by Rainier on Nov. 15, 2009 @ 6:30 a.m. PST | Filed under
Yesterday was a fun day. It was one of those nice fall days that's kind of chilly but sunny; it wasn't cold, but it wasn't warm either. We had some friends come over, went out to breakfast, did some shopping, made dinner, and rubbed our bellies.
An impromptu visit to Gamestop got us a few old games, Zak & Wiki and Tales of Desperaux, and I was eyeing a Wii Perfect Shot lightgun
for $15, but decided to hold off and see what else was out there. When we were at Target, I picked up a Zapper Blaster for $25, but then changed my mind at the checkout. When we got home, a quick check on eBay got two
zapper laser guns for a total of $25 instead. Sweet!
Later today, we plan on seeing Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
and stopping at Asqew
by Rainier on Nov. 14, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
We finally did it. We gave in and got a Wii.
We didn't do it for all of the colorful party and casual games, but I'm a sucker for lightgun games, so with Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles coming up, I simply had to get one. While I have yet to purchase a gun casing, we played some Wii Sports (bowling and baseball are our faves, but we suck at tennis), and we also have MadWorld lying around here somewhere. One of the other points of interest are the C64 games on the Virtual Console. Can't wait to check out some of the old classics!
I didn't manage to make a dent in my DVR backlog. Only watched Fringe (if you like Criminal Minds-meets-X-Files, this show is for you), and a few more shows were on last night, so I've got even more catching up to do. We did watch Stargate Universe (awesome!) and FlashForward (good!), however, so I guess it could have been worse.
by Rainier on Nov. 13, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
I doubt that many people were surprised to learn that Modern Warfare 2 sold a whopping 4.7 million copies in its first day. With the success of the first title and the hype surrounding this one, you knew that it was going to be huge. I've been playing the game on and off throughout the day, and I have to admit that it's pretty intense, although I think it lacks a certain connection with the characters within the game. You play as various people, different nationalities, and you travel to locations all over the world. One of your first playable characters dies about 30 minutes into the game. So far, I've enjoyed the atypical shooter parts the most — the snowmobile racing, the wall climbing, etc. — which were fun to break up the pace.
In case you have not yet seen it, a first trailer
has been released for the Clash of the Titans remake, and it's looking epic! We also watched the new NCIS and Sons of Anarchy, both excellent episodes. I've got a bit of a backlog on the DVR, so hopefully I'll be able to squeeze in an episode of Criminal Minds and/or Fringe during the day.
But wait, there's more! Tomorrow is Stargate Universe time!
by Rainier on Nov. 12, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
With Veterans Day, things were pretty quiet yesterday, so hopefully it will pick up again today. Didn't get to watch any war movies on TV, though. I'd already seen them multiple times or already own the DVD.
I did not get a chance to check out Modern Warfare 2 yet, but hope to do so later today. At the very least, I'm hoping to check out the single-player portion.
We watched Castle and checked out the series premiere of V
, a remake of the early '80s sci-fi series. It's difficult to pass judgment on only one episode, but so far, it's pretty solid. We also checked out Be Cool
, an older movie that we had in our collection but never got around to seeing, and surprisingly, it was much better than either of us expected.
by Rainier on Nov. 11, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Modern Warfare 2 is out, and we got our review copies, but I'll probably be getting my own PC version tomorrow. That's right on time for Veterans Day, so news might be a tad slower than usual, depending on how quiet things are in the rest of the world.
We watched the newest episode of House today, and we're looking forward to checking out Boondock Saints 2 this coming weekend. It's currently only being shown in limited theaters across the country, but it has already made some decent money and will be coming to our neck of the woods this weekend.
I was particularly saddened yesterday to hear that The Great Giana Sisters' creator died of a heart attack. It had recently been ported to the NDS, which I have yet to check out, but it was one of my favorite games on the C-64 back in the '80s, partly due to the amazing music from Chris Huelsbeck, who I had the chance to interview way back when.
by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Wondering what games will be available in stores today? We'll let you know in a few hours, but if the past few weeks are any indication, there should be quite a few — unless everyone is trying to steer clear of the Modern Warfare 2 juggernaut.
We watched the latest Amazing Race episode, and it was good to see that it was a non-elimination round. The remaining teams may not be the strongest that the show has had, but at least they aren't so annoying that you wish they were gone, like a few of the couples from earlier in the race (I'm looking at you, beefy NY lawyer man).A few weeks ago
, we ran an article on Ubisoft sending people on a week-long trip to Italy to check out Assassin's Creed, raising the question of whether such "press tours" are excessive, and it seems there's more "scandal"
where that came from.
by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
By the time you read this, I'll be musing with friends over a stack of beers and buffalo wings, the perfect ending to a very relaxing weekend!
