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Something Positive

I've noticed an alarming and downright nasty trend forming in the gaming community.  It seems like you're only a respected member of the community if you pretty much hate everything.  To a greater degree, what I'm noticing is that for some reason it's now generally acceptable to be relatively negative and glass-half-empty about everything.

I wonder why?  Is it because the generation now entering the working, corporate world is too self-entitled to enjoy a game for what it is?  I'm not sure.  I remember when I was a teenager playing games, I would read reviews back then as well.  What I noticed was that I generally always enjoyed games that were reviewed 80% and higher.  Anything below that, I probably wouldn't like them.  These days, I'm enjoying games rated 70%.  Even 60%.

What happened?  Is it me?

Read the first sentence of every paragraph of PC Gamer's Fear 3 review.  It's all negative, even though they gave the game a respectable 74% rating.  …

It's finally happened.

So I got a Sheetz card today.  For those unfamiliar, Sheetz is a chain of convenience stores -- they're a gas station, plus a store, and they have coffee, subs, and made to order food.  I like their little touch screens where you order your stuff.  They're neat and fun to use.  I typically stop there every morning to get some kind of breakfast, and I usually always get my gas there.

Well, they came out with this Sheetz card, and I signed up for one because you get a small ($0.03) discount on gas just for having it.

When I completed my registration on the website, I checked out the rewards page, and that's when I realized it's finally happened.  There's a tracking list there for subs, coffee, donuts, and drinks, each currently displaying 0/10.  Once you get 10, you get a free one.

It's...ACHIEVEMENTS.  IN REAL LIFE.  IT'S FINALLY HAPPENED.

I sense something...a presence I have not felt since...

Today, Star Wars: The Old Republic went on sale for pre-order.  I'm using the word "sale" loosely, since it is usually used to describe a good price.  TOR is expensive.  The standard edition is the highest price a developer puts on a game at $60.  The digital deluxe edition is $80.  The collector's edition is $150.

I don't have a problem with any of that, but the Internet certainly does.  Oh my, the flame wars that have begun.  I feel like going home and putting on some Billy Joel after all the crap I've read today.

But, flame wars aside, this day is pretty damned important.  It's TOR, and you can BUY it.  For realz!  I've been waiting for this day for nearly five years now.  The release date is targeted for "Holiday 2011".  Still this year.  We could be playing TOR -THIS YEAR-.

At least if it sucks, I'll still have Tintin to look forward to this holiday season...

Wasn't Tintin a dog?

No.  That was Rin-Tin-Tin.


All right, so it's been a very, very long time since I've been truly excited about a movie.  They've...sort of lost their appeal to me over the last several years.  I think the last time I was truly excited about seeing a movie was when Star Wars Episode III came out.  That was 6 years ago.  (Holy shit.) 


Now, don't get me wrong -- it's not that I think that everything that's come out since then was crap.  Hardly.  I'm ecstatic that the Harry Potter films all did so well and were so well received.  I believe Avatar was a huge milestone in film making.  And I think the Sherlock Holmes film with Robert Downey Jr. was just a really good film.  There have been plenty of great movies.  It's just...none of them really got me really EXCITED. 


Well, let it be known that I am excited about "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn".  Which I will simply call Tintin.  (It figures that the first movie in nearly a decade…

Call of Juarez

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I was intrigued by the trailer and news that I've read about the new game, Call of Juarez: The Cartel.  It was an Old West theme dropped into a modern setting and story.  I found that interesting, and it made me do a little bit of research on the game.  I figured it was some type of sequel, given the title, and sure enough it is.  The first game, Call of Juarez, is quite a bit different, in that it does actually take place in the Old West.  I've been wanting to play a game like that since Red Dead Redemption was new and exciting -- and of course, since I don't play games on consoles, I don't get to play that game.  
But instead, I get to play this less successful and probably quite a bit LESS GOOD Call of Juarez.  Fortunately, it's not all bad!  



