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And We Will Send You To Whatever God You Wish

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Yesterday was filled with doing a whole lot of nothing. It was exquisite!

We started off the day at 10ish, went to eat dim sum, after which we sent off Ricky, who's responsible for the new site, to the airport. We then plopped ourselves on the couch and watched a few episodes of "Bones," "Dollhouse," and "Hell's Kitchen." All we did in between was get groceries and nuke some leftovers from last night's trip to The Cheesecake Factory.

I wish I could tell you more, but that's about it. Luckily we have three press trips planned this week, so there should be some interesting stuff coming up.

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned For Sega

by Rainier on Oct. 4, 2009 @ 12:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Today's King Tut exhibit wasn't all that bad. Lots of interesting stuff to see and read about, but unfortunately Tutankhamun himself was not there. One of the more interesting tidbits was that his sarcophagus itself was enclosed within 8 additional gold-gilded boxes, with each one bigger than the last. Crazy!

While we were there, we also checked out the rest of the museum, and most of it was boring modern art or crappy paintings that I could care less about, but there was one piece, The Spine and Tooth of Santo Guerro, that represented a cathedral entirely built out of disassembled machine gun barrels, handguns, scopes, various bullets and pellets. Wickedly awesome!

When we finally got home, we watched the new Stargate Universe, which, while being a bit confusing at times with the use of flashbacks, is pretty damn good so far. As if two hours of TV weren't good enough, we also snuck in the latest "Supernatural" episode, which never disappoints with the good music, action and sarcastic humor.

He'd Kill Everybody And Smoke Some Cigarettes

by Rainier on Oct. 3, 2009 @ 7:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Sorry about the late update, but we had some friends over for dinner, and after a long week and tiring week, a nap turned into a full night's sleep. At least our steak and fries were enjoyed by all. :)

We'll have to save some of the news posting for later today because we are going to the museum to check out the King Tut exhibit. Better put on comfy shoes!

Last night was the premiere of the new Stargate Universe series, which we didn't catch because of the dinner party, but hopefully the DVR did its duty so we can check it out tonight. Really looking forward to the series. We love Stargate, so this better not disappoint.

Let's Do Some Gratuitous Violence

by Rainier on Oct. 2, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Whew! We just walked in the door from the BBQ. The ribs and mashed potatoes with corn and goat cheese were most delicious, and so were the half dozen bottles of wine we consumed.

Friday at last! I sense a weekend full of gaming coming up ... or sleep ... or catching up on TV series. There's plenty to do, it seems.

Played some LEGO Rock Band earlier today, and in line with the previous LEGO games, it is pretty enjoyable and has some depth even though it's intended for a younger target audience.

The PSPgo launched, and while I doubt I'll trade in my regular PSP for the new model, I'm kind of intrigued by all the minis that will be getting released shortly. I enjoy the XBLA and PSN games, so this is the same, only for a handheld system.

The Last Time You Zapped Me Somewhere, I Didn't Poop for a Week

by Rainier on Oct. 1, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

A late start yesterday — AKA sleep — made for quite a busy day. Catching up on things while staying on top of the new stuff is quite a hassle.

Tomorrow is finally BBQ time, the one that was canceled a few days ago, so I'll be saving myself all day to pack it away in the evening. We'll bring a few bottles of wine for smooth sailing, so a good time should be had by all.

The fall TV season has fully kicked in, and the new DVR is being put to the test as we watched episodes of "Entourage," "House," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Sons of Anarchy," and that's only a fraction of what we've recorded this week.

I picked up the new Alice in Chains and Megadeth albums, so I'll be checking those out in a bit, some hard rockin' music is always good for staying awake in the middle of the night.

Bet You Look Pretty Good From a Few Thousand Miles Away

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Today, I met up with some of the CrimeCraft developers, and people who follow my daily whining know by now that I'm an avid fan, so I had to vent. Luckily, several of my issues with the game are known problems and are being worked on, so I guess that's a good thing. The game's great fun, but it urgently needs more people playing ...

Later this week, I'll have to fire up Left 4 Dead and check out the new DLC. Good thing I'm a PC gamer, so I get the content for free. I'm also looking forward to Vandal Hearts on XBL, just the type of game my wife and I like playing in co-op.

How many of you are hyped about the new DJ Hero? If you haven't made up your mind yet, check out our preview!

We have a few more trips coming up in the near future as publishers are slowly starting to ramp up for the holiday rush, so we'll get to see quite a few hot titles in the coming weeks.

Each Day, We Will Spill Their Blood Till It Rains Down From The Skies

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Not quite sure why yesterday was such a slow news day. Maybe people were traveling back from the Tokyo Game Show, or maybe everybody collectively decided to take the day off.

Either way, it got me some extra time with CrimeCraft, and I also watched "NCIS: Los Angeles," which wasn't as good as the pilot episode from a few months ago, so hopefully it'll pick up.

Believe it or not, the wife and I played Boggle online through Steam, but damn, some of these people are good! The first bunch of people was easy to beat, but once we breezed through the early competitors, the advanced players really gave us a run for our money. It's a simple game, but definitely fun and addictive.

