by Rainier on July 8, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
We finished off LEGO Harry Potter earlier today, and while the LEGO franchise may not be on par with some of our other mature/action titles, it is always great fun to play. The Harry Potter game is a bit different from previous installments in the series, but it had us glued to the screen for hours on end, night & day, until we reached 100% completion. Good stuff ...
We have just received Hauppage's latest HD PVR
(Personal HDTV Recorder), allowing us to record direct footage from any platform, so we'll be tinkering with that over the next few days.
by Rainier on July 7, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
For the past few days, I've been playing APB with a few buddies of mine, mainly from our CrimeCraft gang, and I'm not totally sold on it just yet. While it is fun to group up with a few friends, the missions themselves are quite repetitive, and the balancing is not quite up to par. For instance, they'll pit your level 40 character against someone who's ranked 190 with much better upgrades and abilities.
At the same time, we have also been playing LEGO Harry Potter, which is a little bit more involved than previous installments in the franchise but unique in its own way.
by Rainier on July 6, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Too bad the long weekend is over again. It was filled with good food, beers, and sun all around. After we became mobile again from our food coma, we washed our car, which we hadn't done in over six months.
In the early evening, we went to see "The A-Team," and while I was skeptical at first, it turned out to be quite good, and there were lots of laughs. Too bad Mr. T is no longer playing B.A., and while the new guy does a great effort, nobody makes an angry face like he does.
by Rainier on July 4, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Whew, that was some hike! Yesterday, we embarked on a five-mile hike and snapped some gorgeous views
. The weather was great, and we slathered on the sunscreen, so no one got burned. Good news all around ... except for my legs, which are really starting to feel those miles.
Hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday! We'll be chowing down on some BBQ ribs tonight. Ahh, I love summer ....
by Rainier on July 3, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
I seem to be having an issue with my gaming rig. When I'm playing games, my screen sometimes freezes, goes black for a few seconds and then comes back like nothing happened. It sounds like a video card issue, and I think it the GeForce 250 may be randomly overheating, so I bought a roomier case. Hopefully that will fix the problem. If not, then I guess I'll try the Radeon 5870 that's lying around.
Not much else going on. We watched Burn Notice last night and finished up "2012." Later today, we may go for a hike.
by Rainier on July 2, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
The weekend is around the corner and Sunday is 4th of July around these parts, so we might get together with some friends and put some meat on the BBQ. Normally there is also a big fireworks show, but the event has been canceled this year. Our dear mayor has been squandering the city's funds, so things had to be cut all over the place.
No other major plans, apart from going to watch a movie (maybe "The A-Team") and the good intention of catching up on some press kits.
by Rainier on June 30, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
APB came out today, and a bunch of my CrimeCraft gang members have expressed interest in moving over there. I guess as soon as EA or Realtime Worlds gets me an activation code, I'll check it out as well. Tony is currently finalizing the review and seems to be having a really good time with it, so that's quite promising.
I've also installed Global Agenda, and we started playing LEGO Harry Potter. In between games, we watched some How I Met Your Mother and the first part of 2012.
by Rainier on June 29, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Now that watching soccer is somewhat over — we might watch the World Cup finale — we're back to watching tennis with our favorite Kim Clijsters beating her big rival, Justine Henin. Too bad these matches are at 5am, so we'll have to adjust our wacky sleep schedule a little bit.
Since we were rocking out with Danzig last night, we had to record the season premiere of Entourage. We watched it tonight, and Ari Gold is still the man!
by Rainier on June 28, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
We just got back home from the Danzig
concert. The opening bands were Toxic Holocaust and All Shall Perish
, and it was a great show. Lead singer Glenn Danzig is starting to show his age (55), but the charisma and powerful voice are still present. Oddly enough, we were not allowed to bring in any cameras on the strict request from the band that absolutely NO pictures or video could be taken. Security was all over the place, and a few shutterbugs were immediately escorted out and not allowed to return. Damn ...
I wore my earplugs this time around, and I'm glad to say my hearing is almost completely intact, almost ... Next gig, Queensryche
by Rainier on June 27, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
The USA vs. Ghana World Cup match did not go as we had hoped, but it still a good game. Quite surprised about how well Ghana played, to be honest. It was most impressive.
We also watched some Burn Notice and Whip It
, produced and directed by Drew Barrymore herself. While it's not going to break any records or win any awards, it was quite fun and entertaining.
Later today, we're going to go see Danzig. Depending on how loud it'll be, I might actually wear my earplugs because after last week's Iron Maiden concert, I couldn't hear for two days.
by Rainier on June 26, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
In several hours, a few friends may show up to watch the USA vs. Ghana game on TV, depending on whether or not they decide that going to the pub at 11am is morally justifiable.
Wimbledon is also in full swing these days, but we'll be checking out our favorite (Kim Clijsters ftw!) later on. Did you hear about the 11-hour match
that went on in the men's side of the tournament? Talk about epic!
