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Whoa… I’m back.

May 12, 2009

I haven’t touched this thing in weeks!  I’ve been working almost 40 hours a week, leveling up my Pokemon, watching the first season of Pokemon and Yugioh like a big nerd and falling behind on my Heroes.  I have no energy and am growing more exhausted every day.

The most exciting thing that happened was that I had an interview at the Sony store in Manhattan.  It went really well!  I first interviewed with the  store manager, and then she liked me so much she gave me a second interview five minutes later with the operations manager.  He really liked me too and said they were definitely going to call me back.  However, that was over a week ago =(  I called and checked to see if the position had been filled and it hadn’t so there’s still a little hope left.

I started playing the Fallout 3 DLC, “Broken Steel,” earlier tonight.  After less than an hour of playing, I grew tired.  What’s wrong with me?

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Blog Banter: From Gaming Geek to Heroes Freak

February 28, 2009

Welcome, welcome to Blog Banter, the monthly blogging extravaganza headed by bs angel! Blog Banter involves our cozy community of enthusiastic gaming bloggers, a common topic, and a week to post articles pertaining to said topic. The results are quite entertaining and can range from deeply insightful to ROFLMAO. Any questions about Blog Banter should be directed here. Check out other Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

Topic: Gaming with your significant other

Picture this:  a gathering of formally dressed adults and children in lovely seats wait in a beautiful garden, with their eyes pinned to an entrance way.  A priest stands at one end of the aisle, awaiting a couple longing to be wed.  The band begins to play the bittersweet “Dearly Beloved” from Kingdom Hearts II.  One by one members of the bridal party appear followed by the handsome groom and the bride dressed in a Yunaesque wedding gown.  They are ready to vow to be co-op partners for life.

meandjasonframeThat’s exactly how I dream about my future wedding with my boyfriend.  He and I have always taken games seriously, from simply wanting to own games on release days or wanting to name our children after characters.  Just this morning we talked about the best and worst video game titles before drifting off to sleep (because he was up gaming all night).

If you had asked me three weeks ago what I most use our Xbox 360 for, I would have said gaming.  However, all that’s changed.  Something else has stepped into my life and has consumed it.  They call it… Netflix.

I haven’t had the desire to sit down and play any of the new games my boyfriend’s bought.  It doesn’t matter if he tells me they’re fantastic because all I can think about is the next Heroes episode I have to watch. I miss the days when I couldn’t wait to get home so I could complete another Fallout 3 quest.

Ironically, it was his idea to sign up for Netflix.  There has been a small slip in our connection because I’m addicted to it.  My boyfriend noticed the change in me.  He said he misses the gaming geek that I used to be!

All I have to do is run through 10 more episodes of Heroes before I’m fully caught up on the third season.  And then I can finally return to my normal gaming life with my love because I miss him too.

Other participants! Gaming with my wife, You could be doubling alone, Next Gen Killed Our Gaming Relationship, Forced Perspective, Playing With My ToysMy Lady and Gaming, Gaming with your significant other, Gaming Together, Maybe?, Girl Gamers = Hawt, Gaming with my significant other, Move Over Hott Boy, I Want to Play, Valentine’s Day is for Gamers, Frag the Girlfriend!!, ‘Til Mongoose Do Us Part

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New Details on God of War III

February 13, 2009

coversection11A  preview in Game Informer‘s March issue has revealed new information on God of War III, and a gorgeous new cinematic trailer on Eurogamer.net is there to give our imaginations a rest and show us how these new mechanics work.

Many aspects of the game are getting a makeover, including Kratos who is jumping from a design of 5,000 polygons to 20,000.  There will be more dynamic interaction with the Titans and Kratos will be pit against up to 50 enemies at once.  Enemies will also build strategies when fighting, responding to a leader or sometimes jumping Kratos all at once which can be countered by a wiggle of the analog stick.

Of course if the enemies are getting rebuilt, so is Kratos.  He’ll be carrying new weapons including the Cestus Gauntlets which look like two great animal heads on his hands.  Each new weapon will serve as a great difference form the Blades of Chaos, will have more purpose and allow the player more options.

There’s no release date yet for the end of the trilogy, but the anticipation is building!  Game director Stig Asmussen told Game Informer, “We want this to be the game that shows people what the PS3 can do.”

To see the awesome video posted on Eurogamer TV, click here.

[Source: Eurogamer.net]

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GameDamage is Good!

February 8, 2009

While browsing The Escapist looking for some hilarious Zero Punctuation videos to watch, I found my way onto Yahtzee‘s personal site.  There I saw his announcement that GameDamage.Net and its pilot episode is up.

GameDamage is a half-hour program starring Yug and Matt (the creators of Australian Gamer), with the devilishly funny Yahtzee.  These guys are distinctly different, giving them an awesome chemistry when they’re together.

The program is all about videogames which is so refreshing after one of the best channels dedicated to games, GamePlay HD, has been canceled and G4 has gone to shit.

Now GameDamage isn’t 100% perfect, it does have a couple minor flaws.  In between their discussion time they show skits.  They’re funny, but one skit wanted to make me rip my head off.  They act as Duke Nukem Forever devs who can’t come up with anything for the game.  It was funny the first time, but not the second nor the third.  The same goes for their Metal Gear Solid skit.

But put that aside and what you have is a really decent show hosted by people you can tell actually care about games.  They each have their own few minutes to rant or preview a game, and even though you have three extremely personable hosts, not every thing they say is meant to be taken funny or lightly and most of it is actually intellectual discussion.  Besides needing just a bit polish and a set script to follow so there’s no friction between the hosts, the show is an enjoyment to watch.

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Don’t Play With Fire!

January 31, 2009

While playing the Resident Evil 5 demo tonight, I got a message from a buddy of mine warning me not to join Playfire, as it is being investigated for violating Xbox’s TOS.  They ask users as they are registering for sensitive Xbox and email related information, and people usually don’t think twice about handing that out for social networking sites.  I certainly didn’t.

Now, I regret joining that site and warn others not to bother with it.  Keep your information private!

If you’ve already joined it like I have, go through your Playfire profile and remove your gamertag, take out your email address in the Settings section and change your password to something that doesn’t even relate to any others you have.  As for your Windows Live information, change your password immediately (I did it through hotmail) as well as your secret question.

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Looking for Tech Enthusiasts in NYC!

January 28, 2009

I’m planning on writing an article for my reporting class on technology and it must be on NYC residents.  The focus of the article is not concrete yet, and is still pending approval from my professor.  Upon speaking to anyone that is willing to be interviewed I will disclose more information about the article but at this point I want to keep what I say about it minimal.  But I would love to get to interview any NYC residents who feel technology (anything ranging from the web, to videogames to cellphones & iPods) has somehow changed their life.

So please if anyone out there sees this and is willing to be interviewed, just leave your name and email address.  I will get back to you asap!

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Taking My Baby to School

January 28, 2009

Today is my first day of school after a year long break.  I’m sitting in the classroom right now and while I feel misplaced, I’m glad to be back.

I’m majoring in journalism and for my reporting classes I was planning on covering video games.  Sadly, my professor has already stated in the syllabus that video games is a beat we cannot cover (insert frown here).  So I’m going to broaden it to technology and pitch it to him.  Hopefully he’ll accept.

I’m also taking a required music class.  For our first assignment, the professor wants us to bring in a song that we like and represents our music taste.  I’m going to bring in the main theme to BioShock, “The Ocean on His Shoulders.”  It’s such a beautiful song and I can’t wait to present it.

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