Posts Tagged ‘video games’

The March of J

March 24, 2010

I love this time of year.  It’s when Spring and Winter weather fight it out to determine what people will wear each day and the accuracy of groundhogs.  Most of you know my absolute loathing of summer heat, but even I have to get excited about Spring in the city.  That hard edge NYC can grind into people softens just a little bit.  I mean, it’s kind of hard to be a tough New Yorker when you’re lounging in Bryant Park eating ice cream.

So… It’s been while.  How you doin’?

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jTunes

October 27, 2009

October has been pretty crazy (hence the lack of posting), but we are officially in the homestretch of Countdown.  That being the case, let’s talk about something else!

I had a very musical weekend.  Friday night, I saw my friend Jessica play an unplugged set with her band Walking Upright at Waltz, a hip little coffee shop in my neighborhood.  They put on a great show, as always.  They play regularly all over NYC, so check them out if you get a chance.

Saturday night I saw Zac Brown Band at Terminal 5.  It’s a great venue and we were right on the rail about 10 feet from the stage.  They’re touring with 3 other artists and I gained a lot of respect ZBB because they played with their opening acts, really supporting their music.  One of the them was from Tyler, Tx where I lived for a few years.  The show was about 3 1/2 hours and one of the best I’ve seen in a while. 

And on Sunday, I went to Video Games Live at the Beacon Theatre with the one and only Jon Decker.  VGL is kind of like Trans-Siberian Orchestra, only they play music from video games instead of classical music.  Aside from the full orchestra, the show also featured Youtube favorites Martin Leung (I’m pretty sure he’s a robot) and Flute Link

It made for a full weekend, but it was all great.  Music has always been very important to me and seeing it live just blows my mind.  Coming up in the next 2 months is Metallica, Luke Bryan and Cross Canadian Ragweed.  When no one was looking, country artists started playing in NYC!!  Woot!

We now return you to your semi-regular, not quite bi-weekly posting schedule.

– J

PS3

September 28, 2009

About a month ago Sony announced the long awaited price drop on the Playstation 3.  Along with the price drop on the original model, they also released the PS3 Slim which is smaller, just as fast and 120G.  A vast improvement over the bulkier 80G.  So, once again, I did my part to help stimulate the economy by purchasing expensive electronics.  Seriously, the things I do for my country.  I deserve a medal or something.

From the perspective of someone who’s only been playing the Wii for the last few years, this machine is amazing.  Aside from playing games and Blu-Ray movies, you can download older PS games similar to the Wii’s Virtual Console.  The PS3 takes it a step farther and also allows you to download movies, TV shows and music.

I started playing Resident Evil 5 the same day I got the system.  Two weeks ago Batman: Arkham Asylum came out.  This game was one of the main reasons I got the PS3 when I did.  I traded my PS2, controller, DVD remote and a few games toward the purchase of Batman.  To give an idea about trade in rates these days, the console and all still only covered about half the price of the game.

I won’t bore you with more details, but I’m having a blast.  It’s a totally different gaming experience from the Wii.  It’s a more hardcore system, best suited for immersive, one player games as opposed to the Wii which is geared more toward groups and families.

Well, y’all take care.  I’ve got zombies to kill.

– J

It’s Medicinal!! I Swear!

April 16, 2009

pedisedate

Where has THIS been all my life?

By combining nitrous oxide with video games, patients are now comfortably sedated and distracted during medical procedures…

Distraction, comfort and sedation??  Isn’t that all gamers want out of life anyway?

– J (suddenly wants to be  an anesthesiologist when he grows up)

Mario Got Blue Shelled

January 7, 2009

Not sure how I feel about this.  

It seems Super Mario Bros. is no longer the best selling video game in the world anymore.

What dethroned the mighty mustachioed mushroom muncher?  Wii Sports.  A game that’s only been around for 2 years and 2 months.

Oh well, at least it was a Nintendo product and not some *deleted* Pokemon game.  

– J

Pick Your Battles

October 22, 2008

Why is agreeing to disagree so hard these days? 

Politics and religion are the obvious points where people will argue, but I’m seeing it everywhere and it’s getting frustrating.  I frequent a few video game websites and the article comments are riddled with vicious trash talk and insults about something as ridiculous as gaming consoles.  It’s XBox vs. Playstation vs. Wii in some kind of verbal death match.  If you like Wii, then apparently you have to degrade people who don’t and vice versa.  Personally, I play a Wii.  Why?  Because I don’t own a Playstation or an XBox yet.  How shall I ever get a good nights sleep knowing someone out there doesn’t like Mario Kart?  Come on, is this really worth arguing about?

