by Rainier on June 14, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
In all fairness, the Natal press briefing was a bit of a letdown. Apart from the unveiling of the actual name, Kinetic, the Cirque de Soliel acrobatics, and a few unnamed, possible games, nothing was announced that wowed the crowd. Microsoft kept on referring to the device as Project Natal throughout the briefing, and the "demos" all looked like pre-canned fare. There's no release date and no price range (rumored to be at a fairly high $190); the most exciting part was when we met Peter Moore outside of the auditorium.
Half of the WP crew arrived in LA today, some more tomorrow, and then we head off to more press briefings (EA, Microsoft, Ubisoft etc.).
by Rainier on June 13, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Sorry for the downtime yesterday. We had planned on moving the server to a new location sometime this weekend, but I did not realize it was going to be Friday night! Either way, the move went without a glitch, and we should be seeing some better performance. It's already better on my end, so everybody is happy.
Last night, we went out to celebrate my birthday. A good time was had by all, plenty of food and drinks, laughter and, of course, adult and racist jokes (We even had all the ethnic groups present, which made it even more fun).
Now we're packing and off to Los Angeles for the E3 craziness.
by Rainier on June 12, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Today is the big day, my birthday, for the 39th time. My mom always said I was so reckless I wouldn't make it to 18 in one piece, and now that I'm more than double that, I'm still rockin'!
I've decided that since it's all about ME today, just like any other day, that I am having a beer as soon as I wake up. Why, you may ask? Well, just 'cause I can ....
Last night we watched Burn Notice, Stargate Universe, and maybe later today some Hell's Kitchen, and we also got 2012 on DVD. Not quite sure what else is in store for me tomorrow, but I'll be sure to let you know. :)
by Rainier on June 11, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
You'd think I would know better by now. Drinking wine = sleepy me. Yet sure enough, I zonked out hard again. You know what's the worst of it? I don't even feel particularly refreshed after a long night's sleep. I feel better and more alert after only a 3- to 4-hour nap.
Oh well, back to the grind!
by Rainier on June 10, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Not so sure we should be getting all excited about this stereoscopic 3D gaming just yet. People are barely transitioning to HDTV, and you're already tossing out some new gizmo? No thanks, I'll wait a few more years ....
Had a busy day yesterday. Had to send out my vote for the election, set up some more E3 appointments, watched some more 24 and Glee, all on top of the usual work day. Tonight we're having some friends over for dinner, so time to strap on the apron and do some cooking.
by Rainier on June 9, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
We're making good progress. The E3 schedule for our half-dozen writers is almost full. I've got a few more companies to bother, and we're good to go ....
In order to make room on our DVR for us being out of town all next week, we checked out a few episodes of 24, and we are enjoying it greatly so far. Nice twists, and so far, the writing has been really great this season. We've got a few more hours to go, and we are looking forward to seeing how it all resolves and who else they'll kill off before it wraps up.
by Rainier on June 8, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
I'm a redneck! I really am. We went for a walk on Sunday, and even though I covered myself with sunscreen, my neck got sunburned. Don't ask me how I managed, but oddly enough, it's mainly my left side, while the right part is nicely tanned. Maybe we walked in circles and only my left side was exposed. Who knows?
This weekend is my birthday, and I think my wife is trying to tell me something. She got me a 4GB iPod shuffle, while I have a perfectly good 160GB Nano that fits quite a large portion of my music collection. Apparently the shuffle is best suited for exercising, working out, and running. I'm not sure, but I think this is a sign of things to come ....
by Rainier on June 6, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Last night, we had a nice send-off dinner with our 1C Company friends. Back to Russia they go. Over the past week, we've had four social outings/dinner occasions, and we've been eating out WAY too much. Luckily, the weather has been great, and will be for at least the next week, so we have no excuse to not go running and do some working out. Maybe we can shave off a few pounds ....
Today is lazy day. All our errands have been done, so apart from the aforementioned workout, we'll be lounging around the house, watching some movies, and catching up on the 24, Burn Notice and a few other things.
Today is also the 66th anniversary of D-Day
by Rainier on June 5, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
It's the final countdown! It's the last week before E3, last-minute appointments (in our case, 80% of them) are being set up, and final preparations (in our case, first preparations) are being made to take the trip to Los Angeles and mentally ready ourselves for a week of gamers' body odor.
This weekend, we'll hang out with our friends from 1C, drink vodka leftovers, maybe see a movie, watch some DVR shows and catch up on sleep so that we're well-rested for the gaming madness.
by Rainier on June 4, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Last night, we went to the annual 1C Company press event at the Russian consulate. Being on Russian soil is a rather unique experience, but we also got to see quite a few of new 1C games, such as the recently announced Off-Road Drive
, but also titles that have been in development for ages, such as Rig'n'Roll (we've seen it at E3 since 2005 or so?), Captain Blood (Yes, it is finally coming out!) expansions for King's Bounty and Men of War, sequels like Death to Spies 3, and a few other titles.
