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Sometimes It's Worse To Stay Than It Is To Run

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

Another week has almost rolled by, and I'm glad to report that it hasn't rained all week. It has even been sunny and warm for a few days. Time to work on my monitor tan!

No big plans for this weekend. Probably mess around with OnLive Game System, hook it up to the HDTV and see what gives. Source Code is opening this weekend, so we might see that, but apart from some dim sum plans with friends, nothing is on the schedule.

Keep an eye on our official WP Twitter feed today. We're going to be handing out PSN and XBLA codes for Swarm, and no, that is NOT an April Fool's joke (beware!).

That Is The Sound Of Inevitability... It Is The Sound Of Your Death

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

I've been messing a little bit with the OnLive Game System, and while I haven't actually connected it to the TV yet, I have to give props to OnLive for putting together a great package. Most game systems these days (Xbox 360 comes to mind) do not include a variety of cables that you need to hook it up, whereas OnLive adds everything into the bundle: cat5 cable, spiffy controller, and even the HDMI connector. I did check out the service through the PC, and it's quite impressive to be able to select a title and be playing it within 5 seconds without a download or lengthy installation process.

Just noticed this new Spielberg series Falling Skies, starring Dale Dye, Moon Bloodgood, and Noah Wyle. It looks quite interesting, even though it made me think of The Walking Dead right away. It premieres on TNT this June (two-hour premiere on Sunday, June 19 at 9/8c), so I guess we know what to add to the DVR when it starts.

I'd Give Anything For A Drink. I'd Give My God-Damned Soul For Just A Glass Of Beer

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

A batch of new games will be available in stores today, and while I enjoy racing games like Need for Speed Shift 2 Unleashed, I've never been good at actually playing them. It's frustrating, but that never stops me from trying! Our OnLive Game Systems did not arrive yesterday. Maybe next time, I should try to actually read the shipping label, as it's due for delivery today.

Now that Sucker Punch is out of the way, we have our eyes set on the next few movies, such as Source Code, Your Highness, Hanna, maybe Arthur when we're bored, and yes, even Fast Five looks pretty good.

We Pass The Time Of Day To Forget How Time Passes

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

If we're lucky, our OnLive Game Systems ought to be arriving today, and I'm really looking forward to it — more out of curiosity to see how well it works than the actual games on the service.

Not much happened yesterday. We bummed around, watched "You Again," a few episodes of Chuck, NCIS and Fringe.

Props go to Capcom for sticking with the PC platform. Already looking forward to the new Resident Evil game.

Anybody Ever Tell You You Look Dead, Man?

by Rainier on March 27, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We saw Sucker Punch yesterday, and it was quite good. Everybody in our party liked it — some more than others — but all were in agreement that it was good. For some reason, the sound was turned WAY up, so it was overwhelming when the music was playing during the awesome fight sequences. The story itself, Zack Snyder's first original script, was a bit flimsy with some head-scratchers here and there, but the action and stylish filming made up for that.

We did all our errands yesterday, so we have nothing planned but brunch with some friends and working on the DVR backlog. Sweet!

This Is America. You Don't Make Money, Then You're A Douchebag

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

If you are reading this, then you have made it through to the new WP server, bigger and better! Our admin/web dev guru Ricky has worked some magic and increased our server capabilities 50 fold, so we can now handle even more incessant clicking than ever before. :)

Sometime next week, we should be getting a few OnLive Game Systems, so I'm quite looking forward to testing out how it actually works and playomg some of these games on HDTV with surround sound. Not sure which titles I'm going to play when it arrives, but I do wonder, since these games are offered via streaming, which version do we get? PC or console? And if we get the PC version, can we tweak the graphical settings? If not, what are the default settings we get to play with ?

Later today, we are going to see Sucker Punch. Hot chicks with guns, stuff blowing up — what's not to like, right?!

I Think You're Swell - So Long As I'm Not Your Husband

by Rainier on March 25, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Man, this rain is getting annoying. Hopefully it'll let up a bit for the weekend, but it's been going at it almost non-stop for the past week. I don't mind the cold, heat or snow, but rain annoys me ...

Our server move is almost done. We've moved all the data, and we're going to make the last db transfer before the weekend and then flick the switch on the DNS. Everything seems to be working properly (and fast) on the new box, so there shouldn't be any surprises.

Last night we watched House, Castle, and Bones.

