by Rainier on May 24, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
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.
by Rainier on May 23, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
This week promises to be a busy one, with more pre-E3 stuff and the premiere of the Red Faction: Origins
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 ....
by Rainier on May 22, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
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!
by Rainier on May 21, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
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.
by Rainier on May 20, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
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.
by Rainier on May 19, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
It's good to be back in my own little slice of heaven again. Haven't quite hooked up all the computers again, but we're operational. Of course, it had to be a cold day yesterday while all the windows were out, but luckily, the crew did a stellar job and rushed through the entire ordeal.
The APB open beta got delayed, and that's too bad because some of my friends were waiting to jump in the game and wreak some havoc with me. Can't say I'm surprised, though, because the latest patch, which was probably to prepare for the open beta, caused a few issues (mainly lag), so it was probably best to postpone the open beta until that has been ironed out.
by Rainier on May 18, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Apologies for the late/spotty updates this morning, but a crew is working on replacing our office windows today, and I've been kicked out of my corner. Currently using a laptop while sitting outside against the wall, and my back is already killing me.
I've conned the Russian workers (I'm sure there is a "Red Dawn" joke in there somewhere) into fixing my office windows first so I can get back to my hideout ASAP. I even offered some premium vodka (thanks, Anatoly), but they refused on the account that they won't stop at one glass, and then we'd end up with crooked frames.
Somebody bring me a cushion to lean on, please!
by Rainier on May 17, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Well the first day of construction was kind of aborted when it started raining cats and dogs. Kind of hard to be windowless when water comes flying inside, so the crew had to call it a day. With predictions of rain for the rest of the week, we're off to a bad start ...
A slew of games are going to be hitting the stores again today, and I'm particularly interested in Fable III
, finally back on the PC, and The Witcher II. When I played Fable III
a few months ago on a 3-D enabled machine, it was amazing. However, I think The Witcher II is going to trump it as the better title. Of course, the big title of the week (and possibly of the year) is L.A. Noire, which we've had for a few days, so keep an eye out for that review as well.
We felt particularly lazy today, so we just order pizza (a combo of Maui Zaui and BBQ Chicken
) and watched some NCIS (RIP Mike).
by Rainier on May 16, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
It was a great weekend, and for once it didn't feel like it passed by in a blink.
This week the window installers are supposed to get started on their work, so we've done some cleaning, moving things around, which of course leads to plenty of "oh wow, I didn't remember I had this" and "hey look what I found." But damn, if dust was worth money, we'd have struck gold!
Our DVR is looking a little slimmer, we managed to watch a few episodes of Castle, Chuch, NCIS, Blue Bloods, and Game Of Thrones (a dagger to the eye is brutal!)
by Rainier on May 15, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Man, who knew watching TV was so tiresome? Being comfortable, cozy on the couch, snacking, and watching stuff sure makes you sleepy. However, before we dozed off, we managed to make a dent, checked out a few episodes of Bones, Kitchen Nightmares, Blue Bloods, Camelot, and Glee (thankfully, this is where I dozed off!).
At bat today: more of the same!
A big F**k You goes out to Fox network for canceling The Chicago Code, easily one of the best shows on TV right now. Obviously, nobody over there uses their brain.
The Event also got the ax over on NBC, but we were only watching that because we picked it up and wanted to follow the story. It was decent but nothing brilliant.
by Rainier on May 14, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
This will be a busy weekend. We have the usual chores to take care of, but we also have to do some packing/moving, as we're getting new windows installed next week, and the office desks have to be moved out to make space for the window installers to do their thing.
The main thing to do is watch shows on the DVR. We've been neglecting it for the past two weeks, and it has skyrocketed to 96% capacity, so we HAVE to veg out on the couch, eat chips, drink soda and watch TV. Such punishment! Luckily, there is nothing in the movie theater that we want to see. "Priest" looks interesting, but it's not something that we need to watch immediately.
Next week, we'll be switching to E3 mode to set up a slew of appointments and even attend the first pre-E3 event. Joy!
by Rainier on May 11, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Well, that nap lasted longer than I had anticipated.
Watched the series finale of Stargate Universe last night, and I'm quite sad to see another Stargate series go off the air. It was a bit different than SG1 and Atlantis, but I enjoyed it, and the last few episodes were quite good. I had hoped for a few more answers or even a conclusion to Destiny's travels, but alas, the finale left us hanging with more questions.
Now, on to work ...
by Rainier on May 10, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
It's an exciting day today! Lots of new games are due, such as Brink, The First Templar, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, MX vs. ATV Alive, Virtua Tennis 4, and a slew of others. Something for everybody, it seems. I'll be having a look at Brink, LEGO Pirates and maybe The First Templar. I like me some medieval hack 'n' slasher.
