Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Hey all, this is my obligatory Halloween blog post. Halloween is great because somehow almost every girl is attractive today. I don't really mind Halloween, but the only thing I truly enjoy is ZOMBIES. Zombies have been around forever, whether its African Voo-Doo Necromancy, or Romero's more modern zombie, and I gotta say, I love 'em all.
Zombies have seen a whole new level of popularity in recent years, which is great. They've been making appearances in movies, video games (speaking of which...look forward to a L4D review soon...), and pop culture. I must say that the zombie event I am most excited for is Max Brook's World War Z. It's the movie transformation of his book, from a year or two back. I recommend both his books (World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide) and you guys should also see his movie in a year or so.
Anyway, I seem to have deviated from my original plan for this post. I think it turned out better than it would have (I was going to talk about the pig-riding monkey I posted a few days back, and then tell you that was my Halloween costume) but regardless, I hope you all have a terrific Halloween and watch out for Zombies!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Alien Swarm

So basically, Steam is one of the best inventions for the computer ever. I went there a while back, and I found this free game called Alien Swarm. Oh, and for the record, no. I am not talking about that stupid Ben 10 crap they put on Cartoon Network these days. I am also not talking about his stupid video game thing. I'm talking about the GOOD Alien Swarm. 
Ok, I'm not gonna lie, the best thing about this game is that it is free. I love free stuff. Makes my day. But there are other good parts about it too, I promise! The gameplay is pretty legit, and the fact that it can be single player OR multiplayer, makes me happy. When you play multiplayer, you can get achievements and you level up to unlock new weapons and what not. 
Basic plot line is that a group of 4 Marines go to this mining colony on a foreign planet. There aren't any colonists around so they're like "What the hell, where is everyone?" Then, they realize that there are a bunch of murderous aliens running around this colony. I won't spoil the end, but its reminiscent of a Bungie/Flood experience. Anyway, I would definitely recommend this game because let's face it, if you don't like it its free. So... don't complain.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Super Mario 64

I know I've been doing a lot of nostalgia posts lately, but I can't resist talking about one more staple of my childhood. Super Mario 64 was another one of my first video games. I love this game. If it was legal, I would marry it. 
I doubt I need to go over what the game is about, because let's face it... all Mario is the same. Bowser has stolen Peach, yet again. You go into Peach's castle and find stars in different worlds. The more stars you get, the more levels of the castle you can go to. Each level of the castle also has a Bowser fight. Pretty standard for a Mario game, but it's so different... so different...
This game was one of the launch games for the N64, and it was one of the first 3D platforming games. Also, the depth of these levels is intense. There is SO much to do in every single world that I literally never got bored. Ever. Which is hard to do for a little kid amped up on Mt. Dew. Even harder to do for a college student amped up on Mt. Dew. (This game has entertained me in both stages.) It's also been re-released as a DS game. B.A.

Pretty cheesy vid, but it gives some good looking gameplay, as well as a look at the story.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Promotional Purposes

Hey guys, today I'm not gonna talk about video games or anything. A friend of mine recently publicized my blog on his local radio show, so I'm going to return the favor here. His name is Chris Lovingood and he is an aspiring voice actor. Go ahead and watch the video below.

Thanks for watching. I bet he'll take any requests or comments you might have.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


I don't know HOW I forgot to post this when I went through my N64 stint, but I love Banjo-Kazooie so much. This was a staple of my childhood. So legit. This game won so many awards it isn't even funny. I remember spending snow days hanging in my basement collecting puzzle pieces and picking up music notes. Just writing about it right now makes me want to play it.
Basically you play as Banjo and Kazooie as they try to rescue Banjo's little sister from the nasty witch pictured above. You run around different worlds picking up puzzle pieces (to unlock new worlds) and musical notes (to unlock new areas of the witch's lair). It's super awesome and DEFINITELY worth a play through or two.
Also. Music is epic. I love it so much! My next favorite things are these cute little things called Jinjos. There are five in every single world, and all I'll say, is rescue as many as you can. They're important. They're really cute too, and they make some pretty adorable noises.