Every Man I Kill, The Farther Away From Home I Feel

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

We're working behind the scenes to prepare for a server upgrade and move later this week, so if you are experiencing any issues with accessing the site on Friday and Saturday, do not fear! It will only be temporary until data transfers and DNS updates have been completed. The new server will be bigger and better, with a few more site updates coming shortly thereafter.

I'm having some weird issues with Crysis 2. I can't get past the first section of the game, when I get out of the sub. Each time I get to the surface, my computer shuts down. It has done the same thing 3-4 times already, each time in that particular spot.

As the weekend approaches, only one thing matters: Sucker Punch!

If It's Death That You're Really Afraid Of, Why Should You Care About What It Is That Kills You?

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

Last night, we went to see the "Rock Of Ages" musical — not to be confused with Atlus' game — and it was awesome and quite funny.

I've downloaded Crysis 2 but haven't had a chance to check it out yet. From what I've read on forums, a lot of people are having login issues. The fact that the game lacks decent video options makes you wonder, and for now, it only supports DirectX9, which is totally weird.

Apart from that, I've been playing some Homefront multiplayer, and while it's quite Call Of Duty-esque, it's still unique enough to be fun. The campaign was indeed rather short, and Kaos already hinted that it will be making the story longer in the sequel.

Nothing That Happens Is Ever Forgotten, Even If You Can't Remember It

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

Quite a busy day ahead of me today, partly caused by me zonking out last night and getting a late start, but also because we are heading out early to see that musical I mentioned a few days ago. Some people may be shocked at the thought of me sitting through that, but it's called Rock Of Ages and has nothing but '80s rock music in it. That makes it all bearable, probably even enjoyable!

Gaming-wise, it should be a big day as well with quite a few hot titles shipping to stores, including Crysis 2, LEGO Star Wars III, PlayStation Move Heroes, and a bunch of others.

But for now, back to work ...

This Time The Mission Is The Man

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

It seems like we're not having much luck with airports this weekend. There were delays on Friday, and today, we dropped off Ricky in the morning after verifying that his flight status was "on time." However, his flight (and every other plane going that direction) got canceled later on due to high winds. We picked him up again, and we'll have to make another trip out there bright and early in the morning. What an ordeal!

With all the driving back and forth, that left little time for watching stuff on the DVR, but we did manage to watch House, Fringe, Stargate Universe, and Takers.

Tomorrow, we'll be heading out early to see a musical. That's right, I'm expanding my cultural repertoire. :)

I'm Offering You My Body And You're Offering Me Semantics

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

We just got back from our Kevin Smith show, and while it wasn't his typical Q&A gig that we have seen a few times on DVD (check it out, they are called "An Evening With Kevin Smith"), it was their smodcast show, more of a panel discussion where they talk about all sorts of topics. It was funny as hell, but I was a tad disappointed because I had an awesome question to fire his way.

It's been raining cats & dogs over here for the past few days, so no excursions are planned, aside from some errands and loads of DVR watching.

Look for a new contest to kick off this week. We're going to be giving away thousands of Lord Of The Rings Online newbie keys to give "new" players a bunch of free items.

The Law Has Little To Say On Things Left Undone

by Rainier on March 19, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Last night was a bit busy due to a bunch of flights being delayed, so I had to wait for an extra hour at the airport for an incoming flight. It postponed all the other plans for the evening.

Midnight dinner, with a few glasses of wine resulted in falling asleep for the rest of the night, waking up at noon, going to see Paul, which was quite entertaining. It was filled with loads of cursing, nerd humor and a weed-smoking alien.

Later tonight, we are going to go see Kevin Smith, so to sum it up, our day will be filled with nothing but profanity, just the way we like it!

I Know Now Why You Cry, But It's Something I Can Never Do

by Rainier on March 18, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Adam wanted you all to know that later today, he is going to be giving away download codes for Torchlight, both on X360 (XBLA) and PC, so if you aren't following us on Twitter yet, get to it!

On Saturday, we're going to see Kevin Smith, one of his famed "A Night With" sessions, where he takes questions from the audience and goes on talking for the next 2-3 hours about all the hilarious stuff he gets himself into. To mix it up a little, though, it's called "Jay and Silent Bob Get Old."

Not sure what else we have planned for the weekend. No movies jump out as a must-see, although Paul looks funny and Limitless could be good. Or perhaps we'll wait for them on DVD.