On a positive site note, the WorthDownloading page is back up & running, so I'll be catching up on some trailers, demos and patches over the next few days. While we were tinkering with the WD configuration, we added a few http optimizations here as well and managed to cut the load time of the site in half. All Hail Ricky!
by Rainier on June 24, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
I'm not quite sure why, but ever since we came back from E3, I've been more sleepy than usual. Hopefully it's just a matter of getting back into the rhythm, but I'm not liking it thus far. Passing out for nine hours is probably a good thing, but now I have to play catch-up for the rest of the day, which only makes me grumpy.
On a positive note, we finally have the WorthDownloading issues fixed, after two HD switches and lots of pointless back-and-forth conversations. This only adds more work to my plate, as more catching up will need to be done. A hard drive crashing during E3! How dare you?!
by Rainier on June 23, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Nothing too exciting happened yesterday. We worked, played some CrimeCraft, watched some Burn Notice and Hell's Kitchen, and that was about it. The only real "highlight" of the day was that we went running again. Now that E3 is over and summer has arrived, we decided to take advantage of the good weather to get our asses out of our chairs and exercise. Over the past 3 weeks, I've packed on 6-7 pounds, so they have got to go. I'd prefer to lose a few extra pounds if we get into the rhythm.
Too bad there isn't an open field in the immediate area, or we could strap on the good ol' soccer cleats and break out the old soccer ball.
by Rainier on June 22, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
My hearing is slowly coming back after last night's Iron Maiden sonic fest, probably right on time for next weekend's Danzig concert. Poor eardrums!
We finally got all caught up with 24 and watched the final episode of the series last night. We enjoyed it greatly. It was very powerful stuff and a perfect ending to wrap up everything — well, until the movie comes out. One last hurrah for Jack Bauer!
This week will probably be a bit slower than usual, with people recovering from E3 and all, so maybe I'll find some time to catch up on Smallville and Criminal Minds.
by Rainier on June 21, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
We just got home from the Iron Maiden concert, and it was quite good. The Maiden lads are getting quite old, but they still rock hard. The place was packed, and even Eddie made a cameo, although I remember him being more impressive back in the day. They played plenty of tracks from the early albums, a bunch from the more recent stuff, and even the title track, El Dorado, from the upcoming album The Final Frontier, which Bruce Dickinson mentioned several times is coming out Aug. 17.
Apart from rocking out, we watched some 24 yesterday, and we're in the final hour. Excellent stuff!
by Rainier on June 20, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Home sweet home! E3 is officially over, as we have returned from LA and can finally sleep in our own bed again!
Seems like somebody decided to not pay attention to our hold mail request since there was a bag full of stuff that arrived while we were gone. Oh well, we'll consider it a welcome home present.
Nothing planned for today but some grocery shopping, press kits, watching some DVR shows and seeing Iron Maiden! \m/
by Rainier on June 19, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Yesterday was a pretty relaxing day. We wound down from the E3 craze, went out to lunch with the in-laws, watched some Netflix (Spartan and Swing Vote), caught up on a few press kits, and that was pretty much it.
Later today, we are flying back to our homestead, chitchatting with our neighbor, doing some DVR watching, and wrapping up a few more press kits.
Yesterday, the Lakers won the NBA Championship vs. the Celtics, and while it looked for the longest time that they would lose, they came out on top in the last quarter. Good thing they did because the ensuing "celebration" (*cough*riots*cough*) was only a few blocks away from our hotel. Go figure how bad it would have been if they had actually lost!
by Rainier on June 18, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
E3 is over! Long live E3! Next year's date has already been announced, so the countdown has begun.
We went out to dinner with the crew to blow off some steam, and tomorrow, most of the guys are flying back to their hometowns.
While we were mostly hiding in the press room doing various updates, we did venture out yesterday afternoon for some meet & greets with various PR people we work with on a daily basis, but we also ran into Steven Seagal
and Sam Witwer
We'll be sticking around in L.A. until Saturday, and then on Sunday, we're off to see Iron Maiden!
by Rainier on June 17, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Today is the last day of the E3, and while it's been fun all week, we'll be glad when it's over. I'm not quite sure if it's my own perception, but there seems to be less of a crowd on the show floor and in the press room than last year.
Out of all times to crap out, WorthDownloading seems to be having hard drive/corrupted database issues, so downloads might be a bit sketchy until we get that sorted out, but it's being worked on, and then we'll catch up.
by Rainier on June 15, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
In a few hours, E3 really kicks off with the opening of the show floor at noon. Yesterday was quite the busy day with various pre-E3 briefings, topped off by a private press screening of "Toy Story 3
Before we are unleashed upon the show floor, we have Nintendo's press briefing bright and early. Erik insists on being in line with his DS bright and early at 7:15am, followed by the SCEA briefing at noon.
Yesterday was a little bit of a downer, as Microsoft was broadcasting its briefing in a "smaller" location at the JW Marriott Live hotel and serving breakfast to boot, but all the extra pampering went out the window when at the conclusion of the event, everybody who was actually present at the Wiltern Theater received a brand-new Xbox 360 Slim as they went out the door. The few hundred people who were at the overflow location went quiet and collectively thought, "Damn, we just got screwed."