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New Computer Time

Here's the preliminary specs on the new machine I'm building.

Intel Core i7 975 3.33GHz (8MB Cache) Quad Core Processor
Liquid Cooling system
Dual 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 SLI video cards
12 GB DDR3 1333MHz Tri Channel memory
2TB RAID 0 hard drives
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium sound card

I'm going to get a few disc drives, too, probably a 6x Blu-Ray and a standard 24x DVD burner.
Now playing:The Limousines - Very Busy People (Album Version)
Bleh.

Whrgrbl.

While I wait for YouTube to upload my video, I guess I’ll write a little bit about my experiences in Aion thus far.  I’ll say this right off the bat:  Taking everything into consideration — Content, Playability, Learning Curve, Graphics, Sound, Combat Mechanics, Community, etc — WoW is superior.  That’s coming from someone who really wants this game to be better, because he would enjoy seeing something take WoW down a notch.  That’s the only WoW vs. The Other MMO that you will read in this post. 

Okay, the video is ready.  Now, this is just a little 30 second sample of what the combat looks like from a Templar’s point of view.  The Templar is one of two branches of the Warrior class — the other being Gladiator.  As you might imagine, the Templar is the tank of the game, while the Gladiator is melee DPS and off-tank.  The thing you will probably notice best of all from this sample is that there are a lot of different abilities to choose from while in combat.  You will see that I always…
No blogs. Too busy playing Aion.
Reasons why October is my favorite month:

HalloweenIt's close enough to the holiday season (Yay!), but it's not yet the holiday season (Whew!).It's not too hot, and it's not too cold (usually).All the good computer games come out around this time.Grass cutting season is over.

Risen Review

It’s boring.
Now playing:Systematic - Deep Colors Bleed

Hey, this isn't FailBlog!

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True, but I have my own fail image to share.  I saw this at Wal-Mart this evening.  I don’t know why I found it surprising…I mean, it’s Wal-Mart.

Now playing:Flogging Molly - The Story So Far
When you're driving a new car, it takes a lot of rain to make it necessary to use those windshield wipers at first, because the rain just beads up and rolls off a new windshield. I was noticing this today as I was driving to work, and it very much looked like warp drive from Star Wars. So I was imagining I was in the Millenium Falcon traveling at the speed of light this morning. It's the little things that keep me entertained. Also, leave it to me to not be pissed that it rained only a few days after getting a new car, like most normal, whiny people would do.
Bloody fucking hell, people, quit clogging my news headlines with how Kate doesn't want Jon at the twins birthday party for more than two hours. Do you people want to know WHY the world is stupid and everyone is uninformed? BECAUSE YOU PUBLISH THIS SHIT THAT NO ONE SHOULD EVEN GIVE A RAT'S ASS ABOUT.

Finally, Something Worth Reporting

I just read what is quite possibly the greatest piece of journalism I have read in decades. This reporter did a study on how different dictionaries define certain sexual words, and the following paragraph is an excerpt of it. This is a nationally published news article.

Thus, you can't fuck someone in the ass with a dildo, according to the current edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, the American Heritage Dictionary, and Webster's New World Dictionary. The whore in Portnoy's Complaint "who fucks the curtain with her bare twat" can't do that, according to American Heritage, Webster's New World, Random House, or Encarta. Lesbians can't fuck each other at all, according to Webster's New World and Encarta (though if they use a strap-on, Encarta becomes OK with it). Fucking a woman's breasts is only possible according to Merriam-Webster. Finger-fucking and fist-fucking are impossible accordi…

The Makings of a Bad Game

Seriously, what the fuck?  Am I missing something here? 

Either I just installed and played the most horrible construction of a game ever to take up space on my hard drive, or I just decided to start a new game too late in the evening on a Sunday night and really wasn’t in the correct mind-set to play it.  Or perhaps WoW really HAS ruined all fantasy-based games for me, and I will never be able to play another one ever again.

Either way, tonight I gave Risen a play test.  Do not consider this a proper review of the game, because I’ve only logged about two hours (at the most) into it so far.  Hardly enough time to get to know a fantasy-based RPG.  That being said, however, what the HELL is this? 

