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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!

I'm The Guy That's Gonna Get Ya

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

Our hearts go out to the people in Japan who were hit by a huge 8.9 earthquake yesterday about 250 miles from Tokyo. Unfortunately, this was followed by a devastating tsunami that swept away buildings, cars and ships and reached far inland.

The tsunami warning was extended across the Pacific to North and South America. We are currently watching live footage from Hawaii, where it is expected to hit any minute. What was calm water a minute ago has become more active, and the water level has risen.

Hoods Don't Talk, They Just Vomit Words

by Rainier on March 10, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

If you have not been following us on Twitter, you are missing out. We've been giving away all sorts of goodies on there, and we're about to ramp it up with even more keys and download codes for a slew of titles (Beyond Good & Evil, Halo: Reach DLC, Torchlight, etc.). If you want to get in on the action, you know where to go ...

This is shaping up to be a busy movie weekend, with not only Netflix lying in wait, but we're set for both The Adjustment Bureau and Battle: L.A.

As Far Back As I Can Remember, I Always Wanted To Be A Gangster

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

Hope everybody had a good Mardi Gras yesterday!

Sorry about skipping out on the MOTD yesterday, but we dozed off in front of the TV watching Stargate: Universe, and a nap turned into an all-nighter. Then the day got away from me, so I never got around to it.

I'll probably be checking out Dragon Age II this week, but what I'm most looking forward to is Homefront, although it's a bit disheartening to hear the campaign is a mere five hours long.

We watched some House, Glee, Smallville, The Chicago Code, and I'm still looking forward to Battle: L.A. this weekend!

One Step Closer To Economic Equilibrium

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

Man, these weekends really ought to be longer. They are over way too quickly.

Not much was accomplished this weekend, but it was nice and relaxing.

We did not end up going to see The Adjustment Bureau, as our friend canceled on us, so we postponed it until later. Next weekend, however, we're SO going to go see Battle: L.A., I've been drooling over that movie for months now! We did watch some more Supernatural and a few episodes of Mr. Sunshine.

I also wanted to clarify that Dinner for Schmucks mentioned yesterday is a horrible movie, it was never high on our "to watch" list and now we know why. The boring, uninspired, snore-inducing moments WAY outnumbered the occasional chuckles.

Some Men Just Want To Watch The World Burn

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

Yesterday was a semi-quiet day, mostly spent on the couch watching "Dinner for Schmucks" and a few episodes of Supernatural. We did our weekly errands and groceries and then headed out to dinner with some friends at a nice French restaurant. Yay for tasty food!

Not quite sure what the schedule is for today. We are supposed to watch "The Adjustment Bureau" with a friend but haven't finalized those plans yet. We'll either see it by ourselves or stay home, and I'll use the downtime to make some more progress on putting together my new PC.

Or we may just end up on the couch watching TV and playing video games all day. It's anybody's guess. :)

I Don't Go Joy-Poppin' With Bubble-Gummers!

by Rainier on March 5, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

GDC is over! There were some good announcements, some good games, and lots of nice parties and events all around. From what I recall, this GDC news cycle was a little slower than usual. Unfortunately, this also means that E3 is just around the corner, and according to a few of our PR friends, the planning has already begun. Yuck!

Yesterday, we gave away a batch of Black Ops First Strike PS3 DLC codes on our official Twitter account, so if you are into that sort of thing, you might want to follow us because more goodies are coming.

Last night, we watched Chuck, NCIS and a documentary about Ozzfest's 10th anniversary.

They Send You Here For Life, And That's Exactly What They Take

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

Happy Friday! On to the weekend!

It's the last day of GDC, so I'm going to rush through a few appointments, say hi to some people, and mayhaps check out a few games. It was oddly quiet yesterday, so hopefully it picks up a bit today.

This weekend, we're going to watch "The Adjustment Bureau" (new Matt Damon flick), but I'm REALLY looking forward to next week's Battle L.A. opening. I've been salivating over that flick for months now.

Last night we watched House, The Cape (which unfortunately got canceled, so cherish these last few episodes), The Good Wife and The Chicago Code.

You Have The Look Of A Man Who Accepts What He Sees Because He Is Expecting To Wake Up

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

Wow, yesterday was a crappy day. Nothing went right, and everything was annoying me to no end. A day to quickly forget!

Luckily, things went better in the evening, as we saw our friends over at Kalypso (Ted, Mario, Mark) and then went to an event for THQ's Homefront. Everything was all very secretive, as we had to meet at a certain spot where we would be picked up and driven to a secret location. We ended up in The Presidio's Fort Mason, where one of the rooms was set up with roadblocks, fake ordnances, North Korean soldiers and a bunch of stations where we could play all the Homefront multiplayer that we wanted.

We'll have some more on Homefront shortly, as we are currently playing a preview build.

Adam attended the "Rango" movie premiere and then hit the toga party for Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising.  Busy day!

