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!

Sleep, Eat, Play Video Games, Eat, Errands, Tennis, Eat, Read, Sleep

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Ahh, weekend, I'm always glad to see ya. Slept in way late but then had to rush to get our errands done because the wife and I wanted to watch the women's semifinals of the U.S. Open. Of course, we were rooting for Kim Clijsters, who played a great match even though victory came in a somewhat awkward way. Onto the finals!

We also watched "Inkheart" with Brandon Frasier, which turned out the be much better than we anticipated. It's more geared toward the younger crowd but not a bad flick at all.

Also received my latest Gears of War comic books (thanks Dana) so I quickly shredded through those, but I am still amazed at how thin comics are these days, and they're filled to the brim with ads. I used to be an avid X-Men and Sgt. Rock reader 15 years ago, so it seems things have changed quite a bit. It's been a while, so maybe I'll have to dig up my old issues and reminisce.

September 11: Another Year Has Passed, But Events Have Not Been Forgotten

by Rainier on Sept. 11, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

It seems that the Guitar Hero 5 debacle is far from over, with Courtney Love actually having a point: Kurt Cobain rapping or singing a Bon Jovi song just doesn't feel right. His former bandmates claim that everybody was under the impression that the likeness would only be used for Nirvana songs, but once the character's been unlocked, you can use Cobain throughout the game, which really makes him look less legendary.

I had to visit the dentist today for a routine check-up and walked away with a clean bill of health, apart from the usual "brush more" comment. For people who know me, these visits are a big deal due to some childhood trauma, which I'll spare you the details of, and they always put a knot in my stomach.

Today is 9/11, the 8th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center and the day that the world as we knew it changed. We remember the lives lost that day and think of the soldiers who have made the greatest sacrifice for our country. As a former military man, I have nothing but respect and admiration for the brave men and women in uniform who were -- and continue to be -- in harm's way and continue to serve our country, regardless of whether you believe that the cause is just.

Just So ZZzZZZleepyyyyy

by Rainier on Sept. 10, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

It doesn't get much more simpler than that, I'm tired, beat, worn out, stick a fork in me. Luckily the weekend is in sight, so I will soldier on and pull through. Some people have recently called me bionic, so I guess I can't let them down now ....

One of the side effects of me being tired, I honestly start acting loopy, as in insane in the membrane. Most of the times, it's a funny crazy though, so have no fear. :)

Nothing too exciting happened yesterday, even the news was sort of blah, a few average  demos, no scandals, no surprising buyouts or takeovers from Disney, although later today a few Euros might get a little excited over the FIFA 10 demo, so keep an eye out on the file servers.

Helter Skelter, I Am The Twist And Shout Walrus

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Aside from the exploits that you've been following over the past few days, we've also been playing The Beatles Rock Band, and while the background interactivity is a welcome change from RB's concert hall fare, the game itself is a bit too easy for seasoned players. Read our review for more details ...

Not much else happened today. I was planning to catch up on some "Leverage" and "Dark Blue" but was busy during the day and then watched some tennis in the evening. The wife and I are rooting for Kim Clijsters the day after tomorrow in her match against Serena Williams. It should be a good game.

There are a few "secret" press events happening in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for some interesting coverage, not all of which is positive. :P

Goodbye Holiday Weekend, It Was Nice Knowing Ya

by Rainier on Sept. 8, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Stayed up late, slept in late, did some work, cleaned up the place after the in-laws left, ate, watched "Jersey Girl" (only because it's a Kevin Smith movie) and it was surprisingly decent, especially since J-Lo dies in the beginning of the movie.

Shortly after the in-laws left, we got a call from a friend who needs to go to work in the area first thing tomorrow morning, and she asked if she could crash at our place. So much for having the place to ourselves! It's starting to sound like we run a bed-and-breakfast!

Sounds like our neighbor is having a party. There's lots of yelling, laughing, hooting and hollering going on. Maybe I should pop in and join the festivities. :)

Visiting A Museum, Watching Cartoons? Where's the Real Me!?

by Rainier on Sept. 6, 2009 @ 11:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

So the visit to the Asian Art Museum to see the Samurai exhibit was actually quite cool: lots of armor, swords and lore to read up on. Unfortunately, my wife and the other people we were with wanted to take the opportunity to visit the rest of the museum while we were there .... Couldn't care less who ate what out of which white pot or whatever that weird bento box means. *yawn*

Went to a Burmese restaurant afterwards. Never tasted that cuisine, and I must say it was quite good.

Then back to the homested for — you guessed it — some CrimeCraft and watching Green Lantern: First Flight, a cool new cartoon released ealier this year.

Ahh Holiday Weekend, How I Love You

by Rainier on Sept. 6, 2009 @ 3:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Here in North America, we are celebrating Labor Day weekend, so we have an extra day off on Monday. Woohoo! The in-laws are visiting (no comment), and tomorrow we are going to the museum to check on some Samurai exhibit. Could be interesting.

Apart from the galavanting around, this gives me the opportunity to work a little bit on the site, but mainly catch up on some CrimeCraft. I finally managed to save enough loot to acquire our gang's hideout, which we can further pimp out with a bank, vendor, mailbox or spiffy up with a new interior. Ugh, must save more loot ...

