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1:53 PM on 05.19.2010  

Let's Play Hitman - The shortened more "entertaining" remix.

Last night I posted a blog introducing my Let's Play series of Hitman: Blood Money. The advice I was given was to be funnier than the cutscenes, more entertaining, and to make the videos shorter... a maximum of five minutes long. I took it to heart and decided I really should work on it. So now I give you the shortened entertainment remix of my LP.

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The original version can be found here:

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8:19 PM on 05.18.2010  

Let's Play Hitman: Blood Money - Silent Assassin Run - Part 1

If you aren't sure what a "Let's Play" is I'll explain. Basically you'll watch the video of me playing a fucking video game and talking. It's entertainment for those people who are lonely and craving human contact.

In this LP I'm doing Hitman: Blood Money, which is one of my favorite games of all time. Not only am I playing it, but I'm doing it on professional difficulty (which is the hardest setting) and getting Silent Assassin rank on every level, all accidents too.

If you're interested take a look, you can find the rest of them on my YouTube page. Lemme know what you think.

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1:01 PM on 04.10.2010  

Hans Zimmer Scored My Snuff Film.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has captured my interest like no game has in a long time. My previous blog post was all about playing Recon and how great it was, so on and so forth. Well apparently I wasn't satisfied with gushing over this game in just text... so I got myself a Dazzle (a nifty thing you can use to capture console footage to your PC) and decided to throw together a montage of me playing BC2 for just over 8 minutes.

To be honest, if you're not a BC2 player you probably won't know what's going on in this video. If you are a BC2 player, shhhh, don't tell anyone when you notice me noob things up in the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIM9hmDH_44   read


4:37 PM on 04.04.2010  

Why Do I Love Recon In Bad Company 2?

--- It's been over a year since my last blog. Wish my return was something... better, but hell, this is what I have to say right now. ---

Everyone hates Recon or “snipers” in every game. I felt the same way when I first started playing Bad Company 2, then I tried it. The reasons why people don’t like it are discussed at length and on a whole I tend to agree. Yet for some reason I just can’t help but select Recon when I start the match. I decided to talk a little bit about what makes Recon/sniper so much fun for me.

I enjoy moving through cover so I can get line of sight on a tank that’s locking down an area and feeling the suspense as I see my mortar strike lock in and watch as death rains from above. +30, +50, +50, +100. The post-destruction bliss, seeing those blue triangles advance through the map towards our objective, is for me, like a cigarette after sex.

Hearing one of my squad members complain about a sniper, positioning myself to get a view, spotting and removing the threat so my team can take position. The whole time knowing that most likely for the rest of the match that “sniper” is going to be looking for me and not taking out my run and gun partners.
The satisfaction of seeing a high value target running across the map towards an objective or having an RPG in hand as he moves on one of my vehicles. Overcoming the hesitation and self-doubt as gauge the distance, putting the cross hairs ¾ of an inch above his head and a half inch in front of path of movement, and finally pulling the trigger and watching that pink mist, knowing he’s just yelled “WTF! Come on!”

The annoyance of realizing when I don’t have a shot on an enemy followed by the smile that goes across my face as I get a spot kill bonus because someone who does finished the job I couldn’t.

Running to the objectives, tossing down motion sensors and waiting with pistol in hand. Confident enough in my team mates abilities to know that even if I am killed, the red triangles will pop up and the objective will be defended.

That tense moment when I realize that the man in your crosshair also has you in his. The gamble of pulling the trigger and hoping you’re faster and more accurate or the safety of ducking and running for cover and a new position.

I’ve been playing first person shooters for years. I’ve been AWP’d back when Counter-Strike was still someone’s little project. I’ve seen the 2Fort matches in Team Fortress 2 turn into pointless sniping matches. I’ve been on teams with people in Halo who want to get long range head shots more than they want to win the round. The difference for me is that in Bad Company 2 I know that if I play well and use my class to the fullest I am not just playing my own meta-game of “shoot the other snipers”. I’m helping complete objectives, tearing down defenses, advancing an offense, and having a ton of fun while I do it.

Not to mention that I’m smart enough to switch classes if the current situation calls for it. Don’t be a one trick pony. Play for your team.   read


7:39 PM on 10.02.2008  

Autistic Kid Plays WoW And Thinks Cops Are Maniacs.

A long time ago, like last year, I made a posted about how I was talking video games with this Autistic kid at my father-in-law's house. Well I just got back in town after a week of visiting them and the whole trip pretty much sucked except for when I let this kid play WoW.

The first thing he did was create an undead rogue named "Undersneaky". When I asked the nine year old why he picked that name he informed me that "when The Undertaker and sneaky combine they form... UNDERSNEAKY!". I found his answer satisfactory.

