If He Even Sneezes, We'll Be There With A Hanky And A Pair Of Handcuffs

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Today, we have some juicy content. There's a fresh Street Fighter III: Third Strike - Online Edition PSN review, which is notable since we'll be giving away codes for it on Friday. Be sure to follow WorthPlaying on Twitter to get the scoop.

And you know an interview with Cliff Bleszinski is always an interesting read, as we grill him on a variety of topics related to the imminent Gears Of War 3 release (look for our review tomorrow).

I'm rather disappointed in the latest box office numbers. Hardly anybody saw Warrior, and that's a shame. While it may not be a deep social commentary like The Help, it's very entertaining. Contagion looks quite interesting as well. Might watch that this weekend as soon as we can scuttle our dinner guests out the door.

The World Is A Den Of Thieves And Night Is Falling

by Rainier on Sept. 14, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

I don't know if it's jetlag from our NYC trip or not, but I can't seem to keep my eyes open ...

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With People Like Us, We Must Be Able To Travel Faster Than Our Clients

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

After a lengthy, but smooth, flight, we've arrived home safe and sound from our New York trip. The fun is over, and now it's back to work.

A few interesting observations from NYC: It does indeed never sleep. There's always stuff happening left and right, the street vendor food smells SO good, the subway stations are warm and humid, and while there are less stinky bums lying around, the people in general smell more. We ate so much over the past week, we're on a diet for the rest of the month to make up for it.

Haven't been able to play games all week (the laptop is a dual core but has a crappy video card in it), so I'm itching to play some more Dead Island, Deus Ex and APB Reloaded.

You Don't Know What Fear Is. But You'll See. It's Catching

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We're about to wrap up our New York trip. Currently packing to catch our flight bright & early in the morning.

Yesterday we watched the U.S. Open women's finale and witnessed Serena Williams lose not only the match but her temper. She took out her subpar tennis out on the umpire by arguing a call, which ended up getting her a penalty and costing her the first set. While Samantha Stosur played good, solid tennis, Serena lost it on her own. My advice to Ms. Williams: less attitude, more tennis.

Now if only Kim Clijsters had been there!

Nobody Asks To Be A Hero. It Just Sometimes Turns Out That Way

by Rainier on Sept. 11, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We certainly didn't plan it this way, but we're in NYC on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. There are numerous memorials throughout the city to commemorate the lives lost on that day. There seems to be a police car on every corner, and firefighters from all over the world are in town for the memorial.

As we were wandering around today, there was a short scare when we looked up and saw that a roof was on fire! Just a transformer fire, it seems ....

Everything Will Be Better In The Morning. It Always Is

by Rainier on Sept. 10, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Yesterday was an awesome day with great weather. We visited the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and a few other spots in Battery Park. There was some crazy security going on, though. I lost track of all the scanners we had to go through to get to the places we wanted to see.

Being the good tourists that we were, we snapped a lot of photos and topped off the day with dinner and beers with some friends.

Earlier this week, it had been raining cats and dogs, so the U.S. Open women's finale has been postponed until tomorrow, which leaves our day wide open. We're going to introduce some friends to dim sum and then maybe visit the World Trade Center site and Central Park.

The Unknown Future Rolls Toward Us

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Day one of our New York city trip has passed, and it started off with quite a scare.

When we woke up this morning, we had no electricity, and when we tried to contact the person from whom we had rented the apartment (it was over 50% cheaper than a hotel), we could not reach him on his cell phone. Luckily, by the time we got back from sightseeing in the afternoon, everything was resolved.

In the evening, we had an outstanding dinner with friends and then watched Zarkana/Cirque du Soleil at the iconic Radio City Music Hall. It was quite impressive, although we could have done without the filler between acts.

Tomorrow we're going to check out the statue of Liberty and a few other hot spots, followed by more food and drinks!