Our hiking friends did not show up as expected, so no surprise there. We spent most of our day in the couch watching the last few episodes of Flashpoint's first season, and the finale was excellent. If you haven't seen the series yet, I highly recommend it. We also watched Stardust
with Robert De Niro as a gay pirate (I kid you not) and while it may all sound a bit flimsy, the movie is way better than what you'd expect.
Gaming-wise, I played some more CrimeCraft and got to level up that character. Played a bit of LittleBigPlanet PSP and briefly checked out Fairytale Fights, which had some odd controls that take some getting used to, but it's not too shabby.
by Rainier on Nov. 8, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
What a perfectly good lazy day it was yesterday. With our early start, we got a lot of nothing done,. We ran some errands, and apart from that, a lovely nothing. Played some Crimecraft, of course, and some Borderlands; we also watched Bones, Supernatural and NCIS.
Today, the plan is to go for a hike, but our flaky friends seem to be MIA, so not sure if that's still going to happen or not. I wouldn't be adverse to another lazy day.
Going to do some work, and then off to sleep I go.
by Rainier on Nov. 7, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
As if our sleep schedule weren't out of whack enough, we decided to go to sleep early and get a head start on the day, waking up at 6 a.m. Yea, we didn't mean THAT much of a head start, really.
Last night's episode of Stargate Universe was nothing spectacular, but next week's looks promising. So far, all of the new episodes have been set on the spaceship, while the new one seems off-world, albeit via a message of warning from their future selves. We also watched FlashForward, and the series has been surprisingly solid thus far, so let's just hope they don't get lost in their own intricacies, twists and turns, like Heroes and Lost have.
Next week sees the launch of what will probably be one of the biggest titles of the year, Modern Warfare 2. While PC gamers seem to have been given the shaft multiple times over, I'm still going to check it out, but I fully understand the frustration. Who would have thought that a developer who got big on the PC would backstab their most loyal fans this way?
by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
We are SO ready for this weekend thing to happen! We don't have any specific plans, apart from a hike with some flaky friends, so who knows whether that will happen at all? How about we get through Friday before we start making plans?
I finally finished watching Drag Me To Hell
, and it did not really get much better as it progressed, so I have no idea why people are calling this one of Sam Raimi
's best works. I enjoyed Spider-Man and The Grudge, but if DMtH was the better stuff, I shudder to think what his worst is.
I also watched the new Sons of Anarchy
, and they are slowly working up to a major confrontation, not only with the local sheriff and Zobel (some white power fanatic) but also between the MC's two top leaders.
by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
It was a crowded day yesterday, with two back-to-back press events (Ubisoft and Square Enix) to announce upcoming games. You'll see some coverage on those titles in the near future, whenever the embargoes lift. One more to go later this week ...
Didn't get much watching done yesterday. I watched a bit of Drag Me to Hell but didn't get much more than 10 mins into it before things came up. Later in the evening, we watched another episode of Flashpoint, and I'm glad to see that the tail end of the first season mixes things up a bit with the scenarios. Good stuff.
Gaming-wise, we should be getting a Wii soon, hopefully. It's taken this long because there aren't many games on there that we personally find to be appealing. I'm a sucker for light gun games — can't pass one up at the arcades without popping in a few quarters — and with NERF N-Strike Elite having recently shipped and Capcom's Resident Evil around the corner, it had to happen.
by Rainier on Nov. 4, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Another huge batch
of games is available in stores. Too bad that the game of the week, Dragon Age: Origins, seems to be a bit of a letdown
on consoles, but at least the PC edition shines.
It seems we're going to have to look for a new DVR, as its antics are continuing. When it's time to start recording, it automatically turns on at the appropriate time, only to record ... nothing. Luckily, we had yet to watch yesterday's Castle, which is finally starting to show Nathan Fillion
's gaming interest
with a Guitar Hero cameo. Speaking of Fillion, last week rumors started flying around that Hugh Jackman was in the running to play Drake in the upcoming Uncharted movie, but I'd rather see Fillion throw his hat in the ring for the role. He loves video games, has the right sense of humor, and, dare I say, he even looks a bit like the protagonist.
by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Today should be another crazy shipping day, with plenty of new games arriving in stores. I think I'm going to have to take a little break from CrimeCraft to check out some Dragon Age and Borderlands.
