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Let Me Remind You That Even The Most Unworthy Of Us Has A Right To Life

by Rainier on June 14, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

The lollygagging is over and the birthday festivities are over. We're post E3, so there are plenty of things to catch up on.

Yesterday was mostly spent either playing APB Reloaded or watching movies (Edge of Darkness, Percy Jackson, old Buster Keaton movie called Sherlock Jr.).

I've got to get some batteries for my Russian KV-1 (Kliment Voroshilov) Ehkranami Remote Control RC Airsoft Tank that we got from Wargaming.net to promote their World Of Tanks MMO. Tony has already tried it out ,fired at his front door as a test run, and actually dented it. Ouch!

What Did Your Mother Die Of? Three Bullets.

by Rainier on June 13, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

The birthday festivities have come to an end, and it was awesome. While the party wasn't exactly a surprise, I did not know what the plans were, so it all got exciting when a white limo pulled up and shuttled me and a few friends to an unknown location. We met up with some more friends and then took a little boat to a tiny island. Turns out the captain of the boat built himself a party refuge back in the '70s just outside the marina (about a 30-second ride), which he slowly turned into a restaurant over the years. The staff was awesome, the food was great, and the company was even better!

Oh and prior to that, we watched The Hangover II, Hanna, and the latest episode of Game of Thrones. All quite good stuff ...

He Grins Like A Baby But Bites Like A Gator

by Rainier on June 11, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We have all arrived home safely from our E3 trip. While it was fun, it's even better to be home again. We're going to relax a bit this weekend and have a little celebration on Sunday as it is my birthday, but apart from that, it should be pretty relaxing.

We've got plenty of previews coming in the next few days, so keep an eye out, and we're also still giving away our last remaining OnLive Game System through our official Twitter, so if you feel like rolling the dice, go participate.

Now I'm off to play with my remote-controlled tank (more details on that later), without a doubt the best E3 swag.

There's A Spider In Your Bathroom The Size Of A Buick

by Rainier on June 9, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

The last day of E3 is upon us, and we're mighty glad it is. While the show is fun, we're equally glad when it's over.

This year, we've seen quite a few new oddities. There are large, middle-aged gamers who have such severe mobility issues that they're in scooters. Somebody had a seizure and dropped to the floor while gaming. Last but not least, we saw somebody who was so fat that he had to lie on his side to eat lunch. If it weren't so embarrassing, I'd have taken a photo as proof. I'm not insensitive, but those things stood out more than in previous years.

Tomorrow we are flying back home, and we can start catching up on the dozens of press kits. Joy!

These Men Are Nihilists, There's Nothing To Be Afraid Of

by Rainier on June 8, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

The first day of E3 is over and lots of appointments are behind us. So far, I've only managed to screw up one, so it's a good start!

We ended the evening by attending a Gears of War 3 event, with a musical appearance by Ice-T's Body Count metal band.

Our dear friends over at Wargaming.net (publishers of World of Tanks) gave us an awesome remote-controlled tank, and it even shoots BB pellets. Now that's what I call swag!

I Like To Starve Myself: It Keeps The Fear Up

by Rainier on June 7, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We're all here, and we survived the first day. Tomorrow the grand doors of E3 open for real, shortly after the Nintendo press briefing. Hopefully we get to see the Wii2 indeed!

With all the craziness going on yesterday, I wanted to point out that it was the 67th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, more commonly known as D-Day. Important to remember, especially since WW2 veterans are getting fewer and fewer.

No time for chit chat, going to get a good night's sleep..

It Is Out Of Selfish Reasons We Haven't Beaten Each Other To Death A Long Time Ago

by Rainier on June 6, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Today, E3 kicks off with a slew of media briefings. Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft and Electronic Arts are all showing off their goods later today, and we'll be there, of course.

Thomas and Chris arrived in Los Angeles last night. Later today, we're picking up Tony and Greg from the airport, and Ricky and Brian are local, so that makes things easy.

We've loaded up on granola bars, water, Coke and lots of candy for a massive sugar rush, so we're good to go for the rest of the week. Not saying we'll be the beacon of health by the end of this trip, but we'll make do. :)

Let the games begin...

