by Rainier on May 5, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Still getting back into the swing of things after a gorgeous weekend and a slow Monday. We managed to squeeze in a few more episodes of House and Fringe, so we're almost caught up. The only remaining Fringe episode on the DVR is "Brown Betty," which is some sort of musical, detective noir episode. I'm not quite sure what to expect, but it should certainly be interesting ....
Today is Cinco de Mayo (May 5), which is usually confused with Mexico's Independence Day but actually commemorates the Mexican army's victory over the French at Battle of Puebla in 1862.
(Must ... resist ... obvious punch line.)
At this point, who hasn't defeated the French?
(OK, so I failed.)
We'll be certain to have some extra margaritas in honor of the day. ¡Arriba!
by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Yesterday was a little bit quiet due to a bank holiday in Europe, so we took the opportunity to catch up on a few episodes of Fringe. Love that series!
It was another warm day, and with all these computers on, the fans are at full strength to keep the office at a decent temperature. All I need now is a beach towel and a cocktail!
Wanted to thank Microsoft and its PR department for hooking us up with the early Halo: Reach codes. Unfortunately, we were only able to accommodate a handful of people out of the thousands of submissions, but we hope that the lucky few had a good time.
by Rainier on May 3, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Well here we are again, kicking off another news week. There are a few press events lined up in the next few days, so we should have some cool coverage coming up. The first pre-E3 invitations rolled in last week, so there's no ignoring it anymore; it's rapidly approaching.
We did well on the TV watching and got caught up on the latest episodes of The Amazing Race, Bones, Chuck, FlashForward and NCIS. This week, Iron Man 2 is opening, so we're going to see it Friday or Saturday for sure. Exciting!
by Rainier on May 2, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Another beautiful day in our neck of the woods, and the forecast is predicting more of the same today. Our little hike yesterday was not what we had set out to do, as our friends did not feel like a two-hour stroll, but nevertheless, it was time well spent.
We watched Stargate Universe and a few episodes of Bones, and since we have no specific plans for the rest of the day, we'll probably catch up on a few more TV shows.
Hope people are enjoying their Halo: Reach friends & family codes. The giveaway was an overwhelming success, and we wish we could have accommodated every entry, but that's the nature of the beast.
by Rainier on May 1, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
God damn, we did it again. We shouldn't drink wine when we're already tired to begin with. It never ends well. Wine is our kryptonite, no doubt about it .... We had a friend over for dinner, and of course, a bottle was opened, and then what was supposed to be a refreshing little nap turned into an all-night snooze fest. For Shame!
Today, we're meeting some friends for brunch and while we're out in their area, we might go for a hike. There is supposed to be a two-hour trail out there with nice views, so time permitting, we're strapping on the walking shoes.
by Rainier on April 30, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Our Halo: Reach beta key giveaway
was a smashing success. Thousands sent in an email in the first hour, so we decided to use that as leverage and request another set of keys so we can please more of our readers. Keep sending in those mails! You might just get lucky ....
Last night, we went to a going away party for our longtime friend, Jarik Sikat from KOEI, who is literally leaving it all behind this very morning, packing his bags and moving to Japan. While this is still work and business, some people stand out more than others due to their attitude, friendliness and demeanor, and Jarik will surely be missed and the industry will be lesser for it. We wish him the best in his future endeavors, and our paths will surely cross again.
by Rainier on April 29, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
In case some of you fans out there are getting a little bit excited about the imminent Halo: Reach beta
, I've got good news for you. Later today, we will be giving away a batch of early access codes to participate in the Friends & Family Beta multiplayer beta, which you will be able to redeem immediately. We'll set up a contest page
, and all you have to do is send in one (1) e-mail and we will pick people until we run out of codes. It's as simple as that.
Hope you enjoyed our early look at Alan Wake
. We'll have a full impression coming up shortly, with an in-depth review coming on launch day, so plenty of information ahead.
by Rainier on April 28, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
As you may have noticed, we received our final copy of Alan Wake and took it for a spin. Check out the preview here
. Of course, we'll continue to explore the game in its entirety and give you a full assessment when the embargo lifts in early May.
As expected, it rained cats & dogs yesterday, but it cleared up in the late afternoon and the sun even showed up, which presented us with the dilemma of whether or not we'd go to the baseball game. A late work day made the decision for us, so we put on our PJs, plopped on the couch, and watched the latest episodes of House and Glee.
by Rainier on April 27, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Watched another episode of The Pacific
, which was thankfully action-packed for the second straight week. It's already the seventh episode (out of 10), and I'm just getting to know the characters. I'm quite the war buff, but the past three episodes have been set on the island of Peleliu (present-day Palau), and I've never even heard of the battle. Visceral battlefield sequences, though! Next week's episode is finally going to focus on Iwo Jima, so I'm looking forward to that one ....
We're supposed to go to a ballgame tonight, but after a weekend of lovely weather, it's going to come down in buckets. I'm all for hot dogs, beer and bleacher seats, but you can count me out if it's going to rain.
by Rainier on April 26, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Such a beautiful day it was yesterday, amazing. We watched some TV after breakfast, did some errands, checked out a new promising property but decided not to pursue any further due to the crime-ridden neighborhood, and then did some catch-up work. It was less than we had hoped for, but it was such a nice day that it couldn't be helped.