We Punch Those Goons Out, Take Their Machine Guns, and Burst in There Blasting!

by Rainier on Sept. 27, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Well today's message is going to be rather short ....

We went out, and we got drunk.

Well There Won't Be Any Berries In The Fruit Salad Now, So We All Lose

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

The weekend is off to somewhat of  a weak start. The BBQ that I was SO looking forward to didn't happen. An odd change of plans stood in the way of my grilled steak, dammit!

I'll have to make up for it when we hit the town with some other friends tonight, Vinnie's, here I come!

Hope you all checked out our Nathan Fillion interview yesterday! If not, you better be on your way right now! It's good, and it's kind of funny to read about a Hollywood celebrity actually being into gaming, unlike other actors who "claim" they are gamers just to promote a game. Nathan, beware, I'll be sneaking up on you with an energy sword or whack you with the (gravity) hammer of doom!

As I mentioned earlier this week, we'll probably be doing a few site updates, little tweaks here and there, and catching up on some Tokyo Game Show coverage, so there'll be plenty to read around these parts of the Internets.

We're Not Here To Do The Decent Thing, We're Here To Follow Orders!

by Rainier on Sept. 25, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

This heat wave that they predicted last week is nowhere to be seen. It's sunny, of course, but temperatures have been normal for this time of the year. Maybe this weekend!

We had plans to head out to an Activision press event to check out one of its upcoming games, but things got in the way, so Adam was all on his own. Much to his delight, the goody bag was actually full of goodies and not just press junk this time around.

Tomorrow, we're heading out for some barbecue at a friend's place, and I just realized that it is the first BBQ we've been to, and summer just ended! Shame on me! I'll have to eat an extra portion of grilled meat just to make up for that omission!

As I teased last week, we finally managed to catch up with Nathan Fillion in between takes on his TV series "Castle" and had a little chat about his voice-over work as Buck in Halo 3: ODST, so check it out.

Get Your Fokkin' Tentacle Out Of My Face!

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Over the next few days, we'll have some Tokyo Game Show coverage on the site, as you may have noticed from the Sony and Microsoft articles posted last night.

If our local correspondent comes through, we may even get some on-location coverage, but we'll see what comes in.

Watched the latest episode of "Sons of Anarchy," and it was good stuff. It seems something nasty is brewing between the cigar guru, the local cops and the MC. Henry Rollins looks scary as ever, so that was a good casting choice!

Over the weekend, we'll probably roll out some updates on the site, although they are mainly back-end tweaks, little adjustments we're making as we are learning the ins and outs of the new CMS. Soon, we will work on getting the comments working again, so that should be a nice addition for all you chatterboxes out there ....

C'mon! We're All Going To Die, Die Standing Up!

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Oh boy, we're in trouble! The new TV season started, and there are so many TV series that we want to follow that at certain points, there are three of them on at the same time. Luckily, the DVR can record two at the same time, and we can watch a third one live on TV, but damn, we'll have a lot of catching up to do during the weekend.

Tonight, we watched the two-hour premiere of "House" and the new season of "Castle." Both are off to a good start.

Speaking of "Castle," we're still waiting on Nathan Fillon's publicist to set up a time for us to conduct the Halo 3: ODST-related interview, and while we were hoping to run it before the game's launch, that unfortunately no longer seems possible, since it just shipped. Hopefully soon, though.

Earlier today, I wanted to play some CrimeCraft but got tied up compressing trailers, and since movie editing basically takes up all the CPU power, there was not much left to do. I think I need a third work computer just to play games — for research purposes, of course! :)

Next Week's No Good for Me ... The Jonas Brothers Are in Town

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We're off to a good start for the week, Monday's over with, so one down, four more days to go until the weekend.

Today was supposed to be scorching hot, but as usual the weather report wasn't very accurate, and while it was quite warm, it wasn't the 95° F (35° C) they had predicted.

We watched "Taking Chance" this evening, and wow — it was not only surprisingly good, but it was also very emotionally charged, powerful stuff. While it's not a war movie, it revolves around a high-ranking officer volunteering to escort home a fallen soldier from the Iraq War, and it shows the respect and honor he receives on his final trip. It's a drama, so don't expect any war footage or stuff blowing up. The only shots fired are the ones from the honor guard.

The latest episode of "Entourage" was good as well, but I wish they would just make a series with Ari Gold as the main character. That would be freaking hilarious.

So You Cooked Up a Story and Dropped the Six of Us in a Meatgrinder?

by Rainier on Sept. 21, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

As mentioned yesterday, we went to the movies to see "Gamer" and "Whiteout," both of which were quite mediocre. "Gamer," which was initially named "Game," was actually filmed a while ago, shortly after Gerard Butler did "300," but it didn't come out until now in order to get the visual effects done properly. The movie was not all that brilliant; while it contains lots of action and heads exploding, I was more surprised by the foul language and major T&A. "Whiteout," with Kate Beckinsale, is a thriller set in Antarctica. It's dominated by loads of snow, and there are a few action scenes in a blizzard, but otherwise, it was rather uneventful and bland.

Did some shopping, had dinner (steamed mussels and fries), and good-bye weekend. It's been a pleasure ....

