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We Got Places All Over The Place

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

In my haste to call an end to the big video game conferences, I totally missed Tokyo Game Show (Sept. 16-19), and while it may not be of such great importance as the Western exhibits, I expect that a few interesting announcements will be made.

We finally saw "Salt" last night, and while we had been wanting to see it, we all walked out pleasantly surprised at how good the movie was. We enjoyed it a great deal. It was suspenseful and had a few good twists, so it was definitely worth seeing. We also watched the first episode of the second season of "Dexter," and while the previous episodes were all based on a book, the series writers are now on their own, and it sort of shows.

Either You Bring The Water To L.A. Or You Bring L.A. To The Water

by Rainier on Sept. 8, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Most of the big video game conferences are over — E3, GamesCom, Comic-Con, PAX — so from here on out, we're in end-of-the-year mode. Most companies will start preparing their year-end lineups shortly, so we have quite a few busy months ahead of us.

We watched a few more episodes of Dexter last night and wrapped up season one. The show revolves around a forensics expert (blood splatter analyst) who is also a serial killer, although he has a code of only killing bad people. It's quite good and just addicting enough to make you want to watch the next episode to find out what trouble Dexter can get himself in — and out of.

Drink Up, It'll Make The Whole Seduction Part Less Repugnant

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Home sweet home! The trip was fun, but as always, it's even better to be home again.

While we were waiting for our flight to depart, we watched Dead Snow (or Død Snø in its original language) and it was quite good, over-the-top and gory, which made it equally funny. Of course, we watched a few more episodes of Dexter and the latest Weeds.

All in all, it was a good ending to the long weekend, and now it's back to the grind.

Our condolences go out to the family of Relic lead designer Brian Wood, who was killed in a vehicular accident over the weekend.

I Picked You For The Job, Not Because I Think You're So Darn Smart

by Rainier on Sept. 6, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Because we didn't think it was nearly hot enough yesterday, we headed out to the county fair, where it was even hotter! There were plenty of sights to see and much people-watching to be done. Even though we used sunscreen, we still have minor sunburns to show for it.

We watched a couple of episodes of Dexter last night. It's gotten a bunch of great press and tons of accolades, but we're just finally getting around to it. It's pretty good and looks promising so far ...

Labor Day weekend is winding down, so we're heading back home tonight. It's been good to get away, but it'll be even better to go home and plop ourselves on the couch!

Some Men In This World Are Born To Do Our Unpleasant Jobs For Us

by Rainier on Sept. 5, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Yesterday's visit to Medieval Times was a total bust. I did not enjoy it at all. As a kid, I had gone to a similar spectacle in France where the performers were actually wearing full-body armor and doing real jousting and combat for the duration of the event. The Medieval Times people make WWE look like the real deal, and the two-hour show was mostly filled with failed attempts at a story, some horse tricks, about 20 minutes of sword fighting and laughable acting. Well, at least the food was half decent ....

We also watched It Might Get Loud, a movie with guitar heroes Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), The Edge (U2) and Jack White (White Stripes) talking about their love for the electric guitar and how it all got started for each individual. It was definitely a joy to see Jimmy Page at work, and it was easy to see that the others were awed to be in the presence of such a legend.

We're Identical Twins And Exact Opposites

by Rainier on Sept. 4, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Duke is back once again, and that's definitely good news. Jason is at PAX and has had a chance to check it out, so we should have his hands-on report shortly.

Meanwhile, we're in Los Angeles planning a few trips to keep ourselves occupied in this scorching heat. In the afternoon we are checking out Medieval Times, which includes knights, kings, jousting tournaments and some good old-fashioned eating — without utensils! Should be a good time ...

While hiding from the 100+ degrees weather (37 degrees Celsius), we watched some more Special Ops Mission episodes and are loving it!

They're Coming Outta The Goddamn Walls. Let's Book!

by Rainier on Sept. 3, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We've safely reached our destination, and it is hot, hot, hot just the way I like it. Watched some "Top Sniper" and "Special Ops Mission" last night, and they were awesome!

It's the first day of PAX, and numerous announcements and updates are already rolling in. It'll be difficult to stay on top of things when the gorgeous weather is beckoning, but we'll rough it.

Why Is The Last Patient Of The Day Always The Hardest?

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Yesterday was a productive day. We did some work, watched a few episodes of Rescue Me, Smallville, played Metro 2033, Greed: Black Border, C&C4: Tiberian Twilight, and a whole lot of Puzzle Quest 2.

Tomorrow we'll be having some exclusive footage from Call of Duty: Black Ops for you, so stay tuned for that.

I'm Not Afraid Of Dying Tomorrow, Only Of Getting Killed

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

My hearing is slowly coming back, and everything is almost back to normal. We just realized that yesterday's Slash concert was the kickoff to the North American leg of his world tour, which made the gig somewhat special. There was a live recording being offered after the show, but we passed on it — something we probably shouldn't have done in light of this information.

PAX is upon us. We'll have somebody on site to check out some new titles, so keep your eyes peeled for some coverage. Prior to that, we have a trip to LA to check out Call of Duty: Black Ops and then off to Seattle to pay Microsoft a visit.

Not much TV time today. We only watched some Rescue Me, but tomorrow, Covert Affairs should be available via On Demand.

We Were All Feeling A Bit Shagged And Fagged And Fashed

by Rainier on Aug. 30, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Wow, that was one loud concert! My ears are still ringing, and I was even wearing earplugs to muffle the sound a bit. The gig was great, though. Lots of the new songs but also several Guns N' Roses ones and a few from Velvet Revolver. The vocalist Myles Kennedy was damn good, and if Slash only owned the GN'R material/band, that guy would even be a fitting replacement for Axl Rose. Surprisingly enough, the opening act, Taking Dawn, was rather engaging and made quite a valiant effort to warm us up for the main course.