First things first:  This game is gorgeous.  Just look at that sky.  Beautiful.  The clouds move realistically, too, and I found myself staring at the sky for a good few minutes.  Silly, I know, but I was really impressed by…

Where are my black-rimmed spectacles?

Sometimes I feel like a gaming hipster.  All I need is a weird hat and some worn out sneakers.

When I use the term hipster, I'm of course referring to what the word has come to mean today in 2011 -- Someone who doesn't like something simply because someone else has heard of it.  The easiest example I can provide you is the music hipster.  A teenager walks into a music store and starts flicking through CDs, calling each one of them crap.  When the clerk asks him how he knows they are all crap, he replies, "Because I've heard of them."  Another aspect of "hipster-ism" is they like to say, "Oh, I knew about that before it became popular."

I sometimes feel that way about PC Gaming.  I remember when I was a teenager, I would ask my parents for certain PC games for Christmas.  I would get bizarre looks and often they would ask, "Well, where would I get it?"  At that time, most people just didn't play PC Games.  They were too busy wit…

Not Quite Speechless

In the words of QC...What the hell ass balls?

I would say that it's not often that I talk about politics, religion, or anything that I read in mainstream media.  Honestly, I avoid doing that, because I never see the point.  Politicians are corrupt, religion causes violence and hatred, and the media is biased.  Period.  So what is there really to discuss?

I need to make an exception today, though.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/07/12/whats-going-on-at-the-bachmann-clinic/#more-167117

I was sick to my stomach after I had finished reading this article.  I don't even know where to begin.

First of all, I guess I should point out why this is significant aside from its absurdity.  This woman is running for PRESIDENT.  If she makes it past the primaries...well I really don't know what I would do.  There's no way I want to live in a country where the people living in it support a person who thinks being gay is a psychological disorder capable of being cured by a mir…

My mission, should I choose to accept it...

I've had it with this stupid graphics driver crashing bullshit.  Tonight I'm going to do some research and see what I can do to fix it.  I've done a little bit of reading already, and I think I have it pinpointed to the Windows TDR shutting down my driver.  I just have to figure out WHY it's doing that.

So that's going to be on my agenda later this evening after John goes to bed.  That, and cleaning up Skynet2.

Minerva's Den

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I've never had a problem with DLC packs.  If there was a game I really didn't like all that much, chances are any DLC that would be released for it wouldn't change my mind of that face.  Therefore, I just wouldn't buy the said DLC.  And, if it was a game I really enjoyed, I'd have no problem spending a couple of bucks to have that experience extended.  

PC Gamer reminded me the other day that there was a DLC for Bioshock 2 called Minerva's Den.  I skipped the first DLC for this game because it just didn't seem like it was all that worth it to me.  All you got was some new items for the multi-player aspect of the game.  Granted, I played more Bioshock 2 multi-player than I have for just about any other shooter except for Counter-Strike and perhaps Aliens vs. Predator, but still, I didn't see it as being worth it. 

Minerva's Den is different.  It's a stand-alone single-player add-on for Bioshock 2, and it has a completely self-contained story.  …

Reminiscing

The other day while I was driving home, traffic came to an utter and irrevocable stop.  Big surprise.  This time, it was because they were painting the road lines. The wind was blowing just in the right direction, and as I drove by I got a very strong scent of the paint.  It smelled not like a normal house paint, mind you, but more like the stuff you get out of the aerosol cans.  I'm sure a lot of you know the difference I speak of.  It smells more like paint THINNER than actual paint, when you get right down to it.

Catching a whiff of this made me remember some things that I haven't thought about for quite some time.  When I was a kid, around 11 or 12 years old, my brother asked my Mom to start working at his shop as the secretary.  These days, most parents would probably be quite comfortable leaving their children at home by themselves at that age.  My mother wasn't.  Therefore, every day after school, my grandfather would pick me up and take me to his place.

I remembe…