Archives for August 2005

O-H! Iraq-O!

For Buckeye fans, this picture needs no explanation:

O H Iraq O

For the uninitiated, there is a tradition at Ohio Stadium to chant O! H! I! O! with each section of the stadium yelling their letter while making the sign of the letter with their arms. This Marine, obviously an OSU fan, recruited some Iraqi children to participate in this great tradition.

This picture made my day.

MMORPG Sports (Part I)

A while back I mentioned I had been playing a Golf MMORPG called Shot-Online. Since then, I’ve been back for a round here and there and my overall impression of S-O is that it’s an ambitious game that is fun to play and actually has players that are fun to be around. It got me thinking about Sports games as MMORPGs. Or at least MMOGs. Call them what you will, but I’ve seen them mostly referred to as MMOSG (Massively Multiplayer Online Sports Games). I wondered if there were other games out there trying the Massively Multiplayer genre of gaming. I also thought about where this “genre” of games could go. We already have online sports gaming that’s been relatively sucessful but I think there could be more. I don’t think role-players and sports fans are that far removed. They both pore over their players “stats” and play to their strengths while shoring up their weaknesses. The MMO “sphere” is ripe with possibilities.

This is a two-part article. The first part will be what I’ve found while I’ve looked for games that fit the MMOG mold. Part two will be some thoughts I’ve had and where I think this could go.
[Read more…]

Don’t miss out

You’ve got today and tomorrow to get in on the Carnival goodness, gearing up right now at AFK Gamer.

Stooges on a PSP

My Three Stooges post got some people thinking about the Stooges and all their shenanigans. I got a note from buttonMasher agentgray pointing me to this site with a link to the Disorder in the Court, the episode we were quoting. It’s in the public domain (its copyrighted expired long ago) so it should be legit. If you want a classic Three Stooges episode on your PSP (or you just want to watch some sweet Stooge action) check this out.

Update: I and should mention that this could also be played on your GBA/DS/GBmicro using the Play-Yan Micro device. After the Metroid Prime Hunters online news and now this, I think I just convinced myself it’s about time to get me a DS. Now I just need to convince the Boss (aka the buttonWife). That’s the tricky part. Of course I’ll have to import a Play Yan, but that’s just a technicality.

Prison Break

I don’t watch much TV, but when I do I make sure it is quality entertainment. I limit myself to a couple “must see” shows at any given time, and I think I just found a new one – Prisonbreak.

Other than sports, (lots and lots of sports) I don’t watch much TV. My current faves are Arrested Development, 24, Lost, and Monk. (Update: I don’t know how I could forget my love of Food Network. I don’t watch any shows regularly, but my favorite show is Barefoot Contessa)

Like I said, quality entertainment.

Name that Game

Think you can “Name that Game” in three beeps or less? I thought I could and only got 12/18. I should probably have my “video game blogger” badge taken away. In my defense, there were a couple that I knew the answer to but thought they were trying to trick me.

Can you do better? Give it a try. (“Someone shot the food.” That is classic stuff!)

E-VEEL

Resident Evil 4 PS2like it’s the FRU-EETS of the DEV-EEL.

I receive numerous hits a day looking for translations for the Spanish phrases in Resident Evil 4. Over time, people have commented on phrases I miss, so I’ve been updating that page as they come across.

I think it’s great that eight months after it was released, this game is still getting heavy play. I’ve said it before, I think RE 4 is the Game of the Year for 2005.

Resident Evil 4

Xbox 360, the easy way

Forget paying big money of the Xbox 360, I’m going a different route.

I bought a Diet Pepsi yesterday with a cap that directed me here. That’s how I’m getting my new Xbox!

Holy Sith!

I know I may forfeit my claim to geekdom by admitting this, but I saw Star Wars Episode 3 for the first time tonight. (In my defense, having two kids does make it tricky to see movies very often). Don’t think I’m not a Star Wars fanboy, though, because I am. I saw Episodes I and II opening night, saw all the remakes in the theater, and have pretty much all the dialogue from episodes 4-6 memorized. I just never made time for Episode 3, for which I am sorry.

After Attack of the Clones, I thought to myself, “there’s no way Lucas is going to be able to wrap up all those loose ends in a nice neat package in Episode 3. The movie would have to be 4 hours long.” Color me surprised and impressed that he pulled it off. Revenge of the Sith is everything we wanted the first two movies to be. I thought Phantom Menace was okay and AotC was decent but they didn’t live up to what I imagined in my mind’s eye. RotS did. (I know it’s pretentious as a fan to “expect” certain things from a movie, but Star Wars fans don’t exactly abide by such norms.) It had moments that made me cringe but overall it succeeded at what it was – a segue into A New Hope.

I was also impressed with Christensen. His performance in AotC was wooden. I’ve seen two-by-fours with more personality than his Anakin in that movie. In episode 3 his acting seemed much more geniune. Poor Anakin/Vader was a troubled soul. His relationship with Padme seemed strained but everything else he did worked. When Vader’s helmet was lowered and he took his first breaths as “more machine than man,” I felt chills.

And can we all agree that Yoda is one bad mamma-jamma? Is he Lucas’ favorite character or what? Again, chills.

So yeah, I was late to the party but I’m glad I came. Revenge of the Sith made up amply for whatever trespasses Lucas may have comitted in the first two movies. All is well in the Star Wars galaxy.

(Oh, and sorry about the post title. It’s late, I’m tired, and that’s all I got. Sorry)

Tinkering under the hood

Things might look wonky for a bit as I tweak my theme. I am growing tired of the current look. I’m looking to spruce things up. I’ll also be installing some new plug-ins over the next couple of days (WordPress is teh truth!). Hopefully I don’t break anything expensive.

“I break, I cry. You break, you buy.”

(For now I’ll be leaving the old theme up. I’ll still be tinkering with it later)