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Torchlight

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I saw such good reviews for this game, and it surprised me that I never heard anything about it before now.  It has been dubbed “the best Diablo rip-off ever”, which of course made me laugh. 

In any case, I’ve played very little of Torchlight so far, but it does naturally remind me very much of Diablo.  I think the thing I’m enjoying the most are the graphics — the cartoony nature of them just seem to work for it very well. 






Now playing:Course of Nature - After the Fall

My Favorite Ways To Kill

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Now that I’ve finished Borderlands, it’s time to share my two most favorite weapons in the game.  In true gunslinger fashion, they are 6–shooters.  I really have no idea why, but I always preferred using them over any other type of weapon.  I guess it’s the simplicity of them, and the fact that it’s cool to go up against 15 guys with SMGs, taking them all out with only my revolver.

In any case, here they are.




Now playing:Chevelle - Jars
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I enjoy when I am able to catch subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) references to other media within the media I am currently enjoying.  That holds true for movies, books, and video games.  The current case in point is with Borderlands.  The game is drenched with subtle references to all kinds of movies, Mad Max not being the least of these.  (One of the bosses is called “Mad Mel” — Mad Max and Mel Gibson put together.)

The references to the Dark Tower aren’t lost on me either.  The most obvious of these are the fact that one of my talent trees is called “Gunslinger”, and one of the characters in the game is called Roland.  Then tonight, I saw this:



I’m not sure if this was an INTENTIONAL reference to the Dark Tower or not.  I guess the direct reference would be to Stephen Hawking, but the Turtle reference is used quite a number of times by Stephen King (mostly in the aforementioned series, and in IT).


Now playing:Rammstein - Spiel Mit Mir
A funny thing happened to me on my way to work this morning, in the form of a car wreck.  The circumstances and the events are a pretty good story, worth telling I would say.  So I’ll tell it. 

I had just left home not a few minutes before, and was still driving through my neighborhood.  It’s a small town.  I was approaching the intersection of 2nd and Morris.  Yes, Morris.  Yes, there’s a street named after me in my town.  (It’s not named after ME personally, of course, but after my family.  Imagine the surprise of the claims agent when I told her the accident occurred on a street with the same name as my own.)  I stopped at the intersection, because I had a stop sign and that’s what you typically do in that situation.  I used only my peripherals to see if anyone was coming, because it was a four-way stop.  Everyone has to stop.  No one was there, and I continued through. 

Then, out of the corner of my eye, I caught sight of a car to my left.  And it was MOVIN’, man.  Not in a freewa…

Borderlands Video

Here’s a sample of what the game looks like for ya.  Enjoy


Now playing:Tool - Lost Keys (Blame Hofmann)

A beat you can dance to...

I’ve grown quite fond of this song.

Dragon Age

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After over a week of nightly playing, I have finished the game.  Though, saying that is a bit of a cop-out, since it would take many, many play-throughs in order to fully experience every possible scenario the game could offer. 



The story of the game is pretty textbook when it comes to fantasy:  The world is under attack by evil forces called The Darkspawn.  You are a Grey Warden, a member of an organization who serve as the world’s guardians, and it’s your job to unify the armies of the land to fight this threat.  And naturally, that’s no easy task. 
At the head of this Darkspawn is the Archdemon, who must be defeated to end the Blight:



The first small part of the game tells the story of your origin, and this part of the game is completely different depending on which race you chose to play:  Human, Elf, or Dwarf.  I played through both the Human and Elf origin stories, and they were both brilliant and very well done.  From there, you become a Grey Warden and the story opens up a bit.…

Ooh, shiny.

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I love RPGs, because of the vast attention to detail in every little item that you find.  Such as this:

That one made me laugh when I saw it.  This is from Dragon Age, and I will review it in full once I finish it.  That could take awhile, as these RPGs go.  But I’m getting there with the limited amount of time that I have to dedicate to it.

Now playing:Rise Against - Roadside

No Dante's Inferno for the PC

Fuck you very much, EA.

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So, who’s looking forward to it?  And am I the only one that thinks it looks like a sci-fi version of Braveheart?  No?  But yeah, it’s James Cameron and I am sure he will impress us.  It’s what he does.
Now playing:Muse - Uprising