I showed him the basic mechanics of the game and within five minutes he was running around having a good time. Then he came across some monsters that attacked and killed him. As he looked at the corpse on the screen he said the greatest thing I've ever heard a nine year old say...

"Those guys just started attacking me... they are maniacs... like cops".   read


3:28 PM on 09.17.2008  

Golden Age of Gaming? Yep... Pretty Much.

Originally Sean Sands posted an article arguing that we are living in a golden age of gaming. Then Nintendoll posted her thoughts arguing against this statement, to which Mogg posted his response, which now leads to my thoughts on the issue.

During the "retro" days of gaming when NES was at it's prime I was there. I was also old enough to understand what was happening in the industry. If I look back and let nostalgia take hold I'll have nothing but warm and fuzzy memories of how awesome things were back then. The truth is that they were awesome, but it wasn't because games were better or the industry was creating an environment of greatness. It was because I was a young man with little to no real responsibility and video games were something exciting and new. I finally had the power to control what was on the television screen and it felt good.

We can skip all the talk about the classic games that fill our hearts with joy, every era of every form of media will have some gems in the pile of gravel. The truth is that it was a time of intense marketing and games filling the market whose advertisements were more entertaining than the games themselves. It's very much the same today except that now we are living in a unique situation where gaming has evolved into a culture instead of hobby of novelty.

What solidifies the idea that we are living in a golden age for me as a PC gamer isn't the amount of good titles that are released or features of new consoles. It's that I can spend around $50 for a good game and enjoy the experience of playing that game for years. I can do a simple internet search for "LAN Party" and find lists of times and places where I can go meet up with hundreds of other gamers and enjoy playing games together. I don't see how after all the talk of PAX and NARP's going on anyone can claim we are living in something other than THE golden age of gaming.



Remember when you first played Super Mario Bros. and you thought about how cool it would be if you could make levels for it? Well now, in this age, you can. Not only can you make levels for Super Mario Bros. but if you love Team Fortress 2 you can make levels for that which people will download and actually play. Hell, people are creating games by themselves out of their bedrooms and releasing them to the public for people to play.

Right now I'm sitting in an IRC chatroom talking about video games, while posting a blog about video games which will be read by other gamers, after which I will sign on to Steam to see what current sales there are on video games that I can dowload and play with the click of a button, and while playing those games I can speak through a microphone and actually speak to people playing the same game I am who live across the country.

This is the golden age. From here on out we need only sit back and smile waiting for the platinum age... I hope I'm alive long enough to see it.   read


10:39 PM on 09.11.2008  

When you have a PC and something breaks... UPGRADE!

One of my favorite things about having a PC is that when something breaks after a few years you have the option of either replacing it with the same part... or upgrading. Upgrading is awesome, not only does it usually end up improving your gaming experience, but let's be honest, it's always nice to get new toys.

This mouse is old and busted:



For the past month my nearly one year old son has gotten into the habit of attacking my Logitech MX510 optical mouse. By attacking I mean pulling it off the desk, yanking on the wires, and trying his best to shove the whole thing in his mouth. The result of this assault has been that it's started taking a shit on me, to the point that it has been performing worse than a crusty trackball at random points while using it. This is no good when you're leading a headshot across a battlefield.

So I did what had to be done. I loaded the family up into the car and headed to Fry's where I picked up a lovely Logitech G5 laser. Not only is it an outright upgrade in terms of sensitivity but it has lots of nifty options my MX510 did not. For instance I can now avoid the trouble of a light handed mouse by using the weights that come with the mouse (which are housed inside a metal case that says G5 on it... sexy). I can also switch between three different DPI settings with the push of a button on the mouse. If you're not sure what that means let me explain:

I'm playing an FPS and I'm running around the field. I'll want to use a lower DPI setting which allows for more mouse movement without the camera flying all over the place. I spot a target far away and zoom in while at the same time clicking the button to raise my DPI. This gives me more direct control over where the sight of my gun will be increasing the accuracy. This is very nice.

The other thing I like better than the MX510 is that it has a rough almost sandy feeling surface. During extended gaming sessions the mouse will not become slippery and hard to operate due to sweaty hands. Oh and if you're going to say "I've never had a problem with my mouse getting to sweaty to use" then let me tell you that you've never had an actual EXTENDED gaming session.

This mouse is new and sexy:


Now I'm sure some will point out that there are better mice for whatever reasons. On paper some may seem better but when taking into account that I've been using an MX510 for years and the basic design of the G5 is the same, there is not really an adjustment period. It's just using a better piece of hardware instantly.

Now I'm off to play with my new toy.   read


6:03 PM on 09.09.2008  

My BioShock! Nooooooo! Someone Must Pay!

Having finally gotten around to playing BioShock I settled down in front of my PC and got to work. I was blown away not only with how amazing the game looked but with the story from the beginning. Normally when a game comes out with a lot of hype around it I tend to back off and wait for things to cool down before I play it. I want to develop and an opinion without the feedback of everyone else.