And on a side note, I’m pretty sure all those rude and immature teens on the video game sites grow up and start commenting on CNN and Fox News websites.  You want to see the truly cruel and ignorant side of the American voting public, check their opinions pages sometime.

It’s painfully present in advertising.  If you’ve seen the Mac and PC ads then you know exactly what I’m talking about.  At the end of the day, does it really matter if someone likes Vista?  Are we trained to insist that we feel better than other people because of our preferences?

But I’m not saying I’m any better.  Anyone who’s ever offered me a Bud Light knows I won’t drink it and my default reaction was probably to make fun of you for liking it.  I prefer Sam Adams or Shiner Bock, but that gives me no right to insult something someone else enjoys.  Heck, I’m probably just jealous because Bud is cheaper.  Interesting observation – I’ve only ever seen that scenario played out over alcoholic beverages.  I’ve never heard someone say, “You drink Diet Coke??  What a lightweight!  Come on dude, grow a pair!”

My purpose in pointing out these observations is to get people to think about what they’re arguing about and then ask themselves if it’s really necessary.  I mean seriously, why CAN’T we all just get along?  It’s like we’re preconditioned to be aggressive with our opinions.  If we were all just a little more civil to people who think differently than us this world would be a much more pleasant place.  I’m not talking to the Democrats and the Republicans here (Thinking they’ll ever get along is just silly).  I’m talking to the types of people who drive Chevy’s that make fun of people who drive Ford’s.  Come on guys, just have a Bud Light Sam Adams and relax.

– J

Bought A Boom, Badda Bing

September 18, 2008

I bought Boom Blox for the Wii a few weeks ago.  I highly recommend it.  It’s similar to Jenga, but it’s so much more than that.  It’s simple to play, but thought provoking at the same time because you have to consider which way blocks will fall or interact with each other.  You throw things to knock blocks down, or sometimes have to pull specific blocks out from certain angles.  The physics are superb, and it may be the best party game to come along since the original Wii Sports.  Up to 4 people can play either co-op or versus.  There is a story mode to play through with some interesting characters, but it’s not quite as much fun as the regular puzzles you play and unlock as you go.  You can also design your own levels and try to stump your friends, but I haven’t tried that part out yet.  With over 300 puzzles and multiple ways to play them, I’ll be enjoying this one for a long time.

– J

Back in the Saddle

July 8, 2008

Please forgive the hiatus in posting, dear readers.  I’ve been on vacation and decided that should include a vacation from the internet as well.  You should try it some time.  When it’s of your own volition and not forced, it’s quite rewarding.

I spent a week or so back in Texas filled with family, friends, fishing, food and fireworks.  An effing good time, you might say*.  It was a much needed break from the havoc of the city, but I was glad to return to “normal” life.  Whatever that is.  Perhaps I’ll expound more on my trip later.

At the moment, I need to share some excitement.  Last night after work I trotted on down to my local GameStop and picked up Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.  Yes, this is a complete copy of Guitar Hero 3 only with Aerosmith characters and songs.  Why people see a problem with this is beyond me.  I am, I admit, totally biased in my opinion.  In case you weren’t aware, Aerosmith is pretty much my favorite band.  Ever.  If you are not an Aerosmith fan, you should seek professional help then this game is not for you and you should just stick to GH3.

That will do for now, I suppose.  Love you guys.

– J(oe Perry rocks)

 

* See what I did there?

Some Summer Movie Summary

May 14, 2008

Howdy gang.

After a brief hiatus, I finally finished God of War II for Playstation 2 last night.  I got so frustrated with the game at one point I just put it down in search of better things.  Now I can’t wait for part 3.  The catch is that part 3 is coming out for Playstation 3 and I have neither that system nor the money to spend on it right now.

Tomorrow, for one night only, select movie theatres are showing First Blood.  Since this movie first came out in 1982, I’ve obviously never seen it on the big screen before so this will be a real treat.  I’m fairly certain the reason for this showing is to help push the new British comedy Son of Rambow, in which a sheltered child stumbles upon a copy of First Blood and proceeds to remake his own version.  I’ll probably check it out this weekend.  It’s made by the same guys that brought us The Hitchhikers Guide movie.  The more obscure a movie is, usually the more I’ll enjoy it. 

I just love the summer movie season.  It started with Iron Man, which was amazing.  The next Chronicles of Narnia installment comes out this weekend but I’ll probably wait a few weeks to see that one.  I actually wasn’t that enthused about it till I found out Peter Dinklage is in it.  I’m more focused on Indiana Jones at the moment.  After that, I’ll kill a few weeks with Incredible Hulk (out of sheer curiosity), Hellboy 2 and Wall-E to pass the time until July 18 which is, of course, Batman: Dark Knight on IMAX. 