Hope everybody is having a good weekend. Enjoy!

What Day Is It Again ? Yesterday or Tomorrow ?

by Rainier on Sept. 4, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

I'm sure we've all had these a few times before, a week when you just couldn't get the day right, where you think it's the next day (or a day early) already and it throws off your entire week.

Terribly annoying ....

Hopefully, the extended weekend will put me back on the right track.

Out house guest leaves tomorrow morning, only to be replaced by the in-laws in the afternoon ... joy joy :)

Had my mind set on watching "Leverage" and "Dark Blue," but the day went by too quickly, and next thing I know I've got a house full of people to entertain. Such hardship! :)

Hello Internet, Happy 40th Birthday

by Rainier on Sept. 3, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

In case you didn't know, yesterday the Internet celebrated its 40th birthday. The first two ARPAnet computers connected at UCLA on Sept. 2, 1969, while the first message transmitted between network nodes from UCLA to Stanford University happened on Oct. 29, 1969.

Thanks UCLA. We wouldn't be here without you ....

So what's going on with Microsoft? No Ninety-Nine Nights II, no more Scene It? exclusive ...

No time for TV watching tonight. Worked late, went for a run, made dinner and then it was time to get back to work, but have no fear: The DVR is filled with goodies for tomorrow.

Evil Doesn't Sleep, Why Should You?

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

Not that the title is of any great importance, but it's based on a sticker I have hanging on top of my monitor, and since I apparently don't sleep much, certain people thought it was appropriate to have it there.

If you haven't checked out the new GTA: Ballad of Tony Gay yet, be sure to do so.  It's pretty cool (and I'm not even a fan).

Just watched the newest "Weeds," and while I'm glad that the crazy drama from last season seems to have subsided, this episode's ending sure was a surprise. Good stuff.

"Raising the Bar" had its season finale last week, so I guess I'll be able to spend more time in CrimeCraft. I'm a gunsmith so my gang is counting on me to craft them some good weapons, but leveling up your character and your profession takes a while.

Where's that 4-Slot SR, damnit ...

The Day That I Forgot, and It Won't be the Last

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

OK, so I still have to get used to putting a new MOTD in the queue, so by the time I realized that I'd forgotten, a few hours had already passed.

There is nothing earth-shattering to report. We keep on making little adjustments to the site (such as the RSS feed), checking on old articles to make sure everything works (and boy, is that a Herculean job!).

Had beefy noodles for dinner (Vietnamese dish Bun Bo Nuong), watched "Entourage" (good episode), did a bit of crafting in CrimeCraft (damn gang members are catching up with me) and then back to work. Luckily, we seem to have sturdy walls so I can keep the music blaring throughout the night to keep me awake ... sort of. :)

Welcome to the New WorthPlaying - Part 2

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Well, we've managed to live through the first day of the new site. There were, and still are, quite a few little odds and ends that need fixing, but they are being addressed.

Once we've made sure that the entire archive of articles is in working order, our first new addition will be adding an integrated forum/comments section, which had been broken on the old WP for, ehh ... quite a while.

Apart from that, the weekend was great, Friday and Saturday was smoking hot, 95 degrees (35 celsius for the Euros), but luckily it cooled off on Sunday. Watched the final episodes of "The Jury" (British miniseries) and made a delicious pot roast. Unfortunately, the new site cut into my plans of playing CrimeCraft all weekend, but there's always tomorrow!

Welcome to the New WorthPlaying - Part 1

by Rainier on Aug. 30, 2009 @ 1:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

When you see this, it means that you've hit the new WorthPlaying. After many years in the works, it has finally arrived. Longtime readers may have read about or heard us promising this for a quite a while. It has taken three different developers and two complete re-writes, but the day has finally arrived.

 

We're very relieved, exhausted, happy and giddy that we've finally arrived at this point.

I also want to point out that this is only the first step. While we've already added a few things, there are many more features that are going to be added in the coming weeks.

 

Special thanks go out to Ricky for making this all possible, Judy for putting up with my constant changes and long days & nights, Michael for being patient and all of our loyal staffers who have stuck with us over the years.

Worthplaying Wishes Everybody A 'Happy New Year'!

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

The entire Worthplaying team wishes everybody a Happy New Year! We hope everybody had a safe transition from old into new and may 2009 be even better than last year. We here at Worthplaying have some exciting new stuff lined up to better serve you all. Behind the scenes, we are working very hard to expand the website in various, long overdue, ways which will hopefully start showing in the weeks ahead. Until then, party on & stay safe!

Worthplaying Wishes A 'Merry Christmas' To All!

by Rainier on Dec. 25, 2008 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

The entire Worthplaying staff would like to say "MERRY CHRISTMAS" to our readers all around the world. We hope everybody has a wonderful holiday, loads of good food, and a joyful time with friends & family. May Santa bring you all the games you wished for, but above all, stay safe! Our news coverage will not slow down, but the news itself might be lacking. If there is anything worthy of your attention, you can be sure to read it here ...