Contrary to previous years, we have a head start on E3. Most of our travel and hotel accommodations have been booked, and I even have the first appointment scheduled. Quite amazing, really.
My MSi Geforce GTX-Ti 560
is working like a charm. The gameplay has been very smooth, and there aren't any overheating issues. It has my seal of approval, so if you are looking for an excellent graphics card, I can safely recommend that one.
by Rainier on May 9, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Another weekend has passed. Ready for another work week.
Saturday night we, saw Y&T in concert, which was awesome. Even Kip Winger (lead singer of Winger, best known for continuously being heckled by MTV's Beavis & Butthead) was pretty good with an acoustic set. Yesterday & Today was formed in 1972, so they were celebrating the 30th anniversary of their Earthshaker
album, which they performed in its entirety, along with a bunch of other songs. The extended version
of "I Believe In You," with amazing guitar solo work, was amazing and really made the night.
Apart from rocking out, I managed to install my Geforce GTX 560, we watched Fringe and the latest episode of Game of Thrones, and we went to the movie theater to watch "Thor."
by Rainier on May 7, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
A little bit of a late start, but we have a busy day ahead of us, so we've already been at it for a few hours.
Chores to do, errands to run, and then relax a little bit before we head out to the Y&T concert.
Last night we watched Camelot, and while last week's episode was good, this one was a snoozer. Too much talking, not enough sword fighting. Damn sissy Arthur is boring us to shreds ...
Oh, and lots of APB playing, of course.
by Rainier on May 6, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Hope everyone had a great Cinco de Mayo! We celebrated by hanging out with some friends and downing a pitcher of sangria.
Hey, why are my eyelids getting heavy ... ?
by Rainier on May 5, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Today was a good day. It was like an early birthday or Christmas, whichever works. Received my new GeForce 560
and my new 1TB HD (to replace my troublesome old IDE HD, which I'll back up and then send to digital heaven). This weekend, phase 2 of the new workstation will commence, and hopefully that'll be the end of it.
This weekend is shaping up to be a little busy with the movie premiere of Thor (so
there!), and we also have a Y&T
concert, which ought to be awesome since I've never seen them before but have been a longtime fan.
A little disappointed with APB ATM. The character import from the Realtime Worlds game has been brought online, but GamersFirst never gave many details about what you would be able to port over. It turns out to be hardly worth the hassle. All you can recuperate are some logo designs and your clothes — no cars, guns or character progression.
by Rainier on May 4, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Whether you are a PS3, X360, Wii or PC fan, you have to admit that by now, there's so much egg on Sony's face, it must be hard for them to see.
While a $1 billion lawsuit may be a little extreme, I'm not really surprised that this is happening, and it probably won't be the last, either. I'm baffled that this happened in the first place, but the initial reaction also made me scratch my head.
Shortly after it happened, Sony was already on the case, rebuilding its network, improving security and infrastructure, and even moving it to a more secure location. Were they previously running it on a Pentium I computer under the basement stairs, unprotected? Sony Online's data was secure — oh wait, no it wasn't!
Man, what a mess ....
by Rainier on May 3, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Well, my tinkering with the new quad core came to a screeching halt today. I managed to find an IDE to SATA adapter at Fry's, but I couldn't get it it work properly despite its fairly simplistic installation. The PC wouldn't recognize it at all, and then for some reason, it wouldn't even boot up anymore. This turned out to not be true at all, as my monitor just decided to have hiccups and turn black. Bottom line, I put my old dual core back together, so that I at least have a workstation, and I'll try again this weekend, when I have more time.
Been playing some APB, Stronghold Kingdoms and War Inc. and watched Game of Thrones.
If you are up for a good laugh, check this out
(SFW, but you may not be able to control the giggling fits).
by Rainier on May 2, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
We managed to do most of the things we set out to do this weekend. I ordered a new graphics card (GeForce 550), saw Fast Five
(good, entertaining flick, but be sure to stay until after the credits), and I even got around to putting my new PC together. Unfortunately my old dual core workhorse was more antiquated than i thought, as it still used an IDE HD as a boot disk. The new rig doesn't even accommodate that anymore, so I have to go track down an IDE/SATA connector.
In case you have been hiding in a cave, Prince William's wedding is old news. The new hot topic is the much-overdue termination of Osama bin Laden
. Although bin Laden has been on the run for nearly a decade, US Special Forces has been tracking the al Qaeda leader for the past few months. They planned a raid on the compound in Pakistan and put an end to it all with a bullet to the head. Good riddance!