Apart from the loads of vodka and Russian cuisine, there was a "spy hunt" contest. You had to find a real CIA spy among the crowd who was masquerading as a journalist. We won and took home the grand prize, two ATI HD 5870 graphics cards, PC game pads, and a gaming mouse.
Not a bad evening, I'd say ....
by Rainier on June 3, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
One press event down, one more to go this week. Tonight 1C Company will show off its upcoming titles at the Russian Consulate, and that's always a good event.
Monday's CrimeCraft content update caused some server instabilities over the past couple of days, but all is working smoothly again. One of my attentive gang members noticed that there should be two new maps coming up, according to a map/server list.
I've started watching Justified
, with Timothy Olyphant, known for Deadwood and Hitman: The Movie. So far, it is quite decent, but nothing too spectacular. Good thing I like his acting style.
by Rainier on June 2, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Well, there is no denying that E3 is upon us. Various publishers are sending out out their lineups, which we'll be able to see for ourselves in a couple of weeks. There will probably be a slew of new announcements made prior to the show, so we'll have some new titles to look forward to and maybe Rockstar will even answer my prayers by bringing Red Dead Redemption to the PC.
TV-wise, we finished the first season of V and the unfortunate series finale of FlashForward. Maybe tomorrow, we'll have a sit-down with Jack Bauer and wrap up the final season of 24.
by Rainier on June 1, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Yesterday was a beautiful day. It was nice and sunny with a light breeze — perfect BBQ weather. We went over to our friends' place for lunch, but we spent so much time there that it was dinner time again, but we were still stuffed and had peach cobbler a la mode instead.
This week will be another busy one, with an Activision event tomorrow for Transformers: War for Cybertron. The day after, 1C Company is having its annual gamers day, and Friday is a beer fest with some friends.
Can't ... Eat ... Anymore ....
by Rainier on May 31, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
So today is Memorial Day weekend, formerly known as Decoration Day, where we commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in military service. Most businesses are closed in the UK due to a bank holiday, so suffice it to say that things will be rather slow today. We will update as things roll in, though.
We have a BBQ to attend later in the day, and we're already looking forward to it. The in-laws are gone, the house is nice and quiet, and after cleaning up, we may even watch some shows on the DVR.
by Rainier on May 30, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Yesterday was a bit of a boring day. The in-laws were out and about, and I was working and playing CrimeCraft, so not too much interesting was going on.
Nothing but sad news actually: Gary Coleman
passed away, as well as Dennis Hopper
, star of Apocalypse Now
, Easy Rider
and a slew of other hits. Hopper, 74, had been battling prostate cancer for a while, and pictures of recent public appearances had him looking like he already had one leg in the grave.
by Rainier on May 29, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Memorial Day weekend, formerly known as Decoration Day
, commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. It's also our excuse to troll The History Channel or A&E looking for war movies that we've seen a dozen times before.
Since we've already seen Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
, the only other movie opening this weekend is Sex and the City 2
, but we'll pass on that. However, on Monday, some friends were wise enough to invite us to their BBQ, so I'm already looking forward to that. Cold beer and some steak — sounds like a plan to me!
by Rainier on May 28, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
This weekend is Memorial Day weekend, so things might be a bit slow until Tuesday, depending on who is observing the holiday. We're having the in-laws over for a few days, so we need to clean up our office a bit. The father-in-law tends have the notion of seeing shiny things and thinking they are up for grabs. Weird ....
I think my gaming rig has been overheating ever since I bought the Geforce 250. My screen randomly freezes, turns black and then comes back after a few seconds, sometimes a few times in a row. My standard case was not meant for all the power supply cables, so airflow is probably non-existent. I bought a new, and bigger, case last weekend, so maybe I'll tinker around with that in the next few days and see if we can get it assembled and working again.
by Rainier on May 27, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
We got swept away to a secret press event last night, although it wasn't hard to figure out we'd be seeing Killzone 3. Stay tuned for some hands-on impressions, interviews and new assets. Plenty to look forward to ...
As for the "Prince of Persia" movie screening on Tuesday night, it's the best video game movie so far. That might sound like a backhanded compliment, but it's not. The film had really high production value, lots of action, and a few references to the video game series (though we also saw some crossover with Assassin's Creed). The creative and complicated fight sequences were good and changed things up to keep you guessing. There's an overly long sequence near the end that kills the flow of the movie, but overall, we liked it and would recommend it.
Our blank E3 schedule has been made, and now it's time to fill it up with dozens of appointments Let the scheduling nightmare begin!
by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Last night, we saw a special screening of the Prince of Persia movie. We aren't allowed to talk about it until tomorrow, and although we're not in the habit of reviewing movies, we'll go into a little more detail in tomorrow's MOTD.
Microsoft is cleaning house with J Allard and Robbie Bach leaving and/or retiring. I just hope that the people who replace them will focus more on PC gaming than what we've seen in recent years. Bring Gears of War and Halo to the PC simultaneously, not a year or two after the fact, when everybody has already moved on. I'm just saying ....
by Rainier on May 25, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Well, that didn't go as planned.