Sunday, March 16, 2008

Rereading Sorceror's Stone

I'm halfway through, and a few things strike me:

1. I really love (yarite) how the first third of the book focuses on Harry's life with the Dursleys. LAAAAAAME.

2. Hermoine really comes off as a bitchy cunt so far.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Bioshock and addictions

So, I finally got around to playing/finishing Bioshock. It was touted as a spiritual successor to the System Shock franchise, but it felt a lot more like a Fallout FPS (we'll see how Fallout 3 measures up later this year). Hilarious bits were pretty much everything involved with the Little Sisters: The pedo-tastic subtext, the enthusiasm with which they go about their task, and the hilarious way they wail when you slay Mr. Bubbles.

It also had a plot twist on the same scale as KOTOR.

And now, let's go watch the bad ending on Youtube...


Saturday, February 9, 2008

Hearts of Iron II

Man, I'm seriously obsessed with this game.

I've pretty much played it nonstop for...a week or two? Maybe more? (Time is slowing down for me, but that's another topic of discussion).

I've played three mostly-full games so far: Poland, Nationalist China, and Germany (still in progress). I mean, it's just so mind-numbingly addictive: Building up your armies, researching better shit, out-maneuvering the enemy, and a shitload of alternate history goodness. For example, in my game as Germany, I've completely dominated everything worth fighting in Europe and Russia, and Alfred Landon is enjoying his third term as U.S. President. I'm also preparing to barrage their major cities with H-bombs.

I'm strongly considering picking up the other games in the series.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Top Shtuff of 2007

In no particular order:

Video Games

Supreme Commander -- The game which made me fall in love with RTS games. (Dishonorable Mention: Command and Conquer 3, for almost making me fall out of love). Perhaps I should go and copy all my observations from when I first played from my LJ and post them in here.

Hearts of Iron II -- Published in 2005, I only recently discovered it. It's so fun overturning the applecart of history. Poland forever! (Until I get bored and decide to play as Germany sometime).

Crysis -- Disappointing singleplayer, rather fun multiplayer. It's not a revolutionary game or anything, it's basically Far Cry with prettier graphics. And I don't even get that privilege, what with my minimum specs computer.

Postal 2 -- Another game which came out a few years ago, it's hilariously horrific and offensive fun. Basically, GTA minus the driving parts. It's so fun to dive into a crowd of people with a katana and leave behind a pile of torsos and limbs.

Civ 4: Beyond the Sword -- Yeah, I'm sure you've read tons of reviews fellating this expansion pack. They're all right.


The Oblivion Society -- Good stuff. Stylistically, it's like Shaun of the Dead meets nuclear war.

World War Z -- Okay, this came out a year or two ago, but shit, it's my favorite book and this is my list, so suck it.

24 Declassified -- A series of novels starring Jack Bauer. Go read them.

1632 series -- Over a dozen books in the series. I'm currently working my way through 1634: The Bavarian Crisis, and I seriously wish there was a dramatis persona because damn, there's so many characters I can't keep track of them anymore.


24 -- Duh.

Heroes -- The latter part of S1 was aired this year, so it counts. And I guess the ass-end of S2 as well, though the first two acts were terrible.

Journeyman -- Best show of the year. Fucking NBC cancelling it, fuck.

Life -- Upon reflection, it's alright. I'd take Journeyman over it, though.

Dexter -- A smashing season.


Hot Fuzz -- From the Shaun of the Dead dudes, duh.

Eagle vs. Shark -- New Zealand's answer to Napoleon Dynamite. I might have mentioned this already.

Casino Royale -- Best Bond ever.

L8r, g8rs.

Monday, December 31, 2007


Eagle vs. Shark is basically an awesome flick that is New Zealand's answer to Napoleon Dynamite, except it's about a thousand times funnier.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Tony is evil in the upcoming season of 24. I suspect that his bad haircut is to blame.

There was recently a method discovered to use the Portal gun in Half-Life 2 and other Source games. It's quite uber fun, but there're broken scripts and no voices -- so Alyx just stares meaningfully at me, occasionally moving her eyebrows, and I can't proceed past A Red Letter Day.

The next game I intend to play is Morrowind. You know, there are STILL mods for it that I downloaded years and years ago, and have yet to play.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Orange Bocks

Oh God, I love it.


Episode Two:

Another excellent entry in the Half-Life saga. The G-Man returns and for once the bastid offers more than vague shit about his employers. Plus, there were some quite fun action sequences, such as the repelling of the attacking Antlions in the mines and the battle of the Striders near the end. When they killed off Dr. Vance, it was truly a sad moment. My one disappointment is that they didn't include a teaser for Episode Three, like they included Ep. Two's teaser with the end of Ep. 1. I'm srsly looking forward to Ep. 3, though; I can't wait to trash the Borealis and tell Dr. Mossman that her boyfriend died.


Truly great. You run around in Aperture Sciences test facility or something and make portals. Aperture Sciences are actually an entity which competes against Black Mesa scientifically, and they owned the Borealis (look up, fool), so they're going to play a significant role in Ep. 3 most likely. (Hopefully, Gordon will get his own portal gun). And the song that plays during the end credits is too awesome.