being a PS3 exclusive) You could assume that EA would have at least a built in install base over 10 million customers after the 1st year (and that would be giving them a generous attach rate of 4 games to 1 console, If you change the attach rate to 2-1 that would 20 million) that could rival the sales of the PS2 over its lifespan.

If you look at Microsoft and their first party offerings you canít really explain how they survived without saying Halo over and over again, and how different would the ps2ís story be if you took out the GTA titles? 4 of the ps2ís top seven titles are from EA/Take-Two, 2 maddens NFSU 2 and gta San Andreas. The poor Dreamcast didnít receive any EA support and that was the biggest nail in its coffin.

As much as I hate to say it the only reason I brought the Wii was for Nintendo titles and other than a couple third party games I think everything else is trash. When the time comes to choose a new console in 20-10-2011 I would probably go Ea strictly for the 1st party. That will essentially be the only deciding bullet point next gen when you consider that just about every third party is giving up on exclusives.

EA maybe a slimy corporation that pumps out yearly rehashes but I will admit that most times I enjoy those rehashes, and when you throw in 2K basketball, GTA, Bioshock, potentially Bethesda games, and a Madden every couple of years I along with just about everyone I talk to would be a sucker for an ea console.   read


6:35 PM on 03.07.2008

Not my Turning Point gaming rig

At the bottom left you can see where me and my brothers have kiked a hole in the wall after dying from low framerate and lag

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8:55 PM on 03.01.2008

I Need Computer Help?

I posted this in our barren wasteland known as a forum a few hours ago but no one seems to check it so here it is...

Whats better?

2 GeForce 8600GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2

OR

1 GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3

I have 2 pci-e 16 slots on the mobo soooo?   read


1:27 PM on 02.29.2008

Defend Your Castle: My new favorite WiiWare game

Im sure most of you have played Defend Your Castle while sitting at work or school but at your wii?

This games mechanics are great for the Wii because its mostly point and click but the feeling of throwing the little invaders in the air using the wiimote should be pretty awsome

Plus its got some of the craziest art work ever









As long as they don't charge too much ($5 to $8 would be good) I will defenitley be buying this over SimFinalFantasy.   read


11:23 AM on 02.29.2008

Two New (old) SFIV Characters

These two videos show the return of my two favorite characters.


1st (Tiger Tiger Tiger Tiger Tiger Tiger)

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2nd (I Hate Zangief)

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These two characters are great but the thing I noticed about these videos is that Zangief is pretty much invincible. I hope they tune down his speed before release or he could end up being this generations cheap character.

At this demonstration Sagat was the final boss. After you beat him it said thanks for playing. I'm sure this will change by the time of release but I hope we get some one new and not Akuma or Bison. They should be in the game but we deserve a new boss character(that doesnt where a thong!!!)

Also it looks like Balrog has been nerfed since his Super Turbo days. You can't really tell because any body that jumps around like that guy in the video with Balrog is a noob (also he was going against the Red Cyclone himself, so that could have had something to do with it).   read


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