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7:27 PM on 05.16.2011

Duke Nukem Forver Demo

Attention all First Access Club members, Duke Nukem Forever Demo is out June 3rd! WOOHOO!
Just a heads up for everyone :)   read

7:20 PM on 05.16.2011

Why I quit PSN Plus..... Plus LA Noire!

Good Morning All!
Well the good news today is PSN is back and in action!
I have signed on and updated my console. Phew... Sony has to be breathing a sigh of relief over this one.
But on the downside, I have cancelled my PSN plus account.
I am not sure how many people took the same actions I did, but I realize I do not want my information stored on a server.
Now I know that this may sound silly, but this whole fiasco has brought to light that I would just rather use a "Game Time Card" or "Point Card" instead of putting my financial information out there.
The other reason is, well, Next time PSN goes down, I will not complain about it. I get what I pay for right? I figure PSN is a great service, and I think highly of Sony keeping online gaming free (the way it should be!), but the value of PSN dropped for me.
The inability to play the games during the outage, followed by the realization that "Hey, I just really do not play these semi "free" games as it is." So I have opted out.
Anyone else done this?
On another note, LA Noire is out tomorrow, and I am stoked for it. I have preordered it, and after all, with the restoral of PSN, what better way to celebrate than to play a single player game?   read

10:26 AM on 04.25.2011

PSN Outage (A different approach)

Good morning everyone!
I am sure everyone by now has dealt with the PSN outage (or knows about it.)
Let me start by resting your mind and saying, this is NOT a rant.
This is more a way of looking at the events of what has happened to PSN.
On Wed. Psn went down, at first there was some panic, but rest assured, Sony let us know it would be back up shortly.
Days go by, with nothing to be said or updated, until we are notified that there has been a breach into the PSN network, and that it would be another day or 2 until it was up and running.
Yesterday reading, I see that they are beefing up their security, and this will further delay our access to PSN as we are now awaiting a "rebuild" of PSN to be implemented.
Okay to begin with, This could probably not have happened at a worst time for Sony.
Socom 4, Portal 2 (both of which I have purchased) and MK coming out to PS3, and players looking for online play.
While I understand this outage (I do networking for a living) and I can relate to the pain and frustration that can be caused by these hack attempts, I appreciate sony rebuilding to ensure the continued growth and safety of their members.
Here is my question, that has yet to be answered. I am a PSN Plus member,(compensation for the outage would be really, REALLY nice, but I am not pushy for it at this time), and I have a LOT of credit card information on my account.
Has my account been compromised? Should I call up and have my Card number changed? What about my PSN acount, is it safe?
There has been no update as to what this (or these) hackers obtained, and with days going by without any word from Sony, it has beginning to show that Sony lacks the proper public relations response.
I hope that Sony can learn from this unfortunate travesty and begin new chapter for PSN and its members.
If I was a free PSN user, I would not have much to complain about, as I strongly believe, you get what you pay for (I pay for WOW, and Xbox Live as well, and the money is well spent as their services remain up, and when there is an outage, I have been rewarded back a free month of service, or more.)
Who else is affected by PSN outage? What have you done to pass the time?
I have beaten SOCOM 4, and Portal 2, and now await the online portion of the games.
Tuesday looks to be the day when the switch is flipped back on, hopefully this will be the end of Sony's troubled online services.   read

10:07 AM on 05.24.2010

%^$@ my indecision and Rockstar Games!

Well, I have spent many hours playing, and enjoying, Red Dead Redemption. So much in fact that I have played very little of Alan Wake, (a game I have been waiting years for!)
So why does it matter you may ask? Why would i Damn Rockstar Games? Quite simply, I feel the urge to go buy it on my PS3 now as well! I have friends on both consoles and enjoy the game on a multi-level. Its like Borderlands, I own it on PC, Xbox, and PS.... Grrr.
So how many have been playing it and enjoying it? I love online play, and the story, i can see myself replaying this over and over again :)
I especially love the level of customization I can do things, such as roping, capturing people, the challenges, ect... Good Job Rockstar on another game that sucks away my life! lol   read

10:38 AM on 05.07.2010

A Letter To Game Developers

Dear Game Developers,
While I appreciate all the wonderful games you have given me in the past (Assassins Creed, Borderlands, Call of Duty, Rock Band, ect), I am finding it more and more difficult to keep up with the game market. I believe I have done well (Xbox 360 collection alone is at 198 games, PS3 30, and Wii.. Well... 3) but I cannot keep up with a new sequel a year that is only 10 hours.It all feels rushed to just make a quick buck now.
While this saddens me, I have had to make cuts on the games I will buy new this year, and as much as I hate to say it, my list of Used Game purchases will be going up.
How can we fix this you may ask?
Well luckily I am a smart cookie, and realize a simple solution. That is to say, STOP! Lets take a breather and extend the life of the game, (and the series!) Lets focus on making a quality game rather than a game with a minor upgrade (Please note I do not want more "Madden's" floating around). Lets go back to when a game would take at least 20 hours, if not 30-40. While I enjoy multiplayer, I do not believe I will be deeply let down by the lack of a COD style every year that just changes the genre in a minor way (ohh Modern war! back to WWII (but wait Zombies must be included here!) and back to Modern war!)
I hope for the best on your endeavors, and hope that I may continue to support the great work you do, but just to be warned, continue on this path, and I will be forced to pay for only the best games new, and let the mediocre go to my used list.
I know many other people feel this way. I just when through and made a list of games this year alone that I would like, and quite a few of them are just remakes, leading me to question the value of buying a game brand new, or waiting a month or 2 until its 30-40 bucks used.... We will see but i have a feeling it is just going to get worse as time goes alone.   read

