by Rainier on Feb. 20, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Yesterday was yet another rainy and gloomy day, so we skipped the Chinese New Year parade. It's not really fun to watch while getting drenched.
Instead, we watched Kitchen Nightmares, Fringe, V and Supernatural, all nice and cozy on our couch. I'd like to think we came out ahead!
Checking up on new upcoming shows, we read that both The Event and Chuck might be coming to a close as viewership isn't good enough to keep them on the air. What's wrong with you people?! Go watch that stuff!
On the other hand, some of the new shows are equally questionable, like Prime Suspect, yet another attempt at "remaking" a British TV series. Are the executives that short-sighted that they don't remember failed British remakes such as Coupling and Life On Mars? If it's not the original, don't bother.
by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Wine, spaghetti, meatballs, The Social Network and sleep...
That pretty much summed up last night, and it was all pretty awesome.
This morning was spent watching YouTube clips of Gary Moore, who passed away earlier this month
. Saw some amazing performances like Parisienne Walkway
, an awesome solo on Empty Rooms
, an incredible cover version of The Thrill Is Gone
with BB King, a live performance of Still Got The Blues
(which made me tear up), and a sizzling tribute
to Jimi Hendrix's Red House.
Too bad Gary Moore was way more popular in Europe than in North America. A lot of people are missing out on unbelievable-sounding guitar work, which we'll never get to hear live again.
by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Well that nap lasted longer than I anticipated.
I'm sure I'm not the only one, but rain somehow makes you tired or sleep better, must be something about the rhythmic sound of water coming down. I'm just guessing here, but it's got to be something.
Tonight we're having The Social Network night, rounding out about every Oscar nominated movie we wanted to see, so for the first time in years we'll actually know what the fuzz is all about. Then we'll round it out by going to see The Eagle before it disappears from theaters. Hey, nothing wrong with brainless entertainment, that's what movies are for.
by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Crysis 2, Dragon Age II and Total War: Shogun 2: We're about to get spoiled with some big demos in the coming weeks. I'm not quite sure what the deal is with Shogun 2 being Steam exclusive. Isn't releasing demos about getting as many people as possible to try it?
It has been quiet on the concert front for the past few months, but it looks like things are about to change with Queens Of The Stone Age and Rock of Ages musical, as well as our own Evening with Kevin Smith.
Tomorrow, we're having a Social Network evening after a dinner of spaghetti and meatballs
, and then possibly Unknown over the weekend. Not quite sure which of the three I'm looking forward to the most.
by Rainier on Feb. 16, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
It's not pretty out there. It's dark and gloomy, and there are high winds and torrential rain. I'm so
Not sure why Ubisoft decided
to release Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood for PC. Most people who wanted it either picked up the console version or moved on to other titles. Then somebody over at HQ will probably wonder why it doesn't sell well ...
Later this week, we are going to be giving away a batch of beta codes for Mythos
. It'll be a first come, first serve, so keep an eye out. They'll be going fast!
by Rainier on Feb. 15, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Hope everybody had a good Valentine's Day! Normally we head out to a fancy restaurant, but a few years back, we decided to save ourselves a wad of cash by staying in and cooking instead. We had a fancy meal, tossed a log in the fireplace, cuddled up and watched some shows on the DVR. Nothing too exuberant, but no less enjoyable.
I haven't quite figured out yet why A.V.A. keeps rebooting my PC as soon as I enter an instance, but I've installed it on another PC, and it works just fine there. Weird stuff!
by Rainier on Feb. 14, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
The weekend flew by again. Why can't it drag on like the work week usually does? Luckily, the weather was quite good, and it only started raining this morning.
Was a relaxing day yesterday with lots of food (dim sum with some friends in the morning, lamb stew for dinner), some gaming (DC Universe Online, Stronghold Kingdom) and lots of TV watching (Knight & Day, Blue Bloods, Bones and Fringe). No, I didn't get around to fixing my PC yet, but I looked at it a few times. I'm getting warmed up!