No video today unfortunately. The only good videos I could find are parts of speed runs (where the guy beats the game in about 3 hours.) So, if you'd like Youtube, has a few good videos.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Robot Unicorn Attack

Alright ladies and gents, I am extremely embarrassed to even be making this post right now, but what the hey it might be fun. I am usually against the idea of Facebook games, and games of the sort, but this one deserves special recognition. Not because it was particularly well thought out, not because it has any new game mechanics that push the boundaries of gaming, and sure as hell not because its Farmville. 
Ha. Farmville. THAT was a wasted summer. Anyway, the Facebook addiction I'm struggling with is called Robot Unicorn Attack. It's a platformer essentially, and you control a Robot Unicorn just running and jumping and hanging out. You get three lives, or "wishes," as the game calls it, to rack up as many points as possible. Not a whole lot of substance to it, but it is wildly addicting. My best score is 55,743, go ahead and try to beat it. The absolute BEST part of this game, is the music that goes with it. I think it's hilarious. The music video is below, but I'll warn you it is super mind boggling crazy. Post your scores if you think you can beat me!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Haley's Heroes

As a girl, I feel I’m obligated to make some sort of list of really hot women who kick butts as my first post.  This is totally okay by me because I’d totally marry any one of these ladies and live happily every after, if they were real.  It’s a Top 4, by the way, because I didn’t feel that any other girl was worthy of the list.  Anyways, shit’s about to get real, and you’re all about to be super turned-on. 

Kitana – As a kid who was raised on Mortal Kombat; ( And Warcraft2 – Holla! ) I feel that it’s necessary to include my favorite scantily clad female.  Kitana is a, like, 6 billion year-old princess who used to be an assassin for her stepdad Shao Kahn before she found out he was a big fat jerk, and she spends her days constantly kicking the butt of her really ugly clone, Mileena.  Also, she has two bladed fans that pretty much just kick everyone’s butts by themselves.  Oh! – And she uses the Kiss of Death.  Who doesn’t love the kiss of death?
I don’t think she could possibly wear LESS. Gotta love those MK girls. ;)
Samus Aran – What does anyone have to say about Samus Aran? You think she’s just a really tough dude, chillaxin’ and chargin’ up his laz0rbeams and stuff. Then what? BAM IT’S A GIRL.  And also, BAM YOU’RE INSTANTLY ATTRACTED TO HER. Then she’s like ‘Oh, no big deal, I was just an orphan-turned-bounty hunter with really cool spliced DNA. I can pretty much do anything.’ And she really actually can do anything – It’s 1,000 degrees in here? NO PROBLEM. This tunnel is only 6 inches wide? MORPH BALL. I need to climb up a vertical wall? SPIDER BALL. There is nothing this gal can’t do, and we all love her for it.
Totally the only picture I found where she wasn’t drawn in anime-style with huge knockers.
Lilith – Let me just let everyone know, that I have a major girlcrush on this fox.  There’s not much back-story on Lilith, but you don’t need a back-story when you kick this much patootie. Nobody else I know can work a pink-and-white a-line bob paired with a crop top and skin tight chaps like this gal, and that alone makes you edgy in the fashionista world.  But, getting back to the main deal ( Matt won’t let me talk about fashion for the WHOLE entry ), she’s a Siren, she can phasewalk, she has a pretty dang cool skill tree, and she looks good while she’s kickin’ butts. What more could you ask for?
She’s got leeegs for miiiles.
Claire Redfield – My number one foxy lady of the day. She made her debut in Resident Evil 2, and I fell in love. ( I even bought a red/pink vest with a collar and wore it when I played! ) She goes from cute little innocent doesn’t-even-have-a-gun-Claire, to ass-kickin’, zombie-shootin’, smokin’ hot babe.  Any woman who can take on a whole horde of zombies, mutants, and beasts with really gross tongues while surviving on little green and red plants and toting around a helpless kid is okay in my book.  Skanky-dressed Ada Wong even stepped in and Claire was like ‘Bitch, no. GTFO. I own this game.’ I honestly think she was tougher than Leon Kennedy. Long story short; Claire rides into town, mows down zombies, survives the apocalypse, wins our hearts, and at the end of the day she rides off on her sweet hog into the sunset to find her brother.
(“Let’s go.”  LET’S GO!? Oh, no big deal, just carryin’ around this kid in an ugly vest and kickin’ guys in the face. LET’S GO.)