Giuliani Ain't Clean Up The City. Video Games And Television Did.

by Rainier on Sept. 8, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

After a short flight delay, we've arrived in New York!  Haven't done much exploring yet. We got in, dropped off our bags, and headed off to a yummy dinner, but we'll start the touristy stuff in earnest tomorrow.

Due to our travel plans, we couldn't make the Forza 4 preview event, but Adam will be attending the Gears of War 3 multiplayer review sessions this week. Lucky bastard!

My Idea Of Heaven is A Solid White Nightclub With Me As A Headliner For All Eternity

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We're almost packed for our New York trip. We're leaving at the asscrack of dawn with a 6:15 AM flight. There's no point in going to bed, so we can sleep it off during the six-hour flight, which should be enough to last us the rest of the day since we arrive in the afternoon.

One of our items of the to-do agenda is going to a Cirque du Soleil show, which we've been meaning to attend for a while, so it should be a fun outing.

In the meantime, I've been playing Dead Island, and it's more fun than I had anticipated. I'm a little bit disappointed in the lack of zombie dismemberment. I seem to recall screens and trailers that showed more gore, but I'm enjoying the RPG element and the exploration of the environment.

I was going to check out Space Marine as well, but alas, there isn't enough time!

It's A Familiar Dance, Monkey Nipples, They Both Know It

by Rainier on Sept. 6, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

The long weekend has come to an end, only for us to start packing for our New York trip tomorrow. It's a six-hour flight, so we leave bright and early, and arrive mid-day, giving us time to start exploring the city already. Statue Of Liberty, meeting with friends, US Open Tennis, more sightseeing, and plenty of food: It all sounds like fun to me.

Yesterday's BBQ was awesome, the weather looked crummy in the morning, but everything cleared up by noon and the sun was out in full force. One of our friends brought bacon-wrapped scallops, which were the hit of the event, hands down. So tasty!

Apart from the recent Falling Skies, Steven Spielberg seems to be working on yet another TV series, Terra Nova, which is premiering later this month. Looks like a mix of Stargate sci-fi and Jurassic Park, so that sounds like a good combination.

I'll Be All Around In The Dark, I'll Be Everywhere

by Rainier on Sept. 5, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We ended up going to the movie theater and saw Conan the Barbarian, which wasn't as bad as we expected. Jason Momoa's aspirations that this movie would make him a household name aren't going to happen anytime soon, but we all had a fairly good time watching it, so not quite sure what all the negativity was about.

However, I'd rather have seen Warrior again, so for people who need a little nudge to watch it, do it. For people who may have never heard of it but are into a good action movie, you won't be disappointed.

Today is a holiday, Labor Day, so coverage will probably be slow, and we're heading out to a BBQ for lunch! Yay!

Other Than My Eye, Two Things Aren't Paralyzed: My Imagination And My Memory

by Rainier on Sept. 4, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Not much going on yesterday. The in-laws were visiting other friends and doing their thing, so I had the house to myself. This meant I got in more Deus Ex and plenty of APB Reloaded.

We had planned on seeing a movie in the evening but a case of the lazies befell us, so we decided to watch Lincoln Lawyer and the latest episode of Torchwood instead. We might go to the theater later today and check out Conan the BarbarianRise of the Planet of the Apes or Colombiana, but it's anybody's guess.

The weather has been quite nice over the past few days, so we had a vanilla fudge Drumstick cone to top off a beautiful day.

I Confess That I Have No Desire To Confess

by Rainier on Sept. 3, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

The in-laws have landed for the holiday weekend, so I've locked myself away in my man cave. I'll be playing Deus Ex and APB all weekend long. Maybe I'll come out to see if the world's still spinning, but that's very unlikely.

Speaking of Deus Ex, I was just about to get bored with the current setting when things changed, and an entire new environment awaited. The pacing is perfect, if you ask me.

I also got a Hedone beta invite, so I'll have to check that out ... at least until Blizzard activates my Diablo III beta!