And I’m REALLY excited about the new Sex and the City movie.  Cause the sooner it gets here, the sooner I’ll stop being bombarded by ads with Horse Face on them.

Have a good’n

J

Meanwhile, at the Hall of Justice…

April 25, 2008

Going to check out the Found Footage Festival tonight after work.  Should be a lot of fun.   I just love random stuff like that.  

Tomorrow I’m going to try and accomplish any and all chores that I’ve been putting off the past few weeks.  Assorted cleaning of things, final unpacking and settling into my room at the new apartment and other etcetera’s.

On Sunday, Mario Kart Wii comes out (note the awesome steering wheel gizmo).  So that pretty much takes care of after church entertainment.  And every night next week.  Me and Roomie (Or “Roomie and I” for all you grammar lovers) have been playing through the Donkey Kong Country games the past few days.  It’s been a lot of fun.  It’s scary how many little tricks and secrets the mind retains from over 10 years ago.  I know to jump down that certain hole to find the secret barrell, but I can’t remember anything I learned in history class in high school.  Go fig.

In other news, my next attempt to save the economy will be to buy a new laptop very soon.  Thanks to all the tips, advice and free publicity over at Pop’s Universe I’ve decided to go Mac (and never go back?).  I’ll be sure and let everyone know when that happens.

That’s it for now I suppose.  Y’all have a good’n.

J

Dream On

February 22, 2008

UNRELENTING JOY

I Went to Jersey. Wii!!

October 22, 2007
Howdy Everyone!Had a pretty great weekend, hope you all did as well.  I hit 4 out of the 5 burrows and New Jersey this weekend.  
I went to a halloween festival type thing out in Flemmington NJ with some friends from Bklyn.  I was pleasantly shocked by south Jersey, I really was.  Back roads, trees, stars, country music and RANDOM legit southern accents from the locals.  It was a pretty neat little event.  There was a 45 minute hayride (ha!) that took us out through the woods and people would jump out and (try to) scare people.  A few people were REALLY into it and screaming like crazy.  Much enjoyment for people like me who don’t spook very easily.  After the hayride they drop you off at the south end of a cornfield (at night, mind you) with a maze cut out into it.  It’s not really a maze of course, just a winding path back to the main festival.  There were people set up in there as well.  Man, I want that job.  A couple of the more convincing spooks had chainsaw motors with fake pointy ends on them.  Sounded darn convincing though.  I have to admit one of those guys got me pretty good.  He waited for us to walk past and then cranked it up from behind.  Had he not been the size of three of me he might have been in trouble.  Exiting the cornfield opens you up to the line for the haunted house.  I was underwhelmed with that as it was very predictable where everyone was going to be.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Resident Evil video game series for desensitizing me and teaching me how to check my surroundings for zombies.

Also this weekend I broke down and got

Metroid Prime 3 and Excite Truck for the Wii.  My life is a little more complete now.  As a result, you may not hear from me for a week or two lol.  Be sure and check out the video for Excite Truck and note how you steer.  Wonderful use of the Wii technology.I suppose that’s it for now.  I’m ready to finish up October and get on with November (So I can get on with December and go see my family).
Y’all be good!

J

 

July 31, 2007

Most of my life I’ve been die hard Nintendo.  Playstation and Xbox just didn’t do it for me when they first came out.  The trend I see is people who weren’t into games as a kid (I started around age 7) tend to lean toward the newer PS or Xbox.  But it seems people like me who carry that nostalgia of Mario, Zelda, Tecmo Superbowl and Tetris just have too much investment from childhood to switch over to the next big thing.  I went through each newer system as they came out and then just kind of stopped around college (between the N64 and the Gamecube).  Life got a little too busy I guess.  When I lived in Tyler my roommate had a PS2, but I mainly used it to watch movies.

After graduating in NY and moving back to TX (04), I got my own place and had quite a bit of free time again so I got a used Gamecube on a whim.  Mostly for the Zelda Collectors Edition, which had 4 different Zelda games in one.  I was also a huge Metroid fan though, and they had 2 new games out which totally redefined the series.  But the best, was when Resident Evil 4 came out in 05.  The hype and talk from people at work was just too much and I bought my first full priced video game since I was probably 15 years old.  To date, it’s easily one of the best 3 video games I’ve ever played.  