Let's All Sell Our Souls And Work For Satan Because It's More Convenient That Way

by Rainier on March 17, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Not sure why we need an official excuse to get smashed, but hey, I'll take it! Unfortunately the festivities will have to wait until this weekend because unlike most Irish people (which I'm not), I have a job to do. On the upside, my job does allow me to drink during the day ... hmm, there's a thought!

Been playing some more Homefront, and not quite sure how far along in the game I am, but it feels like I'm nearing the end. There have been a few plot twists, and I've moved on from the original setting and even faced some aerial combat. Can't complain, as I'm still having fun. Too bad there isn't really anything "futuristic" in a game that's set 10+ years from now; everything is pretty much modern-day contemporary.

I Am Not A Gentleman. I Don't Even Know What A Gentleman Is

by Rainier on March 16, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Picked up Homefront last night and have been going through the single-player campaign. The story is good, the variety of missions and weapons keeps it interesting, and using the "Goliath" is literally a blast. Not quite sure about the length yet, which seems to be a major sticking point from what I have read, but so far so good. I had a chance to play the multiplayer a few weeks ago, so I'm looking forward to trying it out on the public servers once I'm done with the campaign.

Quite a few other games shipped to stores yesterday, so there should some be something for everybody to enjoy.

Sometimes It's Interesting To See Just How Bad Bad Writing Can Be

by Rainier on March 15, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

I know I'm a few years late, but I've managed to check out Planet Calypso, and it's rather fun. Even though it uses the CryEngine 2, the graphics are mediocre and it has decent character customization. Above all, it is fun to play, especially with a few friends. Obviously it has a huge world, there's lots of exploration to do, a good crafting system, and a great variety of weapons and vehicles (land- and air-based).

On a lesser note, I also tried Battle: Los Angeles, and while it follows key moments from the movie, it does not sound like it includes any of the actors' voices, no cut scenes to speak of (I don't count comic book-type slideshows) and above all, it's WAY too short. I'm not a fast gamer, and I wrapped up the game in about an hour, give or take. Saber Interactive did a good job, taking into account the game was announced a month before it was released (and I was quite impressed with the character movements), but there simply isn't much value in this title.

Speaking of value, if you are a Halo: Reach fan and aren't following our Twitter yet, now might be the time to do so, as we'll be giving away a few Defiant map pack codes.

We All Need Mirrors To Remind Ourselves Who We Are

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

The weekend is over, and so is PAX East, which unfortunately did not result in many news items.

We had a busy movie weekend, and yesterday's "Battle: Los Angeles" did not disappoint. It is an excellent action movie, some weak attempts at jokes/puns not withstanding. We also watched Kitchen Nightmares, Hawaii Five-0, Bones, The Event, and the last episode of The Cape, which is only available online.

Japan's troubles seem far from over, as it suffered a massive earthquake followed by a sweeping tsunami. There are now a few (two confirmed, three possibilities) nuclear reactors that are critical. Some have had explosions inside and are obviously leaking radiation. Not good ....

People Don't Want A Hero, They Want To Eat Cheeseburgers, Play The Lotto And Watch Television

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

We saw The Adjustment Bureau yesterday, and it was quite good. The chemistry between the two main actors (Matt Damon and Emily Blunt) was amazing. Comparisons to Inception are warranted, but only in terms of the type of movie, because Christopher Nolan's masterpiece is in a totally different league. Today we're heading out to the theater again to see Battle: L.A., which, according to box office predictions, is the #1 movie this weekend. Let's hope it lives up to expectations.

In case you had not yet noticed, we've been giving away download codes (PSN, XBLA, Steam) on our Twitter feed for various games, and I wanted to send congrats to the Beyond Good & Evil HD winners, especially this guy for being creative.

They Don't Have A Name For What He Is

by Rainier on March 12, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Luckily, yesterday's tsunami warning wasn't as severe as first feared. However, it was wicked to see how an earthquake thousands of miles away still has an eerie effect hours later at the other end of the ocean. Glad to know that Hawaii was spared as well, since we are going there next year for our 10th wedding anniversary. At the same time, it is quite shocking to see the devastating effects the tsunami had in Japan. It's baffling how some people watch it unfold in front of their eyes and then scurry off in a panic when they realize it's real.

On a different note, last night, we went to the Asian Art Museum to watch a friend play the gamelan in "The Creatures of Balinese Mythology." Not really my cup of tea, but I persevered!