So far I have to say that the credit this game was given was totally on point. Aside from one huge problem I have had.

*SPOILER ALERT*




Playing through to the point where I entered Langford's office to search the safe I was confronted with a horrible bug/glitch. The safe is empty, thus not allowing me to progress any further in the game. I've re-installed, started the game over, basically every step one would take to fix the problem and it hasn't helped. As I've searched for a solution I've found that this has happened with other people and not just on PC, there are also Xbox players who are reporting this bug. I've posted on the 2k forums and gotten zero response.

It's very disappointing to say the least. Getting myself into a game that is fun and with a great story is such a rare thing these days. I hate seeing it ruined by such a glaring error. You would think that by now 2k would have stepped up and done something about this, I mean it's not a simple bug where an enemy freezes or something that prevents you from getting an achievement. It's a game stopping glitch. I really wish companies would put more effort into uncovering and fixing these type of issues.

So until a solution comes up I'm left with a partially finished game... yay.   read


11:48 AM on 09.08.2008  

Mercenaries 2: Gettin' Bruckheimer On Their Asses!

Spent several hours earlier playing through Mercenaries 2 on my PC and I still have mixed feelings. The menu design is probably my favorite thing about this game so far. It's really good looking and upon loading the game I was actually excited about playing it. I even considered taking a few screenshots to use as my desktop background.

Once I began playing the game my opinion started shifting. To begin with the controls feel muddy, as if I have an old trackball mouse and it's sticking... except I don't and it's not. It could just be that I'm used to a certain type of pinpoint targeting perfection due to using a keyboard and mouse to play games. While I can forgive some of this due to the fact that the game is third person, that forgiveness only goes so far, especially when games like Ghost Recon had it perfect years ago.



When it comes to the story I feel like they shouldn't have bothered. Much like the early GTA incarnations the plot line serves only to give you an excuse to fuck shit up... which I'm fine with. Like so many big budget action movies, this game has been entertaining to a degree but I'm left feeling slightly empty and ashamed that I didn't use my time to play something more interesting. The characters feel like they come straight out of that abortion of a film "Smokin' Aces"... I mean one of the main characters has a fauxhawk... that's just not acceptable.

I'll probably play it again later just to see if things change up, but I most likely won't finish the game. There are too many other games to play, too many books to read, and too many movies to see to invest time into something this bleh.   read


3:32 PM on 09.07.2008  

Dollar Store Mega Man Score

My Sunday ritual began as usual. I got into the car and headed to the Dollar Store down the street to pick up a few pregnancy tests and some meat tenderizer. I grabbed my items and as I was walking towards the register I noticed some 3" Mega Man figures sitting on a shelf. They were all connected to some plastic display board type thing and I figured that six bucks wasn't a bad deal so I picked them up. When I checked out the cashier only counted the whole plastic display thing as one item.

So now for $1.00 even (there is no sales tax in Oregon) I have six 3" Mega Man figures.

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8:07 PM on 09.05.2008  

You've got to be kidding me! Why haven't we stopped Spore?!

I've been playing Spore all week and I'll be the first to admit that it's plenty of fun and very adorable. The tutorials are very simple and integrated into each level making for a seamless transition between learning the mechanics of each section and playing them. While some people will claim that the lack of serious difficulty is a minus, I personally feel like it helps the game along. This game is about progression, not achievement. That can be a blurry line but that is part of what makes Spore interesting.

With that said I'd like to point out that we live in a world where a inter-species sex scene makes headlines. A world where the simple act of shooting someone in the virtual face and stealing their vehicle for kicks is something parents are warned against. A society where games like Dr. Aborto!, which has been leading sales on Mac, openly encourage teenage girls to get secret abortions.

Now why is it that we haven't gathered the courage to take down Will "The Blasphemer" Wright? How is he permitted to force our children and elderly people to play a game which clearly proves that evolution is better than Jesus Christ?! Not only does Spore support evolution, but in the tribal stage of the game there is music and dancing!

My fellow Dtoiders we are known across the internet as being the righteous and wise in the video game community. Join with me as we teach Will "burnin' in hell" Wright a lesson!   read


8:15 PM on 08.31.2008  

Oh sweet delicious FPS benchmarks...



The BFG GeForce 8800GT OC's have dropped in price. I saw one when I was at Best Buy for $150 and couldn't resist. I had to upgrade my power supply though so I headed to Fry's and picked up a 500w for $40. My rig is very nice now.

Before the upgrade my bottleneck was my graphics card. I mean I have a Phenom Quad Core that's rated at 5.5ghz and 3GB of DDR3 RAM.

YKMG is a very happy man. Especially after running the Crysis test...



If you're looking to upgrade your graphics card now is the time to do it. You're not going to find a better card for a better price than this.   read







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