Archives for September 2007

Stop Tickling Me!

When I was a kid my brother and I would tickle our little sister till she just about peed her pants. We never really got her to, but for boys it was a worthy goal. Anyway, my sister would be laughing the whole time while trying to get away. She enjoyed the fun and the attention, but there was a lurking danger that she really would pee if the tickling didn’t stop.

One quick glance of the buzz on gaming sites on the net and you’d think gamers have done just that.

Late summer to early fall is always a good time to be a gamer. There are usually a glut of AAA titles to chose from. It’s been no exception for me this fall, but I’m being a little contrarian from the rest of the herd. I present to you my fall pick of games.

I’ve been meaning to do some writeups on these games for a while, but I’ve been so busy playing every night that even my surfing habits have died down. Hopefuly, I’ll get something up as I finish each one.

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In my hands…

Halo 3

I know I’m about 20 hours behind everyone else, but that’s okay. Halo 3 will be going in to the 360 after the wife and I watch “The Biggest Loser”. While we polish of some ice cream.

After reading Tom’s post about the Halo 3 campaign, I am very excited about this. I hope there are some friends to join in on the action once I’m on.

(BTW: Seems like Xbox Live and all its components are getting epically slammed. Everything is running slow. Could it happen any other way?)

More to follow.

More: I played entirely too long and now should be sleeping, but here are a few thoughts:

  • The reports of sub-par graphics have been greatly exaggerated. Holy crap this game looks good. I recently switched from component cables to the VGA cable, so I don’t know if that makes a difference or not, but man this game looks good. There were a couple times, one during a cutscene, where things looked absolutely amazing. People say this isn’t on par with Gears of War. I disagree with them. Gears of War used five thousand shades of gray and brown. Halo 3 is vibrant beyond belief.
  • I think I’m very close to the end of the second mission. So far, the campaign has been great, but marred by strange checkpoints. Sometimes they’re too close together, other times that are too far apart. There’s no consistency.
  • Everything feels alive. Except for the scary eyes, the “extras” seem real and life-like. Creepy at times, funny at others.
  • I only played one game of multiplayer, but I can already see this is going to be a blast. I played a little free-for-all slayer (where I came out on top, natch) and really enjoyed it. Can’t wait to get in on some matches with friends.

There’s a lot more that could be said but sleep beckons. If you’ve played, let me know what your impressions are (in the comments or a link to your blog).

I’m a bad blogger

Master ChiefI feel like I’ve neglected my duties as a “video game blogger” by not heading to Best Buy this evening around midnight to pick up my copy of Halo 3. I’m awake, I really should be using this time to smash some alien faces with the butt of my shotgun. But I’m not. After a week of entertaining family, I am drained. When the kids have to be on their best behavior 24-7, it gets tiring. So no Halo 3 tonight. I’ll be turning in for the evening after I hit “Publish”.

I will be picking it up tomorrow, of course. I’ll wait until the kids have been tucked away, the wife engrossed in something else and then I’ll toss it in to the 360 and play until my eyes bleed. Then I’ll jump on Live and play some more. After a week of cuteness, I’m ready for some shooting. I’m ready to save the world (Again. Sheesh, it gets tiring) and then wasting dozens of hours in the rumble pit. Everything else gets put on the back-burner.

Look out for I aint yer Pa! I’ll be in your base, dual wielding plasma pistols.

Because there’s a crapload of deer out there!

Canadian Government to its Citizens: Stop playing video games and go shoot some deer in the face! (H/T With Leather)

I’m not anti-hunting. I love red meat. Venison, even. But this is just lame. Video games and shopping malls didn’t stop people from hunting. It was probably the whole “rubbing deer urine on yourself and sitting in an uncomfortable tree stand for six hours” thing.

Cuteness Overload Week, day #7

A final reminder that gaming can really make us feel like we have super powers.

More Batteries

USB BatteryI’m not trying to turn this into the battery blog, but I’ve been sitting on this post for a while and now the time seemed right. A friend (I believe it was the Bobster) sent me a link to a company selling a very clever idea — USB batteries.

One of the complaints about the previous trick I posted is that even if you can get a bunch of batteries cheaply, rechargeable batteries are better because they produce less waste and are more environmentally friendly. I’ve never bought into the enviro-movement myself, but if a product is good, I’m open to the possibilities. The biggest issue I have with using rechargeables is the fact that I’m too lazy to keep a set in the charger. The fact that I could be charging them in my actual Xbox 360 unit is pretty nice. I think this is the perfect battery setup for a 360. A set in the controller and a set charging. As long as the battery has some kind of circuitry to ensure proper charging, these batteries would definitely do the trick.

I may have to try them out.

(I love the product photo they use. Could they seriously not find a working 360 unit? Doesn’t the four read rings mean the video cable is disconnected?)

Cuteness Overload Week, day #6

You never know who’s on the other side of the head-set on Live. Keep that in mind before you let something slip you wouldn’t say in front of your grandma.

Cuteness Overload Week, day #5

Sure it’s late, but it’s never too late to remember your roots:


Cuteness Overload Week, day #4

Nintendo cuteness

Like I keep saying — this is what video games are all about. Forget sticking your buddy with a plasma grenade. A quick game of Mario Kart DS is just what the Doctor of Cuteness ordered.

Batteries on the cheap

If you’re like me, you’ve never done the right thing and purcashed the Xbox 360 Play & Charge Kit.Instead, like me, you’ve been spending too much money on double-A batteries to power your controller.

Now, no more. Thanks to this video from Lifehacker, I feel less dumb:

How to get 32 AA batteries from a single 6 Volt Battery:

6 Volt Battery Hack! You’ll Be Amazed! – video powered by Metacafe