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It’s one of those nights where I really need to go to sleep, but I’m too wired to do so.  I don’t particularly want to start any kind of project this late at night, so that leaves me to just sit here and ramble to my blog. 

Today I made an observation about people, which I don’t do very often.  (Misanthropy, remember?)  That is, most people you know have something to say to you, whether you know it or not.  They aren’t saying it for any number of reasons — they don’t want to bother you, they don’t think you’ll understand, they are afraid to tell you, they don’t think it’s important, etc.

With that in mind, I would like to say to anyone out there who knows me, if you have something you’d like to say to me, why don’t you?  Consider this your prompt, if you were looking for one. 

Now I think I will go put in a DVD of some sort.
Now playing:The XX - Crystalised

A-ha!

At times like these...

…creating something is even more rewarding than usual.
Now playing:Eve 6 - Anytime

A Moment of Stupid Observation

You know how anytime you see an advertisement for some new prescription drug, they always tell you all the possible bad things that could inherently happen to you if you use the product?  Could you imagine what it would be like if everyone had to do that? 

Oreo cookies!  Milk’s favorite cookie!  May cause heart disease, cavities, gingavitis, high cholesterol, diabetes, lactose intolerance, obesity, sugar rushes, hot flashes, aching tongues, morsels of cookie stuck in your teeth, nausea, pregnancy, or AIDS. 
Now playing:Tool - Eulogy
I have a few minutes before lunch, so I thought I would comment on Mortal Online's launch.  First of all, I tried to get excited about the game.  But I couldn't.  I would like to find another quality MMO in that kind of a setting, but I'm just not seeing it here. 

Most importantly though, their website still states that they are releasing the game in "March 2010".  Well, it's March 29th, and it's Monday.  Since 99% of the world releases their games on Tuesday, either they're going to release this game tomorrow or they LIE!

Just Cause 2

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I went back and forth on this game for a few days — I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the money on it.  But last night I wasn’t in the mood to play FE at first, and I sure as hell didn’t want to play WoW, and Metro 2033 crashed on me again.  So that sort of made up my mind. 

I’m glad I decided to get it. 

This game is very reminicient of Batman:  AA, with the use of the grappling hook and all that.  Basically it’s AA with guns.  The controls are a bit more clunky than AA, but the enjoyment and action is just as good.  Instead of a bat cape to cushion my falls, I have a parachute. 

So yeah, it’s a good game.  The stunts you get to pull off are pretty cool and make you feel like a badass.  I would highly recommend the game for any action/adventure game fans. 


Ooh, pretty.


Making things explode is the stable of any adventure game.


The over-the-shoulder view is very well done.


You definitely might want to skip this game if you have a thing about heights.


Another enemy base left in ruins. 
Now pl…

Let's Take a Trip into Fucked-Up Land!

Ok.  First let me warn you.  This music video is FUCKED UP.  Watch it at your own risk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGLu_2uGRhk

Now, I actually didn’t start this post out with the intention of showing you a completely fucked up music video.  I’ve been a fan of The Bravery for a couple of years now, since I discovered them back in 2007.  That’s when I first heard Believe, and it was a completely inspiring and amazing song.  After that, I got the entire album, The Sun and the Moon and also got their first self-titled studio album.  They also released a “complete” version of The Sun and the Moon in 2008 that contained “sun” and “moon” versions of all the songs. 

All of this was good stuff.  Some of their songs actually made me think of Snow Patrol, though not because of the sound but because of the content.  Some of these songs were very inspirational or sweet.  Some of them were love songs.  For the Ocean comes to mind when I think of this, which was featured in an episode of Grey’s An…

Game Reviews

I started a page:
http://www.pastatdude.com/games/

I’ll still be writing about games in the ‘ol blog, this is just a simplified and more organized version.
Now playing:Mute Math - Stall Out

Fucking Hell!

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If there’s any major reason why the PC Gaming industry is losing to consoles (and honestly, I have no idea where either stand in regards to sales, I’m just venting for my own purposes here), it’s probably due to how freaking unstable PC games are.  Seriously, can someone release a game that actually works without being patched 50 times? 

And do you know what’s worse than a crashing PC game?  A crashing PC game with a checkpoint save system.  FML. 

/rant

Ok.  Anyway.  I was just playing Metro 2033 for about 45 minutes (before it FUCKING CRASHED, if you couldn’t have assumed that by now), and I’m not exactly sure what I think about this game yet.  Of course, the crashing isn’t helping it’s standing either, but I’ll see about updating my video drivers.  Assuming, you know, they still don’t melt video cards.  Whee. 