First off, the game starts out with you washing up on a island.  Gee, I’ve never seen THAT happen before.  My biggest complaint is that everything seems so imbalanced.  Right from the very first bird I beat to death with a stick, the game actually seems too hard.  It doesn’t make sense to me th…

Work In Progress

The new story I’m writing is coming along okay.  I took about a week and a half break from it, because I wasn’t getting anywhere.  But I opened it up today and did some work on it, and I think I’ve got my direction now.  I’m going through what I’ve already written and making improvements to it, as I do several times in the course of writing a story.  I’m going to post an excerpt of it here, for those who might be curious about it.  Enjoy.
Prologue – The Disenchanted Warrior and The Imprisoned Intellect
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Ryder opened his eyes, and then immediately squeezed them tightly shut again.The room was spinning.He had expected that, but he didn’t expect how quickly his stomach would start to perform nauseating back-flips in his gut as a result of the double vision and the feeling as though gravity had ceased to exist, giving the sensation he was about to fall off the planet in a strange reverse tail-spin.He swallowed hard and nearly gagged, slapping a hand over his mouth and then running it down o…

Saw I-V

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It’s that time of year — Halloween, I mean — and I like watching horror movies during this time of year.  I guess I just like getting into the whole festive mood of the season.  Probably the same reason I typically only drink large amounts of alcohol on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.  In any case, over the last 24 hours (between Friday night and Saturday night), I watched all of the Saw movies (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5).  I haven’t watched any of them in their entirety before, so this was something new for me.  I tend to put off watching movies for a long time. 

In any case, contrary to the types of movies these are, there are things here to like.  First of all, John Jigsaw Kramer is a killer like no other.  I user killer in it’s truest sense, no matter what kind of semantics you try to throw into it.  I like his style, and I would have the opinion that if none of his subjects died that I would actually like what he does.  He does end up teaching some pretty important and valuable lessons…

Your Guide to MMOs - Part 2

First, a list of the most popular existing MMORPG games in the world.  This data is probably close to 6–9 months old, but it’s very difficult to gather the numbers in recent-up-to-the-minute format.  These are sorted and categorized by the “number of subscribers”, which I tend to agree as being the best indicator of the popularity of an MMO.  However, I’m not going to list the number of subscribers because the most “reliable” source I could find was actually in a linear graph form, and I can’t even tell what the numbers are.  I can make out the order though, and they make sense to me. 

World of Warcraft
Runescape
Lineage/Lineage 2
Final Fantasy XI
Dofus (I’ll admit, I’ve never even heard of this game.)
EVE Online
Lord of the Rings Online
Dark Age of Camelot
Everquest/Everquest 2
Ultima Online
I also learned that Age of Conan got up to 1 million subscribers in it’s first three months.  And then it died.  Completely.  I guess the game didn’t improve from the time I played it.  Sad.  I loved the w…

Writing a PC Game Review

Typically, when I write about a game in this blog, it’s rather simplistic.  “THIS GAME ROCKS!”  Stuff like that.  I’d like to see how good I would be at writing a full-fledged review of a game, the likes of which you would see online at places like GameSpot, or in magazines such as PC Gamer.  In order to do that, however, I first need to make a mental list of all the points that I should cover in such a review, so that is what I’m going to do in this post.  All of the below points I have construed through reading reviews and doing some research online.

The first thing I would need to do would be to list the game’s title, developer, genre, and release date.  This will accomplish two things:  First, it will let the reader immediately know what game they’re reading about.  They can then skip over the post if they don’t like the game, or know to keep reading if they’re interested.  Secondly, if the reader is interested and wants to try them game out, they have the information they need to …

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Woot, offline blogging.
Now playing:Three Days Grace - Bully

Your Guide to MMOs

Chances are, when someone mentions an MMO you're going to think World of Warcraft. And you should, given that WoW is the pole sitter. I have played other MMOs, and WoW does deserve to be there, even though it has its share of problems. What I don't like, however, is how too many people feel that it's the ONLY game of it's kind that is worth playing. That's simply not true. The problem is, of course, that any game of this kind demands a lot of your time and therefore is never really viable to play more than one. This, I think, is why WoW has lasted as long as it has. It's not the gameplay. It's not the story. It's not the graphics. It's because it was the most popular and because most people have time to play only one MMO, it remains the most popular, because we don't have time to play anything else. I have proof in numbers to back up this claim. If you look at any "ratings" or "hype" meters on any gaming websites,…