11:43 AM on 05.06.2010

Samsung UN55C8000

Welcome everyone!
So this time Im taking a break from talking about gaming, to cover another device that I will be getting next week.
The Samsung 55" 3D LED Tv. Granted I do not care for 3D, I am excited to try this tv out on gaming! Does anyone else have this model (or similiar)? I am looking for Pro's and Con's. Reviews have been pretty great about it, as well as customer feedback!   read

9:07 AM on 04.20.2010

Splinter Cell: Conviction

Well, I have to eat my words.
After playing the demo, I was mortified at what had become of my beloved SC series. The buttons were all wrong! The ability to jump anytime is gone! oh woe is my broken, weeping heart for yet another series has been turned to crap.
So what do I do? I go out and buy it anyways (stupid mind... well I have them all, I should at least get it and try it out.....)
After a good hour, the controls feel firm, I am able to evade enemies with the greatest of ease.
Now, I love splinter cell, as you can see (yes those words were bitter!) but I do have some complaints about the game.
While I love the Co-op portion, I feel its lacking. I like the fact it is a different story, but I want more! This is my problem with a 6 hour campaign, and then a 6 hour Co-op campaign. It leaves me wanting more and wondering, what has become of video games? i miss the days of 20-30 hours of gameplay. But lately, I am lucky to get 10!
While on the note of multiplayer, I love the spy vs spy, this is a FUN mode. But I find myself missing the Mercs vs Spy as well. I loved grabbing a merc, whispering crap in his ear, and then just knocking him out, while prancing away, giggling like a school girl high on a flower trip. I am hoping, naw... praying, that Ubisoft will release this sometime as an extra mode.
So lets see, I covered the bad... the lack of time for the game (check), lack of Merc vs spy (check)
Now! For the good. I really enjoy the interrogations! While I wish they were more hands on, they still entertain me and my mind. The story is so, so. However, I never beat Double Agent, it may be better if I did that.
I enjoy the co-op, I love being able to find people to play with online, the good and the bad, and just working as a team.
The PEC challenges is fun as well, I find myself in competition with friends to see who can get what, and upgrading the weapons is my sweet reward for a job well done.
Graphically the game is good, I enjoy running around a lot, and being sneaky sneaky and strategic, but what I love about the game is, I can play it the way I want to play it. If I want to be master chief storming into battle (granted my armor is an enemy in front of me) I can do so, and surprisingly, I can live through it! If I want to be Jack Bauer (Oops... Sorry, Sam Fischer!) and infiltrate the base, so be it!
Overall I have to say the fact that Ubisoft has already said they will be releasing weekly free content to it, makes me smile.
Though I will never buy another Ubisoft PC Game (until their draconian DRM is out of the picture at least) I can support their move on the console. It's things like this (please note this Activision, and everyone else!) that will convince me to purchase the online content they add in later.   read

8:57 AM on 03.31.2010

*Sigh....* Dear Playstation....

For the last little while you have been claiming your console does everything, sadly... The list of things I can do with my Playstation is becoming smaller and smaller. Sure I can game, and yes Blu-Ray is awesome! I do love Infamous, God of War, Heavy Rain, MAG, ect.... And the fact that I can surf the internet from the console is that which rivals the wii. Soon it will have a wii-mote and stick style as well. I love the camera which provides some unique features.
But sadly soon I am forced to choose, do I want to keep enjoying my games on PSN? Or do I lose Linux.
While I know for most, Linux is not that big of a deal, however... I utilize it to be a media center. I prefer it because I can customize it the way I want. I enjoy the ability to have YellowDog on there, to run all the programs I wish, (Tetravex is one of my favs).
But it seems like my pleas to your department have run into the ground, fallen on deaf, kicked to the curb... I realize the security risks involved on your console, and the fact that you seem to be... well best put loosely in the words of the hacker that hacked your system, "The Only system that has taken features away from users"... It saddens me to think you have lost your way.
So far gone is the Software emulated PS2 ability (a feature I am sure we will be charged for to be able to "turn on" in the future), and soon to be the "Install Other OS" which is the main reason I purchased your machine.
If there is anyway to appease the Sony God's and let us keep our features, that would be pretty good, as I have been buying more and more Sony games as of late, and would continue to do so. If not, I guess I may just be stuck with a brick machine that runs linux but unable to play PSN.
Sony....?...... SONY?!?!?!