At first glance, the graphics in this game confuse the hell out of me.  I mean, look at this shit:



What is this, a Tim Burton movie?  What I’m thinking though, now that I’ve got…

Fallen Earth for Dummies

Fallen Earth is a game with a steep learning curve if you try and compare it to other MMORPG games such as World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, or even Aion. Anyone loading the game up for the first time might find themselves a bit overwhelmed and even intimidated by the sheer scope of it, especially if you’re nothing more than a casual gamer. And let’s be honest here, if you’re a casual gamer, chances are you’re not going to like FE anyway. This isn’t an attempt to turn people away from the game, however, but an introduction to a simple guide I’ve put together for anyone thinking about trying it. (And you really should, even if it’s just the free 9 day trial.) I’ve read quite a few guides, but none of them really summarized everything in a way a casual gamer would be interested in reading. I know my audience, and they have short attention spans. So, I shall attempt to keep you interested.

First, there are a few things you should be aware of at the highest level:

1. There are n…
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I’m still on Fallen Earth.  There are other games I want to play that are currently piling up in an unsightly mess on my hard drive, but I can’t seem to pry myself away from this one. 

On that topic, here’s a new screenshot.

The game has its moments of prettiness, as you can see.  Also, here’s some rather humorous things that I’ve come across. 






Both of those images are just pure win.
Now playing:Taproot - Birthday

Delays, Delays

So, that whole fiasco with my car is almost, but not yet, over.  After 4 months, I got it back.  Great.  I have to take it back in to get some rubber moulding installed (I think I've mentioned this already), but that's not too big of a deal.  However, I'm not satisfied with the car (the rear sounds looser than it should be for a brand new car with <3000 miles on it), so I'm going to tell them to look at it and see if they can find the cause of the knocking. 

Also, I think I mentioned that I bought a PS3, because I want to play Dante's Inferno and Heavy Rain.  (And God of War 3, actually.)  I bought it from Dell, because I have an account there and they have good service.  I buy Alienware computers, which are now part of Dell, and I've always been very happy with them.  Well, my estimated delivery date on the PS3 is May 25th.  WTF?  I ordered it a month ago, thereabouts.  Seems like everything I do these days has a 4 month waiting period.  Go figure.  



Ka is a Wheel

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And so is the reputation for factions in Fallen Earth.



Mortal Online

Wow.  I haven't seen this much hate in a while, except maybe on the WoW forums when anyone is talking about a class that isn't their own.  (I could laugh at those people all day.)

So let me summarize things here a bit.  Mortal Online is an MMO that is currently being developed by Star Vault.  I guess the official launch of the game is supposed to be this month, and it has a whole shitload of fan boys up in arms about it.  I guess they're claiming it's not going to be ready.

Someone answer me this:  What MMO has ever been ready at its release? 

It's a rhetorical question.  The answer is NONE. 

I'm trying to figure out if most people just don't understand MMOs, or if they are simply unable to comprehend the fact that there are really two types of video games:  MMOs and not MMOs. 

Here's the point I'm trying to make here.  When you buy a not-MMO, you play it, you beat it, and you put it on your shelf.  Sometimes you play it again.  Sometimes you get some…

ATV

I started crafting my first ATV before I logged out of FE last night.  It's a 4 hour, 30 minute timer.  It'll be done when I get home, obviously, so I'm pretty excited to check it out tonight.

Choosing My Build

Before I decided to just throw some APs wherever I wanted, I needed to do some research into the talent builds of Fallen Earth.  I am a melee player at heart, and that is probably what I’m going to be playing in this game as well.  But, for the first time since Guild Wars, I’m not going with a full out tank first.  The main reason for this is because I want to be very dependent on crafting.  I can’t do that will a full tanking spec, because tanks have no need for the two stats that are needed to be a crafter:  Intelligence and Perception. 

So, I’m going with a “Crafting/Melee/Defense” build.  It’s a full crafting build with a focus on melee combat, high defense, and strong hit points.  I’m also going with Healing and Ranges Offensive mutations.  I’m not sure if I would be able to “tank” with this build or not, but it’s not like it matters anyway.  This game has no raids and no end game content. 

The problem that I’m having right now is that I’m horribly squishy.  I want to keep my cra…

Fallen Earth

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This screenshot pretty much sums up the game for me as of this writing.  Just riding through the wilderness and exploring the world, as desolate as it may be. 