For all you forgetful folks out there, today is Valentine's Day, so put down the controller and do/get something nice for your wife, fiancée, girlfriend or mother.
by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Yesterday we saw The King's Speech, and we were pleasantly surprised at how good and entertaining it was. I had not done any reading up on it, so I assumed it had something to do with a medieval king making a noteworthy speech sometime in history. While the latter is true, it is set in early 20th century Britain, right before the start of World War II.
Aside from doing some errands, I also played some Genesis A.D. and tried out Alliance of Valiant Arms, two free-to-play FPS titles. Both are quite decent, with AVA being the favorite, but for some reason, that game inexplicably makes my PC shut down after a few minutes of play. I've uninstalled, re-downloaded the install from a different source, and updated my video card drivers to no avail. Bummer ...
by Rainier on Feb. 12, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
My CrimeCraft experience has once again come to a screeching halt. After being banned four times for questionable reasons — not for hacking/glitching, which is rampant in the community — I played under an old friend's account (he'd left the game last year). Earlier this week, the developers figured it out, and sure enough, the next day, I was banned for account sharing.
I can hear you say, "Man, give it up already. They obviously don't want you there." Vogster's MMOFPS isn't a stellar game, but I have many friends there, and it was the only reason I kept coming back. In a sign of solidarity, most of my pals have quit CrimeCraft, and we will move on to APB shortly.
Most MMOs expand their world, but after more than a year, Vogster decided to cut the lobby in half and split players across two servers. It's not because there were SO many players; both servers run on low population most of the time. There are daily "server maintenance" downtimes, which don't resolve anything since additional server reboots ensue, sometimes multiple times a day. There is constant server lag, and European players are mixed with North American users, causing lag during PvP. There is also HackShield's inability to detect any hackers.
Yes, let's all stick our heads in the sand ....
by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Wonder what is all going on over at Activision. It's dropping various franchises and closing half a dozen development studios — several of which they acquired only a two years ago. The Guitar Hero titles losing their appeal should not have come as a surprise; I thought it would have happened sooner since they were milking the franchise and putting out titles like there was no tomorrow. There hasn't been a good Tony Hawk title in a while, either, and it's no wonder that the investment in the Ride skateboard peripheral is also being questioned. Now, on to milking the Call Of Duty franchise!
This weekend, we're going to go see The Social Network
or The King's Speech
, just to catch up on some Oscar-nominated movies, have dim sum with friends, run some errands, and, if all goes well, finish building my PC. I've done some preliminary tinkering when our inet service was down earlier this week, so I have a head start!
by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Not quite sure why, but I'm a little bit bored with my current batch of games. I haven't played Vindictus in a month or two because there is no PVP, and the promised guild features never materialized, Stronghold Kingdoms is getting on my nerves with the constant AI attacks and lack of parish member support, Dead Space II was fun for a few hours but I've put it aside for now, and Eve Online is so huge that I'm just logging in once a day to set skills.
The only title left for now is DC Universe Online, but the weird thing is that when you and a friend have different mentors, it is difficult to sync with friends to group up and do the same missions, resulting in one or the other having to do the missions twice.
by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Yesterday sucked, plain and simple.
Being without internet service (or phone, for that matter) for more than half of the day just wasn't any fun.
Lots of reading material has been showing up over the past few days, including comic books for Deus Ex and DC Universe Online, as well as a novel based on the Homefront game. Guess I'll have to do some catching up ...
by Rainier on Feb. 8, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
The internet service has been down in the office for the past few hours, and while technicians have been at it for a while now, it seems that the service outage may last for a bit longer. Luckily, there are a few unsecured wi-fi connections in the area who have agreed to let us hop on ... well, if they only knew, that is!