*Seems to be Sony is still busy playing God of War III.... Not just to ignore the GF, but the Consumer as well :( *



**Please note the following message is done as a real attempt to convince Sony the error of their ways. I realize by posting I may be A) subject to flaming and flamers B) Called horrendous names that would but a 12 year olds parents to shame C) support from someone, even if it may be a troll D) All of the above.
The terms and conditions of my blog are as stated that if you dont like it, you can voice your displeasure, but realize that this is just an opinion. Nothing more, Nothing Less**   read

1:49 PM on 03.26.2010

God Of War III Review

I realize many of you have played GOW3, but I wonder how many had teh same issues as I did.

Let me first start off by saying it is a wonderfully fun, addicting game. The massive carnage of taking out every creature in my path made me giggle like a 12 year old school girl.

Now what could be bad about this game? Sadly, a lot... I ran into frequent spots where it would glitch. Example being when it loaded the labyrinth, it stayed at the end of the movie forever, and suddenly I was dead.... Okay back to reload.
Another example is watching the bad guys I pick up and throw, suddenly hit a hidden wall. I have not encountered this since the last console... and i have to say... Im very disappointed by it... Maybe I am spoiled with "Next-Gen" hardware.... But it feels like this game should have been so much more.
Next is the fact that the game is only 10 hours. This is my biggest complaint with all current games. It seems like lately developers feel the need to throw a 10 hour game together and get millions. Halo ODST is just another example of this, and its sad. What is even worse is the fact that I still purchase them.

Anyways I give GOW3 a 6/10, Graphically there are things to be astonished at, but if you want more bang for your buck, I would def wait until it drops to $30- $40.   read

6:42 PM on 03.01.2010

PS3 Fixed.... Kinda

Good news guys!
I am able to log into my PS3 account now!
Now the downside.... My Heavy Rain trophies are not on there... anywhere...
I had "sycned" my trophies just a the day before (Sat evening) before the crash, so I am hoping wehn I pop in the game that it will "restore" them or what not. But either way I am just happy to have it back up and running!
Have any of you had success in getting your PS3 back online?
Please note I did not do anything to restore it back. I just turned it on and there PSN was up and running, even allowed me to log in and restore my Heavy Rain Background!   read

8:47 AM on 03.01.2010

Sony's Outage (Not a rant)

Well let me first start out by again saying, this is not a rant on Sony. I love my PS3 as much as my Xbox 360, and I believe this is just a learning exp that they must go through. We have had these issues with the Xbox network as well. That being said...
I am disappointedin Sony. Not for the outage that has left me unable to play online, but for the knowledge now that their "Dynamic Trophies" are making it so I cannot play a Single Player Game.
I am sure you have all heard about the newer games inability to play online (Heavy Rain for one), and this makes me pnder..."What happens when the PSN Network goes down years from now?" Just like the Xbox network is going down for the original games, I would be left without the ability to play some games I have purchased.
I have had major issues with DRM, and this is one of the main points. Sooner or later, the servers will go down, and you will be left with games you have spent money on, but unable to play them.
I consider myself a collector of games, I have many but this is a driving issue that is being put on the spotlight, and sadly if things go to an "All Digital" format, I am considering gaming dead and will not be playing them (note this is why I have not purchased a PC game in the last 3 years, with them moving to that format, I went console based to avoid these issues)
In short, yes I am very disappointed by Sony and hope they fix these issues. And when PSN comes back up, all the better, I can play Final Fantasy VII again, which I hope they fix this as well!   read

8:59 AM on 02.18.2010

Heavy Rain/Ubisoft's DRM

So I have played the Demo, and all I can say is that I want more!
I have loved what Quantic Dreams does within their games. Omikron was an amazing game that to this game I replay. Same with Indigo Prophecy (Fahrenheit to those not from the USA), Heck I have been replaying Indigo Prophecy over the last week and it just reminds me of what games can do!
I know many people have said bad things about this game, about the choices not mattering all that much, and while this saddens me, I still will enjoy it for the story and the way it can wrap me up into a story and world that I forget about all else.
The other thing on my mind today is the issue with DRM, and Ubisofts implementation of it. While I love Ubisofts games and tend to buy them, I hate the idea of the way PC games are heading. For those of you that have not heard, Settlers VII and AC 2 both require a constant internet connection to play. If you are DC, back to the main menu you go, and all your progress is lost.
While this may not sound like an issue to some (and to some just a simple crack will do) I cant help but think years down the road, when they pull the server offline and suddenly I cannot play the game anymore. Granted I am not much of a PC Gamer, but I just cant understand the mindset of companies with this. Whatever happened to a consumers right to the software?
I agree with Valve's point of view when it comes to dealing with piracy. It is going to happen. Its a fact of the gaming business, as well as any other major entertainment media. But what you CAN do is not treat the consumers that actually purchase the software, as criminals.
Anyways! This is whats on my brain today, as well as what game do I want to play when I get off work... Decisions Decisions!   read

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