You Get A Job. You Become The Job

by Rainier on Sept. 2, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Got a busy few days ahead of us. The in-laws are visiting this Labor Day weekend, and as soon as they leave again, we've got to pack for our trip to New York.

Apart from meeting a few friends, we have a packed schedule of things to see and do. Never been to the Big Apple, so it should be fun.

Not sure which movie we might see. We're weighing our options, and so far it's toss-up between Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Debt.

But first, we've got to live through the weekend.

You Don't Knock Him Out, You Lose Your House

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Last night, we saw an early screening of Warrior. We expected to be entertained and were ready for a decent movie, but we were amazed at how good it was. Tom Hardy, who we'd previously seen as a normal-looking guy in Inception, has massively bulked up, probably in anticipation of his role in Batman as Bane. He looks genuinely scary! Joel Edgerton kicks some serious ass for playing a physics teacher.

We'll post a review in a few days (movie opens in theaters on Sept. 9), but if you like action movies with a moving story and are into MMA or boxing, then this is a must-see. This could very well be the "Rocky" of this generation, and that's no exaggeration!

On a side note, on Friday we're giving away Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection DLC, so keep an eye on our Twitter feed if this is your kind of bag, baby.

'Captain Morgane And The Golden Turtle' (ALL) - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2011 @ 7:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Captain Morgane, a point & click adventure game written by Broken Sword's Steve Ince, tells the story of Morgane Castillo and her journey from playful girl to becoming the Caribbean’s first fearsome female pirate captain!

It's Two In The Morning And I Don't Know Nobody

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Apart from still playing Deus Ex, I've finally checked out Bastion, an intriguing, cute game from Warner Bros. that I've had my eye on. It's colorful, fun, easy to get into, and the voice-overs are entertaining. It's a perfect pick up & play game for when you are bored and want to spend half an hour in some fantasy world, collecting items and smashing stuff.

Tonight, we're heading out to the Warrior advance screening. It probably won't be setting any box office records, but it looked interesting from the previews.

We also watched Hell's Kitchen, Torchwood, Entourage and a few episodes of Leverage. Now we need to let the DVR cool down a bit.

Frontiers Are An Invention Of Men. Nature Doesn't Give A Hoot

by Rainier on Aug. 30, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Not quite sure what is going on, but the electricity keeps going out around here. It's kind of annoying when you're trying to writes articles or do laundry. Not cool at all!

Karaoke fans in China are going through a rough patch, as the communist government has updated its blacklist with a slew of songs no longer permitted to be played. Starting mid-Sept., 100 unapproved or unregistered from local pop stars, as well as Western celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and a 12-year-old Backstreet Boys track are no longer allowed to be played.

On a different note, British sports bar Mad Dog in the Fog surprised its regulars with airing StarCraft II tournaments for 50+ geeks, which even spawned a new name: Barcraft.

Satan Reasons Like A Man But God Thinks Of Eternity

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Another weekend has passed, and so did another PAX Prime, However, we spent most of our time doing errands, watching Green  Lantern cartoon (starring Nathan Fillion as the voice of Hal Jordan), and of course some APB Reloaded as well as Deus Ex.

Next weekend is Labor Day, so we're having the in-laws over, and then the weekend after that we're going on a little trip to New York, sight-seeing, visiting some friends, going to the US Open tennis finale, that sort of stuff. Should be fun, especially now that Hurricane Irene has left the building.

I Don't Rattle, Kid. But Just For That I'm Gonna Beat You Flat

by Rainier on Aug. 28, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

On Friday, we saw The Change-Up, and I can't figure out why it got somewhat of a bad rap when it came out. Granted, it wasn't on our must-see ASAP list, and the only reason we watched it was because we had free tickets for an older movie, but it was quite entertaining. There were some cheap laughs and funny situations. The meaning of life was not imparted, and the outcome was predictable, but the journey was laugh-out-loud satisfying.

No other movies on our radar at the moment, but later this week, we'll go to an advance screening of Warrior, and then we're looking forward to Real Steel.

Until then, more Deus Ex!