Friday, May 14, 2010

Pub Crawl!

As I started blogging again, I began to think to myself "where do I want this to take me?" Well, obviously I wanted other people to enjoy my writing.

All throughout my life, people have told me they enjoyed my writing. For whatever reason I saw it as very simple, but to get a point across. Perhaps that is actually a good thing.

So after resurrecting the blog recently, i got off my ass and applied as a writer to several nerd type websites with things pertaining to my interests.

Well it paid off, As I am now a writer for a website.

I am very excited right now!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Late for the Party

Well, my computer has been having issues as of late. Some weird restarting thing, but its on the mend. The big problem with this is that with my computer down, I cannot pump delicious World of Warcraft into my veins to get my fix. I'm shaking, I'm extremely violent, I'm experiencing hot and cold flashes.... What can I do?!

Well, lucky for me, I have some awesome friends... One of which gave me his Xbox 360 after ours was stolen on the account that he never plays it anymore. So it was time I paid some much needed attention to my console gaming needs.

I went to game stop and obtained some great deals. Burnout Paradise, Ghostbusters and Assassin's Creed.

Well Burnout was mainly for my Fiance who loved it. It was great to play together taking turns racing, and crashing.

Ghostbusters I gave a quick try. While I only played an Hour, I could see myself coming back to it..... But the whole time Assassin's Creed was calling my name.

I popped it in, and the intro movie made me OOH and AWW. Then starting it up, I lost a few hours of my life, but in a good way.

The graphics are very pretty overall, but there are a few hitches. Like stabbing someone with the sword is far too... not clean, but it looks really fake... Imagine taking a toothpick and stabbing into warm butter. It just goes in and comes out, no real evidence of an actual mortal wound. Sometimes when climbing up walls, what appears to be something to grab on, isn't.

The animations are pretty fluid. Combat is very fun, countering with the short blade has some great results! Though in the lab, everything seems a lil clunky...

The music fits the game and feels natural. The voice acting is decent, except for one area that is pretty annoying. When you are near a citizen that needs saving, you will often hear the same thing over and over about how the guards are going to kill them, or they can't believe someone would steal from them.

The story is pretty interesting so far. The main thing I am wanting to know is why these scientists have my character in this lab, and why this DNA memory of a possible relative assassinating people is going to help.

It seems this game can be played in a very linear fashion, but there is also enough to do that can keep you busy. I normally don't hop right to the next story bit. I find it very fun to get all the view points, save everyone, and cause random mischief.

All in all, its reminded me that I shouldn't ignore my Xbox... It needs love too.

Now back to my movie list...

Number 3 is the Ice Storm.

It features and all star cast including Christina Ricci, Tobey McGuire, Elijah Wood, and Sigourney Weaver to name a few.

The story is an interesting one. Basically its about families can forget what is truly important and how infidelity can tear it apart, as well as blind you from warning signs about your children.

It focuses on two families... and how they interact with each other and features a "Key-Party" at one point. To be honest, it is a little emotional, but it makes it feel more real. Now that I think about it, I have a feeling this movie was partial inspiration for American Beauty.

Hmmm, Interesting indeed.

Stay tuned for more!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Quick off topic, then to number four.

Sorry for the brief inactivity, but i've been slightly busy adding to our family. Sunday we finished our fence. This made monday an exciting day (well after work anyways). We went to the Humane Society and picked out a dog. We saw a lot of dogs, but we narrowed our list down to three. One was already held for a family, so there was that idea. Another had terrible diarrhea, so we would have to wait a few weeks to get him... It was all down to a chow mix they had named Twilight(facepalm). We took her for a walk, and she was so sweet! We knew we had to get her... So we did. But the vets warned us saying "Oh, our records show she likes to chase cats, and outright hates them".
We thought for a moment, then shrugged and said "We will see how it goes"

Well we took her out to the car which she hopped right in and rode very well. Once we got home she seemed happy to be in a nice big yard. Malygos(our cat) was watching in the window with a look of disgust.

We decided to rename "Twilight" to Seven (after Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager, yes we are nerds :P )
So we let Seven inside, on the leash just in case. She saw Malygos and wandered towards her, their noses met, and Malygos hissed. Seven just turned around and wagged her tail! So we unleashed her and she walked around the house looking. She met up with Malygos again. A sniff and a wag of the tail. Hates cats my butt!

Malygos was still put off by her, and has been hiding a lot... But she is slowly coming around and being more social.

Seven is such a good girl.

Ok, Back on Topic.

My fourth favorite movie is Clockwork Orange. Man, this movie is just filled with everything. The whole movie sets a mood for you, and you go from hating to loving Alex back and forth throughout. Malcolm McDowell does an excellent job portraying Alex. From the way he speaks, to the way he simply holds himself.

In my personal opinion this is one of Kubrick's finest works. Dr Strangelove is pretty good too... His version of the Shining is as well.

Stay tuned for 3!