I Think Positive Emotion Trumps Negative Emotion Every Time

by Rainier on March 2, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Last night, we went to see a friend perform stand-up comedy with a few other people. While we had seen his comedy routine before, it wasn't his best performance. None of the 11 other comedians blew us away, either; some even totally bombed. Prior to that, we had dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. People who are familiar with the "Forrest Gump" movie should know what I'm talking about.

Our Mythos contest is over, and keys have been sent out. Unless we get more keys from the publisher, we'll be launching a Lord Of The Rings Online Newbie keys giveaway soon.

What's going on with Sony these days? After the debacle with the security key, LG has managed to get a 10-day PS3 import ban from the civil court of justice in the Hague regarding some patent infringements!

A Moment Of Luck In A Sea Of Misfortune

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

I have to agree with this statement from a fellow colleague about the recent surge of misinformation. PR folks say one thing, knowing very well that it's untrue, only to confirm the previously denied fact mere hours or days later.

It has been happening for much longer than the recent Dragon Age debacle, which was revealed, denied and confirmed in the span of 24 hours. Now Atlus has a similar case on its hands with initially stating that Catherine would not be coming to North America, refuting a prematurely launched product Web page on GameStop. This is, of course, while there is an official Web site and cover art. We often get the "no comment" at this point when we try to confirm similar info, but lately, the flat-out denial has been happening more frequently.

Apparently She Has Certain Skills, Acquired At An Establishment In Shanghai

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

"The Eagle" wasn't as epic as we had hoped, since a great part of the movie revolved around two people wandering around and looking for their esteemed emblem. It's still a fairly decent movie, but we had hoped for more large-scale battles. Instead there was a somewhat excessive amount of talking. Who knew?

This week kicks off GDC, which we will be attending, so there should be quite a bit of coverage coming up.

After playing Bulletstorm for a few days, I'm nearing the end, and while I've been enjoying it, I can't say that I would shell out $60 for it. It's quite obvious that People Can Fly, now part of Gears Of War developer Epic, is using the Unreal Engine and got its inspiration from the aforementioned game. There are many similarities, such as the identical firing mechanism, comparable character designs and the same way of jumping over obstacles.

Lust Awakens The Desire To Possess. And That Awakens The Intent To Murder

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

Yesterday, we saw "Unknown," and everybody liked the movie. It was decent, but the plot twist near the end made it good, so if you are on the fence about seeing it, have at it.

In a bit, we're going to see "The Eagle," and while we know it won't be a stellar performance, movies with large-scale battles are always better in the theater. Will report back later tonight...

The open beta still a couple of months away, so if you want a Mythos closed beta key, the time is now. We only have a handful left.

Hey, Did You Lose Weight -- Or A Limb?

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

Chalk this one up to a lazy day ...

Off to see Unknown. So far, feedback from our friends is all over the place; some liked it, but others didn't, so hopefully it's decent.

Fingers crossed!

I'm Either Gonna Lose The Black Vote Or I'm Gonna Lose The Law And Order Vote!

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

Happy Friday!

Two days of Microsoft madness are over! We saw lots of good stuff from a variety of publishers/developers for either PC, X360 or XBLA. Beyond Good & Evil HD looks nice, Fable III on PC and in 3-D looks amazing, Halo: Reach Defiant Map Pack was quite fun, Homefront had me glued to the screen for almost an hour, Crysis 2 in 3-D was spectacular, and, of course, you've already read our Gears Of War 3 coverage.

We've got some interviews coming with Epic's Cliff B. as well as Lester "Cole Train" Speight, so keep an eye out for them in the next few days.

Not sure what the plans are for this weekend, but they include watching "Unknown" and "The Eagle."

Good And Evil, Right And Wrong Were Invented For The Ordinary Average Man

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

We'll be skipping out a bit early today as we are attending Microsoft's Gears Of War 3 press event, where, according to executive producer Rod Fergusson, "A big Gears 3 announcement" will be made. We'll let you know as soon as the news hits.

Been itching to try out Bulletstorm, so I'll be checking that out in a little bit. It's been getting good feedback, and I enjoyed the carnage when I was able to get some hands-on time a few months back. Then, of course, there is also the Mytheon open beta and the Nail'd and Dragon Age II demos to consider. Lots of love for PC gamers yesterday ...

Also, if you are into MMORTS games, don't forget to drop us a note to get a key for the Mythos closed beta.

Justice Doesn't Deal With The Innocent

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

As expected, it was a quiet day yesterday. It gave us the opportunity to catch up on a few Netflix movies that had been lying around for a few weeks, Grown Ups and Three Kingdoms. We also watched a few episodes of the new cop series The Chicago Code (good stuff), Mr. Sunshine (new comedy series with Friends' Matthew Perry), The Cape, and House.

Later this week, we'll be heading out to a pair of Microsoft events to check out a bunch of new titles and probably some other new announcements, so keep an eye out for that. Our Killzone 3 review is ready, but we wanted to wait until the official launch to try some of the live multiplayer servers and properly round out our coverage.

In the meantime, if you haven't yet, check out Total War: Shogun 2 preview. If that isn't your type of game, maybe you could enter our Mythos Closed Beta Key Giveaway!