I'll Slap You So Hard, It'll Feel Like You Kissed A Freight Train

by Rainier on June 4, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

The countdown has begun. we're off to Los Angeles in a few hours, prepping for the arrival of the troops, who are flying in on Sunday and Monday. Ready for the E3 madness! We've been staying at the same hotel for the past few years. It's a few blocks away from the Staples Center, so our morning commute is a short walk, with an IHOP conveniently located in the middle for a hearty breakfast.

The festivities won't start until Tuesday, but the days prior, we have the customary pre-E3 briefings from Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and a few others like Ubisoft, etc. We'll be attending them all, so if anything breaks, we'll be there!

Now, off to pack the bags and charge the laptop, Droid, iPod, cameras ....

It Was Two Minutes Five Minutes Ago

by Rainier on June 3, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Apologies on the lack of MOTDs for the past few days. With E3 kicking off next week, we've been trying to catch up on some sleep so that we're well rested for the madness that will ensue next week.

Teeny Weeny Flight Of Steps, We Mustn't Forget We've Had A Teeny Weeny Heart Attack

by Rainier on June 1, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

E3 preparations are in full swing. The laptop has been prepped, travel/hotel confirmations have been made, and my least favorite part, appointments are scheduled.

To take a break from playing Stronghold Kingdoms and APB, I've installed Bad Company 2 and Borderlands again. I'm also going to check out The Witcher 2 one of these days, since I thoroughly enjoyed the first one.

Over the past few weeks, there's been a lot of fear-mongering from various outlets about Call Of Duty multiplayer no longer being free. It turned out to be nothing but misplaced conjecture.

Do Not Arouse The Wrath Of The Great And Powerful Oz

by Rainier on May 31, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Well, we failed to go to the movies for the past three days. Go team! Instead, we had some friends over for a Memorial Day rib fest, and we stuffed ourselves until we passed out. Who knew eating could be so tiring?

In between cooking and gorging ourselves, we managed to watch some more Hawaii Five-0 and the latest episode of Game Of Thrones, which was excellent once again with a nice twist at the end. With E3 kicking off next week, this only means we'll be even further behind on new movies, as Green Lantern and the new X-Men are coming up shortly. I foresee a movie marathon in our future!

Keep an eye on our Twitter feed if you are interested in OnLive, as we'll be giving away a few of their micro consoles and free games.

Does A Traitor Betray Himself?

by Rainier on May 30, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

News will be rather quiet for the day, as it is Memorial Day in North America, and most businesses are closed. However, we'll be around to cover what's out there in between eating ribs, cornbread casserole and creme anglaise for dessert.

No dice on the movie watching yesterday. Maybe we'll have better luck — read less lazy — today. We did watch a few episodes of Hawaii Five-0 and brought down the DVR to 20%! Go team!

Our large-scale attack on our main enemy in Stronghold Kingdoms was a success. After 10 hours of constant attacks, one of the enemy's factions surrendered. Now we are working out a peace agreement for them to either support us in the Governor election or just join our house.

Freedom Is A Length Of Rope, God Wants You To Hang Yourself With It

by Rainier on May 29, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Most of our day was spent doing errands, cleaning up and going out to dinner (Outback gift card ftw!). Oh and a quick pit stop at Best Buy to get some new speakers, since I managed to vacuum clean up one of the wires from my old set after the window installers left. Mauled that thing!

We're debating about whether to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean or Bridesmaids, but one thing is for sure: Supernatural season finale!

I'll also need to keep an eye on my villages in Stronghold Kingdoms since our house has planned a major offensive that the game has never seen. It's a little contest among our factions (we've got about 10) to each send out 100 attacks to the enemy in one day. If you take into account that on a normal day, you send out about 30-40 for an entire House, we hope for a total of 1,000 attacks. Booya!

That Was The Last Killer That Ever Got Out Of My Hands

by Rainier on May 28, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Not much on the books for this weekend, but we'll probably take a trip to the movie theater to see The Hangover Part II. Should be a good time. :)

Watched some Chuck and Supernatural and played APB and Stronghold Kingdoms.  We're on a mission to clear out the DVR, so more lying on the couch will be involved.