After moving back to NY last year (which could be a whole other blog in itself.  Not another entry… another BLOG), I was without a TV, Money, time or interest in video games.  After settling in though, I set my sights on the prize.  The most amazing innovation in video game history.  The Nintendo Wii.  In what turned out to be one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had, a very dear friend shocked me to the point of stuttering by surprising me with one.

It was at that point the flame that never really went out regained strength and it has worked its way back up to a wildfire.  I was really excited about Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and it was well worth the wait.  The plot was weaker than other Zelda installments, but gameplay and the originality of the Wii controls completely made up for it.  There are plenty other games out there that take advantage of the unique Wii abilities I’m looking into as well.  Driving, sports and fighting games will never be the same.

While I was visiting TX in June, I brought back my Gamecube games to take advantage of the dual system playability of the Wii.  I finished a game I never got around to finishing cause of the move and had a lot of fun with the other games as well.  I also brought back a Super Nintendo (circa 1992) just for laughs.

And now, thanks to one weekend of playing God of War on my friends Playstation 2, I own one of those too.  My justification for parting from my Nintendo dedication?  Well, the PS2 also plays DVD’s and I didn’t have a DVD player in my room yet.  The Wii does not play movies – Nintendo’s focus is always gaming first.  So it’s a dual investment.  What can I say?  Video games are a fun hobby, provide a sense of accomplishment and I’m looking forward to exploring the titles for my PS2 I’ve been missing out on.  And even better – since it’s been out for so long I can get all the games used for dirt cheap.

I’ll probably start subjecting you all to random bits about gaming, since apparently I can go on and on about it without much effort.  

So guys…  Any favorite video games from your past/present or that you’re looking forward to?  Any thoughts about the current ratings and censoring wars over video games?

And another thing!

May 2, 2007

I was thinking about removing my last post because I wrote it in a hurry and I felt it was sloppy.  But I think it’s a valid point and it also made [info] iremembernot laugh so now I’m fine with it.   But since I posted it something else has bugged me that I see as ridiculous and therefore have to rant about it a bit.

From the previous news story:
“In its mea culpa, Sony said: “We recognize that the use of a dead goat was in poor taste and fell below the high standards of conduct we set ourselves.”

The company said it has launched an internal inquiry into the circumstances of the event and that it will put measures in place to make sure it does not happen again.”*sigh* Okay, two things

 

1. Public apologies are such crap.  It makes me laugh so hard anytime somebody important is forced to stand up in front of reporters and “issue an apology”.  Come on.  How many times when your mother made you say you were sorry to your brother/sister did you actually mean it?  Never.  You just wanted to make mom leave you alone.  Same with famous people and media.  Athletes, politicians, big companies, actors and pretty much anyone in the public eye invariably is going to screw up.  And for some reason it makes offended people happy when they force someone to apologize for something they probably aren’t actually sorry for.  

2. Internal inquiry?  Make sure it does not happen again?  I’m sorry what?

“Okay boss, the new Sony product convention is tonight at 8:00.”
“Wonderful.  Wait a sec!  There’s not going to be a dead goat hanging around is there?  I don’t want a repeat of that God of War fiasco.”
“No sir.  Remember?  We hired Joe.”
“Who’s Joe?”
“Joe Smith.  The guy who makes sure there aren’t any dead goats at public functions.”
“Ohhhhh right right.  Sure glad we hired him.”
“One other thing sir, the paint covered strippers are going to be a little late.”
“That’s fine just as long as they get there by 9:00.  Gotta get the ambiance right you know.”

Okay now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, no more ranting about this particular news story.  Thanks for your patience.  And to anyone that I’ve offended with this blog – My publicist told me to tell you that I’m sorry. 

J

And the aliens said, “On second thought, lets not go to earth.  It is a silly place.”

May 1, 2007

People are ridiculous.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,269412,00.html

So Sony used a dead goat as a set piece for their premier of God of War II.  And the animal activists go wild as if it were their own mothers.

It was a goat.  A GOAT, PEOPLE.   How many goats are there in the world?   Like a billion or more?  Well I don’t know, but it’s not like it was a panda cub.  The point is it’s not an endangered animal and it’s a beast of burden.  I can watch footage of a madman waving his guns in celebration of his plan to murder students at a college but God forbid a dead goat be on display somewhere.  Heck I see that in the windows of butchers stores in Queens (a local butcher, by the by, was where they got it).

Also at the event: “The U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper on Sunday published a story on the party, where female hostesses with breasts covered with nothing but body paint fed grapes to guests. . .”  

Uh huh.  Naked people in public, fine.  A dead animal – wooooah wait a sec.

Good thing there were activists present.  Otherwise none of the men would have seen the goat….