Prior to the internet going down, I was going to keep it rather short, as one of my favorite guitar players passed away yesterday. Gary Moore, also known for having played with Thin Lizzy
, died in his sleep yesterday while on vacation in Estepona, Spain. Influenced by artists such as Albert King
, Elvis Presley
, The Beatles
, as well as Jimi Hendrix
, Moore has been one of my favorite blues/rock guitarist (and he does lead vocals as well) ever since I heard Victims of the Future
by Rainier on Feb. 7, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
As predicted, we didn't get anything done this weekend, no cmputer assembling, no trip to the movie theatre, nothing but being lazy, taking naps, run a few errands and watch TV, such as Blue Bloods, The Cape, Bones, and Supernatural.
As you can tell, no football fans over here, so the Super Bowl was totally lost on us, but congrats to all the Green Bay Packers fans for their victory over the Steelers, EA's Madden NFL 2011 prediction
fumbled and didn't get it right this time.
Not much else going on atm, maybe I should start making our GDC schedule, I shudder at the thought, and the fact that GDC means E3 is not far behind ...
by Rainier on Feb. 6, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Man, it was a lovely day yesterday. There was beautiful weather, sunny and warm, and today should be similar, so maybe we'll actually venture out.
Apart from going to breakfast with some friends, we have nothing on the program, so maybe we'll see a movie (The King's Speech
or The Fighter
), watch some DVR (yesterday we caught up on Human Target, Kitchen Nightmares, and The Good Wife), or at last work on my second new PC.
So many choices, so little time ....
by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Last night was a load of fun. We celebrated a friend's birthday with dinner, a night on the town and drinks aplenty.
We didn't come home until the middle of the night, hence the late update, so apologies about that.
We'll see what we can scrounge up for some updates, but first, must get some much-needed coffee because the brain is still in sleep mode.
by Rainier on Feb. 4, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
The weekend's almost here!
It's been a busy week, work-wise as well as gaming. DC Universe Online is still taking up a big chunk of my time, but I'm enjoying it greatly. Our faction in Stronghold Kingdoms is on the warpath, so lots is going on over there as well.
There's a reason why I never got into MMOs until about a year ago: I get sucked in too much. Single-player games are so much easier to drop, even the multiplayer-enabled ones.
This weekend, we have quite a few plans, starting with this evening's birthday bash for our neighbor, the usual errands, probably seeing The King's Speech, and I promised myself that I'd finally get around to putting together my new work PC. I'll be happy if I get half of it done ...
by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
I decided to put on some tights and try out DC Universe Online, and it is quite a fun ride.
The character editor is a tad limited, though, as it's nowhere near as advanced as some other MMOs like Eve Online. It has a bunch of pre-made items you can mix and match and various body types. You can still make a unique character, mind you, but a high-end editor it is not.
For people not in the know, you cannot play as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman or any of the other classic heroes. Otherwise, the world would be full of those iconic characters, but depending on whether you choose to be a hero or a villain, they serve as your mentor or enemy.
by Rainier on Feb. 2, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
It was good to have a slightly busy day yesterday. It keeps the distractions at bay, and it's easier to focus on work when there is a steady stream of things to do.
I've gotten a few more hours into Dead Space 2 and still enjoying it a lot, although I'm ready for some new enemies and monsters. So far, they all seem similar, if not identical, to the foes from the original. I've also started downloading DC Universe Online, so I'll get some tights and see how much trouble I can get myself into.
Special mention has to go to Nexon for sending me a sweet-looking crystal skull filled with vodka to promote their Mabinogi
Hamlet update — not so much for the alcohol part, but I'm a sucker for anything that has to do with skulls.
by Rainier on Feb. 1, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
It was kind of a slow day yesterday, which gave me some time to check out Dead Space 2. While I'm only about 30-45 minutes into it, it already made me jump in my seat twice — not an easy feat. The preliminary impression is that the game's quite interesting, with some familiar mechanics and a few new additions, such as crawling in vents and walking around dazed & confused.
I also played some Stronghold Kingdoms as FireFly finally launched its Glory system, basically declaring all-out war among factions (guilds) in the game. The bottom line is that the winner is he who controls the most territory for the duration of the event. I've been amassing troops in my vassal parishes for the past few weeks and beefing up my own castle defenses, so I should be good to go ....