Monday, April 30, 2007


"Do you have any Wiis in stock?"
"...Wait, what? Are you sure?"

And that is how I got a Wii today.

It's so fun. My favorite so far is Boxing, but only because I absolutely beat the shit out of all my foes. I'm at 300 points already.

Golfing is my least-easiest game, but then, golfing doesn't involve laying the hurt down.

Bowling is alright, but the ball always has an annoying curve off to the left (offset by positioning myself a little to the right).

Baseball is alright, but I can't get the timing right yet and my one game was a tie. (Lousy game with no tiebreakers grumble grumble).

Tennis was alright. The best strategy there seems to be swing the Wiimote as hard and as fast as you can and pray. Though I'm sure I'll get better with practice.

I also bought Twilight Princess, but I'm too tired from beating the hell out of people for that tonight. Mom has expressed interest in playing, though.

My fitness age: 54
Mom's fitness age: 70

Once I get the Internet on it set up, I'll hook you all (hahaha) up with my Friend Code and shit.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

This and that

So, I just finished Fluke, by Christopher Moore. I think he's fast becoming one of my favorite authors; I first discovered him while browsing through the discount books section of Amazon and saw Bloodsucking Fiends on sale. Well, I'm a sucker for vampire romance (unless it's crap).

Another curiously interesting thing is the webcomic Girly:

I found it...somewhere. Wikipedia, I think. And it's basically my second-favorite webcomic currently (Questionable Content being the first: )

So, in Command and Conquer 3 news, I gave that first Sarajevo level a shot again. This time, I sent a few Riflemen in APCs up to where the backup gets pinned down by a turret and rocket dudes garrissoned in the nearby buildings. Well, upon arriving there early, I discover that the rocket dudes and the turret are nowhere to be found. I quickly garrison the buildings and gun down the rocket dudes as they arrive. The turret also falls swiftly to my sustained firing.

However, things fell apart when I tried to get the MCV back to base. It turns out enemies had also garrisonned buildings along the route back to base, and well, I got all exploded. Better luck next time, I guess.

I've also been playing Oblivion heavily lately. I love it when I wander into an Ayleid ruin, wonder, "Hm, where have I heard this place's name before?" and then discover that a vital component of the main quest is at the bottom of the place. Really, it's a testament to my own senility.

Monday, April 16, 2007


Contrary to what certain persons of a questionable faith believe, this blog is multi-topic (that is, not just video-game specific, but all inclusive as to what I dork out about).

Oh, and I forgot to mention, I totally want a .su domain name.


So, I finished My Tank Is Fight (I loved the part where all the What Fight Have Been segments were all connected into this elaborate alternate history tale), and I'm back onto World War Z again. I may read the Douglas Adams book on nature I picked up at the bum store next.

From an interview with Doug Lombardi (

"In Episode Two you'll find our more about G-Man and his relationship with Alyx."

I can't help but think of the scene in Office Space where Ron Livingston finds out that Jennifer Anniston slept with Lumburgh, and how his imagination went wild.

One of my pet hobbies is thinking about the Apocalypse of the Month. For April, it's the dying out of the bees:

I, for one, long for the good ol' days when the only apocalypse you had to worry about was a massive nuclear exchange between the superpowers.

Oh, and some scientists are thinking about rebooting the Internet:

I know that they're not going to actually format everything on the World Wide Web and stuff, but it's still an amusing thought.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Katamari Dissapointy

So, I finally played (and finished) the original Katamari Damacy the other day. It was quite disappointing next to We Love Katamari. One of the big features I was looking forward to were the Eternal levels, but I didn't realize that there were actually a finite number of objects which I could roll up, hence making the level completely worthless. The 'Make a Constellation' levels were also bland compared to the various special request levels in WLK (The Sumo level is one of my all-time favorites).

I also bought Knights of the Nine, but I haven't installed that yet (or played Oblivion in a while).

Friday, April 13, 2007

I'm all enthusiastic about Manhunt 2 now

From the new Rockstar newsletter:

"An experiment at a secret research facility has gone catastrophically wrong."


Monday, April 9, 2007

In which I discuss stuff that isn't videogames. Mostly.

Well, I played Oblivion for several hours the other day and it didn't crash. I'm playing a mage character, and once I go through the Mage's Guild, I'll try out Shivering Isles.

So, I recently finished House of Leaves. I found the analytical nature of the primary story a bit too dry for my tastes, and the footnote tales of Johnny Truant were mostly not compelling to me. It was satisfying overall, but I probably won't read it again (especially since I intend to send it to my friend Doust).

24 has also once again failed to not be awesome. I totally called the not-death of Audrey, though. And I can't wait to see what the Chinese are up to.

One of my vices are cheesy disaster flicks. The other day, I watched some shitfest on the Sci-Fi channel starring Stephen Baldwin as he tries to prevent the moon from breaking in two (a condition caused by an asteroid plunking it, in a plot similar to one of my favorite novels, Moonfall). Anyway, it was a poor disaster film; none of the principal characters died, and there was only a relatively small amount of devestation. To be fair, though, they blew up Mexico City, one of the planet's most populous cities. 

Anyway, I'm currently watching a flick called Deep Core. It was made in 2000, but it shares a lot of similarities with 10.5 and The Core. This is a good thing. 

It also has lots of cheese, and cheese is an important ingredient in many disaster flicks. CHEESE!

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Happy Easter

So, I've been playing Deus Ex again. This is like my sixth or seventh time through, and I've been using Shifter 1.7.2, a mod I uberly recommend:

It's still incredibly fun sneaking through various enemy locales and rendering all my foes unconscious. In my next run, though (which I'll most likely start after finishing this time around), I'll go for maximum fatalities. Headshots, baby!

I may also play Deus Ex: Invisible War after I tire of the original. It may not be nearly as good as the first, but it's still quite fun in its own way.

In other gaming news:

I've installed Command and Conquer 3. Pluses: Quick pace -- missions take 15-30 minutes or so. Minuses: The missions don't have an epic feel, unlike Supreme Commander. Also, the game is fucking stingy with units. "Here's four rocket dudes, have fun taking out that enemy base!"

This is greatly amplified with the mission I'm currently stuck on. There's a power outage, causing my turrets to not be able to be on at all times, so I have to supplement certain areas of my base with troops until reinforcements arrive. But ohoho, tanks and rocket-launching bikes and dune buggies assail me constantly at the north and east points of the base.

And I'm talking half a dozen fucking units. (I can usually manage to put two or three anti-vehicular units in those spots at the most). And when reinforcements do arrive, I have to send out APCs staffed with rocket dudes that I can't afford to lose through enemy territory, past buildings that are also staffed with rocket dudes and which I cannot demolish without much wasted time, and destroy a turret which eats APCs for lunch. And then I have to escort the reinforcements back to base with my (now exploded) units, past the rocket-launching dudes garrissoned in the buildings, and watch as God laughs as my ultra-slow crucial unit gets blown to smithereens.

So yeah, it'll be a while before I pick that one up again.

I also installed Shivering Isles, the Oblivion expansion pack. I haven't played any of the new content yet, since my game now seems to crash my computer at the drop of a hat. Seriously, four or five times within the space of an hour. Fucking ridiculous.