So that’s it, boys and girls, my top 4 videogame ladies.  Love ‘em, hate ‘em, they’ll kick your sweet behinds either way.  And this, has been my first post. J

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

UPDATE: Fallout: New Vegas

A few things before I get to today's post. One, I have spent the last 20 hours writing a 41 page paper, for a class I'm taking, so my creative juices are a little sapped right now. That's my excuse for just doing an update, as opposed to talking about a new game. Two, don't forget that Haley makes her solo debut on the blog with her own post tomorrow! I've read through her post, and I'm not gonna give anything away, but it's a quality post! I'm excited for that tomorrow. Three, Haley is gonna kill me after today's post.

I'm not sure I agree with this video on everything... but it brings some issues to light.

As for the update, I've been playing Fallout as much as I can. I gotta say...after writing the pre-release post, I was super excited for the game, but after spending some time with it I'm not sure I can recommend this game to anyone. It's seriously just a reskinning of Fallout 3, with a few new posts. I honestly forget what I'm playing sometimes, and feel like I'm back in D.C.

Also, SUPER GLITCHY. There's just so much weird stuff happening that I'm not sure if I'm playing an alpha, or an actually released game. Floors fall out from under me, my gun is constantly shifting on my screen, and enemies phase in and out of existence. I'm not sure that this experience is typical, as I've been told I'm exaggerating, but this things have all happened to me. It's reminiscent of the bug-fest that was Two Worlds.

All in all, this is only a mediocre attempt at a Fallout game. It's not awful, but it's not great. A few things work, a few things don't. I'm just about 50/50 split.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Modern Warfare 2 Adventures (My K.D. Ratio > Haley's)

Phew. Rough day today guys. I finally went to sleep around 5 this morning, was up by 8 to start working on a paper that I have due today. After cranking out 9 pages of English goodness, ignoring my needs for basic hygiene and food, I'm finally done and I'm ready to post another video game on the blog! I'll pause while I wait for the applause... 

I decided it was time to move past some of my older games and start writing about some more MODERN games. I figure some of these more MODERN games would allow me to show you guys that I am a MODERN gamer, instead of showing you what kind of gamer I was when I was 10.
Today I'd like to talk about Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. I am really not a fan boy of this game by any means. There are a heck of a lot of problems that Infinity Ward either has yet to deal with, or took forever to deal with in the first place. Things such as Javelin glitching, Model 1887 nerfing, map glitching, and modded game servers are all things that ran rampant through this game in the early days of multiplayer. Other than that, there's nothing to special about the multiplayer gameplay.
I did enjoy the Spec Ops mode, where you and a partner conquer certain missions with interesting restrictions. Echo missions are just ridiculous. They all deal with Juggernauts and there are some truly ridiculous restraints placed on your team of two. One mission you get RPG's, Thumpers, and a knife to kill 15 Jugs. That's truly an accomplishment.
Thankfully, CoD MW2 has a compelling storyline that kept me playing until I got through to the end. It seemed to drag on a little, but overall it was an enjoyable experience. I won't ruin it for those of you who haven't touched the campaign yet though. I'll leave you with this closing question, What's your go to class? Feel free to leave perks, attachments, whatever you want me to know! (Vid looks like Cod4, I promise it isn't)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Mario Party 3