No movies at all, but we did get to watch The Amazing Race and might snag Date Night sometime this week at the small theater just down the street.
by Rainier on April 25, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Why is it such good weather when we have work to do? Catching up when it's bright, warm and sunny outside is not good for productivity. We need rain, cold, gloomy dark weather, stat!
We were debating about going to see Date Night
or The Losers
, but it's just too nice to be cooped up in a big room with a few hundred sweaty people, so we're going to do some work, go out, and then come back for some more work.
Last night, we watched All About Steve, a few episodes of Flashforward
. It's kind of sad that Flashforward is not having the success is should. The initial ratings were superb, but after a lengthy delay between the first few episodes and its "spring debut," momentum was lost, and now it's on the verge of being canceled. For shame!
by Rainier on April 24, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
No rest for the wicked. With the flaky coverage from earlier this week, we'll be doing a little bit of catching up over the weekend.
No special plans for the weekend. Maybe we'll go catch a movie if there's anything interesting playing, but if not, there's always the DVR. We kicked off the weekend in style with some awesome Greek food, which we devoured in front of the TV while watching Stargate Universe and Supernatural. On deck are Flashforward, Bones and maybe a little V.
by Rainier on April 23, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
There are plenty of press junkets going on these days: earlier this week, last night, and a few things next week, including a trip to Las Vegas to check out UFC Undisputed 2010. Then, of course, there will be the run-up to E3 with a slew of pre-E3 events during the weeks prior to kick-off.
Last night, we watched Supernatural and the latest episode of The Pacific, which was thankfully action-packed from start to finish.
by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Halfway through the week, and unsurprisingly, i'm looking forward to the weekend. I need some downtime after last week's vacation. Odd how that works :)
We attended a PSP event last night and got to play a few upcoming games (Modnation Racers, Hot Shots Golf and a few others), so we'll have some impressions and interviews later today and later in the week.
by Rainier on April 21, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Apologies for the anemic updates yesterday. For some reason, I came down with a massive headache that only dissipated this morning after some serious sleep time. I'm one of those people who doesn't like taking medicine for petty things like that, so I roughed it.
People interested in seeing some pics from our Mt. Rainier trip, check them out
. And no, we didn't include the photos from us rolling down the hill with our snowshoes on. ;P
by Rainier on April 20, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
The first day back to work after a little vacation is always tough. Getting back into the swing of things takes a little effort, and I'd rather be hiking up Mt. Rainier. I'll be putting up some photos later on so you can enjoy some of the views we got to experience.
On another positive note, the CrimeCraft update was released yesterday, and so far, the new patch and content are being well received. Unfortunately, the nightclub feature did not make it into the new patch, although no reason has been given for its omission. The rest is good, though, and from the looks of it, the game population is on the rise. Hurray!
by Rainier on April 19, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Ahh, it's good to be home again, sleep in our own bed and drive our own car. Always love leaving for vacation, but equally enjoy getting back to our own place.
Apart from a little scare when the check-in terminal and the customer service desk couldn't find my reservation for the flight, the traveling went without a hitch.
We came back just in time, too, because our DVR was 79% filled with recordings. Luckily, quite a few were repeats and double recordings, but once we plopped ourselves on the couch and watched NCIS, Stargate Universe and Human Target, we're back to about 50%.
by Rainier on April 18, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Yesterday was an awesome day! It started out cloudy but dry, with the forecast being that it would be clear all day. Unfortunately, the closer we got to got to Mt. Rainier, the worse the weather became, and it looked like the weather was going to ruin our plans as it was pouring down pretty hard. Once we arrived at our hiking point, the rain stopped and we were good to go. We got our snowshoes on, got into the thick of it, and marveled at the beautiful scenery. Although it was quite cloudy, it wasn't as cold as we had anticipated, and the vistas were amazing.
Later today, we are flying back to home base and plopping ourselves on the couch. We've had enough exercise to last us for a few weeks, and our DVR will be full of goodies for us to watch!
by Rainier on April 17, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Our little trip is nearing an end, as we are heading back home tomorrow. Today is the reason for the vacation in the first place, conquering the largest mountain in the contiguous (fancy word for mainland) US, and it so happens to be called Mt. Rainier. The weather will determine how far we get, but based on the view from our hotel room, it's looking promising.
Earlier this week, the first E3 appointment requests came in, so there's no escaping it anymore. In a few months, we're heading out to Los Angeles for an entire week of gaming mayhem.
by Rainier on April 16, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Yesterday, Bungie revealed some of the new multiplayer modes
in the upcoming Halo: Reach, and the new names sounded eerily familiar. We already know by now that I'm an avid CrimeCraft player, and oddly enough, three of the new names are modes in CC. Headhunter has you collecting loot from AI-driven enemies; Stockpile is a resources gathering mode where AI bots are protecting loot boxes; and Generator Defense is similar to safeguard in CrimeCraft, where you protect an objective from waves of enemies that are trying to blow it up. I'm sure the Bungie people have never even heard of CrimeCraft, but this is quite a coincidence.
On a much sadder note, Type O Negative singer Peter Steele, 46, passed away yesterday from a heart condition. At 6'7'', the frontman was not only an imposing figure, but he also had a unique low heavy voice and was quite the gothic rock sensation in the late '90s. In his honor, I shall now play "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend."