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.

I Bet You Could Walk All Day In Shoes Like Those And Not Feel A Thing

by Rainier on Aug. 19, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

There's an overwhelming amount of announcements and assets coming out of GamesCom. It almost feels like there is more going on than at E3 this year.

Very sad to hear about Real Time Worlds and APB. Hopefully a solution can be found. After all the CrimeCraft drama, a lot of former players and friends have migrated over there, so it would be most unfortunate. A much-heard complaint is with the combat system, but it's more a matter of getting used to it.  The sheer amount of customization and in-game items (vehicles, guns, etc.) is mind-boggling and sure makes up for that.

I Never Discuss Love On An Empty Stomach

by Rainier on Aug. 17, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Today, GamesCom in Germany starts, so there should be quite a bit of interesting news coming over the next few days, such as the Age of Empires Online announcement. That sure came out of left field.

We don't have any other special press trips on the books this week, but next week, there's something happening almost every day, so be on the look out for some preview coverage and interviews.

Last night, we watched Fanboys, and I managed to stay awake from start to finish. It was rather good, but the amount of cameos (such as Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Jason Mewes, Ray Park (Darth Maul), William Shatner, Kevin Smith and Billy Dee Williams) sure raised the quality level.

Is Life Always This Hard, Or Is It Just When You're A Kid?

by Rainier on Aug. 16, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Another beautiful day around these parts, but we decided to stay in, relax, plop ourselves on the couch and watch Burn Notice and Entourage. We planned on watching Fanboys, but some family stopped by, and that killed that plan.

I did, however, manage to get to work on swapping out my motherboard, hard drives and power supply to my new case, so hopefully the airflow will be much better now.

Gee, I Wish We Had One Of Them Doomsday Machines

by Rainier on Aug. 15, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Yesterday was a beautiful day. The weather hadn't been this great in weeks, so we ventured out a bit, did some shopping, and went out with friends for all-you-can-eat sushi (SO stuffed). We also saw The Other Guys (with Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, also starring Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson) which turned out to be rather funny, even though we are not big Ferrell fans. To top it off, we also watched the pilot for Warehouse 13, a sci-fi series we've been meaning to check out. The trailers did not really do it justice, as it is better than we anticipated.

No special plans today, I foresee some walking, eating, and movie watching in our imminent future.

That's The Trouble With You Readers, You Know All The Plots

by Rainier on Aug. 14, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Last night, we saw the new Sylvester Stallone movie, The Expendables. With a cast like Sly, Jason Statham, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Steve Austin and cameos by Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, you'd figure the movie ought to be half decent. While it was not exactly bad, the movie didn't live up to the potential of the cast. Of course, you don't have to expect any interesting plot development, but the story didn't gel well, apart from some decent one-liners. If only the rest of the movie were as action-packed as the last 20 minutes, that could have saved it ....

Since I am still banned from playing CrimeCraft, I vowed to take the free time to switch my gaming rig into the new case. Now's the time!

I Intend To Broadcast Until The Day I Die, And Then For A Couple of Days After That

by Rainier on Aug. 10, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

It was surprisingly quiet yesterday. Maybe everybody is on vacation or getting ready for GamesCom next week.

We started watching Covert Affairs, and while it's nothing super, it's better than we expected. Since it's On Demand, we don't need to DVR it and it's free, so we figure we may as well watch it while we can.

The drama in CrimeCraft continues, as I've had to tell a bunch of people why two of their biggest players were banned for shady reasons. So far, the response has been heartening. Most people are baffled, claiming Vogster is overreacting. A response from the VP of Vogster stated that we violated "the spirit of the game/tournament." I'd say that in a game about gangs, crafting drugs, killing rival gangs, and robbery, we actually raised the bar on that spirit.

If We Can't Make Memories, We Can't Heal

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

Wedding Anniversary

Drinking Wine = Kryptonite

Sleep

What I've Done Is Going To Be Puzzled Over And Studied And Followed... Forever

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

We did most of our errands yesterday so that we can have the day all to ourselves. No specific plans beyond going out for breakfast and cooking dinner, so we'll see what we can come up with to entertain ourselves.

Something is afoot in the world of CrimeCraft. GMs have been abusing their power by kicking people out of the game "as a joke," and over the past year, some of their best players have gotten banned, and now it's my turn.

If you've been following me for the past year, you'll notice that I've been a staunch supporter of the game, but this is the second time I have been banned (the first time was cleared up the next day, so I didn't mention it) for what I considered to be BS reasons.

So far, several rival gangs have expressed similar frustrations, and a campaign to support my return is being staged, but if it's unsuccessful, adios CC (and with it, several of my high-level premium players who are equally fed up). Viva La RevoluciĆ³n!

There's A Difference Between Knowing The Path And Walking The Path

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

Weekend again, and this one has special meaning since we are celebrating our eighth wedding anniversary! No super special plans, apart from a nice dinner, probably a movie and lots of smooching!

No hiking or concerts this weekend, so it should be nice and relaxing. Maybe i'll even get around to doing my long-overdue case and HD PVR projects.

Last night we watched some Burn Notice, and I also just received the first issue of the Kane & Lynch comic book.