Prior to going to the concert, we watched Burn Notice (good) and The Bounty Hunter (entertaining).

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

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

It was quite nice out yesterday, but it was also equally windy. We went to a local food event where dozens of food carts were offering their very tasty creations. We're not talking little ice cream carts or hot dog carts, but full-fledged food trucks selling all sorts of Asian, French, Mexican and other types of cuisine. There were numerous "fusion" tacos, beef brisket and paella (Gerard Nebesky won against celebrity chef Bobby Flay in a throwdown).

Tonight, we're heading to the Slash concert, so we're hoping it'll be a good gig. We've gotten a few of his solo albums, and the most recent one is quite good. However, since it's a collaboration with various artists (mainly on vocals) such as Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock, Iggy Pop, Lemmy (Motorhead) and even Fergie (Black Eyed Peas), it remains to be seen how well that material is going to translate on stage.

Time For Lunch ... In A Cup!

by Rainier on Aug. 28, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Movie plans fell through, as our friend already had plans for last night, so we decided to veg and watch Psych instead. Maybe we'll try to see Takers later today or maybe we can still find Salt playing somewhere. Yesterday I also watched The Crazies (with Deadwood's Timothy Olyphant), which turned out better than I anticipated

Today I picked up the latest Avenged Sevenfold album "Nightmare," and so far, I am enjoying it a great deal. Good stuff.

This Is Great, Now We Gotta Surrender Our Socks

by Rainier on Aug. 27, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

The weekend is upon us! In addition to the Slash concert, we are also going to some food festival, hopefully with lots of yummies.

Tonight we might see the new Takers movie, which seems eerily familiar to Armored Truck, which also starred Matt Dillon. We'll let it slide ... for now ...

Currently listening to Iron Maiden's The Final Frontier. It's different than what I expected. Sounds like they are trying to add some new flavor to their formula. It's not bad, just a far cry from the old Maiden.

For Some Men, Nothing Is Written Unless THEY Write It

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

As predicted, the weather was much more tolerable today. It was sunny and warm but not sweltering, and there was even a nice breeze now and again.

Over the past two days, we've been play-testing a new title that's due for release soon, so we'll have some early coverage of that coming up, as well as an interview and, of cours,e a detailed review when it launches next month. Tomorrow, there's a Spider-Man gig in town, so we'll have a chance to check that out, and we'll have more on that shortly as well.

We watched the newest episode of Covert Affairs, and I have The Crazies queued up for tomorrow.

Danger. The Emergency Destruct System Is Now Activated

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Yesterday was hot, hawt, sizzling and scorching! I like warm weather, but working in a room filled with computers only adds to the heat. Unfortunately, the forecast is that it will get cooler later this week and be crappy by the weekend.

Speaking of this weekend, after a few weeks of no concerts, we're back at it. On Sunday we're going to see Slash, former Guns N' Roses lead guitarist, top hat included.

One Final Thing I Have To Do... And Then I'll Be Free Of The Past

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Busy day yesterday! I expected it would be quiet after GamesCom, but no such luck.

Summer finally kicked in around these parts. While the rest of the country has been dealing with sweltering heat for the past few months, we have had a mild summer thus far. We finally hit the upper 90s, and today we're expected to hit the 100s. Yay!

Last night, we watched Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and apart from a few funny comments, the movie sucked. That's all I'm going to say about that.

The Future's Not Set, There's No Fate But What We Make For Ourselves

by Rainier on Aug. 23, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Yesterday we went to see our first Class A baseball game. A friend was celebrating his birthday in the VIP area with a tasty BBQ, and while we love baseball, the game wasn't very exciting. Luckily, the food was good and the beer was chilled ....

Once we got back home, we watched Burn Notice, Entourage and The Spy Next Door, so it was quite a relaxing day overall. We're ready for another week with plenty of press gigs to attend (Disney stuff, Spider-Man, and a few others).

You're A Funny Guy - But Looks Aren't Everything

by Rainier on Aug. 22, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Yesterday was quite the interesting day. We decided to check out the local Art & Soul Festival. While neither topic is exactly of major interest to us (not that we're cultural heathens or anything), we were mainly there to check out all the street food vendors and ... MC Hammer! That's right, Mr. "Can't Touch This" was performing. While we may be 20 years late, we couldn't pass up on the chance to see his baggy pants hop around stage. Unfortunately, the area was so massivly packed that we didn't see a damn thing. People  even climbed on statues and street poles just to get a glimpse of the performance. Can't figure out why wasn't he on the main stage, which was much larger. After only 20 minutes of hearing MC Hammer, we bailed and went home to watch She's Out Of My League, which turned out to be hilariously funny and even somewhat romantic.

Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life, Unless It's The Day You Die

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Last night we entertained some friends for dinner, wine, and a movie. A good time was had by all.

We watched The Fourth Kind with Milla Jovovich and Will Patton, which was much better than we'd anticipated. Whether or not you believe in what transpired, it is quite interesting and was left open for interpretation. It had us discussing for quite a bit afterward, analyzing the movie, the possibility of extraterrestrial life, and so forth. It was fueled by wine and beer, so it was quite fun either way.

He Likes You Because You're Still Alive

by Rainier on Aug. 20, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

A good night's sleep feels so refreshing! Wish I had more of those...

Some friends came by last night, and we ended up drinking beers for a few hours, solving the world's problems one at a time.

Eventhough GamesCom continues for a few more days, it should be slowing down news wise from today on, the extra days, and especially the weekend, is mostly attended by consumers (unlike E3, which is trade only).

Tonight we're having our friends over again, whipping up some dinner and then we're going to watch The Fourth Kind.