We watched The Amazing Race and last week's episode of Heroes since our DVR had a hiccup, and both episodes were good. Last week, I started watching Drag Me To Hell, and while a lot of people claim it's one of Sam Raimi
's best movies yet, I have yet to be convinced of that. Granted, I'm only 15 mins into the movie, but so far, I'm quite unimpressed.
Later this week, we have a few more press trips to go on, so stay tuned as we'll be bringing back coverage, screens, trailers and interviews to keep you guys informed.
by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
I'm stuffed full of food and beer, so the belly is very happy.
The week starts anew, with hopefully plenty of gaming goodness. With the run-up to the holidays, there are plenty of games still scheduled such as Dragon Age, Left 4 Dead 2 and a slew of others.
Not much else happened today. We watched a few more episodes of Flashpoint, which seems to have gotten better in story and production, so that's very promising for the series.
by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Did all you trick-or-treaters have a good time tonight? Hope your baskets are either full of delicious sugary goodness or empty (burp)!
We went to see Paranormal Activity, and as expected, it was Blair Witch-esque, with people chronicling their antics with plenty of shaky-cam pseudo-documentary footage. While the movie isn't bad at all, there were more laughs during the movie than actual scares, and the most interesting bit was the last 10 minutes. It puzzles me that the characters' first instinct isn't to turn on the light when something freaky happens but instead wander into the dark. If something is suspected of coming into your bedroom from outside, how about you close the door?
We have a full day ahead of us tomorrow. We're going out to the city to have dim sum with some friends, and later in the evening, we're having drinks with some other friends and hopefully plenty of buffalo wings. Cheers!
by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Hurray! It's the weekend, our favorite time of the week! I'm sure most people won't argue with that.
Happy Halloween to everybody out there who partakes in the festivities. Hope you pulled out your scariest costumes, and some of you don't even need to dress up at all! :)
We used to get all dressed up and have a huge bowl of candy ready, but our area must not be very desirable because in the past few years, NOBODY stops by. Last year, we decided to no longer prepare anything since we only ended up eating our own candy stash for the next few weeks. Instead, we are going to hit the town with some friends, grab dinner, and probably see Paranormal Activity, or maybe we'll go off-script and check out Couples Retreat.
by Rainier on Oct. 30, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
I know I've said it before, but wow
, there sure are a lot of games coming out at the moment, and next month will be a real doozy with the likes of Dragon Age, Modern Warfare 2 and plenty of others. The ramp-up to the holiday season is always a good time to be a gamer.
One more day and it's the weekend again! Time sure flew by this week ... well, for me anyhow.
We have plans to hang out with some friends, but we also plan to check out Paranormal Activity
and/or Boondock Saints II
. We're especially looking forward to the latter; the sequel's been 10 years in the making, but we loved the first one, so this had better not disappoint.
Ah yes, and Friday means that it's Stargate Universe time!
by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
It was a rather quiet evening at our place. We played some CrimeCraft and Zuma's Revenge (finished the main adventure mode, now on to the unlockables) and then stuffed ourselves with homemade tacos. As Ricky likes to say, "Those tacos hit me hard," which resulted in us falling asleep 15 minutes into watching a new episode of Flashpoint. Yea, we're troopers all right ....
I'll have to cut it short so we can get on with the news!
by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 12:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under
After yesterday's slew of bad news, today was a tad better. While our DVR still seems to have issues recognizing new TV shows this week, CrimeCraft has settled down, and there hasn't been a single crash all day.
Last night's episode of Castle was great — one of the best ones yet. Fans of Nathan Fillion will no doubt have picked up on his Halloween attire being a tribute to Firefly. His daughter's comment was also awesome: "Didn't you wear that five years ago? Don't you think you should move on?" Luckily, one of the few shows the DVR did manage to pick up was the new Sons Of Anarchy, so I'm going to try and squeeze in that one later today.
by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under
Monday wasn't a very good day. It should have been, but it wasn't.
First off, for some reason, it was a rather slow and boring news day, which should have been perfect since the CrimeCraft devs were rolling out their free2play version
and a content update. Unfortunately, something went totally sideways, and the game crashes like there is no tomorrow. We went from the occasional error to about six CTDs
in 20 minutes. Judging from the response in the CrimeCraft forum, I'm not the only one.
After dinner, we were going to watch Heroes but our DVR flaked out and didn't record it. Damn technology!
All of that is small potatoes compared to the news that Triplepoint PR guru Rannie Yoo
has passed away at 33 years young. Diagnosed with a rare cancer late last year, she passed away in the comfort of her home after having married her fiancé only days ago. RIP, Rannie. You'll be missed by everyone who knew you, however briefly it may have been.