Alright guys and gals, I promise to get to some of my more recent gaming adventures, but I want to do one more nostalgia post real quick. Mario Party 3 for the N64 is one of my all time favorite party games ever. I am having a small tournament tonight involving a few friends and I am SUPER pumped.
Needless to say I'm gonna kick some serious butt as Yoshi. I don't know what it is exactly that makes me love this game so much, but it probably has something to do with the extremely entertaining mini-games and the Millennium Star's mustache. Something about a mustache on what is essentially a burning ball of gas... I don't know.
Basic point of the game is to collect stars, by paying this sexy star 20 coins, which you get through winning mini-games, and what not. Person with the most stars wins. Good. Game. So I ask, if you've played, who's your go to guy?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

What's Your Internet Browser?

So guys... I really wanted to write a post about videogames today... but I was stumbling with Mozilla Firefox and I came across this video.

I gotta be honest, I was so distracted by these two cute animals, that I couldn't focus on writing a post at all! So I'll instead pose a question to you guys. I noticed that about 70% of my readers use the Google Chrome internet browser, and since I've just always used Firefox, I got to thinking... What is your favorite internet browser, and why? So go ahead and let loose in the comments section!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Kingdom Hearts

My nostalgia post from yesterday got me in a fever. And the only prescription. Is more old school gaming. Today I popped in Kingdom Hearts, for the first time in over three years. Square Enix was my absolute favorite game publisher during my preteen years because they brought together two things I used to adore (and still do adore, for that matter) Final Fantasy and Disney.
In Kingdom Hearts (for those who don't know) you play as Sora, who is the owner of the Keyblade. Basically you go from world to world, each world featuring a different Disney movie, to defeat the heartless. Then there's some complicated stuff about Ansem and darkness and Mickey Mouse and blah blah I won't get into it now.
Now on to some of my favorite things about the game. 1: Kairi. I'll be the first to admit that I had a completely age-appropriate crush on Kairi, that just got reinforced when they released her inner hotness in KHII.

I also was a huge fan of the Disney character integration. A few worlds off the top of my head that I truly enjoyed playing through (my names for them, not the actual game names...because mine are better) include: Hercules-land, Ariel's "Under Da Sea" world, and AgrabAH HOLY CRAP IS THAT A TALKING LION ROCK. The last of course being Aladdin's world of residence.

The sound track was also a high point of the game for me, which isn't something you'll hear from me too often. "Dude did you see that? Just took off a zombie's head with a machete attached to a Frostee machine!" "Bro, I'm trying to listen to the music here. Back off."

Anyway, this is just a taste of how amazing I think Kingdom Hearts is (its also one of the first games I ever beat 100% Dalmatians and everything) Go ahead and post some of your favorite oldie games, and maybe I can give my take on them in future posts!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Star Wars Rogue Squadron

I've only got one class on Tuesdays because registration Gods have smiled upon me. I love Tuesdays because it means that I get to come home, eat some Fruity Pebbles, and do whatever I feel like doing. Today, I felt like breaking out the good old N64, blowing on some cartridges, and having myself a nostalgic couple of gaming hours.
Now the biggest dilemma facing me as a gamer, is what little gold nugget do I want to pop into this ancient piece of technology. Super Smash is no good, because everyone is in class. Same goes for Mario Party. I could go for some Mario 64, but lets face it, we've all beat that one about 100 times. So I decide to go for an old favorite of mine, Star Wars Rogue Squadron.
Once I got this golden oldie on my mind, my day was over. I have a paper and two tests to get to, but let's be honest. I'd much rather blow up Imperial scum than write a 6 page paper. This was the first game I ever had for the N64, when i was about 8, and I have a huge emotional connection to it. Some of my favorite cheats allow me to fly the Millennium Falcon to take out any baddies. I played through about half of the campaign before my eyes could no longer talk the blocky graphics and I had to do some real work. Regardless, dont forget about your old consoles when you're bored of your more modern stuff! I had a blast with this old school flyer.

 A little gameplay footage of the first mission. Skip to 1:39 for the actual footage