I was also going to check out Rift, but with the recent window installation, we still have a lot of our office stuff in boxes, and now I can't seem to find the game anymore. Probably put it in a "secure" place that's so safe I can't remember where I put it.

In the following days, we have an exciting contest coming up. We'll be giving away a few OnLive game systems, so keep an eye out...

Sobriety Only Happens If You Let It, Son

by Rainier on May 26, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We just got back from the Red Faction: Origins premiere, and while I feared for the worst, the movie was actually pretty good. Don't expect the action and massive destruction of the game; it's more story-based and bridges the gap between Red Faction: Guerrilla and the upcoming Red Faction: Armageddon.

We had a chance to interview Kate Vernon, known for playing Ellen Tigh in Battlestar Galactica, so keep an eye out for that later this week.

Here's a disturbing mainstream news piece about a man who inflated himself by accidentally falling onto the fitting of a compressed air hose. The guy expanded quite a bit. Human balloon!

You Strike Me As A Man Who Wouldn't Want To Waste His Chair

by Rainier on May 24, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Later today, we're off to yet another pre-E3 event of sorts, checking out a few of Activision's upcoming games. Should be fun.

Now that APB is in open beta, hope the rest of those few hundred thousands of people who never made it in the closed beta are getting a chance to hop in and see what it's all about. We sure are having a lot of fun with our little ragtag band of misfits, cruising the street of Paro (Colby server).  It's a little more laggy than before the open beta, but I guess we can chalk that up to the surge of logins.

Watched the series finale of The Chicago Code and was glad to see that they managed to wrap up the story arc they had started, even if it was a bit rushed. Excellent episode.

In Ten Minutes, You'll Be Smoking In Hell

by Rainier on May 23, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

This week promises to be a busy one, with more pre-E3 stuff and the premiere of the Red Faction: Origins movie.

We watched Chuck, Kitchen Nightmares and Game Of Thrones, which has long surpassed Camelot on the awesome scale. Talk about a brutal way to get a golden crown!

No trips to the theater this weekend, but we'll most likely watch The Hangover II next, and that should be a good time. We are also looking forward to the upcoming long weekend, and there so happens to be a sale on baby back ribs at the local market. Coincidence? I think not!

Don't forget, APB Reloaded goes open beta today ....

I Say What I Mean, And I Do What I Say

by Rainier on May 22, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Now that we're all still alive, I wonder how many people actually gave away all their earthly possessions. How awkward it must be now to ask for them back!

We had a relaxing day yesterday, did our usual errands, watched NCIS, The Good Wife, Bones, Castle (oh, the cliffhanger!) and Robin Hood (with Russell Crowe). We're still undecided on whether or not to see Pirates of the Caribbean, but there isn't really much else playing right now that we do want to see.

While the official open beta for APB isn't due until next week, you can "unofficially" sign up and start playing, so have at it!

You're A Smooth Smoothie, You Know?

by Rainier on May 21, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Is this the end of the world? Did the rapture happen, and I'm in heaven now? No, you say? What a scam!

The window mess is over and work has been completed, so now we can move everything back. Well, first we must clean a bit. It's amazing how much dust can accumulate when you have a bunch of PCs humming. I'm surprised we're still breathing ....

No big plans this weekend, we went out with some friends last night and had some In-N-Out burgers as our last pre-rapture supper. Now we're going to plop ourselves on our beloved couch and watch some TV.

That Was Irrational Of You... Not To Mention Unsportsmanlike

by Rainier on May 20, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

The weekend is upon us, and apparently so is the end of the world. Disaster scenarios aside, we have not much planned, apart from maybe going to see Pirates Of The Caribbean, but according to Adam's review, it's not all that hot anyhow.

Now that all the windows have been installed, we're going to spend most of our time moving desks and computers back into the office. I might even have time to play some APB.

Let's not forget about the DVR! Got plenty of goodies on there waiting to be watched.