I Ate His Liver With Some Fava Beans And A Nice Chianti

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

No concerts this weekend, so if we're good, we'll probably get some time to catch up on a variety of things. Then again, we might just end up doing nothing at all. Got to love weekends!

Last night we watched Psych and Leap Year, a romantic comedy that was better than expected. Tonight we'll probably watch Legion and Fanboys, while a trip to the theater might result in finally catching Salt. Lots of movie goodness going on around here.

Of course, there will also be plenty of CrimeCraft, StarCraft II and some APB, which I've been neglecting lately.

You Should Learn To Live As If You Didn't Exist!

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

Runic Games announced Torchlight II! Excellent! While it's not yet the promised MMO version with the added co-op multiplayer, it is one step closer.

We haven't been doing much TV watching lately. We did, however, watch Hell's Kitchen last night, as we're trying to re-arrange our sleeping schedule a bit. We've been feeling the backlash in our aging bones for all those late nights over the past few years, so we'll see how that turns out.

No concerts this weekend, although later this month, we are going to go see Slash, famed Guns N' Roses guitarist.

How Do You Shoot The Devil In The Back? What If You Miss?

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

I've been playing some StarCraft II co-op with a friend, and it's great fun. We've been decimating the competition. Now and then, I jump into the campaign to unlock more achievements or get missions done on a harder level, but so far, I am having a good time with it.

With the first footage from DiRT 3 released yesterday, I came across this promo clip featuring Ken Block, who's been signed by Codemasters as a technical consultant for the previous game. The video shows some serious jaw-dropping precision driving, so you have to check it out. It'll have you jump up and down in your seat as he performs tricks with pinpoint accuracy in his Subaru Impreza WRX.

A Hobby Should Pass The Time, Not Fill It

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

As you may have noticed above, we went to a Plants vs. Zombies XBLA event last night, and both the event and game were a lot of fun. PopCap had a troupe of dancers dressed in sunflower outfits and others sporting huge zombie heads. Cue Michael Jackson's Thriller album, and fun was guaranteed.

We have a few more interviews to catch up on that we have accumulated from recent press events, so keep an eye out for DJ Hero 2, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, Mafia II, Rock Band 3 and bunch of others.

Please, Sit Down Before You Fall Down

by Rainier on Aug. 2, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We just got back from the Scorpions concert, and it was awesome. Good fun and good show! After 45 years, they are calling it quits. Since this was their farewell tour, they performed all their best songs like Blackout, Rock you Like a Hurricane, Big City Nights, Wind of Change, No One Like You, Dynamite and a slew of others. Oddly enough, they didn't sing Still Loving You. Wonder what the story is behind that one ...

Later today, we're going to a PopCap event and checking out something to do with Plants vs. Zombies. Nomz!

I Run A Couple Of Newspapers. What Do You Do?

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

Our plans last night to see Salt went up in flames, as our friend canceled on us because she was under the weather. Since we're going to see the Scorpions tonight, our trip to the theater will have to be postponed until next weekend. Instead, we stayed home, ordered Chinese food, and watched Invictus (Clint Eastwood movie with Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman).

In between CrimeCraft tournaments, which we have won for the past 3 weeks and counting, I have been playing a little bit of StarCraft II and must admit it has drawn me in. It's not the game itself but mainly the story and different characters. Good stuff ....

I Haven't Got Time For This Mickey Mouse Bullshit

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

Our favorite days have arrived: the weekend!

We'll be running some errands today, maybe watch Angelina Jolie's new movie Salt, and a few other minor things during the day.

Yesterday, I finally managed to check out StarCraft II, but I'm only on the second mission, so it's a little bit early to give any kind of critique.

Apparently The Only Performance That Will Satisfy You Is When I Play Dead

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

After playing APB for a few weeks as Criminals, we noticed that the Enforcer side is a bit overpowered with their stun gun, so we switched sides. Hopefully RTW addresses this issue ASAP, or else the entire community will switch and there won't be any missions to be had anymore.

This weekend we have another concert to attend, the Scorpions farewell tour. They are calling it quits, time for retirement, so it's one last hurrah.

War Is Too Important To Be Left To Politicians

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

We got to see Guitar Hero and DJ Hero 2 last night, but you'll have to wait a few more days to read the impressions. I can tell you that you'll be somewhat surprised.

My lofty goal of installing SC2 fell to the wayside, as I got distracted by Alien Swarm. The old-school, top-down view shooter had me salivating. I loved Frozenbyt's Shadowgrounds back in the day, and Alien Swarm didn't disappoint either. Lots of people online, good graphics, fun gameplay, lots of weapons and upgrades, and last but not least, it's free.

To whet our culinary taste buds, we watched Hell's Kitchen and Master Chef (not too interesting) and mixed it up with the latest episode of Burn Notice.

There's Nothing Tragic About Being Fifty, Not Unless You Try To Be Twenty-Five

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

Aarrghh, my kryptonite struck again!

Our neighbor was kind enough to invite us over to dinner last night, and since the magic word "BBQ" was uttered, we were hooked right away and could not refuse. Of course, wine was served, which made me zonk out and not hear any of our three alarms.

Time for some coffee and then onward with the news (and some StarCraft II).