Is His Junk Out? Now It's a Party!

by Rainier on Sept. 20, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Another lazy day was had yesterday. After a few updates and submitting a list of Web site tweaks to Ricky, our site dev, the rest of our time was spent on groceries, finishing up "Psych" and "Duplicity," and watching a few episodes of "Leverage." I also decided to give RE5 a break to quickly check out Red Faction: Guerrilla (PC) and Halo 3: ODST. RFG is fun and looks good, but it sure starts chugging at certain intervals in the game, so I guess running it at max settings isn't going to work. Halo 3: ODST is definitely a departure from the old Halo titles, and I think I've died more in the few hours I've played than I did in all three previous games combined, so at the very least, it's more challenging.

Tomorrow we're going to see "Gamer" and "Whiteout." We haven't been to the movies in a while, so we decided to double up.

In case you were wondering about all the movie talk, I've mentioned before that we're big movie fans, and if we weren't already running a video game site, we'd probably have a movie-related site.

Why Are the Innocent Dead and the Guilty Alive? Where is Justice?

by Rainier on Sept. 19, 2009 @ 7:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Ahh weekend, it's the greatest. There's nothing better than being able to sleep in after a long week of work and insufficient shuteye.

Was watching the latest episode of "Psych," but unfortunately my eyelids were heavier than expected and I dozed off multiple times, on our most comfortable couch ... *snort* *drool* Guess we'll have to resume after breakfast.

Yesterday, we were playing some Guitar Hero: World Tour, and near the end I realized, why are people so surprised about the GH5/Kurt Cobain thing? Aside from the fact that Cobain is dead, there's no difference between him singing Bon Jovi's "You Give Live a Bad Name" or rapping Flav's latest junk and Ozzy Osbourne singing Los Lobos' "La Bamba."

Didn't people see this coming?

Why 0014? Because I'm Twice as Good as 007

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

So we've decided to use movie quotes as the title for the message of the day. It's not for a particular reason, aside from the fact that we like movies a lot, and it seems like a fun thing to do. That's as good as reason as any, right? Once we have comments re-enabled, you readers can chime in with guesses about the movie title (today's quote is from the upcoming "The Informant!" starring Matt Damon).

To stay on topic, we started watching "Duplicity" with Clive Owen and Julia Roberts, and while it's a bit slow-paced, it is quite entertaining ... well, at least up until the part where I fell asleep.

Gaming-wise, I finally checked out Resident Evil 5 on the PC, and oddly enough, the game doesn't let me play in DirectX 10. I'm sure my quad-core/Nvidia 9 series configuration qualifies, but it only gave me DX9 as an option. Apart from that, the game started out a bit bleh, but once I re-familiarized me with the controls, it's gotten a lot more fun.

I also grabbed Red Faction: Guerrilla, but that will have to wait until I finish RE5.

We've Done the Impossible, and That Makes Us Mighty

by Rainier on Sept. 16, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

A little bit of excitement at the end of the day with Microsoft announcing a 250GB Elite Modern Warfare 2 bundle, and all nicely painted. Might have to get one of those suckers ....

Apart from that, the day was pretty uneventful on my end, mostly work. Adam called in with a bit of good news. Apparently we got a call back from Nathan Fillion's publicist, and we are going to do an interview later this week. For the uninitiated, Fillion is an actor who's best known as Capt. Mal Reynolds in the "Firefly" TV series and "Serenity" movie. He's currently starring as crime novel writer Richard Castle in the ABC series, "Castle," but more importantly for us gamers, he's voicing Buck in Halo 3: ODST. Since we're big Firefly fans (as evidenced by the title of this post), we were very excited by this news, so check back in a few days for the end result.

No More Dirty Dancing at the Road House, the Beast is Gone

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

In case you had not heard the news, Patrick Swayze, star of movies such as "Dirty Dancing," "Road House," "Point Break" and the recent A&E series, "The Beast," has succumbed to pancreatic cancer. He was a Hollywood icon and will be greatly missed ....

Not much else was going on today. The wife had the day off, so it was spent working, catching up on a few TV series ("Supernatural" and "Entourage"), and playing some more CrimeCraft (which, btw, is getting new content soon).

We have a few press trips lined up in the next week or two as we ramp up coverage for the holiday season, so be on the lookout for previews and interviews near the end of the month.

I'm Stuffed, but the U.S. Open is Ours!

by Rainier on Sept. 14, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We were on an odd schedule today. We slept early, woke up at 6 am, watched some "Hell's Kitchen," had an early breakfast because we had to attend a block party around noon, a Mexican-themed food fest with plenty of margaritas and beer. A good time was had, and after a few hours we rolled away, feeling completely stuffed.

We watched some "Leverage" when we got home, but with our bellies full, it didn't take long before my wife and I passed out on the couch, waking up just in time to cheer for Kim Clijsters in the U.S. Open women's final. While she was off to a great start and was up 2-0, she faltered shortly afterward to barely take the first set at 7-5. The second set started off shaky, but Kim found her rhythm midway and finished off Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 to take home her second Grand Slam title.

Time for a victory dance in the living room!