Okay, first, what is it?  Fallen Earth is a post-apocalyptic MMO with a huge focus on crafting.  That’s a very generalized overview.  A bit deeper, however, and you have this game that is not completely combat oriented, and is actually very, very complex. 

Now, make no mistake — this game is NOT for everyone.  I will say that if you are a casual gamer, you will MOST LIKELY not like this game.  It’s very time consuming, and it requires a lot of patience.  But if you’re willing to give it time and appreciate it for what it is, you’ll come to love it. 

First, let’s go over what I don’t like about this game.  To start with, it’s VERY complex.  This is both good and bad.  It’s good because I like complex.  I like having to think before I place that advancement point or choose a skill.  I like having to do a bit of research before I …
There’s a project I need to work on.  It’s going to be a major pain in the ass, but it must be done.
Now playing:Hot Hot Heat - This Town

First Impressions of STALKER Shadow of Pripyat

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The first term that comes to mind is “open-ended”.  Maybe even a little TOO open ended.  But hey, some people really like that.  It’s impossible for me to not compare this game to Fallout 3 right from the start, because the two games are so very similar:  They are both set in a post-apocalyptic future, where the world is now full of the effects of severe radiation.  Both are shooters with many aspects of RPG. 

So, I find that I must try and quell a lot of these comparisons, because Fallout 3 is such a great and polished game.  STALKER is not polished.  This game feels very rough around the edges.

And surprisingly, this sort of works in its favor a bit.  A lot of people, expecially hard core RPG lovers who want to customize every facet of their experience, will relish how BARE this game is.  And by bare, I mean that you really don’t get much in terms of help, or guidance, or anything like that.  The minimap is atrocious.  The backpack looks like something out of a 1995 dungeon crawler. …
This is an interesting time of year.  The holidays are over, and all of those games that either weren't finished by Christmas or just "weren't BIG enough" are starting to be released.  It's this time of year where you'll find a lot of really decent and good games to play. 

Obviously, the biggest of these was released back in February:  Bioshock 2.  Totally lived up to its expectations and is an incredibly good game.  Mass Effect 2 was there also.  I'm sorry, but I'm meh on the ME franchise.  I do not question the quality of the games, though.  It just bores me. 

I tend to want to focus more on the smaller releases at this time of year, because I enjoy getting surprised by games in a positive way, rather than in a negative way.  For example:  Modern Warfare 2.  Totally overhyped.  Everyone wanted it.  And it was meh.  I hate that.  


Now, the first smaller release that I focused on was Aliens vs. Predator.  I played through the entire Colonial Marine ca…

But how will I get everything done?

The massive 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile may have changed the entire Earth's rotation and shortened the length of days on our planet, a NASA scientist said Monday.
The quake, the seventh strongest earthquake in recorded history, hit Chile Saturday and should have shortened the length of an Earth day by 1.26 milliseconds, according to research scientist Richard Gross at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

No wonder we can't get back to the moon or land on Mars.

Low Tech Gaming

I find it fascinating how low tech games are becoming MORE popular as time goes on, instead of the other way around.  For the most part, I guess I shouldn't be too surprised, since the simplicity of browser based games appeal to a wider variety of people.  It's not just "gamers" who play these games, since they are so easy to get a grip on without a lot of the complication or huge learning curve.  At the same time, even the "gamers" play them because they are...games.  And that's what we do.  We play games.  I think a smaller part of it is that most of these browser based games are designed to really not take up too much of your time.  A lot of them only give you a limited number of turns or energy per day before you have to stop and come back tomorrow to continue.  It's actually a good system for people with addictive personalities, and it's a smart way for the developer of the game to ensure that while even the most casual person will be able …

I have my concerns...

...though I admit they are negligible.  


First, I will provide a short description of why I have played World of Warcraft for so long.  In it's simplest form, the enjoyment I get out of the gameplay is being that tough, badass, hard to kill son of a bitch that leads his friends into places filled with more evil than a current session of congress.  Parallel to this, I enjoy fulfilling a role that is unique and different, and also a role that either not many people WANT to fill, or not many people CAN fill.  This last statement is the beginnings of my concerns.  


This post has been triggered by the first glimpse of the stat changes that Blizzard is announcing for their next expansion, Cataclysm.  

First, they are telling me that as I tank, I should expect:
You’ll have as much Stamina as you’re used to, though you may notice your tanking plate has a bit less Stamina than a comparable piece of DPS plate, since we tend to take the gem budget out of your most attractive stat.So, you're …